FC Dallas

News roundup: Union smash Montreal, all quiet on Czech front, Klinsmann’s salary

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Plus: Bethlehem Steel beat Penn FC, top 98 players born since '98, the keeper's gotta cell phone on the pitch, and more.

A quick visit up with Moises Hernandez

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It's now been just over a year since Moises Hernandez headed out on loan from FC Dallas.

The Dallas native and FCD Homegrown player went to CSD Comunicaciones of Guatemala early last June and stayed there through the end of 2012. And when his coach in Guatemala, Ronald Gonzalez, accepted a position as an assistant coach with Saprissa of Costa Rica, he wanted to take the young left back with him.

Schellas Hyndman: Moises Hernandez model of what academy should be

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Now that the first part of his season with Saprissa of the Costa Rican first division is over, FC Dallas had a familiar face visiting practice on Friday at FC Dallas Stadium in Homegrown defender Moises Hernandez.

The Dallas native had been on loan to Saprissa since the start of 2013 after being on loan to Comunicaciones of the Guatemalan top flight in 2012.

Portland Timbers

More Smoke: Julio Cascante to Portland?

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This rumor certainly hasn't developed along an ordinary trajectory, but it's developing nonetheless: A whole host of Costa Rican journalists are reporting Saprissa centerback Julio Cascante is coming to the Portland Timbers.

We ran down a fuller history of this rumor a couple weeks ago, but here's the TL;DR version: Cascante was linked to the Timbers last spring, but it sounded more like a longer-term target; then the rumor went completely silent for months; then rumors of him coming to MLS (and maybe Portland?

David Guzman Confirms Move to Portland Timbers

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On the Portland Timbers' shopping list coming in to this offseason was a starting quality defensive midfielder and now it appears that they have gotten their man. Saprissa midfielder David Guzman told Costa Rican press that he would be joining the Timbers on a two year as the team was celebrating their 33rd title.

Game changers: A visit to the woodshed

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Defensive miscues and bad fouls sunk the Union against Portland.

1.) Ensuring domestic tranquility - The Portland Timbers had a Wednesday match against Saprissa in Costa Rica that was supposed to leave the club drained and softened up before the match against the Union. Caleb Porter rested a good portion of the Timbers starters against Saprissa, taking a 4-2 loss to make sure he had a rested lineup against the Philadelphia Union.

Major Link Soccer - Pulisic Makes Champions League Debut

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Dempsey returns to practice, Pulisic earns and assist, and Megan Rapinoe considers her protest options.


The big news of the day for Seattle was of course that Clint Dempsey is back in training.

We also have fan post from our community with conjecture about the possible diagnosis.

Primera Division de Costa Rica

Deportivo Saprissa 2017/18 Kappa Third Kit

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Primera División de Costa Rica powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa have released a 2017/18 third kit from Kappa Sport. The three-time CONCACAF club champions new change kit celebrates the legacy of the team's 1959 side that went on a world tour from March to June of that year. They became the first Latin America team to embark [.

Deportivo Saprissa 2017 Kappa Home and Away Kits

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Deportivo Saprissa debuted their 2017 Kappa home in Saturday's 4-1 Primera División win over Liberia. The thirty-three timeCosta Rican league champions unveiled the new primary uniform along with their 2017 away strip last week. Both use the roundneck Kappa Kombat 2017 shirt design that was first seen last summer with the launch of the 2016/17 [.

Deportivo Saprissa 2016/17 Kappa Third Kit

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Costa Rican giants Deportivo Saprissa debuted their 2016/17 Kappa third kit during their 4-0 win [...]

Deportivo Saprissa 2016 Kappa Home and Away Kits

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Deportivo Saprissa have officially presented their Kappa home and away kits for their 2016Costa Rican [...]

Deportivo Saprissa 80th Anniversary Kappa Jersey

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CONCACAF team of the 20th Century Deportivo Saprissa debuted their 80th Anniversary kit during Wednesday [...]

Deportivo Saprissa 2015 Kappa Home and Away Kits

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Costa Rican powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa switched uniform suppliers from Spain's Joma to Italy's Kappa during [...]

Deportivo Saprissa 2014 Joma Home and Away Kits

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Costa Rican powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa unveiled their 2014 home and away kits from Spanish firm [...]

Deportivo Saprissa 2013 Joma Third Kit

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For the first time in its storied history, Costa Rica'sDeportivo Saprissa S.A.D. will wear a [...]

Deportivo Saprissa 2013 Joma Home and Away Kits

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Twenty-nine time Costa Rican champion and FIFA Team of the XXth Century of CONCACAF Deportivo [...]

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Americans Abroad Tuesday Preview: Gonzalez, Williams, Arriola and more

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The CONCACAF Champions League resumes on Tuesday and Omar Gonzalez will likely play a vital role.

Gonzalez and Pachuca face a tough test in Costa Rican powerhouse Saprissa asthe CCL quarterfinals kick off. The U.S. Men's National Team centerback started three of the team's group stage matches as the Mexican side cruised out of a group featuring Honduras' Olimpia and Belize's Police United.

Portland Timbers Wash Out of CONCACAF Champions League with 1-1 Draw to CD Saprissa

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The Portland Timbers will not be advancing in the CONCACAF Champions League after failing to beat visiting CD Saprissa in the final match of the CCL group stage, drawing 1-1 on the night.

Things got off to a rocky start for the Timbers in the first minute of play as the home side had a pair of penalty shouts declined by referee Bernardo Barriga.

Portland Timbers vs. CD Dragon: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [7:00]

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The Portland Timbers continue this week's long, difficult road trip with today's CONCACAF Champions League match against Salvadoran side CD Dragon. The Timbers come into this one banged up and in need of a road result if they want to advance out of their group.

How Do the Timbers Advance?

With their loss to Saprissa two weeks ago, the Timbers find themselves needing a win over the Costa Rican champions if they want to make it to the CCL's elimination rounds next year.

CONCACAF Champions League 2014-15: Quarterfinals – Saprissa vs America & Alajuelense vs DC United – 1st Leg Round-Up

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Welcome to the (joint) top of the CCL 2014-15 scoring chart, Oribe Peralta (

OTF's Austin Fido recaps the first legs of the second twoquarterfinals of CCL 2014-15...

The first set of CCL quarterfinal first legs yielded two draws and modest advantage for the teams hosting the return fixtures.

Saprissa Hates Club America More

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Here's my wrap-up on how Club America took care of bidness against Saprissa in Costa Rica.

I've been to the Monster's Cave, back when I lived in Costa Rica during part of my college years. It's a concrete cave of a stadium, but I always thought of it as small. I mean, I've been to Azteca, which is huge.

D.C. United Transfer News and Rumors: Alexander Robinson Says CBA Resolution Holding Up Signing

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He speaks!

We know that former Saprissa and current D.C. United player Jairo Arrieta traveled to Costa Rica as part of the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal match for D.C. against Alajuelense. As it turns out, Joel Condor Florida Man Alexander Robinson traveled with the team as well, making sure our "former Saprissa player in town against Saprissa's archrival" quota is bursting at the seams.

CONCACAF Champions League 2014-15: Quarterfinals Preview, Part 2 – America vs Saprissa & Alajuelense vs DC United

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ICYMI, CONCACAF has a new sponsor. Thanks for pitching in, Scotiabank. (

OTF's CONCACAF editor Austin Fido previews the second two CCL 2014-15 quarterfinal match-ups: Americavs. Saprissaand Alajuelensevs. DC United...

If this is truly Costa Rica's Champions League, these quarterfinals will be the ones to reveal that truth.

CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 6 Round-Up

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Ariel Rodriguez: heading into the CCL quarterfinals as joint top scorer in the tournament (

The group stage is over, taking CCL with it until the spring. Austin Fido chokes back his grief and looks back at the final round of the opening phase of CONCACAF's Champions League.

CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 4 Round-Up

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CCL 2014-15 top scorer after four rounds of the group stage: Club America's Martin Zuniga (

Favorites reasserted themselves in the fourth round of CCL 2014-15's group stage. Austin Fido brings the round-up and refreshed predictions...

After four rounds of group play, there are five teams officially eliminated and three (Municipal, Real Estelí and Waterhouse) clinging to a set of improbable hypotheticals.

CCL Match Day 2 - Back to the CCL

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Sporting KC head back to CONCACAF Champions League play tomorrow when they welcome Deportivo Saprissa to Kansas City for the first time since 2005. The Costa Rican side leads Group 2 with four points, drawing with Real Esteli 1-1 on the road and winning 3-0 at home. KC currently sits in third place in the group, having picked up the one point in their 1-1 draw with Esteli.

CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 3 Round-Up

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Joint-top scorer in CCL after three rounds of the group stage: Saprissa's Ariel Rodriguez (

The third round of the CCL group stage brought a few more upsets, though no favorite is out yet. Austin Fido brings the round-up...

Halfway through the group stage: it's predictions time!

CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 1 Round-Up

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Your current CCL 2014-15 leadings scorer: Rolando Blackburn (

One round of the CONCACAF Champions League 2014-15 group stage down, five to go. OTF's Austin Fido brings the summary of the first set of matches in this year's CCL...

There were three surprising results in the first round of group stage games, though it is perhaps overselling to suggest Alajuelense tying Cruz Azul in Mexico and Saprissa not beating Real Estelí in Nicaragua were upsets.

CCL 2014-15: Group 2 Preview – Real Esteli, Saprissa & Sporting Kansas City

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Back so soon? (

Austin Fido continues theCCL preview action continues with a survey of the 2014-15 edition's Group 2...

If Group 1 is the toughest overall group for a Liga MX clubin this year's CCL, Group 2 can lay claim to offering the most difficult challenge to a MLS team.

Sporting KC face Saprissa, Red Bulls to meet Canadian champs after CCL group draw

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The New York Red Bulls will be facing a familiar foe in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, with the reigning MLS Supporters Shield holders set to face the winner of the Toronto FC/Montreal Impact Canadian Championship Final.

The eight three-team groups were determined for the 2014/2015 CONCACAF Champions League, with Sporting Kansas City drawn in against perennial Costa Rican power Deportivo Saprissa and the Portland Timbers drawn into a group including Honduran side CD Olimpia.


What Is Said May Be in Your Heart

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I still don't really know what Davy Arnaud said. I wasn't there and the video isn't totally clear. If Rolfe was indeed spit on, (as Chris Pontius himself attests) Arnaud may have been issuing a warning.

What I do know is this - what we perceive is partly the result of what we've gone through in the past.

Paid Their Dues: Martinez Scores Again

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Martinez makes it two in a row, while Mondragon and Cali tear up the playoffs.

Josue Martinez scored his second goal in as many games as Deportivo Saprissa tied fourth place Cartagines. Saprissa will travel to San Isidro de El General next week to take on Perez Zeledon.

Porfirio Lopez watched Alajuelense win their fifth game in a row, as he served a yellow card suspension.

WCQ: Costa Rica’s Squad To Face The USMNT

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And here you go. Let the defense adjustments begin.

Costa Rica calls in an expected and veteran team to face the US in Denver.

Goalkeepers: Keilor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)

Defenders: Juan Diego Madrigal (Santos de Guápiles), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Johnny Acosta (Dorados de Sinaloa), Giancarlo González (Valerenga), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Christopher Meneses (Alajuelense)

Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Osvaldo Rodríguez (Santos de Guápiles), Cristian Bolaños (Copenhagen), Ariel Rodríguez (Pérez Zeledón), Keylor Soto (Pérez Zeledón), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Diego Calvo (Alajuelense), Bryan Ruiz (Fulham), Mauricio Castillo (Cartagines)

Forwards: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)


Porfirio Lopez

Paid Their Dues: Former Union Players Excelling in Costa Rica

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Porfirio and Myrie stay killin' it; Josue Martinez, Gabriel Farfan, and Carlos Ruiz all have new teams; La Equidad remembers that Lio Pajoy is not good.

Josue Martinez was recently cut by Saprissa due to "poor performance." Since rejoining the club after leaving MLS, Josue played 15 games, starting ten of them, and recorded four goals in that time.

Paid Their Dues: Josue Martinez Scores For Saprissa

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Josue Martinez gets on the scoresheet for the third time this season in a 1-1 draw against Belen. In Belgium, Faryd Mondragon shuts down a powerful national team.

Aaron West over at Soccer Without Limits did an interview with former Union 'keeper Brad Knighton. He talks about the most embarrassing moment of his career, which came in his first start with the Union.

The Rest

Official: Timbers Sign Centerback Julio Cascante

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After successes with David Guzman and Roy Miller in 2017, the Timbers have gone back to the Saprissa well to sign their targeted young, TAM-level centerback. On Tuesday, the Timbers made official the transfer of 24 year-old central defender Julio Cascante from Saprissa.

The Timbers acquired Cascante using targeted allocation money, which was necessitated by the transfer fee paid to Saprissa.

D.C. United to sign Saprissa midfielder Ulises Segura

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The Black-and-Red appear to be ready to sign their first non-MLS player of the offseason.

Following an initial report by Costa Rica reporter Yashin Quesada, reporter Miguel Calderon is saying that Deportivo Saprissa is releasing midfielder Ulises Segura to sign with D.C. United. The report has since been confirmed by Arch Bell, and we've also been able to independently confirm it.

Former Revs DP Bengston Signs with Saprissa

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The Honduran international had played in Iran since his departure from New England in 2015.

Former New England Revolution striker and Designated Player Jerry Bengston has found a new home fairly close to home.

The Honduras international has signed with Costa Rica giants Saprissa per a team release.

MLS Ticker: Roy Miller joins Saprissa; RailHawks interested in expansion place; and more

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After playing a critical role with the New York Red Bulls for the better part of six seasons, Roy Miller will return to his native Costa Rica and join Deportivo Saprissa, according to the club's official website.

It was already known back in November that the 31-year old defender would not be back in Harrison come 2016.

Calendario concachampions 2015-2016 Tigres América Santos Querétaro

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Calendario concachampions 2015-2016 Tigres América Santos Querétaro

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A 16 de septiembre W Connection vs Saprissa
A 22 de septiembre W Connection vs Santos Laguna
A 20 de octubre Santos Laguna vs Saprissa
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D 6 de agosto Los Angeles Galaxy vs Central
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E 5 de agosto América vs Motagua
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F 5 de agosto Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders
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G 4 de agosto Municipal vs Real Salt Lake
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H 6 de agosto Árabe Unido vs Montego Bay United
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