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Hungary, Serbia reach New Zealand 2015

FIFA - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:56pm

Hungary and Serbia have filled Europe's final two qualifying spots for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 on Friday after Portugal, Austria, Germany and Ukraine secured their passage earlier in the week.

SPIRIT'S RENAE CUELLAR TO MISS REMAINDER OF NWSL SEASON

NWSL soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:55pm

(July 25, 2014) – The Washington Spirit announced today that forward Renae Cuellar will miss the next 4-6 weeks of the NWSL season due to a partial meniscus tear in her right knee.
 
“Renae has worked as hard as anyone else in our squad all season and I know she will continue that work ethic in her quick recovery from this injury,” Washington Spirit general manager and coach Mark Parsons said. “It is disappointing to lose her at an important time for the club, but we fully expect her to be back strong soon.”
 
Acquired in the offseason in a trade with Seattle Reign FC, Cuellar has made ten appearances for the Spirit this season, including four starts.
 
The Spirit are in action again next Wednesday, July 30 when they host FC Kansas City at the Maryland SoccerPlex at 7pm ET. For ticket information, please visit www.WashingtonSpirit.com.

2014 NWSL PLAYOFF PICTURE

NWSL soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:47pm

(July 25, 2014) - The push for the 2014 NWSL Playoffs continues with less than a month left in the regular season.

With Seattle Reign FC punching their ticket to the postseason in a draw last week against the Chicago Red Stars, there are only three remaining playoff spots. Reign FC was also able to clinch home field in the semifinals after a 1-1 draw between Portland Thorns FC and the Washington Spirit.

While second place FC Kansas City is four points clear of third place Thorns FC, lost points could make a big difference in determining home field advantage down the stretch. On top of that, Thorns FC, Spirit, Red Stars and Western New York Flash are all separated by just six points in the race for the final two playoff spots.

Sky Blue FC and Houston Dash still have a lot of ground to cover in these final games, however both have games in hand over teams in the playoff race that could prove valuable.

Finally, after one team clinched a playoff spot last week, another may be eliminated this week. While no team is able to clinch a playoff spot this weekend, the last place Boston Breakers are on the brink of getting knocked out of playoff contention. If Boston hopes to stay alive, a few favorable results must occur.

 

Week 16 Scenarios:

The Boston Breakers will be eliminated from the 2014 NWSL Playoffs if…

…the Breakers lose OR tie at the Flash*

OR

…the Spirit win vs. Thorns FC

OR

…the Red Stars win vs. the Dash

* = Boston would be eliminated on a tie because Chicago (2-0-0) holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Breakers.

 

Magic Number or Elimination Number for all nine teams:

# Team Pts. GD GR Max Pts.  Magic No.  Elimination No.  1 Seattle Reign FC - x 43 20 6 61   ˗˗ 2 FC Kansas City 34 7 5 49 9 ˗˗ 3 Portland Thorns FC 30 9 4 42 13 ˗˗ 4 Washington Spirit 28 -8 4 40 15 -- 5 Chicago Red Stars 27 4 5 42 -- 15 6 Western New York Flash  24 7 5 39 -- 12 7 Sky Blue FC 19 -12 6 37 ˗˗ 10 8 Houston Dash 17 -10 7 38 ˗˗ 11 9 Boston Breakers 11 -17 6 29 ˗˗ 2                 Glossary - Pts: Points, GD: Goal Difference, GR: Games Remaining, Max: Maximum points possible x- clinched playoff spot and home field in Semifinals            

 

Formulas for Magic and Elimination numbers

Magic Number formula

The Magic Number for a team to clinch a playoff spot is determined by subtracting that team’s current points total from the maximum number of points possible for the fifth-place team, then adding one.

For example:

Team Pl Pts Max FC Kansas City 2nd 34 49 Chicago Red Stars 5th 27 42

Then the magic number for FC Kansas City to clinch a playoff spot is 42 - 34 + 1 = 9

Elimination Number Formula
 
The Elimination Number for a team to confirm their exclusion from the playoffs is determined by subtracting that team’s maximum number of possible points from the current number of points of the fourth-place team, then adding one.

For example:

Team Pl Pts Max Washington Spirit 4th 28 40 Boston Breakers 9th 11 29

Then the magic number for the Boston Breakers is 29 - 28 + 1 = 2

 

Tiebreaker Procedures

TO BREAK A TIE IN THE STANDINGS            
               
If two or more teams are tied on points at the end of the regular season, the tie will be broken through the following steps: 
               
Two teams              
1.Head-to-head record            
2.Overall goal difference            
3.Overall goals scored            
4.Head-to-head road record            
5.Goal difference in all road games            
6.Goals scored in all road games            
7.Head-to-head home record            
8.Goal difference in all home games            
9.Goals scored in all home games            
10.Coin toss            
               
Three teams            
1.Points per game against other two teams          
2.Overall goal difference            
3. See tiebreaker procedure for two-team scenarios        
               
NOTE: If two teams are still tied after the third team has advanced via the tiebreaker, the tie will be broken using the two-team tiebreaker rules.

 

 

Report: Argentine midfielder Matias Perez Garcia joining San Jose Earthquakes

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:45pm

Four of the top five assist leaders in MLS at the moment hail from Argentina. Could the San Jose Earthquakes be looking to land an Argentine playmaker of their own?

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Omar Gonzalez hoping to make long-awaited return to LA Galaxy in Monday's showdown vs. Seattle

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:25pm

CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez is still targeting the LA Galaxy’s showdown ON Monday night at Seattle for his return from an ankle injury suffered at the World Cup, but there’s no certainty that he’ll be ready – or that Bruce Arena will use him if he is.

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Aston Villa's Brad Guzan knows he must prove himself to take USMNT No. 1 from Tim Howard

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:02pm

HOUSTON – Tim Howard got the plaudits after an unbelievable 16-save performance in the US national team’s final World Cup game in Brazil.

If that was the last time the 35-year-old goalkeeper dons the red, white and blue on the world’s biggest stage, Aston Villa 'keeper Shay Given believes the Yanks will be in good hands.

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Houston Dynamo hope addition of Luis Garrido completes transformation into "stronger team"

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:53pm

HOUSTON – It’s been an active couple of days for the Houston front office.

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Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:42pm

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs FC DALLAS
BC PLACE, Vancouver, B.C.
July 27, 2014 (WEEK 20, MLS Game #187) 2 p.m. PT (TSN/RDS2; TWCS-TX)

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New York City FC say they're nearing deal on training facility, still no news on permanent stadium

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:04pm

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – They have David Villa. They have Frank Lampard. But do New York City FC finally have a practice facility?

According to Tim Pernetti, the club's chief business officer, that might be finalized sooner than later.

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World Cup Waste Management Programme exceeds expectations

FIFA - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:04pm

The Waste Management Programme for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil created by FIFA, Coca-Cola and the Local Organising Committee collected 416 tonnes over 64 matches and exceeded expectations, with everything going to plan across the 12 Host Cities.

Sporting KC's Lawrence Olum's newfound goalscoring abilities lead to new nickname

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:58pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – To his manager and teammates, he's “Lo.” To fans who appreciate his hard work and his steadiness in big matches, he's “Leapin' Larry.”

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Orlando City SC Designated Player Kaka to make loan debut with Sao Paulo FC this weekend

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:46pm

Kaká will take his first step this weekend toward what will ultimately end with his debut with MLS expansion club Orlando City SC.

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PREVIEW: FC KANSAS CITY VS. SKY BLUE FC

NWSL soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:32pm

(July XX, 2014) – After a difficult start to the year, Kelley O’Hara and Sky Blue FC are enjoying a late-season surge as they take on FC Kansas City at Verizon Wireless Field on Sunday.

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The forward and U.S. international scored two goals and added an assist as SBFC upset the Washington Spirit with a 4-2 victory in Week 15 to shake up the NWSL playoff race.

The win was the second in the last four games for coach Jim Gabarra’s outfit, who have only lost once in their last six matches – going 2-1-3 during the stretch.

While their recent uptick in form will most likely not be enough to get Sky Blue FC back into the postseason mix, it has propelled the 2013 NWSL semifinalists above the Houston Dash and into seventh place in the league standings.

SBFC jumped out of the gate to take a 2-0 halftime lead against Washington – powered by goals from O’Hara and Canada international Sophie Schmidt.

Sky Blue FC then made it 4-0 after the break with forward Nadia Nadim’s first goal since joining the club on-loan and O’Hara’s second of the game in the 81st and 85th minutes, respectively.

The match Sunday is the first in a stretch that will see SBFC finish up the regular season with four out of five games away from home.

For FC Kansas City, the contest starts a span of three out of four games at home.

The Blues come into the game having been held to a 1-1 draw with the Western New York Flash as FCKC forward Sarah Hagen had her first-half goal canceled out by a Samantha Kerr tally.

The goal for Hagen was her third in four matches with FC Kansas City.

Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart recovered from allowing seven goals to Portland Thorns FC in the previous game to produce a six-save performance against the Flash.

Barnhart and FCKC will be happy to return home. She and her teammates are undefeated in nine games (6-0-3) at Verizon Wireless Field this season – including four consecutive shutout victories.

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Injury-hit Columbus Crew starting to return to full health, starting with Jairo Arrieta

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:07pm

OBETZ, Ohio – In the midst of a rough spell of injuries, Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel ahead of Saturday's road matchup with the New England Revolution (7:30 pm ET, MLS Live).

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VIDEO: Minnesota United FC do supporter spoof of ESPN's "This is SportsCenter" ads | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:40am

The above video is a hilarious spoof that follows along the lines of the famous "This is SportsCenter" commercial series that's been popular on ESPN for 20 years.

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FutbolMLS.com Digest: Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola reflects on CONCACAF's World Cup

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:36am

FutbolMLS.com is the go-to source for Spanish-language coverage of MLS and the World Cup, and every Friday we bring you an English-language digest of the best stuff on the site. Oh, and don't miss everything you need to know about the weekend in American soccer in the Starting XI.

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FIFA issues statement following public pressure to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:31am

In response to political pressure across the globe from those who want to see FIFA strip Russia of the 2018 World Cup, soccer's international governing body has issued a statement that says the tournament can "achieve a positive change."

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Argentinian FA fined for banner

FIFA - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:25am

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a fine of CHF 30,000 and issued a reprimand against the Argentinian Football Association following an incident that occurred at the friendly match between Argentina and Slovenia played on 7 June.

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