Transfer Deadline Day Rewind: Man United sign Falcao, Blind; Welbeck joins Arsenal; and more

Manchester United dominated transfer deadline day headlines, buying Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind, while also selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal.

TFC reject QPR bid for Defoe

Jermain Defoe is staying put with Toronto FC after the club rejected an offer from Queens Park Rangers.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Gyasi Zardes

Gyasi Zardes broke out of a three-game scoreless slump with two goals as the LA Galaxy routed Chivas USA, 2-0, earning Zardes SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

SBI Reader Roll Call (2010 Edition)

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It is that time again. Time for all you SBI readers to take part in our annual SBI Reader Roll Call, a reader survey we use to help identify our demographics for advertisers and to see what areas of the sport we should be trying to cover more.

Thanks to you, the SBI readers, our third year in business has been another success, with more than 16 million pageviews and readers checking in from all over the world and in every corner of the United States. We're excited to try and take things to an even higher level in 2011.

Now is your chance to let us know who you are, where you are from, and who you support. Here is a sample of what we would like you to submit your roll call information in the comments section:

Name (full name not necessary)–male/female–age–city/state/country(if not USA) you currently live in–clubs/national teams you watch (limit to five total)–when you started reading SBI

Also, please include your email address under the email section of the comment. Rest assured that email addresses placed there cannot be seen by the public and WILL NOT be given out to third parties for marketing purposes (As all the readers who submitted their emails in previous roll calls can attest). We are collecting an email list in order to eventually send out correspondences relating to SBI. If you still don't feel comfortable submitting your email on the website, you can send your roll call submission to soccerbyives@gmail.com.

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Howard helps Everton knock off Manchester City

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Manchester City had a chance to grab first place in the English Premier League with a win on Monday, but Everton played the role of spoiler perfectly.

Led by a dominant performance from Tim Howard, and inspired effort by the Everton defense, the Toffees posted a 2-1 victory against Manchester City on Monday.

Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines scored early in the first half and the Everton defense made the goals stand up, with Howard delivering a handful of top-notch saves to help Everton clinch a vital three points and move to 14th place in the Premier League, five points clear of the relegation zone.

What did you think of Everton's performance? Happy to see Howard post one of his signature performances? Think Landon Donovan needs to join Everton this winter?

Share your thoughts below.

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MLS announces home 2011 home openers

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The defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders will take on Supporters Shield holders Los Angeles Galaxy in the opening match of the 2011 MLS season on March 15th.

Major League Soccer announced the home openers for all 18 teams, including the home debuts of the Vancouver Whitecaps (vs. Toronto FC on March 19th) and Portland Timbers (April 14th vs. Chicago).

The New York Red Bulls will open play at Red Bull Arena on March 19th against the Seattle Sounders. Sporting KC will open its new stadium on June 9th against the Chicago Fire.

Here is the rundown of home openers:

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Manchester City vs. Everton: Your Running Commentary

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Snowfall in England led to a plethora of match postponements in the Premier League last weekend, but today's Manchester City-Everton match has been spared and will offer us some entertainment this afternoon (3pm, ESPN2).

U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard will be in net for Everton, but the story of the day will be Carlos Tevez, who will be in the spotlight after submitting a transfer request only to pull it back today. Tevez will have his chance to win back Manchester City fans by leading the Citizens to a win that would put them into first place in the Premier League heading into Christmas.

If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your own thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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Must-See Goal: Edinson Cavani

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Mid-Day Ticker: Tevez staying with City, Inter mum on Benitez, and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The long-enduring saga of Carlos Tevez at Manchester City took another turn over the weekend with word that Tevez has withdrawn his transfer request and has pledged his future to Manchester City.

Tevez and Manchester City faces Everton this afternoon (3pm, ESPN2).

English media outlets had reported that the Argentinian striker would be stripped of the captain's armband.

Here are some more stories to get you through the day

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European Weekend Rewind: Dortmund streak snapped, AC Milan slips and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

The weather was the big story in Europe this weekend, with snow postponing matches in England, France, and Italy. The Premier League was the hardest hit, losing all but two of its weekend matches to the weather.

In the matches that actually were played, late goals were the story of the weekend. Napoli got a stoppage-time winner from Edinson Cavani to defeat Lecce, while an own-goal from Udinese's Christian Zapata in the 89th minute gave Lazio a 3-2 victory. Both clubs climbed three points closer to Serie A leaders AC Milan, which fell to AS Roma on another second-half goal.

German leaders Borussia Dortmund also fell victim to a last-second winner, allowing an 87th minute goal from Eintracht Frankfurt's Theofanis Gekas to end its 15-match unbeaten streak. American Ricardo Clark earned a rare start for Frankfurt and went the distance in the historic match.

In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid continued their winning ways, though they did so in decidedly different styles. Barca poured it on again, demolishing local rivals Espanyol 5-1. Madrid struggled against Sevilla, but earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory on Angel Di Maria's 76th minute strike.

The marquee matchup in France was Marseille v. Lyon, a battle of UEFA Champions League round of 16 participants. Ultimately, neither club was able to make any headway in the tight Ligue 1 table, as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Here is a rundown of all the weekend scores from Europe's top leagues:

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Soccer By Ives wins 2010 Best Blog Award

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For those of you who may have missed the news last week, Soccer By Ives won U.S. Soccer's Best Soccer Blog Award. The award, voted on by fans on USSoccer.com, is SBI's third straight. Congratulations to the other finalists in a category that just keeps getting stronger and stronger.

I want to thank all of the SBI readers who helped make it happen, and also thank SBI staff members Avi Creditor, Adam Serrano, John Boschini, Gianfranco Panizo, Travis Clark, Michael Nastri, Jose Romero and Ian Holliday for helping SBI take its coverage of American and world soccer to a new level.

We are working hard to make SBI even better in 2011, so look for changes and improvements as we head toward our fourth year in business.

Once again, thank you to all of you for supporting SBI and for helping us win this award again.

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Monday Kickoff: USMNT & MLS news looms, Beckham wants loan, and more

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The new year is still more than a week away, but we will learn quite a bit about the new year for American soccer after a pair of announcements later today.

The U.S. Men's national team will unveil its roster for next month's training camp in Carson, California, a roster of close to 30 players made up mainly of MLS players and Scandinavian-based players. Meanwhile, Major League Soccer will release the schedule of home openers for all 18 teams playing in 2011.

The U.S. camp roster will tell us which MLS players impressed head coach Bob Bradley enough to merit a lengthy look during a three-week training camp that will culminate in the team's Jan. 22nd friendly against Chile. I projected the squad two weeks ago and I can't say I see it being much different. One thing to note is that the upcoming roster may not be as large as the 30-man roster called into camp a year ago.

In MLS, the league will unveil home openers for all teams and it's a safe bet the long-rumored Seattle Sounders-Vancouver Whitecaps season opener in Vancouver (NOT Seattle-Portland in Portland) will be the marquee opener of the bunch. It will be interesting to see who Portland faces in its home opener and when that home opener takes place.

Here are some other notes to get your Monday going:

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Inclement weather may have postponed a chunk of this weekend's matches in Europe, but that doesn't mean there were no Americans Abroad with noteworthy performances.

Ricardo Clark received his first start of the Bundesliga campaign, going the distance in Eintracht Frankfurt's 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Clark had two shots in the game that marked his first appearance since Oct. 30.

Another player who got some minutes after a lengthy spell of inactivity was Kenny Cooper. Having fully recovered from an ankle injury picked up in July, Cooper came off the bench and played 19 minutes in TSV 1860 Munich's 1-0 defeat to SC Paderborn 07.

Charlie Davies did not see the field for Sochaux, but he did dress in his first official match since being involved in a deadly car accident last year. Sochaux tied Bordeaux, 1-1.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:

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Gatt, Gyau spark U.S. Under-20s to 5-0 rout of Canada

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Two days after posting a 2-0 win over Canada, the U.S. U-20 national team finished its 2010 schedule by defeating its northern rival again. This time by a much larger margin.

A new set of starters took to the field for the Americans in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday afternoon as the United States defeated Canada, 5-0.

The five goals came from just two players. Joshua Gatt scored twice and Joe Gyau grabbed a hat-trick. Gatt was involved in all the goals as he assisted on all three of Gyau's.

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Rivalries are the order of the day on today's soccer on TV calendar, even if the day's best match has already been postponed.

Chelsea-Manchester United has been called off due to snow, but there are still plenty of other good matches to watch. Sampdoria and Genoa clash in one of Italy's better derbies.

The best match of the day is in France, where Marseille takes on fellow Champions League Round of 16 participand Lyon. If you're craving some championship action, look no further than Colombia, where Juan Carlos Osorio will lead his Once Caldas vs. Deportes Tolima.

American fans will be tuned in to Fox Soccer Channel this morning, where Charlie Davies could make his first appearance for Sochaux since last year's deadly car accident. Davies is in uniform for the first time, and could see playing time against Bordeaux, the same club he scored two goals against a year ago.

If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your own 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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