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By AARON CRANFORD
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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By IVES GALARCEP
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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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH
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.
By DAN KARELL
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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By RYAN TOLMICH
In a matchup that could turn out to be a potential playoff preview, the Columbus Crew appeared to be a team with all of the makings of a true postseason threat.
The Crew overwhelmed the Red Bulls, 3-1, Sunday at Red Bull Arena, as Ethan Finlay picked up a goal and two assists to deal the Red Bulls their first home loss in eight games. With the win, the Crew moved up to fourth place in the Eastern Conference ahead of the Red Bulls, and leave the Crew tied on points with third-placed Sporting Kansas City heading into the final week of the season.
After exchanging chances throughout the first 17 minutes, Crew forward Aaron Schoenfeld opened the scoring with a finish from close range to give the visitors the lead.
Schoenfeld benefitted from the service of Finlay, who found the lanky forward in the center of the box with a cross from the right side. After muffing his first touch, Schoenfeld recovered in time to fire a shot past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles to put the Crew ahead.
“I feel like I’ve been knocking on the door for a couple weeks now,” Schoenfeld said of the goal, “and I was just glad to finally break through.” Continue reading