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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

Newcastle takes on Tottenham and Capital One Cup action while Liverpool visits Championship side Bournemouth.

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D.C. Council approves D.C. United stadium plan

The D.C. Council approved of a 20,000-25,000 seat soccer-specific stadium plan for D.C. United.

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Garcia resigns from FIFA due to ‘lack of leadership’

American lawyer Michael Garcia has resigned from FIFA’s ethic committee following the rejection of his appeal regarding his report concerning the bidding processes of the upcoming World Cups.

Report: Gyau suffers setback as knee struggles with increased workload

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By FRANCO PANIZO

What was looking to be an incredibly quick comeback now appears to be a test of patience and mental fortitude for Joe Gyau.

Gyau was seemingly on his way to making a lightning-fast recovery from the left knee injury he sustained back in October, returning to full training for Borussia Dortmund in mid-November. But the 22-year-old winger suffered a setback during the past week, as his knee struggled to cope with an increased workload.

Gyau had recently been playing games for Dortmund’s second team, making three appearances since Nov. 21. He was left off this past weekend’s roster, however, due to the knee issues.

While it is not clear how much of a setback this is for Gyau, it seems unlikely that he will crack back into the relegation-threatened club’s first team until after the Bundesliga’s winter break. Borussia Dortmund play their final game before the new year this Saturday, and don’t return to action until Jan. 31.

Gyau made one substitute appearance for Dortmund this season before suffering his knee injury in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-1 draw vs. Ecuador on Oct. 10. He had surgery to repair the damage, and U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stated just before then that the speedy winger would be out of action until at least January.

What do you make of this development? Worried that Gyau might be trying to rush back too soon? What do you think are his chances of making the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2015 Gold Cup roster?

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Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With domestic competitions taking centerstage in both Spain and England, Wednesday’s action is highlighted by tournament play.

In England, the Capital One Cup resumes with a pair of contests, highlighted by a battle of Premier League sides when Tottenham takes on Newcastle. Meanwhile, Liverpool look to shake off a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United with a trip to Championship side Bournemouth.

The Copa del Rey also continues Wednesday with six matches, which include a meeting between Real Sociedad and Real Oviedo, Getafe’s visit to Eibar and a clash between Cordoba and Granada.

In addition, Borussia Dortmund take on Wolfsburg in Bundesliga play, while San Lorenzo meets Auckland City in the Club World Cup.

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

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U.S. U-18 tops Germany U-18 in first of two friendlies

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By DAN KARELL

Goals from Mauricio Pineda and Brooks Lennon gave the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team a memorable win midway through their winter training camp in Marbella, Spain.

The U.S. U-18s defeated Germany U-18s, 2-1, in the first of two friendly matches between the two nations. Pineda, the brother of Indy Eleven midfielder and former Chicago Fire Homegrown signing Victor Pineda, volleyed home a goal in the 19th minute to put the Americans ahead.

In the 76th minute, Lennon gave the U.S. a two-goal lead by smashing home a rebound after a shot by Real Salt Lake-AZ teammate Sebastian Saucedo was saved. Germany’s Prince Osei Owusu scored a penalty kick in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time to cut the deficit in half but the German squad ran out of time to tie the score.

The USA and Germany play each other again on Friday.

Here’s the U.S. U-18 MNT’s starting lineup:

USA: Klinsmann; Duncan, Redding, Pineda, Peleaz; Lindley, Swanson, Yueill; Saucedo, Elney, Mansaray

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What do you think of this result?

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D.C. Council approves D.C. United stadium plan

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After years of waiting, D.C. United will finally have a stadium of their own

The D.C. Council approved the development of a new 20,000-25,000-seat stadium for D.C. United in the group’ second and final vote on Wednesday morning. The stadium, which is set to be constructed in Buzzard Point, is targeted for a 2017 opening.

“We are grateful that D.C. United’s future in our nation’s capital is secure,” D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien said in a statement. “This is a historic victory for the team and its fans, the city, the region and the sport of soccer in this country. I am deeply appreciative of the efforts of many city leaders, including Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser, City Administrator Allen Y. Lew and the D.C. Council.”

The District is now expected to acquire the land necessary for the stadium by Sept. 15, 2015 for preparation work ahead of groundbreaking for construction.

Wednesday’s approval comes following roughly a decade of efforts, with the most recent planning stage beginning in 2012.

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Garcia resigns from FIFA due to ‘lack of leadership’

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Less than 24 hours after his appeal was rejected, Michael Garcia has resigned from the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Garcia, who commissioned a report concerning the bidding process surrounding the 2018/22 World Cups, stepped down from his role citing a “lack of leadership” from FIFA’s higher ups regarding the handling of his findings.

“(The) Eckert Decision made me lose confidence in the independence of the Adjudicatory Chamber, (but) it is the lack of leadership on these issues within FIFA that leads me to conclude that my role in this process is at an end,” Garcia wrote. “No independent governance committee, investigator, or arbitration panel can change the culture of an organization.”

“For the first two years … I felt that the ethics committee was making real progress in advancing ethics enforcement at FIFA,” Garcia added. “In recent months, that changed.”

In addition, Garcia revealed that he has lost confidence in colleague Hans Joachim-Eckert, who Garcia claims misrepresented his work in a summary that the German judge released to the public.

“When viewed in the context of the report it purported to summarize, no principled approach could justify the Eckert Decision’s edits, omissions, and additions,” Garcia wrote.

“It now appears that, at least for the foreseeable future, the Eckert Decision will stand as the final word on the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.”

Garcia’s appeal to publicly release his findings was denied Tuesday by FIFA’s appeals committee, who ruled that the report was not legally binding.

What do you make of Garcia’s resignation? How will this impact FIFA going forward?

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NASL releases 2015 Spring Season schedule

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With a new franchise set to enter the fold, the NASL’s Spring format is set to look largely similar to previous years.

The league revealed its Spring Season schedule Monday with each of the league’s 11 teams playing a 10 game schedule. Play is set to kickoff on April 4, highlighted by a matchup between the debuting Jacksonville Armada and FC Edmonton.

“The Jacksonville market has welcomed Armada FC with open arms, and we know that the fans are anxious to fill the stadium and support their team on April 4,” NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson said. “We’re expecting big things in Jacksonville as they enter their first NASL season.”

In addition, the New York Cosmos will kickoff the Raul era against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, while reigning Soccer Bowl champions San Antonio Scorpions host the Tampa Bay Rowdies.  Continue reading »

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