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CCL: Estrada, Ochoa prove a dynamite duo for Sounders

Sounders' pairing continues torrid form outside league play
Dynamic Duo
ESTRADA AND OCHOA
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Seattle striker Sammy Ochoa

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SEATTLE – As good as the forward combination of Fredy Montero and Eddie Johnson has been in league play, the David Estrada-Sammy Ochoa partnership might be just as promising in non-league competition.

The two backups each scored for the Sounders during a 3-1 win over Marathón on Wednesday, giving them a combined 15 goals in all competitions this season. Nine of those goals have come outside of league play, with six coming in CONCACAF Champions League alone.

CCL: Eliminated again, RSL want to avoid another funk

Beckerman: "We can still have a really good season"
RSL look to avoid another elimination funk
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Jason Kreis

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SANDY, Utah – When Real Salt Lake were stunningly undone in the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League in May of last year, they went into an extended funk. Tuesday's CCL elimination at the hands of Herediano may not sting quite that badly, but the Claret-and-Cobalt refuse to fall into the same trap this time around.

The Throw-In: End of an era for RSL? There's one final job

This may be it for RSL's core, but they'll get one final thrill ride
One last hurrah for RSL's core?
End of RSL's era?
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Throw-In: RSL

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"Well I guess there's only one thing left to do ... win the whole [effing] thing."
– Jake Taylor, Major League

If you remember the 1989 classic like I do, you know the scene well. The ragtag but plucky Cleveland Indians had just been informed they were constructed as a band of misfits in order to be so bad, the owner would be able to move the team. It became a rallying point for The Tribe. And may or may not have been where Charlie Sheen got the idea of “tiger blood.”

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CCL: Defeat for LA Galaxy could prove disastrous for QFs

LA win could mean tricky quaterfinal date with Mexican powers
Planting The Seed
LA's CCL Mission
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Bruce Arena (ISM - LA)

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Victory in Thursday night's CONCACAF Champions League group finale at Isidro Metapán will give the LA Galaxy an optimal quarterfinal seeding. Defeat could be disastrous (10 pm ET, Fox Soccer).

So don't tell them this one doesn't matter.

Kick Off: Sporting set a "standard of excellence" in the East

SKC's Vermes hails club's back-to-back No. 1 finishes in East
Standard Of Excellence
THE KICK OFF
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Kick Off - Peter Vermes (July 14, 2012)

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Sporting Kansas City have done it again.

For the second season in a row, SKC finished atop the Eastern conference after a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night in their final regular-season match. Watch the highlights and celebrations here.

CCL: GK Hahnemann's return "an awesome experience"

Seattle native overjoyed by his return in victory in front of hometown crowd
Hahnemann's return "an awesome experience"
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Marcus Hahnemann

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SEATTLE — The crowd on hand to see the Seattle Sounders’ CONCACAF Champions League group stage finale was quite a bit smaller than normal.

Don’t tell Marcus Hahnemann, though. The Seattle native helped lead the Sounders to a 3-1 win over Marathón on Wednesday in hiw first appearance with his hometown team in nearly two decades.

"It was 67,000, I thought,” Hahnemann said with a grin. “That’s what it felt like. It felt pretty good. We still have ECS, they’re cheering the whole game. It was an awesome experience."

CCL: Gomez won't stop until Santos clinch Club World Cup

US int'l pleased to get winning goal, but has sights far ahead on Club World Cup
Herc won't stop until CCL title won
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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Toronto FC will be glad they don't have to face Herculez Gomez any more in 2012.

The US international made it four goals in four games against the Canadian side this year, as Santos Laguna beat the Reds 1-0 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Gomez netted in the 73rd minute, with a driven shot from the edge of the penalty area that beat TFC goalkeeper Freddy Hall with its sheer velocity.

Crónica CCL: Seattle 3-1 Marathón...Los Sounders hacen marca perfecta

Los Sounders vencen al Marathón y logran marca perfecta en la Concachampions
Marca perfecta
Final: sea 3-1 mar
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Seattle celebrate

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Un triunfo más obtuvo Seattle Sounders en la Concachampions al vencer 3-1 al Marathón de Honduras. Aunque ya estaba clasificado, el equipo esmeralda quiso sumar la totalidad de puntos de la fase asegurarse para quedar mejor sembrado de cara a los cuartos de final. 
 
El técnico Sigi Schmid aprovechó para rotar la nómina y darle minutos a jugadores como Steve Zakuani, Mario Martínez, Sammy Ochoa y David Estrada.
 
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