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Aug 7, 2014

American Donovan to retire after 2014 MLS season

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Landon Donovan, the United States’ all-time top scorer, will retire from the game at the end of the current Major League Soccer season, the player said on Thursday.

“After careful deliberation and many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last year as a professional soccer player,” Donovan, who played in three World Cups for the United States, said in a statement which was published on his LA Galaxy club’s website.

Aug 7, 2014

Donovan to retire after 2014 MLS season

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Landon Donovan, the United States’ all-time top scorer, will retire from the game at the end of the current Major League Soccer season, the player said on Thursday.

“After careful deliberation and many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last year as a professional soccer player,” Donovan, who played in three World Cups for the United States, said in a statement which was published on his LA Galaxy club’s website.

Aug 7, 2014

Soccer-American Donovan to retire after 2014 MLS season

Aug 7 (Reuters) – Landon Donovan, the United States’ all-time top scorer, will retire from the game at the end of the current Major League Soccer season, the player said on Thursday.

“After careful deliberation and many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last year as a professional soccer player,” Donovan, who played in three World Cups for the United States, said in a statement which was published on his LA Galaxy club’s website.

Aug 6, 2014

U.S. pre-season tournament to expand to Asia: organizers

MIAMI (Reuters) – The International Champions Cup, the U.S. based pre-season tournament featuring leading European clubs, will be expanded to include a simultaneous competition in Asia next year.

This year’s tournament, which concluded on Monday, was won by Manchester United and featured some huge crowds including 109,000 in Michigan for United’s game with European champions Real Madrid.

Aug 6, 2014

Soccer-U.S. pre-season tournament to expand to Asia – organisers

MIAMI, Aug 6 (Reuters) – The International Champions Cup, the U.S. based pre-season tournament featuring leading European clubs, will be expanded to include a simultaneous competition in Asia next year.

This year’s tournament, which concluded on Monday, was won by Manchester United and featured some huge crowds including 109,000 in Michigan for United’s game with European champions Real Madrid.

Aug 5, 2014

Man United rally for 3-1 friendly win over Liverpool

MIAMI (Reuters) – Second-half strikes from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard earned Manchester United a morale boosting 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool in the final of the pre-season International Champions Cup in Miami on Monday.

United end their U.S. tour unbeaten under new manager Louis van Gaal and a victory over their old rivals was perhaps the sweetest way to sign off. They will now return to England to finish off preparations for the new Premier League season, which starts on Aug. 16.

Aug 5, 2014

Soccer-Man United rally for 3-1 friendly win over Liverpool

MIAMI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Second-half strikes from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard earned Manchester United a morale boosting 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool in the final of the pre-season International Champions Cup in Miami on Monday.

United end their U.S. tour unbeaten under new manager Louis van Gaal and a victory over their old rivals was perhaps the sweetest way to sign off. They will now return to England to finish off preparations for the new Premier League season, which starts on Aug. 16.

Jul 8, 2014

Four key battles in Netherlands vs Argentina World Cup semi-final

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Here are four key battles in the World Cup semi-final between Netherlands and Argentina at the Corinthians arena on Wednesday.

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben vs Argentina full back Marcos Rojo:

Stopping Robben will be the main task for the South Americans and will require much more than the efforts of Rojo. But the Sporting Lisbon defender will have a key role in limiting the effectiveness of the Bayern man on the Dutch right.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Four key battles in Netherlands v Argentina World Cup semi-final

SAO PAULO, July 8 (Reuters) – Here are four key battles in the World Cup semi-final between Netherlands and Argentina at the Corinthians arena on Wednesday.

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben v Argentina full back Marcos Rojo:

Stopping Robben will be the main task for the South Americans and will require much more than the efforts of Rojo. But the Sporting Lisbon defender will have a key role in limiting the effectiveness of the Bayern man on the Dutch right.

Jul 7, 2014

All eyes on Messi and Robben with Rio in sight

SAO PAULO Brazil (Reuters) – The Netherlands are one win away from a second straight World Cup final while opponents Argentina head into Wednesday’s last-four clash looking to end their 24-year wait for a place in the biggest game of all.

Two teams with a rich tradition and an abundance of motivation should produce a close game, characterized by tight marking, disciplined defense and threats on the break as they bid to reach the July 13 final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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