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Report: Dynamo leading the chase in ‘Cubo’ Torres sweepstakes

The Houston Dynamo are reportedly leading the chase to sign Erick “Cubo” Torres after the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy passed on signing the Mexican forward.

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Dwyer warns foreign clubs to “back off” by pledging future to Sporting KC

Dom Dwyer signed a multiyear contract extension with Sporting KC Wednesday, a year after scoring 22 goals in the MLS regular season.

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Brooks scores opening goal for Hertha Berlin in draw with Eintracht Frankfurt

John Brooks scored the opening goal in Hertha Berlin’s 4-4 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Kljestan on the mark in Anderlecht’s Belgian Cup victory

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It wasn’t pretty by any stretch, but it counted all the same.

Sacha Kljestan found the back of the net on Wednesday to cap the scoring in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win over Zulte-Waregem in the first leg of their Coupe de Belgique quarterfinals series. Kljestan struck two minutes after entering the game, bundling a cross over the goal line with his knee in the 86th minute before celebrating it modestly.

The goal was the 29-year-old midfielder’s first since scoring in a Pro League tilt back on Oct. 29, and his second across all competitions in a season that has seen him struggle for consistent playing time. It came on the same day that fellow American John Brooks scored in a German Bundesliga affair.

Kljestan and Anderlecht will attempt to close out the series and move onto the tournament semifinals when they host Zulte-Waregem in the decisive leg on Jan. 21.

You can see the goal here:

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Report: Dynamo leading the chase in ‘Cubo’ Torres sweepstakes

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By DAN KARELL

Erick “Cubo” Torres might be staying Major League Soccer, but there’s a good chance that he leaves Southern California all together.

According to a report in Goal USA, the Houston Dynamo are out front in the race to sign the former Chivas USA forward. The report states that while both the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy passed on signing Torres, the Dynamo have stepped forward and are willing to trigger the $7.5 million purchase clause in Torres’ loan contract with MLS.

The reason for the delay on Torres’ decision, the report says, is that MLS was waiting for a “suitable buyer” to appear. The Chicago Fire were also at one point in the running, but decided to focus on other targets in their Designated Player search.

An interesting note is that the $7.5 million transfer fee could be lowered if Chivas de Guadalajara decide to bring Torres back for the Clausura season. Chivas just endured another miserable campaign and are in serious danger of being relegated, which would be a travesty for arguably Mexico’s most popular club.

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Dwyer warns foreign clubs to “back off” by pledging future to Sporting KC

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By TATE STEINLAGE 

Dom Dwyer’s aspirations are lofty. So much, in fact, that the 24-year-old Englishman was disappointed with only scoring 22 goals last season, despite the mark setting a new single-season record at Sporting Kansas City.

Fortunately for him, Sporting KC’s front office was more than pleased with his effort. The club confirmed Wednesday that Dwyer has signed a multiyear contract extension, which will earn Dwyer a “significant raise” from his roughly $92,500 salary in 2014, that according to the Kansas City Star.

“I’m very excited for my future with this club,” Dwyer said over a conference call Wednesday. “It’s a club who first believed in me and drafted me. It’s something I wanted to do, and I’m very excited for it. It’s nice to not be concerned about that stuff so I can focus on what really matters and that’s playing football, getting better and bringing more championships to Kansas City.”

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Brooks scores opening goal for Hertha Berlin in draw with Eintracht Frankfurt

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Three days after earning the praise of his manager, John Brooks put an exclamation point on a spectacular week by finding the back of the net.

The Hertha Berlin centerback scored the opening goal in his side’s 4-4 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt Wednesday for the U.S. Men’s National Team defender’s first goal since his game-winner against Ghana at this summer’s World Cup. The finish was Brooks’ fourth goal of his club career.

Brook’s finish came via a set piece, as Hertha Berlin midfielder Ronny provided a long-distance free kick into the center of the box. A streaking Brooks finished with his left foot from just outside the six-yard box to open the scoring.

The 21-year-old defender was recently the subject of praise from manager Jos Luhukay, who has been impressed by Brooks’ defensive work in recent outings.

Despite Brooks’ heroics, Hertha Berlin were forced to settle for a draw after conceding a three goal lead, including a 4-2 lead in extra time.With the draw, Hertha Berlin move into 11th place, four points clear of the relegation zone.

Have a look at Brooks’ finish after the jump:

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MLS Ticker: Dwyer extends with Sporting KC; Timbers to host Stabaek; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Dom Dwyer has been handed a new contract on the heels of a breakout season in a Sporting Kansas City uniform.

Sporting KC announced on Wednesday afternoon that they’ve signed Dwyer to a contract extension. Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“I am ecstatic to commit my future to Kansas City,” Dwyer said in a statement. “I want to thank the coaches and ownership for having faith in me. Also, a special thanks to the fans for all of their continued support. I am excited to get going again. Last year was a starting point for what is to come in the future, which is scoring a lot more goals, driving to win championships and enjoying myself on and off the field in a city with supporters to which I have grown to love and embrace.”

The Englishman scored 23 goals and one assist in his first full year with Sporting KC. Dwyer made 32 starts in 34 games in MLS action. He also scored one goal in five appearances between the U.S. Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League.

Dwyer currently holds the Sporting KC franchise record for goals scored in a single season, beating Preki’s mark last September.

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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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