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LA Galaxy hammer Philadelphia; Donovan breaks MLS scoring record

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Landon Donovan stole the headlines on Sunday as LA Galaxy smashed four past a sorry Philadelphia Union side at the StubHub Center.

Donovan scored twice as he broke the all-time MLS scoring record after surpassing Jeff Cunningham’s total and he now has 136 goals in 411 MLS matches.  An incredible achievement and one which made Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision, just hours before, to omit Donovan from the USA’s final 23-man roster for the World Cup even more shocking.

VIDEO: Donovan breaks MLS scoring record, ends rollercoaster week on a high

The Galaxy were dominant from start to finish as Donovan whipped in a delightful free kick with less than two minutes on the clock which Leonardo headed home to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead. Robbie Keane then clipped the crossbar with a cheeky chip and it was all LA for the first 45 minutes out on West coast.

Just after the break the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived as Keane drove into the box on the right and pulled the ball to the back post which Donovan tapped home to become Major League Soccer’s all-time leading goalscorer with 135 goals.

Huge celebrations followed that landmark goal, as Donovan had been tied with Cunningham since last October. The relief was palpable as Donovan put a tough week behind him to remind everyone exactly what he does best: score goals and make things happen.

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Soon after that it was 3-0 to LA as Keane capitalized on a horrific mistake from Sheanon Williams who duffed a back pass and Keane latched onto the loose ball before nutmegging Zac MacMath to put LA in dreamland.

It was all one way traffic as Donovan then played a delicious one-two with Keane before slotting his second and LA’s fourth of the match before being substituted soon after to a standing ovation. It was an emotional scene as the LA fans had waved several banners in support of Donovan, plus chanted his name throughout the match, after his disappointing week with the national team. You could tell the man who has spent over 10 years with the Galaxy appreciated the rousing reception he received.

Late on Maurice Edu, another player left off the USMNT World Cup roster at the final hurdle this week, scored from the penalty spot as the Union grabbed a consolation.

However this was Donovan’s night, as the leading light of U.S. soccer etched his name into the record books all on his own.

Ancelotti rules himself out of Liverpool job

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Carlo Ancelotti will not be the next manager of Liverpool, if you’re not so cynical that you don’t believe Mr. Ancelotti himself, that is.

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Ancelotti, who this summer was fired one season after winning the UEFA Champions League at Real Madrid, has been widely reported a top-two candidate for the Premier League club’s vacant managerial position ever since Brendan Rodgers was fired on Sunday.

While he may very well have been one of Liverpool’s top choices, to hear Ancelotti tell it, he’s not interested in taking the job, nor any other job anywhere in the world this year.

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Ancelotti, speaking at the National History Museum in London on Tuesday — quotes from the Guardian:

“I enjoy my time now but, of course, I want to come back to manage – to work – because it is my passion. I want to take my time to rest, but next season I am ready.”

“Why not [return to Paris Saint-Germain]? I have very good memories of Paris, PSG, I have good relations with everyone, with Nasser [al-Khelaifi, the PSG president].

“But I’m thinking about other things and PSG has a very good coach in Laurent Blanc. I hope he will continue and shine in the Champions League.”

Of course, with Jurgen Klopp reportedly all but officially announced as Liverpool’s new manager, Ancelotti is probably doing two things by ruling himself out until next season: 1) saving a bit of face, given that he was pretty clearly not Liverpool’s first-choice candidate; 2) letting every Ancelotti-sized club know that he’ll be available come this spring and summer, just in case they’re considering firing their current manager and need a bit of assurance an elite candidate will be available.

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For instance, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG and Juventus immediately come to mind. A manager of Ancelotti’s quality will always have options and offers, and that’s something he clearly understands. Ancelotti has earned the right to enjoy a year-long sabbatical and to be picky when choosing his next job.

Report: FIFA provisionally suspends Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter, FIFA president

Sepp Blatter could, finally, be frozen out by FIFA.

The 17-year leader of world soccer’s governing body has reportedly been suspended for 90 days after FIFA’s ethics committee met on Wednesday to discuss allegations against both Blatter and his close ally Michel Platini.

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Reports suggest that the decision to suspend the Swiss official still needs to be formally ratified by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, but it is highly likely that Blatter will be suspended until January 2016.

Blatter, 79, has been at FIFA for over 40 years but under his stewardship the organization has been riddled with allegations of corruption as current investigations from both the U.S. and Swiss authorities continue. The longtime FIFA official is suspected of “criminal mismanagement or misappropriation” by the Swiss authorities after a payment of over $1.9 million is linked to Blatter and the current president of UEFA, and FIFA presidential candidate, Platini.

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Klaus Stoehlker, who formerly advised Blatter, has told Sky News that the ethics committee “made the ruling pending further investigations by the Swiss attorney general” and the verdict was “pending”  but that “no negative finding had been made against the head of world football’s governing body.” It is believed that the 90-day suspension is the maximum amount of time the ethics committee can suspend any individuals while an investigation is ongoing.

It has been reported that the head of FIFA’s ethics committee, Judge Hans Joachim-Eckert, has told Blatter of his suspension.

The leader of FIFA, who will stand down following the next presidential elections on Feb. 26, 2016, has been defiant in recent weeks despite growing pressure from corporate sponsors of FIFA for him to resign.

On Wednesday he spoke out and denied he will quit, while at the Leaders’ in Sport Summit in London another presidential candidate ,Chung Mong-joon, declared that he will sue Blatter for “at least $100 million” and believes the FIFA president and his “cronies” are deliberately sabotaging his own presidential campaign.