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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

Liverpool and Arsenal clash in the Premier League, Roma hosts AC Milan in the best of soccer on TV this weekend.

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Earthquakes, Dynamo each add two players in Stage 2 of Re-Entry Draft

The Earthquakes added veterans Marvell Wynne and Sanna Nyassi, while the Dynamo chose young forward Chandler Hoffman and experienced midfielder Nathan Sturgis.

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Chivas confirm ‘Cubo’ Torres transfer to MLS, subsequent 6-month loan in Mexico

Chivas de Guadlajara announced Thursday that forward Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres will join the club for a six-month loan stint following his sale to MLS.

This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

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By ADAM TROXTELL

One of the more exciting match-ups in the English Premier League calendar takes place Sunday when Liverpool hosts Arsenal.

With both teams struggling more than their fans would like, they enter the weekend off the back of positive results that have, for the moment, relieved some pressure. Liverpool secured a spot in the League Cup semifinal on Wednesday while Arsenal impressed against Newcastle last weekend.

The Gunners have the advantage over the last nine meetings, winning four while three encounters produced draws. However, Arsenal return to Anfield for the first time since that eye-catching 5-1 defeat at the hands of a rampant Liverpool back in February.

A similar match-up takes place in Rome on Saturday when AS Roma hosts AC Milan in the last round of Serie A games before the winter break. Roma are right on the heels of Juventus at the top of the table while Milan are fighting to stay in the race for a UEFA Champions League spot.

The FIFA Club World Cup comes to a close on Saturday as Real Madrid meets Argentina’s San Lorenzo in the final at the Stade de Marrakech in Morocco.

Here’s this weekend’s soccer on TV (list is after the jump):

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Earthquakes, Dynamo each add two players in Stage 2 of Re-Entry Draft

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a fairly tame opening stage of MLS’ Re-Entry Draft, the San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo led the action in Thursday’s second phase.

The Earthquakes used the draft to add veterans Marvell Wynne and Sanna Nyassi, while the Dynamo added young forward Chandler Hoffman and experienced midfielder Nathan Sturgis.

The opening selection in Thursday’s draft came via the Montreal Impact, who used their selection on 2008 MLS Best XI defender Backary Soumare. Meanwhile, FC Dallas used their pick to reunite the club with foward Atiba Harris, who played for FC Dallas 2009-10, while the New England Revolution grabbed Tristan Bowen.

Expansion side Orlando City rounded out the days selections with their choice of goalkeeper Josh Ford, formerly of the Seattle Sounders.

Teams now have seven days to make a bonafide offer to their selections, while any players not selected will be made available on a first come, first serve basis.

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Sporting KC land Hungarian international forward Nemeth

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The offseason retooling for Sporting Kansas City now includes an interesting international move.

The club announced on Thursday that it has signed Hungary national team forward Kriztian Nemeth. The 25-year-old forward joins the club after most recently being at Netherlands’ second-division side Roda JC Kerkrade, and will occupy an international roster spot.

Nemeth, who stands at 5-foot-11, has made 15 appearances and scored one goal for Hungary since making his international debut in 2010.

“Krisztian is a player who has extensive experience playing in a 4-3-3 (system),” said Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes in a statement. “He also fits well in the overall model of play for Sporting Kansas City and we look forward to his adaptation.”

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NYC FC announce multiyear agreement with YES Network

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By FRANCO PANIZO

New York City FC have found a home. On a television network, that is.

NYC FC announced on Thursday morning a multiyear agreement with the YES Network, which will serve as the club’s flagship station and radio rights holder. The network — which airs games of club co-owner the New York Yankees — will televise all NYC FC’s regular season matches, home and away, within its traditional service area.

Additionally, all of New York City’s games will be streamed live and for free via the FOX Sports Go app to Cablevision and Time Warner Cable customers.

A radio deal with CBS Radio’s WFAN had been previously announced. WFAN has the rights to air all of NYC FC’s games, including friendly matches.

New York City will begin its inaugural season in MLS in 2015.

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What do you make of this news? Are you as surprised as you were by NYC FC’s home jersey design?

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Chivas confirm ‘Cubo’ Torres transfer to MLS, subsequent 6-month loan in Mexico

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Chivas de Guadalajara and Major League Soccer have spent weeks negotiating the future of forward Erick “Cubo” Torres, and it now appears the two sides will get the best of both worlds.

The Mexican club confirmed Thursday that the former Chivas USA striker has been sold to MLS, but would immediately return to Chivas de Guadalajara for a six-month loan stint. The loan comes as a response to the Mexican side’s current form, which has the club in danger of relegation.

While Chivas’ announcement included no potential MLS destinations for the 21-year-old forward, Goal USA reported Wednesday that the Houston Dynamo were the front-runners to land Torres after stepping up to meet the $7.5 million asking price for the forward’s services. The report added that the transfer fee could be dropped if Chivas retained Torres for the upcoming Clausura season, allowing Torres to join a new MLS club midseason.

Torres scored 15 goals in 26 appearances for Chivas USA in 2014, while also earning three call-ups to the Mexican national team, for whom he scored a goal.

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What do you think of the Torres deal? Excited to see the forward return to MLS? How do you see Torres performing for Chivas this season?

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Stoke City’s Hughes confirms Shea-to-Orlando deal in works

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By RYAN TOLMICH

While Orlando City have remained quiet on a rumored move for Brek Shea, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has opted to spill the beans.

Hughes revealed Thursday that Shea is finalizing a move to Orlando for the franchise’s upcoming debut season. The deal is anticipated to be a complete transfer.

“We envisage Brek completing his move to Orlando,” Hughes said in a press conference. “It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but he was in the building yesterday trying to tie it up.”

Hughes’ comments come in the wake of reports from the Orlando Sentinel linking the American winger to the 2015 MLS expansion club. The move will see the 24-year-old Shea reunite with Orlando City after spending several weeks training with the team this past summer.

Shea, who last featured in MLS in 2012 with FC Dallas, has made just five league appearances during his time at Stoke City. Shea, who also had loan stints at Barnsley and Birmingham City during his time abroad, was an MLS MVP finalist in 2011 with 11 goals and four assists.

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What do you think about a potential Shea move to Orlando City? How would Orlando City stack up going into the club’s opening season?

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