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Surging Impact topple FC Dallas

Goals from Ignacio Piatti and Jack McInerney led the Montreal Impact to a victory over FC Dallas.

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Giovinco strike leads Toronto FC to win over Timbers

Sebastian Giovinco’s long-distance strike was enough to lead Toronto FC to a victory over the visiting Portland Timbers.

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

La Liga and Ligue 1 come to an end with champions decided, but the fight for European spots and survival rages on.

Surging Impact topple FC Dallas

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For the second straight week, the Montreal Impact impressed in a victory over a Western Conference foe.

Led by goals from Ignacio Piatti and Jack McInerney, the Impact knocked off FC Dallas, 2-1, on Saturday at Stade Saputo.

The victory is the Impact’s second of the season and second straight following a 4-1 domination of Real Salt Lake last time out.

The Impact kicked off the scoring in the 24th minute through Piatti, who buried a penalty kick to give the Impact the early lead. Continue reading »

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Giovinco strike leads Toronto FC to win over Timbers

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After losing Jozy Altidore to injury last week, Toronto FC’s other big summer signing stepped up to lead the way in spectacular fashion.

Sebastian Giovinco scored a magnificent long-distance strike, leading Toronto FC to a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers at BMO Field.

The Italian’s finish came just five minutes into the contest, setting the tone for a first half where he would prove threatening throughout.

After receiving the ball from Luke Moore, Giovinco rocketed a curling left-footed shot from well outside the box past a diving Adam Kwarasey, giving TFC an early lead that the team would never relinquish. Continue reading »

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By ADAM TROXTELL

The Spanish Primera Division draws to a close, with Barcelona taking a proverbial lap of honor.

Barca takes to its home pitch against a Deportivo side still fighting off relegation at the other end of the table. The Catalan club’s job is done this season, though there is the matter of a Champions League final in a few weeks.

Deportivo knows a win seals their spot in La Liga for next season, and even a draw might be enough. Either way, the club really needs Eibar to lose or tie against already relegated Cordoba.

Also trying to end on a winning note is Real Madrid, who faces Getafe at the Bernabeu. In France, PSG wraps up a title winning season against Reims.

In MLS action, Eastern Conference rivals clash with the New England Revolution hosting D.C. United. Another potentially entertaining affair comes later with the Seattle Sounders playing Sporting KC.

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

Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):

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Alan Gordon delivers another late goal as Galaxy edge Dynamo

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

Carson, Calif. – The LA Galaxy received the offensive heroics they hoped for with the return of Robbie Keane to the lineup, but it was his veteran strike partner, Alan Gordon, who took the honors, finishing a crisp Keane cross with a remarkable looping chip header to beat Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric high to the far post deep in extra time to defeat a resilient Dynamo side 1-0 before 20, 195 on a cool and overcast night at the Stub Hub Center.

Keane, who has missed the last five Galaxy games with a groin injury, came on in 69th minute to trip to provide finishing for an LA side that had outshot the Dynamo 14-3 on the evening but hadn’t managed to find the net. Gordon came on minutes later, and the pair immediately enlivened the proceedings, as Gordon managed the Galaxy’s best chance to the point in the match with his first touch of the ball minutes later, finding space just inside the penalty spot before firing off a low hard shot that was deflected away by Jermaine Taylor.

But the tandem was not done, and took advantage of the four minutes extra time to finally break the compact Houston defense. The goal in the 94th minute gave the the Galaxy their first win in their last six matches.

Gordon did not hesitate to praise his captain for providing the service that gave Gordon the game winner.

“You guys have seen this before, right? We’ve been missing Robbie for a number of weeks, and we’ve done our best without him, but it’s sure nice to have him back.

“When you play with somebody, you pick up their tendencies” Gordon continued. “I know Robbie’s gonna look for me. If he’s not gonna shoot it, he’s gonna look for me on the back post. I faked inside, drove back post, and he played a wonderful ball, and I just did my best to get it across to the back post, and it looped in.”

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Fire fight back for late draw in Columbus

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By COLE KELLOGG

The Columbus Crew almost racked up their fifth home win of the season on Friday night, but the Chicago Fire scored late to spoil the party on a night where Jon Busch made his 300th MLS start, and Kei Kamara delivered a pair of goals for the Crew.

The Fire struck late through newcomer Jason Johnson, who headed home an Eric Gehrig cross in the 94th minute to help the visitors earn a 2-2 tie at MAPFRE Stadium on Friday night. Gehrig capped his reunion against his former club with a curled assist to Johnson, who beat his defender in the air and headed home past Crew goalkeeper Steve  Clark.

The late equalizer came just a week after the Fire were on the opposite end of a late equalizer against New York City FC.

The draw was a disappointing one for a Crew side that had controlled the play for most of the match. The Eastern Conference clash was filled to the brim with attractive attacking sequences led by the quartet of Kamara, Justin Meram, Federico Higuain, and Ethan Finley. Inevitably for the Crew, they were ultimately punished for not putting the match out of reach.

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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With titles decided in Europe’s major leagues, this weekend’s events center around relegation battles.

In England, one of Newcastle or Hull City will see relegation to the Championship, but the former enter as the more likely to survive. A Newcastle win over West Ham would ensure safety, as would a Hull City draw or loss to Manchester United. As it stands, Newcastle maintains a two point advantage but has a seven-goal deficit in goal differential.

La Liga sees battles both at the top of the table and the bottom, as Valencia and Sevilla compete for the league’s fourth and final Champions League spot with just one point between them. Meanwhile, relegation has four potential contenders, with Granada, Deportivo, Eibar and Almeria all fighting to avoid the final two spots.

On a more positive note, Liga MX’s Liguilla semifinals are set for Friday with Chivas de Guadalajara taking on Santos Laguna while Queretaro faces Pachuca. Finally, both MLS and NASL boast full slates of action.

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

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USL Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By ADAM TROXTELL

The weekend USL action kicks off with a Cascadia Clash.

Portland Timbers 2 and Seattle Sounders 2 meet for the second time this season. It was Sounders 2 who came away with the victory back in April thanks to Giuliano Frano’s strike with two minutes remaining.

It’s not the only regional clash of the weekend. Expansion teams Saint Louis FC and Louisville City FC also meet with five points separating them in the Eastern Conference. The Rochester Rhinos try to stay unbeaten against Toronto FC II.

Both New York Red Bulls II and FC Montreal will be looking for valuable points in their Sunday game.

Here is a closer look at this weekend’s USL action:

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NASL Week 8: A Look Ahead

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By COLE KELLOG

Week 8 of NASL action is headlined by a battle between this season’s frontrunner and last seasons champion.

After narrowly preserving the team’s unbeaten run, the New York Cosmos will look to continue the club’s unbeaten start to the Spring Season in a matchup with the San Antonio Scorpions.

Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Armada will battle Minnesota United in pursuit of third place, while Canadian bottom-feeders FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC will try to make up ground against teams directly above them in the table.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s NASL action: Continue reading »

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