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FC Barcelona - 2, Villareal - 1; Neymar Brace hands Barca vital Home Victory

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Neymar scored twice at the Camp Nou to take Barca to a deserving 2-1 victory over a hard working Villareal side. In a matter of three days Neymar was once again the Master on the Pitch, enthralling the fans, harassing the opponent and most importantly scoring the goals. In the end he had to consider himself pretty unlucky not to have completed his hat trick tonight.

World Cup Qualifying: Argentina cruises, Uruguay ties, and more

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The Argentine national team flashed the kind of form long expected of such a talent-laden side with a World Cup qualifying masterpiece on Saturday night.

Four different players scored goals, including Lionel Messi and birthday boy Sergio Aguero, to help Argentina post a 4-0 pummeling of Ecuador in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying action in Buenos Aires.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Michael Bradley and Lionel Messi take center stage on Tuesday.

Fresh off his first Serie A goal, Bradley and his Chievo Verona teammates will try to play spoiler for AC Milan, as the Rossoneri have fallen a point behind unbeaten Juventus and need a win to avoid risking an even steeper climb in the race for the Scudetto.

Champions League

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My dream remains to go to Champions League final after I tried to sign up for tickets at the UEFA site for the second year in a row. It does seem that going to see a final is even something only for the selected few, and not for the masses. Just as actually playing! Four teams have made it to the semifinals after the quarterfinals.

Match Recaps

UEFA World Cup Qualifying – Match Recaps – 7 Septmeber 2012

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Russia, England, Belgium, Ireland, Bosnia, Hungary, Netherlands, France, Germany, and Portugal all won in UEFA World Cup Qualifying on September 7, 2012.

Russia 2-0 Northern Ireland

Russia cruised to a home victory to move on top of Group F.

30′ Viktor Faitzulin 1 0 77′ Roman Shirokov (pen) 2 0 Azerbaijan 1-1 Israel

Azerbaijan fought back from an 0-1 deficit to earn a draw at home.

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying – Match Recaps – 7 September 2012

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Colombia thrashed Uruguay, Ecuador edged Bolivia, Argentina beat Paraguay, and Peru beat Venezuela CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying on September 7, 2012.

Colombia 4-0 Uruguay

Teofilo Gutierrez had a brace to lead Colombia to a dominating home victory. Falcao and Camilo Zuniga provided the goals as Colombia led for almost the entire match.

Major League Soccer – Match Recaps – 26 August 2012

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The LA Galaxy cruised to a home victory over FC Dallas and Sporting KC were held at home by the Red Bulls in Major League Soccer on August 26, 2012.

Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 FC Dallas

The Galaxy solidified their playoff chances with a strong home at the Home Depot Center. Juninho scored his third goal in two matches in the 66th minute and Todd Dunivant sealed the win with an 84th minute strike.

Major League Soccer – Match Recaps – 4 August 2012

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DC United edged Columbus, Montreal won again at home, Sporting KC ended a three match winless streak, Chicago came from behind to beat Toronto, and Colorado earned a clean sheet against Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer on August 4, 2012.

DC United 1-0 Columbus Crew

Chris Pontius scored his 10th goal of the season to put DC two points within third place New York.

UEFA Champions League – Match Recaps – 1 August 2012

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Celtic, Helsingborg, CFR Cluj, Maribor, Anderlecht, Dinamo Zagreb, Hapoel, Basel, and AEL all won in UEFA Champions League qualifying on August 1, 2012.

BATE Borisov 1-1 Debrecen

Debrecen nearly had a 1-0 win but BATE salvaged a draw with a second half stoppage time own goal.

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona 4-0 Netchi

Bryan Gerzycich had a brace to lead Hapoel to a comfortable home victory.

UEFA Champions League – Match Recaps – 25 July 2012

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The UEFA Champions League finished the second qualifying round with five second leg matches on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The teams advancing to the third round are Helsingborg, BATE, AEL Limassol, Dinamo Zagreb, and Slask Wroclaw. The aggregate scores are in parentheses.

Helsingborg 3-0 (3-0) The New Saints

The home side got goals from three different players to book their spot in the third qualifying round.

UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round 1st Leg – Match Recaps – 17 July 2012

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The first leg of the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round started with 11 matches on July 17, 2012. Most matches were very close while HJK Helsinki, FC Basel, and Partizan all positioned themselves in great position to move into the next round of qualifying. The second legs will take place on July 24 and 25.

Spanish Primera Division (La Liga) Recap – 1 April 2012

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Atletico Madrid moved up to 7th, Valencia were held at home by Levante, and Real Sociedad had an impressive home victory in the Spanish Primera Division (La Liga) on April 1, 2012.

Results

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Getafe

Valencia 1-1 Levante

Real Sociedad 4-0 Rayo Vallecano

Villarreal 0-0 Espanyol

Impressive home wins by Atletico and Sociedad

Both Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad had very strong performances at home on Sunday.

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CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying: Argentina, Colombia roll and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Argentina knew that a win would put them in the driver's seat in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying for Brazil 2014, and they took care of business with a relatively easy win over Paraguay on Friday.

Americans Abroad Spotlight: Boyd adapts to new surroundings at Rapid Vienna

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After the busiest summer of his brief professional career, Terrence Boyd joined Austrian club Rapid Vienna from German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund in July with the idea that he would find the necessary playing time to further his development.

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Revolution halt Crew's hot streak, snap 10-game winless skid

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The New England Revolution had not won in 10 matches. The Columbus Crew had not lost in six. With one result, both streaks are over.

The Revolution found a way to cool off Designated Player Federico Higuain and the red-hot Crew, earning a 2-0 home victory to snap a franchise-worst winless skid and halt Columbus' momentum in the race for a postseason berth.

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

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Match #8 Preview: Philadelphia Union At Seattle Sounders

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Setting: Saturday, May 5 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.; kickoff scheduled for 4:52 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: NBC Sports Network (Arlo White, Kyle Martino) nationally, with coverage beginning at 4:30 PM Eastern / 97.3 KIRO-FM (Ross Fletcher, Kasey Keller) and La Gran D 99.

Manchester United

Ouch! Wayne Rooney’s nasty leg injury

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When you get past the inevitable jokes about Rooney and horrible gashes (of which I admit there are a few), it's important to note that the injury suffered by the England striker is actually pretty horrible. After coming on as a substitute with twenty minutes remaining of Manchester United's 3-2 home victory over Fulham, Rooney [.

Ouch! Wayne Rooney’s nasty leg injury

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When you get past the inevitable jokes about Rooney and horrible gashes (of which I admit there are a few), it's important to note that the injury suffered by the England striker is actually pretty horrible. After coming on as a substitute with twenty minutes remaining of Manchester United's 3-2 home victory over Fulham, Rooney [.

Finishing 3rd

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Arsenal finished the league season today in 3rd place, which gives the team automatic qualification for next season's Champions League, which is great.

Some of this season's highlights:

1. Getting by Udinese in the Champions League Qualifier

2. Winning the Champions League group, including taking four points against Borussia Dortmund, who just completed the German League and Cup double

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New York Red Bulls

Red Bulls 3 Timbers 2: Three the Hard Way

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The New York Red Bulls should have entered Sunday night's home match against Portland Timbers full of confidence. After a disastrous, listless showing two weeks ago in Houston, they had bounced back with a 2-0 home victory sealed by a late Jan Gunnar Solli goal. Despite intense competition at the top of MLS' Eastern Conference, there's no team in the East (perhaps none in the league) that can match RBNY's roster, on paper at least.

Monday After

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Before we get started on attendance, one quick business note from the weekend. For those of you interested in television ratings for the league, here is a link with a pretty complete list of ratings for this season. The last few numbers have actually been quite good for the league, with the last few matches showing a significant increase on both NBSCN and on ESPN.

Matchday @BMO: Toronto FC vs Red Bulls

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Good afternoon! It's matchday again and our glorious club has traveled north of the border, to face a resurgent Toronto FC (7:00pm ET, MSG, Galavision, match notes here). Let's look at how both teams come into this one.

Toronto has come on strong, since Andy Dick's doppleganger (Paul Mariner) took over.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Landon Donovan

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It was a week full of quality performances from several players on different teams, but no one was better than Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.

The U.S. men's national team veteran won SBI's MLS Player of the Week award after a pair of dazzling performances saw him combine for three goals and two assists en route to helping Los Angeles pick up two vital victories against Western Conference opposition in a span of four days.

Nyarko leads revitalized Fire past rusty Red Bulls

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By JEFFREY KRAUSE

BRIDGEVIEW, IL- The New York Red Bulls defense had been one of the stingiest in the league before going into the extended MLS break, but having nearly a month off from MLS play didn't seem to do much good for the Red Bulls as the Chicago Fire ripped their defense to shreds for a vital home victory.

Lost in New York

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HARRISON, NJ. – A bit of brilliance from Thierry Henry was all the New York Red Bulls needed on Saturday to grab a 1-0 home victory over the New England Revolution in front of 18,152 at Red Bull Arena.

The French striker and former World Cup winner took advantage of a slow start by the Revs (2-5-0, 6 points) to put the home side on top in just the seventh minute and the Red Bulls (4-3-1, 13 points) usually shaky defense took over from there to shut out the visitors.

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy Scouting Report: The Stars Come Out

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Last time the LA Galaxy came to town they were far from full strength. Thanks to a combination of David Beckham's porcelain reticence to play on turf and Bruce Arena's attempt at canny lineup shuffling with another match three days later, the Galaxy's brace of Eurostars stayed home. And they were without Omar Gonzalez, who missed the entire first half of the season with an injury.

Villarreal stunner completes Galaxy comeback in draw at Vancouver

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The Vancouver Whitecaps jumped all over the LA Galaxy early on in their Western Conference showdown at BC Place, but a David Beckham-led comeback helped the Galaxy escape Canada with a precious road point.

Beckham notched a goal and assist, including helping set up a dramatic equalizer from rookie Jose Villarreal, in a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night.

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Earthquakes edge FC Dallas after missed PK

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The San Jose Earthquakes looked well on their way to another home victory on Wednesday night before a late FC Dallas rally threatened to spoil the party at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Dallas couldn't complete the comeback though. Defender Jair Benitez failed to make that happen when he sent a stoppage time penalty kick over the crossbar, dooming FC Dallas to a 2-1 loss.

Phantoms Sneak by Voltage

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Jordan Thomas scored in the 25th minute and it was all the Seacoast United Phantoms would need to take a 1-0 home victory at Portsmouth High School against the visiting Vermont Voltage on Saturday night.

The win helps the unbeaten Phantoms (5-0-3, 18 points) keep within a point of the Northeast Division leading Ottawa Fury (6-1-1, 19 points).

English Premier League

Match Preview: Liverpool v. West Brom, 04.22.12

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After late winners at Ewood Park and Wembley, Liverpool return to Anfield to host West Brom, where they'll hope to earn just their sixth home victory of the 2011-2012 campaign. A good chunk of the headlines will focus on Roy Hodgson's first time back at Anfield after his managerial spell ended last January, but Liverpool would do well to place their sights firmly on ending the season on a good run of results regardless of who's at the helm for the opposition.

Givet Hits Back at Kean

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Blackburn Rovers defender, Gael Givet, has hit back at claims that he refused to play in last weekend's clash at Swansea City.
Following the 3-0 defeat, Blackburn's fifth consecutive reverse, manager Steve Kean claimed Givet was not in the right frame of mind to line up at the Liberty Stadium.

Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City, Monday 9th April, White Hart Lane, 3pm kick off

THFC1882 is pleased to welcome back Ciaran Griggs for his preview of the game against Norwich.

I'm going to start this preview by reminiscing. For those who recall, the reverse leg of this fixture against Norwich in December was held in a happier, more enjoyable time in Spurs' season.

Barclays Premier League Preview – Part One

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It's all set to be another exciting weekend of Premier League action with the race for the title, European qualification and survival all really hotting up. Let's take a look at what we can look forward to then on this Easter weekend:

FRIDAY 6th APRIL 2012

16:30 Swansea City v Newcastle United

This should be an intriguing clash.

European Soccer

Must-See Match: El Clasico

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Barcelona. Real Madrid. Messi. Ronaldo. Guardiola. Mourinho.

The two storied rivals are set for their next historic clash Saturday, with Madrid able to effectively slam the door on Barcelona's league title hopes with a win at Camp Nou. Barcelona, however, can sneak within a point of the league leaders with a home victory.

Europa League: Americans aim to progress to semifinals

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The dream of European silverware is still alive for four Americans, whose teams are locked in UEFA Europa League quarterfinal battles on Thursday.

U.S. national team stalwarts Jozy Altidore, Steve Cherundolo, Jermaine Jones and the injured Oguchi Onyewu all have their teams a result away from reaching the semifinals of the competition.

The Rest

Longwood Women beat Richmond in Double OT 2-1

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Lindsey Ottavio, photo credit: Red Rocket Photos LONGWOOD DEFEATS VISITING RICHMOND IN SECOND OVERTIME 2-1

FARMVILLE, Va. --
Longwood University took a 2-1 non-conference women's soccer double-overtime home victory past the visiting University of Richmond from the Atlantic 10 Conference Friday night at the Athletics Complex in Farmville.

Lyon’s Michel Bastos scores wonderful overhead kick

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Always have to be careful when praising early season goals, but Michel Bastos of Lyon has surely laid down a marker for goal of the season in the French League, scoring an amazing overhead kick in his side's 4-1 home victory over Troyes. In a game that was 0-0 at half time, Troyes actually took [...]


Great crowds continue to turn out in MLS week 5

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Mike Woitalla of Soccer America reports on the large MLS crowds during week 5 of the Major League Soccer Season.

Week 5's biggest crowd enjoyed MLS newcomer Montreal's first win over the season while Real Salt Lake drew big in the midweek. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* Montreal won its first MLS game -- a 2-1 home victory over Toronto -- in front of 23,210 fans.