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Bayern Munich warm up for MLS All-Stars with 1-0 win over Chivas Guadalajara at Red Bull Arena

Bayern warm up for MLS All-Stars with 1-0 win over Chivas at RBA
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Bayern Munich's stateside preseason tour is off to a successful start.

The defending German champions defeated Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara 1-0 through a goal from Claudio Pizarro in a feisty friendly played at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night. Pizarro nodded home a Franck Ribery corner kick in the 24th minute, and Bayern held on for the win despite conceding some quality looks late in the match played in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,023.

FIFA issues statement following public pressure to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

FIFA issues statement following public pressure to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup
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FIFA World Cup trophy

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In response to political pressure across the globe from those who want to see FIFA strip Russia of the 2018 World Cup, soccer's international governing body has issued a statement that says the tournament can "achieve a positive change."

American Exports: Free agent Freddy Adu in talks with clubs in Serbia, Cyprus

Exports: Freddy Adu in talks with clubs in Serbia, Cyprus
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Freddy Adu, Bahia

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AMSTERDAM – Free agent playmaker Freddy Adu is in contract talks with Serbian bronze medalists FK Jagodina and an unnamed Cypriot club.

Following a tweet from Serbian SuperLiga newshound SerbianFooty, a source close to the situation confirmed that the 25-year-old was being courted by the two eastern European suitors. Furthermore, MLSsoccer.com has learned that the admirer from Cyprus is one of the top five First Division finishers from last season and currently alive in Europe.

American Exports: Borussia Monchengladbach expect speedy recovery for USMNT's Fabian Johnson

Exports: Monchengladbach expect speedy recovery for Johnson
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Fabian Johnson with a USMNT trainer

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AMSTERDAM – Borussia Monchengladbach are expecting fresh catch Fabian Johnson to recover quickly from a hamstring strain suffered in the US national team's 2-1 World Cup loss to Belgium.

The 26-year-old, who joined the Foals on a free transfer at the end of his Hoffenheim deal, will join the team following a standard post-World Cup vacation, gathering with his new teammates in about two weeks when they return from a preseason camp located near the Austrian border.

MLS Miami stadium site at PortMiami officially ruled out by Dade County commissioners

MLS stadium site at PortMiami ruled out by Dade County
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Potential Miami stadium for David Beckham

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The first proposed site for the stadium that will host Miami's future MLS franchise has been ruled out by Miami-Dade County commissioners, leaving David Beckham and Co. focused on a deep-water boat slip adjacent to American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami.

The commissioners voted 11-1 on Tuesday against the proposed stadium site at PortMiami, which had drawn the opposition of Royal Caribbean Cruises, who are headquartered next to the waterfront site.

World Cup: First Cristiano Ronaldo, now Pepe an injury worry for Portugal, Real Madrid

Portugal's Pepe hurt – will it impact USMNT chances in Brazil?
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Pepe del Real Madrid

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First Cristiano Ronaldo, now Pepe has come down with an injury.

American Exports: Aron Johannsson aims to help AZ Alkmaar close on Europa League berth

Exports: Johannsson, AZ looking to move step closer to Europa League
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Aron Johannsson with AZ Alkmaar

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AMSTERDAM – The top flights in England, Germany and Austria will close up shop this weekend, while US forward Aron Jóhannsson tries to get back in the game for AZ Alkmaar's Europa League playoff semifinal capper at Heerenveen.

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American Exports: Everton's Roberto Martinez calls Tim Howard extension "incredible moment" for club

Exports: "Best GK in the league" Howard extends Everton deal to 2018
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AMSTERDAM – Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard signed a contract extension to keep him with the club until the summer of 2018, news that delighted manager Roberto Martinez.

American Exports: Aron Johannsson quiet as AZ bounced from Europa League quarterfinals

Exports: Johannsson kept quiet as AZ dumped from Europa League
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Aron Johannsson dribbles the ball for AZ Alkmaar

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AMSTERDAM – The last American standing in European play was bounced on Thursday, with Aron Jóhannsson unable to find a single shot in AZ Alkmaar's 2-0 (3-0 aggregate) loss at Europa League quarterfinal hosts Benfica.

American Exports: Aron Johannsson comes up empty in disappointing Europa League loss for AZ Alkmaar

Exports: Jóhannsson comes up empty AZ's Europa League loss
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Aron Johannsson with AZ Alkmaar

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AMSTERDAM – Aron Jóhannsson and AZ Alkmaar left it all to do in the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinals after opening at home with a 1-0 defeat to Portuguese giants Benfica.

The underdog Cheese Farmers held their own on the night, but they were unable to provide the US national team regular with many genuine offensive chances. Jóhannsson passed well and tried to make the most of his relatively low involvement, but came up empty on a pair of big chances.

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