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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.

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Sporting Kansas City have signed star forward Dom Dwyer to a contract extension, following a 23-goal season.

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

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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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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