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Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Eric Lichaj, Gboly Ariyibi, Duane Holmes and more

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Only one U.S. Men's National Team contributor saw the field on Tuesday but a pair of younger Americans did score goals to help lead their sides to cup wins.

Eric Lichaj started and played all 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest in Tuesday's League Cup win over Shrewsbury Town, while MK Dons winger Gboly Ariyibi and Scunthorpe United's Duane Holmes stole the show.

The Bull & Its Horns: Two Matches, Two L’s

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RGVFC dropped both of their matches last week.

Toros Drop A Double

RGVFC played the best team in the USL on Wednesday, then the worst on Saturday. They lost both matches. In their midweek affair on ESPN, they lost 2-1 to Real Monarchs, the USL affiliate of Real Salt Lake. The Monarchs scored first, then Eric Bird wasn't able to convert a penalty kick.

Final Look at Sporting Academy in College

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The college soccer season finished up over the weekend with the NCAA Division 1 finals. Sporting KC had two former academy players in the final four, Andy Lopez and Zach Wright for UNC. Both players played a part in the semifinal against Stanford. After a scoreless 90 minutes the game went into overtime where it remained scoreless ending in penalty kicks.

Most penalty kick goals in FCD history

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During his year-plus with FC Dallas, Michel has most definitely shown his prowess time after time on set pieces. Whether it's been by delivering a great ball that one of his teammates got on the end of for a goal or scoring off one himself like his unforgettable Olympico against Seattle in 2013, the Brazilian specialist has shown his worth.

Italian Serie A – Match Recaps – 22 September 2012

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Juventus had little trouble with Chievo Verona at home and Parma scored late to draw with Fiorentina in the Italian Serie A on September 22, 2012.

Parma 1-1 Fiorentina

It was an unusual match with one red card and two missed penalty kicks. Fiorentina took an early lead with a Facundo Roncaglia 20th minute goal.

Thursday Kickoff: Arsenal sets Van Persie price, Mourinho says Kaka can leave, and more

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If Manchester United wants Robin Van Persie, they are going to have to pay more than any other team in the running for the Dutch striker's services.

United manager Alex Ferguson revealed on Wednesday that his team had made a bid for Van Persie, but reports suggest Arsenal won't sell Van Persie to Manchester United for less than £25 million, if not more.

Sporting Kansas City Defeat Seattle for the US Open Cup

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Article by Luke Lohr


It may not have been pretty, but it was dramatic. The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final ended in penalty kicks with the hosts capturing their second Open Cup Championship in franchise history. In winning the tournament, Sporting Kansas City accomplished a feat that no other team had previously accomplished in the last four years.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid emerges victorious in penalty kicks to win MLS All-Star Game

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It took penalty kicks to decide a winner in Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game and, when the dust cleared, Real Madrid was crowned this summer's victors.

Following a 1-1 draw in regular time, Real Madrid topped the MLS All-Stars, 4-2, on penalty kicks to win Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game at Soldier Field.

Manchester United edge Real Madrid on penalty kicks

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Santa Clara (United States) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has challenged Anthony Martial to produce the goods on a more consistent basis after the Manchester United frontman caught the eye against Real Madrid.

Martial produced a scintillating weaving run to set up Jesse Lingard’s opening goal in United’s 1-1 draw against Real in the International Champions Cup at Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, albeit the French international blazed over from the spot in the penalty shootout that followed the draw.

Manchester United edge Real Madrid on penalty kicks

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Santa Clara (United States) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho has challenged Anthony Martial to produce the goods on a more consistent basis after the Manchester United frontman caught the eye against Real Madrid.

Martial produced a scintillating weaving run to set up Jesse Lingard’s opening goal in United’s 1-1 draw against Real in the International Champions Cup at Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, albeit the French international blazed over from the spot in the penalty shootout that followed the draw.

Manchester United edges Real Madrid on penalty kicks

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Santa Clara (United States) (AFP) – Anthony Martial offered Jose Mourinho a timely reminder of his attacking prowess Sunday despite missing from the spot in Manchester United’s penalty shootout victory over Real Madrid.

After a hugely impressive debut campaign at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, Martial struggled to consistently produce the goods under Mourinho last season - prompting speculation throughout the summer that the French international could depart.

Manchester United edges Real Madrid on penalty kicks

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Santa Clara (United States) (AFP) – Anthony Martial offered Jose Mourinho a timely reminder of his attacking prowess Sunday despite missing from the spot in Manchester United’s penalty shootout victory over Real Madrid.

After a hugely impressive debut campaign at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, Martial struggled to consistently produce the goods under Mourinho last season - prompting speculation throughout the summer that the French international could depart.

European Soccer

European Weekend Rewind: Man City wins Capital One Cup, Atletico downs Real and more

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Manchester City added yet another trophy to its cabinet on Sunday.

The Citizens defeated Liverpool, 4-1, in penalty kicks after playing to a thrilling 1-1 tie to claim the 2015-16 Capital One Cup.

Man City goalkeeper Willy Caballero proved to be the hero in the contest, making three consecutive saves during the shootout to lift the title over the Reds.

Europa League Rewind: Dempsey’s double can’t save Spurs, Chelsea advance, & more

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By DAN KARELL

Tottenham gave everything they had on Thursday night. Unfortunately for them, it wasn't enough.

The North London side fell to FC Basel 4-1 on penalty kicks, after 120 minutes tied at two in the Europa League quarterfinals. Clint Dempsey had both goals for Spurs on the night, giving the team an early lead before coming back to save them late in the match.

SBI's German Bundesliga Preview

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By BRYAN ROBISON

Similar to La Liga and Premier League, Bundesliga sees itself going into 2012 with two prime contenders, and then what looks like a strong competition for third place. For the top German league, last year's top two finishers will go into this season expecting to end that way again this year.

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US Open Cup Final: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Sporting Kansas City  (6-7 penalties)

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The Union fell short, losing on penalty kicks.

Philadelphia Union defeat FC Dallas in penalty kicks; advance to U.S. Open Cup Final

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It took penalty kicks, but the Union did it, and the U.S. Open Cup Final will be played in PPL Park with a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League on the line.

It is not the Supporters' Shield or the MLS Cup, but the Philadelphia Union will play for a trophy. Following a 1-1 deadlock after 120 minutes, the Union survived in 4-3 in penalties to advance over FC Dallas Tuesday night in Frisco.

Ivory Coast

The Penalty Shootout: Flaws and Alternatives

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Watching last weekend's African Cup of Nations Final reminded fans everywhere of soccer'selephant in the room, penalties. The penalty shootout is the one glaring error in a beautiful, near-perfect game. After 120 minutes of battling for each yard and each shot, the game is finally decided by a combination of luck and some level of mind games.

Datos curiosos sobre la Final de la Copa Africana de Naciones

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(El defensa Koko Touré cargando la Copa Africana de Naciones. Foto: AFP)

Costa de Marfil consiguió el título de la Copa Africana de Naciones celebrada en Guinea Ecuatorial este año al vencer en la tanda de penales a Ghana por 9-8.

Un estudio ha revelado que las tandas de penales no son, como se cree generalmente, una lotería con 50% de posibilidades para cada uno.

Chicago Fire

Dispatch from the Abyss: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Columbus Crew (1)

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Mad Mike: The Penalty Scorerer (Chicago-Fire.com)

In the post-apocalyptic wasteland known as The Bridge View, the Chicago Fire is incapable of anything except draws, and OTF's Alex White is losing it...

Like most descents into madness, it all started reasonably enough. After last game's clean sheet, coach Frank Yallop elected to continue sacrificing offensive fire-power (personified by rookie Harrison Shipp) for a defensive set-up that achieved an elusive feat of not-bottling-things.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Eight

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Who can we tie now? (image: fansided.com)

Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 15.1/19 ( -0.3 from last week) Fansided (13)

"Frank Yallop's Chicago Fire were off this past week and will be back in action on May 3 against Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Seven

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Jah tie I and I (photo: chicago-fire.com)

Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 14.8/19 ( -0.4 from last week) mlssoccer.com (13)

"Tied a league record with their sixth straight draw.

Seattle Sounders

The Numbers Behind the Portland Timbers' Lack of Penalty Kicks

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The Timbers are now close to becoming the fourth team to suffer such a fate, joining Chivas USA in 2011, FC Dallas in 2006, and the 2000 Kansas City Wizards.

That's in spite of numerous occasions in which one was probably deserved.

My personal favorite non-call happened May 26 vs Vancouver Whitecaps.

MLS Week 24: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

As if the pressure of the Cascadia Cup rivalry between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps wasn't enough, this weekend's bout featuring the Pacific Northwest rivals also carries notable Western Conference playoff implications.

With a crowd of about 60,000 expected to fill CenturyLink Field, the Sounders will host the Whitecaps in a match contested between two of the teams locked in a three-way tie for third in the conference.

Three For Three: MLSR Predictions

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Seattle Sounders FC (10-6-7) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10-7-7)
William Schulz: Playing two matches on the road made last week was a rough one for the folks in Seattle. Losing a cup final followed by a last-minute loss to the nigh-unstoppable Earthquakes.

Champione Champione Ole Ole Ole

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It's been eight years since KC last lifted the trophy. That drought ended last night on penalty kicks as KC won 1-1(3-2) on penalty kicks against the defending champion Seattle Sounders FC. The game had plenty of talking points and a little bit of controversy especially late in the PK shootout as Michael Gspurning saved Paulo Nagamura's PK but was called for being off his line too early and Nagamura buried his second attempt before Eddie Johnson skied his effort to give the US the title.

2012 MLS, Week 23: What To Watch For

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Both RSL and Vancouver need points this weekend. (Getty Images)

So how about that US Open Cup final last night? Tons of drama and excitement as Sporting Kansas City claim the crown for their first trophy since 2004. They knocked off the Seattle Sounders in penalty kicks ending Seattle's impressive run in the USOC since joining MLS back in 2009.

The Rest

Gillette Stadium welcomes 33,000 fans as Juventus downs Roma in penalties

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The Serie A rivals finished the International Champions Cup with a bang.

A crowd of 33,039 fans desceneded upon Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon to watch a showdown between Serie A powers Juventus and AS Roma. The match served as the capstone contest for the International Champions Cup.

And in the end, it lived up to the hype, with Juventus gutting out a win in penalty kicks.

4 thoughts on D.C. United’s unsettling loss to the Columbus Crew

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After an aggravating loss, The Last Word is focused on the bad, the good (no, really), and United's disjointed attempts to press teams

I don't think I was the only D.C. United fan who walked into RFK Stadium expecting a win over Columbus Crew SC. The Crew were struggling, after all, and United showed a knack for bouncing back last season after defeats.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Pulisic, Chandler, Wooten and more

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One clash between Americans Abroad came to penalty kicks, and it was the youngest member of the U.S. Men's National Team that helped his side get there.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund came out on top on Wednesday afternoon, toppling John Brooks' Hertha Berlin, 3-2, in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw.

Villanova tops DePaul on PKs to advance to Big East semifinal

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Wildcats will travel to Indianapolis to meet Butler on Thursday

Villanova goalkeeper Will Steiner stopped three penalty kicks to lead the Wildcats to a 3-1 shootout win over DePaul after a scoreless draw at Higgins Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.

Villanova dug itself a hole in the shootout with misses on their first two attempts, but Steiner, who didn't have to make a save on the day until the second overtime, stood tall allowing only one of four attempts by him.

USL Playoff Rewind: Red Bulls II eliminate Rhinos; Swope Park Rangers edge Blues; and more

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The USL's final four is set, and the league will see a new champion crowned following the elimination of last year's winner.

Louisville City, New York Red Bulls II, Swope Park Rangers and Vancouver Whitecaps II booked spots inthe league's final four following the conclusion of the quarterfinal round.

Revolution Report Card vs. Union: Plenty of Blame to Go Around in 3-0 Loss

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By all accounts, Sunday's loss in Philadelphia was a forgettable outing for the Revolution. Following the performance, we break down every position group—and offer an overall team grade.

An early red card, a pair of penalty kicks conceded, numerous mistakes along the back line—the Revolution have little to hang there hats on following a 3-0 drubbing in Philadelphia.

Stanford, Clemson advance to College Cup title game on penalties

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After 220 minutes of scoreless soccer and 14 rounds of penalty kicks, Stanford and Clemson advanced to the College Cup final.

If you hate scoreless draws and penalty kicks, there was nothing for you to see in the College Cup semifinals Friday night. But if you like quality goalkeeping, there was plenty of that on display in the games played at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

THE STARTING 11: Rejected alternatives to World Cup penalty shootouts

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Hey, we know that dude! There really isn't a more heartbreaking way to go home from the World Cup than by being on the losing end of a penalty shootout. Years of qualifying, training, preparation and group stage victories can all be cut short by a goalkeeper's glove or the wide shot of a nervous kick-taker.

Two penalty kicks lift Chicago Magic PSG to U-15/16 Academy Quarters

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Chicago Magic PSG's Stephen Payne
The Chicago Magic U-15/16 team's 2013-14 Development Academy season was on the brink. Down a goal to Kendall SC in group play at the Academy Playoffs at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, the Magic rallied with two Luka Prpa penalty kicks to earn a 2-1 victory and win Group E.

AFTER 90: Long legged... but no beauty

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Wash the stink off...
VANCOUVER VS. TORONTO (1-2 AGG.)
CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL 2ND LEG
BC PLACE
FIRST HALF:
1' - BC Place roof is open this evening. Perfect for a localized tornado strike if Vancouver grabs a lead.

Indecisive? Pick the middle “The goalkeeper picks a side...

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Indecisive? Pick the middle

"The goalkeeper picks a side and dives 93.7 percent of the time and just stands in the middle only 6.3 percent of the time. There was a clear bias toward action."

TheJournal of Economic Psychologyrecently looked at the link between decision making and penalty kicks, and found, somewhat surprisingly, that goalkeepers might be better off doing nothing at all.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: End of the Season Edition [Poll]

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The Timbers closed practice today after getting off to a late start while the team was still watching film in preparation for tomorrow's game. For the first fifteen minutes of practice, Jose Adolfo Valencia was alone on the field, taking shots, free kicks, and penalty kicks. Valencia showed off a wicked curve on several strikes as he bent the ball into the corner of the net, something he did not have the chance to do this year for the Timbers.

NSCAA Releases Preseason Poll

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New England colleges are well represented in NSCAA's national preseason soccer rankings released on Tuesday. The University of Connecticut (#4), Boston College (#14) and Brown University (#22) are all in the top 25 Division 1 men's rankings, while BC (#11) and Boston University (#23) are both among the top 25 in Division 1 women's rankings.