A closer look at MLS’s recent expansion

MLS announced its latest expansion team in Atlanta on Wednesday, but the move showed that there is no one set way to gain entrance into the league.

On Women’s Soccer: Is the USWNT’s 4-3-3 formation here to stay?

The USWNT started in a 4-3-3 their last two games, even through a coaching change. Could this mean the formation is the way of the future for the U.S. Women?

Reports: Brooks benched over large back tattoo

According to report, John Brooks was recently benched at Hertha Berlin because of a tattoo he recently got done.

Kimura, Moor, Folan ruled out as Rapids injury woes worsen

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The Colorado Rapids' uphill battle in the Eastern Conference Semifinals just got tougher.

Kosuke Kimura, Drew Moor and Caleb Folan are all expected to miss extended time after picking up injuries in the first leg of the home-and-home series against Sporting Kansas City, the Rapids announced Monday.

Kimura will miss the remainder of the playoffs with a broken left foot that is expected to take 4-6 weeks to recover from while Moor will miss 2-4 weeks with a shoulder injury. Folan will be out for an estimated two weeks with an ankle injury.

The news comes as a big blow to a Rapids team that is already plagued by injury. Pablo Mastroeni, Conor Casey, Anthony Wallace and Jamie Smith are all curently sidelined with injuries.

The Rapids head into Wednesday night's second leg against Sporting Kansas City trailing, 2-0.

What do you think of the injuries? Which player will be missed the most? Expecting Sporting Kansas City to run rampant on Wednesday night?

Share your thoughts below.

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College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For the second straight week, the top teams in the nation suffered through some shocking upset defeats.

In its penultimate game of the regular season, top-ranked Maryland lost to Clemson, 2-1. The Terps had a man advantage for much of the match, but Clemson was able to exploit the makeshift back line Maryland used, scoring twice in the second half to win the game.

UConn could have made a case for reclaiming the No. 1 spot, but that went out the window after being blanked by Seton Hall. The No. 2 ranked Huskies ended their regular season on a losing note, as Seton Hall maintained its first-half lead to pull off the upset.

Out West, UCLA put a stranglehold on the Pac-10 after beating No. 24 Washington and Oregon State over the weekend, while New Mexico remained the lone unbeaten team in the nation with a narrow victory over San Jose State.

Here is a rundown of the weekend's college action:

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Mike Magee

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Monday Kickoff: Donovan blasts Red Bulls, Hazard to leave Lille and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The New York Red Bulls are "cheaper" than any team that Landon Donovan has ever played against in MLS.  

The USMNT attacker laid seige to Hans Backe's Red Bulls following the post-game fracas that ensued after Rafa Marquez took the ball and flung it at Donovan which resulted in a mass scuffle.  

Donovan claims that New York has been displaying that kind of behavior all year and was quick to cite Thierry Henry's recent red card for kneeing Sporting Kansas City's Roger Espinoza in the back of the head when the two sides clashed.

The brawl at the end of the game saw New York's Rafa Marquez red carded along with Los Angeles' Juninho, meaning both players miss the return leg to the Home Depot Center in California.

Despite Donovan's clear disapproval at the behavior of the Red Bulls, he wasn't dwelling on the issue for long.

"You just deal with it, and at the end of it, the cream rose to the top and the better team won," Donovan said.

Here are some other stories to kick off your Halloween Monday:

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European Weekend Rewind: Arsenal wins thriller, Real Madrid grabs La Liga lead and more

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By IAN HOLLIDAY

If Arsenal is able to turn around its 2011-12 Premier League campaign and return to UEFA Champions League football next year, the club will likely look back at Saturday's 5-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as the turning point.

After twice coming back from a one-goal deficit, the visitors took a 3-2 lead on a 55th minute goal from Theo Walcott that looked like it might prove to be the winner before Juan Mata struck in the 80th. It was then that Arsenal captain and talisman Robin Van Persie took over. First, the Dutchman capitalized on a John Terry stumble and rounded Petr Cech to put the Gunners ahead in the 85th minute. Then, in stoppage time, he completed a hat-trick with a beautifully struck drive off an Arsenal counter.

The Gunners remain in seventh in the Premier League, but their 16 points are just three behind the Blues' total, which is good for third. For its part, Chelsea is suddenly reeling, having now dropped two in a row after last week's surprise defeat at QPR. The Blues are still in third on goal differential, but they're tied on points with Newcastle and Tottenham, each of which has a game in hand.

In Spain this weekend, surprise leaders Levante fell 2-0 at Osasuna, paving the way for Real Madrid to take the La Liga lead with its 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad. Levante actually dropped to third in the Spanish table with the loss, as FC Barcelona demolished Mallorca 5-0 on Saturday behind a Lionel Messi hat-trick.

The big matchups in Italy this weekend were Juventus' 2-1 win over Inter Milan in the Derby d'Italia and AC Milan's 3-2 win at AS Roma. The former kept the Old Lady at the top of the Serie A table, while the latter put the Rossoneri temporarily into second. That changed Sunday, however, with Lazio and Udinese each securing wins.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich got back on track after last week's 2-1 loss at Hannover with a 4-0 drubbing of Nurnberg on Saturday. In France, Paris St. Germain continued its run of table-topping form with a 4-2 win over Caen.

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

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you saw Clint Dempsey score in Fulham's game against Wigan Athletic on Saturday, you didn't just see him hit a winner.

You saw him make history.

Dempsey's first-half strike in Fulham's 2-0 win versus Wigan gave him 36 league goals in his Premiership career, tying the U.S. international with retired striker Brian McBride for the most by an American in England's top division. Dempsey's future with the Cottagers may not be assured, but with nine games remaining before the winter transfer window opens, it's likely that Dempsey will make that title exclusively his.

Dempsey wasn't the only player to score this weekend. Sacha Kljestan netted for the first time in RSC Anderlecht's regular season, scoring the third goal in a 4-0 triumph over Lierse. Kljestan, who also had an assist in his 90-minute outing, and Anderlecht remained in first place of the Pro League table with the victory.

Atop their respective league's table for the past few weeks, Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham became league champions in Norway after Molde FK clinched a first-place finish with a 2-2 draw against Stromsgodset. Neither of the two young Americans dressed for the game, but that probably didn't stop them from being in a festive mood, especially considering that they could play in the Champions League next season.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:

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Bunbury brace helps Sporting KC topple Rapids

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By DAVID GUBALA

Sporting Kansas City went into Sunday's Eastern Conference semifinal first leg looking to hopefully come away with a draw against the Colorado Rapids to send the series back to Kansas City 

A nightmarish night for the Rapids helped Sporting KC return to the Midwest with so much more.

After a scoreless first half that saw Colorado starters Kosuke Kimura and Caleb Folan injured and replaced in the first half, Sporting Kansas City took control in the second half, riding a two-goal performance by Teal Bunbury to record a convincing 2-0 victory over the Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Sunday.

The result places Sporting KC in prime position to qualify for the Eastern Conference final with a positive result in the conference semifinal second leg at Livestrong Sporting Park on Wednesday.

Bunbury opened the scoring in the 49th minute when Julio Cesar set him up for a well-struck finish past Matt Pickens. Bunbury scored his second goal just ten minutes later on a penalty kick he earned after being taken down in the penalty area by Tyrone Marshall, who was issued a red card in the process.

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Magee winner lifts Galaxy to opening playoff win over Red Bulls

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The chants of "Red Bull Reject" rang out in Red Bull Arena, but the player they were aimed at didn't hear them.

No, Mike Magee was too focused on the task at hand, helping the No. 1 seed Los Angeles Galaxy post an opening playoff win against the New York Red Bulls, which just so happened to be Magee's former team.

Magee did just that on Sunday, collecting a David Beckham pass and blasting home the lone goal in the Galaxy's 1-0 victory over New York.

One goal was all the Galaxy needed as goalkeeper Josh Saunders made a handful of stunning saves and the stingy Los Angeles defense slowed down a New York attack that had been playing well in recent weeks.

"When you go on the road, you want to be in this position. To go home with three points," said LA head coach Bruce Arena. "It's a good position to be in, but this series is far from over."

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