Soccer: Friendly-USA vs Honduras

U.S. Soccer confirms Nov. 14 friendly with Colombia

The U.S. Men’s National Team will take on Colombia in a friendly in London on Nov. 14

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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

Two of Europe’s most storied clubs and most polarizing players take on each other when Liverpool hosts Real Madrid, headlining our Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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SBI Spotlight: NASL striker Christian Ramirez forged his own success

Minnesota United star Christian Ramirez nearly stopped playing soccer four years ago. Now, he is a goal-scoring force who also happens to be on Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. Men’s National Team radar.

UCL Rewind: Real Madrid overwhelm Liverpool; Najar goal not enough against Arsenal; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In the club’s toughest Champions League test in five years, Liverpool were issued a swift lesson on just how hard it is to match up with the world’s best.

Karim Benzema scored a pair of first half goals to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over Liverpool Wednesday at Anfield. Benzema’s finishes were preceded by a 23rd minute goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, whose finish was the Portuguese star’s 70th of his Champions League career, leaving Ronaldo just one goal behind Real Madrid legend and recent New York Cosmo signing Raul for the all-time mark.

Arsenal also emerged from Wednesday’s action victorious, albeit in much more stressful fashion, due to a 2-1 victory over Belgium’s Anderlecht due to late goals from Keiran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski. Anderlecht opened the scoring through former D.C. United winger Andy Najar before Arsenal snatched the three points via Gibbs’ and Podolski’s finishes in the 89th and 91st minutes, respectively.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid swarmed Sweden’s Malmo FF, 5-0, and Olympiakos stunned Juventus with a 1-0 victory.

Check out the rest of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League scores below:

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MLS Ticker: Galaxy sign DeLaGarza to multi-year contract; Parkhurst survives injury scare; and more

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By DAN KARELL

On the verge of making a deep playoff run, the LA Galaxy have locked down one of their top defenders to a long-term deal.

The Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they’ve signed A.J. DeLaGarza to a new multi-year contract, the third new contract he’s signed with the club since being drafted in 2009.

“We’re thrilled to sign A.J. to a multi-year contract,” LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “He is one of the most versatile defenders in MLS and has been an important part of our organization’s success both on and off the field over the past six years. We look forward to A.J.’s continued leadership as an LA Galaxy member.”

Since joining the Galaxy, DeLaGarza has made 155 appearances and 150 starts, the most of any defender selected in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. This season, DeLaGarza has dished out two assists in 28 games, with 27 starts.

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U.S. Soccer confirms Nov. 14 friendly with Colombia

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It appears that U.S. Soccer has no problem working on the fly.

U.S. Soccer confirmed Wednesday that World Cup quarterfinalist Colombia will take on the U.S. Men’s National Team in a friendly at Craven Cottage on Nov. 14. The U.S. opponent originally considered for the game at the London venue was Croatia, but plans for that proposed match fell through before an official deal could be finalized.

The November friendly will mark the first time the U.S. plays Colombia since 2010. The Americans hosted the South American nation at PPL Park in Philadelphia back in October of that year, with the exhibition ending in a scoreless draw.

“Colombia showed in the World Cup that they are one of the top teams in the world,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They have some tremendous attacking talent like Radamel Falcao at Manchester United, James Rodriguez who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup and now plays at Real Madrid, Arian Ramos from Dortmund who was one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga, and Carlos Bacca who won the Europa League with Sevilla. Continue reading »

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U.S. U-18 coach Perez names 36-player roster for week-long training camp

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team is set to convene for a camp this week with a roster full of new faces.

Head coach Javier Perez has called in a 36-player roster ahead of the camp, which is set to take place from Oct. 23-31 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California. Every player selected by Perez is born in 1997, signaling a focus on the upcoming qualification for the 2017 U-20 World Cup.

Among the players selected, all but one player is registered with Development Academy clubs, while every player currently has ties to an academy club. Headlining the roster are five players with ties to the LA Galaxy, as well as four players affiliated with each of Real Salt Lake AZ and Chicago Magic PSG.

The nine-day camp will see the players participate in an intra-squad contest on Oct. 26 and a potential match against a local club team that is yet to be announced.

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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Two of the world’s most polarizing strikers face off on Wednesday in one of England’s most storied atmospheres.

Liverpool face their biggest test in their return to the UEFA Champions League when they host Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid at Anfield. The two teams are coming into the match on slightly different form, with Real Madrid firing on all cylinders recently and Liverpool eking out a victory at Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

It will be a huge test for Mario Balotelli though, who earns a start up top with Daniel Sturridge out injured for the Reds. Balotelli has only scored once since making his 16 million pound ($25.7 million) move to Liverpool, while Ronaldo has scored 19 goals alone in all competitions.

Arsenal meanwhile hop across the North Sea to Belgium where they’ll face Anderlecht, with Aaron Ramsey returning to the Arsenal starting lineup for the first time in nearly a month. Italian champions Juventus visit Olympiacos, Atletico Madrid host Malmo FF, and Bayer Leverkusen takes on FC Zenit.

In the evening, a couple of American-based soccer games merit keeping an eye on. In MLS action, Real Salt Lake hosts Chivas USA, and in CONCACAF Champions League, the New York Red Bulls host the Montreal Impact in a match that has no implications on the final outcome of Group 3.

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.

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

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SBI Spotlight: NASL striker Christian Ramirez forged his own success

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By EVAN REAM

Chances are, you haven’t heard of the top American-born goal scorer in American club soccer in 2014.

It is not MLS MVP candidate Lee Nguyen. Nor is it breakout Los Angeles Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes. U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey doesn’t have the title either.

In this calendar year, no American has more goals than Christian Ramirez, who is going on a tear for the NASL’s Minnesota United.

Teammate Miguel Ibarra may be garnering all the headlines after his recent USMNT call-up, but Ramirez’s club-record 19 goals have propelled the Loons to the No. 1 seed in the NASL playoffs, while rendering the MLS expansion candidate heavy favorites to win their first Soccer Bowl since 2011.

The accolades, praise and success have arrived as often as the mail for Ramirez this season, but four years ago, the hulking, 6-foot-2 forward considered stepping away from the game for good.

Ramirez always had the talent – 17 appearances in two seasons for national collegiate powerhouse Santa Barbara showed that.

The then 19-year-old had always wanted to be a professional soccer player, but amid the frustration of collegiate soccer, as well as family issues, the skillful forward contemplated quitting the game that he had always loved.

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