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Former Barcelona teammate Xavi says Messi never cheats

Lionel Messi is not the sort of player to cheat on the pitch, according to his former Barcelona team-mate Xavi.Messi was accused of play-acting after Filipe Luis was sent off in Barcelona's win over Atletico Madrid back in January, with the Brazilian defender claiming after that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner gets special treatment from referees.However, Xavi has defended...
Via Fox Sports
31 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Ten-man LA Galaxy draw 1-1 at Kansas City

Los Angeles (AFP) – Giovani dos Santos produced another superb goal to help the Los Angeles Galaxy draw 1-1 at Sporting Kansas City despite being having Ashley Cole sent off in the second half. Brad Davis put Kansas City 1-0 up in the 30th minute. Twelve minutes later, Gyasi Zardes found dos Santos on a counter-attack and the Mexican attacker lofted a shot over charging Sporting...
Via World Soccer Talk
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Arsenal boss Wenger says he won't match Ferguson's 26-year reign

Arsene Wenger says backing from the majority of Arsenal fans will not tempt him to try and match Sir Alex Ferguson's 26-year Manchester United reign.Wenger went into Saturday evening's clash with Norwich City, which ended in a 1-0 win for the Gunners, facing a backlash from supporters tired of waiting for the end of their 12-year Premier League title drought.But the protests at...
Via Fox Sports
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Guus Hiddink provides good news on the injury front as defenders are back in squad

Defenders John Terry and Gary Cahill are back in the squad, manager Guus Hiddink revealed. The two will make their long-awaited comeback in the Chelsea defence in time to face Tottenham Hotspur in today's derby. The Dutchman insists that the focus is on winning all remaining games even if the Blues cannot secure a place […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alderweireld calls teammate “one of the best midfielders in the world”

When asked about his Spurs teammate and compatriot Mousa Dembélé, Toby Alderweireld had this to say according to TottenhamHotspur.com: “He’s one of the best midfielders in the world and that’s it, really. I can’t say anything else.” The powerful Dembélé often gets noticed for his ability to take on defenders. His dribbling skills, though, can also
Via FutnSoccer
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

No regrets for all-change Pellegrini as City eye Madrid

Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manuel Pellegrini insisted he had no regrets about making eight changes to his Manchester City side ahead of this week’s trip to face Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final. The City manager admitted his team’s 4-2 defeat against Southampton at St Mary’s stadium could affect confidence as the Premier League club...
Via World Soccer Talk
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLS Roundup: RSL’s Nick Rimando comes up big

The MLS Week 8 action continued on Saturday night and Sunday. The MLS had a late match between Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night and finished with two matches between Portland Timbers and Toronto FC and between LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City. Real Salt Lake 2-1 Houston Dynamo: Nick Rimando became a trending topic on every social media possible after his...

Giovani dos Santos lifts Galaxy to draw with Sporting Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Giovani dos Santos scored to help the Galaxy tie Sporting Kansas City, 1-1, and extend its unbeaten streak to six games Sunday night. Dos Santos slipped behind the Sporting defense on the counterattack and chipped the ball,...
Via The OC Register
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLS Snapshot: Sporting KC 1-1 LA Galaxy (video)

Another game with a man advantage, another disappointing result for Sporting KC after failing to cash in.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Timbers carve out last-minute victory over Toronto FC

The match capped an eight-game trip for Toronto FC to open the season while BMO Field is renovated. The Reds went (3-3-2) over that span.
Via Toronto Star
12 hours ago

MLS Snapshot: Portland Timbers 2-1 Toronto FC (video)

Diego Valeri chipped in with a goal and an assist, but backup GK Jake Gleeson stole the show very, very late on.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Manuel Pellegrini: Injury update on Yaya Toure, David Silva, Samir Nasri and Raheem Sterling

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that attacking midfielder Samir Nasri will be in the squad to face Southampton today. The Frenchman will be joined by England's Raheem Sterling as the Citizens continue their quest to finish in the Top Four. Midfielder Yaya Toure is expected to start on the bench against Real Madrid […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Watch ageless wonders David Villa and Didier Drogba deliver the goods

Didier Drogba and David Villa, two of Major League Soccer's biggest names and elder statesmen, both proved they're still worth the price of admission Saturday with a pair of beautiful goals.In the first half of Montreal's game against the Colorado Rapids, the 38-year-old Drogba looped a beautiful free kick over the wall and into the net to give the Impact a halftime lead:Please never...
Via Fox Sports
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WATCH: Portland Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell makes his Premier League prediction

Leicester City takes on Manchester United on Sunday, 6:05 a.m. Pacific time. Will Ridgewell get up early to watch? Check out his prediction.
Via The Oregonian
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal’s update on Luke Shaw- “not injured anymore”

Speaking to MUTV, Louis van Gaal said, “We don’t have any injuries, except Shaw, who is already not injured anymore but is building up.” The left back has been out since September, when he broke his leg against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League. Louis Van Gaal admitted that Shaw’s appearance for the FA Cup
Via FutnSoccer
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Arsene Wenger blames Arsenal fan protests on the media

Things are not exactly going the way Arsenal had hoped they would this season, as the team will finish the year without a trophy after winning the FA Cup in each of the last two seasons. Now, manager Arsene Wenger is suggesting the critics in the media are to blame for fan protests. Because why not blame the media for negative reactions to your team, right? Wenger fired a shot...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Disgraced UEFA president Platini arrives at CAS to fight 6-year ban by FIFA

LAUSANNE --Michel Platini has begun his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a six-year ban by FIFA over a $2 million payment approved by Sepp Blatter.The UEFA president did not speak with reporters Friday after arriving for an 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) closed-door hearing expected to last at least eight hours.A verdict could come as early as Monday, when UEFA gathers in...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Leicester’s 5000-to-1 odds to win Premier League have bookmakers crying

If Leicester City can take care of business this weekend against Manchester United, they will cap their epic season as champions of the Premier League. A lot of people are rooting for it to happen, even if they’re not fans of the club. One group of people not all that crazy about the seemingly-inevitable outcome? Bookmakers who took bets on Leicester winning the league before...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLS Wednesday Night Roundup: Three matches, Three draws

The MLS had a productive night on Wednesday night. However, in the three matches, there were no winners. There were also no losers. All three matches resulted in a draw. See what your favorite team did on Wednesday night in the MLS. New York City FC 1-1 Montreal Impact: The city of Montreal will seemingly have a celebration whenever Dominic Oduro comes back to Montreal. The Impact...

Match Day 8 Preview: Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes

With the hype train at an all-time high, the Union sit atop the Eastern Conference table. Saturday’s matchup with the San Jose Earthquakes is sure to be an entertaining one. Both clubs seem to have overcome their recent history thus far and appear to be playoff caliber. Entering the 2016 MLS campaign, nobody pegged this as a very intriguing match, but not many would argue at this...
Via Total Sports Live
3 days ago  |  Discuss

América wins CONCACAF Champions League for second consecutive year

Club América won the CONCACAF Champions League for the second consecutive year after defeating Tigres UANL by an aggregate score of 4-1. It will now represent the CONCACAF in the 2016 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, joining Auckland City (the Oceania Football Confederation representative) as the first in qualifying for the tournament. After defeating Tigres in Monterrey by...
Via 32 Flags
3 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Revolution and Portland Timbers Both in Need of Victories

The Portland Timbers arrive tonight at Gillette Stadium having only been a part of the league since 2009 yet still hold one MLS Cup more than New England who have been a part of the league since its inception. It’s a cruel reminder of how close the Revolution have been to glory (five Cup appearances) and how far away they seem at this particular point in the season.   The Revolution...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Almost a Quarter of the Way Through the Season: Where Do Columbus Crew SC Stand?

It’s been a rocky start for the men in yellow (or those weird Columbus flag jerseys—but that’s neither here nor there) and it really can only go up from here. It’s also been a while since we’ve recapped so here’s a quick run through… • Columbus Crew SC traveled to Chicago and Dallas and tied both meetings, then ended the three-game road trip with a 2-0 loss to Montreal...
Via Waiting For Next Year
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cristiano Ronaldo To Undergo Stem Cell Treatment In Fitness Race Against Time

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid are banking on cutting-edge medical science to help keep their UEFA Champions League dreams alive. Ronaldo will undergo stem-cell treatment on his torn thigh muscle in an effort to return to the field as quickly as possible, Spanish Radio Station COPE reported Wednesday, according to Thomas Rancero of AS newspaper. The injury prevented Ronaldo from...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Man City, Real Madrid play out lifeless draw in Champions semifinal

You’d be forgiven if you thought you were watching the red half of Manchester on Tuesday night. After all, there was plenty of attacking talent on the field, but there certainly weren’t any goals, or even the threat of any as neither Real Madrid nor Manchester City devoted enough players forward to provide any potency to their attacks in a lifeless 0-0 draw in the first leg of...
Via 32 Flags
5 days ago  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy Continue Western MLS Rampage

The LA Galaxy have been in scintillating form recently. With two games in hand and a three point gap between them and leaders FC Dallas, Los Angeles are favorites to jump back in pole position after a poor 2015 campaign. It’s still far too early to make any predictions, but patterns are beginning to emerge in the MLS. The Eastern Conference finds itself at a virtual standstill...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hillsborough inquest rules 96 fans were ‘unlawfully killed’ after 27 years of families fighting for justice

After 27 years, justice has finally been given to the 96. The Hillsborough Inquest panel ruled that the 96 Liverpool fans who were crushed to death at Hillsborough Stadium in a 1989 FA Cup semifinal were “unlawfully killed” and not accidental as originally reported. In addition, the panel ruled that Chief Superintendent at Hillsborough David Duckenfield’s actions were considered...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Dele Alli appears to punch Claudio Yacob in stomach

PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli may have handed the English Premier League title to Leicester City. While it wasn’t called and not caught on the main TV feed, camera footage still caught Tottenham’s Alli turning around and pulling a pretty good punch to the stomach of West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in their game on Monday. As you can see in the clip, the referee wasn...
Via 32 Flags
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Union Scouting Report: C.J. Sapong

With the Union off to a surprising 4-3 start including big wins over Columbus Crew SC, Orlando City SC, New England Revolution and NYCFC, C.J. Sapong has shown to this point that he is worthy of all the support that Jim Curtin and the front office has given him. Sapong came to Philadelphia from Sporting Kansas City in December 2014 in exchange for a first-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft...
Via Total Sports Live
6 days ago  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy end Real Salt Lake winning streak; Whitecaps down Dallas

LA Galaxy 5 Real Salt Lake 2 Emmanuel Boateng had a goal and two assists and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 5-2 on Saturday night to snap the Utah team's three-game winning streak.Gyasi Zardes tied it with a right-footed blast in the 19th minute and Mike Magee smashed in Boateng's cross for the go-ahead goal in the 26th. Boateng scored his first MLS goal in the 41st...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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