Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers were in need of a confidence boost heading into 2013, and they might have just gotten it on Saturday.
Bolton ended the year on a winning note, defeating Birmingham City, 3-1. Ream started and went the distance in defense for a second consecutive game for the Trotters, who are now in 14th place in the Championship and only five points shy of seventh.
With Arsenal's all-time leading goal scorer Thierry Henry in attendance, Theo Walcott produced a performance that even Henry would be proud of, by scoring a hat trick in an emphatic 7-3 win over Newcastle on Saturday night at the Emirates.
Walcott and Arsenal manager ArsÃ¨ne Wenger have been locked in a contract showdown for the past three months, but the Arsenal boss stated after the match last night that he would not consider selling the 23-year old Englishman in January if a new contract isn't signed.
It has been 15 months since Stuart Holden suffered the knee injury that sidelined him and derailed his playing career, but he is starting to draw closer to a comeback.
Holden played more than 60 minutes in a recent indoor game for Bolton and came through with no setbacks, leaving Bolton manager Dougie Freedman confident that Holden could be back playing with the first team in less than a month.
West Bromwich Albion has been one of the surprises of the season in the English Premier League, standing just goal difference out of fourth place in the league. They will have that impressive position tested when they take on league-leading Manchester United in the day's marquee match-up.
Sir Alex Ferguson's squad has extended the lead atop the EPL to seven points, but the Baggies have been tough all season and will look to test Manchester United's vulnerable defense.
The final weekend of 2012 is upon us and the Premiership is sitting front and center to close out the year.
The Premiership is the only top tier in Europe that will be having games this weekend, but there are plenty of matches worth watching, including Manchester United's clash with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
The Radamel Falcao-Atletico Madrid saga has taken yet another turn.
In the latest twist in the Falcao sweepstakes, the Colombian striker gave Atletico a boost on Thursday when he alluded to staying in Spain until the end of the season.Falcao was in his native country to receive a "Citizen Award" and said he appreciated everything that Atletico president Enrique Cerezo had done to keep him at the Vicente Calderon, an indication that he may be ready to close out the year with Atletico.
If Tim Howard and Everton are to extend their seven-game unbeaten streak on Sunday, they will have to do so against one of the hottest offensive teams in the Premiership right now.
The Toffees are set to host Chelsea in their final match of 2012, and Howard will likely need to put forth a big performance in order to stymie a team that has scored 14 goals in their last three games across all competitions.
All it took was one failed Olympic qualifying campaign, on the heels of a failed Under-20 World Cup qualifying campaign, to doom the next generation of young American talent to the trash bin of failed expectations. The next crop of young Americans couldn't be all that strong after such disappointing results could it?
Manchester United already boasts a loaded stable of forwards, but they appear ready to add yet another star striker to the mix.
German publication Bild is reporting that Manchester United is lining up a 22 million euro transfer offer for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. The 24-year-old Polish forward is a key figure for Borussia Dortmund, but his wage demands and the fact that he only has a year left on his current Dortmund contract after this season makes him expendable.
Geoff Cameron took part in his first Boxing Day on Wednesday, and he surely will not forget it any time soon.
Cameron and Stoke City extended their undefeated run to nine games by defeating Liverpool, 3-1, at Britannia Stadium. Cameron went the distance in his latest outing for the Trotters, but his major hiccup in the match came four minutes in when he received a yellow card that will force him out of Stoke's next game.
About five months from now, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have some serious decisions to make. A trio of World Cup qualifiers will be looming in June, a mini-tournament of sorts that will go a long way in determining how well the USMNT qualifying campaign is going.
Brad Friedel has made the transition from regular starter at Tottenham to back-up goalkeeper, but that doesn't man he doesn't see a future at the London club.
Friedel has signed a new contract with Tottenham that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2014 season.
The 41-year-old goalkeeper started for Tottenham last season, and began the current season as the first-choice netminder, but the arrival of French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris relegated him to a back-up role.
The MLS off-season isn't quite a month old yet, but several Major League Soccer teams have been extremely busy rebuilding and revamping their rosters ahead of the 2013 campaign.
Sporting Kansas City has lead the way, with some smart moves and some gutsy signings, while the New York Red Bulls have also enjoyed an outstanding December since the 2012 season ended, bidding farewell to Rafa Marquez in one of the best moves of the month.
After two days without soccer games to watch, a soccer fix is on the way in the form of today's Boxing Day clashes in the English Premier League.
Manchester United saw their lead atop the English Premier League reduced to four points after a disappointing draw against Swansea City, and they will need a win against struggling Newcastle United to avoid losing even more ground to a surging Manchester City.
On the club level, Jozy Altidore couldn't ask for a better 2012. He currently leads his side with 11 goals, is second in assists (3), first in minutes played, top of the list with shots on goal and has become an invaluable part of the AZ Alkmaar system.
The same can't necessarily be said on the National stage.
Hello all. I want to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you SBI readers out there. We hope you enjoy some time off, quality family time and a few peeks at SBI in between your unwrapping of presents and celebrating.
We will have a few presents for you in terms of posts today to help quench your thirst for soccer so keep an eye out for those, and feel free to throw some story suggestions our way today as we make our way through a second straight day without soccer to watch (the good news is soccer is on the way on Tuesday courtesy of the Premier League's Boxing Day schedule).
In just a few days we will be hitting 2013, the year before the World Cup in Brazil, and all of a sudden it will feel like the tournament soccer fans spend four years waiting for will be just around the corner.
There is still plenty of time though, plenty of days and weeks and months until 23 American players will be chosen to represent the United States at the 2014 World Cup (yes, assuming the USMNT qualifies).
With just a few months remaining before the National Women's Soccer League is set to kick off, the league is coming together with numerous off the field announcements. Coaching hires and the unveiling of clubs names and logos have dominated the recent headlines for the league during the past week.
The Houston Dynamo went into the off-season needing a speed option at forward after losing Calen Carr to a torn ACL and not only did they get one, they managed to land one of the best in Major League Soccer.
The Dynamo acquired Jamaican forward Omar Cummings from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for Nathan Sturgis and allocation money, the teams announced on Sunday.
It is a light day of soccer action today, with just three matches on the docket, but the matches that are on the schedule should offer some good entertainment.
Chelsea has fallen behind the Manchester clubs in the race for first place in the English Premier League, but they can leap from seventh to third place with a victory today at home against Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.
SUNRISE, Fla. A lot has changed for Cody Cropper since hewas last on a U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team that was attempting to reach the Under-20 World Cup. Cropper has experienced extreme disappointment, switched clubs and gone through the natural maturation process as both a player and a person.
Clint Dempsey and Tottenham are currently holding onto one of the Top Four spots in the English Premier League, but they face a tougher challenge this weekend than they might have expected when the EPL schedule first came out.
Stoke City is unbeaten in seven matches and will look to push that streak to eight when Geoff Cameron and the Potters visit White Hart Lane.
Now that the excitement of the Champions League knockout stage draw has passed, attention turns to another round of league play in Europe. Although there are no true heavyweight matches on the docket, there are some interesting fixtures to check out.
Surging AC Milan take on fellow Italian giant Roma this weekend.
Spanish club Malaga is enjoying an outstanding season, both on the league side and in the UEFA Champions League, but they are set to pay the price for the financial problems that plagued them earlier in the year.
UEFA has slapped Malaga with a one-year ban from European club competitions for failing to pay player wages and tax bills on time.
The weekend may be light on matches due to several European leagues being on their winter breaks but that does not mean there are no intriguing games to follow, especially when it comes to the Americans Abroad contingent.
Fresh off of scoring a goal in a midweek Copa Del Rey match, Oguchi Onyewu could find himself playing against Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and the rest of Real Madrid when Malaga host the Spanish heavyweights on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Galaxy will have some roster tweaking to do this off-season after the departure of David Beckham and trading away of Edson Buddle, but one of the bigger priorities of their off-season has been completed with the signing of a young player with a very bright future.
Young American defender Gale Agbossoumonde has seen his fledgling career take a variety of winding twists and turns, taking him from Europe to the NASL, with a U.S. National Team cap earned along the way.
What Agbossoumonde has been unable to find as a pro is stability.
The Houston Dynamo will kick off the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
CONCACAF announced Wednesday the quarterfinal schedule of the current Champions League competition, and the Dynamo will host Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 5 in the first leg of their series.
The Houston Dynamo will kick off the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
CONCACAF announced Wednesday the quarterfinal schedule of the current Champions League competition, and the Dynamo will host Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 5 in the first leg of their series.
U.S. Men's National Team defender Michael Parkhurst turned heads in Europe with his strong performances in the UEFA Champions League, and the result is the move to a top league that he had been looking for.
Parkhurst has signed with German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on a free transfer, his agent Lyle Yorks confirmed on Wednesday morning.
The U.S. Men's National Team managed a 2-2 draw on the road against highly-rated Russia last month, their last match of 2012, but that result didn't keep the Americans from falling a spot in the final FIFA World Rankings of the year.
The soccer world has awoken to some sad news out of Barcelona, where FC Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has suffered a cancer relapse that will force him to step down as manager and undergo immediate surgery to remove another tumor.
Good afternoon everybody (and good morning on the West Coast). It's time for us to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
If you want to talk about the U.S. Men's National team, MLS, college soccer, international soccer or the latest in movies, TV or music, feel free to join us now as I answer questions on these topics and more for the next few hours.
Jermaine Jones wasn't the least bit happy with the news that his first career straight red card was going to earn him a four-match suspension from German Bundesliga action, but somewhere Jurgen Klinsmann might have cracked a smile when he looked at the calendar and what the suspension might mean.
The Portland Timbers were the heavy favorites to land former U.S. Under-17 defender Mobi Fehr, and the lottery held true to the odds, giving the Timbers the lottery victory over the Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes.
Fehr, listed as a midfielder by the Timbers, will join Portland after signing with MLS in the fall.
Defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy will take on the Chicago Fire at Home Depot Center and the New York Red Bulls will face the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field in two of the headlining match-ups of the opening weekend of the 2013 MLS season.
Major League Soccer announced the home openers for all 19 teams, and the New England Revolution will be the team with the longest wait for a home opener, facing FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium on March 23rd.
If it seems like the 2012 MLS season just ended, and it feels weird to start talking about the 2013 season already, get ready. Major League Soccer isn't wasting any time counting down the days until the next campaign.
MLS will begin revealing season-opening match-ups for the 2013 season today, which means fans can start to make travel plans and we can start talking about which match-ups we will see to kick off the 18th MLS campaign.
You can now add Roger Espinoza to the list of Major League Soccer alumni to make moves to top European leagues.
The Honduran national team midfielder and former Sporting Kansas City standout was granted his UK work permit on Monday, clearing the way for his free transfer to English Premier League side Wigan Athletic.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. It is no secret that these days it is vital for lower division clubs to havea sparkling, brand new soccer-specific stadium or at least a remodeled one to be considered a serious soccer franchise. With it, however, usually comes talk of eventually wanting to jump into MLS.
The New York Red Bulls took the next step in their roster transformation on Monday with the announcement of the signing of Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano.
The former Lyon star turns 38 before the start of the 2013 season, but the Red Bulls will be hoping he can provide the creative midfield skill the team has been lacking in the middle of the field since the days of Amado Guevara and Youri Djorkaeff.
Barcelona figured to face a tough test on Sunday when second-place Atletico Madrid visited the Camp Nou, but Atletico learned what we have known for some time. Stopping Barcelona and Lionel Messi is next to impossible.
Led by a Messi brace, Barcelona scored four unanswered goals to coast to a 4-1 victory against Atletico.
We are now just a month away from the first U.S. Men's National Team training camp, meaning Jurgen Klinsmann has to start thinking about the players he plans on calling in to the camp leading into the crucial Feb. 6 Hex opener against Honduras.
Klinsmann pointed out that there should be a strong contingent of young players called into the camp, though he will also plan on bringing in players who are expected to play key roles in the Honduras qualifier.
Despite winning their group and advancing to the round of 16 in Champions' League play, Schalke 04 has decided to relieve manager Huub Stevens of his duties following a 3-1 loss to Freiburg on Saturday. The move comes with Schalke currently sitting 7th in the Bundesliga standings.
The Dutchman joined Schalke last year, and was signed through 2013.
U.S. Soccer has revealed the name and logo for the new women's league that is set to begin play in spring 2013.
The new eight-team league will be called the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the logo features the silhouette of a female player about to shoot the ball. NWSL has already launched its official Twitter account, and is expected to unveil a website in the near future.
Chances are, by the time you wake up, the champion of the Club World Cup will have been crowned, as Chelsea takes on Corinthians in Yokohama, Japan. Corinthians is looking for their second title, as they have returned to the tournament for the first time since winning the first Club World Cup in 2000.
After six years of European dominance, the Club World Cup is heading back to South America.
Brazilian side Corinthians defeated Chelsea, 1-0, in the Club World Cup Final on Sunday in Yokahama, Japan. Peruvian striker Paulo Guerrero delivered the game-winning goal on a late header for his second straight game-winning finish.
AZ Alkmaar snapped their seven-game winless run on Saturday, and unsurprisingly Jozy Altidore played a big role in making that happen.
Altidore ended his scoring drought and lifted AZ to victory by finding the back of the net twice in a 2-1 win over PEC Zwolle. Altidore scored his first goal in the second minute of the match and added the eventual winner with a tap-in finish in the 33rd, giving AZ their first win since Nov.
BOCA RATON, Fla. A new women's professional soccer league in the United States is set to begin in 2013, and it might wind up launching without some of the more recognizable stars of the U.S. Women's National Team.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the final game of their Fan Tribute Tour, several American players touched on how exciting it was to hear that a new league was set to start after seeing the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league fold this past May.
Stoke City and Everton are two of the more surprising teams in the English Premier League in recent weeks and both will put their recent impressive runs on the line when they face off at the Brittania Stadium.
Geoff Cameron and the Potters enter riding a six-match unbeaten streak (4-0-2), with four shutouts and just two goals allowed during that stretch.
The Colorado Rapids wasted no time in finding Conor Casey's replacement.
Minutes after the conclusion of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Rapids announced they traded for LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle. Colorado dealt allocation money and its first round pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft in exchange for the World Cup veteran.
Ike Opara appreciates everything the San Jose Earthquakes did for him during his three years there and he does not want that to go unnoticed. After all, San Jose is where he started his career and learned what it took to be a professional.
Andy Najar has become the latest MLS player to land a training stint overseas.
D.C. United announced Friday that Najar is currently training with Belgian club RSC Anderlecht through the end of 2012. Najar had recently been rumored to be joining the club for a training stint, but United had not addressed them until now.
The 2013 MLS Combine is now just a month away, and as we draw closer to that important event, we are seeing plenty of shifting and maneuvering on the SBI MLS Draft Big Board.
Today features our third edition of the Big Board, and we have some new additions to the board after some players previously considered Homegrown Players for MLS teams were made available in the draft.
The talent in the MLS Re-Entry Draft has been diluted a bit since the initial list of players was released. Players have either been traded to new teams or re-signed with their current clubs, leaving fewer options for MLS teams to choose from.
MLS may be fixated on putting its next expansion club in Queens, but there is at least one man in New York City who would prefer to see it be in Brooklyn instead.
Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz has come out and publicly said he hopes MLS drops its plans to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows Park, as he believes Brooklyn would be better suited to house a professional soccer club in New York.
Concern and fear were raised about security at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil earlier this week when violence marred the Copa Sudamericana final, but FIFA is saying that everything should be fine when the international tournament rolls around in 18 months.
Two days after Tigre players accused Sau Paulo security officials of beating them with batons and threatening them with guns, FIFA has insisted its security plan for the 2014 World Cup will prevent any repeat of those type of violent scenes.
Young-Pyo Lee will be returning to the Vancouver Whitecaps after all.
The Whitecaps confirmed on Thursday that Lee will be back with the club for the 2013 season. The 35-year-old defender was contemplating retirement but has chosen to play at least one more season in Vancouver, where he shone this year.
Only two months separate the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team from trying to qualify for the 2013 Under-20 World Cup, and head coach Tab Ramos will further preparations and round out the year with a 24-man camp in Florida.
Real Salt Lake's Luis Gil, Santos Laguna's Benji Joya and Liverpool's Marc Pelosi are just three of the players summoned by Ramos for a week-long training camp in Sunrise, Fla.
The Portland Timbers figure to be a more possession-oriented team under new head coach Caleb Porter, who is set to install the attacking style he became so well-known for during his time at Akron University and with the U.
Sporting Kansas City continue to stock up ahead of what will be a busy 2013 for them.
Sporting KC announced the signing of defender Yann Songo'o, a 21-year-old Cameroon youth international. Songo'o is still awaiting the receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC before being added to the team's roster.
Hours after mutually agreeing to part ways with the New York Red Bulls, Rafa Marquez has found a new home in Mexico.
Marquez is returning to Mexican soccer after agreeing to a deal with Leon, the club announced on Thursday. Leon recently secured promotion to Liga MX, and have signed the 33-year-old Marquez and former Mexican national team forward Nery Castillo as reinforcements.
It turns out Justin Mapp is sticking with the Montreal Impact.
Mapp agreed to a new deal with the Impact on Wednesday, and as a result he is no longer available for Phase Two of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is likely that the 28-year-old winger is making less than the $210,000 he earned this past season.
Chelsea's dreams of finishing the year with some more hardware are one step closer to becoming a reality.
Chelsea defeated Mexican club Monterrey, 3-1, on Thursday to advance to the FIFA Club World Cup final.Two goals in the first three minutes of the second half paved the way for the win, with Fernando Torres scoring in the 46th minute and Juan Mata adding another in the 48th.
Chivas USA and the Portland Timbers swapped spots in the 2013 allocation ranking order via trade, both clubs announced on Wednesday.
The Goats traded their second-overall position in the allocation ranking in exchange for the Portland Timbers' third-overall position and either a 2013 international roster spot or a second round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
We are only a few weeks into the offseason, and Sporting Kansas City are already beginning to look like one of the MLS Cup favorites.
On the same day that the club re-signed Defender of the Year Matt Besler, Sporting KC announced that they acquired centerback Ike Opara from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange fortheir natural second round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
If you cannot wait for the 2013 MLS season to begin, Orlando might be the place to visit in February to get your fix.
The schedule for the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic has been released and the fourth edition of the tournament will consist of four match-days that are made up of four games a day, a source confirmed to SBI on Wednesday.
The Portland Timbers continue to re-shape their roster under new head coach Caleb Porter as they are ready to make another major deal to add some quality veterans to a squad with its share of young talent.
The Timbers and Toronto FC are set to complete a trade that will send Jamaican forward Ryan Johnson and Milos Kocic to Portland for the No.
Eric Lichaj is beginning to really make a case for more playing time in the near future.
Lichaj made his third straight start for Aston Villa in their Capital One Cup quarterfinals match against Norwich City on Tuesday, and he delivered the assist on the game-winner in the Villan's 4-1 victory.
Jermaine Jones will open 2013 the same way he started this year: with a hefty suspension.
The German federation (DFB) has handed Jones a four-game ban for the challenge that saw him earn the first straight red card of his career in Schalke 04â€²s 3-1 loss to Stuttgart this past weekend. Jones committed a slide tackle from behind in the 73rd minute of the Bundesliga game and was immediately ejected, but DFB has ruled that the challenge deserves a bigger punishment than a one-match suspension.
Sporting Kansas City lost one key player in the off-season when Roger Espinoza made his long-rumored move to English Premier League side Wigan, but Sporting KC has succeeded in keeping another important player home.
Sporting KC has re-signed 2012 MLS Defender of the Year Matt Besler to a new contract, sources confirmed to SBI on Wednesday.
The LA Galaxy's offseason is officially under way.
The Galaxy announced Tuesday that they signed defender Oscar Sorto as their latest Homegrown Player. The 18-year-old spent most of the 2012 season training with the frist team, and he is the first defender to be signed directly from the Galaxy Academy.
Michael Parkhurst is a pretty mild-mannered guy, but if you bring up the controversial goal scored by Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano against Parkhurst's Nordsjaelland in Champions League play on Nov. 20th, you will hear a different side of Parkhurst.
Notre Dame midfielder Dillon Powers, UConn playmaker Carlos Alvarez and Coastal Carolina forward Ashton Bennett were among the top players invited to the MLS Combine.
Indiana University goalkeeper Luis Soffner is fresh off winning an NCAA title with the Hoosiers and will be the lone representative from Indiana at the Combine, while Georgetown, the team Indiana defeated, will send Tommy Muller, Jimmy Nealis and Ian Christianson to the Combine.
Michael Parkhurst knew long ago that this winter would be the most important of his career, what with his contract ending and a free transfer looming. With a chance to play in the UEFA Champions League, in a loaded group, Parkhurst knew that if he played well he would have a great opportunity to impress scouts and improve his options.
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team defeated a Maccabi Haifa youth team on Tuesday, and Ahinga Selemani played a big part in making that happen.
Selemani scored a hat-trick to lead the U.S. past Maccabi Haifa, 3-2, at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. Selemani scored twice in the first 14 minutes of the match, but his third goal in the 70th minute stood as the winner after Maccabi Haifi had pulled level with goals in the 22nd and 60th minutes.
Benny Feilhaber will return to Major League Soccer in 2013, and he will do so as a member of one of the strongest teams in the league.
Sporting Kansas City acquired Feilhaber from New England on Tuesday afternoon, sending allocation money, a first-round pick in the 2014 MLS Draft and second-round pick in the 2015 MLS Draft to the New England Revolution.
The Philadelphia Union will be making more than one stop during their upcoming preseason trip to Florida.
In addition to partaking in the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, the Union announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a deal that will see them play a preseason friendly at EverBank Field in Jacksonville for each of the next three years.
Thirteen years ago, Carlos Bocanegra was a 20-year-old college kid who had chosen to leave school early to pursue his dream of being a professional soccer player. He signed a contract with MLS and headed to Florida to play in the MLS Combine.
Brad Friedel may be content with trying to fight for the starting goalkeeper spot at Tottenham, but Blackburn Rovers are hoping they can convince him otherwise.
Blackburn are eyeing Friedel as a potential transfer target during the upcoming winter transfer window, with the idea of the 41-year-old netminder joining as a player-coach to help them with their bid for promotion.
New York Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh has made it clear that he wants to change the Red Bulls' reputation as a team that doesn't focus on developing young local talent, and on Tuesday the Red Bulls took a major step toward trying to change that reputation.
A popular topic among some U.S. Men's National team circles is the list of players who could have played for the USMNT but wound up playing elsewhere. Giuseppe Rossi is the patron saint of this subject, with Neven Subotic playing a close second.
New York Red Bulls general manager Jerome deBontin has made a point to let people know that the Red Bulls are going to be doing a lot of things differently now under new management, and in his recent interview with Bloomberg News, he even revealed a change in his own philosophies on certain aspects of MLS.
Akron standout and Columbus Crew Academy product Will Trapp is widely regarded as one of the best pro prospects in the college game, and it appears now that he is ready to turn pro after two seasons of college soccer.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Trapp has hired an agent and is preparing to leave school and turn pro.
Tim Cahill has been with the New York Red Bulls for just over four months but there is already a growing respect for him within the organization, a respect that could see him become the club's captain in 2013.
Thierry Henry has sported the Red Bulls' armband for each of the last two seasons, but Cahill could displace the star striker as captain when the club appoints its new head coach in the near future.
Leo Messi may have grabbed most of the headlines this past weekend, but Radamel Falcao was not too far behind.
Falcao continued to prove why he is currently one of the best strikers in the world, scoring an astounding five goals in Atletico Madrid's 6-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna. Falcao did not net the winner, but he scored five straight goals for second-place Atletico to up his league total this season to 16.
Lionel Messi returned to action on Sunday and not only did he show no ill effects of the knee injury suffered in Wednesday's Champions League match against Benfica, he scored two impressive goals to mark his place in soccer history.
Messi scored his 85th and 86th goals of the calendar year on Sunday, helping Barcelona post a 2-1 victory against Real Betis, and helping him break Gerd Muller's record for official goals in a calendar year (combined official club matches and national team matches).
It took eight years, but Indiana University finally added their eighth NCAA men's soccer championship, and they did it in a year when few outside of Bloomington could have seen it coming.
The Hoosiers ended the regular season with just one win in five matches, losing in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, but rather than doom them, that late-season slide helped them regroup and come together in time to put together a championship run.
While Leo Messi was celebrating his historic feat, Cesc Fabregas was writhing in pain.
Fabregas lasted only nine minutes in Barcelona's 2-1 over Real Betis on Sunday before being removed due to injury, and it has been determined that the Spanish international will be out for up to a month with a thigh muscle injury.
Tim Howard and Everton finally put an end to their four-game winless skid, and they did so in dramatic fashion.
Everton pulled off a late comeback against Tottenham on Sunday, grabbing a 2-1 victory after scoring twice in final moments.Steve Pienaar punished his former club and sparked the the Toffees' rally with an equalizer in the 90th minute and Nikica Jelavic found the winner in stoppage time.
The Premier League has become the Manchester Derby so far this season, with both clubs sitting atop of the standings. Now Manchester United and Manchester City will square off at Ethiad Stadium to determine the league leader as the calendar turns towards the Christmas rush at the end of December.
While not off to the same start as last season, Manchester City has yet to lose a match this year in league play.
Just two years after leaving Major League Soccer for Europe, forward Yura Movsisyan has made a big-money move to Spartak Moscow.
Movsisyan is heading to Spartak on a $9.7 million transfer from FC Krasnodar. The transfer is the second-largest ever involving a current or former MLS players. Only Jozy Altidore's $10 million transfer to Villarreal from the New York Red Bulls was larger.
Chivas USA has been rumored with several head coaching candidates, but reports suggest they have settled on a candidate with a strong coaching resume and the Mexican soccer pedigree that appears to be a perfect fit for what owner Jorge Vergara wants for the Goats.
Medio Tiempo in Mexico is reporting that Chivas USA has hired former Puebla and Tecos boss Jose Luis Sanchez Sola to be the team's new head coach.
Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez saved Maryland's fifth and final penalty kick attempt to help the Hoyas win a thrilling College Cup semifinal in PKs and book Georgetown's first trip to the NCAA Final.
The Hoyas will face Indiana in Sunday's College Cup Final after the Hoosiers held off Creighton, 1-0, in Friday's second semifinal.
Manchester United suffered a scare a week ago before disposing of a feisty Reading side a week ago and Sir Alex Ferguson surely knows that the Red Devils will need to be much better if they are going to avoid defeat on the road against arch-rival Manchester City.
The Philadelphia Union's wheeling and dealing did not end with the acquisition of Sebastien Le Toux.
A day after picking up Le Toux via a trade with the New York Red Bulls, the Union shipped allocation money and a 2013 first round Supplemental Draft pick to the Seattle Sounders in exchange for defender Jeff Parke.
The NCAA Tournament is down to four teams, and after a slew of upsets, we are left with two teams expected to be in Alabama for the College Cup semifinals, and two teams that rode impressive Cinderella runs to the Final Four.
The Manchester Derby headlines a stacked weekend of soccer action across the globe.
Manchester United can put a hammer lock on first place in the English Premier League with a victory on Sunday against a Manchester City side that has yet to lose this season. City will also be at home for the contest, making a Red Devils victory that much tougher.
Teams hoping to land a quality player in today's MLS Re-Entry Draft, the first phase of a two draft re-entry process, will find the selection much smaller than what was initially released by Major League Soccer earlier this week.
Several top options have been removed from the initial list, and won't be available in today's draft, including the likes of Marvell Wynne, Tony Tchani, Justin Mapp and Rodney Wallace.
Stuart Holden resumed full training with Bolton on Thursday, a major step in his return from a knee injury that has cost him most of the past year and a half. Despite the fact that he hasn't worn a U.S. national team uniform in more than two years, U.S. fans still clamor for his return every time there is some hint of a chance he will begin playing again.
Chivas USA is still searching for a head coach after parting ways with Robin Fraser, and the recent dismissal of special advisor Johan Cruyff from Chivas Guadalajara has left a cloud of uncertainty about just who will handle the responsibility of finding a replacement for Fraser.
The New York Red Bulls have too many forwards on their roster at the moment, which made it seem unlikely that the team would have an interest in bringing back seldom-used French forward Sebastien LeToux. Apparently that hasn't stopped the Red Bulls from offering LeToux to a new contract.
Omar Gonzalez is probably still celebrating his MLS Cup MVP performance, and he will have a little longer to celebrate that victory after LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made it clear there will be no loans or training stints for the standout centerback this winter.
U.S. Men's National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra has been sidelined for three weeks since suffering a torn hamstring in the U.S. friendly against Russia last month, but he is close to returning to action for Spanish second-division side Racing Santander.
Bocanegra started running this past weekend, and while he will miss his team's match against Real Madrid B this weekend, he believes he will be available for selection when Racing Santander faces Sabadell on Dec.
The news just went from bad to worse for Calen Carr.
The Houston Dynamo announced Wednesday that the injury Carr suffered in the second half of Sunday's MLS Cup final was a torn ACL in his left knee and he is expected to undergo surgery to repair it.Carr sustained the knock in the 57th minute of the Dynamo's 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy this past Sunday when he collided with Galaxy centerback Omar Gonzalez, and the 30-year-old forward was immediately replaced by Macoumba Kandji.
With so much going on in Major League Soccer this week following Saturday's MLS Cup Final, I have had a chance to make some guest appearances on a couple of podcasts to talk about the trades, the coaching searches and everything going in in MLS.
I spoke with the folks at MLS in 30, and we talked about the MLS Cup, as well as the flurry of trades in MLS earlier this week.
Real Madrid fell short in their quest to finish at the top of the Group of Death, but an impressive 4-1 thumping of Ajax on Tuesday gives the Spanish champions some momentum heading into the knockout rounds.
Jose Callejon scored a pair of goals while Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka added a goal apiece to send Real Madrid into the Round of 16 team, behind Borussia Dortmund, which clinched first place in Group D after posting a 1-0 victory against last-place Manchester City.
Former Colombian national team and Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero died on Tuesday at the age of 41.
A familiar face to American soccer fans from his years as Pachuca's netminder, Calero made 50 appearances for the Colombian national team and was a key figure on a Pachuca side that won four Mexican League titles and four CONCACAF Champions League titles.
The MLS playoffs are traditionally a time when careers are defined, stars are made and players catch the eye of national team coaches looking for players who step up when the games are the most important.
The 2012 edition of the MLS playoffs gave us a new crop of American players to add to the list of promising national team prospects.
At first glance, Real Salt Lake's handful of major roster moves on Monday might have been seen as an act of desperation for a club in dire need of salary cap relief. A closer look reveal the calculated maneuvering of a front office that knows more than most just what it takes to rebuild a team and keep it competitive.
Young Philadelphia Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer will spend 2013 in Germany rather than MLS, joining Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim on a year-long loan deal, the Union announced on Tuesday.
The 17-year-old Pfeffer is one of the more promising youth prospects in the MLS system, having helped lead the Philadelphia Union academy team to the Generation adidas Cup title while also earning looks with the U.
It's that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
The 2012 MLS season is over and the off-season is already promising to be one of the busiest in recent memory. That, coupled with the U.S. national team preparing for qualifying in February, and European soccer still in full swing, there is plenty to discuss.
It is that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
Want to talk the MLS season that just ended, the crazy off-season action already underway, or maybe U.S. national team talk? We can talk about all that, as well as European soccer, college soccer and a sprinkling of pop culture questions.
The New York Red Bulls are well underway in the overhauling of their roster, with deals for Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave from Real Salt Lake and Kosuke Kimura from Portland expected to be announced in the coming days, but the biggest move they make could involve the trading of the team's leading goal scorer in 2012.
A year-and-a-half after securing promotion to the top tier in Mexico, Club Tijuana have become champions of Mexico.
Xolos put a dream end to their impressive Apertura campaign bybeating Toluca, 4-1, on aggregate after a 2-0 victory in the second leg of the Liga MX finals on Sunday. Tijuana winning the Mexican championship not only caps off the club's remarkable rapid rise, but also gives Xolos a berth in the upcoming Copa Libertadores tournament.
Things just keep getting better and better for Bobby Wood.
A few months removed from having faced an uncertain future because of problematic knee injuries, Wood continued his comeback by scoring his first professional goal in 1860 Munich's 1-1 draw with VfR Aalen on Friday.
The MLS trade window opens on Monday, and when it does open, Real Salt Lake will be at the forefront of a busy window filled with some blockbuster deals.
RSL is set to trade centerback Jamison Olave and forward Fabian Espindola to the New York Red Bulls for a large amount of allocation money, pending league approval, multiple sources confirmed to Soccer By Ives on Sunday.
Freshman midfielder Christian Blandon scored an 89th-minute winner to propel Creighton to a 1-0 victory against UConn in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.
Blue Jays senior Jose Gomez set up the winner with a cross from the right flank that Blandon deposited past UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake to book Creighton's second straight trip to the College Cup semifinals.
GLENDALE, Ariz. Alex Morgan scored her 28th goal of the calendar year just 44 seconds into the match, and Megan Rapinoe added a goal for insurance to lead the U.S. women's national team to a 2-0 win over Ireland in an international friendly Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.
CARSON, Calif. Down their MVP finalist playmaker and lacking in inspiration, the Houston Dynamo in the 2011 MLS Cup final didn't put up much of a fight. The 1-0 score, it's safe to say, was quite kind.
So when the Dynamo found themselves with a chance at MLS Cup redemption Saturday, facing the same Los Angeles Galaxy side that handled them a year ago, they were determined to fare better this time around.
CARSON, Calif. We still don't know what Landon Donovan will be doing, or where he will be when the next MLS season kicks off in March, but whether or not the LA Galaxy star follows through on hints of retirement, or chooses to prolong one of the best careers in American soccer history, Donovan will have the 2012 MLS Cup to add to his lofty list of accomplishments.
After starting and playing the entire match against Pescara last weekend, Michael Bradley will look to continue his momentum as AS Roma travels to Artemio Franchi to take on Siena. Roma will also be looking to continue its momentum, having won three of their last four, as they look to move into the top five of the Serie A standings.
CARSON, Calif. The Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo square off today at Home Depot Center in the MLS Cup Final for the second straight year (4:30pm, ESPN).
The Galaxy enter as defending champions and will be looking for their fourth title in club history. They take on a Dynamo side with two titles of their own, and a team much better than the squad that lost to the Galaxy in the 2011 MLS Cup Final.
CARSON, Calif. Standing on the sidelines, there was nothing Brad Davis could do. As empowering as the Houston Dynamo midfielder is on the pitch, the quad injury that reduced him to sporting crutches and a warm-up jacket enveloped him with a sense of helplessness.