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Champions League

Goal for Chandler, new coach for Brooks in the Bundesliga

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The soccer news starts with Timmy Chandler's Eintracht beat RB Leipzig 2-1 at home in the only Bundesliga game on Monday's soccer schedule. Trailing from the 13th minute, Chandler equalized in the 22nd. Kevin Prince-Boateng scored Eintracht's winner four minutes later. Eintracht is in 3rd-place in the Bundesliga table after 23 games, a point behind Borussia Dortmund and a point ahead of Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig.

Will there be a CONCACAF Champions League advantage in MLS?

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The soccer news starts with the CONCACAF Champions League. It's another restart for the tournament, returning to a knockout scenario for the teams from the bigger leagues in the region. That means a league in theory, depending on how much weight you put on the need for a group stage.

Borussia Dortmund’s 2017-18 Europa League story

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The soccer news starts with the 3rd-place Champions League teams now looking to advance in the Europa League round of 32. That includes Borussia Dortmund, keeping a USMNT player in European competition this season. It might not be what the Bundesliga club wanted at the start of the season, but the Europa League matters as long as a club remains involved.

Champions League surprises

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Well, the Champions League still sort of surprises. The Wednesday soccer news starts with Spurs falling behind by two goals early in Turin only to draw level by the final whistle. At least 90 more minutes to decide the series at Wembley and the bigger question about what counts as an upset in the Champions League.

The 2018 Deloitte Money League makes a familiar point

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with the latest release of the Deloitte Money League table. That's where we learn that Manchester United barely hangs on as the biggest money making club in world soccer. €676m euros in total revenue, €1.7m more than Real Madrid and it shouldn't be lost on anybody what that means in practical terms.

The Club World Cup repeats the obvious

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The soccer news starts with Real Madrid lifting the Club World Cup for the second year running. Surprising no one. Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference, scoring in the 53rd minute in the 1-0 shutout of Gremio. In the 3rd-place game, Pachuca had no problem beating Al Jazira 4-1.

ESPN FC's Tim Vickery makes a point about what the Club World Cup really says about the state of soccer.

US Soccer

US Soccer elects Carlos Cordeiro as president

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We start the soccer news with the US Soccer Federation's new president. Carlos Cordeiro won the election in the third round of voting. Cordeiro was previously the US Soccer vice-president and prior to that an independent member of their board of directors. Cordeiro ran as a candidate promising change, winning the support of the Athletes' Council and US Youth Soccer.

Moving to the CONCACAF Nations League

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with a press release that's more of a teaser from the fine folks at CONCACAF. What they initially referred to as the League of Nations is now falling into line with Europe by using Nations League. On March 7 in Miami, we'll learn the specifics of what CONCACAF has in mind.

The 2018 USMNT January camp comes to an end

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The USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina friendly didn't produce any goals and it also didn't produce any long-term issues. The USMNT ends January camp just like it started, waiting on decisions beyond the control of the players in the squad. US Soccer still needs a president, the USMNT still needs a new coach.

Previewing the USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Trying to preview January USMNT friendlies always leans on the same broad topics. Inexperienced players getting time at full international level. Assessing those players in a lineup that might not feature many regular members of the squad. The strength of the opponent in a game played outside of a FIFA calendar window.

USMNT 25th in January 2018 FIFA Rankings

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The soccer news starts with the January FIFA Rankings. The USMNT fell one spot to 25th in a month where there was no movement in the top 14. The USMNT played no games over the ranking period. Germany spends another month in the top spot in the FIFA Rankings, ahead of Brazil in 2nd and Portugal in 3rd-place.

USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan on January camp

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT in camp in Carson. In a mixed zone session distributed to the media, USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan spoke about the focus for January camp. With a group of 29 players looking for an opportunity in the wake of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the coaching staff called in players who haven't gotten a lot of look at senior level.

Christian Pulisic talks club and country with ESPN

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Thursday's soccer news starts with Christian Pulisic. The USMNT star is trying to help push his club Borussia Dortmund into contention in the Bundesliga. It hasn't been easy. Though Dortmund is currently 3rd in the table as they wait for the Bundesliga schedule to resume, they're tied on 28 points with the three teams behind them.

USMNT interim coach Sarachan focusing on the future

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USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan is in the odd position of planning a January camp without a clear view of his or the program's future. The USMNT is in transition following their World Cup exit. Following November's lengthy training stint and game in Portugal, a new group of players is now in Carson.

Soccer Business

Borussia Dortmund and Bundesliga money

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Thursday's soccer news starts with Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. In an interview with local newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung relayed on the club's official site, Watzke described the financial situation at Dortmund and the broader issues with the biggest clubs in Europe wanting their players.

MLS expansion continues with the Miami announcement

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Tuesday's soccer news starts with MLS expansion. Miami is now officially an MLS team while we wait on details like the name, badge, and colors. We do know that 2020 really is the start date, with Miami joining the league along with... uhm... Nashville? We've yet to get a start date for Nashville.

MLS in Nashville

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The soccer news starts with the news breaking across multiple outlets that MLS is expanding to Nashville. An MLS public event scheduled for Nashville later today would be a bigger surprise if it wasn't welcoming the city as an MLS expansion franchise.

Nashville will join a league that has made it clear that there's no expectation of struggling in an expansion market.

Miami takes another MLS step

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Friday's soccer news starts with the latest from the ongoing saga that is MLS expanding to Miami. We now know that the league is fine with the changes to the investor/operator group that will back David Beckham's MLS expansion team. With that settled and a stadium plan in place, the expectation is a quick conclusion to what has been a lengthy process to officially award a Miami MLS team.

English Premier League

Will the Premier League change its calendar?

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The soccer news starts with reports that England's Premier League is considering a winter break as part of their next TV deal. BBC Sport's Dan Roan has the news that the league might take time off in January. That's the pragmatic response to the only top league in Europe where loading up on games around Christmas is a tradition.

Is European soccer already the money league?

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Friday's soccer news starts with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger asking a basic question about what we're watching. As relayed by BBC Sport, Wenger links spending with predictability. We're watching the clubs spending the most running away with the titles in the top leagues in Europe, with Italy the only unlikely outlier.

Borussia Dortmund closes the January window by moving Aubameyang

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The January transfer window is now closed in Europe's major leagues, with the last gasp major move impacting two leagues and one club with a USMNT player. Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund transferred Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal in exchange for almost $80m dollars.

SuperDraft, trades, and transfers in MLS

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Monday's soccer news starts with the completion of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Two rounds went in the books on Friday with the draft finishing with two more rounds on Sunday. University of Akron defender Joao Moutinho went first overall to expansion club LAFC. The LA Galaxy took high school goalkeeper Jose Villalobos with the second pick.

Manchester United, Mourinho, and the Alexis Sanchez transfer

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The soccer news starts in the Premier League with reports that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is close to signing a five-year deal. That would bring to a close speculation that Mourinho might be considering his options, mainly because of concerns over United's transfer budget.

Manchester City finally loses in the Premier League

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been saying for weeks that it's coming. Eventually, his version of an invincibles team would lose a Premier League game, and probably before setting a new English topflight record. Drawing with Crystal Palace on the last day of 2017 was an indication.

Stoke City resets after Mark Hughes

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A loss in the Third Round of the 2017-18 FA Cup was it for manager Mark Hughes at Stoke City. Hughes lost his job following the 2-1 loss at Coventry City. Stoke City is currently 18th in the Premier League table, tied on points with 17th-place Southampton and four points ahead of 19th-place West Brom and 20th-place Swansea City.

Feilhaber to LAFC

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The soccer news starts with another USMNT player traded between MLS clubs. This time, it's Benny Feilhaber making the move from Sporting KC to LAFC. Feilhaber joins the MLS expansion team in exchange for $200,000 in general allocation money and $200,000 in targeted allocation money, once again putting a dollar figure on an MLS player.

Playing the January transfer game

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Anytime a club decides to "part ways" with a coach we hear the same thing. The replacement refuses to have his performance judged until he gets one or two transfer windows. That's when a coach makes his team his own, even when he's brought in to salvage the current season. For the January window, the question is whether or not it counts enough.

Stoke City’s loss puts pressure on manager Mark Hughes

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We start the first soccer news of 2018 in the Premier League. DeAndre Yedlin's Newcastle United beat Geoff Cameron's Stoke City 1-0 on the road. Ayoze Perez scored the game's only goal in the 73rd minute with Karl Darlow keeping the clean sheet. This follows Stoke City losing 5-0 at Chelsea.

Watching sports for the holidays

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It's an interesting time for sports businesses across the world. They're being told by anybody with a stake that the only thing that matters anymore is their live programming. That means pushing as much of that as possible. In Europe, it's the Premier League most associated with the holidays.

Manchester City keeps winning

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Manchester City added three more points to the top of the Premier League table, shutting out DeAndre Yedlin's Newcastle United 1-0 away. Raheem Sterling scored the game's only goal in the 31st minute. For City, it's more of the same with 19 wins from 20 games this season, 18 in a row, and no losses.

Tim Ream scores for Fulham

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The soccer news returns from the holidays with the results from the Boxing Day schedule in England. In the Premier League, Danny Williams was on the bench for Huddersfield Town's 1-1 home draw with Geoff Cameron's Stoke City. Tom Ince put Huddersfield up in the 10th minute with Ramadan Sobhi equalizing in the 60th.

Monterrey wins 2017 Apertura Copa MX

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Friday's soccer news starts with the conclusion of the Copa MX. Monterrey won the 2017 Apertura edition, beating Pachuca 1-0 at home. Omar Gonzalez got the start for Pachuca, with the club returning for the final after participating in the FIFA Club World Cup. Monterrey's Aviles Hurtado scored the game's only goal in the 57th minute with Juan Pablo Carrizo keeping the clean sheet.

Nashville officially joins MLS

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MLS made it official on Wednesday, adding Nashville as an expansion team. The team plans to build a stadium at the Nashville fairgrounds complex. MLS expects to name a second expansion team soon. Approval of the Miami expansion bid is also on the horizon, with an announcement potentially coming next month.

The 2018 CONCACAF Champions League asks an old question

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It's the draw for the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League in the soccer news, with the same old question. Will an MLS team finally show they can win this thing, or is it still Liga MX's tournament?

CONCACAF's attempt at creating something clubs and fans in the region care about has hit another intersection.

2018 mls season

MLS, Liga MX, and games that count

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Well, at least a game that might sort of count. The soccer news starts with MLS and Liga MX considering what we're going to go ahead and call a Super Cup between their champions. With the game proposed for September, that would mean the Liga MX Clausura champion and the previous season's MLS champion.

MLS announces 2018 game ball, Beasley re-signs

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Look, it's far too easy to pick apart a press release announcing a new soccer ball. MLS opens Friday's soccer news with just that, debuting their new adidas NATIVO soccer ball for 2018. So we'll just let the press release do its magic.

"Soccer is a global sport that transcends beyond borders," senior director for adidas soccer Ernesto Bruce said.

LAFC vs the MLS schedule

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The soccer news starts with Major League Soccer releasing the 2018 MLS schedule. That's big news for everybody in the league, but especially this season's expansion team. LAFC has a stadium to open, with Banc of California Stadium debuting on April 29. That means starting the season with six games on the road, a stretch that could have them well out of contention by the time the spotlight shines on their first home game.

The Rest

Atlanta United goes peach

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Unless it's Leeds United debuting a badge, everybody likes a kit reveal. Good, bad, or indifferent, most soccer fans seem to enjoy playing fashion designer. Or at the very least fashion critique. Atlanta United announced a new riff on their color scheme, adding a white uniform where the badge and other logos are peach.

MLS and the move to Miami

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The soccer news starts with reports out of Miami suggesting that David Beckham's expansion bid is finally coming to fruition. MLS is now expected to officially announce Miami as an expansion team on Monday. The team would play its first MLS season in 2020. Since this is MLS in Miami, there's already another story running parallel with the wait on the official announcement.

The return of Landon Donovan

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The soccer news starts with a regular quandary. Any time we refer to a USMNT player as a "legend", someone writes us to take issue. It doesn't matter how many caps or how much the player did in a USMNT shirt. Someone wants to make a point. It's enough to make us shy away from writing something like "USMNT legend Landon Donovan is back.