Gulati: No lingering issues between U.S. Soccer and MLS after Klinsmann, Garber controversy

Sunil Gulati weighed in on the Jurgen Klinsmann/Don Garber back and forth, stating that both U.S. Soccer and MLS were on the same page while also backing his coach as the right man for the job.

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Torres scores free kick winner to push Tigres into Copa MX semis

Jose Torres pushed Tigres UANL into the Copa MX semifinals, scoring a winner on a perfectly-executed free kick in a 2-0 triumph over Toluca.

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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.

Gulati: No lingering issues between U.S. Soccer and MLS after Klinsmann, Garber controversy

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati claims that both U.S. Soccer and MLS are all on the same page.

Gulati made his first public comments since MLS commissioner Don Garber blasted U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for comments that Garber claimed disparaged the league, and claimed that while he’d rather the comments have remained private, he understood why the conversation was happening.

“Given some of the comments, I wasn’t surprised it became a hot-button issue,” Gulati told the Washington Post. “But the fundamental views of all of us involved are: ‘We’re on the same page.’ We got diverted from that, so it will go on for a little bit. I don’t view this as there being an undercurrent going forward. There won’t be any lingering issues.

“We will get back to the job at hand, which is continuing to grow MLS, continuing to improve the national team, and the broader goal, which does both of those things.”

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CCL Preview: Sporting KC head to Costa Rica to take on Saprissa

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Sporting KC head into Thursday’s CONCACAF Champions League action in a very advantageous position.

Sitting atop Group 2, Sporting KC pay visit to the CCL’s most successful non-Mexican club, Costa Rica’s Saprissa, who has won the competition three times. However, for all of Saprissa’s past successes, Sporting KC enters Thursday as the heavy favorites to advance.

A win or a draw would see the MLS side through, as well as any two-goal loss that would see Sporting KC score two or more goals. There is an option for a potential stalemate, as a 3-1 Saprissa victory would send the group into a coin-flip scenario due to equal tiebreakers.

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Torres scores free kick winner to push Tigres into Copa MX semis

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Talk about a perfectly-executed set piece.

Jose Torres helped push Tigres UANL to the Copa MX semifinals on Wednesday night, scoring a winner off a stunning free kick in a 2-0 victory over Toluca. Torres netted the decisive goal in the 56th minute, curling a shot into the near top corner after teammate Juninho faked a right-footed shot.

It was the 26-year-old midfielder’s first goal of the season across all competitions, and first since March 30. Torres started and played 90 minutes in the home win on Wednesday, as did fellow American Herculez Gomez.

Tigres, the second seed in the tournament, will host No. 3 Santos Laguna in the next round with a chance to advance to the title game on the line. Michael Orozco’s fifth-seeded Puebla will receive a visit from No. 8 BUAP in the other semifinals fixture.

You can see the goal here:

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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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