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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.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

John Brooks aims to earn his first Bundesliga start in over a month, Danny Williams hopes to make his Reading return, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

Soccer: Friendly-USA vs Honduras

23 for 2015: Projecting the USMNT Gold Cup roster (October 2014 edition)

A pair of new faces make the cut in the latest SBI 23 for 2015, as we project the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup roster for next summer.

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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Williams back in action for Reading

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Danny Williams has been on the sidelines with a knee injury for the better part of six months, but now the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder appears ready to get back on the field.

Williams has been deemed healthy and ready to go for English League Championship side Reading after playing 45 minutes in an Under-21 match for Reading on Monday.

Williams underwent surgery in July for the persistent knee issue that had plagued him last spring. It forced him to miss the tail-end of the League Championship season, while also costing him a chance at competing for a place on the U.S. World Cup team.

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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By IVES GALARCEP

Though it may not quite be a battle with major title implications anymore given Chelsea’s runaway position as leaders, but the Manchester Derby still has plenty on the line when the red and blue sides of Manchester meet on Sunday at the Etihad.

City currently sits in third place in the English Premier League,  but will face a Manchester United side feeling good about a hard-earned draw against Chelsea last weekend. The Citizens saw their three-match winning streak snapped last week against West Ham, and will look to keep Manchester United away from the top four with a victory.

In Germany, struggling Borussia Dortmund will look to halt a surprisingly bad start to the Bundesliga season with a victory against rival Bayern Munich. Jurgen Klopp’s side has lost four straight matches and sits just a point out of the relegation zone, but Dortmund has a history of pushing Bayern to the limit so another memorable match shouldn’t be ruled out.

In MLS, the Seattle Sounders take on FC Dallas on Sunday and the Los Angeles Galaxy meet Real Salt Lake in the West Conference playoffs. In the East, the New England Revolution meet the Columbus Crew in what should be the most entertaining of the conference semifinal series.

Here is a rundown of all the weekend’s soccer action:

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Rapids sue sponsor Ciao Telecom over missed payments

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Six months after agreeing to a sponsorship deal, the Colorado Rapids are taking legal action against the company that emblazons their jersey.

The Denver Post reported on Thursday that the Rapids have filed a lawsuit against the parent company of sponsor Ciao Telecom over $485,000 in missed payments. Ciao Telecom, which signed a sponsorship deal with the club in June, allegedly missed a pair of payments in September and July, while shortchanging the Rapids on an initial payment.

The Rapids were expected to make $800,000 from the deal this season, but Rapids president Tim Hinchey admitted earlier this month that payments could be delayed due to Ciao’s recent business moves, which include a merger.

“They’re still a little behind on their launch,” Hinchey said. “They’re looking at retail locations. As we said before, 2014 was about getting the name out for them, and that’s why they took a punt with us.”

Ciao’s stock price has been plummeting since July and a sponorship with Serie B’s Reggina Calcio has apparently been terminated after the Italian club removed the company logo from the club website.

What do you make of the Rapids’ sponsor troubles? How do you think the league handles sponsors as a whole?

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Late Wright-Phillips winner lifts Red Bulls past Sporting KC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. — Down a goal at home in yet another playoff match, Thursday night’s knockout round matchup had all the makings of yet another New York Red Bulls failure.

However, with the season on the line, it was the league’s Golden Boot winner who propelled his side to victory with a pair of second half goals to earn the Red Bulls a 2-1 victory.

Bradley Wright-Phillips’ winner came in the 90th minute off a cross from substitute Ambroise Oyongo, who worked into space on the right side before looping a ball into the box. With the ball hanging in midair for what felt like an eternity, Sporting KC failed to close down on the Red Bulls forward, who headed into the left side of the net so secure his sides advancement.

“Initially, the ball was quite high, wasn’t it?” said Wright-Phillips. “I thought I couldn’t get much of it and just tried to hit it on target.

“I was quite surprised because they marked me well the whole game. I was very quiet. They marked be but on that one, it might have been the height of the ball, they might have thought the keeper would come, but he didn’t and thankfully I got a head on it.” Continue reading »

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