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FutbolMLS Report: Carlos Valdes could return to Philadelphia Union next week

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 1:28pm

Colombian international Carlos Valdes could return to the Philadelphia Union as soon as next week, according to a report from FutbolMLS's Emmanuel Quispe.

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Seattle Sounders 3, Tottenham Hotspur 3 | International Friendly Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 1:14pm

The MLS-leading Seattle Sounders twice took the lead against English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, but the visitors used two penalty kicks to salvage a 3-3 tie in an entertaining, back-and-forth international exhibition played at CenturyLink Field on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs drew first blood in the 11th minute when Lewis Holtby lofted a header past Sounders 'keeper Stefan Frei.

The Sounders responded immediately with a series of golden scoring opportunities, but Clint Dempsey, Lamar Neagle and Gonzalo Pineda couldn't convert.

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Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez back on for Manchester United's summer tour

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:49pm

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is coming to America after all.

One day he was left off the traveling roster for Manchester United’s upcoming United States tour, the club has announced that Hernandez will join the club in Los Angeles on Tuesday ahead of the team’s international friendly against the Galaxy on Wednesday.

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PREVIEW: THORNS FC VS. BREAKERS

NWSL soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:37pm

(July 18, 2014) – Katie Schoepfer and the Boston Breakers continue their seven-game road trip when they head to the Pacific Northwest to face off against Portland Thorns FC on Sunday night in a match broadcast live on ESPN2.

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Schoepfer has scored in each of the last two games for the Breakers – including Boston’s 2-1 loss to the Houston Dash in Week 14. The offensive outburst for Waterford, Conn. native has taken her goal total to three for the season.

Breakers coach Tom Durkin will have Lianne Sanderson available for the match as the forward returns from serving a one-game suspension after she was sent off against Seattle Reign FC in Week 13.

Boston enters the match Sunday on a six-game winless run and has allowed the most goals in the league this season – conceding 37 times through 17 matches.

The Breakers were the first team to score more than one goal against Portland goalkeeper Nadine Angerer and the Thorns this season as they registered a 4-1 victory in the first meeting between the teams.

Sunday’s match is the second game of the year between the two sides and the first at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. – where the Thorns are 4-4-1 this season.

The Breakers – who are in the midst of a season-long seven-game road trip – are 0-5-2 away from home this year.

The Thorns enter the match looking to leapfrog the Washington Spirit into third in the NWSL standings and can do so if they can better Washington’s result Sunday against Sky Blue FC.

Coach Paul Riley will be looking for a repeat of his side’s quick start in their 1-1 road draw against the Chicago Red Stars – which saw forward Jessica McDonald score the fastest goal in NWSL history 33 seconds into the contest.

The goal was the 10th of the season for the North Carolina product – tied with FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez for second in the league.

Defender Stephanie Catley assisted on McDonald’s tally for her second helper in as many games for Portland, which drew with the Red Stars for the third time this season.

Following the contest Sunday, the Thorns will head out on the road for games against the Washington Spirit and league-leading Seattle Reign FC before returning to Providence for two of their final three matches of the regular season.

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Photo courtesy of Boston Breakers and Portland Thorns FC

Sporting Kansas City sign Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to long-term Designated Player deals

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:32pm

Foreign clubs have come knocking, but US national team players Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are staying put in MLS with Sporting Kansas City.

The SKC duo, who featured for the USA at the 2014 World Cup, signed multi-year deals with the defending MLS Cup champions which makes them Designated Players and locks them down through the 2018 World Cup.

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PREVIEW: SEATTLE REIGN FC VS. CHICAGO RED STARS

NWSL soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:31pm

(July 18, 2014) – Seattle Reign FC look to become the first team to secure a spot in the 2014 NWSL Playoffs when they face off Sunday against the Chicago Red Stars.

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Despite suffering their first loss of the season last week in a 1-0 setback on the road against the Red Stars, the Reign enter the match with the opportunity to lockdown a postseason berth with six games to spare.

Seattle can clinch a spot in the 2014 NWSL Playoff with either a win or a draw on Sunday.

The loss to Chicago was just the second time the Reign, who lead the league in scoring with 34 goals, were shutout this season. Forward Sydney Leroux led Seattle with two shots on goal against the Red Stars.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo made three saves in the match for the Reign, which conceded the first goal for the eighth time in 10 games – but were unable to overcome the deficit for the first time this season.

Seattle forward Kim Little remains one goal shy of matching FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday’s NWSL single-season record after being held off the score sheet against Chicago.

The Scotland international has been held scoreless in back-to-back games only once this season.

The game Sunday is the final regular-season match between the two sides, which split the previous two games with the Reign taking the first encounter behind a two-goal performance from Little and Chicago forward Melissa Tancredi leading the Red Stars to a win in Week 14.

Chicago followed up on the victory over the Reign with a hard-fought 1-1 home draw Thursday against defending NWSL Champions Portland Thorns FC.

The Red Stars were able to pull out the result despite allowing the fasted goal in NWSL history – scored 33 second into the contest by Thorns forward Jessica McDonald.

Chicago recovered behind a two-save performance from goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc and midfielder Lori Chalupny’s 77th-minute equalizer that allowed the Red Stars to remain level on points with Portland, but trailing the Thorns for the fourth and final playoff spot on goal difference.

Chicago and Portland drew all three games against each other this season.

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PREVIEW: SKY BLUE FC VS. WASHINGTON SPIRIT

NWSL soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:01pm

(July 18, 2014) – Lisa De Vanna and the Washington Spirit wrap up an extended stretch on the road when they square off Sunday against Christie Rampone and Sky Blue FC.

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De Vanna netted her first goal for her new club since she was acquired in a June 18 trade to help the Spirit to a 1-1 draw Thursday with the Houston Dash – Washington’s seventh game on the road in their last nine matches.

The Spirit are 4-2-1 away from home during that stretch and 5-4-1 overall on the road this season.

Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made five saves in the draw for Washington, which maintained its hold on third place with the result.

Despite being the only club in the top six to have a negative goal difference, coach Mark Parsons’ squad has remains in the thick of the playoff race and will play four of their final five matches at home – a stretch that will see the Spirit host all four of the other top-five teams in the league.

Sky Blue FC comes into the contest following a 13-day layoff after their 5-0 loss to FC Kansas City in Week 13.

It was the second-consecutive shutout loss suffered by coach Jim Gabarra’s side, which has been kept off the score sheet six times in 17 games this season.

Midfielder Sophie Schmidt and forward Kelley O’Harra led the SBFC attack versus FC Kansas City with two shots on goal each.

The loss against FCKC was the first five games for Sky Blue FC, which was 1-0-3 in the previous four matches.

The game Sunday is the second of three meetings between SBFC and the Spirit, which fought to a 3-3 draw May 21 with Matheson delivering on a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time to secure a share of the points.

The two sides will also face off again on the final day of the regular season.

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PHOTOS: Seattle Sounders captain Clint Dempsey joins Lionel Messi as coverboy for EA Sports FIFA 15

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:52am

Life has been smiling at Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he scored two goals.

First it was fielding a call from President Barack Obama, followed by an appearance on David Letterman, then receiving an award at the ESPYs and now this.

On Saturday EA Sports revealed its US cover for the upcoming FIFA 15 video game and there is Deuce, alongside Lionel Messi.

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PRESS AND BOQUETE NOMINATED FOR 2013/14 UEFA BEST WOMEN'S PLAYER IN EUROPE AWARD

NWSL soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:49am

(July 18, 2014) – UEFA announced Thursday that Chicago Red Stars forward Christen Press and Portland Thorns midfielder Veronica Boquete have been named to an 11-player shortlist for the 2013/14 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe Award.

As teammates for Swedish club Tyresö FF in the Damallsvenskan, Press and Boquete were part of a team that would finish second in the 2013-14 UEFA Women’s Champion League. Press was the top scorer in the Damallsvenskan with 23 goals, while Boquete was a key player in Tyresö FF’s lineup.

The shortlist was voted for by the coaches of the eight teams that took part in last season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinals. The list will undergo a second round of voting, where 12 journalists committed to supporting women’s soccer will vote to narrow down the list to three final nominees. The same committee will then vote to select the winner on the day of the UEFA Champions League group stage draw.

Last year, Portland Thorns goalkeeper Nadine Angerer earned the award for her performance with the German Women’s National Team during the 2013 UEFA Women’s European Championship and with 1. FFC Frankfurt during the 2012-13 Frauen Bundesliga campaign.

The following 11 players (listed alphabetically) are contenders for the title of 2013/14 UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe:

 

• Verónica Boquete (Spain, Tyresö FF – now at Portland Thorns FC)

• Nilla Fischer (Sweden, VfL Wolfsburg)

• Lena Goessling (Germany, VfL Wolfsburg)

• Nadine Kessler (Germany, VfL Wolfsburg)

• Lena Lotzen (Germany, FC Bayern München)

• Marta (Brazil, Tyresö FF)

• Martina Müller (Germany, VfL Wolfsburg)

• Alexandra Popp (Germany, VfL Wolfsburg)

• Christen Press (United States, Tyresö FF – now at Chicago Red Stars)

• Lotta Schelin (Sweden, Olympique Lyonnais)

• Caroline Seger (Sweden, Tyresö FF – now at Paris Saint-Germain)

Report: BBC claims Frank Lampard is set to join New York City FC next week; NYCFC decline comment

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:24am

Frank Lampard slots the ball to David Villa, who scores!

That's what New York City FC supporters must be dreaming about after Saturday's BBC report claiming that the Chelsea legend "will complete his move to Major League Soccer newcomers New York City next week."

When contacted by MLSsoccer.com about the story on Saturday, a NYCFC spokesman declined comment.

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WATCH: Tottenham Hotspur get NFL football pointers from Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 9:49am

It's a rite of summer in the USA: beaches, barbecues and English Premier League players playing American sports for the TV cameras.

In one of the most uniquitous PR stunts on the sports scene today -- football vs. futbol is just too tempting -- EPL sides just can't seem to resist trying their hand at field goal kicking when they visit during their preseason in July.

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With the return of Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas have high hopes for second half of MLS season

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 8:29am

FRISCO, Texas -- What does not kill you makes you stronger. That cliché may apply in the case of FC Dallas, something that could give other MLS teams significant reason for pause.
 
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Can US national team win 2016 Copa America Centenario? Clint Dempsey says it can happen

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:44am

While American soccer is still managing through World Cup hangover, US national team captain and Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey is already looking ahead at the next opportunity to make waves.

The 2016 Copa América Centenario that will be played on US soil.

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Brooklyn teenager Noah Leeds reportedly invited to join Spain La Liga club Sevilla FC

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 6:20am

A diminutive 14-year-old from New York's Park Slope neighborhood has turned some heads in the US soccer community this week.

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Backup goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum gets set for first league match at home for Sporting Kansas City

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 5:59am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Andy Gruenebaum always speaks well of his time in Columbus, and with good cause. It's where he spent his first eight years as a professional, where he celebrated one MLS Cup and a pair of Supporters' Shields and where he led the league in saves in 2012.

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American Exports: Michael Orozco Fiscal shines in Puebla opening day victory vs. Tijuana

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 5:35am

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Michael Orozco Fiscal came up with a huge performance to help 10-man Puebla to a 1-0 win over Club Tijuana on Friday, in the opening round of matches in the Liga MX Apertura 2014.

Playing on the right of three center backs, Orozco Fiscal was heavily involved in keeping Xolos at bay and should’ve been awarded a penalty in the 23rd minute when he was taken out by Elio Castro inside the area in Estadio Caliente.

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New York Red Bulls' Peguy Luyindula back in action with injured toes on the mend

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 5:15am

HANOVER, N.J. – Peguy Luyindula’s brief hiatus is over, and he will be in uniform for the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

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Are LA Galaxy for real? They say showdown vs. Sporting KC will tell the real story

MLS Soccer - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 5:00am

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy have fashioned an eight-game unbeaten streak and vaulted into a third-place tie in the West – with at least two games in hand over all but one conference rival – have scored impressive victories in three of their last four games and are coming off their most comprehensive performance of the season.

How close are they to the team they want to be?

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WNY FLASH AND KANSAS CITY BATTLE TO 1-1 TIE

NWSL soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:32pm

(July 18, 2014) - The Western New York Flash and FC Kansas City battled back and forth in an exciting match but would settle for a 1-1 tie on Friday night in front of 2,916 fans at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. 

 

 

 

GOALS

1

2

F

FC Kansas City (10-5-4)

1

0

1

Western New York (7-9-3)

1

0

1

 

 

SCORING SUMMARY

 

Goal

Time

Team

Goal Scorer

Assists

Note

1

17

FC Kansas City

Sarah Hagen

Lauren Holiday

 

2

22

Western New York

Samantha Kerr

Carli Lloyd

 

 

 

CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS

 

 

Time

 

Team

##

 

Player

Card

Reason

41

Western New York

10

Carli Lloyd

Yellow Card

Reckless Foul

84

FC Kansas City

24

Sarah Hagen

Yellow Card

Reckless Foul

90

FC Kansas City

4

Becky Sauerbrunn

Yellow Card

Reckless Foul

 

 

SUBSTITUTIONS

 

Time        Team                                          OUT                                                IN

46             Western New York                      #14 Vicky Losada                               #11 Adriana Martin

59             Western New York                      #6 Angela Salem                               #22 Amy Barczuk

71             FC Kansas City                          #7 Jenna Richmond                           #17 Amy LePeilbet

74             Western New York                      #15 Jasmyne Spencer                        #8 Sonia Bermudez

76             FC Kansas City                          #15 Erika Tymrak                               #10 Frances Silva

84             FC Kansas City                          #24 Sarah Hagen                              #9 Merritt Mathias

 

 

 

SHOTS

1

2

F

FC Kansas City

10

10

20

Western New York

6

3

9

 

 

 

SHOTS ON GOAL

1

2

F

FC Kansas City

5

6

11

Western New York

5

2

7

 

 

 

SAVES

1

2

F

FC Kansas City

4

2

6

Western New York

4

6

10

 

 

 

CORNER KICKS

1

2

F

FC Kansas City

4

3

7

Western New York

2

3

5

 

 

 

OFFSIDES

1

2

F

FC Kansas City

0

3

3

Western New York

0

1

1

 

 

 

FOULS

1

2

F

FC Kansas City

3

7

10

Western New York

7

4

11

 

 

Officials: Referee: Elvis Mahmutovic

Asst. Referee: Amanda Ross; Albert Calise

Fourth Official: Chris Trottier

Attendance: 2916

 

 

FC Kansas City Player Stats

 

##

18

Name (* for starters)

Nicole Barnhart*

Min

90

G

0

A

0

Sh

0

SOG

0

YC

0

RC

0

CK

0

Off

0

FC

0

FS

0

13

Leigh Ann Robinson*

90

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

Kassey Kallman*

90

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

12

Lauren Holiday*

90

0

1

2

1

0

0

6

0

2

3

6

Jen Buczkowski*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

23

Nikki Phillips*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

8

Amy Rodriguez*

90

0

0

9

5

0

0

0

3

1

1

4

Becky Sauerbrunn*

90

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

1

0

24

Sarah Hagen*

84

1

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

15

Erika Tymrak*

76

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

7

Jenna Richmond*

71

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

17

Amy LePeilbet

19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

Frances Silva

14

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

9

Merritt Mathias

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

  TEAM TOTAL  990   1 1 20 11 2 0 7 3 10 11

FC Kansas City Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

18    Nicole Barnhart*

90

1

9

7

6

T

TEAM TOTAL                                      90            1            9               7          6

 

 

Western New York Player Stats

 

##

10

Name (* for starters)

Carli Lloyd*

Min

90

G

0

A

1

Sh

2

SOG

1

YC

1

RC

0

CK

0

Off

0

FC

5

FS

1

7

McCall Zerboni*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

13

Brittany Taylor*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

Kathryn Williamson*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

Kristen Edmonds*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

23

Haley Palmer*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

19

Kelsey Wys*

90

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

Samantha Kerr*

90

1

0

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

15

Jasmyne Spencer*

74

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

Angela Salem*

59

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

Adriana Martin

45

0

0

1

1

0

0

3

1

0

0

14

Vicky Losada*

45

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

22

Amy Barczuk

31

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

8

Sonia Bermudez

16

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

TEAM TOTAL

990

1

1

9

7

1

0

5

1

11

8

 

Western New York Goalkeeper Stats

 

##   Name (* for starters)

Min

GA

Sh

SOG

Sv

D

19    Kelsey Wys*

90

1

20

11

10

T

TEAM TOTAL

90

1

20

11

10

 

 

Minnesota Youth Soccer Annual Awards

MYSA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:53pm

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