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PREVIEW: SPIRIT VS. BREAKERS

NWSL soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:02am

(July 1, 2014) – The Washington Spirit welcome the Boston Breakers to town seeking their second consecutive win after snapping a three-game losing streak in Week 12.

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Forward Jodie Taylor had a goal and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made two saves to lift the Spirit to a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dash on Saturday to propel Washington to third in the standings.

The goal was the seventh of the season for Taylor – fourth-best in the league so far this season. Harris’ shutout was her third of the campaign, good enough to be tied along with Chicago Red Stars’ keeper Karina LeBlanc for the third most in the league.

The shutout is just the third of the season for Washington and the first for the Spirit against a team other than the Red Stars.

The Spirit will finish a stretch of two of three matches at home on Wednesday before heading out on the road for their next three games.

Washington have only been shutout once this season – against Boston in Week 10 – which is tied with Seattle Reign FC for the fewest in the NWSL this season.

The match Wednesday is the third and final meeting of the year between the Spirit and the Breakers – with the two clubs spitting the first two games against each other.

The Breakers come into the contest on the heels of their third consecutive game without a win following a 2-1 defeat to the Western New York Flash in Week 12.

Forward Nkem Ezurike scored the lone goal for Boston in the 71st minute after midfielder Maddy Evans intercepted a pass in the attacking half and then slipped a pass through the Western New York defense for the Michigan product to run onto and slide into the net.

The goal was the second of the year for Ezurike and the second assist for Evans.

The match Wednesday is the third in a stretch seven games away from home for the Breakers. Boston is 0-1-1 on the current road trip and 0-3-1 away from Harvard Stadium this season.

 

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PREVIEW: FLASH VS. REIGN FC

NWSL soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:48am

(July 1, 2014) – Carli Lloyd and the Western New York Flash look to solidify their playoff hopes when they host league-leading Seattle Reign FC on Wednesday night.

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Lloyd powered the Flash to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers in Week 12 with two second-half goals to lead Western New York to their second win in the last three games.

The U.S. international rose above her defender in the box in the 59th minute against Boston to give the Flash a 1-0 lead with a header directed just inside the far post.

After the Breakers leveled the score 12 minutes later, Lloyd provided the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute when she streaked onto a pass from midfielder Vicky Losada before lofting the ball into the roof of the net.

The goals were Delran, N.J. native’s fifth and sixth of the season and moved her into a tie for fifth in the league. Losada’s assist on the game-winning tally was her league-best sixth of the season.

Goalkeeper and Australia international Lydia Williams made three saves to earn the win for the Flash.

Lloyd and the Flash take the momentum from the victory into their contest Wednesday with the Reign.

This is the third and final match between the teams this season, with Seattle boasting a 1-1-0 record against Western New York in the two previous meetings.

The Flash came the closest of any team to handing a loss to the Reign this year – taking a 2-1 lead into second-half stoppage time May 25 before forward Kim Little to rescue a 2-2 draw for Seattle.

Little and the Reign saw their four-game winning streak snapped with a 0-0 draw against Sky Blue FC in Week 12.

The draw was just the third time this season that Seattle were forced to settle for a share of the points – and the first time all year that the Reign were held scoreless.

Backup goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer made five saves to record her second shutout of the year for Seattle, who play three of their next four games at home.          

 

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Pancakes or waffles? US ambassador to UK challenges Belgian counterpart

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:44am

It's not a real sporting event until a few politicians get into the fun.

US Ambassador Matthew Barzun is either supremely confident in the US national team beating Belgium on Tuesday afternoon. Or he isn't that particular about his breakfast choices.

On Tuesday, Barzun, the US ambassador to the UK, tweeted out a photo of a note he sent to his Belgian counterpart, Ambassador Guy Trouveroy. The note was a bet about the match.

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Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:44am

CHICAGO FIRE vs TORONTO FC
TOYOTA PARK, Bridgeview, Ill.
July 2, 2014 (WEEK 17, MLS Game #148)
7:30 p.m. CT (TSN/RDS2; My50 Chi)

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Juve complete Sturaro capture

FIFA - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:30am
Serie A champions Juventus have completed a deal to sign midfielder Stefano Sturaro from Genoa, though the 21-year-old will spend the 2014/15 season on loan with his previous employers.

Moreno faces months on sidelines

FIFA - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:21am
Mexico defender Hector Moreno faces four to six months on the sidelines after suffering a broken tibia - which now requires surgery - during the FIFA World Cup defeat by the Netherlands on Sunday.

Houston Dynamo find shared business, community values with new jersey sponsor BHP Billiton

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:20am

HOUSTON – On the modern soccer landscape, having a jersey sponsor has become a status symbol.

Beyond the financial benefits, clubs' jerseys often provide as much connection to the club they represent as their logos or crests. And after two years without a shirt sponsor, the Houston Dynamo on Tuesday announced a multi-year agreement with BHP Billiton.

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Argentina 1, Switzerland 0: 2014 FIFA World Cup | Round of 16 Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:00am

Switzerland played Argentina tough – indeed, tougher than many thought they were capable of – but in the end their bid at an upset was denied by a goal deep into extra time by Argentina’s Angel Di Maria. The Albiceleste’s win sees them through to the quarterfinals for a date against Belgium or the USA, while Switzerland’s solid run at the World Cup is finally done.

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World Cup: Geoff Cameron returns to USMNT starting XI vs. Belgium; Jozy Altidore, Kyle Beckerman on bench

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:54am

Jurgen Klinsmann has tweaked his starting lineup yet again.

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World Cup: Celebrities and athletes are hyped for USA's Round of 16 match against Belgium

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:05am

Celebrities and athletes are with the rest of the country in showing their support for USMNT before Tuesday's match against Belgium:

Below are just some examples:

Have to admit I'm a USA fan today

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FIFA Interactive World Cup Final Showdown to take place at Sugarloaf

FIFA - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:02am
Striking legends Ronaldo and Dwight Yorke will be at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Sugarloaf Mountain on 3 July to watch the Grand Final of the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC).

He's here: Orlando City unveil Brazilian star Kaka as club's first Designated Player signing

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 8:05am

Orlando City SC took another huge step toward their 2015 MLS expansion debut on Tuesday with the unveiling of Brazilian playmaker Kaka as the club's first Designated Player.

The 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year and 2002 World Cup winner arrived in Orlando to a hero's welcome on Monday night, and was warmly received by club president Phil Rawlins and his staff in a Tuesday morning press conference. 

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World Cup Commentary: Whether the United States win or lose, I believe

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 8:00am

Just a few more hours now until Belgium-USA and it's hard not to feel it. The buzz, the hype, anticipation, the nervousness. It's in the smiles of that guy on the subway in the Clint Dempsey jersey. It's on the face of that girl in star-spangled spandex making her way toward Soldier Field in Chicago. Read More

Cameroon Investigating Match-Fixing Accusations Against its World Cup Team

NYT Goal blog - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 7:51am
Cameroon’s soccer federation announced late Monday that it would pay particular attention to a heavy defeat by Croatia in the opening round.






MLS Fantasy Advice: Montreal Impact flip the script, deliver big-time in Round 16

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 7:45am

We're back and break-free from here on out!

Round 16 of MLS Fantasy was an incredible week for defenders with a season-high 10 teams logging clean sheets. The top score jumped up 21 points from last round (86 points to 107 points) and the average score rebounded as well.

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World Cup over for injured Mustafi

FIFA - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 6:49am

Germany coach Joachim Low has said that Shkodran Mustafi will miss the remainder of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ through injury.

Lacen: This golden generation has matured

FIFA - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 6:12am

Algeria midfielder Medhi Lacen says the future is bright for Algerian football after Les Verts were eliminated by Germany at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

Global Soccer: James Rodríguez Might Be a Perfect No. 10

NYT Goal blog - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 6:01am
The Colombian has surprised even professional observers with his play and his adaptability.






Vote now for Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month for June

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 4:27am

There weren't as many MLS games as a usual in the month of June, due to the World Cup break, but there were enought see a few players shine. One of them will be your choice for the winner of the Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month award for June.

How it works: At the end of each month, the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff selects the five final nominees. These are then put to a vote among you, the fans. Fan voting for the May POTM will be open until 11:59 pm PT, Wednesday, July 2. The winner will be revealed on the morning of Thursday, July 3.

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World Cup: Landon Donovan responds to charges he "rooted against" USMNT after being cut

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:35am

When Landon Donovan was cut by US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, many wondered how the star, long the face of the USMNT, would deal with the news.

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