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Monday Kickoff: Blatter compares himself to mountain goat; Queretaro, Santos Laguna to meet in final; and more

Sepp Blatter compared his endurance to that of a mountain goat, while Queretaro and Santos Laguna booked places in the Liga MX Clausura final.

Jonathan Bornstein Winner Queretaro (Getty Images)

Jonathan Bornstein scores series-clinching goal to send Queretaro to Liga MX final

The former U.S. World Cup defender has resurrected his career in recent months, and scored the biggest goal of his club career on Sunday.

Julian Green, Jordan Morris headline U.S. U-23 squad for Toulon Tournament

The U.S. U-23s begin Toulon Tournament action on Wednesday against France, with Julian Green and Jordan Morris leading the group.

Monday Kickoff: Blatter compares himself to mountain goat; Queretaro, Santos Laguna to meet in final; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

First elected FIFA president in 1998, Sepp Blatter says he plans to just keep pushing on.

Blatter, who is favored in the upcoming FIFA elections, likened himself to a mountain goat, an animal regarded for its endurance and perseverance. The 80-year-old, who called himself “a simple, devout man”, would be serving his fifth term should he prove victorious in the election.

“I am a mountain goat that keeps going and going and going,” Blatter said. “I cannot be stopped, I just keep going.”

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Union starting to find results, confidence in recent weeks

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By MATT STYPULKOSKI

HARRISON, N.J. – In a matter of two matches, the Philadelphia Union managed to match what it had accomplished through the season’s first 11.

After starting the season with a dreadful six points from 11 matches, the Union have taken just as many points from the last two – Sunday night’s 2-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls followed on the heels of a 1-0 win over D.C. United last week.

“It’s a funny league and it’s certainly a funny conference,” Union head coach Jim Curtin said. “I talked all week to my guys about our season could go one of two ways in this building tonight. We’re either one win less than (the Red Bulls) or we’re getting separated and left in the dust.”

Indeed, the back-to-back wins have quickly pushed the Union up the table and into a tie for sixth place, though they still sit just below the Eastern Conference’s red line on goal difference, pending the result of Orlando City’s match Sunday night. Continue reading »

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Red Bulls acknowledge need to improve sputtering attack

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. — The games are adding up, but the goals are not for the New York Red Bulls. Not in abundance, anyway.

The Red Bulls suffered a setback via a 2-0 home loss to the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, and it was a familiar problem that opened the door for the surprise defeat. The Red Bulls failed to convert any of their chances, a result of some bad luck but also some bad finishing and impatience.

The Red Bulls were the better side for large stretches of the Eastern Conference affair, but found it tough to breakdown a Union team that sat back and looked to hit back on the counter. New York was unfortunate to hit the post twice in the first half, but struggled mightily throughout the 90 minutes to create real quality scoring opportunities.

The club now has just five goals in its last six matches – and no more than two goals in any one game this year – and was quick to point out Sunday that improvements are needed.

“In this process we need to continue to figure out when we play in games like this how to be more effective and how to be a little more dangerous and how to create a few more clear chances,” said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. “Some of that is going to come with crosses, some of that is going to play with quick combination play along the line, some of it’s going to come from set pieces, so we need to continue to iron out some of those details and get better.

“Overall, it was pretty clear that we had command of that game. It’s just that now they made us pay for a couple of mistakes and we couldn’t make them pay.”

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Jonathan Bornstein scores series-clinching goal to send Queretaro to Liga MX final

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By IVES GALARCEP

Jonathan B0rnstein’s dream run with Liga MX side Queretaro took a dramatic turn on Sunday, with the American defender scoring the goal that ultimately helped put his team into the Liga MX final.

Bornstein’s finish early in the second half helped Queretaro take a 2-0 lead to erase a 2-0 first-leg defeat, and that proved to be enough as Queretaro advanced to the Liga MX final for the first time in the club’s history.

Playing without Brazilian star Ronaldinho, who was benched after his first-leg tantrum that saw him leave the stadium after being subbed out in the first half, Queretaro looked to be the underdog heading into Sunday’s second leg, but an early Queretaro goal put the match on a knife’s edge before Bernstein struck in the 49th minute.

Here is Bornstein’s goal:

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Julian Green, Jordan Morris headline U.S. U-23 squad for Toulon Tournament

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By IVES GALARCEP

Julian Green and Jordan Morris headline the 19-man U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team roster head coach Andi Herzog has called in for the upcoming Toulon Tournament in France.

Green is coming off a disappointing loan spell with Hamburg, but remains a key figure in the U.S. Under-23 player pool as the team prepares for Olympic qualifying in the fall. Morris is fresh off helping the U.S. U-23s beat Mexico in a friendly on April 22, a week after scoring in the USMNT’s 2-0 friendly win against Mexico.

Here is the rest of the squad:

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Union earn second straight win after shutting out Red Bulls

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By MATT STYPULKOSKI

HARRISON, N.J. – For the second straight week, the Philadelphia Union managed three points against one of the Eastern Conference’s tougher foes.

After nicking D.C. United in stoppage time at home last weekend, the Union made the trek up Interstate 95 to Red Bull Arena Sunday, where they walked away 2-0 winners.

“If you look across the league, this is the way that the league goes,” Union head coach Jim Curtin said. “The better team in both boxes wins the game and I thought we were the better team inside the 18s tonight.”

The Union overcame a first-half that saw the Red Bulls control possession and hit the post twice, showing much more energy to start the second half, which the Red Bulls failed to match.

Vincent Noguiera opened the scoring in the 57th minute. After Cristian Maidana let a shot go from the top of the penalty area, Noguiera managed to get a piece of the effort and redirected it past a diving Luis Robles for a 1-0 lead.

Just five minutes later, C.J. Sapong doubled the advantage. Once again, Maidana started the move, this time by sliding a ball through to an overlapping Fabinho. That’s when the left back picked out an easy cross to the wide-open Sapong, who subbed on just after the break following a three-week suspension.

In the end, that was enough for a Union win – the club’s first in seven tries at Red Bull Arena. Continue reading »

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A lopsided victory and a new contract. Talk about a good day at the office for Geoff Cameron.

Cameron and Stoke City ended their 2014-15 Premiership campaign in emphatic fashion, routing Liverpoool, 6-1, at Britannia Stadium on Sunday. Cameron played from whistle to whistle at right back for the Potters, and afterwards it was announced that the versatile, veteran defender signed a new three-year deal. Cameron ends the current campaign with 21 starts in 27 league appearances.

Stoke City’s rout of Liverpool helped open the door for DeAndre Yedlin and Tottenham to earn a UEFA Europa League berth. Spurs beat Tim Howard and Everton, 1-0, on Sunday, and that result coupled with Liverpool’s defeat, pushed Tottenham into fifth place. Yedlin – who could be playing in European competition next season – was an unused substitute in the match, while compatriot Brad Friedel was not in uniform in the final match of his storied career.

It was not all good news for the Americans, however. Josh Gatt saw his return from injury cut short, as he picked up another a mere minutes after entering Molde’s 3-0 win over Mjondalen on Friday. Gatt came into the game as a substitute in the 73rd minute to make his first appearance for the club since June 2013, but was forced off five minutes later with what looked to be a leg injury.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By ADAM TROXTELL

All eyes fall on the Northeast of England as Hull and Newcastle fight to avoid the final relegation spot.

The final day drama in the English Premier League has boiled down to two teams trying to beat the drop, with Chelsea already deemed league winners and the rest of the top four set in stone. A win for Newcastle against West Ham keeps the club in the Premier League, but anything less could hand a lifeline to Hull against Manchester United.

The Italian Serie A has a few more rounds to go, with AC Milan’s game against Torino highlighting the action there.

Back in North America, Liga MX playoffs are down to the second legs of the semifinals. Chivas host Santos Laguna after a scoreless first leg, while Pachuca holds a 2-0 advantage while visiting Queretaro.

The New York Red Bulls’ meeting with Eastern Conference foes the Philadelphia Union kicks off the MLS national coverage. The evening wraps up with San Jose Earthquakes hosting Orlando City.

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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