Germany showed off their impressive depth on Wednesday afternoon, defeating 10th ranked Ecuador, 4-2, in the first of two friendly matches in the United States.
Missing a number of starters due to Bayern Munich's participation in the German Cup and Borussia Dortmund's recent participation in the Champions League final with Bayern, Joachim LÃ¶w's side proved that they could play sublime soccer even without the likes of Mario GÃ¶tze, Mesut Ã–zil, and Sami Khedira in the midfield.
The Philadelphia Union's lineup stated it, but head coach John Hackworth wanted to explain: the U.S. Open Cup match Tuesday night against the Ocean City Nor'easters was not a time to try out new players or "play guys on the roster."
On the heels of a disappointing but understandable loss to a bigger, faster, and stronger France team, the United States Under-20 Men's National Team were on the losing end of the scoreline yet again, falling to Colombia Under-20, 2-1, on Thursday in the Toulon Tournament.
Major League Soccer finally announced the opponent at the 2013 All Star Game in Kansas City, and at least one player on that team should be a household name to U.S. soccer fans.
U.S. international Michael Bradley and Serie A side A.S. Roma will come to Sporting Park on July 31 to face off against the MLS All Stars, pitting the likes of Bradley, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, and club captain Francesco Totti against this season's crop of All Stars.
CLEVELAND The scoreboard read 1-1 at halftime of Wednesday's friendly between Belgium and the U.S. Men's National Team, but the first 45 minutes were far from even. Belgium had the better of the play, but the Americans fought hard enough to keep things even mid-way through the match.
CLEVELAND -Wednesday night's match against Belgium was supposed to be a golden opportunity for some U.S. Men's National Team players to stake their claims to starting spots, or at the very least improve positions on the depth chart.
CLEVELAND There were not many positives for the U.S. Men's National Team to take away from their 4-2 defeat to Belgium, but there is no denying that what transpired in the 81st minute was something truly special.
CLEVELAND When asked to list three bright spots for the U.S. Men's National Team from Wednesday night's 4-2 loss to Belgium, Jurgen Klinsmann gave a wry smile that acknowledged just how tough a task that was.
Klinsmann wasn't quite able to come up with three, and that told you all you needed to know about Wednesday's match.
U.S. Men's National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann isn't bucking his trend of scheduling friendly matches against European nations.
According to a report out of Bosnia, the U.S. will play against Bosnia and Herzegovina on August 14 in Sarejevo. The match will be the first for the side following the Gold Cup and the only preparation ahead of two World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica on the road and Mexico in Columbus.
CLEVELAND- A dozen years after making his U.S. Men's National Team debut as an 18-year old, DaMarcus Beasley will make his 100th national team appearance tonight when the U.S. faces Belgium at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Beasley's journey to 100 caps has taken him to three World Cups, and seen him on multiple Gold Cup-winning squads.
FC Dallas Homegrown Player Richard Sanchez has quietly been one of the most sought-after young players in Major League Soccer since helping lead the Mexican Under-17 National Team to the Under-17 World Cup title in 2011. Now, two years later, FC Dallas is cashing in on the booming interest in the young U.
San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Phoenix will host first round matches in the International Champions Cup.
Relevant Sports and Entertainment announced on Tuesday the schedule, venues, and bracket of the inaugural tournament, that will feature seven European sides and one Major League Soccer club playing matches in the United States and Europe between July 27 and August 7.
Sandy, UT Jason Kreis' nightmare scenario nearly came true.
A year after losing in the U.S. Open Cup third round to NASL club Minnesota Stars (now Minnesota United), Real Salt Lake conceded a lead just three minutes before full time, forcing this year's third round match against a lower division opponent into extra time.
After a wild Tuesday evening of upsets, narrow wins, red cards and last-minute goals, seven more Major League Soccer sides look to survive and advance in Wednesday's Third Round action in the 100th U.S. Open Cup.
Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro) vs. Chicago Fire (MLS): 7 p.
CLEVELAND It may not have been ideal for U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to field three different pairings at centerback through the first three World Cup qualifiers in the Hexagonal, but it may have just worked out in the team's favor.
CLEVELAND It may not be highest on the list in terms of importance, but the first match of the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming run of five matches in two weeks will certainly be one of the toughest.
The USMNT begin their busy run of matches on Wednesday night against Belgium, one of most talented young teams in the world.
With the U.S. Open Cup in its 100th edition this year, it is fitting that such a landmark coincides with the creation of the Philadelphia Union's Bethlehem Steel-inspired third kit. Bethlehem, after all, won the cup a record-tying five times back in the 1910s and 20s.
RICHMOND As D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen made his way over to the press assembled under the far side bleachers at City Stadium in Richmond, his body language was one of a man who, for the time being, could finally exhale.
Folks living on Green Street in east London might want to start counting down the days before West Ham leave the Boleyn Ground.
After receiving a 99 year lease on March 22, West Ham were given approval on Tuesday to begin converting the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London to a 54,000 seat arena that will become the new home of the Irons in 2016.
CLEVELAND Speaking at his pre-game press conference on Tuesday, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made it clear that the pair of upcoming friendlies will serve as an opportunity for players to prove themselves and he even used the player sitting next to him as a prime example.
CLEVELAND- While we went through our traditional exercise of trying to project the U.S. Men's National Team lineup for Wednesday's friendly vs. Belgium just a week ago, the myriad of changes in the camp has shaken things up enough to justify another look at the squad Klinsmann could field against the Belgians.
CLEVELAND- Jurgen Klinsmann didn't reveal his starting lineup for Wednesday night's U.S. Men's National Team friendly vs. Belgium, but the player seated alongside Klinsmann for Tuesday's press conference revealed at least one of the players he will call on.
With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, summer is fast approaching and it is time to start talking about the U.S. Men's National Team and their busy summer ahead.
Episode 36 of The SBI Show features a closer look at the USMNT, as co-host Garrett Cleverly and I preview Wednesday night's match against Belgium, and look at the team we are likely to see Jurgen Klinsmann trot out against the Belgians.
It's that time of year again, the time of year when Major League Soccer sides enter U.S. Open Cup play. This year's tournament the hundredth edition of the cup features some intriguing third round match-ups. Let's take a look at this week's games.
CLEVELAND DaMarcus Beasley stands on the precipice of accomplishing a feat only 12 male athletes in United States soccer history have ever achieved. Earning his 100th cap.
On Wednesday, fewer than 200 miles from where he grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Beasley has the opportunity to take the field at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, in a friendly match against Belgium, and cement his name in the history books.
CLEVELAND As the familiar U.S. Men's National Team faces poured onto the field at FirstEnergy Stadium on Monday, one face stood out. Not because he didn't belong, but because it had been so long since he had been seen wearing USMNT attire and preparing to play a role with the national team.
U.S. internationals Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson won't have to worry about playing in the second division next season.
The pair's club TSG Hoffenheim defeated Kaiserslautern, 2-1, (5-2 on aggregate) on Monday afternoon in the second-leg of the Bundesliga relegation playoffs to ensure a place in next season's German top division.
The U.S. Men's National Team super-sized roster just became a little leaner.
Maurice Edu, Corey Ashe and Brek Shea were forced to withdraw from the U.S. camp because of injuries, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday.Edu has been dealing with a sports hernia that was diagnosed by Stoke City after his loan with Bursaspor ended, Ashe suffered a groin strain in the Houston Dynamo's 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City this past Sunday and Shea is recovering from a right calf strain sustained while with Stoke.
WASHINGTON D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen responded publicly for the first time to comments made on Saturday evening by United captain Dwayne De Rosario, unhappy after being benched in favor of Guatemalan forward Carlos Ruiz. When asked whether he cared to elaborate on his decisions and the comments made by both Ruiz and DeRo, Olsen took a pass.
The Atlanta Silverbacks defeated the San Antonio Scorpions, 1-0, on Saturday, leap-frogging past the Carolina RailHawks and Tampa Bay Rowdies to the pole position in the North American Soccer League.
Minnesota United made up for last Saturday's defeat to the Tampa Bay Rowdies at the Metrodome by returning the favor, defeating the Rowdies on the road by a 3-2 margin, the same as the prior week's result.
The Seattle Sounders entered their Western Conference showdown vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy riding a six-match unbeaten streak, and having scored eight goals in two matches.
That hot streak came to a sudden and brutal halt at the hands of the Los Angeles Galaxy, who turned in the most impressive performance of the weekend, dismantling the Sounders in a 4-0 rout that made them the clear-cut choice for SBI MLS Team of the Week.
The Los Angeles Galaxy had lost three of their past four matches, and limped back home to face a red-hot Seattle Sounders side that had won four of five and put together a six-match unbeaten streak heading into Sunday night. Their clash had all the makings of a mismatch.
Terrence Boyd capped his first year as a pro in dream fashion on Sunday, assisting on a goal before scoring one of his ownin Rapid Vienna's 3-0 victory over SV Josko Ried. Boyd's tally was the final strike in the club's season finale and it raised his goal-scoring total to 17 across all competitions, with 13 of those coming in league play for third-placed Rapid Vienna.
Down a man early and trailing by two goals to Cruz Azul on aggregate in the 89th minute of the Liga MX Final second-leg, it seemed that all hope was lost for Club America.
What happened next could only have been written by Hollywood screen-writers.
America defender Aquvaldo Mosquera sent in a header in the 89th minute, and three minutes later in stoppage time, America goalkeeper Moises MuÃ±oz, pushing all the way into the box, headed in a corner kick that beat Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona to tie the match on aggregate, 2-2.
When it became clear a week ago that the Houston Dynamo would be without starting centerbacks Bobby Boswell (suspension) and Jermaine Taylor (injured), their looming trip to Sporting Park to take on Sporting KC suddenly looked like too tall a task.
Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall had other ideas, turning in the kind of effort that reminded us why he has been called in as part of the U.
HARRISON, N.J. Needing a goal to rescue a point, the ball fell to maybe the most unlikely of Red Bulls players.
In stoppage time, Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave collected a flicked cross from teammate Johnny Steele, controlled it with the poise of a veteran forward, and fired the ball into the net to tie the match at two.
Today's soccer action is kicked off in Rome, where the Coppa Italia Final will see local rivals AS Roma and Lazio square off in an intense battle for cup glory and a spot in next season's Europa League.
American midfielder Michael Bradley and Roma have the opportunity to claim the club's tenth Coppa Italia cup trophy, which would move Roma ahead of Juventus as the competition's most successful club.
WASHINGTON Saturday evening's matchup between D.C. United and the Portland Timbers was a tale of two teams headed in very, very different directions.United entered the game with only four points to their name. Portland, on the other hand, entered the match riding a 10-match unbeaten streak.
SANDY, Utah- The Chicago Fire had one solid opportunity on goal all night and did not waste it.
In a match that saw RSL dominate possession and chances, the Fire were able to capitalize on their one good chance on goal to level the match 1-1 and escape Rio Tinto Stadium with a valuable road point.
FC Dallas Stadium has been a fortress of sorts for the top team in MLS this season, with only the Portland Timbers succeeding in escaping Frisco, Texas with so much as a point.
The San Jose Earthquakes came into Saturday night's match still looking for their first road win of the season, and while they pushed FC Dallas for most of the night, they never could find a way to beat Peruvian goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.
If Joe Gyau is to build on the first-team minutes he received this past season and continue his development,he will not be doing so with St Pauli.
Gyau's time with St Pauli has come to an end after the 2. Bundesliga club decided not to extend his loan for another season. The 20-year-old Gyau will now return to Hoffenheim, who loaned him out last August andare currentlyfighting to remain in Germany's top tier.
The Los Angeles Galaxy introduced Robbie Rogers to the media on Saturday, after announcing the completion of their trade with the Chicago Fire for Mike Magee.
The deal completes weeks of negotiations between the Galaxy and Fire for the rights to Rogers, who signed his deal with MLS on Friday to pave the way for the trade that sent Magee to his hometown of Chicago.
When the word of Robbie Rogers' desire to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy first surfaced, the initial belief was that the Chicago Fire (which hold Rogers' MLS rights) would likely fetch something small in a trade.
The Fire aimed much, much higher than just a draft pick of allocation and landed a hometown hero in the process.
All eyes will be on Wembley this weekend, where Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will clash in the Champions League final.
The stage has been set for the German rivals to square off on Saturday, and while Dortmund may be relishing being the underdogs, surely Bayern remember what happened when they were favorites in last season's final.
It is time to test your memory a bit. Think about the best performance by a U.S. Men's National Team left winger that you can remember. When was the last time an American left winger truly marauded down the flank as a true flank player, providing width and service and pace?
Although bragging rights in the Italian capital would normally be enough reward for the winner of the fierceLazio-Roma derby, a major domestic trophy and a spot in next season's Europa league will also be on the line when the two sides meet in the Coppa Italia final this Sunday.
The announcement to create New York City Football Club as the next Major League Soccer expansion franchise elicited positive responses from across the city and country.
However, the Borough Boys, a supporters club whose mission is to "assist in bringing a top flight soccer club to New York City," and to, "dedicate themselves to supporting the club and representing the fans in club and league affairs," has announced their opposition to NYCFC.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies look to continue their positive momentum when they host Minnesota United FC on Saturday at Al Lang Field. Both team's met last week at the Metrodome, as Rowdies forward Keith Savage scored a late-goal to give the Tampa side three points on the road.
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Exciting news for Red Bull fans this week: In order to alleviate the problems with the overcrowded stadium and exorbitant secondary ticket market prices, MLS announced the addition of a second New York team.
While the calendar may say it's Memorial Day weekend, the pair of high-profile playoff rematches on the docket will be giving MLS fans a tantalizing taste of November soccer.
After having their 36-game home unbeaten run ended by Sporting Kansas City earlier this month, the Houston Dynamo will look to return the favor with a road result of their own at Sporting Park in a key clash for the crowded Eastern Conference.
The New York Cosmos will have a new look when they take the field in the NASL this summer, sporting these snazzy new uniforms designed by Nike, which struck a deal with the Cosmos to be their official kit supplier.
AS Monaco is serious about competing next season in Ligue.
The recently promoted side finalized the transfer of two of the best midfielders in the world from FC Porto, paying a price of $90.5 million for James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho. Both clubs confirmed the transfer on Friday, which according to Porto is the largest transfer fee in the history of Portuguese soccer.
Starting next season, the UEFA Europa League champions will have a protected place in the Champions League the following season.
UEFA confirmed the news on Friday, hoping to give teams more motivation to play stronger sides in the competition. The decision would also ensure a the winner of the Europa League a place in the Champions League despite where they finish in the league.
The Americas capture the world's attention in soccer matches on Thursday, with a Liga MX playoff final, Copa Libertadores duals, and a high powered international friendly on tap.
Club America and their strike duo of Christian Benitez and Raul Jimenez travel ten miles up the road to face their Mexico City rivals Cruz Azul in the first-leg of the Liga MX Clausura playoffs finals.
TSG Hoffenheim used two first half goals to take a 3-1 victory over FC Kaiserslautern in the first-leg of the Bundesliga relegation playoffs.
With Fabian Johnson starting on the left wing, Hoffenheim scored their highest goal total since April 5. Roberto Firmino scored twice for the Bundesliga side and provided the assist for the third goal scored by Sven Schipplock.
Columbus Crew forward Jairo Arrieta's two match suspension was upheld by Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber after an appeal, keeping the Costa Rica international out of the lineup for the Crew's match on Saturday against the New York Red Bulls.
Arrieta was suspended on May 17 for violent conduct, after an elbow to the head of Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor during a match on May 11.
The U.S. Men's National Team will play their first of five matches in a three-week span on Wednesday in Cleveland, Ohio, and while it is arguably the least meaningful of the five, it should offer Jurgen Klinsmann a chance to see some different options in the starting lineup.
Red Bulls manager Mike Petke foreshadowed it last week on his weekly media teleconference, and the news was eventually released on late Wednesday night that midfielder Tim Cahill had been selected for Australia's upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.
The Colorado Rapids are the only MLS franchise with multiple players named to the most recent U.S. U-20 Men's National Team roster with Shane O'Neill and Dillon Serna being named to Tab Ramos' squad for the Toulon Tournament. While the tournament runs from May 28 through June 8, O'Neill will stay with the club for its June 1 match with FC Dallasbefore flying to France.
David Moyes has just begun his term as Manchester United manager, but it's becoming clearer and clearer that he'll have to start next season without Wayne Rooney.
The former Everton youth graduate has been linked with a transfer to French club Paris Saint-Germain, and according to reports in England, PSG told Rooney's representatives that they would be willing to match his wages if he agrees a transfer to France.
The Real Salt Lake team that won the 2009 MLS Cup and put together a run of some of the most attractive soccer in league history has been dismantled, but the efforts of several members of that team provided a reminder of just how good that RSL team was.
Four current and former members of the 2009 MLS Cup-winning RSL team made SBI MLS Team of the Week for Week 12.
The Europa League is a competition that doesn't carry quite the prestige you would expect for a European competition, particularly in country's with larger leagues that are far more interested in Champions League glory.
UEFA just might have the way to make the competition matter much more.
In Portland's first two seasons in the MLS, the Timbers longest unbeaten run was five games. But just one-third of the way into head coach Caleb Porter's first season, his squad is rewriting the record book.
The club has already doubled their longest unbeaten streak in MLS having gone ten matches in a row without a defeat.
NEW YORK MLS commissioner Don Garber was standing in front of a herd of media members to discuss the addition of New York City FC on Wednesday and in his hands was a dark handkerchief that he used to wipe off sweat from his forehead.
The questions Garber was answering weren't the reason for the perspiration the quaint room with a kid-sized soccer field at the top of P.
The last thing the Los Angeles Galaxy needed in their current three losses in four games skid is to lose their captain for an extended period of time.
This looks to be the case, as Galaxy manager Bruce Arena and captain Robbie Keane came to an agreement to allow the 32-year-old forward to play for the Republic of Ireland on four different occasions in the next three weeks.
New England Revolution right back Andrew Farrell has had a solid start to his professional career, and he continued it was a 90 minute effort against the Houston Dynamo last Saturday, in a 2-0 victory at BBVA Compass Stadium.
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J.- When the announcement of New York City FC as Major League Soccer's 20th expansion team hit, the official reaction from the New York Red Bulls was a tame one. A non-descript statement with a bland response from the team's front office gave little evidence of the budding rivalry MLS is hoping will form.
Villyan Bijev's international future is officially up in the air.
Bijev, a 20-year-old forward who currently is in Liverpool's system, has been called up by Bulgaria's Under-21 team for a pair of Euro U-21 qualifiers vs. Andorrain early June. Should Bijev play in either of those matches, he would be provisionally cap-tied to Bulgaria and would need to file a one-time switch in order to play again for a U.
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. From being named MLS Cup MVP as his LA Galaxy successfully defended their 2011 championship in December to starting in all-important World Cup qualifiers, Omar Gonzalez has accomplished quite a bit during the past six months.
Claudio Reyna's relationship with Manchester City just came full circle.
The English Premier League club announced on Wednesday at a press conference in Manhattan that the former City and U.S. Men's National Team midfielder is the new Director of Football Operations for Major League Soccer's newest team, New York City FC.
After years of promising that he wouldn't leave until after the 2014 World Cup on home soil, the Brazilian starlet is moving closer to a move to Barcelona this July, according to reports out of Brazil.
According to the reports, Neymar signed a deal with Barcelona last week, and could make his final appearance for Santos on Sunday in the side's first domestic match of the season against Flamengo.
With the FIFA international dates coming closer, and national teams in the CONCACAF region preparing for either Hexagonal play, friendly matches, or both, numerous Major League Soccer players have been chosen to take part.
Jamaica has called up Portland Timbers duo Donovan Ricketts and Ryan Johnson along with Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks to a 12-day training camp, where the Jamaican side will play Tottenham Hotspurs in a friendly match on Wednesday and then The Bahamas on May 31, before three World Cup qualifiers in June.
It is that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
Today's major announcement of the 20th MLS team being New York City FC has sent major shockwaves through the American soccer community and is raising plenty of questions about how it will affect the league and current New York-area club the New York Red Bulls.
Another South American forward is seemingly close to a move to Manchester City.
According to reports out of Italy, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis was in London on Monday to meet with interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez, as well as to gauge City's interest in a swap deal seeing Cavani go to the Etihad Stadium and Edin Dzeko going to Napoli.
Come June 2, 2013, Jose Mourinho's time in charge of Real Madrid will be over.
The club's President, Florentino Perez, announced at a press conference on Monday that Real Madrid and Mourinho had agreed to part ways by mutual consent, ending a three year stay in the Spanish capital.
Between some memorable MLS matches, the final weekend of the European season, and the continues analysis of the U.S. Men's National Team roster, there was plenty to discuss on the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Episode 35 features discussion on everything from the Red Bulls-Galaxy match and the Sounders-FC Dallas shootout, to the final weekend in Europe's top leagues.
NEW YORK- Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks was considered a potential star addition for the U.S. Under-20 National Team heading into this summer's Under-20 World Cup, but his delay in making a final decision has led to Brooks being left out of the U.
After starting the season in a slump, midfielder Keith Savage's 90th minute strike lifted the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 3-2 victory against Minnesota United FC on Saturday afternoon at the Metrodome during North American Soccer League action.
The Rowdies now sit with 11 points, tied in first place, after the Carolina RailHawks failed to record a victory against the Atlanta Silverbacks later that day.
WASHINGTON â€” As far as Ike Opara is concerned, he should have had a brace Sunday at RFK Stadium. One goal at the least. But with one tally wrongly called offside and another ruled an own goal, the Sporting Kansas City defender found his name absent from the score sheet.
U.S. Under-20 Men's National team coach Tab Ramos announced a 22-player roster for the upcoming Toulon Tournament in France, the final warm-up for the U-20s before they compete in this summer's Under-20 World Cup.
Dani Cuevas, Benji Joya and Cody Cropper lead the group of regular starters to be included in the squad, while Monterrey forward Alonso Hernandez is one of the new faces called up for the Toulon Tournament, which takes place from May 28th to June 8th.
Carlo Ancelotti has finally come public with his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain.
Just days after winning the club's third ever Ligue 1 title, the Italian manager confirmed to a French television station that he wanted to depart the French capital and swap PSG with Real Madrid in La Liga.
The Seattle Sounders have continued to roll, as their forward line is finally healthy and playing at optimal level.
The Sounders lit up FC Dallas, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Century Link Field, earning them SBI MLS Team of the Week. Eddie Johnson scored twice, with a Lamar Neagle goal and Obafemi Martins strike to finish off the day.
It's no surprise that the Seattle Sounders upturn has coincided by the return to form of forward Eddie Johnson.
The U.S. international scored twice on Saturday in a 4-2 victory over FC Dallas, earning him SBI MLS Player of the Week for MLS Week 12. Johnson scored the game's opening goal in the 15th minute with the outside of his right boot, before scoring the game winner in the 62nd, rounding FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez before finishing into the roof of the net.
WASHINGTON- It took an outstanding goalkeeping performance, a goal from an unexpected contributor and one massive stroke of luck, but D.C. United finally snapped their seven-match losing streak Sunday evening, grinding out a 1-1 draw against Sporting KC at RFK Stadium.
Ned Grabavoy proved to be the unlikely hero for Real Salt Lake on Sunday night.
The 30-year-old midfielder scored two goals, his first finishes since October 16, 2010, to lead RSL to a 4-1 rout over Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center. In between Grabavoy's strikes were goals from RSL midfielder Joao Plata and forward Robbie Findley, while Chivas USA midfielder Jorge VillafaÃ±a scored for the Goats.
For the second straight year, Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht are champions of Belgium.
Kljestan and Anderlecht successfully defended their title on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against second-place Zulte-Waregem in their season finale. Kljestan missed on a chance that would have given Anderlecht the win but the post-game scenes were festive ones all the same for the midfielder and his teammates, as they secured the necessary result that allowed them to hoist the Pro League trophy for the 32nd time in the club's history.
The New York Red Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. Tim Cahill scored the game-winning goal in the 91st minute of the match, heading home a free kick from his midfield teammate Juninho.
Both teams had chances to score in the first half if not for some incredible defensive performances.
Hannover re-signed Steve Cherundolo on Friday with the idea that the steady right back still has something left in the tank. Saturday was proof that that is indeed the case.
A day after agreeing to a one-year extension with Hannover, Cherundolo played in his 300th league game for the club and celebrated the occasion by setting up the game-winner in a 3-0 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
SEATTLE It's all back. The relentless deep runs. The clever combination play. The brassy, swaggering attack. The Seattle Sounders rode an Eddie Johnson brace to victory in front of 38,979 at CenturyLink Field Saturday night, scoring four goals for the second straight match and dispatching one of the best teams in MLS in the process.
Jurgen Klinsmann wasn't ducking questions when grilled about his U.S. Men's National Team roster decisions on Friday. He laid down his decision-making process for everything from Stuart Holden's inclusion to the absence of former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra.
While many around the world are anxiously awaiting Sunday's Champions League qualification drama in the Barclays Premier League and Serie A, the Bundesliga will have a playoff of sorts on its final matchday to determine its final entry into the world's premier club tournament.
With his five goals on the season, forward Brian Shriver looks to lead the Carolina RailHawks when they visit the Atlanta Silverbacks at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday in North American Soccer League action.
The RailHawks, who sit three points clear atop the NASL table, are entering this weekend's play after mauling the San Antonio Scorpions, 5-2, last week.
A day before Hannover 96â€²s final game of the season against Fortuna Dusseldorf, right back Steve Cherundolo signed a one-year extension with the club through 2014. The American international, who holds 87 caps, broke the record this season for all-time appearances in the Bundesliga with the club, now sitting at 299 matches.
Come Sunday afternoon, Red Bull Arena certainly won't be short of star power.
Fresh off a 4-1 win midweek over Philadelphia, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and the Los Angeles Galaxy will try to make it 2-for-2 on their East Coast swing with a win over Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and the New York Red Bulls.
A day after hearing that defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi would be joining the U.S. Men's National Team, Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes found out he'd be without two additional players for a three week stretch in the middle of the season.
In Jurgen Klinsmann's roster press release on Thursday, the U.S. Men's National Team head coach alluded to the possibility of bringing in 22-year-old Icelandic forward Aron Johannsson in for a look for this summer's Gold Cup.
The U.S. Men's National Team roster announced on Thursday created plenty of buzz among U.S. fans, not only for the players who were on it, but for the one big name missing from the list.
Episode 34 of The SBI Show focuses on the U.S. roster, and we break down the selections, Donovan's absence, and we project the lineup most likely to be on the field for June's important World Cup qualifiers.
Real Madrid might end up with Carlo Ancelotti managing their club next season, but it could come at a high price.
According to a report out of France, Ancelotti's current club, Paris Saint-Germain, have said that they will entertain offers for the Italian manager if Real Madrid allow PSG to submit an offer for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Amid all the talk about who won't be going to the upcoming U.S. Men's National Team training camp, something getting lost a bit is the fact that the squad preparing for June's qualifiers is very much a stacked squad by U.S. standards.
Injury issues with Steve Cherundolo and Timmy Chandler (and Landon Donovan's absence) will keep Jurgen Klinsmann from having a full-strength team, but he will bring in a group that includes the nucleus of the squad that recorded four points from two World Cup qualifiers in March along with the return to health of Jermaine Jones and Fabian Johnson.
Landon Donovan didn't hide his disappointment with being left off the latest U.S. Men's National Team roster, but he also isn't keeping him from wanting to make his way back to the team he leads in career goals.
On the day when Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed the early reports that Donovan would be left out, Donovan acknowledged his unhappiness with being left out, but is determined to work his way back into the national team picture eventually.
The Fire returned to training this week to prepare for Saturday's game at the Philadelphia Union, the same club fell to, 1-0, last Saturday at Toyota Park. It was a game Chicago controlled throughout and had a number of chances to take the lead, but came away frustrated after a late Jack McInerney goal.
PORTLAND, Ore.-It has been 390 minutes since the Timbers have conceded a goal in front of the home fans and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is one of the major reasons why Portland is enjoying its best run of form since joining MLS in 2011.
The Jamaican International arrived in Portland last August in exchange for fan favorite Troy Perkins.
Two moments stick out to Caleb Porter regarding Rodney Wallace's rapid ascent from useful utility player to emerging MLS standout.
The first was in late January, at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. With the host nation locked in a scoreless Copa Centroamericana semifinal against Honduras, Wallace not only secured passage to the title game by converting a late back-post header â€” he also gave Porter a glimpse of his underestimated class in the final third.
There weren't many surprises in 26-player roster chosen by Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming U.S. Men's National Team training camp starting in Cleveland on March 26th.
The camp, which will prepare the team for a busy stretch of matches from late May to mid-June, features Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Michael Bradley, as well as March qualifying standouts such as DaMarcus Beasley and Matt Besler.
Toronto FC GM Kevin Payne still isn't finished improving his squad.
Just days after signing two new players, Payne engineered a move to acquire winger Bobby Convey from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for a 2014 natural third round (first round supplemental draft) MLS SuperDraft selection.
One of the most decorated players in world soccer has decided to call it quits.
According to multiple reports, David Beckham has decided to announce his retirement, just days after winning his tenth league title in four different countries. The 38-year-old Englishman has made 13 appearances in all competitions for Paris Saint-Germain since signing with the club at the end of January.
When the U.S. Men's National Team training camp roster is revealed later today, all signs point to Landon Donovan not being a part of the squad. That decision by Jurgen Klinsmann has the USMNT fan bases divided between those who feel Donovan should be on the team and those who agree with Klinsmann's expected decision to leave him out.
Landon Donovan said recently he wasn't quite all the way back to his best, but on Wednesday night it was clear he is heading in that direction.
The Los Angeles Galaxy star scored a goal, assisted on two others, and forced an own goal with a quality corner kick to help lead the Galaxy to a 4-1 mauling of the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night at PPL Park.
The Los Angeles Galaxy are ready for the first leg of a two-leg East Coast swing tonight at PPL Park when they take on the Philadelphia Union (7:30pm, MLS Direct Kick).
The Union enter with some confidence after posting a 1-0 road victory against the Chicago Fire, while the Galaxy look to rebound after a pair of recent losses, including a 3-1 setback against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The 16 American-based Major League Soccer teams learned their potential opponents when they all kick off U.S. Open Cup action in the third round of the competition, which is celebrating its 100th year.
The first round of the tournament began on Tuesday, and U.
Walker Zimmerman made his first appearance for FC Dallas Saturday, 113 days after being selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft. The Furman product came on as a late sub in the club's 2-1 victory over DC United.
The centerback had sustained a groin injury in the preseason and his recovery had taken longer than originally expected.
Branislav Ivanovic couldn't have picked a better time to score his first Europa League goal.
The Chelsea defender rose high off a corner kick in the third minute of 90th minute injury time, sending a perfectly placed header into the far side of the net and leaving Benfica goalkeeper Artur frozen in place.
Jurgen Klinsmann has some tough decisions to make.
The U.S. Men's National Team has some good depth at some positions, and with so many new faces stepping up to offset the rash of injuries in March, there are much more options heading into this summer's action than there was a year ago.
The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee was busy this week handing out suspensions to four different players around the league.
The Committee announced on Wednesday one-match suspensions to Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna, Vancouver Whitecaps defender Johnny Leveron, Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle, and Real Salt Lake defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe.
When a Sports Illustrated report stated on Tuesday that Landon Donovan would be left out of the U.S. Men's National Team's training camp for upcoming World Cup qualifiers in June, the news caught plenty of U.S. fans by surprise.
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As the English Premier League heads into it's final week of play, a potential third-place tie could derail Chelsea's post-season tour of the U.S.
Third-placed Chelsea sit two points above fourth-placed Arsenal in the table. However, if Arsenal were to defeat Newcastle on the final day of the season by a score of 2-1, and Chelsea were to play Everton to a scoreless draw, the two London clubs would be forced to play a play-off to determine the third and fourth place finishers.
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke inherited a midfield rich in talent. Before he could even make a move to improve the roster, he already counted Designated Player Tim Cahill, 2012 hero Dax McCarty and veteran Brazilian playmaker Juninho as his immediate starters.
Manchester City are inching closer to naming their new manager, with Manuel Pellegrini's name coming to the top of the club's shortlist.
The current Malaga boss has, according to reports out of Spain, been allowed to leave the club at the end of the summer, with reports stating that Pellegrini will sign a two-year contract to trade the sun-bathed streets of Andalusia for the rain-soaked driveways of Manchester.
WASHINGTON â€” D.C. United fans for weeks now have been awaiting the arrival of reinforcements to help end this club's dramatic downward spiral. At training Tuesday, former U.S. national team defender Frank Simek was presented as one possible piece of that roster retooling puzzle.
Jurgen Klinsmann made it clear three weeks ago that Landon Donovan's place on the U.S. Men's National Team was no longer assured, and that it could be some time before we see the national team's all-time leading scorer back in uniform.
If Toronto FC President and GM Kevin Payne's comments on Monday were an indication of anything, it's that changes were coming, and fast.
TFC announced on Tuesday that they had waived two players, Ashton Bennett and Taylor Morgan. Both forwards, Bennett was the team's first round selection in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft, while Morgan was picked in the fourth round.
Since Frank Simek's release from Carlisle United, he's been looking for an opportunity to play. That chance just may end up coming in Major League Soccer.
According to D.C. United, Simek took part in the club's training session on Tuesday morning as a trialist, opening a possibility for the American international defender to play in MLS for the first time.
Helsinborg IF seemingly cannot be stopped these days and neither can Alejandro Bedoya.
Helsingborg moved into the top spot in the Allsvenskan standings on Monday after routing BK Hacken, 5-0, and Bedoya once again made an impact for his club. Bedoya helped cap the scoring in the lopsided affair, recording an assist with a square pass to a teammateafter getting in behind the defense.
Last Tuesday, Toronto FC announced that they had signed three new players from abroad on-loan, with manager Ryan Nelsen looking to shore up the porous back line and increase the goal scoring chances.
One of the players signed was Queens Park Rangers defender Tal Ben Haim, but on Monday, President and General Manager Kevin Payne shed some light on the situation, saying that he wasn't sure if Ben Haim would ever see the field in a TFC uniform.
The ongoing transfer saga of Santos forward Neymar took another turn towards Germany on Tuesday.
According to reports out of Munich, former Santos Vice-President Vicente Cascione has claimed that Neymar has signed a contract with Bayern Munich, and will be suiting up for Pep Guardiola's team by this August.
Just 12 months after guiding Manchester City to their first Premier League title in 44 years, Roberto Mancini's was sacked late Monday night in England.
The club released a statement on their website at 10:22pm local time which said that they have relieved Mancini of his duties because he did not achieve any of their goals that were set at the start of the season, with the exception of qualification for next year's Champions League.
So imagine you are a soccer player who takes his place on the bench for a game, in full uniform, only to find out you weren't selected to even be in uniform for that match.
That awkward situation happened to Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao before their recent match against Espanyol. He turned up on the Real Madrid bench only to be told by Iker Casillas that he didn't belong there.
The Western New York Flash didn't quite get off to the start they had planned this season, but things may be turning around.
After two losses, a draw and a head injury to star forward Abby Wambach, the Flash have picked up two straight victories to put themselves back among the National Women's Soccer League's best a spot many assumed they'd occupy from the start.
At a time when the biggest news in international soccer centers around the changing of the guard at Manchester United, there is nobody better to offer a close-up perspective on that subject and much more for American soccer fans than Tim Howard.
One of the few players to play for both Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, Howard is our guest on Episode 33 of the SBI Show.
No one had a better week than the Seattle Sounders.
Sigi Schmid's squad finally seem to be playing at their expected level, going on the road and defeating Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, 1-0, and then recording a dominant home 4-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
David Moyes hasn't even officially taken over at Manchester United, and he's already been handed a huge blow to his title aspirations.
Following Manchester United's 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in Sir Alex Ferguson's home send off, the current United manager confirmed the transfer rumors about forward Wayne Rooney, admitting that the England international didn't take part in Sunday's league match because his head wasn't in the right place.
PORTLAND, Ore.-One team came into Sunday's match on a franchise-long unbeaten streak, while the other came in reeling. And after 90 minutes of play, it was easy to see which team was ascending and which finds itself in the conference basement.
The Portland Timbers dominated Chivas USA on their way to a 3-0 victory, in front of a sellout Mother's Day crowd at Jeld-Wen Field.
In a match marked by physical play all night long, it shouldn't be a surprise that arguably the league's most physical defender scored the game-winning goal.
Aurelien Collin overcame an early yellow card to play the entire match and score the game winner in the second half, as Sporting Kansas City downed the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, on Sunday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
FC Dallas' scorching start to 2013 has been paced by fluid midfield play, quality depth and opportunistic finishing. D.C. United's bumbling run has included plenty of early deficits and set-piece struggles.
So all in all, Saturday's meeting at FC Dallas Stadium went exactly as expected.
When Vancouver Whitecaps playmaker Daigo Kobayashi was forced to leave Saturday's match vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 14th minute, the Whitecaps looked like their quest to snap a seven-match winless streak was going to be that much tougher.
Little did the Whitecaps or Galaxy know that the player who came on to replace Kobayashi would steal the show and lead the Whitecaps to victory.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. It wasn't pretty, but the Philadelphia Union didn't need it to be. On a day when the Chicago Fire had the majority of goal scoring opportunities, it was the Union, led by goalkeeper Zac MacMath and an opportunistic goal by league-leader Jack McInerney, that sunk the Fire, 1-0, at Toyota Park.
In a back-and-forth match that saw Matteo Ferrari play both the goat and the hero, the Montreal Impact were able to dig a little deeper and scored twice in the final ten minutes to secure the 3-2 win against RSL.
After deflecting a Lovel Palmer strike up and over goalkeeper Troy Perkins into the back of the net in just the 7th minute of the match, Ferrari found himself with one last chance to put his earlier blunder behind him.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee handed down some more justice on Friday afternoon, suspending San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez for two matches for elbowing Toronto FC's Logan Emery in the face during San Jose's 2-1 win.
The play went unpunished at the time, but a review of the incident showed that Chavez did intentionally strike Emery in the face with the elbow.
It is easy to see why a young player looking to further his development would be frustrated with finding out he is being traded for the second time in less than a year, but that isnot the case with Juan Agudelo.
Two days after being shipped from Chivas USA to the New England Revolution via a shock trade, Agudelo took part in his first training session with his new club on Thursday.
The distance between New York City and Manchester, United Kingdom is approximately 3,337 miles. For two members of the New York Red Bulls, the news of Sir Alex Ferguson stepping down as Manchester United boss and David Moyes replacing him hits just as close to home as if they were at the epicenter.
As we learned when the MLS players salaries were released recently, there are some players who are paid way less than the value they bring to their teams. We also saw predictable and clear evidence that there are players who are coming nowhere close to bringing a good return of investment on their sizable salaries.
For all the success Sporting Kansas City have had over the past two years, the Houston Dynamo have been the one riddle the club can't solve.
After being ousted come playoff time by Houston two seasons in a row, Kansas City will travel to BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday and attempt to get a result against a Dynamo side that, in addition to riding a 36-game home unbeaten streak, just wrapped a 2-0 road trip.
Aston Villa kicks off this weekend's soccer action, when they host Chelsea at Villa Park in one of the weekend's most important matches.
Villa are coming off of two consecutive victories in the league, and have two matches left in the season to survive the drop, while Chelsea have two matches left to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao may have to brush up on his French lessons ahead of this summer.
According to a report out of Spain, French club AS Monaco, with the backing of a Russian billionaire and about to be promoted back to Ligue 1, is prepared to sign Falcao this summer and pay his â‚¬60 million release clause.
Currently trailing on aggregate, Jose Torres and Tigres UANL will need to come up with a big performance at home if they are to salvage their season this weekend.
First-place Tigres are down on aggregate after suffering a 1-0 loss to Monterrey in the first leg of their Liga MX quarterfinal series on Wednesday, and Los Felinos cannot settle for anything less than a victory on Saturday in order to avoid an early exit from the playoffs.
When Matt Pickens fractured his arm in a mid-March match against Real Salt Lake, no one would have imagined the 31-year-old might lose his starting job while recovering. But his replacement, Clint Irwin, might not relinquish the spot after an exceptional run that has seen him shut out opponents in three of his last five matches.
The veteran Real Salt Lake goalkeeper saved yet another penalty kick, his MLS career-leading 19th penalty kick save, to protect a lead in the final minutes of a 2-1 RSL comeback victory at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night.
Bakary Soumare's tenuous situation with the Philadelphia Union is taking a different turn than expected.
After asking for a trade two weeks into the season and not playing a single minute all year, Soumare is being thrown right into the starting lineup following the hamstring injury to teammate Jeff Parke, who won the position battle during the preseason.
The Houston Dynamo's ability to shut down the Los Angeles Galaxy's dangerous attack not only helped them earn SBI MLS Team of the Week honors, it helped two defenders earn recognition for their part in the unlikely shutout.
Remember that ordeal last summer in which AZ Alkmaar refused to release Jozy Altidore to the U.S. Men's National Team until they absolutely had to, forcing him to miss a vital chunk of the team's preparatory camp?
Well, it's going to happen again in a few weeks' time.
The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is facing a tough task at this summer's Under-20 World Cup, but that challenge could get much easier if John Anthony Brooks is in a U.S. uniform.
U.S. Under-20 national team head coach Tab Ramos told ESPN recently that Brooks is leaning toward playing for the United States, and that he could play with the team at the Toulon Tournament later this month, an event that will serve as the U.
For the second time in just under a year, Juan Agudelo is packing his bags and moving from one coast to another.
Agudelo has been traded from Chivas USA to the New England Revolution in exchange for allocation money. The deal was initially announced on Tuesday evening via a tweet from Agudelo's agent, Ron Waxman, but both clubs confirmed the deal shortly thereafter.
Wigan Athletic continues their battle to escape relegation when they welcome Swansea City to the DW Stadium. Roberto Martinez's men sit in 18th position currently with 35 points, but a win could potentially move them out of the drop zone.
Also in action today is Michael Bradley and his AS Roma side, who host Chievo Verona in Tuesday's lone Serie A match.
The long and winding road to recovery is for Giuseppe Rossi is nearly over.
Beset by multiple knee injuries and surgeries, the 26-year-old forward was named on Tuesday to the Fiorentina squad set to face Siena on Wednesday in Serie A action. Rossi moved from relegated Spanish side Villarreal to Florence in a â‚¬10 million transfer move last winter.
D.C. United's beleaguered attack is about to get a substantial lift out wide.
Nick DeLeon (hamstring) will make the game-day roster Wednesday against the Houston Dynamo, coach Ben Olsen confirmed Tuesday, while fellow winger Chris Pontius (groin) said he will make his return by Saturday's trip to face FC Dallas.
The Los Angeles Galaxy looked poised for a long run atop the SBI MLS Power Rankings, but the Houston Dynamo stepped up to remind us that we can never take results for granted. Especially when we are talking about returning MLS Cup finalists.
The Dynamo recorded their first road win since last summer, and their first road win vs.
The FIFA Under-20 World Cup begins on June 21, but United States U-20 coach Tab Ramos and his staff are already hard at work finding the 23 players they believe will bring home the title.
Ramos and the U-20â€²s recently wrapped up a training camp on April 28, culminating with a 6-2 friendly match victory over Cal FC, but now the side turns their focus to the Toulon Tournament in France, which runs from May 28-June 8.
Timmy Chandler is done playing for the current German Bundesliga season, and could wind up missing the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers after being sidelined with what is being reported as a torn knee ligament.
The National Women's Soccer League saw its first blowout over the weekend, and it creates some intrigue at the top of the table.
Far removed from the draw-heavy start to the season, all three games â€” along with the Western New York Flash's midweek win â€” resulted in three points, with Boston's 4-1 shellacking of Chicago the most eye-catching result.
When a report into alleged fraud and financial malcontent was released on April 19, former CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer likely knew that his days in FIFA were numbered.
In a move that could be seen from a mile away, FIFA's Ethics Committee chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert announced that Chuck Blazer had been banned from taking part in any national or international soccer activities for a maximum period of 90 days.
It's a scenario that seemed unlikely just three months ago when Robbie Rogers retired from professional soccer, but now after taking part in a week's training with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the former U.S. international is considering a return.
One thing standing in his way though is that the Chicago Fire own his rights, acquiring them after an offseason deal with Rogers' former club Columbus Crew.
The Houston Dynamo have struggled on the road for a long time, and the task of trying to record their first road win since last July seemed extremely unlikely without Brad Davis and against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.
The script didn't play out the way most would have expected.
The passion that exudes from the Superclasico took over on Sunday night during the 1-1 draw between Boca Juniors and River Plate at La Bombonera.
River's talented youngster Manuel Lanzini put his side up inside of 45 seconds into the match with a perfectly placed header, but Boca were able to claw back into the match, scoring through the side-footed shot of Santiago Silva to tie things back up.
Sporting Kansas City was in a brief slump, having lost two straight games, but they returned to their top form on Saturday in a 4-0 thumping of Chivas USA. A performance orchestrated by the skillful exploits of Graham Zusi.
After suffering a rare home defeat in week nine of Major League Soccer action, Graham Zusi and Sporting Kansas City were determined to remind the league that they are still the team to beat.
Attacking from the opening minute, the U.S. international Zusi had his best games of the season, assisting on a goal and scoring one himself as Sporting Kansas City pummeled ten-man Chivas USA, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park.
Sandy, UT Real Salt Lake was hurting for some goals.
Star forward Alvaro Saborio is out with a quadriceps strain. His replacements, Robbie Findley and Olmes Garcia, were both questionable heading into the match, forcing manager Jason Kreis to play two newcomers in Joao Plata and Devon Sandoval up top
Kreis' gamble paid off as Plata lead RSL to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Another game, another stoppage-time equalizer for San Jose.
Despite a brace from MLS veteran Justin Mapp, the Montreal Impact were unable to hold on as the San Jose Earthquakes roared back to earn another tie thanks to some late-game heroics from reigning MLS Supporters Shield winners.
Ryan Nelsen's coaching nightmare is showing no signs of coming to an end.
After conceding late goals in losses last Saturday and Wednesday, Toronto FC again gifted an opponent a late goal, failing to win for the seventh consecutive match.
Edson Buddle scored off a defensive gaffe by Logan Emery in the 86th minute to lead the Colorado Rapids over TFC, 1-0, on Saturday night at Dicks Sporting Goods Park in a game that was marked by poor passing from both sides and a lack of rhythm throughout.
Super Sunday kicks off early today, with the infamous Merseyside Derby taking center stage.
Liverpool will of course be without polarizing star Luis Suarez, who will be serving his third of a ten match ban for his bite on Branislav Ivanovic three weeks ago. David Moyes, on theother hand, has a full squad to choose from, as Everton attempt to finish ahead of Liverpool for the second consecutive season.
The Seattle Sounders are about to embark on a very difficult month of May, but also a month that will give them a chance to climb out of the MLS Western Conference basement after a rough start to the season.
The Sounders are at PP&L Park tonight to take on the Philadelphia Union in one of the day's more intriguing match-ups as the Sounders look to stop MLS leading scorer Jack McInerney, and the Union defense tries to stop Eddie Johnson, who is back after a long injury layoff.
Norwich City had until Monday to decide whether they wanted to sign on-loan forward Kei Kamara on a permanent basis.
They didn't even make it past Saturday night.
Following a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa, where Kamara played the final 18 minutes of the match, Norwich announced that they had agreed to let Kamara's loan deal end, returning the Sierra Leone international to Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer with immediate effect.
For the majority of Saturday's match between Tottenham and Southampton, it looked like Gareth Bale was going to have a mediocre ending to an award-winning week.
The 23-year-old recently captured thePFA Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, and FWA Footballer of the Year for his impressive season, but he had one of his most uninspired performances against his former club.
A pair of MLS alumni will be facing off this weekend in a match-up with serious English Premier League relegation ramifications when Kei Kamara and Norwich City take on Brad Guzan and Aston Villa in one of the weekend's more intriguing match-ups.
There are more high-profile match-ups like Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea-Manchester United, but in terms of a match involving two teams that badly need a result, few are more meaningful this weekend than Norwich City's clash with the Villans, who are riding high after their thrashing of Sunderland earlier in the week.
From grabbing national headlines toacquiring the necessary land for a soccer-specific stadium without much struggle, things have been pretty rosy for Orlando City in their quest to earn an MLS franchise.
That is, until now.
Orlando City's hopes of reaching MLS in the near future suffered big blow on Friday as the Florida House of Representatives did not pass the bill that would have funded part of their proposed soccer-specific stadium.
In a match between the North American Soccer League's two first-place teams, Minnesota United FC host the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday, and the outcome will determine who takes the top spot early on this season.
The RailHawks, who had a bye-week in week four, look to continue their solid performance which has seen them remain unbeaten along with United.
While some rivalries are cultivated by geographic factors, others are grown out of head-to-head clashes when the games matter most. After facing each other in the past two MLS Cups, it's safe to say no love has been lost between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.
While MLS is ready to take center stage in the American soccer landscape once again this weekend, the biggest story of the week has been Stuart Holden's imminent re turn to the U.S. Men's National Team.
Episode 30 of The SBI Show discusses Holden's USMNT return in detail, as co-host Garrett Cleverly and I break down the impact of Holden's busy summer, and why people shouldn't compare his situation with that of Landon Donovan.
Saturday's clash between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich may not matter much in the end of the Bundesliga season, but it could have a major effect on their upcoming match for the biggest prize in Europe.
Bayern, winners of a record 14 straight Bundesliga matches, have already clinched this year's league crown and Dortmund, last year's champions, have second place in the table all but officially wrapped up.
When Jurgen Klinsmann sang the praises of Stuart Holden a week ago, and pointed out that the last thing Holden needed after a year and a half injury layoff was rest, it seemed like Klinsmann was suggesting that he really wanted Holden to be a part of the U.
Two teams that began the season in the Champions League will be meeting in the Europa League final on May 15 in Amsterdam.
Following a one-goal deficit at the half, Chelsea hit three in a row including a David Luiz golazo to win easily over Swiss side FC Basel 5-2 on aggregate at Stamford Bridge while Benfica, who trailed 1-0 coming into the match, got two goals from forward Oscar Cardozo to defeat Fenerbahce at the Estadio da Luz, 3-1, on the night and 3-2, on aggregate in the Europa League semifinals.
Any hope for Jeff Larentowicz and Brad Davis to see the field in the next game was dashed Wednesday afternoon.
Both midfielders appealed red card they received for transgressions on the weekend. Unable to get a unanimous vote from an independent referee panel, both red cards were upheld and both Larentowicz and Davis will be made to serve their one-game suspensions.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was in Columbus on Thursday to announce the next host of the MLS Business Summit.
At a press conference held at Crew Stadium, Garber and Columbus Crew President and G.M. Marc McCullers jointly announced that Ohio's capital city would be hosting this year's business summit from September 10-12.
There may be a different manager in charge but Chelsea are in a familiar position come Thursday night.
Rafael Benitez's club are 90 minutes away from making a second-straight European cup final, and they'll welcome Swiss side FC Basel to Stamford Bridge for the second-leg of the Europa League semifinals.
One of the bright spots for the LA Galaxy this season has been the play of 18-year-old Jack McBean, who has played in all seven league matches so far this season. But McBean's season has been derailed after suffering a broken collar bone in a collision with Real Salt Lake centerback Nat Borchers.
Amid the myriad of injuries and plethora of new faces deputized by head coach Oscar Pareja during a month of April that saw the Colorado Rapids overachieve, there has been one surprising constant in the starting lineup.
Rookie Dillon Powers was there for every minute, and didn't just play every one of them, he managed to excel in his midfield role despite it being just his second month as a pro.
The Chicago Fire head into their second bye week five points below playoff position after Saturday's loss in Montreal. Before the loss, which included a controversial red card to midfielder Jeff Larentowicz, the Fire had won two in three games and carried a renewed sense of optimism about the season.
A player making contact with a player's head with his foot might have been seen as accidental if it involved a player with a sparkling disciplinary record, but when the offending party has a reptuation and track record like Steven Lenhart's, it was tough to see him getting the benefit of the doubt.
A place in the FIFA Club World Cup is on the line in tonight's CONCACAF Champions League second-leg match between Mexican sides Santos Laguna and Monterrey.
The two clubs played to a scoreless draw on April 24 and now as the series shifts to Nuevo Leon, Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna will look to get revenge over last year's final winners, who won 3-2 on aggregate.
After Wednesday's performance, it would be hard to say that Bayern Munich isn't currently the best team in the world.
The German side defeated Barcelona, 3-0 (7-0 on aggregate), at the Camp Nou in the second-leg of the Champions League semifinals to make their second successive European final, where they will face rivals Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium in London on May 25.
SANDY, Utah- Real Salt Lake will be focused from the opening whistle when they host the Vancouver Whitecaps at Rio Tinto Stadium this Saturday. After coming out flat against the LA Galaxy and conceding two goals in the first 13 minutes, RSL is ready to put that game behind them and move forward.
The New York Red Bulls are going to have to survive at least another two matches without one of their key starters.
Midfielder Dax McCarty has been sidelined since last Thursday with a minor tear in his right quadriceps muscle, and while the forecast hasn't changed from then to now, Red Bulls manager Mike Petke is hopeful that McCarty will be able to face New England on May 11.
More than a month into his signing with the Philadelphia Union, former World Cup-winning midfielder Kleberson has yet to make a starting lineup.
The 33-year-old Brazilian, acquired on March 25 from Bahia in exchange for Freddy Adu, has made two substitute appearances for the Union since the move, but manager John Hackworth has remained coy on whether Kleberson will be in the starting lineup in the coming weeks.
With Lionel Messi on the bench, Barcelona will hope for another savior to help them come back from four goals down when they host Bayern Munich today in the Champions League semifinals (2:45pm FX Channel).
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has called for his side to play good soccer, and through that, he's confident that they will find a way to score goals.
It was a week of surprises in MLS, which is reflected by some of the selections on this week's SBI MLS Best XI. From a back-up goalkeeper to the enigmatic Roy Miller, some of the picks were players few could have pictured making such a team a week ago.
Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe stepped in for Carlo Cudicini and all he did was turn in the best performance by a Galaxy goalkeeper all season.
There were players who scored more goals, and some who registered more assists, but you will be hard-pressed to find a player who meant more to his team's success in April than Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson.
The Canadian midfielder led a Timbers squad that rattled off a 3-0-1 record during March, and while he managed one goal during that month (Johnson's brace vs.
With ninety minutes of soccer in the books, the focus turns to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, where Club Tijuana and Palmeiras will battle in their Copa Libertadores Round of 16 second-leg match on May 14.
Neither side could break the deadlock on Tuesday night as the two teams played to a 0-0 draw at Tijuana's Estadio Caliente.