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Happy Birthday to you!

We take a look at the week's upcoming birthdays, including France midfielder Alou Diarra, former Seleção captain Carlos Alberto and Tottenham Hotspur talisman Gareth Bale.

Manager ins and outs - August 2015

Track the managerial ins and outs and a list of every boss in the top five leagues in England and the Scottish Premiership.

Sunday's gossip column

Arsenal prepare to buy Balotelli and sell Vermaelen, Borini move in the balance, Ben Arfa not given squad number, plus more.

Dempsey's return doesn't fix Sounders problems: "It’s never going to be that easy"

SEATTLE – With the return of several key contributors to their starting lineup, the Seattle Sounders hoped Saturday night’s home matchup with the Vancouver Whitecaps would be a slump-busting catalyst to get their season back on a positive track. Instead, they ended up with yet another setback. Read More

Sporting Kansas City miffed by handball no-call at end of draw against Houston Dynamo

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Five minutes of stoppage time had flashed on the board, and the fourth minute was ticking away, when Matt Besler ran up to the right touchline and launched one of his trademark long throw-ins. The ball sailed into Houston's penalty area, and bounced once off the pitch. The next thing it hit was the extended right arm of Houston midfielder Luis Garrido. Read More

Whitecaps delighted with "huge milestone" performance in massive three-goal victory

SEATTLE - One down, seven to go. That's the Vancouver Whitecaps match tally for the remainder of August, if you're keeping count. Read More

LA Galaxy "feel relief" after ending persistent road woes with come-from-behind victory

The LA Galaxy had last won an MLS game away from StubHub Center nearly 11 months ago, when they rallied with three second-half goals to edge the Colorado Rapids, a performance that head coach Bruce Arena called the most important of their campaign. Read More

Colorado Rapids cite lack of "desire" after squandering lead in loss to LA Galaxy

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – For the first 20 minutes of Saturday night’s match against the LA Galaxy, the Colorado Rapids looked very much like the team that had won their past three Western Conference matchups. Read More

Houston Dynamo focus on positives after draw on the road against Sporting Kansas City

Six minutes into Saturday night’s 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City, and the Houston Dynamo had already shown how poor they have played at times this season. However, for the balance of the game, the club showed promise, and thanks to some redemption for Ricardo Clark, pulled away from a tense road matchup with a draw. Read More

Columbus Crew SC's Berhalter has nothing to say to team after loss: "The most disappointed I’ve ever been"

After a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of Orlando City Saturday, Columbus Crew Head Coach and Sporting Director Gregg Berhalter didn’t address his team at all. “I didn’t say anything to them,” he said. “I thought that it wasn’t the right time. I was obviously emotional, disappointed, and it wasn’t the right time. We’ll get together again on Monday and we’ll regroup and we’ll talk about it, but certainly after a performance like that wasn’t the right time to address the group.” Read More

Shaun Wright-Phillips makes impact in New York Red Bulls debut: "People are going to take notice"

There may have been no love lost between I-95 rivals Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at PPL Park, but there was plenty of Brotherly Love. Read More

Seattle Sounders FC 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 | MLS Match Recap

SEATTLE – The Vancouver Whitecaps took Saturday night’s Cascadia Cup clash with the Seattle Sounders in resounding fashion, riding a trifecta of highlight-reel goals to a 3-0 blowout of the hapless Sounders at CenturyLink Field. Defender Pa-Modou Kah scored his first two goals of the season for Vancouver, while substitute Pedro Morales tallied the insurance off a perfectly taken free kick in the 75th minute. Read More

Celtic's Johansen focused on Champions League

After an opening-day win for Celtic over Ross County, goal-scorer Stefan Johansen is all set to fire the Hoops towards the UEFA Champions League group stages.

Philadelphia Union's transfer-window prize Tranquilla Barnetta laments conceding game-changing penalty

CHESTER, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union have felt unlucky and snake-bitten all year. On Saturday, the team’s newest player joined the party. In what turned out to be quite the inauspicious MLS debut, marquee transfer-window signing Tranquillo Barnetta was whistled for a penalty less than a minute after coming into a crucial contest vs. the New York Red Bulls at PPL Park. Read More

Charlie Davies' aggressive performance ends scoring drought, impresses Revolution head coach Jay Heaps

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After scoring seven goals in a 10-game span, New England Revolution striker Charlie Davies, much like the club, went on a bit of a drought. Read More

Recent transfer news

    (D) Gonzalo Castro
    From: Bayer Leverkusen
    To:Borussia Dortmund
    (D) Kyriakos Papadopoulos
    From: Schalke 04
    To:Bayer Leverkusen
    (S) Josip Drmic
    From: Bayer Leverkusen
    To:Borussia Monchengladbach
    (K) Przemyslaw Tyton
    From: PSV Eindhoven
    To:VfB Stuttgart
    (K) Sven Ulreich
    From: VfB Stuttgart
    To:Bayern Munich
    (D) Aleix Vidal
    From: Sevilla
    (D) Danilo
    From: FC Porto
    To:Real Madrid
    (S) Gaël Kakuta
    From: Chelsea
    (S) Iago Aspas
    From: Sevilla
    To:Celta Vigo
    (S) Michael Krohn-Dehli
    From: Celta Vigo
    (M) Rafael Van der Vaart
    From: Hamburger SV
    To:Real Betis
    (S) Luciano Vietto
    From: Villarreal
    To:Atletico Madrid
    (S) Diego Perotti
    From: Genoa
    (S) Darko Lazovic
    From: Red Star Belgrade
    (S) Serge Gakpe
    From: Nantes

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