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Wilmots: Belgium should seize this chance

FIFA - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 1:08pm
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has insisted his side can write history when they face Argentina in the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals and that Les Diables Rouges cannot be fixated on the threat posed by Lionel Messi.

Brazil 2, Colombia 1: 2014 FIFA World Cup | Quarterfinal Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 1:05pm

That was entertaining.

Two South American powers went blow-for-blow in a World Cup quarterfinal at the Estadio Castelao, but Brazil's guile from set pieces proved the difference as the hosts knocked off Colombia 2-1 on goals by defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz to advance to a semifinal date against Germany on July 8.

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NWSL soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:53pm

(July 4, 2014) – Vicky Losada and Carli Lloyd square off against Tiffany McCarty and Meghan Klingenberg when the Western New York Flash face the Houston Dash on Saturday.

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Losada continued her strong start to her NWSL career with her third goal of the season in Western New York’s 2-1 home loss to Seattle Reign FC on Wednesday.

The Spain international’s goal in the 33rd minute after defender Brittany Taylor played a long ball into the box on a restart. Seattle midfielder Keelin Winters was first to the ball, but her header fell to Losada – whose shot lashed against the underside of the crossbar before coming down just over the goal line.

Losada – the NWSL assist leader with six – has registered a goal or assist in each of the last four games to help the Flash in the absence of forward and U.S. international Abby Wambach, who has missed the past seven games with a left knee sprain.

Coach Aaran lines will be looking to Losada and Lloyd, who has a team-high six goals this season for Western New York, to lead the line as the Flash will want to take all three points against a team in the bottom three in the standings.

The contest will be the fourth consecutive home game for the Dash, who traveled to face Sky Blue FC on Wednesday but had the match postponed due to weather.

Following paperwork, call-ups, injuries and now lightning have pushed Klingenberg's debut to Saturday against the Flash. Klingenberg expected to make her long-awaited Dash debut in New Jersey but the weather had other ideas. 

Starting with the game against Western New York, Houston play three of their next four games at home – where they are just 1-6-0 this season.

The one victory, however, came against the Flash in the previous meeting between the two teams at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The match Saturday is the third and final game between the clubs this season. The Dash won the two earlier meetings this season – both 2-1 victories.

McCarty has scored in each of the games against Western New York and coach Randy Waldrum will be looking for a repeat performance as looks to close the gap on the teams chasing the fourth and final spot in the NWSL Playoffs.


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Chivas USA midfielder Martin Rivero suffers torn right ACL, date for surgery yet to be determined

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:28pm

Martin Rivero was just getting comfortable in the Chivas USA midfield.

After just seven matches played for the Goats, the Argentine will be out for a while after the club announced on Friday that Rivero tore his right ACL in last weekend's 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

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Messi awaits his Belgian nemesis

FIFA - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:20pm
Lionel Messi has failed to score against Thibaut Courtois in their last seven meetings. FIFA.com takes a closer look at a fascinating sub-plot to Saturday’s quarter-final between Belgium and Argentina.

Pick 'Em: MLSsoccer.com editors and Cobi Jones pick Week 17's weekend matches

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:00pm

Each week, the MLSsoccer.com editors and LA Galaxy/USMNT legend Cobi Jones will share their picks ahead of the league matches. Here are their picks for this weekend's games.

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Check out the full TV listings for the weekend's matches.

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Sabella: The team make Messi

FIFA - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 10:26am
After his side have been criticised as over-reliant on Lionel Messi, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has said it is the work of the team that has allowed their star to shine.

Blatter shocked by Bieniewicz's death

FIFA - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 9:39am
The FIFA President has written to Sunil Gulati, president of US Soccer, to express his shock and sadness at the death of amateur referee John Bieniewicz following an on-pitch assault.

Friendship and thrills in Caju

FIFA - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 9:22am
A total of 192 youngsters from 27 nations and seven continents were thrilled as the Football for Hope Festival got underway in Caju. FIFA.com recaps as incalculable fun was had and countless friends were made.

France 0, Germany 1: 2014 FIFA World Cup | Quarterfinal Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 9:02am

Efficient and ruthless. Welcome to Germany at the World Cup.

Joachim Low's side registered one of their patented tournament victories, making a 13th-minute Mats Hummels set-piece header hold up at the World Cup, booking their ticket to their fourth straight semifinals where they will face hosts Brazil or Colombia.

Amazing photo! pic.twitter.com/qDNtlXY7KB

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American Exports: Aron Johannsson set for ankle surgery, could miss AZ Alkmaar Eredivisie opener

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 7:55am

AMSTERDAM – Dutch side AZ Alkmaar have confirmed that strike ace Aron Jóhannsson will soon undergo ankle surgery, telling MLSsoccer.com that the US international is expected to be on the shelf until mid-to-late August.

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World Cup: USMNT Player Ratings - Tim Howard, Julian Green nab high marks for overall tournament grades

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 7:15am

Now that the dust has settled from the US national team's World Cup journey, it's time to pass out everyone's grades for the entire tournament as a whole.

As always, marks are handed out on a scale with "6" counting as average. Grades are also relative to time played, meaning a "7" for someone who played every minute in Brazil is more impressive than one given to a player that worked one half.

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The Global Game: Which World Cup Team to Root for, Reconsidered

NYT Goal blog - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 7:14am
The utilitarian fan index gets a tweak as we consider different kinds of happiness: a first win vs. a second, for example.

Returning heroes: Sigi Schmid says Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin will probably rest vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 6:45am

TUKWILA, Wash. – Cascadia Cup bragging rights are on the line this Saturday as the Seattle Sounders get set to make the trip across the border and take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in a high-stakes match-up between Western Conference playoff contenders (10 pm ET; MLSsoccer.com Stream of the Week). Read More

Houston Dynamo happy to have USMNT's Brad Davis back, but they know he's not only answer to struggles

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 6:30am

HOUSTON – It was a career-defining month and a half at the World Cup for Brad Davis.

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Argentina hold no fear for bold Belgium

FIFA - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 6:21am

With Belgium facing Argentina in a FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final on Saturday, we consider the past meetings between the sides and what they can expect in Brasillia this time around.

Starting XI: Can Brad Davis halt the Houston Dynamo's slide? Will Vancouver put a stranglehold on Cascadia Cup?

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 6:00am

Welcome to Starting XI, our Friday rundown of what to watch for – and what we're watching. Here's our Fourth of July special.

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CONCACAF unveils Champions League group stage schedule which kicks off August 5

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 5:36am

CONCACAF on Friday unveiled the group-phase schedule for the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League tournament which kicks off this summer.

The first matchday will be played on August 5 and it wraps up on October 23. Only the winners of the eight groups will advance, leading to the elimination of 16 of the 24 participating teams in the group stage.

The quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be played in the spring of 2015.

Below is the complete group stage schedule (MLS clubs in bold):

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World Cup: MLSsoccer.com experts pick France vs. Germany and Brazil vs. Colombia

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 5:30am

MLSsoccer.com editors, Jesse Marsch and Cobi Jones will pick each match throughout the World Cup. Here are their picks for Friday's games:

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