LANDOVER, MD. - Falling to FC Barcelona in May's Champions League final surely still stings for
Manchester United, but the Red Devils exacted a small dose revenge against their European rival on
Saturday, wrapping up an unbeaten U.
We may be nearly three years away from the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but the first
major step towards determining who will take part occurred in Rio de Janeiro with the preliminary
draw for World Cup qualifying on Saturday.
The United States, which gets a buy until the third round of CONCACAF qualifying, was drawn into
Group A along with Jamaica and the winners of Group E and Group F from round two.
The UEFA Champions League final won by Barcelona over Manchester United feels like it was just
yesterday, but the reality is an off-season has come and almost gone as the two European giants
prepare to do battle in today's marquee match-up.
The New York Red Bulls are in London for the Emirates Cup, meaning a pair of friendlies on
consecutive days, starting with a match against Paris St.
In the aftermath of Charlie Davies' dive that earned a penalty against Real Salt Lake earlier
this season, Major League Soccer's discipline committee promised further punishment for future
Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio found that out first-hand on Friday, as the league
suspended him one game and fined him $1,000 for his dive last weekend against the San Jose
Earthquakes that deceived referee David Gantar, who called a penalty and gave a red card to Bobby
The U.S. men's national team isn't the only one introducing a new head coach to its fan
Argentina has appointed Alejandro Sabella as manager of the Albiceleste. Sabella replaces Sergio
Batista, who was let go earlier this week after leading Argentina to a disappointing and early exit
at the Copa America it hosted earlier this month.
Five months after facing off in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, Real Salt Lake and
the Columbus Crew are getting together once again.
With Columbus on top of the Eastern Conference and Salt Lake riding an eight-game unbeaten
streak, the match headlines the weekend schedule as MLS gets back into full swing following
Wednesday's All-Star festivities.
The new era of U.S. Soccer has been ushered in with the news that Juergen Klinsmann has been
hired as head coach.
The former Germany striker and coach for the German national team and Bayern Munich will be
introduced on Monday, when more details about his hiring, his personnel plans -- for both coaches
and players -- and his vision for the future should emerge.
A busy summer of international soccer winds down with 24 countries vying to win the FIFA
Under-20 World Cup in Colombia, which takes place from July 29 to Aug. 20. Argentina and Mexico are
both back in the fold after failing to qualify two years ago, and the two teams clash Friday in one
of the very first matches of the tournament, as the South Americans begin their quest for a record
FC Dallas fought off the elements and an unfamiliar environment to take a big step closer to
reaching the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
Jackson's 70th-minute goal gave FCD a 1-0 victory over Alianza FC in El Salvador on a rainy
Thursday night. The MLS side takes that advantage and the away goal into next Wednesday's return
leg with hopes of qualifying for the group stage, where it would compete with Pumas UNAM, Tauro FC
and either Toronto FC or Real Esteli.
A new era in U.S. Soccer is soon to begin, and with it comes a clean slate for Americans
With a friendly against Mexico looming, the portion of Americans Abroad already in action will
want to make a good first impression on their soon-to-be named national team coach in order to earn
U.S. national team goalkeeper David Yelldell has reason to celebrate.
Yelldell has been named the starting goalkeeper for Bayer Leverkusen in the absence of incumbent
Rene Adler, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery. Yelldell beat out Fabian Giefer and will
start Leverkusen's season opener against Mainz on August 7.
Sergio Aguero's desire to play for a big club has been fulfilled, as he'll soon suit up for
City has signed the Argentine international, agreeing to a $63 million transfer fee with his
current club, Atletico Madrid. The move makes him the second most expensive Premier League signing
of all time, behind only Chelsea's Fernando Torres.
Despite its struggles in league play, Toronto FC was able to rally around the play of Joao Plata
to record a 2-1 win over Nicaraguan outfitÂ Real EstelÃ at BMO Field in the CONCACAF Champions
Coming off the bench in the second half, Plata recorded a brace to seemingly put the hosts in
cruise control, however the Reds couldn't keep the clean sheet and allowed what could be a critical
away goal just nine minutes from full time.
There will be no repeat for the United States U-18s in Northern Ireland.
The United States tied arch-rival Mexico, 1-1, on Wednesday afternoon, but the result was unable
to help the young Americans qualify for the Milk Cup final. JesÃºs Ruiz opened the scoring for El
Tri in the 12th minute, slotting a corner kick past goalkeeper Cody Cropper.
HARRISON, N.J. -- Major League Soccer's commitment to righting the wrong that was last year's
All-Star Game result against Manchester United went unfulfilled.
Anderson and game MVP Park Ji-Sung scored in the first half, and Dimitar Berbatov added one
early in the second half to essentially seal the deal, as Manchester United topped the MLS
All-Stars for the second straight year, winning, 4-0, Wednesday night in front of a capacity crowd
of 26,760 at Red Bull Arena.
The 2011 MLS All-Star Game kicks off tonight (8:30pm, ESPN) with the MLS All-Stars taking on
The event should offer a better competitive battle than last year's All-Star Game, which saw
Manchester United post a 5-2 victory in Houston. With Thierry Henry, David Beckham and Faryd
Mondragon among the new faces who didn't play in last year's All-Star Game, MLS should have a
better showing at Red Bull Arena.
It was one of the more egregious dives seen this MLS season, and now Alvaro Saborio looks like
he could pay a steep price for his action, which drew a penalty and a red card that turned a
scoreless match against San Jose into a 4-0 blowout win.
According to sources within MLS, Saborio stands a very good chance of being suspended for one
match for his tide-turning dive against the Earthquakes last Saturday.
When D.C. United captain Josh Wolff reaggravated a hamstring injury in the first half of a
friendly against Everton on Saturday, coach Ben Olsen looked to a bench that had no natural
forwards on it and opted for a throwback, inserting winger Chris Pontius up top.
The Western Conference continues to rule the top of the MLS standings, with the race for the
Supporters' Shield looking like a four-way jaunt between Los Angeles, Seattle, Real Salt Lake and
FC Dallas. As a result, those teams continue to occupy the top four spots in the latest SBI MLS
HARRISON, N.J. -- Putting on an entertaining show is what most hope to accomplish during an
All-Star Game, but in the minds of those on the MLS side tasked with going up against Manchester
United, getting a result is just as important, especially with the burn from last year's 5-2
thrashing in Houston still lingering.
The Colorado Rapids looked to be in a world of trouble when star striker Conor Casey went down
with a season-ending Achilles tear, but for one week, a new forward option emerged to dazzle the
Rapids and keep Colorado on a playoff path.
Sanna Nyassi notched his first career hat-trick in a mid-week blowout win vs.
With Orlando City off until the middle of August, it's now or never for the Richmond Kickers and
the Wilmington Hammerheads to mount a challenge on the American Division regular-season title. The
results were mixed over the weekend with neither team making significant progress or falling
completely out of the picture.
The U.S. U-18 men's national team began its title defense of the Milk Cup in winning fashion,
beating Israel 2-0 on Monday.
Second-half goals from Omar Salgado and Jerome Kiesewetter proved to be the difference in the
tournament opener.Â Salgado scored shortly after halftime while Kiesewetter netted an insurance
goal off a low cross from substitute Luis Gil in the waning moments of the match.
PHILADELPHIA -- Danny Mwanga, for once, looked around and saw that he was the grizzled vet on
the field at one point in the second half of his Philadelphia Union's friendly against Everton of
England last Wednesday night.
Landon Donovan will not be participating in the MLS All-Star Game. The LA Galaxy captain will
not participate in Wednesday's match against Manchester United due to a calf injury, the club
announced on Sunday.
Donovan missed the club's penalty kick defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
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International friendlies aren't exactly intense affairs or even matches that count for anything,
but even friendlies have limits on what you should and shouldn't do.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli learned that the hard way after taking a wide-open
scoring chance and throwing it away by trying an absurd spin and back-heel shot rather than burying
an easy scoring chance.
Real Salt Lake is one of the top teams in MLS, and might have been in their way to another
victory against struggling San Jose, but when Alvaro Saborio took a dive in the penalty area,
earning a PK and a red card for San Jose's Bobby Burling, the matches outcome was all but
When the Philadelphia Union surrendered two early goals to mighty Real Madrid on Saturday night,
the MLS Eastern Conference leaders looked like a team destined to be the latest MLS team blown away
by a European powerhouse.
Rather than crumble, the Union shook off the poor start and gave Real Madrid the toughest test
the Spanish giants have faced to date during the World Football Challenge.
The New York Red Bulls responded to their mid-week blowout loss to the Colorado Rapids with a
strong start to Saturday night's match against FC Dallas, but another blown lead in the second half
left the struggling Red Bulls scrambling before Thierry Henry played the role of hero yet
The European club season is fast approaching and today will offer up the first samplings of what
should be a great year.
Reigning German Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund open play in the German Super Cup against
Schalke 04. U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones isn't likely to play a part for Schalke
since he's on the way out, but the match should still be a fun one to watch.
If you make your way to Red Bull Arena for today's New York-FC Dallas, you're likely to find it
much, much quieter than usual.
The Red Bulls upset many of their fans for their recent treatment of the U.S. Open Cup
quarterfinals (sending a complete reserve team and not even flying in first-team coaches in an
eventual 4-0 loss to the Chicago Fire) and now New York Supporters Groups are ready to let the club
know just how upset they are by staging a protest at tonight's match.
This weekend's American soccer slate will be dominated by some MLS teams testing themselves
against the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester City and Everton, but
regular season play will go on all the same elsewhere around the league.
Rising Spanish striker Bojan Krkic is on his way to Roma. For at least the next two years
The Serie A club landed the 20-year-old forward on a â‚¬12 million deal from Barcelona, but the
defending European champions put a buy-back clause in his contract, meaning they have the option to
bring him back to Camp Nou after the 2012-2013 season for a â‚¬13 million fee.
Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar has emerged as an unlikely hero in this 2011 Copa America after
helping his team earn another shootout victory on Wednesday against Venezuela. Gerardo Martino's
side has yet to claim a single victory in five games but will take on Uruguay next with an
opportunity to capture its first Copa America title since 1979, and Villar figures to be busy
With the 2011 MLS All-Star Game set for Wednesday at Red Bull Arena, we at SBI will be helping
soccer fans in town for the festivities enjoy their time in in the area by throwing our first
All-Star Bash on Monday night at Legends in Manhattan (6 W. 33rd Street, across the street from the
Empire State Building).
Juan Pablo Angel is hoping that a scoring tear is on its way. For one of the most proflicÂ
scorers in MLS history, Angel has been unable to get into form this season for the LA Galaxy during
a season where he has dealt with a cross country move as well as various injuries.
The Portland Timbers have traded Adam Moffat and allocation money to the Houston Dynamo in
exchange for Lovel Palmer, Mike Chabala and an international roster slot through the remainder of
the season, the clubs announced on Thursday.Â
The deal sees the Timbers acquire two experienced MLS players while the Dynamo adds more depth
to its midfield.
Former U.S. men's national team stars Brian McBride and Brad Friedel will be among the list of
standouts who will suit up for the New York Cosmos in the Paul Scholes Testimonial Match against
Manchester United at Old Trafford on Aug. 5th (on Fox Soccer Channel).
Scholes will be playing in his final match for Manchester United, ending one of the most
impressive careers in the club's storied history, and the New York Cosmos is putting together a
star-studded squad to face Scholes and United in that final match.
U.S. national team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is set to follow in the footsteps of an
impressive list of current and former Americans to play for Scottish powerhouse Glasgow Rangers
after agreeing to terms with the club on Thursday.
Bedoya confirmed the agreement on Monday, and is now awaiting the securing of a work permit to
finalize his move from Swedish club Orebro to Rangers, where he will team up with U.
The Colorado Rapids Rapids lost Conor Casey for the year on Tuesday, but on Wednesday the Rapids
attack didn't miss a beat as Sanna Nyassi's move from midfield to forward produced a hat-trick in a
4-1 thrashing of the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.
Rapids head coach Gary Smith shifted Nyassi from the wing to forward, giving Colorado two fast
forwards to dismantle a Red Bulls squad that sorely missed Rafa Marquez and Teemu Tainio.
For the second straight game Paraguay had the game taken to them by its opponent. For the second
straight game Paraguay was held scoreless. And for the second straight game, Pararaguay persevered
and won on penalty kicks.
Paraguay advanced to the Copa America final on Wednesday night with a 5-3 penalty kick win over
Venezuela following a scoreless tie.
In the second match of its preseason tour of the States, Manchester United made its dominance on
the world soccer scene known with a demolition of the hosting Seattle Sounders ending at 7-0 in
front of 67,052 attendees.
Despite only being on the field for 45 minutes, Wayne Rooney showed just why he is considered
one of the premier strikers in the world, notching a hat trick and giving the Sounders back line a
Â Â Â CHESTER, Pa. -- All of the Philadelphia Union's Â constant peppering of Everton's
defense and goalkeeper Jan Mucha -- not Tim Howard -- paid off in thrilling fashion for the home
team Wednesday night at PPL Park.
WASHINGTON -- The New England Revolution have been looking for a ray of hope in their recent
streak of futility, and they finally got one Wednesday night.
Rookie Stephen McCarthy headed in Chris Tierney's 74th-minute corner kick, and the Revolution
held off D.C. United for a 1-0 win to complete a season sweep in front of 15,597 at RFK Stadium and
snap a nine-game winless stretch.
If you haven't cleared your schedule for tonight, you might want to consider doing so.
With five MLS games, five friendlies pitting an MLS side against an English Premier League one,
a Copa America semifinal, a World Football Challenge match featuring Real Madrid and a WPS match
featuring a number of the women who represented the United States at the World Cup, Wednesday
night's slate has something for just about everybody.
Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller was voted an MLS All-Star by the fans, but was left off
the game-day All-Star roster because of what appeared to be a conflict with Seattle's schedule and
next week's All-Star Game. Nobody told Keller, who had already received permission from the
Sounders to attend the match.
United States national team striker Jozy Altidore was introduced at new club AZ Alkmaar on
Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a four-year deal that seals his permanent move from Spanish club
Alejandro Bedoya's strong season with Swedish outfit Orebro and impressive showing at the Gold
Cup has made him a target for some top European clubs, but Orebro isn't ready to part with its
American midfielder just yet.
According to The Daily Record in Scotland, Glasgow Rangers, the same team that employs U.
The Carlos Tevez transfer saga has taken an unexpected twist.
Corinthians has pulled its offer for the Manchester City striker, stating that it needs more
time and wouldn't be able to complete the deal ahead of today's transfer deadline in Brazil.
In a statement, the club indicated that Tevez would be with Corinthians "in the near future,"
meaning that a potential move when the January transfer window opens would be an option should
Tevez still be on the market.
When New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe named the game-day roster for the 2011 MLS
All-Star Team, there were destined to be players who many MLS fans felt were snubbed. It happens
every year, but this year there seemed to be more snubs than usual.
It is clear that some of Backe's selections were made with more consideration toward building a
team capable of beating Manchester United rather than rewarding the league's best players through
the first half of the season.
Colorado Rapids striker Conor Casey will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn
Casey suffered the injury during the Rapids' 4-3 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. The
star forward will miss between 8-to-10 months after tearing his Achilles tendon on a play that
didn't actually involve any contact.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have finally admitted it. They want to sign Owen Hargreaves.
Prior to a friendly versus Manchester City on Monday night, Whitecaps co-owner Jeff Mallett
confirmed rumors of interest in Hargeaves, saying that the oft-injured midfielder knows of the
club's desire to sign him.
The fourth match of the 2011 World Football Challenge took place in Vancouver on Monday night,
and though the Vancouver Whitecaps gave their fans hope of a win, it was Manchester City that wound
Manchester City defeated the Whitecaps 2-1 on goals from John Guidetti and Shaun Wright-Phillips
in the second half.
After the Vancouver Whitecaps' league game against Real Salt Lake was postponed over the weekend
due to unplayable field conditions, the playing surface at Empire Field has been inspected and
given the green light, so the World Football Challenge continues north of the border as the
Whitecaps host Manchester City (10 p.
While 22 MLS players found out that they'll be suting up against Manchester United in the
league's All-Star Game next week, there are quite a few others who didn't get the call that have a
case, and that's even with players from Seattle, FC Dallas and Toronto FC being ineligible because
of their CONCACAF Champions League commitments.
Taking the fan-voted First XI and Commisioner Don Garber's picks into account, the New York Red
Bulls and MLS All-Star team coach has selected the 22 players who will be in uniform to take on
Manchester United on July 27 at Red Bull Arena.
Uruguay is now in the somewhat unenviable position of being regarded as the favorite to win the
2011 Copa America following a remarkable quarterfinal round that saw both Argentina and Brazil
crash out on penalties. The Celeste must guard against any kind of letdown after knocking out the
hosts on Saturday in a pulsating encounter that will probably go down as the match of the
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ New England Revolution supporters groups organized a walkout in the 17th
minute of Sunday night's game against the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium in protest of the
so-called "Fortgate" incident. Aside from a red card to Benny Feilhaber, they didn't miss much in
the remaining 73 minutes.
Sporting Kansas City recently opened a new stadium, and has now added another big-money player
to help please the fans at Livestrong Sporting Park.
Sporting KC announced the signing of Brazilian playmaker Jeferson from Brazilian club Vasco de
Gama. Jeferson joins Omar Bravo as one of two Designated Players on Sporting KC's roster, along
with Omar Bravo.
The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will complete their World Cup run today, and will either
provide the perfect finish to a dream tournament, or will fall just short in their quest for a
third World Cup title when the ladies take on Japan in today's Women's World Cup Final (2:45pm,
The Vancouver Whitecaps were forced to postpone their MLS match against Real Salt Lake on
Saturday because the grass field put in place for Monday's friendly against Manchester City was
waterlogged by heavy rain in the Vancouver area.
As a result, the MLS match has to be re-scheduled, and the Real Salt Lake fans who made the trip
north to watch their team play were left with no game to watch.
The U.S. Women's National Team will look to win the second World Cup in the team's history today
with a win against Japan in the 2011 World Cup Final in Frankfurt, Germany (2:45pm, ESPN).
The U.S. women reached the final with a pair of thrilling victories against Brazil and France,
and now face an inspired Japan side that reached the final by knocking off defending champion
Germany before blowing out Sweden in the semifinals.
LOS ANGELES, Calif â€“ Real Madrid came back to LA with the same agenda as last year: to beat
LA. And they did just that as Cristiano Ronaldo and company unleashed a 4-1 clinic on the Galaxy
Saturday night at the LA Coliseum.
The bad blood between the two teams was evident for everyone to see as the Seattle Sounders and
Colorado Rapids played out a wild 4-3 Sounders victory rife with disciplinary and goal-mouth action
from start to finish.
With the score knotted at 2-2 going into the home stretch of the game, it took some Fredy
Montero magic to unlock the Rapids' defense to give the hosts a win and all three points at
The U.S. women's national team is a win away from completing its mission.
With a win over Japan on Sunday, the U.S. women would capture their first World Cup championship
since 1999 and third overall. Sunday's final of the Women's World Cup highlights this weekend's
slate of soccer across the world, which also includes the Copa America quarterfinals, the World
Football Challenge and a full complement of Major League Soccer matches.
New Chicago Fire midfielder Sebastian Grazzini arrived in Chicago on Friday morning. The
Argentine playmaker will be available for selection for Saturday's game against Portland, though
head coach Frank Klopas doubts he'll play that soon.
Seattle Sounders fans won't get the chance to serenade Brian Mullan after all.
According to The Denver Post, Mullan did not accompany the rest of the Colorado Rapids to
Seattle for Saturday afternoon's match, which will be the first meeting between the two clubs since
Mullan's tackle broke the leg of Seattle winger Steve Zakuani earlier this season.
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Jozy Altidore's club career since heading over to Europe has not gone as well
as he would have liked, and that might explain why Altidore was full of smiles when he announced
the next phase in his career.
Toronto FC traded Tony Tchani to the Columbus Crew on Friday in exchange for centerback Andy Iro
and midfielder Leandre Griffit.
The move comes a day after Toronto picked up Terry Dunfield from Vancouver and dealt Jacob
Peterson, Alan Gordon and Nana Attakora to San Jose for Ryan Johnson, allocation money and an
international roster slot.
Just when it looked like no one would catch the Carolina Railhawks, the NASL leaders lost their
first game since April 9 over the weekend and followed it up with a 1-1 tie with FC Edmonton on
The departure of captain Brad Rusin has obviously had an effect on Carolina, but the Railhawks
still maintain a 13-point lead over second-place Edmonton.
Just as it looked like Orlando City is poised to run away with the American Division, the
mid-season leaders go winless over a weekend.
In a move that is becoming all too common among division leaders, Orlando gained just one point
from two games over the weekend with a scoreless draw against the woeful Dayton Dutch Lions and a
1-0 loss to the Charleston Battery.
Jozy Altidore has played in three different countries since leaving MLS for Europe back in 2008,
and he's about to make it four.
Altidore has agreed to terms with Dutch power AZ Alkmaar for the upcoming Eredivisie season,
sources told Fox Soccer on Thursday evening. Details on the move have yet to become available, but
Altidore is expected to make the announcement official on Friday morning in Florida.
Ryan Johnson's time with the San Jose Earthquakes has come to a close.
The Earthquakes traded Johnson, along withÂ allocation money and an international player spot,
to Toronto FC in exchange for Alan Gordan, Nana Attakora and Jacob Peterson in a blockbuster deal
The move provides San Jose with depth at three positions, though it loses an international spot
It appears Toronto FC is trying to do everything it can to ensure it has a better second half of
After signing a pair of designated players in Torsten Frings and Danny Koevermans nearly two
weeks ago, Toronto FC acquired midfielder Terry Dunfield in a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps on
A full week of MLS games made for a high scoring week last week. There is a much lighter
schedule this week with no teams playing twice this week as many of them are engaged in the US Open
Cup competition. Prepare a challenge to find the right starting lineup as most games are fairly
even this week.
Much scrutiny has been made of the disciplinary action taken by the MLS this season.
The latest actions taken see suspensions for LA's Chris Birchall and Chicago's Diego ChÃ¡ves
while San Joe head coach Frank Yallop gets a $500 slap on the wrist for "conduct unbecoming of a
professional" during the Earthquakes match against the Union over the weekend.
Manchester United kicked off its American tour by winning big against an American club.
Federico Macheda scored two goals as Manchester United opened the 2011 World Football Challenge
with a 4-1Â victory over the New England Revolution on Wednesday night in Boston, Masachusetts.
Michael Owen and Â ParkÂ Ji-Sung also scored for the Red Devils, which started just four players
from the side that faced Barcelona in the most rcent Champions League final.
Argentina and Brazil may well end up meeting in the final of the 2011 Copa America as most people
envisioned before the start of the tournament, but the days of the two countries towering over the
competition in South America appear to be over.
12 combined goals, a last-second comeback and an assist from a goalkeeper.
Those were just some of the highlights on an eventful Wednesday night as group play in the Copa
America came to a close. Brazil took first place in Group B and eliminated Ecuador with a 4-2
triumph over La Tri, while Venezuela scored two goals in the final three minutes of its thrilling
match against Paraguay to earn a 3-3 draw.
In a rematch from last year's Third Round Open Cup fixture, the Seattle Sounders played host to
the Los Angeles Galaxy with theÂ hosts and defending championsÂ trotting out to a 3-1 win and a
spot in the next round.Â
With a goal and an assist, Nate Jaqua led the Sounders to the victory and picked up a Man of the
Match award for his shift up top.
Plenty is on the line in the Copa America Wednesday night as group play wraps up. Three teams,
including Brazil, have a shot at winning Group B, and third-place CONCACAF representative Costa
Rica holds its breath, as it can still advance to the quarterfinals if Venezuela beats
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Edgar Castillo has kept up with the latest goings on for the U.S. men's
national team, and he's ready for another chance to represent his country of birth. He just needs
the opportunity to arise.
Vancouver Whitecaps forward Omar Salgado and Real Salt Lake attacker Luis Gil are among the 18
players chosen to represent the United States Under-18 national team in the Milk Cup later this
month in Northern Ireland.
Chicago Fire midfielder Victor Pineda and Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin will also
represent the United States, along with internationally based goalkeeper Cody Cropper, defender
Juan Pablo Ocegueda, midfielder Will Packwood and forward Jerome Kiesewetter.
Abby Wambach's continued late game heroics have the U.S. women's national team a win away from
its third World Cup title.
The veteran U.S. forward scored for the third conseuctive game, heading home a Lauren Cheney
corner kick in the 79th minute to break a 1-1 deadlock and lead the United States to a 3-1 victory
over France in Wednesday's semifinal match.
With the San Jose Earthquakes being shut out four times in their last five league games, they
needed somebody to step up to snap the team out of its recent funk. As it turns out, that player
was rookie goalkeeper David Bingham.
Bingham scored from more than 90 yards, with his long kick bouncing over West Brom's
California-born goalkeeper Boaz Myhill to open the scoring in the third minute of San Jose's 2-1
victory in a club friendly Tuesday night.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- New York Red Bulls manager Hans Backe just didn't seem to care about the
U.S. Open Cup â€“ at least not on Tuesday, when his team played the Chicago Fire in its fourth of
nine games in July.
Three spots in the U.S. Open cup semifinals will be claimed by the night's end, and the Copa
America picture will clear up a bit as well, as Group C co-leaders Chile and Peru square off and
Uruguay faces Mexico in their final games in the group stage. The summer club friendly schedule
also continues, as the San Jose Earthquakes host Premier League club West Brom.
Richie Williams is set to join some exclusive company at RFK Stadium.
The former D.C. United player will be inducted into the club's Hall of Tradition at halftime of
the team's match against the Portland Timbers on Aug. 27. Williams joins John Harkes, Marco
Etcheverry, Jeff Agoos, Raul Diaz Arce and Eddie Pope as players to earn the honor.
By Wednesday night, the U.S. Open Cup field will be narrowed down to four teams.
Only one of the eight remaining teams is a non-MLS competitor, as the Richmond Kickers is the
last representative of U.S. Soccer's the lower tiers. They'll have the task of doing something no
MLS team has been able to do yet -- beat Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park.
The speedy left winger, who left Sporting Kansas City earlier this season for unspecified family
issues, is reportedly on trial with Real Zaragoza after joining the club at the start of its
It is rare to see a 20-year-old centerback do well on the professional level, and it's tough to
remember many doing well in Major League Soccer, but D.C. United rookie Ethan White has been an
exception to that rule, growing into a quality central defense option for the Eastern Conference
It took longer than expected, but Argentina finally had a reason to celebrate.
Argentina recorded its first win of the Copa America, topping Costa Rica, 3-0, on Monday night
in the final match of Group A. The victory advanced the albiceleste to the quarterfinals as it
finished in second place of the group with five points.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are ready to make a major player announcement on Tuesday morning, and
while there is no clear evidence of who the player is, there are plenty of rumors swirling about
where the player might be from.
There is a strong belief the player is of Africa descent after well-known Nigerian journalist
Colin Udoh wrote on Twitter that a captain of an African national team was going to be announced as
the first MLS Designated Player from Africa in a Tuesday press conference.
One of the better Under-17 World Cups in recent memory drew to a close on Sunday with Mexico
knocking off Uruguay 2-0 in front of nearly 100,000 fans at the fabled Azteca Stadium. The hosts
fully deserved to claim the trophy after surviving the much tougher side of the draw, and a second
Under-17 title in four editions stamps Mexico as one of the rising powers in international
Abby Wambach's thrilling last-second extra time equalizer in Sunday's World Cup quarterfinal
victory by the U.S. Women's national team against Brazil came a year after Landon Donovan's own
dramatic game-winning goal for the U.S. men against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup.
Playing in front of a hostile crowd at Jeld-Wen Field, Fredy Montero stepped up on multiple
occasions to help his Seattle Sounders erase deficits. His two goals were key in helping the
Sounders take down arch-rival Portland on Sunday, which is why Montero was an easy pick for this
week's SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.
If seeing Mexico lift a second consecutive Gold Cup trophy was enough to leave a large gash inÂ
U.S. men's national team fans' egos, watching El Tri's youth team win the U-17 World Cup just two
weeks later was probably like rubbing salt in the still-fresh wound.
In the return leg of the heated Cascadia derby between hosts Portland Timbers and the traveling
Seattle Sounders, it was the visitors who marched away with all three points and the bragging
rights in the Pacific Northwest with a 3-2 win.
Osvaldo Alonso smashed home the game-winner in the 82nd minute from the penalty spot after
substitute Lamar Neagle was felled by Eric Brunner inside the area to set up the spot kick.
The day after defending WorldÂ Cup champion Germany was upset by Japan, the U.S. women's
national team and Brazil will face off in a match that should go a long way toward determining who
the next world champion will be.
The United States will look to rebound from an upset loss to Sweden in the group stage, but must
find a way to stop a Brazil attack that has gotten the better of the Americans in the past.
Toronto FC set out to correct the defensive woes made glaringly obvious by a mid-week 5-0
thrashing against New York, and 45 minutes into Saturday night's match against the Houston Dynamo
it looked as if TFC might have figured things out.
Two Houston second-half goals later and Toronto is once again left wondering what went
CARSON, Calif â€“ After battling a back injury for weeks, David Beckham woke upÂ earlier this
weekÂ feeling pain free and ready to play.
The Chicago Fire found out the hard way just how ready Beckham was.
The Los Angeles Galaxy star set up a Landon Donovan goal before scoring a goal of his own on, of
all things, a corner kick to help lead the Galaxy to a 2-1 win over the Fire on Saturday night at
the Home Depot Center.
Saturday night at home gave the Colorado Rapids a good opportunity to secure three points
against the team with the worst record in their conference, and the defending MLS Cup champion took
care of business.
Colorado's two goals were enough to defeat the struggling Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, at Dick's
Sporting Goods Park.
Real Salt Lake is back to its winning ways after it ousted a red-hot FC Dallas 2-0 on Saturday
thanks to second-half strikes from Andy Williams and Fabian Espindola.
The deadlock was broken almost immediately after halftime when Kevin Hartman couldn't hold onto
an Andy Williams free kick when the keeper got behind the ball but couldn't hold onto it as it
trickled across the line to earn the hosts a 1-0 lead.
The Women's World Cup and Copa America headline today's slate of soccer action as both
tournaments grow more intense by the day.
Women's World Cup host Germany faces Japan while England takes on France in today's quarterfinal
action, while Brazil looks to improve on its disappointing opening Copa America match with a win
against a tough Paraguay side.
Major League Soccer will be announcing it's All-Star First XI at halftime of Sunday's
Portland-Seattle match, so it's a perfect time to roll out SBI's picks of the league's top
performers for the first half of the season.
We've picked three teams, using a 3-5-2 formation that is typical of an MLS All-Star Game
The last time Mexico reached this final of the Under-17 World Cup back in 2005, another South
American country stood in its way, but Giovani dos Santos and Co. made short work of Brazil,
notching a comprehensive 3-0 victory. Uruguay is the opponent this time around after Fabian Coito's
side stunned the Brazilians to advance to the final of the competition for the first time.
While Angel Reyna's first-half strike provided the lone tally in Club America's 1-0 victory over
the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field Thursday night, the friendly stood out for U.S. national
team and MLS fans for a couple of other reasons.
Attack-minded American left back Edgar Castillo started and played the first half for the
Mexican side, which has sent him on loan to three clubs over the last two years.
Bolivia and Costa Rica each have a chance to pass surpringly disappointing Argentina in their
Copa America group as they battle in their second group game of the tournament. Elsewhere, host
Mexico and powerhouse Germany clash for a spot in the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, where the
winner will play a Uruguay side that dispatched Brazil earlier in the day.
The Jozy Altidore-to-AZ Alkmaar link continues to persist.
The U.S. striker is reportedly seen as a fit for the Dutch Eredivisie club, which just offloaded
striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson to Ajax. Financial complications could prevent the move from
happening, according to reports from the Netherlands.
The Philadelphia Union has allowed an Eastern Conference-low 16 goals,Â and while the teamÂ is
hoping to continue that defensive toughness during the second half of the season, it will have to
do so without Jordan Harvey.
The Union traded Harvey to the Vancouver WhitecapsÂ in exchange for allocation money on
For the third straight month, Thierry Henry tops the Major League Soccer Castrol Index.
Henry maintained his status as the league's top player according to the metric. George John, Nat
Borchers, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, Chris Wondolowski, Ugo Ihemelu, Alvaro Fernandez, Donovan
Ricketts and Jeff Parke follow Henry, respectively, to round out the top 10.
After a two-month slump caused by a combination of injuries, international absences and
inconsistent play, a nearly 100 percent New York Red Bulls squad reminded MLS just how lethal it
can be Wednesday,Â dismantlingÂ Toronto FC for a 5-0 win.
The month of June was a turning-point month for Sporting Kansas City, which started turning its
season around last month after a rough start to the season.
Midfielder Graham Zusi was one of the key forces behind that turnaround. The former University
of Maryland standout is enjoying a breakout run with KC, notching two goals and three game-winning
assists in the month.
CARSON, Calif â€“ It was an uneventful first half at the Home Depot Center in the clash between
Chivas USA and the San Jose Earthquakes. The passing was not up to par, and the final touches could
have been better.
Jeff Cunningham couldn't have chosen a better time to make MLS history.
The Columbus Crew striker scored in the final minute of Wednesday's clash with Vancouver to give
the Crew a 1-0 victory. Cunningham is now tied with Jaime Moreno as the all-time MLS goals leader
Aside from the New York-Toronto bout, three more MLS matches and Argentina's second Copa America
match highlight the mid-week slate of soccer. Red-hot Sporting Kansas City looks to run its
unbeaten streak to nine when it hosts defending champion Colorado in perhaps the most intriguing
MLS match of the night.
The FIFA Women's World Cup is down to its final eight teams.
On the top half of the bracket, host Germany will face Group B runner-up Japan, and Sweden will
face Australia, which surprised perennial power Norway to take the second spot in Group D. On the
lower half, England and France meet in an all-European quarterfinal, while the United States takes
on Brazil in a meeting that some figured would be a championship-game matchup.
CARSON, Calif. â€“ Kasey Keller announced at the beginning of the season he was going to retire
at the end of the 2011 campaign, and as his farewell tour rolls on, the 41-year-old goalkeeper
could not be more relaxed about his situation as he continues to play at a high level while
experiencing new things.
The United States women's national team's smooth road in the FIFA Women's World Cup just got a
whole lot bumpier.
Two defensive miscues turned into two first-half Sweden goals, and the United States fell in the
group stage of the World Cup for the first time after a 2-1 loss to the European side in Wolfsburg,
The U.S. women's national team has already cemented its place in the FIFA Women's World Cup
quarterfinals, but a win or a draw is still needed in its final group game on Wednesday (2:30 p.m.,
ESPN/ESPN3.com) if the team is to avoid an encounter with Marta-led Brazil in the first knockout
Schalke may be pricing Blackburn Rovers out of the Jermaine Jones sweepstakes.
According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Schalke's asking price of Â£10 million for a full
transfer of the U.S. international midfielder is too high for Blackburn, and the club is resigned
to moving on without him.
There was no shortage of action during the holiday weekend as the USL Pro packed 10 games into
Despite the glut of games, everything is pretty much as it was in the races for the division
titles as Orlando City padded its massive lead in the American Division and Rochester clings to a
three-point lead over on the National side.
Liverpool appears to have finally landed Charlie Adam.
After a long chase that spans back to the winter transfer window, Liverpool and Blackpool have
agreed on a transfer fee for the Scottish international, who was a consistent performer in the
Premier League last season and whose set-piece potency was among the best in the league.
It remains to be seen whether the current Mexico Under-17 side will supply the senior team with
as much talent as the 2005 edition, which captured the U-17 World Cup in Peru behind the likes of
Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela. Either way, the hosts are into the semifinals of the 2011
tournament following an impressive 2-1 victory over France on Monday, and striker Carlos Fierro
certainly looks to have a bright future.
Everyone had their doubts about FC Dallas after its star midfielder, David Ferreira, was injured
early in the season. After another impressive win, FCD is proving to be the hottest team in MLS.
Brek Shea has proved to be the spark in the offense that has replaced Ferreira as he has scored in
four straight MLS games.
Sporting Kansas City has one of the deepest and strongest collection of forwards in MLS, but
will now have yet another forward after winning the weighted lottery for the rights to former
Michigan striker Soony Saad.
Sporting KC beat out Chivas USA and the Chicago Fire, which had the best chances of landing Saad
in the weighted lottery, held at MLS headquarters on Tuesday.
Sporting Kansas City has a deep stable of forwards, including stars like Omar Bravo, and
established veterans like Kei Kamara, but rookie C.J. Sapong continues to state his case as having
the best year among the group.
Sapong added to his strong MLS Rookie of the Year candidacy by notching a goal and assist in
Sporting KC's 2-1 win against Portland, a performance that helped him earn SBI MLS Rookie of the
Week honors this week.
Despite not losing, the Los Angeles Galaxy has made way for FC Dallas to take over the No. 1
spot in SBI'S MLS Power Rankings. FCD, on the heels of its 2-0 win over Columbus, extended its
torrid streak to 9-1-3 in its last 13 games and trails the Galaxy by two points in the race for the
Supporter's Shield but has two games in hand.
The New York Red Bulls have endured their share of problems in recent weeks, from injuries, Gold
Cup absences and goalkeeping blunders, but one constant positive for the team has been the play of
The Estonian midfielder showed once again why he's fast becoming the most important player on
the Red Bulls roster by scoring two goals in New York's 2-2 tie vs.
There was plenty of speculation about whether Timmy Chandler's decision to skip the CONCACAF
Gold Cup was evidence of the German-born player's potential desire to play for Germany and give up
his recent allegiance to the United States.
Chandler shot that down in a recent interview, telling Yanks Abroad he has every intention of
playing for the United States, and no desire to represent Germany, where he was born.
Real Salt Lake entered Monday's match against New England as a heavy favorite expected to win
easily. That expectation changed quite a bit after a highly-questionable red card and penalty call
just three minutes into the match threatened to doom RSL.
New England took advantage of the early call to jump out to a 2-0 lead, but Real Salt Lake
battled back, tying the score at 2-2, and then shaking off a Shalrie Joseph header with a Fabian
Espindola goal in the 83rd minute to give RSL a 3-3 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium on Monday night.
The Colorado Rapids returned home to Dick's Sporting Goods Park badly needing a victory after
suffering a pair of blowout defeats, but the home team's hopes for three points were thwarted by
Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall.
The Dynamo netminder made six saves, including several highlight-reel caliber stops, to help
Houston salvage a 0-0 tie on Sunday night.
Former University of Michigan striker Soony Saad was the leading goal scorer in college soccer
in 2010, and that track record was enough to lead Major League Soccer to sign him to a contract
over the weekend.
Saad completed a deal with MLS and now the 18-year-old Michigan native will be made available in
a weighted lottery on Tuesday.
FC Dallas continued its impressive roll in the MLS as it took down the Columbus Crew 2-0 at
Pizza Hut Park in Texas Saturday night thanks to goals from the red-hot duo of Brek Shea and
Shea got off the mark in the 58th minute when Will Hesmer fumbled a Marvin Chavez effort which
Shea was on-hand to tidy up and put his side in front.
WASHINGTON - For D.C. United, how new acquisitions Dwayne De Rosario and Brandon McDonald would
fare in their debuts was the storyline entering Saturday's meeting with the Philadelphia Union. But
for the second straight week, the team's inability to hold onto a late lead at home will steal the
If there wasn't already enough of a cloud surrounding Mexico and its players' use of
clenbuterol, now comes word that more of the players on the Gold Cup-winning team reportedly tested
positive for the banned substance.
According to Mexican outlet Medio Tiempo, FIFA Medical Director Jiri Dvorak announced Friday
that four more of the 14 Mexicans that took the anti-doping test prior to the tournament have
tested positive, bringing the total to nine players.
The long-rumored USA-Belgium friendly has yet to be announced by the U.S. Soccer Federation, but
the Belgian FA isn't wasting time promoting the match, posting an announcement that the friendly is
set for Sept. 6th in Brussels.
UPDATED- U.S. Soccer officials confirmed to Fox Soccer on Friday evening that the USA-Belgium
friendly will take place and an announcement will take place next week.
Those looking to get their MLS fix this holiday weekend should have no problem flipping through
the channels and finding a game or two -- or six -- to their liking, as all but two of the league's
matches will be nationally televised.
FC Dallas midfielder Eric Avila may soon be playing in Mexico.
Avila is on his way to Guadalajara to potentially seal a six-month loan to Primera Division side
Atlas, FC Dallas announced on Friday. Should he join Atlas, he would be the second MLS player to go
there this season after Chicago sold Gaston Puerari to Atlas a couple of weeks ago.
England hasn't made a habit of winning too many penalty shootouts, but the Three Lions Under-17
squad did just that on Thursday, overcoming Argentina following a 1-1 draw to reach the
quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. John Peacock's side fell behind to a goal by
Maximiliano Padilla after 12 minutes, but Raheem Sterling equalized before halftime and England was
the better team.
As it turns out, Sporting Kansas City just needed a little home cooking to turn its season
It's no surprise that Sporting KC's recent turnaround has coincided with the opening of
Livestrong Sporting Park. The club went 3-0-3 in June (2-0-1 at home), buoyed by a much-improved
defense that conceded just twice during that stretch, to earn SBI MLS Team of the Month honors.
The tournament that essentially inspired the World Cup had been watered down.
Little by little, Copa America had lost some of its prestige. CONMEBOL decided to implement a
two-year cycle in the South American tournament in the mid-1980s to give each nation a chance to
host the competition.
As up-and-coming Brazilian star Neymar gets set for one of the more important summers of his
career, his club has come out and said he is not for sale.
Despite Santos attracting lucrative offers from some of the biggest clubs in the world for its
star forward, club president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira said in a statement that "In light of
continuous speculation in the national and international press about the future of our player, I
feel obliged to communicate the departure of Neymar is non-negotiable.
Major League Soccer's next franchise is going through some hard times in U.S. Soccer's second
The Montreal Impact is reeling from the sudden resignation of coach Marc Dos Santos earlier in
the week. The Impact is off to an atrocious start, winning only twice in 11 games and sitting
seventh in the standings, well outside a playoff spot.