World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2015

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.29.15) Thomas Rongen

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Download the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Thomas Rongen.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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It's getting to the stage of the season when any slip ups can have critical consequences for a team. With just a clutch of games to go, a win can make an enormous difference, but a poor performance or an individual error can render all the hard work done over the previous months irrelevant.

Subsequently, we're treated to a lot of enthralling games around now.

Manchester City to play Houston Dynamo just days after season ends

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In addition to the previously announced friendly against Toronto, scheduled 3 days after the 2014/15 Premier League season ends, Manchester City has added another friendly to its brief post-season tour. This time, it's against Houston Dynamo on Thursday, May 28.

After playing at BMO Field in Toronto, the City team will head to Texas to play in the friendly as part of theBBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup.

Iker Casillas targeting Champions League glory; La Liga out of Real Madrid’s hands

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is targeting Champions League glory since the La Liga title rests in the hands of Barcelona.

The veteran player'scomments shouldn't come as a surprise to fans. TheMadridcaptainis merely echoing earlier statements made by manager Carlo Ancelotti who said his side has a better chance of winning the European Cup than it has of overcoming its two-point deficit to league leading Barcelona at this point.

Soccer Morning (4.30.15) Dan Dickinson

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guest Dan Dickinson.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Jason kicks off today's show with Gothamist's Dan Dickinson as they discuss MLS' campaign surrounding the CONCACAF Champions League and Montreal's loss in the final.

MLS still targeting USMNT players in Europe? There are hardly any left; By Simon Evans

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber re-opened his dispute with Jurgen Klinsmann last week when he said that the league would continue to pursue U.S. national team players regardless of what the national team coach thought of that approach.

While the comments sparked another round of debate about the relationship between Garber and Klinsmann, the reality is that this is mostly hot air because when it comes down to it, there aren't really many Americans left in Europe to tempt back.

Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin ruled out for the rest of the season

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Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

The France international came up lame during the Saints' 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Saturday and tests have revealed a problem with a ligament on his left knee.

The injury will see Schneiderlin miss Southampton's remaining league fixtures against: Sunderland (away), Leicester City (away), Aston Villa (home) and Manchester City (away).

NGSN acquires Argentina Primera Division online rights for next 4.5 years in US

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Next Generation Sports Network (NGSN) has acquired thelive and on-demand online rights to Argentina's Primera Division for the next 4.5 years.

The network, which recently launched in the United States, will begin broadcasting Argentina's top division this weekend including Sunday's el Superclásico between River Plate and Boca Juniors (live from 5:15pm ET).

An early, early look at MLS awards: MVP, top coach, top keeper, etc.; By Steve Davis

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We are two months into the MLS season, the final whistle having blown on about one-fifth of the matches. That seems like a reasonable milepost to have rounded as we bring the award discussions ahead to a pre-summer simmer.

A lot of soccer remains to assess, so things can and probably will change.

Borussia Dortmund confirm Ilkay Gundogan will not extend his contract past June 2016

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Borussia Dortmund have confirmed midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will not extend his contract with the club past June 2016.

The news was revealed on the club's official Twitter account.

This means the German international will likely leave the Bundesliga club this summer, with Dortmund keen to avoid a repeat of the situation which saw striker Robert Lewandowski join Bayern Munich on a free transfer last summer.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET with Kevin Laramee & Dan Dickinson

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Today's Soccer Morning features guests Kevin Laramee & Dan Dickinson.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.

Listen to World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET with guest Thomas Rongen

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Thomas Rongen.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies Head Coach will chat about a variety of topics on tonight's show including how the Rowdies season is going so far, what it was like being in the Ajax youth academy during the golden era of Dutch football, his thoughts on Jurgen Klinsmann, how the style of play in NASL compares to MLS, and much more.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli a player at the crossroads

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When Liverpool shelled out £16 million ($24.6m) for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, the Reds expected a goal return akin to the one the Italian produced during his time at the San Siro.

His Rossoneri return was excellent, 26 goals in 43 appearances, despite being labelled as a ‘bad apple' by Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi.

Does it really matter that Chelsea are boring?

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Following a 0-0 draw at the weekend between Arsenal and Chelsea, the Blues took a giant step towards their fifth first division Premier League title in club history. Tonight's 3-1 victory over Leicester City, and Chelsea will surely parade begin celebrations at home to Crystal Palace this weekend.

Montreal Impact will rue missed opportunity after CONCACAF final defeat [VIDEO]

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It all looked so promising for the Montreal Impact. The Big O was as alive as it's ever been, especially when Andres Romero scored in the eighthminute. And after Club America hit the underside of the bar from point-blank range, it looked like the fates were on the side of the bleu-blanc et noir.

Gareth Bale resumes training with Real Madrid ahead of crucial fixtures

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Gareth Bale has resumed first-team training with Real Madrid as the club prepares for crucial domestic and European fixtures.

The next four games will see Madrid play two important league matches againstSevilla (away) and Valencia (home), along with their two-legged Champions League semi-final against Juventus.

Watch Leicester City 1-3 Chelsea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho claimed Chelsea are the envy of the Barclays Premier League after a 3-1 come-from-behind win at Leicester ensured they cannot be caught if they beat Crystal Palace this weekend.

Mourinho's men fell behind for the first time since New Year's Day when Marc Albrighton scored on the stroke of half-time but were back level within three minutes of the restart through Didier Drogba.

Leicester’s Nigel Pearson calls reporter ‘stupid’ before storming out of press conference [VIDEO]

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson walked out of his post-match press conference Wednesday night after calling a journalist "daft" and "stupid" for asking a question that Pearson was upset with.

After watching Leicester City lose 3-1 at home to Chelsea, Pearson talked about "the amount of criticism and negativity [his players] have had to endure over the course of the season.

Chelsea move to the brink of Premier League title after win versus Leicester

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Efficient Chelsea moved to the brink of the Barclays Premier League title after they came from behind to beat gutsy Leicester 3-1.

Jose Mourinho's side can now clinch the league against Crystal Palace on Sunday and claim their first crown since 2010.

They are 13 points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal with just four games left, although the Gunners have a match in hand.

Arsenal are the best team in Europe, says Theo Walcott

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Theo Walcott understands just how difficult it is now to hold down a place in the Arsenal side, who he says have been the "best team in Europe" this year and could lift the title next season if everyone stays fit.

The Gunners' slim hopes of overhauling Chelsea's 10-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League were all but extinguished following a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Arsenal-Chelsea game nets 997,000 viewers on NBCSN

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This past Sunday's Premier League top-of-the-table clash between Arsenal-Chelseaaveraged 979,000 viewers to rank as the fourth most-watched BPL match in US cable history.

Top TV markets for Arsenal vs Chelsea on NBCSN

1 Washington DC
2 New York
3 Miami
4 Sacramento
5 Indianapolis
6 Denver
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Soccer Morning (4.29.15) Juergen Sommer and Howard Megdal

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Juergen Sommer and Howard Megdal.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Leicester City vs Chelsea, Gameweek 34: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Leicester vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

The TV commentators are Jim Proudfoot and Danny Mills.

SEE MORE

• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

• How to follow the Premier League on US TV, Internet and radio

Before, during or after today's match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Bayern Munich sign 10-year Adidas kit deal worth $1 billion

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Bayern Munich have extended their kit deal with German manufacturer Adidas until 2030 for a reported $1 billion (£645 million).

The club's current contract with the company had another five years remaining but Adidas moved early in order to secure the Bundesliga championsfor the long term.

Real Madrid claim transfer ban reports were false and meant to cause harm

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Real Madrid have formally responded to reports claiming they andAtletico Madrid will be handed FIFA-imposed transfer bans for breaching regulations regarding the signing of youth players.

Late Tuesday, it was reported by Cadena SER that Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were to be handed transfer bans beginning with the upcoming summer window and concluding at the end of the January signing period.

Newcastle, Lyon, Pachuca and Swansea among clubs to compete in Texas tournament this July

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The Dallas Fort Worth area will be the destination for six soccer teams from around the world this July when they'llplay in an international soccer tournament. The clubs will include Newcastle United, Olympique Lyonnais, Pachuca, Swansea City, Malaga and Raja Casablanca between July 9-19.

Teams from the Premier League, Liga MX, La Liga, Ligue Un and Morocco will be represented in the matches that will be played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas and Toyota Stadium in Frisco.

Wayne Rooney could miss the remainder of the season with knee ligament damage

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Manchester United could be without the services of Wayne Rooney for the remainder of the season after the forward suffered an injury during the dying minutes of his side's 3-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday.

Initial tests onhis knee were inconclusive, andRooneywas deemed fit enough to travel to London for thePFA Player of the Year dinner on Sunday night.

Kristian Nicht signing shows NASL’s value to Montreal Impact once again

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The NASL is often ignored by North American soccer fans especially around times like tonight's CONCACAF Champions League final, which could be a major boon for the league. But the second leg of the final between Montreal and Club America will have a distinctly NASL flavor.

Not only did Montreal participate in the NASL until the end of the 2011 season but five players on the Impact's current roster have experience in North American's second division.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am with Juergen Sommer and Howard Megdal

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Today's Soccer Morning features guests Juergen Sommer and Howard Megdal.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Sommer is the coach of NASL's Indy Eleven team and is a former goalkeeper who played with Queens Park Rangers, Luton Town, Columbus Crew and New England Revolution, among other teams.

Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski ruled out of Champions League semi-final

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Bayern Munich have ruled out Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski from their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

Both players suffered injuries during yesterday's German Cup semi-finaldefeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern, who won the Bundesliga on Sunday, had their treble hopes dashed after missing all four of their penalties in the shootout with Dortmund.

Watch Hull City 1-0 Liverpool match highlights [VIDEO]

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Michael Dawson's first-half header sunk woeful Liverpool at the KC Stadium and lifted Hull to the brink of Barclays Premier League safety.

The Tigers captain timed his move to perfection to power home a cross from Ahmed Elmohamady and ultimately take his side four points clear of the relegation zone with four games to play.

Listen to World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET with Ian Joy

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Ian Joy.

The beIN SPORTS and New York City co-commentator and analyst will discuss several topics on the show including the race in the English Championship, what makes his former club St Pauli so special, and more.

Prior to working at beIN SPORTS, Ian Joy was a footballer at Portland Timbers, St Pauli, Hamburg, Real Salt Lake and several other clubs.

Palermo striker Paulo Dybala is one of the hottest properties in world soccer

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As a teenager he was given the nickname "La Joya", the jewel, and Paulo Dybala is living up to it. Before he signed to Palermo in 2012, he was a prodigy in his homeland of Argentina and broke countless records for Instituto. Now, in his third year in Italy, Dybala is producing at a high level and has many of the elite clubs in Europe interested in signing him.

Arsenal can win a title next season with Olivier Giroud up front

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Arsenal's minuscule chances of winning the Premier League title burned out on Sunday, as the Gunners played Chelsea, the inevitable league champions, to a goalless draw at the Emirates. With just five matches left for both London clubs, the Blues currently have a 10 point advantage over both Arsenal and Manchester City.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.28.15) Ian Joy

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Ian Joy.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Spanish Football Association denies knowledge of Real Madrid transfer ban

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The Spanish Football Association (RFEF) has denied knowledge of a FIFA-imposed two-window transfer ban on Real Madridfor irregularities in the signing of youth players, according to Marca.

Late Tuesday, it was reported by Cadena SER that Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were to be handed transfer bans beginning with the upcoming summer window and concluding at the end of the January signing period.

Jose Mourinho says he’s ‘the supreme leader’ at Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho says he is the supreme leader at Chelsea.

It is not John Terry, nor Didier Drogba or Petr Cech and Mourinho insists the Blues can cope if the latter two leave Stamford Bridge this summer as part of a natural changing of the guard.

"Chelsea leadership is my leadership," said Mourinho, whose side are 10 points clear and will aim to move within three points of the Premier League title by winning at Leicester on Wednesday night.

FIFA to impose 2 transfer window bans on Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, says report

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FIFA will impose two transfer window bans on Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for repeated violations of the rules and regulations regarding the transfers of international youth players, according to a report in Cadena SER.

The embargo will take effect at the start of the upcoming summer transfer window and continue through the January signing period.

Dortmund beat Bayern Munich on penalties to advance to DFB Pokal Final [VIDEO]

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Jurgen Klopp's final game as Borussia Dortmund manager will be the final of the German Cup, as his side secured a dramatic 2-0 penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal; the sides were tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes.

The hosts went ahead thanks to a first half goal from former BVB forward Robert Lewandowski, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's strike after the break took the tie to extra time.

Watch ‘The Secrets Of Sports Direct’ documentary about Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s company

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Newcastle have hit back at suggestions in a television documentary that owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct business is taking money out of the club.

The Dispatches programThe Secrets of Sports Direct (watch the complete episode below)was broadcast by Channel 4 on Monday evening, looked at the retail relationship between the sportswear business and the club.

Soccer Morning (4.28.15) Neil Morris

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guest Neil Morris.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Jason kicks off today's show with WRAL Sports' Neil Morris as they look at the weekend's NASL results & possible expansion to Hartford, CT.

Hull City vs Liverpool, Gameweek 34: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Hull vs Liverpool, 2:45pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

The TV commentators are Peter Drury and Kevin Kilbane.

SEE MORE

• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

• How to follow the Premier League on US TV, Internet and radio

Before, during or after today's match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe could be the perfect choice as future England manager

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The achievements of AFC Bournemouth and manager Eddie Howe cannot be downplayed. The dynamism of a young but now battle-tested manager was the single driving force in securing three promotions for a historically small club on England's south coast.

Irrespective of what happens in the Premier League next season with Bournemouth, Howe has to be considered a future candidate for the England manager job.

International Champions Cup creates dilemmas for MLS clubs; By Steve Davis

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Major League Soccer clubs can find themselves in an annual pickle regarding the International Challenge Cup and other international friendlies staged stateside against high-profile sides.

These matches can and probably do siphon off some attention and some consumer coin that might otherwise fall for North American clubs.

How much would you be willing to pay for NBC Sports Live Extra each month?

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With the recent launch of HBO as an online service that cord cutters can subscribe to without requiring a TV subscription, as well as NBC Sports making its gamesavailable on Roku and Apple TV devices (with an authenticated login), it makes you wonder whether NBC Sports may, in the future, decide to offer its NBC Sports Live Extra streaming service as a stand-alone streaming product that soccer fans and cord cutters can subscribe to without requiring an authenticated login as it does now.

Paris Saint-Germain will not consider offers for Edinson Cavani, says club president

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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says his club will not consider any offers for striker Edinson Cavani.

In recent months, the Uruguayan has been linked with a host of clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid.

Reports in France have suggested Cavaniis unsettled and seeking a move away from PSG if he isn't given the chance to play as a central striker, his preferred position.

9 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week eight of the MLS season.

1. Univision's MLS English-language broadcasts are a disaster

With MLS' new TV deal, Univision was pushed into the spotlight with an exclusive Friday night game each week. It hasn't been pretty.

Univision had a double-header on Friday night, and to be brutally honest, watching MLS on the network is a severely trying experience.

International Champions Cup organizers reveal cities and schedule for North America matches

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The organizers of the 2015 International Champions Cup North America haveannounced the cities and schedule for this summer's matches that will feature many of the most famoussoccer teams in the world including Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Club America and Paris Saint-Germainas well as Porto,Fiorentina, New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am ET with Neil Morris and Dave Martinez

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Today's Soccer Morning features guests Neil Morris and Dave Martinez.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Neil Morris will discuss the latest developments regarding bringing a NASL team to Hartford, while Dave Martinez will tackle the subjects of NYCFC's struggles while the Red Bulls march on under Jesse Marsch.

Martin Odegaard will be included in Real Madrid squad for Wednesday’s match

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has named Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard to his matchday squad against Almeria on Wednesday.

With Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale injured, and Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal suspended, the team is a little shorthanded and the manager has elected to call on the Norway international.

Sporting KC are scoring goals, but they need to fix defensive frailties

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Tenpoints from two wins and four draws has Sporting KC sitting sixth in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.

Peter Vermes' team picked up its most recent draw last weekend at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium in a wild 4-4 Texas shootout. The club's porous defense was overshadowed by Benny Feilhaber's late goal as the American international continues to be Sporting's most in-form player.

Listen to World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET with Mark Donaldson

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Mark Donaldson, a familiar voice to soccer fans who have watched ESPN over the years.

Donaldson is a Scottish commentator who lives in the United States and announces games for ESPN. In addition to being a correspondent for talkSPORT Radio, Donaldson is an avid Hearts of Midlothian supporter and former journalist for Sky Sports.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.27.15) Mark Donaldson

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring ESPN's Mark Donaldson.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Dani Alves on the verge of contract extension with Barcelona

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After months of positioning on both sides, Dani Alves is on the verge of signing a contract extension with Barcelona.

According to various reports from Spain, an agreement has been reached and an official announcement will be made at the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign.

The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and has been free to negotiate with other clubs since January.

Soccer Morning (4.27.15) Kyle McCarthy

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guest Kyle McCarthy.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Jason kicks off today's show with FOX Soccer's Kyle McCarthy as they look back at the weekend's headlines and results around Major League Soccer.

Louis van Gaal rules out Chicharito return to Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has ruled out a return for striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, who is currently on-loan at Real Madrid.

Until recently, the Mexico international has primarily been used as a substitute in Carlo Ancelotti's side. However, due to injuries to Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, Chicharito was given starts twice last week.

An American travels to Barnet to experience club’s promotion to Football League

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Since my favorite team Tottenham Hotspur were away to Southampton this weekend, I decided to look elsewhere for my weekend soccer adventure. Since the two promotion chasing Championship sides (Watford and Brentford) were playing away from home, I decided to think outside the box. As it turned out, the team that is geographically closest to where I live in London, Barnet F.

Daniel Sturridge may be out for rest of the season, says Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is unsure if striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit enough to play again this season.

Sturridge, who has endured an injury-plagued campaign, has missed the last three games with a hip problem and will again be absent for Tuesday's Barclays Premier League trip to Hull.

Chelsea aren’t much better than Arsenal says Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger believes there is "not a lot" between his Arsenal side and Barclays Premier League champions-elect Chelsea.

The Blues battled to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take a step closer to the title, which they can secure later this week with victories over Leicester and then Crystal Palace.

MLS attendances for gameweek 8 of the 2015 season

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Despite having the lowest average attendance in Major League Soccer this season, Chicago Fire had a surprising turnout of more than 19,000 for its Friday night win against New York City FC in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Meanwhile, Seattle Sounders have climbed above Orlando City Soccer Club with the highest average attendance in MLS.

NBC Sports Live Extra is now available on Roku and Apple TV

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NBC Sports Live Extra is now available on Roku and Apple TV in the United States so that soccer fans can watch the Premier League live on the set-top box devices.

A subscription to a cable or satellite TV provider is still requiredso you canauthenticate your login on NBC Sports Live Extra.

A decision on Ilkay Gundogan’s future will be made soon, says Dortmund official

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Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc confirmed the Bundesliga club will have to make a decision on midfielder Ilkay Gundogan's future "soon."

On Friday, it was reportedGundoganwas on the verge of reaching an agreement with Manchester United.However, the following day the club's CEO refuted therumorssaying theGerman internationalhad not informed the club of any desire to leave Dortmund.

Barcelona feeling the pressure with Real Madrid close on their heels

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says his playerscannot let their guard down and must stay focused during their upcoming fixtures because every victory towards winning the league title.

La Blaugrana hold a two-point advantage over second place Real Madrid in La Liga and have already navigated their way through the difficult portion of the schedule.

Thomas Vermaelen could be included in Barcelona squad on Tuesday

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Thomas Vermaelen could be included in Luis Enrique's match day squad when Barcelona take on Getafe tomorrow at the Camp Nou.

On Sunday, after weeks of conflicting reports, club doctors finally declared the Belgian defender fit to play and the belief is the centre-back will be included in the team on Tuesday.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am ET with Kyle McCarthy

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Today's Soccer Morning features guest Kyle McCarthy to review the MLS games from the weekend.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.

Oscar’s concussion highlights Premier League’s incompetence at dealing with head injuries

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Concussions are a major problem across all sports, not just American football. If it wasn't a hot button topic of discussion before today's Arsenal and Chelsea 0-0 draw, it needs to be now. What happened (or what didn't happen to be specific) to Oscar after he collided with Arsenal keeper David Ospina shows just how far the English game has to go in treating concussions and taking them seriously.

It’s time for Yaya Toure to leave Manchester City

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It all began last year with the birthday fiasco. Yaya Toure turned 31 and was upset with Manchester City for not acknowledging the four-time African Player of the Year on his special day. His agent, Dimitri Seluk, spoke about how disrespectful it was to his client and that they were looking for another club who would appreciate the Ivory Coast captain more.

Chicharito’s future with Real Madrid still unclear despite fantastic week

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The future of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is still unclear despite a fantastic week for Real Madrid.

The on-loan striker from Manchester United scored the decisive goal during the second leg of Real Madrid's 1-0 Champions quarter-final victory over Atletico Madrid last Wednesday.

Then yesterday, the Mexico international added two more goals against Celta Vigo to help Real Madrid complete a 4-2 win over Celta Vigo, a victory which kept the club two points behind league leading Barcelona on the La Liga table.

PFA salutes MLS-bound Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard with merit awards

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Former England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were back in tandem as they shared the PFA Merit award on Sunday.

The veteran pair will leave the Premier League for Major League Soccer in the summer, having left an indelible mark on English football.

Both Gerrard and Lampard were mainstays of England's much-heralded 'golden generation' and collected 220 caps between them.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard awarded 2014/15 PFA Player of the Year

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Eden Hazard has been named the recipient of the 2014/15 Player of the Year Award by the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association).

Hazard has scored 18 goals for Chelsea so far this season and has been instrumental in helping the Blues win the League Cup as well as advance closer and closer to lifting the 2014/15 Premier League title.

Specialists in Anti-football? (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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After a nil-nil draw against Arsenal, Chelsea are just two matches away from being crowned champions, but are the Blues sucking the life out of the Premier League with performances that focus on capitalizing for other teams to make mistakes instead of playing entertaining football?

That topic and many more are discussed in the return of the World Soccer Talk Podcast, which features Nick Webster, Nate Abaurreau, Robin Burt and Nicky Holender.

Watch Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Captain John Terry celebrated passionately as Chelsea edged closer to the Barclays Premier League title after battling through a 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho extended his unbeaten run against Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger to 13 matches, and the Blues can wrap up the title in the week ahead with victories at Leicester and Crystal Palace.

Watch Everton 3-0 Manchester United match highlights [VIDEO]

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Louis van Gaal accused his Manchester United players of a lack of motivation as they slumped to their heaviest league defeat of his reign at Everton.

James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas found the net as United stumbled to successive defeats for the first time under the Dutchman.

United had 65 per cent possession and 17 attempts, but they were unable to break down a compact Everton team, who exposed the visitors' weak defense on the counter.

Mourinho fires back at ‘boring’ jibes from Arsenal supporters

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho laughed off the Arsenal crowd's "boring" jibes by reminding the Gunners of their wait for the Premier League title as his side closed in on the trophy.

The Blues need five more points to be crowned Premier League champions for the first time in five years, but were jeered in the goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium for a stubborn performance which frustrated Arsenal, who last won the title in 2003-04.

Jose Mourinho values Eden Hazard at £200 million

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho values Eden Hazard at B£200million and says if Real Madrid wanted the Belgium playmaker, he would be among the first to know.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane this week spoke of his admiration for Hazard, who is favorite to be crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night after a sparkling season for Chelsea.

Watch WBA 0-0 Liverpool match highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool's slim Champions League hopes suffered a huge blow as they were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at West Brom.

The Reds are fifth in the Barclays Premier League but only moved six points behind Manchester City before the champions' home game with Aston Villa.

Jordon Ibe hit the bar for the visitors and Boaz Myhill saved from Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.

Watch Stoke 1-1 Sunderland match highlights [VIDEO]

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Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat was pleased with a point but frustrated by opportunities that had been squandered after his side drew 1-1 at Stoke and slipped into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

The result marked a creditable response from the struggling Black Cats as they bounced back from the 4-1 home humbling against Crystal Palace last time out.

Watch Crystal Palace 0-2 Hull City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Dame N'Doye's second-half brace handed Hull a vital chink of light in their Premier League survival bid, as Steve Bruce's men won 2-0 at Crystal Palace.

Misfiring striker N'Doye wasted several chances before first tapping in from two yards, then blasting home at the end as Hull claimed their first win in seven matches.

Watch Newcastle 2-3 Swansea City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Beleaguered Newcastle head coach John Carver is refusing to throw in the towel despite the Magpies being sucked into a Barclays Premier League survival fight.

The Tyneside club sat just five points clear of the drop zone on Saturday evening after a 3-2 home defeat by Swansea, their seventh in succession, something they have never suffered in the Premier League before.

Watch QPR 0-0 West Ham United match highlights [VIDEO]

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QPR manager Chris Ramsey bemoaned the decision to disallow Richard Dunne's second-half goal after a 0-0 draw with West Ham dented Rangers' survival hopes.

Dunne thought he had given his side the lead when he nodded home at Loftus Road but referee Mike Jones penalised Steven Caulker for a foul on Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

Watch Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa match highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini felt his team had rediscovered the winning spirit after snatching a last-gasp victory over Aston Villa.

Fernandinho struck in the 89th minute as City killed off a Villa comeback at the Etihad Stadium to claim a 3-2 Barclays Premier League victory.

City were not at their best but looked to have the game sewn up as they went 2-0 ahead with goals from Sergio Aguero pouncing on a Brad Guzan blunder and Aleksandar Kolarov.

Watch Burnley 0-1 Leicester City match highlights [VIDEO]

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For the first time in five months Leicester have climbed out of the Premier League's bottom three as their unlikely great escape edged a step closer to reality with a fourth successive league victory, a 1-0 win at Burnley.

In what was billed a must-win match for both sides fellow strugglers Burnley spurned the opportunity to draw first blood when Matt Taylor missed a second-half penalty.

Everton-Man United and Arsenal-Chelsea, Gameweek 34: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Everton vs Manchester United, 8:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Arsenal vs Chelsea, 11am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

SEE MORE

• Everton vs Manchester United predicted lineups and team news

• Arsenal vs Chelsea predicted lineups and team news

• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

• How to follow the Premier League on US TV, Internet and radio

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Watch Southampton 2-2 Spurs match highlights [VIDEO]

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Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino hailed the fighting spirit of his side as they came from behind twice to rescue a draw on his first return to Southampton.

The Argentinian was given a hostile reception at St Mary's after leaving the club to take over at Spurs last summer and saw his former club take the lead twice with Graziano Pelle helping himself to a brace for Southampton.

Football Manager Classic 2015 review; Game for mobile devices is a winner

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In the past few years, the only thing I hated about playing any Football Manager game on my laptop while sitting on the couch was playing Football Manager on my laptop while sitting on the couch!

Finally, Sports Interactive has given us the game on our mobile devices that we deserve with a title that snuck onto mobile platforms late into the season.

Colorado Rapids score late to earn 1-1 draw against 10-man FC Dallas

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The Colorado Rapids hosted FC Dallas in the physical and controversial second game of the MLS Friday night double-header. The teams met just two weeks ago at FC Dallas where the Rapids won 4-0 in what is their only win so far in 2015. For this clash, FC Dallas had two key players back in the lineup that missed the previous match against Colorado due to injury: captain/center back Matt Hedges, and midfielder Mauro Diaz.

Champions League glory more likely than La Liga title, says Carlo Ancelotti

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says his side has a better chance of winning the Champions League than it has of winning La Liga this season.

Earlier today, Barcelona opened up a five-point lead over Real Madrid on the league table with their 2-0 derby win over Espanyol.

With six games remaining,Madrid are faced with the task of overturning that five-point league deficit while navigatingtricky fixtures against Celta Vigo (away), Sevilla (away) and Valencia (home) over the next two weeks.

Everton vs. Manchester United predicted lineups and team news

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Everton host Manchester United in Sunday's early kickoff (8:30am ET on NBCSN) with Roberto Martinez's men looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

After enduring a difficult season, the signs are that the Toffees are on their way to ending the campaign on a good note with 13 points from the last five games.

Why the animosity between Everton and Wayne Rooney has abated over time

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Just over ten years ago, Duncan Ferguson turned his finest performance of many in Everton colors. The rumbustious Scot rolled back the years on an atmospheric evening at Goodison Park, running amok amidst a terrified Manchester United defence and scoring the winning goal for the Toffees in a famous 1-0 win.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea predicted lineups and team news

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England's top two clash in the weekend's final Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (at 11am ET on NBCSN).

Hosts Arsenal are the more in-form side coming into this match although form rarely counts for anything in these sort of fixtures.

The Gunners have won their last eight matches in the league and are in the final of the FA Cup for a record 19thtime after defeating Reading in the semi-final last Saturday

On a personal level, Arsene Wenger will be seeking for his first ever victory over Jose Mourinho who famously branded him a specialist in failure last season.

Borussia Dortmund deny Ilkay Gundogan to Manchester United rumors

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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has refuted the rumors linking midfielder Ilkay Gundogan with a move to Manchester United.

On Friday, the German publication Der Westenclaimed the German international would make a move from the Westfalionstadion to Old Trafford in the summer.

Listen to World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET with Mike Prindiville

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Mike Prindiville.

Mike Prindiville is the producer of The 2 Robbies Football Show on NBC Sports Radio as well as NBC's popular 'I Was There' series that takes Premier League viewers into the grounds and pubs where fans congregate to cheer on their team.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.24.15) Mike Prindiville

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and NBC's Mike Prindiville.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 34: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Southampton vs Spurs, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Bill Leslie & Kevin Kilbane
Burnley vs Leicester, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Garry Birtles
Crystal Palace vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Efan Ekoku
Newcastle vs Swansea, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Davie Provan
QPR vs West Ham, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Tony Gale
Stoke vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Andy Walker
West Brom vs Liverpool, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker &Dean Sturridge
Manchester City vs Aston Villa, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

SEE MORE

• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

• How to follow the Premier League on US TV, Internet and radio

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Commentators for Premier League matches on NBC Sports, Gameweek 34

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Here's the line-up of commentatorsfor this weekend's Premier League matches:

Saturday, April 25:

Southampton vs Spurs, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Bill Leslie & Kevin Kilbane
Burnley vs Leicester, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Garry Birtles
Crystal Palace vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Efan Ekoku
Newcastle vs Swansea, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Davie Provan
QPR vs West Ham, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Tony Gale
Stoke vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Andy Walker
West Brom vs Liverpool, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker &Dean Sturridge
Manchester City vs Aston Villa, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

SEE MORE —

Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

How to follow the Premier League on US TV, Internet and radio

Sunday, April 26:

Everton vs Manchester United, 8:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Phil Neville
Arsenal vs Chelsea, 11am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

SEE MORE — Top 5 soccer games to watch on TV this weekend.

New York Cosmos face Atlanta Silverbacks in top of the table NASL weekend clash

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While Real Madrid and Schalke legend Raul's signing with the New York Cosmos has grabbed the headlines early in the NASL season, the league boasts another undefeated team down in Atlanta. The league-owned Silverbacks managed by former Stevenage and Colorado Rapids Head Coach Gary Smith have assembled an excellent squad on a tight-budget.

Hull players will have wages slashed up to 50% if they’re relegated

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Steve Bruce has revealed that Hull players will have their salaries slashed by up to 50 per cent if they are relegated.

The Tigers are fourth-bottom of the Premier League with one of the toughest run-ins facing them, and Hull manager Bruce said all players' contracts have been set up to protect the club financially in the event of relegation.

Manchester United nearing agreement for Ilkay Gundogan

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Manchester United are close to an agreement which will see Borussia Dortmund midfielderIlkayGundogan join the English club in the summer, according to numerous reports from Germany.

News of the pending deal first broke earlier this morning and has been gaining steam all afternoon.

It now appears United are in the process of finalizing a deal which will see the German international become their first signing of the summer.

Pep Guardiola believes Barcelona are the best team in the world

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola believes Barcelona are the best team in the world right now and is looking forward to returning "home" to face his formerclub in the Champions League semi-finals next month.

Earlier today, Bayern were drawn against Barcelona, meaning Guardiola willface his formerteam for the first time since leaving the Catalan side in 2012.

Real Madrid brimming with confidence but cautious of Juventus threat, says Carlo Ancelotti

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says his side is brimming with confidence heading into their Champions League semi-final against Juventus. However, the Italian boss is well aware of the threat posed by the defending Serie A champions.

Ancelotti navigated a difficult quarter-final tie against city rivals, Atletico Madrid, despite injuries to key players just days prior to the decisive return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this week.

Soccer Morning (4.24.15) Stefan Szymanski and Sean Reid

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Stefan Szymanski and Sean Reid.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Juventus want to make a statement by defeating Real Madrid, says club director

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Juventus director Pavel Nedved says his team wants to make a statement for Italian soccerby defeating Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals next month.

Despite winning three successiveScudettos and being on the verge of a fourth Juventus will be underdogs when they face off against the defending European and world champions in Champions League semi-finals in May.

Predictable Champions League is bested by more exciting and open Europa League

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Atletico Madrid's elimination from the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday at the hands of local rival Real Madrid effectively ended the interest of many neutrals in the competition. In this era of Financial Fair Play (FFP), the Champions League has become so predictable that for each of the last six seasons, two of these three teams (Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and FC Bayern) have been in each semi-final, while in three of the last four seasons each of those three teams have made the semifinals.

Sunderland could pick Adam Johnson to play despite charges of sex with minor

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Sunderland winger Adam Johnson appears set to remain available for selection after being charged with three offenses of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.

The Black Cats confirmed on Friday that, while they will continue to review the situation, their position "remains unchanged".

Mourinho to make late decision whether Diego Costa will be fit for Arsenal game

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will make a late decision on whether to risk Diego Costa's fragile hamstrings against Arsenal in a potentially decisive match in the Premier League title race (live on NBCSN at 11am ET on Sunday).

Costa has missed the last two matches, but could return ahead of schedule in place of Didier Drogba, who is fit after an ankle knock, as Chelsea seek a win which would see them move within three points of the trophy.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET

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Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Listen to Kyle Martino and Stefan Szymanski on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features a blockbuster lineup as we have NBC's Kyle Martino as well as Soccernomics co-author Stefan Szymanski scheduled to be on the live show.

Martino returned last week from England where he was part of the talent that brought the Premier League to US viewers —directly from the studios and grounds in the UK.

Racism fueled Romelu Lukaku’s goal hunger, says Everton striker

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku dealt with racism as a youngster by using it as an added motivation to score goals.

The Belgium international revealed he encountered abuse playing in youth teams back in his homeland but found the perfect response.

"I didn't suffer too much but when you hear it for the first time you are like 'Oh my God'," said the 21-year-old, speaking at a Kick It Out session at a school in Liverpool.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.23.15) Kyle Martino and Stefan Szymanski

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guests Kyle Martino and Stefan Szymanski.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Champions League and Europa League semi-final draws announced, setting up exciting prospects

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The draws for the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League have been announced, setting up some mouthwatering prospects.

The possibility of an el Clasico final between Barcelona and Real Madrid is on the cards in the Champions League, but first Barcelona will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals — which in itself is worthy of a final clash.

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich will be special and wonderful for everyone, says Luis Enrique

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says the Champions League semi-final thatpits his side against Bayern Munich will be "special" and "wonderful for everyone."

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola willface his former club at the Camp Nou on May 6 for the first time since leaving the Catalan side in 2012.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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We're edging ever closer to a thrilling climax in a clutch of European leagues, with much to play for at the top and bottom in various high-profile divisions.

There are some wonderful rivalries to sample this weekend too, with the top two sides in England and Portugal set to battle it out in the race to finish top of the pile.

What Klinsmann is saying by starting Jordan Morris for US team; By Steve Davis

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Everyone loves a boy-done-good story. Who could watch Jordan Morris' raw emotion as the Stanford man banged in a rock-solid finish last week against his national team's most rival-y rival and not feel proud for him?

Are you kidding me? A college kid sticking it in the faces of Mexican professionals, starting and scoring before millions of TV viewers in two countries.

Orlando stadium situation highlights continued problems for MLS with taxpayer funded facilities

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MLS' complicated stadium scenarios might have become more complex on Thursday. With a shortfall in funding potentially a real issue for Orlando City SC, the Florida Legislature concludes its annual session in the next eight days. Approximately $30 million is needed from the state to complete funding for a stadium that is slated to open next season.

Iker Casillas willing to remain at Real Madrid even if he’s not a starter

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas says he plans to fulfill his contract with the club even if he isnot a starter in future seasons.

Speaking after his side's 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid, Casillas was asked about the continuous rumors surrounding his future at Real Madrid.

While professing his desire to remain the club's number one, the team captain revealed that he has reached an age where he sees things differently than before.

Soccernomics co-author Stefan Szymanski breaks down MLS accounting and predicts a collapse

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Major League Soccer has endured twenty years of steady growth and overcome numerous challenges to become a viable business. But does the model really lend itself to eventually allowing the league to be an independently profitable business?

Acclaimed soccer economist and author Stefan Szymanski has his doubts.

Wenger: Cesc Fabregas deserves respect from Arsenal fans

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on the club's fans to show Cesc Fabregas "the respect he deserves" when the former Gunners captain returns to the Emirates Stadium in a Chelsea shirt on Sunday.

Fabregas, 27, has been integral to the Blues' Barclays Premier League title challenge this season after joining from Barcelona in the summer.

La Liga continues to show its Champions League dominance

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La Liga has once again shown its dominance of the UEFA Champions League.

Prior to Real Madrid's 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid, the Spanish leaguewas already guaranteed of havingtwo representatives in the Champions League semi-final for the fifth year ina row.

No other league can boast having more than one team in the "Final Four" of Europe during that five-year period.

Soccer Morning (4.23.15) Kevin Laramee and David Cartlidge

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Kevin Laramee and David Cartlidge.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Bayern Munich eager to renew Pep Guardiola’s contract past June 2016

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BayernMunich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed his club is eager to begin negotiations with Pep Guardiola in order to renew the coach's contract past June 2016.

The English press have made Guardiola the likeliest candidate to replace Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini after his current contract expires with the German champions.

2015 International Champions Cup announces teams for tournament in China

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The 2015 International Champions Cup has announced a trio of clubs to feature in the competition to be played in China. Reigning UEFA Champions League winners, Real Madrid, headline the list and they will be joined in Asia by Italian clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan.

While the United States has hosted the two-year-old competition in previous years, venues in China and Australia have been added to this year's edition.

Nike defends USA home jersey against backlash of complaints

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In an interview with USA Today, Nike's vice president of North America communications, defended the company'sdesign of the USA home jersey for 2015 that features a white shirt with black trim.

The biggest complaint among soccer fans in the United States this week is that the shirt has no red and blue in it.

Sevilla’s Europa League title defense in jeopardy against Zenit St Petersburg

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Sevilla's Europa League title defense is in jeopardy as their quarter-final tie against Zenit St Petersburg is poised precariously at 2-1 heading into today's return leg in Russia.

The La Liga club had to battle back from a one-goal deficit to defeat Zenit in Spain last week. But while the three-time Europa League champions hold an advantage, their Russian opposition could knock them out of the tournament by securing a 1-0 victory at home today.

1.4 million+ watched Chelsea-Man United and Arsenal-Reading on NBC and FOX last Saturday

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The viewing numbers are in for the broadcasts by NBC and FOX over-the-air networks for last Saturday's simultaneous live coverage of Chelsea's Premier League game against Manchester United and Arsenal versus Reading in the FA Cup semi-final.

NBC's live broadcast of Chelsea against Manchester United netted 1.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET with Montreal and La Liga discussion

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning is a listener call-in show where you can dial in with your questions, or to get something off your chest. Plus, we'll have a couple of guests on to discuss Montreal Impact in the CONCACAF Champions League Final, as well as La Liga talk with David Cartlidge.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jordan Henderson signs 5-year contract extension at Liverpool

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Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson has committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.

The 24-year-old England international has become a central part of manager Brendan Rodgers' team over the last two years and is expected to take over the armband from Steven Gerrard when he leaves for Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer.

UEFA announce changes to Champions League seeding system

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UEFA have announced ratified changes to the seeding system for next year's Champions League which will affect how the top seeds are determined.

The new system will see thewinners of the 2014-15 Champions League joined by the winners of the domestic titles in Spain, Germany, England, France, Italy, Portugal and Russia.

Listen to Janusz Michallik on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Janusz Michallik.

Michallik is a former MLS and USMNT footballer who is now a commentator and analyst for FOX Sports, ESPN and others. He'll be on the show to review this week's UEFA Champions League matches, to preview tomorrow's UEFA Europa League matches and to talk US soccer.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.22.15) Janusz Michallik

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Janusz Michallik.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Interview with FC United’s Press Officer Andy Walker

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Set up in direct protest to the Glazer family takeover of Manchester United, FC United of Manchester and its supporters have been the renegade club of England for the last decade.

Ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary in June with a glamor-friendly against Portuguese giants Benfica, the club from Manchester will open the brand new Broadhurst Park with its 4,400 seat capacity.

Chicharito an unlikely hero as Real Madrid edge into Champions League semi-finals

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In the last seven meetings of the Madrid derby, Real were unable to win. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez's goal in the 88th minute ended the streak as the 10-time European champions advance to their fifth Champions League semi-finals in a row.

With injuries to striker Karim Benzema, winger Gareth Bale and midfielder Luka Modric, plus left-back Marcelo being suspended, manager Carlo Ancelotti had to go to his bench to put together a starting XI.

Pep Guardiola charged by UEFA for an incident of non-sporting nature

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has been charged by UEFA for an incident of non-sporting nature.

In all its wisdom, European football's governing body has elected to take issue withGuardiola for wearing a t-shirt which promoted a campaign for justice surrounding the death of an Argentine journalist during his pre-match press conference prior to the second leg of Bayern Munich's Champions League match against Porto.

Yahoo! shuts down fantasy MLS game 7 weeks into season

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Despite the fact that the Major League Soccer season is just seven weeks into its regular season, Yahoo! Sports has announced that they have shut down their fantasy MLS league. The company has stated that they are canning the fantasy league to focus on their Fantasy Sports app.

While Yahoo!

Club America vs Montreal Impact preview; CONCACAF Champions League Final, 1st leg

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When the Montreal Impact step into the "bee's nest" that will be the sold out Estadio Azteca tonight, they'll not only have to fight an angry Club America team coming off a 4-0 home loss on the weekend, but a team that is desperate to win this very competition. The Impact's story is feel good. Club America's is the need to be good.

Watch Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid match highlights [VIDEO]

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Tranmere Rovers on the brink of oblivion, as relegation from the Football League looms large

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On January 27 2001, Tranmere Rovers made the short journey across the River Mersey and humbled Everton 3-0 in a hopelessly one-sided FA Cup tie.

It's a game that remains etched into my own index of soccer memories, not only because of the wretched performance turned in by the Toffees that day, or because it was the only time my dad insisted we leave the ground early, but because of the manner in which the second tier side played.

US Soccer unveils USA home jersey for 2015 from Nike: Official [PHOTOS]

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US Soccer has revealed the home jersey that the USA Men's and Women's National Teams will be wearing during 2015 from Nike.

While the photos above and below feature the US Women's National Team jersey, the men will be wearing the same design in 2015 except that the shirt willbe a men's fit.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid and Monaco vs Juventus: TV times and open thread

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Yesterday's UEFA Champions League semi-finals started off with a bang, but by halftime, the fates of Paris Saint-Germain and Porto were already determined with matches that involved one-way traffic for both Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Today's matches promise to be more nervy affairs than 6-1 or 2-0 spectacles.

Luis Enrique has had the best start of a Barcelona coach after 50 games

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Luis Enrique has had the best start of a Barcelona coach in the history of the club after 50 games.

Since assuming control of the Catalan club last summer, Enrique has won 42 of his 50 matches, alongwith five defeats and three draws. Of the 42 wins, 25 have come inLa Liga, eight in the Copa del Rey and nine in the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid predicted lineups and team news

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Real Madrid host city rivals Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final match after playing out a 0-0 draw in the first leg last week.

The visitors come into the game as slight favorites given their dominance over the UEFA Champions League holders this season winning four and drawing three of their last seven meetings.

How the Premier League could split US TV Packages for 2016-19

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Sports Business Daily reported on Tuesday that the Premier League is considering splitting packages for the next round US TV rights, which will run from 2016 to 2019. This would follow the precedent set by the league in other major markets such as the UK. The Premier League has experienced a surge of popularity in the American market since 2010.

7 interesting observations from most followed Premier League clubs around the world

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The Guardian ran a fascinating infographic today showing the most popular Premier League team by geographic region worldwide. At first glance, it's a melting pot of colors, but Arsenal is yellow, Chelsea is blue, Liverpool isgreen while Manchester United is red. For the other clubs and more detailed data, look at the original source.

Scott Sinclair wants to sign a permanent deal at Aston Villa

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Scott Sinclair has revealed he is ready to sign a permanent deal at Aston Villa.

The Manchester City loanee wants to stay at Villa Park after his deal expires at the end of the season.

Sinclair joined Villa in January and has scored three goals in 10 games, including two in three outings during their run to the FA Cup final.

Chicharito set to start for Real Madrid in today’s decisive game against Atletico Madrid

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Real Madrid striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is set to start alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in today's decisive leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Mexico international, who is on-loan from Manchester United, has played a limited role with Madrid this season making only six starts prior to today's match.

Monaco need the perfect match to beat Juventus, says coach Leonardo Jardim

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AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim says his side need to have a perfect match if they are going to defeat Juventus and reverse their 1-0 Champions League quarter-final deficit.

Last week, the Italian champions secured a narrow victory over the French clubwhen Juventus were awarded a second half penaltyafter defender Ricardo Carvalho tripped Alvaro Morata as the striker entered the box.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET with Janusz Michallik and Eric Gomez

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Janusz Michallik and Eric Gomez.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Janusz Michallik will be on the show to discuss Champions League, while Eric Gomez will chat about Club America, Liga MX, the Mexico national team and Copa America.

Manchester United make £21 million offer for Mats Hummels, says report

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Manchester United have made a £21 million offer for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, according to the German publication BILD.

The initial bid isexpected to be rejectedas the Bundesliga club are holding out for an offer of £32 million for the German international.

Hummels is under contract until 2017, but admitted last month he would consider a future away from Dortmund at the end of the season.

Listen to Steve Davis live on World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Steve Davis.

In addition to being co-host of ESPN's Soccer Today radio show, Davis writes for Soccer Gods and World Soccer Talk, and does FC Dallas radio broadcasts. Davis is a veteran US soccer journalist who previously worked for NBC's Pro Soccer Talk.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.21.15) Steve Davis

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Steve Davis.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Thiago shines as Bayern Munich slaughters FC Porto 6-1

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For Porto it was all good just a week ago. They defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 at home and had a very good chance of advancing to the semifinals of the Champions League. Unfortunately for the Dragons, Bayern were motivated by their loss and thrashed them 6-1.

The scoring began when left-back Juan Bernat, starting over the injured David Alaba, whipped a ball into the box and Thiago headed the ball in around the 14th minute.

West Ham United to introduce cheapest adult season ticket in Premier League

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West Ham will introduce the cheapest adult season ticket in the Premier League when they move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016-17 season.

While there will be a small rise in prices for next season, the Hammers' last at Upton Park, they will fall significantly with the move to the club's new 54,000-capacity home which coincides with the start of the Premier League's lucrative new television deal.

Watch Barcelona 2-0 Paris Saint Germain mach highlights [VIDEO]

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Atletico Madrid ready to inflict more hurt on injury-ravaged Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is not thinking about Real Madrid's injury problems heading into Wednesday's decisive Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It was learned earlier today that striker Karim Benzema will be the third key member of the club to miss the crucial Champions League encounter tomorrow.

Soccer Morning (4.21.15) Jonathan Tannenwald and Neil Morris

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Jonathan Tannenwald and Neil Morris.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Manchester City star Yaya Toure open to ‘new challenges’

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed he is open to "new challenges" and will not stay at a club simply to collect wages.

Reports last week suggested Toure could be part of a summer clear-out at the Etihad Stadium as the club look to reshape the squad after an underwhelming season.

Barcelona vs PSG and Bayern Munich vs Monaco: TV times and open thread

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Both matches today feature 3-1 scorelines from the first leg with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain facing the unenviable task of trying to overcome those results to advance to the semi-finals of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League.

An early goal for Bayern Munich and/or Paris Saint-Germain could open up either game and force the other team to try to go for the killer goal or sit back and defend the onslaught.

West Ham United rubbish claims of trying to sign Jurgen Klopp

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West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has hit out at "nonsense" suggestions that the club had approached Jurgen Klopp about replacing Sam Allardyce.

Premier League clubs were put on alert last week by the news that the highly-rated German will end a seven-year spell as Borussia Dortmund manager this summer.

Ross Barkley remains one of England’s brightest stars, but must learn from a turbulent campaign

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As Jack Grealish confirmed his status as England's next hot young thing with a mesmeric display for Aston Villa under the Wembley arch and Harry Kane bagged his 30th goal of an extraordinary campaign with Tottenham Hotspur, Ross Barkley—last season's in-vogue prospect—added another disappointing chapter to an auspicious season.

Everton’s history and connection with the iconic Prince Rupert’s Tower

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Editor's note: World Soccer Talk writer Matt Jones recently went on a mission from his home on the Wirral to take photographs of Prince Rupert's Tower in Liverpool, and to share his insight regarding the connection between the tower and the history of Everton Football Club.

A soccer team's crestis a pretty big deal.

Who do you think will win the Premier League US TV rights for 2016-19?

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In May or June of this year, the bidding for the 2016-19 Premier League TV rights is expected to begin with FOX Sports, ESPN and NBC Sports readyto begin a bidding war to determine who willacquire the rights to the world's most popular sports league.

Despite NBC raising the baron soccer coverage in the United States and growing the average Premier League viewing audience by 10% compared to last year, nothing is guaranteed.

Mike Ashley must invest or lose Newcastle United fans

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been warned he risks creating a lost generation of supporters if he fails to invest in the club.

Thousands of fans stayed away from Sunday's Barclays Premier League defeat by Tottenham at St James' Park in protest at the way the sportswear Tycoon is running the club, with the official attendance of 47,427 the capacity of the stadium is in excess of 52,000 understood to include many season ticket holders who did not attend.

Spurs rooting for Arsenal FA Cup glory? It may happen next month

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur form one of the most heated rivalries in all of the Barclays Premier League. With the two north London clubs only separated by about 4 miles, it's no wonder. Despite the fact that the supporters of these two teams thoroughly despise each other, there could very well be a scenario soon in which Spurs, and their fan base, will be sitting by their respective televisions, holding red and white pom poms.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am ET with Neil Morris and Jonathan Tannenwald

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Neil Morris and Jonathan Tannenwald.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Neil Morris will be on the show to chat about his developing story that Traffic Sports is trying to sell NASL team Carolina Railhawks.

Patience the key for Bayern Munich against Porto, says Thomas Müller

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Thomas Müller says Bayern Munich must resist using any "kamikaze tactics" against FC Porto, as the German champions attempt to overturn their two-goal deficit in today's return leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Porto's 3-1 win at theEstadio do Dragao last week has left Bayern on the brink of elimination from the tournament.

Listen to Keith Costigan on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Keith Costigan. FOX Soccer's analyst and commentator will discuss several topics including what changes are needed at Liverpool this summer, what went wrong against Aston Villa, how FOX has changed from the early days until now and a preview of this week's UEFA Champions League matches.

A tribute to a Chievo Verona hero Sergio Pellissier

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The current Serie A season has to be one of the strangest in recent times, even for calcio standards.Juventus, led by Massimiliano Allegri, who was deemed inept for the job at the start of the season, are running away with the league and are a step away from their first Champions League semi-final appearance in 12 years.

Manchester United third shirt for 2015-16 season: New leaked photos

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New leaked images of Manchester United's third shirt reveals that the colors are actually black and orange and not black and red as originally thought.

While the quality of the leaked images aren't exceptional, the more I see of the shirt, the more I like it. As you can from the photographs below, the orange trim 'pops' against the black shirt.

Tim Sherwood appears to be the perfect fit for Aston Villa

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I will forever be biased against Tim Sherwood. It's understandable considering the circus Tottenham Hotspur became last season under his watch. His claims of greatness despite his winning percentage were unfounded, and Spurs felt like they were at their lowest ebb in years. Moreover, Sherwood struggled to put his Spurs tenure in the past and move on with his current duties.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.20.15) Keith Costigan

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Keith Costigan.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema ruled out of decisive Champions League return leg

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been ruled out of tomorrow's decisive Champions League return leg against Atletico Madrid due to a ligament strain in his right knee.

The club had previously held hope that the Frenchman would be fit enough to start the match up front alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

Thomas Vermaelen included in Barcelona squad against Paris Saint-Germain

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has included defender Thomas Vermaelen in his match day squad for today's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris Saint-Germain.

The 29-year-old defender was signed from Arsenal for a reported £15 million last summer, but was almost immediately sidelined with a serious hamstring injury.

Soccer Morning (4.20.15) Kyle McCarthy and Kris Heneage

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features news about a major announcement from Soccer Morning, as well as interviews with Kyle McCarthy and Kris Heneage.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

FOX Sports and ESPN won’t submit a joint bid for Premier League US TV rights, says report

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FOX Sports and ESPN will not submita joint bid for the Premier League US TV rights this summer for the 2016-19 cycle, according to a report today in SportsBusiness Daily.

The TV networks expected to bid for the prestigious Premier League rights are incumbent NBC Sports, FOX Sports and ESPN, while beIN SPORTS could be interested in bidding.

Porto coach Julen Lopetegui wants one more fantastic effort against Bayern Munich

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Porto coach Julen Lopetegui knows his team needs to produce one more fantastic performance if they are goingadvance past Bayern Munichon Tuesday.

Despite their 3-1 advantage from the first leg, the task ahead of Portois a daunting one considering Bayern have won all four of their home matches in this season's Champions League campaign, scoring 13 goals while conceding none.

Pep Guardiola confident Bayern Munich will overcome first leg deficit

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has full confidence in his players and believes anything is possible as his sideattempts to overturn their 3-1 Champions League quarter-final deficit tomorrowagainst FC Porto.

In what many considered the surprise of the tournament, Porto ran riot over Bayern Munich at the Estádio do Dragãolast week, scoring two goals in the opening ten minutes before going on to secure a comfortable 3-1 home win.

Patrick Bamford dreaming of Chelsea debut

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Patrick Bamford wants to remain at Chelsea for many years to come and is willing to remain patient to fulfil his dream of playing for the club.

Like so many young players at Stamford Bridge, the 21-year-old has found the pathway to the first-team blocked and has been farmed out on loan.

Bamford spent successful spells at MK Dons and Derby last season, before linking up with Middlesbrough this term a move which has seen the striker's game go up a notch.

Barcelona manager praises Luis Suarez meteoric adaptation to the team

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has marveled at the meteoric adaptation of Luis Suarez to his team this season.

After initial concerns, the Uruguayan has been sensational for Barcelona both domestically and, perhaps most importantly, in Europe.

Suarez played the role of provider during his early months at the club.

Tom Cleverley hails Tim Sherwood’s attacking tactics at Aston Villa

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Tom Cleverley has hailed Tim Sherwood's style and insists Aston Villa's attacking gambles are paying off.

The midfielder helped Villa reach the FA Cup final after their 2-1 last-four victory over Liverpool on Sunday.

Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph scored to cancel out Philippe Coutinho's opener as Villa booked a final showdown with Arsenal on May 30.

Medical scans reveal no fracture for Manchester City’s David Silva

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Manchester City have revealed playmaker David Silva did not suffer any fractures in Sunday's Barclays Premier League victory over West Ham.

Silva was taken to hospital for checks on his cheekbone and collarbone after being caught in the face by an elbow from Hammers midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate at the Etihad Stadium.

Harry Kane becomes first Spurs striker since Gary Lineker to reach 30 goals in a season

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Harry Kane is in no mood to put his feet up after smashing through the 30-goal barrier.

The 21-year-old England international became the first Spurs player to reach that mark since Gary Lineker during the 1991-92 season when he netted the third in a 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle on Sunday.

Soccer Morning to launch 2-hour daily show on Sirius XM beginning May 4

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Soccer Morning, the daily soccer discussion and interview show, will launch a brand-new 2-hour daily show on Sirius XM satellite radio beginning May 4 in addition to continuing its free daily morning show live on worldsoccertalk.com/live at its new time of 9-10:15am ET.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, the new satellite radio show will air weekdays from 11am-1pm ET live on Sirius XM channel 94.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am ET with Kyle McCarthy and Kris Heneage

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features news about a major announcement from Soccer Morning, as well as interviews with Kyle McCarthy and Kris Heneage.

Jason Davis will explain what the major news is today, from Soccer Morning's brand-new studio.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Paris Saint-Germain confirm Thiago Silva will miss return leg against Barcelona

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Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed Thiago Silva will miss Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final return leg against Barcelona.

Silva was substituted after 21 minutes during the first leg in Paris and was replaced by defender David Luiz.

PSG would go on to lose the contest 3-1 and now face the daunting task of reversing the tie without their team captain at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Fabregas eager to do something he couldn’t do at Arsenal: win a Premier League title

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Cesc Fabregas has issued a pointed reminder to Arsenal of the reason why he chose to return to England with Chelsea as the Blues close in on his first Premier League title.

The Spain playmaker made more than 300 appearances for the Gunners in an eight-year spell before leaving for Barcelona with one FA Cup winners' medal to his name after a number of near misses, including in the 2004-2005 Premier League season and 2006 Champions League final.

Real Madrid dealt second injury blow with Gareth Bale ruled out for 2 to 3 weeks

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Real Madrid have been dealt another injury blow ahead of their crucial Champions League quarter-final return leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Forward Gareth Bale will be sidelined for two to three weeks after being diagnosed with a muscle injury to his left soleus (calf).

Bale injured his left calf during the opening minutes of Saturday's 3-1 win over Malaga and was removed from the game after only five minutes.

Watch Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool FA Cup semi-final match highlights [VIDEO]

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There will be no fairytale end to Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career after Aston Villa came from behind to deservedly book their place in the FA Cup final with a 2-1 win over the Reds.

Wembley was supposed to be the scene for Gerrard's grand send-off, with the final falling on his 35th birthday and supposedly destined to be the last game of his long Anfield career before embarking on a new challenge with Los Angeles Galaxy.

Watch Newcastle 1-3 Spurs match highlights [VIDEO]

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is convinced there is more to come from striker Harry Kane after seeing him plunder his 30th goal of the season.

Kane became the first Spurs player since Gary Lineker to reach the 30-mark with a late strike in his side's 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle on Sunday.

Watch Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United match highlights [VIDEO]

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A bizarre own goal from West Ham's James Collins helped Manchester City back to winning ways in the Barclays Premier League.

Top scorer Sergio Aguero was also on target as the fallen champions, after a horrendous run of six defeats in eight games, claimed a welcome and routine 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Marcos Senna and Raul shine in New York Cosmos win against Tampa Bay

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In a rebirth of the rivalry which defined the 1970s of North American professional soccer, the New York Cosmos played host to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in their NASL Spring Season home opener on Saturday night. Reintroduced to the league in 2013, the Cosmos are currently top of the NASL table, winning two of their opening three matches and drawing the other.

Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool FA Cup semi-final player ratings

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ASTON VILLA:

SHAY GIVEN: The deflection off Jores Okore gave him little chance to stop Philippe Coutinho's opener but the veteran had little else to do as Villa kept Liverpool at a safe distance. 7/10

LEANDRO BACUNA: Not a natural right-back and had to be aware of Raheem Sterling but kept him quiet in the first half and was bailed out by Ron Vlaar when needed in the second.

FC Dallas holds on for 3-2 win over Toronto FC after 3 hour rain delay

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After losing 4-0 at home to the Colorado Rapids last week, FC Dallas wasted no time trying to regain form as they scored just 30 seconds into their match against Toronto FC, a match that started Saturday night but ended early Sunday morning.

Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo ran onto a long pass from left back Moises Hernandez and squeezed a right-footed shot between the near post and Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik to open the scoring.

Borussia Dortmund appoint Thomas Tuchel head coach effective July 1

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Borussia Dortmund have appointed former Mainz 05 boss Thomas Tuchel as their new head coach effective July 1.

The 41-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club and willbe unveiled as the new coach in the week that follows the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign.

The West German native was reportedly eyeing up a move to Hamburg, and was also rumored to be a contender to replace Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, when the Spaniard's contract expires in 2016.

Big clubs lining up for PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay according to club official

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PSV Eindhoven technical directorMarcel Brands says Memphis Depay is attracting "serious interest from big clubs" and it is almost a certainty the talentedwinger will leave the newly crowned Eredivisie champions this summer.

Depay struck a majestic free-kick in Saturday's 4-1 win over Heerenveen, which secure PSV's first Dutch league title since 2008.

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric ruled out for six weeks with knee ligament damage

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Real Madrid have confirmed that midfielder Luka Modric will be out of action for approximately six weeks after test revealed the player suffered a medial collateral ligament sprain on his right knee.

The diagnosis was revealed on the club's official websiteearlier this morning.

The injury took place during Madrid's 3-1 victory over Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 33: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Manchester City vs West Ham, 8:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Tim Howard
Aston Villa vs Liverpool FA Cup semi-final, 10am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO, commentators not announced
Newcastle vs Spurs, 11am, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Danny Mills

SEE MORE

• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

• How to follow the English Premier League on US TV, Internet and radio

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Watch Crystal Palace 0-2 WBA match highlights [VIDEO]

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Tony Pulis admitted his West Brom side had used his inside knowledge of former club Crystal Palace to find a way of beating the Eagles at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

An early James Morrison header put the Baggies in a strong position and they defended well as Palace looked to hit back, wrapping up a vital 2-0 win courtesy of a Craig Gardner strike that sees Pulis' men move eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Watch Everton 1-0 Burnley match highlights [VIDEO]

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche claims his side are being punished for playing the game the right way and not haranguing referees in order to win decisions.

The Clarets lost 1-0 at Everton after Ashley Barnes was sent off on the stroke of half-time for two bookable offenses yet Toffees goalscorer Kevin Mirallas escaped with only a yellow card for a studs-up challenge on George Boyd.

Watch Leicester City 2-0 Swansea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Boss Nigel Pearson insisted Leicester will remain grounded despite moving off the bottom for the first time since November.

The Foxes are only in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone on goal difference after their deserved 2-0 win over Swansea.

Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King struck to clinch a third straight win for the Foxes the first time they have won three in a row in the top flight for 15 years.

Watch Stoke 2-1 Southampton match highlights [VIDEO]

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Ronald Koeman acknowledged Southampton's Champions League dreams were all but over after their 2-1 defeat to Stoke.

The visitors took a deserved lead in the first half through Morgan Schneiderlin, but the Potters equalized through Mame Diouf following an error by Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis and Charlie Adam snatched all three points for the hosts six minutes from time.

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Luka Modric doubtful for Atletico return clash

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale had to be substituted after just four minutes after injuring his left calf during the early stages of his side's 3-1 victory over Malaga.

The Welshman was immediately replaced by Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, before being sent out for scans on his damaged leg.

Watch Arsenal 2-1 Reading (AET) FA Cup semi-final match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepted his side were "a bit lucky" after a fumble from Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici handed them a 2-1 extra-time victory and a place in the FA Cup final.

The Gunners will head back to Wembley on May 30 aiming to defend the trophy after edging past the Sky Bet Championship side, who had rallied after going behind just before half-time to a fine goal from Alexis Sanchez.

FOX Sports 1 and AT&T U-Verse standoff drags on; Soccer fans get screwed

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FOX Sports 1 and TV provider AT&T U-Verse are 7 weeksinto a standoff that has caused viewers to miss out on many live sporting events, including the first 6 weeks of MLS games,and United States vs. Mexico friendlyon Wednesday night (even though parent company AT&T sponsored the game on FS1).

Watch Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United match highlights [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho refused to get too far ahead of himself as Chelsea closed in on the Barclays Premier League title with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal labeled United's performance their best of the season, but Eden Hazard's 18th goal of the campaign sent Chelsea 10 points clear of second-placed Arsenal.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Everton vs Burnley, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Barry Horne
Crystal Palace vs West Brom, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale
Leicester vs Swansea, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Dean Sturridge
Stoke vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Trevor Francis
Arsenal vs Reading, 12:20pm, FOX network and FOX Sports GO, commentators not announced
Chelsea vs Man United, 12:30pm, NBC network and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

SEE MORE

• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

• How to follow the Premier League on US TV, Internet and radio

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Listen to Kristan Heneage on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Kristan Heneage. The ITV and CNN International correspondent will be on the show to discuss this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals, Chelsea against Manchester United, Newcastle's protest on Sunday and more.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.17.15) Kris Heneage

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Kris Heneage.

The ITV and CNN International correspondent was on the show to discuss this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals, Chelsea against Manchester United, Newcastle's protest on Sunday and more.

Chelsea-United TV scheduling conflict devalues Arsenal-Reading FA Cup semi-final

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Today'sa big day for British soccer, as five Barclays Premier League matches and an FA Cup semi-final match between Arsenal and Reading are scheduled to take place. With the Premier League season winding down, most teams will only have five more league matches after this weekend, so every single match is important for a majority of teams.

Commentators for Premier League matches on NBC Sports, Gameweek 33

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Here's the line-up of commentatorsfor this weekend's Premier League matches:

Saturday, April 18:

Everton vs Burnley, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Barry Horne
Crystal Palace vs West Brom, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Tony Gale
Leicester vs Swansea, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Dean Sturridge
Stoke vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra; Phil Blacker & Trevor Francis
Chelsea vs Man United, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra<; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux/p>

Read more:Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

Sunday, April 19:

Manchester City vs West Ham, 8:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Tim Howard
Newcastle vs Spurs, 11am, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Danny Mills

Read more: Top 5 soccer games to watch on TV this weekend.

Interview with ESPN’s Paul Carr on NYCFC, Soccernomics and MLS expansion

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I recently caught up with Paul Carr, senior researcher for ESPN Stats & Information department, at a New York City FC game.

We covered a lot of stuff MLS's international break problem, the new book from Stefan Szymanski of Soccernomics, and the future of MLS expansion.

Here's the interview:

Sam Dunn (SD): I wanted to get your take on the impact of international breaks – official and unofficial – on the level of play in MLS.

Chelsea vs. Manchester United predicted lineups and team news

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Premier League leaders Chelsea host high-flying Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (at 12:30pm ET on NBC for readers in the USA) with both sides comfortably clear of their nearest rivals.

The Blues' are seven points above second-placed Arsenal who are not in Premier League action this weekend due to their FA Cup semi-final against Reading, and they could go 10 points clear if they manage a win against the Red Devils.

Soccer Morning (4.17.15) Jeremiah Oshan

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guest Jeremiah Oshan.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Jason kicks off today's show with SBNation's Jeremiah Oshan as they look back at Jordan Morris' history with the Seattle Sounders & his future at Stanford University.

Luis Enrique calling on Barcelona fans to spur his side past Valencia on Saturday

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is calling on supporters at the Camp Nou to spur his side past fourth place Valencia on Saturday.

La Blaugrana hold a two-point lead over second place Real Madrid heading into this weekend's fixtures, and could be displaced as league leaders should they drop points at home to Los Che.

New York Cosmos and Rowdies to renew one of the biggest US soccer rivalries Saturday

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Professional soccerin the United States is still relatively young when compared to that of other countries across the globe, but a few major traditional rivalries have developed through the years. Perhaps the biggest cross-sectional rivalry in the USA is the matchup between the New York Cosmos and the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Carlo Ancelotti expects to stay with Real Madrid and doesn’t want another goalkeeper

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Carlo Ancelotti says hewill remain in charge of Real Madrid next season andhas never asked the club to sign another goalkeeper.

Over the past few months, the futures of Ancelotti and Iker Casillas have been the subject of speculation with the consensus being that both were on their way out of Madrid.

Juventus reject £50 million offer from Barcelona for Paul Pogba, says report

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Juventus have rejected a £50 million offer from Barcelona for midfielder Paul Pogba, according to the Catalan daily SPORT.

Although Barcelona are in the process of serving a FIFA-imposed two-window transfer ban, club officials understand they can continue to sign players until the embargo is lifted in January 2016.

FOX Sports 1 scores 806,000 viewers for USA-Mexico friendly

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Wednesday's friendly between USA and Mexico in San Antonio, Texas averaged 806,000 viewers and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating on FOX Sports 1.

The English-language broadcast featured commentary duo John Strong and Alexi Lalas with a studio team that included Rob Stone, Stu Holden, Warren Barton and Eric Wynalda.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features the latest soccer talk and headlines.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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There have been a host of burgeoning sides in European soccerthis season and a lot will face difficult litmus tests this weekend.

In Spain, England and Italy, various emerging outfits have come to the fore in the second half of the campaign and they each tackle a clash at the home of their respective division's league leaders.

Listen to Taylor Twellman on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Taylor Twellman.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

Mike Dean appointed referee for Chelsea-Manchester United clash

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This weekend's showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge will be refereed by Mike Dean.

This news will likely be greeted by groans from a large section of Chelsea supporters who will forever remember Dean for being the official in charge of the Blues 2-1 defeat to Sunderland in April 2014 a loss which endedJose Mourinho's77-match unbeaten streak in Premier League play.

Philadelphia finding you don’t need to buy good goalkeeping

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If I had written a story about the Philadelphia Union a week ago, I might have rightly considered them the worst team in Major League Soccer. However, a victory and a draw over New York City F.C. has at least bandaged some wounds. But a team in 2014 that had a playoff position in their grasp still has some major questions.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.16.15) Taylor Twellman

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Taylor Twellman.

ESPN's lead soccer analyst covers a variety of topics including USA-Mexico, Jordan Morris, Juan Agudelo, Klinsmann, MLS Miami, treating concussions in the sport and much more.

The return of Clement Grenier could be a catalyst for the Ligue 1 title

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There was a point during Lyon's match against Bastia at the Stade de Gerland where the crowd felt that things were not going to go the home side's way. Nabil Fekir was having an underwhelming game, Alexandre Lacazette was becoming increasingly exasperated with his side's inability to break down the impressively organized visitors, whilst on the sideline coach Hubert Fournier was looking on hoping for a chance to materialize.

Mario Mandzukic admits being too emotional but considers his aggression an asset

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Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic considers his aggression an asset and says he has no hard feelings towards Real Madrid defenders Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos after being involved with incidents with both players earlier this week.

Mandzukic rarely speaks to the media, but elected to give an interview to the Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti where he gave some insight into his fierce playing style thatborders on out of control at times.

Manchester United dealt quadruple injury blow ahead of Chelsea clash

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Louis van Gaal has confirmed Manchester United will be without Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo for Saturday's showdown against Chelsea.

Carrick, Blind and Jones all appeared to pick up knocks during last weekend's 4-2 win over Manchester City, while the manager revealed today that Marcos Rojo informed him of his injury the following day in training.

NASL reaching new heights in 2015 with improvements across the board

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The North American Soccer League (NASL) has faced many questions about expansion and its long-term goals over this offseason. However, with the 2015 Spring Season underway, those questions have been put on the back burner and the league has shown its on-field competitiveness and quality as well as increasing depth of support.

Koke believes Real Madrid are favorites next Wednesday against Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke says his team's objective now is the UEFA Champions League, though the Spain international is reluctant to call his side the favorites heading into next week's return leg against Real Madrid.

The midfielder stressed the importance of Atletico finishing in third place in La Liga,thus avoiding the Champions League play-off next season.

Soccer Morning (4.16.15) Seth Vertelney and Ross Dunbar

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Seth Vertelney and Ross Dunbar.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

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Carlos Tevez to join Boca Juniors at the end of the season, say reports

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Carlos Tevez is expected to leave Juventus at the end of the season in order toreturn to the club where he made his senior debut,Boca Juniors, according to numerous reports.

Theformer Manchester City striker has never hid the facthe'd like to return home to Argentina, even stating that he would once again rejoin Boca Juniors towards the end of his career.

Why Guingamp’s Jocelyn Gourvennec would be ideal Newcastle manager

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Predicting what Mike Ashley has got in store for Newcastle United is a dangerous game to play. During his reign, the Magpieshave seen Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton, Alan Pardew and currently John Carver in the Newcastle hot-seat.

In all likelihood, the hierarchy at Newcastle will be looking for a new permanent head coach once this season ends.

Arsenal legend David Seaman rates Thibaut Courtois over David de Gea

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seamanhas givenChelsea shot stopperThibaut Courtoisthe edge overManchester United's David de Gea heading into this weekend's showdown between the two Premier League clubs.

The question as to which young goalkeeper is the best in England has been the topic of debate since the Belgian arrived in London this summer followinghis loan spell with Atletico Madrid.

Klinsmann’s ‘tinkering’ finally delivers benefits to silence critics; By Simon Evans

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It is far too soon to be declaring Jordan Morris the future of the United States national team attack, but his goal and performance against Mexico on Wednesday showed once again that coach Jurgen Klinsmann has an eye for talent and that his months of experimentation may not have been in vain.

Klinsmann has spent the post-World Cup era experimenting (or for his critics ‘tinkering') with his squad, bringing in new faces, trying to unearth some talent that might be able to make an impact on the road to Russia 2018.

Jurgen Klopp is the perfect candidate to push Manchester City towards a new era

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There was an understandably uncomfortable angst in Jurgen Klopp's voice as he announcedthat this season would be his last as Borussia Dortmund manager.

After all, this is a man who had fashioned a sentimental affinity with all associated with BVB, setting in motion a seven-year tenure rife with extraordinary thrills.

Wolfsburg hoping attacking qualities continue to overshadow their defensive shortcomings

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VfL Wolfsburg are averaging more than two goals a game in the 2014-15 Europa League. The Bundesligaclub hasbeen one of the more attractive teams going forward in the competition this season.

However, for all their attacking qualities, Wolfsburg's lack of defensive structure has made fans of the German side nervous at numerous points during theclub's Europeancampaign.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET: USA Dos Mexico Cero

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features analysis, discussion and listener calls about USA's 2-0 win against Mexico at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Sevilla refusing to underestimate depleted Zenit St Petersburg

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Zenit St Petersburg will be missing half a team through injury and suspension when they take on Sevillain the first leg of their Europa League quarter-finallater today.

However, Sevilla coach Unai Emery has warnedhis players not to underestimate the hard working Russian side.

Without the likes of top scorer Hulk, Domenico Criscito, Igor Smolnikov and Danny who are all suspended it can be expected that Zenit coach Andre Villas-Boas will take a very defensive approach to today's Europa Leaguequarter-final first leg in Seville.

Nacho Monreal is Arsenal’s most under-appreciated player

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Following an extremely shaky start to the 2014/15 campaign, Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has settled down and turned in a string of top-level performances for the north London club. Monreal's stumble out of the gate coincided with his emergency fill-in at the center-back position due to an injury to Laurent Koscielny.

Manchester United need three players to challenge for the title, says Gary Neville

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes Manchester United only need to sign three players this summer in order to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

United are unlikely to make a late season push for the league's top spotsince the Reds currently trail first place Chelsea by eight points with six games remaining.

Watch USA 2-0 Mexico match highlights [VIDEO]

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USMNT can finally look at positives after 2-0 victory against Mexico

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The best news for a US Men's National Team desperate for good news is that the biggest story emerging from their friendly encounter with Mexico was not the disaster that was the Alamodome turf. Instead, the story can be how the US beat Mexico once again by that famous scoreline, and how the problems that dogged them in previous friendlies finally receded, at least for one night.

Stoke close to third Barcelona signing in less than two years

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Stoke are set to complete their third signing from Barcelona in less than two years, according to the agent of Morroccan winger Moha El Ouriachi.

Potters manager Mark Hughes, the former Barcelona striker, has already snapped up Bojan Krkic and Marc Muniesa from the Nou Camp and teenager El Ouriachi now looks to be on his way to the Britannia Stadium this summer.

The 4 questions Jurgen Klinsmann needs to answer about USA team; By Steve Davis

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SAN ANTONIO, TX — For all of Jurgen Klinsmann's unpredictable ways, those player selection standards that tend to weave all over the road, his quirky tactical choices, etc., we do know about one thing for certain about the U.S. head coach:

He badly wants to win the upcoming Gold Cup.

UEFA confirm Dani Carvajal will not face further punishment for Tuesday’s incidents

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UEFA have confirmed that Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal will not face further punishment for the incident which occurred between the right-back and Atletico Madrid striker, Mario Mandzukic.

Replays appeared to show Carvajal bite, then punch, the Croatian while the two were fighting for position during the second half of yesterday's 0-0 draw.

PSG vs Barcelona and Porto vs Bayern Munich: TV times and open thread

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Yesterday's UEFA Champions League quarter-finals were tense affairs with only one goal from 180 minutes of football. Today, especially with Barcelona and Bayern Munich playing, we can expect more open and entertaining football in terms of goals. Let's see if they deliver in the first leg of the quarter-finals today.

Soccer Morning (4.15.15) Leander Schaerlaeckens and Brian Sciaretta

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests American Outlaws' Leander Schaerlaeckens and Brian Sciaretta.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Listen to Brian Dunseth, Kris Heneage and Kartik Krishnaiyer on WST Radio live from 5-6pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio is a special episode focused on tonight's US against Mexico game in San Antonio, Texas. On the show, we'll have Brian Dunseth, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Kris Heneage dissecting what they'll be looking for in tonight's match.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Chelsea on the verge of signing Brazilian midfielder Nathan

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Chelsea appear on the verge of completing a move for Brazil teenager Nathan Allan de Souza.

The 19-year-old is understood to be in London for a medical ahead of a £4.5million switch to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Paranaense.

Nathan, an attacking midfielder, sparked interest from a number of European clubs following an impressive display at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Tottenham Hotspur to play MLS All-Star Team this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur will be the featured opponent in this summer's MLS All-Star Game to be held at the Colorado Rapids stadium near Denver on July 29, 2015.

Spurs will be the 10th different international team to have played the MLS All-Star Team. Previous teams have included Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United, Fulham, West Ham and others.

Paris Saint-Germain confident of victory after previous success against Barcelona

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc is confident his side will be victorious later today againstBarcelona, especially since his teamwas able to defeat the Catalan club earlier this season during the Champions League group stages.

Back in September, PSG beat Barcelona 3-2 at the Parc des Princes after goals from David Luiz, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi.

Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea and PSG to play in International Champions Cup

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Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and others will be among the teams participating in this summer's 2015 International Champions Cup tournament, Relevent Sports and RSE Venturesannounced today.

The tournament, which is in its third year, will feature several of the most popular teams in the world playing in the competition in North America andoverseas.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features previews, discussions and debate about the USA against Mexico friendly to be played tonight in San Antonio, Texas, as well as talk about the UEFA Champions League matches.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Luis Suarez says he never had a chance to win the Champions League with Liverpool

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Luis Suarez says he is happy to be at Barcelona because he never had a chance to win the Champions League withhis previous clubs.

The former Liverpool striker left England last summer after leading the Merseyside club to a second place finish in the Premier League and Champions League qualification.

Listen to Matt Jones live on World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Matt Jones.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

Watch Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid quarter-final 1st leg match highlights [VIDEO]

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Alan Pardew has masterminded incredible Crystal Palace turnaround

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It took 17 minutes from the start of the second half for Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace to change a cagey 0-0 game against Sunderland into a rout. The 4-1 win, featuring a hat-trick from highly impressive winger Yannick Bolasie, is emblematic of the English manager's tenure at Palace. A difficult first half of the season left Palace as relegation favorites by December.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.14.15) Matt Jones

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Matt Jones.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Miami Fusion version 2.0 back 13 years after MLS dumping

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In 2002, months after winning the Major League Soccer Supporters' Shield, the Miami Fusion was folded by the league due to investor Ken Horowitz deciding he was no longer going to finance the team.

Now 14 seasons since the franchise's best and last season in MLS, the Fusion name has been resurrected.

Reviewing USWNT’s 23-player roster for 2015 Women’s World Cup

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Jill Ellis released her 23-player roster today for the U.S. Women's National Team heading tothis summer's Women's World Cup.

Goalkeepers:

Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)

Defenders:

Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

Midfielders:

Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brain (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

Forwards:

Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)

With two extra roster spots for Ellis to play with this year, she was able to include a large portion of her typical roster.

Watch Juventus 1-0 Monaco quarter-final 1st leg match highlights [VIDEO]

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Jurgen Klopp set to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, says report

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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has asked to leave the club, according to the German publicationBILD.

BVB have scheduled a press conference for this morning where it is believed the news will be officially released.

Klopp's current contract runs until 2018, but the 47-year-old has reportedly told Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke he wants to leave at the conclusion of the season.

Iker Casillas rules out leaving Real Madrid before June 2017

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Iker Casillas has ruled out leaving Real Madrid before his contract runs out in June 2017.

The veteran goalkeeper's declaration will end thetransfer saga thathas linked Manchester United's David de Gea with a summer move to Madrid for now.

Speaking after his side's 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid, Casillas informed the press that he has no intention of leaving the clubbefore his contract expires.

Manchester derby ranks as most-watched Premier League game in US cable TV history

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Sunday's Manchester United against Manchester City derby televised on NBCSN averaged 1.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched Premier League match in US cable TV history.

The broadcast, which peaked at 1.3 million viewers, was aired from 11am-1pm ET live from Old Trafford in England.

Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm relishing Champions League return against FC Porto

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Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm is relishing his return to Champions League competition after being unavailable for his club during most of the first half of the season.

The 31-year-old was sidelined for several months after fracturing his ankle in November.

Lahm returned to Bayern's squad for their round of 16 home leg against Shakhtar Donetsk in March, but was an unused substitute during his side's 7-0 victory over the Ukrainian champions.

Lionel Messi is happy after admitting to having a difficult season last year

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he is happy again after admittingto havinga difficult time last year.

This season, Messi has been playing perhaps the best soccer of his career while leading Barcelona to the top of La Liga, the Copa del Rey final and the Champions League quarter-finals.

Newcastle manager John Carver accepts pressure is on his side

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Newcastle boss John Carver accepts the pressure is on as his side head into their final six games with their top-flight status still not secured.

The Magpies slipped to a fifth successive Barclays Premier League defeat at Liverpool on Monday, a result that did little to ease fears they could yet be sucked into relegation trouble.

Don’t hammer Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling over mistake

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Raheem Sterling "made a mistake" in apparently being filmed inhaling the legal high nitrous oxide but the 20-year-old Liverpool star should be treated with understanding, according to players' union chief Bobby Barnes.

Footage has emerged of Sterling appearing to take 'laughing gas' and then passing out, and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said he will be speaking to his player about his lifestyle.

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid and Juventus vs Monaco: TV times and open thread

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The quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League kick off today with two mouthwatering ties — a Madrid derby, and a well-balanced matchup between Juventus and Monaco.

Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Juventus vs Monaco, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO

MORE:

—Watch Champions League and Europa League matches on FOX Soccer 2GO.

Soccer Morning (4.14.15) American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests American Outlaws' Dan Wiersema and Jeff Crandall.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Bayern Munich home, away and third shirts for 2015-16 season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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A photo of Bayern Munich's home shirt for the 2015-16 season has been leaked on the Internet, showing a two-tone red shirt designed by adidas that looks, as usual, a step above most adidas jerseys.

Bayern Munich's home shirt is red with a maroon trim along the bottom of the shirt, cuffs, shoulders and rounded collar.

Carlos Tevez searching for Champions League redemption this season

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Juventus striker Carlos Tevez says he's searching for UEFA Champions League redemption this season after admitting he behaved 'badly' during his tumultuous spell with Manchester City.

The Argentine, who won a Champions League title with Manchester United in 2008, has now scored six times in eight games during the competition, after failing to score a goal during his four seasonsin the tournamentwhile playing for Manchester City.

Conquering Atletico can be a catalyst to glory for Real Madrid

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Despite a stunning 2014, there have been criticisms aplenty since the turn of the year coming the way of Real Madrid's players. Selfish, meek and lazy are the sorts of terms used to describe Carlo Ancelotti's men as of late, more so given the manner in which they crumbled in the La Liga title race during early 2015.

10 things we learned from gameweek 6 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week six of the Major League Soccer season.

1. Orlando can be as good as they want to be

The Lions made one of the longest road-trips in MLS to play the newly confident Portland Timbers, and dismantled them in a convincing 2-0 win.

Listen to Soccer Morning with American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guests Dan Wiersema from American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to Rachel Bonnetta live on World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Rachel Bonnetta.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

USA vs. Mexico match preview; the biggest North America rivalry resumes

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It's the biggest international rivalry in North America and one of the biggest in the world. It's the bald eagle against the golden eagle. It's USA vs. Mexico.

Jurgen Klinsmann announced the US roster on Sunday with 13 MLS players, five Liga MX players and the remainder from various other leagues.

Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin is Premier League’s top defensive midfielder of 2015

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When Arsenal recalled Francis Coquelin from a loan spell at Championship side Charlton in December, not many Gunner fans were overly excited about the news. The former France youth international first signed with the north London club back in 2008 and was not particularly a fan favorite over his six-and-a-half years in and out of the senior squad.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.13.15) Rachel Bonnetta

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Rachel Bonnetta.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim feels his team deserves more respect

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AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim believes his team deserves more respect for the accomplishments to date.

Monaco will face Italian champions Juventus later today in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final in Turin.

Despite winning the group and defeating Arsenal over two legs in the last round, the French side have continued to be branded 'underdogs' with most of the soccerworld believing they are fortunate to still be in the competition at this stage.

Spain did not win the World Cup; Catalonia did, says Eric Cantona

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Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona hascourted controversy by suggesting that Spain's 2010 World Cup victory was a product of the influence of Barcelona players on the team.

The legendary French footballerwas speaking ahead of the Laureus Sports Awards, which take place in Shanghai on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann cannot build USMNT around Clint Dempsey; By Steve Davis

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It doesn't seem so long ago that Clint Dempsey's naughty little shirt pull propelled him so usefully past a Ghanaian defender that 2006 day in Nuremburg.

It was quintessential Dempsey – or what we would soon know as "quintessential Dempsey." Seeing DaMarcus Beasley had created a midfield turnover, using those instincts to recognize the moment, Dempsey's savvy shirt pull provided him the one-step head start he needed, a small edge that made a huge difference as he met Beasley's curling ball.

Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic cleared to face Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic has been cleared to face Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Mandzukic had been sufferingfrom a long-standing problem with his right ankle, andthe injurywas aggravated during Atletico's 2-0 win over Cordoba on April 4th.

The 28-year-old forward was cleared by the club's medical staff and took part in training on Sunday.

Carlo Ancelotti can’t explain Real Madrid’s struggles against Atletico Madrid

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti can't explain his side's struggles against Atletico Madrid this season.

To this point, the Madrid clubs have faced off against each other six times in all competitions, with Real failing to secure a victory over their city rivals (four losses and two draws).

Schalke reaffirm interest in Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira

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Schalke president Clemens Tonnies has reaffirmed his club's interest in Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

The German international is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked witha move to the Bundesliga club in recent months. Khedira has previously stated he would like to finish his playing career in Germany.

Suarez, Neymar and Messi special relationship amazes Gerard Pique

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Gerard Pique believes Barcelona's attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have a special relationship, one that the veteran player has never seen during his eleven-year club and international career.

Barcelona have won 30 of their last 34 games in all competitions, but saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end this weekend following a 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Saturday.

Soccer Morning (4.13.15) Kyle McCarthy and Jeff Kassouf

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Kyle McCarthy and Jeff Kassouf.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

Real Madrid has more individual talent than Atletico Madrid, says Diego Simeone

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has conceded that Real Madrid have more individual talentthan his side.

Despite boasting one the world's most expensive squads andcurrently holding a seven-point advantage over their city rivals on the La Liga table,RealMadridhave failed to defeat Atletico in six previous matches this season (four losses and two draws).

Liverpool vs Newcastle, Gameweek 32: TV times and open thread

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NBC Sports Group's team travels to Anfield for Liverpool-Newcastle. Just two days after his Everton side faced Swansea City,U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeperTim Howardwill join NBC Sports Group's pitch-side crew of Steve Bower and Kyle Martino; with Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe in studio at the stadium; and Graeme Le Saux re-joining Arlo White to commentate on the match.

Watch Gary Neville’s criticism of Yaya Toure in Manchester derby [VIDEO]

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After Manchester United demolished Manchester City 4-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday, Sky Sports dissected many of the key incidents in the game with Gary Neville, in particular, criticizing Manchester City's woeful performance particularly that of Yaya Toure who let the team down.

Neville, who was joined in the studio by Graeme Souness and Niall Quinn, also discussed the tactical mistakes that Manuel Pellegrini made, and that it wasn't just the fact that the City players didn't look "up for the game" that was a key reason in City losing the match.

Brendan Rodgers must add stronger foundations for this Liverpool team to grow

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The runs enjoyed by Liverpool under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers have been some of the most enthralling in the Premier League era.

Last season's 11-game winning sequence pushed the Reds to within touching distance of the Premier League title. In the current campaign, the chain of games they embarked on in late 2014—which saw 10 wins and three draws in 13 games—thrust them back into the UEFA Champions League race.

MLS attendances up 16% this season compared to last year

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So far this season, MLS attendances are up 16% compared to last season. That's no big surprise with the addition of Orlando, New York City FC and the opening of Avaya Stadium in San Jose, and, of course, the contraction of Chivas USA.

Now that gameweek 6 of MLS has concluded, we can see that Dallas, New England and DC had fairly consistent turnouts for their matches this weekend.

FOX and NBC to broadcast English soccer games on Saturday on free-to-air networks

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If ever you wanted an indication at how English soccer is becoming more popular in the United States, this Saturday will be a perfect example as both free-to-air networks FOX and NBC will broadcast live matches at the same time. NBC will feature the Premier League game between Chelsea against Manchester United, while FOX will broadcast the FA Cup semi-final involving Arsenal and Reading, live from Wembley Stadium in London.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Kyle McCarthy and Jeff Kassouf from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guests Kyle McCarthy and Jeff Kassouf.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with FOX Soccer's Kyle McCarthy as they look back at the weekend's Major League Soccer headlines.

Chelsea plotting summer move for Atletico Madrid defender Miranda

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Chelsea have been monitoring the situation of Atletico Madridcenter-back Miranda and are reportedly plotting a summer move for the Brazilian defender.

The 30-year-old's contract is set to expire in June 2016. However, the belief now is that Atletico officials are willing to let Miranda leave, and the player himself would like to sign one last big money deal before he retires.

Watch QPR 0-1 Chelsea match highlights [VIDEO]

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Jose Mourinho admitted Chelsea were "fortunate" to snatch a 1-0 victory over QPR but insisted there is nothing lucky about the Blues' seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Cesc Fabregas scored an 88th-minute winner at Loftus Road to restore Chelsea's advantage over second-placed Arsenal and maintain the side's march towards the title.

England prepares for 2015 Women’s World Cup journey

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England's women's football team are stepping up their preparation for 2015 World Cup in Canada as they aim to win the competition for the first time ever.

The Lionesses were recently in actionat Manchester City's new academy stadium against China. Although it was less than convincing performance, they managed a 2-1 victory to extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

Game of Throw-ins (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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In a weekend filled with changes at the top and bottom of the Premier League table, teams across England battled in their own game of thrones (or should we say, throw-ins) to inch closer to the end of the season to see who will be victorious and who will be sent down to the lower league.

We discuss all of the weekend matches as well as the major talking points.

Gareth Bale set to return from injury against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday

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Gareth Bale is set to return to Real Madrid's starting eleven against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday after sitting out his side's 3-0 win over Eibar on Saturday.

The Welshman had been dealing with a nagging muscle injuryfor the past few weeks.

Bale appeared to pick up another knock duringReal Madrid's 2-0 victory against Rayo Vallecano last Wednesday.

Liverpool away shirt for 2015-16 season from New Balance: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Just days after Liverpool officially unveiled their home shirt for the 2015-16 season, a photo of Liverpool's away jersey for the new season has been leaked on the Internet.

New Balance's away shirt for Liverpool features a modern version of one of the classic away shirts from the Reds with a white shirt and red trim — just like the one from 1968 to 1977 where Liverpool won so much domestic and European silverware.

Watch Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Louis van Gaal's dream turned into reality as Manchester United put four goals past City in a superb derby win at Old Trafford.

Sergio Aguero's early opener was cancelled out by Ashley Young's close-range effort and United went in ahead at half-time after Marouane Fellaini's powerful header.

5 steps Manchester City need to take to regain its long-term dominance

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Manuel Pellegrini seems certain to be the fall guy for the failings of Manchester City during the 2014-15 club season. While his tactics and stubbornness can certainly be critiqued, the positives about the Chilean manager have not been seenin sometime.

Let's take a moment to look at what Pellegrini has accomplished against the tide of adversity in his first two campaigns leading the Blues.

Derby result proves that Manchester United are rising while City are falling fast

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Derbies can often times be the culmination of trends; the apex of stories bubbling up waiting to explode. The Manchester Derby today was no exception. Watching Manchester United simple tear Manchester City to shreds after Sergio Aguero's early opener confirmed twotrends that had been emerging slowly since the calendar turned to March: Manchester United are rising fast, and City are falling even faster.

Watch Southampton 2-0 Hull City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Steve Bruce remains confident that Hull can stave off relegation, despite leaving Southampton off the back of an all too familiar defeat.

Last season's run to the FA Cup final and Premier League safety is a distant memory for City fans as their side slide worryingly close to a Championship return.

Watch West Ham 1-1 Stoke City match highlights [VIDEO]

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce lamented his side's 'nerves and panic' which saw Stoke snatch a dramatic equalizer deep into stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw at the Boleyn Ground.

The Irons looked to have done enough to battle to victory after taking an early lead through a superb free-kick by full-back Aaron Creswell.

Watch WBA 2-3 Leicester City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Jamie Vardy's stunning injury-time winner handed Leicester a vital survival lifeline after a 3-2 victory at West Brom.

The striker ran from the halfway line before burying a drive into the corner to close the gap to safety to just three points.

It clinched back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins for the Foxes for the first time since September but they remain bottom with seven games left.

Passion building in intriguing 20th season of MLS

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Major League Soccer has been enjoying something of a rapid growth over the last few yearsespecially afterit stretched its borders to include Canadian clubs in 2007. That same year, the introduction of the Designated Player rule helped MLS clubs bring in top stars from foreign soils, and this was highlighted with LA Galaxy's addition of David Beckham to their ranks.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 32: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

QPR vs Chelsea, 8:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jon Champion & Martin Keown
Manchester United vs Manchester City, 11am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

SEE MORE

• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

• Schedule for NBC's Premier League studio coverage from England this weekend

• How to follow the English Premier League on US TV, Internet and radio

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Watch Swansea 1-1 Everton match highlights [VIDEO]

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Swansea manager Garry Monk felt Everton striker Arouna Kone was fortunate to escape a red card in the 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

Kone left Swansea defender Federico Fernandez writhing on the floor in the first half following an aerial challenge which earned the Ivorian a yellow card from referee Michael Oliver.

Watch Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace match highlights [VIDEO]

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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew challenged Yannick Bolasie to get himself among the goals more regularly after seeing him score the club's first ever Premier League hat-trick at Sunderland.

The DR Congo international beat Black Cats keeper Costel Pantilimon three times inside 11 second-half minutes to add to Glenn Murray's opener as Palace roared to a 4-1 victory at the Stadium of Light.

Watch Spurs 0-1 Aston Villa match highlights [VIDEO]

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Tim Sherwood enjoyed watching his Aston Villa side beat his former club Tottenham and silence the doubters in the process.

A first-half Christian Benteke header was enough to seal a 1-0 win for Villa at White Hart Lane and move them six points clear of the bottom three as Sherwood looks to complete his task of keeping the club in the Premier League.

Watch Burnley 0-1 Arsenal match highlights [VIDEO]

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Aaron Ramsey marked his 150th Premier League appearance with a first half winner as Arsenal closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Turf Moor.

The Welshman pounced to drive the ball home in the 12th minute after a goalmouth scramble in which Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil had seen shots blocked.

Sling TV offering 7-day free trial to watch Game of Thrones and HBO

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Sling TV is offering a 7-day free trial to cord cutters to watch live and on-demand HBO programming including the season premieres of Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley. All three programs debut their new seasons on Sunday night, April 12.

This weekend's launch is a long-awaited occasion for TV viewers in the United States for two reasons.

Real Madrid eyeing Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, with De Gea transfer unlikely

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Real Madrid have turned their attentions to Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno since the club believesits chances of prying David de Gea away from Manchester United are increasingly unlikely.

De Gea has yet to sign a contract extension with United,withhis current deal set to expire next summer.

Bayer Leverkusen making big strides under Roger Schmidt’s leadership

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It's been a toughmonth for Bayer Leverkusen. In the German Cup, they held the German champions for 120 minutes, in the Champions League they held Spanish champions Atletico Madrid over two legs, but on both occasions, the Bundesliga outfit were eliminated on penalties.

Heartbreaking for their supporters.

Louis van Gaal enjoying renaissance at Manchester United ahead of derby

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After Manchester United sagged back into the pack last season following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, it was wholly apparent they were going to have many obstacles to conquer before surging back to the forefront of English football.

Not only did the club have the enormous challenge of replacing the man at the helm of arguably the greatest footballing dynasty of all time, but they had to replenish an aging squad and fill the voids left by the retirement or departures of playersof immense significance.

With Costa injured, where will Chelsea find the goals to clinch Premier League title?

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Chelsea began the 2014-2015 season at a blistering pace, outscoring opponents and winning matches with the type of confidence and flair that screamed 'League Champions' and had pundits dusting off the Invincibles tagfrom Arsenal's memorable 2004 title charge.

Not one to declare the job done too far ahead of time, Chelsea manager José Mourinho frequently talked down the fact that the title has been Chelsea's to lose all season even though it has.

Colorado Rapids earn first win of season with emphatic 4-0 win against Dallas [VIDEO]

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Colorado Rapids snapped their long winless and scoreless streak in style, shocking FC Dallas with a 4-0 win in Frisco in the MLS Friday night match.

FC Dallas might have known they were in for a long evening against the Rapids when they learned they would be without their team captain, center back, and U.

Listen to Simon Evans live on World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Simon Evans.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

Bayern Munich in critical situation due to massive injury toll, says Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola says Bayern Munichmassive injury toll has left his squad in a "critical position."

Although Bayernhave had a relatively easy time with German opposition and currentlyhold a comfortable ten-point advantage over second place Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga table, they will embark on a trip to Portugal next week to restart their UEFA Champions League campaign against FC Porto.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.10.15) Simon Evans

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Simon Evans.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Manchester United vs. Manchester City; predicted lineups and team news

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Its derby day in Manchester between two sides who completely hate each other and surprisingly share a common aim for the rest of the season finishing in the Champions League places after a dramatic change in fortunes of both sides.

Manchester United are in great form after winning the last five consecutive matches and are coming into this match as the favorites.

Tim Sherwood must forget Tottenham Hotspur tenure and focus on Aston Villa’s survival

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If it wasn't for the Manchester Derby on Sunday, Tim Sherwood's return to White Hart Lane would be getting even more play than it already has. Sherwood's Aston Villa are in a relegation dogfight, where Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs feel resigned to another season without Champions League soccer. But for Tim Sherwood, it's time to focus completely on Villa and leave Tottenham Hotspur in the past.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Swansea vs Everton, 7:45am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Kevin Kilbane
Spurs vs Aston Villa, 10am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Tony Gale
Southampton vs Hull, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Dean Sturridge
Sunderland vs Crystal Palace, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Garry Birtles
West Brom vs Leicester, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Trevor Francis
West Ham vs Stoke, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Ray Houghton
Burnley vs Arsenal, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

SEE MORE

• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

• Schedule for NBC's Premier League studio coverage from England this weekend

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Commentators for Premier League matches on NBC Sports, Gameweek 32

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Here's the line-up of commentatorsfor this weekend's Premier League matches:

Saturday, April 11:

Swansea vs Everton, 7:45am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Kevin Kilbane
Spurs vs Aston Villa, 10am,NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Tony Gale
Southampton vs Hull, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Dean Sturridge
Sunderland vs Crystal Palace, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Garry Birtles
West Brom vs Leicester, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Jonathan Beck & Trevor Francis
West Ham vs Stoke, 10am,NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Ray Houghton
Burnley vs Arsenal, 12:30pm, NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Lee Dixon

Read more:Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

Sunday,April 12:

QPR vs Chelsea, 8:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Jon Champion & Martin Keown
Manchester United vs Manchester City, 11am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Graeme Le Saux

Read more: Top 5 soccer games to watch on TV this weekend.

Juventus home jersey for 2015-16 season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Juventus' home jersey for the 2015-16 season will be designed and manufactured by adidas instead of Nike. The result is a design that combinesclassic adidas with a modern design.

The white v-neck collar and multiple black stripes on the front of the shirt make the design quite different than the Nike one the club currently wears.

USA home soccer jersey for 2015 from Nike is monochrome: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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The United States home shirt for 2015 from Nike is a monochrome shirt, according to a leaked image that appears to belegitimate.

The leaked image from the reliable Todo Sobre Camisetas website, which has been reliable in the past, reveals the jersey that the US Women's National Team will be wearing in 2015.

Schedule for NBC’s Premier League studio coverage from England this weekend

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For the first time ever, NBC's critically-acclaimed team of talent and production staff responsible for its coverage of the Premier League will be assembled in the United Kingdom for what promises to be an excellent weekend of soccer.

NBC's US- and UK-based crews will be at pitch side, in studios in the stadiums and in the commentary gantries at Turf Moor (Burnley), Old Trafford (Manchester United) and Anfield (Liverpool).

Soccer Morning (4.10.15) Will Parchman

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guest Will Parchman.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to the episode above or here.

On the show, Parchman discusses a variety of MLS topics including LAFC, Haji Wright, Harry Shipp.

Sam Allardyce plans ahead despite doubt about his West Ham future

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Sam Allardyce is yet to discover whether he will remain West Ham manager next season, but he is planning ahead regardless.

The Irons boss is out of contract in the summer, leading to speculation over his long-term future at the east London club, who are set for a move to the Olympic Stadium.

Newcastle not safe from relegation, warns John Carver

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Head coach John Carver has admitted Newcastle still need points to prevent themselves being sucked into the battle for Barclays Premier League survival.

Sunday's derby defeat at Sunderland left the Magpies empty-handed from their last four games and although they still sit nine points clear of the drop zone, Carver will not be happy until they have at least collected the 40 points which comprises the accepted target for top-flight safety.

Southampton admit it will be difficult retaining key players this summer

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Southampton manager Ronaldo Koeman has admitted it will be difficult for the club to hold on to some of its prized players should teamsswoop in with big money offers in the summer.

The team was left for dead by most pundits before the start of the season after seeing the departures of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren to Liverpool; Luke Shaw to Manchester United and Calum Chambers to Arsenal.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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We're edging ever closer to a thrilling climax in a host of European leagues, with titles, spots in Europe and survival all to play for in the remaining weeks on the calendar.

The Premier League is set for a typically intriguing finale. Two games catch the eye in England this weekend, one of which is the arguably the biggest local derby match in the country.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am ET with Will Parchman

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Will Parchman.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.

Liverpool unveil new home kit for 2015-16 season from New Balance: Official [PHOTOS]

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Liverpool Football Club and New Balance have unveiled the kits that the Reds will be wearing for the 2015/16 season.

The core feature of the new shirt is a checkerboard jacquard, which draws inspiration from the LFC fans in one of the most iconic stands in world soccer- The Kop.

The design is linked to New Balance's new LFC campaign, #HoldNothingBack, a reflection on the team and fans' attitude towards the club.

Diego Costa to miss Chelsea’s next 4 matches

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expecting to be without Diego Costa for the next four matches.

The striker came on as a second half substitute during the club's 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday but lasted only twelves minutes before beingreplaced after appearing to suffer a hamstring injury.

Listen to Juan Arango live on World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Juan Arango.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

Luis Suarez reveals turning down Real Madrid to sign for Barcelona

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez hasrevealed he spurned the advancesof Real Madrid in order to make his "dream" move to Barcelona.

After completing his reported £75 million move from Liverpool, Suarez had to wait until October to make his Barcelona debut, due to his FIFA-imposed four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during last summer's World Cup in Brazil.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.9.15) Juan Arango

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Juan Arango.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Brazilian Roberto Firmino should court interest from big European clubs

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Since Ronaldo's departure from the national team, Brazil has struggled to find a replacement. There have been many players that appeared to take on the striker role for the five-time World Cup winners but basically all of them have been unsuccessful. It's now four years since the two-time Ballon d'Or recipient last played for the Selecao and they finally seem to have an answer for the forward position.

Why Theo Walcott should start over Danny Welbeck for Arsenal

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With Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez, who is arguably the favorite to win the PFA Player of the Year award, both playing exceptionally well this season, it seems as if the final forward starting spot is the only real debate up front for the Arsenal team. The two players vying for the last of three forward positions for the Gunners are long-time Arsenal player Theo Walcott and freshman Gunner Danny Welbeck (although manager Arsene Wenger has also deployed a range of midfielders in this role at times during the season as well).

Cristiano Ronaldo available this weekend, but Gareth Bale doubtful

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Real Madrid have been informed that the yellow card issued to Cristiano Ronaldo during Wednesday's 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano has been rescinded. This means the forward will be available for Saturday's match againstEibar.

Had the appeal been rejected, the player would have been banned from this weekend's match due to yellow card accumulation.

Soccer Morning (4.9.15) Kevin Kinkead and David Cartlidge

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Kevin Kinkead and David Cartlidge.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with David Cartlidge as they discuss the latest surrounding Martin Odegaard at Real Madrid.

Swansea plan ultimatum talks with Michu this summer

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Swansea manager Garry Monk says he will listen to Michu before deciding whether the Spaniard has a future at the Liberty Stadium.

The once-capped Spain striker has spent a frustrating season on loan at Napoli where injury has seen him make just five appearances for Rafa Bentitez's Serie A giants.

Aguero: Manchester City aren’t out of the title race yet

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Sergio Aguero wants to put pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea by claiming victory in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

City go into the derby at Old Trafford in fourth place, one point behind their neighbors after a 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday.

Manuel Pellegrini's team are nine points behind Chelsea, who have a match in hand against bottom side Leicester, but Aguero knows better than most that City are not averse to an 11th-hour comeback.

Tim Sherwood says that Spurs did him a favor by sacking him

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Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood insists Tottenham did him a favor by sacking him.

The 46-year-old was axed last summer and replaced by Mauricio Pochettino after just five months in charge at Spurs.

He takes struggling Villa, three points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone, to Tottenham on Saturday for the first time since beating Villa as Spurs boss on the final day of the 2013-14 season.

Jose Mourinho says he wants to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he is attempting to emulate some of the characteristics of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

In recent years, the Portuguese tactician has revealed a close friendship between himself and Ferguson. This coming after their relationship appeared to get off to a rocky start when Mourinho ran down the touchline at Old Trafford and performed his infamous knee-slide celebration when his Porto side knocked United out of the 2004 Champions League.

Dani Alves rejects Barcelona’s latest contract offer, summer exit looms

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Dani Alves' agent has informed the media that hehas rejected Barcelona's latest contract offer, meaning the defender is edging closer to a summer time exit from the club.

Alvesis out of contract at the end of the season and has been free to negotiate with other teams since January.

Last month, the player'srepresentative, Dinorah Santana, said the right-back was "close to reaching an agreement with another club".

Will America’s soccer ideologies survive the move to the mainstream? By Simon Evans

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When I moved to the United States from Italy a little over eight years ago, one of the several motivating factors behind the decision was the desire to take a break from soccer.

Covering Serie A in Italy for eight years, pretty much all-day, every day, took me to the brink of soccer burn out.

Real Madrid will be without Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos this weekend

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Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos for this weekend's game against fourteenth-placed Eibar.

After being one booking away from a one-match ban, all three players picked up yellow cards during the team's 2-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday.

James was booked in the 20th minute for a handball, while Ronaldo and Kroos were yellow carded during a controversial incident in the 50th minute.

Manchester United third shirt for 2015-16 season: Leaked design [PHOTO]

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Manchester United's third shirt for the 2015-16 season will be black with red trim.

Beginning this summer, Manchester United will be kitted out in shirts from adidas. While the design for Manchester United's away shirt for the 2015-16 season is sleek, United's third shirt looks like it's plucked straight out ofadidas template.

Barcelona forward Pedro reveals interest from other clubs

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Barcelona forward Pedro revealed there are a number of clubs interested in signing him, but the 27-year-old will not make a decision on his future until the summer.

Pedro started up front alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez during Barcelona's 4-0 win over Almeria on Wednesday, with the forward contributing an assist to one of Suarez's two goals.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am ET with David Cartlidge and Kevin Kinkead

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush and Tom Marshall.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Kevin Kinkead will be on the show to discuss the Philadelphia Union fiasco, their match against New York City FC at the weekend and whether Rais M'Bolhi is on his way out of the club.

Arsenal won’t sell Jack Wilshere to Manchester City

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Manchester City they no longer need to sell players like Jack Wilshere but can offer no guarantees of first-team football for anyone at the Emirates Stadium.

Reports have linked City with a summer move for England midfielder Wilshere as they look to rebuild an aging squad.

Listen to Eric Wynalda live on World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Eric Wynalda.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

Montreal’s Champions League success would enhance MLS credentials

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The Montreal Impact exercised some long held demons last night by advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League final, becoming the first Major League Soccer team to do so since Real Salt Lake in 2011 and only the second since the competition changed formats in 2008-09. Support came pouring in from around MLS for the new continental posterboys, even if no one would have ever expected the Impact to be the second MLS team to reach this stage of the competition.

Review of MLS Live: It isn’t ESPN3 but it’s good enough

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Just when you thought it was going away, MLS Live is back. And while it could be better, the internet streaming package offered by Major League Soccer ($75.99 for the full season) is a product worth considering.

In 2014, MLS came to an agreement with ESPN on streaming rights, which was bundled with their current television deal.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.8.15) Eric Wynalda

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Eric Wynalda.

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If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

DC United must retain goalkeeper Bill Hamid and fend off interest from European clubs

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The 2015 Major League Soccer season marks the sixth professional seasons for two of the league's bright young goalkeepers.

DC United's Bill Hamid and the Chicago Fire's Sean Johnson both made their debuts for their respective clubs in 2010. The pair have now played over a hundred times for their teams and are the backbones to each.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique denies dropping Neymar

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has denied he benched Neymar against Almeria on Wednesday, insisting that the player needed rest following a busy international schedule.

The Brazilian forward sat out Barcelona's 4-0 win, with Enrique electing to start Pedro up front alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Watch Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool FA Cup quarter-final replay match highlights [VIDEO]

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Brendan Rodgers thought the much-publicized review meeting he held with Liverpool's players on Sunday paved the way for them to get back to winning ways in the FA Cup.

The Reds boss had denied a report that an internal meeting following the 4-1 defeat to Arsenal had descended into crisis talks and his players responded on the pitch by booking their spot in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley with a hard-fought 1-0 replay victory over Blackburn.

Robin van Persie declares himself fit to play in Manchester derby

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Robin van Persie has declared himself fit for Sunday's Manchester derby.

Van Persie has missed Manchester United's last six games following an ankle injury he suffered in the 2-1 defeat at Swansea on February 21.

Manager Louis van Gaal said last week he did not expect the striker to be fit enough to return for Sunday's game against Manchester City at Old Trafford, but Van Persie reported good news for United fans on Wednesday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s job is safe at Manchester City

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Manuel Pellegrini's job is not under any immediate threat despite Manchester City's faltering form.

City were level with Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea on New Year's Day, but they now find themselves fourth in the standings with just seven games to go.

City have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions and are nine points behind Jose Mourinho's side, who have a match in hand to come against bottom side Leicester.

Mark Clattenburg appointed referee for Manchester United-Manchester City derby

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The Premier League has appointedreferee Mark Clattenburg in charge of the Manchester United versus Manchester City derby on Sunday. He will be joined by assistants Simon Beck and Jake Collin, while Jonathan Moss will serve as the fourth official at Old Trafford.

In the past,Clattenburg has been accused of "favoring" Manchester United by rival supporters.

Blackburn Rovers vs Liverpool, FA Cup quarter-final replay: TV times and open thread

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Liverpool supporters dreaming of a FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa will want to be cautious about today's quarter-final replay against Blackburn. The Rovers are a tough team to beat and feature quite a few dangerous players such as Jordan Rhodes, Rudy Gestede, Joshua King, Martin Olsson and others.

Manchester City announce game against Toronto FC to be played at end of May

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Manchester City has announcedthat the team will play MLS' Toronto FC at the end of May, just three days after the 2014/15 Premier League season ends.

The friendly between Toronto FC and Manchester City is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at BMO Field with a 7:30pm ET kickoff time.

Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive of Manchester City FC, said: "We are very excited about the game against Toronto FC.

Soccer Morning (4.8.15) Tom Marshall and Jeff Plush

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Tom Marshall and Jeff Plush.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush as they discuss the kickoff of NWSL's third season on Friday.

Why MLS goals are down and draws have increased in 20th season; By Steve Davis

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Week 5 in Major League Soccer brought a merciful reprieve from a real downer of a trend: goals are down and the number of unimaginative draws is up in 2015.

It's been a little hard on the eyes, in all honesty. Too many matches have been naps waiting to happen.

And the worse thing about it: this was avoidable.

David Beckham can learn lessons about South Florida from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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David Beckham's lofty ambitions to build an MLS superclub in Miami have gone virtually nowhere over the past 14 months, but up I-95 about 25 miles, the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers are teaching Beckham thing or two about marketing.

The Strikers, who began their first season under new ownership on Saturday, set a club record attendance with 11,691fans at Lockhart Stadium who witnessed a 1-0 loss to the New York Cosmos.

Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard benched by Real Madrid Castilla

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Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard has been benched by Real Madrid Castilla for the team's past two games. The reason the talented teenager has not featured for the club's reserve side stems from a clausein the player's contract.

Odegaard signed a six-year contractin January for a fee of around £2.

Watch Alajuelense 4-2 Montreal Impact match highlights [VIDEO]

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Congratulations to Montreal Impact who qualified for the final of the 2015 CONCACAF Champions League after going through on away goals on an aggregate score of 4-4 after losing 4-2 to Costa Rican side Alajuelense.

The Impact will face Costa Rica's Herediano or Mexico's Club America in the finals, tentatively slated for April 22 and 29.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am ET with Jeff Plush

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush as they discuss the kickoff of NWSL's third season on Friday.

Gareth Bale doubtful for Real Madrid’s match against Rayo Vallecano

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Gareth Bale is a doubt for Real Madrid's match against Rayo Vallecano later today, after the Welshman picked up a knock to his right foot during training on Tuesday.

The club's medical staff will evaluate the extent of the injury today, but the indication is that Carlo Ancelotti will elect to bench the forward as a precaution ahead of an important set of fixtures for the club.

Listen to Phil Schoen live on World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Phil Schoen.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

Arsenal reportedly chasing 16-year-old Argentine starlet

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Labelled as one of the brightest young stars in all of South America, Maxi Romero, is starting to garner attention from big clubs around the the world. Romero, aged 16, is reportedly being monitored by Barclays Premier League club Arsenal, a club known for buying and producing young talent under manager Arsene Wenger.

The Greatest Teams – Sevilla 2005-2007

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From 2005 to 2007, Sevilla went through the most successful period in their history, winning the UEFA Cup twice in a row. In this period, they also won the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, and the European Super Cup. Despite the fall of manager Juande Ramos after leaving the club, he was considered one of Europe's up-and-coming managers with his success at Sevilla.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.7.15) Phil Schoen

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Phil Schoen.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Could Amazon be a surprise contender for Premier League bidding rights in US?

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As many have written, the bidding for the Premier League rights in the United States will be intense. With NBC growing the property to incredible heights and the popularity of the sport skyrocketing, the next rounding of bidding could lead to ESPN, NBC, and Fox "splashing" a lot of cash for the league rights.

Manchester City need an overhaul to reassert title credentials

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Manchester City's 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park all but marked the end of their title defense. They looked lethargic, slow, and lacking energy against a team that had little to play for other than protecting their role as the Premier League's designated season spoiler. But this isn't just the end of the title race for the season; it may well be the end of this era of Manchester City soccer.

Watch Aston Villa 3-3 QPR match highlights [VIDEO]

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Christian Benteke insisted Aston Villa's point against QPR is vital after his hat-trick saved Tim Sherwood's side from the bottom three.

The striker's treble in Tuesday's 3-3 draw denied Rangers the chance to leapfrog Villa and dump them into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Instead, Villa are three points above the bottom three and Rangers are two points from safety.

Why Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez must win the PFA Player of the Year award

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The factorsbehind who ends up with the PFA Player of the Year award have been varied down the years. Some winners have been obvious, others have triumphed in closer races, with various tangible and intangible factors considered in determining the most worthy winner.

But I like to think it should be awarded to the player that best combines purposeand panache.

Athletic Bilbao forward Iker Muniain ruled out for 6-7 months with ligament tear

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Athletic Bilbao have confirmed they will be without Iker Muniain for six to seven months after testsrevealed the forward had suffered a cruciate ligament tearin his left knee.

The 22-year-oldwent down after going in for a challenge with Sevilla's Ever Banega during Bilbao's 2-0 defeat on Saturday.

Soccer Morning (4.7.15) ArseBlogger and Neil Morris

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests ArseBlogger (Andrew Mangan) and Neil Morris.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with Neil Morris (WRALSportsFan) as they look back at NASL's opening weekend.

Aston Villa vs QPR, Gameweek 31: TV times and open thread

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It's that time of the season when the battle to avoid relegation heats up. Both Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers face each other in a game that they both desperately need to win. A win for QPR, especially after their shock 4-1 victory against West Brom, could see them leapfrog Villa and push Tim Sherwood's side into the bottom three.

Dutch Eredivisie is available in US again, as well as other leagues from NGSN

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The Dutch Eredivisie has been the red-headed stepchild of sports networks in the United States for too long. The entertaining Dutch league, which features rich histories, passionate supporters and skillful footballers, has bounced around from ESPN3 to GolTV and other networks in recent years, eventually resulting in the league not being anywhere on US television at all this 2014-15 season.

How to listen to or watch Soccer Morning, the daily online soccer show

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Soccer Morning, hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, is the most popular online daily soccer show in the United States. The 60+ minute daily weekday show streams live on the Internet and is available on-demand for audio listening (as well as to watch on video).

Topics span the breadth of world soccer from the US national team and Major League Soccer to Liga MX, Eastern European soccer, the Premier League, NASL, La Liga, Serie A and much more.

MLS attendances for gameweek 5 of the 2015 season

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Looking at the attendances from the MLS games from gameweek 5, Orlando is still drawing very well. Chicago and Colorado had fairly normal turnouts for their matches. However, they were both lower than the NASL debut for Jacksonville Armada. The Florida team had 16,164 in attendance.

Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, San Jose and Kansas City all sold out.

Luis Enrique unfazed by criticism of Barcelona’s weekend performance

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is unfazed by criticism of his team's performance against Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Despite their 1-0 win, Barcelona were far from the form they showcased prior to the international break against Celta. It took a header from defender Jeremy Mathieu in the 73rd minute to secure all three points for La Blaugrana and restore their four-point advantage over second place Real Madrid.

Fenerbahce bus shooting uncovers serious issues for Turkish soccer

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After a 5-1 victory on the road against Rizespor onSaturday, the bus transporting Fenerbahce players and club officials came under attack from gunmen. The bus went over a viaduct when gunmen started shooting at the bus. The bus driver, who was identified as Ufuk Kiran, was struck by the glass fromthe bullets hitting the windows.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am ET with Andrew Mangan and Neil Morris

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guest Neil Morris and Andrew Mangan.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Morris is on the show to discuss the opening weekend of the NASL season, as well as the Jacksonville's record attendance and more.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti refuses to be drawn into ‘Isco or James’ debate

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has refused to be drawn into the growing debate over who should feature in his starting eleven, Isco or James Rodriguez.

During the absence of Luka Modric, Isco performed well-above expectations and endeared himself to club supporters with his all-around performances in the midfield.

Listen to Nick Webster live on World Soccer Talk Radio from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Nick Webster.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

PSG’s Thiago Motta and David Luiz to miss Champions League quarter-final

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Paris Saint-Germain have been dealt a double injury blow heading into next week's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona.

The French champions will be without the services of David Luiz for four weeks after the Brazilian picked up a thigh injury this weekend. The setback will see the defender miss both legs oftheChampions League showdown against Barcelona.

Arsenal are the hottest team in Europe since February

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Arsenal has come a long way since their 2-1 defeat to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur on February 7th at White Hart Lane. The loss against Spurs, done in by a double from everyone's favorite youngster Harry Kane, saw the Gunners drop to 6th place in the Premier League table (one point below Spurs).

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.6.15) Nick Webster

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Nick Webster.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Javier Hernandez is a transfer target for Orlando City, says report

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Manchester United's 26-year-old striker Javier Hernandez, currently on loan at Real Madrid, has attracted interest from MLS outfit Orlando City according to the Daily Mail.

The 26-year-old has been left frustrated by his lack of game time this season but he nonetheless has retained a large number of suitors from all over Europe and now North America.

Watch Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester City's grip on the Barclays Premier League title was loosened further after a controversial Glenn Murray goal put Crystal Palace on the way to a 2-1 victory.

Murray fired Palace ahead in the first half, despite both he and Scott Dann appearing to be offside, and Jason Puncheon crashed in a superb second to deal what looks to be a fatal blow to City's already slim hopes of retaining their crown.

West Bromwich chairman sets deadline to investors interested in buying club

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West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has set a summer deadline for any investors to buy the club.

The Baggies owner wants to avoid a long takeover saga at The Hawthorns and would be prepared to shelve any deal if not completed by early June, Press Association Sport understands.

Peace, who has been majority shareholder since 2005, is believed to want between £150million and £200million for the Baggies.

Atletico Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic ruled out indefinitely with an ankle injury

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Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic has been ruled out indefinitely with an ankle injury.

Diego Simeone informed the media that the player has been carrying the knock for the past ten games but elected to continue playing in spite of the pain.

The manager also revealed that if Mandzukic had not personally sat him down to discuss the magnitude of the problem, Simeone would have started him against Real Sociedad today.

Everton’s Roberto Martinez rejects claims of stubborn tactical approach

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has rejected accusations stubbornness prevents him from adapting his tactical approach.

The Spaniard has come in for criticism for persisting with trying to get his side to play out from the back despite results suffering recently.

There were even suggestions the players had gone to him asking to play a more direct style but Martinez has always stuck rigidly to his principles, which was the case when he was at Wigan when they were in relegation battles every season.

Ander Herrera wants to stay with Manchester United for a long time

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Ander Herrera is happy with life at Manchester United and wants to stay with the clubfor a "long time".

The midfielder joined United from Athletic Bilbao after completing a £29 million move in the summer.

The 25-year-old toldUnited Review that he was always happy at the club and felt lucky to be a part of its history, despite struggling to secure a regular spot in Louis van Gaal's starting eleven during his first six months in England.

Soccer Morning (4.6.15) Kyle McCarthy

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Kyle McCarthy.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with FOX Soccer's Kyle McCarthy as they look back at the weekend's Major League Soccer results and headlines.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City, Gameweek 31: TV times and open thread

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After Chelsea, Manchester Unitedand Arsenal all secured wins over the weekend, the pressure is on Manchester City to get the three points after falling to fourth place in the league.

Crystal Palace are sitting comfortably in 12th position in the league with 36 points. Fewer than 40 points this season should be enough for Palace to stay up, but since they're playing in front of their boisterous home support, Alan Pardew's team should be up for it.

DishWorld rebrands as Sling International: What soccer fans need to know

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DishWorld, one of a fewonline streaming services available to soccer fans and cord cutters in the United States, has been rebranded as Sling International. But what does this mean for soccer fans and current customers?

The most important distinction is the difference between Sling International and Sling TV.

Who’s your favorite co-commentator?

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While soccer commentators are often in the spotlight more because they do mostof the talking in a match,the role of a co-commentator cannot be understated, especially when it's a good one. In the case of a co-commentator, sometimes less is more.

Co-commentators add their expert opinions and color to a game, often making observations that we don't see with our own eyes.

Manuel Pellegrini believes big clubs must sign big name players to succeed

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes big clubs must sign big name players to continue succeeding on the pitch.

It is looking more and more likely that City willrelinquish its hold of the Premier League title this season, as they currently trail league leading Chelsea by nine pointswith eight matches remaining.

10 things we learned from gameweek 5 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week five of the 2015 Major League Soccer season:

1. Crisis in Philadelphia

What's the worse feeling for Philadelphia Union fans right now? That the Union became only the seventh team in MLS history to go into stoppage time winning and finish it losing, or that there's next to no hope that next weekend and the weekend after will be any better.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am with Kyle McCarthy

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guest Kyle McCarthy.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

McCarthy will be on the show to discuss all of the major talking points from a busy MLS weekend including Philadelphia Union's slump, DC United's late away win, Galaxy lose again and much more.

Carles Puyol considering joining New York City FC or Qatari team

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Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has resumed training and is rumored to be considering coming out retirement in order to play in the United States or sign a lucrative deal in Qatar.

Puyol, after struggling struggling with persistent knee injuries, retired from soccerlast May following fifteen years at his boyhood club.

Watch Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle match highlights [VIDEO]

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Dick Advocaat was in mischievous mood after seeing Jermain Defoe ease the pressure on Sunderland with a stunning winner to condemn Newcastle to a fifth successive derby defeat.

The former Tottenham striker smashed home a sumptuous volley in first-half injury-time to settle a game the Black Cats, who started the day perched precariously above the Barclays Premier League drop zone, dominated to ease themselves three points clear of the chasing pack.

Portland earns first win of season, ending FC Dallas’ undefeated streak

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FC Dallas arrived in Portland Saturday night with the best record in MLS (3 wins, 1 draw). Dallas has never won in Portland however, and that streak continued as the Timbers felled Dallas 3-1 in an overall fast, physical battle between the Western Conference rivals.

After a relatively lifeless opening 20 minutes, the Timbers jump-started the clash in the 23rd minute when center back Nat Borchers headed in an uncontested corner kick from Jorge Villafana.

Mats Hummels at the best age for England move, says Franz Beckenbauer

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Franz Beckenbauer believes Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels is at the "best age" for a move to England.

In 1977, after playing forBayern Munich, Beckenbauersurprised the world when he accepted a lucrative contract to play in the North American Soccer League with the New York Cosmos.

International break affected Barcelona’s performance, says Jeremy Mathieu

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Jeremy Mathieu admitted the international break affected Barcelona's performance following his side's narrow 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo.

The French defender made it two goals in two games when he headed home a free-kick from Xavi Hernandez in the 73rd minute to give Barcelona the advantage they needed to slip by mid-table Celta.

James Rodriguez believes Real Madrid are ready for the final run

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James Rodriguez returned to actionon Sunday after being sidelined for two months with a broken foot.

The Colombian midfielder started and assisted two goals his tenth and eleventh of the campaign -whileplayingjust over sixty minutes during his side's 9-1 winover nineteenth place Granada.

Sportel America conference continues in grow in size and importance

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If you've ever wondered where and howTV networks strike many of the deals with the leagues and agencies thathandle the rights tosoccer and other sports, look no further than the Sportel conferences that are held around the world each year.

It's here that the major networks such as ESPN, FOX Sports, beIN SPORTS, NBC and many others sit down and meet face-to-face with leagues (or the agencies that represent them) such as the Premier League, Bundesliga, MLS, La Liga, NBA, MLB and others.

Real Madrid defend rotation policy and call for unity following 9-1 win

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti defendedhis rotation policy and called for continued fan support following his side's 9-1 demolition of Granada earlier today.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals, including a first-half hat-trick. Striker Karim Benzema added a brace of his own and Gareth Bale added another as Real Madrid bounced back from their El Clasico defeat in resounding fashion at home.

The greatest show on Earth (Premier League Weekend Review Show)

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What a way for the Premier League to celebrate the end of the international break and the return of the most exciting league in the world. The greatest show on earth featured several goal of the season contenders from Charlie Adam, Jermain Defoe, Bobby Zamora, Wayne Rooney and more.

We discuss the goals plus all of the weekend matches as well as the major talking points.

Appetite for pro soccer in Florida proving critics dead wrong

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Florida has been kicked around long and hard by the critics over the years. Often seen as a pro soccer wasteland and a place thatcould not support the American pro game, the state has been the biggest storyline of this year's young professional soccer season.

Orlando City SC, who made the jump from third-division USL Pro to top-flight Major League Soccer (MLS), has turned heads with consistently high attendances.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 31: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Burnley vs Spurs, 8:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Sunderland vs Newcastle, 11am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

READ— How to use NBC Sports Live Extra

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Jose Mourinho concerned about Diego Costa injury

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Jose Mourinho expects to be without Diego Costa for up to a month of Chelsea's Premier League title run in and the crucial contests with Manchester United and Arsenal.

Costa was not considered fit enough to start the 2-1 win over Stoke which sent Chelsea seven points clear.

The striker was introduced at half-time but lasted just 11 minutes as his fragile hamstrings forced his withdrawal, with scans to determine the full extent of his injury to take place early next week.

Watch Manchester United 3-1 Aston Villa match highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester United climbed above their 'noisy neighbors' into third position thanks to a 3-1 win over Aston Villa which included a stunning strike from Wayne Rooney.

Ander Herrera's first-half goal put United in front before Rooney doubled the hosts' lead with a contender for goal of the month, if not the season.

Watch Swansea City 3-1 Hull City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Steve Bruce felt two controversial decisions cost his Hull side the chance of easing their relegation worries at Swansea.

Hull remain three points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone after losing 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium, but Tigers boss Bruce was upset with the nature of Swansea's second goal from Bafetimbi Gomis and the 53rd minute red card shown to Tigers midfielder David Meyler.

Watch WBA 1-4 Queens Park Rangers match highlights [VIDEO]

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Boss Chris Ramsey insists QPR have given themselves hope in their Barclays Premier League survival fight after a spectacular win at West Brom.

Former England striker Bobby Zamora scored a fabulous lob as Rangers bagged just their second away win of the season with a 4-1 victory at The Hawthorns.

Watch Leicester 2-1 West Ham match highlights [VIDEO]

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Leicester boss Nigel Pearson stressed after his team's 2-1 win over West Ham that they were likely to need something similar four or five more times to beat the drop.

The victory, the Foxes' first in nine Barclays Premier League matches, gave their survival bid a considerable boost as the gap between Pearson's bottom-placed side and safety was reduced to four points.

Watch Everton 1-0 Southampton match highlights [VIDEO]

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Everton captain Phil Jagielka's solitary goal cut through the mediocrity on an afternoon when both the Toffees and Southampton disappointed.

Even the centre-back's close-range finish in the first half was relatively routine but neither he, his team-mates or manager will mind as it secured a third successive league win and back-to-back home wins in the top flight time for the first time in almost a year.

Watch Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City match highlights [VIDEO]

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Chelsea responded from conceding a Charlie Adam goal from his own half and losing Diego Costa to a hamstring injury to beat Stoke 2-1 and move seven points clear in the Premier League title race.

Stoke midfielder Adam's 65-yard strike soared over Thibaut Courtois to cancel out Eden Hazard's penalty opener before Loic Remy struck the winner after substitute Costa had come and gone.

Watch Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool match highlights [VIDEO]

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts Champions League football is unlikely to return to Anfield next season, but insisted once again that contract rebel Raheem Sterling will do.

This has been an uncomfortable week on Merseyside after the England forward's ill-advised interview only heightened speculation over his future.

Interview with Kartik Krishnaiyer, soccer analyst and political consultant

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Over the years, Kartik Krishnaiyer has established himself as one of the preeminent voices in American soccer. Never short of an opinion, Krishnaiyer is an encyclopedia of knowledge, traveling across the southeastern United States to watch the game at all levels.

Here's our interview with the senior writer for World Soccer Talk, to give readers and listeners more insight into the man:

Christopher Harris (CH):What does USSF and Klinsmann need to change to increase the number of Americans coming through the system in order to be world beaters?

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.3.15) Richard Farley

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Richard Farley.

Nate and Janusz discuss a variety of topics on tonight's show including:

•Predictions for this weekend's matches,
•Richard's opinions about the whole Marcelo Claure controversy in Howler Magazine,
•Trolling on the Internet among soccer fans and whether they represent the majority,
•The story behind Fusion and its mission,
•And much more.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 31: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Arsenal vs Liverpool, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Man United vs Aston Villa, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sport Live Extra
Everton vs Southampton, 10am, NBC Sport Live Extra
Leicester vs West Ham, 10am, NBC Sport Live Extra
Swansea vs Hull, 10am, NBC Sport Live Extra
West Brom vs QPR.

Listen to World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET with Richard Farley

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Richard Farley.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

Every player has a price, says Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes "every player has a price" and he would sell an unhappy squad member.

Mourinho used Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, who recently signed a new contract until 2020, as a hypothetical example when Raheem Sterling's situation at Liverpool came up on Friday.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers this week insisted Sterling was not for sale after talks over the England forward's contract reached an impasse.

Lee Cattermole returns for Sunderland after suspension

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Dick Advocaat will welcome "controller" Lee Cattermole back to the heart of his Sunderland team as he attempts to launch another late survival bid with a record fifth successive derby victory.

The 27-year-old enforcer has missed the last two games through suspension after reaching 10 bookings for the season, and that meant he was unavailable for the Dutchman's first game in charge, a 1-0 defeat at West Ham on March 21.

Louis Van Gaal says Marouane Fellaini is undroppable

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Louis van Gaal says Marouane Fellaini is undroppable on current form.

Many tipped Fellaini to be one of the first players to leave Old Trafford when Van Gaal took over as Manchester United manager last summer.

After missing United's tour of the United States, Fellaini was jeered on his only pre-season outing for the club, in a friendly against Valencia at Old Trafford.

Join Chelsea on INPLAY to win all-expenses paid trip for 2 to Stamford Bridge

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Join Chelsea's official Club on INPLAY for your chance to win an amazing hospitality package for 2 to watch Chelsea in London

Fans can now follow the Chelsea F.C. via the 'Official Chelsea FC' Club on INPLAY, receiving the latest news, videos, offers and more, and seamlessly share them with all their friends and fellow CFC fans on INPLAY.

Soccer Morning (4.3.15) Jonathan Tannenwald and Jamie Goldberg

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Jonathan Tannenwald and Jamie Goldberg.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with Philly.

Atletico Madrid have 10 finals remaining, says Diego Simeone

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Diego Simeone says Atletico Madrid have ten finals remaining before the end of the season, with the manager stressing that Saturday's match at Cordoba is the most important one.

Atletico are currently a point behind third place Valencia in La Liga, and Simeone has set the target of finishing as high as possible on the league table with 10matches left.

Newcastle United home, away and third shirts for 2015-16 season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photographs of Newcastle United's home, away and third shirt have been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by Puma, Newcastle's shirts for the 2015-16 season are a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good

Newcastle's home shirt for the 2015-16 season features a blue v-neck collar and familiar black and white stripes along with blue trim on the cuffs.

Arsenal vs Liverpool predicted lineups and tactical preview

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The Premier League is back after the international break and there will be plenty of interesting fixtures to keep an eye on this weekend.

Top of our list is the crunch tie at the Emirates Stadium where in-form Arsenal host Liverpool on Saturday as they attempt to go above Manchester City for the first time this season.

Jose Mourinho to make late call on Diego Costa ahead of Chelsea-Stoke match

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is yet to decide whether to risk striker Diego Costa for the Barclays Premier League leaders' clash with Stoke on Saturday.

Costa suffered a recurrence of his hamstring problem in last month's 3-2 win at Hull and withdrew from international duty with Spain.

Chelsea's top scorer will be in the squad for the Stamford Bridge fixture, but may not start.

Listen to Soccer Morning from 10-11:15am with Jonathan Tannenwald and Jamie Goldberg

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guests Jonathan Tannenwald and Jamie Goldberg

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Tannenwald will be on the show to discuss MLS TV ratings and NASL ownership questions, while Goldberg will discuss the latest news from the Portland Timbers.

Listen to World Soccer Radio live from 9-10pm ET with Janusz Michallik

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Tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Janusz Michallik.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week.

Sunderland vs Newcastle: History and preview of the Tyne-Wear Derby

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The rivalry between Tyne and Wear stretches far beyond feisty soccer matches. They are merely a modern day manifestation of a historical hatred. The discontent in relations between Geordies and Mackems is bitter and fuelled by almost 400 years of conflict and resentment.

The many years of hostility between the two cities is principally dated back to the English Civil War.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.2.15) Janusz Michallik

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Janusz Michallik.

Nate and Janusz discuss a variety of topics on tonight's show including:

•The legacy of Steven Gerrard at Liverpool,
•How MLS 1996 compares to MLS 2015,
•Walk down memory lane regarding some of the memorable MLS players from the early days of the league.

James Rodriguez set to start for Real Madrid against Granada on Sunday

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Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez is set to return to Carlo Ancelotti's starting eleven against Granada on Sunday.

The Colombia international has been sidelined since February after having surgery on his broken right foot. He resumed training on March 24 and has steadily increased his efforts in order to secure a place in Ancelotti's squad.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood believes Manchester United are beatable

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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood believes Manchester United are "beatable" and expects his side's pace on the counter-attack to cause their opponents problems on Saturday.

United are currently in fourth place in the Premier League and are coming off of successive wins over Tottenham and Liverpool.

Robin van Persie ruled out of Manchester United-Aston Villa match

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Robin van Persie has been ruled out of Manchester United's Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Van Persie has not played for United since he suffered an ankle injury in the 2-1 defeat to Swansea on February 21.

It was expected he would return this weekend after the international break, but manager Louis van Gaal said the Holland striker is still not match fit.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

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It's always wonderful when domestic soccer returns after the international break and the fixtures to sample this weekend have whetted the soccer appetite further as the end of season approaches in various division across Europe.

Coming up, we've got a battle between Germany's two biggest outfits, as well as clashes in Italy and England that will have a massive say on which teams compete in next season's UEFA Champions League.

Xabi Alonso admits playing for Pep Guardiola was pivotal in summer move

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Bayern Munichmidfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted the opportunity to work under Pep Guardiola was pivotal in his decision to leave Real Madrid last summer.

After winning the club's tenth European title, Alonso stunned Real Madridsupporters when it was learned the midfielder was pushingfor a move to Bayern Munich, only a few months after signing a two-year extension in Spain.

Atletico Madrid home shirt for 2015-16 season: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of Atletico Madrid's home shirt for the 2015-16 season has been leaked on the Internet.

The closeup image of the chest of the shirt reveals the iconic red and white stripes of Atleti, along with the club's crest and kit manufacturer logo from Nike.

Meanwhile, the shorts of the new Atlético Madrid 2015-2016 Home Kit will be blue, while the socks will be red.

Atletico Madrid planning to recall Toby Alderweireld from Southampton

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Atletico Madrid sports director Jose Luis Perez Caminero says the club is planning to recall Toby Alderweireld from his successful loan spell with Southampton.

Last summer, Alderweireld was loaned out to the Saints because his playing time would have been limited due to the presence of Diego Godin and Miranda in the center of Atletico's defense.

Soccer Morning (4.2.15) Kris Heneage

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guest Kris Heneage.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with Kristan Heneage (ITV) as they discuss Raheem Sterling's contract situation at Liverpool.

Swansea facing one of biggest seasons in club’s history next year, says Garry Monk

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Swansea manager Garry Monk insists he wants to add quality players and not sell them this summer ahead of a season which he has described as "probably one of the biggest in the club's history."

Monk had to contend with transfer speculation surrounding two of his players during the international break as Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was linked to Roma while Wales defender Neil Taylor is reportedly interesting West Brom.

Leaked photos of Manchester City away shirt for 2015-16 season [PHOTOS]

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Manchester City's away shirt for the 2015-16 season will be a one-of-a-kind design that features a closeup of a Blue Moon.

The unique design features a dark blue shirt with the Blue Moon design splashed across the upper chest and around the v-neck collar of City's away shirt for next season.

GolTV adds Portuguese Cup to its soccer coverage lineup

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Taça de Portugal, also known as the Portuguese Cup, will now be available to viewers on the US sports network GolTV through until the end of the 2015-16 season.

GolTV has added the prestigious Portuguese competition soon after announcing a deal to broadcast the Scottish Cup.

The network's EVP of Programming and Business Develpment, Constantino Voulgaris saidregarding the new agreement, "The Portugal Cup perfectly complements our regularly scheduled matches from Portugal's top-ranked team, Benfica, to further serve passionate Portuguese soccer fans.

Liverpool home shirt for 2015-16 season: Leaked [PHOTO]

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Liverpool Football Club has announced that it will reveal the club's home kit for the 2015-16 season on Friday, April 10 during an event at Anfield.

Liverpool's home jersey for next season will be designed and manufactured by New Balance. If you like, you can wait until April 10 to find out what the Liverpool shirt will look like.

Alvaro Arbeloa doesn’t understand witch hunt against Gareth Bale

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Alvaro Arbeloa has come to the defense of his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale by saying he doesn't understandwhy the media and fans have continued their "witch hunt" against the Welshmen.

Since Bale's arrival in September 2013, Real Madrid supportersand theSpanish press havecast a critical eye over the forward's personal and professional life with the player's every decision by questioned by the masses.

MLS can’t be the only home for soccer’s American boom; By Simon Evans

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On Saturday, largely ignored by the national media, another new American soccer club will be born. And once again, it looks like being another success story. Jacksonville Armada will open their NASL campaign and they hope to beat the league's regular season attendance record of 14,593.

It is another sign that North American club soccer is booming and it's not all about Major League Soccer.

QPR’s Chris Ramsey says racial prejudice will make it tough to get another job as manager

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QPR manager Chris Ramsey admits both competition and racial prejudice will make it very difficult for him to get another manager's job if he is sacked at Loftus Road this summer.

Ramsey, who is currently the only black manager in the Barclays Premier League, has overseen five consecutive defeats since he was appointed Harry Redknapp's permanent successor in February.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features discussion about the latest news and developments around the Beautiful Game, as well as a discussion with Kris Heneage.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to World Soccer Radio live from 9-10pm ET with guest Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Tonight's debut episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Kartik Krishnaiyer.

Listen to the show live between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, the Tune-In app or via the embedded player below.

Palermo striker Paulo Dybala wants to play for Arsenal

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Despite the fact that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has his fair share of critics among fans and pundits alike, it was revealed on Tuesday that yet another Gunner transfer target has put the north London club at the top of his wish list because of the fact that Wenger is the club's manager.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.1.15) Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Download tonight's debut episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Kartik Krishnaiyer.

Nate and Kartik discuss a variety of topics on tonight's show including:

•Who the starting US goalkeeper should be,
•Predictions of who will finish in the top four at the end of the Premier League season,
•Whether the criticism of Jurgen Klinsmann as USMNT coach is fair or not,
•And a rant about the history of MLS.

Real Madrid defender Pepe sidelined for three games with muscle injury

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Real Madrid have confirmed that Pepe will be sidelined for three games with a muscle injury in his right thigh.

The setback will see the defender miss the club's upcoming league fixtures against Granada, Rayo Vallecano and Eibar. Real Madrid officials are hopeful the centre-backwill be fit in time for the first leg of the team's Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid on April 14.

Barcelona doctors clear Lionel Messi to play against Celta Vigo on Sunday

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There is good news for Barcelona supporters as club's doctors have cleared Lionel Messi to play against Celta Vigo onSunday.

There had been doubts about the forward's availability this weekend due to swelling in his right foot which prevented him from participating in Argentina's friendlies against El Salvador and Ecuador overthe international break.

Inter Milan interested in signing Yaya Toure

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is a dream target for Inter Milan, according to general director Marco Fassone.

The Italian giants are keen to sign the 31-year-old this summer, a player Inter coach Roberto Mancini knows well having guided him from 2010 until 2013 at the Barclays Premier League club.

Man United make improved offer for midfielder Andreas Pereira

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Manchester United have made an improved contract offer to Andreas Pereira in order to secure the talented midfielder past thisseason.

Pereira is out of contract in the summer and two months agorejected United's initial offer for a new deal. The midfielder is poised to leave Old Trafford unless the two sides can come to an agreement before the end of the season.

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling says ‘I’m no money-grabber’

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Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling insists he is not "a money-grabber" after talks on a new contract were put on hold until the summer.

The 20-year-old has been made what manager Brendan Rodgers described as "an incredible offer", believed to be £100,000-a-week, but negotiations have reached an impasse.

World Soccer Talk Radio makes its debut on Sports Byline sports talk network

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World Soccer Talk Radio will make its debut on Sports Byline, America's sports talk network, tonight from 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT).

Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, World Soccer Talk Radio is anightly soccer news and discussion show that will air Mondays through Fridays each week. The showwillfeature interviews with insightful guests as well as taking listener calls.

Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto open to joining Atletico Madrid

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Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto has said he would be open to a reunion with formercoach Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.

Vietto signed his first professional contract for Racing Club in Argentina, and was called up to the first-team squad by Simeone in October 2011.

The striker signed a five-year deal with Villarreal in August 2014 and has steadily become one of the most sought after players in Europe.

Soccer Morning (4.1.15) Leander Schaerlaeckens and Manuel Veth

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Leander Schaerlaeckens and Manuel Veth.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with Leander Schaerlaeckens as they look back at the United States' 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Barcelona forward Pedro admits to frustration, as talk of transfer increases

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Barcelona forward Pedrosays talk of him leaving the Catalan club is "logical" and admitted to frustration with a lack of playing time under manager Luis Enrique.

Pedro's first-team action has beensignificantly reduceddue to Barcelona's attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Jesse Marsch’s undefeated Red Bulls are biggest surprise in New York; By Steve Davis

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The outrage meter reached 11 as long suffering New York Red Bulls fans vented in a volatile, emotional January night. Mike Petke, a local son who wore the crest for years as a player and later became the club's first truly successful manager, embodied everything the organization needed to be.

And the club had just fired him.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is looking to recapture his best form

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is looking to recapture what he considers his best form in two years after recovering from injury.

The Brazil international enjoyed a run of 16 starts in 19 matches from late November which coincided with a marked improvement in the team's results until a groin problem in February's Merseyside derby saw him miss 10 games.

Spurs new stadium gets green light

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Tottenham have announced an agreement has been reached with Archway Sheet Metal Works which clears the path for their new stadium to be built.

The club have plans in place to construct a new 56,000-seater stadium on their White Hart Lane site but have faced a lengthy court battle with Archway who refused to relocate to allow Tottenham to begin the process.

Lionel Messi doubtful for Barcelona’s match against Celta Vigo on Sunday

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Lionel Messi is a doubt for Barcelona's match against Celta Vigo on Sunday, due to a lingering issue with his right foot.

The last time Messi appeared was prior to the international break duringhis side's 2-1 El Clasico victory over Real Madrid on March 22.

The forward reportedly picked up theknock during the second leg of Barcelona's Champions Leaguetie against Manchester City but pushed to be included in thefirst-place showdown with their El Clasico rivals.

Listen to Soccer Morning live with Leander Schaerlaeckens and Manuel Veth from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features guests Leander Schaerlaeckens and Manuel Veth.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with Leander Schaerlaeckens as they look back at the United States' 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Enter for a chance to win a Copa America trip to Chile

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Good news for World Soccer Talk readers! The Copa America 2015 soccer tournament in Chile is fast approaching and we'd like you to be there to enjoy it in person for a chance in a lifetime vacation.

You can win a trip to the Copa America final on July 4th courtesy of LAN Airlines, a member of the LATAM Airlines Group, and an Official Supplier of Copa America 2015.

UEFA and FIFPro launch complaint against third-party ownership of players

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UEFA and FIFPro have launched a formal complaint against third-party ownership, stating the practice damages players, clubs and supporters. They are asking the European Commission to investigate and declare the act illegal.

Third-party ownership involves the ownership of a player's economic rightsby third-party sources, such as agents, sports-management agencies, or other investors.

Jack Wilshere scores in Arsenal friendly, as four Gunners make injury return

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere made his first appearance on the pitch on Tuesday since suffering an injury setback in February, albeit in a friendly against Championship side Brentford FC. The England international scored one goal and provided an assist to teenage future star Dan Crowley in the 4-0 victory for the Gunners.

Koke is the key to Spain and Atletico Madrid’s future

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Similar to Dunga attempting to rebuild Brazil's national side, Vicente Del Bosque has the same responsibility of constructing the future of Spanish soccer. With legends like Xavi and Xabi Alonso retiring from international duty and Andres Iniesta's quality fading away, La Roja need a new mastermind to dictate the midfield and orchestrate attacks.