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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Week 13 of the MLS season begins on Wednesday evening in a clash of two Eastern Conference sides, while the U.S. Men's National Team continues their preparation for the upcoming Copa America Centenario.

After a narrow 2-1 defeat at PPL Park in April, Orlando City SC will be seeking revenge against the East-leading Philadelphia Union.

Cody Cropper set to be released by MK Dons

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Cody Cropper's run with MK Dons is coming to an end.

The English clubannounced on Wednesday that MK Dons has opted not to renew the goalkeeper's contract. The decision will make Cropper a free agent once his current deal expires in June.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper made 12 appearances for the club this past season after joining from Southampton as a free agent last summer.

Orlando City vs. Philadelphia Union: A Look Ahead

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The Eastern Conference has proven to be anything but predictable this season, and the Philadelphia Union are taking full advantage of that fact.

The East-leading Union will travel to South Florida on Wednesday night to take on Kaka and Orlando City SC, after capturing a narrow 2-1 victory at Talon Energy Stadium back in April.

Wednesday Kickoff: Mascherano, Xhaka and more

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Fresh of their Spanish double, Barcelona is set to lose one of their key defensive figures, while Arsenal has begun their offseason with a high-profile Bundesliga signing.

Barcelona's Javier Mascherano reportedly wants out of the Camp Nou and could be on his way to Juventus. The reigning Serie A champions are said to be prepared to offer the 31-year-old a position in the midfielder, which Mascherano has made clear is his position of choice.

USWNT's Rampone unavailable for Japan friendlies

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The U.S. Women's National Team will have to make due without one of the squad's veteran talents at the backline when they take on Japan in their two upcoming friendlies.

Defender Christie Rampone has been ruled out of USWNT camp after theSky Blue FC player decided that she still wasn't ready to compete on the international stage following knee surgery at the end of 2015.

Klinsmann says Copa America has more quality than 'diluted' Euro 2016

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As a player and a coach, Jurgen Klinsmann has been a part of many international tournaments, and the U.S. Men's National Team head coach believes the one his team currently faces will be more rigorous than the one across the Atlantic.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Ecuador, Klinsmann said he believes that the upcoming Copa America will be just as, if not more, competitive than Euro 2016.

Geoff Cameron ruled out of USMNT friendly against Ecuador

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The U.S. Men's National Team will be without of of its most important players for Wednesday's pre-Copa America friendly against Ecuador.

Jurgen Klinsmann revealed on Tuesday that Geoff Cameron will miss Wednesday's match due to an injury.

Perry Kitchen's patience rewarded with right fit at Hearts

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After five years in MLS, Perry Kitchen craved a new challenge. He wanted to take the next step in his career as well as have a new experience in a different part of the world, so Kitchenopted not to re-sign with D.C. United in order to explore his options as a free agent.

His patience was tested.

Who Should Start for the USMNT against Ecuador?

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Following Sunday's tune-up against Puerto Rico, Copa America preparation is about to get very, very real for the U.S. Men's National Team against a tough opponent in Ecuador.

Entering Wednesday's game, the U.S. is riding a 3-1 victory over Puerto Rico that was contested without a majority of the USMNT's top players.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 12)

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The New York Red Bulls stole the show with a 7-0 demolition of NYCFC, but the reigning Supporters' Shield winners were far from the only team to make a statement during Rivalry Week.

Both the Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy extended their unbeaten runs to eight and nine games, respectively, to continue dominance atop the Western Conference.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The Copa Libertadores quarterfinals will close out on Tuesday evening, while one MLS side will be in action against an opponent from La Liga.

The Houston Dynamo will host Real Sociedad at BBVA Compass Stadium as part of the MLS club'sBBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup.

NASL Power Rankings (Week 8)

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The New York Cosmos continued their ascent to the top of the standings, while some unexpected results caused some shifts in power around the league.

Gio Savarese's team put together another fine display to bounce back from an early deficit and defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies. As the Spring season starts to wind down, the Cosmos seem in control of the first playoff spot.

Italy's Conte says Giovinco, Pirlo paid consequences of MLS moves

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Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo will not be a part of the Italian National Team's Euro 2016 run, and, according to head coach Antonio Conte, their MLS moves may have been the deciding factor in their exclusions.

The Toronto FC forward and NYCFC midfielder were left off of Conte's 30-man preliminary roster, which was released on Monday.

Tuesday Kickoff: Ronaldo injury, Gotze and more

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Real Madrid will need of their top talent in order to defeat rival Atletico Madrid during this weekend's Champions League final, but Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness has come into question recently.

Real head coach Zinedine Zidane has come out and said that Ronaldo will be ready for the team's meeting with Atleti on Saturday, despite a nagging thigh problem.

Messi, Suarez, James Rodriguez headline Copa America rosters

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Organizers of the 2016 Copa America unveiled the final 23-man rosters for the tournament, and the level of competition should be high.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Chicharito Hernandez and Arturo Vidal are among the players named to their respective squads. Rosters were submitted on Friday, and teams have until 24 hours before the opening match on June 3 to make replacements due to serious injury.