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Chicago Fire 0, Vancouver Whitecaps 0 | MLS Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:15pm

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Major League Soccer’s draw kings were at it again on Wednesday night, with the Chicago Fire and Vancouver Whitecaps FC playing to a lackluster scoreless draw at Toyota Park.

Chicago now leads MLS with a remarkable 12 draws in 20 games. Vancouver isn’t far behind, with Wednesday’s result giving the ‘Caps 11 ties through 21 matches. The league record for draws in a season is 16, set by the Fire in 2010.

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D.C. United rave about "classy" play of Chris Rolfe after win over Toronto: "We're lucky to have him"

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:52pm

WASHINGTON - D.C. United are on a roll.

United’s 3-0 dismantling of Toronto FC on Wednesday was D.C.’s fourth consecutive victory, leaving them with a double-digit lead over third place TFC and just a point shy of Sporting Kansas City. A remarkable turnaround for a team only months removed from arguably the worst season in MLS history.

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Colorado Rapids' Pablo Mastroeni rips meek display at New England: "This isn't the team we want to be"

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:28pm

From the opening whistle, something was off for the Colorado Rapids. Very, very off.

In their 3-0 loss to the New England Revolution on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium, the Rapids put forth their poorest display of the season on both sides of the ball, allowing an early goal en route to their most lopsided defeat of the season (they also lost by three goals to Seattle in April).

That drew the harshest postgame assessment head coach Pablo Mastroeni has given in his first season as the Rapids’ coach.

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NWSL ANNOUNCES NEW COOLING BREAK PROCEDURE

NWSL soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:28pm

CHICAGO (July 30, 2014) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that the league has established a new cooling break procedure for all remaining matches in the 2014 NWSL season. The implementation of this new procedure is effective immediately.

The cooling break procedure comes as a precaution to keep players and match officials safe in the event of dangerous climate conditions during matches. Cooling breaks will be considered on a match-by-match basis and implementation of the breaks will be managed solely by the referee.

Climate conditions will be evaluated 60 minutes before kickoff. Upon confirmation by the referee and a representative from each team (coach, medical staff, etc.), cooling breaks are mandated if the heat index reaches 89 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

Cooling breaks last approximately three minutes in length and will be held approximately thirty minutes into each half (around the 30th and 75th minute respectively). The ball must be out of play in order for the break to commence. Upon signal from the referee, the break will commence for both teams and all match officials. Both teams will go to their respective team areas for the break. The clock will continue to run and all time allotted for the break will be added to stoppage time.

The 2014 NWSL season continues Wednesday night with two matches. The Washington Spirit host FC Kansas City at 7:00 p.m. ET and the Houston Dash host Seattle Reign FC at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Blatter mourns death of Julio Grondona

FIFA - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:33pm

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has issued a message of condolence to the family of Argentinian FA President and FIFA Senior Vice-President Julio Grondona, who died on Wednesday.

Despite potential of young goalkeepers, Philadelphia Union happy with "upgrade" of Rais Mbolhi

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:15pm

CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union have had their eyes on Rais Mbolhi for a while.

The Algerian goalkeeper’s stellar performance in the World Cup only intensified their desire to snag him – but it also meant the team had to fend off other potential suitors.

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With Rais Mbolhi's move to the Philadelphia Union, are foreign goalkeepers becoming a trend in MLS?

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:08pm

With the acquisition of Rais Mbolhi on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Union added to the relatively small crop of foreign goalkeepers who have come to MLS.

There have only been 31 goalkeepers who hail from outside the United States or Canada to make an appearance in a MLS game. Only 19 of these 31 players have played more than 10 games in the league.

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Toronto FC loan Homegrown striker Jordan Hamilton to Portugal's Clube Desportivo Trofense

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:44am

After speculation he could be headed to Europe, Toronto FC made it official on Wednesday, announcing Homegrown forward Jordan Hamilton has been sent on loan to Portuguese second-division side Clube Desportivo Trofense.

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English Premier League adopts vanishing spray

FIFA - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:35am

English Premier League referees will use vanishing spray to mark where free-kicks should be taken and the ten-yard distance where the wall must stand during the 2014/15 season.

New York Red Bulls' persistent newcomer Damien Perinelle no "savior," but useful depth for busy fall

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:32am

HANOVER, N.J. – Having previously had a training stint with the New York Red Bulls that ended unsuccessfully, Damien Perrinelle was determined to earn a contract with the club this time around.

He can now cross that off his to-do list.

After a three-week trial that was admittedly a long process for him, Perrinelle signed a contract with the Red Bulls on Monday that upped the club’s center back total to five.

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MLS on TV: Where to watch this week's matches

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:30am

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Columbus Crew throwing club legend Frankie Hejduk 40th-birthday beach bash | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:27am

We here at The Sideline have a healthy appreciation for Frankie Hejduk and his exploits on and off the field.

The man is not overly concerned with much beyond the next adventure is life. He's so carefree that he "Throwback Thursdays" on a Wednesday.

He's Frankie; why should he care?

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Pick 'Em: MLSsoccer.com editors & Cobi Jones pick Week 21's midweek slate

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:47am

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.

Subscribe to MLS LIVE to watch MLS action Wednesday night

Check out the full TV listings for Wednesday night's matches

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Houston Dynamo's World Cup-tested newcomers bring "new energy," urgency to slumping squad

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:39am

HOUSTON – With new players come new energy, or so the Houston Dynamo hope.

Now that the club has brought in two starting-caliber players in DaMarcus Beasley and Luis Garrido, the goal now is to get a lift from fresh faces that have played at a high level. With a few training sessions under their belts, the early signs point to the newcomers giving the club a coveted jolt.

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VIDEO: One Liverpool fan cries her eyes out after meeting club captain Steven Gerrard | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:28am

We'd all like to think we would be calm, cool and collected when meeting our greatest idol.

But, like one girl from New Jersey who met Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard this week (above video), it's not always that easy to remain composed when you finally meet someone whom you've looked up to for the longest time.

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2014 NWSL PLAYOFF PICTURE: MIDWEEK EDITION

NWSL soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 9:55am

(July 30, 2014) – The 2014 NWSL season heads into Week 17 with midweek matches that have playoff implications.

Week 16 left many playoff questions still unanswered, however Seattle Reign FC did clinch home field advantage in the semifinals round. Reign FC enters their Wednesday matchup with a chance to also clinch the NWSL Shield, which goes to the team with the most regular season points.

A Week 16 win put FC Kansas City in a position to clinch a playoff spot and home field advantage in the semifinals round on Wednesday when they visit Washington Spirit.

The Spirit’s draw last week against Portland Thorns FC kept them in playoff position. While Washington will not clinch a spot Wednesday, it is important that they get a result in order to keep pace with third place Thorns FC and fifth place Chicago Red Stars.

Western New York Flash, Sky Blue FC and Houston Dash all have important midweek matchups in which wins would help keep their playoff hopes alive.

Finally, while Boston Breakers is inactive in the midweek matches, their playoff fate could be determined based on the Spirit’s result on Wednesday night.

 

Week 17 Midweek Match Scenarios:

Seattle Reign FC will clinch the 2014 NWSL Shield if…

…Reign FC win at the Dash                             AND        FCKC draw at the Spirit

                OR

…Reign FC win or draw at the Dash                 AND        FCKC lose at the Spirit

FC Kansas City will clinch a spot in the 2014 NWSL Playoffs AND home field advantage in the Semifinals if…

…FCKC win at the Spirit *

* = FCKC would clinch home field because it would hold the head-to-head tie breaker over the Red Stars (2-0-0)

The Boston Breakers will be eliminated from the 2014 NWSL Playoffs if…

…the Spirit win vs. FCKC

 

Magic Number or Elimination Number for all nine teams:

# Team Pts. GD GR Max Pts.  Magic No.  Elimination No.  1 Seattle Reign FC - x 46 25 5 61   ˗˗ 2 FC Kansas City 37 8 4 49 4 ˗˗ 3 Portland Thorns FC 30 4 3 39 11 ˗˗ 4 Washington Spirit 28 -8 4 40 13 -- 5 Chicago Red Stars 28 4 4 40 -- 13 6 Western New York Flash  24 5 4 36 -- 9 7 Sky Blue FC 19 -13 5 34 ˗˗ 7 8 Houston Dash 18 -10 6 36 ˗˗ 9 9 Boston Breakers 14 -15 5 29 ˗˗ 2                 Glossary - Pts: Points, GD: Goal Difference, GR: Games Remaining, Max: Maximum points possible x- clinched homefield in Semifinals             **The Magic Number or Elimination Number for each team does not reflect scenarios that require tiebreakers. Tiebreaker scenarios are required when a team’s Magic Number or Elimination Number is 1.

 

Formulas for Magic and Elimination numbers

Magic Number formula

The Magic Number for a team to clinch a playoff spot is determined by subtracting that team’s current points total from the maximum number of points possible for the fifth-place team, then adding one.

For example:

Team Pl Pts Max FC Kansas City 2nd 37 49 Chicago Red Stars 5th 28 40

Then the magic number for FC Kansas City to clinch a playoff spot is 40 - 37 + 1 = 4

Elimination Number Formula
 
The Elimination Number for a team to confirm their exclusion from the playoffs is determined by subtracting that team’s maximum number of possible points from the current number of points of the fourth-place team, then adding one.

For example:

Team Pl Pts Max Washington Spirit 4th 28 40 Boston Breakers 9th 14 29

Then the magic number for the Boston Breakers is 29 - 28 + 1 = 2

 

Tiebreaker Procedures

TO BREAK A TIE IN THE STANDINGS            
               
If two or more teams are tied on points at the end of the regular season, the tie will be broken through the following steps: 
               
Two teams              
1.Head-to-head record            
2.Overall goal difference            
3.Overall goals scored            
4.Head-to-head road record            
5.Goal difference in all road games            
6.Goals scored in all road games            
7.Head-to-head home record            
8.Goal difference in all home games            
9.Goals scored in all home games            
10.Coin toss            
               
Three teams            
1.Points per game against other two teams          
2.Overall goal difference            
3. See tiebreaker procedure for two-team scenarios        
               
NOTE: If two teams are still tied after the third team has advanced via the tiebreaker, the tie will be broken using the two-team tiebreaker rules.

Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone praises Jurgen Klinsmann for USMNT's performance at World Cup

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:22am

Although most pundits were not predicting the US national team to get out of the "Group of Death" at the 2014 World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann's group reached the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

Some American fans and media members have identified the performance as being status quo, given the US lost in extra time in the 2010 World Cup, but one high-profile manager in Spain would disagree with those naysayers.

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Philadelphia Union announce signing of Algeria goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:13am

US fans know Rais M'bolhi as the goalkeeper who gave up the epic Landon Donovan World Cup goal in 2010.

Now they'll learn to know him as a Philadelphia Union player.

The club on Wednesday announced the signing of the 28-year-old two-time World Cup veteran, who starred for Algeria in the most recent edition in Brazil and led his country to the knockout round for the first time ever.

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Report: LA Galaxy pursuing loan move for USMNT midfielder, SoCal native Sacha Kljestan

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:05am

Sacha Kljestan is headed home.

At least, that's what the latest rotation of the the transfer-window rumor mill is grinding out.

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