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Left off squad vs. LA Galaxy, Chicharito ponders his uncertain future at Manchester United

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:46am

PASADENA, Calif. – Despite being one of the bigger draws for fans that braved the hectic rush-hour traffic, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández was held out of Manchester United's lineup in Wednesday night's friendly against the LA Galaxy and will have to wait for his chance to impress new manager Louis van Gaal.

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Canada U-20 national team call six MLS youngsters into squad for Milk Cup in Northern Ireland

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:23am

Six players representing MLS clubs have been named to the Canadian U-20 national team's roster for the prestigious Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland.

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New York Red Bulls will use Arsenal friendly to test World Cup veteran Roy Miller's match fitness

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:31am

For most of the New York Red Bulls’ players, Saturday’s match vs. Arsenal is just another friendly. For Roy Miller, it is a chance to prove how close he is to resuming his place in the starting lineup.

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New York City FC sign EPL, World Cup veteran Frank Lampard to Designated Player deal

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:59am

New York City FC announced their second major signing of the summer on Thursday, adding English World Cup veteran and longtime English Premier League midfielder Frank Lampard ahead of their Major League Soccer debut next year.

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German model? Sporting KC's Robb Heineman believes new training center can transform USMNT

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:39am

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Since rebranding and moving into Sporting Park just three years ago, Sporting Kansas City have led a push to make their hometown the soccer capital of the United States. Landing a U.S. Soccer national training center only strengthens that claim, says Sporting president Robb Heineman.

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American Exports: US U-20 gem Rubio Rubin suffers concussion, broken nose on FC Utrecht duty

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:10am

AMSTERDAM – Rookie FC Utrecht attacker Rubio Rubin will spend some time on the shelf after suffering a broken nose and concussion during Sunday's preseason friendly with Dundee United.

Mere moments after coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute, the 18-year-old was involved in a heavy collision. The broken nose was re-set at the hospital, but he must wait until the concussion symptoms subside before returning to action.

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Columbus Crew take value from Crystal Palace draw despite annoyance with defensive letdowns

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:00am

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It may have been a friendly match, but Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter wasn't happy with his team giving up two goals to English Premier League side Crystal Palace in Wednesday night's 2-2 draw at Crew Stadium.

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Kick Off: DaMarcus Beasley heads to Houston while NYCFC have "major player signing" to announce

MLS Soccer - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:55am

Here are the top 15 soccer stories we’re following today:

1.  RUN DMB

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Kick-Off Ball Winners announced

FIFA - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:34am
The FIFA.com Kick Off Ball Contest gave Club members the chance to claim a piece of 2014 FIFA World Cup history, and here we announce the 63 winners of the competition.

SPIRIT AND THORNS FC DRAW 1-1

NWSL soccer - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:20am

(July 23, 2014) - The Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns FC fought to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night in front of 3,854 fans at Maureen Hendricks Field at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. 

The match featured a weather delay of nearly two hours prior to kicking off on Wednesday.

Morgan opened the scoring in the eighth minute, tallying her third goal in the last four games, but Washington Spirit forward Jodie Taylor netted the equalizer in the 68th minute of the match.

Thorns FC (8-6-6, 30pts) remain in third place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings with the draw, while Washington is fourth with 28 points and the Chicago Red Stars sit in fifth place with 27 points. The top four teams qualify for the NWSL playoffs.

The tie extended Portland’s unbeaten streak to six games (2-0-4), while Thorns FC have now earned a draw on the road in three consecutive matches with a record of 3-2-5 away from Providence Park in 2014.

Defender Steph Catley tallied the assist on Morgan’s goal, her fourth consecutive game with an assist, sending a ball over the top as Morgan ran in behind the Washington defense. Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris came off her line and Morgan was able to chip Harris from the edge of the box to give Portland the early 1-0 lead.

Taylor tied the game, making a well-timed run in behind the Portland backline as midfielder Diana Matheson played a long through ball into space. Taylor found herself one-on-one with Thorns FC goalkeeper Nadine Angerer as she dribbled around her to the right before finishing from close range with a high shot from a tight angle.

Morgan nearly scored additional goals in the 22nd and 34th minutes. Midfielder Verónica Boquete threaded a ball through the right side of the box to Morgan who fired a shot on frame from close range, but Harris dove to her right to make the save before defender Ali Krieger headed the ball out for a corner kick. Morgan found herself one-on-one with Harris in the 34th minute as she tried to dribble around the goalkeeper in the box to the left, but Harris reached out to knock the ball away.

Portland held an 8-7 edge in shots, including four in the second half as forward Christine Sinclair saw her shot rattle the post in the 64th minute. Morgan tallied a match-high five shots and late in the second half was able to get past her defender outside the box before hitting a low, hard shot that was kicked away by Harris in the 78th minute.

Thorns FC return to the Rose City briefly before traveling to square off against Pacific Northwest-rival Seattle Reign FC on Sunday, July 27, at the Moda Health Pitch at Memorial Stadium; kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. (Pacific). The match will be broadcast live via webstream at www.portlandthornsfc.com.

Notes:

  • Wednesday’s match featured a weather delay of nearly two hours. Portland’s match at Western New York on May 3 was delayed for 43 minutes due to lightning.
  • Forward Alex Morgan has scored three of her five goals this season against the Washington Spirit.
  • Defender Nikki Marshall made her 42nd consecutive regular-season start for Thorns FC on Wednesday.
  • Defender Steph Catley extended her streak to four consecutive games with an assist.
  • Portland allowed just seven shots in the match, equaling an opponent’s season low as Sky Blue FC on June 25 and Chicago on July 9 both tallied just seven shots against Thorns FC.
  • Thorns FC remain unbeaten in five meetings with Washington (4-0-1), while having outscored the Spirit, 13-3, in the all-time series.
  • Portland is 7-0-4 when scoring first and 6-0-4 when leading at halftime this season.

 

GOALS

1

2

F

Portland (8-6-6)

1

0

1

Washington (8-8-4)

0

1

1

 

 

SCORING SUMMARY

 

Goal

Time

Team

Goal Scorer

Assists

Note

1

8

Portland

Alex Morgan

Stephanie Catley

 

2

68

Washington

Jodie Taylor

Diana Matheson

 

 

 

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS

 

Time        Team                          ##         Player                                                        Card                 Reason

None

 

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

 

Time        Team                                                       OUT                                             IN

69               Washington                                              #24 Lisa De Vanna                        #13 Kerstin Garefrekes 

73               Portland                                                   #12 Christine Sinclair                     #14 Jessica McDonald

75               Portland                                                   #19 Sarah Huffman                        #6 Meleana Shim

86           Portland                                                   #9 Veronica Boquete                       #8 Angie Kerr 

92+            Washington                                              #6 Lori Lindsey                               #17 Veronica Perez

 

 

 

 

SHOTS

1

2

F

Portland

4

4

8

Washington

4

3

7

 

 

 

SHOTS ON GOAL

1

2

F

Portland

2

2

4

Washington

1

1

2

 

 

 

SAVES

1

2

F

Portland

1

0

1

Washington

1

2

3

 

 

 

CORNER KICKS

1

2

F

Portland

1

2

3

Washington

1

5

6

 

 

 

OFFSIDES

1

2

F

Portland

4

4

8

Washington

1

2

3

 

 

 

FOULS

1

2

F

Portland

2

1

3

Washington

2

5

7

 

 

Officials: Referee: Katja Koroleva

Asst. Referee: Kathryn Nesbitt; Hagan Barnett

Fourth Official: Danielle Chesky

Attendance: 3854

 

 

Portland Player Stats

 

##

7

Name (* for starters)

Nikki Marshall*

Min

90

G

0

A

0

Sh

0

SOG

0

YC

0

RC

0

CK

0

Off

0

FC

0

FS

1

4

Stephanie Catley*

90

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

22

Amber Brooks*

90

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

13

Alex Morgan*

90

1

0

5

4

0

0

0

3

0

0

21

Emily Menges*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

Allie Long*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

0

2

1

Nadine Angerer*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

16

Rachel Van Hollebeke*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

9

Veronica Boquete*

86

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

19

Sarah Huffman*

75

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

Christine Sinclair*

73

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

14

Jessica McDonald

17

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

Meleana Shim

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

8

Angie Kerr

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

  TEAM TOTAL 990   1 1 8 4 0 0 3 8 3 7

Portland Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

1       Nadine Angerer*

90

1

7

2

1

T

TEAM TOTAL

90

1

7

2

1

 

 

 

Washington Player Stats

 

##

8

Name (* for starters)

Diana Matheson*

Min

90

G

0

A

1

Sh

1

SOG

0

YC

0

RC

0

CK

0

Off

1

FC

1

FS

0

12

Niki Cross*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

7

Christine Nairn*

90

0

0

2

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

19

Crystal Dunn*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

Tori Huster*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

11

Ali Krieger*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

Alex Singer*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

Jodie Taylor*

90

1

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

Ashlyn Harris*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

Lori Lindsey*

89

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

24

Lisa De Vanna*

69

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

13

Kerstin Garefrekes

21

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

Veronica Perez

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

TEAM TOTAL

990

1

1

7

2

0

0

6

3

7

3

 

Washington Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

1       Ashlyn Harris*

90

1

8

4

3

T

TEAM TOTAL

90

1

8

4

3

 

 

Earthquakes ease past Fire

FIFA - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:53am
San Jose Earthquakes claimed one of the results of the season as the bottom side cruised to a 5-1 victory over Chicago Fire.

Van Gaal era begins in style

FIFA - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:44am
Manchester United has begun life under new coach Louis van Gaal with a thumping 7-0 win over Los Angeles Galaxy.

Bringing hope to Rio’s streets

FIFA - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 1:09am
The recent FIFA World Cup proved football is a part of everyday life in Rio de Janeiro and, as our Video of the Week demonstrates, the sport can help provide positive change in society.

Sports Briefing | Soccer: U.S. Team Veteran Returns to M.L.S.

NYT Goal blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:04pm
Defender DaMarcus Beasley returned to Major League Soccer by joining the Houston Dynamo.






LA Galaxy's heavy loss to Manchester United "a real lesson for a lot of players," says Bruce Arena

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:11pm

PASADENA, Calif. – Bruce Arena didn't have to look far to find a few positives from the LA Galaxy's 7-0 debacle in Wednesday night's Rose Bowl friendly against Manchester United, even as his players called the result embarrassing.

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Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop says team was "soft, sloppy and bad defensively" in heavy loss

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 9:48pm

Head coach Frank Yallop pulled no punches in his assessment of the Chicago Fire’s 5-1 capitulation to the San Jose Earthquakes on his first return to Buck Shaw Stadium, admitting his side were “very soft, sloppy and bad defensively” as they fell to their heaviest defeat of the season.

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San Jose Earthquakes forwards Chris Wondolowski, Yannick Djalo make for lethal duo in rout of Chicago

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 9:23pm

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The first time Yannick Djalo was selected by San Jose Earthquakes coach Mark Watson as a strike partner for Chris Wondolowski, on May 3 in Vancouver, the partnership lasted barely 9 minutes before the Portuguese import went down with a muscle strain and had to trudge off the field.

The second time around, things worked a little better.

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LA Galaxy 0, Manchester United 7 | International Friendly Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:17pm

PASADENA, Calif. – The LA Galaxy expected to see Manchester United at its best, or whatever its "best" might be in its preseason opener. They hoped to give the English powerhouse a real test.

Not all went as expected in Wednesday night's Rose Bowl friendly. Man United was impressive in Louis van Gaal's debut as manager, but the Galaxy weren't much opposition in front of 86,432 mostly red-clad fans, a group that included David Beckham, who starred for both clubs.

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San Jose Earthquakes 5, Chicago Fire 1 | MLS Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:58pm

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The return of Chicago Fire coach Frank Yallop to Buck Shaw Stadium didn’t provide his new team with any pleasure.

Or points, for that matter.

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Sporting KC stay upbeat despite heavy loss to Manchester City as new signing Jorge Claros impresses

MLS Soccer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:34pm

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The final scoreline aside, Sporting Kansas City got most of what they wanted out of this one.

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