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New York Red Bulls produce stunning come from behind win in U.S. Open Cup

It looked like FC Cincinnati were home and dry at 2-0 up and heading for an historic Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, only for New York Red Bulls to hit back late and eventually spoil the party. The visitors from Major League Soccer finished the job 3-2 in extra-time with Bradley Wright-Phillips heading home his second of the night to send the New Jersey-based club through to its second Open Cup Final since their founding (as the MetroStars) in 1996.

The New York Red Bulls will meet three-time Open Cup champs Sporting Kansas City, who dispatched San Jose Earthquakes 5-4 on PKs in last Wednesday's opening Semifinal, in the Final on Sept. 20, a game that will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes . It will be the Red Bulls' first appearance in an Open Cup Final since 2003 when, led by top-scorer Amado Guevara, they finished runners-up to Chicago Fire. Having never won MLS Cup, the 2017 Open Cup crown would be NYRB's first piece of significant silverware.


United Bid Committee Commences Outreach for Potential Official Host Cities in Bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup

The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada officially started its outreach for cities to declare their interest to serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup TM by sending Requests for Information (RFIs) to 44 cities across the three nations. The RFI asks each city to declare its interest to take part in the bid process by September 5, 2017.

A total of 49 stadiums located in or around those 44 candidate cities will be considered for inclusion in the official bid that will be sent to FIFA by March 16, 2018.


FC Goa sign former Barcelona defender Sergio Juste

FC Goa has confirmed the signing of defender Sergio Juste Marin. The ex-Barcelona B captain becomes the fifth foreigner to join the Goan club following the arrivals of Bruno Pinheiro, Ferran Corominas, Manuel Arana and Ahmed Jahouh.

The versatile defender who can play in multiple positions across the backline is a product of La Masia and has had spells with Gimanstic Tarragona and CE L’Hospitalet. The 25-year-old has also worn the armband for the Barcelona B side during a spell of four years at the club. 


Sporting Kansas City defeats San Jose Earthquakes 5-4 on penalties in 2017 U.S. Open Cup Semifinal

Sporting Kansas City bounced back from an early deficit to draw level and eventually outlast San Jose Earthquakes to book a place in the Final of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup - U.S. Soccer's National Championship. After conceding their first goal of the competition, the home side dug deep to make it 1-1, but still had to persevere trough extra-time and a 5-4 penalty kick shootout win before celebrating their second Open Cup Final berth in three years.

The home crowd was in full voice when the game kicked off, but after three minutes, San Jose's outstanding Danny Hoesen brought the volume down a few notches. The lively and leggy Dutch striker, formerly of Amsterdam giants Ajax, got on the end of a long ball from new signing Vako and outpaced Ike Opara, before slowing down and letting the big man catch up. Hoesen then cleverly cut inside and hammered a low drive inside Tim Melia's far post. It was the first goal conceded by Sporting Kansas City in the 2017 Open Cup and in-form Hoesen's third in four games.


Champions League 2017-18: Can anyone stop Real Madrid?

Real Madrid became the first team in the Champions League era to retain European football’s top trophy last season and with 2017-18 just around the corner, all eyes will be focused on usurping the Spaniards this season.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have won the pinnacle of club football in three of the last four years, vindicating their status as arguably the biggest club in the global game.


USA crush Japan 3-0 in 2017 Tournament of Nations

The U.S. Women's National Team claimed its second consecutive win to clinch second place at the 2017 Tournament of Nations with a dominant 3-0 win against Japan in front of 23,161 fans at StubHub Center. Australia was crowned champions following a 6-1 win against Brazil for a perfect 3-0-0 tournament record.

Once again, it was Megan Rapinoe who made her presence felt early on. She had a dangerous chance in the ninth minute when her left-footed shot from the top of the box grazed the crossbar. She had another opportunity in the 12th with  help from a beautiful through-ball from Christen Press. Rapinoe received the ball between two defenders, juked one at the top, right corner of the six-yard box and finished to the far post.


Epic fightback earns USA 4-3 win over Brazil at 2017 Tournament of Nations

In a wild ending at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday evening, the U.S. Women's National Team scored three goals in nine minutes at the end of the match to overturn a 3-1 deficit and earn a thrilling 4-3 win against Brazil.

Australia leads the Tournament of Nations after a 4-2 victory against Japan in the first game of the day, but the win keeps the USA alive for the tournament title. All four teams now head north for the conclusion of the competition on Aug. 3 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., as Australia takes on Brazil (4:15 p.m. PT on ESPN3) and the USA faces Japan (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and UDN).


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