After D.C. United and the Chicago Fire had their fair share of defensive struggles throughout
the 2011 MLS campaign, the two teams both had a notable silver lining to take away from their
friendly Sunday: no goals allowed.
It looked to be another long afternoon at the Emirates after Arsenal found themselves down two
to Aston Villa at halftime and on the verge of going out of the FA Cup. Relief came quickly,
however, as the Gunners scored three goals within 10 minutes to move on to the fifth round.
Oguchi Onyewu didn't start today's Sporting CP match off in the best of fashions, drawing a
first-minute yellow card. He quickly made up for that slow start by scoring a pair of first-half
goals against Beira Mar.
If you watch the videos below and think you're seeing the same goal, you aren't.
DaMarcus Beasley has picked up where he left off with Mexican side Puebla, continue his stellar
form since moving South of the Border with his latest goal.
Beasley delivered the game-winning goal in Puebla's 1-0 victory against Jaguares on Saturday,
scoring a right-footed finish after making a fast back-post run and latching onto a perfect pass
before pulling off a perfect cut-back and finish.
It may have have happened in a loss, but Fabian Johnson scored his first goal for TSG 1899
Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Johnson opened his account with the club he joined last summer by netting in the second half of
Hoffenheim's 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Johnson got on the end of a low cross and one-timed a
powerful shot into the back of the net to prevent Hoffenheim from getting shut out for a second
A pair of heated English derby match-ups headline today's action, and both will have added
subplots that will only make things more intense.
Manchester United and Liverpool clash in their first meeting since the controversial match where
Luis Suarez allegedly used racial slurs against Patrice Evra; while London rivals Chelsea and
Queens Park Rangers meet for the first time since John Terry allegedly used a racial slur against
The U.S. Women's National Team faced a tougher test than expected, but ultimately the Americans
proved too tough for underdog Costa Rica and eventually punched their ticket to the Summer
A first-half goal by Tobin Heath gave the U.S. women the lead and despite a courageous fight
from the Costa Ricans, the United States held that one-goal lead before Carli Lloyd blasted home a
long-range blast in the second half to give the Americans a 2-0 victory in the CONCACAF Olympic
Qualifying semifinals in Vancouver.
CONCACAF's two places in the women's soccer tournament at this summer's Olympics will be
determined Friday night, as the U.S. women look to maintain their stretch of dominance and clinch a
place in London with a win over Costa Rica.
The All-American showdown went to Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton.
Donovan came up with two assists to guide the Toffees to a 2-1, come-from-behind victory over
Clint Dempsey's Fulham at Goodison Park in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday.
Donovan hit summer acquisition Denis Stracqualursi with a pinpoint left-footed cross from the
right in the 27th minute, and the Argentine headed it past Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale to
pull Everton level at 1-1.
It's FA Cup weekend again in England, and the field is down to 32 teams.
Liverpool are well out of the Premier League title race, and their Champions League hopes are
diminishing quickly, but fans will find some solace in the domestic cups, especially after the club
reached the Carling Cup final earlier this week.
The three best American soccer players in the world will be on the field together in a club
match for the first time ever as Tim Howard and Landon Donovan lead Everton against Clint Dempsey
and Fulham (3pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
Today's FA Cup Fourth Round showdown is being billed as a battle between Dempsey and Donovan,
long-time USA teammates and two great players who draw different reactions from different fans.
Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, the two best field players in American soccer, and two of the
most popular players in American soccer history, are set to do battle today in the FA Cup (3pm, Fox
Today's Fulham-Everton clash serves as the perfect event to showcase the match-up of two players
who have been U.
All American eyes Friday are on Goodison Park, where Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey do battle
in Everton and Fulham's FA Cup match, but there's another game in Europe that is of importance to
Americans abroad as well.
Timmy Chandler's FC Nurnberg and Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 are slated to go up against one
another in a Bundesliga match that should be featuring the present and future of U.
Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey have shared plenty of moments throughout their careers as the
top two attacking threats of the U.S. men's national team, but they will not be celebrating
together on Friday.
The two American stars are set to face off for the first time since 2006 when Everton and Fulham
do battle in the fourth round of the FA Cup (3pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
Most of last night's headlines might have been about the U.S. men's national team's friendly in
Panama, but that was not the only place south of the border where an American was playing.
Lost amid the U.S. team's 1-0 win, Jonathan Bornstein made his season debut, starting and going
the distance in Tigres UANL's 1-0 first-leg loss to Chilean club Union Espanola in the Copa
Toronto FC appears determined to fix its defensive problems, and it has turned to an Ecuadorian
international to help it do so.
On the day it signed Richard Eckersley to a permanent deal, Toronto announced it acquired
defender Geovanny Caicedo. The 30-year-old, who has earned eight caps for Ecuador since making his
debut in 2009, last played for LDU Quito.
Mexico seemed ready to settle for a draw with Venezuela, but two late goals coming in a span of
a minute lifted El Tri to a 3-1 victory over the South Americans.
Fielding a squad largely comprised of players competing for a spot on the Olympic qualifying
team, the Mexicans won on Wednesday nightÂ courtesy of goals from Rafael Marquez Lugo and Oribe
Peralta in the 88th and 89th minutes, respectively.
Tim Ream is officially a member of Bolton after his transfer from the New York Red Bulls was
finalized on Thursday.
The transfer, believed to be valued near $3 million, is the highest ever paid for an MLS
defender, surpassing the $2 million paid by French club Boulogne for former Chicago Fire defender
The U.S. men's national team plays its second game in a week, and second of 2011 in Panama City
tonight against CONCACAF foe Panama (8:30pm, Galavision/ESPN3.com).
The United States is coming off a 1-0 victory against Venezuela, but tonight should offer a much
tougher test as the Americans face the Panama side that beat the Americans in the Gold Cup group
stages before losing a 1-0 decision in the Gold Cup semifinals.
Domestic cup competitions in Europe typically feature David vs. Goliath stories, but Wednesday,
it's all about the big boys.
Liverpool carries its 1-0 edge over Manchester City in the Carling Cup semifinals into the
second leg at Anfield, where the Reds will try and hold on and advance to next month's title game
against surprise finalist Cardiff City.
The Colorado Rapids are shifting their philosophy after going through a front office and
technical staff overhaul, and that change is spreading to the field as well after the club
announced the signing ofÂ Colombian attacking midfielder Jaime Castrillon from Independiente
George John has yet to make his debut with West Ham United, but he soon could after putting
together a strong showing in his first match since joining the club.
John, on loan from FC Dallas until the beginning of March, starred in his first game for West
Ham's developmental squad on Tuesday, putting together a strong defensive outing while scoring a
goal in the Hammers' 1-1 draw with Gillingham.
Former Colorado Rapids head coach Gary Smith is headed back to England.
The man who took charge of the Rapids' surprising 2010 MLS Cup run has been hired as manager of
League One side Stevenage FC. Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace said Smith's ability to produce
success despite a low budget with the Rapids was a major reason for the hire.
Chivas USA is the latest MLS club to join the trend of signing Colombian central defenders.
Following in the recent footsteps of the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas, the Goats announced the
signing of veteran Colombian centerback John Alexander Valencia on Tuesday, adding the 30-year-old,
6-foot-4 defender to the club.
With the first friendly of 2012 producing a thrilling, though somewhat disappointing 1-0 victory
against Venezuela on Saturday, the U.S. men's national team is now in Panama preparing for the
first tough road match for this young group.
Jurgen Klinsmann scheduled this Panama match with the expressed purpose of testing inexperienced
players in a hostile environment, and the opponent is one who should provide a tougher test than
the one provided by Venezuela.
With every passing year, the format for the MLS All-Star Game seems to continue to be a point of
contention among fans and media, but even with that, the 2012 version won't be providing any
While officially awarding this year's game to Philadelphia, the league announced that it will
maintain its unique MLS vs.
The CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament has been a breeze so far for the U.S. women's
national team, which has outscored two overmatched opponents by a combined 27-0 margin. Things
should be a bit more competitive in Tuesday's final group match.
Juventus and Italian national team legend Alessandro Del Piero has long been linked with a move
to MLS, and despite recent reports having him wind up with the Montreal Impact, the club's
president set the record straight on the matter.
Joey Saputo admitted to having discussions with the 37-year-old Del Piero's representatives on
two occasions -- last April in Montreal and last June in Italy -- while discussing a potential move
to MLS, but offered that Del Piero has his eyes on the league's two major markets should he come to
Paris St.-Germain have pulled out of talks with Manchester City to sign striker Carlos Tevez.
The Ligue 1 leaders were considered the front-runners after talks with AC Milan broke down last
week. PSG's sporting director Leonardo and new manager Carlo Ancelotti met with Tevez's advisers
but couldn't come to terms
"There was an opportunity, we have studied it, we made a good offer but failed to agree a deal,"
Leonardo told L'Equipe.
CARSON, Calif. â€“Fresh off one of the most successful seasons, the Los Angeles Galaxy returned
to the practice field amid a steady downpour at the Home Depot Center.
Missing several pieces like Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane (both on loan), Omar Gonzalez (injury)
and Juninho (joined Sao Paulo) the club returned to the training ground in preparation for their
CONCACAF Champions League matches against Toronto FC in March.
After spending the first two years of his professional career with the New York Red Bulls, Ream
is set to sign with Bolton Wanderers after being granted a work permit on Monday. Ream will join
Bolton on a transfer worth an estimated $3 million, the highest amound ever paid for an MLS
Fans of the Philadelphia Union have had plenty to chear about in the club's brief two-year MLS
existence. From the opening of PPL Park in 2010, to the team's MLS playoff debut in 2011. Now Union
fans are ready to have a new experience to celebrate in 2012, the hosting of an MLS All-Star
Today is one of those jam-packed days of soccer action that make you happy to be a soccer fan
with a full day with nothing to do but watch soccer.
There is something for everybody today, from the historic Arsenal-Manchester United clash, which
will be the first English Premier League match shown live on American network television, to this
morning's Manchester City-Tottenham tilt featuring two of the best teams in England.
Just when it looked like the U.S. men's national team was destined for another scoreless game, a
familiar face came up with the timeliest of goals.
Substitute Ricardo Clark powered home a header deep into stoppage time on Saturday night,Â
giving the United States a 1-0 victory over Venezuela at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale,
Arizona in its opening match of 2012.
The U.S. men's national team kicks off 2012 in Arizona, taking on Venezuela at University of
Phoenix Stadium in its first match of the year (9 p.m., Galavision/ESPN3.com).
The friendly comes as part of the culmination of January training camp, and it provides Jurgen
Klinsmann a chance to see some of the players he has yet to observe in international game
situations on a competitive stage.
New FC Dallas signings Blas Perez and Carlos Rodriguez and new Philadelphia Union midfielder
Gabriel Gomez are among the 18 players called in by Julio Dely Valdes for Panama's friendly against
the United States next week.
Not included on Panama's roster are Santos Laguna centerback Felipe Baloy or star forward Luis
Tejada, who scored three times at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
LOS ANGELES -- David Beckham has always been a vital part of AEG president Tim Leiweke's plans
for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Now as Beckham prepares for his second stint with the club, Leiweke is
considering the legacy that he will leave on his team.
For the U.S. men's and women's national teams, it's a big weekend.
The women kick off their qualifying campaign for the 2012 Olympics Friday night in Canada, going
up against the Dominican Republic. Just a couple of days later, Pia Sundhage's charges are at it
again, facing Guatemala and hoping to secure maximum points before a final group showdown with
The Chicago Fire will swap the crispy, cold ways of Chicago for the sunny rays of Ave Maria as
they travel to Florida to officially kick off the preseason camp for their 15thÂ season in Major
Almost two years ago, Paraguayan forward Salvador CabaÃ±as was months away from being a starting
striker in the World Cup until he was left in a fight for his life after being the victim of a
shooting at a Mexican bar.Â
Now he's on the verge of a stunning comeback to professional soccer.
The last time Arsenal and Manchester United faced each other, the end result looked less like an
outcome between two of England's heavyweights and more of one between a Premier League side and a
League Two outfit.
The Red Devils ran rampant at Old Trafford back on Aug.
For U.S. Under-23 winger Joe Gyau, the future is now.
Gyau confirmed on his own Twitter feed that he will be in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's matchday 18
against Hannover 96 this weekend for the first time. Hoffenheim is dealing with a number of
injuries, and Gyau, who has been playing well for the club's U-23 team, is going to get his first
taste of first-team life in the Bundesliga in what could prove to be a seminal year in the
19-year-old winger's career.
As a new season approaches for the New York Red Bulls, it is still very uncertain who will be
standing between the goalposts for a team looking to surpass its results from 2011.Â
According to multiple reports, manager Hans Backe definitively said that German goalkeeper Frank
Rost would not be returning to the club, weeks after sporting director Erik Soler said there was a
"good possibility" of Rost coming back.
The U.S. men's national team will play its first match of 2012, and an MLS-heavy squad will take
the field against Venezuela on Saturday night in Arizona with many players looking to impress
Jurgen Klinsmann and work their way into the full senior team mix.
Some familiar faces are back in the mix as Benny Feilhaber and Ricardo Clark are in camp, while
Heath Pearce joins them as the only players on the camp roster with more than 30 caps.
Prior to Bob Bradley being appointed as its head coach, Egypt failed to qualify for the 2012
Africa Cup of Nations. The Pharoahs' failure is the rest of Africa's success, asÂ for the first
time in six years a new champion will be crowned.
The 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is set to get underway on Saturday, with 16 teams
competing in the host nations of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
As if there was not enough drama the last time Ajax and AZ Alkmaar played.
AZ advanced to the quarterfinals of the Dutch Cup with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Ajax in
their rescheduled round of 16 match on Thursday morning. A second-half penalty kick goal would be
the decisive finish in a game that saw each team take and squander leads.
It's no wonder why Pepe is nicknamed "The Butcher."
The Real Madrid defender, who is either known for physical play or malicious attacks on his
opponents depending on who you talk to, could face disciplinary action for deliberately stomping on
Lionel Messi's hand during yesterday's Clasico.
One of the biggest clubs in England is getting rid of adidas and slipping into something a bit
Liverpool announced on Thursday morning that it has reached a record jersey deal with
Michigan-based company Warrior Sports. The deal is worth $38.6 million annually over the course of
six years, making it the largest jersey deal in England and second-biggest in the world behind
Barcelona's deal with Nike (worth an estimated $40.
In a game filled with attacking superstars, it was a pair of gritty defenders that decided the
latest edition of El Clasico.
Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal turned around a 1-0 halftime deficit as Barcelona defeated eternal
rivals Real Madrid, 2-1, at the Estadio Bernabeu in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa
del Rey Wednesday.
U.S. Under-23 national team defender Gale Agbossoumonde has endured a rough road in his quest
for regular playing time since turning pro two years ago. With a recent stint at Eintracht
Frankfurt failing to deliver him playing time, Agbossoumonde looked poised for a move to Major
Bitter rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona are set to write the next chapter in their storied
Clasico history as they meet in the opening leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals at Estadio
Santiago Bernabeu (4 p.m., GOLTV/ESPN3.com).
While Barcelona is looking for revenge in this tournament after being beaten by Madrid in last
year's final, it is Madrid that is looking to try to even the overall score.
The majority of D.C. United's offseason roster questions have not fully been answered, and as
the club's preseason got underway with the first day of training on Wednesday, it is clear that
there is plenty to be done before the team takes its final shape.
The world's top rivalry takes center stage when Real Madrid hosts Barcelona in the first leg of
the Copa del Rey quarterfinals (4 p.m., GOLTV/ESPN3.com), the first of two meetings in a week's
time that will determine which club advances to the semifinals.
CARSON, Calif. â€“ In a match that was much closer than the last time these teams met, the U.S.
Under-23 national team battled to a hard fought 1-1 draw against the U.S. national team on Tuesday
evening at the Home Depot Center Complex.
It was widely thought that after regaining his fitness following hip surgery American and Aston
Villa fullback Eric Lichaj would head on loan to Leeds United, where he enjoyed overall success in
his first stretch with consistent first-team minutes while on loan there last year.
The Montreal Impact wasted little time in making it known who they would take with the first
pick in Tuesday's MLS Supplemental Draft.
With their selection, which is akin to the first pick in the third round of the SuperDraft had
the main event not been shortened, the Impact took Charlotte winger Evan James, a skilled,
Canada-born midfielder who performed well at the combine after helping the 49ers to the NCAA
The Colombia-to-Portland pipeline is back in action.
The Portland Timbers announced the acquisition of 24-year-old defender Hanyer Mosquera, a
6-foot-1 centerback expected to come in and add a dominating presence along the Portland back
line.Â Mosquera becomes the fourth Colombian on the Timbers, joining Designated Players Diego Chara
and Jose Adolfo Valencia and forward Jorge Perlaza.
Joe Corona appears destined for a big 2012 as he continues to contribute for Club Tijuana while
becoming a bigger part of the U.S. national team set-up. All of that is on the heels of what was
just recognized as a pretty sharp 2011.
The 21-year-old Corona won the Golden Ball as Mexico's top rookie, beating out finalists Alfonso
Luna (Atlante), Armando Zamorano (Jaguares) and Hector Herrera (Pachuca) to take home the
The Chicago Fire might be adding a new graphic to the front of their jerseys this season.
According to reports out of Chicago, the club is closing in on a jersey sponsor deal with Quaker
Oats, something that would end the club's sponsor hiatus after one season. Best Buy had been the
team's jersey sponsor from 2008-2010 before ending its commitment prior to last season.
With Martin Luther King's legacy being commemorated across the country, it's an eye-opening
shame that blatant forms of racism still exist around the world, specifically in the soccer
Over the weekend, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu and Rangers teammate Kyle Bartley were the subject
of racial abuse via Twitter, an incident that resulted in the arrest of a 41-year-old man who was
due to appear in a Scottish court on Monday.
Had the MLS SuperDraft not been shortened to two rounds, then a lot more scrutiny would be
applied to some of the early selections in Tuesday's MLS Supplemental Draft, with those picks
typically being included among teams' draft hauls from last week's main event. Â Â
As it stands, the upcoming four-round affair provides another chance for teams to bolster their
rosters as training camps open across North America.
Inter Milan have stepped up their efforts to sign Carlos Tevez as the tumultuous transfer saga
surrounding the controversial striker shows no signs of dissipating.
The Serie A giants have offered Manchester City more than $32 million to sign Tevez in the
January transfer window. Inter president Massimo Moratti opened communication with the Premier
League club after a possible deal with AC Milan crumbled at the last minute.
The champions from 2006-2010 have stormed back into the title race after an atrocious start and
started off 2012 with a bang with a 1-0 win over AC Milan. Diego Milito scored against the run of
play nine minutes into the second half to wrap up the victory on a foggy day at the San Siro.
Thierry Henry has already made a dramatic return to Arsenal, but today he will have his chance
to try and top his game-winning FA Cup goal against Leeds by scoring in his first English Premier
League match of his comeback.
The Gunners take on Swansea City in what should be an entertaining encounter, and could bring us
Henry's first start since coming back to Arsenal.
Less than two months ago Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane were combining on a game-winning goal
that helped lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to an MLS Cup title. Today, the two will square off on the
other side of the planet as Donovan's Everton and Keane's Aston Villa do battle.
Manchester United will look to keep the heat on Manchester City by knocking off Bolton, which is
awaiting a work permit for newly-acquired defender Tim Ream.
CARSON, Calif. -- There were plenty of lessons learned on Friday as the United States senior
squad soundly defeated the U.S. Under-23's 4-0 in a scrimmage that took place on the Mooch Myernick
Field at the Home Depot Center complex.
Inter Milan seems to finally have found its form, and after winning five straight matches and
outscoring its last two opponents 9-1 and getting Wesley Sneijder back from injury, the club faces
bitter rival and first-place AC Milan with a chance to make a statement in Serie A.Â
The Milan derby is the highlight of the weekend slate across Europe, one that also includes an
Aston Villa-Everton game that will be of interest to U.
One of the most intense rivalries in the world of soccer is set to write another chapter.
AC Milan and Inter Milan face off on Sunday in a game with substantially more significance now
that Inter are back in the title race. Inter are on a five-game winning streak in league play that
dates back to Dec.
When people look back at the 2012 MLS Draft, they will surely look at it as the first draft that
didn't feature a multitude of trades. What they might wind up really recalling of the draft,
however, is the amount of solid MLS talent that was available.
There were no draft pick trades in this year's draft, but teams still came away with some good
talent throughout the league after picking from one of the deeper draft classes in recent
Talks between Manchester City and AC Milan suddenly broke down after Alexander Pato refused a
move to Paris-St. Germain. Milan needed the 20-25 million pound transfer fee from the Brazilian
international's move to have any chance of raising the necessary cash.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The New York Red Bulls turned some heads by trading a 2013 first-round pick
and allocation money to the Portland Timbers for veteran striker Kenny Cooper, a move intriguing
for a number of reasons, none more than the fact that New York already has a full stable of
first-team strikers in Thierry Henry, Luke Rodgers and Juan Agudelo.
The New York Red Bulls' forward corps just got a little deeper.
The Red Bulls acquired Kenny Cooper from the Portland Timbers in exchange for a 2013 first round
MLS SuperDraft pick and allocation money. Cooper joins the Red Bulls after a return season to MLS
that saw him score eight goals and have two assists in 34 league games.
The 2012 MLS Draft is set to kick off in a few hours as teams from across the league look to add
those missing pieces to the puzzle.
The 2012 draft class is a strong one, with depth at a variety of positions, such as centerback
and attacking midfielder. There are quality prospects available that have teams trying to trade up
into the top four, where the likes of Luis Silva, Kelyn Rowe, Enzo Martinez and Sam Garza have
drawn considerable interest.
It's official, Robbie Keane is headed to Aston Villa.
The Premier League side confirmed the long-running rumor that the LA Galaxy striker will join
Villa for two months during the MLS off-season. The 31-year-old captain of the Irish national team
is hoping to stay fit ahead of this summer's European Championships and is the latest in a number
of short-term loan deals from MLS clubs to the Premier League.
The 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will much different than any of its predecessors.
U.S. Soccer announced a number of changes for the 99th edition of the tournament. Those changes
include a 64-team field (the largest in the modern era), a random selection process for determining
home teams from the opening round until the quarterfinals, and the inclusion of all professional
teams from the top three divisions, meaning the MLS qualifying bracket is no more.
Landon Donovan and Brad Friedel's highly-anticipated match-up is finally here.
The two Americans are both in their respective team's starting lineups, as is Tim Howard, for
Tottenham's home game against Everton (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel). Donovan will look to help
the Toffees upset the Spurs in his third game back while also attempting to silence one his most
recent critics in Friedel in the process.
Shay Given has recovered from his groin injury and has returned to training for Aston Villa, but
that does not necessarily mean he is going to supplant Brad Guzan as the Villans' starting
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is keeping his options open in terms of who to start between
the goal posts on a permanent basis as a result of Guzan's string of strong performances since
filling in for Given since early December.
Despite initial reports claiming that Eric Cantona would be seeking the French presidency, the
Manchester United legend has dropped out of the race. The initial announcement was instead a
carefully orchestrated ploy to raise awareness about public housing for France's lower class.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Dom Dwyer did not know he was heading to the 2012 MLS Combine until a
day before the event kicked off, but that did not stop him from having a decent showing at the
event that he capped off with a goal.
Dwyer helped adiZero (blue) to a 3-1 win over Prime (green) on Tuesday morning, scoring an
insurance goal in the 52nd minute of the game when he pounced on a rebound and knocked the ball
into the back of the net.
Skillful wingers in the player pool are at a premium ahead of Thursday's MLS SuperDraft, but
three of the top players available at the position are some of the more sought-after attackers
eligible for selection.
Sam Garza, a Generation adidas signing out of UCSB who can play up top or on the wing, helped
his stock considerably with his showing while playing for the adiPure team at the Combine and had a
big hand in helping set up Ethan Finlay as part of the Creighton forward's hat trick.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Most of the positive talk during the 2012 MLS Combine has surrounded the
forwards and attacking midfielders, but one player who has performed well and does not play either
of those positions is Chris Blais.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound goalkeeper was one of the more consistent performers through the event,
showing good command of his area and making a handful of fine saves in the process in all three of
his team's games.
New York-area soccer fans are in for a summer treat.
Brazil and Argentina will square off in a June 9 friendly at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford,
N.J., pitting the two South American rivals and some of the top players in the world against each
other. The date falls on a FIFA international fixture date, meaning that first-choice players like
Lionel Messi and Neymar should be available for selection, though that is far from being a
certainty at this point.
Centerback Gale Agbossoumonde and goalkeeper David Bingham have been forced to withdraw from
United States Under-23 national team camp with undisclosed injuries ahead of today's opening day of
training at the Home Depot Center, according to U.
The final match day of the 2012 MLS Combine has kicked off as MLS coaches and scouts make their
final observations and preparations ahead of Thursday's MLS Combine.
The day's first match features the Blue and Green teams, and while there are some interesting
prospects in this game, the main event features the talent-laden and undefeated red team against
the equally impressive white team.
Columbus Crew forward Emilio Renteria and Chivas USA forward Alejandro Moreno are among the
players called in for Venezuela's friendly against the United States on Jan. 21 at University of
Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Former New York Red Bulls defender Gabriel Cichero is also part of the 24-man group that will
face Mexico in Houston four days later.
In a game that was begging for a special moment, Thierry Henry stepped up to the task to resume
his duties as Arsenal's king.Â
Ten minutes after making his return to the field as a substitute for Arsenal, Henry delivered a
game-winning goal to lift the Gunners in the fourth round of the FA Cup via a 1-0 victory over
Leeds United in front of a delirious crowd at Emirates Stadium on Monday.
The big names at the 2012 MLS Combine have for the most part lived up to expectations through
two Combine match-days, but there have also been some lesser-known players who have also boosted
their stock in Fort Lauderdale.
Three of the players to help boost their draft stock are Fordham goalkeeper Ryan Meara,
Marquette midfielder Calum Mallace and Creighton forward Ethan Finlay.
Thierry Henry's return to Arsenal commences in the FA Cup, as the on-loan New York Red Bulls
striker is available as a substitute in the Gunners' third-round match against Leeds United (2:45
p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).
The winner of the match has a fourth-round date with Aston Villa, a match that could pit MLS
Designated Players Henry and Robbie Keane against each other should Arsenal advance and Keane's
prospective loan to Villa from the Los Angeles Galaxy go through.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The second day of the MLS Combine was the first day for Ethan Finlay,
who had arrived to the Sunshine State on Saturday. He had missed the first day of the event on
Friday to attend the Hermann Trophy Award ceremony in St.
Headlines in England following the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup will be centered on
the Liverpool vs. Manchester United battle and a possible QPR vs. Chelsea meeting, as rematches of
racism-marred Premier League games take center stage. For American fans, though, there's a much
more tasty fixture to be found.
America de Cali's loss has turned out to be the New England Revolution's gain.
The Revolution announced the signingsÂ of centerback John Lozano and attacking midfielder
Fernando Cardenas from the traditional Colombian giant, which was relegated to the country's second
division last month.
The forward class in the 2012 MLS Combine is an intriguing one, as teams try to figure out who
the top strikers will be on the board once Akron star Darren Mattocks is taken, as expected, with
the first or second pick in the draft.
Three of the most likely candidates to go early from the forward pool are UCLA product Chandler
Hoffman (pictured), Maryland standout Casey Townsend and South Florida star Dom Dwyer.
The FA Cup has lost some of its prestige with the rise of the Premier League but Sunday's clash
between Manchester United and Manchester City was a glimpse at the drama knockout competitions can
provide in a 3-2 win for United.
United were up by three goals before halftime thanks to two goals from Wayne Rooney and a
stunning strike from Danny Welbeck.
The MLS Combine resumes action today as MLS Draft prospects look to give scouts and coaches more
to think about as we draw closer to the MLS Draft on Thursday.
Day One saw several players boost their stock, while some others struggled to make an impact.
UCSB playmaker Luis Silva, UCLA striker Chandler Hoffman, Marquette midfielder Calum Mallace,
Louisville's Austin Berry and Indiana's Tommy Meyer were just some of the players who enjoyed
strong first days.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- That a Dartmouth player is at the MLS Combine is an accomplishment in
itself. That a Dartmouth player shone on the first day of the event, which is notorious for being
rough for most participants, is even more impressive.
The third round of the FA Cup is littered with the typical David vs. Goliath matchups that the
tournament boasts every year, but there is one matchup featuring a pair of giants that is sure to
capture everyone's attention.
Premier League front-runners Manchester City and Manchester United square off in an early-round
encounter that has plenty on the line.
The 2012 MLS Combine kicks off today in Fort Lauderdale as the nation's top college talent (and
seven random international players) look to impress MLS coaches and boost their stock ahead of the
2012 MLS Draft.
The MLS website is live-streaming today's matches, but SBI will be providing live commentary on
today's action, so please feel free to follow along here.
The 2012 MLS Combine is set to kick off this afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, and SBI will be
providing coverage throughout the next five days, as players look to improve their stock ahead of
the MLS Draft.
The Combine will be live-streamed on MLSSoccer.com, while Fox Soccer and SBI will feature
extensive coverage, including game recaps, player rankings, video interviews and breakdowns of all
FA Cup ties are the major draw in England this weekend, while Italian and Spanish sides return
to action for the first time in nearly a month as winter breaks draw to a close.
Manchester United and Manchester City are still the heavy favorites to take home the Premier
League title this year, but it's the FA Cup that provides another exhibition of one of the most
heated rivalries in the world.
The MLS Combine gets underway in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., later this afternoon, and MLS has
released the rosters for the four teams that will compete in front of coaches and scouts for the
next four days.
Seven foreign players were invited to participate in the combine, which is otherwise comprised
of NCAA seniors and Generation adidas signings.
It's official: Thierry Henry is going back to Arsenal.
The New York Red Bulls forward and his former Premier League club put the final touches on a
short-term loan that has Arsenal's all-time leading goal scorer returning to the Emirates through
the end of February.
Henry will be eligible for the club's FA Cup match against Leeds United on Monday.
Omar Gonzalez, fresh off the plane and training with NÃ¼rnberg, was given a Bundesliga welcome
by compatriot, and now teammate, Timmy Chandler in a crunching tackle â€” one that left the former
with an injured knee.
Though the extent of the injury is yet to be confirmed by the club, Gonzalez is seen pictured on
the pitch in pain as a club physio examines his left knee.
Maurice Edu is no stranger to being linked to a move away from Rangers, and Sochaux is the
latest club hoping to pry him away from the Scottish giants.
According to a report, Sochaux has made Edu its top midfield target for the winter transfer
window. The French club had a bidÂ worth an estimated $774,400 rejected already, but it remains
interested in acquiring the U.
Gonzalez has been loaned from the Los Angeles Galaxy to FC Nurnberg until at least mid-February,
the German club announced on its website on Thursday. Nurnberg official Martin Bader said the club
had hoped to make a move for Gonzalez in the summer, but that the opportunity to acquire the
centerback came up.
After the lengthy wait to have their chance to impress U.S. men's national team head coach
Jurgen Klinsmann, it appears George John and Omar Gonzalez will have to wait a bit longer.
Both John and Gonzalez have left national team camp in Arizona to attend to potential winter
moves. John has left the country to pursue a potential transfer while Gonzalez is mulling over loan
It's not all that surprising that an American scored at Goodison Park on Wednesday. After all,
Everton's match against Bolton marked Landon Donovan's return to the Toffees. Thing is, Donovan
wasn't the one to find the back of the net.
In open play, goalkeeper Tim Howard unleashed a long kick from his own box that took a perfect
bounce from about 25 yards out and got carried by a furious wind over Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan
into the goal.
After losing a lot of their offensive firepower by parting ways with leading scorer and
Designated Player Andres Mendoza, the Columbus Crew took a step in finding an attacking solution
byÂ signing Chilean midfielder Milovan Mirosevic on Wednesday.
Columbus had success with a Chilean signing a year ago, finding a stable right back in Sebastian
Landon Donovan's return to Everton is the story of the day in American soccer, and he'll look to
make an immediate impact when the Toffees host Bolton at Goodison Park. Donovan has secured a place
in the starting lineup, as has goalkeeping stalwart Tim Howard, who is making his 250th Premier
Landon Donovan's second foray into the Premier League gets underway later today, with Everton's
match against Bolton (3 p.m., Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv). Early rumblings have Donovan slated
for the starting lineup, though that has yet to be announced publicly by Everton.
North Carolina playmaker Enzo Martinez signed has signed a Generation adidas contract, becoming
the sixth member of the 2012 Generation adidas class, but teammate Billy Schuler passed on the
final MLS offer, and ultimately signed with Hammarby.
Schuler's decision to bolt for Europe has opened the door for MLS to expand the class, with the
league extending Generation adidas offers to Creighton fullback Tyler Polak, South Florida striker
Dom Dwyer and UConn centerback Andrew Jean-Baptiste.
Two American strikers are drumming up some transfer buzz in Denmark.
According to multiple reports out of the country, Danish Superliga club AGF Aarhus is looking at
Charlie Davies and Chris Wondolowski as potential targets during the transfer window, which opens
Thursday and lasts through the end of the month.
Real Madrid was stunned and in serious trouble after conceding two set-piece goals in the
opening half of its Copa del Rey Round of 16 first-leg encounter with Malaga Tuesday.
All it took was one 10-minute stretch for the cup holders to turn things around. Sami Khedira,
Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema scored between the 68th and 78th minutes to completely change the
club's fortunes and tournament outlook.
FC Dallas has emerged from its offseason slumber in a big way.
The club signed Panama striker Blas Perez and young Colombian defender Hernan Pertuz on Tuesday,
addressing two areas of need with international-caliber talent. Neither deal was classified as a
Designated Player signing according to a team release.
The seemingly never-ending stream of Premier League matches continues on Tuesday, with three
more games on the docket including a high-profile battle between Manchester City and Liverpool.
City can reclaim sole possession of first place with a win or draw, while the Reds, who will be
without the suspended Luis Suarez, can get back into UEFA Champions League contention with a
Despite pronounced support of Luis Suarez in the aftermath of his being found guilty of racially
abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, Liverpool will not be appealing the eight-game ban the
Uruguayan striker received, the FA announced on Tuesday.
Had Suarez appealed the decision, he could have received a lesser ban, but he also would have
been subjected to an increased punishment if the FA had seen it fit to do so.
The New York Red Bulls have had an awfully quiet offseason, which has been used more to deflect
rumors and links to star players as opposed to making improvements to a team that vastly
underachieved by its own expectations in 2011.
January is a busy month for U.S. Soccer across almost all ages, and following Jurgen Klinsmann's
roster announcement for the senior camp that kicks off today in Phoenix and Tab Ramos' roster
announcement for this week's Under-20 camp in Florida, two more sets of U.
Following Landon Donovan's loan to Everton and Thierry Henry's reported loan to Arsenal, a third
MLS Designated Player could be on his way to the Premier League this winter, as Aston Villa isÂ
reportedly looking to sign Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane to a two-month loan deal.
Vancouver Whitecaps striker Omar Salgado and Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil are among the 36
players called in by head coach Tab Ramos to the U.S. Under-20 national team camp in Fort
Lauderdale this week.
Molde fullback Sean Cunningham, Liverpool signee Villyan Bijev, Nuremberg midfielder Tyrone
McCargo and SC Freiburg midfielder Caleb Stanko were also among the pros called into the week-long
camp in Florida.
The New Year is upon us and 2012 is shaping up to be another exciting and eventful year in the
American soccer scene, but before we dive into a full schedule of big events, it is time to think
about the year we just completed.
What will you remember about 2011? It surely varies from fan to fan, region to region, but there
was plenty for fans from every corner of the United States to remember.
Clint Dempsey enjoyed a career year in England in 2011, and he will look to take his first step
toward a great 2012 when he and Fulham take on Arsenal in today's slate of English Premier League
Chelsea kicks things off today, hoping to erase the bad taste of a stunning lost to Aston Villa
at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.