From the opening match against Canada to their finale against Austria 22 matches later, the 2013 calendar year was certainly a memorable one for the U.S. Men's National Team.
After an up-and-down 2012, the USMNT rebounded with a year that included historic victories against Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina, a Gold Cup title, and a victory over Mexico that helped earn the USMNT a trip to Brazil next year.
For the U.S. Women's National Team, 2013 was a year with few matches of consequence. Other than the annual Algarve Cup invitational tournament, the U.S. women played friendlies this year, mostly at home.
But it marked an important rebuilding year for a squad that won a gold medal at the previous year's Olympics.
It is that time again. Time to answer your soccer-related questions in the latest installment of the SBI Live Q&A.
With 2013 winding to a close, there is plenty to discuss in the world of soccer, so feel free to submit your soccer-related questions and I will try to answer as many of them as I can over the next few hours.
With the year coming to a close it is time to have one more SBI Live Q&A for the year.
There is plenty to discuss as we head toward the New Year. Whether it's the U.S. Men's National team's successful run, to the MLS season that just wrapped up earlier this month, or looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup and a year that should have plenty of promise for American Soccer.
Chelsea took all three points from their duel on Sunday with Liverpool but all the focus after the match was on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's accusing Luis Suarez of diving.
The Liverpool forward was held without a goal for the second consecutive game but Mourinho choose to speak about an incident late in the match when Suarez went down inside the box after losing the ball to Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta.
Fabian Johnson could be one of the Americans on the move next summer.
According to a report from German outlet Bild, Borussia Moenchengladbach are eyeing Johnsonahead of a potential free transfer for him during the 2014 summer transfer window. Moenchengladbach's Lucien Favre reportedly confirmed to Bild the club's interest in the versatile Johnson, who is drawing interest from several Bundesliga teams andwhose contract with Hoffenheim ends at the conclusion of the current campaign.
English Premier League leading scorer Luis Suarez and Liverpool's trip to face manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea the Reds' first meeting with the Blues since Suarez's infamous bite of Branislav Ivanovic highlights a big Sunday slate of matches in the English Premier League,
Liverpool slipped from second to fourth place after their Thursday loss at Manchester City, and Brendan Rodgers' high-scoring squad will face its second straight road test against a fellow title contender at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Two days removed from an entertaining Boxing Day of action, a jam-packed stretch in the English Premier League schedule continues Saturday with six matches to kick off the weekend.
After West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United kick off the day at Upton Park, second-place Manchester City could take over the top spot in the league for at least a temporary basis with a home victory against Crystal Palace.
With much of the world on break for the holiday period, the British isles are once more the host of the best soccer being played around the globe this weekend.
An exciting Boxing Day schedule of matches now leads to a quick turnaround for 12 of the 20 teams in the English Premier League as they have to not only play twice in 72 hours but every team that was on the road on Boxing Day must travel again.
After guiding Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande an Asian Cup title and a berth in this year's Club World Cup, head coach Marcello Lippi has hinted that it might be time for him to step back from the world of soccer management.
In an interview given to Italian paper La Repubblica in Rome, the former World Cup winner Lippi admitted that he plans to see out his contract with Guangzhou and it could be his last head coaching job.
Every year, MLS teams are lauded for the international signings and draft picks that pan out and make their acquisitions look good, but one thing that often goes overlooked is how important it is for successful teams to have players enjoy breakout seasons.
The list of players who took their game to a new level is an impressive one, and the selections for the SBI MLS Most Improved Best XI show just what such breakout years can do for teams.
With the calendar year coming to a close, and the U.S. Men's National team done for the year, it is a good time to look back at the players who boosted their national team stock the most, and those who saw their USMNT stock tumble.
It has not been the easiest of starts for Jozy Altidore at Sunderland, but he still might have a chance to end the calendar year on a positive note.
With the Blacks Cats facing an extremely short turnaround after having played on Thursday, Altidore could be in store for a start when the club returns to action in Saturday's battle with fellow strugglers Cardiff City.
Tim Howard surely did not envision Boxing Day to go like this.
Taking on Sunderland in a Premiership fixture, Howard was controversially ejected in the 23rd minute after it appeared that he brought down Ki Sung-Yueng on a clear chance in the penalty area on Thursday.
For arguably the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired following the 2012/2013 season, Manchester United looked like the team of old.
Going down two goals in the first 13 minutes, Man United stormed back on the opening match in the English Premier League's Boxing Day schedule, tying the match 13 minutes later before scoring the go-ahead goal 21 minutes into the second half to defeat Hull City, 3-2.
Hello everybody. I want to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you SBI readers out there. We hope you enjoy some time off, quality family time and a few peeks at SBI in between your unwrapping of presents and celebrating.
We will have a few presents for you in terms of posts today to help quench your thirst for soccer so keep an eye out for those, and feel free to throw some story suggestions our way today as we make our way through a second straight day without soccer to watch (the good news is soccer is on the way on Thursday courtesy of the Premier League's Boxing Day schedule).
After winning five trophies in the last 12 months with Bayern Munich, Arjen Robben doesn't have any plans of leaving the club in the near future.
According to a report in theSÃ¼ddeutschen Zeitung in Germany, Robben has said that he feels he has at least three more years of top-flight soccer left in him and that the club has backed him to continue his stellar form.
On a wet and windy evening in North London, the soccer on the field wasn't much better than the conditions above.
Though Chelsea hit the post and Arsenal came close in the second half if not for a quick save from Petr Cech, both teams settled for a scoreless draw at the Emirates Stadium, lifting Arsenal into a tie in first place in the English Premier League and Chelsea into fourth place.
The 2014 MLS Draft is a little less than a month away and while figuring out which players specific teams have their eyes on is an exercise in futility, we can start piecing together around where top players are likely to go once names start being called next month in Philadelphia.
The match we've been waiting for all weekend has finally arrived.
There's more than just local pride on the line when Arsenal and Chelsea meet up in what should be a great London derby on Monday at the Emirates Stadium (3pm, NBC Sports Network/NBC Sports Live Extra).
Even though Michael Farfan, Rafael Baca, and Jose Villarreal had been presented as a new signings with Cruz Azul on Sunday, there was strangely still no word from any of the Major League Soccer clubs until mid-day Monday.
The Philadelphia Union became the first club to confirm the deal with the San Jose Earthquakes following close behind, stating that Farfan and Baca have made permanent transfers to Cruz Azul.
With one flick of the back of his heel, Inter Milan's Rodrigo Palacio turned what would have been a frustrating scoreless draw for his side into a dramatic, much-needed victory against their bitter city rivals.
Inter defeated AC Milan 1-0 at their shared home of San Siro on Sunday thanks to a sublime 86th-minute goal from Palacio, who now has 11 goals in 17 Serie A matches.
Two players who know Lionel Messi well are hoping to recruit him to Manchester City next season.
Yaya Toure, who played alongside Messi at Barcelona from 2007-2010 and Sergio Aguero, who plays with Messi on the Argentina National Team, have told reporters this weekend that they would love to see Messi at the Etihad Stadium, despite already having one of the best lineups in world soccer.
Aron Johannsson's goal-scoring ways continued on Saturday and so too did AZ Alkmaar's slide in the Eredivisie.
Three days after defeating SC Heerenveen on penalties in a KNVB Cup match in which Johannsson scored twice, AZ Alkmaar saw their winless run in league play extend to six games with a 5-1 defeat to the Super Frisians.
Liga MX club Cruz Azul is nearing a deal to acquire three young midfielders in Major League Soccer with ties to Mexico.
According to multiple reports on Friday, the Los Angeles Galaxy's Jose Villarreal, San Jose Earthquakes' Rafael Baca, and Philadelphia Union's Michael Farfan are close to completing moves to Cruz Azul for the 2014 Liga MX Clausura season.
After two weeks off, The SBI Show is back and we have plenty to catch up on as the MLS off-season is in full swing.
Episode 98 of The SBI Show catches up on all the action that has already taken place this MLS off-season, including blockbuster trades involving the likes of Eddie Johnson and Chad Marshall, as well as the hiring of several coaches, including Jason Kreis by New York City FC.
With a nod to the past and present, U.S. Soccer released its All-Time USMNT Best XI to round up the Centennial year celebrations.
Six players on the list have earned more than 100 caps in their USMNT careers, including leading vote-receiver Landon Donovan (52 votes), Marcelo Balboa, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Eric Wynalda, and Claudio Reyna.
The MLS Draft is fast approaching and Major League Soccer is already hard at work trying to put together a Generation adidas class that won't have quite the star power of past groups.
The 2014 Generation adidas class doesn't have the kind of high-profile attacking prospects of past drafts, and with MLS apparently looking to spend less money on the Generation adidas class in order to have more funds to spend on Homegrown players, we could see some top prospects pass on MLS offers to either stay in school or pursue options overseas.
One of Italy's most famous rivalries is the star of This Weekend's Soccer on TV.
The Milan derby takes place on Sunday with Inter Milan "hosting" AC Milan at the San Siro, though the match will be missing some of it's usual terrific atmosphere with the closure of the Inter ultras section by the Italian sporting authorities.
Three major leg injuries have stalled the career of Stuart Holden, but he's not letting it keep him down.
The Bolton Wanderers midfielder is currently rehabbing his most recent injury, a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final last July, but he's now returned to England to continue the rest of his recovery.
Clint Dempsey is now only days away from officially joining Fulham FC on loan.
The U.S. Men's National Team forward underwent a medical examination this morning according to the club's official Twitter account and is set for a return to Craven Cottage on a two-month loan through late February.
While most of Europe's top leagues do not have a true marquee match this weekend, France's Ligue 1 will have one as its high-scoring defending champions take on a defensive-minded club that has been a constant title threat in recent years.
First-place Paris Saint-Germain will wrap up the first half of their potential title-defending season against third-place Lille, who boast one of the best goals against records in all of Europe.
The votes are in and U.S. Soccer has determined the U.S. Women's National Team's Best XI.
Making up the bulk of the Best XI is the group that won the World Cup in 1999 in front of a record-breaking crowd of more than 90,000 people at the Rose Bowl â€“ a moment widely seen as putting women's soccer on the map in America.
The 2013 MLS season saw the coming of age of many of the league's best young prospects, including several who helped lead their teams to better-than-expected campaigns.
The New England Revolution tandem of Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe headline the 2013 SBI MLS Under-23 Best XI after they helped lead the Revs to a run to the playoffs that included a nail-biting series loss to eventual MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City.
Plenty has been discussed about the U.S. Men's National Team's difficult draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but did they really come off worst out of all 32 nations heading to Brazil?
British newspaper The Guardian's interactive team took the question and did their best to answer it as well as each nation's strength of schedule, strength of group, and the strength of each individual group stage match.
Fans of the North American Soccer League finally have a date to look forward to and mark down in their calendars.
The NASL released their 2014 spring season schedule today, with the opening weekend of April 12/13 highlighted by a rematch from last season's NASL Soccer Bowl with the New York Cosmos hosting the Atlanta Silverbacks.
The Seattle Sounders have signed a ready-made replacement for Eddie Johnson.
After trading for Kenny Cooper's rights last Friday, the Sounders announced today that they had signed Cooper to a new contract. The Sounders acquired Cooper from FC Dallas along with allocation money in exchange for veteran defensive midfielder Adam Moffat.
The District of Columbia property that serves as a key piece in a pending land swap to build a new D.C. United stadium was up for debate at an open forum Wednesday night â€“ and complaints for area residents could complicate the deal.
Residents along the U Street corridor where the Reeves Center sits said when private developers take over the site, they want it to bring office space and daytime foot traffic rather than luxury apartments, which would be the most valuable use.
There's still a few weeks to go before the MAC Hermann Trophy is announced, but the National Soccer Coaches Association of Americahasrevealed their Players of the Year across the rest of collegiate and high school soccer for the 2013 season.
Jonathan Bornstein's search for playing time will see him stay in Mexico. Just not with Tigres UANL.
Tigres announced late on Wednesday that it has loaned Bornstein to Atlante in a deal that could lead to the veteran left back earning consistent minutes for the first time in years. Bornstein has seen just 368 minutes in league play since transferring to Tigres back in January 2011 and did not make a single appearance for the club during the recently-concluded Apertura campaign.
Qualification for the 2016 European Championship in France will have a new look to it.
Taking advantage of the longer FIFA international breaks at use, UEFA is set to debut their initiative called "week of football" which will see the Euro 2016 qualification matches played over a series of three days.
Jurgen Klinsmann was unable to secure a commitment from Julian Green in November, but that doesn't mean the U.S. Men's National Team head coach hasn't stopped trying.
With a new contract through 2018 in hand, Klinsmann is likely to continue recruiting a number of talented dual-national players to join the USMNT squad, including Green, who is currently with Bayern Munich at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.
While Jimmy Nielsen ended his playing career following Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup title victory on Dec. 7, it seems that he could still be involved in soccer in America as soon as next season.
Oklahoma City Energy FC were announced as an expansion franchise in USL Pro last July, and according to a report in Sports Illustrated, Nielsen could become the club's first head coach ahead of their inaugural season in 2014.
A busy cup week continues on Wednesday with a number of competitions across Europe taking place.
The day begins with the fifth-place match in the Club World Cup as CONCACAF champion Monterrey faces African side Al-Ahly, followed bysecond semifinal match withRaja Casablanca, who upset Monterrey in the quarterfinals, facing South American champions Atletico Mineiro.
For the third time in as many years, the Montreal Impact have a new head coach.
After a disastrous late-season collapse that saw the Impact defeated early in the MLS Cup playoffs, owner Joey Saputo decided to make a change in manager, hiring former Chicago Fire head coach Frank Klopas to take charge of the Impact in the 2014 season.
Following the excitement of the first stage of the 2013 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft, even more action is expected as we get set for the second stage.
A total of 48 players are available for the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft (3pm, Wednesday), including former MLS MVP winners David Ferreira and Dwayne De Rosario and other veterans such as Heath Pearce, Joe Cannon, Joel Lindpere, and Brian Mullin.
Were you wondering what that camera was doing strapped to Brad Davis' chest during Brian Ching's testimonial match last Friday?
Well wonder no more. The folks with the Houston Dynamo posted a video with highlights from the Davis GoPro cam, giving fans an inside look not only at the match but what a player sees and hears during a game.
D.C. United are coming off a season in which they scored the second fewest goals in MLS history, but help is on the way in the form of a U.S. Men's National Team forward with a proven track record for scoring in the league.
David Beckham's dream of bringing an MLS team to Miami has taken another step towards becoming reality.
Beckham and South Florida soccer fans received good news on Tuesday as Miami-Dade County voted in favor of passing a resolution that will allow mayor Carlos Gimenez to negotiate a location for a soccer-specific stadium with the global icon's ownership group.
The Houston Dynamo may have just found someone capable of filling the void left behind by centerback Bobby Boswell.
Less than a week after allowing Boswell to leave the club via Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Dynamo announced they acquired the rights to central defender David Horst from the Portland Timbers via a trade on Tuesday.
There weren't any flashy goals scored or inch-perfect assists created, but Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp put together a promising rookie season.
Though he only played 16 times, Trapp stepped right into the Crew's starting lineup on July 7 against the Portland Timbers and not only never lost his place in the lineup, but proved to be adept at keeping possession in central midfield.
Clint Dempsey may reportedly be heading back to Fulham in January, but he is far from being the only American who could use a move at the start of the new year.
Several U.S. Men's National Team pool players are currently in substantially worse club situations than Dempsey who is expected to be loaned out by the Seattle Sounders in the coming weeks simply to round into form ahead of the 2014 World Cup- and are in need of securing transfers or loans if they want to have any chance of playing in that prestigious tournament next summer.
Sporting Kansas City's primary offseason need was to replace retiring goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. In just over one week, they've solved that problem.
Overland Park, Kan. native AndyGruenebaum was traded today by the Columbus Crew to his hometown club, Sporting Kansas City, with a second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft going to Columbus in return.
In a rather unprecedented move on Friday, U.S. Soccer announced that they had signed U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to a contract extension through the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as well as adding the role of technical director to his job title.
When Patrick Mullins slotted home the opening goal of Sunday's NCAA College Cup Final, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looked like a team ready to fall to a Maryland side with a history of winning national championships.
Notre Dame didn't fold though. The Fighting Irish rallied, tying the match before halftime, and putting away an Andrew O'Malley game-winner in the 60th minute to post a 2-1 victory at PPL Park.
A familiar face could be returning to Craven Cottage on New Year's Day.
Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey is set to move on a short-term loan to his former club Fulham when the winter transfer window opens up, according to a report in the British newspaper, The Guardian.
For clubs in the English Premier League this season, it does not matter if you are battling in the thick of the title race or scrapping down in the relegation spots when you visit Manchester City at the Ethiad Stadium, you are going to be in for a long day.
For the second consecutive year, Arsenal have been paired with German powerhouse Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, after UEFA completed their Champions League knockout round draw this morning at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
A day after trading for midfielder Mauro Rosales, Chivas USA sent Jorge Villafana and the No. 2 overall pick in Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft to the Portland Timbers in exchange for centerback Andrew Jean-Baptiste and the No.
The Houston Dynamo will join the National Women's Soccer League in 2014 with a new team named the Houston Dash, the club announced Thursday.
"We are thrilled to have our very own NWSL franchise here in Houston," Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti said during a formal announcement at BBVA Compass Stadium that was streamed live on Dynamo's website.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. â€” A new era has arrived for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The Rowdies announced on Thursday afternoon that controlled interest of the club has been sold to multimillionaire entrepreneur Bill Edwards after five years of ownership from Andrew Nestor and David Laxer.
Before hosting the Major League Soccer All-Star game or their first regular season game of the 2014 calendar year, the Portland Timbers will be hosting their third-annual preseason tournament, the Rose City Invitational.
Between Feb. 23 and Mar. 1, the Timbers will face the San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Jamaican club Portmore United in friendly matches at Jeld-Wen Field prior to their MLS regular season home opener on March 8 against the Philadelphia Union.
The Houston Dynamo will announce on Thursday they are joining the National Women's Soccer League as an expansion team â€“ and not only are the league's other eight franchises in favor, they are supporting measures to expedite Houston's team-building, sources have told SBI.
Chelsea could be set to bring over one of Germany's top talents to the English Premier League this January.
According to a report in German publication SportBild, Jose Mourinho is considering a move that would send Belgian winger Kevin De Bruyne and cash to FC Schalke in exchange for 20-year-old attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, who scored for Schalke in their 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory on Wednesday.
Mauro Rosales can be scratched off the list of available players in this year's MLS Re-Entry Draft.
Chivas USA landed the 32-year-old Rosales a day before he was set to be made available in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft, sending the rights to forward Tristan Bowen to the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday afternoon.
The New England Revolution have acquired goalkeeper Brad Knighton via a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps, according to SBI's Ives Galarcep. Details of the deal have not yet been revealed, but are expected to come out as early as Wednesday afternoon.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€” Matt Reis has been the heartbeat of the New England Revolution since he became the team's starting goalkeeper in 2004. His importance to one of Major League Soccer's founding franchises has been undeniable.
He's lead the team through a period of unprecedented success in the mid-2000s, where he helped lead the Revs to three consecutive MLS Cup Final appearances, and through a rebuilding period that culminated this year with a return to playoffs.
MLS's return to Miami could take one more step towards becoming reality next week.
According to the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade County commissioners are expected to meet and vote next Tuesday on legislation that would ask mayor Carlos Gimenez's administration to identify potential sites for a soccer-specific stadium and negotiate construction contracts with interested private developers.
HOBOKEN, N.J. Thierry Henry might not wind up retiring after the 2014 season, after all.
Speaking to reporters at an end-of-the-year roundtable discussion, Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said the club would not be opposed to signing Henry to a new deal once his current one expires at the end of the 2014 campaign.
Much of the talk since the Seattle Sounders' season ended has been about whether or not Clint Dempsey will secure an offseason loan, but he is not the only player on the squad that could make a potential move abroad this winter.
Arsenal, Napoli, and Borussia Dortmund are all hoping to avoid a scenario where they finish level on points, heading into the final UEFA Champions League group stage match day.
If Arsenal fall to Napoli by a margin of three goals or more and Dortmund take care of business at Marseille, all three clubs could finish tied on points, and it would see Arsenal miss out on advancing to the knockout round.
New York City FC have their head coach, and soon they could have the location for their soccer-specific stadium.
On the same night that Jason Kreis was officially announced as NYCFC's first head coach, a report from the New York Post surfaced Tuesday that said the club was close to finalizing a deal for a 28,000-seat stadium in the Bronx just south of Yankee Stadium.
With one swing of the leg, Cristiano Ronaldo wrote his name in UEFA and Real Madrid lore.
Ronaldo's goal three minutes after the halftime break against FC Copenhagen was his ninth of the UEFA Champions League group stage, a new record, as well as the 800th Real Madrid goal in the European Cup/Champions League competition.
All eyes today look towards Manchester as David Moyes and his Manchester United team look to exit from their recent league tailspin.
The Red Devils play their third straight home match on Tuesday against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League, but are coming off two consecutive defeats at Old Trafford, a streak that had become unthinkable in recent years.
Next year's Major League Soccer All-Star Game is looking likely to have more of a German flavor.
Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed to German publication SportBild that Bayern Munich would be heading across the Atlantic Ocean next summer to face the MLS All-Stars, becoming the first German team in the annual exhibition match.
Coming off back-to-back losses in Old Trafford, a beleaguered Manchester United need to figure out how to again win at home against a Shakhtar Donetsk side eager to advance.
Man United have already secured their spot in Champion's League knockout stages, but now winning today against Shakhtar is a matter of staving off crisis for manager David Moyes before heading into the knockout round.
For about 90 minutes, it looked as though the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team would walk away from Monday's opening match of the Nike International Friendlies with Portugal with a well-earned point and some experience under their belt.
Instead, with a momentary lapse of concentration, Portugal turned a stoppage-time free kick into a goal via the head ofGoncalo Vieira to take a 2-1 victory in the dying moments.
With all the pressure that comes with being the star of the Brazilian National Team and a â‚¬57 million signing by Barcelona, it's understandable to expect that Neymar would pick up the scoring slack while Lionel Messi misses time with injury.
But the 21-year-old winger hasn't been banging in the goals at the same rate that he did for Santos or the Brazilian National Team, while Barcelona lost two matches in a row, at Ajax and at Athletic Bilbao.
Even though they haven't hired a head coach for the 2014 Major League Soccer season, the FC Dallas front office are plenty busy constructing next season's team.
The team announced on Monday that they picked up the options of 14 players and signed former MLS SuperDraft pick Ryan Hollingshead, but one player that they'll have to replace for next year is forward Kenny Cooper, who they acquired ahead of this past season from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money.
There's a distinctive ACC feel to the 2013 College Cup as three schools from the storied Atlantic Coast Conference earned a trip to PPL Park in Philadelphia.
The final four teams in the 2013 Division One Men's Soccer NCAA Tournament includes third-seeded Notre Dame, fifth-seeded Maryland, eighth-seeded Virginia, and Conference USA's Notre Dame, who are seeded seventh in the tournament.
U.S. Under-17 head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-man squad for the annual Nike International Friendlies, where the U.S. will face Portugal, England, and Brazil in their first real tests as part of the current cycle.
Five players in the squad including top prospects Haji Wright (LA Galaxy), George Braima (Columbus Crew and Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls) come from MLS academies, while another two, Luca de la Torre (Fulham FC) and Joe Gallardo (Monterrey) currently ply their trade abroad.
Major League Soccer is bringing a little bit of the World Cup to North America
Starting next March, MLS will be using the official 2014 FIFA World Cup ball, the Brazuca, as their official game ball for the 2014 season. According to MLSSoccer.com, MLS will become the first league in the world to use the Brazuca in an official match.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Sporting Kansas City spent the past few years knocking on the door of an MLS Cup title and on Saturday they finally made their way through.
Sporting KC won the 2013 MLS Cup in front of 21,650 fans on a frigid Saturday evening at Sporting Park, defeating Real Salt Lake, 7-6, on penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 draw that had plenty of physical play and drama.
A matchup between two of the most high-flying clubs in England headlines this busy Soccer Sunday of action from all over the world.
First-place Arsenal have shutout five of their last six opponents in English Premier League play, and they will look to keep that run going when USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard and fifth-place Everton visit Emirates Stadium.
Sporting Kansas City takes on Real Salt Lake today in the 2013 MLS Cup Final at Sporting Park (4pm, ESPN).
Sporting KC is hosting the final, and will look to overcome the frigid conditions for a second straight match as Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber lead KC's attack against a Real Salt Lake side riding a wave of confidence after posting impressive playoff victories against the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.
While fans and the coaching staffs of the U.S. Men's National Team, Germany, Ghana, and Portugal are fretting at the difficult task ahead, many of the players likely to be involved have expressed excitement.
Ghanian and Schalke 04 midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng started the ball rolling right after the draw was completed by tweeting a picture of his brother, Jerome,and revealing his excitement to play Jerome and the German National Team.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Real Salt Lake could very well be at full health on Saturday.
Set to take on Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in the 2013 MLS Cup Final, RSL head coach Jason Kreis will have most if not all of his players available. Forward Alvaro Saborio (hip flexor) and left back Chris Wingert (fractured rib and pneumothorax) have recovered from their injuries, have practiced with the club the last couple of weeks and should be available for the championship match on Saturday afternoon.
While catching red-hot Bayern Munich is definitely Borussia Dortmund's ultimate goal, they will face a different kind of tough challenge Saturday in their drive back to the top of the Bundesliga table.
Third-place Dortmund sit three points behind second-place Bayer Leverkusen, their opponents for Saturday's clash at Signal-Iduna Park.
Earlier today, the U.S. Men's National Team was drawn into Group G of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where they'll face Germany, Ghana, and Portugal in what will be a major test of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the entire squad.
In what will be weather more suited to playing ice hockey on a backyard pond (Saturday's forecast high is 24), Sporting Kansas City will try to win their franchise's second MLS Cup, having won their first in 2000.
This time, however, they will be playing in front of their home fans, in what will be the club's 36th consecutive sellout.
Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner â€“ now with more snow on the pitch! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only the last MLS fan paying attention can provide.
Well back in my younger days there were these MLS playoffs and as I recall four teams played for the right to play in the MLS Championship game.
Bayern Munich may be slowly running away with the Bundesliga title for the second season running, but the battle for second place is as hot as it's even been.
The second and third-placed teams in the Bundesliga meet up on Saturday in what could be a proverbial "six pointer" kind of match, as Bayer Leverkusen drives an hour up the road to Signal Iduna Park to face Borussia Dortmund.
The draw for the 2014 World Cup was not kind to the United States.
The U.S. Men's National Team was handed one of the most difficult groups in World Cup history as they were placed in Group G with Germany, Ghana, and Portugal, with matches in the north (Manaus) and northeast(Natal and Recife)of Brazil.
KANSAS CITY Mike Magee found out about a week ago over a phone call that he was the 2013 MLS MVP.
He still found it surreal on Thursday.
Standing in front of family and media members on Thursday evening ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup Final between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake, Magee joined a distinguished group of players by being named the league's best player for the 2013 campaign.
The day that we've all been waiting for is finally here.
In beautiful Costa do Sauipe, FIFA will draw each of the 32 nations qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil into one of eight groups (11:30am on ESPN2/ESPN3/Univision). From there, fans will begin to contemplate their team's chances for achieving World Cup glory.
FIFA have given themselves 12 months to study the feasibility of moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from summer to the winter.
Following the final FIFA Executive Committee meeting of 2013, FIFA president Sepp Blatter told reporters what was spoken of, including an updated timeline on a potential scheduling change for the Qatar World Cup.
KANSAS CITY Win or lose, Saturday's MLS Cup Final could be Jason Kreis' last game as head coach of Real Salt Lake.
Kreis admitted as much during RSL's first 2013 MLS Cup press conference on Thursday night, just two days before he leads the club to the championship match against hosts Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park.
Thirty-one nations have booked a ticket to Brazil after a World Cup qualifying campaign that began in June 2011 and finished in November 2013 with Uruguay's scoreless draw in their second leg playoff match against Jordan.
A total of 820 qualifying matches were played by 207 nations across the globe, from Madrid to Manilla and back.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Seth Sinovic will not be looking for revenge when he lines up on Saturday against Real Salt Lake, the same club that took him on trial two years ago before deciding against bringing him on board.
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando claimed his second-straight MLS Save of the Year award today.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper won the award for his double save against the Colorado Rapids in Week 23 that denied Jaime CastrillÃ³n's snap header before sprawling the other way to tip the rebound away before the ball could go in off an Real Salt Lake player.
MINEOLA, N.Y. The New York Cosmos brought their North American Soccer League trophy back home Wednesday for a celebration hosted by Nassau County.
Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese and Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover were joined by Nassau County executive EdMangano and New York State Senator Jack Martins to present the Championship trophy to the team and fans in attendance at the event.
For Mike Magee, returning home made all the difference.
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday morning that Magee has been named the league' Most Valuable Player, taking home the award for the first time in his 11-year professional career. The Chicago Fire forward won in a landslide over former Los Angeles Galaxy teammate Robbie Keane, Marco Di Vaio, and Tim Cahill.
Bayern Munich could be facing an injury crisis as they head into the FIFA Club World Cup later this month.
The club confirmed that winger Arjen Robben, who was stretchered off on Wednesday after a nasty collision with the Augsburg goalkeeper in Bayern's 2-0 victory, will be out for the next six weeks with a knee injury.
For the first time in 21 years, Everton left Old Trafford with three valuable points.
After failing to win a game at Manchester United for more than two decades, Roberto Martinez's men put in a terrific performance and defeated former Everton boss David Moyes, 1-0, on Wednesday evening in Manchester.
Everton finally snapped a winless run at Old Trafford that went back 21 years, and Tim Howard played a big part in making that happen.
Howard was integral to the Toffees picking up their first road victory against Manchester United since 1992, making six saves and opening the door for Bryan Oviedo's late winner in Wednesday's 1-0 win.
After1,205 minutes without a goal in the English Premier League, Jozy Altidore scored his first EPL goal of the season for Sunderland in the 14th minute on Wednesday against Chelsea. Altidore collected a pass from teammate Jack Colback in the box, spun to his right, and fired low past Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech with a left-footed shot to level the scoreline at the time.
For the first time since leaving on July 1 to take over as manager of Manchester United, David Moyes will face his former club Everton on Wednesday.
Moyes spent ten seasons at Goodison Park building Everton into a side capable of beating most teams on any day, but new manager Roberto Martinez has taken the squad a step further with their attractive attacking play and the goal-scoring form of on-loan forward Romelu Lukaku.
Donovan Ricketts resumes his reign as top goalkeeper in Major League Soccer.
With the edge in club votes and player votes, respect from his colleagues has earned Ricketts his second MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, the league announced Wednesday.
The Jamaican international guided a still-developing Portland Timbers back line under first-year coach Caleb Porter with poise, displaying the leadership of a veteran and making big saves along the way.
Speaking to fans and journalists across the nation on Tuesday from the Google offices in New York City, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber touched on a number of topics, including expansion, a change to a winter schedule, and more.
But arguably the most surprising comments came from a question on transparency in MLS.
FC Nantes were on their way to a third straight shutout loss on Tuesday, but Alejandro Bedoya ensured that did not happen with one of his best outings of the season.
Three days after playing 83 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Guingamp, Bedoya enjoyed a strong performance that included an equalizer in Nantes' 2-1 come-from-behind win over relegation-threatened Valenciennes.
Adidas revealed the design of the 2014 World Cup ball tonight in a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro as the World Cup draw approaches this Friday. The name "brazuca" is reportedly an informal local term to describe the Brazilian way of life.
Three of the 12 World Cup stadiums are expected to be delivered well after the Dec. 31 deadline set by FIFA.
Following a deadly work accident last Wednesday in Sao Paulo, construction on the Arena Corinthians is back underway and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valke believes that it could be finished in three months time.
With FIFA announcing the set-up of the World Cup draw pots on Tuesday, we now have a much better idea exactly what sort of draws the U.S. Men's National Team could face on Friday.
There weren't any real surprises among the pots, save for the creation of a pot X, which will separate the seeded South American teams in order to ensure they aren't drawn against the other South American teams in Pot 2 (and ensuring the lone European team in Pot 2 doesn't get drawn into a group with two other European teams.
Major League Soccer revealed their Best XI on Tuesday afternoon, and it features a number of familiar faces who put up big numbers during the 2013 season.
Only Graham Zusi, Robbie Keane, and Matt Besler return from the 2012 MLS Best XI as a number of players, including Mike Magee, Tim Cahill, and Diego Valeri, had breakout seasons to propel them into this year's version.
If there was one main thing to take away from MLS commissioner Don Garber's 2013 State of the League address, it is that the league currently has its expansion eyes fixed on the southeast.
Speaking to reporters and fans inside the Google offices in New York City, Garber once again reaffirmed the notion on Tuesday that MLS is currently hoping to add more teams to the southeast in an effort to enlarge the league's national footprint.
As Major League Soccer continues to look towards the southeast United States for expansion, USL Pro is looking west for theirs.
According to a report in the Colorado Springs Gazette, USL Pro will be expanding to Colorado Springs for the 2015 season. A news conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon and USL Pro president Tim Holt, Colorado Springs mayorSteve Bach, and franchise ownerMartin Ragain are all expected to attend.
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is likely to be one of the most unique tournaments in the history of soccer.
With stadiums across the country being used, a nation at the World Cup could play a match one day in winter-like conditions in the southeast of Brazil before traveling to the northeast where the humidity and heat will feel more like the summer.
With time ahead of the 2014 World Cup running short, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has scheduled another fellow World Cup participant for his team to face following their January camp.
U.S. Soccer announced today that the USMNT will host South Korea on Sunday, Feb.
With both clubs sharing an owner, it was only a matter of time before a connection would form between D.C. United and Italian club Inter Milan.
In a release from D.C. United on Monday, the two clubs have entered a "strategic partnership" together, which according to the release includes the "sharing of team, organizational, and competitive" practices.
If the opening round of the Liga MX Apertura playoffs is a sign of things to come, this could be the most exciting path to the title in recent history.
Between the eight teams in the Liguilla quarterfinals, 30 goals were scored in the opening phase as Toluca, Club Leon, Club America, and Santos Laguna all moved on to the Apertura semifinals which begin on Friday.
Borussia Dortmund's injury crisis has worsened heading into their German Cup round of 16 on Tuesday.
Though Jurgen Klopp's side won against his former team Mainz 05, 3-1, on Saturday, Dortmund lost three more players to injury in the first half. Sven Bender (thigh) was forced off in the 33rd minute for Nuri Sahin, while Jakob Blaszczykowski (hip) and Marco Reus (calf) both were taken off at halftime.
Steve Cherundolo and Brek Shea made some waves this weekend when both made their season debuts for their respective clubs, and that topic serves as the lead subject on the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Episode 96 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at Cherundolo and Shea's returns to league action, and what it could mean going forward.
A week after Mix Diskerud submitted his candidate for goal of the year for Americans Abroad, Jermaine Jones unleashed a nominee of his own on Saturday. Jones scored on a screamer to notch the final goal in a 3-0 win for Schalke over Stuttgart.
Jones ended November on a high note after struggling for much of the month, including a pair of lackluster performances for the U.
For the first time since March, Spanish giants Barcelona are on a losing streak.
Five days after their road Champions League loss to Ajax, the first defeat since Gerardo Martino took over the managerial post at Camp Nou, Barcelona were defeated 1-0 Sunday in their first trip to Athletic Bilbao's new San Mames Stadium.
Jonathan Spector's hope for a return to full fitness has been put on hold for at least two more months.
The Birmingham City defender suffered a setback in training this week as he was rehabbing his oft-injured thigh and is likely to be out until late January, according to a report in the Birmingham Mail.