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Champions League

The away goals in the Champions League

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The soccer news starts with an old problem for the home team in the first-legs of knockout round serie, giving up away goals. Liverpool was as in control as a team can get at Anfield in their Champions League semifinal first-leg against Roma. Up five goals from the 68th minute, there was no doubt Liverpool would have the advantage in the second-leg.

Manchester City wins the title

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It came the day after they beat Spurs 3-1 at Wembley, so Manchester City's Premier League title celebration will wait for next Sunday when they host Swansea City. It's sort of fitting given the recent results that have called the City season into question.

Lifting the Premier League trophy rights a lot of issues, but this is still a club that couldn't hang in the Champions League and couldn't send a massive message by beating Manchester United to seal the title.

La Liga’s dominance in Europe still in place

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Friday's soccer news starts with the draw for the 2017-18 Champions League semifinals. On one side of the bracket, old acquaintances Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. On the other, Liverpool plays Roma in a rematch of the 1984 final. Well, a meeting of the same teams that once played for a trophy in a noticeably different version of the European club championship.

The referee in the Champions League

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Don't worry, We're not starting the soccer news with a hot take on yesterday's late penalty for Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals. Quick recap, after giving up three goals at home to Juventus, their series was tied until a stoppage time incident. On what we're all going to agree was a 50/50 call for the sake of argument, referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot.

Roma pulls off a Champions League upset

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Wednesday's soccer news with what we'll now refer to as the Roma turnaround. Trailing 4-1 after a Champions League trip to Camp Nou, Roma beat Barcelona 3-0 at home to advance to the semifinals. To put this kind of upset into context... let's be honest here. Roma pulled off a shocker, the kind of thing normally reserved for the video game system of your choice.

Problems for Manchester City

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It was all going so well for Manchester City. Drawn into the Champions League quarterfinals against fellow Premier League club Liverpool, City was the obvious favorite. Now, they're three goals down and looking for a dramatic comeback at home on Tuesday. The Premier League champions in waiting for most of the season, they'll now have to wait a little longer thanks to a derby loss to Manchester United on Saturday.

Club America and Liga MX vs MLS

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Credit Club America coach Miguel Herrera for doing his part to add to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League story. Herrera took time out prior to the semifinal first-leg in Toronto to let anyone interested know his opinion on the Liga MX vs MLS comparison. Not at all surprising, he favors Liga MX across the board, with the belief that the correct Liga MX comparison is with the European leagues.

Barcelona’s Champions League

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FC Barcelona is the club with the most to lose in the 2017-18 Champions League. That's the plight of the favorite as the quarterfinal round begins this week. Barcelona's situation speaks against any indication of parity at the highest level of European soccer. It doesn't exist, at least not enough to shift the balance from the luck of the draw.

The Champions League quarterfinals problem

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UEFA held the draw for the 2017-18 Champions League quarterfinals, giving us a rematch of last season's final. That Juventus vs Real Madrid meeting is by far the highlight of the round, with the bouncing balls keeping the other contenders apart. The all-Premier League meeting of Liverpool and Manchester City might be high profile with Liverpool in 3rd and City top of the table, but there's an 18-point difference between the two.

Red Bulls and Toronto FC advance in the Champions League

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MLS will have two teams in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals with a chance for a third should Seattle advance on Wednesday night. The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC knocked out Liga MX clubs to take their places on opposite sides of the semifinal bracket. It's a safe assumption that Toronto will be playing Club America, already up 4-0 over Tauro.

Playing for 2nd-place in the Premier League

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The soccer news starts with Manchester United picking up three points in the Premier League and keeping a lock on 2nd-place. The win over Liverpool extended their lead to four points over Spurs, dropping Liverpool into 3rd. That's good news for United, in a season where they've spent considerable time trying to figure themselves out.

MLS wins again in the Concacaf Champions League

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The soccer news starts with Concacaf insisting on a new spelling for the confederation's acronym and MLS teams winning two more first-legs against Liga MX teams in the Champions League. Both of those things didn't seem likely this time yesterday. Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders join the New York Red Bulls in carrying first-leg leads into next week's quarterfinal finales.

The New York Red Bulls win in Mexico

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The soccer news starts with a big win for the New York Red Bulls and by extension MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League. The Red Bulls shutout Tijuana 2-0 away to open their quarterfinal series. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 9th and 67th minutes with Luis Robles keeping the clean sheet.

Home and away in the Champions League

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The soccer news starts with the Champions Leagues in UEFA and CONCACAF. The European version has what might have been the biggest matchup in the round of 16. Instead, Real Madrid vs PSG now looks like a foregone conclusion. Real Madrid is 3-1 up with Neymar out for PSG.

Toronto and Seattle lose in MLS with an eye on the CONCACAF Champions League

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The soccer news starts with two candidates for the biggest shock result to open the 2018 MLS season. That started with the first game on the schedule. Defending MLS champions Toronto FC lost 2-0 at home to the Columbus Crew. With Toronto already playing games that count in the CONCACAF Champions League, the loss certainly qualifies as shocking.

Three MLS teams advance to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals

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The Champions League round of 16 is in the books with two more MLS teams advancing. The New York Red Bulls shutout Olimpia 2-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate. Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring at Red Bull Arena in the 54th minute with Sean Davis adding a goal in the 64th.

FC Dallas exits the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League

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The soccer news starts with a missed opportunity for MLS. The 2018 CONCACAF Champions League may have a new format, but for FC Dallas it was a familiar MLS story. Trailing 1-0 from the away leg at Tauro, Dallas returned to Frisco with the series in the balance.

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Guadalajara looms for Toronto FC

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The soccer news starts with a different scenario for Toronto FC. Rather than carrying a home advantage to an away leg in Mexico in the Concacaf Champions League, they need to stage a comeback. Toronto is down 2-1 to Chivas with the deciding game on Wednesday (9:30pm ET - Univision Deportes and go90 app).

How much does the 2018 Concacaf Champions League matter?

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We start the soccer news with a new version of an old question. Thanks to Concacaf revamping the Champions League, for the teams most likely to lift the trophy it's now a short-run knockout tournament. Eight games from late February to mid-April to win the championship, rather than first having to navigate a group stage.

Red Bulls one goal down

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The New York Red Bulls ended up a man down and a goal down in their Concacaf Champions League semifinal series with Chivas. The Red Bulls lost 1-0 on the road, with Isaac Bizuela scoring the game's only goal in the 26th minute. New York's Aurelien Collin saw red in the 73rd.

Major League Soccer

NYCFC and the best in the East and MLS

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NYCFC took their league leading record on the road on Sunday, losing to Portland 3-0. That result comes on the heels of plenty of praise for NYCFC this season and rumors linking their coach Patrick Vieira with the soon-to-be open Arsenal job. One game doesn't make a season, certainly not in MLS.

Toronto down a goal in the Concacaf Champions League

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The soccer news starts with the opening leg of the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final leaving Toronto FC with issues. Chivas takes a 2-1 lead back to Guadalajara for the second-leg next Wednesday. Playing in snowy conditions at BMO Field, Chivas took the lead when Rodolfo Pizarro scored just two minutes into the game.

Toronto’s big night

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It's Toronto FC's opening 90 minutes as the favorites to win the 2018 Concacaf Champions League. They host the first-leg against Chivas at BMO Field on Tuesday (8pm ET - Univision Deportes and go90 app) with a newly established track record of beating Liga MX clubs.

Zlatan arrives, LAFC moves on

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Monday's soccer news starts with Zlatan Ibrahimovic endearing himself to the Galaxy part of Los Angeles. Zlatan started his MLS run with two goals against newest rivals LAFC. He capped that with letting those fans know he "gave them Zlatan" while admitting arriving in LA on Thursday and playing on Saturday too a lot out of him.

Making big moves in LA and Minnesota

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The soccer news starts with MLS teams improving their squads a month into the 2018 MLS season. The biggest move is Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the LA Galaxy, one that's drawn a lot of opinions on signing an older European star in the contemporary version of Major League Soccer.

MLS vs Juventus in Atlanta

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The soccer news starts with MLS announcing Juventus as the opponent for the 2018 All-Star game in Atlanta. The game is set for Mercedes Benz Stadium on August 1 at 7:30pm ET on ESPN. MLS is continuing the trend of playing foreign clubs, with the eventual switch to an MLS vs Liga MX All-Star game in the near future.

MLS in Miami needs a stadium

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The soccer news starts with what now seems like an old story in MLS. Where will a team find land and concessions to build a nice new stadium somewhere in the greater metro area? DC United spent over a decade trying to answer that question, eventually ending up on the right side of the District line to satisfy the latest incarnation of MLS.

Two out of three for MLS in the Champions League

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The soccer news starts with the Seattle Sounders crashing out of the 2018 Concacaf Champions League at the semifinal stage. Carrying a 1-0 advantage into the away leg against Chivas, Seattle lost 3-0 on the night with Chivas advancing 3-1 on aggregate.

MLS and Liga MX meet again in the Campeones Cup

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The soccer news starts with MLS and Liga MX announcing the Campeones Cup, the North American version of a super cup. The defending MLS champions will play the winner of the Liga MX Campeon de Campeones, the game between the Apertura and Clausura winners.

Jordan Morris and the 2018 Sounders

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The soccer news starts with bad news for USMNT player Jordan Morris and the Seattle Sounders. Morris tore his ACL in Seattle's CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 game against Santa Tecla and will miss the 2018 MLS season. The 23 year-old missed significant time in 2017 due to injuries.

English Premier League

Arsene Wenger decides he’s done at Arsenal

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The Friday soccer news starts with Arsene Wenger announcing he's leaving as manager of Arsenal at the end of the season. Wenger has been under intense criticism for the club's position in the Premier League and in Europe. Arsenal is in the Europa League semifinals, but it's a different era for competition among the London clubs.

The title in the Premier League and the Bundesliga

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Manchester City could be Premier League champions this weekend and Bayern Munich could win the Bundesliga. That's all you need to know about both of those clubs domestically this season, dominating their leagues at a level that has the other contenders playing for 2nd-place in early April.

Returning from the March break

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Friday's soccer news starts with a similar scenario across Europe, Mexico, and some MLS teams. How do clubs recover from the March international break? Even on elite rosters, there's a clear divide between internationals and the rest of the squad. While the internationals switch from club to country, the other players have two weeks without games.

FIFA

FIFA and the Formula 1 model

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The soccer news starts with FIFA reportedly considering a version of the Formula 1 model. Racing's version of FIFA is the FIA that sanctions Formula 1. It's there that the similarities end. The Formula One Group schedules and promotes the races and is responsible for F1's commercial rights.

FIFA, the Confederations Cup, and the Club World Cup

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The soccer news starts with another issue for FIFA and the international calendar. Staging the 2021 Confederations Cup in a Qatar summer represents the same problem that moved the start of the 2022 World Cup to November 21. It's too hot to play soccer in Qatar in the summer, calling the immediate future of the Confederations Cup into doubt.

US Soccer

Three from USMNT vs Paraguay

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT getting a 1-0 win against Paraguay. A version of the squad that trended young kept control during a physical game that hinged on a penalty late in the first-half. As captain Wil Trapp said in his postgame interview, the squad treated the game as the proof of the work they put in over a lengthy March camp.

The USMNT against Paraguay

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT in action against Paraguay tonight in Cary, NC (7:30pm ET - FS1). The USMNT continues to bring in new faces as the program considers options. This is a path expected to lead to the hiring of a general manager and a coach, with the club moving forward under interim coach Dave Sarachan.

FIFA and the future of the March window

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FIFA facing pressure over the international calendar is nothing new. It wasn't that long ago that there were single date windows. Pressure from Europe in particular pushed the international calendar to double dates, taking out the August fixture entirely. Back when that was still around, there was a start stop to the beginning of the European club season.

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Borussia Dortmund exits the Europa League

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The soccer news starts with Borussia Dortmund exiting the Europa League. Christian Pulisic wasn't in the squad due to illness for Dortmund's 0-0 draw at Red Bull Salzburg with Salzburg advancing 2-1 on aggregate. The result means no USMNT players are left in the European competitions this season.

Borussia Dortmund down a goal in the Europa League

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The soccer news starts with the only USMNT player left in this season's European competitions. Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 at home to Red Bull Salzburg in the first-leg of their Europa League round of 16 series. Valon Berisha converted a 49th penalty and doubled Salzburg's lead in the 56th.