Video: Landon Donovan talks Moyes’ firing, the World Cup, and more

U.S. Men’s National Team and LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan talks David Moyes’ firing at Manchester United, his role with the USMNT, thoughts about the World Cup, and more in this video interview with Sports Illustrated.

A closer look at the USMNT depth chart: Forwards

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has some tough decisions on the horizon with regards to his forward options.

Atletico, Chelsea play to drab scoreless draw in Spain

Chelsea and Atletico Madrid played to a goal-less draw in the opener of their UEFA Champions League semifinals series in Spain on Tuesday.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

There's still a week to go until the brackets for the 2011 NCAA Tournament are revealed but several teams have already seen their postseason hopes extinguished.

Only four teams remain in the Big East Tournament as Connecticut, Louisville, St. John's and Villanova moved on to the semifinals. The remaining sides will face each other this weekend at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. Notre Dame was unexpectedly dumped out in the first round thanks to Villanova's upset. The Fighting Irish are in the mid-30's of the latest RPI and could face a nerve-racking selection day at the end of the week. Villanova is a lowly 130th in the RPI but the Wildcats find themselves two wins away from an automatic berth.

There won't be any drama in the Pac-12 as UCLA wrapped up their seventh conference title with a 2-0 win over California on Friday and continued their perfect conference season with a 3-0 victory against Stanford on Sunday. The Bruins are flying high having won nine of their last ten games. The Pac-12 does not have a conference tournament so UCLA earns the automatic berth.

Here is a look back at the rest of the action in the final weekend of regular-season action.

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Gil, Bunbury added to U.S. Under-23 camp

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Real Salt Lake's Luis Gil and Sporting Kansas City's Teal Bunbury saw their MLS seasons ended on Sunday as their teams suffered conference final defeats, but neither will have much time to sulk after being called into the U.S. Under-23 national team camp in Germany.

Gil and Bunbury bring the total number of players in the camp to 37 players. The camp, which kicks off today in Duisburg, Germany, consists of both Under-20 and Under-23 players, and will be taking place over the course of the next two weeks. The group will be playing friendlies as part of the camp, and is being overseen by U.S. youth technical director Claudio Reyna while Under-23 head coach Caleb Porter is completing his duties as University of Akron head coach.

Gil is a former U.S. Under-17 standout who is eligible for the Under-20 national team, while Bunbury joins a U-23 group he is expected to be a key figure for as the team looks to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

What do you think of these additions to the camp? Who is missing from the camp that you think should get an invite?

Share your thoughts below.

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European Weekend Rewind: Real Madrid rolls, City looking title-worthy and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

Will this be the year that the spending sprees that brought Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Jose Mourinho, among others, to Real Madrid finally translate into a La Liga title? There's a lot of season left to be played, but this weekend's results will be cause for optimism among fans of the Merengues.

Ronaldo netted a hat-trick on Sunday and Benzema bagged two of his own in a 7-1 rout of Osasuna that assured Real of first place heading into next weekend's international break. Meanwhile, bitter rivals Barcelona had to come from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw at Athletic Bilbao, the club's fourth in 11 matches. Last year, Barca had only six draws all season.

An apparently weaker Barcelona than previous years' editions, coupled with the confidence Real gained by defeating its rivals in last year's Copa Del Rey final, could translate to the club's first league title since 2007-08.

Elsewhere, Manchester City looks like it could be on its way to ending a much longer title drought. If league winners are measured by their ability to overcome adversity and take all three points on the road, City's 3-2 win at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday — in which the club came from behind after going down early and found a late winner after allowing an equalizer — was a good example of the club's credentials.

One of the weekend's most exciting games was played in the Netherlands, where FC Utrecht defeated Ajax in a 6-4 goalfest. The result leaves last year's Dutch champions in fifth place, 11 points off the pace set by AZ Alkmaar, which defeated ADO Den Haag 3-0 on Sunday. American Jozy Altidore netted AZ's third goal.

The showdown in Italy between Juventus and Napoli ended up being postponed because of torrential rain and flooding in Naples. This cleared the way for Udinese and Lazio to each grab a share of the Serie A lead with wins over Siena and Parma, respectively. There were no changes in the league lead in either France or Germany, though Paris St. Germain missed an opportunity to extend its lead, drawing 1-1 at Bordeaux.

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

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Monday Kickoff: Galaxy stars in Euro demand, Ferdinand sent death threat and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Despite ousting Real Salt Lake at the Home Depot Center on Sunday night, setting up a clash with Houston in the final, the Galaxy stars are already being eyed up abroad. 

Ligue 1 big-spender Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed the idea that it will indeed attempt to bring David Beckham back to Europe as the former International looks to reclaim his place for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Since its takeover in the summer by Qatari Sports Investment, PSG has signed on the likes of Javier Pastore and Kevin Gameiro, and Beckham is being lined up to be its next prize.  PSG president has labeled Beckham "extraordinary" and is "attracted" to the idea of bringing the Englishman to France.

But Beckham isn't the only one with a European suitor.

Everton boss David Moyes revealed that he is, once again, interested in bringing Landon Donovan back to Goodison Park in January — though admittedly only on a loan move.

Donovan enjoyed a successful stint at Everton in January 2010, even landing a "Player of the Month" accolade from the club's fans.  Despite the club hoping to sign Donovan on a permanent basis, the deal was refused and the USMNT star returned in time for the start of the MLS season.

Still, Moyes says he is keen to bring Donovan back. "We could do with some speed and width on the right.

"We will look to see if there is any interest."

Here are some other stories to kick your Monday off:

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Galaxy roll past RSL to clinch place in MLS Cup Final

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Los Angeles Galaxy continued their steady push towards the MLS Cup as they advanced to the league championship with a 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at the Home Depot Center on Sunday night. 

The victory put the Galaxy in their second final in three years where they will take on the Houston Dynamo on their home field on November 20th. One win away from their ultimate goal, the Supporters Shield winners understand that despite a fine season, there is plenty of work to be done. 

"We haven’t achieved what we want yet but we’ve taken all the right steps," said Landon Donovan. "We’re real proud of the effort the guys put in all week. It’s a really tough week and our guys did a great job and I thought we were really excellent."

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Dynamo beat Sporting KC to book MLS Cup trip

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By GARRETT DAVEY

When Brad Davis was carried off the field late in the first half of Sunday's Eastern Conference Final, it felt like the Houston Dynamo's chances of going to the MLS Cup Final were being carried off with him.

The Dynamo didn't see it that way, and instead of folding without their team MVP (and arguably the MLS MVP), Houston stood strong defensively and capitalized on two second-half chances to knock off Sporting Kansas City.

Goals from Andre Hainault and Carlo Costly, coupled with some outstanding team defending, helped Houston post a 2-0 victory at LiveStrong Sporting Park on Sunday.

“I’m happy for the guys first and foremost,” Houston coach Dom Kinnear said. “I think three months ago a lot of people didn’t really take us seriously, and this is definitely a big statement to everyone that did that things can happen when things go well for you.”

Kinnear did a masterful job adjusting his squad after losing Davis to injury. Every move he made paid off, from inserting defender Jermaine Taylor, to bringing on Costly as a second-half sub to help put the match out of reach.

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MLS Western Conference Final: Match Night Commentary

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The two strongest teams in MLS over the past three seasons square off tonight for a chance to play in the 2011 MLS Cup Final as the Los Angeles Galaxy take on Real Salt Lake at Home Depot Center (9pm, ESPN).

The Galaxy come in as Supporters Shields winners and the favorites against an RSL side that struggled late in the regular season, but showed against Seattle in the playoffs that they were back to the form that helped them reach the CONCACAF Champions League Final last spring.

If Real Salt Lake are going to beat the Galaxy, they will need to do so without starting centerback Nat Borchers, who will miss his second straight match with a leg injury. The good news for RSL is Jamison Olave has recovered from his own injury to return to the starting lineup and start alongside Chris Schuler in central defense.

SBI will be providing commentary on tonight's match so please feel free to follow along with the action tonight. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

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MLS Eastern Conference Final: Match Day Commentary

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Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo will be playing for the first place in the 2011 MLS Cup Final today as they square off at LiveStrong Sporting Park in the Eastern Conference Final (5:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel).

Sporting KC comes in as the No. 1 seed and will look to continue their stellar home form against a tough Houston side that has rattled off an eight-match unbeaten streak since dropping a 3-0 decision in their last visit to face Sporting KC.

On one side you have a Sporting KC side with a loaded attack and solid defense. On the other, you have a Houston squad with a stingy defense and an offense that can burn opponents on set pieces.

Here is my Fox Soccer preview on today's East Final, which details the match-ups to watch and the keys to victory for both teams.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today's match so please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

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