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mls: chicago fire burn bright; new england revs, dc united get wins


milan (ap) gonzalo higuain is coming back into form at just the right time for juventus.higuain hadn’t scored for five matches before netting two against former club napoli midweek as juventus progressed to the italian cup final. and the forward netted another double to fire the bianconeri past chievo verona 2-0 in serie a on saturday.juventus moved nine points clear of second-placed roma, which visits bologna on sunday.massimiliano allegri will be hoping higuain can make it three out of three when juventus hosts barcelona in the first leg of the champions league quarterfinals on tuesday.“it will be a very difficult match in the champions league, we’re facing a really great team, but we have to remain calm and get to it in top condition,” higuain said. “as we respect them, they respect us,






crew pks, steffen keep dc united winless, scoreless, 2-0


washington — the columbus crew scored twice off penalty kicks and zack steffen kept d.c. united winless and scoreless on the season with three saves in a 2-0 win on saturday.federico higuaín scored in the 38th minute and ola kamara connected in the 66th minute for the crew (1-1-1). both shots just eluded diving d.c. keeper bill hamid, who had guessed right on both attempts but couldn't get to the balls, slotted just inside the post — one left and one right.steffen earned his first career win with two great saves in the second half. he came off his line early in the second half to stop josé guillermo ortiz, who made an extra touch off a give-and-go and then couldn't get the chip high enough to go over the sliding keeper. patrick nyarko got his head on a long free kick but steffen got his le






arena speaks about usmnt turnaround, says “no secret formulas”


sao paolo striker lucas pratto will receive a fantastic opportunity on tuesday when argentina faces bolivia in conmebol world cup qualifying.[ preview: usmnt travels to panama in concacaf wcq ]it just so happens that pratto’s gain is a major letdown for one of the premier league’s top strikers. the 28-year-old is tied for second this qualifying campaign for argentina with two goals.la albiceleste have announced their starting lineup ahead of tomorrow’s clash in bolivia, which features mainstays lionel messi, angel di maria and goalkeeper sergio romero.meanwhile, aguero — who started in argentina’s 1-0 win over chile on thursday — is the lone change from manager edgardo bauza.the copa america runners’ up are currently depleted with a combination of injuries and suspensions. four players wil






stefan frei, clint dempsey give sounders performances they needed to see in loss


goalkeeper stefan frei and forward clint dempsey both looked strong in a 1-0 preseason loss to columbus that was the final sounders matchup before the regular season opens next weekendtwo sounders veterans with health questions hanging over them gave the team some performances it needed to see in a 1-0 loss to the columbus crew here in charleston, s.c. to close out the preseason.goalkeeper stefan frei made several difficult stops in going the full 90 minutes and showed no signs of being hampered by the ankle injury that had sidelined him throughout training camp. as for dempsey, trying to play himself back in to game shape, he looked so strong later in the game that the team allowed him to go an additional five minutes beyond the 75 he’d been slotted to play.frei will likely start in goal






juventus beats porto 1-0 to reach champions league quarters


turin, italy — paulo dybala's penalty set juventus on its way to a 1-0 win over 10-man porto on tuesday and a place in the champions league quarterfinals.dybala, who had said it was his "dream" to score past veteran goalkeeper iker casillas, converted from the spot in the 42nd minute after maxi pereira was sent off for handling the ball on the goal line.massimiliano allegri's side progressed 3-0 on aggregate and maintained its impressive record at the juventus stadium.it was casillas' 175th appearance in european competition, breaking the previous record held by former italy and ac milan defender paolo maldini.trailing 2-0 from the first leg, it was always going to be an uphill task for porto against the five-time defending serie a champion.especially as juventus hadn't lost in turin in th






bale, gameiro star for madrid sides as lewandowski strikes - uefa champions leag


round of 16 first legs: tuesday 21 february• bayer leverkusen v atlético madridaugsburg 1-3 leverkusen (kohr 60; bellarabi 23, hernández 40 65)karim bellarabi struck the bundesliga's 50,000th goal – and his first league effort since april – from a cross by kai havertz, who also provided the pass for javier hernández to score the clincher at the second attempt. the mexican striker's double on friday took his tally to five in three games and ten league goals for the season.sporting gijón 1-4 atlético (álvarez 49; carrasco 46, gameiro 80 81 85)kevin gameiro came off the bench just past the hour and scored the second fastest hat-trick in liga history to ensure atleti consolidated their top-four status after being pushed all the way by struggling sporting. it took gameiro four minutes and 45 se






messi rescues barcelona, paris held at bay - uefa champions league - news


round of 16 first legs: tuesday 21 february• bayer leverkusen v atlético madridaugsburg 1-3 leverkusen (kohr 60; bellarabi 23, hernández 40 65)karim bellarabi struck the bundesliga's 50,000th goal – and his first league effort since april – from a cross by kai havertz, who also provided the pass for javier hernández to score the clincher at the second attempt. the mexican striker's double on friday took his tally to five in three games and ten league goals for the season.sporting gijón 1-4 atlético (álvarez 49; carrasco 46, gameiro 80 81 85)kevin gameiro came off the bench just past the hour and scored the second fastest hat-trick in liga history to ensure atleti consolidated their top-four status after being pushed all the way by struggling sporting. it took gameiro four minutes and 45 se