Red-hot Finlay propels Crew past Red Bulls

Columbus Crew midfielder Ethan Finlay scored both goals in the Crew’s 2-1 comeback victory against the Red Bulls on Saturday.

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Villa nets double to lead NYCFC to win in Montreal

David Villa scored goals in each half, including a free kick winner, to help lead NYCFC to a 2-1 victory in Montreal.

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Chile downs Argentina in penalties to lift first Copa America title

For the first time in Copa America history, Chile is champion after defeating Argentina in penalties on home soil.

Castillo and Diaz fire FC Dallas past the Revs

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By COLE KELLOGG

The South American connection was once again at the heart of a spectacular FC Dallas performance on Saturday, as the team thoroughly outplayed the New England Revolution for the entirety of the match.

FC Dallas won its second match in a row on Saturday with a decisive 3-0 victory over the Revolution at home in Frisco, Texas.

Mauro Diaz kicked off the rout in the ninth minute when he struck a low, driven free kick under the wall to shock the Revolution. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth had no chance to stop the Diaz strike.

It was a comedy of errors in front of the Revolution goal in 63rd minute leading up to FC Dallas’ second goal goal. Diaz turned provider here, as he intercepted from Jose Goncalves and drove down the right side of the field before delivering a low cross into the box. Fabian Castillo made contact for an initial shot that Shuttleworth saved, but the bouncing ball rebounded off of Kevin Alston and back into Castillo’s path. The dynamic midfielder didn’t miss twice, and he volleyed the ball home for the 2-0 lead.

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Red-hot Finlay propels Crew past Red Bulls

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By COLE KELLOGG

The league leaders in assists and goals struck yet again on Saturday, as Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay fueled the Columbus Crew past the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, at MAPFRE Stadium.

Finlay scored a pair of goals, both assisted by Kamara, to help the Crew push their unbeaten run to four matches.

Anatole Abang scored the early goal for the New York side in the eighth minute, firing past Steve Clark from a difficult angle on the right side of the box. Bradley Wright-Phillips played Abang through after a quick one-two combination, and the speedy forward came through with the finish.

But Columbus was not about to lay down at home. The Crew got on the board 25 minutes later through a brilliant Finlay strike. Clark played a long ball from his box to Kamara, who flicked a header for Finlay to run onto near the top of the box. Finlay cut inside to lose Damien Perrinelle, and then struck a curled shot to the far post, past Luis Robles.

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Villa nets double to lead NYCFC to win in Montreal

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By IVES GALARCEP

New York City FC is on the verge of welcoming international stars Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, but the team is waiting for those reinforcements to keep fighting for a higher place in the Eastern Conference standings.

David Villa scored a goal in each half, including an 82nd-minute winner, to propel NYCFC to a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo.

Villa latched onto a Patrick Mullins pass in the 35th minute and slipped a hard and low shot underneath Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush to open the scoring.

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Chile downs Argentina in penalties to lift first Copa America title

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By AARON CRANFORD

For the first time in Copa America history, Chile is champion after defeating Argentina in penalties on home soil.

After an intense 120 minutes of play, which saw 49 fouls called and six yellow cards shown, Chile defeated Argentina, 4-1, in penalty kicks, with Lionel Messi being the only Argentine to score from the spot in Santiago, Chile. Alexis Sanchez would be the star to step up and score the winning tally, netting a Panenka penalty before pulling off his shirt to celebrate with his teammates.

From the opening whistle, both sides played a fast-paced, frenetic game, with Argentina and Chile coming close to netting the first of the final early on. Sergio Aguero forced Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo into a save on the line, while Arturo Vidal had a chance that was parried away by Sergio Romero. Continue reading »

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Dempsey addresses referee incident, USMNT captaincy situation

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey is not dwelling on the past nor is he concerning himself too much with losing the captain’s armband.

Instead, he is focusing on helping the U.S. Men’s National Team any way he can.

Dempsey played in his first competitive game in nearly two-and-a-half weeks on Friday, helping the Americans defeat Guatemala, 4-0, in their final CONCACAF Gold Cup tuneup. But the friendly marked more than just his return to action for either club or country, as Dempsey did not serve as the U.S. captain for the first time in two years.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann took the armband away from Dempsey and gave it to veteran midfielder Michael Bradley earlier this week. The decision was not entirely surprising given Dempsey’s recent run-in with a U.S. Open Cup referee and is one that the 32-year-old forward understands and has no resentment about.

“It’s cool,” said Dempsey after the victory at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. “Michael is a great leader, he deserves to be captain, and for me, I’m just excited to be part of the team that is trying to push to win the Gold Cup and be a part of the Confederations Cup.

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USMNT not pleased with performance in lopsided victory over Guatemala

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The blowout scoreline was something the U.S. Men’s National Team was proud about.

The performance? Not so much.

The U.S. wrapped up its CONCACAF Gold Cup preparations on Friday night by recording a 4-0 victory over Guatemala at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Three different Americans found the back of the net in the friendly, but those tallies came only after Carlos Castrillo scored an ugly own goal in the 20th minute of a poor first half for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.

For large stretches in the opening stanza, Guatemala looked the team more comfortable in possession. The Americans had their moments, but looked largely out of sync when they had the ball. Jozy Alitdore even had a poorly-taken penalty kick saved in the 18th minute, a play that was symbolic of the U.S.’s rough opening 45 minutes.

Things improved in the second half for the U.S., but the overall showing still was not good enough for a nation that is looking to successfully defend its Gold Cup title this month.

“I’m not happy with that performance,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “I’m kind of disappointed with a couple things: movement off the ball, speed of play, urgency. Things that we talked about before were not executed the way we wanted them to be executed.

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By ADAM TROXTELL

South America awaits for a champion to be crowned.

Few will anticipate today’s final more than hosts Chile, who could see their national team lift the Copa America trophy for the first time ever against 14-times champion Argentina. La Albiceleste is looking for a continental trophy to make up for a narrow loss in the World Cup Final last summer.

Argentina last won the Copa America in 1993, but history is on their side. That year was the first time in competition history in which neither Brazil nor Uruguay made the last four, and the same thing happened in this year’s edition.

Elsewhere, the England women try to put a heartbreaking semifinal loss to Japan behind them in the third-place game against Germany in the Women’s World Cup. The bar has already been raised for England, as this is the farthest they have ever gone in the tournament.

MLS action is on tap for the July 4 weekend. The Columbus Crew seeks revenge from an earlier defeat at home against the New York Red Bulls, while fourth place LA Galaxy battles third-place Toronto FC.

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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Dynamo, Fire settle for tie in Houston

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Chicago Fire and Houston Dynamo both went into their Friday night showdown in desperate need of victories after recent prolonged slumps, but neither could manage to grab all three points.

A Patrick Nyarko goal in the 72nd minute provided the equalizer and helped the Fire earn a 1-1 road draw against the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Nyarko latched onto a dangerous cross into the penalty area from Greg Cochrane and beat Dynamo back-up goalkeeper Joe Willis from close range to help the Fire snap a four-match losing streak. Continue reading »

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