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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

Liverpool’s woeful start to the English Premier League could be slightly rectified when they face Arsenal, who have struggled themselves in big matches on the road.

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Saturday European Rewind: Aston Villa ties Man United, Dortmund falls again, and more

Falcao goal saves point for Man United, Dortmund slump to 10th loss, and more from Saturday’s action in Europe.

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Manchester United attempt to extend their winning streak to seven games when they go on the road to take on Aston Villa.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Liverpool’s disastrous start to the English Premier League season could be damaged even further on Sunday when they take on Arsenal.

The two clubs have performed below expectations this season, and the match at Anfield is a massive chance for both clubs to position themselves for a better finish heading into the busy holiday schedule. One aspect in Liverpool’s favor is that Arsenal have struggled in the big matches recently, and the Gunners’ last trip to Anfield produced a spectacular 5-1 victory in favor of Liverpool.

In the northeast of England, the Tyne-Wear derby takes place for the 153 time, this edition at St. James Park. Alan Pardew has just one win in seven Tyne-Wear derby matches, though Sunderland sit just one point above the relegation zone while Newcastle are in a more comfortable position. Jozy Altidore has been dropped to the bench in place of Steven Fletcher.

In France, leaders Olympique Marseille look to stay ahead of Paris Saint-Germain when they host Lille, and in Italy, fourth-place Lazio visit eleventh-place Inter Milan, hoping to inject more misery into the blue side of Milan.

If you will be watching today’s action, or want to discuss the day’s earlier action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

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Saturday European Rewind: Aston Villa ties Man United, Dortmund falls again, and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Manchester United had 25 minutes to take advantage of a questionable Gabriel Agonlahor red card, but Aston Villa still found a way to halt the Red Devils’ six-match winning streak.

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao’s second-half equalizer canceled out a beautiful Christian Benteke opener in a 1-1 draw at Villa Park. The Agbonlahor red card looked like it might give the visitors a chance for a late winner, but it was Aston Villa that created the dangerous chances late in the match.

In Italy, Roma and AC Milan played out a disappointing 0-0 draw, while PSG failed to capitalize in a 0-0 draw against Montpellier in France.

Here a look at all of  all Saturday’s results from Europe’s top leagues:

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United can extend their impressive winning streak to seven games when they hit the road and travel to Villa Park.

Fabian Delph and Aston Villa await Louis Van Gaal’s men, as they start a difficult stretch of games at Aston Villa, home against Newcastle, and at Stoke in the next two weeks. Luckily for Man United, their offense seems to finally be finding its form, scoring two or more goals in each of their last five matches.

Manchester City meanwhile look to gain more points at the top of the table to catch Chelsea when the Citizens face Crystal Palace.

In Italy, AS Roma will attempt to continue their five-match unbeaten run in Serie A when they face rival AC Milan at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma coach Rudi Garcia will be on the bench for the match, after a two-match ban for aggressive behavior towards an official was overturned.

In France, Paris Saint-Germain can re-take the Ligue 1 lead with a victory against former champions Montpellier.

If you will be watching today’s action, or want to discuss the day’s earlier action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

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Orlando City’s Heath: “We’ve got 3-4 exciting international players coming in the next three weeks”

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City seem to have all the pieces together for the club’s inaugural MLS run, but they aren’t quite done yet.

After announcing the signing of Brek Shea from Stoke City, OCSC head coach Adrian Heath told SBI the club is in the process of acquiring more players in the coming weeks, suggesting they will come from abroad.

“We’re still working on the finishing touches with the team, so we’ll look to add 3-4 exciting international players in the coming three weeks,” said Heath. “They won’t come from Europe, but from South America, so it’s just a matter of time until our supporters receive these nice gifts for the holidays.”

Reports earlier this month indicated that 20-year-old Carlos Rivas from Deportivo Cali has been linked with OCSC, and club majority owner Flavio Augusto Da Silva told SBI in November that the Lions were in discussions with a “Colombian talent.”

Heath wouldn’t confirm if one of the the approximately four players were bound to fill Orlando City’s third and final designated player slot. Meanwhile, OCSC general manager Paul McDonough also confirmed the move and didn’t rule out if Rivas was among that group of players, stating that they’re coming soon.

Orlando City currently boast two designated players in Kaka and 19-year-old Bryan Rochez, and aren’t ruling out a third DP if the opportunity presents. Heath also took swipe at co-newcomer New York City FC, saying he can’t wait to face-off against Manchester City while also suggesting that NYC FC will fill their third DP spot before the start of the campaign.

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What do you think of this development? Do you think both Orlando City and New York City will have three DP’s in 2015?

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Diskerud refutes Tijuana rumors while leaving options open for 2015

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Mix Diskerud’s name has been heavily linked with a move to Liga MX’s Tijuana, but the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder insists that his club situation isn’t quite so clear.

The 24-year-old said that he has yet to sign a deal with a new club, although his contract with Norway’s Rosenborg is set to expire at the end of the month. However, Diskerud did admit that he was exploring options in the U.S.

“A club somewhere in Estados Unidos – if – in the Americas,” Diskerud said. “If I do sign with a new club – it will either be my new or old club that gets to inform you of it.

“I have had fantastic people, with so much passion for their clubs and our sport approach me lately. I do not want to disappoint anyone. Not now. Not after the season is over either,” Diskerud added. “So things are – pretty much the same.”

Where do you expect Diskerud to end up in the coming weeks? What club would be a good fit for Diskerud’s talents?

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The skies have been shining on John Brooks in recent days, and he will be hoping they continue to do so for just a little longer.

After putting together a pair of headline-grabbing performances in the past week, Brooks will attempt to close out the year with another when he and Hertha Berlin welcome Hoffenheim on Sunday. Plenty of eyeballs will be on Brooks in his final game until February after the impressive week that he has had, a week that has seen him draw positive reviews from his head coach and score a goal in an eight-goal shootout. The 21-year-old centerback seems a shoo-in to start given his recent outings, and could further cement his place in the Old Lady’s lineup with another strong showing.

Brooks’ U.S. Men’s National Team teammate Jozy Altidore is less of a certainty to get the nod, and it will be interesting to see what role the veteran forward has in Sunderland’s meeting with Newcastle United. Altidore was handed a start last weekend, but was involved in a nightmare play in which he misjudged the flight of a cross on a golden look in front of goal. Now, we will see if Black Cats manager Gus Poyet’s confidence in Altidore has at all wavered as Sunderland head into St. James Park trying to snap a six-game winless run.

If you’re looking for another intriguing game to watch, look no further than the battle of Americans in the Eredivisie. Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar are set to host Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht on Saturday in their final match before the league’s winter break. Utrecht will be keen on trying to pull off the upset, especially after winning just once in their last five league games, but have quite a challenge on their hands as they take on an AZ side that is unbeaten in its last seven.

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