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Saturday European Rewind: Real Madrid top Barcelona; Man City upset by West Ham; and more

Real Madrid bounced back after conceding an early goal to pick up a 3-1 victory over Barcelona.

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Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: SBI Live Commentary

The MLS Supporters’ Shield will be awarded today in Seattle as the Seattle Sounders face the Los Angeles Galaxy in the regular season finale for both.

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Barcelona look to move seven points clear of Real Madrid when they take face off in the first edition this season of El Clasico.

RSL roll over Chivas USA in regular season finale

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By TYLER GRAY 

SANDY, Utah. — Chivas USA had beaten Real Salt Lake the two previous encounters this season, but RSL had the final say on Wednesday evening.

RSL strolled to a 2-0 victory over Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium thanks to goals from forward Alvaro Saborio and midfielder Kyle Beckerman, with Chivas USA finishing the match with ten men due to a silly red card from Marvin Chavez. It was the third-straight shutout for RSL as they wrapped up their regular-season schedule.

“It feels great,” RSL head coach Jeff Cassar said following the match. “Obviously we’re extremely blessed to have such an incredible group of men in that locker room. As far as the staff, we came together quickly; that started in the preseason. It’s a great group to work with. We are all passionate about the team. But we still all have a lot of work to do and that is exciting. It’s a credit to the guys in the locker room; to the core group of that have been here for a while.”

RSL had already secured the opening goal in the 36th minute via a penalty kick after Saborio was taken down in the box by Bobby Burling during a free kick. Saborio took his penalty well, rifling a shot to the left, not showing any hesitation to give his squad a 1-0 lead with his eighth goal of the year.

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Impact pleased with strong CCL group stage campaign despite late slip up

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. — Conceding a late equalizer was not the way the Montreal Impact had hoped to finished things, but not even that was enough to stop them from feeling good about what they had accomplished.

The Impact saw their perfect record in the CONCACAF Champions League come to an end on Wednesday night, as late strike from Connor Lade saw the New York Red Bulls grab a 1-1 draw in their rainy and cold Group 5 finale at Red Bull Arena.

Lade’s goal put the a small dent in Montreal’s otherwise strong campaign in group play, but the struggling MLS club was still plenty pleased with remaining undefeated in the tournament at 3-0-1, finishing atop the group, and moving on to the knockout rounds of the competition next spring.

“You want to be able to close games out, so we weren’t able to do that, but I think we’re still feeling very good as a group, winning the group and then advancing,” said Impact head coach Frank Klopas. “That was one of our goals before the season started: winning the Canadian Cup and advancing in CCL. I think that was very important.”

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LA Galaxy, AEG set to invest $15 million into improvements for StubHub Center

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The LA Galaxy have had a reputation for trying to be the league’s biggest and best, and the club is now hoping to bring that idea to portions of their stadium.

The club announced Thursday that the StubHub Center will undergo $15 million worth of improvements, including a brand new LED video board that will become the largest of its kind in MLS. The board, which will measure 5,100 square feet, will be located in the stadium’s north end and will rival most of those seen in NFL stadiums.

“Our company philosophy is to reinvest in our core assets and these improvements will help to maintain the StubHub Center’s status as one of the best and most state-of-the-art facilities in North America,” said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of AEG, who owns the club. “When our team devised the plan for these enhancements, our focus was on improving the facility for our fans, our players and our sponsors.”

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Gulati: No lingering issues between U.S. Soccer and MLS after Klinsmann, Garber controversy

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati claims that both U.S. Soccer and MLS are all on the same page.

Gulati made his first public comments since MLS commissioner Don Garber blasted U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for comments that Garber claimed disparaged the league, and claimed that while he’d rather the comments have remained private, he understood why the conversation was happening.

“Given some of the comments, I wasn’t surprised it became a hot-button issue,” Gulati told the Washington Post. “But the fundamental views of all of us involved are: ‘We’re on the same page.’ We got diverted from that, so it will go on for a little bit. I don’t view this as there being an undercurrent going forward. There won’t be any lingering issues.

“We will get back to the job at hand, which is continuing to grow MLS, continuing to improve the national team, and the broader goal, which does both of those things.”

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MLS Ticker: TFC’s Henry involved in transfer to Europe; Okugo exploring options; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite having played the entire season for Toronto FC,  it has been revealed that defender Doneil Henry is not truly a TFC player.

Head coach Greg Vanney revealed Wednesday that Henry had been previously “sold to a club in Cyprus or a club in Europe” and has been on-loan at TFC for “an indefinite time.” It remains unclear exactly how long Henry will stay with TFC, or which club it was that acquired him before loaning him back. 

“For me, when a player wants to try to pursue things overseas, we want to be supportive,” Vanney told the Canadian Press. “At the same time, we wanted him here. It’s an arrangement where he is a Toronto FC player for as long as he and we agree on that.”

The 21-year-old Henry has made 20 appearances for TFC this season and became the first player from Toronto FC Academy to be called up to the first team when he originally signed as a Homegrown Player back in August 2010.

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CCL Preview: Sporting KC head to Costa Rica to take on Saprissa

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Sporting KC head into Thursday’s CONCACAF Champions League action in a very advantageous position.

Sitting atop Group 2, Sporting KC pay visit to the CCL’s most successful non-Mexican club, Costa Rica’s Saprissa, who has won the competition three times. However, for all of Saprissa’s past successes, Sporting KC enters Thursday as the heavy favorites to advance.

A win or a draw would see the MLS side through, as well as any two-goal loss that would see Sporting KC score two or more goals. There is an option for a potential stalemate, as a 3-1 Saprissa victory would send the group into a coin-flip scenario due to equal tiebreakers.

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