Wilman Conde is likely to miss the New York Red Bulls' season opener, according to coach Hans
The Colombian defender, who just made his return to action after nearly an 11-month absence from
the game, limped off the field Wednesday night in the midst of New York's 2-1 victory over the Los
Angeles Galaxy in the Desert Diamond Cup.
It's MLS roster compliance day, and there has already been one surprising development ahead of
the 5 p.m. deadline.
The Vancouver Whitecaps waived one-time U.S. international Lee Nguyen, a player acquired through
the league's weighted lottery process less than three months ago after returning to the United
States following career stops in Europe and Vietnam.
Building from the ground up in MLS is no easy task, but if anyone knows something about a
successful expansion season, it's Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch.
A member of the D.C. United club that won the first MLS Cup and a member of the Chicago Fire
club that won MLS Cup in its expansion season, Marsch embarks on his first head coaching gig with
the Impact, who made the leap from NASL to MLS and have created quite a buzz north of the
These days it's rare for Lionel Messi to accomplish something he has yet to already do, but he
was able to cross another item off his career bucket list on Wednesday.
The Barcelona catalyst and reigning Ballon d'Or winnerÂ scored his first career hat trick for
his country, tallying all of Argentina's goals -- including two late ones -- in a 3-1 victory over
Switzerland in Bern.
Goals from Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry lifted the New York Red Bulls over the Los Angeles
Galaxy Wednesday night in a 2-1 win, but it wasn't enough to see the team into the final of the
Desert Diamond Cup, as the Galaxy marched to the title game by virtue of goal difference.
The U.S. national team and Aston Villa backup goalkeeper has been offered a contract extension
by the English club, but a lack of playing time behind Shay Given could encourage him to move
elsewhere. Villa manager Alex McLeish was impressed with Guzan during his seven Premier League
starts earlier in the year, when Given was injured.
The U.S. Men's Under-23 national team will play its finaly exhibition match before Olympic
Qualifying kicks off in a month in Nashville with a match agianst arch-rival Mexico in Frisco,
Texas tonight (10pm, Telefutura).
Â Head coach Caleb Porter will be trotting out a strong team against Mexico tonight, with Bill
Hamid and Juan Agudelo leading a squad that will make up most of the team that will take part in
CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Nashville and Kansas City.
The U.S. men's national team earned a historic result on Wednesday, defeating Italy for the
first time in 11 tries.
The 1-0 result in Genoa was a hard-earned one for U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his team,
but one in which a handful of American players delivered strong performances en route to
Klinsmann's fourth consecutive victory and second on European soil.
The U.S. men's national team entered its match against Italy having never beaten the Azzurri,
going 0-7-3 in games dating back to 1934.
That winless streak ended on Wednesday.
The Americans defeated Italy, 1-0, for the first time off a second-half goal from Clint Dempsey.
The goal came in the 55th minute when Jozy Altidore brought down a cross from left back Fabian
Johnson and layed it off to Dempsey, who hit a low shot past Gianluigi Buffon for his 25th
It is a busy Wednesday in the international soccer world, as key friendlies across the globe
give soccer fans plenty of great viewing options.
While we're sure you will be glued to the USA-Italy match this afternoon, there is plenty more
to watch today. England-Netherlands is the showcase international in Europe, though Germany-France
is probably the better match.
The U.S. Men's national team takes on Italy today in Genoa in what will arguably be the toughest
test the United States has faced since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as head coach six months ago
The Americans come into the match short-handed, but will still feature several top players,
including Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Michael Bradley.
U.S. national team legends Claudio Reyna and Tony Meola were the easiest selections in the
latest ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame, and voters agreed, making them the headliners
in the Hall's Class of 2012.
Reyna received 96 percent of the voting and Meola received 90 percent of the voting to headline
a class that also includes former U.
A new coach, a new system and a boatload of new players have been put in place to turn around
the once-proud franchise that has fallen on hard times. The Revolution have missed the playoffs in
each of the last two years and finished dead last in the Eastern Conference while tying for the
second-worst goal differential in all of MLS last season.
David Ferreira recorded a goal and assist to lead FC Dallas to a 4-0 romp over a ten-man Orlando
City side in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic on Tuesday.
A fourth-minute red card to Orlando City goalkeeper Sean Kelley forced the home team to play a
man down for most of the night and FC Dallas took full advantage, with four different players
CARSON, Calif. --Â A stellar offseason for the Los Angeles Galaxy got even better when Juninho
rejoined the defending MLS Cup champions on a year-long loan from SÃ£o Paulo. But while Juninho is
all smiles about coming back to America, the midfielder still has one eye on an eventual return to
Brazil to compete for a place at his childhood club.
Wednesday is most notable in U.S. Soccer circles because of the men's national team's friendly
in Italy, but teams on three of the federation's other levels will be in action as well.
The women's national team kicks off its quest for a third consecutive Algarve Cup championship
in Portugal, the U-23 men's team faces Mexico in the final friendly leading into next month's
CONCACAF Olympic qualifying and the U-20 men's team faces the Montreal Impact reserve as Tab Ramos
continues guiding his current camp down in Florida.
Another U.S.-eligible left back is testing the waters for another country.
Blackburn defender Adam Henley, 17, will represent Wales in its Under-21 European championship
qualifier against Andorra on Wednesday, marking the second youth international with U.S.
eligibility to accept a call-up for another country in the last few weeks.
There have been a few new U.S. men's national team jersey leaks making their way around the
internet on various online shopping sites, but there has been one in particular that carries some
The jersey pictured above was listed on the online shop for Nike, the official outfitter of the
national team, as the new U.
Houston Dynamo supporters crossed the line on the road a few times last season, and as a result,
their privileges have been limited by MLS heading into the 2012 campaign.Â
In a letter written by the league to Dynamo supporters groups, the club's fans have been
sanctioned and restrictedÂ for breaching the Fan Code of Conduct during three occasions last season
during road games.
DC United could find itself without goalkeeper Bill Hamid quite a bit in 2012 as the U.S.
national team netminder and potential Olympian stands poised to have a busy year. With that in
mind, DC added a veteran goalkeeper to help provide some cover.
DC signed former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra on Monday.
The David Beckham to Paris Saint-Germain rumors are back.
PSG sporting director Leonardo said despite Beckham's rejection of the wealthy club "the door is
still open" to signing the English midfielder. Beckham, 36, cited family considerations as a major
factor in his decision to stay in LA and re-sign with the Galaxy.
A rash of injuries and illness have left U.S. men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann with
a weakened roster ahead of Wednesday's match against Italy, making his decisions on a starting
lineup that much tougher.
The loss of Landon Donovan, Timmy Chandler and Jose Torres, coming on the heels of losing Oguchi
Onyewu has left Klinsmann with a group that won't quite look like the nearly full-strength side he
looked like he would have available in Genoa on Wednesday.
Sacha Kljestan and Brek Shea have been called in as emergency replacements for the U.S. men's
national team after a rash of injuries and illness hit the roster originally called in by Jurgen
Landon Donovan (bronchitis), Timmy Chandler and Jose Torres (both injured) will miss Wednesday's
friendly against Italy, and have been replaced by Kljestan and Shea.
Days after his head coach cited a lack of progress as a reason for his benching, Jozy Altidore
responded in a big way.
In his first start for AZ Alkmaar in 2012, Altidore bagged a brace in the club's 3-3 draw with
Heerenveen. Altidore scored the game's opener when he received the ball with his back to goal,
turned and fired a shot to the near post.
Real Madrid was able to hold off a feisty challenge from Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, and did so in
large part to the clever goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, who converted a long-range back-heel to give
Madrid a vital 1-0 road victory.
The victory helped keep Real Madrid ten points clear of Barcelona and keep Cristiano Ronaldo
neck and neck with Lionel Messi for Spanish Primera Player of the Year honors.
Veteran playmaker Andrea Pirlo, legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and red-hot Juventus
teammate Alessandro Matri headline the 23-man squad chosen by Italy to face the U.S. Men's National
Team on Wednesday in Genoa.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was left off the squad by Italy manager Cesar Prandelli,
who still questions the star forward's maturity.
Barcelona was ten minutes away from dropping more precious points and making catching Real
Madrid atop the Spanish Primera title even more impossible. Then Lionel Messi stepped up to save
his team yet again.
The Argentine wizard delivered this perfect left-footed free kick to help Barcelona post a 2-1
victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
More than bragging rights in North London will be on the line at the Emirates today when Arsenal
takes on Tottenham. For the Gunners, holding on to their precious top four place in the English
Premier League standings will be at stake, while Â Tottenham will be trying to solidify their hold
on third place.
U.S. national team midfielder Jose Torres has been out of U.S. national team action for months due
to injury, but he was set to return to the fold against Italy next week. At least he was before
suffering an injury on Saturday night that appears to have put his national team hopes on hold yet
In January, the Montreal Impact chose Andrew Wenger over Darren Mattocks for with the first pick
in the MLS SuperDraft. On Friday night, Mattocks showed the Impact why they made have made a
Playing up top alongside the likes of Eric Hassli and Sebastien Le Toux, Mattocks scored the
second goal of a 3-0 rout as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated Montreal in one of two matches Friday
night at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Fla.
After a scoreless first half on Friday night, the U.S. Under-23 national team looked like it
would be shut down by the San Antonio Scorpions. Things changed dramatically in the second half, as
Dilly Duka, Juan Agudelo and Brek Shea helped lead the U-23s to a 3-0 romp.
Duka set up the opening goal and scored his own on a solo run to help the U-23s jump out to a
North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham renew old acquaintances at the Emirates in the
weekend's marquee match-up.
Arsene Wenger and the Gunners badly need a victory against their arch-rivals to keep their hold
on fourth place in the Premier League, while Tottenham can solidify their hold on third place with
a result on the road.
The New York Red Bulls could get word of Luke Rodgers' visa status in early March, but the
situation is far from clear cut.Â Speaking to the press from Red Bulls' preseason training camp in
Arizona, team General Manager Erik Soler shed some light on the progress of his English striker's
Miguel Angel Ponce and Marco Fabian are among the 20 players called in by Mexico Under-23 coach
Luis Fernando Tena for Wednesday's friendly against the United States U-23 national team at FC
Ponce, a Mexican-American left back, and Fabian, his club teammate and a star attacker for
Chivas de Guadalajara, highlight the roster, which does not include Olympic-eligible players such
as Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos or Carlos Vela.
While it was Thierry Henry's return that drew most of the attention during the New York Red
Bulls' friendly against Mexican club Pumas UNAM, it was unheralded rookie Ryan Meara's play in goal
that emerged as a talking point.
With a two-man race underway for the Red Bulls' starting goalkeeper job, Meara stood tall in the
face pressure from the top-flight Mexican opposition and made a number of top-notch saves to post a
clean sheet in the 0-0 draw at Chase Field Thursday night.
Two Serie A powers are set for what is perhaps the most important weekend of the season.
Juventus and AC Milan have been steadily pulling away from the rest of the pack over the past
two months and finally face each other for the second time this season Saturday afternoon, with the
winner grabbing the edge in the race for the Scudetto.
The Dutch legend willÂ join Chivas de Guadalajara as an advisor this weekend in an effort to
change the fortunes of the renowned Mexican club. Chivas has fallen on hard times, failing to win
in their last 13 matches across all competitions and most recently getting blown out by Velez
Sarsfield in the Copa Libertadores group stage on Wednesday.
The Europa League crown now lies amongst one of sixteen teams left in the competition after a
quite decisive round of 32. The two Manchester clubs still remain in the tournament, although they
reached the next round in very different manners.
The 16 teams that will advance to the next round of the Europa League will be finalized on
Thursday afternoon, meaning there should be plenty of quality matches for soccer fans to see as
teams face do-or-die situations.
Some of the day's games are already underway, but perhaps the biggest one to American fans takes
place later in the afternoon when Sacha Kljestan and Jozy Altidore's clubs clash for a spot in the
As Chelsea's season turned from bad to worse in Naples on Tuesday, the rumor mill kicked into
high-gear with whisperings manager Andres Villas-Boas could be on his way out.
The name that rose quickly to the top was former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager Rafael
Benitez. The manager's agent, Manuel GarcÃa QuilÃ³n,Â has denied reports that his client has been
contacted by the West London club.
It may have taken longer than they would have liked, but the San Jose Earthquakes will finally
be getting a soccer-specific stadium to call their own.
At a public hearing inside a packed San Jose City Hall's council chamber late on Wednesday
night,Â the San Jose Planning Commission voted 6-0 to deny an appeal against the construction of a
The MLS preseason heats up this week, as the Desert Diamond Cup is just one of the tournaments
that gets underway.Â
The four MLS teams down in Tucson, Ariz., are all in action Wednesday night, with the defending
MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy taking on the New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake facing
the New York Red Bulls.
Late goals were on display yet again as a pair of stubborn underdogs put a couple of European
giants in shaky standing in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
Bayern Munich provided most of the pressure but were fairly inept in front of goal and were
punished in the closing stages against FC Basel, surrendering a late goal in a 1-0 loss in their
first leg in Switzerland.
Brek Shea had himself an interesting day at the office on Wednesday.
Playing against his own club, Shea drew a first-half penalty, scored the game-winning goal and
was sent off as the nine-man U.S. Under-23 national team held on to defeat FC Dallas, 2-1, in a
scrimmage in Frisco, Texas.
League championship side Portsmouth has reportedly asked players and employees to hold off on
collecting their salaries, after the club's administrator warned that it could run out of money
within two months.
The club entered administration for the second time since 2010 last week, and the club's
administrator, Trevor Birch, believes the tactic is necessary for the team to remain in
Sebastian Lletget is healthy enough to join the U.S. Under-23 national team after all.
Lletget was called into U-23 camp by coach Caleb Porter after initially being left off the
roster, which was released last week. Sources had told SBI that Lletget was recovering from a
broken nose and a concussion, with the latter keeping him out of action.
England is in danger of having no teams in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League for
the first time since 1995-96 after Chelsea were defeated by Napoli 3-1 in the first leg of the
Round of 16.
Juan Mata's fortuitous goal midway through the first half was cancelled out by Ezequiel
Lavezzi's brace and Edinson Cavani's goal just before halftime.
The Philadelphia Union were busy filling out their roster on Tuesday.
The Union signed five players -- 2012 MLS SuperDraft picks Greg Jordan and Ray Gaddis,
Supplemental Draft picks Antoine Hoppenot and Krystian Witkowski and journeyman backup goalkeeper
Chase Harrison -- bringing the number of players on the senior roster to 25 while providing depth
at a number of positions.
Aside from troubles against Spanish nemesis Barcelona, Real Madrid is arguably in the greatest
form of any club around the world. Jose Mourinho's men have not dropped points against a
non-Barcelona team since Sept. 21, marking a span of 27 straight wins over non-Barcelona
U.S. starting right back Steve Cherundolo is nearing a special milestone this season that will
guarantee his place for another year at the only club he has called home during his standout
According to reports out of Germany, Cherundolo will have his contract automatically extended
for another season upon his next appearance of 45 minutes or more.
Ricardo Clark's stay in club purgatory could be nearing its end.
According to reports out of Norway, Clark is on trial with Stabaek IF -- the parent club of
current U.S. Under-23 and KAA Gent midfielder MIkkel Diskerud -- with an eye on a loan deal that
would afford him much-needed playing time once the Norwegian season begins in a month.
The pressure is on Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas in the UEFA Champions League, not only for
him to try and salvage his own job security, but also to keep England's hopes at crowning a
European winner alive.
It appears that he'll be a bit shorthanded in the first stage of his quest to get the Blues to
the UCL quarterfinals, though.
If Real Madrid and Chelsea are to end Champions League heartbreak this season, getting off to a
good start in difficult environments is crucial.
Real Madrid travel east to face off with CSKA Moscow in freezing temperatures. Jose Mourinho's
men have been dominant in the Champions League this season but the weather combined with Moscow's
infamous plastic pitch and a few key injuries makes the result far from predetermined.
Major League Soccer revealed its 95-match Reserve League schedule for the 2012 season on
The league's 19 teams will each play a ten-match reserve league schedule, giving young players
and bench players more opportunities to play and develop their game over the course of the 2012 MLS
The big-money striker has been largely unimpressive in Didier Drogba's absence and was taken off
at halftime of Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Birmingham in the FA Cup. Now manager Andres Villas-Boas is
rumored to drop the Spaniard to the bench for Tuesday's massive Champions League trip to
Toronto FC rookie Luis Silva drew raves heading into the 2012 MLS Draft, and is beginning to
show why as he establishes himself as a real threat for TFC, which posted a 5-1 victory against
South Florida in pre-season MLS action.
The dynamic playmaker found himself on the score sheet early in the fifth minute as he slotted
home a 1-on-1 opportunity with the USF keeper to make it 1-0.
Out of Arsenal, Chelsea and Inter Milan, who is having the worst season? It is easy to make a
case for all three but what is certain is that these traditional powerhouses are experiencing
terrible runs of forms and all three managers are facing increasing pressure.
Promotion candidates across the second, third and fourth tiers of English soccer will look to
spring some surprises on Sunday, as the fifth round of the FA Cup continues.Â
League Two side Crawley Town gets a crack at Stoke City; League One club Stevenage, coached by
former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith, will look to topple Tottenham; and League Championship
side Brighton & Hove Albion gets a crack at bringing down Liverpool with places in the
quarterfinals on the line.
What started as a landmark day for Robbie Rogers quickly turned into a forgettable one.
After making his Leeds United debut as a 79th-minute substitute, the U.S. international winger
had to be stretchered off the field after a violent head-to-head collision with Doncaster Rovers'
Tommy Spurr, one that delayed the game for multiple minutes during second-half stoppage time.
Just months ago, New York Red Bulls centerback Wilman Conde stood on the brink of recovery
without a club to call his own. Ushered out of Mexican Primera side Atlas and fresh off
rehabilitation from surgery to his left instep, the former Chicago Fire and MLS Best XI defender
was in search for a new opportunity.
Vancouver Whitecaps striker Omar Salgado and 2011 CONCACAF Under-17 World Cup qualifying leading
scorer Andrew Oliver were among 26 players called in for a U.S. Under-20 training camp by coach Tab
FA Cup play resumes in England on Saturday, as a number of Premier League powers look to avoid
the upset bug en route to the quarterfinals.
Regardless of whether the flu-stricken Landon Donovan plays, Everton will look to send the
on-loan American out on a high note by taking care of League Championship side Blackpool in their
fifth-round cup clash at Goodison Park.
The Montreal Impact tried their hand at picking a forward and getting trade value in return once
After picking Brian Ching from Houston in the expansion draft only to deal him back to the
Dynamo for a draft pick, the Impact used their place atop the MLS allocation order to select Eddie
Johnson before promptly dealing him to the Seattle Sounders.
The lack of reliable options at forward makes Jurgen Klinsmann's decision for which strikers to
bring to Genoa for the match against Italy on Feb. 29 a pretty basic exercise.
With a pair of entrenched players at the position and Klinsmann potentially opting for a one-man
forward line anyway, he won't be pressed into bringing a slew of players to compete for minutes up
top against the Azzurri.
U.S. women's national team coach Pia Sundhage has named a 23-player preliminary roster for the
Algarve Cup in Portugal, and there are no surprises in the bunch.
Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan are among the usual suspects who will compete in the
tournament's Group B along with Denmark, Norway and defending World Cup champion Japan followed by
a placement game from Feb.
One-time U.S. national team goalkeeper Luis Robles won't be manning the nets at Red Bull Arena
Robles' proposed move to the New York Red Bulls has been called off after the league ruled that
Robles would have to go through the allocation order after initially claiming he could be added as
a discovery signing, according to the Washington Post.
There could soon be even more American influence at a major Premier League club.
According to a report out of England, Los Angeles-based entertainment giant AEG is in talks to
take over ownership of Tottenham for Â£450 million from current owner Joe Lewis.
AEG, which currently owns the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (but is looking to sell its
share of the Dynamo) has been involved with Tottenham before, as the two organizations teamed in a
bid for London's Olympic Stadium back in 2010.
Landon Donovan's second loan with Everton has gone just as well as anyone could have
In his near two-month stay with the club, Donovan has helped the club string together a solid
run of results with his impressive performances while simultaneously silencing the critics that
constantly harp on him for playing in MLS.
The Colorado Rapids recently hinted that a playmaking midfielder was on his way to the club. We
now know who he is.
The Rapids announced on Thursday the acquisition of Martin Rivero on loan for the upcoming
season. Rivero, 22, most recently played for second division side Rosario Central in his native
Argentina, where he had earned a starting role through the first half of the 2011-2012 season
before joining Colorado.
Eddie Johnson is headed back to MLS.Â For real, this time.
After spending three-and-a-half years in Europe, Johnson agreed to a contract with MLS on
Thursday. The 27-year-old forward will go into the league allocation process, and his new team will
be determined on Friday.
The Europa League's Round of 32 is set to begin on Thursday afternoon, and there are several
appetizing match-ups on tap for soccer fans everywhere.
From Ajax-Manchester United to FC Porto-Manchester City to Lazio-Atletico Madrid, Thursday's
list of games should have plenty of quality on display as teams look to jump ahead on aggregate in
the first legs of these home-and-home series.
The long and painful climb out of financial ruin for Rangers is just getting started as
administrators meet with players today.
Rangers, who were docked 10 points after formally entering administration earlier this week,
could face a tax bill of around $156 million. The playing staff, which includes USA internationals
Alejandro Bedoya, Maurice Edu and national-team captain Carlos Bocanegra, have been given
assurances that there will be no immediate cuts.
Humiliation is the only word for what occurred at the San Siro on Wednesday.Â
Arsene Wenger saw his UEFA Champions League dreams go down in flames as AC Milan thrashed
Arsenal 4-0 in one-sided performance that leaves the Gunners on the brink of an early elimination
and has the Serie A leaders in prime position for a place in the quarterfinals.
Two of Europe's most storied clubs continue their quests for continental glory, when AC Milan
hosts Arsenal in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League knockout tie (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer
The highly anticipated match not only pits two of the world's top strikers, Robin van Persie and
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, against each other, but it also marks Thierry Henry's final game while on loan
with the Gunners.
The U.S. men's national team's quest for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will begin in Tampa, Fla., as
it hosts Antigua & Barbuda on June 8 in the opening game of its World Cup qualifying run at Raymond
Thierry Henry is set for his Arsenal farewell as the final game of his loan from the New York
Red Bulls will come on a grand stage -- a UEFA Champions League knockout stage match at the San
Siro in Milan.
Arsenal takes on AC Milan in the most-anticipated Round of 16 knockout tie among the eight
Chris Wondolowski made it three goals in three preseason games, as the San Jose Earthquakes
played the Houston Dynamo to a 2-2 draw at Oxnard College in California in MLS preseason action on
Wondolowski headed home a cross from Ramiro Corrales to tie things in the 30th minute after new
signing Mac Kandji had opened the scoring in the fifth off an assist from second-year forward Will
Tottenham winger David Bentley could be the next Premier League player on his way to MLS.
According to reports, Bentley is seeking a loan move to MLS.Â The 27-year-old midfielder spent
the last half of last season on loan with Birmingham City and the first portion of this season on
loan at West Ham before suffering a knee injury in mid-October.
The UEFA Champions League is back in action, as defending champion Barcelona looks to take its
first step toward a quarterfinal berth against an upstart but capable Bayer Leverkusen side in the
opening match of the knockout stage. Barcelona is a bit shorthanded for the match, as an injured
Xavi has been left out of the lineup, and Gerard Pique is out as well.
Social media has been a revelation for players and fans to engage in talks, express themselves
to each other and establish a stronger relationship. There's a downside to tweeting before thinking
things through, however.
Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Lee Nguyen used a homophobic slur in a joke-toned tweet at
teammate Brad Knighton Monday night, drawing immediate backlash.
Glasgow Rangers' foray into administration appears set for Tuesday.
The club faces a deadline imposed by the Court of Session to appoint an administrator today.
Should Rangers fail to meet that deadline, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs would be allowed to
step in and detemine who takes over the club's dealings, something that would undermine the club's
control while it goes through and tries to climb out of financial turmoil.
The U.S. men's national team's friendly against Italy is a little more than two weeks away, and
it is the first chance that manager Jurgen Klinsmann has to have his "A" team assembled together in
the new year.
With only a few friendlies remaining before World Cup qualifying begins in June, Klinsmann will
look to the Feb.
One of Europe's most prized transfer targets could very well be headed to Tottenham this
Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard reportedly has a deal in place to join Spurs during the next
transfer window, according to France Football. The report stipulates that the two clubs will still
need to come to a transfer agreement, meaning that the move is far from official but is
nevertheless along in the process.
In a prelude to their season-opening match that is less than a month away, Sporting Kansas City
topped D.C. United, 2-1, in Casa Grande, Ariz., Saturday on the strength of goals from Graham Zusi
and Soony Saad.
After coming off a dominant run through CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, the U.S. women's national
team had its hands full Saturday night with New Zealand before rising star Alex Morgan came to the
Morgan scored in the 88th minute and again in stoppage time to help the U.
The fallout and reaction from Luis Suarez' handshake snub of Patrice Evra continues a couple of
days after the latest incident between the Liverpool striker and Manchester United fullback.
Suarez issued a brief written apology for not shaking Patrice Evra's hand prior to Liverpool's
loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, but lingering tensions between the two camps
makes it unlikely that the situation is anything close to being put in the past.
Ivory Coast was the overwhelming favorite and had the big-name players. It's not like facing
those factors had stopped Zambia from maintaining its inspiring quest to be crowned king of Africa
Almost 20 years after a plane crash in Libreville, Gabon, killed 25 Zambian national team
players and officials, Zambia came full circle and paid an incredible tribute to its 1993
predecessors in that city, stunning Ivory Coast 8-7 in a dramatic penalty shootout after 120
scoreless minutes to capture the African Cup of NationsÂ for the first time in its history.
Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra will face each other on the field for the first time since the
controversial racism charges against Suarez when Manchester United and Liverpool renew their
rivalry in today's marquee match-up.
Suarez will be key to the Reds chances of knocking off Manchester United in a vital match-up for
One of Jurgen Klinsmann's goals upon becoming coach of the U.S. national team was to revamp the
system from senior team to youth structure, and with Friday's announcement, he has certainly made a
major change to the latter.
Starting in September, the U.S. Development Academy will operate on a 10-month schedule,
mimicking the development systems of nations around the world.
While the marquee game of the weekend, Sunday's African Cup of Nations final between Zambia and
Ivory Coast, is not being widely televised throughout the United States, there is still plenty of
top-rate action to catch.
This weekend has the potential to be a landmark one for a number of Americans looking to make
their mark on the European game.
WASHINGTON -- This past fall, when D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper contemplated his
goals heading into the offseason, two of the first priorities that came to mind were adding veteran
leadership and strengthening his team's back line.
Kenny Dalglish and Co. face off against a Manchester side for the seventh time this season when
United and Liverpool clash in a match full of significance. Manchester United are trying to survive
a brutal run of fixtures and keep pace with their cross-town rivals.
The pieces are in place for it to be the weekend of the landmark appearance for Americans across
After Tim Ream was named to Bolton's matchday roster and Charlie Davies was named to Sochaux's,
West Ham announced that centerbackÂ George John will be part of the 20-man traveling party for the
club's match at Peterborough United on Saturday.
There will be no hero's send-off for Thierry Henry.
After Henry scored the final goal in a 7-1 Arsenal victory over Blackburn last weekend, Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger eluded to the possibility of extending Henry's loan up to the London derby
against Tottenham on Feb.
Egypt head coach Bob Bradley and his team are scheduled to open their qualifying campaign for
the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Feb. 29, but that could be pushed back after the Egyptian
Federation requested a postponement.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has askedÂ the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
that its road match against Central African Republic be postponed due to the events that transpired
in Port Said last Wednesday.
The LA Galaxy just completed one of the best seasons in MLS history, if not the best, and they
may be even better in 2012 after enjoying an outstanding off-season that has many scratching their
heads at just how they've been able to do it.
If you have been wondering just how the Galaxy have constructed what looks like an unstoppable
MLS roster, read my Fox Soccer column detailing just how the Galaxy have done it.
Tim Ream returned to England earlier this week with all the necessary paperwork completed for
him to suit up for Bolton Wanderers, and heÂ might not have to wait long at all to make his
Bolton manager Owen Coyle told reporters on Thursday morning that Ream, and two of the other
club's recent acquisitions, will be on the gameday squad that will take on Wigan AthleticÂ in a
match with relegation implications on Saturday.
The Houston Dynamo are still actively trying to improve their forward options, and they took a
step in that direction by swinging a trade Wednesday night.
The Dynamo traded a conditional 2014 draft pick to the Colorado Rapids for Macoumba Kandji,
adding the athletic, Senegalese striker to a stable that currently has Calen Carr, Will Bruin, Cam
Weaver and rookie Colin Rolfe.
The inevitable African Cup of Nations championship matchup between the continent's two
powerhouses has made way for a title game involving an underdog side that is a win away from
capping off a Hollywood-worthy script.
Upstart Zambia shocked favored Ghana, 1-0,Â to advance to the tournament final and prevent the
Black Stars from seeking redemption for their loss in the 2010 final.
The 2012 European Championship commences exactly four months from today, and England is looking
for a new manager.
In a monumental development,Â Fabio Capello resigned from the helm of the English national team
on Wednedsay. Capello had been public in his defense of John Terry after the FA stripped the
Chelsea centerback of his international captaincy amid his involvement in a racial abuse
The United States Under-23 men's national team is going to get a proper tune-up for CONCACAF
Olympic qualifying, as it will square off against Mexico's Under-23 side in a friendly at FC Dallas
Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Feb. 29.
The match will be a culmination of a 10-day training camp in Frisco.
The Philadelphia Union completed the long-rumored signing of Colombian forward Lionard Pajoy
from Itagui Ditaires on Wednesday, adding a piece that can help fill the scoring void left behind
by the departed Sebastien Le Toux. Pajoy has received his P-1 visa, according to a team release,
and will be joining the club soon for preseason preparations.
There is plenty of high-profile soccer going on around the world this Wednesday, but perhaps no
games carry as much significance as the two African Cup of Nations semifinals. Ivory Coast and
Ghana took care of business in the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals with matching 3-0
victories, and all that stands in the way of a star-studded tournament final is one more win for
The New England Revolution thought that they had secured a prized piece to their attacking
puzzle by announcing the signing of Colombian forward Jose "Pepe" Moreno on loan from Once Caldas
last week. While that still may wind up being the case, there's something a bit awkward and unusual
Redknapp and Sheffield Wednesday owner Milan Mandaric were acquitted of tax evasion charges
after being found not guilty of avoiding to pay taxes on payments made into an offshore account in
Monaco between 2002 and 2007, when both men were at Portsmouth.
CARSON, Calif. -- Cameroonian midfielder Franck Songo'o stole the show for the Portland Timbers
as the trialist set up a pair of goals to help lead the Timbers to a 4-1 win against the Los
Angeles Galaxy on Tuesday in the first MLS pre-season match for both teams.
The Los Angeles Galaxy's search for Juninho's replacement has ended with Juninho himself.
The Sao Paulo central midfielder is on his way back to Los AngelesÂ for another loan spell with
the Galaxy. Multiple reports out of Brazil say that Sao Paulo manager Emerson Leao had no plans to
use the 23-year-old Juninho, who signed a new three-year deal with Sao Paulo during the MLS
United States fullback Eric Lichaj has completed his return from a hip injury that kept him out
of action for the better part of the last five months, making the bench for Aston Villa's first
team in its last two matches. Despite Lichaj being a candidate to go on loan upon his return, Aston
Villa appears to be remain committed to seeing what he can do for the club, even if that means
moving him to a new spot on the field.
The Cascadia Cup rivalry takes no games off, even in the preseason.
The Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps dueled to a 1-1 draw in a 120-minute scrimmage in
Casa Grande, Ariz., on Monday -- a game that included nine cautions and a red card. The game was
split into two 45-minute sessions and a 30-minute one, with each team using different lineups in
each period to take advantage of their expanded lists of trialists and rostered players.
The recent upheaval following a club match in Egypt that left 74 people dead and more than a
thousand others injured could have easily convinced Bob Bradley to pack up his things and return to
the comfort of the United States.
Instead, the former U.S. national team coach and current Egypt national team coach reportedlyÂ
remains committed to his job while doing his part in the rebuilding of a nation.
The English FA will meet with national team manager Fabio Capello after rising tensions over the
dismissal of John Terry as captain threatens to fracture an already tenuous relationship between
the two sides.
Capello has been very outspoken in his disagreement with the FA's decision to strip Terry of the
captain's armband after the defender's racism trial was delayed until July.
Tottenham and LIverpool both have Champions League aspirations, and both can boost their place
near the top of the English Premier League standings when they face off at Anfield today (2:55pm,
Today features the return of Luis Suarez from his suspension for making racist remarks at
Manchester United's Patrice Evra, and Suarez will be key to trying to help the Reds climb up from
their current seventh-place position in the standings.
It has been almost a year since SBI's last installment of You Write the Caption, and that one
came after a two-year hiatus for one of the site's original and most popular series. We plan on
changing that after feedback from readers who told us we should bring the series back.
For those of you unfamiliar, You Write the Caption is when we post a funny photo and allow our
readers to take their cracks at writing a caption to go with the photo.
Luis Suarez's spell on the sidelines has come to a close.
Having served his eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra and a one-game suspension
for a gesture to Fulham fans, Suarez is set to return for Liverpool on Monday in its game against
Josh Gatt is not a player many American soccer fans have seen play, but he is already considered
one of the best young Americans playing in Europe.
The speedy Michigan native has enjoyed an outstanding start to his professional career, going
from 18-year-old newcomer to 20-year-old transfer target, having already made one upward move from
Austrian club SCR Rheindorf Altach to Norwegian champions Molde.
A big snowstorm hit England on Saturday, threatening to jeopardize the slate of matches set for
today, but the big headliner between Chelsea and Manchester United will go on as planned, and it
will serve as the marquee match of a busy day in the soccer world.
While the Super Bowl dominates the American sports landscape today, soccer fans here will have
plenty to choose from for their viewing pleasures, topped off with the big Chelsea-United
Sporting Kansas City's quest to repeat as Eastern Conference regular season champions began
today with a 2-1 pre-season victory against the San Jose Earthquakes in the pre-season opener for
Kansas City midfielder Konrad Warzycha delivered the game-winning goal, converting a free kick
to break a 1-1 deadlock.
Not too long ago, Chelsea and Manchester United were fighting each other for league titles and
UEFA Champions League superiority. Now, the Blues are just hoping to chip away at a 12-point table
deficit that keeps mounting by the week.
The two English giants battle Sunday at Stamford Bridge in a nationally televised game on the
Fox network, with United looking to maintain its place atop the league while dealing perhaps the
final blow to Chelsea's faint title hopes and forcing the club into a fight for a place in Europe
With Thursday's acquisition of Albanian striker Hamdi Salihi as their second Designated Player,
D.C. United is making one thing abundantly clear: After spending the past few seasons breaking down
and rebuilding an aging roster, this team is once again ready to win now.
After an offseason full of major moves, promise and tangible signs of improvement, the Portland
Timbers were hit with a sizeable dose of bad news Friday.Â
Colombian striker Jose Adolfo Valencia, signed as a Young Designated Player back in December,Â
requires knee surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee and is going to be out for
anywhere from the next 6-to-12 months.
Frigid temperatures and snowstorms across Europe are starting to take their toll on the soccer
Saturday's anticipated match between Roma and Inter Milan has already been postponed because of
snow blanketing Rome. The Cesena-Catania match has also been called off, and that is in addition to
four midweek Serie A games having to be rescheduled because of the snow.
The Chicago Fire are now a good two weeks into their first phase of preseason camp and have been
making all of the necessary adjustments as the start of the new 2012 campaign nears.Â Part of the
preseason activity, though, has included shooting down rumors of a superstar Designated Player
After winning their respective groups, Ivory Coast and Ghana are on a crash course for a
high-profile final at the African Cup of Nations, but there is still work to be done before the top
two African nations do battle for the continent's top prize.
The Elephants, one of two sides to secure all nine points during the group stage, might have to
go through both host countries to reach the final.
With Thursday night's official announcement that the U.S. men's national team will be taking on
Canada in a pre-World Cup qualifying friendly at BMO Field in Toronto on June 3, another piece to
the team's 2012 puzzle is in place.
If you've been wondering when the next SBI Live Q&A would be, wonder no more. We will be having
The latest SBI Live Q&A will take place at 1pm this afternoon, so get your questions ready to
discuss everything from the MLS pre-season to the U.S. national team, to Clint Dempsey's insane
form to European soccer and the international game.
The U.S. Under-23 men's national team has just over a month left before Olympic qualifying takes
place, and Caleb Porter's side wrapped up its penultimate camp last week in Costa Rica with a pair
Playing without some of its top players, the Americans played to a scoreless draw with the
D.C. United has signed its fourth-ever Designated Player, acquiring forward Hamdi Salihi on
Salihi, 28, joins United after scoring 11 goals in 15 matches in all competitions with Rapid
Vienna in its current season in Austria's top division. Born in Shkoder, Albania,Â Salihi is also a
member of his country's national team.
A day after a riot at a club soccer game in Egypt left at least 74 dead and many others injured,
Egypt's prime minister has dissolved the Egyptian FA's board.
Kamal el-Ganzouri announced the decision to dissolve the board during Thursday's emergency
parliamentary session, and also said that the governor of Port Said (where the game took place) and
the area's police chief have resigned.
Dempsey scored another goal for Fulham, tallying the opener in the Cottagers' 1-1 draw with West
Brom on Wednesday. Costa Rican international Bryan Ruiz slipped Dempsey a pass inside the area, and
the American turned and finished with a right-footed strike in the 69th minute to add to his
current run of form.
As the New York Red Bulls opened their preseason camp two weeks ago, coach Hans Backe surveyed
the landscape of his young goalkeeping ranks and assessed the need for an established veteran to
take a leadership role.
Despite being heavily rumored to be grasping that role, Venezuelan netminder Renny Vega will not
be the one manning the posts at Red Bull Arena this season.
A violent riot erupted following a match between Egyptian rivals Al-Masry and Al-Ahly,Â leaving
dozens of people dead and hundreds of others injured.
According to various reports, the still-escalating death count from the incident in Port Said,
Egypt, stands at 73, while Egyptian outlets are reporting that the country's health ministry has
said that more than 1,000 are hurt.
With the transfer window shut, teams across Europe are moving forward with their new parts in
Queens Park Rangers' newest signings Djibril Cisse and Taye Taiwo are in the starting lineup for
the club's match at Aston Villa, which has Robbie Keane in the starting lineup and Americans Brad
Guzan and Eric Lichaj ready on the bench.
U.S. Under-23 national team defender Gale Agbossoumonde is set to finalize a loan move to the
NASL's Carolina RailHawks today, sources told SBI.
The 20-year-old Agbossoumonde has been on a constant quest for consistent playing time for the
better part of the last three years, having stints with Sporting Braga in Portugal, Djurgardens IF
in Sweden and Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany yield few first-team minutes.
New York Red Bulls manager Hans Backe will be able to count on Luke Rodgers after all.
After suffering a lapse in his U.S. visa status that left his future with the Red Bulls up in
the air, the English striker is no longer a question mark entering the 2012 MLS season after having
his visa approved and renewed.
As it turns out, Arturo Alvarez won't be suiting up for Chivas USA heading into the 2012 MLS
season after all.
Alvarez, who was selected by Chivas in the first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft but never came
to terms with the club as he sought opportunities overseas,Â has reportedly signed with Portuguese
top-flight club Pacos de Ferreira on a two-and-a-half-year contract.