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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 26

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The Columbus Crew are making some serious waves as the season reaches its most vital point on the calendar.

The Crew's second consecutive six-point week not only catapulted them into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but also up a couple of spots to eighth in SBI's MLS Power Rankings as they brace for another match Wednesday night against sputtering New England.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Federico Higuain

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Few new signings, let alone Designated Players, have come into MLS and had the immediate impact along the lines of what Federico Higuain has had with the Columbus Crew.Â

Higuain netted three goals and four assists in four matches in his first month in MLS, leading the surging Crew to a 3-0-1 record in that time and making him a natural selection for SBI's MLS Player of the Month for August.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 25

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The Montreal Impact just keep on winning, and keep on climbing up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

The expansion team pushed their winning streak to five matches thanks to their comprehensive 3-0 victory against D.C. United. Patrice Bernier continued his outstanding season, helping the Impact push closer to a possible playoff spot.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Federico Higuain

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The Columbus Crew have propelled themselves into the Eastern Conference playoff race on the strength of a pair of victories this past week, and no player was more important in securing those victories than Federico Higuain.

The Argentine newcomer was instrumental in last Wednesday's 2-1 win vs.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 24

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There is a new team atop the SBI MLS Power Rankings, and it's a team that knows what it feels like to be in the top spot.

Sporting Kansas City has edged past the San Jose Earthquakes for the No. 1 spot after posting their third straight league win with a road shutout against Toronto FC.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 23

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It sure didn't take long for the San Jose Earthquakes to climb back atop the ladder.

More late heroics gave San Jose a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, pushing the Earthquakes back to the No. 1 spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings after they had been dethroned the week prior by the Houston Dynamo.

Red Bulls vs. Dynamo: Match Night Commentary

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The Houston Dynamo dominated the New York Red Bulls a week ago in Houston, but the Red Bulls are expected to put up a significantly tougher test when the teams meet tonight at Red Bull Arena.

The Dynamo are playing like the best team in MLS, but no visiting team has left Red Bull Arena with three points this season.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Felipe

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Seattle's Fredy Montero and Portland's Jack Jewsbury provided some stiff resistance, but this week's SBI MLS Goal of the Week belongs to Montreal Impact midfielder Felipe, whose sideways scissor-kick volley off a cross from Hassoun Camara put the finishing touches on Montreal's 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union Saturday night at Stade Saputo.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 22

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Welcome to the top spot, Houston.

Riding a five-game winning streak and six shutouts in their past seven matches, the Dynamo have climbed to No. 1 in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings. Houston's latest triumph, a 2-0 result against the New York Red Bulls, put the Dynamo on top of the Eastern Conference as well.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 22)

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Eddie Johnson's form that made him an MLS All-Star has continued on to the latter portion of the season as well.Â

Johnson's 10th goal of the season in Seattle's 4-0 rout of Los Angeles led to a Player of the Week performance and sealed his place on SBI's MLS Best XI for Week 22.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Austin Berry

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The Chicago Fire needed to come from behind to defeat Toronto FC this past weekend, and it was Austin Berry who delivered the goal that secured the three points for Chicago.

Along with helping limit Toronto FC to one goal inside of a soaked Toyota Park, Berry headed home the winner in the Fire's 2-1 victory on Saturday.

CONCACAF: Real Salt Lake vs. Herediano (Match Night Commentary)

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Major League Soccer's quest to have a team win the CONCACAF Champions League title resumes tonight in Costa Rica, where Real Salt Lake will take on Herediano in their first match of the group stage (10pm, FOX Soccer Channel).

RSL has traveled to Heredia, where they will be hoping Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio can lead a veteran squad in a match made all the more vital by the smaller groups in the tournament group stage.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Bryan Gaul

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While some of the more well-known rookies continued to impress this past weekend, it was one who many do not know much about that claimed SBI's MLS Rookie of the Week award.

Los Angeles Galaxy left back Bryan Gaul claimed this week's honors after helping the Galaxy blank FC Dallas, 1-0, on Saturday.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 20

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Don't look now, but here come the MLS Cup finalists.

After spending much of the season in the middle of the SBI MLS Power Rankings pack, the Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy have ridden unbeaten runs to the fifth and sixth positions, respectively, in this week's poll.

Houston, undefeated in six and on a three-game winning streak, now sits third in the Eastern Conference.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

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With the league's best record on the line, the San Jose Earthquakes came through Saturday in spectacular fashion.

San Jose, the Supporters' Shield front-runner, rose to the challenge against second-place Real Salt Lake on Saturday, cruising to a 5-0 win that secured a season sweep of RSL and a firm grasp on the top spot in this SBI MLS Power Rankings.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: David Beckham

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David Beckham had himself quite the performance in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 5-3 win against the Portland Timbers, but his first goal was a thing of beauty worth watching over and over.

Beckham's splending curling strike from distance in the first half not only equalized things for the Galaxy, it inspired them to a victory at JELD-WEN Field on Saturday.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Chris Wondolowski

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Chris Wondolowski just cannot stop scoring.

Wondolowski upped his season total to 17 goals this past weekend, netting a hat-trick and delivering an assist that inspired the San Jose Earthquakes to a 5-0 dismantling of Real Salt Lake at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday. Wondolowski's performance helped him surpass his goal-scoring total from a year ago and has him one shy of his career best, and it is the reason he won SBI's MLS Player of the Week award.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 18

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After briefly falling on hard times, Real Salt Lake is back in familiar territory.

Dropped to a season-low position of No. 6 in last week's SBI MLS Power Rankings because of a four-game winless drought, Salt Lake jumped back to third in the new poll thanks to a four-point week highlighted by Alvaro Saborio's hat trick in a 3-0 triumph over the Portland Timbers on Saturday.

SBI Mid-season MLS Goalkeeper of the Year: Andy Gruenebaum

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There has been no shortage of standout goalkeepers during the first half of the season in MLS, but the best of the litter to this point has been the Columbus Crew's Andy Gruenebaum.

Filling in for injured incumbent Will Hesmer, Gruenebaum has proven an integral part of Columbus having the stingiest defense in the league (only 15 goals surrendered in 15 games) and that has earned him SBI's Mid-season MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award.

LA, Mwanga scores, Salinas returns, Brazil drops, UEFA tinkers, more

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PSP wishes all of you a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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John Hackworth said of tonight's game against LA Galaxy (10:30pm; CSN, MLS Direct Kick, MLS Live), "If we correct some things we did on Saturday night, we'll get a good result against LA.

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Union vs. Real Salt Lake: Match Night Commentary

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Real Salt Lake has made the trip to Pennsylvania for tonight's visit to PPL Park, where they will take on a Philadelphia Union side still holding on to faint hopes of a playoff run (7:30pm, NBC Sports).

RSL got the week off to a good start, posting a 2-0 CONCACAF Champions League victory against Tauro FC.

Women's Olympic Final: USA vs. Japan (Match Day Commentary)

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The U.S. Women's National Team will be looking to win their third straight Olympic gold medal today, while also exacting a measure of revenge, when they face Japan in the 2012 Olympic Final at Wembley Stadium (2:45pm, NBC Sports).

The Americans enter today's final undefeated in five matches, having survived a thrilling 4-3 extra-time victory against Canada in the semifinals.

Olympic Soccer: USA vs. Canada (Match Day Commentary)

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The U.S. Women's National Team is one step away from a Gold Medal game against Japan in a rematch of last year's World Cup Final, but to get to that game the Americans will have to beat a familiar foe in Canada (2:45pm, NBC Sports).

The Americans are a perfect 4-0 in Olympic play, having posted three straight shutouts.

Olympic Soccer: USA vs. New Zealand (Match Day Commentary)

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The U.S. women's national team's quest to get back to the Olympic gold medal game for the fifth straight time continues in at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England, as the Americans take on New Zealand in a quarterfinal knockout game (9:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network, NBCOlympics.

Red Bulls vs. Tottenham: Match Night Commentary

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Tim Cahill will make his New York Red Bulls debut at Red Bull Arena Tuesday night, as the Red Bulls host Tottenham in the Barclays New York Cup (7 p.m., ESPN2/ESPN3.com).

Cahill, who is in the starting XI, will look to replicate Thierry Henry's feat of scoring against Tottenham in his Red Bulls debut, something he did two summers ago.

U.S. Open Cup/MLS Wednesday: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. Open Cup semifinal round takes place tonight, with four teams vying for a spot in the finals and a chance to play for the title and a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League.

In the opening Open Cup match of the night, Sporting Kansas City aims to avenge a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Union just a few weeks ago when they take the field at PPL Park.

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2012 SBI College Soccer Season Preview: Rankings, Players to watch and more

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The 2012 Men's College soccer season is ready to kick off tonight around the country and the best teams and players in America will give soccer fans plenty of added entertainment to go along with their usual pro soccer fix.

Defending champion North Carolina is back, and despite all the new faces, the Tar Heels should be in contention again.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: FC Dallas

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FC Dallas picked up two upset victories over top Western Conference teams in a span of four days, and that made them this week's easy choice for SBI's MLS Team of the Week award.

After going on the road and blanking the Vancouver Whitecaps last Wednesday, FC Dallas beat Real Salt Lake, 2-1, through a late goal from David Ferreira on Saturday.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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The Los Angeles Galaxy have been on the rise in recent weeks, but the Seattle Sounders brought them back to reality with a thorough victory.

The Sounders dismantled a full-strength Galaxy side, 4-0, at CenturyLink Field in a week that also included a 3-1 triumph over Caledonia AIA in the CONCACAF Champions League.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Sporting Kansas City

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Sporting Kansas City stayed in first place in the Eastern Conference after coming out victorious in league play once again, but that was not the only area in which they enjoyed success this past week.

Along with picking up a 2-0 triumph against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium on Saturday, Sporting KC advanced to the U.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Philadelphia Union

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Five goals scored. One against. Two big wins.

The Philadelphia Union continued their resurgence this past week by picking up a pair of victories that has brought them within striking distance of other teams in the Eastern Conference. The Union first grabbed a surprise 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center on Independence Day before thoroughly beating Toronto FC, 3-0, at PPL Park on Sunday.

New York Red Bulls

Ryan Meara out for the season

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By DAVE MARTINEZ

Ryan Meara's magical rookie season has come to an abrupt end.

SBI has learned that the former Red Bulls starting keeper will undergo hip surgery that will effectively end his first professional season.

"Yes, it will be a season ending (surgery)," Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe confirmed after Thursday's training session

Meara, a New York native and Fordham University product, started 18 matches for the team this season, accumulating 1620 minutes in net, and allowing all of 27 goals against for a respectable 1.

Reyna's son, 13, passes away

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Jack Reyna, the son of former U.S. national team great and current U.S. Soccer youth technical director Claudio Reyna, passed away Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 13.

Reyna, his wife Danielle and their family issued a statement through U.S. Soccer on Friday:

"It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that Jack Reyna lost his battle with cancer (Thursday).

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 17

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The Chicago Fire just keep on rising.

On the strength of a three-game winning streak, capped by a gutsy 1-0 win at Sporting Kansas City on Friday, the Fire have jumped to No. 4 in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Aside from the top-ranked San Jose Earthquakes, the top five teams all hail from the Eastern Conference, perhaps signifying a shift in power in a league that in recent years has been dominated by clubs from the West.

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Where should van Persie play this season?

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Time is winding down for Robin van Persie to make a move away from Arsenal, but the question that remains is: Where exactly will he go?

The list of reported interested suitors in the Dutch international are some of the premier clubs in the world. From Manchester United to Manchester City to Juventus, van Persie has attracted a number of top teams who not only have an eye on their respective domestic leagues, but also on the UEFA Champions League.

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Report: Porter offered Timbers coaching job

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The Portland Timbers aren't wasting time when it comes trying to find the head coach that will guide the team into the next era.

The Oregonian is reporting that the Timbers have offered their coaching job to University of Akron head coach and former U.S. Under-23 head coach Caleb Porter.

SBI Live Q&A (July 20th Edition)

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Good aftenoon everybody. Though late Friday afternoons are not usually when we have SBI Live Q&A sessions, it has been so long since we've had one that this seemed as good a time as any to get back in the swing of things.

If you are powering through your final hour at work on the East Coast, or just preparing for your afternoon on the West Coast, feel free to join me as we talk all things soccer.