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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.

Selling Liga MX in English

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Starting on Saturday, Liga MX will be available in English on Facebook Live in its latest attempt to expand its already large audience.

UEFA pushes reforms, more DFB Pokal results

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UEFA's reform process moves to a final vote and more good performances from USMNT players in Germany's DFB Pokal in the soccer news.

MLS makes the expansion news

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MLS received 12 applications for expansion with the league publicly committed to expanding to 28 teams. Also in the news, the U-20s in camp.

MLS adds another city to its expansion list

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Indianapolis is now a potential expansion market for MLS according to media reports and another example of economic promotion in the soccer news.

The 2017 money league

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Manchester United is now the club making the most money in world soccer with Real Madrid falling to 3rd-place in the annual ranking.

Juventus designs

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Juventus has a new logo that isn't getting a warm embrace by the public, but that's only part of the point with their rebrand.

Is the Chinese Super League spending spree already over?

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With government scrutiny already happening, the Chinese Football Association is also addressing their clubs spending lots of money.

2017 mls season

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.

CONCACAF

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.

A North American World Cup bid

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CONCACAF appears to be lining up behind a joint bid from the United States, Mexico, and Canada for the 2026 World Cup in the soccer news.

Champions League

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.

US Soccer

Red shirts for the USMNT

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US Soccer reveals the new uniforms for the National Teams with the USMNT wearing red for their World Cup qualifier next month in the soccer news.

San Diego, MLS, and Liga MX

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San Diego is an expansion target for MLS, but it's a city with a strong link to a Liga MX club just over the border in the soccer news.

Breaking January camp

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For USMNT coach Bruce Arena and his squad, two friendlies count more than ever in the soccer news.

English Premier League

The Champions League knockout round for Arsenal and Leicester City

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The soccer news has Arsenal and Leicester City trying to fix things in the Premier League and facing the knockout round in the Champions League.

Up and down for the best coach in the world

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FIFA's best coach in the world award winner Claudio Ranieri is now facing public speculation that his job might be in danger in the soccer news.

A draw and a win from the USMNT January camp

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With a scoreless draw against Serbia and a 1-0 win over Jamaica, USMNT coach Bruce Arena has plenty to consider for the March qualifiers.

The formation is a question for USMNT vs Jamaica

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The USMNT experimented with a 4-3-3 against Serbia, isolating striker Jozy Altidore. Coach Bruce Arena will try something else against Jamaica.

Guzan’s MLS return

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Thursday's soccer news has Brad Guzan leaving Premier League club Middlesbrough at the end of the season to join Atlanta United in MLS.

Americans finding it tough going in the Premier League

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A mix of injuries and opportunities makes it tough going for Americans in the Premier League in the soccer news.

Bundesliga

USMNT players advance in the DFB Pokal

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Bobby Wood scored for Hamburg in the DFB Pokal and Fabian Johnson assisted on Gladbach's opening goal in the soccer news.

New deal for Pulisic

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Christian Pulisic signs a new deal with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and Philadelphia gets a new shirt in the soccer news.