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MLS Week 8: SBI Live Friday Commentary

The Chicago Fire take on New York City FC while the Colorado Rapids meet FC Dallas in tonight’s MLS Friday night doubleheader. Join SBI as we provide live commentary on all the action.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

John Brooks leads Hertha Berlin into battle vs. Bayern Munich, Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt take on FC Union Berlin, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

Arsenal and Chelsea’s all-London clash highlights the action in England, while Bayern Munich looks to virtually seal the Bundesliga title against Hertha Berlin.

MLS Week 8: SBI Live Friday Commentary

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The eighth week of the MLS season kicks off on Friday night, with a doubleheader on the docket.

The Chicago Fire play host to injury-hit New York City FC at Toyota Park (8pm, Univision Deportes). The Fire are coming off an extended break, and should be well-rested against an NYCFC team missing several starters.

The MLS nightcap takes place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, where the Colorado Rapids play host to FC Dallas (10pm, Univision Deportes). The Rapids demolished FC Dallas in Frisco just two weeks ago, but it is a safe bet Oscar Pareja’s side will be focused and motivated in tonight’s rematch.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s action so please feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s SBI live commentary is after the jump):

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SBI MLS Game of the Week: New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

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By AARON CRANFORD

For the only time this regular season, the Los Angeles Galaxy travel from sea to shining sea to take on the New York Red Bulls in an important early-season matchup on Sunday (5 p.m., ESPN2).

The LA Galaxy and NY Red Bulls, teams that have both started the 2015 season well, will duke it out in the SBI Game of the Week Sunday in Red Bull Arena. The Galaxy enter Sunday’s affair on the heels of a two-game win streak while the Red Bulls are MLS’ only undefeated team left.

LA take a 3-2-2 record across the United States and into Harrison, New Jersey, while the 3-0-2 Red Bulls hope their strong start continues. And with West Coast-East Coast bragging rights and the opportunity to continue early league success on the line, both sides are sure to come out guns blazing.

Here’s a closer look at the SBI Game of the Week: Continue reading »

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Barca faces Bayern, Real Madrid meets Juve in UCL semifinal draw

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola’s path to the Champions League final will go through his former club.

The German powerhouses were drawn against Barcelona Friday in the Champions League semifinal draw, pitting the Spanish manager against the club that he managed to 14 trophies during his four years in charge.

Barcelona advance to the semifinals on the heels of an impressive performance against Paris Saint-Germain, knocking off the French champions, 5-1, on aggregate. Bayern, meanwhile, presented one of this season’s most memorable efforts in their second leg against Porto, destroying the Portuguese side, 6-1, to erase a 3-1 defeat in the opening leg.

In the other draw, Juventus are set to make their first semifinal appearance in 12 years and will now matchup with the reigning champions, Real Madrid. Now preparing for their 17th and 18th Champions League meeting, the two sides previously met in the 1998 Champions League final, which the Spanish side captured to claim the seventh of their now ten titles.

Real Madrid claimed their spot in the semis via the foot of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, whose late finish against rivals Atletico Madrid proved to be the lone goal in the series. Juve’s spot in the semis was spurred on by a workmanlike effort in the second leg against Monaco, holding the Ligue 1 side to a scoreless draw following a Juve win in the opening leg.

The semifinals will kickoff on May 5 with Juventus hosting the opening leg, while Barcelona will follow suit the next day. The semifinals will wrap up in Madrid and Munich on May 12 and 13, respectively. Continue reading »

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European Weekend Preview: Arsenal welcomes Chelsea to the Emirates; Bayern faces Hertha Berlin; and more

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By AYDIN REYHAN

Domestic action resumes all around Europe  this weekend with a handful of games plenty on the line as the season winds to a close..

In pursuit of a Champions League spot, second-placed Arsenal are now tasked with taking on league leaders Chelsea in a London Derby, offering a chance to close what is a 10 point gap with six games remaining.

Borussia Moenchengladbach could jump three points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen into a UCL spot when they host second-placed Wolfsburg who sit only seven points ahead prior to the match in the standings.

In other action, Barcelona takes on Espanyol, Real Madrid faces Celta Vigo and Bayern Munich plays host to Hertha Berlin.

Here is all of the action coming up this weekend in Europe’s top five leagues: Continue reading »

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Going unbeaten in seven straight matches while recording five shutouts is an impressive feat by any stretch of the imagination, but John Brooks and Hertha Berlin are going to need to come up with big performances if they wish to add to either of those stats.

Hertha Berlin will close out the April part of its schedule on Saturday when it travels to take on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in a match-up of two of the hotter teams in Germany right now. Brooks should be in his starting centerback spot in the match, but will need to deliver one of his best outings of the season in order to contain a star-studded attack that includes Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. A benefit for Hertha Berlin, which has not lost since Feb. 22, is that Bayern is coming off a midweek UEFA Champions League match in which Pep Guadiola started most of his available first-choice players.

In Germany’s second division, Alfredo Morales is aiming to help Ingolstadt stay on track for promotion when it visits Union Berlin on Sunday. Ingolstadt enter the match on a three-game winning streak, and another victory could give the first-placed club as big as a 10-point lead at the top of the table with four games left in the campaign. Morales has played in all but one match for Ingolstadt this season, so it figures that he will again see time in this encounter.

Another match worth watching will take place in the English Premier League on Sunday, as Tim Howard and Everton welcome Manchester United to town. Everton is on a good run of form, unbeaten in its last four matches, but will probably need Howard to deliver against his former club in order to have a shot at defeating a Red Devils side that has also been getting results as of late.

Here is who the Americans Abroad square off with this weekend:

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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

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By ADAM TROXTELL

There may be no loosening of Chelsea’s grip on the English Premier League title, but Arsenal can at least make the Blues work harder for it in their weekend clash.

The Gunners host Chelsea on Sunday in a clash that could still have implications on how the top four clubs finish. While Arsenal are 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea, the club is still two points ahead of fourth-place Manchester City with an automatic bid into the UEFA Champions League group stage on the line.

Cesc Fabregas will also be returning to the home of his former club for the first time since his switch to Barcelona in 2011. Last time around it was the Spaniard’s new club who got the better of Arsenal, 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in October.

Bayern Munich can all but claim the Bundesliga title on Saturday against Hertha Berlin. A win for the defending champions would at least maintain a 12-point advantage over second place Wolfsburg with four games remaining.

Sampdoria can climb even with fourth-place Napoli on points with a win during Sunday’s Serie A action.

A clash of titans in Liga MX is also a clash of top teams on Sunday in El Super Clasico, when CD Guadalajara hosts Club America. First-place Guadalajara is attempting to consolidate its position in the table, while America can draw even on points with its big rival with a win.

Finally, MLS offers up three nationally televised matches on Soccer Sunday, starting with New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy. Orlando City hosts Toronto FC later in the evening, before the night wraps up with a Cascadia Cup clash between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

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

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MLS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The East Coast-West Coast rivalry may not be so prominent in soccer, but it takes centerstage this weekend in a clash between the reigning champions and the league’s hottest team.

Unbeaten this season, the New York Red Bulls play host to the LA Galaxy, a team that is rounding into form despite some early season struggles. The matchup gives the Red Bulls a chance at legitimacy, as a victory over the Galaxy would certainly insert Bradley Wright-Phillips and co. into the conversation of the league’s true elite.

Out west, a major rivalry is set to commence in the form of a Cascadia battle between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

In addition, Toronto FC takes on Orlando City, the New England Revolution hosts Real Salt Lake and D.C. United travels northwest to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Here’s a closer look at all of this weekend’s MLS action: Continue reading »

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The SBI Show: Episode 202 (Talking U.S. U-23s, previewing MLS Week 8, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

A bevy of quality match-ups headlines MLS Week Eight, and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down all the action.

Episode 202 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at all of the weekend’s MLS clashes, including the LA Galaxy’s visit to the New York Red Bulls and the Portland Timbers showdown with the Seattle Sounders.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s recent win against Mexico, and just what it means.

Give Episode 202 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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