Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2013

Sporting KC’s Rosell appears for Catalonia in win vs. Cape Verde

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By DAN KARELL

Fresh off winning the 2013 MLS Cup with Sporting Kansas City, Oriol Rosell achieved another milestone in his young career.

Rosell made his first-ever appearance for the Catalonian National Team on Monday evening as a second-half substitute in Catalonia's 4-1 victory against Cape Verde.

Ligue 1 midfielder heading to MLS, linked with Fire

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By DAN KARELL

One of the 20 Ligue 1 captains is heading to the United States to continue his career.

Last-placed club AC Ajaccio announced today that captain Jean-BaptistePierazzi has a contract offer from an unnamed club in the United States and could make the transfer next month.

SBI’s top 10 USMNT matches of 2013

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By DAN KARELL

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.

The top five USWNT matches of 2013

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

Tottenham line up friendlies against Sounders and Fire next summer

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By DAN KARELL

For the third time in the last five years, Tottenham will be spending a portion of their preseason in the United States.

Tottenham announced today that they have scheduled friendly matches against the Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire next July ahead of the 2014/2015 English Premier League season.

SBI Live Q&A (Dec. 30th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Minnesota Vikings’ MLS aspirations “heat up” with stadium plan

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Efforts by the Minnesota Vikings to score a Major League Soccer franchise "have heated up" with the Vikings' new soccer-suitable stadium design, the team announced this week.

The Vikings new stadium planned for 2016 will be designed to MLS standards with a soccer pitch of 121 x 72 yards.

Monday Kickoff: Mourinho accuses Suarez of diving; Messi could return early; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Moenchengladbach interested in Hoffenheim’s Johnson

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The final round of 2013 matches in England was a forgettable one for the Americans Abroad.

Only seven players saw time in their respective games this weekend and the one who drew the most attention was Jozy Altidore, though not for positive reasons.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Mid-Day Ticker: Lippi hints at retirement; More signs of potential Casillas exit; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

The 2013 SBI MLS Most Improved Best XI

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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.

Hannover parts ways with head coach Slomka

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By DAN KARELL

Just halfway through the 2013-2014 Bundesliga campaign, Hannover 96 has decided it's time for a head coaching change.

The club announced on Friday that manager Mirko Slomka had agreed to mutually terminate his contract, ending his three and a half year period as the club's head coach.

A look back at USMNT players who saw their stock rise, or fall, in 2013

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

My latest column for Goal.

Friday Kickoff: Messi eyes January return; Rodgers calls out referees; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Lionel Messi's rehabilitation is continuing right on schedule, giving FC Barcelona's staff hope that he'll be fit and ready to take the field next month.

Specifically, Barcelona is reportedly eying Jan. 11 as the first match back for Messi, where Barcelona will be visiting Atletico Madrid in a top of the table clash.

EPL Weekend Preview: Chelsea host Liverpool; first-place Arsenal travel to Newcastle; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With the rest of the world's top leagues in a winter break, the English Premier League will have the sport's stage all to itself again this weekend after an entertaining Boxing Day of matches.

As the first half of the EPL season comes to a close, only five points separate first place and fifth place in what is shaping up to be a dramatic title and Champions League qualification race.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Americans Abroad: Thursday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Mid-Day Ticker: Man United win in comeback fashion; Barcelona begin talks for Courtois; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Revolution bring back Alston, Barnes, Soffner on new deals

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Kevin Alston will be staying in New England, after all.

The Revolution announced on Thursday that they have signed Alston to a new deal that will keep him at the club during the upcoming season.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney

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Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

A full day of English Premier League action awaits as the British isle's annual celebration of the day after Christmas commences.

Kicking off the day, Manchester United visits Hull City knowing that a victory can help David Moyes' squad jump up to sixth place in the standings.

The SBI Show: Episode 99 (Talking Dempsey’s loan, the Cruz Azul moves, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The holiday season may be upon us, but that isn't stopping Major League Soccer from keeping us busy with plenty to discuss on the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 99 takes a look at Clint Dempsey's loan move to Fulham, and just what it means for him and for the Seattle Sounders.

Merry Christmas from SBI

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By IVES GALARCEP

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).

Rosell called up by Catalonia for Cape Verde Islands friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Oriol Rosell will soon be playing alongside the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique, and it's not because he will be transferring away from Sporting Kansas City.

Rosell has been selected to represent Catalonia in an end-of-the-year friendly vs.

Dempsey talks Fulham return

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Dempsey returns to Fulham on two-month loan from Sounders

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Clint Dempsey is making his way back to Craven Cottage.

After weeks of rumors and reports, the Seattle Sounders announced on Tuesday that they have sent Dempsey on a two-month loan to Premiership side Fulham.

Galaxy to open preseason with friendly vs. Armenian champions

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By DAN KARELL

A team renowned for their international stars will be opening up their 2014 preseason campaign with international opposition.

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Monday that they will play their first match of the 2014 calendar year in a friendly at the StubHub Center on Feb.

Henry discusses playing future, more in lengthy interview

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Tuesday Kickoff: Robben confident of Bayern extension; Atletico linked with Benteke; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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 theSüddeutschen 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.

Monday Evening Ticker: Arsenal draw with Chelsea; Sherwood appointed Spurs boss; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

SBI 2014 MLS Mock Draft (Version 1.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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).

Ching named managing director of NWSL expansion club Dash

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By DAN KARELL

Brian Ching seemed headed for a front office role following retirement from the Houston Dynamo, and he's already found himself a new role that will allow him to remain in Houston.

On Monday, Ching was named the managing director of the newest expansion franchise in the National Women's Soccer League, the Houston Dash.

Earthquakes move home opener for CCL scheduling relief

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By DAN KARELL

Following precedent in recent years, the San Jose Earthquakes have re-scheduled some early season Major League Soccer matches to help them compete in the CONCACAF Champions League next spring.

The Earthquakes announced today that they've moved their original home opener against the Colorado Rapids from Mar.

Union, Earthquakes confirm transfers of Farfan and Baca to Cruz Azul

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By DAN KARELL

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.

USMNT players discuss favorite holiday gifts

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By DAN KARELL

In the spirit of the season, U.S. Soccer's media team spoke to a handful of U.S. Men's National Team players to discuss their favorite gift received and given.

Brad Evans, DaMarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Geoff Cameron, Chris Wondolowski, and Terrence Boyd all dished on their most memorable holiday moments.

Must-See Goal: Juan Arango

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European Weekend Rewind: Palacio leads Inter to derby win; PSG and Lille draw; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Monday Kickoff: Man City players want Messi; Mourinho hopes for long Chelsea stay; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It does not look to be all doom and gloom as far the U.S. Men's National Team's right back situation is concerned. At least, not on this weekend.

A number of the right backs in the U.S. player pool had noteworthy performances, but none may have been bigger than that of Steve Cherundolo.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

One of the most intense rivalries in European soccer headlines this Soccer Sunday as Inter Milan "host" AC Milan at their shared home of San Siro.

Inter will be looking to snap their recent cold spell just one win in their last five league matches and get back into the hunt for a top spot in Serie A against their struggling city rivals.

Johannsson scores as AZ Alkmaar’s league struggles continue

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Bayern Munich could add a new piece of silverware to their packed trophy case on Saturday the FIFA Club World Cup trophy.

The defending champions of Europe have opened up a good-sized lead in the Bundesliga heading into the winter break, and they will finish off the calendar year in Morocco at the Club World Cup final.

MLS Ticker: D.C. United sell Jakovic to Japan; Kronberg re-signs with Sporting KC; and more

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United's offseason overhaul continued on Friday with the departure of a long-tenured starting defender for the club.

Following a season where he started 17 of 18 matches for the league's worst franchise, Dave Kaspar and D.

Cruz Azul closing in on MLS trio

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By DAN KARELL

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.

The SBI Show: Episode 98 (Catching up on a busy MLS off-season, USMNT World Cup draw, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Donovan, Reyna, McBride headline USMNT All-Time Best XI

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By DAN KARELL

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.

A look at the MLS Generation adidas candidates

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

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.

NWSL Ticker: DiCicco up for Houston expansion job; Harris, Brooks to return stateside; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Legendary U.S. Women's National Team coach Tony DiCicco could be returning to the sidelines in 2014.

DiCicco is reportedly a candidate to lead the newest franchise of the National Women's Soccer League, the Houston Dash, according to a Houston news affiliate.

Holden discusses recovery from knee injury

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Energy FC names Nielsen head coach, adds Sporting KC as MLS affiliate

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By DAN KARELL

Jimmy Nielsen won't have much time to relax during the first few weeks of his retirement from a long playing career.

The former Sporting Kansas City captain and goalkeeper was named the first-ever head coach of Oklahoma City Energy FC, a new expansion franchise beginning line in USL Pro next season.

Silverbacks add local ownership group

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By DAN KARELL

Heading into the 2014 North American Soccer League season, the Atlanta Silverbacks are not only welcoming in a new coach, but also a new ownership group.

The Silverbacks announced today that they've brought in a new ownership group consisting of longtime chairman BorisJerkunica, vice-chairmanJohn Latham, and brothers Henry and John Hardin.

Nike signs extension with U.S. Soccer to remain official uniform provider

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By DAN KARELL

Players and coaches have come and gone through U.S. Soccer, but there's been one constant since 1995.

The team's official uniform provider Nike announced today that they've signed a new contract with U.S. Soccer to remain an official partner through 2022.

Friday Kickoff: Dempsey undergoes Fulham medical; Suarez signs long-term Liverpool contract; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS chooses Bradenton’s IMG Academy as eastern hub for 2014 preseason

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Orlando will not be the only city in Florida hosting a number of MLS teams this upcoming preseason.

MLS announced on Thursday afternoon that it has selected Bradenton's IMG Academy as its Eastern hub for the 2014 preseason.

European Weekend Preview: First-place PSG host third-place Lille; Milan derby ahead; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Whatever worked for Aron Johannsson against Heerenveen on Wednesday, he will likely be asked to do again this weekend.

Three days after victimizing Heerenveen with a brace in a KNVB Cup victory, Johannsson once again will go up against the Super Frisians in an Eredivisie tilt on Saturday.

Impact exercise contract options on 15 players

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By DAN KARELL

As new Montreal Impact head coach Frank Klopas begins to put together his squad for the 2014 MLS season, he knows that he has at least 21 players signed on for next year.

The Impact announced today that they have exercised the contract options of 15 players to add to the six already signed for next year.

U.S. Soccer names USWNT best XI

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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 – a moment widely seen as putting women's soccer on the map in America.

SBI MLS Under-23 Best XI

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Crew announce affiliate partnership with USL PRO’s Dutch Lions

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By FRANCO PANIZO

You can add the Columbus Crew to the list of teams who have a USL PRO affiliate.

The Crew announced on Thursday afternoon that they have an affiliate partnership with the Dayton Dutch Lions, an Ohio-based third division side that was founded in 2009.

Who really received the toughest World Cup draw?

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By DAN KARELL

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.

NASL release 2014 spring season schedule

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Sounders announce signing of Cooper

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Report: Kaiserslautern to release Wooten

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Andrew Wooten will be looking for a new place to call home this winter.

According to a German report, Wooten is one of four players that Kaiserslautern will soon release as part of the club's plans to reshape its roster during the winter transfer window.

MLS Ticker: Concerns grow with D.C. United stadium plan, Valentin transfers overseas, and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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 – 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.

NSCAA announces year-end awards

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Tigres loan Bornstein to Atlante

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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.

Crew bring back Arrieta on new deal

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By FRANCO PANIZO

In his few weeks in charge, Gregg Berhalter has had no real qualms about parting ways with veteran players from the Columbus Crew.

Jairo Arrieta will not fall under that category.

The Crew announced on Wednesday that they signed the 30-year-old Arrieta to a new deal.

Thursday Kickoff: UEFA to debut “week of football”; Spurs fall in League Cup; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

USMNT remain at No. 14 in final FIFA Rankings of 2013

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By DAN KARELL

With few games since the final FIFA international dates of the year, there was very little movement in the last FIFA Rankings of 2013.

The U.S. Men's National Team remained at No. 14 in the December FIFA Rankings, keeping them as the highest-placed CONCACAF nation and a place behind England and ahead of Chile.

Johannsson scores twice as AZ Almaar advance in Dutch Cup

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Aron Johannsson came through big for AZ Alkmaar Wednesday, scoring twice to push AZ to the KNVB Cup in a dramatic overtime win on penalty kicks, where the U.S. National Team forward also did his part.

Although Heerenveen took an early lead, Johannsson opened scoring for AZ with a tap off a deflection in the 19th minute.

RSL promote assistant Cassar to head coach

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By DAN KARELL

Only eight days after the departure of Jason Kreis as head coach of Real Salt Lake, the club have already appointed his successor.

Deciding to promote from within, RSL announced today that long-time assistant coach Jeff Cassar will be the team's third head coach in franchise history.

Must-See Goal: Ronaldinho

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USL Pro announces new expansion franchise in Tulsa

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

USL Pro's rapid expansion is blowing through Tulsa, Okla., where a new team will begin play in 2015.

USL Proannounced Wednesday that the Great Plains city will be the league's 15th expansion site with the new club being owned by The Tulsa Drillers of Minor League Baseball.

Espindola, De Rosario selected in stage two of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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By DAN KARELL

Eight players were selected in the second stage of the 2013 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft, highlighted by the selections of Fabian Espindola and Dwayne De Rosario.

Espindola was the first player selected as D.

Klinsmann remains in discussions with Green over international future

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Rolfe signs new contract to remain with Fire

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Forward Chris Rolfe is staying put with the Chicago Fire, the only Major League Soccer club he's played with since going pro in 2005.

Rolfe re-signed with Chicago, the club announced Wednesday, one day after removing his name from the MLS Re-Entry Draft list.

Report: Former Sporting KC goalkeeper Nielsen in talks to be first coach of OKC Energy FC

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Impact hire Klopas to replace Schallibaum as head coach

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Ferreira, De Rosario still available in stage two of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Wednesday Kickoff: Barca sued over Neymar transfer; Liverpool want new Suarez deal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Barcelona could wind up paying twice as much as they paid for the transfer of Neymar if they lose a court case.

A Barcelona club member and the Sonda Group, who owned 40 percent of Neymar's economic rights while he was on Santos, have sued Barcelona for €142 million ($195.

Pause, Rolfe withdraw from MLS Re-Entry Draft, likely to remain with Fire

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By DAN KARELL

Two Chicago Fire players have made themselves unavailable for the second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft just hours before it is set to commence.

Both Logan Pause and Chris Rolfe opted out of the Re-Entry Draft on Tuesday, according to a Fire press release, likely meaning that they intend to sign new contracts with the club.

Must-See Video: Player camera worn by Brad Davis at Ching testimonial match

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Beasley move to Querétaro falls through

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By DAN KARELL

DaMarcus Beasley won't be playing with a new club this spring after all.

One of the more bizarre transfer sagas ended on Tuesday when Liga MX club Querétaro announced that Beasley wouldn't be moving to the club from Puebla FC. This is despite Querétaro having released a statement on Dec.

Williams praises “special” U.S. U-17 side following Nike Friendlies title

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By DAN KARELL

After losing their opening match to Portugal, it seemed very unlikely that the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team would go on to winthe 2013 Nike International Friendlies in the manner that they did.

To the surprise of many, the U.

Sounders send Johnson to D.C. United

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Miami-Dade County unanimously votes to negotiate stadium site with Beckham

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Dynamo acquire centerback Horst from Timbers

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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.

Trapp credits experience at U-20 World Cup for solid rookie campaign with Crew

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Toronto FC pick up Morrow in trade with Earthquakes

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Toronto FC have bolstered their defense, acquiring left back Justin Morrow in a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes.

TFC and the Earthquakes completed a deal on Tuesday morning that saw the Reds send allocation money to San Jose in exchange for Morrow.

Holden heads back to Bolton, still 6-8 weeks away from resuming training

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Stuart Holden has made his way back to Bolton Wanderers, but that does not mean that his return to the field is impending.

Despite returning to his club this past Sunday and sitting with traveling supporters as it took on Wigan Athletic at DW Stadium, Holden is not close to making a return to practice in the near future.

Tuesday Kickoff: Gattuso investigated for match-fixing; PSG target Pogba and Mata; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Former Italy National Team and AC Milan legend Gennaro Gattuso is in the news this morning for all the wrong reasons.

Gattuso is one of six people under investigation in a match-fixing scandal that has rocked Italian soccer.

A closer look at USMNT pool players who could use moves this winter

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

MLS Ticker: Crew trade Gruenebaum to Sporting KC; Yallop heads to Europe to scout; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Mid-Day Ticker: Fox Sports renews UCL rights through 2018; FIFA bans Simunic; and more

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By DAN KARELL

They may have lost the right's to the English Premier League starting this season, but there will still be plenty of high quality soccer on Fox Sports' family of networks for the next four years.

Fox Sports announced on Monday that they had renewed the rights to televise the UEFA Champions League and Europa League in the United States and the Caribbean through the 2017/2018 season.

AC Milan vs. AS Roma: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Two of Italy's giants meet for the first time this season as AC Milan host unbeaten AS Roma (2:45pm, beIN Sport USA).

AC Milan is mired in the bottom half of the table as they've struggled to establish themselves in Serie A, although they did make it out of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Whitecaps appoint Robinson as head coach

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By DAN KARELL

After missing out on hiring former U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley, there seemed only one likely outcome for who would be the next manager of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

On Monday, the Whitecaps confirmed previous reports by officially introducing former assistant coach Carl Robinson as the team's new head coach.

24 players invited to first-ever MLS Caribbean player combine

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By DAN KARELL

Looking to further their growth and reach in the Caribbean, Major League Soccer has invited 24 players from 16 different nations to the first-ever Caribbean Player Combine.

Set to take place from Jan. 2-4 in St. John, Antigua & Barbuda, the combine will offer the players, ranging from 18-to-24-years old, a chance to make it to the MLS Player Combine from Jan.

Klinsmann outlines his vision of future of U.S. Soccer

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Liverpool's visit to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane headlines a jam-packed Soccer Sunday of action from all over the world.

Liverpool have posted impressive back-to-back victories thanks to the continued hot streak of striker Luis Suarez, but the Reds have not fared well away from Anfield in recent weeks.

U-17 USMNT 4, U-17 Brazil 1: Match Highlights

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Notre Dame tops Maryland to win first NCAA title

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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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Danny Williams can keep this going, making the U.S. Men's National Team's 2014 World Cup roster will become a serious possibility.

Williams was one of the few bright spots in a rough weekend for the Americans Abroad contingent, helping Reading pick up a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Report: Dempsey to return to Fulham on short-term loan

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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.

European Weekend Rewind: Man City defeat Arsenal in shootout; Neymar leads Barca past Villarreal; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Arsenal-Bayern Munich, Man City-Barcelona highlight UEFA Champions League Round of 16

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By DAN KARELL

It's deja-vu all over again for Arsenal.

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.

Monday Kickoff: Tottenham sack Villas-Boas; Juventus drawn in Europa League knockout round; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Tottenham's patience with André Villas-Boas has finally run out.

Early this morning, Tottenham released a short statement saying that they have reached an agreement by mutual consent for Villas-Boas to leave the club, ending his year and a half run in North London.

Red Bulls agree new deals with Robles, Miller

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By DAN KARELL

Whether they make mistakes or not, the New York Red Bulls have sent a strong message of their belief in the ability of Roy Miller and Luis Robles to win the club an MLS Cup title.

The Red Bulls announced on Monday that they have signed both the left back Miller and goalkeeper Robles to new contracts, tying them down for the 2014 season.

MLS Notes: Chivas USA, Timbers swap Villafana for Jean-Baptiste; Red Bulls re-sign Akpan; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Chivas USA makeover continues.

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.

Boyd goal not enough to save Vienna from Europa League elimination

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Terrence Boyd got Rapid Vienna off to a dream start in their must-win UEFA Europa League group stage finale, but it still was not enough for the club to avoid an early exit.

Needing a win over Dynamo Kiev to advance out of Group G, Rapid Vienna suffered elimination after losing 3-1 to the Ukrainian club on Thursday.

Dynamo welcome NWSL expansion team: Houston Dash

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

Rowdies introduce Edwards as new owner

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — 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.

Boswell, Zakuani, Franklin among those taken in Stage 1 Re-Entry Draft

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft is over and done with, and with more players taken than ever before.

Five players were taken in the first part of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft on Thursday afternoon, including centerback Bobby Boswell, winger Steve Zakuani and right back/midfielder Sean Franklin.

U-17 USMNT 5, U-17 England 1: Match Highlights

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Timbers to host Rose City Invitational preseason tournament

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Sources: NWSL clubs supporting Dynamo in expedited expansion

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Houston Dynamo will announce on Thursday they are joining the National Women's Soccer League as an expansion team – 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.

UEFA Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The UEFA Europa League group stage closes out on Thursday, and that should make for plenty of drama and entertainment that is worth watching.

From Olympique Lyon to Lazio, several clubs will be attempting to keep their European dreams alive as they head into their final group games.

Cooper, Convey, Alston among players to opt-out of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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By DAN KARELL

The amount of players available in today's first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft (3pm via teleconference) has dwindled by 11 from the original 68 players announced last Monday.

Of the 11 players to opt-out of the Re-Entry Draft, Kenny Cooper, Bobby Convey, and Kevin Alston are the most noticeable.

MLS announces 2014 All-Stars to play Bayern Munich

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The reigning UEFA Champions League winners will soon be coming stateside to take on MLS's very best.

MLS announced on Thursday that Bayern Munich will be the opponent for the MLS All-Stars in the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The annual match will be played on Aug.

Klinsmann signs four-year USMNT extension, appointed technical director

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The 2014 World Cup will not be Jurgen Klinsmann's last as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team.

U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that it has signed Klinsmann to a four-year extension through 2018. As part of the new deal, Klinsmann has also been appointed the Technical Director for U.

Report: Crew send Marshall to Sounders

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A new era is beginning for the Columbus Crew, and apparently without one of its more long-standing members.

According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, the Crew are set to trade centerback Chad Marshall to the Seattle Sounders.

Indy Eleven sign four, announce local TV deal

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By DAN KARELL

On the eleventh of December, North American Soccer League club Indy Eleven made two big announcements ahead of their inaugural season.

On Wednesday evening, Indy Eleven announced the signings of four new players, taking their total roster to eight ahead of the 2014 NASL season.

Kreis discusses RSL departure, decision to join NYCFC

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Thursday Kickoff: Draxler linked with Chelsea move; Lanús crowned Copa Sudamericana champions; and more

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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.

Ream shares 2014 World Cup dream

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Gallardo, Wright lead U.S. U-17s in rout of England

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Following a tough 2-1 defeat to Portugal on Monday, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team channeled their anger into a complete performance against another European foe.

U.S. forward Joe Gallardo scored a hat-trick in 85 minutes, while attacker Haji Wright added another two as the U.

Report: Bradley passes on Whitecaps head coach offer

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Vancouver Whitecaps will apparently not be winning the Bob Bradley sweepstakes. In fact, it appears no one in MLS will.

Bradley has passed on the chance to become the Whitecaps head coach and will instead take a job in Europe, according to a report from The Province.

Sounders ship Rosales to Chivas USA in exchange for Bowen, No. 2 allocation ranking

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Match Highlights: U-17 Portugal 2, U-17 USMNT 1

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NCAA unveils locations for 2014-17 College Cups

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The NCAA announced the locations of the next four College Cup tournaments on Wednesday, and all but one will be played at MLS stadiums.

The sites for the 2014-17 College Cups were revealed on Wednesday afternoon, and next year's edition will be the lone one in the foreseeable future not played in the home of an MLS team.

MLS invites 50 seniors to 2014 adidas Player Combine

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The MLS offseason is not even a full three days old yet, but teams can already begin preparing for the 2014 adidas MLS Player Combine.

MLS released details about its annual combine on Wednesday afternoon, including the dates of the event and the names of 50 NCAA Division 1 seniors that have been invited to participate.

Whitecaps deal Knighton to Revolution

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Out goes one goalkeeper, in comes another.

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.

Bayern’s Green replaces Robben in Club World Cup squad

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time since 2010, an American has a chance to participate at the FIFA Club World Cup.

After Arjen Robben suffered a serious knee injury last Wednesday, Bayern Munich replaced the Dutchman on their 23-man squad for the Club World Cup with American-born midfielder Julian Green.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Group F of the UEFA Champions League takes the focus on Wednesday as Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, and Napoli are all fighting for the two available spots to move on to the knockout round.

With everything still open in the final day, Arsenal travel to Napoli needing at least a draw, while Dortmund need a win and either an Arsenal draw or loss by less than a margin of two goals.

Revolution share glowing praise for retired Reis

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — 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.

Miami-Dade County commissioners to vote on soccer-specific stadium legislation next week

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Red Bulls Notes: Henry to possibly stay on beyond 2014, Petke to visit Europe, and more

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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.

Projecting the USMNT January camp roster

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By IVES GALARCEP

The USMNT January camp is less than a month away, meaning it's time to start thinking about the players Jurgen Klinsmann will call up for a final look heading into the World Cup year.

There will be plenty o MLS-based USMNT regulars in camp, including Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler.

West Ham interested in winter loan for Martins

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Reis retires after 16 years in MLS

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After 16 seasons in Major League Soccer, New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is calling it a career.

Reis, 38, announced his retirement on Tuesday morning, ending an impressive career that saw him win the MLS Cup in 2002 and the Lamar Hunt U.

Riley vows better tactics and roster shuffling as Thorns new head coach

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

How much improvement does a reigning champion team need?

As it turns out, plenty – at least that's what new Portland Thorns FC coach Paul Riley thinks.

Riley was named head coach of the Thorns Tuesday and quickly vowed to bring in new players and change tactics to give the club an easier path to victory for 2014.

Sources: Brown leaving RSL to join Fire staff

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Real Salt Lake will be losing more than just one coach this offseason.

According to sources close to the situation, assistant head coach C.J. Brown is packing his bags and heading back to the Chicago Fire, where he will serve under new manager Frank Yallop.

Kreis departs RSL to become first NYCFC head coach

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The worst kept head coaching secret in MLS is now official.

Jason Kreis joined New York City FC as their first head coach on Tuesday night following the expiration of his contact from Real Salt Lake, who Kreis just led to the MLS Cup Final.

Report: NYCFC close to landing $400 million stadium in Bronx

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ronaldo breaks another record; Vela open to El Tri return; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Bendik signs multi-year deal to remain with TFC

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By DAN KARELL

Arguably the lone bright spot in a dismal 2013 season for Toronto FC has agreed to stay as the team builds for the future.

Starting goalkeeper Joe Bendik put pen to paper on Tuesday on what the club calls a "multi-year" contract.

Beasley completes move from Puebla to Querétaro

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By DAN KARELL

DaMarcus Beasley is on the move again.

After two and a half years with Puebla FC, the 31-year-old midfielder has completed a move to fellow Liga MX club Querétaro for the upcoming Clausura season, according to a press release on Queretaro's website. Located about 135 miles north of Mexico City, finished seventh in the Apertura season but were bounced from the playoffs emphatically by Santos Laguna.

Kljestan scores first UCL group stage goal in Anderlecht defeat

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By DAN KARELL

Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan gave his club a nice moment in what was a miserable performance on Tuesday against Olympiakos and a miserable campaign in the UEFA Champions League.

In the 39th minute, former D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar lead a break down the left wing, seeing two teammates to his right.

D.C. United trade for Impact captain Arnaud

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By DAN KARELL

After playing with one of the youngest teams in Major League Soccer in 2013, D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen has added some veteran savvy to next season's squad.

D.C. United announced today that they had acquired Montreal Impact midfielder Davy Arnaud in a trade in exchange for an international roster spot for the next two seasons.

Pfeffer returns home from Hoffenheim more mature on and off the field

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By DAN KARELL

While many 18-year olds in the United States are currently hitting the books at their respective colleges and universities in preparation for final exams, one 18-year-old is taking this time to relax.

Following a 12-month loan at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany, Philadelphia Union midfielder Zachary Pfeffer returned home no longer a boy.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Ticker: Mastroeni hangs up his boots; Ching testimonial rosters revealed; and more

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By DAN KARELL

One of Major League Soccer's legends has decided it's time to hang up the boots.

Pablo Mastroeni announced his retirement today after a 16-year professional career that began with the Miami Fusion and ended with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Bayern Boss confirms MLS All-Star Game

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By DAN KARELL

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.

UEFA Champions League Tuesday: A Look Ahead

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

Silverbacks decline option on head coach Haynes

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time in three years, the Atlanta Silverbacks will be looking for a new head coach.

On Monday evening, the club announced that they had declined to exercise the contract option of head coach Brian Haynes, parting ways with the 51-year-old after barely 15 months in charge.

MLS reveals Re-Entry Draft list headlined by Ferreira, De Rosario, and Cooper

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By DAN KARELL

There will be some serious talent available to all 19 Major League Soccer clubs in this year's Re-Entry Draft.

MLS announced on Monday evening that former MVP David Ferreira is one of 68players available for the MLS Re-Entry Draft after his contract option was declined by FC Dallas in late November.

U.S. U-17s concede stoppage-time winner to Portugal in opening match of Nike Friendlies

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Sporting KC’s Nielsen announces retirement

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jimmy Nielsen has strapped on his goalkeeper gloves for the last time.

Two days after helping Sporting Kansas City lift the 2013 MLS Cup by beating Real Salt Lake on penalty kicks, Nielsen announced his retirement from professional soccer on Monday evening.

Tuesday Kickoff: Martino backs goal-starved Neymar; Ribery named France POY; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With all the pressure that comes with being the star of the Brazilian National Team and a €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.

Report: Eto’o headed to MLS next summer

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By DAN KARELL

A three time UEFA Champions League winner could be heading to Major League Soccer next summer.

According to a report in the British newspaper, the Guardian, Chelsea forward Samuel Eto'o has decided to come to MLS at the end of his contract this summer.

MLS Ticker: FC Dallas part ways with Cooper; Timbers pick up option on Johnson; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Virginia, Maryland, Notre Dame, New Mexico, bound for 2013 College Cup

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Williams discusses U.S. U-17 squad for Nike Friendlies

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Crew re-sign leading scorer Oduro

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Arguable the fastest player in Major League Soccer has decided to stay right where he is for the upcoming season.

Following a year where he scored a career-high 13 goals for the Columbus Crew, forward Dominic Oduro has decided to remain with the Crew for next season by signing a new contract with the club.

Nike Friendlies: U.S. U-17 vs. Portugal: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time in the current cycle, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team will have a chance to test their skills and guile against some of the best players in the world at their age level.

With the start of the annual Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Wambach named a finalist for FIFA Women’s Player of the Year

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By DAN KARELL

After passing Mia Hamm on the all-time international goals scored list, Abby Wambach has a chance to equal another mark set by Hamm.

FIFA announced on Monday morning that Wambach is among three finalists for the 2013 FIFA Women's Player of the Year award, an award that Wambach won last year.

U.S. U-17 head coach Williams names 20-man roster for Nike Friendlies

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Liga MX Playoffs – Semifinal Round: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

For the second consecutive Liga MX half-season, Club America will be competing for a final.

Las Aguilas will meet arguably the next best team in Mexico, Club Leon, in the Apertura playoffs final, which will be decided over two matches, starting on Tuesday and finishing on Saturday.

Monday Kickoff: Ballon d’Or finalists revealed; Brazilian league match marred by violence; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the fifth time in six years, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will duel it out as finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award.

Joining them for the 2013 award is Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, who won the treble last season with the German club.

European Weekend Rewind: Arsenal draw Everton; Leverkusen edge Dortmund; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Arsenal were minutes away from opening up a seven-point lead in the English Premier League, but Everton's Gerard Deulofeu had other ideas.

The on-loan Barcelona winger netted an 84th-minute equalizer to earn Everton a 1-1 draw with the league leaders at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By JAY BELL

It was quite a mixed bag for Americans Abroad in Europe this weekend.

The lone American goal came from Alejandro Bedoya as FC Nantes defeated storied Marseille, 1-0, on Friday. It was Bedoya's second straight match with a goal.

The best result of the weekend was a 3-2 stunner for Stoke City over Chelsea.

MLS reveals 2014 match ball from adidas

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Klinsmann discusses USMNT World Cup draw

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Sporting KC top RSL on penalty kicks to win dramatic MLS Cup Final

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Collin shines brightly en route to claiming MLS Cup MVP award

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By FRANCO PANIZO

KANSAS CITY, Kan. Aurelien Collin had never taken a penalty kick in a game in his career prior to Saturday night, but you would not have been able to tell based on how well he took it.

Collin helped Sporting Kansas City lift the 2013 MLS Cup trophy on an ice-cold Saturday night at Sporting Park by converting a spot kick in the 10th round of their 7-6 penalty shootout win vs.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

2013 MLS Cup Final: SBI Live Match Commentary

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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.

Video: Breaking down the USMNT World Cup Draw

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Players from USMNT, Ghana, Portugal, and Germany react to World Cup Draw

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Klinsmann “not worried at all” about being placed in Group of Death

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By DAN KARELL

Out of all the thousands of possible permutations in the 2014 World Cup draw, the U.S. Men's National Team arguably ended up with the worst draw out of all 32 teams.

As if being placed in Group G with Germany, Ghana, and Portugal wasn't tough enough, the U.

MLS Cup Notebook: Saborio, Wingert ready to go; in-form Feilhaber feeling comfortable; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Bedoya scores in second straight game for Nantes

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By DAN KARELL

While some Americans have struggled to settle with their new clubs in Europe, Alejandro Bedoya seems to be settling in just fine.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder scored the game-winning goal in a vital road match against French giants Olympique Marseille on Friday, pushing Nantes up to fourth in Ligue 1.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Ten World Cup group stage matches to watch not involving USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

By now, you've heard the news.

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.

MLS Cup Preview: RSL look to cap “rebuilding” season with MLS Cup title

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By TYLER GRAY

In a year that was supposed to be a rebuilding one for Real Salt Lake, the status of their head coach, Jason Kreis, is more of a question mark than their current roster.

After offloading Jamison Olave, Will Johnson and Fabian Espindola in the offseason, it was largely the belief that this year would be a rocky one for the Utah side.

MLS Cup Preview: Sporting KC treating final as just another game

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By ALAN HAINKEL

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.

SBI MLS Fantasy: MLS Cup Final

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By CASEY CANNON

Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – 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.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By JAY BELL

Several Americans abroad will look to keep their momentum going from good showings in midweek gamesin a busy week across Europe.

Tim Howard helped Everton to a rare win over his former club at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The Old Toffees topped their former boss, David Moyes, and Manchester United 1-0.

USMNT players maintain positive outlook despite difficult World Cup draw

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By FRANCO PANIZO

KANSAS CITY -It could have been worse.

That was the overall message from members of the U.S. Men's National Team following Friday's 2014 World Cup draw that saw them land in Group G alongside Ghana, Germany and Portugal.

USMNT drawn into World Cup Group G with Germany, Ghana, Portugal

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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.

Magee credits Fire move, Chicago teammates, family for MLS MVP award

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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.

World Cup 2014 Draw: SBI Live Commentary

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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.

European Weekend Preview: First-place Arsenal face Everton; Leverkusen travel to Dortmund; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After impressive shutout victories earlier in the week, two of the hottest teams in the English Premier League will clash in North London this Sunday.

First-place Arsenal kept their fifth clean sheet in their last six matches Wednesday against Hull City, who were fresh off a stunning victory against Liverpool.

Report: Cherundolo: “Klinsmann knows what I can do”

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By DAN KARELL

It may have only felt like a few minutes to us, but Hannover defender Steve Cherundolo's three minute cameo against last Sunday marked his return from injury for the first time since last May.

The long-time U.S. Men's National Team right back has been dogged by knee problems in the last 12 months, and has undergone surgery on his left knee three separate times in 2013.

Friday Kickoff: FIFA to decide on Qatar in 2014; Ronaldo to return for Madrid in UCL; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

NWSL Ticker: Thorns to hire new coach, Reign adds to attacking arsenal; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Portland Thorns FC coach Cindy Parlow Cone, who led the team to a title trophy this year, is stepping down from her position, the club announced Thursday.

"It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to resign my position as head coach of Portland Thorns FC," Cone said in a statement.

Kreis admits MLS Cup Final could be his last match with RSL

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

FIFA World Cup 2014: How they qualified

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Ticker: FC Dallas after Schelotto; TFC target Brazilian forward Gilberto; and more

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By DAN KARELL

While the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew have already hired new head coaches for the 2014 Major League Soccer season, FC Dallas (and the Vancouver Whitecaps) have yet to do so.

In the case of FC Dallas, one of the reasons could be because they're still locked in negotiations for their first-choice coach.

Discarded by RSL, Sinovic hoping to repay Sporting KC

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

RSL’s Rimando awarded MLS Save of the Year

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

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 Castrillón'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.

The SBI Show: Episode 97 (Talking World Cup draws, MLS expansion, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

From the World Cup draw pots being decided, to MLS commissioner Don Garber issuing a very interesting State of the League address, there was plenty to discuss in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 97 of The SBI Show looks back at the drawing of World Cup pots, and what it means for the U.

Whitecaps’ Camilo wins MLS Goal of the Year award

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

Camilo Sanvezzo scissor kick volley against the Portland Timbers in week 32 of the season was named Major League Soccer's 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year today.

Sanvezzo scored plenty of goals this season for the Vancouver Whitecaps, but none of his league-leading 22 goals were as spectacular as the scissor kick volley that he struck against the Timbers.

Klinsmann bases USMNT success in 2013 on a rise of accountability

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By DAN KARELL

Fans of the U.S. Men's National Team saw the squad complete their best ever calendar year in 2013, leaving folks with high hopes towards next summer's World Cup.

The USA won 16 games out of 23 and finished with a .

Cosmos Notes: Team presented with Championship trophy; Won’t rule out Senna-like signing; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Magee named 2013 MLS MVP

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Thursday Kickoff: Robben to miss Club World Cup; Suarez staying with Liverpool; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Wednesday Evening Ticker: Everton earn rare win at Man United; PSG shocked by Evian; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

MLS Ticker: Valeri undergoes hernia operation; Castrillon to leave Rapids; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer Newcomer of the Year winner Diego Valeri may have been struggling with more than just an adductor injury late in the 2013 season.

The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday that Valeri had undergone surgery to repair abilateral sports hernia.

Must-See Goal: Luis Suarez

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Maryland’s Mullins, Virginia’s Brian, headline Hermann Trophy semifinalist shortlist

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The shortlist of 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists is out with a strong crop of college players that may become the next big pro all-stars.

Patrick Mullins just might make it two for two. The reigning Hermann Trophy winner has had another stellar year, tallying 16 goals and eight assists for Maryland this year.

Altidore breaks Premier League goal drought with first half strike vs. Chelsea

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By DAN KARELL

The long wait is over.

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.

Red Bulls re-sign Alexander, Luyindula, Kimura for next season

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By DAN KARELL

After a number of players left the club in the last few weeks, the New York Red Bulls ensured that three current players would be in the squad next season

The Red Bulls announced today that Eric Alexander, Peguy Luyindula, and Kosuke Kimura have all signed new contracts with the club.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

NWSL Spotlight: Mewis is finding her home on and off the field

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

If you ask any players in the National Women's Soccer League how they've spent their off-seasons, only one could say she was on three teams in 12 days.

For Kristie Mewis, it turned out the shuffling was part of a master plan to bring her home to the Boston Breakers – a best-case scenario she had been hoping for, but never expected.

Klinsmann discusses impressive year, looks forward to World Cup

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Ricketts wins MLS Goalkeeper of the Year again, Valeri gets Newcomer of the Year

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

Orlando City coach hints again at Kaka interest

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Orlando City Soccer Club head coach Adrian Heath is ready to coach anyone, even if that includes a former FIFA World Player of the Year.

While the club has one year to go before entering Major League Soccer in 2015, speculation of signing their first designated player arose on Tuesday.

Garber discusses transparency, future television partners, in yearly address

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Bedoya shines with goal-scoring performance for Nantes

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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 releases 2014 World Cup ball, Brazuca

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By DAN KARELL

Say hello to the brazuca.

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.

Wednesday Kickoff: Three Brazil stadiums behind schedule; Xolos hire Farias; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

A closer look at the World Cup draw possibilities for the USMNT

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Keane, Magee, Zusi highlight 2013 MLS Best XI

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Garber reaffirms Miami, Atlanta as expansion favorites

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Only four minutes separate Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama from a place in the Ligue 1 record books as he heads into a tough match against Marseille on Tuesday afternoon.

The Nigerian shot stopper has earned ten straight shutouts and hasn't conceded a goal in 944 minutes, four minutes behind the record set last season by Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Garber holds State of the League address (live video)

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The annual MLS State of the League address is set to take place on Tuesday afternoon, and with it should come a plethora of information regarding many of the league's most interesting topics.

MLS commissioner Don Garber is set to meet with media and fans at Google's New York City office on Tuesday at 2pm ET to discuss the state of the league as it winds down on its 18th season.

Nike releases “Dare to be Brazilian” advertisement

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FIFA announces allocation of World Cup pots

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FIFA announced the 2014 World Cup pots on Tuesday, and as expected the U.S. Men's National Team is in one that could leave them facing some serious competition in Brazil.

The U.S. was revealed to be an unseeded team in Pot 3 alongside the three other CONCACAF nations and four AFC representatives at a press conference held by FIFA in Bahia.

World Cup draw pots announced (Live video)

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NASL/USL Pro Ticker: Report: USL Pro expanding to Colorado Springs; Sacramento signs first player; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Hodgson worried about match location; ter Stegen to decide future; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Herrera named Mexico head coach through 2014 World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) liked enough of what they saw from Miguel Herrera to decide against finding what would have been the fifth coach of the Mexican national team since September.

Following a meeting of the Liga MX owners, many of whom make up the board of directors of the FMF, national team directorHéctor González Iñarritu announced that Herrera would take over as head coach on a permanent basis when his season ends with Club America.

Monday Evening Ticker: Goals galore in Serie A; Pirlo suffers ligament damage; and more

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By DAN KARELL

A league known for it's defense decided to ditch that tradition on Monday as four teams combined to score 13 goals in two Serie A matches.

First up, Fiorentina hosted Hellas Verona, with the Serie A newbies fighting valiantly until the final whistle, despite playing down a man since the 53rd minute.

USMNT lines up friendly against South Korea in February

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Alston awarded MLS Comeback Player of the Year

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By DAN KARELL

New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston's six minute appearance on July 27 at D.C. United looks insignificant in the box score, but in context, it was a remarkable achievement.

Back in April, Alston was diagnosed withchronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) a rare but treatable form of the disease.

The SBI MLS Best XI

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By IVES GALARCEP

As the final match of the 2013 MLS season approaches on Saturday, it is time to look back at the players who enjoyed the best seasons during a 2013 that will go down as a season to remember.

The SBI MLS Best XI has its share of familiar faces, but also has several players who donned new uniforms in 2013.

D.C. United forms “strategic partnership” with Inter Milan

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Liga MX playoffs – Quarterfinal Round: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Porter named MLS Coach of the Year

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By DAN KARELL

Caleb Porter's 2013 season may be over but he's still walking away with a small piece of silverware.

The Portland Timbers' first-year head coach instilled a new system and belief in the club as they made a 23-point turnaround from last season.

UConn knocks off UCLA, Notre Dame rolls as NCAA Elite Eight set

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By IVES GALARCEP

After years of being on the wrong side of penalty kick shootout eliminations in the NCAA Tournament, UConn looks like a team starting to figure out how to handle the dreaded shootout.

The Huskies rallied back from deficits on two occasions, forcing overtime and an eventual penalty shootout against No.

Monday Kickoff: Dortmund injury crisis deepens; PSG linked with Pogba signing; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

The SBI Show: Episode 96 (Talking Americans Abroad, college soccer, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By JAY BELL

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.

European Weekend Rewind: Bilbao hand Barca another loss; Hull City stun Liverpool; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Must-See Goal: Sandro

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Report: Injury setback leaves Spector sidelined through late January

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By DAN KARELL

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.

SBI 23 for 2014: November 2013 Edition

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By IVES GALARCEP

With the final games of 2013 in the books for the U.S. Men's National Team, Jurgen Klinsmann can sit down and assess the state of his player pool, which is in pretty good shape.

The forward and centerback positions appear to be pretty well-stocked, and the number of good wing options is as good as it has been in a long time.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Manchester United will put their 13-match unbeaten run on the line Sunday when they face Tottenham Hotspur, who are itching to end their bad run of league form.

This busy Soccer Sunday will kick off at White Hart Lane, where hosts Tottenham are looking to rebound from last weekend's 6-0 loss at Manchester City.

NCAA Tournament Round of 16: A Look Ahead

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By IVES GALARCEP

The remaining field in the NCAA Tournament is down to 16, but that field will be cut in half today after eighth Round of 16 clashes that offer plenty of intrigue and quality match-ups.

All four Pac-12 teams that came into the tournament are still alive, but at least one of them will go home after No.