Georgetown did not receive any votes in the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll. The Hoyas finished the season in Hoover, Alabama, a couple inches shy of a national championship.
"Right after the fact, we are all obviously a little bit demoralized by the whole thing," said GU forward Steve Neumann.
The 2013 season is a special one for the Maryland Terrapins Men's Soccer program.
Not only does the upcoming season mark the school's 60th anniversary as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but it also signifies the final year that the Terrapins will play ACC soccer, with a move to the Big Ten Conference set to begin on July 1, 2014.
When a plethora of top underclassmen left college soccer for pro contracts last winter, the initial concern was that there wouldn't be much elite talent returning to the college ranks in 2013. The reality is that you can make a strong argument that the upcoming season will feature even more top-flight talent than last year.
For the second time this season, injury is sidelining Obafemi Martins longer than initially expected.
Martins picked up an ankle injury in the first half against Toronto FC on Aug. 10 that forced him to leave the match after 30 minutes. The team initially characterized the injury as "day-to-day," but Martins has now missed two matches and was scheduled to undergo a precautionary MRI on Wednesday.
Champions League winners Bayern Munich will face Europa League champions Chelsea in Prague today for the 2013 UEFA Super Cup.
It will be the first meeting between the two clubs since Chelsea beat Bayern in their 2012 Champions League final clash. Chelsea will be participating in the Super Cup for the second consecutive season, and Jose Mourinho and his men will hope to fare better than Roberto di Matteo's squad did when they fell to Atletico Madrid 4-1 last season.
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When the Maryland men's soccer team fell to Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament semifinals last December, the memorable match was not only a great showcase for some of the best talent in the nation. It could also very well be a preview of the 2013 NCAA Championship Game.
Forty-eight clubs learned their European future on Friday when UEFA conducted the Europa League group stage draw.
Three teams with American players are in the group stage, as Tottenham of the English Premier League was drawn in Group K, AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch Eredivisie was drawn in Group L, and Rapid Wien was drawn in Group G.
After weeks of trying to part ways with Sporting CP, Onyewu and the Portuguese club reached an agreement to do so on Thursday. Onyewu, a two-time World Cup veteran who was most recently with the U.S. Men's National Team in July for the 2013 Gold Cup, is now a free agent and can sign with any team interested in his services.
With just four days remaining in the summer transfer window, Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has reportedly decided it's time to leave.
After considering leaving last winter but changing his mind at the last minute, the Brazilian former World Player of the year announced his intentions after Real Madrid's 4-0 friendly victory against Deportivo La CoruÃ±a, in which Kaka scored twice.
After two exciting weeks of action to get the season going, the English Premier League will have its first "Super Sunday" this weekend with the latest edition of two major derbies Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool vs. Manchester United.
Sunday's North London Derby match between Spurs and Arsenal will be a battle between two teams in opposite directions when it comes to squad depth.
If all goes to plan, New York City FC could be neighbors with the New York Yankees.
The Major League Baseball club, who is part owner of NYC FC with Manchester City of the English Premier League, have submitted a new proposal for a soccer-specific stadium that would be located just south of the new Yankee Stadium, according to a report in the New York Times.
It did not take very long after Thursday's U.S. Men's National Team roster announcement to realize that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has a plethora of options to choose from for next month's World Cup qualifiers.
Selecting which players would be available was no easy task, though.
For about a five minute period which included the New York Cosmos conceding to the ten-man San Antonio Scorpions last Saturday, there were a number of communication breakdowns in the backline.
Multiple times, the line was not all on the same page as Scorpions wingers and forwards were able to drift between defenders and into space, where Cosmos goalkeeper Kyle Reynish made two breakaway saves, though he couldn't keep out Tomasz Zahorski's wide open chance on goal.
A few days removed from the Philadelphia Union's heavy 5-1 defeat to the New England Revolution on Sunday, John Hackworth wanted to press the point that sometimes "perception becomes reality" after a big loss.
And in this case, his and the Union's reality was that the outcome could have been quite different if the officiating had been different too.
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When the Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they had signed Landon Donovan to a new long-term contract, it not only sent a message to the world of the financial power of Major League Soccer, but it also sent a message to members of the U.S. Men's National Team that MLS is a plausible option.
Kevin-Prince Boateng made sure that AC Milan wouldn't have to suffer a second consecutive defeat on Wednesday afternoon.
The Ghanian international scored two goals in a 3-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven (4-1 on agg) in the UEFA Champions League play-off round, earning the seven-time European cup champions a place in the group stages.
When Landon Donovan agreed recently on a new contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, it was figured that his new deal would likely rival the one recently secured by fellow U.S. Men's National Team star Clint Dempsey. Sources tell SBI that not only is this the case, but bonuses in Donovan's new deal could make help him surpass Dempsey as the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer.
Arguably the greatest player in the history of Major League Soccer isn't leaving the league any time soon.
The Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Wednesday afternoon that midfielder Landon Donovan has signed a new multi-year contract with the club, meaning that all three of the Galaxy's designated players are locked-in to long-term deals.
Week 26 of the MLS season was all about dynamic duos around the league.
Whether it was the New England tandem of Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez, or Montreal's pair of Marco DiVaio and Felipe Martins, or Real Salt Lake combo of Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales, attacking tandems led the way in a week that featured plenty of attacking fireworks.
Despite the rumors of a potential move north to England or back to his native Germany, Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ã–zil has reiterated his desire to stay at the Spanish club.
Speaking at an Adidas event, Ã–zil referenced his contract, which runs through 2016, as one of the reasons of him staying with the club, as well as playing for newly appointed assistant coach Zinedine Zidane, one of the German international's idols.
After failing to score a goal in his first two league matches of the season, Jozy Altidore scored his first competitive goal for Sunderland on Tuesday in a 4-2 victory against Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the Carling Cup.
Following a widely-reported bust-up with Honduras National Team head coach Luis Fernando Suarez and not featuring in the last six games for the New England Revolution, it seemed unlikely that Jerry Bengtson would be called into his national team squad for two key qualifiers next month.
Earning a rare start due to an injury to Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake rookie Devon Sandoval made sure to make head coach Jason Kreis not rue his selection.
Sandoval got on the end of a cross from teammate Olmes Garcia and scored just his second goal of the season in the 51st minute, putting his side up two goals on their way to a 4-0 victory against the Columbus Crew.
A major reason for the recent struggles of the Montreal Impact has been due to the lack of form of Felipe Martins. But on Saturday evening, the Brazilian midfielder showed exactly how good he can be and how much his team needs him.
The second weekend of the English Premier League season finishes at Old Trafford, as two giants clash in one of the most anticipated matches in the month of August.
Jose Mourinho visits Manchester United for the first time since knocking out the Red Devils in the UEFA Champions League last season, but he'll have a different challenge with his Chelsea side playing their third match of the season already.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€”The New England Revolution made a statement to the rest of the Eastern Conference on Sunday evening.
The Philadelphia Union had no answer for the Revolution's young attacking tandem of Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo, and Kelyn Rowe, as the trio scored four goals and forced an own goal from Amobi Okugo, who was also sent off, in a 5-1 rout at Gillette Stadium.
SEATTLE All eyes were on Clint Dempsey. But anyone who has watched Eddie Johnson since he joined the Seattle Sounders knew to keep tracking that lone golden dome as it zipped around the pitch Sunday night.
The former North Carolina Tar Heel found the net in the 52nd minute, scoring his 12th goal of the season to lead his side to a 1-0 victory over Minnesota United FC in front of 5,201 fans at WakeMed Soccer Park.
"Tonight was a good result," RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke told NASL.
WASHINGTON Toronto FC travelled to RFK Stadium tonight in a battle of Eastern Conference basement dwellers. United is in the midst of a historically bad campaign, having won only 3 matches out of 25 played. Toronto hasn't fared much better, sitting only seven points ahead of D.
With both teams playing mid-week CONCACAF Champions League road matches, it's fair to say that the outcome of Saturday evening's game between the Montreal Impact and the Houston Dynamo could have gone either way.
Instead, it was all Impact after the first 35 minutes.
The Los Angeles Galaxy took another step forward in their quest to win a third consecutive MLS Cup.
A powerful Landon Donovan goal inside of three minutes put the Galaxy up for good on Saturday night, as him and new goalkeeper Jaime Penedo starred to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0, at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada.
After opening their season with shutout road wins in the English Premier League and the Europa League, Tottenham Hotspur return to White Hart Lane to face Swansea City in the spotlight match on this Soccer Sunday.
While last season's star, Gareth Bale, edges closer to a Real Madrid move, Spurs have performed well in their first two matches of the new season.
With less than two weeks away before a pair grueling World Cup qualifiers in Costa Rica and in Columbus, Ohio against Mexico, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is beginning to put the pieces together on his roster.
Serie A joins the rest of the top-flight European League with the first round of their season beginning this weekend.
In a week where he made the cover of Sports Illustrated, only the second non-U.S.-born player to achieve the honor, Mario Balotelli and AC Milan take a trip to recently promoted Hellas Verona on Saturday afternoon.
The Cascadia Cup takes center stage on Sunday, with millions of eyes turned towards the Pacific Northwest to watch the Seattle Sounders take on the Portland Timbers
Clint Dempsey is expected to make his home debut for the Sounders in front of a sold-out crowd at CenturyLink Field, but the Timbers will do everything they can to place the Sounders in the rear-view mirror as they move up the Western Conference standings.
Major League Soccer has toed a hard line this season on coaches leaving their technical area, so it wasn't much of a surprise when both D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen and Montreal Impact manager Marco SchÃ¤llibaum were sent off last Saturday by the referee.
There could be a familiar face sitting on the Vancouver Whitecaps substitutes bench for the first time this season on Saturday with the Los Angeles Galaxy travel north.
Following surgery on his torn left Achilles tendon that cut forced him off in the 6th minute of the Whitecaps season opener, Jay DeMerit is likely to be part of head coach Martin Rennie's game day squad on Saturday.
After taking pole position atop the North American Soccer League standing last week, the Carolina RailHawks look to continue their current good form as they welcome Minnesota United FC to WakeMed Soccer Park (Saturday, 7 p.m. WATCH HERE).
RailHawks forward Brian Shriver, who bagged a brace against the New York Cosmos last Saturday, currently leads the NASL Golden Boot race with 11 goals.
The Seattle Sounders might be a sixth seed coming off a tough roaad loss to the Houston Dynamo, but all indications suggest the fifth-year club will pose a formidable opponent for the Portland Timbers in Sunday night's nationally televised match at CenturyLink Field.
After a regular season marked by shifting tides atop the standings and a wild finish, the National Women's Soccer League heads to its inaugural postseason on Saturday, with four teams looking to book a spot in next weekend's final.
The Western New York Flash earned home field advantage and the easiest opponent by virtue of a first-place finish, and they'll enter the playoffs as the favorites to take home the crown.
On Thursday, the world woke up to news match-fixing allegations. This time however, they hit much closer to home.
Late Wednesday night, the El Salvador Soccer Federation (FESFUT) released a statement on their website that said 22 players had been provisionally suspended from soccer-related activities for 30 days due to match-fixing allegations.
Whenever there is an injury or suspension, it opens a place in the squad for another player to prove themselves. For Real Salt Lake on Wednesday evening, reserve midfielder Cole Grossman stepped onto the field in the second half and saved a point in a game that looked a sure defeat.
PORTLAND, Ore.-As the Portland Timbers players made their way around the field after their 3-3 draw with Real Salt Lake Wednesday night, the Timbers Army serenaded the club with neither cheers nor boos, but with a simple message.
Johannsson extended his scoring streak for AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, netting the winner in the club's 3-1 victory over Atromitos in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League play-offs series. Johannsson has now scored in five straight matches across all competitions for AZ, a stretch that dates back to July 27 and includes Eredivisie and Super Cup games.
One of the biggest stories this week has centered around the future of Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.
The 31-year-old said in an interview last Monday that with his contract with Major League Soccer ending in December, he has already received a number of offers from abroad and is considering them if he can't find common ground with the Galaxy.
Even though the Los Angeles Galaxy thoroughly beat Cartagines, 2-0, in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night, the MLS club learned that they could be without one of their regulars for an extended period.
In the 44th minute, midfielder Robbie Rogers was forced off with what's been diagnosed as a left hamstring injury, setting him for another spell on the sidelines.
New York Red Bulls' Australian acquisition David Carney has finally received his visa, and not a moment too soon. With stalwart defender Jamison Olave out 10-12 days with a quad tear and Roy Miller's impending international duty, Carney's arrival couldn't have come at a better time.
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Club Tijuana manager Jorge Almiron must be pleased with the progress of rookie forward Paul Arriola.
The American midfielder found the back of the net for the second consecutive game, a 3-2 victory for Xolos over C.D. Victoria of Honduras in the CONCACAF Champions League on a rainy Tuesday evening in La Ceiba, Honduras.
A familiar face has made his way back onto Chivas USA's first team.
Chivas USA announced Tuesday afternoon the signing of forward Bryan de la Fuente, who was a former academy player for the Goats and a member of their first team in 2010 and 2011. The 21-year-old de la Fuente was most recently with Chivas USA's Under-23 squad, helping that team become State Champions with three goals in the tournament that capped an undefeated season.
It's well known that Landon Donovan's current contract ends at the end of the 2013 season. It's also well known that Donovan has preferred to play his soccer in California, with stints in Europe ending prematurely.
Even though they've spent a reported Â£59 million ($92.4 million) on four transfers this summer, Tottenham seem far from done strengthening their squad.
With continued rumors of star midfielder Gareth Bale's departure, the London club seem set to cash in on the likely cash set to come into the club, with reports that Tottenham have had a bid of Â£30 million ($47 million) agreed by Anzhi Makhachkala for Brazilian midfielder Willian, and he's reportedly in London to complete the move.
Manuel Pellegrini couldn't have asked for a better start to his Manchester City reign.
The Sky Blues ran riot at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening, downing ten-man Newcastle, 4-0, to open up their season on a bright note. David Silva and Sergio Aguero both scored inside 22 minutes, with teammate Edin Dzeko turning provider on both goals.
With every other team playing already, Manchester City hosts Newcastle (3pm, NBC Sports Network) in the final game of the first week in the new Barclays Premier League season.
Man City, who spent a reported Â£87 million ($136.3 million) on four signings this summer will see two of them, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, make their debuts for the club while Emmanuel Negredo starts on the bench.
Clint Dempsey was expected to be the main show in town when the Seattle Sounders visited the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, but Giles Barnes reminded the home fans that he could still find the back of the net.
Ending a 12-game scoring drought, Barnes bagged a brace to lead the Dynamo over the Sounders, 3-1, including a long-range blast that may be a Goal of the Year nominee.
Brian Shriver's first-half brace solidified a 3-0 victory for the Carolina RailHawks over the New York Cosmos and pole position atop the NASL standings on Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Shriver didn't wait long to get the RailHawks on the scoreboard, scoring in the eighth minute after a breakaway lead by midfield Ty Shipalane found Zack Schilawski who then seconds later fed an open Brian Shriver to bury the ball towards the back of the net.
For new manager Gerardo Martino, Barcelona's La Liga opener could not have gone any better.
The Spanish champions routed Levante 7-0 on Sunday, starting their domestic title defense in spectacular fashion. Superstar forward Lionel Messi led the way for Barcelona, scoring two goals and playing a large role in two more.
Nearly two months into his new job at Manchester United, David Moyes seems to have forgotten that Everton won't sell below market value.
According to reports in England, Man United bid a combined Â£28 million ($43.8 million) for Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, as the Red Devels hope to strengthen their side before the end of the transfer window on September 2.
Don't look now, but the San Jose Earthquakes are working their way back into the playoff picture with nine matches remaining.
Following a dismal start to the season which included just three wins in their first 15 games, the Earthquakes have won four out of five to put themselves two points out of fifth place in the Western Conference.
If late drama and parity are key qualities by which to measure a league, the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League has to go down as a major success.
Three teams finished tied for first place, with the championship being decided by a pair of memorable goals: a ridiculous header byWestern New York Flash forward Abby Wambach, and a stoppage-time shocker that sunk previous leaders FC Kansas City.
Steve Cherundolo looks to be down on his luck this summer.
Reports in Germany state that Cherundolo has suffered a major setback in his recovery from another left knee injury this summer, forcing him to have surgery for the second time in eight weeks. The report states that the Hannover captain has been ruled out indefinitely.
It turns out that the Colorado Rapids didn't even need Gabriel Torres in his debut game for the club since becoming their first designated player.
Forwards Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle, who entered in the second half for Torres, scored on either side of halftime for the Rapids as they took down the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, on Saturday evening at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
For the second straight season, the Columbus Crew have wound up with the Trillium Cup.
The annual trophy competed for by Toronto FC (4-12-8, 20 pts.) and the Crew (8-11-5, 29 pts.)stayed with the American club after Columbus beat Toronto on Saturday, with Crew forward Federico Higuain scoring a brace in a 2-0 victory at Crew Stadium.
The last time the Montreal Impact faced D.C. United, Ben Olsen's side ran out 3-1 winners on August 3.
Back in Montreal on Saturday evening, the Impact were determined to make sure they took all three points. Marco Di Vaio scored twice for the Impact, his first goals since early July, and the Impact defeated D.
The New York Red Bulls saw the return of Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry to their lineup but they were unable to take advantage with the Philadelphia Union in town.
With a chance to take control of the Eastern Conference, the Red Bulls and Union played to a scoreless draw on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena, keeping the two sides in the top four of the conference but not in control of first place.
FOXBORO, Mass. â€“ It sure looks like Juan Agudelo is ready for Stoke City.The New England Revolution's forward made his return from a sprained right knee at home Saturday against the Chicago Fire and the 20-year-old put on for display the scoring flair that must have piqued the English Premiership side's interest.
A Robbie Keane hat-trick helped the Los Angeles Galaxy battle back from a goal down to beat Real Salt Lake, 4-2, at the Stub Hub center on Saturday night.
With the Galaxy (11-9-4, 37pts.) enjoying the majority of possession in the first-half of the game, it looked like only a matter of time before Los Angeles was able to find a way through Salt Lake's defense.
Fresh off an impressive U.S. Men's National Team debut, Johansson extended his scoring streak for AZ Alkmaar to four straight games across all competitions by netting the opener in the club's 2-1 victory over RKC Waalwijk on Saturday.
Chivas USA just refuse to stop their wheeling and dealing this season.
The Goats announced on Friday afternoon that they have loaned out forward Jose Erick Correa to Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata of Argentina's first division. Details of how long the loan was were not revealed, but it is safe to assume that it will be for at least the remainder of the MLS campaign.
The Seattle Sounders (10-7-4, 34 points) head into the weekend tied with the Los Angeles Galaxy for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot, rounding into form just as they add Clint Dempsey and finally return to a semblance of full strength.
The lightest schedule in the league paired with a franchise-worst 0-3-2 collapse out of the gate and a 1-3-1 stretch earlier this summer all belie a crackling 1.
Early Friday morning, rumors began spreading at first across Europe, and next, the world, about the future of Colombian forward Radamel Falcao.
Falcao was acquired this summer by big-spending Ligue 1 side AS Monaco for upwards of â‚¬60 million, reportedly, but the rumors were saying that tax disagreements between the club and France's league governing body meant that Falcao was set for a quick exit.
Clint Dempsey's return to his home state of Texas looks like it will be an eventful one. The Seattle Sounders latest Designated Player is set to walk into a sold out BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday when the Sounders take on the Houston Dynamo.
The Dynamo announced on Thursday that Saturday's game against the Sounders had sold out.
As much as I-95 bragging rights matter to the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union, this weekend's clash is about much more than mid-Atlantic superiority.
With the Red Bulls one point out of the top spot andthe Union just two back of first-place Sporting Kansas City, Red Bull Arena on Saturday will play host to a critical match for the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
With the English Premier League and La Liga returning to action on Saturday, this highly anticipated first major weekend in Europe will be the official start of several new eras at some of the world's top clubs.
Before Chelsea takes the field in their first league match since the return of Jose Mourinho on Sunday, defending champions Manchester United will kick off the season with a new face on the sidelines, former Everton manager David Moyes.
The New York Cosmos take the road for the second week in a row this Saturday when they visit the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park.
It will also be the second week in a row that the Cosmos face a formidable offense, and after holding a clean sheet against a team that scored seven goals in week one, the Cosmos backline will be tested again by the likes of RailHawks forward Brian Shriver.
The final week of the National Women's Soccer League is upon us, and while there are no playoff spots up for grabs, an interesting break with the schedule still leaves room for some last-minute moves in the standings.
Kansas City, Western New York, Portland and Sky Blue FC have already clinched postseason berths, but with FCKC holding a three-point lead over the other three teams, there are chances on the table to snatch first place or home-field advantage.
Omar Gonzalez has not only broken new ground as the first pure centerback to ever earn a Designated Player contract in Major League Soccer. He will also be the first pure centerback millionaire in MLS.
Gonzalez's new DP contract is a three-year guaranteed deal worth more than $4.
Barcelona's new signing Neymar is set to make his league debut on Saturday against Levante.
For the first time since the Confederations Cup, the Brazilian star completed a 90 minute game for his country on Wednesday, and on Thursday returned to Barcelona and participated in training without any ill effects.
The New England Revolution (8-9-6, 30 pts.)will try to bounce back after losing, 3-0, to Sporting Kansas City last weekend when the Chicago Fire (9-9-4, 31 pts.) go to Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
The two teams are headed in different directions at the moment.
Now more than two weeks into their season, the New York Cosmos are able to relax.
Following the long buildup to the first professional game in nearly 30 years for the Cosmos, the squad is now able to focus more on the game at hand each week after getting the first home and away matches of the season out of the way.
Real Salt Lake could soon be bolstering their roster with a veteran player that has played at the highest levels.
Former Jamaican captain Ricardo Gardner has joined RSL this week on a trial basis. Gardner is best known for playing 14 seasons with the Bolton Wanderers and his performance in the 1998 World Cup for the Reggae Boyz.
The U.S. Men's National Team not only capped off a dream summer by picking up an impressive road win against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Wednesday. They also gained confidence in knowing they have the ability to rally when the chips are down, something the Americans believe could come in handy down the road.
In a season where parity has ruled the Major League Soccer standings, the Philadelphia Union suddenly find themselves in position to move to the summit of the Eastern Conference as the season's final weeks kick off.
Despite looking over their shoulder at the chasing pack for the final East playoff spots in recent weeks, the Union are now just two points behind Sporting Kansas City and a point behind the New York Red Bulls at the top of the Eastern Conference.
It will be at least another week before Gareth Bale makes his return to first team action.
After suffering a number of injuries this preseason, the Tottenham star is set to miss out on the club's season opening English Premier League match on Saturday against Crystal Palace due to what coach Andre Villas-Boas says is "pain in his foot.
The U.S. Men's National Team got off to a tepid start and their record winning streak appeared to be in real danger, but that was before they put together a four-goal second half en route to dousing Bosnia & Herzegovina, 4-3, in a historic comeback in Sarajevo.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. If Mexico is a team in the midst of a heavy funk, it certainly did not appear that way on Wednesday.
Mexico cruised to a 4-1 victory over Ivory Coast in a friendly at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday night. Oribe Peralta paved the way for the impressive win in front of a crowd of 35,671, scoring twice in a dominant first half for El Tri.
The U.S. Men's National Team picked up a historic result on Wednesday, as they rallied behind a sterling performance from Jozy Altidore to grab their first-ever come-from-behind victory on European soil.
The U.S. came back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime to beat Bosnia & Herzegovina, 4-3, in Sarajevo thanks to a dominant showing from Jozy Altidore, who scored three goals and had one assist in one of his finest performances in U.
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't always see eye-to-eye with his teammates. He's a demanding player who expects the best from those around him, and will let them know when they don't live up to his expectations. One player who has lived up to Ronaldo's lofty-heights is winger Angel Di Maria.
Despite the loss of Mario Balotelli and Lionel Messi to minor injuries, Italy facing South American rivals Argentina in Rome headlines a busy day of international soccer.
Most teams around the globe are participating in friendly matches today ahead of key World Cup qualifiers in early September, though Russia is playing at Northern Ireland today in a qualifying match that was made up due to a frozen pitch last March.
The New York Red Bulls might not be at full strength when they host the Philadelphia Union this weekend, but they will be pretty close to it.
Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke said Tuesday that Designated Players Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill have recovered from their respective knocks and shouldbe available for Saturday's Eastern Conference showdown at Red Bull Arena.
The soap opera that is the Luis Suarez transfer saga took another dramatic turn on Tuesday afternoon.
Currently on international duty with Uruguay, reports out of the country state that Suarez is set for a reversal in his efforts to leave Liverpool, and that he's decided to stay at the club and potentially could renew his contract.
Before the U.S. Men's National Team turn the page on what has been a successful summer and set their sights towards the remaining World Cup qualifiers in the fall, they will have an opportunity to further gauge themselves against of the more in-form teams in Europe.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Men's National Team received the news they were hoping for.
U.S. Soccer announced that FIFA has approved Aron Johannsson's one-time switch to become a member of the USMNT setup, clearing the way for Johannsson to make his debut in Wednesday's friendly match in Sarajevo vs.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected a diverse squad for the Wednesday friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Within the side are plenty of fresh faces such as Aron Johannsson and John Anthony Brooks, who both have chosen the USMNT as their future national team, and old faces such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, and Tim Howard, who are preparing for four key World Cup qualifiers in September and October, as well as their upcoming club seasons.
The U.S. Men's National Team will put its record 11-match unbeaten streak on the line on Wednesday against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for the match has raised plenty of interesting talking points to consider and questions to be answered.
Michael Orozco Fiscal was poised to build on the impressive showing he had in July's CONCACAF Gold Cup, but his chance to once again impress Jurgen Klinsmann will have to wait after a hamstring injury forced him withdraw from U.S. Men's National Team camp ahead of Wednesday's friendly vs.
Monday was a good day for new Colorado Rapids signing Gabriel Torres.
The 24-year-old forward scored in a reserve league match against Chivas USA, and received word later in the day that he had received his P-1 Visa, making him eligible to play on Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
For the first time since last year's friendly against Russia, the U.S. Men's National Team will carry a mostly first-choice team into a match without Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey on the roster, and while the two stars will be missed on Wednesday, Jurgen Klinsmann won't be lacking for attacking options.
The Vancouver Whitecaps show no signs of slowing down.
Forwards Camilo and Kenny Miller combined to end the San Jose Earthquakes three-game winning streak, leading the Whitecaps to a 2-0 victory at BC Place. The duo's performance, as well as those from Nigel Reo-Coker and goalkeeper David Ousted made the Whitecaps our choice for SBI MLS Team of the Week.
Alan Pulido had a coming of age performance on Saturday.
In the Clasico Regiomontano on Saturday between Tigres UANL and Monterrey, Pulido enjoyed one of the best games of his young career, scoring twice in a 3-1 victory for Tigres over their arch rivals at home in the Estadio Universitario.
As expected, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a roster made up almost exclusively of non-MLS players for Wednesday's friendly vs. Bosnia Herzegovina. A few top veterans will be missing the match, but some intriguing new faces will be making their first appearances in a USMNT camp.
For the fourth time in five games, Chivas USA played with a disadvantage due to a red card.
Against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday evening, two players on Chivas USA saw red. In a match that saw three total dismissals, Chivas USA tied the Colorado Rapids, 1-1, at the StubHub Center in a game that finished ten vs.
When Landon Donovan scored the third of his three goals on Sunday night, the U.S. Men's National Team star probably thought his hat-trick would be enough to help the Los Angeles Galaxy leave Texas with three points.
Blas Perez had other plans.
Just two weeks after being on the losing end of the Gold Cup final to Donovan and the U.
CHESTER, Pa. About 30 minutes before Saturday evening's match between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union, Collin Martin took to the pitch at PPL park to begin his pre-game routine. The club's latest homegrown signing ambled towards the corner flag, stopping to stretch his leg out on an ad board.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas In Hollywood, Kevin Alston's return to the starting lineup for the New England Revolution would have called for the visiting side to win at Sporting Park. Unfortunately for New England, Hollywood is only the name of the casino near Sporting Park.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. Morale was low in the Fire's locker room following a dreadful midweek performance in the semifinal of the U.S. Open Cup.
On top of that, the team's three leading scorers, Mike Magee, Patrick Nyarko, and Chris Rolfe were all out of the starting lineup with injuries heading into a game they desperately needed three points from in order to keep up in the playoff race.
It didn't have nearly the fan fare of his introduction to Seattle Sounders fans last week, but Clint Dempsey isn't likely to care that his Sounders debut . The U.S. Men's National Team captain will walk away from Saturday night's road match vs. Toronto FC happy to know the Sounders' third straight win has Seattle right back in the MLS playoff picture.
SANDY, Utah Real Salt Lake used a formation change and some feisty defense to secure the 1-0 home victory over the visiting Houston Dynamo.
In a move designed to give fresher players an opportunity to see the field, RSL head coach Jason Kreis rolled out a 4-3-3 instead of the traditional 4-4-2 diamond that has become a trademark of the Utah side.
After going on an impressive six-match unbeaten run in late June and early July, the Vancouver Whitecaps have hit a recent dip in form, failing to win in their last three matches.
But on Saturday evening at BC Place Stadium, the Whitecaps got back to their winning ways and pushed themselves into second place in a tight Western Conference with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.
The David Moyes era at Manchester United will officially begin today, when the Red Devils take on Wigan in the Community Shield.
The Latics have been relegated, and lost manager Roberto Martinez to Everton, but they will look to pull off a major upset against Moyes and a Manchester United side ready to play for someone other than Sir Alex Ferguson for the first time in a quarter century.
Borussia Dortmund fans may still be upset about Mario Gotze's departure to rivals Bayern Munich, but one of the club's newest signings gave them plenty to cheer about in Saturday's season-opening rout.
Forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who arrived in Germany from Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne earlier in the transfer window, netted a hat trick in Borussia Dortmund's 4-0 road victory over Augsburg.
Clint Dempsey hasn't even stepped onto the field for the Seattle Sounders yet, but he's already at the top of league when it comes to his salary, which is just above $5 million for the 2013 season, according to the Major League Soccer Player's Union, which released player salaries for the 2013 season through Aug.
Sporting Kansas City announced on Friday the acquisition of 20-year-old American defender Brendan Ruiz from Brazilian club Figuerense and 19-year-old Colombian midfielder Jimmy Medrandafrom Deportivo Pereira.
Terms of the deals were not disclosed per team policy, but both acquisitions were completed before Thursday's MLS transfer deadline.
Wayne Rooney's transfer saga continues, and, like Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, the England forward has been told it's time to train away from the first team by his manager.
Manchester United manager David Moyes sent the 27-year-old to train with the Under-21s this morning, which means Rooney will certainly miss Rio Ferdinand's testimonial game against Sevilla, reports the Daily Mail.
An exciting weekend is upon us, when multiple European leagues, including the German Bundesliga, start their 2013/14 seasons.
The defending German champions, Bayern Munich, open the Bundesliga season today, when they face Borussia Monchengladbach on GolTV in Pep Guardiola's first league match in charge of the Bavarian giants.
New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo has officially signed a pre-contract agreement with English Premier League side Stoke City and the young forward is set to join the Potters after his contract with the Revs expires on Dec. 31st, reports the club's official website.
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He may be just 18 years old, and just two months removed from finishing high school, but Paul Arriola has wasted no time making an impact on the professional soccer scene.
The Club Tijuana rookie is off to a dream start for the Xolos, registering assists in the team's first two league matches of the season, and earning a start in Tijuana's CONCACAF Champions League opener.
Luis Suarez's potential move away from Anfield is looking bleaker by the day.
A day after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that the Suarez transfer from Liverpool to Arsenal was on "standby," Liverpool's American owner John Henry came out with his first long-form public statements on the matter.
Orlando City's dream of playing in MLS is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Central Florida's top two mayors have agreed to a deal that could see Orlando City get the final $20 million they need in order to build a soccer-specific stadium, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday.
With millions of dollars to play for, 20 teams were drawn into the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off round, with just ten teams earning a place in the group stage.
FC Schalke, the only Champions League side left with an American player, Jermaine Jones, was drawn in the league route with FC Metalist Kharkiv of Ukraine, an easier test compared to two other sides in the league route.
Sixty two teams learned their future on Friday as UEFA conducted the Europa League play-off qualifying round draw.
The final round before the Europa League group stages saw a number of teams drawn featuring American players, including Rapid Wein (Terrence Boyd), AZ Alkmaar (Aron JÃ³hannsson), Tottenham (Brad Friedal), and FC NordsjÃ¦lland (Conor O'Brien).
There have been no final player moves for the Philadelphia Union on the last day of the summer transfer window for Major League Soccer.
However, the day provided an opportunity for manager John Hackworth to speak about the team's most recent acquistion: 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Gilberto dos Santos Souza Junior, better known simply as "Gilberto", who was signed on August 2.
There is no doubt in Tim Howard's mind who will be starting in goal for Everton this year and it will be him, despite the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper JoelRobles from Wigan by Roberto Martinez this summer.
Robles was on of Martinez's first signings since taking over at Goodison Park for David Moyes, who departed for Manchester United.
Just hours before the end of the Major League Soccer summer transfer window, the New York Red Bulls added some much needed depth to their squad.
On Thursday, the Red Bulls announced the signing of Australian international David Carney subject to the passing of a physical, receipt of his P-1 Visa, and his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
It is hard to argue the fact that the 2013 MLS season has been a nightmare for D.C. United, but their dream run through the U.S. Open Cup has provided a much-needed consolation for the floundering club.
D.C. was expected to see that run end on Wednesday night at Toyota Park against a surging Chicago Fire side playing at home, but Ben Olsen's side went away from the expected script yet again.
SANDY, Utah In a match-up of two of the top teams in Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake showed why they have the best record in the league, while the Portland Timbers showed the weaknesses of an improving team that still hasn't reached its peak.
RSL rode their sharp passing and some quality finishing, along with some outstanding team defense, to beat the Timbers, 2-1, at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday night.
It looks like John Anthony Brooks has decided to become a member of the U.S. Men's National Team.
The Hertha Berlin defender was left off the Germany Under-21 squad for a friendly match against France next Tuesday, after a report in Germany stated on Wednesday that Brooks was considering accepting an invite to that squad.
Alejandro Bedoya has done his fair share of bouncing around Europe the past few years, but a strong season in Sweden has him on the verge of securing a move to the best league he will have played in to date.
Bedoya is heading to France to finalize a deal that will see him join newly-promoted French club Nantes, in a deal that could be completed in the next 24-48 hours.
A week from now the U.S. Men's National Team will be taking on Bosnia & Herzegovina in Europe, and with their opponent already having called in what amounts to a full-strength squad, Jurgen Klinsmann could see the friendly as a great chance to see just what his own full first-team can look like.
The 100th anniversary of the U.S. Open Cup isn't getting nearly as much attention as it deserves, but the four teams doing battle tonight for a place in the final will look to do their part to bring more buzz for a historic competition that has stood the test of time.
Juan Agudelo has long been considered a young prospect destined to play in Europe's top flight, and now that destiny is closer to becoming reality after signing a pre-contract with Stoke City to join the English Premier League side in January.
John Anthony Brooks has a pretty big decision on his hands, and he has just hours left to make it.
With reports in Germany already stating that Brooks has an invite to the U.S. Men's National Team friendly match next Wednesday in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a new report has emerged that Germany Under-21 head coach Horst Hrubesch has also invited the Hertha Berlin defender into his squad to face France in a friendly match next Tuesday.
Based on recent performances, it should come as no surprise that midfielder Paul Arriola earned a place in the starting lineup for Club Tijuana on Tuesday night.
For the first time in his career since signing professional terms this summer with Xolos, Arriola took the field from the start, playing all 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with LA Firpo of El Salvador in their CONCACAF Champions League debut match.
Fresh off an outstanding showing in this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, Alejandro Bedoya looks set to make the jump to a bigger league, with reports in France linking Bedoya with a move to French club Nantes.
The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder had completed his short-term contract with Swedish side Helsingborg, and after weighing offers from multiple leagues, it appears the 26-year-old midfielder is ready to head to Ligue 1 to join the newly-promoted side.
The Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina has released its roster for the upcoming friendly versus the U.S. Men's National Team, which will take place next Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo.
The 20-man roster for Bosnia and Herzegovina, currently ranked No.
There will be a new name on the Best Player in Europe trophy.
On Tuesday, UEFA named the three finalists for the 2012-13 Best Player in Europe, the third edition of the award. As expected, La Liga stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are back in the running for the award, but they will be joined at this year's presentation by Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery.
Less than four months after Monterrey's thrilling 4-2 comeback victory in the 2013 Finals, the CONCACAF Champions League will be back in action on Tuesday night as the top club from around the federation battle for conference supremacy.
After a three-peat from Monterrey, there will definitely be a new champion in this upcoming edition of the tournament as the Mexican club failed to qualify in Liga MX unlike the UEFA version of the Champions League, the title-winners are not guaranteed a chance to defend their crown.
SEATTLE A league finding its stride on and off the field. A local soccer culture that felt European in size and intensity. A sense of obligation to grow the American game.
Clint Dempsey cited all these and more at his introductory press conference Monday afternoon as he explained his decision to abandon the English Premier League for the Seattle Sounders and MLS in the prime of his career.
On Monday the Galaxy finally made the rumors official, signing Panamanian National Team goalkeeper Jaime Penedo as per the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and his P-1 Visa. Per league and team policy, details of the transfer were not disclosed.
Winning it as a rookie is even tougher. Not only did Deshorn Brown win the Rocky Mountain Cup this year, but he scored the first of his side's two goals in a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake, earning the Colorado Rapids the annual trophy.
The deal that ultimately helped Clint Dempsey join the Seattle Sounders ultimately came together in a matter of two weeks, and saw both Major League Soccer and the Sounders work together to pull off one of the biggest moves in MLS history.
Sports Illustrated broke down the details of the deal in a story released on Monday.
In his first game back with the San Jose Earthquakes after spending the last month with the U.S. Men's National Team, Chris Wondolowski hit the ground running.
The 30-year-old forward latched on to a floated header in the 45th minute from teammate Victor Bernardez and sent it into the upper 90, before adding his and the team's second in the 87th minute in a 2-0 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday evening.
The second half of the North American Soccer League is underway and with a new addition to the league.
The New York Cosmos didn't wait long to get there first three points of the fall campaign. Late-night drama surged the new NASL side to a 2-1 victory thanks to Alessandro Noselli's stoppage-time goal, Saturday night at James Shuart Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 11,929.
With Clint Dempsey's move to the Seattle Sounders dominating headlines in the American soccer world, the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down the historic move along with plenty more from the past weekend.
Episode 60 of The SBI Show breaks down Dempsey's shocking return to MLS, what it means for the U.
Cristiano Ronaldo isn't ready to leave the Santiago Bernabeu just yet.
Real Madrid have reportedly come to a verbal agreement with Ronaldo for a new contract, extending his currently deal which is up in 2015. Ronaldo's new contract will make him the highest paid player in all of Spain at â‚¬17 million ($22.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The inevitable Jose Mourinho-Real Madrid reunion will be happening sooner than many might have expected.
Mourinho and Chelsea reached the 2013 International Champions Cup final against Madrid by defeating AC Milan, 2-0, in the nightcap of a second-round doubleheader playedat MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€” Matias Laba's goal in the second minute was all the scoring Toronto FC would need in its 1-0 win over the New England Revolution, giving Toronto (4-10-8, 20 pts.) its first back-to-back wins of the season and extended its unbeaten streak to three games.
Paul Arriola is becoming quite the super sub for Club Tijuana.
For the second time in the early stages of the Liga MX Apertura, Arriola came off the bench to provide a spark for Xolos. The 18-year-old midfielder delivered a highlight reel-worthy assist almost immediately after coming off the bench in the 65th minute, megging a defender near the end line before sending in a quality cross that was hit home.
Irish striker Robbie Keane returned from injury ahead of schedule to help the Los Angeles Galaxy stun Italian champions Juventus, 3-1, in International Champions Cup action at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.
Keane came on at halftime with the match tied and promptly made an impact, setting up Landon Donovan's eventual game-winning goal in the 60th minute before adding his own insurance strike in the 88th minute.
For the second time this season, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps played a hard-fought match filled with numerous fouls and injuries. And for the second time, the Cascadian rivals battled to a draw.
Ryan Johnson and Jordan Harvey delivered the goals, as the Caps and Timbers drew, 1-1, at Jeld-Wen Field Saturday night.
SEATTLE Aside from the pregame introduction of a certain newcomer, Saturday night at CenturyLink Field was perhaps most noteworthy for a backflip becoming increasingly familiar and a salute the Seattle Sounders hope becomes routine.
With 39,360 still buzzing from the introduction of Clint Dempsey before the match,the Sounders darted out to an early lead over FC Dallas and never looked back, riding goals from Obafemi Martins, Eddie Johnson, and Brad Evans to a 3-0 win.
Even with the exciting news of new ownership at the Columbus Crew coming earlier in the week, the team in black and yellow continued their on-the-field struggles on Saturday night with a loss against a team that is currently one of the league's hottest.
The Crew dropped their third straight match, a 3-1 road loss to the Houston Dynamo, who are undefeated in their last four.
After watching their defending MLS MVP notch five goals for the U.S. Men's National Team at the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup, fans of the San Jose Earthquakes hoped Chris Wondolowski would bring some of that scoring prowess from the Americans' title run back to Buck Shaw Stadium.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. With the legends of the club's historic past in attendance, the newly-reborn New York Cosmos kicked off their first season of action in almost three decades with a memorable finish that had a touch of flavor of Cosmos teams of the past.
SEATTLE Just under seven years and 57 English Premier League goals after last playing in Major League Soccer, the captain of the United States Men's National Team strode onto the pitch at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night, a Seattle Sounder of all things.
Former CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer will not be under the microscope of investigation for the rest of the year as FIFA has decided to hold off on its probe into allegations of financial corruption by the former American soccer official.
FIFA investigators have delayed their investigation for a year, citing"circumstances which made it advisable to provisionally suspend" the case.
When Clint Dempsey left Major League Soccer almost seven years ago, he left the league in a hurry to get away. Playing for a New England team with a notoriously cheap owner, that didn't exactly draw a ton of fans, and in a league where players had little control over their futures, Dempsey couldn't have been blamed if he kissed the ground at Heathrow Airport the first time he arrived after his $4 million transfer to Fulham.
Tottenham made the official announcement on Saturday morning that they have completed the transfer of Dempsey to the Sounders. No official details have been released yet on the size of the transfer, but reports on Friday evening put the fee at $9 million.
Tottenham made the official announcement on Saturday morning that they have completed the transfer of Dempsey to the Sounders. No details have emerged yet on the size of the transfer, but reports on Friday evening put the fee at $9 million.
Some seven years ago, Clint Dempsey left Major League Soccer as a rising star on the verge of being special. He now returns to MLS as an established star ready to make the biggest splash by an MLS signing since David Beckham joined the league.
Dempsey is set to complete a move to the Seattle Sounders, with the MLS club agreeing to a transfer with English Premier League side Tottenham, sources confirmed to SBI on Friday night.
In the 2013 Spring Championship Season, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers proved that Murphy's Law is a reality. For a team that signed the likes of David Foley and IvÃ¡n Guerrero in the offseason, the Strikers looked like a team that could not find its identity in the Spring Season.
The rumor that dominated the American soccer world on Thursday night looks to be moving closer to becoming reality, with ESPNFC reporting that Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders are finalizing a deal to bring the U.S. Men's National Team captain back to MLS.
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There is always pride aplenty on the line when Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids get together for a Rocky Mountain Cup clash. But this weekend's meeting isn't just about bragging rights â€” it is about first place in the Western Conference.
With a home victory over their rivals, the Rapids can draw even with RSL for the top position in the congested conference.
AS Monaco host Tottenham Hotspur early Saturday afternoon in their last preseason match before the French Ligue 1 commences next weekend, but all attention will be on Gareth Bale and whether or not his participation in the match, or lack thereof, will hint towards him either staying or leaving.
With the 2013 MLS All-Star Game Week in the books, and transfer rumors spreading like wildfire about U.S. Men's National Team captain Clint Dempsey, there is no shortage of things to talk about in the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I look back at the memorable week in Kansas City, as Sporting KC put on an All-Star Week for the ages.
Rapid Vienna's European dreams took a hit when Greek club Asteras Tripolis jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first half of their Europa League match, but Terrence Boyd made sure that result would not stick.
Five minutes after Vienna conceded the opener, Boyd drew and converted an equalizing penalty kick to help his club grab a 1-1 draw on the road in the first leg of their third-round Europa League qualifier against Asteras Tripolis.
There's a first-place battle and a chance for all four playoff spots to be clinched in the National Women's Soccer League this weekend two days of matches that will go a long way to determining how the inaugural NWSL regular season wraps up.
At the top of the table, the upstart league leaders will travel to face their closest competitors in a nationally televised showdown, while three other teams will be fighting to keep their slim postseason hopes alive.
With or without Gareth Bale's services this season, Tottenham could be acquiring a proven forward with a great scoring acumen.
Late Thursday night, Tottenham announced that a reported Â£26 million transfer fee for Roberto Saldado of Valencia had been accepted by the La Liga club, opening the path for a move to the English Premier League.
The Portland Timbers are in the midst of their worst scoring stretch of the season and are coming off just their third loss this year, but Timbers head coach Caleb Porter is not that concerned about his team's offense.
Portland has just three goals in their last four matches, but Saturday's match saw the club attempt 20 shots on San Jose, the most for a road match this season.
While they continue transfer negotiations for Panamanian striker and potential designated player Gabriel Torres, the Colorado Rapids are closing in on a deal that would bring a veteran striker with experience in Liga MX and the Bundesliga.
The Rapids are looking to add Vicente Sanchez, a 33-year-old Uruguayan currently in his home country with Nacional.
After agreeing to a deal for Valencia's Roberto Soldado, Tottenham Hotspur are looking at another Spanish forward to come to White Hart Lane if they send Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in a world-record move.
Reports in England indicate Tottenham want Real Madrid to add the highly-touted Alvaro Morata to their bid for star winger Gareth Bale.
After a month of July that saw the U.S. Men's National Team impressively dominate the field at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the competition for places on the U.S. World Cup team is only getting stronger.
The impressive showings by players such as Joe Corona, Alejandro Bedoya, Clarence Goodson, Kyle Beckerman and Mix Diskerud have shaken up the USMNT depth chart, while the recent developments surrounding Aron Johannsson and John Anthony Brooks has them looking like potential challengers for World Cup places.
Although neither officials from Precourt Sports Ventures nor Hunt Sports Group would reveal the sale price for the Columbus Crew and their stadium, business magazineForbesis reporting on its Sports Money blog that the Tuesday purchase broke a league recordfor an existing franchise.
When Brek Shea went down after a terrible tackle that looked like it might lead to serious injury, the immediate fear was that Shea might be forced to miss a lengthy period of time with a devastating knee injury.
Shea did wind up with an injury, but it isn't as severe as originally feared.
After more than five years, Soccer By Ives is undergoing some changes to the identity of the site you have come to know over the years. As you know, SBI underwent a re-design last year, and now we are on the verge of the next steps in our evolution as a soccer news website.
During a week that saw the strength of the Kansas City market for Major League Soccer, commissioner Don Garber raised the stakes for the booming league by announcing on Wednesday night that MLS will expand to 24 teams by the year 2020.
Garber laid out the ambitious plan during an interview with ESPN at halftime of the MLS All-Star Game, and revealed the league would add four more teams in the next seven years to go along with the current 19 teams, and the soon-to-arrive New York City FC.