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Open Cup: Philadelphia native Jim Curtin feels "bigger burden" to lift trophy in front of "hungry" Union fans

MLS Soccer - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:51am

CHESTER, Pa. – Jim Curtin has played in three US Open Cup finals, winning two while playing for the Chicago Fire.

But for the Philadelphia Union interim manager, tonight’s Open Cup final pitting his team against the Seattle Sounders at PPL Park (7:30 pm ET, GolTV) is different.

This one is for his hometown.

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Kick Off: Union & Sounders in US Open Cup showdown | Timbers & DC in CCL

MLS Soccer - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:44am

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Castrol Index Weekly Top 20: Lee Nguyen continues impressive season with standout Week 27

MLS Soccer - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:40am

In recent weeks, New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen has burnished his MVP credentials, and Week 27 was no exception, at least according to the Castrol Index.

With a performance that included the game winner in the Revs' 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact, Nguyen takes top honors in the Castrol Index Weekly Rankings.

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Statement by the Chairman of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee

FIFA - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:03am
A statement from Domenico Scala, Chairman of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee, on the case and the allegations of the Cayman Islands investigating authorities against Canover Watson.

Ghosts of Bethlehem Steel still linger in Philadelphia soccer lore | THE WORD

MLS Soccer - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:31am

THE WORD is MLSsoccer.com's regular long-form series focusing on the biggest topics and most intriguing personalities in North American soccer. This week, contributor Dave Zeitlin examines the few remaining relics of the famed Bethlehem Steel, a once-dominant American soccer team still honored today by the Philadelphia Union.

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Sports Briefing | Soccer: Gus Johnson Quits as Top Soccer Announcer for Fox

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:04pm
Gus Johnson, best known for his calls of college basketball and the N.F.L., said he was stepping down as Fox’s lead soccer announcer.


NWSL soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:58pm

CHICAGO (Sept. 15, 2014) –The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that four players were selected off of the NWSL Waiver Wire, including midfielder Rafaelle Souza by FC Kansas City, forward Danesha Adams by Portland Thorns FC, and midfielder Joanna Lohman and goalkeeper Lydia Williams by the Washington Spirit.

Souza, Adams, Lohman and Williams were the only players chosen from the 12 available.

Souza, 23, made 16 appearances and six starts for the Houston Dash. In 507 minutes of play, she registered one assist for the expansion club. The Salvador, Brazil native’s lone assist came in the Dash’s first win in club history, a 3-2 victory over the Boston Breakers on April 20.

Adams, 28, made nine starts in 13 appearances for the Washington Spirit in 2014. The West Covina, Calif. native registered one goal and one assist in 802 minutes played on the season.

Lohman, 32, made 14 starts in 17 appearances for the Boston Breakers. In 1,231 minutes of play, the Silver Spring, Md. native registered one goal for the Breakers.

Williams, 26, started 14 games in goal for the Western New York Flash. The Katanning, West Australia native recorded two shutouts in 2014 prior to tearing her ACL while participating in the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup with the Australian Women’s National Team, an injury that ended her NWSL season.

The following players were not selected off of waivers (with previous team in parentheses): Emily Van Egmond (Chicago Red Stars), Nina Burger (Houston Dash), Kika Toulouse (Houston Dash), Angie Kerr (Portland Thorns FC), Madeleine Thompson (Sky Blue FC), Teigen Allen (Western New York Flash), DiDi Haracic (Western New York Flash) and Courtney Wetzel (Western New York Flash).

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

MLS Soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:27pm

Waterhouse FC vs. D.C. United
2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League
September 16 | 8 pm ET | National Stadium
TV: Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Sports 2, UDN

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Champagne to Run Against FIFA President Blatter

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:51pm
The former FIFA official Jerome Champagne formally announced that he would stand against the incumbent, Sepp Blatter, in next year’s election for president.

CONCACAF Champions League: Portland Timbers set to rotate squad vs. Olimpia

MLS Soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:27pm

PORTLAND, Ore. – Had the Portland Timbers been in a different situation, perhaps they could be approaching Tuesday’s CONCACAF Champions League game against Olimpia at Providence Park (10 pm ET; Fox Sports 1) with a bit more aggression.

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Portland Timbers vs. Olimpia | CONCACAF Champions League Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:53pm

Portland Timbers vs. Olimpia
2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League
September 16 | 10 pm ET | Providence Park
TV: Fox Sports 1, UDN

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US Open Cup: Seattle Sounders looking for redemption in final after early exit in 2013

MLS Soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:15pm

Coming off their fourth consecutive MLS victory, the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield-leading Seattle Sounders would like to keep the good times rolling.

Bagging a US Open Cup championship on the road in Tuesday night’s final against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park (7:30 pm ET, GolTV), for a fourth title in six years, would allow them to do precisely that.

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Toronto FC announce signing of Christopher Mannella as club's 10th Homegrown player

MLS Soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:00pm

Toronto FC announced Monday that the club has signed academy midfielder Christopher Mannella as a Homegrown player.

He is the 10th player in club history to sign a Homegrown deal with the first team. As per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Vancouver Whitecaps announce Homegrown signings of Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese

MLS Soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:37pm

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Monday the Homegrown player signings of residency attacking midfielders Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese.

The 18-year-olds become the club’s 10th and 11th Homegrown signings. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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US Open Cup: Title more important to Philadelphia Union's Sebastien Le Toux than scoring record

MLS Soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:28pm

CHESTER, Pa. – Few players have had the kind of US Open Cup success as Sebastien Le Toux, who currently holds the tournament’s modern-day scoring record with 14 goals.

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David Ousted takes responsibility for Blas Perez's winner in Vancouver Whitecaps' loss to FC Dallas

MLS Soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:18pm

David Ousted is having a stellar season in goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Dane is leading the league with nine shutouts, but there seems to be something about September road games in Dallas that finds him on the end of spectacular goals.

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VIDEO: North Carolina State's Michael Bajza's 30-yard volley is this week's NCAA stunner | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:05pm

Don't try and tell us there's not quality soccer being played — and stunning goals being scored — in the college game.

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To Escape Fighting in Ukraine, Shakhtar Donetsk Takes an Indefinite Road Trip

NYT Goal blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:04pm
The professional soccer team Shakhtar Donetsk relocated to Kiev because of intense bombardment in the city over the last few months.

Team of the Week (Wk 27): FC Dallas lead the way in pursuit of top-three finish in Western Conference

MLS Soccer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:56pm

It took one of the more unlikely golazos of the season, but FC Dallas took an iron grip on fourth place in the Western Conference with a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, and three Dallas players looked so good in the process that they were among the league's Team of the Week.

The result gives Dallas an eight-point lead over Vancouver with six games remaining, and now FCD can turn their focus to avoiding the Knockout Round, as they trail Real Salt Lake by just one point for third place.

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