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Negotiations ongoing as Orlando City continue Robinho chase with interest heating up in Brazil

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:03pm

Interest in AC Milan striker Robinho has intensified in recent days, but that hasn't driven Orlando City away from the negotiating table. Far from it, in fact.

The 2015 MLS expansion side hasn't been shy about its interest in the Brazilian forward in recent weeks, with the prospect of adding a second Designated Player following the capture of countryman Kaká an enticing proposition.

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MLS Fantasy Advice: Forget Round 20, managers trolling transfer market for Round 21 doubles

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:43pm
TRANSFER DEADLINE: Wednesday, 10:30 pm ET

The transfer market tells us crazy things sometimes. This week, it suggests that while the Montreal Impact are the only team benefiting from a double-game week in Round 20, most MLS Fantasy owners are directing their focus toward Round 21.

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American Exports: Bob Bradley, Michael Stephens grab first win since May with Stabaek

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:21pm

AMSTERDAM – Bob Bradley's Stabæk won for the first time since May on Wednesday, sailing on to the NM Cupen quarterfinals with a 2-0 road win over Bodø/Glimt.

Michael Stephens worked all but stoppage time for the Blue Ones, drawing a good save in the area just past intermission. Meanwhile, the home side remained without the injured Zarek Valentin.

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VIDEO: Artist draws photograph-like portrait of USMNT, Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:19pm

In need of something that's equal parts soccer-related, extremely awesome and slightly mindblowing to pass the next four-and-a-half minutes of your life?

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Versatile Warren Creavalle traded from Houston Dynamo to Toronto FC for top allocation spot

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:46am

The Houston Dynamo appear to be closing in on US national team left back DaMarcus Beasley, acquiring the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order on Wednesday and receiving allocation money in exchange for sending versatile third-year midfielder Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC.

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Vancouver Whitecaps rue blown leads caused by MLS-leading number of late goals conceded

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:25am

VANCOUVER, B.C. – You don't want to leave a Vancouver Whitecaps game early this season. While trying to miss traffic, you're likely to miss some goals in the process.

Thanks to some thrilling finishes, one-third of the goals in Whitecaps matches this year have been scored in the final 15 minutes of games. Vancouver have had some key point-securing strikes of their own among them, but they have also conceded a league-worst 11 goals in those closing moments, the latest of which cost them taking all three points in a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

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Titlists collide as Sporting Kansas City host Manchester City in Wednesday "Champions Shield"

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:51am

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Of the five exhibitions being played Wednesday night between MLS and English Premier League clubs (full schedule), a few stand out: LA Galaxy-Manchester United for history and the iconic venue, Toronto FC-Tottenham Hotspur for the Jermain Defoe subplot.

But neither of those can claim two defending champions.

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Eibar Is Facing Stiff Challenges in Spain’s La Liga

NYT Goal blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:32am
After winning promotion in late May, Eibar faced a race against the clock to raise $2.32 million and meet rules for the capitalization of a club in Spain’s top soccer league.






Rueda replaced as Ecuador coach

FIFA - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:29am
The Ecuador Football Federation have announced that they have chosen not to renew the contract of coach Reinaldo Rueda, replacing him with U-20 coach Sixto Vizuete for the rest of the year.

Colorado Rapids suffer injury epidemic amid busy stretch; three starters likely to miss Chivas USA tilt

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:38am

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The injuries are quickly piling up for the suddenly struggling Colorado Rapids.

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Montreal Impact plan to keep Evan Bush in goal, insist "it's not a demotion" for Troy Perkins

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:24am

MONTREAL – Don’t worry, MLS Fantasy owners. Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush has got you covered for his team’s double-game week.

“As far as I know, I’m still playing,” Bush told reporters on Tuesday.

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New England Revolution harness frustration from record losing skid: "This anger is going to help us"

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:15am

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – By any account, a seven-game losing streak is enough to sink a team to the point of no return. But the New England Revolution are still living life above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference – albeit holding on for dear life.

But the Revs know they must halt their downward progression in order to maintain that status, something that will require a more complete performance on the field.

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Brad Friedel, MLS coach? Ageless GK "keeping options open" as Tottenham career winds down

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:13am

TORONTO – For Brad Friedel, Tottenham Hotspur’s North American tour is a chance to experience a familiar shade of soccer all grown up.

Friedel played for the Columbus Crew during Major League Soccer's first two seasons but left for Europe in late 1997. He, like many US national team players, left the league to become a pioneer in European football, but Friedel says that he sees the change from its inception to today. 

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Dream Team winners earn Sony prizes

FIFA - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:08am

The results are in! Congratulations to the winners of the Dream Team Contest presented by Oi for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with five lucky FIFA.com Club members picking up prizes.

Houston Dynamo decline comment on report linking club with USMNT veteran DaMarcus Beasley

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:42am

The landing spot for US national team stalwart DaMarcus Beasley has been up for debate since before the World Cup ended. After leaving Mexican club Puebla, his future could be in orange.

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Wiebe: Sporting KC want to be greatest team in MLS? Win CONCACAF Champions League

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:35am

Eight years ago, a group of local businessmen bought a lame-duck franchise with no permanent home, no noticeable buzz and no foundation for long-term success.

They played in an NFL stadium in front of sparse crowds. They were last in MLS in just about every conceivable revenue stream. On the field, they were mediocre at best. They had nowhere to go but up.

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How Our Arms Help Us Run

NY Times Wellness > Physical Ed - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:01pm
The ideal arm swing while running may be the one you’re already using, a new study of upper body biomechanics concludes.

2014 NWSL PLAYOFF PICTURE: MIDWEEK EDITION

NWSL soccer - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 5:38pm

(July 22, 2014) – The race for the 2014 NWSL Playoffs continues with four weeks remaining in the regular season.

The Washington Spirit host Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., in a matchup of two teams currently in playoff position. While neither team will fall below fourth place after the contest, the Spirit and Thorns FC are both in a crucial stretch of the season in which neither can afford to drop points.

With the Chicago Red Stars and the Western New York Flash nipping at Washington and Portland’s heels, a win for either team could prove huge in determining their playoff fates. A win for Thorns FC would also mean that they would only be two points away from second place and home field advantage in the semifinals.

 

Magic Number or Elimination Number for all nine teams:

# Team Pts. GD GR Max Pts.  Magic No.  Elimination No.  1 Seattle Reign FC-x 43 20 6 61   ˗˗ 2 FC Kansas City 34 7 5 49 9 ˗˗ 3 Portland Thorns FC 29 9 5 44 14 ˗˗ 4 Washington Spirit 27 -8 5 42 16 -- 5 Chicago Red Stars 27 4 5 42 -- 16 6 Western New York Flash  24 7 5 39 -- 13 7 Sky Blue FC 19 -12 6 37 ˗˗ 11 8 Houston Dash 17 -10 7 38 ˗˗ 12 9 Boston Breakers 11 -17 6 29 ˗˗ 3                

Glossary - Pts: Points, GD: Goal Difference, GR: Games Remaining, Max: Maximum points possible

x - clinched a playoff spot

**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 34 49 Chicago Red Stars 5th 27 42

Then the magic number for FC Kansas City to clinch a playoff spot is 42 - 34 + 1 = 9

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 27 42 Boston Breakers 9th 11 29

Then the magic number for the Boston Breakers is 29 - 27 + 1 = 3

 

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.

San Jose Earthquakes teammates say abuse Steven Lenhart took vs. New York Red Bulls "unbelievable"

MLS Soccer - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:47pm

After 63 minutes Saturday night, Steven Lenhart had had enough.

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Quartet book ticket to New Zealand 2015

FIFA - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:09pm

Austria, Germany, Portugal and Ukraine sealed passage to the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 after the first day of the final tournament of UEFA's European U-19 Championship in Hungary on Tuesday.

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