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Late winner from Jones earns Revs victory at Red Bull Arena

Jermaine Jones’ 87th minute winner led the New England Revolution to a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

Red Bulls vs. Revolution: SBI Live Commentary

The New York Red Bulls host the New England Revolution Sunday in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals. Join SBI as we provide live commentary on today’s match.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

AC Milan and Inter Milan renew one of the sport’s best rivalries while the MLS playoffs start back up with conference finals on each coast.

Late winner from Jones earns Revs victory at Red Bull Arena

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J – With time ticking away in a game that appeared destined to finish as a 1-1 draw, New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones ensured that his side would head back to the friendly confines of Gillette Stadium with a mighty big advantage.

In a chippy contest that saw 10 yellow cards, Jones scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to join Teal Bunbury on the scoresheet, as the Red Bulls knocked off the Red Bulls, 2-1, in Sunday’s Eastern Conference Finals opening leg at Red Bull Arena.

The Revs’ midfielder’s finish came against the run of play, as the visitors looked content to take a draw and away goal back home for the second leg. However, Jones finished a siding effort from close range on a pass from Bunbury to all but seal the Revs victory.

The two sides came out flying early, sparking a series of save from each goalkeeper to start the contest. The Red Bulls put forth the majority of the attacking threats through the game’s opening 15 minutes, but it was Bunbury who opened the scoring for the visitors with a spectacular left-footed effort. Continue reading »

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Neither AC Milan or Inter Milan is posing a threat to Juventus for the Serie A title, but when the two city rivals clash today, it will still have plenty of meaning.

Both Milan and Inter are a win away from closing the gap on the Top Three in Serie A, and the UEFA Champions League berth that goes with it.

AC Milan is winless in four straight, but can turn things around with a victory against an Inter side that has dropped points in each of its past two matches.

The MLS playoffs resume today, with the New York Red Bulls playing host to the New England Revolution, and the Los Angeles Galaxy facing the Seattle Sounders in the league’s Final Four.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s Soccer TV Schedule is after the jump):

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Saturday European Rewind: Man United beats Arsenal, Messi breaks record in Barca rout, and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Manchester United limped into Saturday’s showdown with Arsenal beset by injuries, but survived an early onslaught before handing the Gunners a shock home loss.

Wayne Rooney struck in the 85th minute on a fast break, lobbing substitute goalkeeper Damian Martinez to put the game at The Emirates beyond doubt. Goalkeeper David DeGea helped keep Manchester United from falling behind after a strong start by Arsenal, and the visitors took the lead in the 56th minute on a Kieran Gibbs own goal.

Rooney’s goal stood as the winner after Olivier Giroud’s stoppage-time goal, giving Manchester United a victory that pushed the Red Devils into fourth place in the English Premier League.

In Spain, Lionel Messi broke a 59-year old La Liga scoring record, netting a hat trick in Barcelona’s 5-1 rout of Sevilla. Messi snapped the league goals record long held by former Barcelona striker Telmo Zarra, pushing his career goal-scoring total in La Liga play to 253 goals.

Roma and Juventus remain locked in their battle for the top of Serie A with road wins against Atalanta and Lazio, respectively. In France, Lyon lost some ground in the title race while Bayern Munich still stands alone atop the German Bundesliga.

Here is a rundown of Saturday’s club action in Europe:

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Jones puts emphasis on stopping Henry ahead of East finals

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. — Winning the midfield battle is important. Keeping tabs on the elusive and clinical Bradley Wright-Phillips is, too.

For Jermaine Jones, however, stopping Thierry Henry is key to it all.

The New England Revolution will get their Eastern Conference Championship series with the New York Red Bulls underway on Sunday afternoon, visiting Red Bull Arena for the first of the two legs that will determine which of the in-form clubs reaches the MLS Cup Final.

Much is being made about how vital it will be for each team to try and boss the center of the park, but Jones is putting more of an onus on stopping Henry, who will likely be deployed on the left flank again.

Henry has always been the the heart of the New York attack since signing with the club in 2010, but the Red Bulls captain has essentially turned back the clock to will his team to this deep playoff run, assisting on four of his side’s five postseason goals.

It is a development that is not lost on Jones, who is plenty familiar with Henry and all the danger he possesses.

“We know a lot of the game of Red Bull is Henry,” Jones said Saturday before the Revolution’s training session at Red Bull Arena. “We need a good teamwork to close him and don’t give him that space. I think when you see a lot of goals from Phillips, the cross always comes from Henry, so if you stop Henry you can say you stop Phillips, too.”

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Intrastate showdowns headline second round of NCAA Tournament

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By AARON CRANFORD

Sunday’s Second Round of the NCAA Tournament will divide state allegiances.

Out of the 16 matches, six feature intrastate contests. Coastal Carolina visits Clemson, UMBC meets Maryland, San Diego plays UCLA, UC Irvine sees Stanford, Oakland travels to Michigan State and North Carolina challenges Charlotte.

One of the key matchups features two teams who met in the 2011 College Cup final, Charlotte and North Carolina. The Tar Heels finished as champions, so the 49ers would like nothing more than to enact revenge this year. Similarly, in 2012, the Toreros upset the Bruins, 5-2, in the Second Round, making this fixture matter even more to players like UCLA star midfielder Leo Stolz, who played in the 2012 loss.

No. 1 seeded Notre Dame hosts Ohio State, who needed 13 penalty kicks to top Akron. The Fighting Irish were knocked out of the ACC Championship semifinals by Clemson about a week ago, but they have had plenty of time to rest and prepare for Sunday’s showdown.

One second-round match to watch features Syracuse taking on Penn State in a clash featuring two of the country’s best goalkeepers. Syracuse’s Alex Bono and Penn State’s Andrew Wolverton will be playing not only to reach the Round of 16, but also to impress pro scouts trying to figure out which of them has the brightest future.

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