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Columbus Crew see huge implications to Eastern Conference clash with "creeping" Houston Dynamo

MLS Soccer - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:04am

OBETZ, Ohio – After rebounding from a lackluster stretch earlier this summer with two wins and a draw in the past month, the Columbus Crew seemed to be regaining their form. But a third loss of the season to Toronto on Aug. 9 left the team searching for answers again and struggling to find consistency. 

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MLS Disciplinary Committee fines FC Dallas midfielder Andres Escobar for embellishment

MLS Soccer - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 5:02am

The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that FC Dallas midfielder Andrés Escobar has been fined an undisclosed amount for embellishment in Saturday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes. 

The incident took place in the 51st minute of FCD's 5-0 win at Buck Shaw Stadium (see video above).

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Germany's Magull feeling positive

FIFA - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:36am
Lina Magull has captained Germany in each of their matches at Canada 2014, something she could not envisage back in April. FIFA.com spoke with the 20-year-old about her injury problems and the upcoming semi-final against France.

Slumping Seattle Sounders aim to start turnaround as San Jose Earthquakes visit: "It's in our hands"

MLS Soccer - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:35am

TUKWILA, Wash. – After gaining healthy cushions in the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings to start the year, the Seattle Sounders have dropped four of their last six MLS matches and relinquished both leads.

With his club set to host the San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field (10 pm ET, MLS LIVE), Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said his players need to refocus themselves as they chase multiple titles in the season's final four months.

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Kick Off: Timbers roll in CCL | DC & Montreal up next | Western Conf. clashes

MLS Soccer - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:21am

Here are the top 15 soccer stories we’re following today

1. TIMBERS TRAVEL WELL

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Pick 'Em: MLSsoccer.com editors & Cobi Jones pick Wednesday's Western Conference duels

MLS Soccer - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:21am

Each week, the MLSsoccer.com editors and LA Galaxy/USMNT legend Cobi Jones will share their picks ahead of the league matches. Here are their picks for Wednesday night's games.

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Feeding Your Canine Athlete

NY Times Wellness > Physical Ed - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:01pm
Humans and dogs fuel exercise very differently. So if you're taking your dog out for a run, take note.

Shiny new look for Fiji’s female footballers

FIFA - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 9:21pm
FIFA has provided adidas football equipment, including kits, boots, shin pads, goalkeeper gloves, balls and bibs to the Fiji Football Association, who will use them in the 12 regional women's districts ahead of their new season.

CONCACAF Champions League: Peter Vermes happy for SKC to take "difficult" point despite other qualms

MLS Soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:57pm

Sporting Kansas City went to Nicaragua looking for three points, but had to settle for one. And instead of being out front of their CONCACAF Champions League group after their opening match, they're tied for second behind a perennial underdog that has managed to open this year's competition with a pair of draws.

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CONCACAF Champions League: Club America win big in opener, defending champs Cruz Azul in trouble

MLS Soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:19pm

Liga MX giants Club América got a big win to start off their CONCACAF Champions League campaign, topping Puerto Rico Bayamón FC 6-1, but their crosstown rivals Cruz Azul, the defending champions did not fare so well in a 1-0 loss at Panamanian outfit Chorrillo.

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Real Esteli 1, Sporting Kansas City 1 | CONCACAF Champions League Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:12pm

Sporting Kansas City put the ball in the net twice in their CONCACAF Champions League opener. Unfortunately for the defending MLS Cup champs, the ball only went into the opponent's goal once.

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CONCACAF Champions League: Caleb Porter pleased with Portland Timbers' depth, professionalism in win

MLS Soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:37pm

Heading into the Portland Timbers inaugural CONCACAF Champions League match against Guyanese side Alpha United, much of the talk surrounded the brutal travel to even reach the small country on the north coast of South America.

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Alpha United 1, Portland Timbers 4 | CONCACAF Champions League Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 5:15pm

The Portland Timbers made the trip count.

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INJURY REPORT: AUGUST 19, 2014

NWSL soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:42pm

(Aug. 19, 2014) - With one game on the schedule for Wednesday night, here are the latest injury updates for both teams in action.

 

Houston Dash

OUT: Brittany Bock (left ACL surgery), Lauren Sesselmann (left ACL surgery), Teresa Noyola (left hamstring tightness), Ella Masar (abdominal rehab)

DOUBTFUL: None

QUESTIONABLE: None

PROBABLE:  Kealia Ohai (left calf strain), Kaylyn Kyle (left sprained lcl)

 

Sky Blue FC

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

DOUBTFUL: None

QUESTIONABLE: None

PROBABLE: None

 

Icelandic Team With Flair for Festivities Will Meet Inter Milan

NYT Goal blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:14pm
Stjarnan F.C., a team known for its elaborate goal celebrations, faces one of soccer’s biggest teams.






NADIA NADIM VOTED NWSL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

NWSL soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:10pm

CHICAGO (Aug. 19, 2014) – Sky Blue FC forward Nadia Nadim has been voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 19 of the 2014 NWSL season.

Nadim, 26, had two goals – including the game-winning goal in the 89th minute – and added an assist to lead Sky Blue FC to a 3-2 victory Wednesday over the Western New York Flash. (Match Highlights)

The Afghanistan-born Denmark international has enjoyed a spectacular stretch in the NWSL while on loan from Danish club Fortuna Hjørring. She now has seven goals in just six games (five starts) to go along with three assists since she joined the club June 18 and has been a major factor in helping coach Jim Gabarra’s side to four consecutive victories.

Nadim assisted on a goal by Kelley O’Hara in the 24th minute against Western New York when she steered a cross from forward Maya Hayes toward the far post for the U.S. international to slot home as Sky Blue FC tied the game at 1-1 off the ensuing kickoff after conceding the opening goal of the game.

Nadim then gave SBFC a 2-1 lead in the 47th minute when she was first to the rebound after Flash goalkeeper Kelsey Wys saved a shot from the top of the box by O’Hara.

Then with the game tied 2-2 in the 89th minute, Nadim netted the game-winning goal after she raced onto a through ball from midfielder Katy Freels and went around a charging Wys with her first touch before sliding the ball into an open net to give Sky Blue FC all three points.

This marks the second time this season and fifth-time overall that a Sky Blue FC player has been voted NWSL Player of the Week – with forward Kelley O’Hara claiming the award in Week 7 of this season and goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, defender Christie Rampone and forward Lisa De Vanna earning the honor with SBFC in 2013.

Sky Blue FC will return to action Wednesday, August 20, at 7 p.m. ET against the Houston Dash at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.

The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis.

Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:04pm

COLORADO RAPIDS vs LA GALAXY
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PARK, Commerce City, Colo.
Aug. 20, 2014 (WEEK 24, MLS Game #220)
7 p.m. MT (Altitude; TWCS-LA; TWCD)

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Real Salt Lake veteran Chris Wingert sees tough path to Supporters' Shield

MLS Soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:34pm

SANDY, Utah — On the strength of three wins in a row, a six-game unbeaten streak and a satisfying weekend win over Seattle, Real Salt Lake have climbed to the top of the standings in the Western Conference.

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Vancouver Whitecaps' Omar Salgado apologizes to Carl Robinson, teammates for storming off field

MLS Soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:11pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Omar Salgado was a picture of frustration when he was substituted out just past the hour mark in the Vancouver Whitecaps' 0-0 draw at Chivas USA this past Saturday.

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DC United vs. Waterhouse FC | CONCACAF Champions League Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:04pm

D.C. United vs. Waterhouse FC
2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League
August 20 | 8 pm ET | RFK Stadium
TV: Fox Sports 2

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