RYAN TOLMICH

Major League Soccer

MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With less than a month remaining in the MLS regular season and a logjam of teams colluding the playoff picture, every point becomes vital in the quest for postseason play.

Headliningthis weekend's action is a clash between two Eastern Conference contenders, as conference leaders D.

Report: Chivas USA to go on potential two-year hiatus following nearly $100 million sale

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The future of Chivas USA has seemingly gotten a bit clearer as the league as reportedly found a buyer for the ailing club.

A report in ESPNFC.comstates thatMLS hasagreed to sell the club to an unknown investor for $100 million, with conditions of the sale requiring that the club goes on hiatus.

Galaxy Notebook: Arena praises Donovan; Zardes, Wright-Phillips reveal Keane admiration; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having coached Landon Donovan at both the club and international level, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has seen the growth of his star forward every step of the way.

Donovan tied the league's all-time assist record in Sunday's 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls, but Arena admitted that he didn'tbelieve that the 32-year-old forward was much of a passer until recently.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Robbie Keane

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After spending the past month picking up victories oversome of the league's top sides, the New York Red Bulls were brought back to earth by Robbie Keane and the LA Galaxy.

Keane led the way for his side, scoring a pair of goals as the Galaxy dismantled the Red Bulls, 4-0, Sunday at StubHub Center.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Harrison Shipp

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After not starting a game since Aug. 30, Chicago Fire rookie Harrison Shipp made his return to the starting XI and displayed his passing flair.

Shipp contributed anassist as the Fire earned yet another draw, the team's 17th of the season, with Eastern Conference leaders D.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Bradley Wright-Phillips

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Having missed his team'slast outing due to injury, New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips resumed his chase of the MLS goalscoring record by making up for lost time.

MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With just over a month remaining in the MLS regular season, playoff races are tightening league-wide.

Out west, the battle for the Supporters Shield heats up between the Seattle Sounders and the LA Galaxy, who take on the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas, respectively.

SBI Reader Poll: What do you think of the new MLS logo?

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 19 seasons of being represented by the now famous boot and ball, Major League Soccer has unveiled a new logo.

The league debuted a new logo Thursday, signaling massive shift as MLS moves towards a new era. Boasting a new shield logo with customizable color palettes for each MLS team, the revealing of the the league's new emblem has caused a major stir.

Bradley blasts referee following controversial disallowed goal

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After seeing his teammiss out on a crucial victory due to a controversial referee decision, Toronto FC's Michael Bradley let loose.

The midfielder blasted the state of refereeing in MLS, insisting that Saturday's official David Gantar, a Canadian referee assigned by the Canadian Soccer Association as opposed to PRO, is"just not good enough" to referee in the league.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Blas Perez

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In need of a victory to give his side some breathing room in the battle for playoff positioning, Blas Perez produced in spectacular fashion.

Perezscored a a pair of goals Saturday as FC Dallas knocked off the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, to put eight points between the two teamsfor fourth place in the Western Conference.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Pedro Ribeiro

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With less than one-and-a-half games under his belt and his team in the thick of a potential make-or-break clash with the New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union rookie Pedro Ribeiro played hero.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In what was billed as a clash between MLS Cup contenders, the Seattle Sounders once again asserted themselves as the league's top team.

The Sounders officially clinched their spot in the playoffs and extended their lead over the rest of the Western Conference Saturday by claiming a 3-2 victory over fellow contenders Real Salt Lake.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Chris Duvall

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Markingperennial MLS All-Star Graham Zusifor 90 minutes is a task sure to challenge even the most experienced of full backs, let alone one with just months into his professional career.

However, Chris Duvall did just that, as the rookie defender proved to be a key defensive piece as the New York Red Bulls picked up an important 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

Brazil

Morris, Rubin among U.S. U-23 roster for Brazil friendly

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Fresh off call-ups to the senior side, Jordan Morris, Rubio Rubin, Emerson Hyndman and Cody Cropper are set to join up with the U.S. U-23 Men's National Team for an October camp.

U.S. Soccer announced the U-23's full 21-man squad Friday as the team prepares for next week's trip to Brazil, where they will train for three days before taking on Brazil's U-23'sOct.

USWNT to play in four-team December tournament in Brazil

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Ahead of the next summer'sWorld Cup, the U.S. Women's National Team have scheduled a December tournament to fine-tune their game against some of the world's top teams.

U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that the USWNT will participate in thefour-team International Tournament of Brasilia in December.

U.S. U-17’s to host England, Australia, and Brazil in 2014 Nike International Friendlies

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After emerging victorious in 2013, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team is set to defend its crown in the 2014Nike International Friendlies.

The tournament, which is set to take place between Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 inLakewood Ranch, Florida, will see the U.

European Soccer

Monday Kickoff: Rooney accepts ban; FIFA execs dispute Blatter; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

While manyplayers would take the option of appealing such a ban, Wayne Rooney has accepted his punishment.

The Manchester United captain has accepted his three-match ban for a red card issued to the forward in Saturday's 2-1 victory over West Ham.

Sunday European Rewind: Inter overwhelmed by Cagliari; Bordeaux, Marseille win; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a fairly positive start to the 2014-15 season, Inter Milan put forth their worst performance to date Sunday against Cagliari.

Albin Ekdal scored a 15-minute hat-trick, as Cagliari routed 10-man Inter Milan, 4-1, at the San Siro. Meanwhile, AC Milan also left Sunday disappointed due to a 1-1 draw with Cesena.

Wednesday Kickoff: Suarez to play in Barcelona B friendly; Klopp concerned by schedules; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite having more than a month remaining on his ban, Luis Suarez is set to takethe field Wednesday wearing Barcelona colors.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique confirmed that theUruguayan, who is serving a suspension for biting defender Giorgio Chiellini in this summer's World Cup, is scheduled to feature in Wednesday's Barcelona B friendly against an Indonesian national selection.

European Weekend Rewind: Late Lampard goal earns Man City draw with Chelsea; Man United fall to Leicester; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Just months afterdeparting Londonfor New York City, Frank Lampard came back to score an important goal against his former side.

Lampard scored a late equalizing goal to earn Manchester City a 1-1 draw with league-leaders Chelsea Sunday at the Etihad.

UEFA selects 13 host cities for Euro 2020, London’s Wembley Stadium to host final

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The 2020 European Championships are set to be hosted in cities across the continent, with the tournament's finals and semifinals scheduled to be held at one of the sport's most famous stadiums.

UEFA announced Friday that the Euro 2020 finals and semifinals will be held in London's Wembley Arena, which will join a list of 12 other cities in hosting the tournament.

Friday Kickoff: Blatter calls FIFA ethics ‘exemplary'; Maradona regrets drug use; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite all of thecontroversy in recent years, Sepp Blatter feels that FIFAhave a pretty good grasp on ethics.

The FIFA president spoke in Zurich Friday at the World Summit for Ethics in Sports, and the 78-year-old revealed that he believes that FIFA have "exemplary ethics" due to the two-part independent ethics committee the governing body instituted in 2011.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With 24 games on the agenda, the debut of the Europa Leagues group stage takes center stage on a Thursday jam packed with quality soccer on TV.

European action is highlighted by a slew of big-name matches, including Everton's clash with VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Monchengladbach's meeting with Villareal and a matchup between Inter Milan and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

Wednesday Kickoff: Rooney praises Ferguson; AC Milan facing potential Seedorf lawsuit; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After years of strife between the two, Wayne Rooney is finally singing the praises of his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Manchester United captain came into conflict with Ferguson many times during his run at Old Trafford, most recently when Ferguson revealedless-than-flattering reviews of Rooney in his autobiography.

Sunday European Rewind: Manchester United rout QPR; AC Milan win thriller over Parma; and more

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For the first time this season, Manchester United appeared to resemble ateam capable of living up to the history and tradition of the club.

The Red Devils surged past Queens Park Rangers Sunday by a 4-0 scoreline, as Man United picked up their first English Premier League victory of the 2014-15 season.

Saturday European Rewind: Atletico top Real Madrid; Arsenal draw with Man City; and more

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Despite losing some of the club's biggest stars during the summer window, Atletico Madrid demonstrated once again that they are still a force in Spanish soccer.

The reigning La Liga champions topped Real Madrid Saturday by a 2-1 scoreline, earning Atletico their second victory over their city rivals on the young season.

Evening Ticker: Blatter discusses U.S. World Cup; Roma refute Benatia’s claims; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the unsuccessful bid for the 2022 tournament in the past, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has once again kindled hopes of a U.S.-based World Cup.

Fresh off the news of Blatter's intent to pursue a fifth term, the FIFA president agreed that the 2026 World Cup should take place on North American soil, withthe United States as the top candidate.

International Rewind: Portugal falls to Albania; Costa Rica, Panama play to draw; and more

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Despite the absenceCristiano Ronaldo, few predicted Portugal'sclash with Albania would prove to be much of a challenge. However, the Albanians turned out to be more than the Portuguese could handle.

Albania kicked off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 upset victory over Portugal on Sunday inAveiro, Portugal.

Wednesday Kickoff: Khedira to miss six weeks; Di Maria questions Germany friendly; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite all of their attacking prowess in midfield, Real Madrid look to be facing a crisis when it comes to fielding a midfield stopper.

Sami Khedira is set to miss six weeks due to a torn muscle in his left thigh, leaving Real Madrid weakened in the back.

Your Running Commentary

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As the week enters the ever-draining hump day, Wednesday's full slate of quality games is sure to lift soccer fans through the midweek blues.

Serie A, La Liga and the Bundesliga all boast midweek action, with a handful of each league's top teams taking the field Wednesday.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a busy Sunday of Euro 2016 qualifying, some of Europe's top sides take center-stage Sunday to kickoff qualification for the continent's biggest international tournament.

Monday's action is headlined by England, who will be without startingforwardDaniel Sturridge in their Group E opener against Switzerland.

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Toni nets second half brace as Sporting KC win CCL clash with Deportivo Saprissa

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Despite scoring only a single goal thus far in MLS play, Sporting KC's Toni Dovale has proven to be quite the finisher in CONCACAF Champions League action.

The Spanish winger scored a pair of goals, his second and third in two CCL games, as Sporting KC topped Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa, 3-1, Thursday at Sporting Park.

Di Vaio leads Impact to CCL victory over Red Bulls

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After both teams dominated group mate CD FAS, Wednesday's clash between the Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls gave both teams thechance to an upper hand in Group 3 of the CONCACAF Champions League. Behind a Marco Di Vaio goal, it was the motivated Impact who took that chance.

D.C. United seize control of CCL group with victory over Waterhouse FC

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Just two games into their CONCACAF Champions League campaign, D.C. United already have one foot in the door leading to the tournament's quarterfinal stage.

D.C. United picked up a 2-1 victory over Jamaica's Waterhouse FC Tuesday night in Kingston, Jamaica, earningthe team's second win in as many games.

The Rest

Kaka recalled to Brazilian National Team for first time since March 2013

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After missing out on both the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, Kaka is back with the Selecao.

The Orlando City midfielder, who is currently on loan with Brazilian side Sao Paulo FC, has been called upto the Brazilian National Team by new manager Dunga as an injury replacement for midfielder Ricardo Goulart, the younger brother of LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho.

Pulisic, Wright headline U.S. U-17 roster for October tournament

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Ahead of this week's Panama U-17 International Tournament, U.S. U-17 Men's National Team head coach Richie Williams has called in a roster full of familiar faces.

MidfielderChristian Pulisic and forward Haji Wright, who have each scored 11 international goals this year, headline William's 20-man roster that is set to take on Costa Rica, Canada and hosts Panama from Oct.

Amid reports saying otherwise, Curtin insists he still has interim tag as Union boss

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Less than 24 hours after reports surfaced that he was officially hired, Jim Curtininsisted his job status has not changed.

The Philadelphia Union interim head coach insisted he remains just that, interim, at a press conference Wednesday. Curtin, who took over the Union after the firing of previous manager John Hackworth, dispelled stories saying he was officially hired while also insisting that he hopes his job status does not distract his team.

FIFA Medical Committee proposes new concussion protocol

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After seeing several high-profile incidents at this summer's World Cup, FIFA are finally taking actionregarding the management of concussions.

FIFA announced Tuesday that the organization's Medical Committee has agreed to submit a new proposal to theFIFA Executive Committee in an effort to improve the handling of concussions.

Perez winner leads FC Dallas to victory over Whitecaps

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After stumbling to back-to-back losses in recent weeks, Blas Perez and FC Dallas areback to their winning ways.

Perez's pair of goals proved to be the difference Saturday as FC Dallas topped fellow playoff contenders Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, at Toyota Stadium.

Disallowed Gilberto goal forces TFC to settle for draw with Fire

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With time dwindling and the score tied at one, Toronto FC forward Gilberto saw his toe-poke effort roll past Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and into the back of the net. However, celebrations would be short-lived, as refereeDavid Gantar kept Gilberto off the board and spared the Fire defense.