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November 23, 2014
MEXICAN LEAGUE APERTURA
Liguilla quarterfinal pairings

Two-leg quarterfinals begin Wednesday, November 26 at the lower seed.


November 23, 2014
MEXICAN LEAGUE APERTURA
Match Day 17 roundup

Omar Bravo scored twice in the first 13 minutes to lead Chivas de Guadalajara past hapless Morelia 2-1 Friday at Estadio Morelos.


November 23, 2014
MLS ROUNDUP
Revs, Galaxy take first legs

HARRISON, NJ--The New England Revolution achieved everything they needed to in New Jersey on Sunday afternoon, taking a decisive 2-1 lead in their two-game Eastern Conference Championship series with the New York Red Bulls.


November 23, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
No excuse for BWP not knowing about yellow peril and none for Chapman's yellow-card giveaway

There was no excuse for Bradley Wright-Phillips not knowing about his yellow peril or for referee Allen Chapman's officiating and his yellow card extravaganza Sunday.


November 23, 2014
BWP'S LAMENT
'I didn't know the rules of the yellow card accumulation. I'm angry. Stupid yellow card and now I have to pay.

Incredible as this may sound, Bradley Wright-Phillips admits he did not know that his yellow card in the 60th minute of the Red Bulls' 2-1 MLS playoff loss led to a one-game suspension in next week's second leg.


November 24, 2014
10 LITTLE YELLOW CARDS
Who got what and why in Red Bulls-Revs match

Here is a quick look at the 10 yellow cards that referee Allen Chapman handed out in the Red Bulls' 2-1 playoff loss to the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena Sunday afternoon.


November 23, 2014
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Of the Red Bulls' first-leg playoff loss to the Revolution

Here are the video highlights of the Red Bulls' 2-1 MLS playoff loss to the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference final first leg at Red Bull Arena on Sunday afternoon.


November 23, 2014
EXPLAINING THE LATE SUB
Petke on Cahill for Alexander: 'hs ability in the air, his ability to get forward'

It seemed at first blush to be a puzzling tactical move but Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke's insertion of Tim Cahill into the match made plenty of sense, although it didn't pay dividends in his team's 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution Sunday.


November 23, 2014
OLD YELLOW
Chapman flashes his cards quickly

It was, to say the least, an uneven game of officiating from Allen Chapman in what was easily the biggest moment of his career as a referee. His calls – and sometimes his lack of calls – played a major part in the New England Revolution's 2-1 win at the Red Bulls.


November 23, 2014
PRESSURE, DISCIPLINED DEFENDING
The keys to the Revolution's win over Red Bulls

A high line of pressure and some disciplined defending to close out the game keyed the New England Revolution to a 2-1 road win over the Red Bulls Sunday. But it was their aggressive start to the game that set the tone early on.


November 23, 2014
'I'M PLAYING'
Henry on the 2nd leg on the turf in New England

In case you were wondering, Thierry Henrys will play for the Red Bull in the second leg of their Eastern Conference on the artificial surface of Gillette Stadium Saturday.


November 23 2014
NO BWP
Yellow card sidelines Wright-Phillips from of 2nd leg

Bradley Wright-Phillips will have to sit out the second leg of the Eastern Conference final series.


November 23, 2014
A TOUGH MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB
Red Bulls drop 1st-leg opener to Revs, 2-1; BWP to sit in NE after accruring 2nd playoff yellow

The Red Bulls will have their work cut out for themselves next Saturday. Not only will they have to overcome of what essentially is a 4-1 deficit, they will have to do it without striker Bradley Wright-Phillips.


November 22, 2014
PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK
Red Bulls hold RBA hex over Revolution

Remember when the Red Bulls had a 12-year itch -- a long, long winless streak at Gillette Stadium? Well, the New England Revolution also haven't won in New Jersey for quite awhile. In fact, it has been a seven-year itch, taking back to when the Red Bulls called Giants Stadium home.


November 22, 2014
PRETTY HOT VS. VERY HOT
Red Bulls will try to douse sizzling Revs, Jones

No one has to remind Mike Petke as to what his Red Bulls will be up against when they host the New England Revolution in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at Red Bull Arena Sunday.


November 22, 2014
WHAT THE RED BULLS NEED TO DO
Cahill: score at least once and concede no goals vs. Revs in the first leg

Tim Cahill put in a nutshell what the Red Bulls have to do against the New England Revolution in their Eastern Conference final series opener at Red Bull Arena Sunday.


November 22, 2014
HE WANTS TO STAY
BWP eyes his future with the Red Bulls

Bradley Wright-Phillips would like to be a New York Red Bull for the long-term and not just a stopgap answer.


November 21, 2014
UNHAPPY COACH
Bolton coach Lennon upset over Klinsmann's treatment of Ream

Don't expect U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann to win the "How to make friends and influence people" award this year. And don't expect Bolton Wanderers coach Neil Lennon to put the 1990 World Cup champion on his Christmas car list, either.


November 21, 2014
THE BIG DECISION
Ilgin wants to turn pro, is invited to high school All-American game

Kaan Ilgin, the offensive hero of Mattituck High School's victory in the New York state Class B championship game Sunday, is considering turning pro. Not in four years after college, but right now, after he graduates from the North Fork Long Island high school.


November 21, 2014
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE?
Facebook page created to promote Campos as RBNY sporting director

Apparently, the fans have spoken. On Wednesday, a Facebook page was created entitled "Ricardo Campos for NY Red Bulls Sporting Director," showing perhaps a groundswell of support for the team's current technical director.


November 21, 2014
BWP ON THE MVP SNUB
'Maybe a finalist wouldn't be far-fetched'

For Bradley Wright-Phillips there may have been a snub in terms of not being a finalist for Major League Soccer MVP, but he got a big trophy to show off. And show it off he will.


November 21, 2014
IT'S STILL UNBELIEVABLE
A day later, Petke still can't fathom BWP snub

Out on the practice field on Friday morning, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke had a little talk with Bradley Wright-Phillips before training even started.


November 21, 2014
A FULL HOUSE
All Red Bulls back from international commitments

All the Red Bulls are back in the fold and training, welcome news for head coach Mike Petke. Two potentially big pieces for Sunday's Eastern Conference final match put in a good day on the practice field with Ambroise Oyongo and Tim Cahill back from international duty.


November 21, 2014
FINALISTS
Henry for goal of year, Robles for save of year

The Red Bulls might not have any MVP finalists, but two players are still alive and kicking for Major League Soccer postseason honors. Captain Thierry Henry and goalkeeper Luis Robles are finalists for the MLS Goal of the Year and Save of the Year, respectively.



GREEK TRAGEDY, TRIUMPH
CSL Report: Pancyprian Freedoms oust defending champs Greek Americans from Manning Cup

New York Greek Americans’ second reign as Manning Cup holders lasted only one match last Sunday. On a bye to the quarterfinals, the U.S. amateur champions bowed out 11-10 in a dramatic sudden death penalty shootout with Hellenic rivals Pancyprian Freedoms at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y.


November 21, 2014
STRUCTURE IN PLACE
Plans for the Cosmos Academy nearing completion

The Cosmos may have been built on high-priced, big-name stars in the past and have to some extent carried that over into the modern day with players like Marcos Senna and Raul for 2015.


November 21, 2014
LEARNING FROM THE BEST
Cosmos Academy could boast Raul and Marcos Senna in youth development roles

The Cosmos will have two of the best Spanish players of their generation playing on the pitch together in 2015. When both decide to hang up their boots, they could partner once again with roles in the Cosmos' fledgling academy.


November 21, 2014
LOOKING FOR YOUTH PARTNERS
NYC FC wants to connect with players, coaches, teams

New York City FC wants to connect with the local soccer community by building relationships with local youth soccer clubs and their membership.


November 21, 2014
INVALUABLE ADDITION
Marcos Senna lauds Raul signing with Cosmos

Marcos Senna picks out Raul with a through ball, who then finds the back of the net. That may have been a refrain heard when both were with the Spanish National Team. The pair will look to re-create that in the 2015 North American Soccer League season with the Cosmos.


November 21, 2014
EXTRA DISAPPOINTMENT
Monmouth men eliminated by Xavier in OT

Alex Risdale scored in the 102nd minute to break a 1-1 tie and lift Xavier University to a 2-1 extratime victory over Monmouth University in an NCAA Division I men's tournament game at the XU Soccer Complex Thursday night.


November 21, 2014
END OF THE LINE
St. Francis Brooklyn falls in D-I first round

The St. Francis Brooklyn men's season came to an end as the Terriers fell to Old Dominion University, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament Thursday night.


November 20, 2014
MLS INFORMER
News and notes from around the league

With Jurgen Klinsmann's charges dropping their last two games of the year – and with only one win in their last seven, U.S. Soccer fans can look at least to the U-20s for solace. The U.S. youngsters, who counted seven MLS-contracted players among them, won two of three against European (and Canadian) counterparts in the past week on a trip to Marbella, Spain.


November 20, 2014
BEST OF THE BIG APPLE
Three nominated for Big Apple Soccer Women's College Player of the Year

Monmouth defender Alexa Freguletti, St. John's defender Georgia Kearney-Perry and Hofstra forward Leah Galton are the three finalists for Big Apple Soccer Women's College Player of the Year.


November 20, 2014
SOCCER NEWS NET SALUTE
Clemson's Amirkhanian is Men's Player of the Week

Clemson senior midfielder Ara Amirkhanian is the Soccer News Net Men's College Player of the Week for the week ending November 16.


November 20, 2014
SOCCER NEWS NET SALUTE
Virginia's Morgan Brian is Women's College Player Of The Week

Virginia senior midfielder Morgan Brian has been named the Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the Week for the week ending November 16.


November 20, 2014
STOPPING HENRY
That's what Revs must do Sunday if they want to win, advance

Stop Thierry Henry and there's a good chance you will stop the Red Bulls. That's the challenge of the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference series. The Red Bulls host the Revs in the first leg at Red Bulls Arena Sunday.


November 20, 2014
'IT WOULD BE PHENOMENAL'
Petke on if Red Bulls oust Revs, reach MLS Cup

Mike Petke bleeds Red Bulls', well, red. He wears his heart and emotions on his sleeve. So when Petke and captain Thierry Henry were asked Thursday on how much reaching MLS Cup would mean to the head coach, it went beyond himself.


November 20, 2014
OH-FOR-THREE
St. Francis, Monmouth, Fordham out of men's tourney

It turned out to be a disappointing and frustrating night for area soccer teams in the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament.


November 20, 2014
HEART-BREAKING ELIMINATION
Fordham men falls at Dartmouth on late goal

Senior Alex Adelabu broke a 1-1 tie with 4:18 remaining to propel the Dartmouth men to a 2-1 win over Fordham University and into the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament on a chilly Thursday evening on Burnham Field.


November 20, 2014
TIM HOWARD'S THE MAN
Goalkeeper wins 2nd athlete of year award

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has been voted the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year.


November 20, 2014
ASK HIM NEXT WEEK
Henry on the possibility of playing in Foxborough

During Thursday's conference call that previewed the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal between the Red Bulls and New England Revolution Sunday, Thierry Henry was asked the inevitable question on whether he would play in the second leg in Foxborough, Mass. next week.


November 20, 2014
AT LEAST ONE MORE
Senna set to play next season with Cosmos, can’t guarantee more after that

When Marcos Senna is on the pitch, the Cosmos are a different side. Whether it’s his comfort on the ball, ability to pick a pass or scoring some fantastic goals in big moments, his presence has been vital to the club’s success.


November 20, 2014
BRING IT ON
Petke on this year's distractions: 'I'm a guy who likes a little bit of turmoil'

Yep, there's always plenty of distractions with the Red Bulls. Sometimes it can be a three-ring circus. But head coach Mike Petke seems to thrive in that kind of environment.


November 20, 2014
'I'M SHOCKED'
Petke on Wright-Phillips' MVP exclusion

Mike Petke did not mince his words when he talked about Bradley Wright-Phillips' exclusion from the final three candidates for Major League Soccer MVP honors.


November 20, 2014
HONORING SIR ALEX
NSCAA names Ferguson Honorary All-American

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has named Sir Alex Ferguson as the 2014 Honorary All-American.


November 20, 2014
AWARDS FINALISTS
Here is the complete list

Here is the list of MLS awards. Voting for the Goal and Save of the Year is being conducted at MLSsoccer.com.


November 20, 2014
THEY'RE ALL-AMERICAN BOYS, GIRLS
11 area players on NSCAA youth teams

Eight area boys players and three girls athletes were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America youth All-American teams Thursday.


November 20, 2014
SNUBBED
No Red Bull among MLS award finalists

No Henry. No BWP. No one. That's right no one from the Red Bulls are among the three finalists for several categories for Major League Soccer year-end awards.



A BIG GAME VS. THE BIG GREEN
Fordham men visit Dartmouth in Division I opener

Fordham University gets a rare opportunity to avenge a defeat in the same season and gets an added bonus-- to move on in the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament. The Rams take on Dartmouth in a first-round encounter in Hanover, N.H. Thursday at 5 p.m.


November 19, 2014
WELCOME MATT(HEW)
NYC FC makes midfielder its seventh signing

So, just who is Matthew Dunn, whom New York City FC made its seventh signing after the MLS expansion team picked him in Wednesday's MLS dispersal draft?


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