NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When Bob Bradley reflects on the U.S. national team's March camp, one of the
major things he'll take away from it is the play of some of his younger players, and that doesn't
only refer to Juan Agudelo and Timmy Chandler.
Lost in the shuffle amid the announcement of Manchester's United's full U.S. schedule Tuesday,
Sporting Kansas City announced a friendly against another English Premier LeagueÂ club with plenty
of tradition -- Newcastle United.
The U.S. men's national team has just one more match before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and these
past two friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay were rather important in helping Bob Bradley
with his personnel and tactical decisions ahead of this summer's competition.
While the U.S. men's national team was attempting to find a way to crack Paraguay's defense in
Nashville, the Under-20 national team was busy pummeling Suriname's in its World Cup qualifying
opener in Guatemala City.
Any long-time soccer fan knows better than to put a lot of stock into international friendlies
but, even so, fans of Ghana and Australia will be happy with their positive results against a
couple of traditional European powerhouses.
A last-gasp equalizer from Asamoah Gyan gave the Black Stars a 1-1 drawÂ against an
understrengthed England side at Wembley.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The quality of play from the U.S. men's national team was much improved
against ParaguayÂ than it was three days prior versus Argentina, but that didn't translate into a
victory for the Americans.
Paraguay defeated the United States, 1-0, through an Oscar Cardozo goal in the first half.
The U.S. men's national team is in Nashville tonight to take on Paraguay (8pm, Fox Soccer
Channel/Telefutura) in its final friendly before the Gold Cup squad is chosen in May and tonight's
match could go a long way toward determining which players make that roster.
In a week when there were once again a handful of worthy contenders, Real Salt Lake playmaker
Javier Morales emerged as the clear-cut choice to win this week's SBI MLS Player of the Week.
Morales edged out San Jose's Chris Wondolowski and Toronto FC's Javier Martina and New England's
Shalrie Joseph for the award after his two-goal performance helped Real Salt Lake dismantle the Los
Angeles Galaxy 4-1.
The U.S. men's national team heads into tonight's friendly vs. Paraguay searching for its first
win of 2011, but also searching for the right combination of players as the team draws closer and
closer to this summer's Gold Cup.
Tonight's friendly (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel) should provide a showcase for some talented
youngsters who impressed in Saturday's match against Argentina.
No Chad Ochocinco didn't earn a Major League Soccer contract, but he wasn't given his walking
After his trial with Sporting Kansas City came to an end, Ochocinco was granted the opportunity
to continue working out with the club's reserve team as long as he'd like until the NFL lockout
situation is resolved.
The United States Under-20 national team begins its quest to book a summer trip to the U-20
World Cup in Colombia tonight with its opening match of the CONCACAF championships against Suriname
(8 p.m, ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes).
Thomas Rongen's charges will face Panama on April 2 in its other group-stage match before
potentially advancing to the quarterfinals, where the winners all qualify for the World Cup.
To say there's a German influence on the current U.S. national team is a bit of an
understatement these days.
Along with Bundesliga veterans Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan, the national team has also
welcomed German-born players Jermaine Jones, Timmy Chandler and David Yelldell into the fray in
If you thought your summer soccer plans were going to be limited to MLS and the Gold Cup, think
Major League Soccer recently announced the staging of the World Football Challenge from July
14th through August 6th and now sources have revealed the names of some of the clubs being lined up
to compete in the competition.
A couple of high-profile friendlies and a handful of EURO 2012 qualifiers highlight Tuesday's
action as the international break continues.
England takes on Ghana in a matchup of two U.S. opponents from the 2010 World Cup. England will
look to vet new players like Jack Wilshere and Matthew Jarvis while 30-year-old Scott Parker is
making a case for a full-time position in the starting lineup.
The U.S. national team's impressive second-half performance in Saturday's 1-1 tie vs. Argentina
has the team heading into Tuesday's friendly against Paraguay with confidence as Bob Bradley faces
some tough questions about just which players he will turn to for the team's second game in four
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -Â Prior to Saturday, Jay DeMerit had not played at the international level
since the World Cup Round of 16 loss to Ghana nine months ago. That could've been easy to forget
judging by the solid performance the veteran put forth against Lionel Messi and Argentina.
There has been plenty said, and written, about Chad Ochocinco's trial with Sporting Kansas City,
but this behind-the-scenes video of his stint in Kansas City offers some pretty good insight into
the trial and the NFL star's positive approach and respectful attitude toward the trial.
Count me among those very impressed by his attitude and respect for the game.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ever since Charlie Davies was involved in the notorious car accident
that severely injured him, U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley has been in search of a
second forward to pair with Jozy Altidore.
Bradley may have found that forward in 18-year-old Juan Agudelo.
The list of missing players was like a Who's-Who of New York Red Bulls standouts. Thierry Henry,
Juan Agudelo, Rafa Marquez, Tim Ream, Dane Richards and goalkeepers Bouna Coundoul and Greg Sutton
were all missing from the Red Bulls' lineup on Saturday, but that didn't stop New York from earning
a tough road point against an Eastern Conference rival.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When head coach Bob Bradley told Timmy Chandler that he'd be entering
the U.S. national team's match against Argentina for his international debut, the 20-year-old right
back's reaction was not one of a newcomer getting ready to face the best player in the world in
Lionel Messi in his first cap.
Chivas USA is looking for their first win of the Robin Fraser era, but will need a victory over
the defending MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids to do so.
Both teams are ravaged by International call-ups with Chivas USA missing a number of their top
defenders including Zarek Valentin, while the Rapids are without star attacker Omar Cummings and
The second full weekend of MLS action kicks off today in Toronto, where Toronto FC takes on
Portland at BMO Field in a battle of week one losers.
Today's U.S. national team match against Argentina is grabbing most of the headlines today but
the two top teams in MLS are squaring off tonight, with Real Salt Lake playing host to the Los
Two teams searching for their first 2011 victories square off tonight as the Seattle Sounders
play host to the Houston Dynamo at Qwest Field (10pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
The Sounders come in having lost their first two matches, both by shutout, as Fredy Montero and
the Seattle attack looks to break the scoreless run against a Dynamo squad that opened the season
with a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia.
There probably isn't a high school player in the United States who hasn't dreamed about playing
against Lionel Messi and the likes of the Argentine national team. This week, members of the Red
Bulls U-18 Academy Team had that dream realized when they were invited to train with Argentina,
which is in town for Saturday's USA-Argentina friendly.
The U.S. men's national team has called in its best players for the first time since last
summer's World Cup, and Bob Bradley will have his first chance to see what this summer's Gold Cup
starting lineup might look like.
Stuart Holden's loss to injury was a tough blow, but U.
The long schedule may already be catching up with Real Salt Lake.
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando is listed as questionable for this weekend with a bone spur in his
ankle, which may press back-up Kyle Reynish into the starting lineup for the claret-and-cobalt
against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Thierry Henry will miss the New York Red Bulls' game with the Columbus Crew this Saturday after
he picked up a hamstring injury in the season opener against Seattle, the Red Bulls confirmed via
their Twitter feed.
New York will already be without forward Juan Agudelo due to international duty with the United
The first day of the Chad Ochocinco era in Kansas City wasn't exactly a smashing success.
The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver acknowledged he was behind the pace Wednesday as he began
his trial with Sporting Kansas City, telling reporters, "The only thing I'm probably good at is
just being fast as hell.
The first full week of action is in the books, and some of the heavy hitters have left us a
Last season's fantasy darlings David Ferreira, Chris Wondolowski, Landon Donovan, Steve Zakuani,
Fredy Montero and Alvaro Saborio have a combined -4 points, with Donovan, Zakuani and Montero each
already playing two games.
CARY, N.C. - Over the last few years, Tim Howard has had no shortage of memorable moments in a
United States jersey. His performance in the 2-0 upset of Spain in the 2009 Confederation Cup, a
kick in the ribs courtesy of Emile Heskey during the World Cup in Rustenburg last June, and, nine
days later, the throw that initiated perhaps the most famous moment in American soccer history
spring quickly to mind.
When the United States men's national team takes to the field against Argentina, it will mark
the debut of the squad's third kit.
The red jersey is part of U.S. Soccer's #RedAllOver Twitter campaign, in which the federation
asked fans to submit a new inspirational motto. The winning submission will be embroidered on the
sleeves of the jerseys that Landon Donovan & Co.
The first week of the MLS season has come and gone and won't soon be forgotten after giving us
some unforgettable moments, and thrilling finishes.
Whether it was Charlie Davies' emotional comeback, Juan Agudelo's game-winning goal, or Kevin
Hartman's clutch late saves, or Vancouver's thorough dominance of Canadian rival Toronto FC, MLS
Week 1 had it all.
If Sepp Blatter wins the upcoming FIFA presidential election, the next term will be his
Blatter confirmed at the UEFA Congress that he only wants to serve as FIFA president for four
more years. As of now, he only has one challenger for his FIFA throne, Asian Football Confederation
president Mohamed Bin Hammam.
After a season-opening victory, Real Salt Lake maintained its spot atop the SBI MLS Power
Rankings, although change could potentially be in the air after this weekend's matches.
RSL and the Los Angeles Galaxy, who held firm at No. 2, do battle in the marquee matchup of the
weekend, even though some of the bigger names (Landon Donovan, Alvaro Saborio) won't be there
because of international duty.
CARSON, Calif. - One player has been leading the Los Angeles Galaxy at the start of the season,
and it's not one of the team's three Designated Players.
It's diminutive Brazilian midfielder Juninho.Â
In his second season with the club on loan from Sao Paulo, Juninho was the catalyst for the
Galaxy's comeback in a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution at the rain-soaked Home Depot
Center Sunday night.
While there were plenty of individual performances to write home about during the opening week
of the Major League Soccer season, a number of teams stepped up to deliver impressive results.
Whether it was the defending champion looking very much like one, an expansion team putting
together a surprising offensive display, an early favorite getting contributions from its newcomers
or two of last year's league doormats coming up big, MLS' opening week was full of strong team
WASHINGTON - Moments after D.C. United's dismal 2010 campaign came to an end with a 3-2 loss to
Toronto FC in late October, then-interim coach Ben Olsen suggested that the club needed to inject
some new blood into its locker room, a sentiment made all the more pertinent by the departure of
captain Jaime Moreno, who played his final game in a D.
CARY, North Carolina-- Of all the new faces joining the U.S. National Team camp in North
Carolina this week, the most intriguing and least known of the newcomers is German-born
midfielder/defender Timothy Chandler.Â
CARY, North Carolina- Nine months after the United State's exited the 2010 World Cup, Bob
Bradley was finally set to coach a full-strength national team. Injuries changed those plans after
news that breakout midfielder Stuart Holden's knee injury would keep him out for six months and
defender Steve Cherundolo suffered a groin injury.
Is the MLS Cup Final to be played at the Home Depot Center? Not so fast says MLS Commissioner
A month after LA Galaxy CEO Tim Leiwike strongly hinted that the Home Depot Center may play host
to its third MLS Cup Final, Commissioner Garber stated that a venue for the 2011 MLS Cup Final was
"not finalized yet.
It was an excellent week for the defending European Cup champions. Inter Milan's good fortune
began on Tuesday with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Bayern Munich to advance to the
quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. Then on Thursday, the quarterfinal draw handed Inter a
date with Schalke, easily the weakest club remaining in the competition.
CARSON, CALIF -- Playing through an uncharacteristic Southern California rainstorm, the New
England Revolution drew the LA Galaxy, 1-1 on a rain-soaked field at the Home Depot Center.
SharlieÂ Joseph gave the Revolution the lead just three minutes into the match to put the Galaxy
on the back foot before Galaxy midfielderÂ JuninhoÂ scored his second goal of the season to level
Dempsey became the first American to score 10 goals in a Premiership season on Saturday, netting
on fellow American Tim Howard in Fulham's 2-1 loss to Everton. The goal, which came off a one-timed
left-footed shot, saw Dempsey break Brian McBride's record of goals scored in an EPL campaign.
Amid an uncharacteristic Southern California rainstorm, the New England Revolution drew the LA
Galaxy, 1-1 on a soaked pitch at the Home Depot Center.
The Revolution took the lead just three minutes in when a defensive breakdown for the Galaxy
lead to a Sharlie Joseph goal. Juninho scored his second goal of the season for the Galaxy off a
failed clearance that allowed the Brazilian to fire in a shot from 20 yards out.
The Los Angeles Galaxy kick off their home season opener tonight against the New England
Revolution at Home Depot Center in the Revs first match of the season (8pm, Galavision).
The Galaxy comes off an impressive 1-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders in Seattle last
Tuesday, and will be short-handed yet again, with goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, striker Juan Pablo
Angel and defender Omar Gonzalez all out of the starting lineup for the second straight match.
For all the hype surrounding Juan Agudelo heading into the 2011 MLS season it was easy to
overlook the fact that he had yet to score an MLS goal.
That changed Saturday night, with the 18-year old delivering his first score in dramatic
fashion, finishing off a strong run with a pin-point finish to help the Red Bulls post a 1-0
victory against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.
Sporting KC and Chivas USA are both in the midst of total franchise re-development projects.Â
Sporting comes to the Home Depot Center with former Chivas Guadalajara icon Omar Bravo, who
looks to spearhead a three headed Kansas City attack. Chivas USA is in the midst of a major
rebuilding process with new head coach Robin Fraser, who has brought a new defensive mindset to the
The Colorado Rapids first celebrated themselves, then picked up right where they left off last
season and scored a resounding 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers in the MLS opener for both clubs
and inaugural game for Portland Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Good Park.
One team looking to bounce back from a rough 2010 and another looking to prove it still belongs
among the league's elite kick off their respective 2011 MLS campaigns at RFK Stadium in the
D.C. United faces optimism and high expectations after a horrid year was followed by an
offseason that included the acquisitions of Charlie Davies, Dax McCarty and Perry Kitchen.
Major League Soccer is back, and it's back with some new friends.
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers will make their MLS debuts today as the Expansion
class of 2011. The Whitecaps will open their season against Canadian rivals Toronto FC, while
Portland will be in Colorado to watch the Rapids make their debut as reigning MLS Cup
Today marks the first full day of MLS action since the 2011 season kicked off on Tuesday, but
before we get into the day's heavy menu of MLS match-ups, there are plenty of quality games to
watch around the world today.
Manchester United takes on Stuart Holden and Bolton in one of the morning's marquee match-ups,
Leonardo may be considered "the other" Brazilian for the Galaxy after fellow countrymen Juninho
burst on to the scene last year, but in 2011, the defender seems poised to play a key role for the
The hulking Brazilian was solid over 90 minutes in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the Seattle
Attention New York Red Bulls fans. If you're hoping to go to Saturday's season opener against
Seattle at Red Bull Arena but don't have tickets, today could be your lucky day.
SBI is giving away two tickets to the match in our first MLS Ticket Contest of the season. To
win, you have to post your Twitter name in the comments section of this post, and THEN post a Tweet
including #SoccerByIves, #NewYorkRedBulls and #SBITicketContest.
The bone-chilling details of Charlie Davies' story have been rehashed, dissected and analyzed on
television and radio shows, in newspapers and all over the Internet.
Fans fumed when he was left off the United States national team roster for the World Cup, even
though it became evident that he wasn't close to the fitness or form necessary to compete on the
highest level of international play.
A long-rumored potential friendly between Spain and the United States is gaining steam after the
Boston Globe reported the friendly is being proposed for early June at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro,
The match has yet to be finalized, but if a deal is completed, the game would mark the rematch
of the U.
Call it a glitch, call it a technicality, but it's Week 2 in MFLS circles.
Week 1 (AKA Los Angeles' 1-0 win over Seattle) was pretty fruitless from a fantasy standpoint
unless you started Juninho, who scored the only goal, or had the foresight to go with Josh Saunders
as your goalkeeper.
The only two American-born players left in European competitions will face off in the Europa
League quarterfinals after Oguchi Onyewu's FC Twente was drawn against Giuseppe Rossi's Villarreal
in Friday's Europa League draw.
When Clint Dempsey steps onto the field for Fulham on Saturday, he'll be looking to make history
by becoming the American with most goals scored in a Premiership campaign. There's only one
Manchester United will face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, while a
potential Real Madrid-Barcelona clash looks set for the semifinals, after Friday's draw was held to
determine the quarterfinal match-ups.
The Colorado Rapids delivered their fans the club's first championship last fall, winning the
2010 MLS Cup in dramatic fashion. With that first MLS Cup in the trophy case, the Rapids must now
try to live up to the champion status they now hold.
If the Rapids are going to repeat, they're going to do so with all of the key players back in
There wasn't much expected from FC Dallas when the 2010 season began, but by the end of that
surprising season, Dallas had finished one of the best and most entertaining seasons in team
FC Dallas eliminated the top two teams in the 2010 MLS Playoffs and came within overtime of a
championship, doing so with a young and deep team that seemed capable of challenging for titles for
years to come.
The Portland Timbers are after their first ever Designated Player and would like to do so sooner
rather than later.Â
In a radio interview with theÂ Talk Timbers radio program on Portland radio station
95.5 The Game on Wednesday, club owner Merritt Paulson stated that the club was interested in
adding a central midfielder as a DP and hopes to have that player by the team's home opener against
the Chicago Fire.
The 2010 Philadelphia Union was a young team learning on the job, a squad that was fun to watch
in part because of the surprising rise of Sebastien LeToux, but also because of the promise of so
A year later, Peter Nowak is ready for his team to grow up. He signed a handful of key veterans
to help bolster a team that just might have the pieces to make a serious playoff push.
Thomas Rongen has selected the 20 players for the United States Under-20 World Cup qualifying
campaign that gets underway later this month.
Eight MLS players and 16 professionals in total highlight the roster, which includes the likes
of Sebastian Lletget, Joseph Gyau, Conor Doyle and Omar Salgado but does not include Bayern Munich
youth product Fabian Huerzeler.
All eight UEFA Europa League quarterfinalists will be determined on Thursday, as all of the Round
of 16 second legs are played throughout Europe.
In the ties involving American internationals, Oguchi Onyewu and FC Twente carry a 3-0 edge over
Zenit-St. Petersburg into their return leg in Russia, while Maurice Edu and Rangers host PSV
Eindhoven after a scoreless first leg in the Netherlands.
Missing the playoffs for the first time since arriving in Houston, the Houston Dynamo always had
the look of a team that could rebound quickly and return to the ranks of the league's best. After
one of the better off-seasons in MLS, the Dynamo stands poised to do just that.
Houston has added several quality players in the winter, including a pair of talented rookies in
Kofi Sarkodie and Will Bruin.
After weeks of speculation, Caleb Folan is finally a member of the Colorado Rapids.
The Irish international and former Hull City striker agreed to a deal with the defending MLS Cup
champions to improve the team's depth at forward, which will continue to grow when Mac Kandji
returns from his ACL injury.
Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard lead a veteran group of players called in by U.S.
national team head coach Bob Bradley for upcoming friendlies against Argentina (March 26th) and
Paraguay (March 29th).
A full-strength USMNT squad will be featured for the first time since the United States lost to
Ghana in last summer's World Cup.
The final two places in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will be determined today as Real
Madrid take on Lyon (Fox Soccer Plus, 3:45pm) and Chelsea faces FC Copenhagen (Fox Soccer Channel,
Real Madrid comes into the day's marquee match-up having tied the first leg, 1-1 in Lyon.
Much of Kenny Cooper's soccer career, from the U.S. to Europe, has been defined by potential and
promise that was deflated by injury.
But the big striker, still young at 26, had one very memorable season in MLS in 2008. He scored
18 goals and played in all 30 regular-season games for FC Dallas, winning Comeback Player of the
Year, Best XI and All-Star honors.
Real Salt Lake badly needed a convincing victory in its CONCACAF Champions League semifinal
first leg against Deportivo Saprissa on Tuesday, and that's what Jason Kreis' squad delivered as
RSL posted a 2-0 victory against Saprissa.
Fabian Espindola was the star of the show, setting up Alvario Saborio's goal before scoring his
own to send Real Salt Lake to Costa Rica for the second leg on April 5th with a two-goal
The Los Angeles Galaxy went into Tuesday night's MLS season opener against Seattle missing three
key starters, but that didn't stop the defending Supporters Shield holders from getting off to a
Brazilian midfielder Juninho blasted the lone goal of the night from long distance to give the
Galaxy a 1-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday night at Qwest Field.
Inter Milan left it late, but the reigning European Champion lives to fight another day after a
dramatic 3-2 victory against Bayern Munich that puts the Italian side in the UEFA Champions League
Goran Pandev scored in the 88th minute to cap a furious comeback from Inter Milan after Bayern
Munich had opened up a 3-1 aggregate lead by halftime.
Most of Real Salt Lake's player moves in the past couple of years have been geared toward
building a winner right now, but the club added a piece for the future on Monday.
RSL signed 18-year-old Donny Toia as its first Homegrown Player, adding a left-footed attacking
commodity who is still a ways away from contributing to the first team, according to statements
made by team general manager Garth Lagerway.
Landon Donovan played all over the pitch last season. Whether at forward, in central midfield or
out wide, Donovan played a variety of roles for the Los Angeles Galaxy in the club's Supporters
As the saying goes, if it isn't broken, why fix it?
The words apply to the 2011 Colorado Rapids, the defending MLS Cup champions who will look
almost exactly the same on the field as they did on that bitter cold November night in Toronto when
they bucked the odds and raised the trophy.
Jens Lehmann could be heading back to the Emirates.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in signing the 41-year-old goalkeeper to
a short-term loan deal to help stem Arsenal's goalkeeping crisis. Lehmann left the Gunners in 2008
after five years and nearly 200 appearances.
Last season was supposed to be the year. After falling in penalties in the 2009 MLS Cup Final,
the 2010 Galaxy had the makings of a team that could finish the deal and win the club's first MLS
Cup since 2005.Â
The Galaxy fell short, but after a busy off-season that saw leading scorer Edson Buddle leave
and Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel replace him, Los Angeles once again heads into a season as a
major MLS Cup favorite.
D.C. United repeated as champions of the Carolina Challenge Cup, sewing up the tournament with a
2-2 draw with Toronto FC on Saturday.
Charlie Davies opened the scoring in the 12th minute for D.C. (and followed it up by doing the
stanky leg), only to have Dwayne De Rosario and Maicon Santos answer with goals in the 19th and
28th minutes, respectively, for Toronto, which had Adrian Cann return to action for the first time
since he walked out of training camp in a contract dispute.
Brondby IF and United States centerback Clarence Goodson has a broken toe that will keep him out
of action and almost definitely exclude him from the U.S. roster for the upcoming friendlies
against Argentina and Paraguay.
Goodson did not play in Brondby's 2-0 win over Sonderjyske over the weekend, and according to
this report from Denmark, Brondby's team doctor said Goodson is expected to miss a few weeks.
It's only been four weeks of group-stage competition of the Copa Libertadores, but the
tournament has already provided some epic matches and surprising results, as Colombia's Atletico
Junior remains perfect after three matches in its group, while Mexico's Jaguares and Venezuela's
Caracas are the shock leaders in their respective tables.
It was a tough weekend for league leaders across Europe. In Italy, AC Milan needed an 82nd
minute goal from Antonio Cassano to salvage a home draw against last-placed Bari on Sunday. Despite
dominating possession and creating numerous chances (including two disallowed goals), the Serie A
leaders couldn't seem to find an equalizer for most of the match, a frustration that came to a head
in the 73rd minute when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off.
Almost three years after being part of the Argentina squad that Tim Howard shut out in a
memorable 0-0 tie at Giants Stadium, Lionel Messi will be returning to New Jersey to try again to
beat Howard and the U.S. men's national team.
Messi, Real Madrid's Angel DiMaria and Palermo's Javier Pastore are just some of the names on a
star-studded squad called up by Argentina to take on the United States (March 26th) and Costa Rica
The Los Angeles Galaxy head into the 2011 season as one of the favorites to win MLS Cup, and now
it appears the club could have a chance to win a third championship in its home stadium.
Tim Leiweke, head honcho of Galaxy owners AEG, dropped some serious hints on Friday that the
2011 MLS Cup Final could be played at Home Depot Center, which has hosted the MLS Cup Final on
three previous occasions (2003,2004 and 2008).
Manchester United takes on Arsenal today in FA Cup action, a match that is easily the best of a
busy day of soccer action.
The Red Devils will be looking to keep Arsenal down after the Gunners' recent Champions League
loss to Barcelona, but Arsenal will have a chance to knock off a United side with its own UEFA
Champions League issues to deal with.
Chivas USA continued its roster transformation on Friday, sending forward Alan Gordon to Toronto
FC for midfielder Nick LaBrocca.
The acquisition of LaBrocca is the latest addition of a quality MLS veteran to Robin Fraser's
Chivas USA side. The Rojiblancos have also added Jimmy Conrad and Heath Pearce, while also drafting
Zarek Valentin and bringing in Seth Owusu on loan.
The U.S. national team's longer-than-planned hiatus is set to come to an end soon, with
match-ups against South American powers Argentina and Paraguay looming. Bob Bradley hasn't really
had a chance to field a full-strength team since last summer's World Cup, but will now have a
chance to see just where his team stands less than three months before the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Chicago Fire enter 2011 coming off one of the worst seasons in club history. For only the
second time since its debut season of 1998, the Fire missed the playoffs. That disappointing
performance might have led to some other coaches being given the boot, but head coach Carlos De Los
Cobos is back to try and improve on a sub-par first season.
U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley is expected to announce the roster for the upcoming
friendlies next week, and that means players abroad who are on the fringes will have one more
chance to earn a call-up.
It wasn't the victory Maurice Edu and Rangers were hoping for, but a 0-0 draw away to PSV
Eindhoven in the first leg of their last-16 clash puts the Scottish side in a good position to
With 57% of possession and six shots on goal to Rangers' two, PSV Eindhoven had the majority of
possession but Rangers had the best chance of the match when on-loan defender Stanislav Manolev's
header was touched wide by Andreas Isaksson.
As Sporting Kansas City ushers in what could be a defining era for soccer in the American
heartland this season, the club's overhaul won't stop at its polarizing re-branding or new
The Arsenal midfielder re-aggrivated a hamstring injury in the Gunners' loss to FC Barcelona on
Tuesday that eliminated them from the UEFA Champions League. As a result, he'll have to miss
Arsenal's key FA Cup clash with Manchester United this weekend.
Tottenham's foray into uncharted territory continues, as the English club advanced to the
quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time. A 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane was
enough for Spurs to eliminate AC Milan, 1-0 on aggregate, and keep dreams of hoisting European
The LA Galaxy defeated UCLA, 2-1 in their final preseason warm-up before the start of the
Landon Donovan and Juninho provided the goals for the Galaxy while Victor Chavez scored for the
Bruins. Los Angeles dominated the early part of the match when Juninho cracked the UCLA defense
with a goal through a number of UCLA defenders.
Fans of the Seattle Sounders can turn their worries from an anemic preseason offense to injuries
to two starters.
Fredy Montero scored two goals and assisted on Jhon Kennedy Hurtado's 60th-minute opening goal,
as the Sounders topped the Colorado Rapids, 3-1, in Wednesday night's Community Shield match at
The team agreed to deals with trialists Michael Videira and Orr Barouch on Thursday, adding two
more names to the fold in a season full of acquisitions. The Fire now has 25 players on its senior