Pappa’s late double leads Sounders to Supporters’ Shield

Marco Pappa’s second-half double helped lead the Seattle Sounders to a 2-0 win against the Los Angeles Galaxy, and the 2014 Supporters’ Shield.

Timbers win at FC Dallas, put pressure on Whitecaps

The Portland Timbers made good on their last chance to try to edge into playoff position, beating FC Dallas to win their final game of the season.

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Saturday European Rewind: Real Madrid top Barcelona; Man City upset by West Ham; and more

Real Madrid bounced back after conceding an early goal to pick up a 3-1 victory over Barcelona.

Pappa’s late double leads Sounders to Supporters’ Shield

 

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE — It took all spring, summer, and much of autumn, and even that wasn’t enough. It took nearly 90 more minutes of tense, testy, and at times ugly soccer, but the Seattle Sounders won their first Supporters’ Shield on Saturday afternoon, the last day of their 2014 season.

Second-half substitute Marco Pappa netted twice to lift the Sounders to a 2-0 win over the visiting LA Galaxy in front of 57,673 at CenturyLink Field.

“First off,” said Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid, “I want to congratulate our team for 34 solid weeks. I think winning the Supporters’ Shield is a reflection of what you’ve done. It’s work over a period of time. It’s 34 weeks of training. It’s 34 weeks of games. It’s all of that put together.”

Needing just a tie to win the Shield, the Sounders managed only four shots — all from Pappa — against a Galaxy team that successfully packed the box and eliminated counter attacks with quick, efficient fouls.

“I’m not going to put that in the category of one of our best games,” said Schmid.

Pappa first struck off a beautiful pass into space from Obafemi Martins, darting into the penalty area in the 85th minute for a one-touch strike past goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

The Galaxy (17-7-10, 61 points) nearly responded twice in the waning moments of the match.

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Timbers win at FC Dallas, put pressure on Whitecaps

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By MIKE DONOVAN

Coming into the match one point behind the Vancouver Whitecaps for the final playoff spot, the Portland Timbers delivered a potentially season-saving performance, defeating host FC Dallas Saturday night.

Darlington Nagbe and Maxi Urruti had the goals as the Timbers beat the Texas side, 2-0, to extend their season, by at least a few hours. The win means the Whitecaps must beat the Rapids in Saturday night’s match for the Whitecaps to to qualify for the playoffs, while a draw or Rapids win would move the Timbers on to the postseason for the second straight season.

It took until his 32nd game of the season, but Nagbe finally scored his first goal of the season when his long range shot took a deflection off Zach Loyd’s foot and left Chris Seitz helpless. The goal was a long time coming for the 24-year-old who notched nine tallies in the 2013 season. Continue reading »

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D.C. United snatch late draw to spoil Di Vaio sendoff

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Through 85 minutes, it appeared that Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio was on his way to fittingly ending his career by scoring the game’s lone goal.

However, D.C. United had other plans, as the Eastern Conference leaders snatched a draw at Stade Saputo due to a late equalizer from Fabian Espindola. Despite earning a point, D.C. United are now locked into the league’s third overall seed, as both the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy finish the regular season with more points.

Espindola’s equalizer came in the 86th minute as the D.C. United forward finished from long distance.

After pushing a short corner to defender Samuel Inkoom, Espindola received the ball on the right side before driving across the top of the box. Given plenty of space by the Impact defense, Espindola took the chance to fire past goalkeeper Jon Busch, who hopelessly dove as the ball trickled in to the right side of the net. Continue reading »

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Saturday European Rewind: Real Madrid top Barcelona; Man City upset by West Ham; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite conceding minutes into the first El Classico of the 2014-15 season, Real Madrid proved to be the dominant side.

The reigning Champions League winners bounced back from a fourth minute Neymar goal with finishes from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema to pick up a 3-1 victory over rivals Barcelona Saturday at the Bernebau.

Back in England, Manchester City were shocked by the surprising West Ham, who topped the reigning champions, 2-1, to climb up the Premier League table to fourth.

In addition, Borussia Dortmund’s struggles continued against Hannover, Paris Saint-Germain trounced Bordeaux and Liverpool slumped to a scoreless draw against Hull City.

Here is a closer look at all of Sunday’s action from across Europe’s top leagues:

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Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: SBI Live Commentary

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The MLS Supporters Shield will be decided today in Seattle when the Sounders take on the Los Angeles Galaxy (2:30pm NBC).

The top two teams in the league for much of the season, the Sounders and Galaxy face off today with the winner securing the top seed in the MLS playoffs, as well as the Supporters Shield.

The Sounders need just a draw today to secure that top spot, and will be heavily favored against a Galaxy side playing without star forward Robbie Keane (injured) and U.S. Men’s National Team central defender Omar Gonzalez (suspended).

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s action so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Our SBI Live Commentary is after the jump):

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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: SBI Live Commentary

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After spending the past few weeks scoring at will, Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to display their new attacking talents against one another in Saturday’s El Clasico (Noon, BeIN Sports).

Today will see the long-awaited return of controversial forward Luis Suarez, who has been suspended since the World Cup for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. Suarez, who scored 31 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, will now join up with the strike force of Lionel Messi and Neymar, who has led the way thus far with eight goals in five starts.

Real Madrid bring the attacking talent to match their rivals, headlined by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has averaged more than two goals- per game thus far in La Liga. Ronaldo will be joined by newcomers James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, who will be experiencing their first Classico. However, last season’s Champions League winners will be hampered by injuries, as both Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos are doubtful for Saturday’s clash.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s edition of ‘El Clasico’, so feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):

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