KANSAS CITY The MLS All-Star team's practice session inside of Livestrong Park on Tuesday morning may have been noticeably lighter than that of AS Roma, but that does not mean they are taking their match against the Italian heavyweights any less seriously.
The MLS All-Star squad practiced for little less than an hour a day before they hosting Roma in a game that is expected to be played in front of a sold-out crowd.
Tim Cahill isn't one to leave a match before the final whistle. That's why his 85th minute substitution in Saturday's New York Red Bulls victory against Real Salt Lake was troubling, as was his swollen right knee after the match.
Just one day after learning that AZ Alkamaar forward Aron Johannsson had committed his future to the U.S. Men's National Team, the Football Association of Iceland has issued a bizarre statement on the 22-year-old's decision to reject the country where he was raised.
After what has to be considered the most dominating tournament performance by a U.S. Men's National Team in recent memory, and possibly of all time, it isn't easy singling out which players were most responsible for the Gold Cup triumph (well, unless you are talking about Landon Donovan).
After 17-and-a-half seasons under the management of the Lamar Hunt family, the Columbus Crew are stepping into a new ownership era for the first time in club history.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Crew announced Precourt Sports Ventures, a sports investment group based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, had acquired the league charter member's full operating rights, effective immediately.
After deliberations with the Mexican Football Federation, president Justino Compean decided to keep Jose Manuel de la Torre as head coach of the Mexico National Team.
At one time on top of the world, "Chepo" de la Torre has lost support from many of the fans of El Tri, suffering in the 2013 calendar year to win games in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and the two summer competitions they took part in, the Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup.
Stuart Holden knew. He didn't need a scan to tell him that he was facing another major knee injury, but on Monday the tests on his injured right knee came back with the news he and the U.S. Soccer community were praying wouldn't come.
The U.S. Men's National Team rolled to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title with a dominating run through the tournament, and Episode 58 of The SBI Show breaks down the final step in that journey, Sunday's 1-0 victory vs. Panama.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I take a closer look at the victory over Panama, discuss the top performers for the U.
Oribe Peralta and Santos Laguna couldn't have asked for a better first 45 minutes of their 2013 Apertura season.
Los Guerreros took a three goal lead over 2013 Clausura finalists Cruz Azul into halftime, with two of the goals scored by Peralta, and the opening goal just three minutes into the match from the head of Oswaldo Alanis.
The Montreal Impact were just seconds from extending their five-game winless stream as substitute Blake Smith arrived at the edge of the area.
With a shot that went through the legs of goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen in the sixth minute of stoppage time, Smith's first-time strike gave the Impact a much needed victory, shutting out Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, on Saturday night at Stade Saputo.
Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis said ahead of the 4-3 defeat to the New York Red Bulls that he wasn't sure how fit his star forward Alvaro Saborio would be coming back from international duty. Turns out Saborio was clicking on all cylinders.
Just days after reportedly calling up uncapped dual-national John Anthony Brooks to the U.S. Men's National Team, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have another dual-national player to pick from.
Making an announcement on his Facebook page, AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson has decided to pledge his future to the USMNT, rejecting the nation that raised him, Iceland, despite playing for them in the youth levels.
When U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Stuart Holden was forced to leave Sunday's Gold Cup Final just 19 minutes into the match with a knee injury considered likely to be serious, the loss could have led to devastating circumstances in the Gold Cup Final.
CHICAGO From the moment he hit the ground during Sunday's Gold Cup Final, the immediate reaction to seeing Stuart Holden on the ground with an apparent knee injury was one of fear and concern for a player who has endured more heartbreaking injury calamities than any player should.
CHICAGO In a Gold Cup Tournament that saw them destroy opponents with multiple-goal barrages, Sunday's Gold Cup Final proved to be their toughest test of the tournament, and forced them to show off qualities that have been overlooked in this tournament.
Panama did a good job of being disciplined defensively, and forcing the U.
SEATTLE Seattle Sounders fans might be missing their Demolition Man, but Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle are doing their best to ease the pain.
With Eddie Johnson starting for the United States Men's National Team earlier in the day, a Neagle goal and a pair of Martins assists helped lift the Sounders to a 2-1 comeback victory over struggling Chivas USA on Sunday night.
CHICAGO It has been six years since the last time the U.S. Men's National Team lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and while that might not seem like that long, a pair of brutal losses to Mexico in the 2009 and 2011 finals made that drought feel even worse.
Perhaps that is why the celebration at Soldier Field on Sunday, the same venue where the U.
CHICAGO- The U.S. Men's National Team will look to recapture the CONCACAF Gold Cup title we haven't seen the Americans lift since 2007, and the U.S. will look to do so today against Panama (4pm, FOX) in Soldier Field, the same stadium where their last Gold Cup triumph took place.
Since they snapped a four-match winless slide with a wild 4-3 victory over the Montreal Impact, the Colorado Rapids have become the hottest team in the Western Conference, going undefeated in the month of July.
On Saturday evening, the Rapids kept rolling with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
HARRISON, N.J. Dax McCarty decided it was his turn to play the hero.
With the New York Red Bulls tied with Real Salt Lake at 3-3 in 90th minute stoppage time, McCarty scored the game-winning goal with a diving header, sending the crowd of 18,604 at Red Bull Arena into ecstasy as the Red Bulls defeated RSL, 4-3, on Saturday night.
On Thursday morning, in an empty parking lot in Buzzard Point among a throng of media, city officials and fans D.C. United announced that they'd finally reached an agreement with the District of Columbia to construct a new, state-of-the-art, soccer specific stadium.
WASHINGTON â€” For 10 minutes Saturday, Kevin Alston buried a life-threatening battle in the back of his mind and focused on the task at hand. "Don't mess up," he told himself. Protect the lead. Seize three points.
It wasn't until the final whistle blew that he finally processed the moment.
With the Houston Dynamo and the Chicago Fire both in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings, Saturday night's clash at BBVA Compass Stadium was a great opportunity for one of the sides to grab a crucial three points in their hunt for a playoff spot.
Coming into Saturday night, the host San Jose Earthquakes had never beaten the Portland Timbers in a MLS match.
That all changed Saturday night as Steven Lenhart and Victor Bernardez delivered a pair of second-half goals to give the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory and extend their home unbeaten streak to nine straight games.
After falling to their biggest rivals in the UEFA Champions League Final and the Bundesliga last season, Borussia Dortmund got a measure of revenge on Saturday by handing Pep Guardiola his first loss as Bayern Munich manager.
Marco Reus opened and closed the scoring for Dortmund, who defeated Bayern 4-2 to win the German Super Cup.
Terrence Boyd is off the mark in the 2013-14 Austrian Bundesliga campaign.
Boyd scored his first two goals of the new season on Saturday, netting a second-half brace in Rapid Vienna's 4-0 victory over Wiener Neustadt. The win was Vienna's first of the season and improves the club to 1-1-0 on the year.
Given the dominant way the U.S. Men's National Team has plowed through the competition at this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup, it would be easy to think the Americans should just steamroll Panama in Sunday's Final.
A showdown between the season's top two teams in the Eastern Conference headlines a packed Saturday of MLS action, the final matchday before Wednesday's All-Star Game against AS Roma.
Sporting Kansas City have been undefeated since last month's 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact, and they will look to extend their six-match unbeaten run with some revenge on the former Eastern Conference leaders.
The U.S. Men's National Team will be without their head coach in Sunday's Gold Cup final.
CONCACAF's Disciplinary Committee made public their decision to suspend Jurgen Klinsmann for one match due to what the Committee called "showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner.
A surprising Montreal Impact side may have cruised to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a hot start to 2013, but over the past month, Sporting Kansas City have reminded MLS why they've claimed the East's No.
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Considering the season he's had, there's only one place that Landon Donovan should be on July 31.
The Los Angeles Galaxy star has replaced his club teammate Robbie Keane on the Major League Soccer All-Star Game roster, and will get the chance to play against AS Roma at Sporting Park just three days following the CONCACAF Gold Cup final this Sunday.
Jurgen Klinsmann has several of them to make and many of them are difficult ones. That may sound like a problem, but in the case of Klinsmann and his wealth of U.S. Men's National Team lineup options, it really isn't.
Klinsmann has multiple options to choose from at several key positions when he settles on his lineup for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final against Panama.
Making quick work of negotiations, Barcelona only needed seven days to appoint a replacement for the ill Tito Vilanova as manager of Barcelona.
Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta introduced Gerardo "Tata" Martino to the press on Friday, making Martino the fourth Argentine manager in Barcelona's history as he signed a two-year contract with the club.
Just as Major League Soccer has caught the expansion bug in recent seasons, the North American Soccer League has confirmed that they'll grow from seven teams at the start of the 2013 season to 13 teams by the 2015 season.
On Thursday at the NASL Board of Governors meeting in Dallas, Texas, the NASL announced that they approved for new teams in Oklahoma City and Jacksonville to join the league in the spring of 2015.
PORTLAND, Ore.- Throughout the 2013 season, Caleb Porter has mentioned the importance of having depth up-and-down his roster. Wednesday night that depth was on display as the Timbers took care of Norwich City FC in a friendly.
Sandwiched in between two away league matches, the Portland Timbers knocked off Premier League side Norwich City Wednesday night, 1-0 at Jeld-Wen Field.
You might think that losing in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup isn't all that big a deal for a Mexican National Team that is coming off having played in the Confederations Cup, and fielded a weak team that was a stretch to even call a proper Mexican B team.
Looking to upgrade their midfield, Toronto FC have dipped into Europe once more to sign a new player.
TFC announced on Thursday the signing of Alvaro Rey, a Spanish winger who most recently played with Xerez in the Spanish second division. According to reports in Spain, Rey has signed a two-year contract with the Canadian MLS club.
In what could start to become a pipeline of talent, Sporting Kansas City are interested in another Honduran midfielder.
Honduras National Team member Jorge Claros is reported to be on the radar of head coach Peter Vermes when looking to bolster his midfield ahead of a heavy MLS schedule joined with the CONCACAF Champions League.
With a little more than one week to go until their North American Soccer League home opener on August 3, the New York Cosmos took to the field on Wednesday in their first friendly match against professional opposition.
In the midst of a ten-day preseason trip to London, the Cosmos fell to League One side Leyton Orient, 2-1, with the lone Cosmos goal coming from 21-year-old Queens native Sebastian Guenzatti.
Kenny Miller will be returning to the Vancouver Whitecaps for the 2014 season. Well at least, some of it.
The Scottish DP signed a six-month contract extension Wednesday that runs through June 2014. Miller struggled last season scoring just twice in 13 appearances, but he has turned it around with six goals for the surging Caps.
For the first time in club history, Atletico Mineiro are South American champions.
The Brazilian club entered the second and final leg of the Copa Libertadores final against Olimpia of Paraguay down two goals, but in front of their home fans at the Estadio MineirÃ£o, Ronaldinho and co.
The first ticket to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final will be awarded tonight when the U.S. Men's National Team faces Honduras for the third time this year, in the Gold Cup semifinals in Dallas (7pm, Fox Soccer Channel/UniMas/Univision Deportes).
The Americans face the Catrachos for the second time in nearly a month, but the teams that will take the field at Dallas Cowboys Stadium tonight will be significantly different from the squads that faced off in the U.
The Philadelphia Union's recent stretch of just one defeat in their past eight matches has been helped in a major way by the play of forward Conor Casey. In that time, he has scored five goals and dished out two assists, all while doing a fair share of it alone up front in the absence of fellow forward Jack McInerney.
From a performance standpoint, George John has enjoyed as good of a year as most of the top-rated centerbacks in MLS. There is something, however, that has kept John from receiving the same type of recognition that the likes of Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin seemingly get on a weekly basis.
Desperately needing some speed up front and along the wings, the New York Red Bulls made an acquisition on Wednesday that should pay dividends the rest of the season
After spending the last month trialing with the club, the Red Bulls announced that they have signed Bradley Wright Phillips on a free transfer, pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.
The HBO program Real Sports sent shockwaves through Major League Soccer on Tuesday night with the airing of their segment on Chivas USA and claims of racial discrimination being aimed at the club.
The program interviewed former Chivas USA youth coaches Dan Calichman and Teddy Chronopoulous, who have filed a lawsuit against the club for allegedly being fired because they weren't Mexican or Mexican-American.
The U.S. Men's National Team will look to take a step closer to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final when they take on Honduras tonight in Dallas in the semifinals, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the match-up.
Napoli President Aurelio De Lauretiis is making sure that every pennyearned from the â‚¬63 million transfer of Edinson Cavani is well spent.
The Italian club is putting the finishing touches on a â‚¬40 million ($53 million) transfer for Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain, which would make him the third Real Madrid player to move to Napoli this summer, following Jose Callejon and Raul Albiol.
With a plethora of goalkeepers on the roster, and no likelihood of playing time any time soon, Richard Sanchez has made a move to help continue his growth as one of the better young goalkeeping prospects in CONCACAF.
The Mexican Under-20 National Team goalkeeper has been loaned by FC Dallas to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, FC Dallas announced on Tuesday.
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke is not one to mince words. So when asked about his thoughts on last Saturday's scoreless draw at last-place Toronto FC, Petke said he was not planning on revisiting his team's performance.
"It's an anomaly, to be honest with you," Petke said.
The ongoing discrimination controversy surrounding Chivas USA will be brought to more light in mainstream sports media tonight at 10pm, when HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" airs its report on the issue.
In this month's episode of the popular news magazine, reporter Soledad O'Brien talks to former and current club members on the claims of racial discrimination against those not of Mexican or Mexican-American descent.
With two matches standing between the U.S. Men's National Team and recapturing the Gold Cup title they haven't lifted since 2007, Wednesday night's semifinal vs. Honduras should offer the Americans their toughest test to date in this tournament, and Jurgen Klinsmann will need to pick the right squad to ensure the U.
It wasn't exactly a perfect performance, but there were stretches of the U.S. Men's National Team's 5-1 win vs. El Salvador that felt like some of the best soccer we have seen an American team play in recent memory.
Landon Donovan snatched the headlines with his outstanding performance, but he was far from alone in pulling off some of the best passing and movement of the tournament.
After a grueling two games in two days, the Cosmos Copa final is set.
NYC France will meet NYC Senegal for the Cosmos Copa Championship on Sunday at Icahn Stadium at Randalls Island, New York. It's the second time in three years that the Senegal squad will be represented in the final, while it's the first ever championship match appearance for NYC France.
With more than 23,000 in attendance and thousands more watching on their televisions, Club Tijuana and Atlas started off the season with a six-goal thriller.
New Xolos signing Dario Benedetto scored a hat-trick for his side but Atlas twice came back from two goals down thanks to Matias Vuoso and Edson Rivera, earning a 3-3 draw on Friday evening at the Estadio Caliente.
BALTIMORE Andy Najar was playing in front of several members of his family and not far from the fields in Virginia where he spent many of his childhood years, so naturally, he scored the game-winning goal that pushed Honduras through to the Gold Cup semifinals.
BALTIMORE â€” Joe Corona is a man of layered roots, born in Los Angeles to a Mexican father and Salvadoran mother. Three nations to call home, but only one to represent on the field. And in that regard, he's a prized piece of the U.S. Men's National Team picture.
Led by Landon Donovan's goal and three assists, and Eddie Johnson's speedy and impactful second-half substitute's appearance, the U.S. Men's National Team rallied for a 5-1 drubbing of El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore.
Playing less than 50 miles from where he spent his teenage years, Andy Najar looked right at home on Sunday evening.
The former D.C. United midfielder scored the lone goal for the Honduras National Team, as they defended a furious comeback in the final ten minutes from Costa Rica to win, 1-0, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
While Arsenal have stalled on an improved bid for Real Madrid forward Golzalo Higuain, one club has come in and had a bid already accepted for the big striker.
Napoli, now managed by Rafa Benitez, has made use of some of the funds made available after the sale of Edinson Cavani, having a bid of â‚¬35 million ($46 million) for Higuain accepted by Real Madrid, according to reports in Italy.
This weekend brought a lot of opportunity for the three teams on the outside of the National Women's Soccer League playoff race. But after four games in two days, only one of those three teams was able to take advantage.
And with less than a month to go, the playoff window is closing and it's looking more and more like the top four will stay the top four.
It took a second-half rally to blow it open, but Sunday's U.S. Men's National Team victory vs. El Salvador featured a dominant attacking display that has to go down as one of the most impressive for the U.S. in recent memory.
BALTIMORE The day before the U.S. Men's National Team faced El Salvador in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, the one name continually repeated by Salvadorans when asked which American worried them the most was Landon Donovan.
The U.S. all-time leader in goals and assists showed just why on Saturday, delivering a goal and having a hand in three others to lead the U.
BALTIMORE- A one-goal lead at halftime made Sunday's CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal between the U.S. Men's National Team and El Salvador feel like a more tightly-contested match than most would have expected. The second half, led by an unstoppable Landon Donovan, changed that in dramatic fashion.
BALTIMORE- The U.S. Men's National Team is considered the clearcut favorite to win the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but that label won't matter much if the Americans stumble today in their first step through the knockout rounds.
Waiting to knock off the favorites today is El Salvador, which will play the role of underdog today in a sold-out M & T Bank Stadium expected to be packed with Salvadoran fans.
Bruce Arena is well known for getting the most out of young players in Major League Soccer, and two of his youngest came through for him against one of the hottest teams in the league.
With an average age of 20, the Los Angeles Galaxy forward duo of Gyasi Zardes and Jose Villarreal each scored goals to give the Galaxy a 2-1 comeback victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at the StubHub Center.
A proposed United States hosted Copa America is closer to becoming a reality.
To mark CONMEBOL's 100th anniversary in 2016, the South American soccer confederation is working with CONCACAF to bring the internationally known tournament to the U.S. In an interview with NASN, CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb gave an update on the status of the proposed tournament, which is rumored to include the ten CONMEBOL nations and six more sides from CONCACAF.
ATLANTA Although the scoring woes that have plagued the Mexican national team for most of 2013 came crawling back on Saturday night, El Tri is onto the semifinals of the Gold Cup thanks to a late goal.
Raul Jimenez scored in the 84th minute to push Mexico to a narrow 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in Saturday's second quarterfinal from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
There was lighting at halftime. There were fireworks afterward. The only thing lacking flash at PPL Park was the scoreboard.
Thanks to some firm defending and outstanding saves by opposing goalkeepers Donovan Ricketts and Zac MacMath, the Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union played to a 0-0 draw Saturday night in a match disrupted by a lightning delay at halftime.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. Teams say they approach every game with the same effort and intensity. But after back-to-back defeats, another loss Saturday at home against lowly D.C. United would have been inexcusable for the Chicago Fire's playoff chase.
A Fire team that usually starts slow exploded from the opening whistle thanks to a renewed intensity from its veterans.
On a hot and humid day in Toronto, finishing ability wasn't the only thing not in attendance at BMO Field.
A short-handed Toronto FC, playing without their two best forwards Robert Earnshaw and Danny Koevermans, failed to finish a handful of chances inside the box, though the visiting New York Red Bulls didn't play well in the midfield and attacking third either.
On a hot and humid day in Toronto, finishing ability wasn't the only thing not in attendance at BMO Field.
A short-handed Toronto FC, playing without their two best forwards Robert Earnshaw and Danny Koevermans, failed to finish a handful of chances inside the box, though the visiting New York Red Bulls didn't play well in the midfield and attacking third either.
Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City are two of the league's top teams, and both are enjoying red-hot runs of form, but only one of them will be able to keep things going when they square off in MLS Week 21â€²s marquee match-up.
MVP candidate Javier Morales leads an RSL side currently boasting the best record in the league against a Sporting KC side that has started to get rolling in recent weeks.
BALTIMORE â€” Eddie Johnson wasn't anticipating the call. Neither was Matt Besler. But when they found themselves on the line with U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann earlier this week, they didn't hesitate to pack their bags.
For 18-year-old American forward Paul Arriola, simply making it onto the field in Club Tijuana's season-opening match against Atlas would have been enough of an accomplishment to call his professional debut a success. The former Los Angeles Galaxy Academy star took it a step further though, flashing the skill that made him one of the best youth players in the United States.
With four teams eliminated after the group stage, the final eight are set in the battle for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The quarterfinal round will kick off with two matches from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. After a last-second goal capped its thrilling group stage finale, Cuba will look to continue its stay in the tournament with a win over Panama, who pulled off two narrow wins before a scoreless draw with Canada.
This was not how Alfredo Morales was supposed to begin his time with FC Ingolstadt.
Moralesendured a nightmare Ingolstadt debut in the club's 2. Bundesliga opener on Friday, getting sent off late and being directly responsible for the pair of goals his team conceded in a 2-1 home defeat toFC Erzgebirge Aue.
On May 26, Club America completed their thrilling comeback over Cruz Azul to win the Liga MX Clausura crown. Nearly two months later, the newly re-branded Liga Bancomer MX is ready to restart with the coming Apertura campaign.
Starting on Friday evening with the opening match between Queretaro and Monarcas, the 2013/2014 Liga MX season will be underway.
With newly acquired head coach Preki in tow, the Sacramento soccer project has swung into full gear.
On Thursday evening following a match between the Sacramento All-Stars and the San Jose Earthquakes reserves, Sacramento Republic FC was unveiled, showing off the new name and crest for a team entering USL Pro next season.
Barcelona's wild summer just took another unexpected turn.
The club announced a press conference for 8:30pm local time (2:30pm ET), with rumors surrounding the club that they will announce the resignation of manager Tito Vilanova. Reports out of Spain have stated that Vilanova, who missed chunks of last season due to receiving cancer treatment, has had another relapse of the disease.
Tim Cahill might soon not be the only Australian in Major League Soccer.
According to reports, Australian National Team captain Lucas Neill is on his way to North America, finalizing a deal with MLS. The reports state that the 35-year-old defender is in talks with two teams, one of them rumored to be Toronto FC, where Neill can count head coach Ryan Nelsen as a former teammate.
With the group stages behind them, and the opportunity to experiment with lineups and players at different positions behind them, Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men's National Team must now focus on identifying the best possible U.S. Gold Cup squad as the tournament's knockout rounds kick off this weekend.
Just minutes after the conclusion of Friday morning's UEFA Champions League third qualifying round draw, the Europa League had a third round draw of their own.
The qualifying round could feature up to three Americans, as Charlie Davies and Randers FC were drawn while Rosenborg BK (Mix Diskerud) and Hapoel Tel Aviv (Bryan Gerzicich) still have to earn their place in the third round.
The U.S. Men's National Team begins the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday with a match vs. El Salvador, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes an in-depth look at the squad heading into that decisive clash.
Episode 53 of The SBI Show features our look at the U.
Barcelona has made it clear. Cesc Fabregas is in their plans for the coming season.
After Manchester United earlier this week made a bid thought to be around â‚¬30 million ($39.3 million) for the Spanish National Team member Barcelona have pushed right back, rejecting it and inferring that Fabregas is someone they won't be transferring away from the Camp Nou.
On a night that saw the U.S. Men's National Team playing and the MLB All-Star Game taking place in nearby Queens, the New York Red Bulls turned out to face Ligue 1 side Lyon at Red Bull Arena.
In front of more than 13,000 fans, the Red Bulls tied Lyon, 2-2, in a mid-week friendly match, one that saw the Red Bulls play 22 players and give reserves Kevin Hartman, Ian Christenson, and Matt Miazga their first minutes of the season for the first team.
After two last gasp draws against FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake, and a disheartening road defeat to Houston, the Philadelphia Union were in need of three points from their weekend clash with Western Conference bottom-feeders Chivas USA.
While every MLS team has dealt with injuries throughout the season, it would be hard pressed to find a club other than the Seattle Sounders that has had three injured goalkeepers at the same time this season.
The predicament has left the Sounders with just one healthy goalkeeper on their roster in Andrew Weber, and he was acquired last week in a loan from USL-Pro team, Phoenix FC.
D.C. United's busy summer of signings shows no signs of slowing down.
The club announced on Thursday that they had acquired midfielder Conor Doyle on-loan for the rest of the season from Derby County in England's Championship. D.C. United received Doyle through a lottery conducted by the league.
In Kelyn Rowe's household, it's not a challenge to see where the competitive drive comes from. Quite simply, it runs in the family.
Younger sibling Baely, a gymnast enrolling at Utah, won the all-around national title at the Junior Olympics in May. Older sister Bree, meanwhile, is keeping her soccer dreams alive with the NWSL's Seattle Reign reserve squad after playing collegiately at Oregon.
Despite playing down a man for 65 minutes, Chivas USA found a way to win their first match in 14 games.
Debutant Erick Torres, on-loan with the club from Chivas Guadalajara, scored the game's only goal late in the second half to defeat the hapless Toronto FC, 1-0, at the StubHub Center on Wednesday night.
A pair of mid-week matches kick off MLS Week 21, including a match that could signal Carlos Bocanegra's return to Major League Soccer.
Bocanegra and Chivas USA take on Toronto FC tonight at StubHub Center, and while it is unclear whether Bocanegra will start, he is available for the match, and therefore could make his debut for the Goats.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he would make some changes to his Gold Cup roster and on Wednesday night we learned that he made more changes to his roster than any other team left in the Gold Cup. More, in fact, than all other seven Gold Cup quarterfinalists combined.
The U.S. Men's National Team pushed their unbeaten streak to eight matches with Tuesday's 1-0 win vs. Costa Rica, and the SBI Show takes a look back at that win, and the U.S. team's perfect run through the Gold Cup group stage.
The New York Cosmos are less than three weeks away from kicking off their inaugural season in the current version of the North American Soccer League, and Wednesday saw the Cosmos move a step closer to having the full-strength squad they want to kick off the new campaign.
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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. On a night when the offense was always going to struggle to have success, and the match was always going to come down to one or two special plays, the U.S. Men's National Team rode a handful of standout performances to their 1-0 win vs.
With a number of players missing due to injury or suspension, the last thing the Seattle Sounders needed was one of their key players, Osvaldo Alonso, to be unavailable for their next match.
Luckily for the Sounders, they won't have to worry.
An independent review panel announced on Wednesday that Alonso's red card in the 95th minute of last Saturday's 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes had been rescinded, leaving the Cuban native eligible for this Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Conventional wisdom wouldn't have given Sean Johnson the opportunity of a lifetime on Tuesday night. However, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann isn't one for doing things by the book.
It appears Chelsea FC's reported interest in Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is real.
After learning that Man United had rejected a reported Â£20 million ($30.4 million) offer for Rooney, Chelsea released a statement on Wednesday, saying that they had indeed made a written transfer bid for the England international, but that it in no way involved Juan Mata or David Luiz going to Old Trafford in return.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. When Cuba substitute Yoandir Puga's late goal into an empty net was called back for an offside call, it looked as though Cuba's Gold Cup adventure was over.
Less than 60 seconds later in the third minute of stoppage-time, a ball pumped into the box was side-footed home by Jenier Marquez Molina, sending Cuba into the knockout round in the process while setting off massive celebrations from the entire Cuban team and coaching staff.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Brek Shea admitted he wanted to curb his happiness after scoring the winning goal against Costa Rica on Tuesday, but he still could not stop himself from expressing just how much it meant to him to find the back of the net.
On a night when the U.S. Men's National Team attack struggled to break down Costa Rica's stingy defense, the American defense didn't have the busiest night. On the handful of occasions when the Ticos did manage to create dangerous chances, Sean Johnson was there to deal with the danger, and keep Costa Rica from pulling off the upset.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. In a tightly-contested match between two teams not budging in a battle of tactics and organized defending, the U.S. Men's National Team were going to need a special sequence to become the first team to score a goal against Costa Rica in four months.
In a match that could be best described as a true chess match between an ultra-defensive Costa Rica side, and an attack-minded U.S. Men's National Team, Tuesday night's Gold Cup showdown came down to an amazing late save by Sean Johnson, and match-clinching passing sequence by Joe Corona, Landon Donovan and Brek Shea to deliver the game-winning goal.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Jurgen Klinsmann had just finished praising his U.S. Men's National Team after Tuesday's win vs. Costa Rica when he was asked about whether he would make use of the ability to make chances to his roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout rounds.
The U.S. Men's National Team and Costa Rica renew acquaintances tonight, meeting for the first time since the 'Snow Game' in March as they clash with first place in their Gold Cup group on the line (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
The Ticos come into the match riding a seven-match shutout streak, and have not lost since the 1-0 loss to the U.
The New York Red Bulls' thrashing of the Montreal Impact included several top-notch performances, including three that were good enough to earn spots on this week's SBI MLS Best XI.
Thierry Henry was the maestro of the attack in New York's 4-0 humbling of the Impact, while Eric Alexander provided the midfield threat and Brandon Barklage helped shut down the Impact's normally-dangerous attack.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. As a general rule, national team soccer coaches tend to speak in confident tones, and even when the odds seem stacked against them, a defiant tone and insistence their their team can win is usually the stance teams coaching underdogs will take.
As U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann continues to tinker with his central midfield set-up in the 2013 Gold Cup, there has been one constant.
Kyle Beckerman, now with 28 international caps, has started both of the USMNT matches so far in the Gold Cup, holding down the defensive midfield role while Stuart Holden, Joe Corona, Jose Torres, and Mix Diskerud have been competing for a permanent place.
Josh Gatt has endured a healthy share of injuries already in his young and promising career, but it appears he is now facing the toughest injury challenge to date.
His club, Molde, has revealed that Gatt is set to miss the remainder of the current Norwegian League season due to pending surgery to repair the knee injury that ultimately kept him out of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill and Seattle Sounders rookie DeAndre Yedlin were chosen by MLS Commissioner Don Garber to be part of the MLS All-Star Game roster, while All-Star coach Peter Vermes passed on selecting Landon Donovan and Jack McInerney.
Without Will Bruin leading the line for the Houston Dynamo, the team needed someone to step up in his absence.
Against one of Major League Soccer's toughest defenses, and on the road, Adam Moffat showed that he's more than just a ball-winning defensive midfielder, unleashing a pair of his trademark long-range blasts to lead Houston to a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution.
The Gold Cup is reaching the make-or-break stages, and after disposing of Cuba on Saturday, U.S. Men's National Team is about to embark on the first real test of the competition with a showdown against Costa Rica on Tuesday.
In the latest episode of The SBI Show, we break down the U.
Seattle's late push for the playoffs is improbable at best, but the Reign couldn't have drawn up a better weekend than this one.
Playing in the first nationally televised National Women's Soccer League game, the Reign booked its first home sellout, ran its unbeaten streak to six games, and best of all gained a full two points on all six teams ahead of it in the standings.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna surely were not expecting to start off their season like this.
Vienna got off to a poor start in their new campaign, being eliminated via a penalty shootout by third division club LASK Linz in the first round of the Austrian Cup on Sunday.The game ended scoreless after regulation and extra-time and Vienna ultimately lost, 5-4, in penalty kicks.
So maybe Clint Dempsey's days at Tottenham aren't numbered after all.
Just three days after a report in the UK claimed that Tottenham was actively shopping the U.S. Men's National Team captain, Dempsey's agent stepped forward to refute the claims and stress that Dempsey is not being shopped around.
After years of frustrating trips to Texas, which never would end in victories, Real Salt Lake finally figured out how to win in the Lone Star State.
Thanks to three impressive goals and a couple of huge saves from back-up goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, red-hot Real Salt Lake stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches with a 3-0 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.
It will go down as one of the uglier matches of the 2013 MLS season, but for the San Jose Earthquakes, Saturday night's match against the Seattle Sounders will be remembered as being beautiful for the three points they earned.
Walter Martinez scored a 48th minute finish, collecting an errant Steven Lenhart pass and curling a shot past Sounders back-up goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, for the eventual game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Seattle.
When the lineup was announced for Saturday's U.S. Men's National Team match vs. Cuba, the fact that Joe Corona's name was in the squad came as somewhat of a surprise. While he did show better in the second half of last Tuesday's win vs. Belize, Corona had gone two straight matches without delivering a complete performance.
The most successful coach in MLS history takes on the hotshot new coaching sensation in a clash of generations as the Los Angeles Galaxy take on the Portland Timbers in one of tonight's marquee MLS match-ups.
Caleb Porter and the Timbers saw their 15-match unbeaten streak snapped last week, but they will look to rebound at home against a Galaxy side that enjoyed a two-win week last week to get their own playoff push back on track.
A place in the knockout rounds of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup awaits for the U.S. Men's National Team if the Americans can beat Cuba, as expected, when the sides clash at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah today (3pm, FOX).
The Americans come in riding high after their second straight blowout win, a 6-1 thrashing of Belize in their Group C opener.
David Moyes' unofficial start as Manchester United manager didn't go as he planned.
In the club's first friendly match since the former Everton boss took charge on July 1, Man United fell to the Singha Thailand Premier League All-Stars, 1-0, in front of a nearly full Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
WASHINGTON â€” Some 16 years may separate Michael Seaton and Carlos Ruiz in age. The former played his first top-flight professional game on Friday. The latter has hundreds under his belt. But that odd couple up top still managed to produce a moment of inspiration.
Despite missing a handful of regular starters in their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign, it was a remaining member of the Honduras squad that saved their blushes late.
Seemingly heading for a draw, holding midfielder Jorge Claros rifled home a shot in 90th minute stoppage time to earn a 1-0 victory over El Salvador at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, going top of Group B and earning a place in the knockout stages.
On a night when the elements threatened to play the role of the great equalizer, the Philadelphia Union started their match on Friday night against Chivas USA looking like they might be the ones to pay the price for a crazy night of weather. Ultimately though, it was the Goats who left PPL Park wondering how they endured such bad luck.
This weekend features several club friendlies, while the Gold Cup also continues to heat up.
Manchester United, Monaco, Manchester City and Bayern Munich will all be in preseason action this weekend, when they face a wide-range of friendly opponents.
Fans will be excited to see David Moyes' first match in charge of Manchester United, as well as the squad AS Monaco bring to Germany when they face recently relegated Bundesliga club Fortuna DÃ¼sseldorf.
The U.S. Men's National Team faces another match on Saturday where they are expected to win handily, but as they prepare to take on Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium, Jurgen Klinsmann finds himself with some tough lineup decisions to make.
Wayne Rooney's season at Manchester United likely couldn't have started worse.
The forward, constantly dogged by swirling rumors over a potential transfer away from the club, has returned home from Man United's tour of Asia due to an injured hamstring, putting in doubt his health for the start of the 2013/2014 campaign.
More than halfway through the season, showtime has finally arrived for the National Women's Soccer League.
On Sunday, the NWSL will reach a national TV audience for the first time, as Fox Soccer will broadcast the Seattle-Washington match to kick off its slate of nine live matches one in each of the season's final six weeks leading up to three televised playoff games.
Just two days after a pair of Belize National Team players came forward to reveal a plot to bribe them to throw Belize's Gold Cup opener vs. the U.S. Men's National Team, CONCACAF has stepped forward to reveal the latest on their investigation into the matter.
As Fredy Montero's move to Sporting Lisbon inches closer to completion, fans in Seattle learned Thursday what the Sounders will not get in exchange for the striker allocation money.
Speaking to reporters after the team's practice on Thursday, Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer said it was unlikely that the club would get allocation money out of Montero's sale to the Portuguese club.
The U.S. Men's National Team had little trouble disposing of Belize in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener on Tuesday night, and apparently some outside influences tried to do their part to control the outcome of the match before a ball was ever kicked.
Two members of the Belize national team informed media in their native country that they were approached prior to Tuesday's match against the United States and offered bribes to influence the outcome of the match.
The day Tottenham fell short of the stated goal of reaching the top four in the English Premier League, and earning the Champions League place that goes with it, Spurs set out on trying to bolster the squad with a spending spree aimed at closing the gap atop the EPL.
Major League Soccer announced on Thursday that Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio has been named the winner of the "In the Game" challenge, earning him a place in the 2013 MLS All-Star Game in Kansas City.
Between July 3-10, fans participating playing FIFA Soccer 13 could "vote in" one forward out of 27 potential candidates by scoring as many goals as they could in the challenge, every goal counting as one vote.
As we sit at the mid-way point of the 2013 MLS season, it isn't that difficult to identify which players have been the very best in Major League Soccer so far, but when you take a closer look at every position, it can become a bit tougher to choose those who are the class of the season.
The 2013/2014 season could be the end of an era for one of the greatest Italian soccer players of all time.
AS Roma forward Francesco Totti just completed 20 years in professional soccer this past spring, all of them with his boyhood club Roma, but at a press conference unveiling this season's kit, Totti hinted that this season could be his last.
WASHINGTON â€” D.C. United have been busy on the personnel front lately, to say the least. As the club debuted the trio of Luis Silva, Jared Jeffrey and Collin Martin at training Wednesday, coach Ben Olsen didn't hesitate to explain the emerging philosophy.
It wasn't exactly the most well-kept secret in American soccer circles, but Major League Soccer made it official on Wednesday, announcing that Portland's Jeld-Wen Field will host the 2014 MLS All-Star Game.
Roberto Martinez is close to bringing in one of the world's best youngsters to Goodison Park.
Barcelona product Gerard Deulofeu is nearing a loan deal that will take him to Everton until the end of the 2013/2014 season, giving him a taste of Premier League action and giving Everton a dynamic forward up top.
Fredy Montero isn't the only South American player who isn't returning to Major League Soccer.
Finishing his six-month loan with Al-Rayyan in Qatar, Uruguayan midfielder Alvaro "Flaco" Fernandez has returned to his homeland, joining Nacional in Montevideo on-loan through the end of the 2013 season.
PORTLAND, Ore.- Costa Rica came into their Gold Cup matchup against Cuba being pegged as a team that might challenge the traditional top dogs at the 2013 Gold Cup. After 45 minutes of play, Los Ticos didn't look the part.
The U.S. Men's National Team begins their chase for their first CONCACAF Gold Cup title in six years when they kick off their tournament in Portland against Belize at Jeld-Wen Field (11pm, Fox Soccer Channel).
The Americans enter the tournament as the favorite, and are the giants of Group C, expected to top a group that also includes Costa Rica and Cuba.
When Chris Wondolowski took the field at Jeld-Wen Field on Tuesday night for the U.S. Men's National Team's Gold Cup opener vs. Belize, he did so with his name spelled wrong on his jersey. Be the end of the night, however, he had his jersey fixed and had done enough to make it clear that he plans on letting Gold Cup opponents know just who he is.
PORTLAND, Ore.- The U.S. Men's National Team started the Gold Cup with a bang, routing an overmatched Belize side and sending a message to the rest of CONCACAF that the Americans are intent on living up to their label as tournament favorites.
PORTLAND, Ore.- When Chris Wondolowski took the pitch Tuesday night, he did so with an extra "W" incorrectly placed in his last name on his U.S. Men's National Team jersey. After his performance in the first half, it wouldn't be a shock to see Wondolowski add a 12th letter to his last name for every match.
How do you get pumped up for a match that you are supposed to win by multiple goals? For the U.S. Men's National Team, motivation for tonight's CONCACAF Gold Cup opener goes well beyond simply wanting a result. For every player taking the field, the match is their chance to not only earn more minutes in the Gold Cup, but also potentially move their name up the USMNT depth chart.
With the international transfer window for MLS clubs now officially open, the Colorado Rapids are eyeing a move that would bring a young American forward back to the States for the rest of the 2013 season.
Rapids technical director Paul Bravo confirmed that MLS and Championship side Derby County were in negotiations over a loan deal for Conor Doyle, who has been training in Colorado during his offseason break.
HARRISON, N.J. The CONCACAF Gold Cup doesn't matter.
That's what you will hear from some skeptics of the 2013 edition of the regional tournament. The fact that the region's top teams have, for the most part, sent B teams to compete in the event has left some believing that the tournament itself is a waste of time, and just doesn't matter all that much.
Robbie Keane and Mike Magee are no longer teammates, but for this week, they are partnered up top on the SBI MLS Best XI.
Keane was the driving force behind both of the Los Angeles Galaxy's wins last week, while Magee continued his goal-scoring ways for the Chicago Fire, netting scores in each of the Fire's two matches last week.
The Los Angeles Galaxy were mired in a miserable slump and desperately needed to break out of the rut that had seen them post just one win in five matches.
With the help of Robbie Keane's penalties and a defense that allowed just one goal in 180 minutes, the Galaxy re-asserted their place in the heart of the race for the top spot in the Western Conference.
NEW YORK Sitting back in his chair at a lower Manhattan hotel, Marcos Antonio Senna looks like a man who is ready to take on a challenge.
After arriving in New York just three days prior, the 36-year-old Sao Paulo, Brazil native was officially introduced on Monday as a member of the New York Cosmos, signing a contract with the club that is returning to the professional ranks for the first time since 1985.
HARRISON, N.J. The Gold Cup may be missing some marquee names, but it's certainly not missing any drama.
Rodolfo Zelaya scored goals on either side of halftime, leading El Salvador to a short-lived lead before Trinidad and Tobago equalized through the left foot of Kenwyne Jones, as both nations settled for a 2-2 draw on Monday night at Red Bull Arena.
HARRISON, N.J. The Honduran Men's National Soccer Team came into the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup expected to walk through Group B, even with what was largely a B team, but the reality of this Gold Cup is that easy games will be tough to come by.
PORTLAND, Ore.- While some are calling the United States Gold Cup roster a "B" squad, you won't hear that term from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann or any of the players. For the 23 players that make up the squad, a standout Gold Cup can lead to bigger and brighter things.
After a 6-0 victory against Guatemala, you would think U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann would have easy decisions to make about what lineup to use in his team's Gold Cup opener on Tuesday, but the way that match went raised plenty of questions about what players will start vs.
It was a day for the ages, as the two underdogs snatched victory from the favorites in deserved fashion on the opening day of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The day at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena began with 37-year-old Fabrice Reuperne scoring a thunderbolt in the third minute of second-half stoppage-time to defeat Canada, 1-0, and the evening finished with Panama's Gabriel Torres scoring twice to defeat tournament favorites Mexico, 2-1.
Time and time again, one player stood on his head to keep the Vancouver Whitecaps in the match. That man was Brad Knighton.
The Whitecaps goalkeeper had his best game of the season, recording seven saves and earning a clean sheet as the Whitecaps took down their Cascadia rivals, the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, in front of a sell-out crowd on Saturday night at BC Place.
It took the Los Angeles Galaxy some time, but they eventually figured out how to break down FC Dallas' patchwork defense and keep the one-time West leaders heading in the wrong direction in the win-loss column.
Second-half goals from Marcelo Sarvas and Hector Jimenez helped give the Galaxy a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday night at StubHub Center.
The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup kicked off on Sunday, and the tournament is already shaping up to be an unpredictable one with plenty of intrigue.
Episode 48 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the Gold Cup, breaking down the U.S. team's chances of winning the tournament, and looking at the teams who could stand in the way of a fifth American Gold Cup title.
Two numbers to sum up the Portland Thorns' current situation: 293, and 28.5.
The first represents the number of minutes since the club last scored (against Seattle on June 16), which was raised by a 2-0 defeat to Boston this weekend. The second is the percentage of games the Thorns (8-4-2) have lost this season, putting them in second place in the National Women's Soccer League standings, four points behind Sky Blue FC with a game in hand.
When new President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Tim Leiweke promised to help turn Toronto FC's fortunes around, most didn't think it would come as soon as July.
According to reports in Canada, Leiweke, who helped bring David Beckham and Robbie Keane to the Los Angeles Galaxy, is set to complete the signing of Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan to a designated player contract with TFC, rumored to be around $4 million per season, making him one of Major League Soccer's top earners instantly.
Liverpool have rejected a major bid for star forward Luis Suarez from, of all teams, Arsenal.
According to numerous reports in the English media, Arsenal submitted an offer of Â£30 million (nearly $45 million) for the 26-year-old Uruguayan, who has been oft-rumored to be on his way out of Anfield this summer after his ten-match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Entering their match against the Chicago Fire on Sunday, Sporting Kansas City were aware of two things. Keeping Mike Magee from scoring is extremely tough, and beating the Fire with Magee in the lineup had yet to be accomplished.
They didn't figure out how to stop Magee, who scored his eighth goal in nine matches, but Sporting KC did figure out how to beat the Magee-led Fire, riding a fast start and two early goals on their way to a 2-1 victory over the Fire at Toyota Park.
It might seem like much longer, but it has been six year since the U.S. Men's National Team lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the last time. Six years since Benny Feilhaber's dream strike helped beat Mexico and give the U.S. their fourth Gold Cup trophy, doing so in Soldier Field in Chicago.
Eastern Conference rivals Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City renew acquaintances today at Toyota Park in the headlining match of a busy Sunday in MLS.
The Fire enter their match riding high on a six-match unbeaten streak, and can close even more ground on the current teams in the playoff hunt in the East, including Sporting KC, which sit six points ahead of Chicago heading into today's match.
The Vancouver Whitecaps had never beaten a Cascadia opponent in MLS play before. Not the Seattle Sounders, nor the Portland Timbers. For a team on the rise, doing something about that drought was a top priority.
After failing to score a goal in more than a month, and failing to win a match in almost two months, the Houston Dynamo were in desperate need of a result to turn around a slump that was threatening to send their season into a tailspin.
Sparked by the return of Oscar Boniek Garcia, and the insertion of Omar Cummings into the starting lineup, the Dynamo attack showed signs of life on Saturday that hadn't been seen in some time, and while there was no deluge of goals for Houston, Ricardo Clark's game-winning header felt like one.
It turns out Brek Shea won't be leaving the United States Men's National Team roster after all.
USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Saturday that Shea will be taking the place of the injured Joshua Gatt in the Gold Cup roster. The Stoke City midfielder was due to return to his club in advance of the upcoming English Premier League season.
The New England Revolution had cooled off, seeing a once-promising five-match unbeaten streak morph into a three-match winless slide that threatened to leave them floating away from the Eastern Conference playoff race they had worked so hard to play themselves into.
It was a tale of two midfields on Friday night as the U.S. Men's National Team overcame a disappointing start to turn in a dominating second-half effort in demolishing Guatemala, 6-0, in a Gold Cup tune-up match in San Diego.
Halftime subs Stuart Holden and Mix Diskerud helped drive the U.
It didn't start off in the prettiest of fashions for the U.S. Men's National Team, but a slow start was soon replaced by an outstanding second half in what wound up being a rout and a great showcase for several players.
The U.S. Men's National Team's 6-0 romp over Guatemala has U.S. fans feeling good about the squad's chances heading into the Gold Cup, and the SBI Show takes an in-depth look at Friday night's blowout.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss the U.S. victory, the players who impressed the most and those who struggled.
On a night when Landon Donovan grabbed headlines by scoring two goals, the performance of the night was turned in by a player who didn't begin the U.S. Men's National Team's match vs. Guatemala in the starting lineup.
Stuart Holden took the field at halftime on Friday night and proceeded to turn in one of the better midfield performances in recent memory on the U.
There finally looks to be a resolution to the trademarked rights of the Cascadia Cup.
The Cascadia Cup Council, made up of leaders from the supporters groups of the Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, and Vancouver Whitecaps, announced that they had come to an agreement in principle with Major League Soccer on the issue of the Cascadia Cup trademarks.
The Jozy Altidore transfer saga had the makings of a long and drawn-out affair, with clubs from all over Europe lining up and expressing interest, but rather than be treated to months of speculation, Altidore has sealed a transfer move in just a matter of days.
There were fireworks in the sky and on the field for the Atlanta Silverbacks on the Fourth of July.
Two second-half goals from Bobby Reiss and Ruben Luna were all the Silverbacks needed to take a crucial 3-0 road victory against Minnesota United the at National Sports Center to win the Spring Championship of the NASL.
When Caleb Porter took over as head coach of the Portland Timbers, he stepped into a role where plenty of scrutiny would be cast on him for being a college soccer coach with no previous pro experience.
Nobody is wondering about Porter's ability to make the transition anymore.
The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Guatemala tonight in San Diego (11pm, NBC Sports) in the team's lone tune-up match before the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the lineup Jurgen Klinsmann trots out tonight should offer us a good glimpse of the team Klinsmann will lean on to help the U.
The New England Revolution fielded a middle-of-the-pack defense in 2012, and if they were going to have any chance of being a serious contender in 2013, they were going to have to upgrade their back-line. The Revs did just that with the acquisition of Portuguese defender Jose Goncalves, who has stepped in and given New England a dominant force in the middle.
There's no rest for the weary in MLS. Not this week, at least.
After a packed mid-week schedule to celebrate Independence Day, MLS is back this weekend with a full slate of matches. Among the fixtures: A Cascadia Cup clash as the Vancouver Whitecaps look for their first MLS win in the three-team rivalry series when the Seattle Sounders come to town.
After a 1-0 loss to Chicago on Thursday, the Western New York Flash's league-record nine-game unbeaten streak is over, with the club suffering its first defeat since April and squandering a chance to move within one game of first place.
With one of the best national team set-ups in the world, the Canadian Soccer Association has turned to one of Spain's finest to help rebuild the foundation back home.
Former Real Madrid manager Benito Floro has been announced as the next head coach of the Canada Men's National Soccer Team, taking over the reigns after Stephen Hunt's disastrous time in charge left Canada out of the Hexagonal round for World Cup 2014.
The Colorado Rapids are coming off one of their most impressive wins of the season, and tonight they have a chance to add another quality scalp to their list of conquests when they take on traditional 4th of July opponent New York Red Bulls (9:30pm, Direct Kick).
Just when it seemed that the New York Red Bulls were on their way back to playing winning soccer, they took another step back.
Taking advantage of a number of errors and miscues by the Red Bulls, the Colorado Rapids scored twice in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory over their Eastern Conference opposition on Thursday night in front of 18,359 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The only fireworks at FC Dallas Stadium on Thursday night were of the gunpowder variety as neither FC Dallas or Chivas USA could find the net on a night of few chances.
FCD and Chivas USA played to a scoreless draw, marking a second straight draw for both teams, though you would imagine FC Dallas will feel disappointed not winning at home against a Chivas USA side that hasn't won in more than three months.
SANDY, Utah Both sides were missing key players due to international call ups but the crowd had all they could handle for the 90-plus minutes of fireworks that took place on Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
A controversial red card issued to defender Lovel Palmer didn't deter Real Salt Lake from equalizing in the dying minutes of stoppage time through a Javier Morales penalty kick to earn a 2-2 draw with the Philadelphia Union.
The final stop of Lionel Messi's charity all-star match tour appears ready to be played, though it wouldn't have as many stars as originally planned.
In the wake of Wednesday's cancellation of an Messi-led exhibition match in Los Angeles, growing concerns about the suspension of a similar match in Chicago on Saturday have been eased as organizers insist the match at Soldier Field will take place.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have been unbeatable at home so far this season, but Wednesday night's result at a sold-out Sporting Park in Kansas City proved they can hold their own away from BC Place Stadium.
The Whitecaps faced over two dozen shots from hosts Sporting Kansas City and pulled out a 1-1 tie with their Eastern Conference foes.
SEATTLE Despite myriad successes for an expansion team, the Seattle Sounders have had decidedly mixed results with bigger name Designated Players. Freddie Ljungberg, Blaise N'Kufo, Alvaro Fernandez, Christian Tiffert. Even Fredy Montero. All were bought out, traded, or loaned away before their contracts expired.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named veteran DaMarcus Beasley as the U.S. captain for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Beasley, who recently surpassed 100 caps, heads into the Gold Cup after a strong run in the June World Cup qualifiers, and he will now be counted on to lead a team with a mix of veterans and national team newcomers.
MLS teams live and die on the success of their international acquisitions, and one team that has seen the immediate benefits of smart pick-ups is FC Dallas, which added two of the best newcomers of the 2013 season.
While Raul Fernandez has certainly played a major role in FC Dallas' success in the first half of the season, the biggest difference maker for FCD this year has been Michel, who has stepped in and solidified the midfield while establishing himself as the most dangerous set-piece taker in the league.
D.C. United added to their stable of young talent Wednesday afternoon, acquiring 23-year-old midfielder Jared Jeffrey in a waiver draft. Jeffrey, who most recently played for Bundesliga side Mainz, will be able to join United on Tuesday pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
The 2013 MLS rookie class has produced several quality contributors who have already begun playing key roles for the teams that drafted them, but no rookie has enjoyed as strong a start to their career as Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers.
The Notre Dame product has been instrumental in Colorado's season, and one of the key reasons why the Rapids have been able to stay in the playoff conversation despite being hit with a plethora of injuries.
Columbus Crew defender Glauber has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery, the team announced today. The Brazilian defender ruptured his left anterior cruciate ligament in a U.S. Open Cup match against the Chicago Fire on June 13.
The 29-year-old made 13 starts and scored a goal for Columbus prior to the injury.
It was billed as a match featuring Lionel Messi and friends vs. "The Rest of the World", but an exhibition match featuring Messi set to be played in Los Angeles on Wednesday has been cancelled, and match organizers are blaming Messi.
The exhibition match, set for Wednesday at the LA Coliseum, was announced as cancelled on Tuesday evening, just 24 hours before the LA friendly was to be played, and at the same time that Messi was playing in a similar all-star match in Lima, Peru.
With Barcelona looking for defensive upgrades, the recent performances of Thiago Silva for Brazil at the Confederations Cup have made up the club's mind on who to go after.
Though the 28-year-old signed a big money, â‚¬42 million ($54.4 million) transfer last season to Paris Saint-Germain, he's reportedly being chased by Barcelona, who need to beef up their defense as Carles Puyol and continues to age and slow down, while Gerard Pique had a few poor performances this season in key matches.
As it turns out, NASL is not the only league eyeing Oklahoma City for expansion.
USL PRO, the third division in the United States, is expected to announce an expansion team in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, sources close to the situation told SBI. The announcement will be made at a formal press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pacific Northwest is known for having some of the best, if not the best, fan following in Major League Soccer, but now the Cascadia region is also starting to take control of the SBI MLS Power Rankings.
All three teams from the Pacific Northwest are in the top seven of this week's rankings, with the Portland Timbers holding onto the top spot despite having a bye week in MLS play.
The quest for Major League Soccer's first CONCACAF Champions League title won't be an easy one, and after Monday's release of the 2013/2014 Champions League group stage schedules, it is that much more clear just how tough that quest will be.
At first glance, the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City will have the toughest road to the knockout rounds, as both teams start with two road matches before returning with two home legs.
The Portland Timbers are riding an impressive 15-match unbeaten streak in MLS play, and several of the play players behind that successful run have decided to stick around or a while.
The Timbers announced on Monday that forward Darlington Nagbe, midfielders Kalif Alhassan and Diego Chara, and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts had all signed new contracts with the team, keeping a talented core of players around for future seasons.
Following in the footsteps of teammate Brad Davis and head coach Dominic Kinnear, the Houston Dynamo's Will Bruin is set to make a name for himself on a national stage.
The 23-year-old forward was included on the 23-man United States Men's National Team roster for the 2013 Gold Cup, where he'll have the opportunity to make his first competitive appearance in the red, white, and blue.
Fredy Montero hasn't made up his mind yet on his club future, but reports continue to state that his time in Colombia could be ending in the next few weeks.
The Millonarios striker on-loan from Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders scored twice on Saturday as his side defeated Sante Fe, 2-1, and is the subject of a transfer bid from Sporting Club de Portugal, in Lisbon, Portugal.
The New York Cosmos have been making an effort to establish their ties to the area with the additions of players with local roots. They have now added another player from the New York/New Jersey area, and one who they are hoping they can help resurrect his career.
When the Colorado Rapids traveled to Canada last weekend for their clash vs. the Montreal Impact, you couldn't like their chances of snapping a three-match losing streak. Not when they were facing a rested Impact side coming off a bye week, and a team that was 6-0-1 at Stade Saputo heading into Saturday.
The Carolina RailHawks are going to have to wait one more week if they want to clinch the spring season title in the North American Soccer League.
Former New York Red Bulls and D.C. United midfielder Austin Da Luz scored a late header to salvage a 1-1 draw for the RailHawks against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.
If there's one player who thrives in the big moments, it's San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon.
The former Galaxy man scored the first and third goals in his team's comeback 3-2 victory against the LA Galaxy on Saturday night, including scoring the winner deep into stoppage-time on a perfectly placed header.