CanMNT: After nearly leaving soccer, Toronto FC II's Molham Babouli on rise with national team

CanMNT: Two years after nearly quitting soccer, TFCII's Babouli on the rise

Mo Babouli, Toronto FC and Canada

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Two years ago, Molham Babouli thought he was done as a soccer player.

Two weeks ago, he scored against Brazil in his competitive debut for Canada.

It’s been a wild couple of years for the 22-year-old Toronto-born striker, currently a member of TFCII in the USL. His quick rise has come down to hard work, good timing and a fortuitous encounter with the right coach.

Grudge match: USMNT to host Mexico in Confederations Cup playoff at Rose Bowl on Oct. 9

Grudge match: US, Mexico set for Confeds Cup playoff in SoCal in October

Mexico's 3-1 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final on Sunday evening gave them not only another trophy, but a spot in a one-game playoff against the US men's national team for the right to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

CONCACAF announced late Sunday night that the playoff will take place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Friday, Oct. 9. Ticket sales will open in September. 

New York Red Bulls 2, Benfica 1: RBNY top Portuguese champs and finish ICC unbeaten

RBNY top Portuguese giants Benfica 2-1, finish ICC unbeaten

The New York Red Bulls earned a 2-1 victory over S.L. Benfica in an International Champions Cup match Sunday night at Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Mike Grella each scored to see New York to the top of the ICC table.

The Red Bulls finish their ICC run with a 3-0-1 record, with ICC counting the Red Bulls' regular season results against other MLS sides in the competition, San Jose and Los Angeles, in addition to the 4-2 win over Chelsea from Wednesday night.

USMNT Player Ratings: Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin rank high, defenders not so much

US Player Ratings: Dempsey, Yedlin earn high marks, defenders not so much
Things went from bad to worse with the US national team's penalty kick shootout defeat against Panama in Saturday's Gold Cup bronze medal match, and most of the line-up report cards reflect the resulting disappointment.

Gold Cup: With third place in the bag, Panama now have eyes on World Cup qualification

Third place in Gold Cup is nice, but Panama want a spot in 2018 World Cup

Panama celebrate third place in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

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PHILADELPHIA — For a while there, it seemed as if Panama’s third-place match against the United States on Saturday afternoon may never happen.

Gold Cup: After penalty kick loss to Panama, Jurgen Klinsmann admits semifinal defeat "took the wind out"

After PK loss to Panama, Klinsmann admits semi defeat "took the wind out"

CHESTER, Pa. -- After losing a heartbreaking Gold Cup semifinal match to Jamaica on Wednesday, Jurgen Klinsmann and his US national team players vowed to take the third-place game seriously and try to end the tournament on a high note.

But, in the end, that was easier said than done.

USA 1, Panama 1 (2-3 on penalties) | CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap

USA 1, PAN 1: Canaleros take 3rd place in Gold Cup after PK shootout

PHILADELPHIA – There wasn’t much consolation in a third-place game defeat that saw the United States’ CONCACAF Gold Cup run come to a disappointing close.

Though Panama outshot the USA 25-5 in front of 12,598 fans at PPL Park on Saturday afternoon, second-half goals from Roberto Nurse and Clint Dempsey sent the match to extra time and, eventually, penalty kicks, where Los Canaleros emerged as 3-2 winners to claim third-place medals following a frustrating week.

Toronto FC 1, Sunderland 2: Jermain Defoe scores double to sink former team in friendly

Defoe's brace for Sunderland sinks ex-club Toronto FC in friendly
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TORONTO – On a night where Jermain Defoe took once more to the pitch at BMO Field in Toronto, it was he who stole the show, scoring two goals against his former club.

In good spirits following a win over Philadelphia on the weekend, Toronto FC were forced to settle for a 2-1 loss on Wednesday night in an international friendly against English Premier League side Sunderland AFC.

Tim Howard announces intention to return to USMNT pool following Gold Cup

Howard announces intention to return to USMNT pool in September

LA Galaxy hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's lopsided friendly loss when facing Barcelona

Galaxy hoping to avoid repeat of last year's lopsided loss to Barcelona

CARSON, Calif. -- The last time the LA Galaxy took the field at the Rose Bowl, they watched Manchester United pummel them in a 7-0 debacle that delighted the vast majority of the nearly 85,000 on hand.

Now they're taking on Barcelona, the consensus choice as the world's best club, in Tuesday night's International Champions Cup friendly at the 93-year-old shrine in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco. It's a challenge they're excited about, but also one they don't want ending like last year's match.

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