Monday Kickoff: Bale to miss Liverpool clash; 2018 WC venue ahead of schedule; and more

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is set to miss out on this week’s Champions League clash with Liverpool due to injury.

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The SBI Show: Episode 172 (Recapping MLS Week 33, talking Garber vs. Klinsmann, and more)

Episode 172 of The SBI Show takes a look back at MLS Week 33, breaks down the recent Jurgen Klinsmann-Don Garber war of words, and more.

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Sounders rally from 2-0 down to tie Galaxy

The Seattle Sounders rallied from 2-0 down to earn a hard-fought 2-2 tie against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Stub Hub Center on Sunday night.

Monday Kickoff: Bale to miss Liverpool clash; 2018 WC venue ahead of schedule; and more


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Gareth Bale looks set to miss out on two of the biggest games on Real Madrid’s upcoming schedule.

The Welch star has been ruled out of the club’s midweek Champions League clash with Liverpool due to a glutial muscle injury that has limited him since last week’s international break. In addition, Bale is doubtful for this weekend’s battle against Barcelona, the first Classico of the season.

“After tests carried out on Gareth Bale by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical services, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right pyramidalis muscle,” the club said in a statement. “His progress will be monitored.”

Bale has made 12 appearances and scored five goals for Real Madrid in all competitions this season.

Here are some more news and notes to kickoff your Monday morning:

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College Weekend Rewind: Maryland downs Indiana, Michigan State stops Penn State, and more


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The SBI No. 25 Maryland Terrapins defeated  No. 1 ranked Indiana, 2-1, on Sunday, and while the Terps are heating up, many of the other top college teams seem to be simmering down.

The Terrapins have now won four consecutive matches, while defeating Penn State and Indiana in that stretch. Senior Alex Shinsky and sophomore Alex Crognale scored for the Terps before the Hooisers’ Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored in the 73rd minute. Maryland improves to 7-5-2, and the Hoosiers fall to 8-2-3.

In one of the biggest matches this weekend, No. 13 Michigan State beat No. 6 Penn State, 2-0, Saturday. The win is the fourth straight for the Spartans.

Junior Jason Stacy bagged the first goal in the 21st minute, and junior Jay Chapman quickly followed suite, as he netted the Spartans second in the 26th. The Nittany Lions were unable to find the net for the remainder of the match and suffered their second straight loss.

No. 3 UC Irvine scored a late goal from a corner kick Saturday to beat  Cal State Fullerton, 2-1. Bryan Breslin connected with Gor Kirakosyan’s corner kick in the 72nd minute, while Michael Breslin earned his fifth shutout of the year.

If you missed it, here are Friday’s results. Check out the rundown of the rest of this weekend’s top college results:

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The SBI Show: Episode 172 (Recapping MLS Week 33, talking Garber vs. Klinsmann, and more)

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The MLS regular season is down to one week left after a dramatic Week 33 that saw some teams send strong signals of intent, and others stumble with the playoffs in sight.

Episode 172 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the weekend’s MLS action, including Seattle’s comeback against the Los Angeles Galaxy, and the Columbus Crew’s impressive win against the New York Red Bulls.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the recent war of words between U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and MLS commissioner Don Garber, and we take a look back at the USMNT’s 1-1 tie with Honduras last Tuesday.

Give Episode 172 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Sounders rally from 2-0 down to tie Galaxy

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CARSON, Calif. – Despite the compelling narratives heading into the game – Landon Donovan’s final home match, the two titans of the Western Conference even on points with two games left – nothing was decided in the first leg of the Supporters Shield Showdown, as the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders battled to a 2-2 draw before a sold out crowd of 27,424 at the Stub Hub Center on Saturday night.

Seattle battled back from 2-0 down to earn a road point and set up the regular season finale needing only a draw against the Galaxy next week to secure the club’s first Supporters Shield.

Obafemi Martins showed why he is as much a candidate for the the MVP as his counterpart Robbie Keane, as he engineered both Seattle second half goals, the first to Clint Dempsey, the second to Lamar Neagle, to quiet the home crowd and spoil the Landon Donovan send-off party for the Galaxy faithful.

“We took goals at the worst possible time. We took goals right before halftime, and right after halftime” Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid said after the match. “But then I was really proud of the character of our team, being able to come back and lock it up at 2-2, and be knocking on the door to take the win.”

Seattle opened the scoring in the 69th minute when Martins hooked a DeAndre Yedlin cross with his outstretched foot and redirected it to Dempsey, who suddenly found himself alone with the ball at the Galaxy six-yard box.  Dempsey easily punched the ball past a helpless Jaime Penedo, and suddenly the Sounders, who had been held in check for the first 68 minutes, were back in the match.

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Villa scores equalizer in home debut with Melbourne City

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David Villa’s post-World Cup break hasn’t slowed him down in front of goal one bit.

The on-loan forward from New York City FC scored for a second consecutive game for Melbourne City, scoring a late equalizer in Melbourne City’s home opener. It was Villa’s first start since the World Cup and he went the full 90 in the 1-1 draw with the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.

With time winding down, Villa helped play a role in the move that led to the goal as Melbourne City attacked down the left wing. A ball crossed into the middle in the 87th minute was poked towards Villa, who rifled home a right-footed strike past Jets goalkeeper Mark Birighitti to tie the score.

Villa’s first goal on Oct. 11 for his loan club was also of the equalizing variety, in a match that ended 1-1 at Sydney FC.

Watch a video of Villa’s goal against the Newcastle Jets (after the jump):

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