By EVAN REAM
With just two weeks remaining in the NASL season, FC Edmonton travel to Fort Lauderdale to take on the Strikers, with the winner stepping into the driver’s seat for the fourth and final playoff spot.
While the Strikers are on an absolute tear with 10 points in their previous five matches, head coach Günter Kronsteiner made waves by benching NASL second-leading goalscorer Fafa Picault against Carolina for a perceived lack of effort in practice.
The Eddies come into the match in good form as well following a convincing away win in the Canadian derby at Ottawa, but will face a stiff challenge in south Florida where the Strikers have won their last three matches at home.
Fort Lauderdale currently has a two-point lead on Edmonton in the combined standings.
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By AARON CRANFORD
SBI No. 4 Washington fell to UCLA for the second Thursday in a row, and to make matters worse for the Huskies, a Seattle native scored the game-winning goal.
Seattle native and Seattle Sounders Academy U-18 product Seyi Adekya scored the game-winning goal in the 54th to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory, and extend UCLA’s winning streak to three games.
The Huskies could not enact revenge against UCLA even though they jumped out to an early start with a goal from Ian Lange in the 3rd minute. But Leo Stolz assisted Aaron Simmons to tie the match in the 37th.
Adekya provided the winning finish for the Bruins, who struck a blow to Washington’s Pac-12 title hopes with the victory.
SBI No. 1 Indiana found the early winner from a common goal-scoring defender Wednesday against No. 17 Notre Dame.
In the 19th minute, Hoosers senior Patrick Doody scored his third goal of the year direct off a corner kick, which makes him tied for second for goals with Indiana. The Fighting Irish could not find an equalizer after attempting nine shots throughout the match.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Almost a month after being charged with insurance fraud, an MLS referee has been issued a suspension.
Jose Carlos Rivero, who most recently took charge of the Columbus Crew’s 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, was suspended Thursday as a result of an Oct. 6 arrest for allegedly claiming over $14,000 in unemployment benefits while employed.
“The Professional Referees Organization is fully aware of the alleged charges against Jose Carlos Rivero,” P.R.O. said in a statement Thursday night. “Mr. Rivero has been suspended with immediate effect and will not be assigned to any further matches pending the outcome of the legal proceedings.”
Rivero, who has officiated 17 games this season, worked at least three games following his arrest earlier this month.
The 33-year-old was set to work this weekend’s meeting between Toronto FC and the New England Revolution as the fourth official.
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By DAN KARELL
This season’s bi-annual Clasico Regiomontano has even more on the line, with both Tigres UANL and Monterrey battling for top seeds in the Liguilla.
With four weeks remaining in the season, Monterrey host archrival Tigres in the most anticipated game of the weekend. Both squads are tied on 23 points, but Monterrey have a game in hand, and are looking to recover after a 2-0 loss to Club America. Tigres are rolling on all cylinders as they hold a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions, including four wins in Liga MX in that span.
The likes of Dorlan Pabon taking on Hernan Berbano and the American pair of Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez make this weekend’s bout a must-watch encounter.
Elsewhere in Liga MX action, Club America visit Ronaldinho and Queretaro, Toluca takes on defending champions Club Leon, and Club Tijuana face Chivas Guadalajara, with the Goats hoping to stop their slide toward relegation.
Here’s a look at this weekend’s Liga MX slate:
By RYAN TOLMICH
Luis Suarez is set to make his Barcelona debut in the most highly-anticipated match of the club soccer season.
Suarez, who joined Barcelona this summer, will make his return from suspension against heated rivals Real Madrid in this season’s first edition of El Clasico. Barcelona enter the weekend having yet to allow a goal yet this season on their way to the top of the La Liga table. The team is now tasked with stopping the threatening Real Madrid Galacticos, who will likely be without stars Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos due to injury.
A pair of heavyweights collide in England as well, as Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United look to become the first team to put a blemish on the record of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. Entering the weekend unbeaten, Chelsea have stirred talk of the legendary Invincibles behind the stellar play of new additions Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, who is doubtful due to injury.
In addition, this weekend sees a Bundesliga clash between unbeatens Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach, the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championships and the conclusion of the MLS regular season.
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By DAN KARELL
For the first time in the current format of the CONCACAF Champions League, an MLS team has secured the No. 1 seed in the knockout round.
D.C. United were rewarded for their perfect group stage campaign by being seeded as the top team in the Championship stage, with a place at the bottom of the bracket and a quarterfinal matchup against Costa Rican club Alajuelense. D.C. United are the lone American club remaining in the tournament after the New York Red Bulls, Sporting Kansas City, and Portland Timbers were all eliminated out in the group stage.
The other MLS side remaining in the tournament is the Montreal Impact, who are seeded fourth and have been drawn with Liga MX side Pachuca in the quarterfinals.
In addition to the seeding, CONCACAF also announced the order of the two-legged ties and the approximate dates for the games, though the exact dates and start times will be determined as we get closer 2015.