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English Premier League

Mourinho games the Europa League

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Not too long ago, there was a push to add some kind of meaning to the Europa League. On the surface, it was easy to dismiss the tournament as close to irrelevant. Winning meant lifting a trophy, sure, but few confused that with an overwhelmingly successful season. The Europa League was what it was, Europe's second-tier competition.

The cost of the Championship

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with an item that isn't exactly a surprise. David Moyes is no longer the manager of Sunderland, one of the new members of the Championship. According to reports, Moyes had indicated a willingness to stay with the club a league down. He officially resigned on Monday.

Sunderland's relegation became official a couple of weeks ago, capping a tough season in the Premier League that began with only two points from ten games.

Arsenal’s problem

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Monday's soccer news starts with Arsenal not getting the ending they wanted to the 2016-17 Premier League season. Needing a win and help on the final match day, they handled their business with a 3-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium. Unfortunately for their last ditch effort to qualify for the Champions League, so did Liverpool.

Mourinho and Manchester United point to the schedule

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Once again, it's Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho asking questions about the Premier League. This time, it's scheduling a game for Sunday when his team plays the Europa League final on Wednesday.

Even though the Premier League wants all of the finales to at the same time, Mourinho certainly has a point.

MLS, Europe, and that summer soccer schedule

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Tuesday's soccer news decides to play nice with the idea that MLS is a growing league with only bright days ahead. That makes it easier to overlook the kind of things that don't play nice with the better examples from professional soccer leagues in the rest of the world.

As the European and Mexican seasons come to a close, it's tough to downplay the kind of things that are still works in progress in good old Major League Soccer.

Middlesbrough and Sunderland in the Championship

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with Middlesbrough's relegation. A 3-0 loss to Chelsea made their drop to the Championship official with two games left to play. That fills two of the three relegation spots in this season's Premier League, with 18th-place Hull City still battling to stay up at the expense of 17th-place Swansea, 16th-place Crystal Palace, or an unlikely scenario involving the 14th or 15th-place teams.

The Premier League problem

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The soccer news starts with an open question about the 2016-17 Premier League season. Has it been any good? Chelsea's prolonged slog to the title continues later today against Middlesbrough (3pm ET - NBCSN) with the feeling that at least one team should've been able to press them if not overtake them.

Nobody respects Chelsea

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Monday's soccer news starts with an interesting twist to this Premier League season. Plenty of people want to talk about what the big name clubs aren't doing in their pursuit of the title. Fewer are interesting in building up the league leaders as a legitimate power.

Chelsea has had a lock on the top of the table since November.

The Manchester derby doesn’t impress

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Friday's soccer news starts with the Manchester derby. City and United played out a cliche of professional soccer with a 0-0 draw at Etihad Stadium. It was the kind of game most people would want to forget while watching it, much less at the final whistle. For City fans in person, that meant encouraging their team to hurry up with a stoppage time corner kick.

Serious issues for English clubs

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When the tax authorities come calling to seize information and make arrests, it's never a good day at the office. That was the scenario for West Ham United and Newcastle United yesterday, calling into question how both clubs conduct their businesses.

The Independent's Jack de Menzes has some of the details on the accusations the clubs now face.

Eintracht takes their place in the DFB Pokal final

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with Timmy Chandler's Eintracht advancing to the DFB Pokal final. Eintracht knocked out Borussia Gladbach on penalties. Eintracht took the lead on the road when Taleb Tawatha scored in the 15th minute. Jonas Hofmann equalized for Gladbach in first-half stoppage time.

Newcastle United close in on the Premier League

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If you designed an optimal Premier League, it would be tough to exclude Newcastle United. The biggest club from the biggest city in England's North East makes the same kind of sense as adding Aston Villa, the biggest club in the second biggest metropolitan area in the country.

As we all know, English soccer doesn't work that way.

MLS plays its All-Star Game

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MLS announced its opponent for the 2017 All-Star Game. Real Madrid headlining Chicago surprises no one, with MLS tipping their hand by already announcing Soldier Field as the venue.

There's certainly the feeling that the only thing likely to change the All-Star Game format is an inability to get people to show up to watch the opponent.

Does the Europa League count?

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Manchester United talked themselves into an odd scenario prior to the quarterfinal round of the 2016-17 Europa League. All of a sudden, a super club was showing interest in winning Europe's secondary competition. United was all in on the Europa League, a way to qualify for next season's Champions League by other means.

All Liga MX for the Champions League final

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CONCACAF got what they've come to expect from the their Champions League. Pachuca will play Tigres in the 2016-17 final. Vancouver lost 2-1 at home to exit the tournament 4-1 on aggregate. Brek Shea scored for Vancouver in the 3rd minute, exiting in the 10th with an injury. Andre-Pierre Gignac equalized on the night in the 63rd and Damian Alvarez scored Tigres' winner in the 84th.

One MLS team left in the CONCACAF Champions League

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MLS added to a familiar story on Tuesday night. FC Dallas started the second-leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series against Pachuca 2-1 up and ended it knocked out of the tournament. Pachuca advanced 3-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.

With USMNT player Omar Gonzalez getting the start for Pachuca, a Franco Jara goal put them up in the 38th minute.

Jermaine Jones defends his place in the USMNT

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The soccer news starts with Jermaine Jones adding to what we already knew through his social media feed. He isn't shy about taking on criticism overt or implied. A couple of think pieces suggested the USMNT would be better off with Jones out of the midfield, something he addressed in an interview with ESPN.

First-leg goes MLS’s way in Dallas, Arena’s roster

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The soccer news starts with an MLS result in the Champions League. FC Dallas came back to take the first-leg of their semifinal series with Pachuca 2-1 at Toyota Stadium. With Omar Gonzalez in Pachuca's starting eleven, Franco Jara put them up in the 3rd minute. Maxi Urruti equalized for Dallas in the 44th with Kellyn Acosta scoring from a free kick in the 58th.

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Philadelphia turns it around

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The Philadelphia Union is on a five-game undefeated streak with three wins in a row, enough to turnaround an MLS season by week 12. The Union was the poster child for troubled clubs early on, with predictions of a coaching change and questions over the scope of the team. Fair enough considering the results.

Pressure in MLS

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Two views on the MLS experience starts Wednesday's soccer news. The Mirror's Alex Smith has Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger's comments about quality of play in MLS. FC Yahoo's Leander Schaerlaeckens talks to Atlanta United coach Tata Martino about lower pressure in MLS.

Wins for Toronto and Sporting KC

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Thursday's soccer news starts with last night's MLS action. At BMO Field, Toronto beat Orlando City 2-1. Seb Giovinco put Toronto up in the 9th minute with Jozy Altidore assisting and doubled the lead in the 38th. Kaka pulled a goal back for Orlando in first-half stoppage time.

"First and foremost we are really disappointed with the loss," Orlando coach Jason Kreis said.

Changes in CONCACAF

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Friday's soccer news starts with CONCACAF following UEFA's lead. Like their European counterparts, CONCACAF wants it's own Nations League. Like their European counterparts, that Nations League would block out most friendly dates on the international calendar.

Reuters' Simon Evans reports that the CONCACAF Nations League is a done deal, with approval coming this weekend.

MLS reverses the scoreless draws

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Monday's soccer news starts with an uncomfortable Friday night for MLS. With the league schedule returning in full force following the international break, two games available nationally ended scoreless. It looked like the league of ties had already returned by week 5 of the 2017 MLS season. Instead, what happened was an entertaining weekend with several multi-goal games.

Schweinsteiger in Chicago

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Bastian Schweinsteiger got in some training and met what passes for the media in Chicago. Some decided to go ahead and prove that there are such a thing as stupid questions, asking if the Fire could win the World Cup and whether or not the internationally retired Schweinsteiger hoped to regain his spot with Germany.

The Fire get Schweinsteiger

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The soccer news starts with the European media announcing that Bastian Schweinsteiger is moving to Chicago before MLS and the team got the chance. That included Schweinsteiger himself releasing a video. Time zones took away Chicago's moment, signing a marquee player from a marquee club.

A World Cup winner moving from Manchester United to the Chicago Fire is never going to be a small thing.

Possession doesn’t win MLS games

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Monday's soccer news starts with a simple point from San Jose Earthquakes assistant coach John Spencer. It was Spencer on the sideline for the Quakes in their 2-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City. Spencer stepped in with Dom Kinnear unable to coach due to an illness. What Spencer saw from his squad on Saturday night was an ability to control possession.

Champions League

Juventus vs Real Madrid in the Champions League final

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Real Madrid did as expected in the Champions League, knocking out city rivals Atletico to book a date with Juventus. It's no knock against the competition that super clubs make it through. That is the point after all. Atletico is certainly in that category, spending the requisite amounts of money to remain a contender across multiple seasons.

The MLS expansion standings

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St Petersburg, Florida voted in favor of letting Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards revamp Al Lang Stadium. Edwards wants to spend his own money to continue converting the former baseball park into an 18k-capacity MLS venue. It's worth noting that Edwards also paid for Tuesday's special ballot initiative, driving home the point that he doesn't expect public money.

More on the Borussia Dortmund bus attack

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Friday's soccer news starts with a bizarre twist to an equally bizarre incident. AP's Frank Jordans reports that the motivation behind the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund bus prior to their home game in the Champions League last week wasn't terrorism. Instead, it was an attempt by the perpetrator to lower the stock price of the soccer club.

Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League run ends

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In a series that won't be remembered for what happened on the field, Borussia Dortmund exited the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage. Dortmund lost 3-1 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate.

Monaco opened the scoring in the 3rd minute at Stade Louis II, adding a second goal in the 17th.

The Champions League officiating

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The officiating took over the story in Real Madrid's win over Bayern Munich in the quarterfinal round of the Champions League. Rather than Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick in the 4-2 win on the night, it was how many of Real's goals were offside. Two clearly, changing the complexion of the game.

"We played like men and showed that we're worthy of playing for FC Bayern," Thomas Muller said.

Barcelona once again in trouble

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While the focus on the Champions League is firmly on the aftermath of the attack on Borussia's Dortmund's bus, the other game on the field raised a familiar scenario. Barcelona is trailing after a first-leg, this time 3-0 to Juventus. Zonal Marking explains what happened with Barcelona's defending in Turin.



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CONCACAF officially announced that three of its members will bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup. Since the announcement comes before FIFA officially announces the bidding criteria, details are sketchy. ESPN's Sam Borden reports that CONCACAF's plan is to push FIFA to approve their bid by as early as the end of the year.

CONCACAF’s World Cup bid

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The soccer news starts with CONCACAF's "historic announcement" coming out of their Congress held in Aruba on Saturday. The scene now shifts to New York City where Canada, Mexico, and the United States are set to announce a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The announcement comes before FIFA lays out the specifics for potential bidders.

The USMNT’s point in Panama

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The biggest takeaway from the USMNT's 1-1 draw at Panama is nothing new to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Win at home, get whatever you can on the road. The USMNT did that job plus a little more. In a testy game with a referee happy to let both teams play on, Christian Pulisic's weave through the Panama box made the difference.

The USMNT vs Panama and another game in the Hexagonal

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It's gameday for the USMNT in Panama City (10pm ET - beIN Sport). We're going to go ahead and assume that nobody needs a reminder that the USMNT would like three more World Cup qualifying points. It's a simple scenario for all the teams in CONCACAF's Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying. Winning means control.

The USMNT and the Hexagonal table

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Monday's soccer news starts with newly won confidence for the USMNT following a 6-0 shutout of Honduras. The rest of CONCACAF got a lesson in how not to play the USMNT in this cycle. How Panama responds on Tuesday (10pm ET - beIN Sport) will be on the minds of the rest of the region.

Panama has issues of their own, trying to turnaround a road loss to Trinidad & Tobago.

The USMNT needs three points in San Jose

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT in action tonight against Honduras in San Jose (10:30pm ET - FS1). Is there going to be a pregame that pushes that start time closer to 11pm on the East Coast? Of course there is.

After months of concern, we're all well aware of what's at stake for the USMNT.

Soccer Business

FIFA submits its corruption report

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At least $30m dollars, 1300 pages, and almost two years later, FIFA submitted its internal corruption report. Shocked looks all around, the contents are confidential in FIFA's opinion due to ongoing legal proceedings. The report is now in the hands of Swiss prosecutors and eventually the US Department of Justice who continue to prosecute former members of world soccer's governing body.

UEFA and the super clubs

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The soccer news starts with UEFA noticing how their soccer clubs spend their money. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is talking luxury tax, squad limits, and the transfer market, in an attempt to curb the payrolls of the super clubs. Fair enough in theory, but it's worth asking how the clubs are going to respond to UEFA attempting to impose limits.