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By CARL SETTERLUND
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Can’t the New England Revolution find another storyline?
For the ninth time this season central midfielder Lee Nguyen provided the winning goal, this time on a simple finish from 10 yards out to boost the Revs to a 1-0 win over free-falling Toronto FC.
Nguyen’s late MVP push might fall short to his Western Conference peers, but he’s been integral in the Revolution’s stretch of nine wins in their past 11 games. Nguyen scored or had an assist in 10 of those games and was silenced in the only loss of that stretch, Sept. 20 at Columbus.
“He’s just been really good,” Revs coach Jay Heaps said of Nguyen. “He’s finished all his chances, he hasn’t missed many. But it’s not just what he does inside the other team’s 18, it’s the way he plays, the way he defends, the way he picks up second balls. He’s collecting the ball at midfield and the second he gets it he’s creating space and options for everybody.”
Nguyen’s 18 goals on the season are the most ever for a true midfielder, while only four players have scored nine game-winners in a season before, putting Nguyen in pretty lofty MLS territory.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Through 85 minutes, it appeared that Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio was on his way to fittingly ending his career by scoring the game’s lone goal.
However, D.C. United had other plans, as the Eastern Conference leaders snatched a draw at Stade Saputo due to a late equalizer from Fabian Espindola. Despite earning a point, D.C. United are now locked into the league’s third overall seed, as both the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy finish the regular season with more points.
Espindola’s equalizer came in the 86th minute as the D.C. United forward finished from long distance.
After pushing a short corner to defender Samuel Inkoom, Espindola received the ball on the right side before driving across the top of the box. Given plenty of space by the Impact defense, Espindola took the chance to fire past goalkeeper Jon Busch, who hopelessly dove as the ball trickled in to the right side of the net. Continue reading
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The MLS Supporters Shield will be decided today in Seattle when the Sounders take on the Los Angeles Galaxy (2:30pm NBC).
The top two teams in the league for much of the season, the Sounders and Galaxy face off today with the winner securing the top seed in the MLS playoffs, as well as the Supporters Shield.
The Sounders need just a draw today to secure that top spot, and will be heavily favored against a Galaxy side playing without star forward Robbie Keane (injured) and U.S. Men’s National Team central defender Omar Gonzalez (suspended).
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After spending the past few weeks scoring at will, Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to display their new attacking talents against one another in Saturday’s El Clasico (Noon, BeIN Sports).
Today will see the long-awaited return of controversial forward Luis Suarez, who has been suspended since the World Cup for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. Suarez, who scored 31 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, will now join up with the strike force of Lionel Messi and Neymar, who has led the way thus far with eight goals in five starts.
Real Madrid bring the attacking talent to match their rivals, headlined by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has averaged more than two goals- per game thus far in La Liga. Ronaldo will be joined by newcomers James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, who will be experiencing their first Classico. However, last season’s Champions League winners will be hampered by injuries, as both Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos are doubtful for Saturday’s clash.
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By DAN KARELL
Barcelona have a chance to move seven points clear of arch-rival Real Madrid when the two meet in today’s El Clasico encounter.
The Catalan side hold a four-point lead over Real Madrid and remain undefeated in the 2014 La Liga season, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side are feeling confident, especially with new signings Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez settling in. The game could also see history as Lionel Messi sits only one goal behind Telmo Zarra’s La Liga goalscoring record of 251 goals, and the match could be stopped to honor Messi if he breaks the record.
Both Liverpool and Manchester City look to rebound from disappointing mid-week performances in the UEFA Champions League, with Man City visiting West Ham in the lunchtime kickoff and Liverpool hosting Hull City. Arsenal meanwhile visit Jozy Altidore and Sunderland.
Elsewhere in action on Saturday, Bayer Leverkusen face Schalke 04, the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy battle for the Supporters Shield, and in Mexico, the Clasico Regiomontano takes place with Monterrey hosting Tigres UANL.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
As Friday’s matchup with the Houston Dynamo headed into extra time, the Chicago Fire looked destined to extend their MLS record with their 19th draw of the season. However, a late goal from Florent Sinama-Pongolle ensured the Fire would close out the season with a maximum three points.
Sinama-Pogalle scored in stoppage time in midfielder Logan Pause’s sendoff game, as the Fire picked up a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo, who saw the Dominic Kinnear end in a loss.
The Frenchman’s winner came in the 91st minute via a cross form midfielder Grant Ward, as Sinama-Pogalle’s near post run was rewarded with a pinpoint ball from Ward. Sinama-Pogalle responded with a thumping header to lock up a late victory for the Fire. Continue reading