Colorado’s calm in the back as Wynne joins new captain Moor in the center

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Marvell Wynne is headed back to the middle where he belongs, and he’ll be joined by Colorado’s new captain, Drew Moor.

Wynne spent 2013 as a right back under Oscar Pareja, but new boss Pablo Mastroeni is looking to fix that experiment by plugging the 27-year-old back into the center with a comfortable partner.

“It’s home,” Wynne told MLSsoccer.com. “The adjustment has actually come fairly easily. It’s kind of a comfortable position being back there. I like having to run backwards instead of forward all the time, to be honest.”

The Rapids have yet to open their 2014 campaign, and will do so Saturday at Red Bull Arena. It’s hard to know what to expect from the young Colorado team. There’s an air of uncertainty about the season.

There’s also a freshness under Mastroeni, who oozes the respectability that comes from a distinguished career. According to the MLS site, it’s opened doors for Wynne’s confidence.

“I think I’m just more vocal this year because [Mastroeni’s] tactics and what he wants is very easy to understand,” Wynne said. “So I know what he wants from us. I can relate it easier.”

The leadership will about in the middle with Wynne and Moor, the newly-chosen skipper of Colorado. Mastroeni is gushing about the 30-year-old Texan.

“Drew Moor is the man,” Mastroeni said. “He’s the guy that’s going to lead this team, and he’s got all the support from the guys in the locker room and all the support from the coaches on staff. I think he’s the man to lead this team for this year and years to come.”

Stampede at stadium in Honduras kills multiple people

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) Officials in Honduras say thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured.

A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital says the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled Sunday. Spokesman Miguel Osorio says a fetus died when its mother suffered severe injuries.

The stampede happened at the National Stadium as fans tried to push their way into the jammed venue to see the game between Motagua and Honduras Progreso.

About 600 police officers were guarding the stadium and used water cannon and tear gas trying to push back the crowds.

LIVE, at the half: Huddersfield miss glorious chances v. Reading

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It is tough to explain how Huddersfield Town aren’t ahead at half time of the Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

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The Terriers had two glorious chances early on but Michael Hefele headed wide and then Izzy Brown — on loan from Chelsea — somehow put his effort wide from a yard out.

Reading only had a few forays forward but Jaap Stam’s men held firm with the score locked at 0-0 at the break.

Will David Wagner’s Huddersfield live to rue those missed chances?

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LIVE: Playoff final – Huddersfield v. Reading for PL spot

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The richest game in world soccer is here.

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Huddersfield Town and Reading clash at Wembley Stadium in the Championship playoff final, one win away from the Premier League with the final promotion spot up for grabs after Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion clinched automatic promotion.

Whoever wins this match will alter the path of their club for the foreseeable future.

The winner will not only receive a place in the PL but also a huge sum of $218 million for next season and if they stay up for just one season in the Premier League it is estimated to be worth $372 million.

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VIDEO: Watch Francesco Totti’s emotional Roma farewell

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After a 25-year career at AS Roma, Francesco Totti was handed a fitting farewell on Sunday.

The hometown hero, now 40 years of age, called time on his incredible Roma career and looked overwhelmed.

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Coming on for the 786th and final appearance of his stunning career, the all-time leading scorer for Roma (307 goals in all competitions) helped his team secured a dramatic last-gasp 3-2 win over Genoa to seal second place in the Serie A table and an automatic spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Totti spurned big money moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona where he could have won the biggest trophies and individual titles in the game to stay at Roma. He won just one Scudetto with Roma but famously said that was worth 10 league titles had he played for another team.

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Following the game it was all about Totti as his teammates and manager broke down in tears, and so too did Totti as he went on a lap of honor with his wife and children at a sold-out Stadio Olimpico.

Rome’s favorite son said goodbye and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Watch the emotional farewell in the videos below.

I know. I have something in my eye too…