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American Exports: Bob Bradley's Staebek break losing streak in 1-1 draw vs. SK Brann

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:55am

AMSTERDAM – Bob Bradley's Stabæk snapped a five-game losing slide on Friday evening, but were forced to settle for a 1-1 home draw after trading last-minute goals with SK Brann.

Michael Stephens worked 64 minutes in midfield for the Blue Ones, helping them amass a dominant 58-42 percent edge in possession. The former LA Galaxy man was involved in several good rushes for the home side, setting up a pair of good chances.

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PREVIEW: FLASH VS. FC KANSAS CITY

NWSL soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:47am

(July 18, 2014) – The Western New York Flash and FC Kansas City both look to get back on track when they square off Friday night at Sahlen’s Stadium.

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The Flash followed a win with a loss for the fourth consecutive time with a 1-0 setback against the Washington Spirit as Western New York fell to sixth in the standings – currently three points out of a spot in the NWSL Playoffs.

Defender Brittany Taylor will miss the game Friday after she was sent off in the 54th minute against the Spirit.

Forward Jasmyne Spencer was the only Flash player to manage a shot on goal in the match as Western New York was shutout for the third time this season.

The Flash are part of a four-team pack separated by just four points, but entered Week 15 having played one more game than the other three teams chasing the final two playoff spots.

Coach Aaran Lines will like his team’s chances on Friday as Western New York have followed a loss with a win on each of the last four occasions.

The match will be the third and final meeting between the two clubs this season – with each team recording a home victory in the two previous contests.

FC Kansas City come to Sahlen’s Stadium on Friday looking to bounce back from the worst loss in NWSL history – a 7-1 rout by Portland Thorns FC in Week 14.

Coach Vlatko Andonovski’s side fell behind in the game after just three minutes, trailed 3-1 at halftime and allowed four goals in the second half in the loss – which set records for most goals allowed and largest margin of defeat.

The setback snapped both FCKC’s seven-game winning streak and nine-game unbeaten run as well as saw the end of goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart’s scoreless streak at 587 minutes.

The U.S. international saw her goals against average increase more than a third of a goal from 1.00 before the game to 1.35 after.

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Schedule of international friendlies this summer, incl. MLS clubs vs. a host of EPL clubs

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:30am

It's become our summer ritual: international club friendlies from sea to shining sea. 

And this year is no different, as the likes of Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chivas de Guadalajara criss-cross the United States and Canada. On many occasions, they will play friendlies against MLS clubs.

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Which MLS teams have taken the biggest step forward in 2014? Which have taken a step back?

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:25am

Are you wondering exactly how much better or worse your team is faring in 2014 as opposed to 2013? Well, we've got you covered.

Below is a chart that shows the point differential for each team when comparing this season with 2013. Each total was calculated by taking the amount of points each team earned through the amount of games they played in 2014. So for example, Chicago has earned 19 points through 17 games in 2014. They collected 21 points through 17 games in 2013. Therefore their point differential is -2.

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MLS Insider: USMNT heroes come home from World Cup adventure in Brazil

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:20am


Art by Futbol Artist Network | Illus: Steven P. Hughes | http://stevenhugh.es/ | @_StevenHughes

Nothing lasts forever.

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New York Red Bulls to "pull back reins a bit" on young defenders after struggles vs. Philadelphia

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:36am

HANOVER, N.J. – Mike Petke didn't come out and flatly say he'd bring changes across the New York Red Bulls backline, but he surely hinted at it.

The Red Bulls will play their third game in eight days on Saturday when they host the San Jose Earthquakes (7:30 pm ET, MLS Live), and it always seemed likely that this congested stretch of games would force Petke to make some moves to his starting lineup.

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Help put USWNT player Christen Press on the next Wheaties box by working out | SIDELINE

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:35am

Heads up, soccer fans of the world: We must take back the cover of the Wheaties box.

There is no greater status symbol in the sports world than gracing the cover of that beautiful, orange box. And now, we have our chance to reclaim the Mt. Rushmore-like prominence for our sport.

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Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact | MLS Match Preview

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:28am

COLUMBUS CREW vs MONTRÉAL IMPACT
COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM, Columbus, Ohio
July 19, 2014 (WEEK 19, MLS Game #175)
7:30 p.m. ET (TWCS-OH; TVA)

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Redknapp: England need own identity

FIFA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 8:13am

Harry Redknapp believes England need to develop their own brand of football, rather than following another model, and feels he could offer some advice if approached by the Football Association.

Chile's Valdivia retires from international football

FIFA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 6:14am

Jorge Valdivia has announced his international retirement from Chile after competing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, where he scored against Australia in Group B.

Lahm retires from international football

FIFA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:56am

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football after leading his country to the FIFA World Cup and winning 113 caps, the German Football Federation has announced. 

Starting XI: Thierry Henry or Robbie Keane? Mike Magee or Ferris Bueller? You don't have to choose

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:46am

Welcome to Starting XI, our Friday rundown of what to watch for – and what we're watching. MLS crosses the halfway point, the World Cup crosses the finish line, and we've got your back.

Our recommended musical pairing, per senior editor Matt Doyle, is "No Excuses" by Alice In Chains, because...

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Reina: Del Bosque is right man for Spain

FIFA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:33am

Pepe Reina says Spain coach Del Bosque is "the right man for the job" and adds that he is delighted that he will continue to manage the national team.

Forgotten man: Philadelphia Union's Ethan White seizes chance offered by interim boss Jim Curtin

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:15am

CHESTER, Pa. – For the first 18 games of the season, there was nothing Ethan White could do but wait.

Although the 23-year-old arrived in Philadelphia in the offseason as one of the Union’s only true center backs, he hadn’t been called upon to play, falling behind converted strikers and converted midfielders alike on the defensive depth chart.

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Hyundai rewards Your 11 winners

FIFA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:51am

With the submissions now counted and the draw conducted, FIFA.com is happy to announce the 40 winners of ‘Your 11 presented by Hyundai’ for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Report: World Cup defender Matt Besler prefers to stay with Sporting Kansas City instead of move abroad

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:50am

Matt Besler is a popular man these days, but despite plenty of interest from clubs around Europe, the Sporting Kansas City defender may just prefer to stay right where he is.

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Real Salt Lake seek return to clean-sheets living as Nick Rimando hunts record: "It's been way too long"

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:32am

SANDY, Utah — Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando is one clean sheet away from tying the MLS record for shutouts. He's been one game away since way back on April 19, three months ago.

Rimando has played in only five of Salt Lake's 11 games since then, and given up eight goals.

But after posting four shutouts in their first seven games, RSL have held opponents scoreless just once in their last nine games – 10 games, if you count a loss to Atlanta in US Open Cup play.

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Kick Off: All the latest on Robinho, the AT&T MLS All-Star Game and a full weekend slate of matches

MLS Soccer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:30am

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

1. THE SELECT FEW

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Europe's young elite eye world stage

FIFA - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 2:07am
Europe’s stars of tomorrow will be aiming to take another step on the road to success as eight nations vie for a ticket to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup over the coming fortnight in Hungary.

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