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MLS Spotlight: Finlay takes big leap forward for playoff-hungry Crew

Ethan Finlay has taken full advantage of moving into the starting lineup and is a key piece for the third-seeded Columbus Crew, who are looking to make a deep run in the MLS Cup playoffs.

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Williams back in action for Reading

American midfielder Danny Williams is set to return to action for Reading FC after being sidelined for the past six months.

MLS Spotlight: Finlay takes big leap forward for playoff-hungry Crew

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By DAN KARELL

After starting the season on the outside looking in, Ethan Finlay has developed into an automatic starter for the Columbus Crew and was a big reason for the team’s late season push to end a two-year playoff drought.

The strong performances earned Finlay a new contract, one he signed during a fan Q&A event at a local bar in Columbus.

“It feels great,” said a beaming Finlay the next day after training at the team’s practice facility in Obetz, Ohio. “It’s something we’ve been working for. I’m extremely happy, my family’s happy, and the club’s happy. It’s a win-win for both sides.”

The speedy winger, who was drafted with the 10th overall selection in the 2012 MLS Draft out of Creighton University, only started six games total entering his third year in the league.

Heading into a crucial season with the Crew, his first under new head coach Gregg Berhalter, Finlay took his chance to break into the starting eleven, first scoring a goal in a wild 3-3 draw at the Portland Timbers on May 17 and then a week later, scoring and showcasing his blazing speed in his first start of the season in a 1-0 victory against the Chicago Fire.

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Bornstein out at least two months following foot surgery

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The last few weeks have been rough on Jonathan Bornstein.

Just days after returning 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 surgery on an injured foot.

“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 of 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 with the most recent coming in 2011.

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

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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 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, has reportedly missed out on 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 plumetting 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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SBI Live Q&A (Oct. 30 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

For the next hour or so, I will be taking your questions on topics ranging from MLS to the U.S. Men’s National Team, to international soccer, to college soccer, and more.

Get your questions ready and fire them my way.

Join us for the SBI Live Q&A after the jump:

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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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SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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It is that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

Join me at 1pm today as I take your soccer questions and discuss topics ranging from the U.S. Men’s National Team to MLS to international soccer. We can also discuss pop culture topics including TV, movies and more.

Get your questions ready and join me at 1pm.

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