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FC Dallas overcome Blas Perez red card to earn draw at Colorado

Nick LaBrocca’s equalizer helped the Rapids earn a point after a first-half finish from Mauro Diaz, and second-half red card issued to Blas Perez.

MLS: New York City FC at Chicago Fire

Accam goal leads Fire past 10-man NYCFC

The first 38 minutes in Bridgeview, Illinois were the some of the worst of the season for New York City FC and some of the best for the Chicago Fire.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

John Brooks leads Hertha Berlin into battle vs. Bayern Munich, Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt take on FC Union Berlin, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

FC Dallas overcome Blas Perez red card to earn draw at Colorado

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By LEOPOLDO PONCE

In a chippy game that came to an end with two FC Dallas goal-line clearances, FC Dallas managed a 1-1 draw on the road against the Colorado Rapids.

FC Dallas started the match like a team intent on avenging an ugly loss to Colorado two weeks ago, as Fabian Castillo helped set up a Mauro Diaz goal with a jaw-dropping and ankle-breaking dribble through the Rapids defense.

The tide turned for the Rapids in the second half, when Blas Perez was sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Drew Moor. Perez appeared to strike Moor, which drew an immediate straight red card.

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Accam goal leads Fire past 10-man NYCFC

MLS: New York City FC at Chicago Fire

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By AARON CRANFORD

The first 38 minutes in Bridgeview, Illinois were the some of the worst of the season for New York City FC and some of the best for the Chicago Fire.

The Fire came ready to play, creating a handful of chances early on, especially through the play of David Accam and Shaun Maloney. Accam hit NYCFC goalkeeper Ryan Meara’s left post in the 15th minute, signaling a long evening in store for the young goalkeeper making his first start of the season.

An already-shorthanded NYCFC saw an Andrew Jacobson red card leave the expansion team down to 10 men, and Accam’s 20th-minute goal stood up as the Fire registered a 1-0 victory at Toyota Park.

Sean Johnson made four saves to record the shutout in his first start in a month.

One of the most dynamic players on the night was Harrison Shipp, who created many chances for the Fire through the midfield, and blasted a shot off of the post in the second half.

From early on, Chicago dominated the evening, and NYCFC’s night only went downhill after the initial Accam chance. Not only did Meara poorly handle the ball heading out of play in the 20th minute, which immediately led to Accam netting the game-winner, but NYCFC also saw Andrew Jacobson sent off in the 23rd minute and two starters — Adam Nemec and Javier Calle — forced into substitution after suffering injuries by the 38th minute of play. Continue reading »

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MLS Week 8: SBI Live Friday Commentary

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The eighth week of the MLS season kicks off on Friday night, with a doubleheader on the docket.

The Chicago Fire play host to injury-hit New York City FC at Toyota Park (8pm, Univision Deportes). The Fire are coming off an extended break, and should be well-rested against an NYCFC team missing several starters.

The MLS nightcap takes place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where the Colorado Rapids play host to FC Dallas (10pm, Univision Deportes). The Rapids demolished FC Dallas in Frisco just two weeks ago, but it is a safe bet Oscar Pareja’s side will be focused and motivated in tonight’s rematch.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s action so please feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s SBI live commentary is after the jump):

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SBI MLS Game of the Week: New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

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By AARON CRANFORD

For the only time this regular season, the Los Angeles Galaxy travel from sea to shining sea to take on the New York Red Bulls in an important early-season matchup on Sunday (5 p.m., ESPN2).

The LA Galaxy and NY Red Bulls, teams that have both started the 2015 season well, will duke it out in the SBI Game of the Week Sunday in Red Bull Arena. The Galaxy enter Sunday’s affair on the heels of a two-game win streak while the Red Bulls are MLS’ only undefeated team left.

LA take a 3-2-2 record across the United States and into Harrison, New Jersey, while the 3-0-2 Red Bulls hope their strong start continues. And with West Coast-East Coast bragging rights and the opportunity to continue early league success on the line, both sides are sure to come out guns blazing.

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Barca faces Bayern, Real Madrid meets Juve in UCL semifinal draw

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola’s path to the Champions League final will go through his former club.

The German powerhouses were drawn against Barcelona Friday in the Champions League semifinal draw, pitting the Spanish manager against the club that he managed to 14 trophies during his four years in charge.

Barcelona advance to the semifinals on the heels of an impressive performance against Paris Saint-Germain, knocking off the French champions, 5-1, on aggregate. Bayern, meanwhile, presented one of this season’s most memorable efforts in their second leg against Porto, destroying the Portuguese side, 6-1, to erase a 3-1 defeat in the opening leg.

In the other draw, Juventus are set to make their first semifinal appearance in 12 years and will now matchup with the reigning champions, Real Madrid. Now preparing for their 17th and 18th Champions League meeting, the two sides previously met in the 1998 Champions League final, which the Spanish side captured to claim the seventh of their now ten titles.

Real Madrid claimed their spot in the semis via the foot of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, whose late finish against rivals Atletico Madrid proved to be the lone goal in the series. Juve’s spot in the semis was spurred on by a workmanlike effort in the second leg against Monaco, holding the Ligue 1 side to a scoreless draw following a Juve win in the opening leg.

The semifinals will kickoff on May 5 with Juventus hosting the opening leg, while Barcelona will follow suit the next day. The semifinals will wrap up in Madrid and Munich on May 12 and 13, respectively. Continue reading »

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European Weekend Preview: Arsenal welcomes Chelsea to the Emirates; Bayern faces Hertha Berlin; and more

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By AYDIN REYHAN

Domestic action resumes all around Europe  this weekend with a handful of games plenty on the line as the season winds to a close..

In pursuit of a Champions League spot, second-placed Arsenal are now tasked with taking on league leaders Chelsea in a London Derby, offering a chance to close what is a 10 point gap with six games remaining.

Borussia Moenchengladbach could jump three points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen into a UCL spot when they host second-placed Wolfsburg who sit only seven points ahead prior to the match in the standings.

In other action, Barcelona takes on Espanyol, Real Madrid faces Celta Vigo and Bayern Munich plays host to Hertha Berlin.

Here is all of the action coming up this weekend in Europe’s top five leagues: Continue reading »

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Going unbeaten in seven straight matches while recording five shutouts is an impressive feat by any stretch of the imagination, but John Brooks and Hertha Berlin are going to need to come up with big performances if they wish to add to either of those stats.

Hertha Berlin will close out the April part of its schedule on Saturday when it travels to take on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in a match-up of two of the hotter teams in Germany right now. Brooks should be in his starting centerback spot in the match, but will need to deliver one of his best outings of the season in order to contain a star-studded attack that includes Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. A benefit for Hertha Berlin, which has not lost since Feb. 22, is that Bayern is coming off a midweek UEFA Champions League match in which Pep Guadiola started most of his available first-choice players.

In Germany’s second division, Alfredo Morales is aiming to help Ingolstadt stay on track for promotion when it visits Union Berlin on Sunday. Ingolstadt enter the match on a three-game winning streak, and another victory could give the first-placed club as big as a 10-point lead at the top of the table with four games left in the campaign. Morales has played in all but one match for Ingolstadt this season, so it figures that he will again see time in this encounter.

Another match worth watching will take place in the English Premier League on Sunday, as Tim Howard and Everton welcome Manchester United to town. Everton is on a good run of form, unbeaten in its last four matches, but will probably need Howard to deliver against his former club in order to have a shot at defeating a Red Devils side that has also been getting results as of late.

Here is who the Americans Abroad square off with this weekend:

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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

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By ADAM TROXTELL

There may be no loosening of Chelsea’s grip on the English Premier League title, but Arsenal can at least make the Blues work harder for it in their weekend clash.

The Gunners host Chelsea on Sunday in a clash that could still have implications on how the top four clubs finish. While Arsenal are 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea, the club is still two points ahead of fourth-place Manchester City with an automatic bid into the UEFA Champions League group stage on the line.

Cesc Fabregas will also be returning to the home of his former club for the first time since his switch to Barcelona in 2011. Last time around it was the Spaniard’s new club who got the better of Arsenal, 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in October.

Bayern Munich can all but claim the Bundesliga title on Saturday against Hertha Berlin. A win for the defending champions would at least maintain a 12-point advantage over second place Wolfsburg with four games remaining.

Sampdoria can climb even with fourth-place Napoli on points with a win during Sunday’s Serie A action.

A clash of titans in Liga MX is also a clash of top teams on Sunday in El Super Clasico, when CD Guadalajara hosts Club America. First-place Guadalajara is attempting to consolidate its position in the table, while America can draw even on points with its big rival with a win.

Finally, MLS offers up three nationally televised matches on Soccer Sunday, starting with New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy. Orlando City hosts Toronto FC later in the evening, before the night wraps up with a Cascadia Cup clash between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

Here is this weekend’s soccer on TV (schedule after the jump):

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