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Four Essential Questions for MLS Knockout Round

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The knockout stage of the 2012 MLS Cup playoffs will begin tonight with the Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire at 9 p.m. ET. The LA Galaxy will host the Vancouver Whitecaps at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. Sporting Kansas City [...]

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2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League: The Knockout Stage

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Below are collated results for the knockout stage of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. Ties are two-leg series, aggregate goals, away goals rule in effect unless the tie goes to extra time in the second leg. Winners of each round are highlighted in bold red lettering. First leg host is listed first, and first leg host's score is given first for both legs.

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.

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There's everything to play for as the group stage of Euro 2012 winds down.Â

The final matches of groups A and B will be played this weekend, with all eight teams still technically alive and fighting for places in the knockout stage. Germany is the closest to qualifying out of the Group of Death after wins in its first two matches, but a slip-up against upstart Denmark could pave the way for a wild Saturday in Group B.

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UEFA Champions League – Group Stage Draw – 2012/13

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The UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw has been released with Group D featuring Manchester City, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Ajax Amsterdam.

It's clearly the strongest group with each team having a decent chance to make it to the knockout stage. Manchester United probably have the easiest road of the top teams while Barcelona, Chelsea, Barcelona, AC Milan, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich are all favorites to win their respective groups.

Toronto FC vs. Santos Laguna: Your Running Commentary

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Five months after they fought in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, Toronto FC and Santos Laguna meet again in the regional tournament, this time in the group stage when the two duel at BMO Field (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).Â

Considering it is just the second of four Group 1 games, it's a bit premature to call this a true "must-win" game for TFC; however, when taking into account how dominant both of these teams were against the third team in the group, Salvadoran side Aguila, and how dominant Santos Laguna can be at Estadio Corona, the Reds need to come up with three points to feel secure in their chances of winning the group and advancing to the knockout stage.

CONCACAF Champions League – Match Recaps – 21 August 2012

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Real Salt Lake defeated Tauro, Santos crushed Aguila, and Xelaju edged Chivas in the CONCACAF Champions League matches on August 21, 2012.

Santos 5-0 Aguila

Group 1 favorites Santos had little trouble at home with a hat trick from Carlos Darwin Quintero along with goals from Edgar Lugo and Daniel Luduena.

UEFA announces Champions League pay-scale

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A team making the group stage of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League will receive a minimum of €8.6 million before collecting their share of marketing money, European soccer's governing body announced on Friday. A group stage win is worth €1m with €500k for a draw. Advancing to the knockout stage earns a team a €3.

CONCACAF Champions League – Match Recaps – 31 July 2012

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Monterrey crushed Chorillo and Herediano defeated Real Salt Lake in the CONCACAF Champions League on July 31, 2012.

Monterrey 5-0 Chorillo FC

Angel Reyna had a hat trick as the defending champions cruised the Panamanian side. Jose Basanta and Dario Carreno were the other goalscorers for Monterrey.

Women’s Olympic Tournament – Final Matchday Scenarios – 31 July 2012

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The Women's Olympic Tournament concludes the Group Stage (Preliminary Round) on July 31, 2012 with several of the quarterfinal spots up for grabs. Many of the top teams (Brazil, USA, and Great Britain) have already qualified while other teams such as France and Canada could be knocked out.

Boca Juniors, Corinthians ready to kick off Copa Libertadores final

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The battle for South American supremacy kicks off tonight.

The Copa Libertadores final gets underway at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, with the first leg between Boca Juniors and Corinthians (8:30 p.m., Fox Deportes) as both teams aim to secure the presitigious trophy while reserving a place at December's FIFA Club World Cup along with the likes of Chelsea and Monterrey.

Group Round-Up, Part 2

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After the second round of group stage games, we have reached the final roulette of matches before nations start getting eliminated (two have already clinched failure to advance past the group stage.) Almost every game has implications as to whether a team's knockout-stage hopes will be realized or be a mere dream.

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Olympic Soccer: Men's Semifinals (Your Running Commentary)

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After an exhilarating Monday of Olympic soccer on the women's side, the men take center stage with four teams vying for a chance to play for the gold medal.Â

On the heels of winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup and finishing third in the U-20 World Cup last year, Mexico continues it quest to add an Olympic gold medal to its trophy case.

Great Britain and South Korea Ready for Olympic Quarterfinal

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Great Britain football team's 1-0 win over Uruguay has given their confidence a major boost and they now seem determined to finish at least on the podium, if not as the gold medal winners.

They enter the knockout stage as the winners of Group A and their first opponents in the sudden death round are South Korea, with whom they will clash at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Great Britain and South Korea Ready for Olympic Quarterfinal

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Great Britain football team's 1-0 win over Uruguay has given their confidence a major boost and they now seem determined to finish at least on the podium, if not as the gold medal winners.

They enter the knockout stage as the winners of Group A and their first opponents in the sudden death round are South Korea, with whom they will clash at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

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The men's and women's Olympic soccer tournaments kicked off this week, and they will take center stage over the weekend with the second games of the group stage taking place.

On the women's side, the U.S. national team has a date with Colombia and can take one step closer to the knockout stage with a win.

Cascadia Cup: Like Euro, But Way More Awesome

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Soccer fans in the Pacific Northwest have gathered over the past few weeks in bars and cafes, or hooked up their ESPN3-streaming computers to their television sets, to watch the impressive quality of soccer being played in Poland and Ukraine. From Greece's unlikely upset of Russia to squeak into the knockout stage, to the calm confidence Germany exerted over their "Group of Death," Euro has not disappointed this year.

Euro 2012

Italy’s path to the UEFA Euro 2012 Final

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Italy did not have high expectations heading into Euro 2012 but have impressed by reaching the final. Below is how they've reached the final starting with the group stage and into the knockout stage.

Group Stage

Spain 1-1 Italy

A good opening match for Italy who stunned Spain by taking a 1-0 lead and held on for the draw.

Spain’s path to the UEFA Euro 2012 Final

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It's not been a super impressive path for Spain to reach the Euro 2012 final but they are one win away from defending their title. Below is how they've reached the final starting with the group stage and into the knockout stage.

Group Stage

Spain 1-1 Italy

Not a great start for Spain but they did face an organized and solid Italian side.

Capello vs Hodgson: War of Words Over Rooney

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When Wayne Rooney was banned for three games for a straight red against Montenegro in qualifying, England manager at the time, Fabio Capello, claimed it was his fault.

Following England's failure at Euro 2012, Roy Hodgson seemed to put some of the blame of Rooney's shoulders, despite his winning goal against the Ukraine.

Euro 2012 Knockout Stage Wrap-Up: Germany Demolishes Greece While Italy Shocks England

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The Knockout stage of Euro 2012 ended up being somewhat predictable, as long as you take away the shocking finale of the England/Italy match that went to a penalty shootout. Take that away, and things are pretty much where they should be. Germany easily did away with the Greeks, a match that was a one sided affair throughout, while Spain picked up a decisive victory of the French.

Germany v Greece – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 22 June 2012

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UEFA Euro 2012 favorites Germany begin the knockout stage with a quarterfinal match against Group A runner-up Greece. The match will take place at the Arena Gdansk in Gdansk, Poland with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Germany manager Joachim Low

"Playing Greece will be akin to colliding with a rock.

Easier Than The First 3

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Quarter finals. Whatever happens in the group stage flies out the window. From now on, it's just about the performances and effort put in within a 90 minutes window. Failing that, an extra 30 minutes and so on. You catch my drift. Anyway, back to what I was trying to say, it comes down to being to lift your game for a singular match without worrying about how other result can affect you.

Choice between France and Spurs is Blanc and White

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Ever since the stories concerning Laurent Blanc have hit the headlines, the French press have been having their say and all seem to suggest that their coach is signing a new contract with France.

This is what Xavier Rivoire had to say on Talksport.

"Laurent Blanc will not go to Spurs, read my lips.

Nervous win from England sets up Italy in Euro 2012 quarter final

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Yesterday was a good day despite the blast furnace heat here in Chicago as England proved me totally wrong by advancing to the Euro2012 Quarter Finals with a shaky 1-0 win over co-hosts Ukraine. This win sets up a mouth watering confrontation against Italy on Sunday in Kiev but frankly, this was a win that England hardly deserved as Ukraine had the majority of the possession while England reverted back to a defensive posture in front of a highly partisan crowd.

Slaven Bilic: the Bob Dylan of Euro 2012. Bob Dylan has won...

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Slaven Bilic: the Bob Dylan of Euro 2012.

Bob Dylan has won Grammys, Oscars, and Golden Globes, but he's never led his country to a third place finish in the World Cup has he? 1998 was perhaps Bilic's most glorious summer, but Croatia's three matches at Euro 2012 were certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

England 1-0 Ukraine – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 19 June 2012

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England finished the group stage unbeaten with a narrow 1-0 win over Ukraine. The win put them on top of Group C and avoided a quarterfinal match against defending champions Spain.

Despite winning the match, it was not a great performance from England and they were a bit lucky to get the three points.

A Crazy Week of Football: Greece Shocks Russia, Montreal Re-opens Stade Saputo With a Bang, USWNT Pick Up Huge Win over Japan, and More...

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For those not accustomed to having the beautiful game on their televisions, this week must have come as a shock as soccer dominated the airwaves. ESPN made sure all the twist and turns of Euro 2012 were not missed by anyone, while Major League Soccer came back with a vengeance and some upsets along the way.

Euro 2012: Welbeck seals England win; France weathers elements, Ukraine

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The Three Lions have plenty to roar about now.

Danny Welbeck scored off an inventive back-heel flick with his back to the goal mouth in the 78th minute to snap a 2-2 draw and cap off a frenetic second half in England's 3-2 victory over Sweden that eliminated the Swedes from the tournament and put England in a very advantageous position to advance to the knockout stage.

Must-See Goals: Euro 2012's best so far

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Euro 2012 has been filled with high drama, memorable results, breakout players and clutch performances, making for one of the more intense group stages in recent memory. Not one team has clinched a place in the knockout stage just yet, and each group will be two-thirds of the way through the opening stage following Friday's England-Sweden and Ukraine-France matches.

Euro 2012: Germany pushes Dutch to brink, Portugal strikes late to top Danes

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Germany is making survival in the Group of Death look rather clinical.

The Germans won their second straight tough match at Euro 2012, dispatching the Netherlands 2-1 behind two goals from Mario Gomez to maintain first place in Group B and all but seal their place in the knockout stage.

Despite Ronaldo Portugal Beat Denmark 3-2

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Portugal kept their Euro 2012 Championship dreams alive when substitute Silvestre Varela scored the winner with three minutes left to give Portugal a thrilling 3-2 victory.

Portugal, coming into the game on the back of defeat by Germany, needed at least a draw to stand any chance of extending their record of reaching the knockout stage in their last five European Championships.

Euro 2012: Matchday Six (Group B)

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The Group of Death at Euro 2012 resumes play, with the implications and pressure rising after Saturday's opening round of games.

Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo look to bounce back after a loss to Germany, needing a result against Denmark (Noon, ESPN/ESPN3.com). The Danes pulled off one of the more impressive victories of the tournament so far, silencing the Netherlands to emerge as a surprise contender for the knockout stage considering the other teams in the group.

Jakub confident of home advantage

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Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski says the co-hosts can achieve anything with the backing of the home crowd.

The Borussia Dortmund star was the hero in Poland's second Group A match, scoring a stunning equaliser as the host nation secured their second 1-1 draw of the tournament against Russia in Warsaw.

Euro 2012: France v England – five talking points

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This article titled "Euro 2012: France v England – five talking points" was written by Dominic Fifield at Donbass Arena, Donetsk, for The Guardian on Monday 11th June 2012 18.23 UTC

1 A solid start for England

England's wait to begin a European Championship with a win has been prolonged though, once he had retreated from the steamy heat of the Donbass Arena, Roy Hodgson might have been satisfied with this opening.

Euro 2012: Group D Preview

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After the disappointment that was the 2010 FIFA World Cup, France has clawed its way back into the international limelight under Laurent Blanc, and Les Bleus are the overwhelming favorites to capture Euro 2012's Group D.

Behind an attacking nucleus that includes the likes of Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Samir Nasri, France, which enters the tournament on a 21-match unbeaten streak, eyes a deep Euro run to put all memories of South Africa 2010 in the distant past.

The Rest

Liverpools been given a tough Europa draw

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Liverpool have been drawn in a tough group A in the Europa League. They will face Udinese, Anzhi Makhanchkala and Young Boys. The Italians and the rich russians will prove to be the biggest challenge. But Liverpool are still expected to make it through to the knockout stage.

What does everyone think of the draw?

Real Madrid, Man. City, Dortmund put in same group at Champions League draw

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The road to Wembley Stadium will be a difficult one for the defending champions of Spain, England and Germany.

Real Madrid, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund were drawn together in a stacked Group D to highlight the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League draw, which was conducted in Monaco.

Some Soccer News for Thu Aug 2, 2012

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The du Nord Futbol Show podcast Ep 5 is ready for action!

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The USA will announce their roster on Sunday, just 3 days before their friendly in Mexico City.
-Wed Aug 15
Mexico v USA - 7:00pm CT on ESPN2

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One of the greatest modern attacking fullbacks retired yesterday - Roberto Carlos!

World Football Challenge – Match Previews – 28 July 2012

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The World Football Challenge continues on Saturday with Chelsea taking on AC Milan and MLS side DC United hosting French side Paris Saint-Germain. PSG are the clear favorite against DC while the Chelsea/Milan match is expected to be very competitive.

Chelsea v AC Milan, 6:30 PM (USA EST)

Both teams are major clubs and this could be a preview of an upcoming Champions League knockout stage match.