By night's end, the final of the 2011 U.S. Open Cup will be set.
The Chicago Fire and Richmond Kickers square off in a battle of unlikely semifinal participants
who are both looking to maintain their surprising runs (8:30 p.m., live stream on
Chicago-Fire.com). The Kickers are the last non-MLS team remaining in the field and will look to
beat their third straight MLS opponent, although the Fire enter the match in good form as winners
of two straight games.
Stuart Holden's return from a long injury layoff is one giant step closer to completion.
Holden started and played 78 injury-free minutes for Bolton's reserves in Tuesday's 7-0 loss to
Fulham in his first game action since suffering a hairline condyle fracture on a tackle from
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans in March.
With the European summer transfer window closing soon, a number of high-profile names are being
thrown around as part of rumored moves, and one of those names happens to be U.S. star midfielder
Dempsey is in a favorable spot with Fulham, in terms of playing time and personal success, but
he's a hot commodity on the transfer market and has been linked with a number of clubs recently,
including Qatari-backed French power Paris-St.
Finding minutes on a team as stacked as FC Dallas can't be easy for a rookie, so when Bobby
Warshaw gets a chance to step on the field for the reigning Western Conference champions, he has to
take full advantage.
Warshaw did just that on Saturday, coming off the bench to score a dramatic stoppage-time
game-winning goal to help FC Dallas complete an inspired comeback in a 3-2 victory against Sporting
In the aftermath of Sunday's 8-2 drubbing at Old Trafford, it became quite clear that Arsenal
had to make some moves before the close of the summer transfer window if it is to be considered a
threat in the Premier League this season.
The Gunners have started that process by landing South Korean captain and striker Park Chu-Young
from Monaco to boost their attacking options.
According to Bradley's agent, Ron Waxman, the 24-year-old U.S. international midfielder has
completed his move from Borussia Monchengladbach to Chievo Verona, ending a frustrating spell on
the sidelines and beginning a new chapter in his club career.
The way the U.S. Open Cup has played out, there's certainly a David bracket and a Goliath
The Chicago Fire and Richmond Kickers meet in the former, as both carry underdog stories into
their Open Cup semifinal matchup at Toyota Park Tuesday night.
FC Dallas and two-time defending champion Seattle square off in the heavyweight matchup, with
the winner undoubtedly being the favorite to capture the championship and automatic berth in the
2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League that goes along with it.
MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF. â€“Always his analytic yet positive self, Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to a
group of reporters during a group interview in Los Angeles and outlined his plans for the U.S.
Arsenal supporters hope Sunday's embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Manchester United represents rock
bottom with Arsene Wenger finally motivated to react in the transfer market. The Gunners were
without several first-team players, but there was no excuse for the shambolic defensive
performance, particularly in the second half.
After a five tumultuous months in the USL Pro, only two teams remain.
The Wilmington Hammerheads capped off their regular-season American Division title with a
comfortable 3-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers. They'll be joined in the final by the Harrisburg
City Islanders, who knocked off top-seeded Rochester in a thrilling 2-1 win.
German-born midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson was one of the more intriguing call-ups by Jurgen
Klinsmann for the U.S. men's national team's upcoming training camp, but he won't be playing in the
team's friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.
U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that Johnson is not eligible to play in the upcoming friendlies
while his paperwork to switch from Germany to the United States is processed.
The first half of the Brazilian Championship came to a close this weekend with a number of local
derbies highlighting the schedule. It's all part of a strategy to avoid teams fielding
second-string lineups in the final round of the competition, and the most fascinating matchup took
place on Sunday between Santos and Sao Paulo.
D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius and Birmingham City defender/midfielder Jonathan Spector
have been called into the U.S. men's national team training camp as injury replacements for Heath
Pearce and Zach Loyd, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday.
The opening weekend of the 2011 NCAAÂ Soccer season featured upsets for teams towards the bottom
of the SBI Top 25, an impressive showing by the defending champions and an early peek at a possible
national title game.
This FIFA12 ad was made for European viewers, seeing as how the release date mentioned is Sept.
30 (the UK's release date of the game) and not Sept. 27 (North America's release date). But it is
still one of the first TV ads released by EA Sports for its highly-anticipated video game, and with
the demo scheduled to come out on Sept.
The defending European club champions FC Barcelona kick off their domestic campaign today
against fellow La Liga power Villarreal in an exciting opening match and great offering for a
Monday afternoon (3pm, GolTV).
Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez will earn their first starts for Barca in La Liga play and they
will try to help Barcelona avoid slipping up against a Villarreal side that has given Barcelona
plenty of trouble over the years.
Michael Bradley was left off the U.S. mens' national team roster for the upcoming friendlies so
as to allow him to find a resolution for his club situation. Bradley appears to have found that
resolution, and it will take him to Italy.
Already a hometown favorite among Seattle fans for status as a local product, Lamar Neagle
boosted his cult hero status in the Emerald City with his hat-trick performance in the Sounders'
6-2 romp over Columbus on Saturday. He also earned SBI MLS Player of the Week honors in the
U.S. men's national team midfielder Stuart Holden has been sidelined since suffering a major
injury with Bolton back in March, but he's on the verge of returning to action after five months on
Holden will take part in Bolton's reserve match against Fulham on Tuesday, with an eye toward a
potential Premier League return on Sept.
FC Dallas defender George John was all set for a transfer move to English club Blackburn, and
had done everything but sign a contract with the club only to have Blackburn back out and pass on
the standout MLS centerback over the weekend.
According to multiple sources, MLS and Blackburn had agreed to terms on the transfer, which was
to be for about $1.
Manchester United is going through a youth movement, while Arsenal is underdoing a
transformation after seeing two starts live via transfer, but all that change isn't taking away
from the drama that surrounds one of the better rivalries in Europe.
United will be the heavy favorite when the team's meet today, but Arsenal isn't likely to lay
down and will have some confidence coming in after an impressive Champions League playoff victory
When Omar Bravo finished off a Teal Bunbury pass to give Sporting Kansas City a 2-0 lead on FC
Dallas in the 68th minute on Saturday night, the match-up of top MLS clubs looked to be over. The
home team was leading, the visitors were feeling the grind of a busy week, and it would have been
easy for Dallas to look ahead to Tuesday's U.
CARSON, Calif. â€“ Chivas USA had their first home game in a month, and faced an opponent that
went a man down after a first-half red card, but the Goats couldn't capitalize on the advantage as
a crucial defensive error and inept offense kept Chivas USA from gaining ground in the playoff
Two of the best teams in MLS square off today at CenturyLink Field as the Eastern
Conference-leading Columbus Crew take the trip to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle
Sounders (4pm, Direct Kick).
The Crew boast a four-point lead atop the East, but face a confident Sounders side coming off an
eye-opening 1-0 victory in Mexico against Monterrey in CONCACAF Champions League play.
The Italian Serie A strike might put a damper on the number of soccer viewing options, but the
English Premier League and MLS are offering up some quality tilts featuring some of the top teams
in each league.
The selection of quality games is a diverse one this week, with France, Germany and Mexico also
offering up games worth seeing.
After already capturing the Spanish SuperCopa, defending UEFA Champions League winner FC Barcelona
goes after its second piece of silverware on the young season when it takes on defending UEFA
Europa League winner FC Porto in the UEFA SuperCup in Monaco (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).
Hurricane Irene may have deprived MLS fans of three weekend contests, including Sunday's marquee
matchup between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls, but elsewhere across the league, the
games will go on.
Tottenham's start to the 2011-2012 Premier League season hasn't been an enviable one. After
having their first game postponed because of the London riots, Spurs dropped a result to Manchester
United last week only to have come back and face Manchester City in a marquee matchup Sunday
The threat posed by Hurricane Irene has caused another MLS postponement.
D.C. United and the Portland Timbers have postponed their match this weekend that was slated to
be played Saturday afternoon at RFK Stadium. D.C. pushed the start time of the game back from its
original 7:30 p.
After going on strike in protest of unpaid wages to more than 200 players and an inability to
seek employment elsewhere in the event of future unpaid wages, soccer players in Spain have had
their demands met and will begin their respective seasons this weekend.
There are plenty of Americans still involved in the UEFA Europa League, but none will play
against each other until the knockout stage at the earliest after Friday's draw revealed this
season's 12 groups.
Jozy Altidore has been on fire as of late, and his AZ Alkmaar has a favorable outlook in Group
With more Americans plying their trade abroad than ever before, it's becoming more frequent to
see battles between compatriots. This weekend is no different, and there's an intriguing one on tap
that involves two U.
Sunday promised to be a busy day in Major League Soccer on the East Coast, but that all changed
as weather reports showed that Hurricane Irene would be bearing down on the area just as several
MLS teams would be taking the field.
MLS has responded by postponing Sunday's marquee match-up between the New York Red Bulls and Los
Angeles Galaxy, as well as the Philadelphia Union's match against New England at PPL Park.
The Europa League Playoff second legs are underway today, and there are a plethora of Americans in
Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu, Steve Cherundolo, Sacha Kljestan
and Jonathan Spector are all on teams in action so it will be a very important day for Americans
Abroad as they all look to progress to the group stages of the Europa League.
After 22 years on the job, former head coach Elmar Bolowich seemed to be part of the furniture
at North Carolina. This made his sudden departure for Creighton in the offseason a surprise to just
about everyone involved in college soccer, including the team he was leaving behind.
The UEFA Champions League group stage draw is set for this morning (11:30am, Fox Soccer Channel)
and we could be in for some very interesting groups.
With Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund sitting in lower group draw pots, we could find
ourselves with some very strong groups, and stand a good chance of seeing at least one and even two
groups worth of the Group of Death label.
After spending nearly a quarter of a century with the University of North Carolina, Elmar
Bolowich longed for a new challenge.
He found that challenge this past spring in the form of Creighton University, a solid soccer
program that was looking to make the jump to proverbial powerhouse after a 13-5-2 season that ended
with a heart-breaking penalty kick loss to SMU in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
FC Dallas held a 1-0 lead on Toronto FC at halftime of their CONCACAF Champions League match on
Wednesday night, but severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings forced match officials to abandon
the match, forcing a full replay scheduled for Thursday morning at 10:15am.
FC Dallas defender Jackson gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the first half of a match that saw an
earlier weather delay because of thunderstorms, but once the teams went to the locker rooms at
halftime the weather turned even uglier.
The Portland Timbers are still on the outside looking in as far as the MLS playoff picture, but
their important 1-0 win Wednesday night over Chivas USA at Jeld-Wen Field vaulted them into the top
spot among teams vying for the 10th and final playoff spot.
The Portland Timbers are still on the outside looking in as far as the MLS playoff picture, but
their important 1-0 win Wednesday night over Chivas USA at Jeld-Wen Field vaulted them into the top
spot among teams vying for the 10th and final playoff spot.
Last season, the UCLA Bruins were a young group hoping to surprise many, but in 2011, the Bruins
won't be sneaking up on anybody.
UCLA exceeded expectations in 2010 advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to the
Lousiville Cardinals, 5-4, in a thrilling match considered by many to be the most exciting game of
the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
The chase for Club Tijuana forward Joe Benny Corona just got a bit more interesting.Â
Corona has been called upÂ by Mexico's Under-22 side for a pair of matches against Chile's
Under-22s. Corona is joined on the roster by another California native, Chivas de Guadalajara left
back Miguel Angel Ponce.
The 2011 NCAA men's soccer season is set to kick off this weekend, meaning another year of
exciting action across the country featuring future pro stars who could eventually play key roles
for the U.S. men's national team.
Defending champion Akron lost most of its top players to MLS last year, but the Zips still head
into the new season as one of the leading candidates to lift the NCAA championship trophy again in
Four more spots remain in the draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage, and Arsenal is
hoping that it will secure one of those places to be a part of Thursday's festivities instead of
having to drop down to the Europa League.
The Gunners have dealt with plenty of loss, between on-field results and important personnel
bolting for other teams, and they'll look to hold on to a 1-0 lead over Udinese as their tie shifts
The U.S. men's national team returns to action in ten days with a pair of international
friendlies, meaning Jurgen Klinsmann will soon be calling his first full camp since taking over as
national team manager.
Klinsmann stated after the recent 1-1 draw with Mexico that he would call in the best squad
possible, all hands on deck, meaning no healthy top players left behind and no MLS standouts left
with their clubs.
There really is no place like home when it comes to Kansas.
After getting 10 road games under its belt before opening play in Livestrong Sporting Park,
Sporting Kansas City has made a dramatic U-turn to vault all the way to second place in MLS'
Eastern Conference. On the strength of two more home victories this past week -- including one over
rising contender D.
U.S. national team captain Carlos Bocanegra was at the heart of a minor controversy regarding
his eligibility for Rangers' UEFA Europa League playoff round first leg against Maribor last week,
but UEFA has cleared the Scottish club of any wrongdoing involving its newest acquisition.
The impact of Homegrown Players in MLS has been gradual but significant, and last week the
Houston Dynamo saw the frst major contribution from one of their own homegrown players as Alex
Dixon stepped up and delivered a clutch game-winning goal against Real Salt Lake.
Dixon's goal, arguably the biggest goal of the past week, earned him SBI MLS Rookie of the Week
Sporting Kansas City continued their strong form last week with two wins that put them in a
excellent position to make the playoffs. Graham Zusi put in a very strong fantasy output, scoring
two goals in their midweek game vs.
When FC Dallas made history last week by beating UNAM Pumas in CONCACAF Champions League play,
becoming the first MLS team to win an official match in Mexico in the process, the question
immediately became how long would it take for another MLS to pull off the feat.
The Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids will look to maintain Major League Soccer's perfect
record in the CONCACAF Champions League, but they'll have to find success in hostile environments
if they are to do so.
The Sounders take on defending champion Monterrey in Mexico in a Group D battle and Colorado
goes to Honduras to faces Real Espana in a Group C matchup.
All of that talk about Brandon McDonald trying to bolt for Europe should be put on hold.
The D.C. United centerback agreed to a new contract with the club on Tuesday a couple of months
after being acquired from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for allocation money.
McDonald has helped fortify and improve United's defense in his brief time with the club, but a
major question when he was brought in was whether the club would be able to retain his services, as
his previous contract was set to expire at the end of the season.
The Portland Timbers struck twice in stoppage time for a dramatic, come-from-behind, 3-2 victory
over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of an announced crowd of more than 10,000 at JELD-WEN Field
in Sunday's MLS Reserve League match.
Peter Lowry scored the game-winning goal in the waning seconds, finishing off a header from
Steve Purdy to snatch the victory.
The highest-paid soccer player in the world is no longer going to be Cristiano Ronaldo, and
Lionel Messi isn't the one claiming his throne.
After announcing that it has secured his rights from Inter Milan for a reported $39 million,
Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala is going to pay Samuel Eto'o a reported $29 million per year over
the next three seasons to make him the highest-paid player in the world by a wide margin.
Sporting Kansas City is giving Designated Player Omar Bravo a chance to go up against his former
The MLS club announced that it will play a friendly with Chivas de Guadalajara on Oct. 12 at
Livestrong Sporting Park. The match follows a bye week for Sporting KC, but it also comes three
days before what could be a crucial match beween the club and the New York Red Bulls considering
the current playoff picture.
If you're familar with American left back Euan Holden, younger brother of Bolton star Stuart
Holden, you might have been wondering where the former New Mexico defender was plying his trade
Holden is playing in England for Conference National side Stockport County, located near Bolton,
and while he has helped his brother through an injury-hit 2011, Euan has continued to keep his
playing career going.
Ronaldinho confirmed his good form by scoring a goal and helping set up another, but Flamengo was
held to a 2-2 draw by Internacional on Sunday thanks to the brilliance of Leandro Damiao. The
Internacional hitman is one of the rising stars of Brazilian soccer and was recently called up to
the national team along with Ronaldinho for the upcoming friendly against Ghana in London.
It is rare when a defender steps up and has a week worthy of Player of the Week honors, but
Bobby Boswell is no stranger to such weeks and had another one this past weekend.
The Houston Dynamo defender scored goals in both of Houston's matches last week, including a
stoppage time equalizer against New England and late equalizer in an eventual Dynamo win over Real
Brazilian soccer was recently pronounced dead by British magazine FourFourTwo, and, frankly, the
senior team did very little to dispel that notion at the Copa America, but Ney Franco's Under-20
side salvaged the summer by capturing Brazil's fifth World Youth Championship.
Last week, Bayern Munich needed a last-second goal from Luiz Gustavo to avoid going winless
through the first two weeks of the season. This week, it took significantly less time for the
Bavarian giants to get on the board, and once they did, they never looked back.
Brazilians looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup had to be a bit concerned after their national
team flamed out of the Copa America, but some of the confidence and excitement about 2014 was
replenished after Brazil's Under-20 team won the Under-20 World Cup on Saturday.
Brazil rode a hat-trick from Oscar to knock off Portugal, 3-2, in extra time.
The Columbus Crew finished ahead of the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night, but did so by the
slimmest of margins.
A questionable penalty call against Philadelphia defender Sheanon Williams helped give the Crew
a PK, and Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon looked to save the ensuing penalty only to see it
trickle past him and into the net to help give Columbus a 2-1 victory at Crew Stadium on Saturday
RSL has never won at Houston's Robertson Stadium, and on Saturday the Western Conference club
found a new, more painful way to drop points against the Dynamo as rookie Alex Dixon netted a
stoppage-time game-winning goal to give Houston a 3-2 victory.
The Seattle Sounders took a major step toward establishing themselves as the leading candidate
to challenge the Los Angeles Galaxy atop the Western Conference after a hard-fought 1-0 win against
FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park on Monday night.
The Sounders pounced on an Ugo Ihemelu turnover to catch Dallas on the counter, and Mauro
Rosales provided the game's only goal courtest of a Fredy Montero pass to give Seattle the goal it
needed to knock off a Dallas side playing without suspended defensive standout George John.
It's the debut of Robbie Keane at the Home Depot Center.Â
The new Galaxy DP will be in the starting lineup for Los Angeles as they look to defeat their
California rivals. The Earthquakes face their rivals with a great deal of pressure as teh team will
look to stay in the playoff hunt.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€” For the third straight match, the New England Revolution scored first. And
for the third straight match, the Revolution squandered its lead.
Recently signed designated player Milton Caraglio netted his first two MLS goals in the first
half, and Dane Richards scored a brace of his own in the second as the Revs and the New York Red
Bulls split the points Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
American striker Herculez Gomez has developed a reputation in Mexico for stepping up late in
matches and delivering vital goals. Pachuca learned this when Gomez played for 'Los Tuzos' last
season, and on Friday night Gomez reminded Pachuca what it lost when it sold Gomez to Tecos earlier
Big things were expected from Eric Alexander after a strong showing down the stretch of his
rookie season led to a call up to the U.S. national team's January camp and an appearance in a
friendly against Chile.
While those big things may still unfold for the second-year midfielder, they won't be doing so
The last unbeaten in the Brazilian Championship fell on Thursday night, as Flamengo was thrashed
at home by Atletico Goianiense. Next up is a high-profile clash with Internacional on Sunday (3
p.m.), one that Wanderley Luxemburgo hopes will represent a return to normalcy for the Rio de
Janeiro giants, who suffered only their second defeat of the year and are three points behind
The Los Angeles Galaxy's newest prized possession has arrived in California with high
After the Galaxy did not get the return on Juan Pablo Angel they thought they would, the club
brought in Irish national team striker Robbie Keane to do some of the heavy lifting up front while
Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Juninho help create for the front-running team in the race for
the Supporters' Shield.
If Brazil intends to avoid the drama of another penalty shootout on Saturday when it takes on
Portugal in the final of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, Ney Franco's side must become the first team
to find the back of the net against Portugal, whose remarkable shutout streak in this tournament
reached 570 minutes following Wednesday's 2-0 semifinal victory over France.
After months of near total domination of the NASL, a key departure to Europe in team captain
Brad Rusin and the announcement of Martin Rennie as the future head coach of the Vancouver
Whitecaps have undoubtedly been a distraction.
Style points not withstanding, Toronto FC made Major League Soccer a perfect 5-for-5 in the
CONCACAF Champions League group stage Thursday night.
Ryan Johnson and Julian de Guzman took advantage of shoddy defending to score goals three
minutes apart midway through the first half, and TFC held on to defeat Tauro FC in Panama City,
2-1, in a Group C matchup.
Tim Howard missed out on the Premiership's opening weekend as Everton's game versus Tottenham
Hotspur was postponed due to rioting. But the wait to begin the season will end for Howard as he is
set to man the pipes against Queens Park Rangers.
Toronto FC will try to make it 5-for-5 for Major League Soccer in the CONCACAF Champions League
group stage when it takes to the road to face Tauro FC in Panama City (8 p.m., Fox Soccer
The Reds will try to duplicate the early CCL success demonstrated by the Los Angeles Galaxy,
Seattle Sounders, Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas, who all walked away from their first group-stage
matches with a victory.
Eddie Johnson's return to Major League Soccer was announced before it was signed, sealed and
delivered, and as a result, his return is no longer a certainty or even probable at all.
"We had reached agreement, subject to formal documents," MLS executive vice president Todd
Durbin said after it was revealed that the deal to put Johnson in the league's allocation order and
assign him to a team was not on the table anymore.
FC Dallas defender George John has established himself as one of the best young defenders in
MLS, and a player worthy of U.S. national team consideration. His success caught the eye of the
Greek national team, and now has caught the attention of English club Blackburn.
Here is my Fox Soccer story on Blackburn making a bid for John, a bid that stands a good chance
of being accepted.
Barcelona stars Gerard Pique and Xavi aren't hiding their feelings when it comes to Real Madrid
and its coach Jose Mourinho.
In the aftermath of Wednesday's SuperCopa second leg, Mourinho took a lot of heat from Barcelona
players for his tactics and actions during a melee following a harsh challenge by Madrid fullback
When it comes to set pieces, few can contend with the Houston Dynamo.
That much has been true all season, and it was proved again Wednesday night. With Houston on the
verge of defeat at the New England Revolution, midfielder Carlo Costly skied to connect with Brad
Davis' corner kick and direct a shot on goal.
Mexico's quest to capture the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups in the same summer came up two
Brazil beat Mexico, 2-0, in a U-20 World Cup semifinal on Wednesday, getting two late goals from
Golden Boot front-runner Henrique in a four-minute span to eliminate the final CONCACAF
representative in the tournament.
If early returns are any indication, the already-must-see Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry might be
reaching a new peak in 2011-2012.
Barcelona captured the SuperCopa after a 3-2 victory in Wednesday's second leg (5-4 on
aggregate), with Lionel Messi scoring two goals, including a late match-winner, in a thrilling
preamble to the Spanish regular season.
The Colorado Rapids couldn't have gotten off to a worse start in their CONCACAF Champions League
match on Wednesday night, surrendering an early penalty to go down 1-0 to visiting Salvadoran side
The defending MLS Cup champions didn't buckle though, not even after a Matt Pickens blunder gave
Metapan a 2-1 lead.
Sporting Kansas City experienced both an odd and a Saad night on its home pitch Wednesday night,
with Graham Zusi scoring twice and Soony Saad adding the team's third goal in a 3-1 win over the
The hex for MLS clubs in Mexico has finally been broken.Â
Marvin Chavez scored in the 66th minute to give FC Dallas a 1-0 victory over Pumas UNAM in their
Group C opener. With the win, Dallas become the first team from MLS to win in Mexico in the
CONCACAF Champions League 24 tries south of the border.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€” Ryan Cochrane scored early and Bobby Boswell struck late as the New
England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo split the points in a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium
For the Revolution (4-11-10, 22 points), the result will feel like two points lost, as Boswell's
90th minute goal spoiled a superb individual effort from goalkeeper Matt Reis, who made seven saves
and single-handedly preserved the Revs' lead on multiple occasions.
DC United continued their strong form this week as they trounced Vancouver at home. DC has
continued to turn thing around since their acquisition of Dwayne DeRosario and are now likely to
make the playoffs if they continue their strong form.
No country has been more irritated by the emergence of Spain in recent years than Brazil, which
always took for granted being the main attraction at every tournament and the great purveyor of The
Beautiful Game. A quarterfinal clash at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup might not seem like much, but
Brazilians hope Sunday's triumph over Spain in penalty kicks was a small step towards putting their
universe back in order.
It was the Mike Fucito show at CenturyLink Field Tuesday night in the CONCACAF Champions
The Harvard product notched a brace and an assist for Seattle in the club's first match in group
play of the competition. Â Fucito got the nod for the start from head coach Sigi Schmid and repaid
the boss's decision with two clinical goals while setting up another to give the Sounders a 4-1 win
over Guatemalan foes Comunicaciones.
Two MLS teams begin their quest for CONCACAF Champions League glory as the Seattle Sounders and
Los Angeles Galaxy kick off group play. The Galaxy, who face Motagua in their opener, are in Group
A, which has all of its teams in action tonight; Seattle, meanwhile, is stationed in Group D, where
it will look to get a leg up on Comunicaciones in one if its three home matches during the group
Freddy Adu made a promising debut for the Philadelphia Union, and while his first match for his
new club didn't bring any fireworks from the U.S. national team midfielder, it was still a good
start to what has the makings of a great fit.
Here is my Fox Soccer column on Adu's debut for his new club and his take on his return to
Major League Soccer is on a mission to foster an environment where teams take more of a chance
on signing young, foreign stars-in-the-making, and it is giving teams the financial flexibility to
be more open to bringing in those types of players.
Starting next season, Designated Players ages 21-to-23 will count $200,000 against the salary
cap, while players 20 and younger will count as just a $150,000 cap hit, MLS executive vice
president of competition and player relations Todd Durbin said on a conference call with
Eddie Johnson is the latest U.S. national team player to return to MLS.
On a conference call with reporters, MLS executive vice president of competition Todd Durbin
announced that the 27-year-old former FC Dallas and Kansas City striker has signed with the league
and will go through the allocation order to be assigned to a team.
D.C. United's rookie crop has turned in quite the season.
This past weekend it was goalkeeper Joe Willis' turn to answer the call, as he stepped in for
the suspended Bill Hamid and delivered some top-notch saves against the Vancouver Whitecaps en
route to a clean sheet in his MLS debut and earned SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.
Bye weeks don't get much better than the one the Los Angeles Galaxy just had.
Despite not playing a minute, the Galaxy watched its three chief competitors fail to secure wins
while adding Robbie Keane to the fold. Seattle and Dallas each played to draws, and Real Salt Lake
fell to Toronto, allowing the Galaxy to fortify their stronghold on the top spot in both the race
for the Supporters' Shield and the SBI MLS Power Rankings.
The college soccer season is around the corner and the NSCAA has released its Hermann Trophy
watch list to provide a guide of players to keep an eye on during the upcoming campaign.
The list managed to leave off Louisville striker Colin Rolfe -- a Hermann Trophy finalist last
season -- and Notre Dame and United States Under-20 midfielder Dillon Powers -- a consensus top
prospect and Generation adidas candidate -- while including current New York Red Bulls (and
therefore no longer in college) defender Sacir Hot.
After 20 weeks of regular season play, the playoff picture in the USL Pro came into focus in
dramatic fashion with a flurry of high-scoring games.
The Charlotte Eagles failed to lock up a playoff spot with a mid-week loss to the Harrisburg
City Islanders and fell late in a 4-3 shootout with Charleston, which would claim the final
post-season berth in the American Division.
After Real Salt Lake's success in the CONCACAF Champions League last season, a greater sense of
optimism and encouragement surrounds Major League Soccer's participation in the prestigious
competition than ever before.
Five MLS teams (Seattle, Los Angeles, Colorado, FC Dallas, Toronto FC) made the group stage for
the first time since the tournament went to its new format, and two of those teams kick off their
quests for regional glory Tuesday night, as the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy open up
Sergio Aguero is already beginning to look good for his money.
Despite reportedly not being 100% fit, Aguero came in as a second-half substitute for Manchester
City and notched two goals and an assist in a 4-0 rout of Swansea.
Aguero replaced Nigel de Jong three minutes after the hosts were put 1-0 thanks to Edin Dzeko in
the 57th, and it took only eight minutes to mark his debut with a goal â€” a cool finish following
a low Micah Richards cross at the far post.
The Uruguayan Apertura Championship kicked off this weekend with a marquee matchup between River
Plate and Clausura champions Nacional headlining the slate of games. It was the debut on the
Nacional bench fo Argentinean playmaker Marcelo Gallardo and proved to be a see-saw battled that
ended in a 3-3 draw.
It's still a long shot, but the Puerto Rico Islanders aren't giving up on that number one
The Islanders continued to chip away at Carolina's dominating lead at the top of the NASL table
with a 2-0 victory over the Railhawks on Saturday. Carolina still holds a six-point lead with a
game in hand but must hold on to that lead for anther eight games.
The La Liga season hasn't started yet, but title holders Barcelona are showing some signs that
they may not be as dominant in 2011-12 as they have been in recent years. Exhibit A was the club's
4-1 loss to Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara in a friendly on Aug.
After two years of posturing, negotiating and verbal battles in the press, FC Barcelona and
Arsenal have FINALLY agreed to a deal to send Cesc Fabregas to the Spanish champions, Barcelona
announced on Sunday.
A press conference is slated for Monday to introduce Fabregas as Barcelona's latest, and
biggest, signing of the summer.
CHESTER - The Philadelphia Union twice fought back from one-goal deficits to earn penalties and
a point at home against FC Dallas. Dallas finished the first half with a 2-1 advantage courtesy of
Maicon Santos and Brek Shea against a Sebastien Le Toux spot kick, but had no answer for Le Toux's
second effort late on.
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Jeff Larentowicz's low bouncer through the San Jose wall and past goalkeeper Jon Busch in the
72nd minute proved to be the difference as the Colorado Rapids came from behind to defeat the host
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Another game, another draw for the New York Red Bulls.Â
After not winning a game since July 6th, the Red Bulls desperately needed three points to stay
in the increasingly crowded Eastern Conference playoff picture. A match against the last place
Chicago Fire seemingly was that game, but New York let an opportunity and an early lead slip away
The Philadelphia Union will look to regain its hold on first place in the Eastern Conference,
but it won't be easy against a strong FC Dallas team tonight as the sides clash in the top match in
MLS match this weekend (8pm).
The Union will be debuting newly-signed midfielder Freddy Adu, who is in the starting lineup
just one day after being introduced as Philadelphia's newest player.
It's the best day of the year (at least for some soccer fans).
Today marks the start of the English Premier League season, the first real sign that European
soccer is back in full swing, and American soccer fans will have plenty of juicy match-ups to make
this special day enjoyable.
The New York Red Bulls secured some sorely needed midfield depth on Friday after acquiring
Guadeloupe defensive midfielder Stephane Auvray from Sporting Kansas City, sources told SBI on
The Red Bulls are trading a 2nd-round pick in 2013 as well as an undisclosed amount of
allocation money to Sporting KC for Auvray, who had fallen out of favor with SKC weeks ago and was
no longer in the team's plans.
A full slate of games from overseas are on tap for this weekend as the Premier League joins the
Bundesliga and Ligue 1 as major leagues to start the 2011-2012 campaign. Defending Premier League
champion Manchester United opens up against West Brom on Sunday, but a game most Americans will
want to keep an eye on is the Fulham-Aston Villa tilt on Saturday.
Robbie Keane looks to be on his way to Los Angeles.
A deal is in place for the Galaxy to sign the Ireland International, multiple sources told SBI
on Friday. If Keane does come to the Home Depot Center, it would be in conjunction with a trade of
Juan Pablo Angel from the Galaxy to clear a Designated Player slot for Keane.
Boca Juniors had a disappointing debut in this Apertura Championship, being held to a scoreless
draw by Olimpo last weekend. Julio Falcioni is already under pressure, especially with a possible
presidential election looming, and would love a victory over Union on Monday (8:15 p.
It would be disrespectful to six-time champions Argentina to call the upcoming quarterfinal
clash between Spain and Brazil the decisive match of the Under-20 World Cup, but the winner will
have incredible momentum heading into the semifinals.
With all the fanfare surrounding the hiring of Martin Rennie as the coach of the Vancouver
Whitecaps, it's easy to forget he's still in prime position to win the NASL title with the Carolina
Anything but a spectacular collapse sees Carolina securing the top seed and a first-round bye in
Alejandro Bedoya is a big step closer to teaming with Maurice Edu at Rangers.
Bedoya was granted his work permit on Friday, giving the clearance for him to join the Scottish
club. While Rangers and the U.S. international midfielder agreed on a pre-contract deal to bring
him from Orebro in January, Rangers manager Ally McCoist wants to speed up the process now that the
biggest hurdle has been cleared.
PHILADELPHIA -- With the bevy of European-club-based central midfielders vying for starting
roles with the United States men's national team, it's easy to overlook Real Salt Lake's workhorse,
Sure, he's a perennial standout in Major League Soccer, but he rarely gets the opportunity to
shine with a first-team squad on the international stage.
The U.S. men's national team begin the Jurgen Klinsmann era tonight with a friendly against
arch-rival Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field (9pm, ESPN2).
The United States takes on Mexico for the first time since the Gold Cup Final, which Mexico won
4-2, but the circumstances tonight are much different, with Klinsmann looking to learn about his
It's been a little over six weeks since the U.S. men's national team fell to Mexico in the Gold
Cup final, but things won't be exactly the same when the two teams square off tonight in a friendly
at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA (9pm ET, ESPN2).
The United States' will kick off a new chapter in its history as the game marks the U.
45 Major League Soccer games and four US Men's National Team matches per season.
That's the television rights deal that NBC reached with the MLS today. Â NBC itself will
televise two regular season MLS games, two playoff games and two appearances by the USMNT, while
the NBC Sports Network (currently VERSUS) will broadcastÂ 38 regular-season games, three playoff
games and two USMNT matches.
With a week to go in the USL Pro regular season, the playoff picture is clearing up.
The National Division has its playoff participants settled following the Pittsburgh Riverhounds'
2-2 draw with the Charlotte Eagles. Pittsburgh will be joined in the playoffs by the Los Angeles
Blues, Harrisburg City Islanders and the Rochester Rhinos.
Spain's remarkable run of success recently might carry over into another tournament with Julen
Lopetegui's side looking like a serious contender to capture the FIFA U-20 World Cup after blitzing
through the group stage in dominating fashion.
For the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a win couldn't have come at a better time.
A victory over league-leading Carolina coupled with a Montreal loss put the Strikers nine points
clear of the Impact for the final playoff spot. Despite the loss, Carolina clinched a playoff spot
with Montreal's loss.
Photo courtesy of Sporting Kansas City/Taylor Allan
Soony Saad scored for the first time as a professional, tallying the lone goal in Sporting
Kansas City's 1-0, weather-delayed victory over the Colorado Rapids in MLS Reserve League play on
Saad, a standout at the University of Michigan last year who landed with Sporting KC in a
weighted lottery on July 5, took a pass from Teal Bunbury and found the back of the net on a shot
from the edge of the area to give SKC (2-2-2) all the offense it would need in the third minute of
The Jurgen Klinsmann era begins for the U.S. men's national team on Wednesday and while many of
the players the new U.S. coach has called in are familiar faces, there is still plenty of mystery
about what Klinsmann's first lineup will look like.
Some regulars like Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore won't be making the trip to Philadelphia,
while Tim Howard and Landon Donovan are among the first-choice players who will be in
The highly anticipated clash between Chivas de Guadalajara and Pumas UNAM on Saturday failed to
live up to the billing, ending in a disappointing scoreless draw. It was the marquee matchup in the
fourth round of Mexico's Apertura Championship, with the two teams sporting perfect records
entering the match.
The future of Carlos Tevez seems to have taken yet another turn.
The want-away Argentine hit man has returned to Manchester City's Carrington training ground for
a light session.
Earlier this summer, a hefty bid for Tevez was made by Corinthians after the striker made it
clear that he wasn't happy with life in Manchester, but a move was never finalized and Tevez looked
destined to remain a City player.
When Timmy Chandler was replaced on the U.S. Soccer roster ahead of Wednesday's friendly against
Mexico because of fitness issues, it disappointed plenty who wanted to see Chandler have the chance
to go up against El Tri's speedy wingers, an asset that the United States did not have during this
summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
The Premier League season won't start for another week, but last year's champions Manchester
United began their defense Sunday with an impressive, come-from-behind victory over FA Cup holders
Manchester City in the Community Shield.
After trailing 2-0 at halftime on goals by Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko, the Red Devils stormed
back in the second half with a goal from Chris Smalling to cut the lead in half in the 52nd minute
and an equalizer from Nani six minutes later.
Â Almost five months ago on a sunny day at Empire Field in Vancouver, B.C., the home team
Whitecaps made quite a first impression in their debut MLS match, with striker Eric Hassli scoring
twice in a 4-2 win.
Jozy Altidore's time with AZ Alkmaar couldn't have gotten off to a better start.
In his first official game with AZ, Altidore came off the bench and scored a header in the 80th
minute of a 3-1 win in the club's season opener against PSV Eindhoven. Altidore made a nifty run to
create space between himself and his defender before finishing to the near post.
Manchester United and Manchester City figure to contend for the Premier League crown this
season, but they'll fight for the FA Community Shield on Sunday in a high-profile season
A number of Americans are also slated to be in action Sunday as well. Although he's not
guaranteed to start after coming off a hamstring injury, Jozy Altidore's AZ Alkmaar gets its season
underway against PSV Eindhoven; Carlos Bocanegra and St.
There was no separating the San Jose Earthquakes and the traveling Portland Timbers Saturday
night as the two sides slugged out a 1-1 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium. Â Having initially fallen
behind to a Timbers goal, the hosts clawed their way back into the game to salvage a result.
WASHINGTON - Before D.C. United's match against Toronto FC on Saturday, many wondered if Dwayne
De Rosario could continue tormenting his former clubs with a strong performance against his
The answer, as it turned out, was a resounding "yes.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution's first homegrown player, 16-year-old Diego
Fagundez, drew a penalty and scored a goal in his MLS debut against Chivas USA Saturday night, but
it wasn't enough to lift his side past the Goats, who got two goals from Alejandro Moreno en route
to a 3-2 win.
It's a Western Conference Final rematch at the Home Depot Center.
The LA Galaxy (45 points) are back home after suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat by the Portland
Timbers last Wednesday night. They'll be looking to rebound and stay atop of the MLS table.
However, a resurging FC Dallas (42 points) is standing in their way and slowly creeping up the
The Montreal Impact won't be undergoing a complete rebranding upon their inclusion into MLS next
season, but between the renovated Stade Saputo and the club's new crest, the club will be sporting
a different look than the NASL version currently has.
The Impact unveiled their new logo on Saturday night, revealing a sleek, upgraded design and one
that pays homage to the province of Quebec with a motto stressing that unity is necessary for
This weekend marks the opening of the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 seasons overseas, with U.S. men's
national team midfielder Jermaine Jones seeking a fresh start with Schalke and American goalkeeper
Quentin Westberg getting a chance to start in Evian Thonon Gaillard's first match since being
promoted to France's top flight.
Brian Mullan hasn't had much to celebrate individually this season, but that all changed in a
big way Friday night.
While Mullan's tackle that broke Steve Zakuani's leg will likely remain his defining moment of
the season, his long-range goal against the Columbus Crew was the defining moment of the match,
unlocking a scoreless game and lifting the Colorado Rapids to a 2-0 victory at Dick's Sporting
FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd has been called into the U.S. national team to replace Timmy
Chandler, who suffered an injury in training and is working his way back to full fitness ahead of
the upcoming Bundesliga season, according to a U.S. Soccer press release.
Loyd, who was part of the national team's January camp and appeared in a friendly against Chile,
has been a consistent contributor along FC Dallas' back line and will be an option at either
fullback position for new U.
The recent World Cup draw didn't receive nearly as much attention in Brazil as one might expect
thanks in large part to a spectacular game that same week between Flamengo and Santos, which
dominated the headlines. Flamengo came from three goals down to claim a 5-4 victory, and the two
star attractions didn't disappoint, as Ronaldinho and Neymar carried their respective teams.
The New York Cosmos will take to the field for the first time in more than 25 years, doing so at
Old Trafford as Manchester United's opponent for the Paul Scholes Testimonial (2:30 p.m., Fox
The Cosmos, who will be coached by former United star and current Cosmos director of soccer Eric
Cantona, will be featuring the likes of Brad Friedel, Brian McBride, Patrick Vieira, Gary Neville,
Robbie Keane, Sol Campbell, Fabio Canavarro, Michel Salgado, Dwight Yorke, Wayne Bridge, Robert
Pires and Nicky Butt along with members of the organization's U-23 team.
Bin Hammam, a recent challenger to president Sepp Blatter's throne who was given a lifetime ban
from FIFA after being found guilty of bribery by the organization's ethics committee, has yet to
receive documentation outlining the reasons for his expulsion.
It's no secret that United States midfielder Michael Bradley has been seeking a new club, but it
appears that if that search goes fruitless, he won't have a place with the team at which he is
currently under contract.
Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre reportedly stated that Bradley wants to leave and is
not in the club's plans at all, and, according to reports out of Germany, he has the backing of the
club's sporting director, meaning that should Bradley be unable to secure a transfer, he won't
participate with the team despite being under contract with the Bundesliga outfit through June.
The fields for the groups stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League are nearly set,
with just one play-in round remaining in each competition.
The 10 Champions League play-in ties are highlighted by an Arsenal-Udinese matchup. The teams
that win those 10 ties will be entered into the draw for the UCL group stage, while the 10 losers
will drop to the Europa League group-stage draw.
When Sporting Kansas City realized it would be playing its first 10 games on the road this
season while Livestrong Sporting Park neared completion, the club surely assumed it would start
slow and hopefully pick up the pace in the season's second half.
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez won't be participating in the United States' friendly with Mexico
next week, but his trio of offensive teammates that did most of the damage in Mexico's Gold Cup
final victory most certainly will.
Giovani Dos Santos, Andres Guardado and Pablo Barrera will all represent El Tri in Philadelphia
next week, along with New York Red Bulls centerback Rafa Marquez and four of the five players who
were suspended from the Gold Cup for testing positive for banned substance clenbuterol.
The NFL and NBA might not be the only leagues threatened to have play postponed this summer.
Fans of Leo Messi, Real Madrid and Spanish soccer in general may soon be disappointed after the
Spanish soccer players' union has threatened to postpone the upcoming La Liga season if an
agreement over wages cannot be made in time.
The Portland Timbers have done what no other MLS team has been able to in the past three months:
beat the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Portland defeated Los Angeles at JELD-WEN Field on Wednesday night, cruising to a 3-0 victory
that snapped the Galaxy's 14-game unbeaten run. The win also gave the Timbers, who had won just
once in their last 10 games, their first home triumph since May.
Pavel Pardo didn't take long to make an impact with the Chicago Fire.
A little over a week after signing with the Fire, Pardo started, went the distance and scored
the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night.
Veljko Paunovic gave Philadelphia the lead in the first half, but Chicago responded after
halftime when Pardo took advantage of a fortunate bounce to rifle home a low shot for his first
career MLS goal.
Ugo Ihemelu scored off a first-half corner kick, and FC Dallas' stout defense did the rest as
the MLS side topped Alianza FC, 1-0, for the second consecutive week to win their CONCACAF
Champions League preliminary tie on a 2-0 aggregate and advance to the tournament's group
Nate Jaqua picked a perfect time to break his scoring duck as his 98th-minute, extra-time winner
saw the Seattle Sounders top San Francisco FC and progress to the CONCACAF Champions League group
stage as 2-1 aggregate winners in the preliminary round.
Teal Bunbury didn't celebrate his second goal in as many games by doing a human bobblehead
routine. He didn't let the moment pass without a little gesture, though.
Bunbury made binoculars with his hands as the crowd roared after his 34th minute goal, the one
that ensured that Sporting Kansas City would run its unbeaten streak to 14 matches as SKC topped
Real Salt Lake 2-0 at Livestrong Sporting Park Wednesday night.
Grab a seat and get comfortable, because there's plenty of quality soccer to watch tonight.
Between Seattle and Dallas vying for places in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, some
intriguing MLS matchups, the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and a friendly involving FC Barcelona,
Wednesday night promises to be an action-packed one.
Rangers FC's 2011-2012 UEFA Champions League run didn't last very long.
Maurice Edu's (and Alejandro Bedoya's soon-to-be) club played to a 1-1 draw at Swedish club
Malmo FF on Wednesday and fell via a 2-1 aggregate in a Champions League qualifying round.
Edu set up the opening goal, which leveled the aggregate and away-goal count at 1-1 in the 24th
minute, but Rangers couldn't overcome having two players -- Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra
-- get sent off.
FIFA Under-20 World Cup host Colombia won't be leaving its own party early.
Colombia defeated Mali, 2-0, on Tuesday to become the first team to seal a place in the knockout
stage of the tournament.
Jose Valencia and James Rodriguez scored the goals, and FC Dallas Designated Player Fabian
Castillo made his tournament debut, entering as a 61st-minute substitute for Colombia, which is
almost assured of winning Group A.
The Houston Dynamo have long been in the market to add a scoring punch, and after an
unsuccessful stint with Spanish striker Koke, the team appears to have turned its attention to
Honduran international Carlo Costly.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the club is in negotiations with Costly, who is out of
contract after being released by Mexican club Atlas.
Whether high-stakes regional play, league play or international club friendlies piques your
interest, Wednesday's selection of games being played in the United States has you covered.
Between two MLS teams vying for a place in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, three MLS
mid-week battles and a World Football Challenge match involving Barcelona, it's a big night for
soccer in this country.
At this point in the season, losing a team's leading scorer could be devastating. However,
Carlos Ruiz's abrupt exit from Philadelphia could bring on an exciting opportunity for young stars
Danny Mwanga and Roger Torres.
Ryan Johnson scored twice in a 10-minute span, and Toronto FC topped Real Esteli, 2-1 (4-2 on
aggregate) in Nicaragua Tuesday night to win its CONCACAF Champions League preliminary tie and book
a place in the tournament's Group C.
Johnson seized momentum for TFC with a great left-footed volley from just outside the area in
the 37th minute to negate Real Esteli's away goal and give Toronto a two-goal aggregate edge.
Toronto FC has made headlines for its troubling season and numerous player moves, but the club
can earn some acclaim by booking a place in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage with a
favorable result in Nicaragua against Real Esteli FC in the second leg of their preliminary round
tie (10 p.
After a disappointing loss to Argentina, Mexico roared back to life in the FIFA Under-20 World
Cup with an impressive 3-0 victory over a fiesty North Korea side.
An own goal by North Korea moments before halftime gave Mexico the lead. El Tri doubled that
lead in the 54th minute when forward Taufic Guarch launched a laser from 30 yards out, and Mexico
midfielder Diego De Buen added a third goal four minutes into stoppage time to cap off the
Toronto FC has pulled the strings on yet another trade.
The Reds maintained their wheeling-and-dealing ways by trading forward Maicon Santos to FC
Dallas for midfielder Eric Avila on Tuesday, adding a potential sparkplug in the midfield while
dealing away a captain for the second time this season.
Jurgen Klinsmann's first match as U.S. men's national team head coach is next week, and in his
opening press conference as coach he said that he would likely unveil his roster for the game on
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati suggested that fans should expect a familiar group of
players, considering how new Klinsmann is to the job and how little time he'll have had to prepare
for the match.
The Columbus Crew's surprising run isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
The Crew came up with a victory over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium over the weekend to
take over first place in the MLS Eastern Conference and vault up to No. 4 in the latest SBI MLS
Eric Lichaj's emergence at left back was one of the bright spots for the United States men's
national team during the Gold Cup, but it doesn't look like he'll be manning that position in next
week's rematch against Mexico.
Toronto FC's 2011 campaign has left plenty to be desired, but with a favorable result in
Nicaragua Tuesday night (10 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel), the Reds can seal their place in the
CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
On the strength of two Joao Plata goals, TFC took the home leg of its preliminary tie with Real
Esteli, 2-1, but a late away goal by Alesandro Calero could be a huge factor in determining which
team moves forward.
Mario Balotelli can't seem to stop making headlines for the wrong reasons.
Not long after his intensely public bust up with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and his
actions during an exhibition against the Los Angeles Galaxy, the controversial City striker has
come out and stated his dislike for the area of Manchester.
Spain's dominance on the world stage has extended to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
The Spaniards opened their tournament with a thorough 4-1 beating of CONCACAF runner-up Costa
Rica behind two goals from Rodrigo on Sunday. Spain wasn't the only team to impress in the opening
round of games, either.
Landon Donovan was in need of an outing like the one he had Saturday night.
In the midst of a mini slump and coming off a minor calf injury, Donovan took control of the Los
Angeles Galaxy's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, scoring two goals and setting up a third in
the second half of the Galaxy's 4-0 victory.
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Soccer Federation did not just hire the 35th head coach in national team
history, but it perhaps altered the direction of the entire national team program.
Jurgen Klinsmann, the first foreign-born U.S. national team coach in 16 years, touched on a few
topics during his first press conference since being hired to replace Bob Bradley on Friday, but he
frequently emphasized the culture and direction of soccer in the United States.
The Carolina Railhawks will have to wait another week to wrap up their playoff spot.
After a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Railhawks, Carolina needed only for Montreal to lose or
draw against the Puerto Rico Islanders to assure themselves a postseason berth, but the Impact came
out with a surprising 1-0 victory of their own.
Jonathan Spector is one of the U.S. men's national team players that Jurgen Klinsmann will be
evaluating during his opening weeks as national team coach, and it appears that he'll have a
platform for which to showcase his skills.
Prior to this MLS season, few expected the Columbus Crew to have the view from the top of the
Eastern Conference mountain after a roster overhaul that saw numerous veterans get swapped out for
Yet with the calendar turning to August and after a win at perhaps the toughest venue in the
league, that's exactly where Columbus stands.
Jurgen Klinsmann's first meeting with the American media as U.S. men's national team coach is
Klinsmann will be fielding questions from the press at Niketown in Manhattan at 10 a.m., where
he will undoubtedly touch on a number of subjects in his first public comments since being hired on