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By BRYAN ROBISON Coming into Sunday's matchup with Chivas USA, FC Dallas was in desperate need of a win to keep up with the Vancouver Whitecaps. That win did not come, as Dallas dropped a pivotal two points, in a match that Chivas USA dominated at home. FC Dallas now sits four points back of Vancouver with two matches left to play. When Chivas USA plays, it is usually keeper Dan Kennedy who is making the most spectacular plays throughout the night. However, it was the keeper on the other side, Kevin Hartman, making the spectacular saves tonight. Despite making... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON Much like they have done so often as of late, the Columbus Crew continued their recent run of finding a late goal. This time around, it was Eddie Gaven, who headed in the equalizing goal in the first minute of stoppage time to preserve a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City, along with preserving Columbus' playoff hopes, as they remain one point behind the Houston Dynamo for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. For Sporting Kansas City, it was a devastating opportunity lost, as they had a chance to all but clinch the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON In a match that saw the Montreal Impact eliminated from the playoff race, the Houston Dynamo failed to take advantage of an opportunity to put some distance between them and sixth-place Columbus Crew, as a 1-1 draw puts the Dynamo just two points ahead going into today's Columbus vs. Sporting Kansas City match. The draw does extend Houston's unbeaten streak at home to twenty four consecutive matches, second longest in MLS history. Their dominance at home has helped keep them in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. Houston took the lead late in the first half... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
Ronaldo with a beauty of a goal to put Madrid up 1-0. Barcelona is really missing Puyol.
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By BRYAN ROBISON El Clasico kicks off for the 2012-2013 La Liga season, as Real Madrid takes on Barcelona at Camp Nou. This is the 166th match in league play between the two rivals. Real Madrid will be looking to make up ground on Barcelona, as the defending La Liga champions are off to a slow start this season. Sitting eight points behind Barcelona, which leads the league, Real Madrid has a great chance to continue their recent run of success against Barcelona, having won two of the last three matchups between the two historic clubs. Barcelona's captain, Carles Puyol,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON After missing the previous month due to a thigh injury, Michael Bradley returned to the Roma starting lineup in style today, netting his first goal of the season in the 62nd minute. The American played 72 minutes before being subbed out in Roma's 2-0 victory over Atalanta. This comes the day before the midfielder is expected to make his return to the lineup for the USMNT, which will be announced tomorrow afternoon. The appearance was Bradley's second since joining the Serie A club. He also had an assist in his debut with the club in the first... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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The always highly anticipated matchup takes place today, as El Clasico will kick off this afternoon from Camp Nou. Real Madrid will look to make some ground on Barcelona, as the defending league champions are already eight points behind league-leading Barcelona. In 222 all-time meetings, Real Madrid holds 88 wins, while Barcelona holds 87. Meanwhile, Clint Dempsey will look to follow up last week's performance for Tottenham, as the American scored his first goal with his new club. He will take on fellow Americans Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj of Aston Villa, who are off to a slow start this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON The 2012 season for both Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA could have been summed up with Saturday's game. Despite a strong showing from Chivas keeper Dan Kennedy, it was not enough to keep the opposing team out of the net, and often. Real Salt Lake's Álvaro Saborío knocked it past Kennedy three times on his own, tallying his second hat trick on the year to lead RSL past Chivas 4-0. The win, Real Salt Lake's third in their last four matches, puts them in sole possession of second place in the Western Conference. They now sit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON On a choppy pitch, thanks to the rain throughout the match at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Houston Dynamo extended their unbeaten streak at home to 23 consecutive games. Ricardo Clark scored his first goal for the Dynamo since making his return to the club this year, as he knocked in the game-winner in the second half to help lead the Dynamo to a crucial 2-0 win over the New England Revolution. Clark, who returned to Houston in August after leaving the club at the end of the 2009 season to play overseas, scored what proved to be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON After taking the lead twice in the final third of the match, FC Dallas thought they were going to escape Buck Shaw Stadium with a crucial three points. But Steven Lenhart denied the visiting squad both times, knocking in a pair of equalizing goals to deny FC Dallas of being just the second team to defeat the Earthquakes at home this season, as the thrilling match ended in a 3-3 draw. Lenhart came on as a sub early in the second half, replacing an injured Mehdi Ballouchy. And much like he and the Earthquakes have done all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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After a Friday night showdown between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, the playoff race continues tonight with several teams fighting for their post-season lives tonight. After four consecutive wins, Columbus has fallen off the pace, falling behind the Houston Dynamo for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. They will look to right the ship as they host the Philadelphia Union. Columbus will need to take advantage of any opportunity they get in the final month of the season, as they face two teams currently slated to make the playoffs, while Houston does not face... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON Clint Dempsey will likely make his debut for Tottenham Hotspur, as they play host to Reading today. Dempsey, who was acquired by the London club on the final day of the transfer window, has yet to play this season due to holding out and not playing for Fulham in the first handful of matches to open the year. Dempsey, who played twice in the span of five days for USMNT against Jamaica, will likely see his first playing time as a subsitute off the bench. Another American playing for Tottenham is Brad Friedel, who will continue his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photo by ISIPhotos.com By BRYAN ROBISON Thanks to a bizarre sequence of events, which eventually led to a penalty call, San Jose was able to power past Chivas USA, as the Earthquakes increased their lead to eight points at the top of the Western Confrence thanks to a 2-0 victory in Los Angeles. Chris Wondolowski returned to the scoring column for just the second time in two months, converting that penalty that occurred late in the first half. The call drew the ire of Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser, after San Jose's Alan Gordon was brought down in the box... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photo by ISIPhotos.com By BRYAN ROBISON In match held in a playoff atmosphere with playoff implications, FC Dallas continued their improbable playoff run thanks to a Julian De Guzman goal in the final seconds to stun Vancouver and the visiting Whitecaps 1-0. The win gave FC Dallas an important three points, as they close within one point of Vancouver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. De Guzman scored the wonder goal off a corner kick clearance after the Whitecaps looked to clear the ball in the 96th minute, after six minutes of stoppage time were added to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON A couple of possible playoff matchups take place today, as the MLS season winds down, entering the final six weeks of the season. The hottest club in the league had been the Columbus Crew, until they faced a setback against the New England Revolution ten days ago. They will look to return to the win column today as they host the New York Red Bulls, who have not played in well over two weeks. Meanwhile, up north in Montreal, the Impact will play host to the Chicago Fire, who have come on very strong over the last... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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Photo by ISIphotos.com By BRYAN ROBISON While Jamaica's win over the United States garnered much of the headlines on Friday, there were plenty of other intriguing World Cup qualifying match-ups that took place in CONCACAF. The most signifcant was Canada's win over Panama at BMO Field in Toronto. Dwayne De Rosario became the all-time leading scorer in Canadian history, notching his 20th career goal to lift Canada to a 1-0 win over Panama. De Rosario surpassed former striker and manager of the Canada national team, Dale Mitchell. The milestone comes just weeks after De Rosario notched his 100th career MLS... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON Just days after falling to the German club 3-0 in the group stage of the tournament, the United States shocked Germany 1-0 on Saturday to win the U-20 World Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Kealia Ohai scored her second goal of the tournament late in the first half, which proved to be the game-winning goal. Despite a flurry of chances for the Germans for the equalizer, they were never able to get it past USA goalkeeper Bryane Hearberlin, as the American defense held the Germans out of the net, the first match of the tournament that Germany was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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The weekend off for most league competition continues today, as most leagues are off throughout the weekend with 2014 World Cup qualifying taking place around the globe. The marquee matchup today for international fans takes place in Glasgow today, as Scotland hosts Serbia, looking to qualify for their first World Cup since 1998. Meanwhile, in Copenhagen, Denmark will welcome the Czech Republic, as the two formidable European clubs will look to return to World Cup action, as both qualified for Euro 2012. In MLS action, only one match is on the schedule this weekend, with the surging Seattle Sounders hosting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON While Manchester United was able to enter the win column with a 3-2 win over Fulham after losing their season debut to Everton last weekend, it was not all good news for the Red Devils, as star Wayne Rooney went down with a leg injury. After attempting to deflect Fulham's Hugo Rodallega's shot, Rooney had his thigh cut open by Rodallega's cleat after he stepped on Rooney's leg. After the blood started to show on his leg, stretchers immediately arrived to take Rooney off the field. Danny Wellbeck made it obvious just how serious of a cut... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON Whether it is off the bench or after being introduced in the starting lineup, Fredy Montero is having quite an impact during August. That continued on Saturday night, as the Colombian netted his first career hat trick at Home Depot Center against Chivas USA. He also added an assist on the night, in a game never in doubt, as Seattle dominated Chivas to the tune of a 6-2 victory. The win gives Seattle their fourth in five matches, scoring three or more goals in three of those wins. The three points tonight evens them up with Real... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON While Houston extended their 21 match home unbeaten streak, it did not go as they had hoped, as the home Dynamo side let a lead slip away in the final minutes. Toronto FC's Terry Dunfield evened up the score in the closing minutes to tie up the match at 1-1, just five minutes before the final whistle blew. Giving up two points may prove pivotal in playoff seeding for Houston, as they remain in third place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the New York Red Bulls at 42 points. Houston held possession throughout the first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON The Montreal Impact finished their astounding August in style, defeating D.C. United 3-0, to finish the month 4-0. The win, their fifth in a row, and sixth consecutive victory at Stade Saputo, pulled the Impact within a point of fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. At 39 points, the Impact sit one point away from D.C. United and the final playoff spot. The loss was the fifth consecutive loss on the road for United, as they have struggled all season away from RFK Stadium this season, registering just ten points all season on the road. While... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON Similar to La Liga and Premier League, Bundesliga sees itself going into 2012 with two prime contenders, and then what looks like a strong competition for third place. For the top German league, last year's top two finishers will go into this season expecting to end that way again this year. Borussia Dortmund, the two-time defending champions, will look to win three consecutive titles for the first time in club history, and become the third franchise in league history to three-peat. Bayern Munich was the last club to do so, winning three consecutive titles in 1998-2001. They... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON FC Dallas made it three-for-three for the week and continued their strong form for August, as they escaped from Rio Tinto Stadium with a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. David Ferreira notched a late stoppage time goal to steal the win for Dallas, stunning both Real Salt Lake and the raucous crowd. Not coincidentally, Dallas has turned around their season since the return of 2010 MLS MVP Ferreira, who made his 10th appearance on the season. Since his return, Dallas has gone 5-2-3 in that span, including winning their last three matches. Ferreira... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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By BRYAN ROBISON There was no late match heroics for San Jose this time around, as they built themselves too big of a hole to come back from thanks to a two goal defecit. After falling behind early, Montreal charged back, scoring three unanswered goals, and winning their fourth consecutive home match 3-1 at Stade Saputo on Saturday. After an expected rough start to their debut season, the Impact have come on strongly in the second half of the year, specifically at home. Since switching over to Stade Saputo for their home matches in June, Montreal is 7-2. They now... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2012 at Soccer By Ives
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