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February 13, 2016 12:41 UTC
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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Two of Italy's bestwill battle it out on Saturday, with Serie A's top spot up for the taking.

Juventus, winner of 12 consecutive matches, will host league leader Napoli. The two sides last met in September, when Napoli pulled out a 2-1 victory at home.

Guus Hiddink and Chelsea remain unbeaten since the Dutchman was named interim head coach for the second time in his career.

Must-See Goal: Edgar Andrade

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Report: Obafemi Martins attracting interest from Chinese Super League

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The Chinese Super League has made headlines recently for its massive spending spree on high-profile players around Europe, and now a star attacker from MLS is reportedly receiving interest.

According to ESPN FC, Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins has attracted significant attention from multiple Chinese clubs.

Midday Ticker: Messi first, Chicharito injured and more

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Lionel Messi has claimed a lot of accolades and awards in his storied career, but never before had he won this one. Somehow.

Messi earned his first La Liga Player of the Month award on Friday for his strong showing for Barcelona in January. The Argentine scored six goals in five matches for the Spanish giant.

MLS Ticker: Ciman extends, Fire, Red Bulls and more

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The 2015 MLS Defender of the Year will remain in the league for a couple more years.

Laurent Ciman has signed an extension with the Montreal Impact, one that will see the defender stay with the Canadian club until 2018. The 29-year-old centerback was voted MLS Defender of the Year in 2015 after making27 regular season appearances.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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The fight for a UEFA Champions League qualification spot in the German Bundesliga continues in Mainz on Friday.

Mainz 05 hosts fourth place Schalke 04 in Friday's marquee matchup in Europe. Mainz, currently in seventh and three points behind its Friday foe, is riding a two-game win streak that includes an important victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.

NASL Ticker: Chicago expansion, International Champions Cup and more

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A potential NASL expansion project continues to roll on, while one of this summer's biggest tournaments could be set to feature NASL representation.

Following the disbanding of theSting Trust, those behind theChicago NASL project have issued a statement thanking the group for their work in looking to bring a team to Chicago.

MLS Ticker: Koffie traded, Lizarazo, Crew and more

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While a couple of recent jersey releases had mixed reviews, an Eastern Conference contender bolstered its midfield even more this offseason.

The New England Revolution acquired 24-year-old midfielder Gershon Koffie from the Vancouver Whitecaps, sending general allocation money and Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to the Western Conference club in exchange for the midfielder.

Friday Kickoff: Johnson, Copa del Rey, Oscar and more

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After one of its star players pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court, English Premier League club Sunderland made an important decision on Thursday.

Sunderland has officially terminated 28-year-old English midfielder Adam Johnson's contract after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

European Weekend Preview: Arsenal-Leicester, Juventus-Napoli and more

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While Valentine's Day does fall on Sunday, love certainly won't be in the air when the English Premier League's top four teams are in action.

Kicking off the day's festivities will be league leader Leicester City traveling to the Emirates Stadium to face third place Arsenal. The Gunners sit five points behind Jamie Vardy and the Foxes.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Alejandro Bedoya's goal-scoringtotal continues to rise, and he will have another chance to add to itas his red-hot club returns to the field on Saturday.

Bedoya will attempt to keep his recent run of form going when FC Nantes welcomes Lorient to town in a match-up of two clubs seeking aplace in Europe.

SBI Spotlight: USL MVP Matthew Fondy takes long road to Armada

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Matthew Fondy's road has never been easy.Fromundrafted prospect to Golden Boot winner, Fondy is now set for yet another new beginning.

The 26-year-oldhad a career year in 2015 as a member of Louisville City's inaugural team. The strikerrapidly emerged as the USL's best player in a campaign that saw the forward net22goals in 28 games.

NASL Ticker: Puerto Rico FC, Speas, Rayo OKC and more

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As the two other NASL expansion clubs continue to fill out their rosters ahead of the Spring season, Puerto Rico FC has taken a step towards preparing for the Fall campaign.

Puerto Rico FC announced that the club has set tryout dates throughout the U.S. ahead of the team's debut on July 2. Manager Adrian Whitbread and the rest of the technical staff will hold open tryoutsin Bradenton, Florida, onMarch 12-13and in Los Angeles onMarch 19-20.

Arsenal announced as MLS All-Star Game opponent

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The2016 MLS All-Stars will take the field against one of England's perennial heavyweights.

MLS announced on Thursday that Arsenal will serve as the opponent for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, which is scheduled for July 28 at theSan Jose Earthquakes' Avaya Stadium. The trip stateside will be Arsenal's second in two years after not appearing in the U.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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This Valentine's Day, the English Premier League will feature a series of enticing matches to highlight the holiday.

Leading things off is a clash between the league-leading Leicester City and third-place Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners trail the Foxes by five points in the standings heading into this meeting but they do boast the claim as one of the only two teams to hand Leicester City a defeat this season from when they won a 5-2 decision back in September.