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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Brad Guzan redeemed himself with a heroic performance, John Brooks came back to earth, and more in this past weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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NYC FC set stadium sights on Queens, Brooklyn

New York City FC are no longer looking at the Bronx as a place to build a soccer-specific stadium, shifting their search’s focus to Queens and Brooklyn.

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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.

USWNT closes 2014 by losing Brasilia tournament title

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Women’s National Team ended their 2014 on a bitter note Sunday, drawing to Brazil to lose their final tournament of the year.

Brazil’s Marta could not match her splendid performance against the Americans a week ago, but the International Tournament of Brasilia hosts did dominate the USWNT and forced a scoreless stalemate, enough to hand Brazil the tournament title on points.

The USWNT started in what looked like an experimental lineup — a 4-4-2 with Abby Wambach and Lauren Holiday as the front pair, with Kelley O’Hara, normally a defender, on the right midfield flank. The departure from coach Jill Ellis’ favored 4-3-3 seemed to be targeted at containing Marta, which it did, but the Americans struggled to control the midfield.

The USWNT’s best chance came in the 59th as a long Tobin Heath cross found Wambach on the far post. Wambach’s header had pace and goalkeeper Luciana beat, but sailed just wide. Brazil had a similar failed chance – Monica’s powerful, close-range header off a Marta corner kick was nodded just wide in the 38th minute.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Talk about redeeming yourself.

A week after committing an egregious error that led to a loss, Brad Guzan bounced back with a heroic performance that rescued a result for a shorthanded Aston Villa side. Guzan shone brightly in the Villans’ clash with Manchester United on Saturday, making eight saves to thwart the star-studded attack repeatedly and preserve a 1-1 draw. The impressive outing, which came in a game that saw Aston Villa finish with 10 men, pushed Guzan into a tie with Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green for the Premiership lead in saves (60) this season.

For John Brooks, things went in the other direction. After enjoying a pair of headline-grabbing performances in the past few days, Brooks came back down to earth as he and Hertha Berlin conceded five times in a shutout loss to Hoffenheim on Sunday. If that was not bad enough, Brooks scored a first-half own goal that wound up being the decisive tally and also conceded a penalty kick.

Rubio Rubin had no such struggles. The U.S. Men’s National Team prospect finished 2014 by continuing to impress, assisting on the second goal in FC Utrecht’s 3-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar on Saturday. Rubin got the nod, lasted until the 82nd minute and should’ve had a second assist in the triumph that snapped a two-game losing streak for Utrecht. Meanwhile, compatriot Aron Johannsson went the distance for AZ in the two clubs’ final match before the Eredivisie’s winter break.

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NYC FC set stadium sights on Queens, Brooklyn

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Bronx may be New York City FC’s initial home, but they do not intend to be there for the long-term.

NYC FC has shifted focus in its search for a soccer-specific stadium and is now looking at the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, the New York Daily News has reported. The 2015 MLS expansion club had recently been working on a site in the Bronx just south of its current home venue, Yankee Stadium, but that didn’t materialize into something concrete and forced New York City FC to look elsewhere.

“We had focused on the Bronx, but that didn’t work out, and we weren’t able to find anything else in the Bronx that made sense,” said Martin Edelman, a member on the board of directors of NYC FC’s co-owner Manchester City. “So we’re looking in Queens and Brooklyn, and each potential (site) has to be analyzed for construction, for access to public transportation, for parking, it’s a very complicated process.

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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.

Enjoy the action (Today’s schedule is after the jump):

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