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Western Conference Semifinal Preview: Sounders take on FC Dallas; Galaxy visit RSL

The Western Conference semifinals kickoff with a matchup between the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas, while LA Galaxy looks to avenge last season’s playoff loss to Real Salt Lake.

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The SBI Show: Episode 175 (Talking MLS playoffs, Klinsmann’s FIFA award nod, and more)

Episode 175 of The SBI Show takes a in-depth look at the 2014 MLS playoffs, talks Jurgen Klinsmann’s FIFA award nod, and much more.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

John Brooks aims to earn his first Bundesliga start in over a month, Danny Williams hopes to make his Reading return, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

Midweek College Rewind: Stanford draw with UCLA; Creighton downs Marquette; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Both No. 2 UCLA and No. 5 Stanford had players score a brace, but neither side could find a win in the thrilling 2-2 tie Thursday night.

Cardinal midfielder Corey Baird scored a brace, netting one in the 14th minute and in the 77th minute, while Bruins forward Seyi Adekoya also slotted two on the night. Adekoya equalized by scoring 34 seconds after the opening goal by Baird. Adekoya finished his second in the 59th minute, but the Bruins could not hold on for the win.

No. 7 Creighton bounced back from their weekend loss to No. 15 Georgetown with an important 2-0 win against No. 8 Marquette Wednesday.

Ricardo Perez opened the scoring in the 30th minute after Timo Pitter assisted, and Pitter scored a goal of his own to secure the Blue Jays’ win in the 79th minute. With the loss, the Golden Eagles have gone winless in their last five matches.

Meanwhile, No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 18 Michigan State played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday. Fighting Irish midfielder Evan Panker tallied the first goal of the match in the 56th minute, but the Spartans found a late equalizer from Tim Kreutz in the 80th minute.

If you missed it, here are Tuesday’s midweek results. Take a closer look at Wednesday’s and Thursday’s top college matches below:

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Liga MX Round 15: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

The most anticipated match on the Mexican league calendar has finally arrived.

On Saturday evening at Estadio Azteca, Club America take on Chivas Guadalajara in the Apertura edition of the Super Clasico, with both teams again at opposite ends of the table. Chivas continue to struggle this season, and could be relegated if they can’t turn around their fortunes in the next few months.

America, on the other hand, remain at the top of the table despite two defeats in their last three games. Manager Antonio Mohamed is feeling the heat from the fans and local media, and he’ll want to make a statement against Chivas to relieve some of the pressure.

With only three matches left in the Apertura, the race to qualify for the playoffs, or Liguilla, is heating up. Queretaro, Club Leon, Santos Laguna, Club Tijuana, and Pumas UNAM all sit three points or less behind the final playoff spot, and will need to put together a late-season run to continue playing into late November and December.

Elsewhere around the league, Queretaro take on fourth-place Tigres UANL and Leon face second-place Atlas in two of the bigger games to keep an eye on this weekend.

Here’s a look at this weekend’s Liga MX slate:

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Late Wright-Phillips winner lifts Red Bulls past Sporting KC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. — Down a goal at home in yet another playoff match, Thursday night’s knockout round matchup had all the makings of yet another New York Red Bulls failure.

However, with the season on the line, it was the league’s Golden Boot winner who propelled his side to victory with a pair of second half goals to earn the Red Bulls a 2-1 victory.

Bradley Wright-Phillips’ winner came in the 90th minute off a cross from substitute Ambroise Oyongo, who worked into space on the right side before looping a ball into the box. With the ball hanging in midair for what felt like an eternity, Sporting KC failed to close down on the Red Bulls forward, who headed into the left side of the net so secure his sides advancement.

“Initially, the ball was quite high, wasn’t it?” said Wright-Phillips. “I thought I couldn’t get much of it and just tried to hit it on target.

“I was quite surprised because they marked me well the whole game. I was very quiet. They marked be but on that one, it might have been the height of the ball, they might have thought the keeper would come, but he didn’t and thankfully I got a head on it.” Continue reading »

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SBI Live Q&A (Oct. 30 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

For the next hour or so, I will be taking your questions on topics ranging from MLS to the U.S. Men’s National Team, to international soccer, to college soccer, and more.

Get your questions ready and fire them my way.

Join us for the SBI Live Q&A after the jump:

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The SBI Show: Episode 175 (Talking MLS playoffs, Klinsmann’s FIFA award nod, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The MLS playoffs are underway and there are results to discuss and match-ups to preview in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 175 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the mid-week knockout round victories by FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls. We also break down the MLS conference semifinal match-ups, and make our predictions.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss Jurgen Klinsmann’s FIFA Coach of the Year nod, the return from injury of a handful of Americans Abroad, Raul’s signing with the New York Cosmos and much more.

Give Episode 175 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Slowly but surely working his way back to a regular role, John Brooks is eyeing his potential first league start since September.

Brooks will be hoping to get the nod for the first time in more than a month when Hertha Berlin visit Paderborn on Sunday. The 21-year-old centerback is fresh off making a start, playing 120 minutes and helping Hertha record a cleansheet in a penalty kick defeat to Arminia Bielefeld in DFB Pokal action, and that midweek performance could pave the way for him to be included in Hertha’s lineup in a Bundesliga match for the first time since Sept. 19.

Danny Williams is also eager to make his return to his side’s starting , especially after spending the last several months nursing an untimely knee injury. Williams has been cleared to take part in Reading’s encounter with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, and while it seems more likely that he comes off the bench, the 25-year-old midfielder may have done enough this week in training to show he is ready to play from the opening whistle. The last time Williams played and started for the Royals was on April 22.

Wonder what other match might be worth watching? Look no further than Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig’s home game vs. Kaiserslautern on Monday. Boyd opened his scoring account with Leipzig in a DFB Pokal fixture on Wednesday, and will be aiming to build on that while also moving his third-placed club up the table and into an automatic promotion spot.

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