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Chandler hindered by minor groin injury

Timmy Chandler is dealing with a minor groin injury and is expected to train individually for a few days at Eintracht Frankfurt until he returns to full health.

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Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

Thursday’s action features 24 Europa League games, including Everton’s visit to Lille

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Report: Man City could invite NYC FC to England for preseason with hope to extend Lampard loan

Manchester City are examining all options available for them to hold onto Frank Lampard until the very start of the 2015 MLS season, including having NYC FC over for preseason training in England.

Chandler hindered by minor groin injury

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Timmy Chandler had begun carving out a more regular role with Eintracht Frankfurt in recent weeks, but has now endured a setback.

Chandler has picked up a minor groin injury and is expected to do only individual training until he is back to 100 percent. The 24-year-old right back now seems unlikely to be in uniform for Eintracht Frankfurt’s match on Saturday against VfB Stuttgart, but Eagles manager Thomas Schaaf believes Chandler will only miss a few days.

In his first season back at Eintracht Frankfurt, the U.S. Men’s National Team defender has played in six of the club’s eight games thus far. He recently started in three straight, but will now have to wait at least another week before getting cleared to play again.

What do you think of Chandler suffering a groin injury? Think he will be back by next week? Worried that it might be an injury that lingers?

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Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With 24 Europa League clashes on the schedule, Soccer Thursday is set to be quite a busy one.

The day’s action is headlined by a meeting between England’s Everton and Lille, who currently sit eighth in Ligue 1. Thursday’s clash has already been littered with controversey before the two sides even take the field, as a group of Everton supporters have been tear gassed after incidents in Lille’s city center.

Fellow Premier League club Tottenham are also in action in a matchup with Greece’s Asteras Tripolis. Tottenham will be looking to rebound from a frustrating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, who settled for a draw with CSKA Moscow in yesterday’s Champions League action.

In addition, reigning Europa League champion Sevilla take on Standard Liege, Fiorentina visits Greece to take on PAOK and Inter Milan hosts Saint-Etienne.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

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MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Juliao, De Rosario, Garrido

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With just one game remaining, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has closed out the 2014 MLS regular season with a trio of suspensions.

The league announced Thursday that undisclosed fines and one game suspensions had been handed out to Sporting KC fullback Igor Juliao, Toronto FC midfielder Dwayne De Rosario and Houston Dynamo midfielder Luis Garrido heading into the season’s last regular season contest.

Juliao’s suspension, which will see the defender miss a crucial matchup with the New York Red Bulls, comes after Juliao was seen cleating the Philadelphia Union’s Andrew Wenger in last week’s 2-1 loss for Sporting KC.

De Rosario will miss out on Toronto FC’s visit to the New England Revolution Saturday after kicking out at Montreal Impact defender Hasoun Camara when the Canadian rivals clashed last week. After being taken out from behind, a frustrated De Rosario swung his foot at the incoming Camara, as TFC settled for a 1-1 draw that eliminated the club from postseason contention.

Finally, Garrido will miss out on the Dynamo’s final match under Dominic Kinnear for a dangerous tackle on the Revolution’s Lee Nguyen. Garrido will now miss out on the Dynamo’s visit to Toyota Park to take on the Fire.

What do you think of the suspensions? Did the Disciplinary Committee get these right?

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Report: Man City could invite NYC FC to England for preseason with hope to extend Lampard loan

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By DAN KARELL

Coming off strong early-season performances that earned Frank Lampard the club’s Player of the Month honors, Manchester City are considering every option available to try and retain him until the start of the 2015 MLS season.

While the plan remains for Lampard to leave Man City on Jan. 1 and join up with New York City FC for their preseason training schedule, Man City are reportedly looking into possibly bringing NYC FC over to England for their preseason, potentially allowing Lampard to develop chemistry with NYC FC while also keeping him in Manchester City’s squad for the beginning portion of the second half of the English Premier League season.

A report in the Telegraph claims that Man City is looking into scheduling friendly matches for NYC FC to play “lower-league opposition in the Northwest” of England next January and February.

New York City FC have not yet addressed the latest reports.

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Thursday Kickoff: Chelsea lose Costa for Man United clash; Pogba extension imminent; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Chelsea will likely be without their top scorer on Sunday when they face Manchester United.

Diego Costa is on the verge of being ruled out of the highly-anticipated matchup in Old Trafford with a groin injury, adding to his already long-term hamstring injury that he’s struggled to overcome. In addition, Costa was briefly hospitalized last week with a severe “stomach bug,” and hasn’t trained regularly since then.

The 26-year-old has scored nine goals in seven English Premier League games this season, but he has missed Chelsea’s last two games, at Crystal Palace and against Maribor in the UEFA Champions League with injury.

The most recent groin problem has reportedly left manager Jose Mourinho fuming, because he feels Costa was misused while on international duty with Spain.

Without Costa, Chelsea will likely go with either Didier Drogba, who is dealing with match fitness issues, or Andre Schurrle, who is coming back from flu-like symptoms. Loic Remy is unlikely to play after departing early in Chelsea’s 7-1 thrashing of Maribor with a groin injury.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Thursday:

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USMNT fall six places to No. 23 in latest FIFA rankings

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men’s National Team woke up this morning outside of the top 20 ranked teams in the world.

FIFA released their latest world rankings on Thursday as the USMNT fell six places to No. 23, following a pair of 1-1 draws to Ecuador and Honduras in October. The U.S. now sit one place behind the Czech Republic and one place ahead of the Czech’s neighbors, Slovakia. The last time the U.S. was ranked outside the top 20 in the world was in July 2013.

Much of the reason for the precipitous fall has to do with the fact that other nations are currently playing qualifying matches, either for Euro 2016, the 2015 African Cup of Nations, or the 2015 Gold Cup. In CONCACAF, the U.S. remain behind top ranked Costa Rica, who are ranked 16th in the world, and Mexico, who are 17th. Trinidad and Tobago, who are now the fourth-best ranked team in CONCACAF, jumped 37 places to No. 49 following three wins in October.

There was plenty of movement in the world top ten as well. Germany, Argentina, and Colombia remain the top three ranked teams, in that order, but Belgium jumped over the Netherlands into fourth place, with the Dutch following in fifth. Brazil checks in at sixth place, France moved up two places to seventh, Uruguay fell one spot to eighth, and Portugal moved up to ninth in front of tenth place Spain.

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What do you think of this development? Worried about the USMNT’s fall? Think they can move back up with wins over Colombia and Ireland next month?

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