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ATF: Giovanni Savarese Preps for Return to New York

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Also: MLS sweep LigaMX sides, Nemeth still being shopped around, Alex Morgan makes the FIFA Pro XI, another U.S. Youth International signs with Hertha Berlin and more!


New York Red Bulls vs. Portland Timbers | 2018 MLS Match Preview | MLSsoccer.com
On the heels of a historic win in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals in Tijuana, the New York Red Bulls finally open the 2018 MLS regular season looking a bit younger than they did when they ended the 2017 season, following a contentious Eastern Conference Semifinals series with Toronto FC.

Sounders head to Mexico City with CCL quarterfinal at 2-2

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Seattle had two excellent goals canceled out by Club America, who have the away goal advantage

For much of the first half of this CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg, both the Seattle Sounders and Club America produced solid chances without doing much with them. But the excitement came to a head in the final minutes as Clint Dempsey scored with an exquisite free kick that was immediately canceled out by Darwin Quintero's 45th minute equalizer just before halftime.

CONCACAF Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy have already secured their place in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals and tonight the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake will look to make it four MLS teams in the quarterfinals if they can get the results they need tonight.

The Houston Dynamo need at least a draw tonight when they take on CD Olimpia (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Star added to RSL logo, representing title

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SANDY, Utah — Real Salt Lake unveiled its updated logo to the media on Thursday, which includes a star above the shield signifying the club's 2009 MLS Cup championship. The logo will be featured on this year's uniforms beginning next Tuesday when RSL travels to Columbus to take on the Crew in a CONCACAF Champions [.

World Cup 2010

Greatest World Cup matches: Ghana-Uruguay (2010)

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The first World Cup in Africa came amid criticism whether the South African hosts were ready to host the tournament. On the pitch there was surely no doubt that Africa was ready: since the 1970s African football had taken enormous strides to take its place among the top world football. First Cameroun and Morocco had taken the world by storm, and were then joined by Nigeria, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire

Liveblog: Netherlands vs Brazil, Quarterfinal

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Welcome to the liveblog of Netherlands vs Brazil in the World Cup Quarterfinal. Chris will be liveblogging without bias, and he'll be joined by Duvel from the Brazil blog, who will be slightly less biased. Hopefully we'll get some Oranje fans from the Netherlands blog to even things up.

Preview: Uruguay vs. Ghana, Quarterfinal

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Hands up if you thought this Ghana team would struggle without injured captain/superstar midfielder Michael Essien. Now use that hand to slap yourself in the face. Gently, but still do it. That slap is from the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah , Anthony Annan and Dede Ayew, all of whom have impressed in midfield for the Black Stars this tournament.

Champions League

Barcelona Escape Tough Battle with PSG in Champions League Quarterfinal

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On a night where Lionel Messi did not feature in the starting XI, Barcelona did at times look very lost. Without the Argentine frontman, PSG largely looked the more aggressive and dominant side which contributed to the opening goal as Javier Pastore was allowed acres of space in the Catalans half of the pitch and converted in the 50th minute.

Real Madrid Handle Galatasaray Fairly Easily in Champions League Quarterfinal

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho has a knack of fielding solid Champions League sides, and this years Real Madrid side are no different. As Mourinho's men came into the first leg of their quarterfinal clash against the Turkish club, the Spanish side handled matters fairly calmly at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening.

PSG Remain Confident Leading Up to Champions League Battle with Barcelona

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Paris Saint Germain Crest (Google Creative Commons)

PSG enter their Champions League quarterfinal bout against Barcelona with plenty of confidence after taking down a very well-organized and tactical Valencia side in the previous round. However, as the French side note, the Spanish giants overcame a two-goal deficit at the Camp Nou to erase AC Milan's advantage and are keen to not allow such an unpleasant situation happen to them.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Claims that David Beckham is Key for PSG Against Barcelona

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David Beckham may be 37, but his play on the field continues to impress even some of the biggest names in football including teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Since his arrival at PSG during the January transfer window, Beckham once again has silenced any critics with the energy he provides to his current French side especially after his 90 minute performance against St.

Galatasaray vs. FC Schalke 04: Players to Watch in Champions League Round of 16 Clash at Veltins-Arena

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Jefferson Farfan of Schalke 04 (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Champions League action resumesas Turkish giants Galatasaray travel to Veltins-Arena to take on a resurgent FC Schalke 04. The Germans tallied a crucial away goal in the first-leg and will look to build off their success, hoping that new signings Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder produce a few memorable moments.

Rant Box: Manchester United v. Chelsea

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It's time.

CL Preview: Manchester United v. Chelsea

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A chance to exorcise demons from each of the last three seasons, perhaps against those very clubs which denied us then and still haunt us to this day. To reach a second Champions League final, one fittingly held in our own backyard. The opportunity to make history, to become the first club from London to lift this hallowed trophy, in the very city in which we reside.

Rant Box: Chelsea v. Manchester United

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It's time


Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Zhirkov, Drogba, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Benayoun, Mikel, Malouda, Ferreira, Kalou, Anelka.

Manchester United
Van der Sar, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Park, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez.

CL Preview: Chelsea v. Manchester United

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The two finest clubs in English football over the past six seasons renew their Champions League vows. This, my friends, should be unforgettable.

Devin was to compile this preview, but, alas, he went and got himself engaged last night to the love of his life. Such a selfish move left me a man currently occupied at his full-time employer with the task of putting this bad boy together.

The Eduardo Witch Hunt: A True Story

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A great majority of the football world has grown used to laughing off Arsene Wenger's dramatic remarks over major incidents in recent years. This is precisely why the Arsenal manager was largely ignored when he labeled the accusations over Gunners striker Eduardo's recent "dive" against Celtic as a "witch-hunt".

Contrasting Fortunes at the Bridge

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Those who saw last night's World Football Challenge clash between Internazionale and Chelsea must have noticed a solid performance from a rapidly emerging star wearing the blue shirt. Branislav Ivanovic, who played fullback for 65 minutes of Chelsea's dominant 2-0 victory over the reigning Italian champions seemed to be the player who was more eager than anyone else to cement his reputation during the high-profile friendly at the Rose Bowl.

The Bundesliga, or a Rollercoaster Ride?

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I am not quite sure how much of an audience an article about the German Bundesliga can get, but I will still give it a shot. After all, if there is one league that has continued to offer an air-tight title race throughout the year, it has to be the German first division. With two games to go, as many as four teams have a realistic chance of being crowned champions.

Have it Your Way!

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Having been a long-time fan of the Premier League, I completely understand that top-flight English football is synonymous with a rollercoaster ride. Not only do we see teams in and out of the driving seat in terms of controlling the title race, but each week we have new teams competing for European qualification, or quite simply, to avoid relegation.

Pieces of Eight

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With the Champions League quarterfinals a thing of the past, here are eight things I noticed from the last eight.

The Usual Suspects

So, here we are again. Three English teams and Barcelona square off for the Champions League semis for the second consecutive year. No doubt Michel Platini will have already dusted off his Panini stickers and erected a Barcelona shine in his 'salon.

Lampard Makes His Point - Again!

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In what is being called, by many UEFA pundits, arguably the most thrilling Champions League quarterfinal in recent memory, Chelsea knocked Liverpool out 7-5 on aggregate. However, the aggregate score is certainly flattering for the Blues, who defended amateurish throughout the second leg at home tonight.

Champions League Draw Isn’t Too Bad…

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Today at roughly 11am the draw for the Champions League Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals took place in Switzerland. Here's how the draw looks:

Villarreal vs Arsenal
Man Utd vs FC Porto
Liverpool vs Chelsea
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich

So, in the general swing of things it's not a great draw for either Chelsea or Liverpool who once again face each other in the Champions League.

I Like To Do Drawings

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From the Land of Knives and Misses (Switzerland), the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals (and semi's) has been held and the results are in... Liverpool will face Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday, April 2 and back at Tuesday, Anfield on April 8. As much as anybody would have loved to seen the weaker sides of [.


Galaxy Notebook: With CCL quarterfinal berth clinched, focus now on MLS stretch run

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Carson, CALIF. — The Los Angeles Galaxy were paying attention to an important game last night, but it wasn't one they were playing in. The Puerto Rico Islanders defeated Metapan 3-0 in their CONCACAF Champions League group stage match.

Coffee in Hand - I am Back

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Boy - a little queasy, though.  Soap-infused coffee is definitely not something I recommend on a rainy Tuesday morning. Speaking of which - is it me, or do you associate Tuesday's with rain?  Thursday's, too.  In my mind those are the greyer days of the week.  And speaking of greyer ... are greyer and grayer different [.

World Cup History

Greatest World Cup matches: Italy-Spain (1994)

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Spain and Italy are two great southern European footballing nations that have produced some of the best players, and at club level have some of the most winning clubs in the world. That said, their trajectories at the level of national teams could not have been more different: while Italy has won the world championship four times and been in more finals, Spain has only one semifinal in 1950 to

Greatest World Cup matches: Italy-North Corea (1966)

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The World Cups have, especially in the start, been the complete dominance of South America and Europe. Therefore, throughout the 1950's and 1960's, the "rest of the world", that is, Asia, Africa and Australia had to play between them for one meager qualifying spot.For the 1966 World Cup in England, this "rest-of-the-world" spot went to the small and closed Communist dictatorship of North Corea.


Top 10 Underachievers of the Decade

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Football is a funny game - this is the sport where anything, and I mean anything, can happen completely out of the blue. For example, no one ever imagined that Brazilian star Ronaldinho, who was literally unstoppable not too long ago, would suddenly become as anonymous as he is nowadays.

Germany-Brazil 1-1 at Half

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Germany had a breakaway goal by Birgit Prinz - her first of the tournament. At @ the 40th minute Brazil - gradually starting to look more like themselves - scored on a beautiful play that went through Marta (faking a shot and drawing the defense) to Formiga who slotted it through. It was [...]SHARETHIS.

Women’s Soccer Quarterfinal Previews and Predictions

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Andrea Canales has put up her previews and predictions on ESPNsoccernet. And here's Marta talking about the Brazil-Norway match-up tomorrow. European women's soccer is showcased in the Sweden-Germany quarterfinal, and here's a nice piece about Pia from the FIFA site. Finally, here's a link to the bracket for the second stage of the women' [.

Portugal vs Germany: Highlights and livestream- Euro 2008

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This is the first quarterfinal in this tournament. Germany had a tough last match in the group against Austria. Ballack became player of the match with his 1-0 goal. Portugal showed their strenght, and had no problems qualifying to the quarterfinal. Watch the highlights at footiedb.com  Watch the game LIVE here Pre-register at the NEW football site 11×2 [.

Portugal vs Germany: Highlights and livestream- Euro 2008

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This is the first quarterfinal in this tournament. Germany had a tough last match in the group against Austria. Ballack became player of the match with his 1-0 goal. Portugal showed their strenght, and had no problems qualifying to the quarterfinal. Watch the highlights at footiedb.com  Watch the game LIVE here Pre-register at the NEW football site 11×2 [.

The Rest

NCAA Tournament Round of 16 Rewind: Unranked Providence and Virginia Tech proceed to quarterfinals

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The NCAA Tournament's Cinderella story took another step toward an improbably run at the Final Four, while the defending champions took another step towards a potential repeat.

After knocking out the top-seed in Maryland last week, Providence eked out a late winner over Creighton to keep its season going.

FA Cup Quarterfinal: Manchester United and Chelsea Key Battles at Old Trafford

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Michael Carrick of Manchester United (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

As the treble is no longer in order for Manchester United after their gut-wrenching defeat to Real Madrid last week, the Red Devils must look to conjure up a spirited fight in their FA Cup Quarterfinal versus Chelsea.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – GB women in quarter-final defeat

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Great Britain's charwomen's squad are vanquished 2-0 in their Olympic one-fourth-last by Canada. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/62029000/jpg/_62029557_149767040.jpg

Cry "referee"

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Whenever Jose Mourinho (who notwithstanding anything, is still the best coach in the world) loses a match, he blames the referee. Do not mind the other team has played great football, or that some tactical choices have been wrong. No, the referee is to blame! So when it actually happens, it just seem like yet another lame excuse of "cry ref".

The bitter football fanatic

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I cannot not watch football. But I am angry and bitter, so I think that from now on, I am renaming my site the bitter football fanatic. Nobody reads this shit anyway, so I am going to be a hooligan blogger.And first, I just watched Brazil get eliminated by little Paraguay. Brazil should have won, but Paraguay´s goalkeeper Justo Villar was an impenetrable wall today.

Netherlands 2-1 Brasil Highlights World Cup Quarterfinal

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Copa Libertadores 2008: Quarter-final first leg kick off times

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The Copa Libertadores quarter-finals are upon us tonight, and if you're after the kick off times for all the ties - whether or not they involve an Argentine side - you'll find them right here. Kick off times are all Argentine time, regardless of the city the match is being played in. Add four hours for [.