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Wednesday Freedom Kicks: TFC loses in CCL, Real to play in DC

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TFC needs to respond next week in Guadalajara.

Happy Wednesday everyone. Looks like it's going to be a bit warmer today, so let's start with some news:

Toronto FC 1, CD Guadalajara 2 | 2018 Concacaf Champions League Recap | MLS

Chivas de Guadalajara stunned Toronto FC, winning 2-1 at BMO Field.

Top 10 most-watched Premier League games in US TV history

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The viewing figures for the top 10 most-watched Premier League games in US TV history make incredible reading.

The top 10 chart (see below) shows how important it is for Manchester United to be playing well. Out of the top 10 games, they’re featured in eight of them. But it’s not just the red half of Manchester that has a huge impact on record-breaking viewing numbers in the United States.

Philadelphia Union announce summer friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt

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Bundesliga club set to face off against the Union on July 14

It has become a tradition in the United States for big European clubs to have training camp over here while the clubs are in preseason. This upcoming summer appears to be no different, and even teams that aren't necessarily household names such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, or Chelsea are starting to get in on the action.

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England’s top six among European powers set for Champions Cup

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Miami (AFP) – Champions League semi-finalists Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Roma and Liverpool plus English powers Manchester City and Manchester United will be among the European giants competing in this year’s International Champions Cup, it was announced Tuesday.

The 18-team, 27-match pre-season competition kicks off less than a week after the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia.

Giroud double keeps Chelsea in Champions League hunt

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Southampton (United States) (AFP) – Chelsea’s kept their slim hopes of playing Champions League football next season alive as Olivier Giroud came off the bench to inspire an eight-minute turnaround from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Southampton on Saturday.

Defeat is another body blow to Saints’ chances of avoiding relegation as they remain rooted in the bottom three when for so long they seemed set for a first home win in the Premier League since November.

Giroud double keeps Chelsea in Champions League hunt

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Southampton (United States) (AFP) – Chelsea’s kept their slim hopes of playing Champions League football next season alive as Olivier Giroud came off the bench to inspire an eight-minute turnaround from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Southampton on Saturday.

Defeat is another body blow to Saints’ chances of avoiding relegation as they remain rooted in the bottom three when for so long they seemed set for a first home win in the Premier League since November.

South American countries urge FIFA to bring in 48-team World Cup for 2022

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Buenos Aires (Argentina) (AFP) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Thursday asked FIFA to bring forward plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in time for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

The competition is due to be enlarged from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals, which will be awarded either to Morocco or a joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

South American countries urge FIFA to bring in 48-team World Cup for 2022

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Buenos Aires (Argentina) (AFP) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Thursday asked FIFA to bring forward plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in time for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

The competition is due to be enlarged from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals, which will be awarded either to Morocco or a joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Ibrahimovic coy over Sweden World Cup return

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Carson (United States) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic refused to rule out his chances of playing for Sweden in the World Cup on Friday as he launched his Major League Soccer career with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The veteran striker is at the centre of a national guessing-game in Sweden over whether he may or may not be brought out of international retirement for this year’s finals in Russia.

Ibrahimovic coy over Sweden World Cup return

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Carson (United States) (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic refused to rule out his chances of playing for Sweden in the World Cup on Friday as he launched his Major League Soccer career with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The veteran striker is at the centre of a national guessing-game in Sweden over whether he may or may not be brought out of international retirement for this year’s finals in Russia.

North America or North Africa – 2026 World Cup host revealed June 13

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Lausanne (AFP) – Hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup are set to be revealed on June 13, FIFA said Monday as it published bids from Morocco and a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The decision will be announced at a FIFA meeting in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup being held in Russia.

North America or North Africa – 2026 World Cup host revealed June 13

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Lausanne (AFP) – Hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup are set to be revealed on June 13, FIFA said Monday as it published bids from Morocco and a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The decision will be announced at a FIFA meeting in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup being held in Russia.

Morocco says ready to host WC 2026 in 14 stadiums

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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – Morocco on Saturday pushed its bid to host the 2026 World Cup in the name of Africa despite tough competition from a joint effort by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Two days after officially submitting Morocco’s bid book to FIFA, the head of the bid committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy outlined to the press the country’s readiness and determination to host the game.

Morocco says ready to host WC 2026 in 14 stadiums

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Casablanca (Morocco) (AFP) – Morocco on Saturday pushed its bid to host the 2026 World Cup in the name of Africa despite tough competition from a joint effort by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Two days after officially submitting Morocco’s bid book to FIFA, the head of the bid committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy outlined to the press the country’s readiness and determination to host the game.

Mourinho joins ‘foreign agent’ Russian TV for World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Jose Mourinho is coming to Russia for the World Cup to provide analysis for a Kremlin-funded news channel branded a “foreign agent” in the United States.

RT television announced the signing on Monday without disclosing the payment Mourinho will receive for appearing on a broadcaster that pushes Russia’s take on news to a foreign audience.

Mourinho joins ‘foreign agent’ Russian TV for World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Jose Mourinho is coming to Russia for the World Cup to provide analysis for a Kremlin-funded news channel branded a “foreign agent” in the United States.

RT television announced the signing on Monday without disclosing the payment Mourinho will receive for appearing on a broadcaster that pushes Russia’s take on news to a foreign audience.

White double gives England draw against Germany

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Harrison (United States) (AFP) – David Beckham watched Ellen White’s double strike spare Phil Neville from a first defeat as England women’s manager in the SheBelieves Cup on Sunday.

The former Manchester United midfielder was at the Red Bull Arena to see old friend Neville in managerial action but witnessed a disappointing defensive display only for Birmingham City striker White to save the day with a 73rd minute equalizer to hold multiple European champions Germany to a 2-2 draw.

White double gives England draw against Germany

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Harrison (United States) (AFP) – David Beckham watched Ellen White’s double strike spare Phil Neville from a first defeat as England women’s manager in the SheBelieves Cup on Sunday.

The former Manchester United midfielder was at the Red Bull Arena to see old friend Neville in managerial action but witnessed a disappointing defensive display only for Birmingham City striker White to save the day with a 73rd minute equalizer to hold multiple European champions Germany to a 2-2 draw.

Mexico

Preview + TV/Streaming info: USWNT vs. Mexico, round 2

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Can the U.S. defense start to follow the lead of the attack?

If you start from the front, the USWNT's win last week over Mexico was good. Mallory Pugh keeps slicing up defenses, Alex Morgan keeps scoring all sorts of goals, and Megan Rapinoe looks creative as ever. It's just that things get rockier the further back you go, with the midfield unable to get pressure around the ball whenever Mexico tried to counter giving way to some hesitant defending and confused goalkeeping.

Preview + TV/Streaming info: USWNT vs. Mexico

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Another international window means another friendly series, this time against a CONCACAF foe that isn't Canada

World Cup qualifying is just six months away for the United States, which likely informs tonight's friendly against Mexico. While the USWNT manages to play Canada three or four times a year every year, they often don't get to see the rest of their opponents in CONCACAF.

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ATF: Manchester United To Tour United States This Summer

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Also: Toronto FC beat Club America in CCL, everything you need to know about the eMLS Cup, Zlatan, Zlatan, Zlatan and more!

Portland

Year-over-year: How Thorns FC have changed the way they pressure their opponents | Portland Timbers
To the extent answers in NWSL mixed zones qualify as letting cats out of bags, Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons did as much after his team's opening-weekend game against in North Carolina.

go90 acquires English-language rights to CONCACAF Champions League

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Verizon’s streaming platform go90 has acquired the English-language rights to broadcast the CONCACAF Champions League to viewers in the United States.

An official announcement is expected later this week, but streaming coverage of the tournament begins tonight with two games scheduled:

• CS Herediano (Costa Rica) vs.

English Premier League

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Club soccer is back after a week of international action and the world has gifted us several great matches.

The Premier League's return is headlined by two London rivals battling for a spot in Europe for next season. Sunday's finale features Chelsea and Tottenham looking to get themselves into the Champions League next fall, with the loser more likely looking at Europa League play.

Big changes coming to Premier League on US TV

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Now that the Premier League television deals have been completed in the United Kingdom for five out of the seven main TV packages, the changes are going to have a big impact on how the Premier League is watched in the United States for the 2019/20 through 2021/22 seasons.

Under the new TV deal, the Premier League, Sky Sports and BT Sport in the United Kingdom will introduce new kickoff times for many of the matches scheduled to begin August 2019.

World Cup

Memories of starting a soccer league that brought a US community together

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With the World Cup in Russia rapidly approaching, my mind wanders back to the summer of 2002 when the original Ronaldo and Brazil became kings of the world. At the same time, a small island in the Florida Keys was also gripped in World Cup fever.

I was a professional soccer player for twelve years in the United States and it seems like a lifetime ago.

TelemundoDeportes.com ready for World Cup with 100 days to go until tournament

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With 100 days to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia, TelemundoDeportes.com is ready for the biggest soccer event on the planet.

Telemundo Deportes, which will be the Spanish-language home of the FIFA World Cup in the United States this summer, will be your destination for exclusive Spanish-language content starting today including news, videos and more.

Training Camp

Matt Real, Mark McKenzie heading to Spain with United States U20s

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Training camp will run through March 28

Mark McKenzie and Matthew Real are heading to Spain to take part in a United States U20 training camp that runs through March 28.

McKenzie, of Bear, Del, and Real, of Drexel Hill, were among 25 players called up for the camp, which will include matches against France and Atletico Madrid's U21 squad.

Two Sounders named to US U-20 team

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Sam Rogers and Jake Morris will travel to Europe for training camp, friendlies.

Two products of the Seattle Sounders Academy have been named to the United States U-20 team that will travel to Europe for a 10-day training camp and three friendlies. Both Sam Rogers and Jake Morris have been made eligible for tonight's S2 game, after which they're expected to join the U20s in Alicante, Spain.

Champions League

Where to find Man City vs. Basel Champions League on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Man City vs. Basel in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd leg, you’ve come to the right place.

Manchester City take a commanding four-nil aggregate lead to Etihad Stadium. The second leg will be televised and streamed across the United States.

Where to find Man City vs. Basel Champions League on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Man City vs. Basel in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd leg, you’ve come to the right place.

Manchester City take a commanding four-nil aggregate lead to Etihad Stadium. The second leg will be televised and streamed across the United States.

COPA SUDAMERICANA

Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana US streaming rights picked up by Fanatiz

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The streaming rights to the 2018 seasons of Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana tournaments have been acquired from FOX Sports by MP & Silva and sub-licensed to Fanatiz, a relatively new streaming provider in the Americas. Under the deal, Fanatiz will bring all 262 games from the tournaments to viewers in Canada.

Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana US streaming rights picked up by Fanatiz

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The streaming rights to the 2018 seasons of Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana tournaments have been acquired from FOX Sports by MP & Silva and sub-licensed to Fanatiz, a relatively new streaming provider in the Americas. Under the deal, Fanatiz will bring all 262 games from the tournaments to viewers in Canada.

The Rest

Union U15 duo heading to Italy for tournament with United States U16 team

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Selmir Miscic and Patrick Bohui both on the 20-player roster for the trip

Selmir Miscic and Patrick Bohui are joining back up with the United States U16 Boys National Team to try and help the U.S. defend their title from a year ago at a tournament in Italy that runs through May 2.

The U15 attacking duo are among 20 players called in by head coach Shaun Tsakiris for the Torneo delle Nazioni in Gradisca d'Isonzo, Italy.

Where to find Man United vs. Brighton FA Cup on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Man United vs. Brighton in the FA Cup 5th Round, you’ve come to the right place.

Saturday’s match between Man United vs. Brighton is featured on FS2 in the United States. If your cable service doesn’t offer FS2, read below for details on how you can watch the match with a free 7-day trial.

Seattle officially part of 2026 World Cup Bid Book

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List of cities would still need to be pared down if bid is successful.

There's still quite a bit of work to do before games are actually played, but Seattle is one big step closer to hosting games if — and that's an increasingly big "if" — the United States, Canada and Mexico win the right to host the 2026 World Cup.

USWNT vs. England: Preview + TV & streaming options

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The SheBelieves Cup will go to one of these two teams, with the USWNT needing a victory to win their annual friendly tournament

The 2018 SheBelieves Cup hinges on the final game of the tournament, with the United States taking on England tonight in Florida. Both teams have 4 points, with the Three Lionesses holding the edge on the USWNT via goal difference at the moment.

Union Academy defender back with United States U15 team

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Brandan Craig is back in Chula Vista for the second U15 camp of 2018

Philadelphia Union Academy outside back Brandan Craig is back in California this week with the United States U15 team for a camp in Chula Vista.

The right back from Philadelphia is the lone representative out of 36 players — all born in 2004 — at the camp.

Recap: Pugh scores as USWNT settles for a 1-1 tie with France

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Three Spirit players started in the second leg of the SheBelieves Cup

A fast-paced end couldn't turn a messy first half from the United States into a win, as the USWNT settled for a 1-1 draw against France. Coming off of a 4-1 loss to England, France made eight changes, producing a much better performance.

Bořek Dočkal is officially a member of the Philadelphia Union

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Signing of Czech Republic international playmaker was made official on Wednesday

The Philadelphia Union have their No. 10, at last.

Bořek Dočkal officially joined the team on Wednesday more than a week after he first came to the United States to undergo a medical exam and negotiate a deal with the team.

New soccer streaming service iGOL debuts in United States

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A new soccer streaming service named iGOL has launched in the United States. After speaking with the founder and taking the service for a test drive, the first impressions are very favorable. It’s cost effective (only $9.99 per month). Plus it integrates beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect, GolTV in English and Spanish as well as a couple of other niche networks to form a robust soccer package that competes favorably against the offerings available from Sling TV, fuboTV and other streaming services.