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Aug 15, 2014

Soccer-Burnley determined to punch above their weight

BURNLEY, England, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Burnley, the smallest club to have won the English league, return to the top flight for just the second season in 38 years knowing they will need to overcome the odds in almost every area if they are to survive in the Premier League.

The Clarets, who kick off their campaign against Chelsea on Monday, returned to the elite four years ago but lasted just a solitary season and most pundits are predicting a repeat this time around.

Aug 8, 2014

Donovan was America’s first soccer star

MIAMI (Reuters) – When the history of the growth of soccer in the United States is written, the soon-to-retire Landon Donovan will undoubtedly go down as the country’s first true star in the game.

But while Donovan’s role in putting U.S. soccer on the map is beyond doubt, his legacy will also contain questions over whether he was truly the best American of his era given his reluctance to test himself in one of Europe’s top leagues.

Aug 7, 2014

Soccer-Donovan was America’s first soccer star

MIAMI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – When the history of the growth of soccer in the United States is written, the soon-to-retire Landon Donovan will undoubtedly go down as the country’s first true star in the game.

But while Donovan’s role in putting U.S. soccer on the map is beyond doubt, his legacy will also contain questions over whether he was truly the best American of his era given his reluctance to test himself in one of Europe’s top leagues.

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.

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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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