Just when the New England Revolution seemed destined for a loss at home, their youngest player
came through to prevent that from happening.
Seventeen-year-old forward Diego Fagundez netted a last-gasp equalizer to give the Revolution a
2-2 draw against the Seattle Sounders at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, marking a second
straight week that New England grabbed a result late.
D.C. is once again in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference, with the
Montreal Impact being their latest victim.
United cruised to a 3-0 victory over the expansion Impact in front of a season-high crowd of
18,302 at RFK Stadium on Saturday night. Chris Pontius scored his third goal in two games after a
great dribbling effort just before halftime, and Robbie Russell and Hamdi Salihi each found the
back of the net in the second half.
The San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles Galaxy always bring plenty of tension and animosity to
their 'California Clasico' rivalry, but the latest installment of their derby will bring an extra
level of intensity because of just how much is on the line when they face off tonight.
The U.S. women's national team will be heading into the 2012 Olympics in winning fashion.
The United States defeated Canada, 2-1, in their send-off match at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday
afternoon courtesy of an 85th-minute goal from Amy Rodriguez. The goal came off a rebound after
Abby Wambach hit a back-heel shot that was parried by Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod.
Bob Bradley has suffered his first big disappointment as head coach of Egypt.
The Pharoahs failed to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations on Saturday after a 1-1 draw
with Central African Republic in the second leg of their first-round qualifier. The first leg was
played two weeks ago and ended with Central African Republic winning, 3-2.
Sporting Kansas City has made a habit of overwhelming opponents at Livestrong Sporting Park, but
on Friday night the dangerous KC attack just could not find a way to beat Chicago Fire goalkeeper
The young netminder made five saves, most of the acrobatic variety to keep Sporting KC off the
scoresheet and help Marco Pappa's 58th-minute strike stand up as the game-winning goal in Chicago's
All eyes will be on Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday, when Spain and Italy meet for the Euro
2012 championship in the match of the weekend.
The two world powers meet for the second time this tournament after opening group play with a
1-1 draw. For Spain, a win would mean consecutive European championships to go along with a 2010
FIFA World Cup championship.
NEW YORK -- A handful of reporters were given a glimpse of what FIFA13 will be all about when it
is released in the fall, scoring a rare chance to play a beta test version of the video game in New
York City on Wednesday afternoon.
SBI was among the groups in attendance and we can tell you that the game is looking
Patrice Bernier's last-second actions against Toronto FC Wednesday night have cost him a place
on the field this weekend.
Bernier was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by the MLS Disciplinary Committee
Friday for his reckless challenge from behind on TFC's Ryan Johnson -- one that drew a yellow card
-- in the waning moments of stoppage time in Toronto's 3-0 victory at Stade Saputo.
The California Clasico is always a heated feud. But this weekend's version offers an extra dose
With the San Jose Earthquakes boasting the best record in MLS, the defending champion Los
Angeles Galaxy on a three-game winning streak, and more than 50,000 tickets sold for Saturday
night's clash at Stanford Stadium, the fixture is this week's must-see match.
Spain and Italy, the two Euro 2012 finalists, emerged from the same group, each dispatching the
two survivors from the fear-inspiring Group B, with Portugal and Germany falling by the wayside.
Now, they play for the second time this tournament with a chance to claim European bragging rights
ahead of the next World Cup qualifying cycle.
CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy have welcomed Clarence SeedorfÂ in for a training
stint, but don't look for the former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder to sign with the Galaxy,
at least according to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.
Bob Bradley is preparing to do something he hasn't had to do in months: Find a way to bounce
back from a loss.
After Egypt's 3-2 loss to upstart Central African Republic in African Cup of Nations qualifying
two weeks ago, Bradley's Pharaohs need to overturn that result in Saturday's second leg of their
first-round qualifier to keep hopes of making it to the 2013 tournament alive -- one of Bradley's
two major tasks upon taking over as coach.
New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry sympathizes with Rafa Marquez. Having had his own
battles with injuries, absences and recoveries, the veteran striker knows what it is like to
desperately find one's form in game action.
For the U.S. women's national team, Saturday afternoon's match against Canada at Rio Tinto
Stadium (2 p.m., NBC) provides one last dress rehearsal to get things right ahead ofÂ next month's
Pia Sundhage's side enters the send-off friendly against its CONCACAF rival in good form,
putting the Algarve Cup disappointment in the rear-view mirror and turning things around with a
5-0-1 record since, including two wins over Sweden, a win and a draw against Japan and wins over
Brazil and China.
When the Philadelphia Union take to the field at BBVA Compass Stadium this weekend, one player
who will not be in uniform is Raymon Gaddis.
The Union rookie defender was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount by the MLS
Disciplinary Committee on Thursday for his tackle on Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza
this past weekend.
Mario Balotelli silenced some of his critics on Thursday, scoring a pair of goals that booked
Italy's place in the Euro 2012 final while defeating tournament favorites Germany.
Italy upset the Germans, 2-1, on Thursday courtesy of a first-half Balotelli brace. Balotelli
thundered home a header in the 20th minute following some poor defending, and he scored the
eventual winner 16 minutes later in spectacular fashion.
NEW YORK -- To say Stuart Holden is eager to get back to playing soccer would be an
Holden has not appeared for either Bolton Wanderers or the U.S. men's national team since March
2011, picking up a knee injury in a match against Manchester United before suffering a setback as
he neared his recovery last September.
Many have criticized Cristiano Ronaldo for waiting until the fifth shot -- an opportunity that
never came -- to step up to the spot in Portugal's penalty kicks loss to Spain on Wednesday in the
Euro 2012 semifinals.
Will Bruin set the bar too high for his rookie season. That much, he acknowledges, is now
The 11th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Bruin immediately stepped into the lineup for
the Houston Dynamo that season, starting the first eight matches while bagging four goals -- three
of which came via a hat trick in a 4-1 win over D.
It has been one roller coaster ride of a year for Maurice Edu.
The U.S. national team midfielder has seen his club team, Glasgow Rangers, fall into the
nightmarish reality of financial ruin, but he has also seen his national team stock rise as he has
become a regular starter for Jurgen Klinsmann.
When David Beckham helped bring the Olympic torch from Greece to England last month, the London
native was believed to be a sure bet to be named to the Great Britain Olympic soccer team as one of
its overage players.
So much for that.
Beckham has been snubbed from the 18-player squad chosen by Great Britain team manager Stuart
Pearce after having been included on the provisional 35-man roster.
D.C. United's stand-in opponent for their July 28 friendly will be Paris St. Germain.
As a result of Juventus cancelling its North American tour and pulling out of the World Football
Challenge tournament, D.C. scrambled to find a new opponent and landed on PSG, which will also be
playing Chelsea at Yankee Stadium on July 22 as part of the WFC.
The coveted winger signed a new four-year deal with Tottenham on Wednesday, extending his stay
in London and putting an end to speculation that he'd be bolting for some of the world's biggest
Just 22, Bale has established himself as one of the Premier League's top talents and had been
attracting interest from a wide array of teams, including giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and
CHESTER, Pa. -- Following the conclusion of the European season, Bakary Soumare was
contemplating what to do with his future. His club, French outfit US Boulogne, had just been
relegated from the second division and released him due to financial reasons.
FC Dallas announced a multi-year, multi-million-dollar jersey sponsorship deal with AdvoCare, a
Plano, Texas-based health and wellness company. Financial terms of the deal, the first jersey
sponsorship deal in team history, were not disclosed, but it will last for three and a half
The battle for South American supremacy kicks off tonight.
The Copa Libertadores final gets underway at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, with the first leg
between Boca Juniors and Corinthians (8:30 p.m., Fox Deportes) as both teams aim toÂ secure the
presitigious trophy while reserving a place at December's FIFA Club World Cup along with the likes
of Chelsea and Monterrey.
MLS front-office personnel, get out your checkbooks. Silly season has arrived.
The MLS summer transfer window opens today, with teams able to bolster their rosters in hopes of
making a postseason push in the coming months. The New York Red Bulls, for one, have already
suggested that they are closing in on a major DP signing to assist their attack, while the Columbus
Crew are also reportedly on the DP hunt.
MLS is reportedly closing in on a home for its coveted second New York franchise.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the league has zoned in on an area in Flushing
Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, where a 20,000-25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium would be built. A
proposal for what would be a privately funded stadium has been shown to local politicians, and
according to WSJ, since the stadium would be built on city-owned park land, the city council and
state legislature would need to sign off on the plan, which is in its infancy.
The Seattle Sounders took another step closer to a potential fourth straight U.S. Open Cup title
by knocking off the San Jose Earthquakes in their Open Cup quarterfinal in San Francisco on Tuesday
Cordell Cato provided the early goal, scoring in the 19th minute, while the Sounders defense
made it stand up with a strong group effort to keep the Earthquakes off the scoreboard.
Sporting Kansas City didn't have the most pleasant trip to Philadelphia last weekend, suffering
a 4-0 defeat. The won't have to wait too long for a chance to exact revenge after securing a place
in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, and a return trip to PPL Park.
C.J. Sapong scored two goals and Graham Zusi added his own tally to lead Sporting KC to a 3-0
Steven Lenhart started it with an innocent comment that has snowballed into something else.
After the SanÂ Jose Earthquakes came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Los Angeles Galaxy
last month, Lenhart offered one of the more memorable quotes of the season, proclaiming that
"Goonies never say die" to describe the team's ability to score late and get results.
The goals were flowing in MLS this past week, with many multiple-goal scorers making their case
for Best XI recognition and some not making the cut.Â
Landon Donovan's three goals and two assists helped carry the resurgent Los Angeles Galaxy; Alan
Gordon had a hand in all four San Jose Earthquakes goals during wins over Colorado and Real Salt
Lake; and Danny Koevermans and Will Bruin each scored three goals over the course of two games.
After a pair of dramatic victories away from home, the San Jose Earthquakes now possess the best
record in MLS -- and the top spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings.
Paced by late winners from Chris Wondolowski in both contests, the Earthquakes grabbed a 2-1 win
at the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday before concluding their fruitful Rocky Mountain swing with a
2-1 triumph over Real Salt Lake.
It took them much longer than they would have expected or liked, but the Dayton Dutch Lions
finally have their first win of the season.
Dayton claimed its first victory of the regular season and it did so in emphatic fashion,
routing the Wilmington Hammerheads, 4-0, on Saturday night in a match that lifted the Dutch Lions
out of last place.
Bakary Soumare is officially back in MLS as a member of the Philadelphia Union.
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Philadelphia Union announced their trade Tuesday in which the
Whitecaps acquired allocation money and the Union's first-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft in
exchange for the top spot in the MLS allocation order and a 2013 SuperDraft second-round pick.
After turning in some of the more memorable moments of Euro 2012, Andriy Shevchenko is a wanted
man, and the 35-year-old Ukrainian forward is considering his options.
Contrary to some reports that suggest a move to MLS is imminent, Shevchenko said heÂ is still
very much figuring outÂ whether he will even continue playing, let alone packing his bags for the
There has been plenty of quality on display throughout Euro 2012 but there also haven't been
many surprises, leaving four of the continent's biggest sides still fighting for the chance to be
Germany, Italy, Portugal and reigning champs Spain are the remaining teams who will look to
advance to the tournament finale in Kiev on June 1, a chance to be etched into European soccer
history looming for all.
The Philadelphia Union have taken a major step toward filling the void at centerback left by the
departure of veteran Dan Califf, adding a standout central defender with MLS experience and the
qualities to make the Union one of the stingiest defenses in the league.
You have probably gotten used to seeing videos of Brazilian star Neymar embarrassing defenders
with tricky moves, but you don't see those kind of ankle-breaking moves in MLS often enough. On
Sunday, New York Red Bulls defender Heath Pearce showed that he too can put a move on a defender
that can send them flying.
The San Antonio Scorpions were minutes away from walking out of St. Petersburg, Fla. with a big
2-1 victory that would have ensured they stayed in first place atop the NASL standings.
Unfortunately for them, the Tampa Bay Rowdies ruined those plans.
The Rowdies scored twice in the final few minutes of their dramatic match with San Antonio, and
they claimed a 3-2 victory that seemed improbable to the 2,559 Rowdies fans that endured the rainy
conditions at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday night.
The Philadelphia Union pulled off a surprise rout of Sporting Kansas City this past weekend, and
rookie Antoine Hoppenot played a large part in helping that happen.
Coming off the bench for new Union head coach John Hackworth, Hoppenot helped Philadelphia build
on their 2-0 lead over Sporting KC by drawing a penalty kick and scoring a beautifully-chipped
effort over Jimmy Nielsen to cap a 4-0 win at PPL Park.
It was a week full of quality performances from several players on different teams, but no one
was better than Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.
The U.S. men's national team veteran won SBI's MLS Player of the Week award after a pair of
dazzling performances saw him combine for three goals and two assists en route to helping Los
Angeles pick up two vital victories against Western Conference opposition in a span of four
Brandon Barklage picked the perfect time to open his MLS scoring account, netting two beautiful
goals on Sunday night to vanquish the very team that waived him last winter.
D.C. United looked ready to steamroll New York after starting fast with a Chris Pontius goal
just 31 seconds into the match, but the Red Bulls took that early punch and kept on coming, with
Barklage leading the way.
The New York Red Bulls will put their unbeaten home record on the line tonight as they take on
arch-rival D.C. United at Red Bull Arena in a match that could see them catch D.C. for first place
in the East.
D.C. United is leading the Eastern Conference on the strength of a four-match winning streak,
but their 1-0 victory against Philadelphia showed a team that may have had some rust coming off the
long MLS break.
The San Jose Earthquakes have made it a habit all season of producing goals late in games to
snatch points. They did it again on Saturday, and this time the late-game heroics helped them grab
first place in the Western Conference.
Chris Wondolowski delivered an 84th-minute goal to give the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory over RSL
at Rio Tinto Stadium.
France knew the task would be a difficult one, and plotted a defense-minded approach to trying
to stop Spain's relentess possession and nearly unstoppable control. Though well-intended, 'Les
Blues' simply couldn't stop Spain's domination and became the latest victim to fall short in the
quest to dethrone the reigning European and World champions.
The Philadelphia Union offense has been a case-study in frustration for much of the 2012 MLS
season, but the Union finally found their attacking stride on Saturday night, rattling off four
goals against the stingiest defense in MLS to give Union fans reason to feel optimistic about a
BRIDGEVIEW, IL-Â Chicago fought a surging Columbus Crew team and a man
disadvantage for 60 minutes to prevail in a 2-1 win over the CrewÂ Saturday nightÂ at Toyota Park.
The Fire offense was sparked off first-half goals by Marco Pappa and Dominic Oduro.
The jockeying for playoff positions in the Eastern and Western Conferences will be in full force
tonight as all seven matches on the MLS schedule are between conference rivals.
First place in the West is on the line tonight when Real Salt Lake takes on San Jose. RSL is
still smarting from a disappointing mid-week loss to the LA Galaxy, while the Earthquakes will be
riding the momentum of a comeback victory against Colorado on Wednesday.
New York Red Bulls centerback Markus Holgersson will miss Sunday's match against D.C. United
with a left ankle sprain, Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe revealed on Saturday.
Holgersson suffered the injury late in the Red Bulls' 1-1 draw vs. Vancouver on Wednesday. His
absence will likely mean a Red Bulls centerback tandem of Wilman Conde and Heath Pearce, though
Conde is dealing with what Backe is calling muscle tightness.
Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake, Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC fans: Take
out your calendars.
The schedule for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League was released on Friday, with
the completion of the Caribbean qualifying tournament this week putting Puerto Rico Islanders in
the same group as the Galaxy again, Trinidadian side Caledonia AIA in the same group as the
Sounders and Trinidadian side W Connection in the same group as Chivas de Guadalajara and
Guatemalan side Xelaju.
The World Soccer Masters takes place at Sun Life Stadium, with a cast of stars from around the
world led by Lionel Messi and U.S. national team stars Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Jozy
Altidore taking to the field in the exhibition event (7 p.
Germany may have emerged from the Euro 2012 Group of Death unscathed, but the Germans may be
overlooking their quarterfinal match just a bit with a lineup that looks like it's geared toward
resting some players for an eventual semifinal match against England or Italy.
Both the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers have fallen on hard times recently, with Seattle
winless in six and Portland tied for last in the Western Conference. But none of that will matter
when they renew their Cascadia Cup rivalry Sunday at Jeld-Wen Field.
The final places in the Euro 2012 semifinals will be booked this weekend, with four teams aiming
to join Portugal and Germany as the final four left vying for the continent's crown and a place in
the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The most anticipated matches of the quarterfinal round take place Saturday and Sunday, when
defending champion Spain looks to thwart France's tournament run and set a date with Cristiano
Ronaldo & Co.
As it turns out, Designated Player Marco Di Vaio's arrival is coming at just the right time for
the Montreal Impact.
Striker Bernardo Corradi was diagnosed with a torn ACLÂ in his left knee that will rule him out
for "up to six months," according to the Impact. For Corradi, 36, though, an ACL tear at this
juncture likely means at the very least a six-month recovery period, which would rule him out for
the rest of the season unequivocally.
For those hoping to see Brian McBride return to the playing field, your wishes have come
McBride will be suiting up for ninth-tier English side Wembley FC during its quest to make a run
at the FA Cup. The team, which is pairing a number of aging, retired, former standouts with its
host of amateurs, is being funded by Budweiser, a lead sponsor of the FA Cup, and is also the
subject of a television documentary that will detail its efforts to pull off a shock cup run.
The U.S. senior men's national team is coming off what Jurgen Klinsmann called a five-game
tournament, with three friendlies and two World Cup qualifiers in a rather brief time testing the
durability of his squad. The U.S. U-17s are about to embark on a whirlwind, five-match adventure of
The road to the U.S. Open Cup title may very well go through Seattle again.
Should the Seattle Sounders defeat the San Jose Earthquakes in Tuesday's Open Cup quarterfinal,
the three-time defending tournament champions would host the semifinal match against either Chivas
USA or USL Pro's Charlotte Eagles at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.
One of South America's most storied clubs is on the cusp of adding another Copa Libertadores
championship to its tally.
Argentine power Boca Juniors are a step away from their seventh Libertadores title after
eliminating Universidad de Chile with a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their semifinal tie Thursday
night to reach the final.
So much for Cristiano Ronaldo disappearing in big tournaments.
The Real Madrid superstar scored his third goal of the tournament as Portugal booked the first
place in the semifinals with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. Ronaldo found space inside the box
with just over 10 minutes left in the game and sent JoaoÂ Moutinho's cross rocketing off the turf
and into the roof of the net.
U.S. Soccer fans might not have a whole lot to root for at this summer's Olympic tournament, but
MLS fans will most certainly have a rooting interest.Â
D.C. United winger Andy Najar and Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza were among
those named to Honduras' Olympic roster on Thursday, with Espinoza occupying one of the team's
three overage places.
CARSON, Calif. -- The result did not go according to plan in Danny Mwanga's
debut for the Portland Timbers, but the flashy forward had plenty to be pleased about in his first
match for his hometown club.
Perry Kitchen is no stranger to adversity, having been apart of the U.S. Under-23 men's national
team that disappointingly did not qualify for this summer's Olympics in March. But while Kitchen
struggled in the U.S. team's failed attempt to reach London, he has had no such problems in his
second season in MLS.
After three trying years in Europe, Jozy Altidore finally found a place that felt right, and a
club that gave him the chance he had been working so hard for. The result has been a return to the
goal-scoring ways that made Altidore such a highly-regarded prospect as a teenager with the New
York Red Bulls.
The Vancouver Whitecaps looked like they had three points in the bag when Martin Bonjour buried
a second-half goal against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night, but New York's newest player
picked a perfect time to deliver his first goal for his new club.
Heath Pearce scored a clutch equalizer in the 86th-minute to help the Red Bulls salvage a 1-1
draw at BC Place.
France at Euro 2012 has already done what the 2010 World Cup team could not -- advance out of
the group stage -- but the inner turmoil that plagued the squad in South Africa has creeped up once
Assistant coach Alain Boghossian, a member of the 2010 World Cup staff for France, said during a
Thursday press conference that tensions did rise in the French locker room after a 2-0 loss to
Sweden on Tuesday.
Alan Gordon has made a habit of pulling off late-game heroics to salvage valuable points for the
San Jose Earthquakes. He did it again on Wednesday, only he did so in a manner that might come back
to haunt him.
Gordon scored an 84th minute equalizer against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night, but it
was what he did in the dying seconds of regulation that left the Rapids irate and the Earthquakes
celebrating another late comeback.
SEATTLE, Wash. -Â A feisty match that seemed full of goals ended in a 1-1 draw
Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field. A wonder-strike from Seattle defender Patrick Ianni kept the
Sounders (7-4-4) from losing back-to-back matches for the first time this season.
CARSON, Calif.â€”When Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser brought on second-half substitutes Juan
Pablo Angel and Jorge Villafana with 13 minutes left in Wednesday's match against the Montreal
Impact, they were brought on to provide a spark.
The Los Angeles Galaxy have sorely been needing a confidence-building victory to help turn
around their dismal season, and they may just have gotten it.
The Galaxy picked up a surprise 3-2 road win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on
Wednesday, rallying from an early 2-0 deficit to give RSL its first league loss in club history
after being up by two.
If Arsene Wenger's latest comments are any indication, Robin van Persie won't be leaving Arsenal
Van Persie has been widely speculated to be making a move from the Emirates, coming off a
career-best season in which he won the Premier League golden boot with 30 goals and captured the
PFA Player of the Year award.
Lost in the madness of the U.S. men's national team's start of World Cup qualifying, the MLS
international break and Euro 2012 is the fact that MLS All-Star voting has begun and is in full
The MLS All-Stars will take on UEFA Champions League and FA Cup winner Chelsea at PPL Park in a
little more than a month with an eye on snapping a three-game losing streak after a loss to Everton
(in penalties) and two losses to Manchester United.
The Euro 2012 group stage is in the books, and Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Portugal, Spain,
Italy, England and France are the eight teams left standing prior to Thursday's opening match of
Before looking ahead to the remaining teams, though, there were a number of individual moments
that stood out during what was a memorable group stage that deserve another look.
Didier Drogba's move to China is officially complete.
The former Chelsea star signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Shanghai Shenhua, where he will
be reunited with former strike partner Nicolas Anelka while playing under former Argentina coach
"I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but feel that Shanghai
Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time," Drogba said in a statement released by
In the face of lowered expectations, England is excelling at Euro 2012.
Wayne Rooney marked his return from suspension with a goal as England, with the help of a
controversial refereeing decision, weathered a relentless Ukraine attack to claim a 1-0 victory,
first place in Group D and a date with Italy in the quarterfinals.
Moises Hernandez will take the road less traveled when it comes to MLS Homegrown Players.Â
Hernandez, an FC Dallas Homegrown Player and U.S. Under-20 defender, was loaned to Guatemalan
club Comunicaciones for the 2012-13 season according to the club's official website. The move gives
Hernandez a chance to earn playing time for one of Central America's top clubs, and a place that
currently employs former Chivas USA defender Michael Umana in addition to a host of Guatemalan
national team players.
The Euro 2012 group stage comes to an end Tuesday, with the final two places in the
quarterfinals up for grabs. Three of the four teams in action Tuesday have a chance at qualifying
for the knockout round, including co-host Ukraine, which can advance with a win over England (2:45
After back-to-back wins, the Whitecaps are unbeaten in four and have pushed up to the No. 5 slot
in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings. And to make matters better, Designated Player signing Barry
Robson will finally be eligible to play come June 27.
Croatia fans have cost their national team's federationÂ â‚¬80,000.
UEFA fined Croatia that amount "for the setting-off and throwing of fireworks, and the improper
conduct of supporters (racist chants, racist symbols) at the UEFA EURO 2012 Group C match against
Italy," according to a statement released on Tuesday.
Euro 2012 has been one of the more intense, entertaining international tournaments in recent
memory, with each game carrying loads of significance and each group coming down to the final day
of group play.
Even with the 16-team format providing such a strong competition -- and groups containing
multiple world powers, making for high drama -- UEFA is poised to expand the tournament field to 24
teams in 2016, something that UEFA president Michel Platini has conceded "will be less dramatic" in
the group stage.
Italian soccer won't be suspended as a whole for two years, like Italian Premier Mario Monti
suggested, and the sport as a whole in the country appears ready to move on from the latest
The Italian FA announced its punishments after an investigation, and four players -- Mario
Cassano, Alessandro Zamperini, Luigi Sartor and Nicola Santoni -- were banned for five years
Three teams vie for two quarterfinal places in Group C as defending champion Spain and
second-place Croatia lead today's Euro action.
The Croatians will be looking for at least a point againt the Spanish to secure their place in
the secound round, with a tie of 2-2 or greater eliminating Italy no matter what 'The Azzurri' do
The U.S. women's national team just keeps on rolling ahead of the upcoming Olympics.
Led by braces from Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach, the United States cruised to a 4-1 victory over
Japan in a friendly in Halmstad, Sweden on Monday. The result ended the U.S. team's tour of Sweden
at 2-0-0 with seven goals scored.
The 2012-2013 Premiership schedule has been released, and fans will have to wait until December
to see the Manchester Derby take place.
Manchester City will host Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on Dec. 8 in one of the marquee
matches of the season. The Premier League champions return trip to Old Trafford takes place four
months later, with an April 5 match against Manchester United scheduled.
The Chicago Fire did not let a little goal-line controversy get in the way of their return to
the win column.
Behind a masterful performance by Patrick Nyarko on the wing and other goals from Gonzalo
Segares and Chris Rolfe, the Fire continued their mastery over the New York Red Bulls at Toyota
Park with a 3-1 win that improved their record against New York at the venue to 6-0-3 all-time and
earned them SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.
With a pair of Fabian Espindola goals at the forefront, Real Salt Lake put the rest of MLS on
notice on Saturday night with a dominanting showing against Chivas USA.
Espindola was a threat each time that he touched the ball on Saturday and ended the match with
two goals in RSL's 3-0 victory over the Rojiblancos to earn SBI MLS Player of the Week honors for
It appears that Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch knew what he was doing with No. 1 overall
2012 MLS SuperDraft pick Andrew Wenger all along.
Rewarded with his second straight start at forward, Wenger responded with a classy goal and a
90-minute outing in Montreal's 4-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders to earn SBI MLS Rookie of the
Cristiano Ronaldo had endured a rough European Championship tournament heading into Sunday's
final group match against the Netherlands, but he picked the perfect time to wake up and start
finding the net.
Ronaldo notched a pair of goals during a masterful performance to help lead Portugal to a 2-1
victory against the Netherlands that secured Portugal's place in the Euro quarterfinals.
BRIDGEVIEW, IL- The New York Red Bulls defense had been one of the stingiest in
the league before going into the extended MLS break, but having nearly a month off from MLS play
didn't seem to do much good for the Red Bulls as the Chicago Fire ripped their defense to shreds
for a vital home victory.
The Houston Dynamo defeated 10-man FC Dallas in the Texas derby on Saturday night, and they can
thank Adam Moffat for that.
Moffat scored the winner in Houston's 2-1 triumph over rivals FC Dallas on Saturay night in the
first match between the two at BBVA Compass Stadium. Moffat's goal, combined with Jair Benitez
being sent off in the second half, improved the Dynamo to 3-0-1 in their new stadium while
extending FC Dallas' current winless run to 10 matches.
The New York Red Bulls were the hottest team in Major League Soccer before the extended MLS
break, and they will look to recapture that momentum tonight by beating the Chicago Fire at Toyota
Park (5pm, NBC Sports Network).
The Fire have lost three of their past four in league play, but have been strong at home this
season, boasting a 3-1-2 record.
The New England Revolution have been a real revelation at home this year, showing considerable
improvement at Gillette Stadium under head coach Jay Heaps, but on Saturday the Revs couldn't get
past Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, who helped the Crew continue their improbable
Toronto FC may have a new head coach in Paul Mariner, but Sporting Kansas City made sure he got
off to a losing start.
Sporting Kansas City ruined Mariner's debut match in charge of Toronto FC, picking up a 2-0
victory courtesyÂ of first-half goals from C.J. Sapong and Julio Cesar at Livestrong Sporting Park
on Saturday night.
When rookie Darren Mattocks drew his second yellow card, earning a red card in Saturday's match
between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids, it looked like the home team might struggle to
avoid losing at BC Place.
Sebastien LeToux not only made sure that didn't happen, he helped the Whitecaps take all three
points in Saturday's battle of Western Conference playoff contenders.
CARSON, Calif.â€”Real Salt Lake didn't look like a team that had only played
one MLS game in 35 days on Saturday night. They traveled to Los Angeles looking for a little
revenge on Chivas USA, the only team to have beaten them at Rio Tinto this season.
CHESTER, Pa. -- They may have a new head coach, but it was the same old story in front of goal
for the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night and DC United made them pay.
Chris Ponitus converted a Branko Boskovic free kick in the 78th minute and that was all DC
United needed to spoil John Hackworth's first game as interim team manager of the Union, as DC went
on to win the game, 1-0 in front of 18,876 fans at PPL Park.
Russia entered their final group stage match needing just a draw to secure qualification. That
seemed like a given to most considering how well the first-place team had looked offensively at
No one told Greece that.
Greece eliminated Russia from the tournament in stunning fashion, pulling out a 1-0 victory
courtesy of a first-half stoppage time goal from Giorgos Karagounis on Saturday.
After an extended break, Major League Soccer is back in full swing tonight, with seven games to
be played and some history to be made.
Stade Saputo opens for business in Montreal, with the Impact unveiling their new home with a
match against Seattle. The Houston Dynamo welcome FC Dallas to BBVA Compass Stadium for the first
installment of the Texas Derby to be played at the new Houston Stadium.
The Philadelphia Union begin life after Peter Nowak tonight as they take on arch-rival D.C.
United in their first match under interim head coach John Hackworth.
The Union parted ways with Nowak on Wednesday, saying goodbye to the only head coach they ever
had. Now the task is up to Hackworth to turn around a disappointing start to the season by molding
a young squad into the winning team expected when the season began.
You would have expected some nervous jitters from U.S. Women's National Team
Head Coach Pia Sundhage. She was coaching against her former team, Sweden, where she played at
the professional and national levels. The game was being played in Holmestad, Sweden, which is
about an hour and half away from where she grew up in Ulricehamn.
You would have expected some nervous jitters from U.S. Women's National Team
Head Coach Pia Sundhage. She was coaching against her former team, Sweden, where she played at
the professional and national levels. The game was being played in Holmestad, Sweden, which is
about an hour and half away from where she grew up in Ulricehamn.
MLS's newest soccer-specific stadium is about to be unveiled.
Having played their first six games of the season at Olympic Stadium, the Montreal Impact are on
the brink of officially opening the doors to a renovated Stade Saputo tonight when they host the
Seattle Sounders. The stadium can hold more than 20,000 spectators, and each seat is likely to be
filledÂ on what should be a memorable night for Montreal fans.
Danny Welbeck scored off an inventive back-heel flick with his back to the goal mouth in the
78th minute to snap a 2-2 draw and cap off a frenetic second half in England's 3-2 victory over
Sweden that eliminated the Swedes from the tournament and put England in a very advantageous
position to advance to the knockout stage.
After the recent run of USMNT matches, no player improved his standing in Jurgen Klinsmann's
plans more than Herculez Gomez.
The Santos Laguna striker made the most of his recent call-up, impressing Klinsmann enough
become a regular starter in the U.S. National Team's preferred 4-3-3 formation, even starting ahead
of highly-regarded Jozy Altidore.
There's everything to play for as the group stage of Euro 2012 winds down.Â
The final matches of groups A and B will be played this weekend, with all eight teams still
technically alive and fighting for places in the knockout stage. Germany is the closest to
qualifying out of the Group of Death after wins in its first two matches, but a slip-up against
upstart Denmark could pave the way for a wild Saturday in Group B.
Euro 2012 has been filled with high drama, memorable results, breakout players and clutch
performances, making for one of the more intense group stages in recent memory. Not one team has
clinched a place in the knockout stage just yet, and each group will be two-thirds of the way
through the opening stage following Friday's England-Sweden and Ukraine-France matches.
So maybe Spain just needed a starting forward after all.
Fernando Torres delivered two goals as the defending European champions cruised to a 4-0 victory
over Ireland on Thursday. The victory moved Spain into first place in Euro Group C, setting up an
exciting final day of action.
David Silva and Cesc Fabregas also provided second-half goal as the Spanish dominated Ireland
and helped make the Irish the first team to be eliminated from the Euros.
TORONTO -- Julian and Jonathan de Guzman are polarizing figures -â€“ two of
Canada's most gifted players who continue to pull Canadian supporters in opposite directions.
Following CONCACAF's second round of World Cup qualifying, Julian acknowledged that his brother,
Jonathan, who is currently under contract with Spanish side Villarreal, was looking to take steps
to become eligible for selection by head coach Stephen Hart and the Canadian national team.
WASHINGTON -- The international break has allowed D.C. United's injured players to regain health
and fitness, and as a result, coach Ben Olsen has some lineup decisions to make ahead of Saturday's
match against the Philadelphia Union.
"That's the good thing about the break at this point in time in the season came at a much-needed
time for guys that are injured," said D.
The U.S. Men's national team has completed the five-game run that was supposed provide a sample
of what World Cup 2014 will be like, while also helping Jurgen Klinsmann learn more about the
make-up of his team. It wasn't always pretty, and there were plenty of disappointing moments and
questions raised, but the stretch of games has helped shed some light on the current state of the
With the surprising departure of Harry Redknapp shaking things up in the English Premier League,
a clear front-runner has emerged to replace Redknapp and it's none other than Everton manager David
One of the most well-respected managers in Europe for his consistent ability to produce results
with a team that doesn't have the financial strength of its opponents, Moyes has spent a decade at
the Liverpool club, but with a year remaining on his contract, he could be tempted to make the move
to the big-spending London club.
What a whirlwind of a four months it has been for Harry Redknapp.
From emerging not guilty from a tax evasion trial in February to being the odds-on favorite for
the England national team job until Roy Hodgson was offered the job to guiding Tottenham to fourth
place in the Premier League only to have that not be good enough for the UEFA Champions League this
year, Redknapp has been through quite the gamut in a short period of time.
San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch became the latest player to be punished by the MLS
Disciplinary Committee, but his reason for being suspended is one of the more unique ones seen so
far this season.
Busch was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for "aggressively retrieving a
ball" from a ball boy late into stoppage time in a 2-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City back on May 27
according to a league statement.
Germany is making survival in the Group of Death look rather clinical.
The Germans won their second straight tough match at Euro 2012, dispatching the Netherlands 2-1
behind two goals from Mario Gomez to maintain first place in Group B and all but seal their place
in the knockout stage.
The Seattle Sounders will be forced to play without their leading scorer for at least the next
couple of months.
According to the Seattle Times, David Estrada will miss the next 8-to-12 weeks with a broken
foot, one that was suffered in training on Tuesday. Estrada's five goals are tops for a team
focused on reclaiming its top form in league play while maintaining its run toward an unprecedented
fourth straight U.
Chicago Fire playmaker Sebastian Grazzini is currently in ongoing contract negotiations with the
club, and the 31-year-old Argentine is getting a bit anxious to see the next step of his career
The Philadelphia Union's tumultuous season has reportedly reached its breaking point.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Peter Nowak is out as coach of the Union. Club CEO
Nick Sakiewicz is expected to officially announce the decision at a press conference at PPL Park on
Roberto Di Matteo was just supposed to steady the ship for Chelsea and stabilize things until a
new, big-name manager was brought in to bring the club back to the European spotlight. Instead, the
interim boss guided the Blues to the UEFA Champions League title and FA Cup title and has been
rewarded with the job on a permanent basis.
The Group of Death at Euro 2012 resumes play, with the implications and pressure rising after
Saturday's opening round of games.
Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo look to bounce back after a loss to Germany, needing a result
against Denmark (Noon, ESPN/ESPN3.com). The Danes pulled off one of the more impressive victories
of the tournament so far, silencing the Netherlands to emerge as a surprise contender for the
knockout stage considering the other teams in the group.
The U.S. Under-20 men's national team capped a 12-day trip to South America with a third
consecutive loss, dropping a 2-1 result to Chile in Santiago on Tuesday.
FC Dallas Academy forward Daniel Garcia scored the lone goal for the United States, converting a
second-half stoppage-time penalty kick drawn by Santos Laguna midfielder Benji Joya to end the
journey on a bit of a high note.
Winning on the road in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is no easy feat, and Mexico had its hands
full Tuesday night before ultimately walking away from Estadio Cuscatlan in El Salvador with a 2-1
Hector Moreno's 85th-minute goal gave Mexico the decisive edge, with the Espanyol centerback
scoring off Edgar Andrade's free kick for the match-winner.
The Netherlands' quest to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Denmark in their Euro 2012
opener won't cost manager Bert van Marwijk his job, no matter how it unfolds.
Van Marwijk has been given a vote of confidence by the Dutch FA entering Wednesday's massive
match against Germany, one that could see the Oranje -- the 2010 FIFA World Cup runners-up and one
of the favorites to win Euro 2012 -- get eliminated from the competition.
Before Tuesday's trip to Guatemala City, a 1-1 draw might have seemed like an acceptable outcome
for the U.S. national team. The Americans, after all, knew they would be facing a hostile
environment and desperate opponent. But as it turned out, the result left much to be desired.
The U.S. Men's National Team can take control of their World Cup Qualifying group tonight with a
win in the hostile environment in Guatemala City as the Americans take on Guatemala at Estadio
Nacional Mateo Flores.
The Americans come in off a 3-1 qualifying win against Antigua & Barbuda, a sloppy victory, but
a win that put the team closer to qualification.
The Colorado Rapids have made a concerted effort to bring in a new kind of personnel this
season, revamping their attack with a South American flair under first-year coach Oscar Pareja. The
club is also doing what it can to lock up the incumbent nucleus of the team for the long haul,
No matter how ready riot police in Warsaw were for Russian fans' march to commemorate their
independence day, violence and arrests seemed inevitable, and that's exactly how the pre-match
festivities between Russia and Poland played out.
According to the BBC, seven people were injured and 56 others were arrested during a march
carried out by Russia supporters leading up to the Euro 2012 Group A bout between co-host Poland
and first-place Russia.
The U.S. Men's National team are in Guatemala City for tonight's vital CONCACAF World Cup
Qualifier against Guatemala, and the match will be a significantly more difficult step for the
Americans as they look to move a step closer to World Cup 2014.
The USA won the last time they were in Guatemala, four years ago, but it was far from an easy
Terrence Boyd's career arc has been nothing if not unusual.
With no first-team club appearances to his name, Boyd has emerged as a favorite of U.S. national
team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and a cornerstone to build around for the future. After a 20-goal
season for Borussia Dortmund's reserve team and multiple appearances for the United States --
including the all-important cap-tying appearance on Friday -- Boyd is set for the next step in his
Russia was one of the more impressive teams from the first wave of matches at Euro 2012, posting
four goals on the Czech Republic, including two by rising star Alan Dzagoev. The Russians' quest to
take a giant step out of Group A and toward the knockout round gets a bit tricker on Tuesday.
Honduras is considered one of the teams expected to be heavily in the mix to secure one of
CONCACAF's three automatic berths into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, or at the very least one that will
compete for a spot in the playoff against the Oceania regional winner. After Tuesday night, though,
Los Catrachos might be left wondering if there will be a place for them in the CONCACAF hexagonal
altogether with the next set of qualifiers three months down the line.
By now you're surely aware that the U.S. men's national team's World Cup qualifier against
Guatemala tonight at Estadio Mateo Flores will not be available on broadcast television and is only
available via pay-per view or by purchasing the match online at ustream.tv.Â
Put a halt to the Robert Lewandowski-to-Manchester United talk.
Days after Poland national team coach Franciszek Smuda reportedly said that the star Polish and
Borussia Dortmund striker was on his way to joining the Red Devils, Dortmund has refuted those
claims, saying they do not plan to sell Lewandowski and that he will be with the club this upcoming
The road to World Cup 2014 is a third of the way complete for CONEMBOL as the proverbial powers
find themselves in good position to qualify after Matchday Six.
Uruguay remained unbeaten in qualifying with an thrilling 4-2 victory over bottom-dwelling Peru
on Sunday. The defending Copa America Champion found goals from four different players to rebound
from last week's draw with Venezuela.
One of the more highly-anticipated match-ups of the group stage kicks off today's Euro 2012
action as France takes on England in Group D's opener (Noon, ESPN).
The French come in riding high after a strong run of form over the past year. They boast a
strong attack and steady defense, and will be favored to knock off an injury-hit England side that
will also be without suspended star Wayne Rooney, who is due to miss the match after receiving a
red card late in Euro qualifying.
Terrence Boyd has made an impressive start to his U.S. national team career, and now his recent
success appears to have translated into a move that could offer him a considerable boost in playing
Boyd is set to join Austrian club Rapid Vienna via transfer from Borussia Dortmund, according to
an announcement made on the club website on Monday.
Spain's title defense is off to an underwhelming start.
The reigning Euro champions were held to a 1-1 draw with Italy on Sunday in a Euro 2012 Group C
opener that was full of frustration for the Spanish side. Italy scored first through a finish from
Antonio Di Natale in the 61st minute, but Spain leveled the scored when Cesc Fabregas netted three
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --Â It may have only been a friendly and not a World Cup qualifier, but it
was still a game that will not be forgotten any time soon.
Argentina defeated archrivals Brazil, 4-3, in front of a record crowd of 81,994 at MetLife
Stadium on Saturday afternoon, riding a Leo Messi hat-trick that included a wonderful winner in the
final minutes of the South American clasico.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The U.S. men's national team did not need a reminder as to how difficult World
Cup qualifying can be, but they got one anyway.
The United States began its qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014 with a 3-1 victory over Antigua
and Barbuda at a rainy Raymond James Stadium on Friday night in a match that proved more difficult
than many would have expected.
Poland backup goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton was one of the longer shots to be considered a hero at
any point during Euro 2012. After one match, he's a household name across Europe.
Tyton entered for red-carded Arsenal goalkeeper Wojiech Szczesny and immediately stopped a
Giorgios Karagounis penalty kick in the 71st minute to preserve a 1-1 draw for Poland against
Greece in a wild opening match of the tournament.
International soccer at its finest headlines a weekend of intriguing soccer around the
Between Euro 2012 andÂ World Cup qualifiers in CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, soccer fans have plenty to
keep them occupied over the next few days. The U.S. men's national team and Mexico will kick off
their World Cup qualifying campaigns Friday night against a pair of opponents that they should be
able to overwhelm.
After weeks and months of build-up, Euro 2012 finally kicks off in Poland, where things get
underway in Group A.
Tournament co-hosts Poland will aim to put 2004 champion Greece in an early hole in the opening
match of the competition, while group favorite Russia faces an aging but capable Czech Republic
side backstopped by Chelsea hero and veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech.
After the disappointment that was the 2010 FIFA World Cup, France has clawed its way back into
the international limelight under Laurent Blanc, and Les Bleus are the overwhelming favorites to
capture Euro 2012's Group D.
Behind an attacking nucleus that includes the likes of Karim Benzema, Franck RiberyÂ and Samir
Nasri, France, which enters the tournament on a 21-match unbeaten streak, eyes a deep Euro run to
put all memories of South Africa 2010 in the distant past.
Their seems to be an air of inevitability surrounding Group C, what with defending champion
Spain expected to win the group and Italy projected to finish second. While that forecast seems
reasonable, it's tough to guarantee that this group will be so predictable.
Yes, Spain still enters the Euros as the tournament favorite, and it's tough to see them not
topping this group, but the rest is tough to call when you consider all that Italy has been through
with the recent distraction of a national match-fixing scandal (not to mention some key
Euro 2012 kicks off on Friday, with Poland playing Greece and Russia facing the Czech Republic
in the opening matches of the highly anticipated tournament.
None of the four are favored to be crowned European champions, though, as that distinction
largely belongs to defending European and World Cup champion Spain and prime contenders Germany and
Netherlands, while France is also a popular selection to complete a return to glory.
Euro 2012 has yet to begin, but the fears of fan racism have already begun to be realized.
During an open training session in Krakow, Poland, the Netherlands national team was reportedly
subjected to monkey noises and chants from fans in the crowd. The Dutch FA is not submitting a
formal complaint, so no action will be taken, but the incident highlights a bigger issue with the
tournament's opening games just hours away.
TAMPA, Fla. -- When the U.S. men's national team begin their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign
on Friday, it seems all but certain that neither Fabian Johnson nor Edgar Castillo will be starting
at left back.
When the draw for Euro 2012 was conducted, there was no denying which group was the dreaded
Group of Death: Group B.Â With star-studded contenders Germany, Netherlands and Portugal and a very
capable Denmark side vying for two places in the knockout round, every Group B match will have a
must-see component to it.
With the European Championships just a day away, it is time to start looking at the tournament's
teams, players and match-ups. SBI will offer you a group-by-group overview to help you get ready
for the tournament.
If you are a die-hard who has already digested multiple previews and have a wall poster with the
tournament schedule already mounted in your home, then you're probably not going to find anything
new here (other than a few opinions).
Winter was let go as coach of TFC on Thursday after a tumultuous last few months during which
the Reds endured the worst start in MLS history. Paul Mariner will take Winter's place, making him
the seventh coach in the team's six-year history.
Fulham's supporters just put the icing on the cake for Clint Dempsey's historic season.
The club announced Thursday that Dempsey has been voted Fulham's Player of the SeasonÂ by the
club's fansÂ for the second straight year. The honor comes as no surprise for the 29-year-old, who
scored 23 goals in all competitions despite logging most of his minutes in the Cottagers'
Edgar Castillo made a solid impression during his clausura campaign while on loan with Club
Tijuana, so much so that he won't be leaving the club anytime soon.
Tijuana completed a full transfer for Castillo, purchasing his rights from Club America on
Thursday.Â Castillo enjoyed a standout clausura season while on loan for Xolos, becoming a fixture
in the lineup and earning his way back into the national team picture.
The Houston Dynamo have the momentum sparked by their new stadium and a defense considered to be
among the top units in MLS. Now, they have a new attacking component that they hope is the piece
that can put them over the top in their quest to return to the MLS Cup final.
Given his history, track record and vision, Manolo Preciado seemed like the perfect man to be
tasked with getting relegated Villarreal back to Spain's top flight. After a tragic event
overnight, though, Preciado will never get that chance.
Preciado, a beloved long-time Spanish coach and player, died suddenly of a heart attack, a day
before he was set to be introduced as Villarreal's next coach.
Only two days separate the U.S. men's national team from the start of its 2014 World Cup
qualifying campaign, but plenty of questions about the team still remain after the three summer
friendlies ended with mixed results.
Whether it was tired legs at the end of a three-games-in-nine-days stretch or Canada's ability
to stymie the U.
PORTLAND, Ore. â€“ Kris Boyd came to Oregon with big-time credentials, chief among them being
his status as the all-time leading goal scorer in Scottish Premier League history.
Signed as a Designated Player, Boyd figured to be an upgrade at target forward for the
second-year Portland Timbers, who parted ways with Kenny Cooper in a trade in January after Cooper
couldn't live up to his high-scoring history as a charter member of the Timbers' MLS side.
The Houston Dynamo have the newest soccer-specific stadium in MLS, and they might soon have the
newest Designated Player as well.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Dynamo are close to signing Honduran national team
attacker Oscar Boniek Garcia to a DP deal. Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear has reportedly been
keen on acquring Boniek Garcia since last year, and the 27-year-old would add an attacking option
on the right side of Houston's midfield.
The U.S. Open Cup has had its share of surprises this year, but mostly MLS teams remain as the
tournament heads into its quarterfinals stage.
Still, there is a trio of underdogs from third division USL Pro that remain. And they are hoping
to keep their dreams of lifting the Open Cup trophy alive next Tuesday when they go on the road to
take on more talented MLS teams.
For the first time in three months, the U.S. men's national team is on the way up in the FIFA
The United States moved up one spot to No. 28 in the latest FIFA rankings after three games that
saw them top Scotland, lose to Brazil and tie Canada. The Americans can further improve their
chances of rising in the standings in the next week, as a pair of World Cup qualifiers loom
If France needed any added confidence before heading into Euro 2012, they got it on Tuesday.
Les Bleus finished off preparations for the upcoming tournament by topping Estonia, 4-0, in a
friendly in France. Karim Benzema led the way with a brace, while Franck Ribery and Jeremy Menez
eached added a goal of their own.
Five MLS teams advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night, but no club
made as big of a statement as the Seattle Sounders.
The Sounders put an end to Cal FC's Cinderella run in the tournament, scoring five second-half
goals en route to a 5-0 win. Osvaldo Alonso got things going by converting a penalty kick for the
first of his two goals on the night, while Freddy Montero added a brace of his own.
BOYDS, Md. -- Antoine Hoppenot was hoping he'd get a second chance to score after letting a
golden opportunity slip away. The Philadelphia rookie did, and his team's quest for the U.S. Open
Cup is still alive as a result.
Hoppenot's goal two minutes into the first period of extra time gave the Union a 2-1 victory
MLS teams will look to avoid becoming upset casualties for a second straight week as the
unpredictable U.S. Open Cup continues. Cal FC and Michigan Bucks are the two lowest-tier teams
remaining in the tournament, with Cal facing the daunting task of going up against the three-time
defending champion Seattle Sounders at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.
For those thinking that something was physically off with Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson
Buddle, that appears to have been the case.
Buddle underwent right knee surgery Monday to repair damage to his right meniscus, the Galaxy
announced on Tuesday. The injury will cause him to miss the next 3-to-6 weeks and comes at a time
when Robbie Keane is on Euro 2012 duty with the Republic of Ireland.
The Montreal Impact have already secured one Designated Player, and it appears that they might
not be stopping there.
On the heels of signing Bologna striker Marco Di Vaio, the club confirmed that sporting director
Nick de Santis has been in talks with the agent for Dutch great and former AC Milan midfielder
The draw for the new-look 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League is out, and the MLS team that got
the furthest in 2011-12 will be reacquainted with its semifinal partner in the group stage.
Five MLS teams are spread across the eight three-team groups, and Toronto FC had the misfortune
of being drawn with Santos Laguna and Salvadoran side Aguila; Real Salt Lake is paired with Costa
Rican side Herediano and Panamanian side Tauro FC; and the Houston Dynamo will play Honduran club
Olimpia and Salvadoran club FAS, which is only in the tournament because Belize had its CCL berth
rescinded for not having adequate stadium's for the tournament's requirements.
It was one of the stunning, exciting and enjoyable moments in American soccer history, the U.S.
Men's national team's stunning 3-2 World Cup upset victory against Portugal on June 5th, 2002. That
day in Suwon, South Korea marked a turnaround for the sport in the USA, and helped spark the best
World Cup run by the USMNT in half a century.
As far as starting debuts go, Corey Hertzog could not have asked for a better one.
The on-loan New York Red Bulls forward made his first start for the Wilmington Hammerheads
Saturday night, and he took full advantage of the opportunity, scoring twice and assisting on
another goal in Wilmington's 3-1 win over first-place Orlando City SC.
Two messages have stayed consistent since the Red Bulls began their quest to compete in the 2012
U.S. Open Cup. First and foremost, they are in it to win it. Second, coach Hans Backe is not happy
with the tournament structure set out by U.
The American influence at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim continues to grow.Â
According to Fox Soccer, 16-year-old U.S. youth national team midfielder Russell Canouse signed
a professional dealÂ with the Bundesliga sideÂ and will join the club's U-19 side this coming
season after spending one year in the club's youth academy.
After weeks of speculation, Shinji Kagawa will be joining Manchester United.
Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United agreed to a transfer fee, which may end up being as much
asÂ Â£18 million -- more than 18 times what Dortmund paid for Kagawa initially. The now-former
Dortumund attacker and current Japanese international agreed to terms with the Red Devils as well,
with the move being completed pending a physical and Kagawa being approved for a work permit, which
should not be an issue considering his presence for the Japan national team.
Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid's assertion that U.S. Soccer is on a calculated mission to
halt the Sounders' success in the U.S. Open Cup has made its way to U.S. Soccer's highest-ranking
personnel, and it was not received with open arms.
There were no goals, and few quality scoring chances, only question marks and some concern for
the U.S. national team as it heads toward World Cup qualifying following Sunday's 0-0 draw against
Credit to the Canadians, they stayed organized and compact and never let the Americans get
comfortable in the final third.
After years of false hope and frustration, there finally appears to be legitimate optimism
regarding D.C. United's search for a new home in the nation's capital.
According to a draft study commissioned by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and obtained
by The Washington Post, a new stadium at Buzzard Point near Nationals Park would cost at least $157
million to buildÂ but could generate $5.
Mexico has had its fair share of success against Brazil through the years, and 'El Tri' stifled
the South Americans yet again, shutting down the high-powered 'Selecao' attack on their way to a
2-0 victory on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.
Giovani Dos Santos played the role of hero, scoring a goal and setting up another by drawing a
penalty, to give the Mexican squad a big boost heading into World Cup qualifying.
The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Canada tonight in a match-up of CONCACAF rivals preparing
to begin World Cup qualifying later this week.
The Americans have dominated this series, having most recently posted a 2-0 victory over Canada
in last year's Gold Cup. The Canadians will be looking for their first victory against the USA
since 1985, and should provide a tough test at BMO Field in Toronto.
The U.S. Men's National Team moves a step closer to the start of World Cup qualifying tonight in
Toronto with a match against Canada (7pm, NBC Sports) Â that will serve as the final tune-up before
qualifying kicks off on Friday in Tampa.
The Americans will be looking to recover from last Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Brazil by beating a
team they haven't lost to since 1985.
The New England Revolution and Chicago Fire looked destined to play to a scoreless draw in Major
League Soccer's only match on Saturday, but Revs rookie Kelyn Rowe came on in the second half and
gave the home side a sorely-needed spark at Gillette Stadium.
The UCLA product scored the opening goal in the 69th minute, then set up a 73rd-minute insurange
goal from Benny Feilhaber to help lift New England to a 2-0 victory on Saturday night.
England's preparations for the European Championships have been marred by injuries, but the
Three Lions still have plenty of weapons to lean on heading into next week's Euros. We will see
just how much Roy Hodgson's squad has left when England takes on Belgium today.
The losses of Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry have hurt England's midfield, but Steven Gerrard
and Scott Parker have the qualities to keep the squad rolling.
The fifth round of Conmebol World Cup qualifying is set to take place this weekend, and Leo
Messi and Argentina are hoping this is the round where they claim first place in the standings.
Argentina will look to overtake Uruguay in the table this weekend, but the albiceleste will need
a result at home against Ecuador in arguably the biggest match of the fifth round of Conmebol World
As if things were not bad enough for the Los Angeles Galaxy, in comes word that two of their
players have been suspended.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended and fined Galaxy midfielders Mike Magee and Michael
Stephens undisclosed amounts for their actions in Los Angeles' 2-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo on
The man tasked with turning things around at Liverpool has been named.
Brendan Rodgers has been appointed manager at Liverpool after a compensation package was agreed
upon by the Reds and Rodgers' former club, Swansea City. Rodgers had been linked with a move to
Liverpool to be Kenny Dalglish's successor for weeks, but he was officially unveiled as the new
manager on Friday.
Valencia's stop in the United States is proving quite successful.
More than a week after defeating the Portland Timbers, the Spanish club beat the Houston Dynamo,
2-1, in a friendly on Thursday night. Valencia rode two early goals from forward Aritz Aduriz to
victory against a mostly first-choice Dynamo team in front of a soldout crowd of 22,039 atÂ BBVA