Sporting Kansas City 1, Manchester City FC 4 | International Friendly Match Recap

SKC 1, MCFC 4: English champs score twice in each half to topple SKC

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sporting Kansas City's defending MLS Cup champions hung in with Manchester City for nearly all of the first half. After that, Wednesday night's “Champions Shield” friendly belonged to the Premiership titlists.

City pulled away from a 1-1 deadlock with a goal in the dying minutes of the first half and two more – one of those from the penalty spot – after the break, cruising to a 4-1 victory at Sporting Park in the opening match of their North American summer tour.

Memories flow for Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe against former team Tottenham Hotspur

Memories flow for Defoe in thrilling loss against former team

TORONTO – Rarely is a friendly actually a friendly, but on a cool night at BMO Field, Jermain Defoe welcomed plenty of familiar faces from his former side, Tottenham Hotspur, in an entertaining 3-2 match that had plenty of goals and moments of excitement, including a second-half comeback from Toronto FC.

USMNT target Gedion Zelalem included in Arsenal's roster for friendly vs. New York Red Bulls

USMNT target Zelalem included in Arsenal's roster vs. RBNY

Gedion Zelalem, Arsenal

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English powerhouse Arsenal have released their full roster for Saturday's friendly against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena (5 pm ET, ESPN2), and a potential future US international is among the Gunners coming to America.

Seventeen-year-old midfielder Gedion Zelalem, the subject of considerable speculation over his international future, is among the 20 players available for the game. Zelalem, who made his competitive first team debut for Arsenal last year in the FA Cup, will be looking to make an impression on head coach Arsene Wenger ahead of the upcoming season.

Toronto FC 2, Tottenham Hotspur 3 | International Friendly Match Recap

TOR 2, TOT 3: Reds fall to late winner after thrilling second half

TORONTO FC – Toronto FC and Tottenham Hotspur did not disappoint in their international friendly on Wednesday night, with Toronto storming back from a two-goal deficit in a wild second half, only to fall 3-2 to a late winner from Andros Towsend.

Erik Lamela gave Spurs a 2-0 lead at halftime before Toronto FC mounted an impressive comeback, equalizing in the second half through Andrew Wiedeman and Academy product Jordan Hamilton.

All-Star: Bayern Munich announce star-studded group of players taking part in US tour

Bayern Munich announce Lewandowski, Ribery, Green among stars taking part in full US tour

A number of 2014 World Cup veterans, including the US national team's Julian Green, will suit up for Bayern Munich for the reigning German champions' entire US tour, which begins next week.

Titlists collide as Sporting Kansas City host Manchester City in Wednesday "Champions Shield"

Titlists collide as Sporting KC host EPL champs Man. City tonight

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Of the five exhibitions being played Wednesday night between MLS and English Premier League clubs (full schedule), a few stand out: LA Galaxy-Manchester United for history and the iconic venue, Toronto FC-Tottenham Hotspur for the Jermain Defoe subplot.

But neither of those can claim two defending champions.

Brad Friedel, MLS coach? Ageless GK "keeping options open" as Tottenham career winds down

Ageless Spurs GK Friedel "keeping options open" for coaching future

TORONTO – For Brad Friedel, Tottenham Hotspur’s North American tour is a chance to experience a familiar shade of soccer all grown up.

Friedel played for the Columbus Crew during Major League Soccer's first two seasons but left for Europe in late 1997. He, like many US national team players, left the league to become a pioneer in European football, but Friedel says that he sees the change from its inception to today. 

New York Red Bulls weigh how much to play Thierry Henry, other starters, in friendly against Arsenal

Balancing act: RBNY weigh how much to play Henry against old club Arsenal

Thierry Henry

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Under normal circumstances, the New York Red Bulls would use their upcoming midseason friendly to rest some fatigued starters and play some seldom-used reserves.

These are not normal circumstances.

With Manchester United coming to town, LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan says EPL days "probably over"

With Man. United coming to town, Donovan says EPL days "probably over"

CARSON, Calif. – Landon Donovan watched Manchester United’s campaign last season with heightened interest, rooting for his old manager David Moyes as he stepped into Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes after the Scotsman’s retirement as the Red Devils’ manager.

It didn’t go as hoped.

VIDEO: Arsenal are so eager to visit New York that they're talking like New Yorkers | SIDELINE

VIDEO: Arsenal are so pumped for NY trip, they're talking like New Yorkers

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