Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Tim Howard’s Everton faces Arsenal, and MLS Eastern Conference powers Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United square off this Soccer Saturday.

FC Dallas overcomes red card to top RSL

FC Dallas overcame a first-half red card to Blas Perez, scoring two second-half goals on the way to a 2-1 victory vs. Real Salt Lake on Friday night.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Brad Guzan leads Aston Villa into battle, Tim Howard and Everton face Arsenal, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

Report: NYC FC negotiations stall over Bronx stadium

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By DAN KARELL

New York City FC’s search for a soccer-specific stadium appears to have stalled.

After hastily preparing a proposal to build a stadium on a 10-acre plot of land near Yankee Stadium last December, there has been hardly a peep from NYC FC management or New York City about any continuation of stadium talks. The lack of progress is worrying for the club, which has yet to announce a training site for the team’s daily practices.

NYC FC are set to begin life in Major League Soccer in March 2015 playing in Yankee Stadium. The club announced that they will play there for at least the upcoming season, though multiple reports have stated that NYC FC will play their first three years of existence in the home of the New York Yankees.

Part of NYC FC’s Bronx soccer stadium proposal included purchasing land owned by elevator parts company GAL. Vice president Paul Siefried told Capital New York that while NYC FC initially approached him and had discussions about selling the land, there hadn’t been any contact in the last month.

“I really don’t know what the heck is happening,” Siefried said. “The ball is absolutely in their court. I’m happy to tell you [the football club] approached us and we talked for a while. Their interest was in this particular site.”

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MLS Ticker: Union, Bimbo sign eight-figure extension; Earthquakes DP tears meniscus; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The partnership between the Philadelphia Union and Bimbo Bakeries is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

Bimbo, the Union’s current jersey sponsor, has renewed their partnership with the MLS side for another five years, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal. Neither organization disclosed terms of the deal, but the report states that sources told them they believe the deal will net the Union more than $11 million, or about $2.3 million per season.

“It’s been a great partnership for us for the past four years, and we are looking forward to the next five,” said Vincent A. Melchiorre, senior vice president of Bimbo Bakeries USA. “They are a tremendous organization to work with. They’ll do everything they can do to grow both businesses.”

“Words cannot describe how excited and honored we are to not only have a great brand on the front of the Philadelphia Union uniform,” said Nick Sakiewicz, Union CEO and operating partner, “but also a unique marketing partnership with a company that shares our core values and vision about the growth of soccer in America.”

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SBI MLS Best XI: Week 24

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By IVES GALARCEP

FC Dallas is on a roll, and surging toward a place in the Western Conference playoffs, and Fabian Castillo and Tesh Akindele are at the forefront of that surge.

This week’s SBI MLS Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week helped FC Dallas dismantle the San Jose Earthquakes, and Castillo and Akindele headline this week’s SBI MLS Best XI.

Joining them are Eastern Conference forwards Justin Meram and Dom Dwyer, who helped lead their teams to blowout victories. Joao Plata also earned a place as he continued his outstanding season for Real Salt Lake by leading RSL to an impressive win vs. the Seattle Sounders.

Here is the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 24:

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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Andre Blake

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Donovan nets late winner as Galaxy top Rapids

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In what will likely be his final appearance on the field in Colorado, Landon Donovan created yet another special moment.

The 32-year old forward netted the go-ahead goal Wednesday in the 80th minute, capping off a two-goal comeback that saw the LA Galaxy top the Colorado Rapids, 4-3, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The U.S. Men’s National Team legend demonstrated the timing and creativity that have defined his career, as Donovan cut through the Rapids defense into space to receive a pass from Galaxy forward Robbie Keane. Donovan took one touch to get around Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin and finished into a wide open net, earning the Galaxy three crucial points as the club enters its playoff push.

Despite coming away with a loss, the Rapids left with a positive talking point as 20-year-old Marlon Hairston opening the night’s scoring in the 13th minute in his first career Major League Soccer goal.

Forward Edson Buddle kickstarted the Rapids attack by playing a long-distance lobbed through ball into the path of Deshorn Brown, who received the pass near the top of the box. Brown then cut past a defender before firing on goal with a rebound off Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo falling into the path of Hairston, who ultimately pounced to give his side the lead. Continue reading »

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Wondolowski equalizer earns Earthquakes draw with Seattle

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE – The San Jose Earthquakes were coming off the worst defeat in club history. Earlier in the day, they announced the loss of Designated Player Matias Perez Garcia for four-to-six weeks.

Their fans needed some good news Wednesday night, and they got it in the form of a 1-1 come-from-behind draw with the Seattle Sounders in front of 38,909 at CenturyLink Field.

No surprise that Chris Wondolowski delivered the equalizer.

In the 66th minute, halftime substitute and former Sounder Cordell Cato sent in a low cross that scooted between goalkeeper Stefan Frei and Andy Rose before finding Wondolowski at the far post. The World Cup veteran redirected the cross into an empty net for his ninth goal of the season and the 1-1 tie.

“That’s what he does,” said Earthquakes head coach Mark Watson. “He has such an instinct for the goal. He makes something out of nothing and knows exactly where to be. It was a goal we really needed.”

The Sounders, knocking on the door late in the first half, opened the scoring just moments into the second half. In the 46th minute, Obafemi Martins fed Chad Barrett a through ball that split defenders Victor Bernardez and Ty Harden. Barrett then slipped a left-footed shot past charging goalkeeper Jon Busch for the 1-0 lead.

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Rapinoe shines as USWNT rout Swiss

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Jill Ellis era is off to a soaring start for the U.S. Women’s National Team, with the U.S. women posting a dominant victory against Switzerland on Wednesday night.

Ellis continued to put a new, somewhat experimental stamp on the team and the changes produced positive results, with the U.S. women beating Switzerland, 4-1, in the first meeting between the two national teams. Megan Rapinoe and Christen Press each scored goals in front of a sold-out crowd in Cary, N.C.

Ellis, perhaps showing her tenure will be more about new ideas than old ones, rearranged the midfield in her favored starting 4-3-3, with Sydney Leroux and Press flanking target forward Alex Morgan.

Normally a wide player, Rapinoe started as a central playmaker. The creativity that has made her such an unpredictable threat in her usual left flank spot appeared to translate well in the middle. She distributed adeptly and found teammates with threaded passes all over the field, setting up chances and half chances along the way.

It took Rapinoe just three minutes to hand the U.S. the lead, starting with Rapinoe forcing a turnover in the U.S.’s own half. After a long diagonal slip pass to Leroux, Rapinoe received the ball back at the top of the box and drove it low and wide past a diving goalkeeper Thalmann Gaëlle.

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Crew to unveil new brand and logo on Oct. 8

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By DAN KARELL

The Columbus Crew’s foray into the future will begin before the end of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.

In an email sent out to fans, the Crew announced that they will be revealing their new brand and logo design at an event on Oct. 8. The announcement invites the fans to save the date, and will likely be similar to their jersey release last March, where fans were able to attend the ceremony.

The news comes just four days after the club hired a new president of business operations, Andy Loughnane, who will work under Crew chairman Anthony Precourt and alongside head coach Gregg Berhalter.

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