By DAN KARELL
Real Madrid are attempting to keep their perfect UEFA Champions League record alive on Wednesday when they visit FC Basel.
Paulo Sousa’s men have a strong recent history in the Champions League and need to secure a positive result, either a draw or an historic victory, to keep their hopes of advancing alive. Real Madrid on the other hand are already qualified for the knockout stages, and could give squad players such as Javier Hernandez and Asier Illarramendi a chance to start.
Injury-hit Arsenal meanwhile take on Group D leaders Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are winless in their last three while Dortmund are unbeaten in their last three, though they’re missing star player Marco Reus through the new year.
Elsewhere in Champions League action, Juventus travel to Sweden to take on Malmo FF, Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid host Olympiacos, American Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht face Galatasaray, and struggling Liverpool visit Bulgaria to take on Ludogorets.
Here’s today’s Champions League schedule, complete with TV and internet listings:
By RYAN TOLMICH
Lionel Messi now stands alone as the Champions League’s all-time leading goalscorer.
For the second time in three days, Messi shattered a goalscoring record with a hat-trick, as the Barcelona forward scored a trio of goals to lead the way in a 4-0 victory over APOEL.
Kickstarted by Luis Suarez’s first goal for the club, Messi scored in the 38th, 58th and 87th minutes to seize the top spot among the tournament’s scoring list. The Argentine is now three goals ahead of previous record holder Raul, while Cristiano Ronaldo remains lurking just four goals behind.
Here’s a look at some other Champions League scores from Tuesday: Continue reading
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By IVES GALARCEP
The New England Revolution and Los Angeles Galaxy moved a step closer to meeting in the MLS Cup Final and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down their series-opening victories.
Episode 180 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the Revs’ 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls, as well as the Galaxy’s 1-0 triumph over the Seattle Sounders.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss a good week for Americans Abroad, including goal-scoring performances from Terrence Boyd and Aron Johannsson.
Give Episode 180 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:
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By DAN KARELL
Three members of the German World Cup winning squad highlight a shortlist of 2o defensive players nominated for the 2014 FIFPro World XI.
Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels were all included, along with stout defenders Thiago Silva, Vincent Kompany, Barcelona pair Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique, and Real Madrid centerback Sergio Ramos.
The list does include a few surprises including David Luiz, who capitulated during Brazil’s World Cup semifinal thrashing from Germany, as well as his Brazilian teammates Marcelo and Dani Alves, who have shown more of a propensity to attack rather than defend.
The FIFAPro World XI will be announced during the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 12.
Here are some more stories to kick off your Wednesday:
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By TATE STEINLAGE
LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza has been named Major League Soccer’s 2014 WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, the league announced Tuesday.
Finalists for the 2014 WORKS Humanitarian of the Year included FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd and Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara. DeLaGarza took the honor with over four times as many votes as any other player.
DeLaGarza’s year has been filled with adversity. In April, his son Luca was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as “Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome” before being born. News spread and the soccer and sports world responded with an outpouring of love, highlighted by the “Luca Knows Heart” campaign where thousands joined the DeLaGarza family in support of his young son.
DeLaGarza responded admirably himself, helping raise over $25,000 for the Heart Center at CHLA in support of families affected by the condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome affects 1 out of every 4,344 babies born in the United States every year.
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By DAN KARELL
The search for a new starting goalkeeper is underway in Kansas City for the second consecutive year.
Sporting KC announced a number of roster moves on Tuesday afternoon, including parting ways with goalkeepers Eric Kronberg and Andy Gruenebaum after deciding not to pick up their options. Together with Sal Zizzo, who also had his contract option declined, the three will be eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Draft beginning on Dec.12.
Toni Dovale, Michael Kafari, and Victor Muñoz also had their contract options declined.
Sporting KC also confirmed that midfielder Lawrence Olum’s contract had been mutually terminated, and the club will keep him MLS rights should he return to the league. Olum was seen in pictures on social media joining Malaysian club Kedah FA earlier this week.
Finally, the club revealed that Aurelien Collin, Kevin Ellis, Jacob Peterson and Soony Saad are all out of contract, but that the club is attempting to re-sign all four players.
Here are some more of Tuesday’s MLS news and notes: Continue reading