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Champions League

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.

Goals in the Champions League

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Plenty of goals from a Champions League match day, but does this really tell us anything in the soccer news?

Arsene Wenger and the Champions League

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Arsenal's big loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League increases the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger in the soccer news.

2017 mls season

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.

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.

English Premier League

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.

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.

CONCACAF

CONCACAF’s deal

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vancouver loses CONCACAF Champions League semifinal opener

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The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal didn't go Vancouver's way. The Whitecaps lost 2-0 at Tigres to open the series. Tigres benefited from a 66th-minute own goal. Eduardo Vargas doubled the lead in the 87th. Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman didn't have to make a save to keep the clean sheet.

Vancouver tries again for MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League

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It's the Vancouver Whitecaps' turn to see if they can get past a Liga MX team in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. Two weeks into the MLS season, Vancouver will once again switch focus to the regional tournament, at Tigres tonight (10pm ET - Facebook Live). Not losing in Mexico is another old and not exactly flattering story for MLS.

Result for Gladbach in the Europa League

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The soccer news starts in the Europa League. Fabian Johnson and Gladbach drew 1-1 at Schalke. Jonas Hofmann put Gladbach up in the 15th minute with Schalke equalizing in the 25th. Johnson subbed out in the 65th minute. The second-leg of the Round of 16 series is on March 16.

"We had too many lapses in concentration today," Gladbach's Jonas Hofmann said.

USMNT players getting time in the Copa MX

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USMNT players did well in the Copa MX on Wednesday, with Tijuana shutting out Club America 1-0 at home on a Paul Arriola goal. Michael Orozco and Joe Corona also started for Tijuana. Arriola's goal came in the 29th minute. Orozco saw yellow in the third minute of stoppage time.

Arena on the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying

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The soccer news starts with Bruce Arena talking about World Cup qualifying at the Gold Cup announcement. He talked about the Gold Cup too, with the USMNT finding out the rest of Group B.

"The year is so important for the US team," Arena said. "We're not going to be allowed to have peaks and valleys during the year.

Waiting on the Gold Cup

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Regardless of how CONCACAF fills in the rest of the Gold Cup schedule, we already know one thing. The Confederation doesn't seem to have a lot of interest in altering the tournament. Even after the success of the Copa Centenario and rumors about joint qualifying, a World Cup bid for the region, and changes to international soccer CONCACAF chooses to press on.

The USMNT U-20s move on

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The biggest takeaway from the USMNT winning the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championships was job done. Rough starts happen. So do recoveries, with teams figuring things out while playing against time. Losing is acceptable as long as a team moves on. That's what the USMNT did, turning their issues into that classic coaching cliche "the teachable moment".

MLS vs Liga MX in the Champions League semifinals

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It's MLS playing Liga MX in both CONCACAF Champions League semifinals and plenty of MLS season previews in the soccer news.

Comeback win for Newcastle

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DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United picked up another three points to retake the top of the Championship table in the soccer news.

USMNT U-20s stage a CONCACAF comeback

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The USMNT played like a favorite in a win over Mexico in the second group stage at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

The CONCACAF Champions League is an MLS obligation

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The CONCACAF Champions League is more obligation than joy for MLS and Wayne Rooney's immediate future in the soccer news.

Is this the season for a shakeup in the CONCACAF Champions League?

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The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals begin in the final season under the current format with Liga MX clubs always the favorites.

USMNT U-20s disappoint in CONCACAF opener

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The USMNT U-20s face a tougher scenario than expected in the CONCACAF Championship after losing their opener in the soccer news.

USMNT U-20s disappoint in CONCACAF opener

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The USMNT U-20s face a tougher scenario than expected in the CONCACAF Championship after losing their opener in the soccer news.

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.

Year one of Infantino’s FIFA

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Gianni Infantino has a year in as FIFA president with the organization still facing criticism for not doing enough to enact reforms.