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Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Bradley Wright-Phillips sets the pace in Week 24

MLS Soccer - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:17am

Bradley Wright-Phillips wrote his name in the New York Red Bulls' record books in Week 24.

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Roundup: After Blind Draw, Jones of U.S. Team Lands With the Revolution

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:09pm
United States World Cup midfielder Jermaine Jones joined Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, which won the right to sign him over the Chicago Fire.






NADIA NADIM VOTED ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PLAYER OF THE MONTH

NWSL soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 4:33pm

CHICAGO (Aug. 25, 2014) – Sky Blue FC forward Nadia Nadim was voted the Army National Guard Player of the Month by the media for the month of August of the 2014 NWSL season.

Nadim, 26, won the award having played just two of her club’s four games during the month – scoring five goals and adding an assist to have a hand in every one of Sky Blue FC’s six goals in her two appearances.

Despite playing in just six games (5 starts) all season, the Afghanistan-born Denmark international nearly cracked the NWSL’s Top 10 in scoring with seven goals to go along with three assists while on loan from Danish club Fortuna Hjørring.

Nadim recorded the third hat trick of the 2014 season with her three-goal performance August 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium with goals in the 39th and 74th minutes as well as second-half stoppage time against the Houston Dash.

She followed up that effort with a two-goal, one-assist game – including the game-winning goal in the 89th minute – in a 3-2 victory August 13 over the Western New York Flash.

It is the second time an international player has been voted Player of the Month this year. Seattle Reign FC midfielder and Scotland international Kim Little won the award three times (April, May, July). FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who was named Player of the Month for June, is the only player other than Nadim and Little to claim the honor this season.

The Army National Guard Player of the Month is selected each month of the regular season by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis.

About Army National Guard

The National Guard congratulates Nadia Nadim on her extraordinary skills as the Sky Blue FC forward earned her place this month. Being a member of the Guard is like being a member of a soccer team-united we play, united we win. As in soccer, flexibility, dedication and commitment are the keys to success in the National Guard. As a part-time job, the Guard offers flexibility to its members so they can balance school/work/play while providing them with opportunities to develop their personal and professional skills. The National Guard's free soccer clinics and camps are a way to introduce the local Guard recruiter to members of their community who may see the Guard as an opportunity to earn a paycheck, receive college tuition assistance or gain life experience on the path to reaching your reach your goals.

In more than 3,200 locations, there is a National Guardsmen in nearly every community. The incredible versatility of National Guard members enables its troops to respond to domestic emergencies, support our national defense strategy, provide counterdrug support, assist in overseas reconstruction efforts and more - all with equal speed, strength and efficiency.

CONCACAF Champions League: One-time New York Red Bulls starter Ryan Meara to get chance vs. FAS

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 4:22pm

HARRISON, N.J. – New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke did something Monday he rarely ever does.

He revealed one of his starters.

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ALYSSA NAEHER NAMED 2014 NWSL GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR

NWSL soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:14pm

CHICAGO (August 25, 2014) – Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was named the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2014 season.

Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo was second while the Washington Spirit’s Ashlyn Harris finished third in the voting.

The Boston goalkeeper also beat out other notable competitors – including FC Kansas City’s Nicole Barnhart, who was the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013.

Naeher, 26, started all 24 games for the Breakers this season and led the league in goalkeeper minutes with 2,115. Her 106 saves were also an NWSL best and 30 more than her closest competitor, Chicago Red Stars net minder Karina LeBlanc.

The Stratford, Conn. native had three shutouts during the season – including a 10-save clean sheet in a 2-0 victory August 10 against defending champions Portland Thorns FC that earned her NWSL Player of the Week honors for Week 18 of the 2014 season.

The Penn State product finished the campaign with two consecutive shutouts at home to help Boston climb out the NWSL basement and into seventh in the standings.

She was most recently called into the U.S. Women’s National Team for the squad’s August 20 friendly against Switzerland, but was an unused substitute. She has yet to make her debut with the senior national team.

Naeher joins forward Lianne Sanderson, who was voted to the 2013 NWSL Second XI, and former teammate Sydney Leroux, who earned a spot on the 2013 NWSL Best XI, as the only Breakers players to be honored with a season-end award.

The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, team officials and NWSL players.

TRIVIA: What's the longest pass sequence leading up to a goal in MLS since 2010? | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:30pm

On Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur scored a mesmerizing goal that undoubtedly left the "possession is king" truthers among us feeling vindicated in their beliefs.

The sequence leading up to the goal was dizzying — 48 passes completed in succession before the ball hit the back of the net — and left Queens Park Rangers gasping for breath and without answers.

Have a look and marvel for yourself:

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Seattle Sounders' DeAndre Yedlin hoists Seahawks' 12 flag before preseason NFL game | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:00pm

For a native chlid like Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin, raising the "12 flag," which signifies the 12th man — the team's fans — before a Seattle Seahawks NFL game has to be one of the greatest honors bestowed upon a Seattleite.

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LA Galaxy thinking Supporters' Shield again after dominant performance vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:46pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy are back on point, and they’re thinking about silverware again.

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Minnesota Youth Soccer Annual Awards

MYSA - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:14pm

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Sebastian Jaime trains with Real Salt Lake for first time, could play Saturday against San Jose

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:07pm

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake's new Argentine striker Sebastian Jaime worked out with the team for the first time on Monday morning.

He could make his debut Saturday when RSL faces the San Jose Earthquakes on the road (10:30 pm ET; MLS Live).

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Blatter saddened by Ebosse's death

FIFA - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:35pm

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) to express his sadness upon learning of the tragic death of Albert Ebosse on Saturday 23 August.

Mario Balotelli Signs With Liverpool

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:15pm
Liverpool officially signed the Italian striker Mario Balotelli from A.C. Milan on Monday, taking a gamble on a player known as much for his controversies as his goals.






CONCACAF Champions League: Mike Petke says New York Red Bulls "need to win" opener vs. CD FAS

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:05pm

HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls will start their CONCACAF Champions League campaign on Tuesday night and, through no fault of their own, are already behind the eight ball.

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Vote now for MLS Save of the Week: Week 24

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:45am
Save of the Week: Week 24

With goals coming thick and fast in Week 24, it may not have been a vintage week for the goalkeepers' union of MLS. 

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MLS Fantasy Advice: Landon Donovan and Co. light the fantasy world on fire, set new record highs

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:27am
Transfer Deadline: Wednesday, 10:30 pm ET

Over the last three weeks, the high score in MLS Fantasy has gone from 90 to 117 to 165 points; a new record-high this season. The previous top score was 143 points (by TT) back in Round 10.

All in all, 22 players cracked double digits in Round 24 and LA Galaxy led all teams with seven selections.

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Despite scoreless streak of more than a month, Chivas USA plan to stick to current game plan

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:05am

A compact, conservative style has not been too kind to Chivas USA the last month, but it doesn’t appear that they have any intent to abandon it – not with a couple of reinforcements entering the picture, at least.

The Goats have not scored a goal since July 20 and are a mere 25 minutes from surpassing the Houston Dynamo for the league’s longest scoring drought of the year, yet the blueprint could very well remain unaltered moving forward.

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VERONICA BOQUETE SIGNS WITH 1. FFC FRANKFURT

NWSL soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:56am

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC midfielder Vero Boquete has signed with 1. FFC Frankfurt of the German Frauen-Bundesliga, it was announced today.

The 2014 Supporters’ Player of the Year, Boquete featured in 15 regular-season matches for Portland and in Thorns FC’s 2014 NWSL Playoffs semifinal match against FC Kansas City on Saturday. Boquete scored four goals and finished the regular season ranked tied for third in the league with six assists, while earning NWSL Player of the Week honors three times in 2014.

“It was a great three months here in Portland and I think it was one of the best decisions in my career. I really enjoyed my teammates, the staff and especially playing in Portland. It’s amazing, the fans are the best in the world,” said Boquete. “Now I have to continue my career, and the next step is to go back to Europe. It’s a new challenge and probably the biggest challenge in my career. After this experience, I’m going to try to do my best in Germany and I hope that I can come back next year, too.”

Boquete, 27, was acquired by Portland on April 7, joining the club after her season with Swedish side Tyresö FF, and made her Thorns FC debut on June 7 against the Western New York Flash.

“Vero’s a top-class player. Not only is she a great person and a great player, but her production is unbelievable,” said Thorns FC head coach Paul Riley. “Her work rate both in practice and games is phenomenal. She knows how to prepare and she is a true professional in every aspect of her life.

“She loves Portland and she loves the team. Playing in Europe is important in her preparation for the World Cup. Being close to Spain makes traveling, competing and maintaining a good balance considerably easier. We want her back in Portland and we look forward to her return.”

The captain of the Spain Women’s National Team, Boquete has registered more than 30 international caps since her senior national team debut in 2005. Boquete and Spain currently sit atop Group 2 (22 pts) in qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and will resume qualification on Sept. 13 against Romania. In six appearances in qualifying for Spain, Boquete has two goals and two assists.

One of 11 players named to the initial shortlist for the 2013-14 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe award, Boquete helped guide Tyresö FF to the 2014 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, recording a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss against VfL Wolfsburg. In nine Champions League matches, all starts, Boquete recorded two goals and three assists. In two seasons (2012 & 2013) with the Scandinavian club, Boquete registered 13 goals in 39 matches and was named Damallsvenskan Midfielder of the Year in 2012.

The Santiago de Compostela, Spain, native played for Riley and Women’s Professional Soccer’s (WPS) Philadelphia Independence in 2011. Boquete was named Player of the Year and helped guide Philadelphia to the league’s championship game. Boquete registered five goals and four assists in 13 matches for the Independence during the season.

Philadelphia Union's Jim Curtin pleased with debut of "world-class goalkeeper" Rais Mbolhi

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:32am

CHESTER, Pa. – It took more than three weeks, but Rais Mbolhi finally made his MLS debut.

And although he didn’t need to do much, the Algerian goalkeeper still made his presence felt in helping the Philadelphia Union pick up an important 4-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night.

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