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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Wayne Rooney and Manchester United are looking to give manager Louis Van Gaal and strong performance in his debut match against Arsenal in English Premier League action.

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The SBI Show: Episode 179 (Talking MLS playoffs, recapping the USMNT friendlies, and more)

Episode 179 of The SBI Show breaks down the MLS playoff conference semifinals, and also looks back at the recent USMNT friendlies in Europe.

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Western Conference Final preview: Sounders and Galaxy clash in star-studded battle

The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders prepare to meet in the Western Conference finals, with both teams knowing quite a bit about each other already.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Fresh off scoring three goals for England during the international break, Wayne Rooney is ready to take his strong run of form as he takes on one of his club’s rivals.

Rooney and Manchester United are looking to take their unbeaten run against Arsenal to eight games when the two teams meet in North London on Saturday afternoon. Arsenal’s last win against Man United came in May 2011, and the eight-game winless streak includes their 8-2 drubbing three months later.

The main storyline heading into this match is injuries for both sides, with the likes of Daley Blind joining Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, and others on the Man United injury list, and Theo Walcott and Laurent Koscielny will miss out for the Gunners.

Elsewhere in action, English Premier League leaders Chelsea take on West Bromwich Albion, in Spain, Barcelona host Sevilla as Ivan Rakitic takes on his former club, and in Germany, Bayern Munich take on Hoffenheim. The Bavarians have never lost to Hoffenheim in Bundesliga history.

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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The SBI Show: Episode 179 (Talking MLS playoffs, recapping the USMNT friendlies, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The MLS Playoff Conference semifinals kickoff on Sunday and the latest episode of The SBI Show has you covered on all the angles.

Episode 179 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the West finals between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders, as well as the East finals between the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the recent U.S. Men’s National Team friendlies in Europe, including an in-depth look at the awful 4-1 loss to Ireland.

We also discuss topics ranging from MLS expansion to the NCAA tournament.

Give Episode 179 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Western Conference Final preview: Sounders and Galaxy clash in star-studded battle

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By DAN KARELL

Think that the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy have seen a lot of each other recently? Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena sure believes so.

“We know everything about each other and there’s not a whole lot of preparation. We’ve just got to go out and play,” Arena quipped in a conference call with reporters.

When the two teams face off in the Western Conference finals on Sunday evening at the StubHub Center, it will be the club’s third meeting in just six weeks, after finishing the regular season with a home-and-home set to determine the MLS Supporters Shield winner. The Sounders won that outright in the last match of the regular season, but it’s been the Galaxy who have stormed through the MLS Cup Playoffs so far.

Though the Galaxy played Real Salt Lake to a scoreless draw in Rio Tinto Stadium, Landon Donovan and MLS MVP candidate Robbie Keane combined up top to lead the Galaxy to a 5-0 rout of RSL.

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Yedlin, Hyndman among U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Nominees

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 By RYAN TOLMICH

DeAndre Yedlin’s meteoric rise through the ranks of U.S. Soccer has culminated in a 2014 award nomination.

U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that the Seattle Sounders defender is one of four nominees for U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year. Yedlin, who was one of just seven players to appear in more than 10 U.S. Men’s National Team games in 2014, is joined by midfielders Mukwelle Akale, Emerson Hyndman and Christian Pulisic, as well as forward Haji Wright.

Akale earned a pair of MVP trophies for the U.S. U-18′s this year, while Wright and Pulisic have led the attacking charge for the U.S. U-17′s. Meanwhile, Hyndman, who made his senior debut in September against the Czech Republic, prominently featured for the U-20′s and U-23′s throughout the 2014 campaign.

Friday’s nominations come following U.S. Soccer’s announcement that Tim Howard has been recognized as Male Athlete of the Year, beating out Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones for the award.

What do you think of the nominees? Any surprises or snubs?

Share your thoughts below.

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With USMNT return in the bag, Nguyen now focused on Revs clash with Red Bulls

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Playing in your first U.S. Men’s National Team match in seven years might be enough to distract most players, but with his New England Revolution a step away from the MLS Cup Final, Lee Nguyen isn’t likely to lose focus.

A week after impressing in the U.S. team’s 2-1 loss to Colombia, Nguyen is back with the Revs, and ready for the upcoming Eastern Conference final series against the New York Red Bulls, which kicks off on Sunday.

Making his first U.S. appearance since 2007, Nguyen made the most of his call-up, turning heads in a 12-minute cameo.

“It was a great feeling to be back wearing those red, white and blue colors again,” said Nguyen, who returned to the Revs this week. “I’m very thankful to have that chance to be part of that again.” Continue reading »

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Whitecaps launch USL Pro team; reveal plans for National Soccer Developmental Center

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The world of professional soccer in Vancouver is about to undergo a major facelift.

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Friday that the club is set to become the seventh MLS side to own and operate a USL Pro franchise with the creation of Whitecaps FC 2, who will begin play in 2015. In addition, the club also revealed plans for the National Soccer Development Centre, where WFC2 will play home matches.

“Today marks another important milestone for our club and another step forward in our partnership with UBC,” Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be launching our USL PRO team at UBC. We have many talented young players at our club, including nine Residency products who recently did very well internationally with our Canadian U-20 men’s national team.

“WFC2 will allow them to continue their development against quality competition, including our fellow Cascadia rivals from Seattle and Portland. Along with the renderings of our new training facility, we have a clear view into our future. These initiatives will provide a positive impact and lasting legacy for Whitecaps FC, Canadian soccer, UBC, and the community at large.” Continue reading »

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