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Deschamps names young France squad

FIFA - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:25am
Following a number of international retirements, Didier Deschamps has included Eliaquim Mangala, Lucas Digne, Morgan Schneiderlin, Remy Cabella and Loic Remy in his France squad.

Portland Timbers aim to "erase" painful Seattle Sounders thumping against Vancouver Whitecaps

MLS Soccer - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:00am

The last loss was a tough one – no doubt about it.

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter admitted as much Wednesday as his team hit the training field for the first time since falling in a 4-2 home defeat Sunday to their rivals, the Seattle Sounders. The scoreline – especially considering that two late Fanendo Adi goals made it look closer than it really was – and the fact that it came it at home against the Sounders made it all very tough to swallow, Porter said.

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New York Red Bulls' Matt Miazga not yet ready to commit international future to US or Poland

MLS Soccer - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:40am

HARRISON, N.J. – New York Red Bulls center back Matt Miazga is a promising dual national and recently received call-ups from both the US and Polish Under-20 national teams.

He chose the US, but only because they called first.

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AT&T MLS Goal of the Week update: Obafemi Martins' strike leads the way on final day of voting

MLS Soccer - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:35am
AT&T Goal of the Week: Week 24

Week 24 was full of fantastic finishes, but so far, one has proved head-and-shoulders above the rest, at least when it comes to AT&T MLS Goal of the Week voting.

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Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz confirms Curtin, Marsch, Meola, Harkes on managerial short list

MLS Soccer - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 7:18am

CHESTER, Pa. – Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz is thrilled with the job interim manager Jim Curtin has done since taking the reins from John Hackworth on June 12.

But Sakiewicz is still unsure if he will take the interim tag off of Curtin's title and of how long the process will take to hire a permanent manager.

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American Exports: Abdominal injury sidelines Geoff Cameron for Stoke City's visit to Manchester City

MLS Soccer - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:18am

AMSTERDAM – Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that the minor abdominal strain suffered by Geoff Cameron in Wednesday night's Capital One Cup victory will likely keep Cameron out of action for a couple of weeks.

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MLS Disciplinary Committee fines, suspends Portland Timbers' Norberto Paparatto for serious foul play

MLS Soccer - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:09am

The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced on Wednesday that Portland Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for serious foul play which endangered the safety of an opponent in the Seattle Sounders' 4-2 win over Portland on Sunday.

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Variety the spice of life for reinvented Goebel

FIFA - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:03am
Ahead of this week’s NWSL finale, FIFA.com chats to Seattle Reign forward Beverly Goebel about the team’s success and a life-changing two-year stint in Japan.

Platini Rules Out Standing Against Blatter

NYT Goal blog - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:54am
UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football on Thursday, the Frenchman deciding not to oppose incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency next year.






Kick Off: Galaxy keep climbing | Curtin on Union short list | Cameron injury

MLS Soccer - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:51am

Here are the top 15 stories everyone's talking about this morning:

1. GALAXY OVERPOWER DC UNITED

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American Exports: Rough night for Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres as Tigres lose in Copa MX

MLS Soccer - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:30am

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Tigres lost 2-1 to Irapuato on Wednesday in the Copa MX, with Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres both going 90 minutes.

On his most productive play of the game, Torres sent in a cross from the left in the 75th minute that Genaro Castillo headed over the goal, while Gomez had a quiet night up front. It was another US citizen, Las Vegas-born Ricardo Bocanegra, who secured the points for Irapuato with a sweetly-struck volley from outside the penalty area in the 71st minute.

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Libertad, River progress with ease

FIFA - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:15am
Paraguay's Libertad qualify for the second stage of the Copa Sudamericana with a 3-0 home win over Bolivia's Nacional Potosi, while Ecuador's Barcelona and Uruguay's River Plate also eased through.

Sports Briefing | Soccer: Arsenal Advances in Champions League

NYT Goal blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:25pm
Alexis Sánchez scored his first goal for Arsenal as the team held on with 10 men to beat visiting Besiktas, 1-0, on Wednesday and qualify for the Champions League group stage.






With decision to retire behind him, LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan once again hitting his best

MLS Soccer - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:53pm

CARSON, Calif. – If the LA Galaxy’s sensational form the past month and half has given rivals reason for concern, just imagine the kind of impact Landon Donovan’s performances must be having on those plotting how to stop him.

Already a legend on these shores, the 32-year-old attacker has been at his best the past few weeks, ever since revealing three weeks ago that he’ll hang up his boots when this season is done.

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LA Galaxy put together 26-pass sequence leading to Baggio Husidic's goal vs. DC United | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:51pm

Any doubts about the LA Galaxy's Supporters' Shield credentials should have been dispelled after a dominant 4-1 win over Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United.

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DC United point to own shortcomings, not heavy schedule, in assessing big loss to the LA Galaxy

MLS Soccer - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 8:39pm

If their 3-0 rout of Sporting Kansas City last Saturday evening was viewed by many MLS pundits as a statement match, D.C. United’s 4-1 loss to the LA Galaxy on Wednesday evening will likely be seen as a a come down from those dizzying heights.

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LA Galaxy 4, DC United 1 | MLS Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 7:54pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy sent a message to the rest of MLS on Wednesday night, piecing together another comprehensive performance, grabbing a quick lead and putting away Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United, more or less, before halftime.

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Eric Kronberg back in training for Sporting KC, but several weeks away from re-joining lineup

MLS Soccer - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:11pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eric Kronberg has traded the cast on his left hand for a pair of goalkeeper's gloves, but a return to match action for Sporting Kansas City's No. 1 is still several weeks away.

“It feels good to be out there with the team again and get some work in. I kind of feel like a goalkeeper again” Kronberg told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday. “I'm happy with my progress and I want to keep moving along.”

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NWSL ANNOUNCES 2015 SCHEDULE FORMAT

NWSL soccer - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:04pm

CHICAGO (AUG. 27, 2014) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the League will play a 20-game schedule for the 2015 NWSL season. The NWSL will also a take brief two-week break during the group stages of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

“We are very pleased to announce the new schedule for the upcoming 2015 NWSL season, which will allow us to have a March to September format with more weekend dates,” NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey said. “The 2015 NWSL season will also feature a short break at the start of the Women’s World Cup, which will allow the clubs and fans to fully focus on the excitement of the 2015 FIFA World Cup.”

The Canada Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and United States Soccer Federation have all committed to allocate players for the 2015 NWSL season. While the three federations are planning on hosting extended training camps and events prior to the start of the World Cup, they have agreed to release their players to participate from the start of the 2015 season.

“We are excited to announce that the Canada Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and U.S. Soccer have confirmed that they will allocate the same number of players for the 2015 season,” Bailey added. “We have been able to find a balance with Canada, Mexico and the U.S. that will enable the players to participate in training camps with their National Teams but will also allow them to re-join their clubs for some games prior to the start of the World Cup.”

The National Team players will begin the season with their respective National Teams, but will participate in the first three to four NWSL matches before the start of the Women’s World Cup. In total, National Team players will be expected to miss 7-8 games compared to three games in 2014.

The NWSL preseason training camps will begin in March while the regular season will kick off in early April. Based on the new 2015 schedule format, NWSL clubs will have an average of 5.9 days of rest in between matches. The clubs will also play 16 games on the weekend for an average of 1.3 midweek games in 2015 compared to an average of 7.8 midweek games in 2014.

The 2015 NWSL regular season will then culminate in the middle of September and be followed by the playoffs, including two semifinal matches on the weekend of September 12-13 with the championship match scheduled on the weekend of September 26-27 to avoid potential FIFA dates.

LAURA HARVEY NAMED 2014 NWSL COACH OF THE YEAR

NWSL soccer - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:33pm

CHICAGO (August 27, 2014) – Seattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey was named the NWSL Coach of the Year for the 2014 season.

Washington Spirit coach Mark Parsons finished second in the voting, with FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski – the 2013 NWSL Coach of the Year – coming in third.

Harvey, 34, guided Reign FC to a record-breaking season during which the club established new NWSL single-season marks for points (54), wins (16), goal difference (+30), goals scored (50) and goals against average (0.83) on their way to claiming the 2014 NWSL Shield for the best regular-season record.

The Nuneaton, England native and her club were able to accomplish these feats just one year removed from finishing the 2013 NWSL season in seventh and missing out on the playoffs by 18 points.

In addition to the single-season marks, Harvey and Seattle also set new NWSL records for most consecutive wins, with seven straight victories April 13-May 14 to start the season – which FC Kansas City matched later in the season.

Reign FC also established a new record for the most consecutive games without a loss as they went unbeaten in the first 16 matches of the year before a 1-0 loss July 12 to the Chicago Red Stars at Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill.

That defeat and a 1-0 setback on the final day of the regular season against Portland Thorns FC were the only losses suffered all year by Harvey and Reign FC, who clinched the NWSL Shield with four games to play following a 4-1 road victory July 30 over the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Harvey’s squad also finished the regular season with an undefeated 8-0-4 home record at Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium this season.

Seattle Reign FC will return to action against FC Kansas City in the 2014 NWSL Championship Game on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. ET at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.

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

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