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Transfer Watch: Ronaldinho's representatives reportedly meet with New York Red Bulls

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:04pm

Ronaldinho’s long-rumored move to MLS could be coming true, according to a report from Brazilian outlet UOL.

Representatives of the 34-year-old Brazilian playmaker, who recently left Atlético Mineiro, have reportedly met with the New York Red Bulls officials.

Ronaldinho’s brother and manager, Roberto de Assis Moreira, did not comment in the report on the potential move.

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NWSL soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:03pm

CHICAGO (July 31, 2014) - The U.S. Women's National Team will play Mexico on Sept. 18 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York, home to the Western New York Flash of the National Women's Soccer League.

The match will be the second of two games against Mexico as the teams will also play on Sept. 13 at a venue to be determined.

The USA's fourth visit to Sahlen's Stadium (and sixth overall match in Rochester) will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

The game in Rochester will be the final warm-up for both teams before the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship to be held in the United States in Kansas City, Kansas; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia. The tournament will qualify the top three finishers directly to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, to be held in Canada, while the fourth-place team will enter a two-game playoff against a team from South America.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Starting Saturday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. ET, tickets will also be available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester area (including Walmart stores) and the Sahlen's Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household. (TICKETS)

Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Aug. 8, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

WNT Highlights at Rochester:

U.S. WNT vs. Canada Highlights - July 19, 2009
U.S. WNT vs. Costa Rica Highlights - Sept. 1, 2012

Additional Notes:

  • The two matches against Mexico will be the 29th and 30th between the countries.
  • Mexico will be attempting to qualify for its third Women's World Cup after participating in 1999 and 2011.
  • The USA holds an all-time record of 26-1-1 against Mexico, with the one loss coming famously during the semifinal of the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Championship in Cancun, Mexico, that forced the USA into a playoff with Italy for a berth to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
  • The U.S. WNT has strong connections to Rochester as it is the hometown of all-time leading goal scorer Abby Wambach and the site of both Wambach's and Mia Hamm's 100th career goal (Hamm's came at Frontier Field before the new venue was built).
  • Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd both play their club soccer at Sahlen's Stadium for the Western New York Flash.
  • The USA has won all five previous matches in Rochester - three at Sahlen's Stadium and two at Frontier Field.

Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:49pm

TOYOTA PARK, Bridgeview, Ill.
Aug. 2, 2014 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #196)
7:30 p.m. CT (My50 Chi; TWCS-OH)

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NWSL soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:01pm


CHICAGO (July 31, 2014) – Seattle Reign FC claimed the NWSL Shield with a 15-1-4 record and 49 points last night in a 4-1 win against the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The NWSL Shield is awarded to the team with the best regular-season record and guarantees them home field advantage throughout the 2014 NWSL Playoffs.

Seattle was powered by a two goal, one assist effort by midfielder Kim Little, the leader of an offense that peppered seven shots-on-goal against Houston goalkeeper Erin McLeod. Reign FC forwards Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe found the score sheet as well, tallying a goal each, while goalkeeper Hope Solo made four saves in the net.

The 2014 season has been a huge turnaround for Reign FC, a team who finished the 2013 season in seventh place and was 20 points behind league leaders Western New York Flash’s 38 points(10-4-8 record). Seattle currently sits atop the standings holding 49 points with four games remaining in the regular season.

After last year’s abysmal showing, Seattle general manager and coach Laura Harvey used the offseason as an opportunity to rejuvenate her roster. Harvey bolstered Reign FC’s attack by bringing in forwards Beverly Goebel (4 goals, 4 assists), Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi (7 goals, 4 assists) and Leroux (5 goals) as well as Little (14 goals, 6 assists). All four players have been cornerstones in a potent offense that along with the league’s best defense has produced a goal differential of 28 – which is 21 goals better than the next best club.

The 2014 campaign has been an eventful one for Seattle, who has been breaking records on a team and individual basis throughout the season. Reign FC opened the year with a record-setting seven-game winning streak – one that since has been matched by FC Kansas City. Seattle would then turn the winning streak into a 16-game unbeaten streak, shattering the previous mark of ten games set by FC Kansas City in 2013. Little has made history of her own on Wednesday night, setting the single-season scoring record of 14 goals with four games to go.

Seattle Reign FC returns to action on Saturday, August 2 at 8 p.m. ET when they visit FC Kansas City at Verizon Wireless Field in Kansas City, Mo.

Return of LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez has backline playing at highest level yet

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:00pm

CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez slipped effortlessly onto the LA Galaxy's backline this week, just like he hadn't been gone for three months, and the Seattle Sounders had barely a sniff at goal.

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LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:56pm

STUBHUB CENTER, Carson, Calif.
Aug. 2, 2014 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #194)
11:30 a.m. PT (NBC; TSN; FREE stream on NBCSports.com)

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Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:43pm

SPORTING PARK, Kansas City, Kan.
Aug. 1, 2014 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #193)
7 p.m. CT (NBCSN; TSN2)

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Sporting KC's Igor Juliao lauds MLS, says soccer in native Brazil "needs to start to change"

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:28pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The news conference started simply enough, with Igor Julião discussing his adjustment to the defensive demands of Sporting Kansas City's high press while still retaining his attacking creativity.

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LA Galaxy's Bruce Arena not talking Sacha Kljestan rumors, says CB Opare dealt to get more minutes

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 2:06pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy might be bringing Sacha Kljestan home, but if so, they aren't about to discuss that yet.

The Galaxy this week sent second-year defender Kofi Opare and their second-round selection in next year's MLS SuperDraft to D.C. United in a deal to swap spots in the league's allocation order, jumping from 11th to third on the list.

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FC Dallas defender George John undergoes surgery to repair right knee, will miss rest of season

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:53pm

FC Dallas announced Thursday that defender George John underwent successful surgery to repair his right knee this morning at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Southlake, Texas.

Dr. Michael Nguyen performed an osteoplasty of the medial femur to repair the knee, which has sidelined John throughout the 2014 season. Recovery from the procedure will keep the veteran center back out for the remainder of the season and he will be placed on the season-ending injury list, the club said in a release.

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VIDEO: Seattle Sounders' Marcus Hahnemann flies with the Blue Angels, blacks out | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:32pm

Question: At what rate of fighter jet acceleration would a Major League Soccer goalkeeper simply black out?

Answer: If you're Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, the answer to that question would be 7.6 G-force.

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Ahead of his Houston Dynamo debut, DaMarcus Beasley says he's not ready to retire from USMNT

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:28pm

HOUSTON – DaMarcus Beasley is not ready to close the door on his international career. The ironman left back is fresh off his fourth World Cup, the only American to pull off the feat, and embarking on a new chapter in his career with the Houston Dynamo.

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NWSL soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:35am

(July 30, 2014) – Carli Lloyd and the Western New York Flash are fighting to stay in the NWSL playoff picture when they travel to face Sky Blue FC on Thursday.

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The U.S. international had a goal and an assist but the Flash were unable to hold onto an early lead in a 4-2 loss to the last-place Boston Breakers.

The loss leaves Western New York in sixth place in the NWSL standings – four points adrift of the fourth and final playoff spot.

Lloyd’s goal and assist put her on the NWSL leaderboard in each category – with her fourth helper of the year setting up Jasmyne Spencer’s 15th minute goal to give the Flash an early 1-0 lead ahead of three straight first half goals by the Breakers.

The Delran, N.J. native turned in her seventh goal of the season to pull Western New York within 3-2 in the 54th minute when she was first to a cross from defender Haley Palmer. The assist by Palmer was the first of her professional career.

The Flash will be desperate to take all three points against Sky Blue FC on Thursday given that depending on results this week, the 2013 NWSL finalists could see themselves eliminated from postseason contention.

SBFC enters the match following their second loss in three games after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of FC Kansas City.

Forward Nadia Nadim scored her second goal in three games since joining Sky Blue FC on loan from Danish club Fortuna Hjørring in the 87th minute to pull coach Jim Gabarra’s side within a goal, but SBFC were unable to find the equalizer in the final minutes.

The match Thursday is the final scheduled road game of the season for SBFC, which will play their final three games of the regular season – against the Houston Dash, Flash and Washington Spirit – at Yurcak Field.

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Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash

Daily FIFA Predictor returns

FIFA - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:10am

After a two-month break for Brazil 2014 it’s time to get back to Club football with our daily FIFA Predictor! 


San Jose Earthquakes reinforce attack with signing of Argentine playmaker Matias Perez Garcia

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:30am

The San Jose Earthquakes announced the signing of attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia on Thursday afternoon, providing coach Mark Watson with a promising new weapon as the Quakes try to haul themselves out of the Western Conference basement.

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Renard takes Côte d'Ivoire reins

FIFA - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:19am

Herve Renard has been appointed as Côte d'Ivoire's new coach, replacing Sabri Lamouchi and returning to manage in Africa after a successful spell with Zambia which saw the Chipolopolo win the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations.


NWSL soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:10am

(July 31, 2014) - With one game on the schedule for Thursday night, here are the latest injury updates for both teams in action.


Sky Blue FC

OUT: Haley Haagsma (left knee acl tear), Taylor Lytle (left tibia fracture and lateral meniscus tear)





Western New York Flash

OUT: Adrianna Franch (right knee surgery), Lydia Williams (left knee surgery), Katherine Reynolds (right high ankle sprain)




Shot or Cross: USWNT, Seattle Reign's Megan Rapinoe floats one in from very wide area | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:03am

It's time, once again, to play a little game called "Shot or Cross?"

This week's edition of the timeless classic comes to us via US women's national team player Megan Rapinoe, who also stars for the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). The goal in question can be found below.

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Rookie Rankings: FC Dallas' Tesho Akindele rising fast, but can he overtake Harry Shipp?

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:55am

Throughout the 2014 MLS season, MLSsoccer.com will take stock of the performances of rookie players once a month, looking at which first-year professionals are making the biggest impact for their team and in the league.

The July Rookie Rankings reflect all games in the month, including the four Week 21 games on July 30.

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Columbus Crew pledge to use top allocation spot, say "big national team" player has contacted club

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:25am

OBETZ, Ohio – Could a big-name international be coming to Columbus? Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter said after training Thursday that it might be an option.

“I’m not going to say names, but I got a call yesterday about a guy who wanted to specifically come to Columbus,” Berhalter said, “A big national team player. I thought that was interesting. All of a sudden, we’re getting calls that people are coming to us.”

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