HARRISON, N.J. As 21 players walked around the Red Bull Arena field after the final whistle of Sunday's match between the New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo, one player didn't move. Corey Ashe stood inside the center circle, hunched over, hands on his knees, frozen in place.
HARRISON, NJ In their first match at home since June 1, the New York Red Bulls finally looked like they were back in their comfort zone.
Tim Cahill and Jamison Olave made their return to the lineup and the Red Bulls used goals from Fabian Espindola and Jonny Steele to defeat the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd of 25,483 at Red Bull Arena.
Spain will attempt to win their 30th consecutive match when they meet Brazil in the Confederations Cup final this evening.
The dream matchup of the tournament has come to fruition, and will either culminate in Spain winning their fourth consecutive tournament, or the hosts walking away as Confederations Cup champions for the third straight time.
As Ben Olsen entered his post-game press conference, he looked like a man possessed. It was a familiar storyline: D.C. United had lost another game, and in the opinion of some been undone by some questionable officiating.
WASHINGTON â€” Eight minutes into the Vancouver Whitecaps' 2013 campaign, captain Jay DeMerit went down with a torn Achilles. Ever since, the only constant in their defense has been the lack of continuity.
As the Whitecaps took the RFK Stadium field Saturday against D.
On a wild afternoon of storylines at PPL Park, it was Blas Perez who wrote the biggest one of all late in injury time.
The Panamanian striker delivered a stoppage-time goal just minutes after having a goal-bound shot cleared off the line to help 10-man FC Dallas earn a 2-2 draw against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at PPL Park.
The New York Cosmos made a big splash recently with the signing of former Spanish national team star Marco Senna, but he may not be the only former European star to make the move to New York this summer.
The Cosmos are in talks with former AC Milan star Massimo Ambrosini to bring the Italian midfielder to the NASL squad for the upcoming season, sources confirmed to SBI on Saturday.
After a disappointing three and out at the European Under-21 Championship, England was hoping to bounce back with a good showing at the Under-20 World Cup.With two draws in their first two matches, the Three Lions needed a win to ensure a spot in the knockout stage of the competition, and they were favorites against winless Egypt.
General managers in Major League Soccer, take notice. Carlos Bocanegra is available.
The U.S. international defender has been released from his club Rangers FC in Scotland, with the club's own press release reporting a potential move to Chivas USA, not far from his roots in Alta Loma, California.
CONCACAF released the full 23-man roster list for all 12 nations participating at this summer's Gold Cup, with the likes of the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, and French Ligue 1 all represented.
Defending champions Mexico enter the competition with a considerably weaker squad due to sending their A side to the Confederations Cup in Brazil, but they should still challenge for the title.
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The new NBC Sports soccer show, MLS Insider, aired Episode Two on Friday evening, with the latest episode featuring FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez as well as a look back at the Houston Dynamo's victory in the 2006 MLS Cup Final.
The outstanding episode provides a closer look at Fernandez, his family, and his background in Peru.
For as spread out and clustered as the National Women's Soccer League standings are, there's still plenty on the line.
This weekend's matches could bring a change atop the standings, a new addition to the front of the pack, and an answer to whether the league's newest upstart has what it takes to make a late, longshot playoff push.
Two points separate the Carolina RailHawks and the Atlanta Silverbacks at the top of the North American Soccer League standings, but that all can change with so much on the line when they meet on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.
A victory for the first-place RailHawks would effectively end the season and give them the honor of hosting the 2013 Soccer Bowl this fall, but if there is one team they are wary of, it's the Silverbacks.
Raul Fernandez has been one of the top newcomers in MLS in 2013, and the FC Dallas goalkeeper is excelling in his new league while he also handles the duties of being the No. 1 goalkeeper on the Peruvian national Team.
The new NBC Sports show MLS Insider is airing its second episode tonight, and among the features is a look at Fernandez' recent time with the Peruvian National Team.
Jonathan Spector has not only settled down. He has settled in.
Days after getting married to his long-time girlfriend,Spector signed a new two-year deal with Birmingham City. Spector was out of contract after seeing his initial deal with the Championship club expire at the end of this past season, but the versatile 27-year-old had decided for some time that he would stick with the Blues rather than sign elsewhere.
Take a look in the New York Red Bulls locker room after any match over the last year and there is a good chance you could spot Heath Pearce grimacing in pain and struggling to move. It was easy to write off the scenes as those of a player who has given his all and is simply feeling the rigors of being an MLS defender.
After some stellar performances with the U.S. Men's National Team, Graham Zusi might have had some teams preparing offers overseas. However, Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman wasn't ready to see his star midfielder leave.
Tottenham have completed one of the deals of the summer, bringing over Brazilian National Team midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians in a Â£17 million ($26 million) transfer.
The 24-year-old scored the game-winning goal on Wednesday against Uruguay to lead Brazil to the Confederations Cup finals, and since earning a regular place in the starting lineup of the Selecao, has decided it's time to move overseas.
With both teams failing to score a goal in 120 grueling minutes of soccer at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, any outcome seemed likely.
It was the Spanish National Team though that showed why they were still the team to beat in the world, calmly hitting all of their penalty kicks to defeat Italy, 7-6 on PKs, in the Confederations Cup semifinals.
For a moment, when Shane O'Neill headed home an Oscar Sorto goal to make the pull the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team within a goal of Ghana, there was a brief glimpse of hope that the American team could avoid the fate of past U.
A trip to the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro and a match against Brazil is what's waiting for the winner of Thursday's Confederations Cup semifinal between Spain and Italy.
Cesare Prandelli's Italian squad is missing forward Mario Balotelli to injury and could be missing midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo as well, which would make the task of defeating the in-form defending World and European champions that much more difficult.
U.S. Men's National Team veterans Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley headline a veteran squad chosen by Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Klinsmann named a 23-man roster for the tournament, with Donovan and Beasley returning to the national team fold, where they will be joined by national team newcomer Jack McInerney and young midfielders Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud.
One-time Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero could be donning the green of Sporting Lisbon this fall.
The Portuguese club has reportedly reached an agreement with the Colombian front-man on a five-year contract, and now all that's left is settling the transfer fee to take him from his on-loan club Millonarios to Portugal ahead of the upcoming season.
The end of Orlando City's run in the U.S. Open Cup apparently also meant the end of Dom Dwyer's time with the club.
A day after the Lions were bounced out of the competition with a 4-1 loss at the Chicago Fire, Sporting Kansas City owner Robb Heineman tweeted that Dwyer would be rejoining his club later on Thursday.
Lionel Messi will be on the hook for a lot of cash after all.
The Messi family and Spanish authorities came to an out-of-court settlement over unpaid taxes, with the reported figures sitting upwards of â‚¬15 million ($19.5 million) being paid by Messi to the State.
On the final kick of regulation, David Ferreira of FC Dallas sent a curling shot around the outstretched arm of Portland's Donovan Ricketts. If the ball goes in, the match heads to a 30-minute extra time period. If the ball doesn't find the back of the net, the Timbers advance to their first U.
BOYDS, MD Don't look now, but D.C. United are slowly gathering a head of steam.
The club that had put itself on a steady course towards the wrong side of the MLS record books, but D.C. United have begun to turn things around, stringing together a few positive league results and doing exceedingly well in the U.
For a brief moment, the Chicago Fire looked like they just might be the latest victim of Orlando City's Cinderella run through the U.S. Open Cup when Rob Valentino delivered a second-half equalizer for the USL PRO side on Wednesday night.
Then, in the span of four minutes, the Fire provided a reminder that they, not Orlando City, are the team with the lengthy history of U.
As tens of thousands of protesters continued their clash with police in the streets, the Brazilian national team continued its quest for another Confederations Cup title with a dramatic win over South American rivals Uruguay on Wednesday.
Brazil punched its ticket to the final by defeating the Copa America champions 2-1 off a late header from midfielder Paulinho.
With emotions high inside and outside of the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the Brazilian National Team takes the field on Wednesday to face a nearby rival in Uruguay (3pm, ESPN/ESPN3) in the Confederations Cup semifinals.
In addition to regular meetings in World Cup qualifiers over the years, Uruguay defeated Brazil in the 1950 World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro with 200,000 in attendance, something that the Brazilian people haven't forgotten about.
Dom Dwyer had never scored a hat-trick during his collegiate years, much less during his fledgling pro career, so it was natural to expect him to be ecstatic after doing so in the first half of a blowout win in May.
With the 2014 World Cup looming next summer, New York Red Bulls forward Tim Cahill is already considering plans to help prepare him for Brazil.
The Socceroos midfielder helped his nation qualify automatically with a 1-0 victory over Iraq on June 18, and with the long offseason in Major League Soccer spanning from early December to the start of March, Cahill is considering returning to the Premier League to keep match fitness.
With the June World Cup qualifiers in the rearview mirror, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup on the horizon, the U.S. Men's National Team will unveil a new squad on Thursday as Jurgen Klinsmann tries to win back the CONCACAF Gold Cup from Mexico while also giving some familiar face a chance to state their case for places on the full U.
Carlo Ancelotti's introduction at Real Madrid could spell the end of Cristiano Ronaldo's era at the club.
Ronaldo is set for meetings with Manchester United officials this summer according to reports in Spain, after the Portuguese international took to Twitter earlier this week to refute rumors of him signing a new contract with Madrid.
When Antonio Conte signed a new contract extension at Juventus last month, he made a request to sign two strikers. One, Fernando Llorente was signed on a free transfer in January. The other, looks set to come this summer.
Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez is reportedly on his way to the twice-successive Serie A champions, making them the team to beat for the title next season.
The New York Red Bulls devastating loss against the Philadelphia Union this weekend surely brought some of the team's weaknesses to light. Besides the obvious over-reliance on both Tim Cahill and Jamison Olave, the Red Bulls depth options fell far short in their attempt to cover for the team's star players.
Seven players in Major League Soccer, including first-place Portland Timbers star Will Johnson, were called into the Canadian National Team ahead of the Gold Cup next month.
Toronto FC lead all clubs with four call-ups, losing Ashtone Morgan, Doneil Henry, Kyle Bekker, and Jonathan Osorio to the Canada squad that will meet in Oxnard, California for a ten-day training camp starting on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, reports emerged that Mexico National Team star Giovani Dos Santos was offered a lucrative deal to come play with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
As of Wednesday, reports out of Spain are claiming that Dos Santos and his club RCD Mallorca have rejected the reported $8 million transfer fee and $2 million per season contract offer from the Galaxy.
An injury that was originally thought to likely keep Mario Balotelli out of Wednesday's Confederations Cup semifinal vs. Spain looks set to keep him out of the rest of the tournament.
Balotelli was ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a thigh strain on Monday, expediting his return to Italy and leaving the Italian National Team without their lead forward for their 2012 European Championships final rematch.
Los Angeles Galaxy defender just returned to the club from nearly a month with the U.S. Men's National Team last Wednesday. Assuming he is called up for the upcoming Gold Cup, he'll only be around for another seven days before he leaves for another month with the national team.
When the Los Angeles Galaxy traded away Mike Magee they knew they would need players to pick up the scoring slack left by Magee's departure and one of the players expected to pick up that slack is rookie Gyasi Zardes.
The Galaxy Homegrown Player showed on Sunday just what sort of quality he can provide, scoring his second goal of the season, and the only goal of the night in a 1-0 Galaxy victory vs.
The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team was going to need a much better defensive performance than the one they delivered in their 4-1 loss to Spain last week if they were going to have any chance against France, and that is exactly what they received.
The American defense bent, but never really broke, even as the French pressed and pressed, and even after a poor penalty call gifted them a 1-0 lead.
With the U.S. Men's National Team having torn through World Cup qualifying on their way to a perfect 4-0 month, Episode of The SBI Show takes a look back at the U.S. qualifying win vs. Honduras, as well as an overall look back at the team's climb to the top of the CONCACAF HEX standings.
The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will be looking to rebound from a dismal defensive performance against Spain on Friday, but they'll have their hands full with another European power when they face France today (ESPN2/ESPN3, 11am).
The French squad features a number of players getting regular minutes in Ligue 1, La Liga, or Serie A for their respective clubs, such as Juventus star Paul Pogba, and brings the challenge of a more physical game on top of frighteningly good technical skills.
It's only been one month since the UEFA Champions League final, but in eight days, the first qualifying round for next season's Champions League will be underway.
At UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, the draws for the first and second round of qualifying for the Champions League took place, pairing American winger Josh Gatt and Norweigian champions FK Molde with Sligo Rovers F.
Week 12 of the North American Soccer League saw plenty of movement on the table this past weekend, seeing the Carolina RailHawks take sole position of first place after rallying back against Minnesota United FC for the 3-2 victory at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday.
PORTLAND, Ore.-When a team is on a long unbeaten streak, they usually need some luck to keep their run alive. The Portland Timbers, however, didn't need any luck as they steamrolled pastthe visiting Colorado Rapids at Jeld-Wen Field on Sunday.
Led by the play of Rodney Wallace and Will Johnson, the Timbers blew by Colorado, 3-0, and moved into a tie at the top of the league standings with Real Salt Lake.
After about one year spent in Manhattan, New York, Pep Guardiola is ready to return to soccer management.
The former Barcelona boss was introduced on Monday at Bayern Munich, impressing journalists at the press event with his German language comprehension, introducing himself in German and answering some questions in the native language.
There's just no separating the Portland Thorns and Sky Blue FC.
Saturday's head-to-head battle between the National Women's Soccer League's top two teams figured as a great chance to end a long-standing deadlock for first place, with several stars returning from international duty and playing with the top spot on the line.
If you were hoping we could just forget the ugly result in the U.S. Under-20 National Team's World Cup opening loss to Spain last Friday, think again. The U.S. team's 4-1 loss was ugly in many ways, but there were some bright spots to build on.
WASHINGTON â€” Chris Pontius doesn't mince words regarding D.C. United's struggles. He feels their weight. As an all-league attacker and the club's longest-tenured player, 13 games without a win is downright torturous.
Now that he is in the red and blue of his hometown club, Mike Magee simply cannot stop scoring.
Magee notched the match-winning goal for the Chicago Fire in a 2-1 comeback road win over the Columbus Crew. Former Columbus midfielder Dilly Duka commemorated his return to Columbus Crew Stadium with a 52nd-minute equalizer, and Magee gave the Fire the lead just two minutes later with his six goal in six matches since being traded from the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Saturday night's clash between FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City had a little bit of everything: a penalty conversion, an own goal, a red card, a 90th-minute equalizer and a close chance for a stoppage time winner.
What the thrilling match did not have was a winner, and the two sides were forced to share honors with a 2-2 final score at FC Dallas Stadium.
In the midst of rioting and nationwide unrest, the Brazilian national team continued to entertain the country and the rest of the world on Saturday with another strong performance in the Confederations Cup.
The hosts completed their group stage matches with a 4-2 win over Italy that clinched the top spot in Group A.
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For stretches of Friday's Under-20 World Cup opener against Spain, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team looked more than capable of keeping up with the high-flying Spaniards. They even held a possession edge at one point and moved the ball around with some confidence for a long stretch in the first half.
Obafemi Martins' recent positive comments about Major League Soccer clearly show a recent trend. More and more foreign players, with plenty left in their game or just at the start of their careers, are jumping at the opportunity to play in the United States.
Following in the footsteps of countrymen Diego Valeri, Claudio Bieler, and Matias Laba this past spring could be Boca Juniors midfielder Walter Erviti, who is considering an offer from MLS, and is likely to accept it over a move to Ukraine, according to reports out of Argentina.
The Portland Timbers have not lost a match in more than three months.
Let that one sink in for a bit.
Over a stretch of 16 matches in all competitions, including 14 matches in MLS play, the Timbers have either won or tied, and while the results might not have impressed everybody given the number of draws among the results, Portland's past week has helped silence any questions about their quality.
Another international show will take over this weekend, with a healthy spread of the under-20 World Cup and Confederations Cup.
The Under-20 World Cup kicks off the weekend today, with a match between the United States and Spain stealing the show. On Saturday, Mexico will face Greece live on ESPN, with England playing Iraq on Sunday.
Rioting in Brazil during the Confederations Cup has hit a boiling point, as a the first fatality, an 18-year-old boy hit by a car, was confirmed on Friday.
The ongoing rioting and civil unrest has much of the local media reporting that FIFA could be considering either canceling the tournament all together, or even more stunning, sending next year's World Cup to the United States or Italy, where infrastructure and stadiums are already in place to hold a massive tournament like the World Cup.
There is something about youth that makes you fearless and far less concerned with things like failure and difficulty. How else could you explain the reaction of some U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team players when the Under-20 World Cup draw handed them the mother of all Groups of Death?
The U.S. Men's National Team and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann were given good news on Thursday when they found out they won't have to play in the dreaded Estadio Saprissa on September 6 when they face Costa Rica.
In an announcement on their website, the Costa Rican Football Federation said that due to construction at the stadium locally known as "The Monster's Cave," they decided to schedule the upcoming match against the United States at the all-grass field of the Estadio Nacional.
SANDY, Utah Real Salt Lake are coming off of their first bye week of the season after a stretch of six games in 25 days, and as defender Chris Wingert describes, they're ready to get back out on the field when they face the visiting Seattle Sounders this Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
With the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals less than one week away, U.S. Soccer held the draw for the semifinal round on August 7, and could see lower division sides Orlando City SC and the Carolina RailHawks potentially host.
Six Major League Soccer teams remain in the tournament celebrating it's Centennial this year, but only Real Salt Lake and the Chicago Fire will play at home if they advance from the quarterfinal round.
After an exciting Wednesday, the 2013 Confederations Cup rolls on it Brazil with a doubleheader of Group B action.
Wednesday's Confederations Cup action was highlighted by a thrilling 4-3 contest between Japan and Italy. The odds makers are predicting more goals in today's first match but they will all come from one side.
We're still a year and a half away from New York City FC taking the field as Major League Soccer's 20th franchise, but one designer already has eyes for the club's crest and official uniform.
Mike Retrum of Digby Labs has put together his personal designs for NYC FC, featuring the Manchester City sky blue and white color on the jersey, along with a badge that pays homage to all five boroughs of New York City.
With the June World Cup qualifiers in the rearview mirror, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup looming, it is time to take the laatest look at how the U.S. Men's National Team's 2014 World Cup squad is shaping up a year before the tournament.
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. Following a practice session under hot and humid conditions, Hope Solo stood to the side of the field at Montclair State University dripping in sweat when she was asked how she felt after recently returning from a lengthy injury layoff.
SANDY, Utah It took a majority of the night, but the U.S. Men's National Team did produce a goal on Tuesday night. The story wasn't just that Jozy Altidore scored a goal for the fourth straight game, or the fact that the U.S. attack created chances in bunches.
Fixture congestion has been part of life for the Seattle Sounders since joining MLS, with CONCACAF Champions League and U.S. Open Cup runs routinely cluttering the summer schedule. Friendlies against international powerhouses like Chelsea and Barcelona crammed months already brimming with matches that much more full.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. Austin Berry went from goat to hero with one flick of the head.
After lazily coughing up a ball early in the first half that led to a Deshorn Brown goal and an early Rapids lead, Berry's fortunes changed in the 48th minute. Fire midfielder Jeff Larentowicz served a long cross from the left sideline to the back post that looked intended for teammate Bakary Soumare, but the ball floated over his head to an unmarked Berry.
The Los Angeles Galaxy created a few chances on Wednesday night against the Portland Timbers, but every time they did, they saw a familiar face thwart their attempts to find the net.
Former Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts turned in a strong performance in goal to keep the Galaxy at bay and help his Timbers earn a road point in a 0-0 draw on Wednesday night at the newly-named StubHub Center.
Despite playing one to two matches less than everyone else in the Eastern Conference, the Montreal Impact continue to find themselves on top, with room to spare.
Impact forward Marco Di Vaio scored once and nearly had two more if not for the crossbar and a kick save from Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall as the Impact topped the Dynamo, 2-0, on Wednesday night at Stade Saputo.
Last week's visit to the Orlando City SC training facility by Kaka might not have just been for fun.
Speaking to a local reporters, Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath stated that if the club make the jump to Major League Soccer in 2015 as they are hoping, the Real Madrid midfielder could be wearing the iconic purple jerseys of Orlando City.
The Philadelphia Union have lacked an experienced goalkeeper since the departure of Faryd Mondragon, leaving starter Zac MacMath and backup Chris Konopka without much in the way of tutelage and instruction.
The Union filled that void Wednesday morning, as the team confirmed the signing of Macedonian goalkeeper Oka Nikolov, a 19-year veteran of German club Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Philadelphia Union have lacked an experienced goalkeeper since the departure of Faryd Mondragon before the start of the 2012 season, leaving starter Zac MacMath and backup Chris Konopka without much in the way of tutelage and instruction. The Union filled that void Wednesday morning, as the team confirmed the signing of Macedonian goalkeeper Oka Nikolov, a 19-year veteran of German club Eintracht Frankfurt.
After a recent rare day of no soccer, the Confederations Cup kicks back into action on Wednesday afternoon with two high-profile matchups.
Brazil face a beleaguered Mexico side in the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza in the first match of the day. El Tri kept the game close during their last match against Italy until the strength of Mario Balotelli proved the difference.
The Los Angeles Galaxy couldn't have asked for a better time for star forward Robbie Keane to return, as the defending champions look to get back to winning ways when they host the one-loss Portland Timbers on Wednesday night at the newly christened StubHub Center.
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. Abby Wambach is excited about the prospects of making history and potentially breaking Mia Hamm's all-time scoring record some time soon. In the same breath, Wambach just wants to get it over and done with so that the focus can shift elsewhere.
SANDY, Utah The referee's assistant raised his flag in the warm Utah air and defied the screaming fans at Rio Tinto Stadium. He waved off a Jozy Altidore goal (rightfully) for offside, denying Altidore what would have been his fourth goal in four consecutive matches, and denying the U.
SANDY, Utah People will remember the goal, the oh-so-important game-winning finish that helped the U.S. Men's National Team defeat Honduras on Tuesday night, but there was so much more to Jozy Altidore's performance, a stellar outing that was the perfect cap to an outstanding run of matches for the young striker.
The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee was busy this week, handing out suspensions and fines to three players and one head coach.
FC Dallas left back Jair Benitez, Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kekutah Manneh, Colorado Rapids midfielder Hendry Thomas, and Thomas' manager Oscar Pareja have all been suspended for one match and fined an undisclosed amount for various actions this past week.
SANDY, Utah The first half was a showcase in frustration, but for the U.S. Men's National Team, the story of Tuesday night's 1-0 victory vs. Honduras was the team's resolve and ability to improve in the second half.
After experiencing first hand, as a player and a coach, just how difficult it has been for the New York Red Bulls to settle on a proper training ground, head coach Mike Petke would not deny himself another minute to inaugurate the team's new grounds.
SALT LAKE CITY- Honduras won't be at full-strength. It is something that everybody knows by now, and something the U.S. Men's National Team is fully aware of heading into tonight's World Cup qualifier at Rio Tinto Stadium. That being said, don't expect the U.
With Mexico's struggles in CONCACAF, and Honduras falling back to earth after their first two fixtures, Panama and Costa Rica will both have an eye on a place in the top three when the two meet in San Jose, Costa Rica tonight (10pm, beIN Sport).
The hosts put in a shift seven days ago at the Estadio Azteca, frustrating Mexico along the way to another scoreless draw that leaves them in second place with eight points, while Panama fell in their last match to the United States, 2-0, just their first loss in the Hex.
SALT LAKE CITY By now, you have heard about all the Honduran injuries, and the suspensions, and how the 'Catrachos' will field a squad missing several players who started in February's win vs. the U.S. Men's National Team. While that is all true, Honduras won't exactly be fielding a Tahiti-like squad when Tuesday night's qualifier at Rio Tinto Stadium kicks off.
Jurgen Klinsmann received some good news a day ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier.
U.S. Soccer announced that Jermaine Jones has been cleared to play in Tuesday night's World Cup qualifying match against Honduras, in Salt Lake City, after passing the "return to play" protocol following a concussion suffered on June 7.
With injuries to all over the backline, the Columbus Crew have had to elevate a homegrown signing into the starting lineup.
On Saturday, Crew right back Chad Barson stepped up to the task, playing 90 minutes and effectively shutting out Justin Mapp and Marco Di Vaio of the Montreal Impact in a 2-0 victory, earning Barson SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.
The Colorado Rapids announced on Monday morning that midfielder Pablo Mastroeni had been traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for a 2014 second-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft and an international slot through the end of the 2014 season.
Mastroeni now will have the opportunity to play for his former coach with the U.
After missing two months of soccer due to a lingering hamstring injury, Vancouver Whitecaps forward Kenny Miller hasn't needed much time to find his scoring touch.
In just his third game since his return from injury, the 33-year-old scored a brace including the game-tying goal and eventual game-winner on Saturday to help lead the Whitecaps to a 4-3 victory over the New England Revolution, earning him SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.
With the third of three June World Cup qualifiers just a day away for the U.S. Men's National Team, The SBI Show's latest episode takes a look at the U.S./Honduras match, among other hot topics.
Episode 42 of The SBI Show features a closer look at Tuesday's qualifier, as co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss the current injury situation with Honduras, and the lineup options for Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the match at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Though his status was in doubt before the match, Italy forward Mario Balotelli made sure his presence was felt on the field and from those watching around the globe.
Balotelli raced onto a flicked ball in the box in the 78th minute, using his strength to muscle past Javier "Maza" Rodriguez and then lightning-quick speed to pounce on the ball to score the game-winner.
FC Dallas boast Major League Soccer's best track record of signing Homegrown Players, and this year has been no different, with the team tapping into its academy pipeline on multiple occasions since the end of the 2012 season.
You can now add U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder Danny Garcia to that list.
Today's soccer action will feature the Confederations Cup on ESPN, with Mexico kicking the afternoon off when they face Italy.
Mexico has been in poor form this year, winning only a single match out of seven so far. Good production from star striker Javier Hernandez, who has only scored twice for his national team so far this year, is critical if Mexico have any hope at winning the tournament.
WASHINGTON There were plenty of interesting storylines to follow heading into Saturday night's encounter between D.C. United and Toronto FC. TFC's front office is led by Kevin Payne, who less than a year ago was calling the shots at United. On the sidelines, Toronto's head coach is also a former United man, having hoisted the 2004 MLS Cup while wearing the black and red.
Interim head coach Mark Watson started his time in charge at San Jose with a bang on Saturday evening as the Earthquakes ended their four-match winless streak with their first road win of 2013.
While they usually make their living on late goals, San Jose earned a physical victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park by jumping out to a quick lead and holding off the attack of a Colorado Rapids squad that refused to cave in after falling behind a man early.
The New England Revolution looked like they had the Vancouver Whitecaps on the ropes. Leading 2-0 and dominating play, the Revs had the swagger of a team ready to run away with an impressive road victory.
That all changed in the 22nd minute when Kenny Miller went down in the penalty area, leading to a controversial call that turned the entire tide of the match.
With the league's top team coming into town and a national television audience watching, the Portland Timbers knew that Saturday's match was a perfect opportunity to show everyone that they are now a serious contender in the Western Conference.
And when the final whistle sounded, the Timbers and their fans celebrated a hard-fought victory and the survival of two outstanding streaks.
Jurgen Klinsmann added Kyle Beckerman to the United States Men's National Team roster on Friday as the team continues their preparation in Salt Lake City ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifying match against Honduras.
Beckerman's addition adds depth to a central midfield position that was missing usual starter Jermaine Jones because of a concussion.
The North American Soccer League hits the final stretch of the season as all seven teams rush to finish in at the top of the spring campaign.
From sitting atop the NASL table with 15 points to cruising to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup after a convincing 3-1 victory over Chivas USA, the Carolina RailHawks are entering this weekend of action with plenty of momentum.
Riding a wave of confidence and good form, the U.S. Men's National Team rolls into their final World Cup qualifier of the month looking like clear-cut favorites to beat Honduras and finish their recent qualifying run with nine points from three matches.
Normally questions about lineup changes would seem odd considering the outstanding game the U.
If you count yourself among the few U.S. Men's National Team fans who might be a little worried about the suspension DaMarcus Beasley and uncertain status of Jermaine Jones (EDIT- Tim Howard is NOT suspended for the Honduras match), and what that might mean to the chemistry and momentum of a U.
With one year left on the road to the 2014 World Cup, six representatives from the world's continental federations, hosts Brazil and defending World Cup champions Spain meet in Brazil for the official prelude to the world's biggest sporting event.
In Group A, hosts Brazil continue their warm up to next year's global football party as the competition's top team historically.
With an injury-riddled half-season at Qatari club Al-Rayyan that saw him feature just 10 times the domestic league and AFC Champions League combined, Alvaro Fernandez is ready for the next challenge.
Fernandez, currently a member of the Chicago Fire, is looking for another team to play for outside the United States, with perhaps a move back to Major League Soccer for next season, according to reports out of South America.
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The top storyline it seems ahead of the Confederations Cup this summer has been the molasses-like pace that some of the World Cup stadiums in Brazil are being completed at.
The Maracana, Brazil's jewel piece and stadium to host the opener and final, is still undergoing construction on parts of the stadium, though FIFA President Sepp Blatter eased fears that it wouldn't be finished in time for the start of next summer's World Cup.
PORTLAND, Ore.-After being selected with the eighth overall pick in 2011 MLS Superdraft, it seemed like Michael Nanchoff was destined for big things. But after two unproductive, injury-plagued seasons, the Vancouver Whitecaps decided not to retain the Akron product.
The Chicago Fire booked the eighth and final spot in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals on Thursday as they rode Mike Magee's latest goal and a game-winning finish from Patrick Nyarko to eliminate the Columbus Crew via a 2-1 victory at Toyota Park.
It was supposed to be a rebuilding season for Real Salt Lake after an off-season roster overhaul, but RSL shaken off some early-season struggles to show us all that they are still very much a force in the Western Conference.
RSL knocked off the slumping Los Angeles Galaxy last Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak to four matches (3-0-1) and climb up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.
In their first incarnation, the New York Cosmos made their biggest splash by signing a Brazilian star. Four decades after Pele carried the flag for the Cosmos, a new Brazilian will be leading the same club.
The New York Cosmos announced that former Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna had signed for the club pending a medical, and will be ready for the NASL opener on August 3.
BOYDS, MD For some MLS clubs, the USOC is treated as a mid-season distraction. Other teams treat it as a means to test their depth, to get bench players minutes in meaningful matches. For a club like United mired in the depths of their worst season in club history the Open Cup represents a second chance, a chance to taste glory in the middle of an MLS season that's already nearly slipped away from them.
Jamaica National Team manager Theodore Whitmore tendered his resignation in the early hours of Wednesday morning, following a 2-0 defeat in Honduras, one that left the Reggae Boyz with just two points from six matches in the Hexagonal round.
The Jamaican Football Federation President Horace Burrell has yet to announce a replacement.
SANDY, Utah -Down two goals in the first 18 minutes of Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup match, Real Salt Lake were in desperate need of a hero.
Up stepped the wild-haired rookie Devon Sandoval, who delivered a brace and saved the club from embarrassment as they roared back from the first half deficit, tying the match in the second half and scoring three more in extra time to down the Charleston Battery, 5-2, at Rio Tinto Stadium.
SEATTLE- As much as you can argue it was always a sure bet, and there wasn't that much risk involved, U.S. Soccer gambled when it chose Seattle as a venue for a World Cup Qualifier. Not because Seattle isn't an amazing soccer city, but because of the lack of a permanent grass field at the city's top soccer venue, and because of the travel it would involve for the national team in the middle of a qualifying campaign.
As the first-choice Mexico National Team arrived in Brazil in preparation for the Confederations Cup, the FMF (Federation of Mexican Football) announced the 23-man squad for this summer's Gold Cup, set to take place in July in the United States.
With the Confederations Cup and a squad at the Under-20 World Cup, it's a highly inexperienced squad, with just two players, forward Omar Bravo and midfielder Fernando Arce, have more than 12 caps with El Tri to their name.
It didn't take long for Satoru Kashiwase to make up his mind.
About a month ago, the manager of J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse, Afshin Ghotbi, came up to Kashiwase and asked the 20-year-old forward if he'd be interested in a move to the United States.
Within a few days of that conversation, Kashiwase was on his way to New York, where on Monday he was announced as the New York Cosmos's latest signing, a loan move that makes him the youngest native Japanese player to ever play soccer in North America.
Major League Soccer may be on a bit of an international break, but there's still plenty of action to go around this week in the form of the U.S. Open Cup fourth round. Twelve MLS sides are joined in the Round of 16 by four lower-tier competitors two from the NASL and a pair of USL-Pro clubs as well.
It's been nearly 15 years since Colombia was last represented at a World Cup, getting knocked out in the group stages of France 1998. If the current side can keep up their form, they'll be back in the World Cup in Brazil 2014 without a problem.
Colombia defeated Peru, 2-0, on Tuesday in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying at the team's national stadium in Barranquilla.
Major League Soccer may be on a bit of an international break, but there's still plenty of action to go around this week in the form of the U.S. Open Cup fourth round. Twelve MLS sides are joined in the Round of 16 by four lower-tier competitors two from the NASL and a pair of USL-Pro clubs as well.
After spending more than $172 million dollars on the transfers for Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho, and James Rodriguez, the newly promoted Ligue 1 club is ready to spend some serious cash, offering Real Madrid nearly $133 million (â‚¬100m) for talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a report in England.
The U.S. Men's National Team, surrounded by doubt as recently as mid-March, arrived riding a string of impressive results and almost casually dismissed Panama to seize first place in CONCACAF's final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
SEATTLE- The U.S. Men's National Team is back home for World Cup qualifying tonight at CenturyLink Field as they take on Panama in their second of three CONCACAF HEX qualifiers in June (10:30pm, ESPN).
The U.S. come in riding a three-match qualifying unbeaten streak, and they are currently tied for the most points in the HEX with seven (tied with Costa Rica).
After another draw in which they failed to find the back of the net, the members of the Mexican national team hoped to change their World Cup Qualifying fate Tuesday night in their return to the famed Estadio Azteca.
But after 90+ minutes of scoreless action, El Tri was left with more questions than answers heading into next week's Confederations Cup campaign.
It was easily the best World Cup qualifying performance by the U.S. Men's National Team during the Jurgen Klinsmann era, and the list of players who stepped up to deliver Tuesday night's 2-0 victory vs.
SEATTLE On a night when there were three or four players worthy of Man of the Match honors for the U.S. Men's National Team, Michael Bradley stood out the most in Tuesday night's 2-0 victory vs. Panama.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Ned Grabavoy has been fined an undisclosed amount by the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee for "simulation" in the 90th minute of their 3-1 win over the LA Galaxy last Saturday.
Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas was shown a yellow card after the incident, which saw Grabavoy go down despite there being no contact from Sarvas.
Teams from all over the Western Hemisphere continue their journey to Brazil 2014 on Tuesday with another round of World Cup Qualifying.
A pair of Top 10 teams will clash on high in Quito as CONMEBOL leaders Argentina face Ecuador. After back-to-back draws, Argentina will look to move one step closer to automatic qualification with a road win against Ecuador, who has lost two straight after a blistering run to end 2012.
SEATTLE- It might not feel like much of a rivalry to U.S. fans, but USA-Panama has certainly become one of the more consistently difficult match-ups in the region for both teams. They have faced each other on repeated occasions (in the knockout rounds of the past four CONCACAF Gold Cups) and on every occasion the sides have battled hard in close matches that either team could have taken.
Recovery for a recent thigh pull to Brazilian midfielder Kleberson is going "slower than expected", according to Philadelphia Union John Hackworth, who revealed on Tuesday that the World-Cup winning midfielder was taking a while to recover and will likely miss some action.
With a full squad finally available, United States Men's Under-20 National Team head coach Tab Ramos will have one match to gauge his starting eleven ahead of the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey this month.
U.S. Soccer has scheduled a friendly match against fellow World Cup participants Portugal Under-20 on June 14 in Algarve, Portugal.
Bob Bradley's courageous and inspirational turn as head coach of the Egyptian Men's National Soccer Team has been well documented, but the latest extended trailer for one of the movies being made about his journey provides one of the most thorough and captivating looks at just what Bradley has faced since taking the Egypt job.
SEATTLE One of the more glorious aspects of holding Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between the U.S. Men's National Team and Panamaat CenturyLink Field is the expected turnout from the U.S. faithful. It is anticipated that more than 36,000 fans will be on hand to watch the CONACAF clash and while that number may not be as high as some around the country expected, it will still be, by and large, the largest pro-U.
Australia used three second-half goals to power past helpless Jordan, 4-0, on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, climbing back into an automatic qualifying position for the 2014 World Cup in the process.
Incoming Bayer Leverkusen forward Robby Kruse was man of the match and finished with a goal and two assists, setting up the first two tallies by Mark Bresciano in the 15th minute and Tim Cahill in the 61st before putting the game away in the 76th with his own effort.
Just hours after reports broke about the Cosmos landing a TV deal with an One World Sports, an English-language channel that covers sport in Asia, the New York Cosmos have secured one of Japan's rising stars in soccer.
The Cosmos agreed a deal with Shimizu S-Pulse of the J-League in Japan to sign on-loan forward Satoru Kashiwase for the upcoming fall NASL season.
SEATTLE Versatility is a trait that can boost any national team prospect's chances, and two players who have used their versatility to secure roles on the U.S. Men's National Team are Seattle Sounders teammates Eddie Johnson and Brad Evan.
SEATTLE -Herculez Gomez came into the U.S. Men's National Team camp with a knee injury that threatened his availability and now he is leaving with it.
A U.S. Soccer spokesman announced during the U.S. team's press conference on Monday that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has released Gomez from the squad to allow the forward to further rehabilitate his knee.
World Cup 2014 qualification zooms towards the finish line with a number of matches on Tuesday across the globe.
South American group leaders Argentina travel to the altitude in Quito to face tenth ranked in the world Ecuador, who have suffered a couple of recent embarrassing defeats to Germany and Peru, and need a win to regain confidence moving forward.
Major League Soccer released their 2013 MLS All-Star Ballot on Monday, featuring 115 players across all 19 MLS teams.
Fans can choose one goalkeeper and ten field players when they vote and can vote online, through text message (SMS), on Twitter, and between July 3 and July 10 using FIFA Soccer 13 Ultimate Team, part of the AT&T MLS All-Star "In The Game" Challenge.
The New England Revolution earned a clean sheet for the fourth match in a row last Saturday, and one of the big reasons for it is the stability in the defense, including the play of right back Andrew Farrell.
The rookie has locked down his position, and a week after shutting down the LA Galaxy, Farrell helped to do the same to D.
There are plenty of feel good stories in the sports world, but one that jumps to the top of the list has to be the play of the Egyptian National Team.
Under head coach Bob Bradley's watch, the nation, suffering from internal political turmoil and a recently resumed domestic league is on the cusp of making the third round of CAF qualifying, putting them closer to making their first World Cup since 1990.
SEATTLE- As Jermaine Jones laid prone, and apparently unconscious, on the field at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica after colliding heads on a set piece, it was clear his night was over in Friday's World Cup qualifying win vs. Jamaica. It should also have been pretty clear that four days was not enough time for Jones to recover from a clear-cut concussion.
For the first time in six years, Jose Mourinho met with the assembled media as manager of Chelsea Football Club.
The former Real Madrid, Inter, and Porto boss admitted that he was happy to be returning to the club, and signed a four-year contract with the club, potentially keeping Mourinho around Stamford Bridge through 2018.
SEATTLE â€“ The latest examples of players on the U.S. Men's National Team who have stepped up and made the most of their opportunities when called upon have come in defense, with Matt Besler and Brad Evans recently proving more than serviceable options for U.
SEATTLE- Just when Jurgen Klinsmann had finally settled on a regular starting lineup for the first time in his tenure as U.S. Men's National Team head coach, the U.S. boss has to make some new decisions.
Jermaine Jones (concussion) and Graham Zusi (yellow card suspension) will miss Tuesday's World Cup qualifier vs.
SEATTLE- Panamanian national team forward Blas Perez has been a thorn in the side of the U.S. Men's National Team for several years, but the FC Dallas forward won't be on the field on Tuesday night when Panama takes on the U.S. in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. D.C. United might be in the midst of its worst winless streak in franchise history, but the New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps didn't take it for granted heading into Saturday night's game at Gillette Stadium.
With less than ten minutes to play on Saturday night, Fire striker Mike Magee was fouled outside the left corner of the box. He had just scored his third goal in as many games for his new club, but the Fire still trailed 2-1 at home against the Portland Timbers.
SEATTLE A depleted Seattle Sounders' side rode some unfamiliar names to a big Cascadia Cup victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.
Servando Carrasco scored his first career goal and the almost forgotten Andy Rose added both an assist and a goal on the way to a 3-2 comeback victory in front of 53,679 at CenturyLink Field, the largest crowd in MLS this season.
Controversy reigned supreme on Friday night in Buenos Aires, as Colombia and Argentina played over an hour of soccer with ten men each.
Colombia's Cristian Zapata and Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain were shown a straight red card midway through the first half by referee Marlon Escalante in the aftermath of what looked like an innocuous foul from Higuain on Zapata and his goalkeeper David Ospina.
Mexico's 1-0 victory over Jamaica on Tuesday night may have convinced fans of El Tri that the team could find goals in difficult road CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
Instead, all it provided was false hope.
Javier Hernandez limped off with an injury in the second half and Mexico were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against Panama on Friday in Panama City, El Tri's third such draw in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign since the start of the Hexagonal round.
When Jermaine Beckford delivered a late header goal to give Jamaica a 1-1 tie vs. the U.S. Men's National Team, it looked for a second like the Americans would once again be doomed to a disappointing World Cup qualifying result on the Caribbean Island.
It wasn't pretty, and you could argue it was tougher than it needed to be, but the U.S. Men's National Team still came through with a thrilling last-minute victory that not only gives the team three precious HEX points, but also a major boost of confidence heading into two home qualifiers.
World Cup qualifiers run the gamut on Friday with no less than 25 matches taking place around the globe. The outcomes of these matches could have far reaching effects on the rest of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
On the European continent, Portugal hosts Russia looking for revenge after falling, 1-0, last October in Moscow, while Belgium hosts Serbia in a game that could determine the qualifying group winner in.
It may be a light MLS schedule this weekend with World Cup qualifying taking center stage, but a pair of marquee matchups still offer plenty of intrigue.
At Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake will resume their Western Conference feud with the Los Angeles Galaxy, who will look to grab a result with Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane still on international duty.
The U.S. Men's National Team has never won a World Cup qualifier in Jamaica. Not once. Ever. Not in any of the previous five trips to the Caribbean for qualifying have Americans returned with three points, and their last visit to the Island saw them suffer their first qualifying loss to the 'Reggae Boyz'.
Omar Cummings return to the practice field couldn't come at a better time for the Houston Dynamo.
With Giles Barnes and Anthony Arena two more names to add to the injury list, the Dynamo were pleased to see Cummings participating in full practice for the first time since suffering a right knee injury in April.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, the New York Cosmos officially opened their practice facility on the grounds of the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, New York.
The Cosmos, spending $400,000 of their own money to redevelop and renovate the complex, will use the space as their practice facility while playing games at Shuart Stadium in nearby Hempstead, New York.
Continuing to re-tool their leaky defense, D.C. United snagged some veteran help on Thursday in an effort to salvage the rest of the season.
D.C. United announced the acquisition of defender Alain Rochat from the Vancouver Whitecaps, in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft and a conditional selection in 2016.
Midnight on late Wednesday night/Thursday morning saw the end of the 2013 Liga MX draft, with no less than 104 players making full transfers or loans to other clubs in the league.
The busy last few days, the end of the domestic transfer period, saw many high-profile transfers, none higher than Mexico National Team forward Aldo de Nigris moving from Monterrey to Chivas Guadalajara, potentially jump-starting Jorge Vergara's club's stuttering attack.
Following in the wake of Liverpool and Manchester United kit announcement, Chelsea has revealed their latest away kit for the 2013-2014 season.
The new uniform features an all-white jersey and shorts combo, with a Holland-like red, white, and blue stripe across the center of the uniform, and the three striped Adidas moniker down the sides of the shorts.
On most occasions, Real Madrid gets what they want, at any price.
Recently re-elected club President Florentino Perez has agreed to pay Paris Saint-Germain more than $5.2 million to buy out manager Carlo Ancelotti from the final year of his contract, according to reports out of France.
It is no secret that the Los Angeles Galaxy are looking for a star player to help fill the void left by the departure of David Beckham last winter, but multiple reports have the Galaxy targeting a young star who could be a game-changer both on and off the field.
A week ahead of the Fourth Round in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, the potential winners will know where they are next headed.
On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer revealed the draw for the quarterfinals of the competition, set to take place on June 26. Six Major League Soccer stadiums could potentially host a match in the quarterfinals, while a potential D.
Obafemi Martins will be available for the Seattle Sounders this Saturday when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps, thanks to an independent panel's review.
MLS announced on Wednesday that the red card Martins received in the 71st minute of last Saturday's 2-0 victory over Chivas USA had been rescinded, keeping Martins available for selection in the next match.
The U.S. Men's National Team are in Kingston ahead of Friday night's showdown vs. Jamaica in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and they are fully aware that the U.S. has never won a World Cup qualifier there before.
So who will Klinsmann turn to in an effort to break the five-qualifier winless drought at 'The Office"?
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The New England Revolution were not considered much of a threat in the MLS Eastern Conference as recently as a month ago, but a strong run sparked by a steal of a trade, and the emergence of a young star, have the Revs looking very much like a serious contender.
The man who was the lead figure in Major League Soccer's plans to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has left MLS for Orlando City SC.
Brett Lashbrook has accepted a position with Orlando's USL club, where according to a release, he will be working to help finalize a stadium deal and eventually negotiate MLS expansion, trying to achieve the club's personal goal of entering the league by 2015.
The Mexico Men's National Team only has to look back four years to recall a familiar situation.
With just three points from their first three matches (one win and two losses) in 2010 World Cup qualification, El Tri entered began three-match June schedule with an embarrassing loss at El Salvador, before rounding off five straight wins to ease into qualification for South Africa.
Liverpool FC released pictures of next season's away kit on Tuesday, with current players on the squad modeling the uniforms.
The kits are the latest from American company Warrior, who took over the club's kit deal in 2012 after six years with Adidas. The kit features a white top with black and red diamonds towards the bottom and two red stripes, black shorts with the stripes on the side, and white socks.
WASHINGTON â€” Since signing with D.C. United as a homegrown player in August 2010, Conor Shanosky has quietly bided his time. While loan stints got him lower-level minutes with Harrisburg, Fort Lauderdale and Richmond, he kept on waiting for his MLS debut.
How you see at the U.S. Men's National Team's recent 4-3 win vs. Germany depends on several factors. Do you consider the fact it was a Germany B team? Do you not put much weight into Germany's final two goals and look more at the 4-1 scoreline before the late German rally?
The Los Angeles Galaxy were shut out for the second time in three games in a 5-0 defeat last Sunday, largely due to the play of New England Revoluton right back Andrew Farrell.
Farrell shut down the likes of Landon Donovan and Gyasi Zardes up top, as well as the overlapping runs by midfielders along the wings, and assisted on the Revolution's fifth goal of the match, earning Farrell SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors.
The San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact will face off in group stage action in the 2013/2014 CONCACAF Champions League group stages.
The Champions League group draw took place on Monday night and didn't quite go according to plan. The initial draw saw the Houston Dynamo drawn against Club Tijuana and the Los Angeles Galaxy drawn vs.
A day after the U.S. Men's National Team's impressive 4-3 victory against Germany, The SBI Show takes a look back at that memorable day at RFK Stadium, and digs into the impact of the result and overall team performance.
Roberto Martinez may have been relegated with Wigan, but his FA Cup triumph looks like it kept him in the Premier League.
According to reports out of England, Everton have agreed a fee with Wigan for Martinez to become Everton's next manager. The 39-year-old Spaniard will have big shoes to fill after David Moyes, who left for Manchester United, guided Everton into a top-ten place in the Premier League each of the last seven seasons.
With 2013 North American Soccer League spring campaign coming to a close, week nine action saw the Atlanta Silverbacks hold on to their first place spot in the table while there is a three-way tie in second place, as the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Carolina RailHawks and Minnesota United failed to secure victory this weekend.
The past weekend was destined to be a wild one for the National Women's Soccer League, what with a slew of stars out on national team duty and both first-place teams set to take the field using weakened rosters.
And while it's unwise to draw many concrete conclusions, there is at least one: Sky Blue FC can rightly claim to be the best team in the league.
The 18-year-old homegrown product for the New England Revolution scored a goal and added two assists in a dominating 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy, his fourth game in a row with a goal. The performance earned Fagundez SBI MLS Player of the Week.
While most observers in the American soccer world had their attentions fixed on the U.S. Men's National Team this past weekend, some intriguing news related to MLS expansion surfaced and it could potentially mean the return of MLS to Miami.
Two days after attending a Miami Heat playoffs game with Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure (pictured above, left), the recently-retired David Beckham continued to look into the possibility of bringing an MLS team to South Florida on Saturday.
WASHINGTON â€” Brad Evans fully understood the circumstances. A starting assignment for the U.S. Men's National Team ahead of World Cup qualifying is an imposing task. Getting the test in front of 47,359 against a supremely talented Germany side only heightens the pressure.
WASHINGTON -If Matt Besler's stock had been rising in recent months due to his performances with the U.S. Men's National Team, it likely reached a whole other level after their 4-3 win over Germany on Sunday.
Besler delivered another solid performance in a U.
After last week's 4-0 rout of the Seattle Sounders, many wondered if the Los Angeles Galaxy could recreate that offensive performance without striker Robbie Keane and against a defense that had recorded back-to-back shutouts.
On Sunday, the defending champions' performance looked more like their midweek U.
WASHINGTON Give Jozy Altidore service, and playing time, and he will score goals.
This is something people might have forgotten considering it had been 18 months since Altidore last scored a U.S. Men's National Team goal, but on Sunday we were given a very clear reminder that this is very much the case.
Wayne Rooney could be calling London home as soon as this summer.
The England forward submitted a transfer request to Manchester United last month, and though it was rejected, it's well known that he is looking to change clubs. One club that is interested is Arsenal, who are reportedly considering making a bid for Rooney.
WASHINGTON -On a day when U.S. Soccer was celebrating its centennial anniversary, the U.S. Men's National Team showed just how far the program has come in those 100 years.
The U.S. put forth arguably their best attacking performance under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Sunday, fending off a late comeback attempt from Germany and beating them, 4-3,in wild centennial celebration match in front of a sell-out crowd of 47,359 at RFK Stadium.
For the second time in seven days, Federico Higuain nearly won the game on his own for the Columbus Crew.
Converting a penalty kick last Sunday against the Red Bulls to take a 2-1 lead at the time, on Saturday, Higuain scored another spot kick and had a curling shot hit the post and carom away, as the Crew to settled for a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night in front of 11,040 fans at Crew Stadium.
SANDY, Utah After an overtime U.S. Open Cup match that threatened to derail Real Salt Lake's recent form, the Claret and Cobalt rode three first-half goals to a thunderous shutout win in Rio Tinto Stadium over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.
WASHINGTON- Jurgen Klinsmann is feeling the heat. He is coaching a team in transition, with his moves and decisions drawing serious scrutiny after a humbling loss to a strong European opponent. He is facing a busy and important summer ahead and a USA-Germany friendly offers him an opportunity to ease some fears and help instill some confidence in a team that can definitely use it.
HARRISON, N.J.â€“ The New York Red Bulls entered their 23-day break in June with a performance they'd like to quickly forget.
Defender Jamison Olave was shown a red card in the 75th minute, and two defensive miscues helped the Vancouver Whitecaps comeback from a goal down in the second-half, and earn a 2-1 victory over the Red Bulls in front of 19,969 fans on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.
WASHINGTON â€” In overseeing the U.S. Men's National Team, coach Jurgen Klinsmann has auditioned a slew of attacking philosophies. Certain games have seen him attempt to instill a possession-oriented style. Others required the defend-and-counter approach. Sometimes a direct method was called upon.
With just minutes remaining in their physical match with the visiting Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC seemed destined to end their late game woes.
The struggling Toronto squad, up 1-0 off a Jonathan Osorio goal, was on the verge of their second win of the season when a late Union throw-in fell into the path of league-leading scorer Jack McInerney.
Although their hot offense put them in a winning position, the Montreal Impact will have to thank goalkeeper Troy Perkins for holding onto three road points on Saturday night.
After falling behind on a controversial penalty at the end of the first half, Sanna Nyassi and Collen Warner netted goals in the second half to grab the Impact a 2-1 win and the top record in the Eastern Conference.
WASHINGTON Before Jurgen Klinsmann officially made Brad Evans a late addition on the U.S. Men's National Team roster set to play five games this summer, the U.S. Men's National Team head coach phone Evans to let him know of the opportunity he had in front of him.
Sporting Kansas City and the Montreal Impact are both eying the top spot in the MLS Eastern Conference and tonight's match-up at Sporting Park will offer us some evidence of just which of them is the more likely challenger to fellow East powers Houston and the New York Red Bulls.
The U.S. Men's National Team will take on CONCACAF rival Guatemala on July 5th in San Diego in their final tune-up before the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The match, first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune three weeks ago,will mark the U.S. team's first visit to San Diego since tying Canada, 0-0, at Torero Stadium in 2006, and the national team's first game at Qualcomm Stadium since beating Mexico there in 1999.
After a commanding Bundesliga title campaign and a thrilling UEFA Champions League Final victory, Bayern Munich wraps up their storybook season on Saturday with a shot at the first treble in German history.
Bayern take on Stuttgart today in the German Cup final, a competition the powerful Bavarians last won in 2010.