The soccer news starts with an MLS result in the Champions League. FC Dallas came back to take the first-leg of their semifinal series with Pachuca 2-1 at Toyota Stadium. With Omar Gonzalez in Pachuca's starting eleven, Franco Jara put them up in the 3rd minute. Maxi Urruti equalized for Dallas in the 44th with Kellyn Acosta scoring from a free kick in the 58th.
"We showed a lot of resilience," Acosta said. "We were down an early goal, but we had strong belief that we were going to win the game, so the guys kept pushing. We were rewarded at the end. It was a great fight by the boys and we’re glad we came up with a 2-1 win. Hopefully that can translate into our next game and we can go on a high note, motivated and hopefully close it out over there."
The quick takeaway is that FC Dallas needs more of the second-half and less of the third when they play Pachuca in Mexico on April 4. Winning on the road in Mexico is the issue for every other team in CONCACAF. It's nothing new to see a team do well at home and fail to advance against Liga MX clubs. That's the Dallas scenario right now, hopefully not following Vancouver's lead and trying to defend themselves into an unlikely result.
American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta's take on the USMNT roster. SI.com's Brian Straus on the return of Clint Dempsey. MLSsoccer.com's Matthew Doyle asks questions about some of USMNT coach Bruce Arena's choices.
Pro Soccer Talk's Joe Prince-Wright interviews USMNT and Stoke City player Geoff Cameron. SBI Soccer's Ryan Tolmich relays news that Hamburg wants to keep USMNT player Bobby Wood. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy rates the MLS expansion candidate stadium proposals. The Washington Post's Steven Goff explains how important Luciano Acosta is for DC United.
ESPN FC's Mark Ogden wasn't impressed with Manchester City's choices as the exited the Champions League. FourFourTwo's Chas Newkey-Burden plays for and against for Arsene Wenger continuing with Arsenal.
Inside The Games' Liam Morgan talks to CONCACAF general secretary Philippe Moggio. AP's Graham Dunbar reports that FIFA is reconsidering how they compensate members of the FIFA Council. World Soccer Talk has the result of the CAF presidential election. Backpage Football's Matthew Galea looks at the issues for soccer in Australia.
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