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MLS WEEKEND: Week 4 Game Previews

By Ridge Mahoney

TORONTO (0-3-0) vs. KANSAS CITY (2-1-0)
(Saturday, 12:30 pm ET, Direct Kick)


The Wizards' fifth game in 15 days (counting a 2-1 midweek Open Cup loss to Salt Lake) will be in front of a sellout crowd as Toronto celebrates the grand unveiling of a new stadium. Toronto's players will be sky-high emotionally but they ...

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LIBERTADORES CUP: Boca breezes into next round

Five-time Libertadores Cup champion Boca Juniors needed to beat Bolivar of Bolivia by two goals on Thursday to be certain of qualifying for the knockout stage of the South American club championship, and it breezed into the next stage with a 7-0 win in Buenos Aires.

Playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme, on loan from Spain's Villarreal, had a hand in ...

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IN THE NEWS: Klinsmann goes back to work

Nine months after coaching Germany at the World Cup, California resident Juergen Klinsmann is going back to work - as commentator and analyst for German pay-TV station Arena. Klinsmann, whose two-year agreement will allow him to take a coaching job, told Spiegel, ''I definitely want to return to coaching, but if that's in the short-term or long-term remains to ...
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CONCACAF CHAMPIONS CUP: Pachuca claims title

Pachuca won the CONCACAF Champions up for the second time when it beat Guadalajara, 7-6, on penalty kicks after they played to a 0-0 tie in overtime Wednesday night in the second leg of the final.

The first leg of the all-Mexican final ended in a 2-2. After 120 minutes without a goal in the second leg, the shootout ...

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TV PREVIEW: MLS leaders clash in Frisco

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW
FC DALLAS- NEW YORK
(ESPN2, 8 pm ET/7 pm CT)

After winning back-to-back games at home, the unbeaten Red Bulls return to the road, where they face FC Dallas in a matchup of conference leaders.

It's a battle of MLS's best offense against its best defense. FC Dallas has scored seven goals and ...

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EUROPE: Chelsea gains edge over Liverpool

Chelsea accomplished what Barcelona and PSV in the two previous rounds, and that's win at home in the first leg of its UEFA Champions League semifinal series with Liverpool.

A first-half goal from Joe Cole gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The goal was only the second of the season for Cole, who ...

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YOUTH: U.S. U-16s fall to Ireland in Ballymena

For the second time this month Ireland beat the USA in U-16 boys competition. Three weeks ago, the Irish, won 2-1, at the Montaigu tournament on France. On Wednesday night in North Ireland, Ireland again prevailed, 2-1, to capture Group B at the Ballymena International Tournament.

The Americans, who reached the Ballymena final the last four years, move into ...

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MLS: KC match another lesson for Toronto FC

By Ridge Mahoney
Executive Editor

Any team that can leave its leading goalscorer of the previous season on the bench and win, 3-0, while launching nearly twice as many shots as its opponent should probably be taken seriously.

Kansas City (2-1-0) did beat up on expansion Toronto FC (0-3-0) in its home opener Wednesday night, with the goals ...

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SONNY GUADARRAMA: Mexico or the USA?

Interview by Mike Woitalla
Executive Editor

Sonny Guadarrama is a 20-year-old midfielder who was born and raised in Texas and played at Campbell University in 2005 before turning pro with Santos Laguna of the Mexican First Division. He has dual U.S./Mexican citizenship and shortly after signing with Santos was called up by Mexico's U-20 national team, which is preparing ...

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WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Two East Coast groups join effort

Efforts to launch a women's pro league in the spring of 2008 received a boost when ownership groups from Boston and New York/New Jersey announced their intentions to join investor groups from six other cities.

''The signing of these two new markets is an important milestone,'' said Tonya Antonucci, the CEO of the Women's Soccer Initiative (WSII), which is ...

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YOUTH: Big win for U-16s in Ballymena

The U.S. U-16 national team rallied from two goals down to beat the Czech Republic, 3-2, Tuesday at the Ballymena Showgrounds in the second game of the 2007 Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland.

Dersu Abolfathi, Ryan Finley and captain Kofi Sarkodie scored for the USA to move into first place in Hroup B and gain revenge for Czech ...

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U-17 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: USA names roster

U.S. U-17 boys national team coach John Hackworth named his 20-player roster for the CONCACAF Under-17 Group B Qualifying Tournament April 28-May 6 in Kingston, Jamaica.

All but one of the players selected are currently in in U.S. Soccer's Under-17 Residency Program based in Bradenton, Fla. Defender Tommy Meyer, who was formerly in Residency for two semesters, is the ...

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EUROPE: Rooney goals give Man. United late victory

Manchester United will take a 3-2 lead over Italy's AC Milan to the San Siro Stadium for next Wednesday's second leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal series after coming back from 2-1 down at halftime to win Tuesday thanks to two goals from Wayne Rooney, the second on stoppage time.

Manchester United led at Old Trafford with an ...

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OBITUARY: English World Cup star Alan Ball

Alan Ball, the youngest member of England's 1966 World Cup championship, has died of a heart attack at the age of 61.

Ball, whose father of the same name was a soccer player and manager, starred for Everton, Arsenal and Southampton and won 72 caps for England. He was an all-NASL pick for the Philadelphia Fury in 1978 and ...

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TV PREVIEW: Liverpool aims for another road win

WEDNESDAY: UEFA Champions League Semifinal, 1st Leg
CHELSEA-LIVERPOOL (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, 2:30 pm ET, live)

Liverpool and Chelsea meet Wednesday in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinals series, a repeat of their 2005 series Liverpool won en route to its fifth title.

Unlike Tuesday's wild-open game between Manchester United and AC Milan, the Liverpool-Chelsea games ...
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