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NYCFC sign USL MVP, Golden Boot winner Sean Okoli

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New York City FC didn't waste any time this offseason in finding some goal-scoring help for MVP candidate David Villa.

The team has signed FC Cincinnati forward Sean Okoli just weeks after the end of their second season. The USL MVP and Golden Boot winner scored 16 goals in 29 games for the hugely successful FC Cincinnati, and adds some much-needed attacking prowess to a team that just lost Frank Lampard, Tony Taylor, and Steven Mendoza.

Report: Cosmos cease operations as owners negotiate sale

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The New York Cosmos recent struggles took another, potentially fatal, turn this weekend.

The Cosmos have reportedly ceased operations and released their players and staff, according to Big Apple Soccer. The team could be saved, however, as the Cosmos ownership have entered negotiations with a New York group for the purchase of the team, along with several million dollars in debt.

Must-See Goal: Alejandro Camargo

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Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Alvarado, Chandler, Grossman and more

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Before officially departing his current club, Ventura Alvarado had a part to play in guiding Club America to the Liga MX Apertura final.

Alvarado started and played all 90 minutes at right back, helping guide Club America to a 2-0 win over Necaxa. The win sees the club seal a 3-1 aggregate victory, booking a date with Jose Torres, Luis Silva and Tigres in the Liga MX finale.

Monday Kickoff: Blatter, Neymar, Chapecoense and more

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter had his ban upheld, while one of Barcelona's biggest stars is dealing with some injury issues.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Sepp Blatter's appeal of a six-year ban from the game on Monday. (REPORT)

Neymar missed Barcelona training due to muscle fatigue in the groin area.

Akinola, Sargent in top form as U.S. U-17s shut out Brazil

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team finished the Nike International Friendlies as champions on Sunday, and their forward trio was in top form once again.

Ayo Akinola, Josh Sargent and Timothy Weah scored as the U.S. shut out Brazil 3-0. The victory clinched the 2016 Nike International Friendlies title for the Americans as they finished the tournament with three wins from three games, outscoring their opponents 14-2 in the process.

Americans Abroad Saturday Rewind: Wooten, Johnsen, Williams and more

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Two strikers on the outside of the U.S. Men's National Team picture remain in fine form.

Both Andrew Wooten and Bjorn Johnsen found the back of the net yet again, as the two strikers continued their recent hot-streak. Wooten's finish, which came in a 3-1 win over Nurnberg, was the Sandhausen's eighth in 10 games.

College Cup Quarterfinal Rewind: Stanford top Louisville, Denver edges Clemson and more

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Although the College Cup 2015 champions are still very much in the running for this year's trophy, three other deservingsemifinalists will be jumping at the chance to unseat Stanford.

The four teams emerging from the quarterfinal round are North Carolina, Denver, Wake Forest and Stanford.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Following a Saturday dominated by El Clasico, Sunday brings a schedule full of action.

English soccer features several heavyweights, and the day's action begins with title contenders Liverpool. The Reds face off with underdogs Bournemouth to begin the day's two-game schedule before Manchester United takes on Everton in a clash of two teams looking to make a push up the table.

Ventura Alvarado signs with Santos Laguna

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Ventura Alvarado is moving on to a new club.

Following nine yearsat Club America,U.S. Men's National Team defender signed with fellow Liga MX side Santos Laguna on Friday. With the move, Alvarado joins fellow American defender Jorge Villafana at the Mexican club.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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El Clasico takes centerstage on what should be a busy Saturday of soccer action.

Real Madrid and Barcelona collide in Saturday's marquee match, pitting La Liga's heavyweights against one another in the latest chapter of their historic rivalry. Entering Saturday's match, Real Madrid has a six-point lead over their longtime rivals, making the clash a pivotal one in the early stages of the La Liga title race.

Carleton, Akinola shine again as U.S. U-17s cruise past Turkey

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The attacking trio for theU.S. Under-17 Men's National Team impressed again in the Nike International Friendlies, but a pair of forwards were particularly impactful.

Atlanta United's Andrew Carleton and Toronto FC's Ayo Akinola both had braces, Timothy Weah added another goal, and the U.

Sizing up a potential return to MLS for Guzan

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After spending nearly a decade forging a career in England, Brad Guzan might be returning to the league that gave him his start.

Guzan has been linked with a potential return to MLS this winter, according to a report from FourFourTwo.The storystates that the 32-year-old goalkeeper might just be gauging club's interest in him ahead of the 2017 MLS campaign, and that a move back to the league that he spent three-and-a-half years in would see him come back on a non-Designated Player deal.

MLS Ticker: Minnesota United conflict with Vikings, Railhawks state MLS intentions, and more

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After losing out to a competing bid for an MLS expansion franchise, the Minnesota Vikings appear to be making life difficult for Minnesota United.

The Vikings are reportedly seeking legal action to prevent Minnesota United from hosting friendlies at their new U.S. Bank Stadium without their consent.

NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: Louisville takes on Stamford, Clemson faces Denver and more

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As the NCAA Tournament kicks off its quarterfinal matches on Friday, the clear dominance from ACC representatives isclear to see.

All four of the matches in this round will be hosted by an ACC team, and the battle between Wake Forest and Virginia Tech will ensure that at least one ACC representative travels to Houston next weekend.