Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2010

Evening Ticker: England-Mexico friendly set, Egypt cruises past Algeria and more

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Fabio Capello wanted his team to have a CONCACAF dress rehearsal before this summer's World Cup, and the England manager has his wish.

England will host Mexico on May 24 at Wembley Stadium in what should make for an intriguing international friendly for U.

MLS, Players Union agree to push negotiation deadline to Feb. 12

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Major League Soccer and the Players Union have agreed to extend the deadline for negotations of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement to Feb. 12, 11 days past the original Feb. 1 deadline, MLS announced on Thursday.

"While we still have areas of disagreement, the talks have been constructive and both parties believe it makes sense to continue to work hard to reach agreement," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a league-released statement.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Another month of Premiership action is near its end, and for a quartet of Americans, the race to avoid relegation is a little too close for comfort.

Friday Kickoff: John to trial with Chicago, Cooper's Plymouth deal done and more

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The Chicago Fire reconstruction project has already brought the Fire new additions Julio Martinez and Krzysztof Krol (as well as head coach Carlos De Los Cobos), but now Chicago could be moving closer to adding a new striker.

Former Fulham striker Collins John is set to join the Chicago Fire on a trial during the club's training camp in Phoenix, sources told SBI on Friday.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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As is the case so many weeks of the season, the top match to watch this weekend features a pair of EPL heavyweights.

Arsenal takes on Manchester United on Sunday with a precious three points on the line for both clubs. The Gunners sit a point behind United in the race for second place behind Chelsea and a defeat at home would deal a painful blow to Arsenal's title hopes.

Philly Union land Orozco on loan after deal with Red Bulls

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The Philadelphia Union's quest to build a top-notch defense in its first season continued on Friday as the club acquired former U.S. Olympic team defender Michael Orozco on loan from Mexican side San Luis.

Ralston leaving New England after eight seasons

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Steve Ralston's eight-year career with the New England Revolution is over.

The veteran midfielder and team captain has decided not to return to the Revs for the 2010 season, passing on a chance to re-sign with the club for a ninth season.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If Real Madrid is going to stay within striking distance of Barcelona, it will need to lean on Kaka to make that happen.

The most expensive team in the world faces Deportivo La Coruna today in a match with serious La Liga title race implications and the 'Galacticos' will need to win without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is serving the first of a two-match red card suspension.

Altidore delivers assist, draws penalty kick in Hull return

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore had not seen the field for Hull City since Jan. 2, but that didn't stop him from making a major impact in Hull's 2-2 draw against Wolves.

Returning from compassionate leave due having family members affected by the tragedy in Haiti, Altidore made an immediate impact on Saturday, latching onto a long ball, shielding it with his body and delivering an assist to Jan Vennegoor for the opener in the 11th minute.

Afternoon Ticker: Togo handed ACN ban, Lennon doubtful for World Cup and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The deadly attack on the Togo national team prior to the start of the African Cup of Nations left the soccer world stunned, and few disagreed when Togo decided to pull out of the tournament.

The African Football Confederation (CAF) is among those few.

Afternoon Ticker: Togo handed ACN ban, Lennon doubtful for World Cup and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The deadly attack on the Togo national team prior to the start of the African Cup of Nations left the soccer world stunned, and few disagreed when Togo decided to pull out of the tournament.

The African Football Confederation (CAF) is among those few.

Altidore delivers assist, draws penalty kick in Hull return

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore had not seen the field for Hull City since Jan. 2, but that didn't stop him from making a major impact in Hull's 2-2 draw against Wolves.

Returning from compassionate leave due having family members affected by the tragedy in Haiti, Altidore made an immediate impact on Saturday, latching onto a long ball, shielding it with his body and delivering an assist to Jan Vennegoor for the opener in the 11th minute.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If Real Madrid is going to stay within striking distance of Barcelona, it will need to lean on Kaka to make that happen.

The most expensive team in the world faces Deportivo La Coruna today in a match with serious La Liga title race implications and the 'Galacticos' will need to win without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is serving the first of a two-match red card suspension.

Ralston leaving New England after eight seasons

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Steve Ralston's eight-year career with the New England Revolution is over.

The veteran midfielder and team captain has decided not to return to the Revs for the 2010 season, passing on a chance to re-sign with the club for a ninth season.

Philly Union land Orozco on loan after deal with Red Bulls

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The Philadelphia Union's quest to build a top-notch defense in its first season continued on Friday as the club acquired former U.S. Olympic team defender Michael Orozco on loan from Mexican side San Luis.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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As is the case so many weeks of the season, the top match to watch this weekend features a pair of EPL heavyweights.

Arsenal takes on Manchester United on Sunday with a precious three points on the line for both clubs. The Gunners sit a point behind United in the race for second place behind Chelsea and a defeat at home would deal a painful blow to Arsenal's title hopes.

Friday Kickoff: John to trial with Chicago, Juve dumps Ferrara and more

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The Chicago Fire reconstruction project has already brought the Fire new additions Julio Martinez and Krzysztof Krol (as well as head coach Carlos De Los Cobos), but now Chicago could be moving closer to adding a new striker.

Former Fulham striker Collins John is set to join the Chicago Fire on a trial during the club's training camp in Phoenix, sources told SBI on Friday.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Another month of Premiership action is near its end, and for a quartet of Americans, the race to avoid relegation is a little too close for comfort.

MLS, Players Union agree to push negotiation deadline to Feb. 12

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Major League Soccer and the Player's Union have agreed to extend the deadline for negotations of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement to Feb. 12, 11 days past the original Feb. 1 deadline, MLS announced on Thursday.


Evening Ticker: England-Mexico friendly set, Egypt cruises past Algeria and more

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Fabio Capello wanted his team to have a CONCACAF dress rehearsal before this summer's World Cup, and the England manager has his wish.

England will host Mexico on May 24 at Wembley Stadium in what should make for an intriguing international friendly for U.

SBI's 23 for 2010: January Edition

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If the U.S. national team's recent friendly vs. Honduras was supposed to help put the U.S. World Cup roster into some better focus, then Bob Bradley is probably glad he has almost four months before he has to settle on his final 23-man roster.

Mid-Day Ticker: Ghana advances to ANC final, Robinho to Santos done and more

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For a team missing its biggest names, Ghana sure is having plenty of success.

The Black Stars defeated Nigeria in Thursday's first African Cup of Nations semifinal, 1-0, behind Asamoah Gyan's 21st minute goal to advance to the cup final.

Gyan lifted Ghana past Angola in the quarterfinals with the lone goal of that match, as well.

Cooper headed to Plymouth on loan, days at 1860 Munich look over

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A transfer move that started with so much promise has come to an abrupt end for Kenny Cooper.

The U.S. national team striker and former FC Dallas star appears to have played his last game at 1860 Munich after an argument over playing time helped precipitate a move to English Championship side Plymouth Argyle on loan.

African Cup of Nations: Your Semifinal Commentary

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The African Cup of Nations semifinals kick off today with a pair of matches between familiar rivals that should be both entertaining and tightly-contested encounters.

Ghana takes on Nigeria in the first semifinal (11 a.m.), while Algeria and Egypt (2:30pm)Â renew one of the world's truly heated rivalries in the other semifinal.

Thursday Kickoff: No progress for Jones, United wins Manchester Derby and more

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While Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu are making quality progress toward recovery from serious injuries, one potential U.S. World Cup player is not.

Jermaine Jones is still on the sidelines for Schalke 04 and there is still no timetable on his exact return. Schalke 04 press officer Thomas Spiegel told ESPN.

Donovan scores first European goal in Everton victory

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 By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan has had a fine club career full of highlights and milestones, but Donovan accomplished something on Tuesday that he had never done before.

Americans Abroad: Friedel looks to silence Arsenal

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There are a number of Americans in action overseas on Wednesday, but none have the charge that Brad Friedel does: Stop Arsenal.

The Gunners have scored at least two goals in six consecutive Premier League games, including a 3-0 drubbing of Villa Dec.

Setanta Sports USA to cease operations

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Setanta's loss is Fox Soccer Channel's gain.

Setanta announced Wednesday that it will be ceasing its broadcasting operations in the United States and Caribbean on Feb. 28 and that it will also be transferring many of its broadcasting rights to FSC effective March 1.

Mid-Day Ticker: Robinho close to City exit, Fire sign Polish defender, and more

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Wednesday night's Carling Cup Manchester derby of a semifinal was supposed to be focused on Carlos Tevez and the ongoing feud with his former team.

It appears that Tevez will be sharing the spotlight with Robinho.

According to an ESPN Soccernet report, Wednesday's second leg may be Robinho's final game with Manchester City before he returns on loan to his former club in Brazil, Santos FC.

Your January Questions Answered (Pt. 1)

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While we all wait for MLS to either reach a labor deal or begin an ugly labor war, it's probably a good time for our latest installment of Your Questions Answered. There just so happen to be a few MLS labor-related questions in this first installment of the January Answers.

MLS labor talks continue as deadline looms

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With less than a week to go before the current MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement expires, Major League Soccer still has no deal in place for a new CBA and there is no reason to believe a deal will be done before Jan. 31, when the current CBA runs out.

Soccer America reported this morning on long negotiations taking place on Tuesday, with more talks set for Wednesday.

Onyewu closing in on return to Milan

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As Oguchi Onyewu's imposing frame lay crumpled on the RFK Stadium turf, he knew something was very wrong with his left knee, but rather than try to think about what might be wrong, his first thoughts raced to an event still eight months away.

MLS Notes: San Jose nears deal with Brazilian, Dynamo re-signs veterans, and more

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San Jose Earthquakes general manager John Doyle had promised to bring in international talent prior to the 2010 season.

He appears to be closing in on his biggest piece to that puzzle.

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the Earthquakes are close to a deal with Brazilian forward Eduardo, a signing that would significantly help a team that finished last in the Western Conference last season.

Copa Libertadores kicks off 51st edition

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By NESTOR F. SEBASTIAN

South America's premier club competition, the Copa Libertadores, kicks off its 51st edition this week as the first stages have 12 teams battling for six spots available into the group phases where eventually 40 teams from the continent as well as Mexico will see action in the upcoming months.

Tuesday Kickoff: Europe plotting move for 2018, Cooper returns to 1860 and more

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If you were hoping for the United States to beat out a host of other candidates, including England, for the right to host the 2018 World Cup, things have gotten a whole lot tougher.

According to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, a plan is in the works to guarantee 2018 going to one of the several European countries bidding for the World Cup.

Montreal plans on making MLS impact sooner rather than later

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The question isn't "If?" for Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo. It's "When?"

The Vancouver Sun reported Monday that Saputo plans on having his team join Major League Soccer as soon as 2011, with realistic hopes set at 2012.

Saputo has met with MLS league officials, including commissioner Don Garber, in each of the last two months, and he's as optimistic as ever that the Impact will make the leap from USSF Division 2 to MLS within two years.

Evening Ticker: 2010 Match Against Poverty highlights, ACN update and more

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For the seventh time, French legend Zinedine Zidane and Brazilian icon Ronaldo put together their annual star-studded exhibition/fundraiser, the Match Against Poverty, which took place Monday in front of more than 51,000 spectators at the Estadio da Luz (not to be confused with RBNY draft pick Austin da Luz) in Lisbon, Portugal.

More on Davies and his road to recovery

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Charlie Davies has a message for all the doubters who didn't believe him when he said he would be back for the 2010 World Cup.

You just don't know.

If you've read my ESPN.com story on Davies, you know how determined he is to come back, and just how far he has already come since the accident.

Davies making a miraculous recovery

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As you may know by now, I had the opportunity to interview U.S. national team striker Charlie Davies last Friday in his first detailed interview since the car accident that nearly took his life. What I found was a player in the midst of an amazing recovery, a Charlie Davies who looked much more like the Davies we knew before last October's deadly car cash than the Davies we saw look so swollen and unfamiliar in the interview he did with ESPN in late November.

Mid-Day Ticker: Paraguayan striker shot; Arena makes Hall of Fame and more

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One of Paraguay's most prolific scorers is in a fight for his life.

Salvador Cabanas, a starting striker for the Paraguyan national team and Club America in Mexico, was shot in the head in the bathroom of a Mexico City bar on Monday. He is listed in critical condition.

Holden completes move to Bolton

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Stuart Holden's quest for a European club has finally resulted in a contract, meaning he can now begin working toward battling for a place in the U.S. World Cup squad.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has confirmed that the club will sign Holden as one of two winter acquisitions, along with Manchester City's Vladimir Weiss.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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It has been hard for Carlos Bocanegra to see the field for Stade Rennes over the past two months, but the U.S. national team captain took another positive step towards reclaiming his left back spot this weekend.

Bocanegra started Rennes' round of 32 Coupe de France game against Saumar, and helped Rennes post a 4-0 victory over the fifth-division club.

Early red card dooms USA in opening loss to Honduras

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Playing its first match of the new year, the U.S. men's national team fell to Honduras 3-1 before a heavily Honduran crowd at the Home Depot Center. The inability to crack the Catracho defense plagued the Americans all night, but it was one moment in particular that nearly brought down the U.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Apologies for the late posting of today's Your Running Commentary. There has been plenty of exciting and shocking action in the soccer world today, and still some great matches to come.

While the FA Cup matches have been played, with at least one major upset, the match of the day, featuring AC Milan vs.

USA vs. Honduras: Match Night Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team will kick off the new year tonight looking for a win against a familiar foe in Honduras at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California (9pm ET, FSC and Telefutura).

While tonight's match won't have most of the U.S. team regulars, there are potential World Cup spots up for grabs, so it should be interesting to see how the fringe players fare in one of their last opportunities to impress head coach Bob Bradley.

Afternoon Ticker: Rooney carries United to victory, Van Nistelrooy joins Hamburg and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

On a day where the FA Cup stole the spotlight, Wayne Rooney carried Manchester United to a league victory, scoring four goals as the Red Devils defeated Hull City 4-0.

It only took Rooney eight minutes to open the scoring, pouncing on a Paul Scholes rebound.

Arguez looking to get career back on track

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 Bryan Arguez just boarded a flight on Thursday that will take him across the Atlantic Ocean and he has more waiting for him across the pond than just another soccer team. He has an opportunity to salvage a career that has hit bottom just three years in.

Red Bulls to face Santos FC in Red Bull Arena opener

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The New York Red Bulls will open their new stadium, Red Bull Arena, on March 20 with a friendly against legendary Brazilian club Santos FC.

The Red Bulls had been scheduled to open play at Red Bull Arena in their MLS season opener, on March 27 against the Chicago Fire, but the friendly vs.

Revs and Rapids complete major deal involving Gibbs, Larentowicz

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The biggest trade of the MLS offseason was finalized on Thursday, with Colorado and New England completing a deal that had been rumored for some time.

The Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution have completed a deal that will send defender Cory Gibbs and goalkeeper Preston Burpo to the Revolution in exchange for Wells Thompson and the rights to Jeff Larentowicz will go to the Rapids, the Boston Herald reported on Thursday evening.

USMNT Camp Notebook: Cunningham keeps evolving

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By ADAM SERRANO

As the United States prepares to close up camp in preparation of Saturday's friendly with Honduras, players have began to reflect upon their performance throughout the month.

Friday Kickoff: Holden to Bolton rumors persist, Harmse dealt to Houston and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Speculation has been rampant this past week about Stuart Holden's future. Reports that Bolton had passed on signing the Houston midfielder circulated -- however, news from Houston and the UK still link the 24-year-old with a move to the Wanderers.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan has performed well in his first two matches with Everton, even with the snarling English media watching his every move. But if Donovan really wants to feel pressure, he'll have that chance this weekend as Everton plays in a win-or-you're-out scenario.

Mid-Day Ticker: Portland stadium progress, Quakes get midfielder and more

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'Tis the season of stadium news.

On the heels of the Kansas City Wizards getting approval for a new stadium, the Red Bulls opening their arena against Santos FC and Baltimore looking into the possibility of building a new stadium comes word that the Portland Timbers are close to city approval for completing renovations to PGE Park.

Will D.C. United's offseason makeover prove successful?

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By TRAVIS CLARK

At the end of the past two seasons, D.C. United have found themselves in a unusual place -- out of the playoffs. Prior to 2008, the club had qualified for the postseason five years running, and had gotten used to success.

On the comeback trail

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The recent injury to Clint Dempsey left many a U.S. national team fan worried about injuries and how they will impact the U.S. team's chances at the World Cup this summer.

With Dempsey, Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu currently sidelined, there is certainly cause for concern, but the progress that has been made by Davies and Onyewu has to be seen to be believed.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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There are plenty of big matches in leagues from Mexico to Germany, but many American soccer fans will be focused on the U.S. team's first match of the new year.

Tonight's USA-Honduras friendly in Carson, California is the marquee match of the day, though there are other high-profile encounters.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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There are plenty of big matches in leagues from Mexico to Germany, but many American soccer fans will be focused on the U.S. team's first match of the new year.

Tonight's USA-Honduras friendly in Carson, California is the marquee match of the day, though there are other high-profile encounters.

On the comeback trail

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The recent injury to Clint Dempsey left many a U.S. national team fan worried about injuries and how they will impact the U.S. team's chances at the World Cup this summer.

With Dempsey, Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu currently sidelined, there is certainly cause for concern, but the progress that has been made by Davies and Onyewu has to be seen to be believed.

Will D.C. United's offseason makeover prove successful?

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By TRAVIS CLARK

At the end of the past two seasons, D.C. United have found themselves in a unusual place -- out of the playoffs. Prior to 2008, the club had qualified for the postseason five years running, and had gotten used to success.

Mid-Day Ticker: Portland stadium progress, Quakes get midfielder and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

'Tis the season of stadium news.

On the heels of the Kansas City Wizards getting approval for a new stadium, the Red Bulls opening their arena against Santos FC and Baltimore looking into the possibility of building a new stadium comes word that the Portland Timbers are close to city approval for completing renovations to PGE Park.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan has performed well in his first two matches with Everton, even with the snarling English media watching his every move. But if Donovan really wants to feel pressure, he'll have that chance this weekend as Everton plays in a win-or-you're-out scenario.

Friday Kickoff: Holden to Bolton rumors persist, Harmse dealt to Houston and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Speculation has been rampant this past week about Stuart Holden's future. Reports that Bolton had passed on signing the Houston midfielder circulated -- however, news from Houston and the UK still link the 24-year-old with a move to the Wanderers.

USMNT Camp Notebook: Cunningham keeps evolving

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By ADAM SERRANO

As the United States prepares to close up camp in preparation of Saturday's friendly with Honduras, players have began to reflect upon their performance throughout the month.

Revs and Rapids complete major deal involving Gibbs, Larentowicz

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The biggest trade of the MLS offseason was finalized on Thursday, with Colorado and New England completing a deal that had been rumored for some time.

The Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution have completed a deal that will send defender Cory Gibbs and goalkeeper Preston Burpo to the Revolution in exchange for Wells Thompson and the rights to Jeff Larentowicz will go to the Rapids, the Boston Herald reported on Thursday evening.

Red Bulls to face Santos FC in Red Bull Arena opener

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The New York Red Bulls will open their new stadium, Red Bull Arena, on March 20 with a friendly against legendary Brazilian club Santos FC.

The Red Bulls had been scheduled to open play at Red Bull Arena in their MLS season opener, on March 27 against the Chicago Fire, but the friendly vs.

Arguez looking to get career back on track

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 Bryan Arguez just boarded a flight on Thursday that will take him across the Atlantic Ocean and he has more waiting for him across the pond than just another soccer team. He has an opportunity to salvage a career that has hit bottom just three years in.

Fire acquire Martinez; Toronto FC lands Peterson

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New Chicago Fire coach and former El Salvador boss Carlos de los Cobos has added one of his former international players to his new stable of talent.

The Fire signed El Salvador-international Julio Martinez on loan from Club Leon FC of Mexico's second division Thursday, bringing a skilled, technically-sound player into a midfield that is in need of just that.

Quarterfinals set at African Cup of Nations

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High drama captivated the final day of group play at the African Cup of Nations in Angola.

Group D concluded the group stage Thursday afternoon, with Gabon entering the day leading the group and playing against last-place Zambia.

But Cameroon's 2-2 draw with Tunisia combined with Zambia's 2-1 stunner over Gabon left all except Tunisia level on head-to-head and goal difference tiebreakers.

Luis Gil close to signing MLS deal

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When Major League Soccer finished signing its 2010 Generation adidas class, it succeeding in landing every single one of its top targets save for one and it appears now that the league may still be able to complete the set.

Mid-Day Ticker: MLS teams to compete in Disney Tourney, Agudelo fielding offers and more

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The New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and Toronto FC will compete in the inaugural Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic on Feb. 25-27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sport complex outside Orlando.

The Red Bulls will face the Houston Dynamo in one semifinal, with TFC and FC Dallas playing in the other semifinal, both on Feb.

It's Q&A Time

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With the New Year already in full swing, and the U.S. national team and MLS teams already working towards success in 2010, it's a good time for a new SBI Q&A.

You know the routine. Post your soccer-related (and pop-culture related) questions in the comments section below and I will look to post answers to the best questions over the course of the coming days and weeks.

Thursday Kickoff: Guzan, Villa advance to cup final, Baltimore United (?) and more

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He might not put the performance on his highlight reel, but the result is all that matters to Brad Guzan right now.

Guzan made three saves and Aston Villa battled from an early deficit to defeat Blackburn yesterday 6-4 and take a wild Carling Cup semifinal on a 7-4 aggregate at Villa Park.

Clark seals move to Eintracht Frankfurt

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Another U.S. national team midfielder is heading to Europe.

Ricardo Clark has finalized his move to German side Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday, agreeing to a deal with the Bundesliga squad for the remainder of the season, with an option to extend the deal through the 2013 season.

Who should the USA start vs. Honduras?

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The U.S. men's national team will play its first match of 2010 on Saturday against Honduras in Carson, California (9pm, Fox Soccer Channel/Telefutura), and while most of the team's top stars won't be playing, the match is still an important one in terms of trying to figure out who are Bob Bradley's best options to fill out the World Cup roster.

European Ticker: Pep extends Barca contract, Neville flips Tevez the bird and more

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Speculation at the Nou Camp will be silenced for at least another year.

Pep Guardiola has agreed to stay on as coach of FC Barcelona through the 2010/2011 season, although the deal won't be signed until this summer.

Guardiola, long-rumored to be looking for a club change, still admits that he won't be staying with the UEFA Champions League title holders forever, but the one-year extension should ease apprehension among Barca supporters.

Your 2010 MLS Draft Questions Answered (Part Two)

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As MLS rookies make their way to training camps and practices across the country, there is still so much to discuss about the 2010 MLS Draft.

Did Philly have the best draft ever? Did FC Dallas sell the No.

Bornstein to face Honduras for first time since "The Goal"

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By ADAM SERRANO

When the U.S. men's national team takes on Honduras at Home Depot Center on Saturday night, there will be plenty of Honduran fans in attendance and the player they are most likely to cheer the loudest for won't be wearing a Honduran uniform.

Wednesday Kickoff: Kansas City stadium approved, Chicago bolsters roster and more

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The Kansas City Wizards stadium project cleared its final hurdles on Tuesday night after funding for the project was approved by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas.

The vote clears the way for construction to begin today on a stadium that will be the crown jewel of a $400 million development project in Kansas City, Kansas.

Dempsey won't need surgery after scans reveal "moderate" ligament damage", U.S. star could rejoin Fulham before end of season

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Clint Dempsey is expected to return to action for Fulham before the end of the English Premier League season after scans injured knee have revealed "moderate damage to a ligament in his right knee", Fulham revealed on its website on Tuesday evening.

Mid-Day Ticker: Schelotto re-signs with Crew, Wizards set for stadium okay and more.

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While the American soccer community waits for word on Clint Dempsey's health, here are some news items to go over:

Schelotto officially re-signed by Columbus. The Crew made it officially today, announcing the signing of Guillermo Barros Schelotto. The real news is that he won't be counting as a Designated Player in 2010.

SBI Pic of the Day: Donovan's Army

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Bet you didn't know Landon Donovan was so popular at Everton, did you?

Okay, so the picture isn't of English Everton fans who have already fallen in love with Donovan, but actually of some American fans who made the trip (along with the Liverpool-born, Everton-loving father of one of them) to Goodison Park to see Donovan make his Everton home debut in the 2-0 win vs.

2010 WPS Draft: A Look Back

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Now that the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer draft is in the rear-view mirror, clubs can sew up their final international deals and set their sights on training camp ahead of the upcoming season.

Tuesday Kickoff: Clark eyes Bundesliga, Holden still in Bolton sights and more

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The German Bundesliga may soon be adding another U.S. national team-eligible central midfielder.

German media outlets are reporting that Ricardo Clark has begun a trial with German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Report: Holden to sign with Portuguese leaders Braga after Bolton passes

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Stuart Holden went to England with the hopes of landing a contract. It looks as though he will have to move elsewhere in Europe to find a deal.

According to the UK-based Mirror, Bolton has passed on signing Holden, and now the U.S. national team midfielder is heading to Portugal to sign with Sporting Braga.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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There are few teams in the world playing better soccer than AC Milan and few players enjoying finer form than Ronaldinho.

The Brazilian star and the club David Beckham now calls home will look to keep their hot streak going today against the cellar-dwellars from Siena.

If mismatches aren't your style, then Napoli-Palermo and Bordeaux-Marseille can offer better match-ups for your viewing pleasure.

Ronaldinho nets hat-trick in AC Milan rout

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Ronaldinho's struggles over the past couple years have been well-documented, but his most recent performance for AC Milan is just the latest example of him returning to his best.

A rejuvenated Ronaldinho starred in Milan's massive victory over lowly Siena on Sunday, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-0 win that kept the Rossoneri within striking distance of first-place Inter Milan.

Dempsey suffers knee injury, will undergo scans Monday

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Clint Dempsey has enjoyed a stellar season for Fulham, playing with confidence while also leading the club in goals scored, but Dempsey's latest game for the Cottagers is sure to give U.S. national team fans nightmares.

Dempsey suffered a knee injury and hobbled off the field in the second half of Fulham's 2-0 loss to Blackburn on Sunday.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan made his home debut for Everton this weekend, and in it he helped Everton hand Manchester City something the Citizens had not received in a month: A loss.

Donovan enjoyed his second consecutive solid outing in the Toffees' 2-0 win, constantly threatening Manchester City's back line with his darting runs down the flank and deadly crosses, two of which almost resulted in goals.

Monday Ticker: On Donovan, Bocanegra and more

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Landon Donovan is loving life in the English Premier League, and it appears he wouldn't be opposed to staying a bit longer than first planned.

Donovan's Everton loan spell is set to last ten weeks, but after his second straight solid performance for the Toffees, Donovan admitted that he would be open to extending the stay if all parties involved could agree.

Your MLS Draft Questions Answered (Part 1)

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The 2010 MLS Draft will be remembered as the Philadelphia Union's first, and may be seen as the expansion's best draft for a long time.

Between Philly's impressive haul, Chicago's surprisingly strong class and the New York Red Bulls drafting of Tony "The Franchise" Tchani, these are just some of the stories to discuss coming out of the draft.

Dempsey verdict set for Tuesday

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If you were waiting for an update on Clint Dempsey's health status, it appears as though you will have to wait until Tuesday for an official verdict.

Dempsey underwent scans on Monday on the right knee he injured during Fulham's 2-0 loss to Blackburn on Sunday and while the early prognosis before the scans was a PCL injury, Yanks Abroad is reporting that official word on Dempsey's injury won't come until Tuesday.

Onyewu making progress on comeback trail

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With injury woes plaguing the U.S. national team, fans will be relieved to hear some good news about one of the walking wounded.

U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu was in Philadelphia this past weekend for the NSCAA Convention and spoke with the MLS Insider Blog about his rehab and the progress he has made in recent weeks and months.

2010 MLS Draft: A look back

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So what will the 2010 MLS Draft be remembered for?

Will it be remembered for the fans from Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. converging on the Philadelphia Convention Center? Or will it be remembered for the plethora of young talents who helped make this draft one of the most promising in recent years?

Bradley addresses Dempsey injury

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By ADAM SERRANO

With the first match of the year just days away, U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley should have been focused on the upcoming friendly vs. Honduras, but with one of the U.S. team's best players facing a serious injury, Bradley couldn't have been blamed if some of his focus was thousands of miles away.

Bradley addresses Dempsey injury

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By ADAM SERRANO

With the first match of the year just days away, U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley should have been focused on the upcoming friendly vs. Honduras, but with one of the U.S. team's best players facing a serious injury, Bradley couldn't have been blamed if some of his focus was thousands of miles away.

2010 MLS Draft: A look back

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So what will the 2010 MLS Draft be remembered for?

Will it be remembered for the fans from Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C. converging on the Philadelphia Convention Center? Or will it be remembered for the plethora of young talents who helped make this draft one of the most promising in recent years?

Onyewu making progress on comeback trail

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With injury woes plaguing the U.S. national team, fans will be relieved to hear some good news about one of the walking wounded.

U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu was in Philadelphia this past weekend for the NSCAA Convention and spoke with the MLS Insider Blog about his rehab and the progress he has made in recent weeks and months.

Dempsey verdict set for Tuesday

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If you were waiting for an update on Clint Dempsey's health status, it appears as though you will have to wait until Tuesday for an official verdict.

Dempsey underwent scans on Monday on the right knee he injured during Fulham's 3-0 loss to Blackburn on Sunday and while the early prognosis was a PCL injury, Yanks Abroad is reporting that official word on Dempsey's injury won't come until Tuesday.

Your MLS Draft Questions Answered (Part 1)

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The 2010 MLS Draft will be remembered as the Philadelphia Union's first, and may be seen as the expansion's best draft for a long time.

Between Philly's impressive haul, Chicago's surprisingly strong class and the New York Red Bulls drafting of Tony "The Franchise" Tchani, these are just some of the stories to discuss coming out of the draft.

Monday Ticker: On Donovan, Bocanegra and more

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Landon Donovan is loving life in the English Premier League, and it appears he wouldn't be opposed to staying a bit longer than first planned.

Donovan's Everton loan spell is set to last ten weeks, but after his second straight solid performance for the Toffees, Donovan admitted that he would be open to extending the stay if all parties involved could agree.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan made his home debut for Everton this weekend, and in it he helped Everton hand Manchester City something the Citizens had not received in a month: A loss.

Donovan enjoyed his second consecutive solid outing in the Toffees' 2-0 win, constantly threatening Manchester City's back line with his darting runs down the flank and deadly crosses, two of which almost resulted in goals.

Dempsey suffers knee injury, will undergo scans Monday

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If you were concerned at the thought of the U.S. national team heading into the World Cup without injured Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu, you might not want to hear about the team's latest injury blow.

Clint Dempsey suffered a knee injury and hobbled off the field in the second half of Fulham's 2-0 loss to Blackburn on Sunday.

Ronaldinho nets hat-trick in massive Milan win

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Ronaldinho's struggles over the past couple years have been well-documented, but his most recent performance for AC Milan is just the latest example of him returning to his best.

A rejuvenated Ronaldinho shone in Milan's massive victory over lowly Siena on Sunday, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-0 win that kept the Rossoneri within striking distance of first-place Inter Milan.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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There are few teams in the world playing better soccer than AC Milan and few players enjoying finer form than Ronaldinho.

The Brazilian star and the club David Beckham now calls home will look to keep their hot streak going today against the cellar-dwellars from Siena.

If mismatches aren't your style, then Napoli-Palermo and Bordeaux-Marseille can offer better match-ups for your viewing pleasure.

Reports: Orozco set for MLS move to Philly

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American defender Michael Orozco has been off the U.S. national team radar for some time, but he may be set for a move to help him get back into Bob Bradley's sights.

Reports from Mexico have linked Orozco to a move to Major League Soccer. Record is reporting that Orozco has left San Luis and will be signing with the Philadelphia Union.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Landon Donovan's first home game for Everton will see him face red-hot Manchester City.

Everton-City is can't-miss action for American fans, but all soccer fans will want to be watching the La Liga battle between Barcelona and Sevilla. If you want some non-European soccer, then Boca Juniors-Estudiantes should provide enough spice in one of Spain's top rivalries.

It's Q&A Time (2010 MLS Draft Edition)

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The 2010 MLS Draft is in the books and while it is easy to see which teams made out on draft day, I'm sure SBI readers have plenty of questions about the selections made on Thursday.

We will provide some in-depth analysis on the draft on Monday, but if you want some breakdowns on how teams did, you can check out my MLS Draft Grades piece on ESPN.

Altidore discusses tragedy in Haiti

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As the world comes together to try and help the people of Haiti deal with the devastation following the recent Earthquake, the situation has impacted few in the soccer world as much as U.S. national team star Jozy Altidore, the son of Haitian immigrants.

Altidore has been at the forefront of efforts to raise awareness and promote contributions in the days since the earthquake and recently spoke to ESPN.

Bolton considering offer for Holden

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Stuart Holden's trial with Bolton is going well, and manager Owen Coyle has revealed that he is considering offering Holden a contract.

Coyle wouldn't say anything definite about a contract, but he did state that Holden was doing well during his trial.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Bundesliga winter break is over, and for Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach, that means it's time to pick up where they left off in their continuous battle against relegation.

Moenchengladbach currently sits five points above the drop zone, and will be hoping to build on that advantage as it takes on relegation-threatened VfL Bochum.

Wake Forest talent factory produces again

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PHILADELPHIA - Stepping up to the microphone and saying the words have become a regular part of Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber's annual offseason duty.

Teenage trio headlines first Union draft

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Philadelphia Union weren't finished wheeling and dealing until the very morning of Thursday's draft. Deals with FC Dallas and D.C. United left the newest MLS club with three first round picks, and a chance to continue the team-building process that started last November.

Your MLS Draft Questions Answered (Part One)

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The 2010 MLS Draft takes place tomorrow and since I know SBI readers have tons of questions, I will try to answer as many of them as I can in the hours leading up to the draft.

I will be looking to post one more Two-Round Mock Draft and one final MLS Big Board later on today.

SBI 2010 MLS Mock Draft (FINAL)

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You've seen all of the mock drafts before. We have one more for you to see.

Here is the final 2010 MLS Mock Draft by SBI. It is two rounds long, and I may even add a third round at some point today, time permitting. I'm battling some flu-like symptoms and will be making the drive south shortly.

Van Den Bergh in limbo as FC Dallas preps for draft

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When FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman told SBI earlier this week that he was open to offers for midfielder Dave Van Den Bergh, the news came as no surprise to MLS teams. However, when he said that the team's assist leader was still in Dallas' plans, that statement came as news to one person.

Johnson debuts, Bocanegra returns in Wednesday's action

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If you were closely following Wednesday's proceedings of the upcoming MLS Draft, you may have missed two former MLS standouts seeing the field for their clubs.

Tendonitis ends Tracy's USMNT camp stint

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The U.S. Men's National Team received a bit of bad news on Wednesday to go along with some bad weather at training camp as another player will be heading home.

Aalborg forward Marcus Tracy will be out for the duration of camp and will be returning to Denmark after a medical evaluation on Wednesday.

2010 MLS Draft (Pre-Draft Commentary)

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The day is finally here.

After months of trying to figure out which players MLS teams might want to draft, and weeks of trying to figure out who the top prospects are, the day has arrived when we will find out which top college and youth national team players will be heading to which teams.

2010 MLS Draft Commentary

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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The draft is just 15 minutes away and Don Garber is addressing the crowd.

Sorry about the late start, but some technical difficulties have forced a computer change. Excitement is building as the draft nears.

I'll be providing commentary below.

Wizards deny "shopping around" Jimmy Conrad

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The Kansas City Wizards took part in the pre-draft ritual of endless trade talk, but unlike other teams, the Wizards wound up the subjects of one of the juicier rumors of MLS Draft Day 2010. Various reports, including one on the ESPN broadcast of the MLS Draft, reported that the Wizards were shopping around U.

U.S.-El Salvador friendly to be played in Tampa

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By AVI CREDITOR

The U.S. men's national team will play CONCACAF foe El Salvador in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 24 in a pre-World-Cup friendly (7pm, ESPN Classic/Telefutura), U.S. Soccer announced today.

"El Salvador proved to be a strong team in the final round of qualifying, and will pose a good test for this group," U.

Preki, Dooley named to 2010 Hall of Fame class

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By AVI CREDITOR

This summer's induction ceremony in Oneonta will have a bit of a European feel to it.

The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame opened its doors to two more members Thursday night, as current Toronto F.

Preki, Dooley named to 2010 Hall of Fame class

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By AVI CREDITOR

This summer's induction ceremony in Oneonta will have a bit of a European feel to it.

The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame opened its doors to two more members Thursday night, as current Toronto F.

U.S.-El Salvador friendly to be played in Tampa

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By AVI CREDITOR

The U.S. men's national team will play CONCACAF foe El Salvador in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 24 in a pre-World-Cup friendly, U.S. Soccer announced today.

"El Salvador proved to be a strong team in the final round of qualifying, and will pose a good test for this group," U.

Wizards deny "shopping around" Jimmy Conrad

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The Kansas City Wizards took part in the pre-draft ritual of endless trade talk, but unlike other teams, the Wizards wound up the subjects of one of the juicier rumors of MLS Draft Day 2010. Various reports, including one on the ESPN broadcast of the MLS Draft, reported that the Wizards were shopping around U.

2010 MLS Draft Commentary

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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The draft is just 15 minutes away and Don Garber is addressing the crowd.

Sorry about the late start, but some technical difficulties have forced a computer change. Excitement is building as the draft nears.

I'll be providing commentary below.

Tendonitis ends Tracy's USMNT camp stint

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The U.S. Men's National Team received a bit of bad news on Wednesday to go along with some bad weather at training camp as another player will be heading home.

Aalborg forward Marcus Tracy will be out for the duration of camp and will be returning to Denmark after a medical evaluation on Wednesday.

2010 MLS Draft (Pre-Draft Commentary)

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The day is finally here.

After months of trying to figure out which players MLS teams might want to draft, and weeks of trying to figure out who the top prospects are, the day has arrived when we will find out which top college and youth national team players will be heading to which teams.

Johnson debuts, Bocanegra returns in Wednesday's action

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If you were closely following Wednesday's proceedings of the upcoming MLS Draft, you may have missed two former MLS standouts seeing the field for their clubs.

Van Den Bergh in limbo as FC Dallas preps for draft

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When FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman told SBI earlier this week that he was open to offers for midfielder Dave Van Den Bergh, the news came as no surprise to MLS teams. However, when he said that the team's assist leader was still in Dallas' plans, that statement came as news to one person.

SBI 2010 MLS Mock Draft (FINAL)

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You've seen all of the mock drafts before. We have one more for you to see.

Here is the final 2010 MLS Mock Draft by SBI. It is two rounds long, and I may even add a third round at some point today, time permitting. I'm battling some flu-like symptoms and will be making the drive south shortly.

Your MLS Draft Questions Answered (Part One)

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The 2010 MLS Draft takes place tomorrow and since I know SBI readers have tons of questions, I will try to answer as many of them as I can in the hours leading up to the draft.

I will be looking to post one more Two-Round Mock Draft and one final MLS Big Board later on today.

USA Training Camp Notebook: Conrad the leader and Gonzalez the advisor

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By ADAM SERRANO

On a rare chilly morning in Carson, California. the members of the United States Men's National team endured their longest training session to date. As the camp enters its second week, it is clear that the intensity level has been raised in preparation for the January 23rd friendly against Honduras at the Home Depot Center.

European Ticker: Chelsea chase Dzeko, Adebayor given leave and more

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by TRAVIS CLARK

With the arrival of the transfer window, the speculation of Edin Dzeko's future is once again up in the air.

The Wolfsburg striker, who has been linked to AC Milan, Arsenal, Manchester City and United in the past, is being chased by Milan once again.

2010 MLS Combine: Matchday Three (Live Commentary)

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The last day of the 2010 MLS Combine is underway and this morning should help solidify draft places for many of the top spots in the draft.

I will be providing some live commentary (and sharing some of the good tidbits of info) throughout the morning (power supply permitting).

Fox to launch second soccer channel

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Fans of soccer in the United States will have yet another viewing outlet to get their fix. Fox has announced plans for a new soccer channel that will be launch in the next two months.

The new channel will be known as Fox Soccer Plus, and is scheduled to carry Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Serie A matches that are already broadcast on FSC.

MLS Combine Day 3 Recap

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS Combine has come to a close, and the final day of action saw some of the lesser-known players raise their stock.

Both of the day's games ended 1-0, with defender Tennant McVea heading home the winner in F50i's match vs. Predator X, and a long-range blast from midfielder Eric Alexander proving to be the difference in Condivo's win over Jabulani.

USA World Cup bid announces final 18 cities

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This afternoon the U.S. World Cup bid committee announced the list of 18 cities that would be submitted as a part of the bid to host the 2018/2022 World Cup.

According to U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, the final list of cities average a stadium capacity of around 78,000, with the possibility of 5,000,000 World Cup tickets available for either a 2018 or 2022 tournament.

Report: Schelotto re-signs with Crew

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The future of Guillermo Barros Schelotto was one of the many questions surrounding the Columbus Crew this offseason. That's one question that can now be answered, as reports indicate the Argentine has re-signed with the club.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Crew were able to come to an agreement that will keep Schelotto in Columbus for the 2010 season.

It's MLS Draft Q&A Time

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With the MLS Combine in the books, it is time to start looking toward Thursday's 2010 MLS Draft.

In case you haven't seen them, here is my First Round Mock Draft for ESPN.com, as well as my list of players who had their stock rise or fall at the Combine. As far as the stock moving story, those were far from the only players to help or hurt their stock, but just a handful of each.

MLS Combine's Top Performers

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2010 MLS Combine is history, but before it gets put to bed, we're going to look at the combine's top performers.

While several players impressed during the three days worth of matches in freezing Fort Lauderdale, FL., only a few can be labeled as the cream of the crop.

MLS Combine's Top Performers

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2010 MLS Combine is history, but before it gets put to bed, we're going to look at the combine's top performers.

While several players impressed during the three days worth of matches in freezing Fort Lauderdale, FL., only a few can be labeled as the cream of the crop.

It's MLS Draft Q&A Time

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With the MLS Combine in the books, it is time to start looking toward Thursday's 2010 MLS Draft.

In case you haven't seen them, here is my First Round Mock Draft for ESPN.com, as well as my list of players who had their stock rise or fall at the Combine. As far as the stock moving story, those were far from the only players to help or hurt their stock, but just a handful of each.

Report: Schelotto re-signs with Crew

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The future of Guillermo Barros Schelotto was one of the many questions surrounding the Columbus Crew this offseason. That's one question that can now be answered, as reports today suggest the Argentine re-signed with the club.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Crew were able to come to an agreement that will keep Schelotto in Columbus for the 2010 season.

USA World Cup bid announces final 18 cities

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This afternoon the U.S. World Cup bid committee announced the list of 18 cities that would be submitted as a part of the bid to host the 2018/2022 World Cup.

According to U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, the final list of cities average a stadium capacity of around 78,000, with the possibility of 5,000,000 World Cup tickets available for either a 2018 or 2022 tournament.

MLS Combine Day 3 Recap

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS Combine has come to a close, and the final day of action saw some of the lesser-known players raise their stock.

Both of the day's games ended 1-0, with defender Tennant McVea heading home the winner in F50i's match vs. Predator X, and a long-range blast from midfielder Eric Alexander proving to be the difference in Condivo's win over Jabulani.

Fox to launch second soccer channel

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Fans of soccer in the United States will have yet another viewing outlet to get their fix. Fox has announced plans for a new soccer channel that will be launch in the next two months.

The new channel will be known as Fox Soccer Plus, and is scheduled to carry Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Serie A matches that are already broadcast on FSC.

European Ticker: Chelsea chase Dzeko, Adebayor given leave and more

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by TRAVIS CLARK

With the arrival of the transfer window, the speculation of Edin Dzeko's future is once again up in the air.

The Wolfsburg striker, who has been linked to AC Milan, Arsenal, Manchester City and United in the past, is being chased by Milan once again.

2010 MLS Combine: Matchday Three

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The last day of the 2010 MLS Combine is underway and this morning should help solidify draft places for many of the top spots in the draft.

I will be providing some live commentary (and sharing some of the good tidbits of info) throughout the morning (power supply permitting). Feel free to follow along, and as always, share your thoughts below.

Tracy rides fast track to national team camp

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By ADAM SERRANO

Marcus Tracy has endured his share of ups and downs in his first year of professional soccer, but the former Wake Forest standout has come through it in impressive fashion and did enough to earn a look from U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley.

MLS prospects eager for second day at Combine

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS Combine resumes today after a break in the action following a cold and rainy first day in Fort Lauderdale, and for some of the MLS draft prospects looking to impress, day two could not have come any sooner.

The first day of the combine displayed better soccer than most pundits have come to expect from day one, but for most of the MLS prospects, the games were difficult to play in for a myriad of reasons.

FC Dallas could hold key to the 2010 MLS Draft

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With the 2010 MLS Draft just days away it is becoming increasingly clear that FC Dallas will be one of the key controllers of the action at Saturday's draft.

FC Dallas currently holds the No. 5 and No. 6 picks in the draft, and with a roster that is already one of the youngest in MLS, Dallas is poised to be the target of teams interested in moving up in the draft.

MLS Combine: Matchday Two

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The second day of the 2010 MLS Combine is about to get underway and it's a MUCH better day weatherwise. Players are anxious to build on (or forget) day one, so today should offer better insight into the draft class.

I will be providing live commentary throughout the day so please feel free to follow along here.

MLS Combine Day Two sees prospects improve

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The second day of the MLS Combine is complete, and as expected, there were much better performances from a team and individual standpoint.

The weather conditions improved in Ft. Lauderdale and so did the level of play, with some of Day One's top performers continuing to impress.

MLS Combine Day Two sees prospects improve

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The second day of the MLS Combine is complete, and as expected, there were much better performances from a team and individual standpoint.

The weather conditions improved in Ft. Lauderdale and so did the level of play, with some of Day One's top performers continuing to impress.

MLS Combine: Matchday Two

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The second day of the 2010 MLS Combine is about to get underway and it's a MUCH better day weatherwise. Players are anxious to build on (or forget) day one, so today should offer better insight into the draft class.

Before I get going with the commentary, I will be taking part in MLSNet's Combine Coverage.

FC Dallas could hold key to the draft

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With the 2010 MLS Draft just days away it is becoming increasingly clear that FC Dallas will be one of the key controllers of the action at Saturday's draft.

FC Dallas currently holds the No. 5 and No. 6 picks in the draft, and with a roster that is already one of the youngest in MLS, Dallas is poised to be the target of teams interested in moving up in the draft.

MLS prospects eager for second day at Combine

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS Combine resumes today after a break in the action following a cold and rainy first day in Fort Lauderdale, and for some of the MLS draft prospects looking to impress, day two could not have come any sooner.

The first day of the combine displayed better soccer than most pundits have come to expect from day one, but for most of the MLS prospects, the games were difficult to play in for a myriad of reasons.

Tracy rides fast track to national team camp

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By ADAM SERRANO

Marcus Tracy has endured his share of ups and downs in his first year of professional soccer, but the former Wake Forest standout has come through it in impressive fashion and did enough to earn a look from U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley.

Monday Kickoff: Notes on Holden, Chicago and the African Cup of Nations

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Stuart Holden's European adventure is now taking him to Bolton.

The soon-to-be former Houston Dynamo midfielder is reportedly set to begin a trial with Bolton after initially heading to England for a trial with Burnley.

Monday Kickoff: Notes on Holden, Chicago and the African Cup of Nations

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Stuart Holden's European adventure is now taking him to Bolton.

The soon-to-be former Houston Dynamo midfielder is reportedly set to begin a trial with Bolton after initially heading to England for a trial with Burnley.

SBI is heading to the MLS Combine

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The 2010 MLS Player Combine will kick off on Saturday as more than 70 of the best players availabe for the draft will play and attempt to impress scouts ahead of Thursday's MLS Draft.

SBI will be providing detailed coverage of the Combine, including live match commentaries, features and breakdowns of who is and isn't impressing in Fort Lauderdale.

U.S. World Cup bid to cut nine cities

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Even with eight years to go, the U.S. World Cup bid committee for 2018/2022 is still hard at work. On Tuesday, the list of possible host cities will be reduced from 27 to 18.

Tuesday's announcement is scheduled to take place at the ESPN Zone in Times Square. Below is the list of 27 cities that are vying for the 18 spots.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Landon Donovan isn't waiting long to take his chance during his new loan with Everton.

The U.S. national team star is starting for the Toffees today in their match against Arsenal. Donovan just joined Everton but has apparently made enough of an impression to get the start.

USA Training Camp Notes: McDonald and Kljestan held out of practice

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The United States wrapped up day four of training camp on a balmy Friday morning in Carson, California, and as usual with players returning from the off season, there were a few bumps and bruises.

San Jose Earthquakes defender Brandon McDonald was pulled from the second half of training for precautionary reasons with a mild right calf strain.

MLS Combine Preview (and some Day One Updates)

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It is a frigid and rainy day in Fort Lauderdale as Major League Soccer's top draft prospects prepare to play in the 2010 MLS Player Combine. It's a truly miserable day, but one the potential draftees will have to endure.

Before I get to our primer on the Combine, here are some tidbits MLS fans will be interested in:

New York Red Bulls fans wondering who will be scouting prospects and running the draft will be happy to hear that former technical director Jeff Agoos will not be part of that process.

MLS Combine: Matchday One Commentary

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The 2010 MLS Combine is set to kick off and the best way to describe the scene at Central Broward Regional Park is miserable. It's rainy and cold and a terrible setting, but the players on display today will have to suck it up and show they're tough as well as skilled.

The projected No.

MLS Combine Day One (A quick recap)

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The first day of the 2010 MLS Combine is in the books and while it was a truly ugly day, there was actually some good soccer played and some impressive performances put in.

I won't go into great detail just yet about the day's events (I'll save a more detailed breakdown for tomorrow), but I will provide you with some lists of overall performances for day one:

PLAYED VERY WELL

Tony Tchani, Ike Opara, Justin Morrow, Drew Yates, Irving Garcia, Michael Stevens, Zach Loyd, Othaniel Yanez.

MLS Combine: Day One Rewind

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It was cold, wet and pretty miserable in Fort Lauderdale on the first day of the MLS Combine, but that didn't stop the players on dsiplay from actually putting forth some better soccer than we've come to expect from the first day of the Combine.

Many of the draft's top prospects played like top prospects, while some others experienced what could be written off as the traditional first-day jitters that can hit even the best players (like Omar Gonzalez last year).

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan's much-anticipated English Premier League debut came with less than a week's worth of training, and even though he was unfamiliar with his new teammates and the English style of play, he did not disappoint.

Donovan made his presence felt 13 minutes into Everton's match vs.

Africa Cup of Nations: Mali comeback stuns Angola while Togo return home

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by TRAVIS CLARK

There was a somber mood over the opening of the Africa Cup of Nations, but they played on in spite of the attack on the Togo national team.

Angola was all over Mali for the first 75 minutes, scoring four goals to get the jump on their opponents.

Africa Cup of Nations: Mali comeback stuns Angola while Togo return home

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by TRAVIS CLARK

There was a somber mood over the opening of the Africa Cup of Nations, but they played on in spite of the attack on the Togo national team.

Angola was all over Mali for the first 75 minutes, scoring four goals to get the jump on their opponents.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan's much-anticipated English Premier League debut came with less than a week's worth of training, and even though he was unfamiliar with his new teammates and the English style of play, he did not disappoint.

Donovan made his presence felt 13 minutes into Everton's match vs.

MLS Combine: Day One Rewind

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It was cold, wet and pretty miserable in Fort Lauderdale on the first day of the MLS Combine, but that didn't stop the players on dsiplay from actually putting forth some better soccer than we've come to expect from the first day of the Combine.

Many of the draft's top prospects played like top prospects, while some others experienced what could be written off as the traditional first-day jitters that can hit even the best players (like Omar Gonzalez last year).

MLS Combine Day One (A quick recap)

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The first day of the 2010 MLS Combine is in the books and while it was a truly ugly day, there was actually some good soccer played and some impressive performances put in.

I won't go into great detail just yet about the day's events (I'll save a more detailed breakdown for tomorrow), but I will provide you with some lists of overall performances for day one:

PLAYED VERY WELL

Tony Tchani, Ike Opara, Justin Morrow, Drew Yates, Irving Garcia, Michael Stevens, Zach Loyd, Othaniel Yanez.

MLS Combine: Matchday One Commentary

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The 2010 MLS Combine is set to kick off and the best way to describe the scene at Central Broward Regional Park is miserable. It's rainy and cold and a terrible setting, but the players on display today will have to suck it up and show they're tough as well as skilled.

The projected No.

MLS Combine Preview (and some Day One Updates)

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It is a frigid and rainy day in Fort Lauderdale as Major League Soccer's top draft prospects prepare to play in the 2010 MLS Player Combine. It's a truly miserable day, but one the potential draftees will have to endure.

Before I get to our primer on the Combine, here are some tidbits MLS fans will be interested in:

New York Red Bulls fans wondering who will be scouting prospects and running the draft will be happy to hear that former technical director Jeff Agoos will not be part of that process.

USA Training Camp Notes: McDonald and Kljestan held out of practice

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The United States wrapped up day four of training camp on a balmy Friday morning in Carson, California, and as usual with players returning from the off season, there were a few bumps and bruises.

San Jose Earthquakes defender Brandon McDonald was pulled from the second half of training for precautionary reasons with a mild right calf strain.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Landon Donovan isn't waiting long to take his chance during his new loan with Everton.

The U.S. national team star is starting for the Toffees today in their match against Arsenal. Donovan just joined Everton but has apparently made enough of an impression to get the start.

Everton-Arsenal is just one of the matches you can watch today.

U.S. World Cup bid to cut nine cities

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Even with eight years to go, the U.S. World Cup bid committee for 2018/2022 is still hard at work. On Tuesday, the list of possible host cities will be reduced from 27 to 18.

Tuesday's announcement is scheduled to take place at the ESPN Zone in Times Square. Below is the list of 27 cities that are vying for the 18 spots.

SBI is heading to the MLS Combine

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The 2010 MLS Player Combine will kick off on Saturday as more than 70 of the best players availabe for the draft will play and attempt to impress scouts ahead of Thursday's MLS Draft.

SBI will be providing detailed coverage of the Combine, including live match commentaries, features and breakdowns of who is and isn't impressing in Fort Lauderdale.

Togo bus attacked by rebels

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Tragedy has struck ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations as several media outlets are reporting an attack on the Togo national team bus that was transporting them to Angola.

The BBC is reporting that a group of armed rebels opened fire on the bus as it crossed the border into the oil-rich nation.

European Transfer Ticker: Arsenal eye Campbell, Liverpool close in on Maxi and more

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by TRAVIS CLARK

Consider this the transfer week of retreads. Another ex-Arsenal player is linked with a return to England, as out-of-contract defender Sol Campbell hasn't been ruled out by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The 35-year-old was last under contract with Notts County, before leaving the club after playing just one game for the club.

African Cup of Nations: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The World Cup in South Africa is the international tournament everyone is waiting for, but over in Angola another prestigious tournament is ready to take place.

The African Cup of Nations (ACN)Â kicks off this weekend, providing 16 teams with the chance to raise the most coveted trophy in African soccer.

SBI 2010 MLS Mock Draft (Version 3.0)

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The 2010 MLS Draft is less than a week away, and the MLS Combine is just a day away, meaning the prospects in this year's draft will soon have their chance to improve their stock and are just days from learning their professional fates.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Landon Donovan is to silence his critics once and for all, now is the time.

After a week of adjusting to life in England and training with Everton, Donovan has a chance to make his much-awaited Premiership debut when the Toffees visit Arsenal and Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Report: United States sets El Salvador friendly

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If you were hoping that the U.S. national team would play a friendly between its Honduras and Netherlands exhibitions, you may have just received your wish.

The U.S. team will continue its World Cup preparations by playing host to El Salvador in a friendly on February 24. The stadium in which the game will be played has yet to be confirmed.

Report: Chicago hires De Los Cobos as head coach

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The Chicago Fire's lengthy courtship of Mexican coach Carlos De Los Cobos is finally over and the last vacant MLS coaching job has been filled.

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Fire and De Los Cobos have agreed to terms on a deal and De Los Cobos will be introduced as the Fire's head coach on Monday.

U.S. Soccer Federation launches new second division

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by TRAVIS CLARK

Second division soccer in the United States isn't dead after all. One week after the U.S. Soccer Federation denied the applications for both the USL and NASL, a new league has been created for the 2010 season.

The league will be divided into two conferences consisting of six teams each.

Beasley looking to extend Rangers contract

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DaMarcus Beasley figured to be heading out of Rangers in search of playing time when the winter transfer window opened. That all changed when Beasley went on a tear in December, displaying an impressive run of form that has given the U.S. national team midfielder a change of heart.

Beasley is in the final six months of his current contract, and would like to stay with the reigning Scottish Premier League champs, but Rangers have yet to contact him about a contract extension.

U.S. Soccer to unveil resolution to USL/NASL battle, new league likely

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U.S. Soccer has scheduled a 3pm conference call to discuss the resolution of the conflict between the USL and NASL, a conflict that led U.S. Soccer to reject both leagues' applications for approval as second-division leagues last week.

The USSF is expected to announce the formation of a combined league that will operate in 2010.

Red Bulls hire Hans Backe as new head coach

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The New York Red Bulls have announced the hiring of 57-year-old Swedish coach Hans Backe as the team's new head coach. A long-time confidant of Sven-Goran Eriksson, Backe most recently worked as head coach of English League two side Notts County, a job he quit after just seven weeks.

Report: Agbossoumonde heading to Braga on loan

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U.S. U-20 national team defender Gale Agbossoumonde is on his way to Europe, becoming one of the first members of the U-20 World Cup side to secure a deal abroad.

According to Yanks Abroad, the Miami FC defender is heading to Portuguese league leaders Sporting Braga on a six-month loan deal.

Bedoya looks to make mark in his first U.S. camp

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By ADAM SERRANO

A year ago, Alejandro Bedoya was a college standout making the difficult choice of heading to Europe to try and find success rather than staying in the United States and signing with MLS.

While other Americans have seen that decision not work out, Bedoya's first year in Europe has been a successful one, with the evidence of that success coming in the form of a U.

Adu seals move to Aris FC

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The much-rumored Freddy Adu move to Greece is now official. An 18-month loan deal has been agreed upon between Aris FC and Benfica, and Adu will join fellow American Eddie Johnson at the Greek club.

According to the club's official site (and Adu's Twitter page), Adu will join up through June 2011, with the club retaining an option to buy the attacker from Benfica.

Bradley downplays talk of Mexico friendly

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By ADAM SERRANO

The U.S. men's national team opened training camp in California on Tuesday and head coach Bob Bradley started proceedings by downplaying talk of a potential match against Mexico in February.

European Transfer Ticker: Vieira on the move, Vidic future uncertain and more

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by TRAVIS CLARK

Former Arsenal standout Patrick Vieira may very well be on his way back to the Premier League. And if rumors become reality, the French International could wind up playing at Eastlands under Roberto Mancini. Manchester City is expected to spend heavily in January, with the addition of Vieira look like a real possibility.

MLS/Americans Abroad transfer updates

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With the winter transfer period in full swing, we are starting to see plenty of movement involving MLS players as well as Americans making moves to and around Europe.

Here are a few updates on MLS and Americans Abroad player moves:

Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares has long been counted as a player on the move from MLS, now a destination has been identified.

SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 5.0)

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The 2010 MLS Combine is just three days away, meaning scouts and coaches from all 16 MLS teams are heading to Florida this weekend for a chance to see what the best of the MLS Draft pool has to offer.

SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 5.0)

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The 2010 MLS Combine is just three days away, meaning scouts and coaches from all 16 MLS teams are heading to Florida this weekend for a chance to see what the best of the MLS Draft pool has to offer.

MLS/Americans Abroad transfer updates

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With the winter transfer period in full swing, we are starting to see plenty of movement involving MLS players as well as Americans making moves to and around Europe.

Here are a few updates on MLS and Americans Abroad player moves:

Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares has long been counted as a player on the move from MLS, now a destination has been identified.

European Transfer Ticker: Vieira on the move, Vidic future uncertain and more

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by TRAVIS CLARK

Arsenal standout Patrick Vieira may very well be on his way back to the Premier League. And if rumors become reality, the French International could wind up playing at Eastlands under Roberto Mancini. Manchester City is expected to spend heavily in January, with the addition of Vieira look like a real possibility.

Bradley downplays talk of Mexico friendly

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By ADAM SERRANO

The U.S. men's national team opened training camp in California on Tuesday and head coach Bob Bradley started proceedings by downplaying talk of a potential match against Mexico in February.

Adu seals move to Aris FC

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The much-rumored Freddy Adu move to Greece is now official. An 18-month loan deal has been agreed upon between Aris FC and Benfica, and Adu will join fellow American Eddie Johnson at the Greek club.

According to the club's official site (and Adu's Twitter page), Adu will join up through June 2011, with the club retaining an option to buy the attacker from Benfica.

Tuesday Kickoff: Notes on Columbus, KC and more

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Good morning all. It's already a busy Tuesday so let's just jump right into the action:

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Guillermo Barros Schelotto is ready to secure his green card, a move that would suggest Schelotto isn't quite ready to leave MLS.

Onalfo introduced as D.C. United head coach

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The Curt Onalfo era is officially underway in D.C., as United's newest coach was formally introduced at a press conference Tuesday.

For a club that is used to success, D.C. United has been humbled in recent seasons, failing to qualify for the postseason the last two campaigns.

Thoughts on the MLS All-Decade Team and Player of the Decade

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The decade from 2000 to 2009 was a landmark period for Major League Soccer, both in terms of growth and improved quality of play, so it's only right to take a look back at the decade some are calling the Aughties.

A look at American moves to (and within) Europe

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With Freddy Adu set to join Eddie Johnson at Greek club Aris FC, and several other Americans preparing for loans and transfers to Europe from MLS, I wrote a piece on the subject of winter moves by American players for ESPN.com today.

While it is clear that many fans like the idea of Johnson and Adu heading to Greece to jumpstart their careers, it was interesting to hear Chicago Fire technical director and Greek League veteran Frank Klopas talk positively about the moves.

Clint Dempsey's wonder goal

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It wasn't a good day for Fulham on Tuesday, what with a first-half beatdown at the hands of Stoke City. The Cottagers nearly fought all the way back from a 3-0 deficit though thanks to a ridiculous goal from U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey.

Here is the goal:


Fulham went on to lose 3-2.

Clint Dempsey's wonder goal

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It wasn't a good day for Fulham on Tuesday, what with a first-half beatdown at the hands of Stoke City. The Cottagers nearly fought all the way back from a 3-0 deficit though thanks to a ridiculous goal from U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey.

Here is the goal:


Fulham went on to lose 3-2.

A look at American moves to (and within) Europe

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With Freddy Adu set to join Eddie Johnson at Greek club Aris FC, and several other Americans preparing for loans and transfers to Europe from MLS, I wrote a piece on the subject of winter moves by American players for ESPN.com today.

While it is clear that many fans like the idea of Johnson and Adu heading to Greece to jumpstart their careers, it was interesting to hear Chicago Fire technical director and Greek League veteran Frank Klopas talk positively about the moves.

Thoughts on the MLS All-Decade Team and Player of the Decade

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The decade from 2000 to 2009 was a landmark period for Major League Soccer, both in terms of growth and improved quality of play, so it's only right to take a look back at the decade some are calling the Aughties.

Onalfo introduced as D.C. United head coach

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The Curt Onalfo era is officially underway in D.C., as United's newest coach was formally introduced at a press conference Tuesday.

For a club that is used to success, D.C. United has been humbled in recent seasons, failing to qualify for the postseason the last two campaigns.

Tuesday Kickoff: Notes on Columbus, KC and more

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Good morning all. It's already a busy Tuesday so let's just jump right into the action:

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Guillermo Barros Schelotto is ready to secure his green card, a move that would suggest Schelotto isn't quite ready to leave MLS.

Monday Kickoff: On MLS labor talks, Landon's Everton arrival and more

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Happy New Year to all of you who are effectively beginning your 2010 today as you head back to work after the long weekend. There should be non-stop soccer to discuss from now until next winter so get ready for a great ride.

Today's first topic is the MLS labor talks, which sources tell me aren't going so well.

Your Questions Answered (Part 3)

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I know I've taken a while to answer a Q&A when I don't get around to it until the next decade.

Okay, so the November Q&A has taken a while to get through, but the end is near and this latest batch of Q&As should help provide some insight despite the fact that six weeks have gone by since these questions were asked.

SBI embarks on year three

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You may have missed it amid all the New Year's hoopla, but last Friday marked the second birthday of Soccer By Ives. It was two years ago on that day when I launched SBI with the hope of establishing one of the top American soccer sites in the business.

Two years later I can say with pride that we have done just that.

Report: Adu to sign 1.5 year deal with Aris FC

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Freddy Adu's quest for first-team playing time is taking him to Greece, where reports have linked him to a transfer move to Aris FC.

According to the Greek website Gazzetta, Adu will be signing a 1.5 year contract with Aris that will run through the 2010/2011 season. No word on whether the deal involves an actual transfer fee or if Benfica released him from his contract.

Landon Donovan's (hilarious) Mexican commercial

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If you have ever wondered just how much of a star Landon Donovan is in Mexico, consider that he's now starring in his own Mexican lottery commercial.

Here is one of the funniest soccer-themed commercials you'll ever see (especially if you're a USA fan who speaks Spanish):

For the Spanish-deficient, the premise of the commercial is that Donovan is sneaking into Mexico to play the Mexican lottery because it's easier to win.

2010 MLS Cup to be played at neutral site

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After first toying with the idea of having the highest remaining seed play host to the MLS Cup Final, Major League Soccer has decided to hold off on such a change and will keep the 2010 MLS Cup Final at a neutral site.

The league has yet to announce where the 2010 MLS Cup will be played, but the New York Red Bulls' new stadium in Harrison, New Jersey has to be considered a leading candidate.

2010 MLS Cup to be played at neutral site

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After first toying with the idea of having the highest remaining seed play host to the MLS Cup Final, Major League Soccer has decided to hold off on such a change and will keep the 2010 MLS Cup Final at a neutral site.

The league has yet to announce where the 2010 MLS Cup will be played, but the New York Red Bulls' new stadium in Harrison, New Jersey has to be considered a leading candidate.

Report: Adu to sign 1.5 year deal with Aris FC

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Freddy Adu's quest for first-team playing time is taking him to Greece, where reports have linked him to a transfer move to Aris FC.

According to the Greek website Gazzetta, Adu will be signing a 1.5 year contract with Aris that will run through the 2010/2011 season. No word on whether the deal involves an actual transfer fee or if Benfica released him from his contract.

Landon Donovan's (hilarious) Mexican commercial

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If you have ever wondered just how much of a star Landon Donovan is in Mexico, consider that he's now starring in his own Mexican lottery commercial.

Here is one of the funniest soccer-themed commercials you'll ever see (especially if you're a USA fan who speaks Spanish):

For the Spanish-deficient, the premise of the commercial is that Donovan is sneaking into Mexico to play the Mexican lottery because it's easier to win.

SBI embarks on year three

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You may have missed it amid all the New Year's hoopla, but last Friday marked the second birthday of Soccer By Ives. It was two years ago on that day when I launched SBI with the hope of establishing one of the top American soccer sites in the business.

Two years later I can say with pride that we have done just that.

Your Questions Answered (Part 3)

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I know I've taken a while to answer a Q&A when I don't get around to it until the next decade.

Okay, so the November Q&A has taken a while to get through, but the end is near and this latest batch of Q&As should help provide some insight despite the fact that six weeks have gone by since these questions were asked.

Monday Kickoff: On MLS labor talks, Landon's Everton arrival and more

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Happy New Year to all of you who are effectively beginning your 2010 today as you head back to work after the long weekend. There should be non-stop soccer to discuss from now until next winter so get ready for a great ride.

Today's first topic is the MLS labor talks, which sources tell me aren't going so well.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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When Maurice Edu was in the midst of recovering from his lengthy knee injury, he targeted to return in Rangers' first match of the new year, the Old Firm showdown. Edu made his season debut earlier than expected, playing briefly last week, but he saw his most significant playing time since last season vs.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by FRANCO PANIZO

When Maurice Edu was in the midst of recovering from his lengthy knee injury, he targeted to return in Rangers' first match of the new year, the Old Firm showdown. Edu made his season debut earlier than expected, playing briefly last week, but he saw his most significant playing time since last season vs.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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One of the older rivalries in English soccer has been renewed this morning as Manchester United takes on Leeds in FA Cup action today.

Man Utd-Leeds is just one of several quality FA Cup third round tilts on display today. West Ham-Arsenal and Chelsea-Watford are also kicking off today. If the English game isn't your cup of tea, there is also La Liga and InterLiga action taking place.

Adu reveals decision is between Hull and Aris

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Freddy Adu figured to be weighing transfer and loan options this winter, but he has apparently let the public know just which options he is considering the most seriously.

Adu revealed on Twitter on Sunday that he is choosing between English side Hull City and Greek club Aris FC.

Adu reveals decision is between Hull and Aris

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Freddy Adu figured to be weighing transfer and loan options this winter, but he has apparently let the public know just which options he is considering the most seriously.

Adu revealed on Twitter on Sunday that he is choosing between English side Hull City and Greek club Aris FC.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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One of the older rivalries in English soccer has been renewed this morning as Manchester United takes on Leeds in FA Cup action today.

Man Utd-Leeds is just one of several quality FA Cup third round tilts on display today. West Ham-Arsenal and Chelsea-Watford are also kicking off today.

If you will be watching today's action, or you want to discuss this morning's Old Firm clash between Rangers and Celtic, feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Guzan saves potential game-tying penalty in Aston Villa victory

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Brad Guzan is turning into a penalty kick-stopping machine.

With the score 1-0 against Blackburn in the third round of the FA Cup, Guzan guessed correctly to deny David Dunn's potential equalizer from the penalty spot, and five minutes later, the Villains scored the eventual game-winner.

Guzan stays hot, saves penalty in Aston Villa victory

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Brad Guzan has made a habit out of shining when his number has been called, and his performance against Blackburn was just the latest solid outing in a string of impressive showings.

Guzan made three saves to help Aston Villa to a 3-1 victory over Blackburn in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Report: Holden to trial with Burnley

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Stuart Holden is undoubtedly an up-and-coming player for the U.S. national team, but that apparently has not convinced English Premier League club Burnley enough to sign the now-free agent midfielder.

According to reports, Holden will go on trial with Burnley, although when the trial begins and for how long has not been revealed.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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It is the first weekend of 2010 and despite there being only two different countries with Americans Abroad in action, there is still a plethora of quality matches on tap.

The third round of the FA Cup kicks off this weekend, and for a pair of U.

SBI 2010 MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

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What a difference one decision can make.

Danny Mwanga's decision to sign a Generation adidas contract and enter the 2010 MLS Draft served to set off a string of dominos throughout the first round of SBI's MLS Mock Draft.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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With 2009 in the rearview mirror, the new year brings with it great promise and new challenges for the world's best teams and players.

FC Barcelona will look to take on those new challenges after winning every trophy it could in 2009. The quest for new hardware begins today when Barcelona takes on Villarreal.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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With 2009 in the rearview mirror, the new year brings with it great promise and new challenges for the world's best teams and players.

FC Barcelona will look to take on those new challenges after winning every trophy it could in 2009. The quest for new hardware begins today when Barcelona takes on Villarreal.

SBI 2010 MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

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AMOBI OKUGO

Photo by ISIphotos.com

What a difference one decision can make.

Danny Mwanga's decision to sign a Generation adidas contract and enter the 2010 MLS Draft served to set off a string of dominos throughout the first round of SBI's MLS Mock Draft.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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by FRANCO PANIZO

It is the first weekend of 2010 and despite there being only two different countries with Americans Abroad in action, there is still a plethora of quality matches on tap.

The third round of the FA Cup kicks off this weekend, and for a pair of U.

Report: Holden to trial with Burnley

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Stuart Holden is undoubtedly an up-and-coming player for the U.S. national team, but that apparently has not convinced English Premier League club Burnley enough to sign the now-free agent midfielder.

According to reports, Holden will go on trial with Burnley, although when the trial begins and for how long has not been revealed.

Happy New Year from SBI (and a Generation adidas update)

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Happy New Year everybody. 2010 has arrived and we here at SBI want to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year. 2009 was a special year in American soccer and 2010 should be even better.

The work never stops on SBI though. Our last news item of the year is a Generation adidas update. Sources have confirmed for SBI that Wake Forest standouts Ike Opara and Corben Bone have both signed Generation adidas contracts and will be available in the 2010 MLS Draft.

Happy New Year from SBI (and a Generation adidas update)

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Happy New Year everybody. 2010 has arrived and we here at SBI want to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year. 2009 was a special year in American soccer and 2010 should be even better.

The work never stops on SBI though. Our last news item of the year is a Generation adidas update. Sources have confirmed for SBI that Wake Forest standouts Ike Opara and Corben Bone have both signed Generation adidas contracts and will be available in the 2010 MLS Draft.