Soccer: Friendly-USA vs Honduras

U.S. Soccer confirms Nov. 14 friendly with Colombia

The U.S. Men’s National Team will take on Colombia in a friendly in London on Nov. 14

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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

Two of Europe’s most storied clubs and most polarizing players take on each other when Liverpool hosts Real Madrid, headlining our Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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SBI Spotlight: NASL striker Christian Ramirez forged his own success

Minnesota United star Christian Ramirez nearly stopped playing soccer four years ago. Now, he is a goal-scoring force who also happens to be on Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. Men’s National Team radar.

The MLS Under-23 Best XI

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 MLS season isn’t quite over, but it isn’t too late to take a look at the very best young players in the league.

In my latest Goal.com feature, I put together the MLS Under-23 Best XI, which includes the league’s best performers in 2014 born in 1991 or later. A look at the list will show you just how much top young talent is coming through the ranks.

MLS teams need to develop young talent at a better rate, but it can still be argued that there are more players 23 and under playing key roles around the league than ever before. With teams now adding USL PRO affiliates to help their youngest players develop even more quickly, we should hopefully see more and more young players featuring prominently around the league.

The fact we could have a full Best XI and honorable mention squad, and still have more players left over shows just how many more young players are seeing regular minutes.

Here are some of the players who barely missed the cut:

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US Soccer, MLS sign international media rights deal with IMG

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Both U.S. Soccer and MLS have experienced rapid domestic growth in recent years, but the two leading U.S.-based soccer entities have now found a partner to increase their presence on the global scale.

The two organizations announced on Wednesday that they have formed a new partnership with global sports media giant IMG, which will now market and distribute both MLS’ and U.S. Soccer’s global media rights for the next eight years.

The agreement, which will run until 2022, excludes media rights in the U.S. and Canada.

“As Major League Soccer approaches its 20th season, the worldwide interest in the league is at an all-time high and growing dramatically,” said Gary Stevenson, president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures. “With two new expansion clubs in New York and Orlando, global stars like David Villa, Frank Lampard and Kaka set to join the league, and players representing almost 60 countries, 2015 will be an exciting year for MLS. IMG’s expertise and unique position in the global marketplace make them the right partner for us and together we’ll grow the league’s global footprint.”

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Fire midfielder Nyarko out six to eight months with torn ACL

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the 2014 season all but over, the Chicago Fire have already set their sights on the 2015 campaign. However, the club will have to navigate a major portion of that campaign without starting midfielder Patrick Nyarko.

The club announced Wednesday that Nyarko will miss the next six to eight months after suffering a torn Anterior cruciate ligament and sprained Medial collateral ligament in the 81st minute of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to D.C. United. Surgery on the 28-year-old will be held at a later date due to current swelling.

“Knowing the work he put in to get back and help us this season, we feel awful for Patrick,” said head coach Frank Yallop. “We saw his return to form over the past few weeks and fully support him in his recovery efforts.”

Nyarko, who has made 200 appearance for the club since being drafted in 2008, scored one goal and provided three assists in 17 games after missing the start of the 2014 campaign due to injury. Most recently, the Ghanian midfielder assisted rookie Harrison Shipp on the Fire’s lone goal in Saturday’s defeat.

How will the Fire cope without Nyarko heading into the 2015 season?

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CCL Preview: Impact, Pachuca look to secure top four spots

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Much like D.C. United Tuesday, the Montreal Impact head into Wednesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League action with one foot in the quarterfinal door.

The Impact have locked up their place in the next round as the Canadian side headsto Red Bull Arena Tuesday for a meeting with the New York Red Bulls, who were eliminated from the competition due to a 0-0 draw with El Salvador’s CD FAS on Sept. 24.

While advancement is guaranteed, the Impact’s ranking amongst the quarterfinal group is still up for grabs. A victory over the Red Bulls would ensure the Impact a spot as one of the next round’s top four sides, which could prove crucial as the tournament heads into the later stages.

Meanwhile, the Red Bulls will use Wednesday’s action as a chance to feature some of the club’s more seldom used players, including Connor Lade, who was recalled from the New York Cosmos Tuesday. The Red Bulls are also expected to feature both Ian Christianson and Ruben Bover, as well as backup goalkeeper Ryan Meara.

In addition to the action at Red Bull Arena, Wednesday will also see a meeting between Honduras’ Real Espana and Mexico’s Pachuca, who have already locked up a spot in the quarterfinals with three wins in as many games thus far.

Needing a win to secure a perfect group stage, Pachuca appear to be the likely favorites to claim the top overall seed due to their current plus-10 goal differential. Meanwhile, fellow unbeatens D.C. United wrapped up the group stage with a plus-five mark, while the Impact currently maintain a plus-three record.

What do you expect from Wednesday’s action? Who do believe is the best team heading into the knockout stages?

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Video: Cameron discusses Stoke return, willingness to fight for central role

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UEFA Champions League Preview: Real Madrid visit Liverpool; Injury-ravaged Arsenal face Anderlecht; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Two of European soccer’s most decorated clubs meet for only the fourth time in history as UEFA Champions League matchday three continues on Wednesday afternoon.

Defending Champions League winners Real Madrid make the trip to Anfield without two of their starters in Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos, but with more than enough firepower and talent to give Liverpool their toughest test of the Champions League group stage. Daniel Sturridge is out for the Reds, which likely means another opportunity for Mario Balotelli to prove that he can succeed in a Liverpool shirt after some early-season disappointment.

It’s also a return to Liverpool for Real Madrid wing back Alvaro Arbeloa, who spent two and a half seasons at the club.

Arsenal were boosted this week as they travel to face Sacha Klejstan and Anderlecht with Aaron Ramsey back in the lineup. However, 12 first-team Arsenal regulars are missing for the match, including the top two goalkeepers due to suspension (Wojciech Szczesny) and injury (David Ospina), leaving Arsenal to give Damian Martinez his European debut.

Elsewhere in Champions League action on Wednesday, last season’s finalists Atletico Madrid host Malmo FF, Juventus travel to Greece to take on Olympiacos, and Turkish giants Galatasaray host injury-riddled Borussia Dortmund.

Here’s a full list of today’s UCL action:

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