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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Timmy Chandler targeted this weekend for his return to action for FC Nurnberg, and now we will see if he can come through and earn his first minutes for the club since February.

Recovered from the knee injury that has sidelined him for the better part of three months, Chandler has said he will be available for Nurnberg's clash with Mainz on Saturday.

UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you are hungry for some quality soccer, there is a scrumptious pair of matches on tap that should fill your appetite.

The UEFA Europa League semifinals are set to get underway on Thursday with two match-ups that hold plenty of intrigue, as Benfica lock horns with Juventus in a battle of European heavyweights (3:05pm, ESPN Deportes/DirecTV/Fox Soccer Plus) at Estadio Da Luz while Sevilla and Valencia square off in an all-Spanish affair in the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (3:05pm, ESPN3/Fox Soccer 2Go).

Cruz Azul edge Toluca for CCL title on away-goals rule

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Cruz Azul ended their 17-year drought without a major trophy on Wednesday, and they did so despite never beating Toluca in the CONCACAF Champions League finals series.

Cruz Azul hoisted the CONCACAF Champions League trophy on Wednesday night after a 1-1 road draw gave them the away-goals advantage over Toluca.

A closer look at the USMNT depth chart: Central Midfielders

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It has been no secret this cycle that the U.S. Men's National Team's strength lies in the midfield, particularly in the central positions. Jurgen Klinsmann has a glut of talented players cable of manning the middle of the park, but how many of them earn places on the World Cup roster this summer will be a storyline that is followed very closely in the coming weeks.

Largest field of teams set to partake in 2014 Open Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The 101st edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will have the largest field of teams that the tournament has ever seen.

U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday the competition format and pairings for the first two rounds of the 2014 U.

Video: Klinsmann talks Dempsey, U.S. Under-21 team and more

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Joya brace leads U-21 USMNT to victory over Tijuana

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Under-21 U.S. Men's National Team wrapped up their training camp on Wednesday with a victory over Club Tijuana, and it was Benji Joya who delivered the goods for the Americans.

Joya scored a second-half brace to lead the U.S. to a 2-1 victory over the Xolos on Wednesday in Carson, California.

Wright-Phillips makes case for starting spot with hat-trick performance

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. A jubilant New York Red Bulls' locker room was filled with jokes about Bradley Wright-Phillips needing to take more sick days, and with good reason.

A day after being a health concern due to flu-like symptoms,Wright-Phillips' delivered a hat-trick performance to help the Red Bulls to a romp of the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.

Wright-Phillips makes case for starting spot with sterling hat-trick performance

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. A jubilant New York Red Bulls' locker room was filled with jokes about Bradley Wright-Phillips needing to take more sick days, and with good reason.

A day after being a health concern due to flu-like symptoms,Wright-Phillips' delivered a hat-trick performance to help the Red Bulls to a romp of the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.

Thursday Kickoff: Man United target Cavani; Man City, No European bans from FFP; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United have begun targeting summer signings.

Even without a full-time head coach in place, Man United are interested in opening the check-book to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan forward was acquired last summer by PSG for €60 million and it will take a bid of at least €72 million ($100 million) to bring Cavani to Old Trafford.

Bradley Wright-Phillips hat trick leads Red Bulls in rout over Dynamo

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By IVES GALARCEP

The big question surrounding the New York Red Bulls early on in the 2014 season has been who would step up to provide Thierry Henry some support in attack and a real goal threat.

Bradley Wright-Phillips made his case for being up for that role on Wednesday night, scoring a hat trick to help lead the Red Bulls to a 4-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo at Red Bull Arena.

Revs Notes: Joseph welcomed back, Dorman to fill in as captain, and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

After forgettable stints at Chivas USA and with the Seattle Sounders, New England Revolution legend Shalrie Joseph has rejoined the club where his name is still gold.

The player his teammates affectionately call "Chaz" did a trial with New England back in February and was claimed off waivers by the Revs on Tuesday afternoon, sending the 12th-year MLS veteran back to the club he called home for his first 9-1/2 seasons.

Pontius undergoes hamstring surgery, expected to miss 4-6 months

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By DAN KARELL

Chris Pontius will be spending another long stretch on the sidelines due to injury.

D.C. United announced on Wednesday that the midfielder had undergone surgery on his left hamstring and is expected to miss the next four to six months.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 7)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Real Salt Lake continues to be the only undefeated team in Major League Soccer, and a big reason for that is the continued outstanding form of goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

The U.S. national team goalkeeper made a handful of jaw-dropping saves to help RSL post a 1-0 victory against the Portland Timbers.

SBI NWSL Power Rankings (Week 2)

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The second week back for the National Women's Soccer League was (mostly) about the underdogs teams that struggled last year but are out to prove they belong at the top of the table.

To that end, the Washington Spirit looked like a team ready to shed their old image.