Los Angeles Galaxy stars Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez won't be moving to Europe on loan in January.
That's according to Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who, in a wide-ranging interview on Galaxy All-Access, put an end to any speculation of the U.S. Men's National Team duo leaving during the final offseason before the 2014 World Cup.
Bob Bradley hasn't coached in MLS since 2006, but it appears the former U.S. Men's National Team, Chicago Fire, New York/New Jersey MetroStars and Chivas USA coach is open to a return to the league where his pro coaching career began.
Episode 95 of The SBI Show takes a look Bradley's reported interest in the Vancouver Whitecaps job, which he has interviewed for.
A scenario with Real Salt Lake Designated Player Alvaro Saborio unavailable for the Major League Soccer Cup final is looking less likely by the day.
The veteran forward was a regular participant in RSL training this week, and according to head coach Jason Kreis, it's looking "very likely" that Saborio will be available for selection on December 7 when RSL takes on Sporting Kansas City for the 2013 title.
Tim Howard and Geoff Cameron are normally working together to keep U.S. Men's National Team opponents off the scoreboard, but on Saturday it will be Cameron hoping to find a way to get goals past Howard when Stoke City takes on Everton in one of the weekend's featured match-ups for Americans Abroad.
For the second time in seven days, Tottenham prepares to face a Manchester side that's in a strong run of form.
On the back of their 6-0 defeat to Manchester City, Tottenham welcome Manchester United to White Hart Lane, with Man United coming off a 5-0 rout of their own in UEFA Champions League action on Wednesday.
According to a report in The Province in Vancouver, the former U.S. Men's National Team and long-time Major League Soccer head coach is on the Vancouver Whitecaps' shortlist for their open head coach position.
There was a familiar face back in Real Madrid's training sessions on Thursday and Friday, but the club won't be risking injury to their highest-paid star.
Cristiano Ronaldo is back in full training after suffering a slight hamstring injury in Madrid's 5-0 win at Almeria, but manager Carlo Ancelotti isn't willing to risk further injury to the Portuguese international.
For those who thought that soccer in England was immune to match fixing, it seems that they were wrong.
According to an investigative report from English newspaper, the Telegraph, six people have been arrested by the National Crime Agency, a British organization similar to the FBI, on suspicion of match-fixing.
In a match that gave Bayern Munich a record 10th-consecutive victory in UEFA Champions League play, another milestone was achieved as well.
Just a few weeks after signing his first ever professional contract with the German giants, 18-year-old attacking midfielder Julian Green made his full debut on Wednesday afternoon, entering as a second half substitute in Bayern's 3-1 victory at CSKA Moscow.
Heath Pearce's tumultuous time in New York has come to an end.
On Wednesday, the club announced that they were parting ways with the out-of-contract defender after an injury-shortened 2013 season. The 29-year-old Pearce only made 14 appearances this season for the Red Bulls before electing to undergo season-ending hip surgery in early July.
With just one point between them, Manchester United heads to Bayer Leverkusen today for a top-of-the-table clash in UEFA Champions League Group A â€“ but Man United is going in without three players, including star forward Robin Van Persie.
Van Persie and center back Nemanja Vidic are injured and have not made the trip to Germany for today's match.
In his first season in Major League Soccer, there's no doubt that Jose Goncalves hit the ground running.
The physically-imposing center back helped solidify a back line that featured a rookie and two other un-proven defenders to take the New England Revolution into the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time in four years.
Italian soccer has taken plenty of flack recently, and the situation could grow worse if Juventus fail to win on Wednesday.
The twice-consecutive Serie A champions have yet to win a match in the UEFA Champions League this season, and face what manager Antonio Conte is calling a must-win when they host FC Copenhagen at Juventus Stadium.
Stranded French soccer player Zahir Belounis is coming home.
After a long ordeal that culminated with FIFPro visiting Qatar to lobby for his release, Belounis has received his exit visa and is expected to return to Paris with his family on Thursday, according to his brother Mahdi.
CONCACAF will recognize the achievements of players, coaches and referees in the region for the first time, and several Americans are in the running for the numerous awards that will be handed out.
CONCACAF announced on Tuesday afternoon that it will begin tohave annual awards in 2013 and that the inaugural categories arePlayer of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Female Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Goal of the Year and Referee of the Year.
If you are in the need for some high-quality soccer, Tuesday should provide a quick fix.
UEFA Champions League action resumes with a slate of intriguing match-ups, but none may be bigger than Ajax's home game vs. Barcelona. Ajax will be desperate for a win in order to fortify their chances of advancing out of Group H, so a fun and open match is likely to take place at Amsterdam ArenA.
Despite a number of extensions from FIFA over the last 12 months for the completion of Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums, at least two are still behind schedule and likely won't be finished by FIFA's current deadline of the end of the year.
Stadiums in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon, and Cuiaba, in Southwestern Brazil, are targeting finish dates in January, though in Manaus, they're fighting through the tropical rail season that sends bucketfuls of rain all day and night, which has delayed construction even more.
The Houston Dynamo are rapidly approaching a decision whether to join the National Women's Soccer League next year â€“ and the evidence in favor is mounting.
A drive for 2014 season ticket deposits for a prospective Houston NWSL expansion team ended Monday after four days and the response was enough for club President Chris Canetti to move forward, he said.
The U.S. Women's National Team roster for the team's December camp was released Monday with call-ups of some long-absent players and new additions.
The camp running from Dec. 3 to Dec. 15 in Carson, Calif. will see the return of defender Amy LePeilbet, who has been recovering since surgery on her left ACL in January, andforward Amy Rodriguez, who had been on hiatus for a pregnancy she announced that same month.
The New York Red Bulls will be auditioning for roles this winter at outside back after the club parted ways with two starters.
The Red Bulls announced on Monday that they have declined options on wing backs David Carney and Brandon Barklage, with Carney eligible to remain in Major League Soccer through the waiver draft and Barklage eligible for the MLS re-entry draft.
Mario Balotelli's tumultuous time at AC Milan could be nearing it's end.
After scoring 26 penalty kicks in a row, the first 26 of his professional career, Balotelli missed the second one of the season as Milan drew, 1-1, with Genoa, dropping the Italian giants to 13th place in Serie A.
The Portland Timbers have a monumental task tonight, but they'll face it in a home stadium with arguable the best home-field advantage in MLS as they face Real Salt Lake in the second leg of their Western Conference Final (9pm, ESPN).
RSL comes in off a 4-2 victory in the first leg, meaning Portland has to win by two goals to force overtime, or win by three goals to advance to the MLS Cup Final.
Even though they had won their most important meeting with Borussia Dortmund back in May's Champions League Final, Bayern Munich entered Signal Iduna Park this weekend on a six-match winless run against Dortmund in Bundesliga play.
That all changed during the second half of Saturday's rivalry match, which ended 3-0 in favor of the visitors.
Those wanting to see Mix Diskerud earn a U.S. Men's National Team start in central midfield next to Michael Bradley received more ammunition for their argument this weekend.
Diskerud delivered what is surely to be one of the best goals scored by an American playing overseas this season on Sunday, as he unleashed a cannon of a shot into the top corner of the net after masterfully sidestepping a diving defender.
With his Atletico Madrid side already holding a 4-0 lead in the 69th minute, Costa found himself behind a cross from teammate Gabi while in the box. Instead of letting the ball go past him or pass it to a teammate outside the box, Costa instead attempted the audacious overhead kick, which of course went in.
Not even the frigid cold air in Kansas City on Saturday evening could turn down the heat inside Sporting Park.
Behind goals from once-reserve forwards C.J. Sapong and Dom Dwyer, Sporting Kansas City erased an early deficit to defeat the Houston Dynamo, 2-1, in the second leg of the Eastern Conference finals, advancing to the MLS Cup final for the first time since 2004.
Defending treble winners Bayern Munich look to extend their lead atop the Bundesliga table and make league history when they face rivals Borussia Dortmund on this jam-packed Soccer Saturday of action.
Bayern head to Signal Iduna Park on a 36-match unbeaten run in Bundesliga play, and they can break the longstanding record held by 1982-83 Hamburg with another positive result against their biggest German opponents.
While it might still seem far away, the 2014 MLS Draft is actually less than two months away, meaning most MLS teams are well into their draft preparations as they try to identify the players to go after on draft day.
As is our tradition on SBI, we will be providing you with regular player rankings leading up to the draft, offering you the best measure of MLS draft prospects you will find anywhere.
The surprising news earlier this week that Juan Agudelo's work permit application was denied has cost him a chance to join Stoke City in the English Premier League in January.
At his pre-match press conference Stoke manager Mark Hughes confirmed his disappointment with the news, saying that due to the decision, the club will continue their search for a new striker in January.
Club soccer returns from the international break this weekend with a bang. There are massive matches in Germany and England, the resumption of the MLS playoffs and the start of the Liguilla (playoffs) in the Liga MX.
Saturday morning starts with the Merseyside Derby with Everton entertaining Liverpool at Goodison Park.
After sifting through over 200 candidates, the San Antonio Scorpions decided to give Alen Marcina the head coaching job on a full time basis.
Marcina took over for San Antonio on an interim basis following the sacking of Tim Hankinson on August 27, and went 3-5-1 in the final eight games as the Scorpions finished the Fall season in last place.
Club America enter the Liga MX Apertura playoffs with the league's best record, but ten players from their side are just returning from New Zealand, after having to go to the other side of the world to help Mexico qualify for the World Cup.
Staring down the barrel at Club America in their Liguilla quarterfinal match-up is a Tigres UANL side that pipped Chiapas to the final playoff spot on goal differential, but are not to be taken lightly.
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One team MyGameFairPlay had a huge week and displaced marmots at the top of the SBI league.
If the latest reports are correct, next summer's Major League Soccer All-Star Game opponent will be one of the biggest in league history.
According to a report in the Munich Evening News, German giants Bayern Munich will travel to the United States to face the MLS All-Stars in 2014, becoming the first ever German side to play in the annual summer friendly match.
The supposed "minor injury" that has kept Arsenal winger Theo Walcott out for the past two months has reportedly healed itself, leaving the England international fit for this weekend's action.
In his pre-match press conference, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger declared Walcott fit to return to first team action, and Walcott looks set to be thrown straight into the game-day squad without any games under his belt when Southampton visit the Emirates on Saturday.
If Alejandro Bedoya is going to bounce back from his U.S. Men's National Team performance this weekend, he will have to do so against one of the most talented teams in the world.
Bedoya and Nantes have a golden opportunity to jump into Ligue 1â€²s UEFA Champions League qualifier spot on Sunday, but will have to do so against an AS Monaco side that boasts the likes of Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez.
Nearing the end of what has been a disastrous year, Chivas USA announced on Thursday afternoon that they have parted ways with 10 players. The club sent Edgar Mejia, Julio Morales, Mario de Luna and Jaime Frias back to Liga MX outfit Club Deportivo Guadalajara and also declined options for Patrick McLain, Steven Purdy, Daniel Antunez, Marvin Iraheta, Josue Soto and Jose Manuel Rivera.
The New York Red Bulls won't be acquiring a National Women's Soccer League team anytime soon.
Negotiations dating back to December 2012between the Red Bulls and New Jersey-based NWSL club Sky Blue FC have fallen apart and Sky Blue is forging ahead with a new plan for 2014, club CEO Thomas Hofstetter told reporters Thursday.
A week filled with expansion news received a little more on Wednesday night.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated, NBA star LeBron James spoke out again about his MLS Miami expansion discussions with fellow global icon David Beckham following the Miami Heat's win in Orlando on Wednesday night.
Uruguay became the final nation to qualify for the World Cup after their scoreless draw with Jordan in the second leg of the AFC/CONMEBOL playoffs, finishing with a 5-0 aggregate score in the South American nation's favor at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo.
With only a couple of months to go before the start of preseason training, new Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter has been hard at work making additions to his back-room staff, and he's quickly found two new hires.
The Crew announced on Wednesday that former Major League Soccer forward Josh Wolff has joined the club as an assistant coach while Asher Mendelsohn will become the Crew's director of soccer operations, effective immediately.
ORLANDO, Fla. Commissioner Don Garber confirmed at last night's announcement for Orlando City that Major League Soccer is working with David Beckham to add another team in Florida soon. Garber even met with the mayor of the city to talk about the p
"I'm convinced Miami will be a great market if we can get a stadium in Downtown Miami and right ownership," Garber told SBI.
Despite all the theatrics and worry that Mexico might not qualify for the 2014 World Cup, it turned out to be an easy task with only New Zealand standing in their way. With a 4-2 victory over New Zealand early Wednesday, Mexico is booked for Brazil on a 9-3 aggregate score line.
Germany head coach Joachim LÃ¶w isn't feeling the love right now in Dortmund.
After sending a number of his Bayern Munich-based players home from Germany camp following their 1-1 draw with Italy last Friday, Low decided to keep the Borussia Dortmund players in the side, and both Mats Hummels andMarcel Schmelzer have come away from Germany's 1-0 victory over England with injuries.
While the U.S. Men's National Team succumbed to a second consecutive shutout in their 1-0 defeat to Austria, there were a number of positives to note. One of them was certainly the reemergence of Michael Bradley.
The AS Roma midfielder brushed off a subdued performance from last Friday at Scotland with a much better performance on Tuesday night in the rain of Vienna, earning him SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors.
The performance was admirable, but the end result was not what Bob Bradley and Egypt were hoping for.
Facing a near-impossible scenario to reach next summer's World Cup, Egypt defeated Ghana, 2-1, in Cairo on Tuesday but were eliminated from qualifying after falling 7-3 on aggregate in the two-legged playoff against the Black Stars.
If you did not fake being sick from work or school today, you will probably regret it later.
Tuesday's slate of matches is jampacked with intriguing contests as the final few berths for next summer's World Cup in Brazil will be clinched. From what will surely be an intense second leg between Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden to Mexico's visit to New Zealand to finalize their plans to Brazil, there is soccer to keep viewers busy all day.
The fine form that Tim Cahill ended the MLS season with has carried over to the international stage.
Cahill came off the bench to help Australia win its first game under new head coach Ange Postecoglou on Tuesday, scoring a trademark header to give the Socceroos a 1-0 triumph over Costa Rica at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Despite the return of Cesc Fabregas to full training on Tuesday, Barcelona could be without one of their central midfield starlets for this Saturday's match against Granada.
Already having missed the Spanish National Team's trip to Africa for a pair of friendlies, midfielder Xavi Hernandez has continued to struggle to overcome a thigh injury, having trained on the side for the last few days.
Heading into the final match of 2013, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has overseen a near-revolution in his side. During the calendar year, the U.S. won 16 matches, three more than ever before in the same time span.
The U.S. Men's National Team is set to play Austria on Tuesday in their final match of 2013, and the latest episode of The SBI Show looks ahead to that match, and looks back at Friday's 0-0 tie vs. Scotland.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss lineup options for Jurgen Klinsmann for Tuesday, and break down player performances against Scotland.
In order to make amends for its disastrous and laughable campaign in 2010, France must make history by becoming the first ever UEFA national side to overturn a 2-0 deficit in its home leg versus Ukraine.
After being stunned by goals from Roman Zozulya and Andriy Yarmolenko in Kiev, the Stade de France in Paris will be on a knife's edge.
There are two things that are pretty tough debate as we head toward Tuesday's USMNT friendly vs. Austria, the final U.S. Men's National Team match of 2013. First, last Friday's draw against Scotland was forgettable. Second, Jurgen Klinsmann can and will make lineup changes to try and generate a better performance and give some new faces a look.
Though he hasn't played a game in more than nine months due to a serious leg injury, American youngster Marc Pelosi has signed a new contract with Liverpool FC.
The 19-year-old U.S. youth international midfielder suffered a broken leg on February 17 of this year, but according to Liverpool, he's impressed the club so much in his rehabilitation from the injury that he's earned a new contract.
The NCAA Tournament field will be set on Monday, and today we will see 18 conference tournament champions crowned, and 18 automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament awarded.
We have already had four teams qualify automatically for the tournament, with Loyola Marymount and Penn winning their respective regular season conference titles (neither conference plays a post-season tournament) while Drexel and University of Maryland-Baltimore County both won conference titles on Saturday.
The U.S. Men's National Team take on Scotland today in Glasgow in their next-to-last match of the year (3pm, ESPN2).
The U.S. team is without Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan for today's match, but that will open the door for Sacha Kljestan and Alejandro Bedoya to earn starts in the 4-2-3-1 formation Klinsmann will deploy today.
Some four months after being awarded a USL Pro franchise, Oklahoma City's owners, Prodigal LLC, announced theclub's name, colors, and venue for the 2014 season at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. The teamwill be known as "OKC Energy FC" with ties to Oklahoma City's connections with industry.
After parting ways with the Montreal Impact last year, Jesse Marsch appears closer to returning to a Major League Soccer head coaching position. The Vancouver Whitecaps have reportedly interviewed Marsch as a possible replacement for Martin Rennie, whose contract was not renewed after two seasons.
Two will enter, but only one of Cristiano Ronaldo orZlatan Ibrahimovic will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
By virtue of finishing in second place in their groups, UEFA placed through a random draw Ronaldo and Portugal with Ibrahimovic and Sweden, robbing fans of seeing both international stars at the World Cup but giving everyone an opportunity to see them matched up against one another.
Contract negotiations are continuing between Barcelona and Andres Iniesta, but though the club are reportedly not worried about rushing to complete a new deal.
The Spanish international's current deal runs through the end of the 2014/2015 season, when Iniesta will be 31-years old, but according to reports in Spain, Iniesta isn't interested in leaving Barcelona.
It's been a while since Eric Lichaj has been called up to the U.S. Men's National Team. Injuries, starting a family, and poor club form have all contributed to his long absence. He's been in the same boat as Timothy Chandler, outcast since the 2011 Gold Cup when Bob Bradley was still at the helm.
A day after unveiling the 2014 World Cup jerseys for Germany and Spain, adidas released an image of the new Argentina uniform for next summer's tournament. The Argentina jersey has a unique trim of gold on the right side and some light wavy lines running from right to left.
The Final SBI College Soccer Top 25 of the regular season features two teams who started the season near the top, and look poised to make runs at an NCAA title.
Notre Dame has climbed to the top of the heap after a strong run through the ACC regular season, and now the Fighting Irish head toward the semifinals looking like a good bet to challenge Maryland for the ACC title.
It's no secret that Borussia Dortmund are looking for a replacement next season for Robert Lewandowski, and according to reports in Germany, they have their eyes on one of the most in-form forwards in Spain.
Diego Costa, who has 13 goals in 13 La Liga games this season, is a summer target of Dortmund's, according to German publication BILD.
The U.S. Men's National Team is in Scotland ahead of Friday's international friendly, and while the lasting memories of the most recent meeting between these teams was that of a blowout, the return leg in Glasgow should be a significantly tougher challenge for Jurgen Klinsmann's side.
Two of the U.S. Men's National Team's most dynamic offensive weapons will not be suiting up in the upcoming friendlies.
U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday afternoon that Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson have been forced to withdraw from the roster that is currently in Europe preparing for friendlies against Scotland and Austria.
Mexico may still be alive in World Cup qualifying thanks to the U.S. Men's National Team, but reaching next summer's prestigious tournament now falls squarely on El Tri's shoulders.
The beginning of the end of Mexico's troubled and forgettable 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign is set to get underway on Wednesday afternoon, as El Tri host New Zealand in the first match of their two-legged playoff series at Estadio Azteca.
Orlando City SC announced on Wednesday that it is set to make a major announcement at an event that is open to the public at Cheyenne Saloon on Nov. 19. The news confirms an Orlando Sentinel report from last week that stated the USL PRO club would make its move to MLS official on Nov.
The search for a new head coach took a little more than two months but Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt believes he found just the right person to take the club into what he called "a new era."
On Tuesday afternoon, the Crew officially introduced Gregg Berhalter as the club's seventh head coach and first sporting director at a press conference at Crew Stadium, giving fans and the media a chance to see Berhalter for the first time in person since he was hired on November 6.
David Beckham seemingly cannot get enough of Miami.
According to a report from the Miami Herald, Beckham is back in Miami and will scout stadium sites for his potential MLS expansion club with Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure on Wednesday.
Beckham and his long-time associate Simon Fuller were in town having dinner at the South Florida home of Claure on Tuesday night, something which Claure confirmed via his personal social network accounts.
For Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan, having a longer than usual offseason may be just what he needs.
According to a report at the Galaxy's last media availability of the season, Donovan plans to use the entire offseason to rehabilitate his ailing left ankle, an injury that has kept him at less than 100 percent for the last month and a half.
Matt Reis came out of his net in a last-ditch effort to keep the ball in play and keep the New England Revolution's playoff dream alive. But after taking a touch and trying to find a way to play the ball out, the 38-year-old goalkeeper crumpled to the field at Sporting Park clutching his leg.
Much has been made recently about the decline in viewers of regular season Major League Soccer matches on National TV, but according to the Sports Business Journal, MLS has a long way to go before it breaks into the living rooms of your average American.
Italy National Team head coachCesare Prandelli is planning on going with a new striker partnership when his side take on Germany in Milan on Friday.
With the return to fitness after two serious knee injuries and his red-hot scoring form for Fiorentina, Prandelli told reporters in Italy that he'd like to start Guiseppe Rossi alongside Mario Balotelli for the match against the Germans.
The top-scoring American in Major League Soccer won't be playing in Europe with the U.S. Men's National Team this week.
When U.S. Soccer announced the 23-man roster for friendly matches against Scotland (November 15) and Austria (November 19), Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee's name was absent from the list, a decision that perhaps was unexpected to him after a career year with the Fire and Galaxy.
Based purely on statistics, no player was more important to their team over the course of the 2013 MLS regular season than Los Angeles Galaxy designated player Robbie Keane.
With the departure of David Beckham, the late return of Landon Donovan from his sabbatical, and the early-season trade of Mike Magee, even more pressure was placed on the back of the Ireland international, and he stepped up in a big way.
Aron Johannsson could not have asked for a much better birthday.
Johannsson celebrated turning 23 in style on Sunday by adding to his impressive goal-scoring output for the season with a brace in AZ Alkmaar's 2-2 draw vs. Feyenoord Rotterdam. Johannsson opened the scoring with a cool one-timed finish in the first half and converted an equalizing penalty kick in the 57th minute after AZ conceded twice in the opening moments of the second stanza.
The Liga MX playoffs are set, but they will not feature 2012 Apertura champions Club Tijuana who finished in 10th after a 5-0 thumping away to Club Leon. The glaring defeat and failure to guide Xolos back to the knockout stages also cost head coach Jorge Almiron his job.
Ahead of friendly matches against Scotland (Friday) and Austria (Nov. 19), U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected a mixed squad of European-based and Major League Soccer-based players, with a few familiar faces back in the team.
After what was a slow start to the English Premier League campaign for defending champions Manchester United under new manager David Moyes, the Red Devils are closing in on the title contenders thanks to a tight victory against first-place Arsenal.
Manchester United extended their unbeaten league run to five matches as Robin van Persie netted an early match-winner against his former club in a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
ORLANDO â€” With key players missing on both sides and a bit of sloppy play from the hosts, this was not one of those U.S.-Brazil clashes for the ages. But as U.S. women's national team coach Tom Sermanni and his players shouted their way through interviews over a still-roaring crowd, it was clear that there were plenty of positives to be found.
The top two teams in the Western Conference square off tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium when the Portland Timbers pay a visit to Real Salt Lake in the first leg of their conference final series (9pm, ESPN2).
The Timbers come in off a resounding victory against the Seattle Sounders, looking thoroughly dominant in beating their arch-rivals.
SANDY, UT. Portland scored the early goal but it was Real Salt Lake that ended the night as the team in control.
The Timbers shocked the home side with an early Will Johnson free kick goal, but RSL rattled off four straight goals from four different players before securing the 4-2 first-leg victory at Rio Tinto Stadium.
ORLANDO â€” The U.S. women's national team put on quite a show to end 2013, notching a 4-1 win over Brazil in front of its biggest home crowd of the year on Sunday.Here are four thoughts from the match as the team prepares to move into the new year and begin qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City both played 120 minutes worth of soccer last Wednesday night, and it shows on Saturday afternoon as both sides dragged themselves through a drab 90 minutes of soccer that saw no goals and little inspiration.
Sporting Kansas City will head back home for the second leg of their Eastern Conference final series in good position to advance after escaping BBVA Compass Stadium with a 0-0 draw.
ATLANTA, Ga. â€” For the first time in more than thirty years, the North American Soccer League championship is going back to New York.
Marcos Senna's second-half wonder strike lifted the New York Cosmos to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks for their sixth Soccer Bowl Championship in team history on Saturday night, in front of 7,211 fans at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
A budding rivalry takes a new step forward as Sporting Kansas City meets the Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season.
Both teams this season faced their fair share of adversity in the postseason already, with Sporting KC having to come back from a goal down on aggregate to win in extra time, whole the Dynamo came back from two deficits to the New York Red Bulls to outlast them in extra time too.
With 15 goals in his first 17 games for Bayern Munich's U-23 team, the German giants have seen enough to offer Julian Green his first professional contract.
The club announced on Friday that the 18-year-old forward has signed with Bayern Munich through June 2017, rewarding Green for his impressive work on the field for the reserves and for the first team during training and in games during preseason friendly matches.
For the second time in three years, Real Salt Lake finds themselves in the Western Conference finals, just two games away from what would be an incredible appearance in the MLS Cup final, based on the preseason predications.
Standing in their way is Caleb Porter and his gritty yet highly clinical Portland Timbers, who won the season series, 2-1-0, though RSL did defeat Porters side in the U.
U.S. Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos has announced his first squad since the FIFA Under-20 World Cup this past summer, and it's loaded with youngsters plying their trade both professionally and overseas.
A whopping 50 percent of the squad selected by Ramos for a camp in Verona, Italy from November 10-20 play for various clubs in Europe, including Romain Gall with FC Lorient, Emerson Hyndman with Fulham FC, and Junior Flores with Borussia Dortmund.
Wojciech SzczÄ™sny and his Arsenal teammates are looking to wrap up what in his words would be a "perfect week" when the Gunners travel north to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.
Arsenal have come on very strong since their opening day defeat against Aston Villa but in recent years they haven't been able to overcome the Red Devils at their ground, and with David Moyes' side in better confidence in Premier League play, it's a game that should have fans from across the world tuning in.
Alessandro Nesta's 20-year career came to an end on Thursday after the Montreal Impact defender announced his retirement. And, despite rumors that circulated earlier this week, he won't be leading the Impact next year as the team's coach.
Instead, the legendary defender will head to Miami to enjoy the sun, to study and to learn.
It could be a memorable weekend for Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg BK, but only if they win and get some help in the process.
Diskerud and Rosenborg are entering the final round of Tippeligaen matches on Sunday just one point behind league leaders Stromsgodset, and will need a win and some help in order to add to their record total of 22 championships in Norway.
After posting back-to-back home shutout wins against early-season English Premier League title contender Liverpool and defending Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal will wrap up their tough stretch of matches at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United and former star striker Robin van Persie.
Bastian Schweinsteiger's injury issues just wont go away.
The Bayern Munich and German National Team star is set to undergo surgery on his ailing right ankle, despite having an operation on the ankle last June. Schweinsteiger has started a number of times for Bayern this season in all competitions but he's been hampered by increasing pain recently.
SANDY, Utah It took two goals from unlikely sources, but Real Salt Lake finally won a major match at home.
The LA Galaxy led the aggregate heading into this game 1-0 but it was RSL that got two critical goals from midfielder Sebastian Velasquez and defender Chris Schuler, the latter coming in extra time to seal the 2-0 victory and 2-1 aggregate victory for the home side.
PORTLAND, Ore.-Not since the Timbers inaugural season as a professional soccer team had the club knocked their rival, the Seattle Sounders, out of postseason play. But that is exactly what Portland did on Thursday night in front of a frenzied crowd, some of whom had waited 38 years for a match of this magnitude.
Another MLS season, another strong year for Nick Rimando.
Rimando helped guide Real Salt Lake to a strong campaign in 2013, one that many observers thought would be a rebuilding year for the club. Rimando's timely blocks, veteran leadership and distribution out of the back all played a big part in Real Salt Lake's impressive season and it is why the U.
Attendance numbers for Major League Soccer have stayed strong in the last year, even with a one percent drop in average attendance around the league. But one issue MLS can't seem to shake is the struggling television ratings, with drops for both primetime matches on ESPN/ESPN2 and NBC.
Marcos Senna spent 11 illustrious seasons with Villarreal before joining the New York Cosmos this past summer. Now, he will have a chance to make a brief return in front of many of the same fans that cheered him on for so long.
The Cosmos announced on Wednesday that Senna and the Cosmos will travel to El Madrigal Stadium to take on Villarreal on Nov.
According to a report from German outlet Kicker, Cherundolo has resumed full training for Hannover 96 about a week after being forced to practice individually. The veteran fullback's left knee did not respond to a heavier workloadas well as the club had hoped for last week, but he has been cleared to return to practice with his teammates.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas â€” In an intense, physical affair, Sporting Kansas City overcame a one-goal deficit from the first leg of their conference semifinal with the New England Revolution to force extra time at Sporting Park.
Claudio Bieler, playing his first match in more than a month, came on as a sub in the 84th minute and scored in the second half of extra time for a 4-3 win on aggregate.
The Houston Dynamo had failed to defeat the New York Red Bulls in their first four meetings this season. But none of that mattered when the teams faced off for the fifth time on Wednesday night in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
In their third game in seven days, Dominic Kinnear's side pulled off an impressive 2-1 victory after extra time against the Red Bulls, progressing to the Eastern Conference finals with an aggregate score of 4-3.
Aaron Ramsey's sensational season for Arsenal continued on Wednesday.
Ramsey scored the only goal at the Westfalenstadion, giving Arsenal a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in their UEFA Champions League group match.The Welsh midfielder scored shortly after the hour-mark and Arsenal held firm defensively to knock off the German giants.
The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Tuesday that goalkeeper David Bingham would train with Danish club FC Copenhagen for two weeks. The training stint runs from Nov. 7-20 and will allow Bingham to continue to stay sharp and fit during the first few weeks of San Jose's offseason.
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team will be put to the test in December.
U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that Richie Williams' U-17 team will take part in the annual Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Winter Showcase next month, with the Americans facing off against Brazil, England, and Portugal.
Every year, a fresh batch of newcomers enters MLS and finds ways to make an impact.
Few players, however, do it as impressively as Diego Valeri did in 2013.
Valeri took the MLS season by storm since making his Portland Timbers debut back in an entertaining 3-3 draw against the New York Red Bulls in Week 1, showing off his classy skill and game-changing abilities on a near-game-to-game basis.
Since his arrival as a Homegrown Player for the New England Revolution, Diego Fagundez has been dubbed a star in the making. Teammates have marveled at the youngster's skills for several seasons, but it wasn't until this year that the rest of the league found out just how special a talent he could be.
The New York Red Bulls have had plenty of high-pressure games this season, including the season-finale which saw them lift the Supporters Shield, but they face their biggest game of the season without arguably their best defender.
Jamison Olave was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge midway through the second half of the Red Bulls 2-2 draw with the Dynamo last Sunday.
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Arsenal may have their share of injuries heading into the fourth match day of the UEFA Champions League, but Borussia Dortmund have been left scrambling ahead of their tie with the English Premier League leaders.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp said on Tuesday in a press conference that star defender Mats Hummels is very likely to miss the match due to an injury, despite playing the full 90 minutes last Friday in Dortmund's 6-1 victory against Stuttgart.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pelligrini has endured some tough criticism over English Premier League results this season, but on Tuesday he delivered on a goal that the team's ownership didn't see accomplished each of the last two seasons.
With a 5-2 victory over CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium against CSKA Moscow, Man City clinched a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout round.
At his season review press conference with the media on Tuesday, Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo shot down reports that recently retired Impact defender Alessandro Nesta would be the club's next head coach.
Reports surfaced last Friday that Nesta was in line to replace current head coach Marco Schallibaum, who in his first year as the Impact's manager lead the team to a tremendous start before a poor run at the end of the season and a 3-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo to crash out of the playoffs.
After receiving the go-ahead to build a soccer-specific stadium that should make way for a Major League Soccer franchise in central Florida, Orlando City Soccer Club announced on Tuesday that they will play at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex for the upcoming 2014 USL Pro season.
With 2015 Women's World Cup qualifying beginning next year, U.S. Women's National Team head coach Tom Sermanni is continuing his policy of squad rotation with the addition of a few new faces into the team that will face Brazil in a friendly match on Sunday.
As we head into the second half of the UEFA Champions League group stage, teams such as Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Atletico Madrid are in pole position, while Juventus is on the outside looking in.
The Italian giants welcome Real Madrid to the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday looking for revenge for their last encounter two weeks ago, which not only saw Madrid win but also saw Juve lose top defenderGiorgio Chiellini to a red card, leaving him out of the rematch.
Chelsea fans learned on Tuesday that Fernando Torres is sidelined with a thigh injury that will keep him out for the next couple of weeks.
With three goals in his last three games, it looked as though Torres was finally rediscovering the form that made him arguably the world's best striker back in his days with Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.
A quartet of exciting conference semifinal first legs have set us up for four thrilling finishes as the MLS playoffs hit full swing.
In Episode 87 of The SBI Show, we take a look back at all four conference semifinal matches from the weekend, including Portland's win in Seattle, New England's upset of Sporting KC, New York's second-half collapse against Houston and the LA Galaxy's wasteful 1-0 victory against RSL.
An argument can be made that the 2013 MLS Rookie class is the strongest in league history, but there was only one player who showed his consistency week in and week out during the course of the season.
Notre Dame product Dillon Powers made 29 starts in 30 games for the Colorado Rapids, establishing himself as a rock-solid central midfielder with the ability to defend and distribute, as well as attack and take corner kicks at the professional level.
The first 64 minutes of the 2013 New York Red Bulls playoff campaign were going about as well as they could have hoped for.
They held a 2-1 lead on the road against the Houston Dynamo, and though Mike Petke's side had conceded early in the second half and were on the back foot, they were repelling the Dynamo's subsequent attack and still in the game.
As the Portland Timbers prepare for their all-important Western Conference semifinal second leg against the Seattle Sounders, the spotlight is on head coach Caleb Porter as he continues to enjoy a dream first season in charge of the Timbers.
I recently completed a lengthy profile piece on Porter for Overlap Magazine, which goes into detail about Porter's background, and the road he took from baby born in Cascadia, to one of the most respected coaches in MLS.
With U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann content to leave Julian Green off his squad for the November friendlies, the Bayern Munich youngster has agreed to join up with the Germany Under-19 squad for the same duration.
Green is included on the Germany U-19 roster for two friendlies against their French counterparts on Nov.
The top-ranked California Golden Bears were beaten for the second consecutive week this weekend, this time falling to conference rival No. 5 UCLA. California was undefeated going into last weekend before losing 1-0 at home to San Diego. The Golden Bears won 3-2 over San Diego St.
For the first time in 18 months, Chiapas FC sit on the verge of making the Liga MX playoffs.
The squad, composed of a number of players on loan or contracted to San Luis before they relocated to Chiapas, picked up a huge 2-1 victory at home against second-place Santos Laguna, keeping the Jaguars three points clear in the Liguilla Playoffs.
In one of the more bizarre incidents of the 2013/2014 English Premier League season, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris convinced his manager and medical team that he could stay on the pitch late in the match, despite being knocked unconscious.
A thunderous Sean Franklin strike from 25 yards out in the 48th minute helped give the LA Galaxy a 1-0 victory against Real Salt Lake on Sunday night in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal series.
As the series shifts from the StubHub Center in Carson, California to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the Galaxy will be frustrated with the result while RSL will have to consider the 1-0 scoreline an acceptable result.
Sacha Kljestan is making a real good argument for why he might be the most in-form American playing right now.
Kljestan scored a goal in a third consecutive game for RSC Anderlecht on Saturday, netting the opener in a 3-1 home win over OH Leuven. Kljestan benefited from a deflection on his shot in the 43rd minute, but he made the chance by alertly pouncing on a turnover deep in Leuven's half.
Even without head coach Dominic Kinnear on the sidelines, the Houston Dynamo showed why they're such a threat in the playoffs.
Despite trailing by two goals to the New York Red Bulls after 31 minutes of the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Dynamo battled back in the second half to level the scoreline deep into stoppage time, earning a 2-2 draw.
Even with a different starting eleven, the New York Cosmos continue to win.
In a prelude to next week's North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl match in Atlanta, a weakened Cosmos side defeated the Silverbacks, 1-0, at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. Cosmos forward Henry Lopez scored his second goal of the season as his team finished the 2013 NASL Fall Season with an 11-game unbeaten run.
The Seattle Sounders take on the Portland Timbers tonight in CenturyLink Field in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal series (10pm, NBC Sports).
The Sounders come in having just beaten the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday in the West play-in game, but there's no time to rest as they must now beat a rested and in-form Timbers side that will be favored in the series.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass â€“ Sporting Kansas City finished the regular season one point behind the New York Red Bulls for the Supporter's Shield trophy, and Peter Vermes' side had plenty of reason for optimism Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, having held their opponent, the New England Revolution, scoreless since July 2011.
SEATTLE The Portland Timbers wrapped up the regular season as perhaps the hottest team in MLS. That showed no signs of changing as the Western Conference semifinals got underway Saturday night in front 38,507 at CenturyLink Field.
Major League Soccer made sure that the actions on Wednesday night between the Houston Dynamo and Montreal Impact would not be tolerated.
The league's Disciplinary Committee announced in a release on Friday evening that Impact forwards Marco Di Vaio and Andres Romero have been suspended for the first three games of the 2014 seasonfor "violent conduct and endangering the safety of their opponents.
If Mexico qualifies for the World Cup, they'll do it without their European-based stars.
On Friday evening, Mexico National Team head coach Miguel Herrera announced his 23-man squad for the World Cup playoff matches against New Zealand, featuring only domestic-based players including 10 players from Herrera's club side, Club America.
With the play-in round in the books, and the final eight teams decided, the 2013 MLS Playoffs are ready to really kickoff this weekend and The SBI Show breaks down all the action in our latest installment.
Episode 86 of The SBI Show takes a close look at all four conference semifinal match-ups, including the highly-anticipated Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders series, and the tricky New York Red Bulls-Houston Dynamo match.
The number of unbeaten teams in the nation disappeared to zero last week, with all three top teams in the SBI College Soccer Top 25 suffering their first losses of the season.
California, Washington and Notre Dame remain at the top of the latest rankings by virtue of having built up enough of a cushion on the trailing pack at the top, but teams like Akron and UCLA are closing fast as we reach the final month of the regular season.
There's a top of the table clash on tap this weekend in the English Premier League as first-place Arsenal take on a rampant Liverpool. Despite Arsenal's recent success over Liverpool (just one loss in the last twelve meetings), the Gunners have won just twice against the Reds in their last seven home matches since moving to the Emirates in 2006.
If there's one team that the New England Revolution probably didn't want to see themselves matched up with for their first foray into the playoffs since 2009 it had to be Sporting Kansas City.
Kansas City, who finished second in the Eastern Conference, has had New England, who finished third, figured out the past two seasons and held the Revolution scoreless in the team last five meetings, going back to last season.
Even without the talismanic Francesco Totti, AS Roma continue to win.
Rudi Garcia's side won their tenth match in a row on Thursday, defeating Chievo, 1-0, in a tight match at home. The ten wins to start a season is a new record in Serie A. Roma now sit five points clear of Napoli and Juventus at the top of the table.
The Houston Dynamo sent a warning shot to the rest of Major League Soccer on Thursday. They mean business.
In a near-complete performance at BBVA Stadium on Halloween, the Houston Dynamo routed the Montreal Impact, 3-0, moving on to the Eastern Conference semifinals where they'll play the New York Red Bulls.
Arsenal's eight-match unbeaten run in the English Premier League will be put to its biggest test of the season this weekend, when Liverpool's fearsome attack partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez visit Emirates Stadium.
With the North American Soccer League Fall season coming to a close on Saturday, the Atlanta Silverbacks and New York Cosmos will test run the Soccer Bowl when both sides collide at Atlanta Silverbacks Park (7:30 p.m. WATCH HERE).
The Cosmos clinched the fall season and punched their ticket for the Soccer Bowl last week when they came back from an early 1-0 deficit, defeating the San Antonio Scorpions 2-1 at Toyota Field.
The Portland Timbers have rewarded Caleb Porter for the impressive job he's done in his first year in charge.
According to a report in SI, Porter has signed a five-year contract extension to remain the head coach of the Timbers, after leading them to first place in the Western Conference making him one of the front runners for the Major League Soccer Coach of the Year award.