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Professional Referee Organization releases referee assignments for MLS Week 24 matches

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:36am

The latest refereeing assignments have been announced for the upcoming week of Major League Soccer action.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20

Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (9 pm ET)
REFEREE: RICARDO SALAZAR
AR1: Ian Anderson
AR2: Chris Strickland
4TH: Daniel Radford

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes
CenturyLink Field (10 pm ET)
REFEREE: DREW FISCHER
AR1: Fabio Tovar
AR2: Marco Arruda
4TH: Baboucarr Jallow

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Vote now for 2014 AT&T MLS Goal of the Week: Week 23

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:25am
2014 AT&T Goal of the Week: Week 23

Superb kicks, flicks and individual brilliance. Week 23 had it all.

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Drew Moor injury leaves struggling Colorado Rapids defense in peril going into LA Galaxy bout

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:12am

In the midst of a season-worst spiral, the Colorado Rapids might have been dealt yet another big blow in Sunday night’s 4-2 loss at D.C. United.

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Nigeria's super Sunday

FIFA - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 5:58am
Following her quick-fire double against New Zealand to book a semi-final showdown with Korea DPR, FIFA.com spoke to Uchechi Sunday about her achievement.

Columbus Crew fans unveil "Guardians against the Galaxy" tifo before knocking off LA | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 5:07am

If there's two things that help to make a quality tifo display, they are these: passion the club you support and a solid pop culture reference.

Both of those things were present and accounted for at Crew Stadium on Saturday night, and it equaled one very awesome tifo. 

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Kick Off: Supporters' Shield race heats up while Columbus Crew make news for all the right reasons

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:13am

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

1. SALT LAKE PROVE TOO MUCH FOR SOUNDERS

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CIES set for Moscow's Higher School of Economics

FIFA - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:55am

The Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow and the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) have just signed a partnership agreement to organise the FIFA/CIES Programme in sport management.

Wiebe: Hugs all around in Columbus, a new Rookie of the Year challenger & other Week 23 thoughts

MLS Soccer - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:32am

After Week 22, we featured the slugfest out West in the space below, a battle royale the Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle, who's kindly granted me this space while he cavorts around Catalina on vacation, dubbed MLS' "big fight."

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Nigeria ease through, France progress on pens

FIFA - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:24am
Nigeria and France overcame New Zealand and Korea Republic respectively to book the last two places in the semi-finals of Canada 2014.


Sports Briefing | Soccer: Manchester City Opens With a Victory

NYT Goal blog - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:45pm
Manchester City began its defense of the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory at Newcastle on Sunday.






THORNS FC BEAT REIGN FC, 1-0

NWSL soccer - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:09pm

(Aug. 17, 2014) - Forward Alex Morgan tallied the game-winning goal in the 68th minute, while goalkeeper Nadine Angerer recorded a clean sheet to help lead Portland Thorns FC to a 1-0 win against Seattle Reign FC and a berth in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) playoffs in front of 17,109 fans on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park.

The win secures Thorns FC (10-8-6, 36pts) the third seed in the NWSL playoffs for a second consecutive season. Portland will travel to take on the second-seed FC Kansas City on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The win, which was Portland’s fifth against Reign FC in seven all-time meetings since 2013, helped Thorns FC vault over Washington and Chicago in the postseason race.

After a scoreless first half, Portland broke the deadlock in the 68th minute when Morgan connected with midfielder Allie Long’s corner kick, heading it off Seattle defender Elli Reed and inside the left post from close range. The goal was Morgan’s sixth of the season and her first since July 23.

Angerer earned her fourth clean sheet of the season, making five saves in the match. The German international made a critical stop in the 43rd minute, denying forward Naho Kawasumi’s volley from close range as she jumped to tip the ball over the crossbar. Angerer also made saves on free kicks by Megan Rapinoe in the 34th and 56th minutes of the match.

Portland recorded its fifth shutout of the season and its third at Providence Park, while finishing the regular season unbeaten in its last five home matches (4-0-1), improving its record to 7-4-1 at home in 2014.

Thorns FC will take on FC Kansas City in the semifinals of the NWSL playoffs for a second straight season. On the road last season, Portland earned a thrilling 3-2 win in overtime on Aug. 24, 2013, to advance to the NWSL Championship game as Long scored the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute. In three meetings this season against FC Kansas City, Portland earned a 2-1-0 record.

Thorns FC and FC Kansas City face off on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium. Saturday’s nationally televised match on ESPN2 kicks off at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The winner advances to the NWSL Championship game on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Notes:

  • Thorns FC and FC Kansas City are the only two teams from the 2013 season to return to the playoffs in 2014 and will face off in the semifinals for a second straight year.
  • Portland has outscored FC Kansas City, 10-2, in the three previous meetings this season with a record of 2-1-0 during the regular season.
  • Thorns FC are 9-0-4 this season when scoring first in a match.
  • Portland improved to 5-2-0 all-time against Seattle with three shutouts and a 3-1-0 mark at home, dating back to the 2013 season.
  • Thorns FC finishes the regular season on a five match unbeaten streak at home, including back-to-back shutouts. Portland closes out the regular season with a record of 7-4-1 at Providence Park.
  • Defender Nikki Marshall made her 46th consecutive regular-season start for Portland on Sunday.
  • Along with Marshall, forward Jessica McDonald is the only other Thorns FC player to appear in all 24 regular-season matches this season.
  • Midfielder Tobin Heath returned to the lineup for the first time since July 17 at Chicago, making her fifth start this season.
  • Sunday’s clean sheet was the fifth of the season for Thorns FC and the third at Providence Park in 2014.
  • Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer tallied four or more saves in a match for the 12th time this season on Sunday.
  • Portland is one of only two teams to beat Seattle this season. Chicago earned a 1-0 win against Reign FC on July 12 at Benedictine Sports Complex.

 

 

 

GOALS

1

2

F

Seattle (16-2-6)

0

0

0

Portland (10-8-6)

0

1

1

 

 

SCORING SUMMARY

 

Goal   Time    Team                                Goal Scorer                       Assists                                    Note

1        68       Portland                           Alex Morgan                       Allie Long

 

 

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS

 

Time

Team

##

Player

Card

Reason

50

Seattle

4

Kate Deines

Yellow

Tactical Foul

89

Seattle

15

Megan Rapinoe

Yellow

Persistent Infringement

 

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

 

Time        Team                                  OUT                                               IN

26             Portland                           #7 Nikki Marshall                              #19 Sarah Huffman

54             Seattle                             #20 Mariah Nogueira                         #17 Beverly Goebel

66             Portland                           #17 Tobin Heath                               #14 Jessica McDonald

76             Seattle                             #2 Sydney Leroux                              #18 Danielle Foxhoven

84             Seattle                             #7 Elli Reed                                     #25 Kiersten Dallstream

90             Portland                           #12 Christine Sinclair                        #8 Angie Kerr

 

 

 

SHOTS

1

2

F

Seattle

7

7

14

Portland

7

2

9

 

 

 

SHOTS ON GOAL

1

2

F

Seattle

3

2

5

Portland

5

1

6

 

 

 

SAVES

1

2

F

Seattle

5

0

5

Portland

3

2

5

 

 

 

CORNER KICKS

1

2

F

Seattle

2

3

5

Portland

1

1

2

 

 

 

OFFSIDES

1

2

F

Seattle

1

1

2

Portland

2

3

5

 

 

 

FOULS

1

2

F

Seattle

5

6

11

Portland

3

8

11

 

 

Officials: Referee:  Elvis Mahmutovic

Asst. Referee: Chipalo Street; Ronald Lagraff

Fourth Official: J.J. Blodgett

Attendance: 17109

 

 

Seattle Player Stats

 

##

1

Name (* for starters)

Hope Solo*

Min

90

G

0

A

0

Sh

0

SOG

0

YC

0

RC

0

CK

0

Off

0

FC

0

FS

0

14

Stephanie Cox*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

15

Megan Rapinoe*

90

0

0

6

2

1

0

1

2

4

1

8

Kim Little*

90

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

4

Kate Deines*

90

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

3

Lauren Barnes*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

9

Nahomi Kawasumi*

90

0

0

1

1

0

0

4

0

1

1

11

Keelin Winters*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

Elli Reed*

84

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Sydney Leroux*

76

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

20

Mariah Nogueira*

54

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

17

Beverly Goebel

36

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

18

Danielle Foxhoven

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

25

Kiersten Dallstream

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

  TEAM TOTAL  990   0 0  14   5 2 0 5 5 11 10

 

Seattle Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

 

 

Min

 

 

GA

 

 

Sh

 

 

SOG

 

 

Sv

 

 

D

1       Hope Solo*

90

1

8

5

4

L

TEAM TOTAL

90

1

8

5

4

 

Portland Player Stats

 

 

 

 

 

 

##

Name (* for starters)

Min

G

A

Sh

SOG

YC

RC

CK

Off

FC

FS

2

Rebecca Moros*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

22

Amber Brooks*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

13

Alex Morgan*

90

1

0

4

3

0

0

0

2

1

1

9

Veronica Boquete*

90

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

21

Emily Menges*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

Allie Long*

90

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

2

1

Nadine Angerer*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

Rachel Van Hollebeke*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

12

Christine Sinclair*

89

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

17

Tobin Heath*

66

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

1

0

3

19

Sarah Huffman

64

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

7

Nikki Marshall*

26

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

Jessica McDonald

24

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

8

Angie Kerr

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

TEAM TOTAL

990

1

1

9

6

0

0

2

5

11

11

 

Portland Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

1       Nadine Angerer*

90

0

14

5

5

W

TEAM TOTAL

90

0

14

5

5

 

 

Penalties take France through in Montreal

FIFA - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 9:47pm
France needed penalties to book a semi-final date with Germany after a tense 0-0 draw against Korea Republic at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

BREAKERS DEFEAT DASH, 1-0

NWSL soccer - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 9:35pm

(Aug. 17, 2014) - Boston Breakers defeated the Houston Dash, 1-0, on Sunday night in front of 3,006 fans at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Mass.

 

 

 

GOALS

1

2

F

Houston (5-15-3)

0

0

0

Boston (6-16-2)

0

1

1

 

 

SCORING SUMMARY

 

Goal   Time    Team                                       Goal Scorer                               Assists                               Note

1        77      Boston                                    Kristie Mewis                             Heather O'Reilly

 

 

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS

 

Time        Team                          ##         Player                                 Card                 Reason

None

 

 

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

 

Time        Team                               OUT                                                 IN

46             Houston                         #21 Melissa Henderson                     #12 Tiffany McCarty

59             Houston                         #9 Kaylyn Kyle                                   #24 Kelly McFarlane

69             Boston                           #7 Jazmine Reeves                           #23 Bianca Sierra

76             Houston                         #19 Nina Burger                                #6 Rafaelle Souza

84             Boston                           #26 Nikki Washington                         #15 Bianca D'Agostino

88             Boston                           #4 Cat Whitehill                                 #18 Maddy Evans

 

 

 

SHOTS

1

2

F

Houston

7

3

10

Boston

6

11

17

 

 

 

SHOTS ON GOAL

1

2

F

Houston

4

0

4

Boston

3

6

9

 

 

 

SAVES

1

2

F

Houston

3

5

8

Boston

4

0

4

 

 

 

CORNER KICKS

1

2

F

Houston

2

3

5

Boston

2

4

6

 

 

 

OFFSIDES

1

2

F

Houston

1

2

3

Boston

3

3

6

 

 

 

FOULS

1

2

F

Houston

0

4

4

Boston

2

6

8

 

 

Officials: Referee: Karen Abt

Asst. Referee: Khalaf Al Latayfeh; Emilie Buse

Fourth Official: Andrew Brooks

Attendance: 3006

 

 

Houston Player Stats

 

##

8

Name (* for starters)

Jordan Jackson*

Min

90

G

0

A

0

Sh

2

SOG

0

YC

0

RC

0

CK

0

Off

1

FC

1

FS

0

3

Whitney Engen*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

Becky Edwards*

90

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

25

Meghan Klingenberg*

90

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Erin McLeod*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

Osinachi Ohale*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

7

Kealia Ohai*

90

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

22

Stephanie Ochs*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

1

0

19

Nina Burger*

76

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

9

Kaylyn Kyle*

59

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

Tiffany McCarty

45

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

Melissa Henderson*

45

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

Kelly McFarlane

31

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

Rafaelle Souza

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

  TEAM TOTAL  990   0 0 10        4 0        0     5     3    4 0

 

Houston Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

1       Erin McLeod*

90

1

13

5

4

L

TEAM TOTAL

90

1

13

5

4

 

Boston Player Stats

 

##

9

Name (* for starters)

Heather O'Reilly*

Min

90

G

0

A

1

Sh

2

SOG

1

YC

0

RC

0

CK

6

Off

3

FC

0

FS

0

3

Courtney Jones*

90

0

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

20

Mollie Pathman*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

19

Kristie Mewis*

90

1

0

5

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

Julie King*

90

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

Rachel Wood*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

12

Katie Schoepfer*

90

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Alyssa Naeher*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Cat Whitehill*

88

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

26

Nikki Washington*

84

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

Jazmine Reeves*

69

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

23

Bianca Sierra

21

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

15

Bianca D'Agostino

6

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

Maddy Evans

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

TEAM TOTAL

990

1

1

17

9

0

0

6

6

8

0

 

Boston Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

1       Alyssa Naeher*

90

0

10

4

4

W

TEAM TOTAL

90

0

10

4

4

 

 

 

Diamanti: Guangzhou can retain Asian title

FIFA - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 9:00pm
Guangzhou Evergrande's Italian midfielder Alessandro Diamanti chatted with FIFA.com ahead of his side's AFC Champions League quarter-final about his time in China so far, missing Brazil 2014 and much more.

Same problems, different day: Early goals, defensive woes lead to Colorado Rapids’ fourth-straight loss

MLS Soccer - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:05pm

Rinse, lather, repeat.

The same roughly familiar, and ultimately ugly, tale replayed itself on Sunday night for the Colorado Rapids in their 4-2 loss at D.C. United.

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Oshoala, Sunday send Nigeria into semis

FIFA - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:04pm
Braces from Asisat Oshoala and Uchechi Sunday have taken Nigeria into the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 win over New Zealand in Moncton.

D.C. United 4, Colorado Rapids 2 | MLS Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 5:21pm

WASHINGTON – It’s good to be home.

After dropping road matches to Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo, D.C. United made a victorious return home on Sunday evening, riding a Luis Silva brace to a 4-2 blowout of the Colorado Rapids in front of 12,814 fans at RFK Stadium.

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On-loan New York City FC DP Frank Lampard doesn't travel for Manchester City opener

MLS Soccer - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 12:01pm

Frank Lampard's brief Manchester City career is hold, at least for now.

The New York City FC Designated Player – who is on loan with the MLS expansion team's Premier League parent club through January of 2015 – did not travel for Man. City's opening-day trip to Newcastle United on Sunday, NYCFC announced via Twitter. City won the match 2-1.

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