Julian Green, Jordan Morris headline U.S. U-23 squad for Toulon Tournament

The U.S. U-23s begin Toulon Tournament action on Wednesday against France, with Julian Green and Jordan Morris leading the group.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Geoff Cameron helped Stoke City rout Liverpool and signed a new deal with the Potters, and more in this past weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

Either Hull or Newcastle will be relegated by the end of the English Premier League’s final day of action.

Julian Green, Jordan Morris headline U.S. U-23 squad for Toulon Tournament

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By IVES GALARCEP

Julian Green and Jordan Morris headline the 19-man U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team roster head coach Andi Herzog has called in for the upcoming Toulon Tournament in France.

Green is coming off a disappointing loan spell with Hamburg, but remains a key figure in the U.S. Under-23 player pool as the team prepares for Olympic qualifying in the fall. Morris is fresh off helping the U.S. U-23s beat Mexico in a friendly on April 22, a week after scoring in the USMNT’s 2-0 friendly win against Mexico.

Here is the rest of the squad:

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Union earn second straight win after shutting out Red Bulls

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By MATT STYPULKOSKI

HARRISON, N.J. – For the second straight week, the Philadelphia Union managed three points against one of the Eastern Conference’s tougher foes.

After nicking D.C. United in stoppage time at home last weekend, the Union made the trek up Interstate 95 to Red Bull Arena Sunday, where they walked away 2-0 winners.

“If you look across the league, this is the way that the league goes,” Union head coach Jim Curtin said. “The better team in both boxes wins the game and I thought we were the better team inside the 18s tonight.”

The Union overcame a first-half that saw the Red Bulls control possession and hit the post twice, showing much more energy to start the second half, which the Red Bulls failed to match.

Vincent Noguiera opened the scoring in the 57th minute. After Cristian Maidana let a shot go from the top of the penalty area, Noguiera managed to get a piece of the effort and redirected it past a diving Luis Robles for a 1-0 lead.

Just five minutes later, C.J. Sapong doubled the advantage. Once again, Maidana started the move, this time by sliding a ball through to an overlapping Fabinho. That’s when the left back picked out an easy cross to the wide-open Sapong, who subbed on just after the break following a three-week suspension.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A lopsided victory and a new contract. Talk about a good day at the office for Geoff Cameron.

Cameron and Stoke City ended their 2014-15 Premiership campaign in emphatic fashion, routing Liverpoool, 6-1, at Britannia Stadium on Sunday. Cameron played from whistle to whistle at right back for the Potters, and afterwards it was announced that the versatile, veteran defender signed a new three-year deal. Cameron ends the current campaign with 21 starts in 27 league appearances.

Stoke City’s rout of Liverpool helped open the door for DeAndre Yedlin and Tottenham to earn a UEFA Europa League berth. Spurs beat Tim Howard and Everton, 1-0, on Sunday, and that result coupled with Liverpool’s defeat, pushed Tottenham into fifth place. Yedlin – who could be playing in European competition next season – was an unused substitute in the match, while compatriot Brad Friedel was not in uniform in the final match of his storied career.

It was not all good news for the Americans, however. Josh Gatt saw his return from injury cut short, as he picked up another a mere minutes after entering Molde’s 3-0 win over Mjondalen on Friday. Gatt came into the game as a substitute in the 73rd minute to make his first appearance for the club since June 2013, but was forced off five minutes later with what looked to be a leg injury.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By ADAM TROXTELL

All eyes fall on the Northeast of England as Hull and Newcastle fight to avoid the final relegation spot.

The final day drama in the English Premier League has boiled down to two teams trying to beat the drop, with Chelsea already deemed league winners and the rest of the top four set in stone. A win for Newcastle against West Ham keeps the club in the Premier League, but anything less could hand a lifeline to Hull against Manchester United.

The Italian Serie A has a few more rounds to go, with AC Milan’s game against Torino highlighting the action there.

Back in North America, Liga MX playoffs are down to the second legs of the semifinals. Chivas host Santos Laguna after a scoreless first leg, while Pachuca holds a 2-0 advantage while visiting Queretaro.

The New York Red Bulls’ meeting with Eastern Conference foes the Philadelphia Union kicks off the MLS national coverage. The evening wraps up with San Jose Earthquakes hosting Orlando City.

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

Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):

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RSL spoils Kreis return with shutout victory over NYCFC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Jason Kreis’ return to his old stomping grounds proved to be a disappointing one.

In his first game at Rio Tinto Stadium since departing the club following the 2013 season, Kreis’ New York City FC fell, 2-0, to Real Salt Lake to extend the expansion team’s winless streak to 10 games.

After seeing Josh Saunders make a pair of big-time saves to keep RSL off the board early, John Stertzer finally got the best of the NYCFC goalkeeper in the 25th minute for his first MLS goal.

Following a turnover in the midfield, Devon Sandoval flicked a header backwards into the path of an onrushing Stertzer, who dashed into the NYCFC box before rifling a shot off Saunders’ arm and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

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Sporting KC earns road draw with Sounders

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE– Shorthanded, tired, and far from home, Sporting Kansas City still found a way to earn a point on Saturday night.

Fielding a makeshift lineup in one of the toughest venues in MLS, Kansas City held the Seattle Sounders to a single shot on target, leaving the Emerald City with a scoreless draw in front of 40,653 at CenturyLink Field.

Benny Feilhaber nearly gave Kansas City a stoppage-time win, forcing Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei into a diving save in the 93rd minute.

An unusually listless Seattle attack — missing striker Obafemi Martins for the second straight match — couldn’t muster a shot on goal until the 82nd minute, when Chad Barrett redirected a Brad Evans over-the-head shot directly to goalkeeper Tim Melia.

Lamar Neagle earned the first good look of the match in the 46th minute, but hooked a wide-open shot well wide of the right post.

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Rapids hand Whitecaps second straight loss behind Pittinari finish

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By COLE KELLOGG

Kevin Doyle made his debut as the Colorado Rapids’ third ever DP on Saturday night, but it was a defensive midfielder that helped the Rapids grab three points at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps

The Whitecaps travelled to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park needing a win after a bad loss to the Seattle Sounders last time out, but the hosts had other intentions, and the Rapids pulled out a hard fought 1-0 victory at home.

In a game that was delayed after halftime due to rain, Lucas Pittinari scored the important goal for the Rapids in the 51st minute. Dillon Powers sent a driven ball in to Gabriel Torres, who chipped it up with one touch to Pittinari. The on-loan midfielder sent a volley past David Ousted to put the Rapids up 1-0.

A controversial call by the referee was made about 10 minutes from time, when a Vancouver free kick that beaten Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin was called back for a supposed foul against the Whitecaps.

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Nine-man Revolution hold on to tie D.C. United

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — What was billed as a matchup between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings quickly devolved into a test of endurance Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

The New England Revolution’s Chris Tierney and Lee Nguyen picked up red cards six minutes apart early in the second half against D.C. United., and that opened up the window for Ben Olsen’s squad to secure an 80th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 draw in front of the 15,216 in attendance.

“You practice being down to 10 men. I’ve got to be honest with you, we don’t practice behind down to nine men,” Revs coach Jay Heaps said afterward. “But we just had a 35-minute session.”

Charlie Davies banged home a rebound in the closing moments of first half stoppage time to send the Revs in front, but Jairo Arrieta finished at the left post on a feed from fellow substitute Taylor Kemp on D.C.’s only shot on target the entire game.

“We knew when they brought in Kemp they were just going to whip those balls in,” Revs center back Andrew Farrell said. “It just takes one miscommunication, one mistake.”

The result ensures that D.C. United (6-2-4) remains two points ahead of the Revolution (5-3-5) in first place. D.C. moves on to play four games over the next two weeks, while the Revs are off until next Sunday when they host the LA Galaxy in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup Final.
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