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Seattle Sounders

Johnson brace lifts Seattle over Chivas USA

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE, Wash. - They play the games for a reason, and for 88 minutes Saturday afternoon swooning Chivas USA (7-12-7) looked like it might defy the odds and earn a draw with the Seattle Sounders (13-6-8).

But this late in the season there are also reasons why some teams are fighting for the Supporters' Shield while others watch their playoff hopes dwindle away.

Eddie Johnson Brace Leads Sounders Over Chivas USA

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The one thing missing from the Seattle Sounders' arsenal this year has been the ability to score a come-from-behind victory. Thanks to a pair of goals from Eddie Johnson, that's no longer an issue.

Johnson scored a brace, with the game-winner coming on a 89th minute header from a Fredy Montero assist, as the Sounders beat Chivas USA 2-1 on Saturday.

CCL Rewind: 10-man Dynamo draw, Sounders win in road trips

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The Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders both went on the road in CONCACAF Champions League group action on Thursday night and both are coming back to the USA with points in the bag.

The Sounders sent a young squad to Trinidad & Tobago and came back with an impressive 3-1 win over Caledonia AIA courtesy of goals from Fredy Montero, Alex Caskey and Sammy Ochoa.

Sounders August Schedule: Both Hard and Soft

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While the June schedule was tough, and the results even worse and the July schedule was tough with decent results August is a month in which one trophy can be won and two others can be set-up for success. Any shot at the Supporters' Shield will demand a month with many points. There's the opportunity to lift the Open Cup with one good game and the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League starts with the longest competitive trip the Seattle Sounders have taken in their MLS history.

Adam Johannson Helps Sounders To 2-2 Draw

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The difference in the Seattle Sounders play with Adam Johansson at right back is significant. While it is most clear in his two assists, his defense in the closing moments is also notable. The energy from Seattle was clear and the ability of Johansson to overlap a more defensive than usual right mid (Brad Evans) helped create many opportunities for the Swede to feed the ball into the box.

4-1, 4-1, 4-1, Gives Reason for the Sounders to be Wary

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The Sounders had trouble containing Revolution midfielder/forward Diego Fagundez in their last battle. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

(Editor's note: The following preview originally appeared on Prost Amerika on June 29, 2012.)

By: Steve Clare, Prost Amerika

New England's recent form does not provide much of an indication to what Sounders FC will encounter in Foxborough this Saturday.

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Preview: Jamaica v. USMNT

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Getting four, or even six, points in the qualifiers against Jamaica would put the US in an excellent position to move on into the next round, but it won't be easy.

USA roster for Jamaica qualifiers

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On Sunday, US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 25-man squad for the games against Jamaica on September 7th and 11th. "Obviously these are two huge games for us with six points on the line," Klinsmann said in a press statement. "We are in a good position at the moment in our group, but we are going into the games against Jamaica with the mindset that we want to win both.

World Cup

Moldova v England – Match Preview – UEFA WCQ – 7 September 2012

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England begins UEFA 2014 World Cup qualifying with an away match against Moldova on September 7, 2012. The match will take place at the Zimbru Stadium in Chinisau, Moldova with kickoff scheduled for 2:45 PM USA EST.

England manager Roy Hodgson

"I think in national football these days, it doesn't matter which country you're playing, you know that if you don't prepare for a tough game.

Bradley, Egypt eliminated from African Cup of Nations qualifying

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Bob Bradley has suffered his first big disappointment as head coach of Egypt.

The Pharoahs failed to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations on Saturday after a 1-1 draw with Central African Republic in the second leg of their first-round qualifier. The first leg was played two weeks ago and ended with Central African Republic winning, 3-2.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: Honduras faces Canada challenge & more

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Honduras is considered one of the teams expected to be heavily in the mix to secure one of CONCACAF's three automatic berths into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, or at the very least one that will compete for a spot in the playoff against the Oceania regional winner. After Tuesday night, though, Los Catrachos might be left wondering if there will be a place for them in the CONCACAF hexagonal altogether with the next set of qualifiers three months down the line.

Euro 2012

Scotland: Starting blocks

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What is a good start to a qualifying campaign?

That's been the subject of intense debate this week as Scotland prepare for another tilt at reaching a major championship.

Maybe not much of a debate actually.

First we had Craig Levein's assistant Peter Houston suggesting that four points from six against Serbia and Macedonia would be just swell.

Denmark coach refutes Khedira claims

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Morten Olsen, manager of the Denmark national team, has argued with accusations from Germany's Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira that the Danes played too defensive during their 2-1 defeat to the Germans yesterday evening.

After Michael Krohn-Dehli had cancelled out Lukas Podolski's opening goal midway through the first half, the match turned into a bit of a stalemate, with the Danes putting on a strong defensive front.

Euro 2012: Greece eliminates Russia, Poland crashes out

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Russia entered their final group stage match needing just a draw to secure qualification. That seemed like a given to most considering how well the first-place team had looked offensively at Euro 2012.

No one told Greece that.

Greece eliminated Russia from the tournament in stunning fashion, pulling out a 1-0 victory courtesy of a first-half stoppage time goal from Giorgos Karagounis on Saturday.

Euro 2012: Russia’s Alan Dzagoev tells fans to behave at Greece match

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Russia's Alan Dzagoev tells fans to behave at Greece match" was written by Paul Wilson in Warsaw, for The Guardian on Friday 15th June 2012 18.21 UTC

The Russia striker Alan Dzagoev has appealed to the country's fans to behave themselves at Saturday's final group game against Greece so as not to invoke the six-point suspended sentence Uefa imposed on Dick Advocaat's side following violent conduct at the opening match against the Czech Republic.

Euro 2012: Violent clashes mar Russia vs Poland match

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The Warsaw police department deployed 6,000 officers, in one of their most intensive security operations, and it proved crucial in tamping down the violence that ensued before the Russia vs Poland match. Even so there were 184 arrests as fans from both countries fought pitched battles in which 10 police officers along with 10 fans were treated for injuries.

Mid-Day Ticker: Di Matteo gets Chelsea job, UEFA punishes Russia and more

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Roberto Di Matteo was just supposed to steady the ship for Chelsea and stabilize things until a new, big-name manager was brought in to bring the club back to the European spotlight. Instead, the interim boss guided the Blues to the UEFA Champions League title and FA Cup title and has been rewarded with the job on a permanent basis.

UEFA: Russia’s In Trouble

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No. No it isn't. (That banner was seen at yesterday's Poland-Russia match. Turns out a great many of the fans in attendance struggle with geography.)

Russia's on the UEFA naughty list, incurring a fine of $150,000 and a suspended sentence for Euro 2016 qualifying after some fans attacked Polish stewards on the weekend.

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Nemanja Vidic hails ‘great’ signing

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is full of praise for summer signing Robin van Persie, insisting that the heroic showing of the former Arsenal captain has compensated for the club's poor defensive form.

Vidic struggled with make-shift defensive partner Michael Carrick as United conceded three goals in their opening two matches.

CONCACAF Champions League – Match Recaps – 28 August 2012

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Santos defeated Toronto FC at BMO Field and Alajuelense won on the road at Real Esteli in the CONCACAF Champions League on August 28, 2012.

Toronto FC 1-3 Santos

It was a devastating loss for TFC as their hopes of advancing to the next round likely ended. Santos, the Group 1 favorites, are unbeaten and have six points through two matches.

Chicago Fire

Achieving Greatness, Car Wars and a new Chicago Song? It’s Hat Trick/Question of the Day Time!

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So the last time I did a Hat Trick and Question of the Day article...I opened by writing about how I hadn't done a Hat Trick and Question of the Day article in a while. I also defended John Terry, which is something I deeply regret as a Fulham supporter.

But since there wasn't a Chicago Fire match this past weekend, we're diligently working to find other ways to entertain our beloved readers.

Mid-Day Ticker: Scorpions land stadium sponsor, Robinho out a month and more

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The San Antonio Scorpions are making moves.

The NASL club landed Toyota as a sponsor for its new soccer-specific stadium, which is slated to open in time for the 2013 season. It will be the second soccer-specific stadium in America with the Japanese car company's name branded on it, joining the Chicago Fire's Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

D.C. United tightens Eastern Conference race with win over Fire

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WASHINGTON -- D.C. United's response to all of the controversy and disappointment from Sunday's draw against Philadelphia was a thorough win over a fellow contender in the Eastern Conference.

Dwayne De Rosario scored the 99th goal of his career, and newcomers Lionard Pajoy and Long Tan got in the act as well, as D.

The time is now, Freddy.

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"After a couple of weeks we'll figure out where he fits. We need time."

Peter Nowak said that about Freddy Adu moments after his first match in a Union kit.

I'm putting the onus on Freddy Adu for the next two weekends. I need Freddy to be the player who dazzled in the first half against Red Bull at PPL.

Four Academy Alumni Named to PDL All-League; Ibeagha Set for Title Game

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Former Houston Dynamo Academy defender Sebastien Ibeagha (left) is playing for a PDL title on Saturday with the Carolina Dynamo.

The USL Premier Development League is holding its championship game on Saturday as Houston Dynamo Academy alum Sebastien Ibeagha and his Carolina Dynamo side face Forest City London at 7 p.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Los Angeles Galaxy

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The Los Angeles Galaxy are back to winning ways, picking up impressive victories against Western Conference foes Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps in games played just four days apart.

Taking six points from those two matches has bumped the Galaxy to fifth place in the Western Conference while also earning them SBI's MLS Team of the Week award.

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FIFA Tell Si Sa Ket Pay Up

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FIFA have actually made a decision. Nope, it's not April Fool's Day.

Like much of South East Asia, Thai club Si Sa Ket have been dicking FIFA round for a pretty long time. They were ordered to pay former coach David Booth $225,000 back in February but of course they never bothered. (Complete story can be found here).

Steven Gerrard Looking To Win Group D

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England captain Steven Gerrard says that England are now in a race to finish on top of Group D after their 101 draw with France.

England meet Sweden on Friday before taking on the Ukraine next week and Gerrard reckons England should take six points from those games.

"We are not getting carried away and we just need to build on each game and the France game has gone now.

Athletic Bilbao

Real face Valencia in season opener

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The La Liga duo of Real Madrid and Barcelona will begin their domestic battle anew with the current champions hosting Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Real will play a Valencia side who have done much rebuilding this summer, with their six new signings including two midfielders, Sergio Canales and Fernando Gago, who have arrived from the Bernabeu.

Bilbao wasn't built in a day: part two

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Spanish football blogger Chalkontheboots continues his analysis of the current structure of Athletic Bilbao by reviewing the challenge of consistency, as a season of cup triumph masked disappointment in the league for Marcelo Bielsa and his men. You can read part one of this piece here.

New England Revolution

Dynamo cruise past 10-man D.C. United

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Overcoming an early red card is never easy, and doing so in the sweltering heat of Houston only makes the task that much more impossible.

D.C. United learned this harsh lesson on Sunday night after goalkeeper Bill Hamid was sent off in the 17th minute for a foul in the penalty area.

14 Division Spots up for Grabs Heading into Academy’s Last Regular-Season Slate

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It is crunch time for many Development Academy teams heading into this final weekend of the regular season.

Last weekend, 10 teams among the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups clinched a divisional spot to qualify for the 2011-12 Development Academy Playoffs, which kick off June 25 in Frisco, Texas.

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Sunderland!.... Stat: QPR Took Six Points from First 15 Games of Season...QPR Currently Two Points Worse off than Last Season after 29 Games

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SPL: Celtic v Hibs

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After they both enjoyed SPL wins last Saturday the week rather diverged for Celtic and Hibs.

Celtic progressed to the Champions League group stage, that promised land where the streets are paved with gold and the couches upholstered with £50 notes.

24 hours earlier Hibs were dumped out of the League Cup by Queen of the South in a display that seems to have flitted between pathetic and miserable.

Galaxy youngsters rout Islanders in CCL action

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BY KAYLA KNAPP

CARSON, Calif.—Injuries, illness and a busy schedule meant a mostly reserve lineup for the Los Angeles Galaxy in their Wednesday night CONCACAF Champions League match—nine of the starters were under 23, including five rookies.

But that didn't stop the youngsters from crushing the Puerto Rico Islanders 4-0.

French Ligue 1 – Match Recaps – 26 August 2012

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Marseille edged Montpellier, St Etienne crushed Brest, and Paris Saint-Germain were held by Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1 on August 26, 2012.

Montpellier 0-1 Marseille

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the match winner with about 14 minutes remaining to put Marseille top of the French Ligue 1 table.

Italian Serie A – Season Predictions – 2012/13

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The 2012-13 Italian Serie A season is about to start with Juventus as the defending champions but several teams looking to challenge them this season. It will be an interesting season for Juventus who will not have their manager available during matches (but is allowed to be at training sessions).

Kickers host City Islanders Saturday

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RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, August 9, 2012) – The Richmond Kickers return to Richmond City Stadium this Saturday, August 11 to host the Harrisburg City Islanders in the regular season home finale. Admission is just $10 for the whole family before 6:00 p.m. as the Kickers and Union First Market Bank present FAMILY FEST.

Dynamo v Sporting KC: Two More Reasons to Love Calen Carr

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Huzzah! Two home matches against two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and the Dynamo take the full six points. You could not have asked for a better set of results from the team and in return, optimism is high among Dynamo fans. Thanks to a brace from Calen Carr and a late first half red card shown to Sporting Kansas City's Peterson Joseph, the Dynamo downed the conference leaders 2-1 last night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Fury Win Battle for First against Phoenix

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In the battle between the top two teams in the USL PDL Northeast Division, the Ottawa Fury came out on top in impressive fashion, defeating the GPS Portland Phoenix, 4-1, in front of 202 at the Algonquin College Soccer Complex in Ottawa.

The win vaults the Fury (9-3-2, 29 points) over the Phoenix (9-4-1, 28 points) and into first place.