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Chicago Fire vs. Santos Laguna - International Friendly - Fireside Chat With FMF State of Mind

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The Fire may not see MLS action again until next Wednesday vs. Toronto FC, but our Men in Red will face Santos Laguna is an international friendly at Toyota Park this Saturday. I had the opportunity to get a bit of intel from Jason Marquitz over at FMF State of Mind. Some Fire fans are undoubtedly familiar with Santos Laguna.

THE MATCHUP (with bonus STARTING 11!): All our huevos in uno basket

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Poor Santos and his savage heart... so much passion!Those of you who frequent this site... hello you three... know that Monday is reserved for our STARTING 11 feature but as there is an unusual Tuesday fixture this week it's "Buy None - Get Two Free" today. All of the STARTING 11 you love with a dose of THE MATCHUP you kind of enjoy with none of that pesky AFTER 90 you have to tolerate!

CCL/MLS Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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There are three matches involving MLS teams Wednesday, and each one carries a good deal of significance.

In league play, D.C. United and the Chicago Fire meet in a clash of teams both currently in the playoff picture and looking to jockey for a safer position as the home stretch continues.

THE MATCHUP: Shh!... It's Champions League (Now with 30% more Freddy Hall!)

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Don't ask about the triangleTORONTO FC VS. C.D. AGUILA
If an El Salvadorian footballer dives in a forest but it's only streamed online.

MLS Notes: Real Salt Lake acquires Braun, Plata loaned to Quito and more

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Another player who found himself struggling for minutes with the Montreal Impact is on the move.

Forward Justin Braun was traded to his hometown Real Salt Lake in exchange for a conditional 2014 draft pick Wednesday, getting himself out of a situation that had become increasingly dire north of the border.

Match #11 Preview: Philadelphia Union At Toronto FC

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Setting: Saturday, May 26 at BMO Field in Toronto, ON; kickoff scheduled for 4:36:30 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: The Comcast Network (Rob Weingarten, Bob Rigby), with coverage beginning at 4:00 PM Eastern with a pre-game show / Sportsnet ONE (Dan Dunleavy, Craig Forrest) and TSN Radio 1050 (Gareth Wheeler, Alf De Blasis) in Toronto / MLS Live, Direct Kick (Sportsnet ONE feed)

Toronto's Record: 0-9-0, 0 points (10th in East)

Toronto's Last MLS Match: L, 3-1 at DC United

Philadelphia vs.

Champions League

Frings out for season with hip injury

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Toronto FC started the season with three Designated Players. None of the three will finish the season on the field with the club.

With Julian de Guzman traded to Dallas and Danny Koevermans out for the season with a torn ACL comes word that captain Torsten Frings will be forced to miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury that requires arthroscopic surgery.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew

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If recent MLS seasons have taught anything, it is that teams can get hot at the right time toward the end of the season, enter the playoffs with momentum and go on an MLS Cup run. The Columbus Crew are attempting to become the latest to try and test that notion.

Riding the exploits of Designated Player Federico Higuain, Columbus posted a second-straight two-win, six-point week to push into the Eastern Conference's top five and the heart of the playoff race and capture SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.

Roster Depth Fueling Sounders' Offensive Surge

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It seems funny to think about it now, but not that long ago there was some serious concerns about the Seattle Sounders' offense and their supposed lack of depth. Funny how a couple moves, along with some key players returning to health, can change perceptions.

The Sounders now sit on 65 goals scored through 34 competitive matches following their second-three goal performance in CONCACAF Champions League play.

CCL Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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A pair of MLS teams take to the road in CONCACAF Champions League play aiming for results that will help take them one step closer to the knockout stage.

The Seattle Sounders are in Trinidad and Tobago to face Caledonia, a team Seattle handled at CenturyLink Field 3-1 on Aug.

MLS Spotlight: RSL captain Beckerman plays balancing act in trying to lead club

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The past few weeks have been pretty busy for Kyle Beckerman, and they have seen the veteran midfielder go through a whirlwind of emotions.

From trying to help Real Salt Lake get out of their current funk to playing in high-profile international friendlies and competitions, Beckerman has had his plate more than full recently.

Academy Alumni Post Big Midweek Effort for LA Galaxy

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Several former Development Academy players were responsible for the majority of the LA Galaxy's offense during the team's 4-0 victory against the Puerto Rico Islanders on Wednesday in CONCACAF Champions League play at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri product Tommy Meyer scored a seventh-minute header.

CCL: LA wins

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The Los Angeles Galaxy beat Metapan 5-2 in CONCACAF Champions League play on Thursday night at the Home Depot Center, but it took a quick comeback. Metapan opened the scoring in the 17th minute, giving up an own-goal equalizer three minutes later. Robbie Keane put LA ahead in the 22nd, with David Beckham scoring in the 45th minute.

LA Galaxy vs. Isidro Metapan: Your Running Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy kick off their quest for a Champions League title when they take on El Salvador side Isidro Metapan at Home Depot Center tonight in CONCACAF Champions League action (10pm, FOX Soccer Channel).

The Galaxy will be without Landon Donovan tonight, but will be fielding all the rest of their starters against Metapan, which opened group play with a 3-1 victory against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Thursday Galaxy CONCACAF Champions League Gameday

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It's the first of two CONCACAF Champions League games in a week for the Galaxy tonight and seven days from now we should know whether LA will advance to the next round. If they do they might start their quest for the cup without Landon Donovan, still bothered by the

Thursday's TV

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CONCACAF Champions League on Fox Soccer and Galavision: LA - Metapan at 10pm. Univision Deportes has Chorillo - Municipal at 8pm. Europa League on Fox Soccer: Hearts - Liverpool at 2:30pm. On beIN Sport: Red Star - Bordeaux at 3pm. Spain's Super cup on ESPN Deportes: Barcelona - Real Madrid at 4:30pm.

NASL Week 18 Recap

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Article by Doak Gips

Hmph. Well, shows how much I know. I spend all last week gushing about the Scorpions, and how they are clearly the best team in the NASL, and they can't be beat, and blah, gush, gasp, ooh and aah, and what do you know? I went into that game giving Puerto Rico a roughly 1% chance of winning after coming off a mid-week tilt in CONCACAF Champions League play, a game in which they played away to Isidro Metapan, and guess what?

Nos Audietis, Episode 63: SE4TTLE Draws Nigh

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Big, big week for us in Sounders-land. Not only did the Seattle Sounders start CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday with a win over Caledonia, but they followed that up with a 4-0 trouncing of the LA Galaxy. That was all just a mere preview for Wednesday's chance at history in the U.

Milan Crush Olimpia

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Robinho scored and had an assist as AC Milan defeated Olimpia, 3-1, at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: Walter Silva)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Italian giants A.C. Milan cruised to an easy 3-1 victory over Honduran champions C.D. Olimpia at Gillette Stadium in an international exhibition on Saturday evening.

Toronto FC signs Irish centerback O'Dea

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Toronto FC's search for a dependable centerback to help correct the club's defensive woes has culminated with the signing of Irish international Darren O'Dea.

After the club's pursuit of Swedish international Olof Mellberg did not come to fruition, TFC signed O'Dea Friday, adding a 25-year-old centerback in his prime and one with experience in Scotland and England.

Footy on the Telly, July 27 – August 2

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The week's upcoming live soccer listings for your TV and computer, including Philadelphia Union, USWNT at the Olympics, Harrisburg City Islanders, summer friendlies, the start of CONCACAF Champions League play and more.

Cordell Cato Chat - Man On Fire

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Not all of the Sounder at Heart nicknames stick, and this one hasn't, but Cordell Cato still offers some of Katniss. He's speed is so notable (the fire) that many overlook his other skill sets. Cato's passing is best demonstrated by his low, quick crosses at about 20 yards out. His dribble is good enough that he isn't going to give it up often and he reads the game well enough that he generally doesn't push himself past his skill set.

Tuesday Kicks: Hot summer soccer tix

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*The Galaxy announced today the upcoming home game against the Colorado Rapids was pushed forward two days to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 (live on KDOC) to give players extra time to recover before their first road Sept. 19 CONCACAF Champions League game against the Puerto Rico Islanders. The MLS

Sounders v Chivas USA Open Cup Semifinals - Three Questions

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Packed into the summer of soccer (isn't every year now?) is the US Open Cup and the Sounders quest for #SE4TTLE. This attempt at history sees a familiar adversary, a team that Seattle has faced and eliminated from the tournament three times. Chivas USA lacks trophies (though not as lacking as say Red Bull) and with a regular season that sees them basically eliminated from contention Wednesday night's game at Starfire will be their most important of 2012.

Champions League Groups Announced: 5 MLS Teams Earn 2 Additional Home Games

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What's the best gift for fans of a team? How about more chances to see them play.

In CONCACAF Champions League, these games don't come against American opponents. One more interesting reason for fans to appreciate the efforts from a year ago.

All the berths for MLS teams were decided by last year's results: a Canadian tournament winner, a U.

Oceania: Auckland City successfully defend O-League crown

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Auckland City are Oceania football champions for the fourth time following a single goal second leg victory over Tahitian side Tefana FC today which sealed a 3-1 aggregate win.

The New Zealand side were already defending the O-League trophy which they won last year and were made to work hard over the two legs by a Tefana team who were largely unfancied at the start of the tournament, especially after they lost their first Group A match 10-0 at the hands of Auckland's compatriots Waitakere United.

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Montero nets hat trick for Seattle in 6-2 rout over Chivas USA

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Whether it is off the bench or after being introduced in the starting lineup, Fredy Montero is having quite an impact during August. That continued on Saturday night, as the Colombian netted his first career hat trick at Home Depot Center against Chivas USA.

Seattle Sends Fernandez To Chicago

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Seattle trades another DP to Chicago. (Getty Images)

It's Friday afternoon, and lately that has meant it's trading time.

The Chicago Fire announced Friday that the club has acquired Alvaro Fernandez from Seattle Sounders FC in return for allocation money. Fernandez will occupy a Designated Player slot.

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Hola! Know your 2012/2013 CCL Group Stage

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Aron - sign us one of those 18's!
Yes, we may be sucking the Hostess Ding-Dong in MLS, but in Canada... still the big cheese boss! What about in CONCACAF you say? Well we are reigning semi-finalists we'll have you know! In fact, they enjoyed our friendly smiles and Reggie Lambes so much - they invited us back.

Friday Kickoff: Monterrey salvages late draw, Villa talks to Solskjaer and more

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Santos Laguna was on the verge of a momentum-seizing victory in the first leg of the Mexican clausura final before a familiar foe struck for some late heroics.

Humberto Suazo scored on a stoppage time penalty kick following a foul from Felipe Baloy to cancel out Oribe Peralta's second-half goal and salvage a 1-1 draw for Monterrey at Estadio Tecnologico Thursday night.

The Rest

Champions League Preview: One of Pro Sport's Unlikeliest Battles, Metapan of El Salvador vs. the L.A. Galaxy

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This is the kind of match that only pro Soccer can host. A team representing one of the largest, most modern metro areas in the world, Los Angeles, takes on a team coming from a second-world country of a town of 19,000 people. Metapan of El Salvador would seem like a huge underdog, but they're not.

Metapan (is 30 miles outside of Santa Ana-which has a population of more than 200,000 and their own Soccer team) is a significant underdog, especially playing as a visiting team at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles on Thursday night, starting at 10pm Eastern on Fox Soccer.

2012 MLS, Week 22: What To Watch For

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Houston hopes to slow down Kenny Cooper and the Red Bulls this weekend. (Getty Images)

As the London Olympics roll on this week, Major League Soccer doesn't stop as we head into a new month of play, starting tomorrow evening.

I feel like I haven't done a ton around this site this week, and for that I blame the Olympics.