Jones move to MLS hits snag

Jermaine Jones’ proposed move to Major League Soccer has hit a snag that could wind up killing the deal and costing MLS one of the U.S. World Cup team’s most impressive players.

Donovan nets late winner as Galaxy top Rapids

Landon Donovan scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute as the LA Galaxy topped the Colorado Rapids 4-3.

Wondolowski equalizer earns Earthquakes draw with Seattle

A second-half goal from Chris Wondolowski earned the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night.

Ridgewell enjoying smooth transition to MLS with Timbers

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Weaving his way through the New England Revolution defense, Portland Timbers central defender Liam Ridgewell looked more like a mesmerizing forward than a tall, lanky defender as he scored his first goal for his new club Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

He even celebrated like a player who gets paid to score, falling to the ground and rolling across the grass like a six-foot log right in front of the traveling Timbers Army.

In only five games for the Timbers, Ridgewell has established himself as one of the most valuable newcomers in MLS. Since making his debut on July 18, the Timbers have earned 10 of 15 possible points and reasserted themselves as a playoff contender.

Oh, and he somehow managed to find his way onto the MLS All-Star team as a replacement for Kyle Beckerman and helped preserve a 2-1 victory for the All-Stars over German giants Bayern Munich.

“It’s been great so far, it’s been fantastic,” Ridgewell said following the 1-1 draw. “A few more better results would have made it even better, but it’s been great so far. Everyone’s been fantastic with me, and to get a goal tonight obviously has topped off really well to contribute to the team as well.”

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Tuesday Kickoff: Suarez remorseful about bite; Bayern without Schweinsteiger; and more

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By DAN KARELL

One day after making his friendly debut for Barcelona, Luis Suarez was presented by the club in front of the local media.

As expected, plenty of the questions centered around the infamous World Cup bite, which left Suarez unable to take part in any official soccer activities until Friday, and he remains suspended at the club level through Oct. 26. Suarez expressed remorse about the incident, but said he was trying to look forward and not think about the past.

“It’s a personal issue, but I’ve dealt with appropriate professionals,” Suarez said. “The sanction is what it is and we have to accept it.”

“I’d rather not go back,” Suarez continued. “I had days when I was very depressed and did not feel like doing anything. Until I was not comfortable with my wife and daughters, I could not apologize to everyone. I reflected and knew I had to accept the reality, apologize to the player and my team. I try not remember it and think about this.”

During the press conference, Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre revealed that Suarez’s release clause with Liverpool was 75 million pounds ($125 million), but said the team was able to negotiate the transfer price down to 65 million pounds.

Here are some more notes to kick off your Tuesday:

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FOX Sports reveals plans to broadcast CCL on FS1, FS2, Fox Soccer Plus

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By DAN KARELL

FOX Sports has released their soccer telecasting schedule for the next two months, and the CONCACAF Champions League is set to be prominently featured.

Starting in match-day two, which begins on Tuesday, FOX Sports will broadcast 16 2014-2015 CCL matches involving either or both the New York Red Bulls, Sporting Kansas City, Portland Timbers, D.C. United, and Montreal Impact. Four of the matches this fall will be shown on Fox Sports 1, five matches on FS2, and seven matches on Fox Soccer Plus.

Veteran broadcaster J.P. Dellacamera will call the games along with either Cobi Jones or Brian Dunseth, while John Strong will also chip in with play-by-play alongside Janusz Michallik.

Both the Timbers and Sporting KC kick off their 2014/2015 CCL campaign with road matches on Tuesday. The Timbers travel to face Alpha United in Guyana and Sporting KC visits Real Esteli in Nicaragua. D.C. United host Jamaican side Waterhouse on Wednesday.

Here’s a look at FOX Sports’ CCL TV schedule:

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NASL Week 6: A Look Back

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite asserting himself as NASL’s top goalscorer, few could have predicted what Christian Ramirez would do next.

Ramirez unleashed his best goal to date, a spectacular bicycle kick finish, as Minnesota United overran Indy Eleven by a 5-1 scoreline to claim the top spot on the NASL Fall table.

Minnesota United opened the scoring in the 25th minute through Aaron Pitchkolan, but it would be Ramirez’s finish 12 minutes later that got people talking. Defender Justin Davis played a lofted ball to Ramirez, who was stationed near the top of the Indy Eleven box. The 23-year-old chested the ball up into the air before finishing with an overhead bicycle into the bottom left corner to push the scoreline to 2-0.

Additional goals from Daniel Mendes, Jamie Watson and Ramirez pushed the lead to five, before Indy Eleven’s Kleberson picked up a consolation goal as the game finished 5-1. With the victory, Minnesota United picked up their fifth win in six games, as Ramirez and co. now top the NASL Fall table with 16 points.

Here’s a closer look at the rest of the weekend’s action in NASL:

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Liga MX Round 5: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

Oribe Peralta has come up big for Santos Laguna and the Mexican National Team on countless occasions, and on Saturday evening, he played the hero for Club America at Estadio Azteca.

The veteran forward scored in second half stoppage time to give America a thrilling 3-2 victory over Morelia, keeping Las Aguilas undefeated with five wins in five rounds of the Liga MX Apertura. The late game-winner was Peralta’s third in as many games for America.

Peralta actually looked to have put America on the board in the 36th minute but his spectacular bicycle-kick goal was ruled off for offside. However, America did take the lead two minutes later when Pablo Aguilar headed home from close range.

Into the second half, Duvier Riascos hit one back in the 57th minute with a header of his own but five minutes later, Rubens Sambuezza put the hosts up one goal again. Argentine-born Slovakian international David Depetris poked home from close range in the 76th minute to tie the score again for Morelia, but Peralta fired home from inside the box off a costly defensive error to give America all three points.

Here’s a closer look at the best of the rest from Liga MX Apertura Round 5:

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Sunil Gulati accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with help from Rod Stewart

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Sunil Gulati became the latest member of the American soccer community to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but his video easily wins the award for most random star power.

Yes, none other than Rod Stewart did the honors of dumping an ice bucket full of water and ice on Gulati’s head. Also in the video are Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, NBA legend Chris Mullin and NBA star Rudy Gay.

If the headline made you do a double-take, wait until you see the video:

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NWSL Week 19: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

The playoffs are now set for the National Women’s Soccer League with the four teams in place after an electric final week of the regular season.

The Portland Thorns FC and the Washington Spirit joined the Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City to round out the four teams that will be vying for the championship in two weeks.

The Chicago Red Stars ended the season tied for fourth place at 35 points with the Washington Spirit, but the Spirit hold a 3-0-0 season record over Chicago, giving the Spirit the edge it needed to advance to the post season. Sky Blue FC also saw their miracle push for the playoffs come to an end, despite their win over the Spirit on Saturday night.

FC Kansas City will host the Portland Thorns FC on Saturday August 23rd at 1pm ET. The Washington Spirit will travel to Seattle for their match on Sunday August 24th at 8pm ET.

Here is a closer look at the week’s results:

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Johannsson to miss a further six weeks following groin surgery

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By DAN KARELL

Aron Johannsson’s expected return to the field from ankle surgery has been pushed back, this time because of a different injury.

According to a press release from AZ Alkmaar, Johannsson will miss a further six weeks after undergoing groin surgery. Johannsson now likely won’t make his season debut until October, ruling him out of the upcoming U.S. Men’s National Team match against the Czech Republic in Prague on Sept. 3.

It’s Johannsson’s second such operation on his groin, having the same surgery in 2012 while playing with AGF Aarhus. In addition, the 23-year-old Icelandic-American was already rehabbing off season ankle surgery after returning from the World Cup.

Johannsson is coming off a season where he scored 25 goals for AZ in all competitions in his first full season in the Netherlands. In addition, Johannsson has made nine appearances for the USMNT since making his debut in the 4-3 victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Aug. 2013, including scoring two goals and coming on as a substitute for Jozy Altidore in the first half of the USA’s 2-1 victory over Ghana.

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What do you think of this development? Disappointed to hear about the second injury? Who do you expect to see replace him in the USMNT squad for the match against the Czech Republic?

Share your thoughts below.

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