FC Dallas Punches Playoff Ticket in Landon Donovan Farewell

There were several storylines involved when the Los Angeles Galaxy visited FC Dallas on Sunday evening. Dallas was looking to clinch its first playoff berth since 2011, while the Galaxy was looking to gain the upper hand on the Seattle Sounders in the race for the Supporters' Shield. The biggest story of all was what would perhaps be the final appearance of Landon Donovan at Toyota Stadium. The cool Texas evening caused by a light misting rain could not dampen the buzz surrounding this matchup. Every corner kick Donovan stepped up to take was captured by thousands of camera flashes and cellphone pictures. These pictures were accompanied by a handful of ovations during the second half as Dallas fans said goodbye to the American soccer icon. Even with the overwhelming focus on the Galaxy's No. 10, the game provided plenty of excitement. Despite FC Dallas enjoying the bulk of chances in the first half, it was the Galaxy who took the lead on a sublime chip from Stefan Ishizaki. The goal was created when Gyasi Zardes was sent down the wing by Alan Gordon. The resulting cross was headed away, but only to the feet of Ishizaki, who opened himself some space toward ...
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New York Red Bulls to Sign Paris Saint-Germain Striker

Reports out of France have the New York Red Bulls signing little used PSG striker, Peguy Luyindula. If these reports are true, then it will be the second major signing of the week for the Red Bulls.Luyindula has seen little time with PSG this season as he has only logged 11 minutes in a league cup game. With his contract set to expire, the 33 year old has not been a part of the PSG project that is in progress.During the early part of his career, Luyindula was one of the hottest prospects in French football. His potential caught the eye of Lyon.Luyindula saw his best seasons while with Olympique Lyon during the early years of their championship run. There he was teammates with Red Bulls' latest signing, Juninho. After producing 33 goals in 91 appearances for Lyon, the striker was sold to Marseille for financial reasons.After bouncing around France and Spain the next few years, Luyindula found a home at PSG in 2007. It was during his early years in Paris that he worked his way back onto the French National team for a few appearances.It is during his short time with Les Blues that Peguy befriended current Red Bull designated ...
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NBC Sports Raises the Bar for American Soccer Coverage with MLS 36

This past week saw NBC Sports unveil the first episode in their MLS 36. MLS 36 is a series where NBC Sports follows an MLS player for 36 hours. The episodes take a behind the scenes look into a player's life in and out of the game.The first installment in the series followed MLS leading scorer Chris Wondolowski leading up to and thru the MLS All-Star game against Chelsea. The 30 minute episode gave an exclusive look into how Chris goes about his time leading up to the game.MLS 36 sprinkles in some comments from other players and coaches to give a perspective on the player of focus. In Wondo's episode, it was interesting to hear what fellow MLS competitors like Kyle Beckerman had to say about Chris.The first episode was done really well, and if NBC Sports continues to produce the series to this level, then fans will be well pleased. From seeing Wondo's reaction to having to accompany his wife on a non-stop tourist walk of Philadelphia to Chelsea's John Terry telling Chris he has "incredible movement," NBC Sports gives us a lot of gems that are hidden from our everyday viewing.Hopefully this series catches on with soccer ...
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