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Report: Man City could invite NYC FC to England for preseason with hope to extend Lampard loan

Manchester City are examining all options available for them to hold onto Frank Lampard until the very start of the 2015 MLS season, including having NYC FC over for preseason training in England.

Thursday Kickoff: Chelsea lose Costa for Man United clash; Pogba extension imminent; and more

Chelsea will almost certainly be without star forward Diego Costa because of a new groin injury, leaving Jose Mourinho with another injury problem to deal with.

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USMNT fall six places to No. 23 in latest FIFA rankings

Due to qualification matches elsewhere in the world and a pair of 1-1 draws in October, the USMNT fell six places to No. 23 in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

Villa’s loan to Melbourne City cut short due to commercial obligations

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By RYAN TOLMICH

David Villa’s loan spell in Australia could be over just four games into the season.

The New York City FC Designated Player, who is currently on-loan with sister club Melbourne City, is set to return to the U.S. in November in order to fulfill marketing and commercial commitments for the MLS club. Villa’s return would come just four matches into the 2014/2015 A-League season, although Melbourne City is hoping Villa could return to Australia after fulfilling his obligations to NYC FC.

“We would obviously want a player of his caliber to represent the club in as many games of the guest allowance as possible between now and the commencement of MLS preseason training in January,” a Melbourne City spokesman told Reuters.

“The precise number of A-League games that David will play will be determined by the best interests of the player and his now New York-based family and the prioritization of the requirements of both New York City FC and Melbourne City FC. That means that his playing and training schedule will be the product of all of those factors and subject to ongoing assessment.”

NYC FC have not yet released a comment on the situation.

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Wednesday Kickoff: CAF hits out at Platini; Kompany questions fan involvement; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Days after Michel Platini questioned the upcoming African Nations Cup, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has hit back at the UEFA President.

In a statement released Wednesday, the CAF accused Platini for overstepping his lines when the UEFA president questioned whether or not the tournament should continue in the wake of the Ebola crisis.

“In a televised broadcast on the evening of Sunday, 19 October 2014, the President of the Union of European Football Association (UEFA), Michel Platini, found it necessary to question maintaining the scheduled date of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015,” the statement said. “The issue has been debated and has been in the public domain the last few days following a request for postponement by the Kingdom of Morocco due to the Ebola outbreak.

“Under the principle of non-interference required to comply, CAF has refrained so far to comment on some issues on the managing of European football or any other continent… CAF hereby reaffirm the importance it attaches to respect of its sovereignty and does not intend to let anyone interfere in the management of its affairs.”

Here are some more news and notes to kickoff your Monday morning:

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Timbers eliminated from CCL in stunning loss to CD Olimpia

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

With the Portland Timbers failing to take control of their Major League Soccer playoffs hopes days ago, they had a chance Tuesday to rebound with a berth into the CONCACAF Champions League knockout stages.

It looked like a straightforward task. From a perch atop their CCL group, the Timbers only needed to prevent a loss by two or more goals.

But CD Olimpia turned the scenario on its head within the first four minutes Tuesday with a pair of goals to eventually eliminate the Timbers from the tournament, 3-1, in front of a rowdy crowd in Honduras.

Perhaps it was clear what kind of night the Timbers were in for when Romell Quioto scored just three minutes in on an overhead bicycle kick with his back to goal, fending off two defenders, floating the ball over the head of goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.

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DCU slips past Tauro FC for perfect CCL group stage run

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

D.C. United didn’t need to bring its first team to Panama. The Black-and-Red had already clinched a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

But even with a small roster of mostly second-stringers and reserve players, DCU kept up its winning ways, clinching a 1-0 win over Tauro FC on Tuesday to finish perfect in the CCL group stage and nab an all-important top-four seed in the tournament’s knockout round.

The DCU team fielded Tuesday night was hardly the squad that has dominated the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer, but the motley crew weathered a spirited surge from the Liga Panameña side to hold onto an accidental lead.

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Midweek College Preview: Washington-UCLA, Indiana-Notre Dame headline stacked schedule

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By AARON CRANFORD

The Washington Huskies suffered their first Pac-12 loss of the season a week ago to UCLA, but they don’t have to wait long for a chance to exact revenge.

The SBI No. 4 Huskies take on the No. 5 Bruins on Thursday night, in the marquee match of a stacked schedule of midweek college matches. Washington will be at home, and will be looking to shake a recent slump against a UCLA side coming off an impressive 3-0 rout of Oregon State.

With freshman Abu Danladi scoring two goals Sunday and being named Pac-12 Player of the Week, the Bruins won’t need to rely strictly on star midfielder Leo Stolz, who scored the winner against Washington last week.

No. 1 Indiana fell to No. 25 Maryland Sunday, and their week is only becoming tougher as they play No. 17 Notre Dame on Wednesday. Notre Dame is on a roll, having won three straight matches, but the Fighting Irish will have to earn it on the road against a tough Hoosiers squad.

The Hoosiers are led by Jamie Vollmer, who has a team-high four assists this year. Vollmer provided some key passes in the Maryland match, but none of his teammates could find the back of the net.

Here is a rundown at the top midweek college matches this week:

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CCL Preview: Timbers, D.C. United looking to clinch high seeds in group stage finale

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite being on opposite ends of the current MLS playoff spectrum, the Portland Timbers and D.C. United enter Tuesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League action with an eye on the knockout round.

Both sides head into Tuesday undefeated in CCL play, although the Timbers still have everything to play for as the team heads down to Honduras to take on Olimpia, who they previously topped, 4-2, within the friendly confines of Providence Park.

The Timbers face a favorable scenario for advancement, as either a win or a draw would secure a spot in the knockout stages. Even a one-goal loss would be good enough to see the Timbers through via a tiebreaker.

In addition to advancement, the Timbers could go so far as lock up the top overall seed in the next stage, as the team currently stands out with Mexico’s Pachuca as the two teams who can finish with the highest goal differential amongst those who could finish with all 12 points. Continue reading »

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