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FC Dallas find plenty of answers, playing time despite friendly loss to Aston Villa

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:07pm

FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas took advantage of some quality international competition to work a number of players back into match fitness, and despite a 2-0 loss to the English Premier League's Aston Villa, the fact a good number of players got quality time means the team can consider the game a success.

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Sporting Kansas City 1, Manchester City FC 4 | International Friendly Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:19pm

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sporting Kansas City's defending MLS Cup champions hung in with Manchester City for nearly all of the first half. After that, Wednesday night's “Champions Shield” friendly belonged to the Premiership titlists.

City pulled away from a 1-1 deadlock with a goal in the dying minutes of the first half and two more – one of those from the penalty spot – after the break, cruising to a 4-1 victory at Sporting Park in the opening match of their North American summer tour.

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Memories flow for Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe against former team Tottenham Hotspur

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:44pm

TORONTO – Rarely is a friendly actually a friendly, but on a cool night at BMO Field, Jermain Defoe welcomed plenty of familiar faces from his former side, Tottenham Hotspur, in an entertaining 3-2 match that had plenty of goals and moments of excitement, including a second-half comeback from Toronto FC.

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FIFA President meets Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

FIFA - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:33pm

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani met this evening with FIFA President Blatter, who is visiting Qatar at the invitation of HH the Emir and the two discussed a wide range of topics surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

USMNT target Gedion Zelalem included in Arsenal's roster for friendly vs. New York Red Bulls

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:19pm

English powerhouse Arsenal have released their full roster for Saturday's friendly against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena (5 pm ET, ESPN2), and a potential future US international is among the Gunners coming to America.

Seventeen-year-old midfielder Gedion Zelalem, the subject of considerable speculation over his international future, is among the 20 players available for the game. Zelalem, who made his competitive first team debut for Arsenal last year in the FA Cup, will be looking to make an impression on head coach Arsene Wenger ahead of the upcoming season.

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Sporting Club announce US Soccer National Training Center development plan in Kansas City

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:39pm

Sporting Kansas City owners Sporting Club announced on Wednesday the development plan of a US Soccer national training center complex in Kansas City, Kan.

The announcement was made along with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and local government and business authorities. The complex is projected to house the National Training and Coaching Development Center, an elite athlete training and performance analytics campus and national youth soccer development programs.

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Report: Spain legend Xavi Hernandez set to remain at Barcelona until at least January 2015

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:09pm

New York City FC are set to announce a major player signing on Thursday, but the likelihood is that it won't be Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez.

News out of Spain is that the veteran midfielder will be showing up for Barcelona training on Thursday and plans to stay at the club at least until the winter transfer window in January 2015, or even until next summer.

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All-Star: The Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids headline festivities in Portland ahead of 2014 All-Star Game

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:59pm

Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday the slate of events for the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star week in Portland, Ore., including headlining musical acts The Flaming Lips and Cold War Kids.

The six-day celebration in downtown Portland will kick off on Friday, August 1, with fan events extending through the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, August 6 (9:30 pm ET, ESPN2, UniMas, TSN and RDS).

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SANDERSON AND TAYLOR EARN ENGLAND WNT CALL-UPS

NWSL soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:25pm

(July 23, 2014) – Boston Breakers forward Lianne Sanderson and Washington Spirit forward Jodie Taylor have been named to the England Women’s National Team roster for an international match against Sweden on August 3 at Victoria Park in Hartlepool, England.

The call-up comes on the heels of a breakout season for Taylor, who has played in 19 games for the Spirit and is tied for third in the league with 10 goals. In her second season with the Breakers, Sanderson continues to be a key player and has appeared in 15 matches, tallying four goals and two assists.

The call-up will be the first ever for Taylor, while Sanderson has recorded 37 caps in her international career.

Sanderson and Taylor are part of the 23-player roster that was called in for the match. The complete roster can be seen below.

England WNT Roster

Goalkeepers

Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Rachel Brown-Finnis (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal).

Defenders

Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of South Florida).

Midfielders

Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool).

Forwards

Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Dunia Susi (Notts County), Jodie Taylor (Washington Spirit).

Armchair Analyst: "Cubo," Obafemi Martins, Jermain Defoe make my Midseason Awards, Best XI

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:18pm

We're just past the midway point of the MLS regular season, which means now is a good time to take stock of what we've been looking at over the last couple of months – and try to figure out the shape of the year to come.

Here, in the words of Andrew Wiebe (watch the video above), is some premature silverware:

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Negotiations ongoing as Orlando City continue Robinho chase with interest heating up in Brazil

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:03pm

Interest in AC Milan striker Robinho has intensified in recent days, but that hasn't driven Orlando City away from the negotiating table. Far from it, in fact.

The 2015 MLS expansion side hasn't been shy about its interest in the Brazilian forward in recent weeks, with the prospect of adding a second Designated Player following the capture of countryman Kaká an enticing proposition.

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MLS Fantasy Advice: Forget Round 20, managers trolling transfer market for Round 21 doubles

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:43pm
TRANSFER DEADLINE: Wednesday, 10:30 pm ET

The transfer market tells us crazy things sometimes. This week, it suggests that while the Montreal Impact are the only team benefiting from a double-game week in Round 20, most MLS Fantasy owners are directing their focus toward Round 21.

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American Exports: Bob Bradley, Michael Stephens grab first win since May with Stabaek

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:21pm

AMSTERDAM – Bob Bradley's Stabæk won for the first time since May on Wednesday, sailing on to the NM Cupen quarterfinals with a 2-0 road win over Bodø/Glimt.

Michael Stephens worked all but stoppage time for the Blue Ones, drawing a good save in the area just past intermission. Meanwhile, the home side remained without the injured Zarek Valentin.

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VIDEO: Artist draws photograph-like portrait of USMNT, Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:19pm

In need of something that's equal parts soccer-related, extremely awesome and slightly mindblowing to pass the next four-and-a-half minutes of your life?

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Versatile Warren Creavalle traded from Houston Dynamo to Toronto FC for top allocation spot

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:46am

The Houston Dynamo appear to be closing in on US national team left back DaMarcus Beasley, acquiring the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order on Wednesday and receiving allocation money in exchange for sending versatile third-year midfielder Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC.

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Vancouver Whitecaps rue blown leads caused by MLS-leading number of late goals conceded

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:25am

VANCOUVER, B.C. – You don't want to leave a Vancouver Whitecaps game early this season. While trying to miss traffic, you're likely to miss some goals in the process.

Thanks to some thrilling finishes, one-third of the goals in Whitecaps matches this year have been scored in the final 15 minutes of games. Vancouver have had some key point-securing strikes of their own among them, but they have also conceded a league-worst 11 goals in those closing moments, the latest of which cost them taking all three points in a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

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Titlists collide as Sporting Kansas City host Manchester City in Wednesday "Champions Shield"

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:51am

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Of the five exhibitions being played Wednesday night between MLS and English Premier League clubs (full schedule), a few stand out: LA Galaxy-Manchester United for history and the iconic venue, Toronto FC-Tottenham Hotspur for the Jermain Defoe subplot.

But neither of those can claim two defending champions.

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Eibar Is Facing Stiff Challenges in Spain’s La Liga

NYT Goal blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:32am
After winning promotion in late May, Eibar faced a race against the clock to raise $2.32 million and meet rules for the capitalization of a club in Spain’s top soccer league.






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