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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

Tuesday sees the return of the UEFA Champions League, headlined by a meeting between Roma and Bayern Munich

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Miazga learns valuable lessons after first U.S. Under-23 camp

New York Red Bulls’ centerback Matt Miazga returned from his first camp with the Under-23 U.S. Men’s National Team with plenty to chew on.

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CCL Preview: Timbers, D.C. United looking to clinch high seeds in group stage finale

The Portland Timbers and D.C. United both head into Tuesday’s CCL action hoping to secure a top four seed in the tournament’s knockout stage.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a three-week break, the UEFA Champions League is back in action Tuesday with the first wave of the group stage’s third round.

Tuesday’s action is highlighted by a clash between Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Serie A powerhouse Roma, who sit first and second in the difficult Group E, respectively. Both teams feature plenty of attacking talent, as Bayern wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will look to outshine Roma speedsters Gervinho and Juan Manuel Iturbe.

Meanwhile, Tuesday also features a clash of two clubs with world famous academy systems as Barcelona take on Ajax at Camp Nou. The two teams currently sit second and third in their group behind Paris Saint-Germain who hosts APOEL.

In other action, Tuesday boasts a Copa MX clash between Santos Laguna and Chivas de Guadalajara, four CONCACAF Champions League group stage finales and the continuation of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship as Martinique takes on Costa Rica while Mexico takes on Jamaica.

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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Miazga learns valuable lessons after first U.S. Under-23 camp

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. — Matt Miazga may not be a significant piece of the New York Red Bulls’ roster ahead of their upcoming playoff push, but that is far from the case when it comes to the U.S. youth national team setup.

Miazga has been part of the U.S. youth ranks since playing for the Under-18 team in 2013, and since then has steadily climbed to higher levels. The lanky centerback has been with the U-20 side on a handful of occasions as it prepares for World Cup qualifying next year, but earlier this month experienced something unexpected.

Miazga took part in his first U-23 camp earlier this month despite being just 19 years old and not having many appearances with the Red Bulls under his belt this season. He was summoned by temporary U-23 head coach Tab Ramos, who is the full-time manager for the U-20 U.S. team, and returned from the brief trip to Brazil with plenty of lessons learned.

“It’s obviously at a higher level,” Miazga told SBI. “I now know what the next level is. From the U-20 to the U-23 Olympic team, I know what I have to improve on and I know that pace of that game. It was definitely faster and obviously the players are stronger, quicker, so it was a lot more physical.”

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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Nick Rimando

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Lloyd Sam

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SBI World Team of the Week: Deportivo La Coruna

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On paper, Deportivo La Coruna was supposed to have little chance against previously-unbeaten Valencia. Depor was mired in a four-match losing streak, while Valencia was riding high off an impressive rout of Atletico Madrid before the international break.

Deportivo La Coruna didn’t stick to the script though, handing Valencia their first loss of the La Liga season in a 3-0 victory at Estadio Riazor. The victory helped Depor earn SBI World Team of the Week honors.

An early own goal by Jose Gaya gave Depor the 1-0 lead, and Lucas Perez made it 2-0 with an insurance goal just before halftime. Valencia never could break through, and Toche’s 79th-minute dagger put the match out of reach for Deportivo.

Deportivo beat out Manchester City, Lazio, Toluca and Southampton for this weekend’s honors.

What did you think of Deportivo’s performance? Which team impressed you the most this past weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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CCL Preview: Timbers, D.C. United looking to clinch high seeds in group stage finale

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite being on opposite ends of the current MLS playoff spectrum, the Portland Timbers and D.C. United enter Tuesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League action with an eye on the knockout round.

Both sides head into Tuesday undefeated in CCL play, although the Timbers still have everything to play for as the team heads down to Honduras to take on Olimpia, who they previously topped, 4-2, within the friendly confines of Providence Park.

The Timbers face a favorable scenario for advancement, as either a win or a draw would secure a spot in the knockout stages. Even a one-goal loss would be good enough to see the Timbers through via a tiebreaker.

In addition to advancement, the Timbers could go so far as lock up the top overall seed in the next stage, as the team currently stands out with Mexico’s Pachuca as the two teams who can finish with the highest goal differential amongst those who could finish with all 12 points. Continue reading »

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