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Montreal Impact relieve Nick De Santis of sporting director duties, stand by Frank Klopas through 2015

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:21am

Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo confirmed on Wednesday morning that sporting director Nick De Santis has been relieved of his duties and will remain with the club in an administrative role.

Current manager Frank Klopas, who Saputo confirmed will stay on in 2015, will also assume the role of director of player personnel.

"In business, the most difficult decisions to make are those made involving emotions," Saputo said in a club statement. "This is why, today, I am forced to make this decision with a heavy heart.

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American Exports: Joe Corona scores game-winner as Tijuana take Copa MX opener

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:13am

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – US international Joe Corona netted Club Tijuana’s second goal in their 3-1 victory Wednesday over Ascenso MX club Zacatepec in the first round of group-stage matches in the Copa MX.

Corona lifted the ball first-time over onrushing goalkeeper Jafet Camou from near the penalty spot after being put through on goal by Venezuelan Juan Arango in the 32nd minute. Later in the game, fellow American Paul Arriola came on for Corona to make his first appearance of the new season.

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Kick Off: Real Salt Lake vs. New York Red Bulls clash highlights four games on Wednesday night

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:10am

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

1. WORLD CUP HERO RETURNS AS RED BULLS, RSL TAKE CENTER STAGE

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Live Your Goals brings joy in July

FIFA - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:58am

Although July was dominated by the 2014 World Cup, it was an extremely eventful month for women’s football, with a total of 18 Live Your Goals festivals held around the globe.

MLS Fantasy Advice: 11 reasons you should join the party & finish the 2014 season strong

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:05am
Transfer Deadline: Wednesday, 7 pm ET

I got a direct message on Twitter the other day from a friend who claimed that he was "done with MLS Fantasy" this season. After 20 rounds of learning the league, managing a squad and competing with other fans for prizes, he was going to throw in the towel with just a few months left. All that time, all that effort, left to rot when the real fun started.

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Tyler Shaw’s 'SHOWTIME' unveiled as Canada 2014's Official Song

FIFA - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:40am
FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. have selected 'SHOWTIME' by 20 year-old west coast born Canadian singer Tyler Shaw, as the Official Song of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014.

Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits

NY Times Wellness > Physical Ed - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:01pm
Even small amounts of vigorous exercise could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality.

Sports Briefing | Soccer: Carlos Tevez’s Father Kidnapped

NYT Goal blog - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:46pm
The father of the Argentina and Juventus star Carlos Tevez was kidnapped but released eight hours later.






Hull's continental debut highlights Europa action

FIFA - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:16pm
Hull City will make their European debut at Slovakian outfit Trencin in Thursday's UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, with PSV Eindhoven, Goteborg, Lyon and Real Sociedad also in action.

INJURY REPORT: JULY 29, 2014

NWSL soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 5:47pm

(July 29, 2014) - With two games on the schedule for Wednesday night, here are the latest injury updates for the four teams in action.

 

Houston Dash

OUT: Brittany Bock (left knee acl surgery), Teresa Noyola (left achilles tendonitis), Lauren Sesselmann (left knee acl surgery)

DOUBTFUL: None

QUESTIONABLE: None

PROBABLE: Ella Masar (abdominal injury)

 

FC Kansas City

OUT: None

DOUBTFUL: None

QUESTIONABLE: None

PROBABLE: Nicole Barnhart (right ankle sprain), Sarah Hagen (right ankle contusion)

 

Seattle Reign FC

OUT: Amanda Frisbie (osteitis pubis)

DOUBTFUL: None

QUESTIONABLE: None

PROBABLE: None

 

Washington Spirit

OUT: Caroline Miller (right ankle surgery), Tiffany Weimer (left knee acl tear)

DOUBTFUL: None

QUESTIONABLE: Toni Pressley (right knee pcl tear)

PROBABLE: None

NAHOMI KAWASUMI VOTED NWSL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

NWSL soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:12pm

(July 29, 2014) – Seattle Reign FC forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi has been voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 16 of the 2014 NWSL season.

Kawasumi, 28, had two goals and an assist to lead Reign FC to a 5-0 victory Sunday over Portland Thorns FC at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. It is the second time she has been voted NWSL Player of the Week after also receiving the honor for a two-goal performance in Week 13.

The Yamato, Japan native has seven goals – tied for seventh in the NWSL – in 15 appearances (14 starts) this season while on loan from Japanese club INAC Kobe Leonessa. She is also tied for seventh in the league with four assists.

Kawasumi scored her first goal of the match in the 39th minute when her leaping header at the far post dropped in over the outstretched hands of Portland goalkeeper Nadine Angerer to make the score 2-0 after the forward was set up by a well-weighted cross from midfielder Kim Little. (Goal #1 – Watch highlights)

In the 49th minute, Little produced another cross that Kawasumi once again found crashing the far post and watched as the Japan international put her laces through the ball and blasted a half volley inside Angerer’s far post to give Seattle a 3-0 lead. (Goal #2 – Watch highlights)

Kawasumi then helped make the score 4-0 in the 57th minute when she curled in a cross from the right wing for fellow forward and U.S. international Megan Rapinoe to snap a header in off the left post. (Assist # 1 – Watch highlights)

This marks the third time this season and fifth time overall a Seattle Reign FC player has been voted NWSL Player of the Week – with forward Sydney Leroux earning the award in Week 4, while midfielder Jess Fishlock and forward Megan Rapinoe were both honored in 2013.

Seattle Reign FC returns to action on the road Wednesday, July 30 on ESPN3 at 9 p.m. ET against the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium. Depending on the result of the game between FC Kansas City and the Washington Spirit earlier that evening, Reign FC could have the opportunity to clinch the NWSL Shield – given to the club with the best regular-season record.

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.

Canadian Exports: Nik Ledgerwood debuts for Energie Cottbus, Dejan Jakovic splits with Shimizu

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:19pm

With the big European leagues kicking off in a matter of weeks – in some cases, mere days – the anticipation is heavy around the world. But for a few Canadians, there was no need to wait as they got back into league action this past week.

Midfielder Nik Ledgerwood (above) debuted for his new club, Energie Cottbus, in their season opener in the German third division. Ledgerwood went the full 90 as his side notched a 3-1 win over Osnabruck.

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Vancouver Whitecaps' Pedro Morales ready to do his part to make soccer most popular sport in Canada

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:12pm

RICHMOND, B.C. -- If you were to ask people what they think is the most popular sport in Canada, a majority would most likely answer hockey.

In many ways, they would be correct.

Hockey is Canada’s official national winter sport and draws top spectator crowds and television viewers. But the signs have been increasing for several years now that soccer is starting to take a firmer grip on the country’s sporting psyche.

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FC Dallas' Oscar Pareja says trade of Andrew Jacobson necessary to address pressing needs

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:55pm

FRISCO, Texas – Following Tuesday’s announcement that FC Dallas had traded Andrew Jacobson to New York City FC, FCD head coach Oscar Pareja said that although the team would miss the veteran midfielder, the team needed to make the change.

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Roy Miller set to return to backline for New York Red Bulls, leaving Ambroise Oyongo's status uncertain

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:50pm

HANOVER, N.J. – Roy Miller has only played 45 minutes in a friendly since returning from World Cup duty, but that apparently will not be enough to stop the New York Red Bulls from starting him on Wednesday.

The Red Bulls will pay a visit to Rio Tinto Stadium to lock horns with perennial Western Conference powerhouse Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night (9 pm ET; ESPN2), and it is expected that Miller will return to New York’s starting lineup in a league match for the first time since May 10.

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Tornado touches down close to Colorado Rapids' Dick's Sporting Goods Park, injures none | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:45pm

The Colorado Rapids received an unwanted house guest on Monday when a tornado touched down not far from the team's Dick's Sporting Goods Park stadium.

Thankfully, according to CBS Denver, no injuries were reported as a result of this particular storm.

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PREVIEW: HOUSTON DASH VS. SEATTLE REIGN FC

NWSL soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:43pm

(July 29, 2014) – Seattle Reign FC could take the field Wednesday night against the Houston Dash with chance to secure home-field advantage throughout the NWSL Playoffs.

Game Info | Watch Live | Tickets

Forward Naho Kawasumi had two goals and an assist, midfielder Kim Little contributed a goal and two assists and U.S. internationals Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe each added a goal to hand the Reign a convincing 5-0 victory over Portland Thorns FC in Week 16.

The blowout snapped a two-game winless streak for the league leaders and served as a statement of intent against the reigning NWSL champions.

The win also means that if FC Kansas City drop points Wednesday versus the Washington Spirit, Seattle could claim the NWSL Shield for the best record during the regular season.

If FCKC were to lose, the Reign would need just a draw to earn their first silverware as a club. However, if the Blues came away with a tie against the Spirit, Seattle would need a win to clinch the best regular-season record.

Little comes into the contest Wednesday with the opportunity to set the NWSL single-season scoring record after netting her 12th of the season to tie the mark set last year by FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday.

The Dash enter the game on the heels of a scoreless draw with the Chicago Red Stars in Week 16.

Goalkeeper Erin McLeod made four saves – including three in the second half – to help secure a share of the points for Houston.

It was the second consecutive draw for the Dash, which are unbeaten in their last three games since a Week 13 loss to the Western New York Flash.

The match Wednesday is the second of three meeting between Houston and the Reign this season – with Seattle claiming the first encounter with a 2-0 victory in Week 3 behind a two-goal performance from Little and three saves from goalkeeper and U.S. international Hope Solo.

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Suspension, injury and international duty leave Sporting KC backline shorthanded once again

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:38pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Just when Sporting Kansas City thought they had achieved some backline stability, they've been hit with yet another triple blow.

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Ryan Nelsen defends critical comments of officiating following Toronto FC's loss to Sporting KC

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:32pm

TORONTO – With just more than two weeks remaing before another showdown with Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen is doing his best to move on from what he and his players deemed were some controversial calls in this past Saturday’s 2-1 home loss against the defending MLS Cup champs.

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Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:45pm

CHICAGO FIRE vs VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
TOYOTA PARK, Bridgeview, Ill.
July 30, 2014 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #191)
7:30 p.m. CT (TSN/RDS2; My50 Chi)

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