MLS Cup 2

How the MLS Cup penalty kick shootout went

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KANSAS CITY — Round-by-round as Sporting Kansas City wins MLS Cup 2013 in a 10-round penalty kick tiebreaker.

(Check back for much, much more from Sporting Park in Kansas City.)

Sporting Kansas City: Claudio Bieler, fires very hard left, with no problem.

Real Salt Lake: Alvaro Saborio, approaches slowly and goes well high. 1-0 to Sporting KC after one round.

Sporting Kansas City: Paulo Nagamura, chips softly to the right, sending Rimando the wrong way.

Real Salt Lake: Ned Grabavoy stutter-steps up and shoots rather tamely to the left, Nielsen chooses correctly and parries. SKC has a 2-0 lead after two rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: Matt Besler, takes the tiniest of approaches and sees his shot to the right saved.

Real Salt Lake: Kyle Beckerman, sends Nielsen the wrong way and scores RSL’s first high and to the left. 3-1 for SKC after three rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: Benny Feilhaber shoots high and just to Rimando’s left.

Real Salt Lake: Joao Plata, the sub hits hard and high to the left, scoring comfortably.

Sporting Kansas City: Graham Zusi, approaches comfortably but pulls a “Saborio,” going high. Well, maybe not as high as Sabo, but high.

Real Salt Lake: Javier Morales, long run-up, then a slow approach … very coolly goes left as Nielsen goes the wrong way. Score tied 3-3 after five rounds,

Sporting Kansas City: Seth Sinovic, aims low and left and puts it in the right spot.

Real Salt Lake: Chris Schuler, First one to go straight down the middle! And it works. Score tied 4-4 after six rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: C.J. Sapong, not the very best spot shot ever, low and slow to the left, but successful.

Real Salt Lake: Tony Beltran, Oh! … Just off the inside of the post. 5-5 after seven rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: Lawrence Olum, sends Rimando the wrong way, but pushes his low shot wide to the left.

Real Salt Lake: Sebastien Velasquez, the youngster approaches tentatively and puts the ball into a diving Nielsen’s gut!  Touch spot for him. Score tied 5-5 after eight rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: Chance Myers, his softly but high and the right, well placed.

Real Salt Lake: Nat Borchers, very hard and straight up the middle, the second RSL center back to do so. 6-6 after nine rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: Aurelien Collin, one of the best shots yet! High and left and unreachable.

Real Salt Lake: Lovel Palmer, blasts his shot off the cross bar. Kansas City wins the penalty kick tiebreaker, 7-6 after 10 rounds.

WATCH: Walcott compares Wenger speech to Pacino

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What if Tony D’Amato of American football was Antoine Dumond of the world’s game?

Theo Walcott says Arsene Wenger inspired him to make that comparison after a recent pregame speech, a fiery number that convinced the Arsenal attacker how badly his manager wanted to win the Premier League.

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Speaking to Arsenal TV for a series of questions on former and current teammates — and Wenger — Walcott shared a pretty funny tidbit:

“The manager did a speech the other day. I won’t be able to do the speech because it was that good.”

“It genuinely reminded me of the film ‘Any Given Sunday’. I actually said that to him, and I was little bit embarrassed.’ You remind me of that film, that speech,’ I didn’t know if he had seen the film.

“Just showing the passion and how hard, and how long it’s been as well. He really wants it, like all of his players.”

Here’s the thing, though: Walcott doesn’t give us the answer as to whether Wenger has seen “Any Given Sunday”. And how about you, Theo, do you see yourself in Willie Beamon or Cap Rooney?

CAS rejects Serbia’s challenge to Kosovo joining UEFA

Supporters of Kosovo's national soccer team raise Kosovo flag during their international friendly soccer match at Adem Jashari Stadium in Mitrovica, Kosovo on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Kosovo host Turkey for their second friendly match of the country's national football team. Turkey won the match 6-1. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Serbian soccer federation’s appeal against Kosovo joining UEFA has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The court ruled that Kosovo met the standard of UEFA entry rules because it is “recognized by the majority of the United Nations member states as an `independent state.”‘

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Serbia argued that Kosovo, which joined European soccer’s governing body last May despite not being a U.N. member, should be blocked.

CAS decided that because “there is no formal recognition of countries by the U.N.,” then acceptance of Kosovo’s statehood by most countries was valid for the soccer application.

European soccer federations voted 28-24 in favor of Kosovo’s entry to UEFA after Serbia led opposition to its former province.

Serbia and its allies, including Russia, have not recognized Kosovo since the Balkan republic declared independence in 2008.

UEFA’s decision led to Kosovo joining FIFA one week later, and being fast-tracked into a 2018 World Cup qualifying group.

Still, Ukraine hosted Kosovo in neutral Poland in October, because its government also does not recognize Kosovo’s statehood.

Dempsey returns to training after second heart procedure

SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 28:  Clint Dempsey #2 of MLS All-Stars chases after the ball up field against the Arsenal FC during the second half of the AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Avaya Stadium on July 28, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Many were concerned about USMNT and Seattle Sounders attacker Clint Dempsey‘s future when he underwent a pair of heart procedures in 2016.

The 33-year-old Dempsey took another step to allay those fears when he hit the pitch for Seattle’s first day of preseason camp.

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The Sounders won the 2016 MLS Cup despite the absence of Dempsey, and his return would further strengthen the side. General manager Garth Lagerwey said Dempsey won’t be rushed, but could be nearing a return.

EFL Cup second legs preview: Liverpool, Hull City aim for comebacks

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Divock Origi of Liverpool battles with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (L) and Ryan Bertrand of Southampton during the EFL Cup semi-final first leg match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium on January 11, 2017 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Manchester United and Southampton are 90 minutes from Wembley Stadium.

Hull City and Liverpool would prefer to change that.

After first legs a fortnight ago, the EFL Cup semifinals play out on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of Feb. 26’s final at Wembley.

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First up is Southampton‘s trip to Liverpool, with the Saints nursing a 1-0 lead from the first leg at St. Mary’s. The Wednesday kickoff sees Saints hoping the Reds’ poor run of form will continue at Anfield. Liverpool has one win 2017, and that was an FA Cup replay victory over Plymouth Argyle.

Southampton boss Claude Puel knows the Reds will be ornery:

“We know Liverpool. They lost against Swansea at home, and I am sure they will want to react against us, but it’s important to keep all of our focus about our play.

“We know they are fantastic, a great team, with great players, but you saw in the first leg we have the ability to produce a strong game against them. It will be important to make a strong game – a perfect game – I think.”

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United got a terrific result in the first leg at Old Trafford, scoring twice and holding Hull City from scooping up a valuable road goal. Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini scored the goals in the 2-0 win, but the KC Stadium will be rocking on Thursday as the Tigers look to reverse the result.

United midfielder Michael Carrick says the Red Devils will play as if they are starting from scratch:

“It’s definitely not over, we all know that. We are telling ourselves that. I think we’ll be pretty much full strength and will approach the game like it’s a 0-0 and starting from scratch.

“It’s dangerous when you go in there defending a lead to tell yourself this result will do or that result will do, or we can afford to do this or that.”