The Union announced on Thursday that they have signed veteran French midfielder Vincent Nogueira, who joins the club from Ligue 1 side FC Sochaux. Nogueira is expected to join Philadelphia for the next phase of its preseason in Florida.
Fredy Montero is no longer on the Seattle Sounders roster.
Sporting Club de Portugal announced on Thursday that they've exercised their purchase option on the Colombian forward, making him a full member of Sporting Lisbon. The option provides Montero with a new contract through 2018 and a release clause of â‚¬60 million.
Freddy Adu's club future might still be unclear, but his whereabouts are not.
Currently in search of a new club, Adu is in England training with Championship club Blackpool. It is unknown as to whether the 24-year-old midfielder is on an official trial with the Mechanics, especially given that he would have to qualify for a work permit to play for them, but it appears he is attempting to stay in shape while he sorts out his next move.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was not a happy man on Wednesday evening.
Following a scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge against fellow London club West Ham United, Mourinho lashed out at West Ham manager Sam Allardyce for his tactical approach, calling it "19th century football.
Jermaine Jones has found a new home, but it is not in MLS.
Turkish club Besiktas announced on Thursday that Jones has joined the side via a full transfer from Schalke. The reported transfer fee paid by the Super Lig side is worth an estimated $272,000 and Jones' contract with the Black Eagles will run through the 2015-16 season.
Another former league star has decided to return to Major League Soccer.
Following a year and a half spell with Hereenveen in the Netherlands, former Chicago Fire winger Marco Pappa has officiallysigned with MLS for the upcoming season, pending the receipt of his international transfer certificate (ITC), P-1 visa, and a medical.
Don't look now, but Jozy Altidore and Sunderland are out of the relegation zone.
The Black Cats jumped into safety on Wednesday bypicking up a 1-0 victory at home over Stoke City, a result which gave Sunderland their sixth win in their last seven matches across all competitions (the match they lost was to Manchester United, but the Black Cats won the series on the ensuing penalty kicks).
Sixty-six days after Manchester City lit up Tottenham for six goals in a rout last November, the two teams face off once more at White Hart Lane.
The last outing proved to be the catalyst for Andre Villas-Boas losing his job, but this time around, Tim Sherwood's Tottenham come into the match knowing that a win could book them a place in the top four.
The start of preseason has come with a new deal for Jamison Olave.
The New York Red Bulls announced on Wednesday that they have signed Olave to a new contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the move comes three days after the Red Bulls started their 2014 preseason and following a strong first year for Olave in New York, who won the Supporters' Shield last season with the veteran anchoring its back line.
Things are about to get a little more serious in Miami.
David Beckham, MLS commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez are hoping to hold a news conference in the South Florida metropolis next Wednesday in an effort to rally support for a privately funded soccer-specifc stadium and give an update on the status of an MLS expansion team in Miami, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
In one of the most anticipated rematches of the season, Liverpool proved that they belong once more in the discussion of the English Premier League's top four clubs.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard opened the floodgates and after two brilliant Daniel Sturridge goals in the first half, Luis Suarez completed the 4-0 rout against Everton in a mid-week Liverpool derby at Anfield.
Fabian Johnson suffered a broken hand last Saturday but he could be back on the field sooner than expected.
Despite undergoing surgery on the fractured metacarpal in his right hand on Sunday, the Hoffenheim left back was given the all-clear to resume individual training on Wednesday, according to a report in German publication Kicker.
In addition to their active roster of 26 players, the New York Red Bulls have invited ten trialists to join the squad in Florida for preseason training.
Among the unsigned players include three members of the Red Bulls development academy, two former members who are still eligible to sign a homegrown contract, both draft selections at the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, and three guest players.
While Miami has dominated the latest Major League Soccer expansion talk, San Antonio is interested in getting in on the conversation.
With Major League Soccer aiming for 24 teams by the end of the decade, league Commissioner Don Garber is flying out to San Antonio on Tuesday to discuss MLS expansion to central Texas, according to a report in the San Antonio Express News.
A new soccer stadium for an expansion Major League Soccer franchise in Miami is closer to becoming a reality.
Miami Beckham United, the name for David Beckham's ownership group for a potential MLS franchise, are expected to begin negotiations on Tuesday with Miami-Dade county for a site on which to build a soccer-specific stadium, according to the Miami Herald.
Maurice Edu is finally a member of the Philadelphia Union.
The Union announced the completion of the long-awaited deal on Monday, signing Edu to a season-long loan with an option to buy. Edu joins the Union as their second Designated Player signing of the offseason.
Just a day into preseason training, the Vancouver Whitecaps have added two key pieces to their squad for the Major League Soccer season.
The Whitecaps confirmed on Monday that they have acquired right back Steven Beitashour from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money, and signed him to a new contract.
With four defenders gone from last year's squad, Chivas USA has inked their third new defensive signing in the last five days.
Chivas USA announced on Monday that they've signed defenderFejiro Okiomah to their squad for the upcoming season. Okiomah signs as a free agent and spent last season with the Charlotte Eagles of USL Pro, leading the club to the USL Pro final.
Brek Shea showed last Friday why he was such a hot commodity last January for Stoke City.
In a mid-season friendly match at Republic of Ireland club Dundalk, Shea scored one of his on-loan club Barnsley's four goals in a 4-1 victory. Shea intelligently dribbled away from two defenders with a Cruyff turn and a quick change of pace before playing a nice one-two pass with a teammate and slotting home.
The crisis at Tigres UANL deepened as Pumas UNAM overturned a one goal deficit to emerge as 2-1 victors in the Clasico Universitario in Monterrey.
Tigres started much the brighter, and after 11 minutes their constant pressure paid dividends when a corner from Lucas Lobos found a completely unmarked Guido Pizzaro at the back post, who nodded home to give the home side their first goal of the Clausura.
Juan Agudelo's life-long dream of playing in Europe is now a reality.
A mere hours after being cleared to play for FC Utrecht, Agudelo played in his first club game on European soil on Saturday in a 1-0 loss to Roda JC Kerkrade. Agudelo came off the bench and played 32 minutes for Utrecht, showing glimpses of quality but also clear signs of offseason rust.
The weekend's FA Cup Fourth Round action wraps up today at Stamford Bridge, where manager Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side will look to keep their impressive home form going and exact some revenge on a fellow English Premier League club.
That was the situation FC Nurnberg found themselves in heading into their first game back from the Bundesliga's winter break, but a goal from Timmy Chandler helped change that as it set the tone for an emphatic victory.
The Fourth Round of the FA Cup continues Saturday with a large slate of matches involving some of the English Premier League's top teams and some potential Cinderella stories in the sport's longest-running tournament.
The day's action starts with Championship side AFC Bournemouth's home match against Liverpool, who are currently hanging onto fourth place in the EPL.
Gedion Zelalem received an early birthday present he won't ever forget.
Just two days shy of his 17th birthday, Zelalem made his Arsenal debut, entering as a substitute in the 71st minutefor Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Zelalem didn't score but he did help provide a superb pass to teammate Santi Cazorla that finished with Olivier Giroud slamming the ball home for Arsenal's third of the night in a 4-0 victory against Coventry City.
As the U.S. Men's National Team prepares to head back home from a 12-day dry run in Sao Paulo, Brazil, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to trim down the roster.
U.S. Soccer announced on Friday afternoon that Klinsmann sent five players home while calling up new Columbus Crew signing Michael Parkhurst to his final squad of 22 players for the upcoming friendly match against South Korea.
One of the world's biggest clubs has reportedly made a bid for an American defender.
Juventus, three-time defending Serie A champions, made a transfer offer worth $1 million for Sporting Kansas City Homegrown signing Erik Palmer-Brown, though Sporting KC rejected the offer, according to a report in Sports Illustrated.
Round four of the Liga MX promises to start sorting the potential challengers from the perennial also-rans, as the table begins to provide clues into who are the strongest and weakest sides in this edition of the Clausura.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are the latest MLS team to find a USL Pro affiliate.
The Whitecaps announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement to make USL Pro club Charleston Battery their affiliate partner for the 2014 season. The deal means Vancouver will loan a minimum of four players from its MLS roster to the Battery and will not partake in the MLS Reserve League.
The Canadian Soccer Association announced Thursday they intend to bid for the 2026 men's World Cup as part of their 2014-18 strategic plan.If successful, it would be the first World Cup in North America since the U.
Two of the more highly-regarded college prospects not to be a part of the 2014 MLS Draft are on their way to Major League Soccer after all.
University of Charlotte forward Giuseppe Gentile and University of Maryland forward Christiano Francois have signed contracts with MLS and have been made available in a waiver draft that will take place over the course of the next few days.
With preseason just around the corner, Indy Eleven's inaugural roster is starting to come into view.
In a ceremony at Indiana University's famed basketball stadium Assembly Hall, Indy Eleven president Peter Wilt and head coach Jurgen Sommer revealed the signings of former Indiana men's soccer standouts Brad Ring and Mike Ambersley, taking Indy Eleven's roster to ten players.
Juventus are facing a difficult future in their battle to hold on to Paul Pogba.
The French National Team midfielder is currently the top transfer target of a number of clubs, and according to reports in Italy, Juventus received and rejected a â‚¬70 million transfer bid from Paris Saint-Germain for Pogba.
Colombia's World Cup hopes hang in the balance as of Wednesday night.
AS Monaco's record signing Radamel Falcao suffered what's been reported as a "serious knee injury" during Monaco's 3-0 Coupe de France victory against fourth division clubMonts Or Azergues, with rumors abound that the star forward could have suffered torn ligaments in the knee.
That was the question that Atlanta Silverbacks owner Boris Jerkunica, co-owner Henry Hardin, andtechnical director Eric Wynalda kept coming back to when they began discussions last month about who should take charge of the Silverbacks in 2014.
Now that all 77 picks have been made, and scarves placed around the necks of draftees, and even the one tricky situation involving a draft pick appears resolved (for now), it is time to look back at how all 19 teams fared in the 2014 MLS Draft.
As the Manchester United front office races to complete a deal to bring Juan Mata to Old Trafford, David Moyes turns his focus to his club's League Cup semifinal tie against Sunderland.
Entering the second leg with a 2-1 deficit, Moyes will again be without his star forwards Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, and will hope that he can remain alive in the pursuit of silverware in what's been a down year for Man United.
A week after going on a brief loan from Club Tijuana to second division Mexican side Dorados and scoring in a 3-1 Copa MX victory vs. Estudiantes Tecos, Paul Arriola did the same on Tuesday night. Arriola helped Dorados knock off Estudiantes once again, but this time he scored the winner and not an insurance goal in another 3-1 triumph.
A temporary solution has reportedly been found for the bizarre Andre Lewis situation.
The New York Cosmos told ESPNFC.com on Tuesday that they will allow Lewis to join the Vancouver Whitecaps for preseason preparations and will loan him to the MLS club for the upcoming season if he does enough to warrant a roster spot.
The 2014 MLS SuperDraft came to a close on Tuesday afternoon, but not before 38 more players were chosen in advance of the upcoming MLS season.
UConn midfielder George Forchive and Indiana midfielder AJ Corrado were among the players selected during the final two rounds of the draft on Tuesday which were dominated by and large by midfielders and forwards.
The Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids have made history, agreeing to the first Intra-league loan in MLS.
The Dynamo and Rapids announced Tuesday that they have made a deal that will see Houston send Colorado an international roster spot in exchange for a season-long loan for versatile midfielder Tony Cascio.
One of the most standout players in NASL is making the move up to MLS.
Real Salt Lake announced on Tuesday morning that they have signed former Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Luke Mulholland. The 25-year-old Mulholland joins RSL after spending two successful seasons with the Rowdies, who he scored 17 goals and registered 13 assists for in 51 league appearances while also helping them win the 2012 NASL Soccer Bowl.
The World Cup is more than four months away, but the U.S. Men's National Team is already getting well acquainted with the lay of the land in Brazil, and the latest episode of The SBI Show discusses that training camp and much more.
Nicolas Anelka is no stranger to controversy, but his latest actions could cost him a lengthy period on the sidelines.
The West Bromwich Albion forward is facing a minimum five-match ban after being charged by the FA with violating "FARuleE3," which states that Anelka made a "gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.
Seemingly out of nowhere, the Serie A leaders are in the final stages of completing a transfer that would send forward Mirko Vucinic to Inter Milan in place of midfielder Fredy Guarin. The Colombian international nearly moved to Chelsea earlier this month only for the English club to decide to sign Nemanja Matic from Benfica instead.
Philadelphia Union defender Carlos Valdes could find himself playing in Argentina this spring.
Hoping to remain in the good graces of Colombia National Team Jose Pekerman, Valdes is nearing a six-month loan to defending Argentine champion San Lorenzo, according to multiple reports in Argentina and Colombia.
Tim Howard and Everton can achieve an impressive milestone on Monday with a win against West Bromwich Albion in English Premier league action (3pm, NBC Sports Network).
With three points, Everton would jump above both Tottenham and Liverpool into fourth place, further distancing themselves from the likes of Manchester United, Newcastle, and Southampton below them in the top half of the table.
Whoever runs for the FIFA presidency in 2015 will have an unexpected challenger.
A former FIFA executive, FrenchmanJerome Champagne, has declared his candidacy for the upcoming elections, saying that he will attempt to earn the five minimum required nominations from FIFA nations in order to truly enter the race.
Barely a month has passed since Club LeÃ³n were celebrating in Estadio Azteca, yet arguably the best two sides in Mexico were back in the capital this weekend to contest the most eagerly anticipated fixture of Jornada 3.
All eyes were on Carlos PeÃ±a to see if he could continue his fine goalscoring start to the season or if America's defence would be able to keep him out, yet by the time the curtain fell there was only one talking point, the performance of match referee Paul Delgadillo.
In a match where they needed all three points to keep up the pace in this year's race for the top spot in the English Premier League, Chelsea delivered a monstrous blow to Manchester United's dreams of a title defense and perhaps a spot in next season's Champions League.
You may not want to count out Oguchi Onyewu from making the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup roster just yet.
A week after signing for Sheffield Wednesday, Onyewu made his debut for the Owls in a 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday. The veteran centerback started and went the distance in his first club outing since a substitute appearance for Malaga back in May, and the tie extended Sheffield Wednesday's unbeaten streak to five games.
Not even the winter break is enough to cool down Aron Johannsson.
Playing in AZ Alkmaar's first game since Dec. 21, Johannsson got back on the scoresheet in the club's 3-0 victory over NAC Breda on Saturday. The U.S. Men's National Team forward found the back of the net mere moments from halftime, getting on the end of a cross from the left flank before heading a ball that ricocheted off his body but still rolled past the goal line after kissing the inside of the post.
One of the Vancouver Whitecaps' first round draft picks won't actually be playing for the team.
Sources have confirmed to Goal's Ives Galarcep that Jamaican midfielder Andre Lewis has decided to sign with the North American Soccer League's New York Cosmos, spurning the Whitecaps despite being drafted seventh overall at the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke described the club's chances of landing one of the players it had identified for the MLS SuperDraft as a "coinflip" earlier this week.
Looks like the coin fell the Red Bulls' way.
The Red Bulls had to wait until the second round in Thursday's draft to make their first selection, and despite some wavering confidence in being able to pick up one of their desired players, they did just that by acquiring Wake Forest right back Chris Duvall with the 22nd overall pick.
The Los Angeles Galaxy academy setup continues to produce talent for the first team.
At the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena confirmed to LA Galaxy Insider that the team had signed highly-rated attacking midfielder Raul Mendiola and forward BradfordJamieson to Homegrown Player contracts.
Fans of USL Pro teams and their players will be able to watch them for free all season long.
USL Pro announced on Friday that they've partnered with YouTube to live stream every regular season and post season for free on team channels. Fans will also have a chance to see other video material on each team's individual YouTube channels and games will be archived on the website shortly after completion.
The clubs holding the top picks in the National Women's Soccer League college draft on Friday had few surprises in store, with the picks skewing heavily toward the U.S. National Women's Team and, when possible, local ties.
An exciting weekend of soccer around the globe culminates in one of England's most historic venue.
Stamford Bridge plays host on Sunday the second encounter this season between Chelsea and Manchester United. While they may not have played soccer that's as pleasing to the eye as in the past, Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have improved their defensive record recently with only one goal conceded in their last six games.
Thierry Henry's decision to use the full Major League Soccer offseason has allowed him to take part in plenty of other ventures, including starring his shoe sponsor Puma's latest ad.
Sitting in a "top-secret location" Henry and a woman named Olivia watch clips of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus testing out the new Puma EvoPower cleats and in the process, destroying everything in their path.
The San Jose Earthquakes landed one of the best attacking players in college soccer after reaching a deal to sign Indiana University freshman sensation Tommy Thompson to a Homegrown Player contract, sources confirmed to Goal USA on Friday.
A day after a draft that saw them land a pair of California natives in the 2014 MLS Draft in J.
Major League Soccer's return to Miami could be just around the corner.
Even though David Beckham and his ownership group missed an agreed deadline with MLS of Dec. 31 for officially joining the league, MLS Commissioner Don Garber revealed at the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday that although the league isn't ready to declare Miami as the newest MLS franchise, there should be an announcement on Beckham's future expansion plans within the next 30 days.
It's only the third week of the Liga MX Clausura and we've arrived at the season's most anticipated matchup.
For the first time since hoisting the Apertura title high into the Mexico City sky, Club Leon return to Estadio Azteca to face Club America, less than a month after Leon dismantled America on the way to winning their first title since 1992.
When the dust had settled, the Philadelphia Union may have ended up with the best draft day out of everyone.
After what had been a quiet offseason so far, the Union came to life on Thursday, landing four strong draft picks in the first two rounds of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, including the first overall selection, goalkeeper Andre Blake.
With every offseason comes unfounded rumors about the New York Red Bulls being on the verge of signing big-name players.
This one has apparently been no different.
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke spoke to a handful of reporters via a conference call on Thursday to discuss the club's two selections in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, but he also took some time to address recent reports linking the Red Bulls with signing either Barcelona midfielder Xavi or Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba as their third Designated Player for the 2014 season.
Following a five-week break for much of the 2014 World Cup, the North American Soccer League will return to actionfor their fall season on the weekend of July 12-13 with the first of 90 games between July and early November.
Each NASL club will face the other nine teams in the league once at home and once on the road for an 18-game fall season.
PHILADELPHIA The 2014 MLS Draft kicks off today with some uncertainty about just how the top of the draft is going to go.
D.C. United holds the top spot in the draft and could go in any number of directions, whether it's keeping the pick or trading it to one of the several teams interested in UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake.
It appears New York City FC has some convincing to do.
Hundreds of residents of the Bronx gathered for a town hall meeting on Wednesday night to discuss NYCFC's proposal to bring a soccer-specific stadium to the borough, and several voiced displeasure over potentially having to use tax money to help build it.
PHILADELPHIA The 2014 MLS Draft is a half a day away, and it's time for one final look at how the draft just might go on Thursday.
Only the first two rounds of the MLS Draft will take place, and rest assured there will be plenty of options for teams to choose from in those two rounds, with a majority of the players chosen being defenders.
PHILADELPHIA The MLS Combine is a distant memory, and the best players in the 2014 MLS Draft pool have converged here to learn their fates on Thursday as the 2014 MLS Draft kicks off.
Projecting just where players are going to go is probably as difficult as it has been in years, with wheeling and dealing taking place and teams facing tough decisions as they look at a draft pool loaded with talent in some areas, but starving for options in other areas.
Less than 24 hours before the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, the Seattle Sounders completed a deal that will make them a younger team next season as well as move themselves up in the draft.
The Sounders and Fire announced on Wednesday that veteran defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni, as well as the 13th overall pick in the draft would be heading to Chicago in exchange for defender Jalil Anibaba and the eighth overall selection in this year's draft.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The 2014 MLS SuperDraft is less than 24 hours away, and several of the players entering it will do so after having raised their stocks over the last few days.
The recently-concluded MLS Combine may not have showcased as much talent as in years past, but it still gave coaches and scouts a clearer picture of what they can expect from players looking to make the jump to MLS this year.
Jose Torres isn't known for his goal-scoring abilities with Tigres UANL but he found himself in the right place at the right time on Tuesday evening.
In the sixth minute with his team pressing high up the field, Torres intercepted a terrible cross-field pass from Atletico San Luis defender Alexis Loera and scored easily in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper.
Following up the success in Diego Valeri's first year in MLS, the Portland Timbers are hoping to strike gold once more with two more signings from Argentina.
The Timbers announced the long-awaited news on Wednesday that forward Gaston "La Gata" Fernandez and defender Norberto Paparatto have signed with the Timbers, pending the receipt of their international transfer certificates (ITC) and P-1 Visa's.
Since taking over the U.S. Men's National Team in 2011, Jurgen Klinsmann has been very outspoken encouraging his players to challenge themselves in the strongest leagues in Europe.
So when both Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley completed blockbuster moves in the last five months to leave the English Premier League and Serie A, respectively, many thought that Klinsmann wouldn't be too happy with their decisions.
The Aurora, Colo. native signed a new contract to remain with the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday, keeping the 13-year Major League Soccer veteran with his hometown club. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The United States won't just be represented at the World Cup by the players on the field.
FIFA released their list of referees for the 2014 World Cup on Wednesday morning and they included American referee Mark Geiger on their 25-man list. The former MLS Referee of the Year became a FIFA listed referee in 2008 and officiated the 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cup final as well as a number of games at the 2012 Summer Olympic games.
Taking advantage of Club Tijuana's link with Liga Ascenso club Dorados deSinaloa, Paul Arriola spent the early part of this week training and eventually making his Dorados debut in memorable fashion.
The 18-year-old American forward started and played all 90 minutes for Dorados in their Copa MX match at Estudiantes Tecos in Guadalajara, scoring a goal in the 53rd minute to put his side up two goals.
Juan Agudelo might not be suiting up for Stoke City any time in the immediate future, but that has not stopped the free agent forward from signing a deal with the club.
Agudelo announced via his social networks on Tuesday that he has agreed to terms with Stoke despite not being able to play for the Premiership side in the near future because of his inability to secure a work permit in England.
One of Mexican soccer's most colorful characters has moved north of the border.
Former Chivas de Guadalajara and Mexico National Team forward Adolfo "Bofo" Bautista has signed a contract with Chivas USA, marking the first time the 34-year-old will play his club soccer outside of Mexico.
Of the 26 players called into U.S. Men's National Team camp this month, arguably the most surprising call-ups were Luis Gil, DeAndre Yedlin, and Shane O'Neill.
The three members of the 2013 U.S. Under-20 team spent the full season last year with their Major League Soccer clubs and on the back of strong performances for club and country, earned a selection into the senior team camp.
The recent wave of U.S. Men's National Team players returning to American shores is showing no signs of slowing down.
Just days after Michael Bradley and Michael Parkhurst re-joined Major League Soccer on permanent deals, Stoke City midfielder Maurice Edu is reportedly nearing a deal that would send him tothe Philadelphia Union.
A clear favorite has emerged in AC Milan's coaching search: former midfield legend Clarence Seedorf.
The former Dutch international and highly respected soccer player is currently still playing as a midfielder for Botafogo in Brazil, but Milan have had him in mind as a coach for some time and they've already offered him a contract to become the head coach through 2016.
As expected, there's a new Ballon d'Or winner in town.
Snapping Lionel Messi's four-year winning streak, an emotional Cristiano Ronaldo was named the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner on Monday afternoon at FIFA's gala event in their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The second day of the MLS Combine saw some better soccer, at least in the beginning, but by day's end there was definitely a lingering sense that teams are pretty unimpressed with the overall quality on display.
Michael Parkhurst is on his way back to Major League Soccer, but it won't be with his hometown club.
The Columbus Crew announced on Monday that they had acquired the rights of the U.S. Men's National Team defender in a trade with the New England Revolution and signed him, pending the receipt of his international transfer certificate (ITC).
It's amazing how much can change in just five months.
On August 17, Arsenal faced Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in the English Premier League opening game of the season. What happened over the next 90 minutes caused much consternation to the Arsenal faithful and joyous glee to Aston Villa supporters as the visitors rolled over Arsenal 3-1.
It may only be in friendly matches, but Julian Green is continuing to show the goal-scoring ability that is quickly endearing him to Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.
During Bayern's second friendly match of their winter training camp in the Arab Gulf against Kuwait SC, Green received a pass on the left wing, dribbled into the box with his right foot, cut away from goal and a defender and unleashed a blast past three more players into the side netting.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann found a way to add three extra seats for their trip to Brazil this month.
Klinsmann and U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday that they've decided to bring the entire 26-man January training camp squad down to Brazil for a 12-day "dry-run" in Sao Paulo, where the USMNT will be based during the 2014 World Cup.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. It had been a whirlwind 72 hours for Patrick Mullins prior to Sunday, and yet he still managed to have a solid debut at the MLS Combine.
After flying to St. Louis on Thursday andmissing the opening day of the combine to claim a rare second consecutive Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy on Friday, Mullins slept less than he wanted before waking up at early on Saturday to head to South Florida.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. With the first day of the MLS Combine in the books, coaches and general managers from around the league have already begun to tweak and adjust their draft lists as they take note of new faces, and look at players who are either under-performing or standing out.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Christian Dean last played a game at left back more than a year ago, but when a lack of left back options on his MLS Combine team led to him being asked to play there, the University of California defender stepped up to the challenge.
For the first time since 1996, the Hermann Trophy has been awarded to a player for the second consecutive year.
The University of Maryland's Brian Mullins was awarded the 2013 Men's Hermann Trophy on Friday evening at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, becoming only the fifth male player ever to win multiple Hermann Trophies.
Well, that certainly wasn't in anyone's mock draft.
In Friday's National Women's Soccer League expansion draft, the Houston Dash could've selected two players from the U.S. Women's National Team roster but opted for just one â€“ defender Meghan Klingenberg.
When FC Dallas came calling for Oscar Pareja, it was always going to be hard to turn down a return to his former club.
The former Dallas Burn player and long-time FC Dallas assistant returned to the club as their newest head coach on Friday in a deal with the Colorado Rapids, ending an extended transfer saga over his future.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The opening day of the 2014 MLS Combine didn't have many fireworks, but did offer up a chance for several players to jump ahead of the field and boost their stock in the first of three sets of matches over the next five days.
This year's draft is loaded with centerbacks, but it was a couple of attacking players who probably stood out the most on the first day of action.
In recent years, first vs. second clashes in La Liga have usually been installments in the legendary El Clasico rivalry. Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have had a stranglehold of the league table, finishing in the top two spots eight of their last nine seasons.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The 2014 MLS Combine kicks off today as coaches and general managers from across Major League Soccer's 19 teams converge on Central Broward Regional Park for a closer look at the 2014 MLS Draft player pool.
The Combine, spanning over the next five days, will provide teams with some answers about some prospects who could go very high in the first round of Thursday's draft, as well as some lesser-known players trying to play their way into the draft.
Atletico Mineiro have covered up the disappointment of their third-place finish at the Club World Cup by re-signing their star midfielder.
Club president Alexandre Khalil announced on Twitter that Ronaldinho has agreed to sign a new contract with "O Galo (the Rooster)," keeping him at the club as they look to defend their Copa Libertadores crown.
Eric Wynalda is one of the of the most polarizing figures in American soccer. Beloved by some for his time as one of the best players in U.S. national team history. Hated by others who loathe him for his outspoken ways and highly-publicized attacks on other members of the American soccer community.
Tottenham confirmed in a press release that forward Jermain Defoe has completed a transfer to TFC, signing a four-year contract with the club in the multi-faceted deal. Though no transfer fee was disclosed, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment are reportedly paying Tottenham a fee "in excess of $10 million.
Only five points currently separate Clint Dempsey and Fulham from Jozy Altidore and cellar dwellers Sunderland, but that will probably soon change.
Dempsey is set to make his Premiership return on Saturday a little more than five months after leaving to sign with MLS, and will do so against Altidore and the rest of the Black Cats in a match filled with relegation implications.
It's finally official. Michael Bradley is a member of Toronto FC.
AS Roma announced in a press release on Thursday afternoon that they have completed Bradley's transfer to Major League Soccer for a fee of $10 million, two times the amount that Roma paid to acquire Bradley from Chievo Verona in 2011.
The 21-year-old American midfielder was allocated to FC Dallas on Thursday morning in a weighted lottery after signing a contract with Major League Soccer a day prior. Span joins after spending two seasons in Sweden's Allsvenskan with DjurgÃ¥rdens.
The search is over. The man responsible for turning Chivas USA around has been found.
Chivas USA announced on Thursday that they have appointed Wilmer Cabrera as their new head coach. Cabrera joins the struggling Goats after serving as an assistant coach under Oscar Pareja at the Colorado Rapids and has also previously managed the Under-18 and Under-17 U.
Despite being a reported target for multiple head coaching positions this offseason, New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke doesn't believe that assistant coach Robin Fraser is leaving the club any time soon.
Both the Jamaican Football Federation and the Colorado Rapids are reportedly currently considering the Jamaican-American to be their next head coach (with Real Salt Lake also previously showing interest before choosing Jeff Cassar).
The New England Revolution didn't play forward Charlie Davies that much during his loan stint with the club in 2013, but the former U.S. Men's National Team striker will have a second chance to become a major part of his hometown team after the Revs signed him on a free transfer on Thursday.
Marcus Hahnemann will be sticking around his hometown club.
The Seattle Sounders announced on Wednesday that they have re-signed Hahnemann, the veteran goalkeeper who made four regular season appearances for the club in 2013. The 41-year-old Seattle native also started the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals vs.
It took Lionel Messi nearly 30 minutes to score his first goal after making his first appearance in a Barcelona shirt since going down with a thigh injury in early November. It only took him two more minutes to score his second.
The Argentine star scored the final two goals for Barcelona in their 4-0 Copa Del Rey victory against Getafe on Wednesday, highlighting his return with a stellar performance.
Erik Lamela's disappointing start in the English Premier League could be over after just six months.
After making a Â£30 million (nearly $50 million) move from AS Roma to Tottenham last August, Lamela has struggled to settle in London, and is reportedly being chased by a number of clubs in Italy, including Juventus.
Julian Green's confidence is likely sky high after being invited to train with the Bayern Munich first team in Qatar.
The German-American was one of three youngsters invited to join the first team squad on their training camp in Qatar during the Bundesliga winter break, and he was given an additional boost when Bayern sporting director Mathias Sammer said the club has "faith" in him to remain with the first-team.
The MLS Draft is a week away, and as SBI prepares to provide wall-to-wall coverage of both the MLS Combine and MLS Draft, we are kicking things off by having one of the draft's most highly-rated prospects on The SBI Show.
Episode 102 features Maryland star and reigning Hermann Award winner Patrick Mullins on to discuss his preparation for the Combine, his own background, and even who he'd consider taking with the No.
The 2014 Generation Adidas class grew by three on Wednesday with the signings of Christian Dean, A.J. Cochrane, and Damion Lowe.
The trio of junior defenders take the Generation Adidas class to seven ahead of the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, joining goalkeeper Andre Blake, defender Eric Miller, midfielder Marlon Hairston, and forward Schillo Tshuma.
After two days of U.S. Men's National Team training, multiple players and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stopped by U.S. Soccer to talk about the January camp so far.
Major League Soccer standouts Matt Besler, Mike Magee, and Graham Zusi each gave their thoughts on the first camp of the 2014 calendar year, with Magee saying that he plans on proving himself every day to make the final World Cup squad.
Hunter Freeman has two reasons to celebrate today.
The New York Cosmos starting right back is celebrating his 29th birthday on Wednesday, in addition to the club announcing that he has signed a new contract. A source close to the situation told SBI that it is a "multi-year" deal.
If FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke had his way, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would be played in the winter.
In an interview given to radio station France Inter, Valcke claimed that the ideal time for the World Cup to be played in the Persian Gulf nation is beginning in November and ending in either December or January.
Things are going from bad to worse for Manchester United and David Moyes.
Sunderland handed a beleaguered Man United their third straight loss Tuesday night, 2-1, during the first leg of their Capital One Cup semifinals series. Moyes, however, said poor refereeing played a part in denying United a result.
Frederic Piquionne will remain a member of the Portland Timbers.
Piquionne has agreed to a new deal with Portland that will see him return for a second season with the club, the Timbers announced on Tuesday. The 35-year-old forward had just one goal and five assists in 21 league matches, but enjoyed a 12-game stretch from late May-early August that saw him score six goals and assist on six others in all competitions.
Richie Williams has invited 28 youngster to the 2014 spring semester of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program, and the majority of them are returning players.
Twenty-one players familiar with the residency program in Bradenton, Fla. have been summoned again by Williams for the spring semester roster, and they are joined by new additionsMcKenzie Gaines, Eric Matzelevich, AJ Palazzolo, Raheem Taylor-Parkes and Jaret Townsend as well as U-15 Boys' National Team midfielder Jose Carranza and goalkeeper Eric Lopez.
With their chances of an English Premier League title growing dimmer by the week and their elimination from the FA Cup last Saturday, Manchester United enter the first leg of the League Cup semifinals knowing that it could be their best chance at bringing home silverware this season.
The Atlanta Silverbacks are set to experiment with a new kind of soccer management.
The club announced on Tuesday at a press conference that they are eliminating the head coaching position, allowing technical director Eric Wynalda to manage the team while also remaining as an analyst for Fox Sports 1.
There will be even more Brazilian flavor on the LA Galaxy this upcoming season.
The Galaxy announced on Tuesday that they have acquired Brazilian forward Samuel on loan from Fluminense of Brazil's Serie A. The 22-year-old Samuel has spent the past two seasons with Fluminense, and has scored 15 goals in 72 appearances across all competitions.
The race for the 24th MLS franchise was always expected to be an intense one, but few could have envisioned it going down like this.
A Minnesota TV station is reporting that NASL's Minnesota United FC are joining forces with MLB's Twins to explore the possibilities of landing an MLS team in the not-too-distant future, a move that could pit them against the local Vikings of the NFL in the quest to land a franchise in the top tier of American/Canadian soccer.
Lamar Neagle will be staying close to home for the foreseeable future.
The Seattle Sounders announced on Monday that they have signed Neagle to a contract extension after a season in which he shone for the club. The Tacoma, Wash. native scored eight goals and added four assists in 30 games (27 starts) in 2013, and was one of the most improved players in MLS.
Just about six months out from the World Cup, U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is keeping a close eye on how his squad is performing for their clubs.
In an interview with U.S. Soccer, Klinsmann discusses how Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones and Brek Shea are doing and says the next six months will be about evaluating his players from abroad before making "difficult decisions to leave somebody out.
For the third time in as many years, Giuseppe Rossi is facing an extended layoff due to a knee injury.
The American-born forward who has been in fine form this season was at the end of a crunching challenge on Sunday in Fiorentina's 1-0 victory against Livorno, forcing Rossi off the field in the 71st minute.
Back-to-back defending Serie A champions Juventus entered their home stadium Sunday with a five-point lead on an AS Roma side that had not yet tasted defeat in the 2013-14 campaign.
That all changed at the end of the match in Turin.
In what was the biggest match of the Serie A season so far, Juventus rolled over nine-man AS Roma 3-0, ending the capital club's unbeaten run and giving the defending champions an even more commanding lead in their quest for a three-peat.
The Colorado Rapids exceeded expectations in 2013, in large part to the leadership provided by head coach Oscar Pareja. If the Rapids are going to stay on their upward arc, they will have to do so with a different man in charge.
While the Third Round of the FA Cup and the first weekend of the Liga MX Clausura season wrap up Sunday, the headlining match will take place in Italy as Serie A's top two clubs square off in Turin.
First-place Juventus hold a five-point lead over unbeaten, second-place AS Roma heading into Sunday's clash at their home stadium, and they will be looking to avenge Roma's 1-0 victory in their last meeting.
It did not take Clint Dempsey very long to break back into Fulham's lineup.
Just days after his two-month loan with the Cottagers officially began, Dempsey earned a start for the club in a 1-1 FA Cup draw vs. Norwich City. Dempsey was deployed up top, had one shot and went the distance in the third round road match that will now be replayed at Craven Cottage on Jan.
The New Year is here and the countdown to the 2014 MLS Draft winds ever closer. With the Generation adidas class now taking shape, and the first senior signings being made, we are slowly getting a picture of what the MLS draft class will look like.
When U.S. Soccer announced the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the January camp, it was as much about seeing old faces as it was identifying new talent.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann selected a heavily Major League Soccer-based roster, which sees USMNT regulars such as Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan, and Omar Gonzalez return while also giving opportunities to players like Mike Magee and youngsters like Luis Gil, Shane O'Neill, and DeAndre Yedlin.
The first weekend of 2014 is kicked off with an exciting three days of soccer action across the globe, including the return of Serie A, the FA Cup, and Liga MX.
Weary English Premier League clubs head into their fifth game in two weeks as the world's oldest cup competition begins it's third round, with plenty of the lower league teams hoping to take out an EPL side.
Bob Bradley's European dream has become a reality.
After nearly achieving what others though was impossible with the Egyptian National Team over the last two years, Bradley parlayed that experience into his first head coaching job in Europe. On Friday morning, Norwegian Tippeligaen club Stabaek named Bradley as their newest head coach, making the former U.
Sepp Blatter wants diving out of soccer, and he's willing to create new rules to combat it.
The FIFA President addressed the occurrence of diving and simulation in his column in the latest "FIFA Weekly", calling it "deeply irritating" and willing to allow referees more freedom to keep divers off the field once the medical team moves them out of bounds.
The 2014 Generation adidas class has begun to take shape.
MLS revealed the first four members of the 2014 Generation adidas contracts on Thursday night, announcing the signings of Andre Blake (UConn), Marlon Hairston (Louisville, Eric Miller (Creighton) and Schillo Tshuma (Maryland).
The San Jose Earthquakes have announced that they will unveil a new logo and new uniforms on Jan. 30 as part of its 40th Anniversary Party. The party will be held at San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose and is a free event that is open to the public and will include a live concert.
Zach Loyd has spent his entire career at FC Dallas, and that will not be changing any time soon.
FC Dallas announced Thursday that they have re-signed Loyd to a new deal that will keep him at the club that drafted him back in 2010. Loyd's contract expired following the 2013 season, but FC Dallas tendered a bona fide offer to him late in the year and the two parties eventually agreed to terms.