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MLS Week 8: SBI Sunday Commentary

Sunday’s action presents a trio of games as the New York Red Bulls host the LA Galaxy, Toronto FC visits Orlando City and Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers face off at CenturyLink Field.

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

The London derby has top four implications for Chelsea and Arsenal, and El Super Clasico kicks off in Zapopan, Mexico with CD Guadalajara hoping to regain sole control of first place in Liga MX against Club America.

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SBI MLS Game of the Week: New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

For the only time this regular season, the Los Angeles Galaxy travel from sea to shining sea to take on the New York Red Bulls in an important early-season matchup on Sunday.

Sunday European Rewind: Hernandez leads Real Madrid to victory; Arsenal held by Chelsea; and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Javier Hernandez has been a regular name on the Real Madrid score sheet this week.

Just a few days after his strike sent Los Blancos to the UEFA Champions League semifinals, Hernandez scored a brace as Real topped Celta Vigo, 4-2. La Liga’s second place team, two points behind leaders Barcelona, now has five straight league wins.

Hernandez struck in the 24th and 69th minutes, initially giving Real the lead after a quick Celta start. Nolito scored in the ninth minute to hand the hosts a surprise lead.

Toni Kroos ensured it didn’t last long, smashing home a rebound from the middle of the box just seven minutes later. Hernandez then struck from a tight angle to give Los Blancos the lead.

Celta didn’t wilt, instead equalizing in the 28th minute through Santi Mina. They put five shots on goal for the game, keeping the Real defense busy. James Rodriguez just needed a bit of luck to give Los Blancos the lead again, however, when his deflected shot went in two minutes before halftime.

Real cruised from there, and one more Hernandez strike sealed the deal in the second half.

There weren’t as many goals, but Chelsea earned a valuable point against Arsenal in other action on Sunday. Lyon took top spot in Ligue 1 on goal difference alone, and Torino beat Juventus for the first time in 20 years.

Here is more from the action on Sunday in Europe’s top leagues:

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MLS Week 8: SBI Sunday Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having emerged to this point unscathed, the New York Red Bulls face their biggest task to date in a matchup with the reigning MLS Cup champions.

Riding back-to-back victories, the LA Galaxy travel to Red Bull Arena to take on the unbeaten Red Bulls without Robbie Keane, who is absent due to injury.

Two contenders entering Sunday on a more sour note are also set to collide, as Toronto FC travels south to take on Orlando City. Finally, Sunday evening provides a Cascadia clash as the Portland Timbers take on the rival Seattle Sounders.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s action so please feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s SBI live commentary is after the jump):

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By AARON CRANFORD

Chelsea has the title in the bag, but Arsenal are arguably the best English Premier League team in 2015, and a win against their London foe could force the league-leaders to hold off their celebrations.

After Manchester City’s win Saturday, Arsenal sit in third place on the EPL table, and the Gunners would not like to lose a top three posiition, which awards an automatic bid into the 2015-2016 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Meanwhile, El Super Clasico kicks off in Zapopan, Mexico when CD Guadalajara hosts Club America. Chivas are tied for first with 25 points on the year while Club America could match that Sunday with a road win.

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

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SBI MLS Game of the Week: New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

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By AARON CRANFORD

For the only time this regular season, the Los Angeles Galaxy travel from sea to shining sea to take on the New York Red Bulls in an important early-season matchup on Sunday (5 p.m., ESPN2).

The LA Galaxy and NY Red Bulls, teams that have both started the 2015 season well, will duke it out in the SBI Game of the Week Sunday in Red Bull Arena. The Galaxy enter Sunday’s affair on the heels of a two-game win streak while the Red Bulls are MLS’ only undefeated team left.

LA take a 3-2-2 record across the United States and into Harrison, New Jersey, while the 3-0-2 Red Bulls hope their strong start continues. And with West Coast-East Coast bragging rights and the opportunity to continue early league success on the line, both sides are sure to come out guns blazing.

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Rolfe finish leads D.C. United past 10-man Whitecaps

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Up a man at a hostile BC Place, D.C. United forward Chris Rolfe took full advantage of his team’s edge en route to earning his side all three points.

Rolfe provided the game-winner in the 64th minute, earning D.C. United a 2-1 victory over the 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps Sunday at BC Place.

Taking the upper hand following the dismissal of Whitecaps midfielder Matias Laba, Rolfe looked to play in the returning Fabian Espindola, only to see his pass cleared away. The clearance only went as far as Rolfe, who struck the shot first-time from the top of the box to earn his side all three points despite conceding the early lead.

Despite the result, the Whitecaps found themselves on the scoresheet in just the second minute via a finish from Pedro Morales. Continue reading »

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Vermes not satisfied with performance in draw against Dynamo

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By TATE STEINLAGE 

Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes was pleased his side overcame a two-goal deficit Saturday in Houston against the Dynamo. He even praised his team’s will and their attitude in the face of adversity.

But that was the extent of his praise.

Speaking over a conference call following the 4-4 draw, Vermes was frank. His side, which had the Dynamo down a man with 10 minutes to play, allowed a late goal, only to escape with a draw thanks to midfielder Benny Feilhaber’s last-gasp, 20-yard half-volley effort. The result, Vermes said, isn’t indicative of the fact that Sporting KC “probably” deserved to lose.

“In a lot of respects, we didn’t deserve to get anything coming out of here,” Vermes said. “The only thing that I will say is that during the course of the game, we were very good and we didn’t give up.

“But when we went 3-3 and they kicked off, we should have went after them and really went after them, and we did not. That’s why all of a sudden they started controlling the game. We’re up a man, we should have went after them big time. We did not do that, and that caused the fourth goal — here we sit.”

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Must-See Goal: Zourab Tsiskaridze

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Wagner equalizer sees RailHawks, Indy split points

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By AARON CRANFORD

The Carolina RailHawks scored two goals against Indy Eleven on Saturday night, but only one of them counted for the traveling side.

Michael A. Carroll Stadium was rocking with 10,524 passionate fans, and Indy Eleven gave the huge support something to cheer about when Charlie Rugg’s low-driven cross from just inside the penalty area on the right led to the opening goal.

It was finished by RailHawks defender Daniel Scott, who slid in to clear the cross away but ended up deflecting it into his own net in the 7th minute.

However, for the second week in a row, it was none other than Blake Wagner who found the back of the net for the RailHawks after a Tiyi Shipalane cross, and this time it gave his team a point. Continue reading »

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