The Bundesliga weekend so far: Dortmund, Bayern and Bayer all win

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The Bundesliga is always good for a few goals, and with two matches left to play this weekend, we’ve already seen 26 find the back of the net. The biggest culprits? Dortmund, who were clearly preparing for their midweek Champions League fixture by putting five past relegation-ready Freiburg. Bayern, meanwhile, took it easy, gently playing their way to a 1-0 win over Wolfsburg. Bayer Leverkusen are still lurking close behind, their 2-0 win over Hannover keeping them within a point of the league leaders.

Friday

Augsburg 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

It seemed as though Gladbach were going to come from behind and take all three points on Friday evening. André Hahn had put the hosts ahead in the 27th minute, but Gladbach equalized just five minutes later, off a goal from Max Kruse, his fourth of the season. Branimir Hrgota, on for just three minutes, put the visitors ahead in the 71st minute. But…

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Cristiano Ronaldo signs new Real Madrid contract until 2018

There were rumors that Ronaldo may be looking at Manchester United or Chelsea. NOw we see that he will be staying with his current club.

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It’s official – Cristiano Ronaldo will remain in Madrid for the forseeable future after inking a new long-term deal with Los Blancos.

The contract will run through 2018, Madrid have confirmed. There is no official confirmation on value, but according to Spanish reports it will be worth about €17 million annually ($22.6 million).

Ronaldo, sporting an absolutely stunning pair of glasses, appeared at a press conference in Madrid this morning to announce the deal and sign the papers in front of cameras.

Ronaldo told reporters “it’s the fans that keep me here” and that he could see himself in a Madrid shirt for the “rest of my career.”

Real president Florentino Perez said “Cristiano’s numbers are simply mind-blowing, and there are lots more goals, triumphs, and trophies to come from Ronaldo.”

Despite many rumors over the summer that he would make a storied return to Manchester United, Ronaldo told…

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Bale scores debut goal as Real Madrid labor to 2-2 draw

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With all the pressure, all the hype, and quite frankly all the money surrounding Gareth Bale’s drawn-out move to Real Madrid, he went a long way towards silencing the critics by scoring a goal on debut.

Los Blancos couldn’t keep two separate leads in a physical battle with Villarreal on the road on Saturday, managing just a share of the points in a 2-2 draw, but in the end Bale stole the headlines.

It came in the 38th minute as Luka Modric played through right-back Daniel Carvajal on the right edge of the penalty area. Carvajal fired a low cross along the face of the goal past Cristiano Ronaldo and fell to a streaking Bale who slid in and slotted it home.

The Welshman tweeted that he was “proud” to get a goal on debut, and that his 60 minutes of time was a sticking point for him too, as…

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Seattle Sounders FC takes Steve Zakuani off disabled list

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For the first time since early June, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani is officially eligible to play in Major League Soccer games. His club removed him from the Disabled List on Thursday, exactly three months after he had successful sports hernia surgery to repair his athletic pubalgia.

After training Thursday, head coach Sigi Schmid listed him among players who would not be available for Friday’s clash with Real Salt Lake, but it seems Zakuani could play a role in the run-in to the playoffs. Zakuani’s bad luck with injuries continued in early 2013, two years after a horrific broken leg and in the first season since making a full recovery.

It’s been a frustrating season for the winger, who failed to generate much momentum at the start due to further small injuries and illness. In 468 minutes over six games in March and April, Zakuani managed just one…

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Journeyman American goalkeeper re-signs with Oldham Athletic

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It’s been a long career full of moves for 32-year-old goalkeeper Paul Rachubka, who started in the Manchester United system and has played for 14 clubs since 2000. On Sept. 7, he moved back to Oldham Athletic, this time permanently after having been on loan there once.

Rachubka was born in San Luis Obispo, Calif., to an English mother and American father. He played for English youth national teams at the under-16, -18 and -20 levels.

His most famous (or infamous) stint was with Leeds United in the 2011-12 season, where he made a series of high-profile errors that led to him joining Tranmere Rovers on loan. After what the official press release described as “a torrid evening” against Blackpool in November 2011 in which Rachubka “was substituted after just 45 minutes with United trailing by three goals,” his Leeds career was all but over.

He spent the rest of his…

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Sounders looked to be full strength against Real Salt Lake

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The Seattle Sounders have been waiting without Eddie and Clint and now they are back on the field after helping the US beat Mexico. Should be fun to watch.

Klinsmann adds reinforcements for Tuesday’s match vs. Mexico

Will the US show why they deserve to be in the 2014 Workd Cup

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Reinforcements are en route for Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team – and the numbers are somewhat surprising as the U.S. manager has called in a foursome to assist in Tuesday’s high-profile qualifier against Mexico.

The list includes two from MLS and two from Liga MX: Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona, Tigres midfielder Jose Torres, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis and San Jose Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson (pictured).

Goodson has the best chance to start, especially given Anthony Brooks’ departure back to Germany. We talked more about that in the previous post on players with the best chance to fortify Tuesday’s U.S. lineup.

But it wouldn’t be totally surprising to see Torres in a creative role. He can also help retain possession – really, his specialty, more than playmaking – if Michael Bradley cannot play.

Given the number of players called in, and as U.S. Soccer announced late Saturday night that an…

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MLS Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls

Gotta love the MLS this time of year

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  • The New York Red Bulls, currently tied for first place in the Eastern Conference, have never won away at Houston in league play.
  • The Houston Dynamo are even on points with the New England Revolution, but with the Revs having scored more goals, Houston have now slipped down to sixth place and out of the playoff positions.
  • Houston will have to fare without Boniek García (Honduras) and Jermaine Taylor (Jamaica), both whom are likely pleased with their teams’ performances in the Hex on Friday evening. New York, meanwhile, miss Tim Cahill, injured in last week’s match, and Ibrahim Sekagya, who is suspended.

The Houston Dynamo are probably just happy to be coming home, hosting the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at 5 p.m. Houston haven’t had much fun on their three game road trip, starting off with a humiliating 5-0 loss to leaders Montreal Impact. After that beating, the Dynamo must’ve…

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