2:09 PM EST, Fri November 28, 2014

Sounders-Galaxy: Heath update, injury silence and the Walking Dead

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid implied Wednesday that he wasn’t going to give any more injury information this week because of the silence on that topic from the Galaxy. In a conference call this morning, LA coach Bruce Arena was asked about the health of his team, and his policy on what he discloses: “We never give information on injuries, starting lineup, that kind of thing,” he said. “Whether Sigi cares to do it or not doesn’t matter to us. For years the MLS had a weekly injury report that was largely inaccurate. Until somebody comes up with a rule that … Read more »

Arena, Gonzalez talk Sounders series

Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena and defender Omar GOnzalez were part of a conference call this morning on the second leg of their Western Conference final with the Sounders at 6 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Here’s part of what they had to say: ARENA on the physicality of the series: I think the game will be somewhat hectic. The conditions there make for generally fast, hectic games; so that’s what we anticipate and we look forward to a great atmosphere at (CenturyLink) Field, which there always is. So our team is excited to play there. ARENA on it … Read more »
Washington Post 2 hours ago

Newcastle United women’s soccer player suffers suspected broken neck, opts to remain in game anyway

Overzealous fans sometimes give athletes a hard time for asking to be subbed out of games. Remember LeBron James’s cramping situation last season? Well, Laura Wareham, the goalkeeper for Newcastle United Women, isn’t giving anyone reason to criticize her toughness — the 21-year-old remained in a match on last weekend, despite having suffered a suspected broken neck! Via The Guardian: Read full article >>
Oregonian 4 hours ago
Will Ben Zemanski excel with increased playing time in 2015? You be the Portland Timbers GM

Will Ben Zemanski excel with increased playing time in 2015? You be the Portland Timbers GM

If you were the Portland Timbers GM, would you bring him back?
Denver Post 22 hours ago
Pele doing 'fine' after move to special care unit

Pele doing 'fine' after move to special care unit

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian great Pele, who is being treated for a urinary tract infection, is in good condition and is expected to leave the hospital in the next few days, his spokesman said Thursday.

5 investigated in FIFA WCup bid corruption probe

GENEVA (AP) — Five officials, including three long-serving FIFA executive committee members, are being investigated in the corruption probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. A person familiar with the cases confirmed the names Thursday to The Associated Press after the five were identified in European media reports. Villar and Makudi risk losing their FIFA seats within months as even provisional suspensions from all football duty can block them standing in scheduled confederation elections. FIFA also filed a criminal complaint to Swiss federal prosecutors...

Hospital says Pele taken to 'special care' unit

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian hospital says soccer great Pele has been transferred to a "special care" unit to be monitored while being treated for a urinary infection. The hospital's press office said the three-time World Cup champion was not in an intensive care unit.
Oregonian Nov 27, 2014
How much more can Liam Ridgewell bring to the team in 2015? You be the Portland Timbers GM

How much more can Liam Ridgewell bring to the team in 2015? You be the Portland Timbers GM

Liam Ridgewell provided Timbers fans with a lot to be thankful for since his arrival at the club. If you were the Portland Timbers GM, would you bring him back?
Boston Herald Nov 27, 2014
Bobby Shuttleworth keeps Revolution protected

Bobby Shuttleworth keeps Revolution protected

Life as a goalkeeper gets complicated when the DNA of the team focuses on pushing forward and slicing apart the opposition.Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth accepted the proclivities of his team long ago. He understands how it operates. He and his defensive colleagues react accordingly.
Tacoma News-Tribune Nov 26, 2014

At 34, Scott earning regular spot on Sounders back line

For better or worse, Seattle’s veteran defender says aggressive is the only way he knows how to play.
Seattle Times Nov 26, 2014

Sounders need to rev up their postseason scoring

This year’s Sounders scored more regular-season goals, 65, than any other team in club history but they have just one goal now in three playoff games.

Even with a leg up, Revs want to stay aggressive at home versus Red Bulls

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The prospect of donning commemorative caps and T-shirts can wait as far as the Revolution are concerned ahead of Saturday's second leg of the Eastern Conference final. Holding a 2-1 aggregate goal lead with a pair of valuable, potentially tie-breaking road goals at their disposal, the Revolution appear to be in good position to advance to their first MLS Cup final in seven years. But they're not going to let those details affect their focus.

Schmid goes Beast Mode (silence) on injuries; while also invoking Richard Sherman

Without waiting for even the first question, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid opened today’s press conference with a statement: “I’ll start,” he said. “I’ll save you guys all about five questions here. No comment on Alonso. If you guys have a status report on DeLaGarza and Sarvas, then I will give you a status report on Alonso. So we’ll just move past that subject.” He applied the same standard to questions about Lamar Neagle, who missed the first leg of the Western Conference finals due to an undisclosed personal situation. Seattle lost the opener in LA, 1-0, and afterward he...

Revs' Jones ready for anything from Red Bulls

(AP) — New England midfielder Jermaine Jones wouldn't be surprised if the New York Red Bulls target him and try to get him upset with the referee. Jones, who played for the United States at this past summer's World Cup, scored 85th minute to give New England a 2-1 victory over the Red Bulls Sunday and put his team within a draw of the MLS Cup championship. The teams play the second leg of the aggregate-goals series on Saturday at Gillette Stadium. The victory in first game puts them in good shape for their first MLS final berth since 2007, but they don't plan on sitting back and trying...
Denver Post Nov 26, 2014
Lionel Messi gains Champions League record with hat trick

Lionel Messi gains Champions League record with hat trick

Lionel Messi added the Champions League career scoring record to the La Liga mark he set last weekend, getting his 28th Barcelona hat trick in a 4-0 win Tuesday night at APOEL Nicosia.

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