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Shorthanded Toronto FC hope for long-term lessons from "adversities, hardships" like thumping in KC

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 7:15pm

Toronto FC wrapped up their four-game away trip with a 4-1 loss to Eastern Conference leaders Sporting KC on Saturday, and while the scoreline suggests a one-sided affair, TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen says it was anything but. 

Speaking to MLSsoccer.com after the match, Nelsen said this loss isn’t necessarily a cause for panic. In particular, he pointed to the number of chances from open play his side managed to create while noting that his team was also playing with a depleted back line. 

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Jay Heaps left disappointed after Revolution falls flat in second half in draw v. Portland Timbers

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:43pm

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For the second time in as many games, the New England Revolution went into halftime with a 1-0 lead in hand and momentum on their side.

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Robbie Keane admits Los Angeles Galaxy deserved to lose against Columbus Crew: "Bad performance all around"

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:35pm

The LA Galaxy weren’t going to dominate every game the way they had in four of their past five encounters, but it’s rare that they are outclassed as thoroughly as they were Saturday night in Columbus.

The Crew were sharper, faster, more dangerous and in charge from start to finish en route to a 4-1 decision -- the most lopsided Galaxy loss, the Manchester United friendly aside, since a five-goal mauling at New England 14.5 months ago.

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New England Revolution 1, Portland Timbers 1 | MLS Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 5:09pm

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A win on Saturday night would have gone a long way for the New England Revolution and the Portland Timbers, both of whom came into their encounter at Gillette Stadium on the wrong side of the playoff standings.

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Columbus Crew 4, Los Angeles Galaxy 1 | MLS Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 5:07pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the first time since their 3-0-0 beginning to the season, the Columbus Crew looked like an MLS power Saturday night, throttling red-hot visitors LA Galaxy, 4-1.

The win brought the Crew (7-8-9) back into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, while it marked just the second loss in 14 matches for the 9-5-7 Galaxy.

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Montreal Impact 1, Chicago Fire 0 | MLS Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 3:53pm

MONTREAL – Oh, a Designated Player delivered for Montreal, all right. But it wasn’t Ignacio Piatti.

DP forward Marco Di Vaio broke a scoreless deadlock late on Saturday night at Stade Saputo to give the Montreal Impact their fourth win of the season, 1-0 against the Chicago Fire.

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On Soccer: English Premier League Begins With a Loss for Manchester United and a Win for Arsenal

NYT Goal blog - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 3:26pm
The English Premier League began its season Saturday with hand-wringing from some fans about a growing lack of top talent and English players.






Seattle Sounders can't quite pass latest depth test in loss to Real Salt Lake

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 3:24pm

The rigors of the last week finally caught up to the Seattle Sounders.

Seattle fell 2-1 to Real Salt Lake Saturday afternoon at Rio Tinto Stadium, unable to recover after allowing both goals early in the second half. The match was Seattle’s third in seven days, following last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Houston and Wednesday night’s 6-0 rout of Chicago in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

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Manchester United Opens New Era With Familiar Problems

NYT Goal blog - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 2:54pm
With a new manager, Louis van Gaal, Manchester United started its season as it ended its previous one, with disappointment.






Real Salt Lake mighty-mite Joao Plata at the center of team's recent success

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 1:40pm

SANDY, Utah — Joao Plata is not just leading Real Salt Lake in scoring this season. He's leading the league in smiles.

Whether it was when he scored in the second half Saturdday or while he hugged team owner Dell Loy Hansen in the locker room after Real Salt Lake beat Seattle to take over first place in the Western Conference, Plata's smile is infectious. And his goal scoring has become somewhat amazing.

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PREVIEW: BOSTON BREAKERS VS. HOUSTON DASH

NWSL soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:51pm

(Aug. XX, 2014) – Alyssa Naeher and the Boston Breakers take on the Houston Dash on Sunday with the opportunity to haul themselves out of the NWSL basement in the final week of the season.

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The Breakers will need a win against the expansion club to climb out of the cellar following a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars on Wednesday.

Naeher followed up her Player of the Week performance in Week 18 with a seven-save effort against the Red Stars and, despite Boston coming up short versus Chicago, coach Tom Durkin will be looking for another impressive game from his keeper if the Breakers are to leapfrog Houston and into eighth in the standings.

Durkin will also be looking for his offense to rebound from their sixth shutout of the season as they close out the regular season

The Dash enter the game on the heels of a 3-1 loss to Sky Blue FC in Week 18 – a performance Houston’s defense will want to improve upon after allowing a hat trick to SBFC forward Nadia Nadim.

The setback extended Houston’s winless streak to six games – including four consecutive losses.

Dash forward Nina Burger gave her club a lifeline against Sky Blue FC with an 86th-minute header to pull Houston within 2-1. The Austria international crashed the far post to capitalize in front of a congested net, with fellow forward Tiffany McCarty notching the assist.

Burger now has four goals in 13 starts in her first season in the NWSL.

Forward Ella Masar (abdominal injury), midfielder Kaylyn Kyle (left knee sprain) and defender Meghan Klingenberg (illness) have physically been at less than 100 percent over the past couple weeks, but are expected to be available for coach Randy Waldrum.

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Photo courtesy of Boston Breakers and Houston Dash

PREVIEW: PORTLAND THORNS FC VS. SEATTLE REIGN FC

NWSL soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:36pm

(Aug. XX, 2014) – Seattle Reign FC looks to dethrone the reigning NWSL Champions when they travel to face Portland Thorns FC on Sunday in a match broadcast nationally on ESPN3.

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The Thorns could take the field Sunday having already been eliminated from the postseason, however Seattle may still have the opportunity to prevent their Pacific Northwest rivals from defending their crown should results elsewhere afford Portland the chance to reach their second-consecutive playoffs.

The Reign come into the contest on the heels of completing an undefeated regular season at home with a 1-1 draw against the Washington Spirit in Week 18.

Midfielder Kim Little came off the bench in the second half to score in 89th minute to keep the Reign from suffering their first defeat in front of their fans.

Seattle have never been beaten at Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium since moving there at the start of this season. The Reign won their first four games at the stadium en route to an 8-0-4 record at home this year.

Little’s goal, assisted by Wales international Jess Fishlock, was her league-best 16th of the season to put her three ahead of FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez and all but clinch the 2014 Golden Boot.

The assist for Fishlock was her league-leading 8th of the season – one ahead of Little and FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday.

Seattle has won both games this season against the Thorns – including a 5-0 rout July 27 in the most recent meeting between the clubs.

Portland coach Paul Riley’s side will be looking for its first goal this season against the Reign.

After recording a 4-0-0 season sweep of Seattle in 2013, the Thorns are 0-2-0 against the Reign this season – having been outscored 6-0 in the process.

Portland comes into the contest with just one win in their last four games after falling to a 2-0 road loss at the hands of the last-place Boston Breakers.

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Real Salt Lake 2, Seattle Sounders 1 | MLS Match Recap

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:23pm

SANDY, Utah — Round 2 in the battle for Western Conference supremacy goes to Real Salt Lake.

On the strength of a second-half goal by Joao Plata and a Seattle own-goal created by Luis Gil and Luke Mulholland, the Claret and-Cobalt claimed a 2-1 win over Seattle and moved into first place in the West on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

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Columbus Crew name veteran sports exec Andy Loughnane new President of Business Operations

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:19pm

The Columbus Crew announced on Saturday that they have hired veteran sports industry executive Andy Loughnane as the club’s President of Business Operations.

An original staff member during the Columbus Blue Jackets’ inaugural campaign and an executive at Columbus-based Glimcher Realty Trust, Loughnane’s sports and entertainment background encompasses leadership roles with three major league sports franchises in corporate partnership sales and management positions prior to joining the Crew.

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Robert: France can play even better

FIFA - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 9:33am
Faustine Robert, scorer of two goals in France's 3-0 win over Paraguay, speaks to FIFA.com about Les Bleuettes'  100 per cent record, areas for improvement and her exchange with a TV cameraman.

American Exports: Brad Guzan grabs shutout, Jozy Altidore sees minutes in Premiership openers

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:03am

AMSTERDAM – Aston Villa netminder Brad Guzan got the new Premier League season started right on Saturday afternoon, blanking hosts Stoke City 1-0.

With US teammate Geoff Cameron left out of the Potters selection, Guzan notched two saves in snapping a six-game road losing streak in EPL play. The former Chivas USA star did his best work to deny a long-range Phil Bardsley drive.

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American Exports: Joe Corona helps Club Tijuana grab first win of Liga MX Apertura

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 7:40am

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Joe Corona started and provided an assist as Club Tijuana recorded their first win of the Apertura 2014 on Friday.

Xolos overcame Chiapas 2-1 in Estadio Caliente, with Corona sending in a through-ball from the left wing that caused confusion in the defense and left Dario Benedetto free to tap in what turned out to be the winning goal in the 55th minute.

Corona went the full 90 minutes on the right of midfield and almost scored in the 34th when his right-foot shot sailed just wide of the post.

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Vancouver Whitecaps look to avoid letdown against tricky Chivas USA side after big win

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 7:27am

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Whitecaps are hoping that it will be a case of the third time being the charm as they head down to California to take on Chivas USA on Saturday evening (10.30pm ET; TSN in Canada, MLS Live in US).

Despite currently propping up the Western Conference, Chivas have been something of a bogey team for Vancouver in recent games, securing a home win and a road victory in the sides’ two meetings so far this season.

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Seattle Sounders hope midweek US Open Cup success springboards them to MLS win vs. Real Salt Lake

MLS Soccer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 7:12am

Fresh off their 6-0 demolition of the Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup semifinals Wednesday night, the Seattle Sounders return to MLS play in a Western Conference road clash with Real Salt Lake (Saturday, 2:30 pm ET, NBCSN/Stream on NBCSports.com).

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Sports Briefing | Soccer: UEFA Punishes Clubs for Fan Racism

NYT Goal blog - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:44pm
UEFA punished three Eastern European clubs for racist behavior by fans.






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