Thursday Kickoff: Revs reach SuperLiga final, Kaka sidelined and more

Thursday Kickoff: Revs reach SuperLiga final, Kaka sidelined and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Revs reach SuperLiga final, Kaka sidelined and more

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The New England Revolution are struggling through a tough MLS season, but will play in yet another SuperLiga final after beating Mexican side Puebla on Wednesday night, advancing on penalty kicks after tying 1-1 in regulation.

Kenny Mansally provided the Revs' lone goal and also converted the winning penalty kick after Matt Reis made a vital save in the fourth round of penalties.

New England will now take on the winner of the Houston Dynamo-Morelia semifinal in the SuperLiga Final, which is set to be played at Gillette Stadium in late August.

The victory proved costly for the Revolution, which lost Marko Perovic and Kevin Alston to injuries. New England is set to play D.C. United on Saturday.

Here are some other stories to get your Thursday going:

KAKA SIDELINED AFTER KNEE SURGERY

American soccer fans hoping to catch a glimpse of Kaka at this weekend's Real Madrid friendly against Los Angeles in the Rose Bowl won't get that chance after the Brazilian star underwent knee surgery. He is expected to be sidelined anywhere form two to four months.

Kaka had been in Los Angeles with Real Madrid before the knee injury was discovered, but flew to Belgium to have the procedure done to repair what is believed to be meniscus damage.

Real Madrid beat Mexican side Club America, 3-2, in San Francisco on Wednesday night.

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Everton beat Everton.

Cesc Fabregas has rejoined Arsenal (and no, he's not wearing a Barcelona jersey).

Chelsea is close to finalizing its deal for Brazil/Benfica midfielder Ramires.

UNION-CREW TICKET GIVEAWAY

If you are a Philadelphia Union fan (or a traveling Columbus Crew fan) who plans on attending tonight's Philly-Columbus MLS match at PPL Park but still don't have tickets, you may be in luck. SBI will be giving away two tickets later today, so keep an eye out for details.

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What did you think of New England's victory? Have you officially stopped caring about SuperLiga? Disappointed that Kaka won't be playing in the Galaxy-Real Madrid friendly?

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