Monday Evening Ticker: Champagne announces FIFA candidacy, Peru lines up friendly in USA; and more

Former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne has declared his candidacy for the 2015 FIFA presidential elections.

Report: Hamburg manager fired two days after Julian Green’s debut

Hamburg have reportedly fired manager Mirko Slomka, just one week into Julian Green’s time at the club on loan from Bayern Munich.

Bradley blasts referee following controversial disallowed goal

Toronto FC Michael Bradley blasted the state of MLS refereeing after Saturday’s controversial draw with the Chicago Fire.

Galaxy stumble again, tie Earthquakes in San Jose

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By EVAN REAM

It was the result that neither team needed, but the one they deserved, as the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw in the latest edition of the California Classico Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,525 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.

With the draw, the Earthquakes (6-11-10, 28 points) failed to get the three points they needed to get back into the playoff hunt while the Galaxy (14-5-9, 51 points) fell even further behind the Seattle Sounders in their quest for the Supporters’ Shield after notching their second consecutive tie.

“It might sound like a broken record, but when we do the little things and connect passes, we’re a good team and can play with anyone,” said Chris Wondolowski, whose 66th-minute equalizer canceled out an Omar Gonzalez header goal.

“But when we don’t do that – we don’t track back, win our 50-50 battles or connect passes – we can get ourselves into serious trouble. (Today’s game) was the tale of two halves.

“It was good to get one (point), but we’re not in good enough shape to just get one point.”

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Saturday European Rewind: Atletico top Real Madrid; Arsenal draw with Man City; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite losing some of the club’s biggest stars during the summer window, Atletico Madrid demonstrated once again that they are still a force in Spanish soccer.

The reigning La Liga champions topped Real Madrid Saturday by a 2-1 scoreline, earning Atletico their second victory over their city rivals on the young season.

In addition to the battle of Spanish powerhouses, the Premier League featured a headlining clash of its own, as Arsenal and Manchester City played to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund each earned victories, while reigning Serie A champions Juventus continued their dominance with a 2-0 victory over Udinese.

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Julian Green’s loan stint with Bundesliga side Hamburg kicks off today, as we find out just what his new club has planned for him.

Green and Hamburg take on Hannover 96 in one of the matches that will attract the most interest from Americans eager to see if Green is ready to earn regular minutes with Hamburg.

Rio Ferdinand returns to Old Trafford with new club Queens Park Rangers as they face Manchester United. Ferdinand will get a chance to see Manchester United’s many big-money purchases pulled off during the summer transfer window, such as Angel DiMaria and Falcao.

If you will be watching today’s soccer action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s Soccer TV schedule is after the jump):

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Shea notches assist in Birmingham City debut

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brek Shea is off to a promising start, even if his new club can’t say the same.

Just days after finalizing a loan move to Birmingham City in an effort to earn consistent playing time, Shea was handed a start by the club in Saturday’s showdown against Leeds United. Shea made good on manager Lee Clark’s faith, assisting on the opener in what was an eventual 1-1 draw at St. Andrew’s Stadium.

Shea, deployed on the left, hit a strong pass in the 37th minute that Wesley Thomas received and buried home to put the hosts in front. Unfortunately for the Blues, they surrendered an equalizer 14 minutes before the final whistle and now have a subpar 1-2-3 record that has them in 19th place in the Championship.

The 24-year-old Shea was not on the field when Birmingham conceded. He lasted until the 67th minute before being subbed out, an understandable development given that the U.S. Men’s National Team winger’s last club match came in March while on loan at Barnsley.

Fellow American Jonathan Spector made a late cameo off the bench and contributed 11 minutes for the Blues while young Will Packwood was not in uniform.

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What did you think of Shea’s debut? Encouraged by the assist and performance? Will his confidence skyrocket now that he has had a promising first match?

Share your thoughts below.

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USWNT demolishes Mexico with 8 unanswered goals

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

For the U.S. Women’s National Team, it’s hard to see any problems with a 8-0 dismantling of Mexico.

The Americans rained down goals on their opponent in Sandy, Utah on Saturday and it set the USWNT up nicely for next month’s World Cup qualifiers. After all, Mexico will be the strongest opponent for the U.S. in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

The USWNT is thinking long-term with an eye on the 2015 World Cup though, and the first 25 minutes or so of their crushing victory Saturday over Mexico may have showed some flashes of vulnerability.

The USWNT looked uncomfortable early in the friendly and struggled with poor touches and frequent turnovers. The Mexican squad, however, was its own worst enemy as the Americans’ first goals came from communication breakdowns by Mexico rather than build-up from the Americans.

Scoring opened on a Mexico own goal in the 11th minute. Alicia Garciamendez tried to clear the ball as Abby Wambach approached, but instead chipped it over her own goalkeeper for an own goal.

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Friday College Rewind: UNLV upsets UMBC, Furman tops Coastal, and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

UNLV continues the trend of knocking out top teams this year.

The Rebels upset SBI No. 10 UMBC Friday night, which leaves them undefeated this season, with a 4-0 record.

Furman upset the newest member of the SBI Top 5, Coastal Carolina, 1-0. The Paladins’ Lewis Hawke scored his fourth goal of this season, while Sven Lissek made seven saves on the night. Coastal Carolina played extremely well against some of the nation’s top teams to begin the season, but they simply could not find the back of the net despite out-shooting the Paladins 26-7.

Meanwhile, SBI No. 1 UCLA is still looking to find their rhythm, as they played a listless 0-0 draw against Santa Clara. They will look to bounce back on Sunday, when they play a Cal Poly side, who are currently 4-1 this season.

Here is rundown of Friday’s top college results:

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NASL Week 11: A Look Ahead

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By EVAN REAM

A vital three points are at stake Saturday as the struggling New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks meet in a rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl at Hoftstra Stadium.

Coming off a loss to then bottom-of-the table Indy Eleven, the Silverbacks desperately need a result as they sit five points behind fourth place Tampa Bay for the final playoff berth in the combined Spring and Fall table.

Loanee Danny Mwanga will look to continue his song start to his NASL career for the defending-champion Cosmos where the former MLS No. 1 overall draft pick opened his scoring account in the previous week, scoring the winner against Fort Lauderdale.

The Cosmos currently hold the third seed in the playoffs, but have compiled just a 3-3-4 record, while scoring just four goals in five games at home during the Fall Championship.

Here’s a look at the rest of the action taking place in the NASL Saturday:

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SBI Friday Rewind: MLS eyes in-game video review; MLS could be down a team next year; and more

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The long-held tradition of letting referees’ calls stand during matches could be changing. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said Friday he was keen to make MLS the first soccer league to test video review during matches after FIFA President Sepp Blatter supported the idea.

Meanwhile, a new report says Chivas USA could shut down for next year before returning as a new, re-branded franchise. That would mean MLS would field 20 teams rather than 21 as expected in 2015. A report coming out late Friday said a buyer is close to completing a sale of the beleaguered franchise and it could come as soon as October.

And the grass vs. artificial turf battle of the Women’s World Cup flared up again amid news that Canadian midfielder Kaylyn Kyle would help market FieldTurf. The legal team threatening to sue over the issue lambasted the move by FieldTurf and Kyle as they seem to gear up for a lawsuit.

Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI Friday:

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
MLS interested in becoming first league to implement video review

Report: Shutting down Chivas USA an option as MLS moves closer to finding new owner

The SBI Show: Episode 164 (Talking USMNT, previewing MLS Week 27, and more)

MLS Week 27: A Look Ahead

WOMEN’S SOCCER
Artificial turf company’s endorsement deal heats up Women’s World Cup debate

COLLEGE SOCCER
SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Sept. 12th Edition)

College Weekend Preview: UC-Irvine-Georgetown, Syracuse-Notre Dame headline Week 3

MINOR LEAGUE SOCCER
USL Pro Playoff Quarterfinals Preview

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER
Friday Kickoff: Falcao looking to stay at Man United; Tevez fit for Udinese clash; and more

Midday Ticker: American investors considering offer for Tottenham; Messi, Iniesta fit; and more

Liga MX Round 8: A Look Ahead

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

 

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Artificial turf company’s endorsement deal heats up Women’s World Cup debate

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The battle over artificial turf at the 2015 Women’s World Cup doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

FieldTurf, the company providing artificial turf for the tournament in Canada next year, has signed Canadian national team midfielder Kaylyn Kyle to a three-year, $15,000 endorsement deal, according to a report from TSN.

The response was swift from the law firm representing key players from the U.S. Women’s National Team in opposing artificial turf at the World Cup. Hampton Dellinger, an attorney for Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, issued a statement criticizing the deal and calling on both FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association to disclose if they also made deals with FieldTurf for payment.

“No endorsement deal for Kaylyn Kyle can alter Canadian laws prohibiting the kind of sexism that drove FIFA and Canada to stage the women’s World Cup under conditions male players haven’t been and won’t be subjected to,” Dellinger said in a statement Friday. “And no payout can change the fact that artificial turf can injure elite players in unique and painful ways.”

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MLS Week 27: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the regular season heading toward the home stretch, this weekend’s MLS action features a few good old-fashioned six pointers.

Headlining the action is a battle between Supporters’ Shield hopefuls, as the league-leading Seattle Sounders host Real Salt Lake, who sit just five points behind Friday’s opposition for the league lead.

The weekend boasts plenty of other action with playoff implications, as the Philadelphia Union host the New York Red Bulls, the Vancouver Whitecaps battle FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo take on the Columbus Crew.

Here’s a look at this weekend’s MLS slate:

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Chelsea may be leading the English Premier League at the moment, but two teams planning to challenge the Blues for the top spot face off in one of Saturday’s marquee matches.

Arsenal faces Manchester City at the Emirates in an early-morning showdown. Arsenal topped City in the Community Shield last month, but City should be a tougher team this time around.

In Spain, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid renew their rivalry. Atletico got the better of their big-spending rivals in the Spanish Super Cup, but the Merengues will look to ride the excellent form of Gareth Bale to victory.

In MLS, the Philadelphia Union take on the New York Red Bulls in a key MLS clash at PPL Park. The Union are riding high lately and will look to put a dent into the Red Bulls’ playoff hopes while also building some momentum before Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup Final.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s soccer TV schedule is after the jump):

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Rose buries stoppage-time goal, lifts Sounders over Real Salt Lake

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE — It took 94 minutes and two DeAndre Yedlin assists, but the Seattle Sounders survived a back-and-forth battle of Western Conference heavyweights on Friday night, riding a last-gasp Andy Rose goal to a 3-2 victory in front of 38,976 at CenturyLink Field.

With extra time winding down and the match tied 2-2, Yedlin redirected an Osvaldo Alonso cross to Rose, who scooted a low half-volley past a diving defender and goalkeeper Nick Rimando for the game-winning goal.

“We said at the beginning of the season,” said Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid, “that we are a team that is going to play from minute one through minute 90 or 95. That’s something we have showed off and we showed it again tonight.”

It was Rose’s third goal of the season after posting a brace against Chivas USA on Sept. 3.

“This team always believes we can find a winner in that sort of situation,” said Rose. “Earlier in this season we came back an awful lot, and the character of the team shines through. We felt it coming, we were pumping a lot of balls into the box.”

The Sounders (17-7-3, 54 points) have now won four straight matches and temporarily extended their Supporters’ Shield lead over the LA Galaxy to four points. The Galaxy visit the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.

Real Salt Lake (12-6-10, 46 points) did everything it could to escape the Emerald City with at least a point, going up 1-0 in the first half, rallying from 2-1 down to equalize in the second half, and nearly surviving a late onslaught despite going down to 10 men in the 68th minute.

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