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By COLE KELLOGG
The Columbus Crew almost racked up their fifth home win of the season on Friday night, but the Chicago Fire scored late to spoil the party on a night where Jon Busch made his 300th MLS start, and Kei Kamara delivered a pair of goals for the Crew.
The Fire struck late through newcomer Jason Johnson, who headed home an Eric Gehrig cross in the 94th minute to help the visitors earn a 2-2 tie at MAPFRE Stadium on Friday night. Gehrig capped his reunion against his former club with a curled assist to Johnson, who beat his defender in the air and headed home past Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark.
The late equalizer came just a week after the Fire were on the opposite end of a late equalizer against New York City FC.
The draw was a disappointing one for a Crew side that had controlled the play for most of the match. The Eastern Conference clash was filled to the brim with attractive attacking sequences led by the quartet of Kamara, Justin Meram, Federico Higuain, and Ethan Finley. Inevitably for the Crew, they were ultimately punished for not putting the match out of reach.
By ADAM TROXTELL
The weekend USL action kicks off with a Cascadia Clash.
Portland Timbers 2 and Seattle Sounders 2 meet for the second time this season. It was Sounders 2 who came away with the victory back in April thanks to Giuliano Frano’s strike with two minutes remaining.
It’s not the only regional clash of the weekend. Expansion teams Saint Louis FC and Louisville City FC also meet with five points separating them in the Eastern Conference. The Rochester Rhinos try to stay unbeaten against Toronto FC II.
Both New York Red Bulls II and FC Montreal will be looking for valuable points in their Sunday game.
Here is a closer look at this weekend’s USL action:
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By COLE KELLOG
Week 8 of NASL action is headlined by a battle between this season’s frontrunner and last seasons champion.
After narrowly preserving the team’s unbeaten run, the New York Cosmos will look to continue the club’s unbeaten start to the Spring Season in a matchup with the San Antonio Scorpions.
Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Armada will battle Minnesota United in pursuit of third place, while Canadian bottom-feeders FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC will try to make up ground against teams directly above them in the table.
Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s NASL action: Continue reading
By IVES GALARCEP
With Memorial Day kicking off this weekend, one of the final weekends of the spring has some promising MLS action on the menu.
Episode 207 of The SBI Show looks ahead to this weekend’s MLS action, including the big Eastern Conference clash between New England and D.C. United, as well as Jason Kreis’ return to Rio Tinto Stadium as New York City FC faces Real Salt Lake.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss Jermaine Jones poor showing on Wednesday, Jozy Altidore’s injured hamstring, and much more.
Give Episode 207 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:
By FRANCO PANIZO
There is not a whole lot to play for for the remaining members of the Americans Abroad contingent, but DeAndre Yedlin and Totttenham are among the few exceptions.
Tottenham enters the final weekend of the Premier League campaign still in the hunt for fifth place and the UEFA Europa League berth that comes with it, but the club needs a victory coupled with a Liverpool loss to Stoke City to move up the table. Spurs have the benefit of taking on an Everton side that has only pride to play for, but the game is on the road at Goodison Park. Yedlin seems unlikely to start for Tottenham in the match, but could again be an option off the bench for manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Another American still with much at stake going into his club’s final match is Bobby Wood. FC Erzgebirge is currently in the 2. Bundesliga relegation zone, and only a win with some outside help can assure it of avoiding the drop. Wood should be in the lineup for Ezgebirge for its Sunday visit to Heidenheimer, and will surely be hoping to get on the scoresheet so as to help the side that was willing to take a chance on him this past winter.
Jonathan Bornstein also has added incentive to win this weekend. Bornstein and Queretaro host Pachuca on Sunday in the second leg of their Liga MX Liguilla semifinals series, and a win there could advance the White Roosters to the championship bout. Bornstein has been seeing time lately for the club, and might be used as a starter in the decisive clash because of his experience.
Here is who the Americans Abroad battle this weekend:
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Following disappointing defeats last time out, two of the East’s elite are set to collide to headline MLS Week 12.
D.C. United and the New England Revolution currently maintain the top two spots in the Eastern Conference, but both are coming off losses to the Philadelphia Union and Sporting KC, respectively.
Out west, Sporting KC looks to build off the win over the Revs in a match-up with one of the conference’s elite, the Seattle Sounders, while the surging San Jose Earthquakes host an Orlando City team that impressed last time out.
Elsewhere, Jason Kreis and New York City FC face familiar Real Salt Lake, the LA Galaxy host the Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC battles the Portland Timbers.
Here’s a closer look at this week’s MLS action: Continue reading
By AYDIN REYHAN
Domestic action comes to a halt for the 2014-2015 season in England, Spain, Germany and France this weekend, signaling the final stand for those teams in danger of relegation.
In the English Premier League, with the top of the table already determined, the focus moves to action at the bottom of the table, with Hull City and Newcastle both in danger of relegation. Hull City hosts Manchester United and Newcastle hosts West Ham United, both on Sunday.
La Liga will see another battle of who stays in the top flight as Eibar and Almeria are both just two points behind Granada and Deportivo in the relegation battle. Eibar hosts bottom-team Cordoba while Almeria hosts Valencia, who could use a result to hold off Sevilla for a Champions League spot.
Finally in Germany, the battle for second place and the battle for relegation are the two main courses of this weekend’s action, with six teams all battling to stay out of relegation and Borussia Mönchengladbach fighting to hold onto second place.
Here is what is happening in Europe’s top five leagues this weekend:
By RYAN TOLMICH
With Luis Figo and Michael van Praag opting to step aside to help support his bid, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein is hoping to shakeup the World Cup should he be elected FIFA President.
Prince Ali says that one change he hopes to make to FIFA involves upping World Cup participants from 32 to 36, with the AFC, CAF and CONCACAF all earning an additional berth. In addition, the plan would see CONMEBOL and OFC rise from 4.5 and 0.5 to five and one berths, respectively.
“[I will make a] commitment to extend the number of teams in the World Cup from 32 to 36 teams as soon as possible,” Prince Ali said. “Ideally in time for the 2018 World Cup.”
Prince Ali’s campaign now makes him the sole competitor to the incumbent Sepp Blatter following Figo and van Praag’s decision to step aside and throw their name behind the challenger.
Here are some more news and notes to kick off your Friday morning: Continue reading