Altidore scores in Villarreal’s Copa del Rey victory (UPDATED W/VIDEO) | Soccer By Ives

For the second time in as many legs, Jozy Altidore got on the scoresheet for Villarreal in the Copa del Rey.

Altidore scored the Yellow Submarines lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Club Polideportivo Ejido in the first leg of their fourth-round tie. On Wednesday, Altidore tallied again, scoring an insurance goal in the 90th minute to ice the second-leg victory.

Altidore started and went the distance in the 2-0 result. Villarreal advanced on aggregate, 3-1, and moves to the Round of 16.

Highlights of Villarreals victory are after the jump:

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Altidore scores in Villarreal’s Copa del Rey victory (UPDATED W/VIDEO) | Soccer By Ives

For the second time in as many legs, Jozy Altidore got on the scoresheet for Villarreal in the Copa del Rey.

Altidore scored the Yellow Submarines lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Club Polideportivo Ejido in the first leg of their fourth-round tie. On Wednesday, Altidore tallied again, scoring an insurance goal in the 90th minute to ice the second-leg victory.

Altidore started and went the distance in the 2-0 result. Villarreal advanced on aggregate, 3-1, and moves to the Round of 16.

Highlights of Villarreals victory are after the jump:

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Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind | Soccer By Ives

By FRANCO PANIZO

It may have been a brief, but Eric Lichajs performance on Wednesday is surely one hell never forget.

Lichaj made his Premiership debut in Aston Villas match against Blackpool, coming off the bench in the 90th minute to help the Villans preserve a 3-2 victory. The cameo may not have been a lengthy one, but it could mean manager Gerard Houllier is gaining more trust in the young U.S. national team defender.

Another 21-year-old to do something notable was Jozy Altidore, who scored his second goal in as many legs against Club Polideportivo Ejido in the fourth round of the Copa del Rey. Altidore, who went the distance in the 2-0 win (3-1 on aggregate), netted Villarreals insurance goal in the 90th minute. He also had a goal waved off in the first half.

Not all was positive, though. Maurice Edu suffered what could be a serious injury in Rangers 3-0 loss to Hibernian. Edu was stretchered off the field in the first half after picking up the injury to his left knee, the same knee he hurt back in May 2009 that sidelined him for seven months.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared on Wednesday:

England

PREMIERSHIP

Tim Howardstarted, played 90 minutes and and made two saves in Evertons 1-1 draw vs. Bolton Wanderers.Clint Dempseystarted and played 90 minutes in Fulhams 1-0 loss vs. Chelsea.Eddie Johnsondressed but did not play for Fulham.Brad Friedelstarted, played 90 minutes and made one save in Aston Villas 3-2 win vs. Blackpool.Brad Guzandressed but did not play for Aston Villa.Eric Lichajcame off the bench and played 1 minute for Aston Villa.Marcus Hahnemannstarted, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 loss vs. Arsenal.Jonathan Spectordressed but did not play in West Ham Uniteds 2-2 draw vs. West Bromwich Albion.Stuart Holden started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers 1-1 draw vs. Everton.

Scotland

Maurice Edustarted and played 43 minutes in Rangers 3-0 loss vs. Hibernian.Dominic Cervidid not dress in Celtics 2-0 loss vs. Heart of Midlothian.

Spain

Jozy Altidorestarted, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL inVillarreals 2-0 win (3-1 on aggregate) vs. Club Polideportivo Ejido in the second leg of the fourth round of the Copa del Rey.

Italy

Oguchi Onyewudid not dress in AC Milans 3-1 win vs. Palermo.

Belgium

Sacha Kljestanstarted and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlechts 1-0 loss vs. KVC Westerlo in round 7 of the Cofidis Cup.

Denmark

Benny Feilhaberstarted and played 90 minutes in AGF Aarhus 1-0 loss vs. FC Midtjylland in the quarterfinals of the Ekstra Bladet Cup.

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ACC Tournament quarterfinals recap | Soccer By Ives

By JOHN BOSCHINI

The semifinals are set for the ACC Tournament as four more teams were eliminated at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., in Wednesdays quarterfinals.

No. 3 Maryland dispatched a stronger-than-expected Clemson side with a 2-1 victory. The Terrapins flexed their offensive muscle early with an eighth-minute goal from Billy Cortes. Maryland dominated much of the first half but the Tigers netted a surprising equalizer in the 19th minute with a goal from Austin Savage. After the first half ended in a 1-1 tie, Casey Townsend scored the game winner in the 56th minute and the Maryland defense repelled several quality chances from Clemson.

Wake Forests hope of a surprise inclusion in the NCAA Tournament was likely extinguished with a 1-0 loss to No. 20 Virginia. After a scoreless opening period, Hunter Jumper scored just two minutes after the restart to give the Cavaliers the victory. Neither team provided much offensively, managing only one shot on goal a piece.

No. 4 North Carolina made an emphatic start to its tournament campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of N.C. State. Martin Murphy directed a Kirk Urso corner kick into the side netting to put the Tar Heels up in 16th minute. Enzo Martinez got the first of his two goals 17 minutes later, and UNC took a 2-0 lead into the locker room. After the restart, Michael Farfan dismissed any lingering fears about his fitness with a beautiful, lofted goal in the 63rd minute before Martinez completed his brace, and the rout, in the 80th minute. N.C. State, which scored six goals the night before against Virginia Tech, couldnt find the same offensiverhythmand managed only five shots.

No. 19 Dukes poor end-of-season form persisted with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of No. 21 Boston College. After Amit Aburmad scored in the 17th minute, the Eagles were happy to sit back and absorb Dukes pressure. But the Blue Devils offensive prowess deserted them and they failed to seriously threaten the Boston College goal.

FRIDAYS SEMIFINALS

5:30 p.m. Maryland vs. Virginia

8 p.m. North Carolina vs. Boston College

Did any of the quarterfinals results surprise you? Which semifinal game are you anticipating the most? Who do you think will win it all?

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Hyndman named MLS Coach of the Year | Soccer By Ives

Schellas Hyndman utilized his roster in ways he probably didnt plan on during the preseason.

The outcome? An FC Dallas team that reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007, and one whose 19-game unbeaten streak in the regular season turned the side from postseason afterthought to MLS Cup contender.

As a result, Hyndman was named MLS Coach of the Year on Thursday, beating out New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe and Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis to win the honor, the first-ever for an FC Dallas coach.

Among Hyndmans accomplishments this season was overcoming injuries to key contributors such as Kevin Hartman, Daniel Hernandez, Ugo Ihemelu and George John. Hyndman turned to rookie Eric Alexander and midseason acquistion Jackson and still achieved the results necessary for FCD to tie RSL for fewest losses in the league (4). Hyndman also got the most out of Jeff Cunningham after turning him from every-game starter to super-sub.

Hyndman will look to add to his season accolades with an upset of the Los Angeles Galaxy (a team that dealt FCD half of its losses) this weekend, one that would clinch an improbable Western Conference title and MLS Cup berth.

What do you think of this selection? Who got your vote?

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European Midweek Rewind | Soccer By Ives

By IAN HOLLIDAY

Top-flight clubs from England, Italy and Spain were in action Wednesday, with league matches being played in the Premier League and Serie A, while La Liga clubs played fourth round matches in the Copa Del Rey.

Wednesdays most intriguing match was the Manchester derby, with the Citizens hosting United knowing a win would draw them level on points with the Red Devils. Ultimately, the match was underwhelming, with neither side creating many chances in a scoreless draw.

The weeks most exciting match may have been Aston Villas 3-2 win over Blackpool on at Villa Park Wednesday. Blackpool came back from a goal down twice, and the match looked to be destined to end in a 2-2 draw when DJ Campbell drew the visitors level in the 87th minute. But just two minutes later, James Collins headed home a Stewart Downing corner to put Villa ahead for good.

In Italy, Lazio lost its second straight match, falling to last-placed Cesena 1-0 on the road. Lazios loss gave the Serie A lead to AC Milan, which defeated Palermo 3-1.

Lazio wasnt the only club to fall to lesser opposition this week. There were also a pair of minor upsets in the Copa Del Rey, as second-division clubs Cordoba and Real Betis defeated Racing Santander and Real Zaragoza, respectively, on aggregate.

Here is a rundown of the midweek scores from England, Italy, and Spain:

PREMIER LEAGUE

Aston Villa wasnt the only Birmingham club to play an exciting match this week. Birmingham City were in action on Tuesday at Stoke City, getting two goals in two minutes to even the score in the 76th minute. Birmingham couldnt hold on, however, as an 85th minute Dean Whitehead goal gave the home side the win. Elsewhere, Chelsea weathered a late storm from London rivals Fulham to hold on for a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal rode a Marouane Chamakh brace to a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Liverpool got another goal from Fernando Torres, but it wasnt enough to beat Wigan Athletic, with the two sides drawing 1-1.

Stoke City 3, Birmingham City 2

Tottenham 1, Sunderland 1

Aston Villa 3, Blackpool 2

Chelsea 1, Fulham 0

Newcastle United 1, Blackburn 2

West Ham United 2, West Bromwich Albion 2

Wigan Athletic 1, Liverpool 1

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Arsenal 2

Everton 1, Bolton 1

Manchester City 0, Manchester United 0

SERIE A

Goals were hard to come by in Italy on Wednesday, with 15 of the 18 clubs in action scoring a goal or fewer. One exception was AC Milan, which dispatched of Palermo easily 3-1. The other two were AS Roma and Fiorentina, who met Wednesday at the Stadio Olimpico. The match was never really in doubt for the hosts, who controlled possession and outshot the visitors 22-9.

AC Milan 3, Palermo 1

AS Roma 3, Fiorentina 2

Brescia 1, Juventus 1

Cagliari 0, Napoli 1

Catania 1, Udinese 0

Cesena 1, Lazio 0

Chievo 0, Bari 0

Genoa 1, Bologna 0

Lecce 1, Inter Milan 1

Thursday: Parma v. Sampdoria

COPA DEL REY

Anyone looking for an indication of how seriously Jose Morinhos Real Madrid are taking the Kings Cup after last seasons disasterous loss to Alcorcon need look no further than the clubs roster for Wednesdays match. Regular starters Gonzalo Higuain, Iker Casillas, and Sergio Ramos all started, and Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso came on at halftime in the clubs 5-1 victory over Murcia. Not to be outdone, Barcelona dropped an identical scoreline on Ceuta in its second-leg match.

Racing Santander 3, Cordoba 1 (3-3 agg., Cordoba advances on away goals)

Espanyol 1, Valladolid 1 (3-1 agg.)

Real Madrid 5, Murcia 1 (5-1 agg.)

Real Zaragoza 1, Real Betis 2 (2-2 agg. Real Betis advances on away goals)

Almeria 2, Real Sociedad 1 (5-3 agg.)

Atletico Madrid 1, Universidad Las Palmas 1 (6-1 agg.)

Deportivo La Coruna 2, Osasuna 1 (3-2 agg.)

Levante 1, Xerez 2 (4-4 agg. Levante advances on away goals)

Sevilla 6, Real Union 1 (10-1 agg.)

Villarreal 2, Polideportivo Ejido 0 (3-1 agg.)

Athletic Bilbao 2, Alcorcon 0 (3-0 agg.)

Barcelona 5, Ceuta 1 (7-1 agg.)

Thursday: Getafe v. Portugalete (1-1 agg.)

Thursday: Sporting Gijon v. Mallorca (1-3 agg.)

Thursday: Valencia v. Logrones CF (3-0 agg.)

Thursday: Malaga v. Hercules (0-0 agg.)

Were you disappointed by the lackluster Manchester derby? Surprised to see Lazio lose two in a row? Which results stood out for you?

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NASL submits final bid to USSF for Second Division sanction | Soccer By Ives

The USSF Second Division Pro League is no more, and the second incarnation of the North American Soccer League is aiming to assume the mantle as the second division soccer league in the United States.

The NASL tabled a bid that included six teams back on September 28, 2010 two fewer than the eight that the U.S. Soccer Federation requires with the aim to amend that application and finalize it once the season was concluded.

That new, amended application has been submitted by the NASL this week, after the conclusion of the 2010 Annual General Meeting that was held in Miami Florida at the beginning of this week. In it, two more teams have been added for competition in 2011: the Atlanta Silverbacks and the NSC Minnesota Stars.

Also included with the new submission is San Antonio as the expansion side to start in 2012, and the addition of another team that will be announced at a later date to begin play in 2013. With the Board of Directors of the USSF scheduled to meet during MLS Cup weekend in Toronto, the application will be reviewed and a decision regarding sanctioning likely handed down at the end of November.

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Bradley set to turn to youth for next USMNT roster | Soccer By Ives

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With the travel to South Africa making a trip there a burden for overloaded starters, and with several key MLS-based players still taking part in the MLS playoffs, Bob Bradley has a limited number of options for selecting his roster for the U.S. teams upcoming friendly with South Africa. Its a situation that is looking more and more like it will lead to a look at some very young options.

Sources have told SBI that New York Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo has been selected for the U.S. roster that will face South Africa on Nov. 17th, and now Norwegian media are reporting that midfielder Mikkel Diskerud (pictured)is also being called in for the match.

Agudelo is currently a member of the U.S. Under-20 national team and only recently made his professional debut with the Red Bulls. Neither he or Diskerud has made a U.S. senior national team appearance.

Sources have also told SBI that highly-regarded U.S. Under-20 national team defender Gale Agbossoumonde is also in the mix for a call-up for next weeks match in Cape Town.

While the call-up of young players may come as a surprise to some, it wouldnt be the first time Bob Bradley has called in new faces to play South Africa. In the 2007 Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup, Bradley gave Jozy Altidore his first cap and Freddy Adu his first start.

Agudelo is coming off a very impressive showing in the MLS Playoffs, where his first two professional starts came in strong showings against the San Jose Earthquakes. Despite being just 17 (he turns 18 later this month), Agudelo showed no fear and impressive speed and technical ability.

While Diskeruds name may seem unfamiliar to those who dont follow the U.S. national team closely, he has long been regarded as a long-term prospect.Diskerud last wore a USA uniform at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup, where he saw some playing time but failed to impressive as expected. In the time since that tournament, Diskerud has enjoyed a strong career for Norwegian club Staebak and his status as a dual-eligible international player (he can also play for Norway) is likely to have played some role in having him come into U.S. camp now after the end of the Norwegian club season.

What do you think of these developments? Excited to see some new faces? Looking forward to a potential Altidore-Agudelo forward tandem?

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Mid-Day Ticker: USMNT roster taking shape, Wilkins leaves Chelsea and more | Soccer By Ives

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By AVI CREDITOR

Bob Bradley still hasnt announced his roster for the United States friendly against South Africa next week, but more names continue to be revealed ahead of Thursdays official proclamation.

According to Columbus Dispatch reporter Shawn Mitchell, Brian Carroll, Eddie Gaven and Robbie Rogers will all be making the trip to Cape Town. Additionally, Salt Lake Tribune reporter Michael C. Lewis reports that Robbie Findley and MLS Defensive Player of the Year finalist Nat Borchers are also expected to be included on the final roster.

This comes a day after sources informed SBI that Mikkel Diskerud, Juan Agudelo and Gale Agbossoumonde were likely to be called up as well.

Here are a few more stories to carry you over until Bradleys official roster announcement:

CHELSEA, WILKINS PART WAYS

Chelsea asssistant coach Ray Wilkins has left Stamford Bridge after not being offered a new contract by the club. His current contract runs through the end of the season, but he chose to leave the team effective immediately.

Wilkins assisted Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and current coach Carlo Ancelotti and was also interim coach of the club after Scolari was fired.

ROBBEN RETURNS TO TRAINING

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, who has yet to feature for the German champions this season, has returned to training.

Robben injured his hamstring prior to the World Cup but still managed to play for the Dutch, whose run ended with a World Cup final loss to Spain.

Robben is still many weeks away from achieving full fitness, and the team does not expect him back on the pitch prior to the new year.

INZAGHI OUT FOR AC MILAN

AC Milan veteran striker Filippo Inzaghi is probably out for the season after suffering a knee injury in Wednesdays win over Palermo.

Inzaghi, 37, will have to undergo surgery to repair ligament damage.

HOLLOWAY THREATENS TO QUIT OVER POTENTIAL FINE

Blackpool coach Ian Holloway has threatened to quit if he is fined by the Football Association after making 10 changes to his starting lineup ahead of Wednesdays 3-2 loss to Aston Villa.

Wolves coach Mick McCarthy was fined £25,000 for making 10 changes to his lineup and fielding a weaker squad against Manchester United in a match last season.

Holloway claimed that with his team in the midst of a 12-day, four-game stretch, he was looking to keep his squad fresh. The product on the field certainly wasnt poor, considering Blackpool twice came back from a goal down only to fall at the death.

What do you think about the potential call-ups of Carroll, Gaven, Rogers, Findley and Borchers? Can you see Wilkins landing a head coaching job in the Premier League? Do you think the loss of Inzaghi is a big blow to AC Milan? Do you think Holloway deserves to be fined for tinkering with his starting lineup?

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Agudelo, Ream and Bunbury among USA call-ups vs. South Africa | Soccer By Ives

The U.S. Mens national team has called up an inexperienced squad loaded with youth for next weeks friendly against South Africa (Wednesday, 2pm).

Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, Gale Agbossoumonde and Tim Ream are among the selections.

Here is the squad:

GK-Brad Guzan, Dom Cervi

D- Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Spector, Jonathan Bornstein, Eric Lichaj, Nat Borchers, Tim Ream, Gale Agbossoumonde

M-Alejandro Bedoya, Eddie Gaven, Brian Carroll Logan Pause, Robbie Rogers, Mikkel Diskerud

F-Robbie Findley, Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury

The Teal Bunbury call-up is sure to turn heads in Canada. Bunbury had previously represented Canada on the youth national team level, but is elgible for both countries.

Agbossoumonde and Agudelo are members of the current U.S. Under-20 national team set-up and have yet to make national team appearances.

What do you think of the roster?

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