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Onyewu signs short term contract with Charlton

Oguchi Onyewu has signed a contract through January with Championship club Charlton Athletic.

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Friday Kickoff: Gerrard could leave Liverpool; Neymar expected to play in 2016 Olympics; and more

Steven Gerrard’s future could lie away from Anfield as Liverpool have yet to offer their captain a new contract.

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Late Wright-Phillips winner lifts Red Bulls past Sporting KC

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a 90th minute winner to give the Red Bulls a dramatic comeback victory over defending champs Sporting Kansas City.

NASL Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By EVAN REAM

Two games in particular stand out in the final weekend of regular season NASL play as both the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Carolina RailHawks have a chance of garnering the fourth and final postseason spot.

The Strikers have the easier job, taking on expansion side Ottawa Fury FC at home Saturday night in a game that they will likely just need a point in to secure a first-round match against No. 1 seeded Minnesota United.

Fort Lauderdale comes into the game unbeaten in their last five matches, while Ottawa has dropped three straight after a promising mid-season run of form.

With a win, the Strikers will secure their first playoff spot since 2012, but with a tie they could still get in with a RailHawks loss or a win that doesn’t make up a goal differential of four.

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Midweek College Rewind: Stanford draw with UCLA; Creighton downs Marquette; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Both No. 2 UCLA and No. 5 Stanford had players score a brace, but neither side could find a win in the thrilling 2-2 tie Thursday night.

Cardinal midfielder Corey Baird scored a brace, netting one in the 14th minute and in the 77th minute, while Bruins forward Seyi Adekoya also slotted two on the night. Adekoya equalized by scoring 34 seconds after the opening goal by Baird. Adekoya finished his second in the 59th minute, but the Bruins could not hold on for the win.

No. 7 Creighton bounced back from their weekend loss to No. 15 Georgetown with an important 2-0 win against No. 8 Marquette Wednesday.

Ricardo Perez opened the scoring in the 30th minute after Timo Pitter assisted, and Pitter scored a goal of his own to secure the Blue Jays’ win in the 79th minute. With the loss, the Golden Eagles have gone winless in their last five matches.

Meanwhile, No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 18 Michigan State played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday. Fighting Irish midfielder Evan Panker tallied the first goal of the match in the 56th minute, but the Spartans found a late equalizer from Tim Kreutz in the 80th minute.

If you missed it, here are Tuesday’s midweek results. Take a closer look at Wednesday’s and Thursday’s top college matches below:

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Onyewu signs short term contract with Charlton

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By DAN KARELL

Oguchi Onyewu has found himself a new club, at least for the time being.

English Championship club Charlton Athletic announced on Friday that they had signed Onyewu to a two-month contract. Onyewu will wear the No. 15 for the Addicks and he comes in as a replacement for Michael Morrison, who just completed a loan move to Birmingham City.

The American centerback has been without a club since last May, when Sheffield Wednesday and Onyewu couldn’t agree on a new contract after a strong half-season at the club. Since suffering a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee in Oct. 2009, Onyewu has struggled to find a consistant and regular place in a team’s starting lineup, hopping from club to club in Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, and now England.

Onyewu is available to make his debut on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday at Charlton’s home stadium, the Valley. Charlton are currently in ninth place in the 24-team Championship.

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What do you think of this news? Do you see Onyewu breaking into the Charlton starting lineup this fall?

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Friday Kickoff: Gerrard could leave Liverpool; Neymar expected to play in 2016 Olympics; and more

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By DAN KARELL

A man who’s name is as synonymous as the soccer team he plays for and the city he’s always lived in could be moving to greener pastures.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s days with the club could be numbered, as the club have yet to offer Gerrard a new contract, with his current one expiring this coming June. The 34-year-old admitted in an interview that he doesn’t feel like he’s ready to wrap up his career, meaning that his future could lie away from Anfield.

“I won’t be retiring this summer,” he says. “I will play beyond this season. We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision.”

Gerrard has been a key starter and member of the first team for Liverpool since making his debut in late 1998, and was given the captain’s armband in Oct. 2003. Gerrard helped lead Liverpool to one of their greatest feats in the 2005 UEFA Champions League final, coming back from a three-goal deficit to beat AC Milan.

Gerrard, who has made just short of 500 appearances in his career for the Reds, has played nine English Premier League games this season, scoring two goals. He has been criticized for some of the team’s early-season struggles.

Here are some stories to kick off your Friday:

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Mexico’s Herrera questions Klinsmann shortlist nod

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s inclusion on FIFA’s World Coach of the Year shortlist was a surprise to some soccer aficionados.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera seems to be in that camp, telling ESPN radio that Costa Rica’s Jorge Luis Pinto deserved it more.

“I don’t know why Jurgen Klinsmann is on the list,” Herrera said in the Spanish-language interview on Wednesday. “Maybe because he’s German.”

“That’s the only explanation we have, because he hasn’t done anything to be there,” Herrera added. “I’d say Pinto did more with Costa Rica.”

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Bornstein out at least 2 months following foot surgery

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 By RYAN TOLMICH

The last few weeks have been rough on Jonathan Bornstein.

Just days after Bornstein returned to the squad following the passing of his father, Mexican club Querétaro announced that the American left back is set to miss at least two months of action after undergoing foot surgery.

“Jonathan was hurt last Friday in training, and he suffered an injury to his fifth metatarsal,” Querétaro head of press Alejandro Esponda said Wednesday. “He was operated on last Saturday, and he’ll be out for at least two and a half months.”

The injury is set to keep Bornstein out for the remainder of the 2014 Apertura season. Currently on-loan with Queretaro from Tigres, Bornstein has appeared in just two Copa MX games this season.

Bornstein has made 38 appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team, most recently in 2011.

What do you think of Bornstein’s injury? Where should the left back go from here?

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