The 2012 season for both Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA could have been summed up with Saturday's game. Despite a strong showing from Chivas keeper Dan Kennedy, it was not enough to keep the opposing team out of the net, and often. Real Salt Lake's Ãlvaro SaborÃo knocked it past Kennedy three times on his own, tallying his second hat trick on the year to lead RSL past Chivas 4-0.
On a choppy pitch, thanks to the rain throughout the match at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Houston Dynamo extended their unbeaten streak at home to 23 consecutive games. Ricardo Clark scored his first goal for the Dynamo since making his return to the club this year, as he knocked in the game-winner in the second half to help lead the Dynamo to a crucial 2-0 win over the New England Revolution.
New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry returned from his one-match suspension in style, tearing apart Toronto FC's defense to help the Red Bulls snap their recent funk and give them a much-needed boost.
Henry notched three assists before capping his stellar night with a perfect long-range chip to lead the Red Bulls to a 4-1 thrashing of last-place TFC in front of an announced sell-out crowd at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.
The Philadelphia Union pulled off a tremendous comeback on Saturday night, battling from 2-0 down to tie things up against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium, but a blown call helped the home team earn a crucial victory and hand the Union another heartbreaking result.
Milovan Mirosevic scored in the 87th minute on a goal to give the Crew a 3-2 victory that help stay within range of the Houston Dynamo for the fifth and final playoff spot in the East.
After taking the lead twice in the final third of the match, FC Dallas thought they were going to escape Buck Shaw Stadium with a crucial three points. But Steven Lenhart denied the visiting squad both times, knocking in a pair of equalizing goals to deny FC Dallas of being just the second team to defeat the Earthquakes at home this season, as the thrilling match ended in a 3-3 draw.
Camilo had the goal in his sights, and three points in the grasp of the Vancouver Whitecaps, but rather than seal a sorely-needed victory with a clutch last-minute winner, the Brazilian striker sent a great scoring chance just inches wide of the far post.
The final whistle blew just seconds later, bringing an end to a testy clash of Cascadia rivals, with the Seattle Sounders and Whitecaps settling for a scoreless draw at BC Place on Saturday night.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas- The Chicago Fire saw their bid for first place in the Eastern Conference batted away on Friday night, with Sporting Kansas City posting a 2-0 victory that extended their lead on the second-place Fire to five points.
The loss might seem to put an end to the Fire's chance of overtaking KC for the top spot in the East, but a game in hand means the race isn't quite over.
Carson, CALIF. â€” The Los Angeles Galaxy were paying attention to an important game last night, but it wasn't one they were playing in. The Puerto Rico Islanders defeated Metapan 3-0 in their CONCACAF Champions League group stage match.
Sporting Kansas City's hold on the Eastern Conference got even tighter on Friday as the East leaders outplayed their closest competitor in the East to post an impressive victory and extend their lead to five points.
Graham Zusi scored goals in each half and Sporting KC's defense posted another shutout to earn a 2-0 victory against the Fire at LiveStrong Sporting Park.
A hugely important London Derby headlines a full slate of matches on Saturday as English Premier League leaders Chelsea take on fierce rivals Arsenal in an early-morning showdown.
The Blues enter Saturday atop the EPL table with four wins and a draw in their first five games, but they face a massive test in the Gunners, who despite sitting in fifth place are also unbeaten themselves.
Chelsea has jumped out to an impressive start to the English Premier League season, but they will face perhaps their toughest test to date when the travel to the Emirates to take on an improving Arsenal side in the weekend's most high-profile soccer match.
The Gunners are undefeated to start the season, much like Chelsea, but three draws from five matches has Arsenal needing to bag all three points against the Blues in order to re-establish themselves as a top four team in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klinsmann is little more than a week away from bringing together the U.S. men's national team for the World Cup qualifying matches that will determine whether the team advances to the Hexagonal Round, or crashes and burns. He helped provide some good insight into his thought process on player selections, preferred positions for certain players and the status of some national team prospects in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN.
A popular question being asked these days about the U.S. national team is "Where are the MLS players?" With Landon Donovan missing so many matches for the U.S. lately, and with Geoff Cameron having made the move to Stoke City in the summer, the number of regular U.
As we head toward the final month of the MLS regular season, the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City continue to set the pace in their respective conferences, but the LA Galaxy just might be rounding into the strongest team in the league.
The Earthquakes were thoroughly impressive in out-playing Seattle in Seattle last weekend to secure a win and hit the 60-point mark.
The English Premier League has another appetizing week of matchups in store, headlined by defending Champions League winners Chelsea against an in-form Arsenal side. The Blues hold their perch atop the table, but Arsenal has played very well of late and should provide a stiff challenge.
When the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Guatemala at Livestrong Sporting Park next month in World Cup qualifying, there will be more on the line than a spot in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF qualifying. The stadium the game is being played in will be competing for a new role as the national team's preferred home for marquee qualifiers.
Alan Pardew is credited with having done one of the best managing jobs in Europe last year in helping guide Newcastle United to the brink of a UEFA Champions League place. Newcastle rewarded him for that success on Thursday by signing him to a new eight-year contract.
"If you look at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have shown that stability gives you the best platform to achieve success and that is the model we wish to emulate here," Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias told the BBC.
John Terry has been suspended for four matches and finedÂ£220,000 after the English FA found him guilty of misconduct relating to racial slurs Terry was accused of hurling at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last season.
Terry, who retired from the England national team last week in protest of the FA's handling of the case, can appeal the decision.
Notre Dame fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last weekend, but they will have a chance to re-assert their status as one of the top teams in the country when they take on Indiana tonight (7pm) in a battle of Midwestern powers.
The Hoosiers, No. 12 in the SBI Top 25, will look to hand the Fighting Irish their second straight loss.
For the second time in four days, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim scored three goals en route to picking up three points and for the second time in four days, Fabian Johnson accounted for one of those tallies.
Having netted in Hoffenheim's 3-1 win over Hannover 96 on Sunday, Johnson once again contributed to the club's cause by capping the scoring in Hoffenheim's 3-0 victory against VfB Stuttgart on Wednesday.
When Jurgen Klinsmann because U.S. Men's National Team head coach more than a year ago, there was a widely-held belief that he was going to usher in a new era of attack-minded American soccer, and he would do away with the perceived ultra-defensive approach Bob Bradley was deemed guilty of subjecting U.
Manchester City's disappointing start to the new campaign continued on Tuesday, with Aston Villa knocking the defending English Premier League champions out of the Capital One Cup with a 4-2 comeback victory.
City held an early lead on the Villans, but Paul Lambert's side rallied to send the match into extra time, where Charles N'Zogbia and Gabriel Agbonlahor provided the winning goals.
Toronto FC is facing a serious challenge to advance out of the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, but on Tuesday they did what they had to do to keep those modest hopes alive.
Terry Dunfield scored twice, and Quincy Amarikwa provided a goal and assist, to help Toronto FC roll to a 3-0 victory against Salvadoran side CD Aguila in Champions League group stage action in San Salvador.
If you have ever wished you could vote to have the person who runs your favorite sports team fired, or kept, the Seattle Sounders are making that dream come true for their fans.
Sounders season-ticket holders and members of The Alliance, the club's official member assocation, will take part in an online vote to either retain general manger Adrian Hanauer (pictured on the left), or to replace him.
NEW YORK -- The day so many soccer fans in the United States have been anxiously waiting for is finally here, and the prepared reasons for missing work have surely already begun hitting employers' desks across the nation.
EA Sports' FIFA Soccer 13 hit shelves at midnight on Tuesday and its highly-anticipated release is sure to satisfy the cravings of gamers who have been needing a new fix after playing last year's edition ad naseum.
If you are wondering who the guy is defending against Liverpool star Steven Gerrard is, it is American fullback Eric Lichaj. He just happens to be the only American defender playing with any regularity in the English Premier League (Geoff Cameron has been more midfielder than defender so far for Stoke), and has been doing so since the early part of 2012.
When the New York Red Bulls welcomed back a handful of key players from injury recently, it meant that one of Major League Soccer's most talented rosters was back to full strength and head coach Hans Backe would have a plethora of options at his disposal as he tried building the best possible squad to make a title run.
The University of Louisville didn't get off to the best start to the season, but the Big East power is slowly rounding into form and looking more like a team to avoid as the college season gets rolling.
The Cardinals were one of four teams to play their way into the Top 25 this week.
Both Jurgen Klinsmann and U.S. Men's National Team fans everywhere breathed sighs of relief this morning amid word that midfielder Michael Bradley was back in full training with AS Roma after being sidelined for the past three weeks with a thigh injury.
The last home match of the U.S. Men's National Team's current qualifying round will be a sellout.
The U.S. team's group stage finale against Guatemala on Oct. 16hth at Livestrong Sporting Park, a match that will ultimately decide which two teams from CONCACAF Qualifying Group A advance to the Hexagonal Round, has sold out, U.
Three of the remaining teams in Division I men's college soccer with perfect records suffered their first losses of the season last weekend, leaving Marquette and Cornell as the lone remaining teams in the nation with unbeaten and untied records.
Louisville knocked off Notre Dame in a battle of Big East heavyweights, with Andrew Farrell converting the winning penalty kick to give the Cardinals a 2-1 victory against the Fighting Irish on Saturday.
The celebration began even before kickoff and even that was not enough to stop the San Antonio Scorpions.
Having already clinched the NASL regular season title a day earlier because of the Tampa Bay Rowdies' failure to pick up three points, the Scorpionsplayed to a 1-1 draw with Minnesota Stars FC in their regular season finale on Sunday.
Wine and goalkeepers get better with age. It isn't hard to argue with the second part of that statement if you watch Major Leaue Soccer with any regularity. In a league that, for the first time in its history, has three goalkeepers 23 and younger starting regularly for their teams, finding youthful reminders of the importance of goalkeeping experience is never difficult.
CHESTER, Pa. -- Freddy Adu hasn't always lived up to the hype during his time in Philadelphia, but on Sunday, he delivered one of his best performances in a Union uniform as he led the club to victory.
The mercurial midfielder scored after an impressive individual effort in the 28th minute before converting a second-half penalty kick and the Union went on to defeat the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, at PPL Park.
Life without Dwayne DeRosario doesn't figure to be easy for D.C. United, but for the second straight match they benefited from tough defending and some opportunistic finishing to pull out a close victory without the reigning league MVP.
Branko Boskovic came off the bench and delivered a game-winning goal in the 64th minute, heading home a Lionard Pajoy cross to give D.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are feeling the heat in the Western Conference playoff race, and a recent winless skid made Sunday's match against the Colorado Rapids a vital one for their playoff hopes.
A pair of second-half goals by Alain Rochat and Kenny Miller gave the Whitecaps control, and erased a first-half strike from Omar Cummings, but Jamie Smith spoiled the party at BC Place when he powered through the Whitecaps defense and unleashed an equalizer in te 86th minute to help the Rapids earn a 2-2 draw in Canada.
The English Premier League did not disappoint this weekend as Arsenal and Manchester City settled for a 1-1 draw and Manchester United defeated Liverpool, the result decided with less than 10 minutes remaining in both matches.
City was under the impression that Joleon Lescott's 40th minute header was enough to down the Gunners, but Laurent Koscielny beat Joe Hart in the 82ndminute to salvage a point.
The past week wasn' exactly a lesson in beautiful soccer for D.C. United, but for a team that recently lost reigning league MVP Dwayne DeRosario to an injury, finding a way to generate vital results in the thick of a playoff race is beautiful in its own right.
Riding some tough defending and some opportunistic finishing, D.
For one thrilling moment on Tuesday, Real Madrid saw all its struggles and early-season troubles disappear. Cristiano Ronaldo, he if the recent sad disposition and semi-permanent frown, delivered a crucial game-winning goal to cap a thrilling UEFA Champions League opener against Manchester City in a match that ended with a barrage of goals.
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We are just mid-way through September, and the number of college soccer teams with perfect record has already been paired down to just three, and of those three, none are teams you would have expected to be part of that select company.
Notre Dame, Old Dominion and Marquette have all enjoyed dream starts to their 2012 campaigns, with the Fighting Irish looking the most impressive of the bunch.
The UEFA Champions League Group Stage kicks off proceedings today with one of the most compelling match-ups of the round as Real Madrid takes on Manchester City in a battle of big-spending champions.
Real Madrid's domestic campaign is off to a disappointing start, with just one win in four matches, but Jose Mourinho is determined to get his team off to a good start in a group that is easily the most difficult in the Champions League (a group that includes City, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax).
It is time for us to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
It has been a while since our last Q&A, but with so much going on in the soccer world now seems like the perfect time to catch up and discuss everything. Want to talk U.S. national team or MLS or international soccer, or college soccer?
The San Jose Earthquakes continued to lead Major League Soccer as the steamroll toward an inevitable Supporters Shield, but they aren't the only team in the midst of a serious roll toward the pre-season.
The LA Galaxy pushed their unbeaten streak to five matches, posting their fourth shutout victory in five matches, with last Friday's victory against the Colorado Rapids.
Everton and Liverpool are fierce rivals, but the neighbors share a unique bond not fond among all rivals. That much was evident on Monday, when Everton paid tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy before Monday's match at Goodison Park against Newcastle.
Everton scored for goals against Newcastle on Monday at Goodison Park, but only two of them were officially counted as goals.
A pair of blown calls, one on a bad offside call that ruled out a Marouane Fellaini goal, and another that negated a Victor Anichebe goal, opened the door for Demba Ba to salvage a point for a Newcastle side desperate for one.
Manchester City is preparing to start a very difficult UEFA Champions League group this week and could receive a major boost ahead of a showdown vs. Real Madrid with the return of Argentine striker Sergio Aguero.
Sidelined for the past month with a knee ligament injury, Aguero has traveled to Madrid with Manchester City ahead of Tuesday's high-profile group stage clash and could feature in the match.
If you took a look at the leading scorers in Europe's top leagues right now, the list would include many of the most prolific scorers in the world. Lionel Messi leads La Liga with six. Robin Van Persie has four for Manchester United, tied for the most in the English Premier League.
D.C. United lost Dwayne DeRosario for the rest of the regular season, but that didn't stop them from reviving their playoff hopes with a big win and no player played a bigger role in that win than Chris Pontius.
The D.C. left winger scored a goal and assist to help D.C.
When the 2012 MLS season began, Matt Hedges was penciled in as a rookie option off the bench for FC Dallas, but as the year has gone on he has established himself as a regular starter and ever-improving presence for a team on the comeback.
Hedges showed this past weekend just how far he has come.
The San Antonio Scorpions returned home to their faithful fans for the first time in nearly a month, but the Carolina RailHawks crashed the party by pulling off the upset.
The RailHawks stunned the league-leading Scorpions, 2-1, during the penultimate week of the NASL regular season on Saturday courtesy of a second-half goal from Ty Shipalane at Heroes Stadium on Sunday night.
Jurgen Klinsmann had a chance to take a good, long look at several players in the U.S. Men's national team's recent training camps and World Cup qualifiers, and it is a safe bet some of those players won't be back.
The question now becomes just which new players will Klinsmann take a look at when the team reconvenes in October for the final two matches of the qualifying round.
HARRISON, N.J.-- Having played in one third of the Red Bull's regular season matches (9 of 27), and appearing for just five minutes of play during the course of the past eight weeks, Rafa Marquez finally feels fit enough to return to the team and contribute in a major way.
WASHINGTON -- At this time last season, D.C. United was coping with the long-term injury to Chris Pontius, a key attacking player whose injury ultimately provided too much to overcome en route to missing out on the playoffs.Almost exactly a year to the day later, it's deja vu for D.
The San Jose Earthquakes won the MLS lottery for the rights to forward Marcus Tracy.
San Jose had a 4.6 percent chance to land the former Wake Forest standout, but beat the odds to add the promising prospect to an already stacked stable of forwards.
Tracy, who signed with Danish side Aalbor BK before knee injuries cut short his stint in Europe, is still recovering from micro-fracture knee surgery and seems to be more of a long-term project than an immediate contributor.
After the past two World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, there are plenty of new ideas about just what is the best possible starting lineup for the U.S. Men's National Team when everybody is healthy. With two important qualifiers looming next month, it is time to think about what Jurgen Klinsmann's Best XI will be.
Come Thursday morning, Marcus Tracy will have an MLS team to call his home.
The weighted lottery for the former Wake Forest standout, Hermann Trophy winner and Aalborg BK striker will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.Of the 17 eligible teams for the lottery (Vancouver and Colorado are prohibited after winning the rights to Lee Nguyen and Kamani Hill earlier this season), eight are participating, MLS announced Wednesday evening.
Toronto FC's quest to reach the MLS postseason for the first time in franchise history will have to wait until at least 2013.
The Reds, in a playoff drought since the club's inception in 2007, became the first MLS team to officially be eliminated from playoff contention in 2012 after the Chicago Fire went into BMO Field and walked away with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.
COLUMBUS, Ohio --That Graham Zusi started in the U.S. men's national team's 1-0 win over Jamaica on Tuesday was a surprise to most. That Zusi was able to leave such a mark in the much-needed win was an even bigger eye opener.
More than two decades after the tragic events at Hillsborough Stadium that claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, an independent investigation has uncovered and revealed some disturbing details about the incident.
According to a report released Wednesday, police and security authorities, who deflected the blame for the 1989 stampede on Liverpool fans and covered up the true details, could have done more to prevent the incident, and as many as 41 of the 96 who perished could have survived had they received treatement in a more timely manner.
With the Colorado Rapids turning to an alternate forward partnership with Conor Casey nursing an injury and Omar Cummings away on international duty, rookie Tony Cascio stepped up to help deliver a convincing victory with one of his best performances in his first season MLS.
Cascio starred in Colorado's 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers Friday with a goal and an assist to take home SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.
After a franchise-record winless skid, the New England Revolution have been reduced to the role of MLS playoff spoiler, and that's exactly the role they played this past week in cooling off the hottest team in the league.
The Revolution snapped a 10-game winless stretch by ending the Columbus Crew's six-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 result to claim SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.
The U.S. men's national team enjoyed one of their most thorough performances under Jurgen Klinsmann in their victory over Jamaica on Tuesday night, and several players put forth strong showings in a 1-0 win that was not as close as the score indicates.
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- On the 11-year anniversary of Sept. 11th, every American at Crew Stadium had their own story for how they remember that fateful day. For Danny Williams, the tragedy was burned into his memory as a young boy in Germany watching his American father cry as they watched the images on television.
One of the more heralded U.S. attacking prospects of the past few years is coming to MLS.
Former Wake Forest standout forward and Hermann Trophy winner Marcus Tracy signed with MLS Tuesday and will be assigned to a team through a weighted lottery on Thursday, two days prior to the roster freeze deadline, the league announced.
On a night when the U.S. men's national team is in a fight to stave off a worst-case scenario in the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, the Mexican national team can wrap up a place in the hexagonal.
Mexico faces Costa Rica at Estadio Azteca and can clinch a spot in the final qualifying round with a win or a draw.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For a team that just played one of its worst matches in recent memory, the U.S. men's national team is heading into tonight's crucial World Cup qualifier against Jamaica sounding extremely confident.
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- The task is a clear one for the U.S. Men's National Team. Win tonight and they ease the pressure on their chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Tie or lose and the Americans are facing a pressure-packed final two qualifiers come October with no more margin for error.
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Just four days after Jamaica's historic 2-1 victory against the U.S. Men's national team, the Americans will look to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a win tonight against the Reggae Boyz (8pm, ESPN2/Galavision).
Jamaica is leading Group A with seven points and can move a step closer to the Hex with a victory tonight, while the Americans can pull even with the Jamaicans with a win at Crew Stadium, where the U.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The U.S. men's national team may not have won by a large margin, but they responded to last week's loss to Jamaica with a strong performance en route to picking up the three much-needed points.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It has been nearly 11 years since the 9/11 tragedy, but the effects from the
events that took place that day are still felt by many across the nation each and every year and
the U.S. men's national team are no exception.
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- There figure to be several changes made to the U.S. men's natinonal team's
starting lineup heading into Tuesday's crucial World Cup qualifying showdown vs. Jamaica, and U.S.
head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has already revealed some of them.
While the U.S. men's national team will be trying to avoid falling further behind Jamaica in
Group A on Tuesday, 10 other CONCACAF teams will be looking to improve their chances of reaching
the Hexagonal round of qualiyfing in what are sure to be intense and intriguing matches.
For the second time in three years, the Charleston Battery are the USL Pro champions.
The Battery ended their dream playoff run on by grabbing a 1-0 victory over the Wilmington
Hammerheads in the USL Pro Championship at Blackbaud Stadium on Saturday night, giving Charleston
their second title since 2010 and fourth overall.
There was a time not too long ago when the U.S. national team enjoyed a wealth of midfield
options and a lack of forwards. As the team heads into Tuesday's must-win World Cup qualifier, the
Americans are faced with the opposite problem.
Injuries to Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan have exposed a lack of midfield depth and left
Jurgen Klinsmann's team lacking attacking punch and stability.
Just two days removed from Friday's disappointing 2-1 loss to Jamaica, Jurgen Klinsmann is left
to figure out just which 11 players he can turn to for Tuesday's crucial rematch against the
'Reggae Boyz' in Columbus.
There were few good performances across the board for the Americans, and some that should lead
to changes in the lineup.
SEATTLE, Wash. - They play the games for a reason, and for 88 minutes Saturday afternoon
swooning Chivas USA (7-12-7)Â looked likeÂ it might defy the odds and earn a draw with the Seattle
But this late in the season there areÂ also reasons why some teams are fighting for the
Supporters' Shield while others watch their playoff hopes dwindle away.
KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Just three weeks after making history by winning in Mexico for the first
time, the U.S. team made history again, only it was the kind they definitely didn't want to
Jurgen Klinsmann had to know his U.S. team would be in for a tough night without a handful of
key veterans, but he also has to know that his teams chances of leaving Jamaica with a point or
three were going to hinge on his roster and lineup selections.
Just days after falling to the German club 3-0 in the group stage of the tournament, the United
States shocked Germany 1-0 on Saturday to win the U-20 World Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Kealia Ohai
scored her second goal of the tournament late in the first half, which proved to be the
For a second straight month, Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. men's national team made history, but
this time the result was not one they wish to remember.
Weeks after beating Mexico for the first time at Azteca Stadium in a friendly, the United States
resumed their World Cup qualifying campaign by suffering a 2-1 loss to Jamaica at National Stadium
in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday night.
The U.S. men's national team will attempt to take a big step toward the final round of CONCACAF
World Cup qualifying when it faces Jamaica in the fourth match of the six-game semifinal round (8
p.m., beIN Sport). To get three points, though, the Americans will have to do something they have
never done in their history: Win a World Cup qualifier on Jamaican soil (0-0-4 all-time).
If you did not think MLS had a serious interest in luring Didier Drogba to North America this
summer, think again.Â
Speaking at a panel at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in New York on Thursday, MLS
comissioner Don Garber said that the league offered Drogba a salary of more than $10 million per
year, which would have been an MLS record.
Leagues around the world take a back seat to the international game, as World Cup qualifying
The marquee match for U.S. soccer fans is the U.S. men's national team's battle against Jamaica
Friday night, where the U.S. can claim sole possession of first place in its qualifying group with
The U.S. men's national team's path to Brazil 2014 continues Friday night with the first of two
World Cup qualifying matches against Jamaica in a five-day span.
The game in Kingston, Jamaica, is the first U.S. men's national team game to be televised on
beIN Sport, a network that is being carried on Dish Network and DirecTV and has begun to be rolled
out by Comcast in different markets around the country (call your local provider for the latest
information leading up to first kick).
New York Red Bulls Designated Player Tim Cahill has not taken long to find his form in MLS,
accounting for a goal and two assists in five matches since joining the league and giving opposing
defenders problems with his trademark aerial ability and runs into the area. It was more of the
same on the international level for Cahill Thursday night.
The U.S. Under-20 women's national team is a game away from being on top of the world for a
record third time, but standing in its way is an opponent on a roll, and one that has already dealt
the Americans a setback during this year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A visit to Independence Park, otherwise known as â€˜The Office,' for a game
against the Jamaican national team isn't really an intimidating experience for opposing teams. If
anything, the loud reggae music and female dance squads that entertain fans give national team
matches a party-like atmosphere.
After the night Nick Rimando had in goal for Real Salt Lake, there's no question he'd like to
have one moment back.
Rimando, who saved a Brad Davis penalty and a point-blank Will Bruin header late in the second
half, committed a foul on Mac Kandji that led to a last-second penalty, one that Colin Clark
converted to give the Houston Dynamo a 1-0 victory over RSL at BBVA Compass Stadium Thursday
World Cup qualifying is set to get back into full swing on Friday and there should be plenty of
quality and drama as 66 teams will be in action in an attempt to further solidify their place in
Europe will be the site for most of those matches, as UEFA's World Cup qualifying will begin
with 22 matches.
The transfer window may be closed throughout most of Europe but one country in which it is still
open is Russia, and one club there is trying to take advantage of that by luring Manchester United
The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Jamaica in World Cup qualifying on Friday and with stars
Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley set to miss out, Jurgen Klinsmann will have some important
decisions to make on how he shapes his lineup without those two stars.
Without Donovan and Bradley, and potentially without Clint Dempsey, the U.
Nobody should question Chicago Fire captain Logan Pause's threshold for pain and drive to return
to the field from injury after what transpired in the last month.
During an Aug. 12Â game against the Philadelphia Union, Pause, 31, was defending a corner kick
when Bakary Soumare, his former teammate on the Fire and current Union defender making his team
debut, elevated for the ball, inadvertently striking Pause from behind.
It has been almost a year since Timmy Chandler last played for the U.S. men's national team and
although he has turned down a number of recent call-ups due to injuries or fatigue, the talented
youngster insists he is still open to representing the United States in the near future.
The U.S. men's national team will be looking to get a few steps closer to the 2014 World Cup
when they take on Jamaica in their third match in the third round of CONCACAF qualifying on Friday,
but they won't be the only ones in action.
If Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho knows the reasoning behind why star attacker Cristiano
Ronaldo is currently unhappy, he is not sharing it with the rest of the world.
Mourinho has remained mum on the subject of Ronaldo's public unhappiness with the club and when
he was pushed for a response about the situation by a reporter, the Portuguese coach responded by
saying that he did not want to talk about the situation.
It is no secret that Radamel Falcao is one of the premier strikers in world soccer right now, so
it should come as no surprise that several inquiries were made for his services during this past
summer transfer window.
Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin revealed Wednesday he turned downed
Falcao interest from four clubs this past summer, including Chelsea and Manchester City.
What a difference a few days made for the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers.
After Portland stifled the Rapids with a 1-0 result at Jeld-Wen Field last Friday to put the
2010 MLS Cup winners in last place in the Western Conference, the Rapids bounced back with a
comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Timbers at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Wednesday night.
The New England Revolution had not won in 10 matches. The Columbus Crew had not lost in six.
With one result, both streaks are over.
The Revolution found a way to cool off Designated Player Federico Higuain and the red-hot Crew,
earning a 2-0 home victory to snap a franchise-worst winless skid and halt Columbus' momentum in
the race for a postseason berth.
The international break means that most MLS teams are out of action this week, but there are
still a pair of games Wednesday night, including one that will have the attention of all of the
teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The Columbus Crew, winners of four straight games and unbeaten in their last six, can end the
night as high as third place in the East and be within a point of second-place New York.
Toronto FC started the season with three Designated Players. None of the three will finish the
season on the field with the club.
With Julian de Guzman traded to Dallas and Danny Koevermans out for the season with a torn ACL
comes word that captain Torsten Frings will be forced to miss the remainder of the season with a
hip injury that requires arthroscopic surgery.
The Columbus Crew are making some serious waves as the season reaches its most vital point on
The Crew's second consecutive six-point week not only catapulted them into the Eastern
Conference playoff picture, but also up a couple of spots to eighth in SBI's MLS Power Rankings as
they brace for another match Wednesday night against sputtering New England.
The Los Angeles Galaxy are gearing up for the stretch run of their MLS Cup title defense, and
they've added a Swedish international midfielder with valuable experience to help them in the final
months of the season.
With 10 days to go until the MLS roster freeze deadline, the Galaxy announced the signing of
Christian Wilhelmsson, adding a 32-year-old wide midfielder who was part of the Sweden Euro 2012
team and also played in the 2008 European championship, 2006 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions
Jozy Altidore may be finding the back of the net more frequently than ever and may be playing
some of the best soccer in his career, but that is not to say the recent success has come easy for
the young American striker.
When the Chicago Fire selected University of Louisville centerback Austin Berry with their
first-round pick in January's SuperDraft, they hoped they were getting a player who could come in
and contribute immediately. While injuries across the Fire back line may have accelerated his
growth curve, Berry has certainly proved that he was ready for the rigors of MLS all along.
Starting next season, the NASL is making a radical change to its schedule and competition
format, one along the lines of something that some have been calling for MLS to adopt as its
NASL announced Wednesday that in 2013, as opposed to the current format in which the regular
season is followed by a typical playoff set-up, the league will be played in a split-season,
The U.S. men's national team's victory over Mexico at Estadio Azteca in last month's friendly
was touted as one that closed the gap between the two nations. At the very least, that is most
definitely trueÂ in terms of FIFA rankings.Â
The United States' win was good for a three-place boost in the FIFA rankings, and it cost Mexico
three places as well, as the Americans are up to 33rd in the world, while El Tri is down from 18th
Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero is continuing his career in Australia.
The 37-year-old Italian became the highest-paid signing in A-League history Wednesday,
completing a $2 million deal with Sydney FC for the upcoming season. Reports of Del Piero's signing
with Sydney made the rounds late last week, but Premier League sides Liverpool and Southampton and
both expressed late interest in signing him, making for a less certain race for his signature.
After another strong month, Sporting Kansas City sit atop the MLS Eastern Conference standings
and are just three points off the pace for the Supporters' Shield. That's not all that the club was
able to accomplish in August, though.Â
A 3-0-1 record in MLS play coupled with the second U.
Preparations for two World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica continue for the U.S. men's national
team, and according to U.S. Soccer, all 23 players had arrived in Miami (Nick Rimando will replace
Sean Johnson in camp after the first match) ahead of Tuesday's training session.
Few new signings, let alone Designated Players, have come into MLS and had the immediate impact
along the lines of what Federico Higuain has had with the Columbus Crew.Â
Higuain netted three goals and four assists in four matches in his first month in MLS, leading
the surging Crew to a 3-0-1 record in that time and making him a natural selection for SBI's MLS
Player of the Month for August.
Cristiano Ronaldo's reported sadness with his situation at Real Madrid won't be leading to a
shock move to Paris this week.
Paris St-Germain sporting director Leonardo ruled out a major swoop for Ronaldo prior to
Wednesday's close of France's transfer window. The speculation was sparked by Ronaldo's comments
over the weekend that he was unhappy with his professional situation, and big-spending PSG became a
likely destination considering what they are capable of spending.
If recent MLS seasons have taught anything, it is that teams can get hot at the right time
toward the end of the season, enter the playoffs with momentum and go on an MLS Cup run. The
Columbus Crew are attempting to become the latest to try and test that notion.
Riding the exploits of Designated Player Federico Higuain, Columbus posted a second-straight
two-win, six-point week to push into the Eastern Conference's top five and the heart of the playoff
race and capture SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.
For 80 minutes, the Tampa Bay Rowdies were unable to break open a 10-man Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
team, and the final regular-season match between the two bitter Florida rivals seemed destined to
end in a scoreless draw.
Nick DeLeon spent his pre-professional days looking up to Dwayne De Rosario and trying to model
his game after the D.C. United captain and MLS great. This past week, he combined with him twice
for two notable moments.
DeLeon bounced back from an illness to finish off a pass from De Rosario for a goal, and he then
returned the favor by assisting De Rosario for his 100th career goal in D.
The U.S. Under-20 women's national team will get a chance to make up for its one major blemish
at this year's World Cup on the biggest possible stage.
Goals from Morgan Brian and Keaila Ohai lifted the U.S. U-20s to a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in
the semifinals at National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo Tuesday, putting them in position capture a
third U-20 World Cup title.
Tottenham's acquisition of standout French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris figured to put American Brad
Friedel's starting job in jeopary, but after Friedel's showing on Saturday, Spurs manager Andre
Villas-Boas has made it clear that the 41-year-old veteran is still the man to beat for the
Clint Dempsey took part in the U.S. Men's national team practice sessions on Monday in
preparation for the team's upcoming qualifiers against Jamaica, but it was the subject of his club
status that drew the most attention on Monday.
Dempsey's last-minute transfer to Tottenham from Fulham ended a roller coaster ride of a last
month, one that saw him ostracized from Fulham as he pushed hard for a transfer.
After weeks of speculation on where the Brazilian striker would end up, the aptly named Hulk is
headed east to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. This comes just days after his current club, FC Porto,
reportedly declined a rumored â‚¬50 million offer.
After becoming the tenth player in Real Madrid history to score 150 goals with the club,
Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to show a lack of enthusiasm, and admitted as much after the match that he
refused to celebrate the milestone.
Orlando City entered the playoffs as the heavy favorites to claim the USL Pro championship. They
had done so in 2011 and ramsacked through the regular season this year en route to securing
homefield advantage throught the postseason.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie proved why he was worth every penny of his $38
million transfer from Arsenal, bagging a hat trick in the Red Devils' 3-2 victory over Premiership
new boys Southampton.
The Dutch international opened with a first-half strike before scoring two more goals in the
87th minute and second minute of second-half stoppage time to erase a 2-1 Southampton lead.
The San Jose Earthquakes just keep on winning and Chivas USA just keeps on bleeding goals and
squandering chances to get into the Western Conference playoff race.
In a result that should have been inevitable considering the form of the Earthquakes attack and
the sad state of the Chivas USA defense, the Earthquakes rolled to a 4-0 victory at Buck Shaw
Stadium on Sunday night.
FRISCO, TX - On a night where two stars made their returns to the starting lineup after lengthy
injury layoffs, Seattle's Steve Zakuani and FC Dallas' Blas Perez each resumed their roles as key
Last night, the Los Angeles Galaxy continued their climb up the Western Conference standings
with a win over Vancouver. And as they push to qualify for the playoffs, they could be ready to add
yet another veteran to the fold.
Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a 25-man roster for the U.S. men's national team's upcoming World
Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.
Here is the full roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4)Â : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire),
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9)Â : Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve
Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson
(Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector
MIDFIELDERS (8)Â : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Joshua Gatt
(Molde), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams
(Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
The Montreal Impact took a 1-0 lead on the Columbus Crew in their important Eastern Conference
clash on Saturday, but in a scene that Crew fans have become all too familiar with in recent weeks,
Federico Higuain drove the Columbus attack to a victory.
Emilio Renteria headed home a Higuain cross in second-half stoppage time to lift the Crew to a
2-1 victory at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.
The same day the news hit that Pia Sundhage was leaving her job as U.S. women's national team
head coach, the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women played their first match since the Olympics
and treated fans to a showcase of attacking prowess.
The two hottest teams in Major League Soccer face off tonight with playoff dreams on the line as
the Montreal Impact visit Crew Stadium to take on the Columbus Crew.
The Impact and Crew wouldn't have been pegged to be playing a Game of the Week candidate a month
ago, but Montreal's five-game winning streak and the Crew's five-match unbeaten streak have changed
things and now both teams are on the verge of breaking into the playoff places in the Eastern
Brad Friedel has started an English Premier League record 306 straight matches, but after
Tottenham's acquisition of star French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris on Friday, that streak looks to be in
jeopardy. Friedel will make it 307 starts in a row today as he leads Tottenham against Norwich City
in what might be his final Premier League start for some time.
The Portland Timbers may be doing too little, too late to help the team's chances of making a
playoff run in 2012, but another commendable effort suddenly has the once-struggling Timbers slowly
turning things around.
Bright Dike slotted home a Sal Zizzo cross just before halftime to give the Timbers all they
needed to squeeze out a 1-0 victory against the faltering Colorado Rapids.
It is difficult to put into words just how impressive Radamel Falcao's masterful three-goal
performance was against Chelsea in Friday's 4-0 victory in the European Super Cup, so we will let
you watch the goals and tell us what comes to mind after watching them.