Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2014

USWNT brace for derby against eager Canadian side

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Friendly? Not quite.

The U.S. Women's National Team will open 2014 by hosting Canada for an international friendly match on Friday, and expectations are about as high as they can be for an inconsequential match.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Two players who have raised their stocks in recent weeks will have another chance to do so this weekend.

Against one another.

Oguchi Onyewu and Brek Shea are set to square off in a match between Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley that has plenty of relegation implications.

USL Pro announce 2014 schedule

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By FRANCO PANIZO

USL Pro announced its 2014 schedule on Thursday, and it will run from March 22 to September 7.

Each of the 14 teams in the league will play a 28-game regular season before the playoffs commence, and the top eight finishers in the league's single-table format will reach the postseason.

Union land French midfielder Nogueira

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The midfield overhaul in Philadelphia continues.

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.

Sporting CP exercise option on Montero

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By DAN KARELL

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 €60 million.

Jones discusses move to Besiktas

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Is this the LA Galaxy’s new jersey?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The LA Galaxy look to be keeping the sash. It will just come with a few alterations.

Todosobrecamisetas.com, a website with a history of leaking accurate jerseys before they're released, dropped images on Thursday of what is believed to be the new LA Galaxy home jersey.

Free agent Adu training with Blackpool

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Pulido scores debut hat-trick as Mexico routs South Korea at Alamodome

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A dream debut for Alan Pulido gave Mexico a dream start to their World Cup year.

Pulido inspired El Tri to a 4-0 victory over South Korea with a hat-trick performance in their first match of 2014 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday night.

Thursday Kickoff: Mourinho blasts West Ham; Juninho hangs up his boots; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Jones joins Beskitas via a full transfer

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Pappa returns to MLS, will go through allocation process

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Myers agrees to new deal with Sporting KC

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By TATE STEINLAGE

The final piece of Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup back four will be returning for 2014.

While pen hasn't been put to paper quite yet, Chance Myers has reportedly agreed to terms for a new deal with the club and will be joining the squad in Tucson, Ariz.

The SBI Show: Episode 108 (talking MLS expansion, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Polar Vortex may be freezing over much of the nation, but it isn't keeping MLS Expansion talk from continuing to heat up through the winter.

Episode 108 of The SBI Show takes a look at the latest on the MLS expansion front, including San Antonio's step forward into the mix, and Miami's continued efforts to find a stadium site.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Don't look now, but Jozy Altidore and Sunderland are out of the relegation zone.

Finally.

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).

Must-See Goal: Thiago Alcantara

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Report: Red Bull Arena to host USMNT pre-World Cup friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men's National Team's send-off series will apparently include a stop at Red Bull Arena.

SI.com reported on Wednesday that one of the U.S.'s three friendlies prior to the 2014 World Cup will take place at the home of the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.

Galaxy make history with launch of USL Pro club LA Galaxy II

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By FRANCO PANIZO

An affiliate partnership with a USL Pro team has been all the craze for MLS clubs in recent months, but the LA Galaxy have decided to avoid that trend and start one of their own.

The Galaxy announced on Wednesday the launch of LA Galaxy II, a professional team that will compete in third division USL Pro.

U-20 USMNT to participate in Dallas Cup

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Some of the U.S. Men's National Team's brightest prospects will be on full display in Texas in April.

It was announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will participate in the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup by playing in the 2014 Godon Jago Super Group.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Olave agrees to new deal with Red Bulls

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Report: Beckham, Garber to rally support for Miami soccer-specific stadium next week

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Klinsmann calls Brazil trip “very helpful” for USMNT players

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By DAN KARELL

One of the biggest lessons that U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants to impart on his team is that the 2014 World Cup won't be easy.

Considering that the USMNT has to play Ghana, Portugal, and Germany in their group, it was never going to be an easy proposition on the field alone.

Tuesday Evening Ticker: Liverpool trounce Everton; agent says Rossi won’t need surgery; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Wednesday Kickoff: Arsenal closing in on Draxler; Transfer spending increases; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the second transfer window in a row, Arsenal could go down to the final moments before signing someone.

According to multiple reports in England, Arsenal officials are currently in Germany negotiating the transfer of Schalke 04 attacker Julian Draxler.

USMNT work on mural project in Sao Paulo

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Ream suffers broken nose, likely to miss Bolton’s weekend clash

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Ream is doubtful for Bolton Wanderers' match this weekend, and all because of an apparent foul that happened seconds after kickoff and went unpunished.

Ream suffered a broken nose and had to get three stitches on Tuesday after Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin collided into him in the 15th second of Bolton's 2-1 loss.

Liverpool 4, Everton 0: Match Highlights

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Sporting KC nearing resolution with Myers, open preseason slate with win

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By DAN KARELL

One notable face was missing as Sporting Kansas City kicked off their preparations ahead of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.

Starting right back Chance Myers has remained away from Sporting KC's preseason camp in Tucson, Ariz.

Report: Johnson expected to return to Hoffenheim training on Wednesday

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By DAN KARELL

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.

U.S. U-18s head to Spain for Copa Del Atlantico

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By DAN KARELL

While the U.S. Men's National Team trains in southern California ahead of a friendly match, some of the team's future stars are heading to the Canary Islands.

Ahead of their debut at the world-renowned Copa Del Atlantico, U.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Even with all of the story lines happening in English soccer this week, the focus shifts to Merseyside for the latest installment of the Liverpool derby.

Last November, the two clubs played to an incredible 3-3 draw at Goodison Park and this time around there could be plenty of fireworks as well.

Shea extends Barnsley loan until April

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By DAN KARELL

Brek Shea has decided to extend his stay with Barnsley for another two months instead of returning this week to Stoke City.

After two league starts for Barnsleyand a goal in a friendly match, the club announced that they have extended Shea's loan from Stoke City for two more months, up to April 3.

Zusi, Klinsmann recap USMNT Brazil trip, preview South Korea friendly

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Red Bulls invite ten trialists to preseason camp including Ecuadorian international Ibarra

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Ticker: Nguyen extends with Revolution; Timbers part ways with Silvestre; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After bouncing around from club to club, Lee Nguyen has found a home with the New England Revolution.

The veteran midfielder signed a contract extension with the Revolution on Tuesday as he heads into his third season with the club.

Report: Garber to meet with San Antonio officials about potential MLS expansion bid

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Report: Beckham to begin stadium negotiations with Miami-Dade county

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By DAN KARELL

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.

SBI’s USMNT 23 for 2014 (January 2014 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The first month of the new year has nearly flown by, and as we prepare for the first U.S. Men's National Team match of 2014, there has been little true movement on USMNT depth chart in recent months.

There are players struggling, like Jozy Altidore, and players dealing with injuries, like Fabian Johnson and his broken hand, but the actual projected 23-man U.

Tuesday Kickoff: Wenger to sign new Arsenal deal; PSG agree transfer for Cabaye; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Arsenal's longest serving manager is set to remain in London for life.

At a press conference to announce Arsenal's latest jersey sponsor Puma, Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis revealed that Arsene Wenger has agreed to stay with Arsenal into the future and sign a new deal.

Union sign Edu as Designated Player on season-long loan

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Red Bulls acquire Eckersley in trade with TFC

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By DAN KARELL

After adding centerback Armando last week, the New York Red Bulls shored up another position of need in a trade on Monday with Toronto FC.

The Red Bulls acquired right back Richard Eckersley from TFC in exchange for a fourth round selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, announced both clubs.

Whitecaps confirm Beitashour deal, sign Ballouchy

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Chivas USA add former Charlotte Eagles defender Okiomah

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Ticker: Edu closer to Union loan move; D.C. United stadium facing more opposition; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The long and winding Maurice Edu transfer saga could soon be coming to an amicable end for all parties involved.

After weeks of negotiations, Goal USA is reporting that the Philadelphia Union are nearing the acquisition of Edu on a 12-month loan deal with an option to buy.

Shea scores in Barnsley friendly

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Liga MX Round 4: A Look Back

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By DANIEL PRICE

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.

Monday Kickoff: Totti talks up Roma title chances; Riquelme resumes training; and more

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By DAN KARELL

AS Roma may be five points behind Juventus, but that's not letting club legend Francesco Totti dream of winning the Scudetto.

While Juventus slipped up last Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Lazio, Roma secured a crucial road win against top-six side Hellas Verona, winning 3-1.

European Weekend Rewind: Bayern shutout Mönchengladbach; Man City rally after early scare; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Bayern Munich's dominating march toward the Bundesliga title has picked up right where it left off last month.

After a month-long winter break from Bundesliga action, the defending champions of Europe and Germany traveled to third-place Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

U-17 USMNT take home Aegean Cup title

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time in two months, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team have won a tournament title.

Facing host nation Turkey in the final of the Aegean Cup, the U.S. U-17s put in another strong performance to take home the title, defeating Turkey 2-1 behind goals from Joe Gallardo and Haji Wright.

Onyewu goal pushes 10-man Sheffield Wednesday on in FA Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu's move to Sheffield Wednesday is looking like a stroke of genius right about now.

For the second straight week, Onyewu made an impact for the Owls but this time it came via a game-winning goal in an FA Cup tilt with fourth division Rochdale.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Chandler nets winner as relegation-threatened Nurnberg grab first victory of season

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Zero wins in more than half a season.

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.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Zelalem makes Arsenal debut in FA Cup

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv to host USMNT vs. Ukraine

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team now know where they'll take the field when they face Ukraine on March 5.

Earlier this week, the Ukraine Football Federation agreed to play the friendly match at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in the eastern portion of the UEFA nation.

Klinsmann sends five home, adds Parkhurst to USMNT squad to face South Korea

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Earthquakes announce signings of Barklage, Francis, Meredith

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By DAN KARELL

Though they were in the works for a while, the San Jose Earthquakes made official three new signings for the upcoming Major League Soccer season.

The Earthquakes announced on Friday the signings of right back Brandon Barklage, left back Shaun Francis, and goalkeeper Bryan Meredith.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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By TIM FONTENAULT

It took a hard fought win against a bitter North London rival, but Arsenal made it through to the last 32 in the FA Cup.

The Premier League leaders will open this weekend's fourth round play with a match Arsenal takes on Coventry City at the Emirates Stadium ,after defeating Tottenham on Jan.

Rodriguez, O’Hara among USWNT call-ups for friendlies vs. Canada, Russia

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By DAN KARELL

Tom Sermanni's latest U.S. Women's National Team roster marks the return of two players who haven't played for the Stars and Stripes in more than a year.

The USWNT head coach selected a squad of 24 players to take on Canada next Friday and Russia in two friendlies in February, and the roster includes forward Amy Rodriguez and left back Kelley O'Hara.

The SBI Show: Episode 107 (talking MLS preseason, recapping the MLS Draft, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Major League Soccer's pre-season kicks off today, as the first of the league's 19 teams begin to report for the start of a new campaign, meaning an end to the ever-shrinking MLS off-season.

On Episode 107 of The SBI Show we discuss the return of MLS, as well as looking back at the 2014 MLS Draft.

U-17 USMNT draw with Scotland, will face Turkey in Aegean Cup final

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By DAN KARELL

Even though there wasn't much on the line, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team still earned a positive result in their final group stage match.

A second-half goal by Joe Gallardo was enough for the U-17s on Thursday as they drew 1-1 with Scotland.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

While the Bundesliga and FA Cup return to action this weekend, some of the best story lines in this weekend's soccer action can be found in Italy.

Serie A leaders Juventus travel back to Rome's Stadio Olimpico for the second time in the last five days with a match against Lazio.

Report: Sporting KC reject offer for U.S. U-18 defender Palmer-Brown

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By DAN KARELL

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.

NASL Ticker: Fury sign former Crew draft pick; Sandoval returns to Silverbacks; and more

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By DAN KARELL

A former Canadian youth international is returning to his roots in Ottawa.

Ottawa Fury FC announced the signing of former Columbus Crew defender Drew Beckie to a one-year contract, taking their total roster to 11 players ahead of the 2014 North American Soccer League season.

Liga MX Round 4: A Look Ahead

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By DANIEL PRICE

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 weekend's action kicks off on Friday evening in the Estadio Corregidora, where Querétaro host Santos Laguna in a repeat of last season's Liguilla quarterfinal.

Friday Kickoff: UEFA reveal pots for Euro 2016; Mourinho confirms Mata transfer; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Belgium are one of the eight seeded teams at the 2014 World Cup but they find themselves outside the top nine seeds for the2016 European Champions.

UEFA revealed on Friday the six pots ahead of Euro 2016 draw next month, and pot one includes Spain, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, but surprisingly not Belgium.

European Weekend Preview: First-place Bayern hit the road; FA Cup action continues; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The Bundesliga will return from a month-long break with a bang this weekend as Germany's defending champions visit one of the hottest teams in the league.

First-place Bayern Munich are on track for a successful defense as they hold a seven-point lead heading into the second half of the league campaign.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore may have recently celebrated Sunderland's advancement in the Capital One Cup, but he is still looking to break a scoring drought that dates back to early December.

He should have a good chance to do that this weekend.

Sunderland will turn their attention from one cup to another on Saturday, as they host Kidderminster Harriers of England's fifth division in an FA Cup tilt.

Whitecaps enter affiliate partnership with USL Pro’s Battery

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Are there enough big personalities in American soccer?

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By IVES GALARCEP

Have you ever found yourself wondering where the big personalities are in American soccer? The players who know how to work a camera, and turn a phrase, and generate attention in the mainstream?

If so, you're not alone. I wondered the same thing in a recent column for Goal.

A video tour of USMNT’s World Cup training site in Sao Paulo

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Sacramento Republic FC partner with Timbers, Earthquakes for upcoming season

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By DAN KARELL

USL Pro expansion team Sacramento Republic FC haven't kicked a ball yet but they've already reached landmark deals with two Major League Soccer clubs.

Sacramento Republic announced at a press conference on Thursday that they have agreed to partner with both the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers of MLS for the 2014 season.

Canada planning to bid for 2026 World Cup

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Canada is dreaming big. World Cup big.

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.

Pitbull teaming with J. Lo, Claudia Leitte to sing official World Cup song

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The catchy and addicting World Cup song you will likely have on repeat this summer will be sung by a pair of U.S. pop music stars and Brazilian singer.

It was announced Thursday that rapper Pitbull will team up with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte to comprise the official 2014 World Cup anthem "We Are One".

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A pair of Americans may have found the back of the net in cup matches this week, but those performances were not the only noteworthy ones.

A week after making his Atlante debut, Jonathan Bornstein made another appearance by starting and going the distance in the club's 2-0 Copa MX victory over Merida.

MLS clubs set to kick off preseason this weekend

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By DAN KARELL

It has only been 46 days since the MLS Cup final but this coming weekend represents the start of preseason for a number of teams ahead of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.

Nearly every MLS team will be heading for warm-weather locations such as Tucson, Ariz.

Red Bulls sign Spanish centerback Armando

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Red Bulls can cross off signing a third centerback from their to-do list.

The Red Bulls announced on Thursday morning that they have signed Spanish defender Armando, who joins the club after most recently playing for Spanish second division side Cordoba.

Falcao out of World Cup with torn ACL

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The worst fears of Colombian National Team fans were realized on Thursday with the news that star forward Radamel Falcao will miss the 2014 World Cup with a torn ACL.

The AS Monaco striker suffered the injury in a fourth-round Coupe De France match against fourth-division side Chasselay on Wednesday, with an ugly tackle from behind doing the damage.

Gentile, Francois enter waiver draft after leaving school, signing with MLS

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Indy Eleven sign former Hoosiers Ring and Ambersley, bring roster to ten players

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Thursday Kickoff: Juve reject record bid for Pogba; Ribery doubtful for next Bayern match; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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 €70 million transfer bid from Paris Saint-Germain for Pogba.

Wednesday Evening Ticker: Falcao suffers “serious” injury; Sunderland top Man United in PKs; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Wynalda, Silverbacks forge new approach to club soccer management

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By DAN KARELL

Is this position necessary?

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.

The 2014 MLS Draft: Team Rankings

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Toronto FC partner with Wilmington Hammerheads for 2014 season

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By DAN KARELL

Taking advantage of the partnership between Major League Soccer and USL Pro, Toronto FC have agreed their own partnership with a USL Pro club.

The clubs announced on Wednesday that TFC and the Wilmington Hammerheads have partnered together on a one-year deal.

Davis hopes to take advantage of final World Cup opportunity

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Orlando City add Alvarez as second MLS player signing

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By DAN KARELL

Orlando City Soccer Club have brought back a former club hero to be their second MLS player signing

Former Orlando City midfielder Yordany Alvarez has agreed to sign with the club for their 2015 inaugural Major League Soccer season.

Cherundolo trains on his own due to “persistent knee problems”

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By DAN KARELL

Steve Cherundolo's chances of playing at the 2014 World Cup could be in jeopardy.

Multiple outlets in Germany reported on Wednesday morning that the 34-year-old right back trained individually at Hannover's training ground due to "persistent knee problems.

Arriola nets again for Dorados in Copa MX

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Talk about deja vu.

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.

Monday Kickoff: Man United closing in on Mata transfer; Inter pull plug on Guarin-Vucinic deal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

David Moyes is ready to open up the checkbook to keep his club's place in the UEFA Champions League next season.

With Juan Mata remaining second choice for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, speculation has increased that Manchester United is nearing a deal for the Spaniard.

Johannssson on target for 20th goal of season, inches closer to Altidore’s scoring record

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The goal-scoring record Jozy Altidore set last season is looking more and more attainable for Aron Johannsson.

Johannsson scored in a second consecutive match on Tuesday, netting an insurance goal in AZ Alkmaar's 2-0 KNVB Cup victory vs. Roda JC to lift his season total across all competitions to 20.

Report: Cosmos set to send Lewis on loan to Whitecaps

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

38 players chosen in final 2014 MLS SuperDraft rounds

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

USMNT host luncheon for local media in Sao Paulo

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Dynamo land Cascio from Rapids via first Intra-league loan

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

2014 MLS Draft (Day Two Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 MLS Draft resumes today, with the third and fourth rounds taking place via Conference Call as all 19 teams look to fill out their rosters ahead of training camp.

There is quite of bit of talent still available on the board, particularly among defensive midfielders, as well as some forwards worth a flyer.

MLS Ticker: Real Salt Lake sign Rowdies standout Mulholland, Whitecaps make deal with Crew, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

U-17 USMNT rout Norway to keep rolling in Aegean Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A good start has evolved into a great one for the Under-17 U.S. Men's National Team.

A day after beating France in its Aegean Cup opener, the U.S. routed Norway, 5-2, in its second Group B game on Tuesday.

Feilhaber’s return to Brazil, USMNT

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The SBI Show: Episode 106 (Talking the USMNT’s Brazil camp, the Andre Lewis saga, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Anelka charged by FA; Man United want Cavani; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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[1]," which states that Anelka made a "gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.

Monday Evening Ticker: Guarin, Vucinic set for shock switch; Barca unveil Camp Nou plans; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Juventus' midfield just got even more talented.

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.

Report: Union’s Valdes nearing loan to San Lorenzo

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By DAN KARELL

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.

DeMerit signs new contract with Whitecaps

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By DAN KARELL

With all the uncertainty surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps this offseason, fans can take solace that their captain is sticking around for next season.

The club announced on Monday afternoon that they've re-signed captain Jay DeMerit to a new contract.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Everton: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

USWNT’s Rapinoe ends Lyon contract early to spend full season with Reign

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Megan Rapinoe is coming home.

Rapinoe has ended her contract with Olympique Lyon in France's top league and will join Seattle Reign FC for the start of the 2014 season, the club announced Monday.

"I've decided to leave Lyon. I feel like I can't really pinpoint one specific reason," Rapinoe said in an interview recorded before the announcement.

Gallardo, Pulisic score as U.S. U-17s open Aegean Cup with win vs. France

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team couldn't have asked for a better start to the Aegean Cup.

Facing four-time defending champions France in the opening match of the international Under-16 tournament in Turkey, the U.

USMNT top Sao Paulo in second scrimmage of Brazil tour

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By DAN KARELL

For the second time on their 12-day Brazilian tour, the U.S. Men's National Team squared off against their hosts Sao Paulo FC, with a positive result the second time around.

U.S. Soccer reported on Monday morning that the USMNT had defeated Sao Paulo by a score of 2-1.

U.S. Under-17 head coach Williams prepares for Aegean Cup

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time in 2014 the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team are heading abroad for an international tournament, the Aegean Cup.

Head coach Richie Williams has selected a 20-man squad for the Aegean Cup (Jan.

Must-See Goal: Lucas Ocampos

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Monday Kickoff: Champagne enters FIFA race; Torres suffers knee injury; and more

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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.

Liga MX Round 3: A Look Back

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By DANIEL PRICE

Barely a month has passed since Club León 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 Peña 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.

European Weekend Rewind: Eto’o leads Chelsea over Man United; Levante hold Barcelona; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Agudelo joins Utrecht on loan for remainder of season

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

It looks like Juan Agudelo has sorted out where he will be playing in Europe this year.

The 21-year-old forward announced via his social networks on Saturday that he will be joining Eredivisie side FC Utrecht on loan from Stoke City for the remainder of the season.

Johannsson scores in AZ’s first game back from winter break

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After Arsenal and Manchester City's home victories on Saturday, the pressure is on Chelsea to maintain their pace in the title race with a victory against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's unbeaten 2013-14 home record and their recent streak of success against the Red Devils will both be on the line as a desperate Man United squad comes to town.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Three of the top four teams in the English Premier League are at home on this Soccer Saturday as the tight race for the title continues.

First-place Arsenal will look to make it five league wins in a row Saturday as they host struggling Fulham at Emirates Stadium.

Whitecaps’ draft pick Lewis signs with Cosmos

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Red Bulls land targeted right back with selection of Wake Forest’s Duvall

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Whitecaps sell Camilo for “multi-million dollar” fee

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By DAN KARELL

Camilo Sanvezzo's bizarre transfer saga has finally come to an end.

The Vancouver Whitecaps made the news official on Friday, selling their leading goalscorer Camilo to Liga MX club Querétaro for a "multi-million dollar transfer fee," with numerous reports claiming the final fee is $1.

Galaxy add homegrown signings, foreign winger could be on the way

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By DAN KARELL

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.

USL Pro partners with YouTube to provide free live streaming

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By DAN KARELL

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 SBI Show: Episode 105 (with special guests John Hackworth and Andre Blake)

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By IVES GALARCEP

PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia Union stole the show at the 2014 MLS Draft, and leading the team's outstanding showing was the first player taken in the draft, UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake.

In Episode 105 of The SBI Show, we talk to Blake about being the No.

USMNT falls in first of two scrimmages with Sao Paulo

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team took part in a closed-door scrimmage on Thursday against Sao Paulo FC, and while not much was originally known about what occurred, news is starting to trickle out.

Following the match on Thursday morning, U.S. Soccer reported that 24 of the 26 players in the USMNT squad saw the field during the 90 minute match and that the USA were defeated, 2-1.

Dunn selected first on frantic NWSL college draft day

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Henry stars in latest Puma shoe ad

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Earthquakes sign Thompson as Homegrown Player

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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.

MLS expected to announce Beckham’s expansion plans in February

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Liga MX Round 3: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Friday Kickoff: Wenger hints at contract extension; Chelsea linked with Costa; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Arsene Wenger's contract at Arsenal comes to an end at the close of the season, but the Frenchman hinted that he could remain on the Emirates Stadium sideline into the future.

Nearly six months ago, some Arsenal fans were calling for the veteran manager to be sacked as the club continues a seven-year search for silverware.

Union enjoy stellar MLS Draft, led by top pick Blake

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Must-See Goal: Lionel Messi

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Neymar suffers sprained ankle, could miss at least three weeks

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By DAN KARELL

Just as Lionel Messi returned to the starting lineup for Barcelona, his teammate Neymar could be facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

The young Brazilian winger suffered a gruesome injury in the 22nd minute of Barcelona's match against Getafe as his ankle gave away while trying to send a cross into the box.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Aron Johannssonn went on an absolute tear during the first half of the Eredivisie season, finding the back of the net in bunches and almost always proving to be a threat against opposing defenses.

Now, he will look to do more of the same.

Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar return from their winter break and kick off the remainder of their campaign on Saturday with a home game against NAC Breda, and the U.

Petke pours cold water on Xavi, Drogba rumors

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

European Weekend Preview: Chelsea host Man United; Atletico face red-hot Sevilla; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

When Chelsea and Manchester United met at Old Trafford in the second weekend of the English Premier League season, the match was billed as a early clash between two high-powered title favorites.

While Chelsea are still very much in the hunt for the trophy, a lot has changed for the defending champions since that scoreless draw back in August.

Garber touches on Edu negotiations, Camilo saga, and more during MLS SuperDraft

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2014 MLS SuperDraft may have dominated much of the talk in American and Canadian soccer circles on Thursday, but it was not the only topic grabbing headlines.

MLS commissioner Don Garber met with reporters in Philadelphia during the three-hour draft to discuss a bevy of topics regarding the league right now, including the ongoing negotiations with U.

MLS SuperDraft: Blake selected first overall but defenders, trades steal the headlines

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By DAN KARELL

With a bevy of defensive players available, the 2014 MLS SuperDraft lived up to the expectations as the "Year of the Defender".

The Philadelphia Union swapped picks with D.C. United and selected UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake with the No.

NASL releases fall season schedule

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By DAN KARELL

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.

2014 MLS Draft (SBI Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Bronx residents voice opinions over potential NYCFC stadium

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

England to face Ecuador, Honduras in World Cup tune-ups in Miami

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England will be holding more than just their pre-World Cup camp in Miami, as they will be competing in a pair of friendlies against other teams bound for Brazil as well.

Relevent Sports announced on Thursday that England will take on both Ecuador and Honduras in World Cup tune-ups at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

Thursday Kickoff: Rooney could be out another three weeks; Xavi set for Barca milestone; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United's hopes to finish in the top four took a blow with the latest report on Wayne Rooney's comeback from injury.

The 28-year-old forward has been out since New Year's Day with a groin injury and according to English newspaper The Guardian, Rooney could miss a further three weeks due to the injury.

NASL Ticker: NASL to charge for live streaming; FC Edmonton sign two; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Buried beneath a press release about their redesigned website was a change that could cause some consternation from fans of the North American Soccer League

Starting this season, the NASL will begin to charge fans $5 dollars per month to view live and archived games online.

The SBI MLS Mock Draft (Version 4.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

USMNT remain at No. 14 in first FIFA Rankings of 2014

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By DAN KARELL

There was no movement within the top 25 as FIFA released their first World Rankings in 2014.

The U.S. Men's National Team remained at No. 14 for the second consecutive month with 1,019 points. The biggest movers in the top 100 were Egypt (up 10 places to No.

Union sign new Designated Player Maidana

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By DAN KARELL

The Philadelphia Union went into the offseason searching for a new playmaker and they may have just found one.

With preseason just a few weeks away, the Union announced the signing of their newest Designated Player, Argentine midfielderCristian "Chaco" Maidana on a free transfer.

The SBI 2014 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 4.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Fire and Sounders swap draft picks and more in three-player deal

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Timbers ink Gallego to Homegrown player contract

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By DAN KARELL

The fourth and final move of the day for the Portland Timbers managed to be a historic one.

For the first time in Major League Soccer history, the Portland Timbers have signed a player to a Homegrown player contract despite that player coming up through a different academy system.

Bowen agrees to terms with Sounders

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By DAN KARELL

After negotiating for more than a month, Tristan Bowen is officially a member of the Seattle Sounders.

The club announced the news on Wednesday afternoon that the first-ever Homegrown signing in the history of Major League Soccer had come to terms on a new contract.

Report: USMNT to play Ukraine in March friendly

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By DAN KARELL

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is taking his squad to Eastern Europe for their final FIFA-international date match before the final World Cup squads will be announced.

According to a press release on the Ukrainian Football Federation's website, Ukraine will host the USMNT on March 5, in a city and stadium to be determined later.

SBI’s Top 5 2014 MLS Combine performers

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Torres scores game-winner for Tigres in Copa MX

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Timbers sign Argentine pair Fernandez, Paparatto, send Valencia on loan

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Klinsmann calls Bradley and Dempsey’s return to MLS “huge” for American soccer

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By DAN KARELL

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.

USWNT to face Russia in Atlantla for second game in mini-series

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Women's National Team is finally heading to Atlanta.

For the first time in the USWNT's 29-year history, the team will host a friendly against Russia in Atlanta on at 7:30 pm on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Bowl.

Mullan signs new deal to remain with Rapids

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By DAN KARELL

For Brian Mullan, there's no place like home.

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.

Bradley, agent reveal details of how TFC transfer transpired

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By DAN KARELL

While Jermain Defoe's transfer to Toronto FC was slowly reported over the last few months, news of Michael Bradley's stunning return to Major League Soccer seemingly came out of the blue.

And according to Bradley's agent Ron Waxman, that perception isn't far from the truth.

FIFA selects American referee Geiger to work World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Arriola scores in Dorados Copa MX win

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Wednesday Kickoff: UEFA reveals team of the year; Arsenal increase interest in Draxler; and more

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By DAN KARELL

UEFA released their fan-voted team of the year, and just like the FIFPro World XI, it contains several players from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Both Madrid and Bayern have four players included on the UEFA Best XI, lead by Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery.

U.S. U-18s top U-17s in scrimmage

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By DAN KARELL

At the end of their January camp, Javier Perez's U.S. Under-18 squad took on Richie Williams's U-17s in a friendly scrimmage in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Though the U-17s took an early lead, the older and more experienced U-18s showed over the course of the match that they were the better side.

Agudelo signs with Stoke, loan deal looming

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Chivas USA complete signing of “Bofo” Bautista

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By DAN KARELL

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.

O’Neill, Gil, Yedlin discuss experience in first USMNT camp

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Union “putting finishing touches” on Edu signing

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Fire bring back Atouba, Kelley on new deals

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By FRANCO PANIZO

They may not have played much in 2013, but Yazid Atouba and Kellen Gulley will be with the Chicago Fire this season.

Chicago announced on Tuesday that it has re-signed Atouba, a 21-year-old Cameroonian midfielder, and Gulley, a 19-year-old American forward.

MLS Ticker: Union acquire White and top allocation in trade; Crew land Jimenez and draft pick; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With Maurice Edu reportedly on the market for clubs in Major League Soccer, the Philadelphia Union has made a move that jumped them to first in the line for Edu's services.

The Union announced on Tuesday morning that they've acquired the top MLS allocation spot and defender Ethan White from D.

Report: NYCFC eyeing Xavi as potential DP signing

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By FRANCO PANIZO

New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis said earlier this week that he intends to have three Designated Players on his team when it starts playing in MLS next year.

We now know who one of them might be.

According to a report from the Telegraph, NYCFC are looking into the possibility of making star Barcelona midfielder Xavi their marquee signing ahead of the 2015 MLS season.

The SBI Show: Episode 104 (with special guest Michael Bradley)

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by IVES GALARCEP

Toronto FC kicked off a new era on Monday with the introduction of marquee signings Michael Bradley and Jermain DeFoe, a pair of signings that have shaken up the MLS landscape.

On Episode 104 of The SBI Show, we speak to Bradley and discuss his big move from AS Roma to TFC, and get his take on returning to the league where his pro career began 10 years ago.

2014 MLS Combine (Day Three Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The final day of the 2014 MLS Combine takes place today as teams from around MLS look to put the finishing touches on scouting this year's MLS Draft pool.

Today is also the last day for players to make good impressions, whether to reinforce the good word done over the past few days, or to overcome struggles of the first two match days.

Report: Timbers signing Argentine centerback

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By DAN KARELL

The Portland Timbers found success last season when signing Diego Valeri from Argentina and they're hoping to replicate that success in 2014 again.

According to a report in Diario Ole in Argentina, veteran Tigre defender NorbertoPaparatto is on his way to Portland after a deal was agreed between the two clubs.

Monday Evening Ticker: Dos Santos shines in Villarreal victory; Arsenal win at Aston Villa; and more

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By DAN KARELL

While Giovani Dos Santos' form for El Tri has suffered in recent months, his club form with Villarreal has been sky high.

On Monday afternoon, Dos Santos had arguably his best game in a Villarreal shirt, scoring two goals and assisting on two others in his team's 5-1 rout of UEFA Champions League side Real Sociedad.

Tuesday Kickoff: Seedorf offered two-year Milan contract; Schalke preparing for Draxler departure; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Franco showing well at MLS Combine at natural right back spot

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. This year's fullback draft class may be shallow, but there is at least one player at that position who has really upped his stock thus far at the 2014 MLS Combine.

That player is Marco Franco.

Franco will enter the final day of the combine on Tuesday as one of the more consistent performers from the first two rounds of matches in South Florida.

NWSL Ticker: Portland nabs top player Angerer; LeBlanc heads to Chicago; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The National Women's Soccer League is now home to the two best female soccer players on the planet.

German National Team goalkeeper Nadine Angerer announced Monday she will play for the Portland Thorns this coming season – and then hours later, she was named FIFA World Player of the Year.

Ronaldo wins second FIFA Ballon d’Or, future Thorns goalkeeper named Women’s World Player of the Year

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Combine: Match Day Two Observations

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Crew sign Parkhurst after shipping first-round pick and cash to Revolution

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By DAN KARELL

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).

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Ticker: Galaxy sign Canadian veteran Friend; Fire ink new Homegrown signing; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Bruce Arena has recruited another veteran forward to play alongside Robbie Keane next season.

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced on Monday that they've signed Canadian international Rob Friend on a free transfer, pending the receipt of his international transfer certificate (ITC).

Green scores again for Bayern Munich in friendly win vs. Kuwait SC

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By DAN KARELL

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.

TFC confirm Bradley signing, introduce him and Defoe at press conference

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By DAN KARELL

When Michael Bradley stepped on the stage at Real Sports Bar and Grill in Toronto, it was confirmation that his $10 million transfer to Toronto FC was complete.

The 26-year-old U.S. Men's National Team starter was introduced to media and fans on Monday morning alongside fellow Designated Player signing Jermain Defoe at a press conference set up by TFC.

Klinsmann brings full USMNT camp squad to train in Brazil

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By DAN KARELL

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.

After whirlwind few days, Mullins delivers equalizing assist in solid MLS Combine debut

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Monday Kickoff: Milan sack Allegri; Ronaldo tipped to win Ballon d’Or; and more

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By DAN KARELL

AC Milan's shocking defeat on Sunday against minnows Sassuolo was the final straw forMassimiliano Allegri.

The Italian giants, who now sit 11th in the Serie A table in a historically bad campaign, announced on Monday that they have parted company with Allegri and his staff.

Augsburg, Parkhurst mutually agree to terminate contract

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By DAN KARELL

Michael Parkhurst's year-long stay at FC Augsburg has finally come to a close.

After struggling to earn playing time over the past 12 months at the Bundesliga club, Parkhurst and Augsburg mutually agreed to dissolve his contract, paving a way for the U.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard and Everton just cannot stop riding the wave of good form they are currently on.

The Toffees picked up their latest victory of the Premiership season on Saturday, defeating Norwich City, 2-0, to finish the weekend in fifth place in the league standings.

European Weekend Rewind: Barca, Atletico stay level draw; Liverpool defeat Stoke in shootout; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Saturday's highly anticipated clash between first-place Barcelona and second-place Atletico Madrid was supposed to determine who would be the team to beat in the second half of the La Liga season.

Separation at the top of the table will have to come some other time.

2014 MLS Combine (SBI Day Two Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The second day of the 2014 MLS Combine kicks off today and the hot and sunny conditions should help provide a stiff test for the players looking to impress MLS scouts today.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today's action so please feel free to follow the action here.

Must-See Goal: Alessandro Florenzi

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Manchester City can return to the top of the English Premier League for at least a temporary basis Sunday with a victory on the road against Newcastle United.

With Arsenal facing Aston Villa on Monday, Man City can leap both the Gunners and new first-place club Chelsea with three points today from their trip to St.

Birnbaum eager for Day 2 of MLS Combine after busted lip cuts opening performance short

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Steve Birnbaum cannot wait for Day 2 of the MLS Combine for a couple of reasons.

First, he felt he was still in the process of shaking off the customary cobwebs that come from the offseason and holidays weeks. Second, his initial outing was cut shorter than he envisioned.

SBI 2014 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 3.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Onyewu signs short-term deal with Sheffield Wednesday

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu's search for playing time will be keeping him in England.

Onyewu has signed a short-term deal with Sheffield Wednesday aftera brief three-month stint with fellow Championship club Queens Park Rangers in which he did not see the field.

Is this the USMNT’s new World Cup home jersey?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A World Cup year means new jerseys for most if not all nations set to participate in the tournament.

This might be the U.S. Men's National Team's.

Toodosobrecamisetas.com, which has a history of correctly leaking U.S. jerseys, released images on Saturdayof what is believed to be the new U.

Top prospect Dean has rough first day at MLS Combine

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

The end result?

Report: MLS set to cash in on improved TV deal, though NBC Sports Group not involved

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By DAN KARELL

Major League Soccer is deep in discussions for a new national television deal, but they may be losing one of their partners.

According to a report in Goal.com, NBC Sports Group has pulled out of the bidding for the next MLS national TV contract, ending their relationship with the league following the 2014 MLS season.

Mullins, Brian, named 2013 Hermann Trophy winners

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By DAN KARELL

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.

NWSL: Dash take just one USWNT player in surprising expansion draft

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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 – defender Meghan Klingenberg.

Kreis makes bold statement in introduction as NYC FC head coach

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By DAN KARELL

NEW YORK New York City FC may not have a stadium or any players, but Jason Kreis has guaranteed that he will field a winning team.

The former Real Salt Lake head coach was formally introduced today as NYC FC's first head coach in franchise history ahead of their inaugural season in 2015 in Major League Soccer.

Pareja named FC Dallas head coach after deal with Rapids

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Combine: Day 1 Observations

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

A monumental clash in La Liga headlines this Soccer Saturday of action as first-place Barcelona visit second-place Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

Atletico have posted nine wins in nine home matches this season, and they trail defending champions Barcelona on goal differential alone heading into Saturday's clash in Madrid.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

The Premier League returns this weekend, but the world's eyes turn to Spain this weekend with Barcelona visiting Atletico Madrid.

La Liga-leading Barcelona have Lionel Messi back in tow but they face one of their toughest tests of the season at the surgingColchoneros on Saturday.

Liga MX Round 2: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

While week one was lacking in big-time matches, week two brings a number of must-see games for Liga MX fans to keep an eye on.

Leading the bunch are perennial top teams Cruz Azul and Santos Laguna facing off, with both La Maquina and Los Guerreros looking for their first win of the Clausura campaign.

European Weekend Preview: First-place Barca visit second-place Atletico; Hellas Verona face Napoli; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Orlando City make Molino first MLS signing

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

Orlando City Soccer Club still have more than a year to go before they officially kick a ball in Major League Soccer, but that hasn't prevented them from making their first signing.

After being named 2012 USL Pro's Most Valuable Player, Orlando City SC officially announced that midfielder Kevin Molino has signed a multi-year deal, making him the first MLS signing in club history.

2014 MLS Combine (Day One Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

MLS making statement to USMNT players playing abroad

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By FRANCO PANIZO

With Michael Bradley on his way, it is becoming more and more evident that MLS is becoming a top destination for U.S. Men's National Team players.

A current look at MLS's landscape will show you that. You have, among others, U.

Friday Kickoff: Ronaldinho extends with Mineiro; Real Madrid, Bayern chase Pogba; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

The SBI Show: Episode 103 (with special guest Eric Wynalda)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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 announce Defoe transfer to TFC

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By DAN KARELL

Watch out MLS: Toronto FC are for real.

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Roma confirm Bradley transfer to TFC for $10 million

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Ticker: FC Dallas win Span lottery; TFC sign DeRo, Homegrown player; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Brian Span has found a new home.

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 Djurgårdens.

Wilmer Cabrera named Chivas USA head coach

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Green scores winner in Bayern Munich friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It may not have have officially counted, but Julian Green's game-winning goal is sure to give him some confidence ahead of the second half of the Bundesliga season.

Green got on the scoresheet in the first half of Bayern Munich's winter friendly vs. Sudanese outfit Al-Merrikh, setting the tone for a 2-0 victory on Thursday.

Red Bulls Notes: Red Bulls not contacted yet over Fraser; Looking to add CB depth; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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).

Shipp agrees to Homegrown deal with Fire

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Chicago Fire have signed Notre Dame forward Harrison Shipp to a Homegrown Player deal, the club announced on Thursday.

Shipp joins the Fire after a four-year collegiate career that was punctuated with the Fighting Irish's first NCAA College Cup title.

Revolution sign Davies on a free transfer

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

What do you think about Bradley’s reported move to Toronto FC?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The news that took American and Canadian soccer circles by storm on Wednesday is one of great debate.

Ever since it was reported that Michael Bradley was leaving AS Roma to join MLS and Toronto FC, fans in North America have expressed a wide range of viewpoints on the move.

Sounders re-sign Hahnemann

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Wednesday Evening Ticker: Messi marks return with brace; Bayern chairman favors schedule shift; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Thursday Kickoff: Juventus chase Lamela; Del Bosque backs Casillas; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Erik Lamela's disappointing start in the English Premier League could be over after just six months.

After making a £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.

Span signs with MLS, to be allocated in weighted lottery

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By DAN KARELL

A former American Abroad in Sweden has decided to further his career in Major League Soccer.

The league announced on Wednesday evening that 21-year-old midfielder Brian "Cobi" Span had signed a contract with the league and will be allocated in a weighted lottery on Thursday at 10am.

Green training with Bayern Munich first team during winter training camp

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Ticker: Cassar names coaching staff; Irwin aspires to improve after Everton training stint; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Despite hiring an inexperienced head coach to replace Jason Kreis, Real Salt Lake went for experience with four assistant coaching hires that know Major League Soccer inside and out.

RSL announced today that head coach Jeff Cassar has added Andy Williams, Daryl Shore, Craig Waibel, and Paul Dalglish as assistant coaches to round out the RSL coaching staff.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

It's been nearly two months since he's seen the field, but Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is finally ready to return to the pitch after recovering from a thigh injury.

The Argentine star was named to the Barcelona squad for their Copa Del Rey match today against Getafe and could make his first appearance since Nov.

Report: Bradley on verge of leaving Roma for Toronto FC

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By DAN KARELL

According to one of American soccer's most prominent soccer pundits, Toronto FC are set to unveil one of the most shocking signings in club history.

While plenty of attention has been heaped on the chase to sign Jermain Defoe, ESPN's Taylor Twellman said on Wednesday that U.

The SBI Show: Episode 102 (with special guest Patrick Mullins)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

D.C. United signs Canadian international Attakora

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

D.C. United is bringing in a Canada international as part of its off-season reshaping.

United has signed defender Nana Attakora who was selected in the 2nd round of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft, the club announced Tuesday.

MLS sign three more to 2014 Generation Adidas class

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By DAN KARELL

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.

NWSL: Dash’s expansion draft leaves USWNT players exposed

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Let the stealing begin.

The list of players up for grabs in the National Women's Soccer League's Friday expansion draft was released Wednesday, with the Houston Dash having plenty to pick from.

Unprotected players include a few U.

Klinsmann, USMNT players recap first days of training camp

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By DAN KARELL

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.

NASL Ticker: Freeman agrees new deal with Cosmos; Scorpions acquire Restrepo; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Wednesday Kickoff: FIFA’s Valcke backs winter World Cup; Former pro Hitzlsperger comes out; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Report: Orlando City could move USL Pro team in 2015 to Louisville

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time ever, Louisville could become the home of a USL Pro franchise.

Orlando City Soccer Club minority owner Wayne Estopinal is in talks to bring the club's USL Pro franchise to his home in the Louisville area in 2015, according to a report in the Courier-Journal.

Sunderland stuns Man United in first leg of League Cup semis

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

Timbers sign Piquionne to new deal

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Earthquakes bring in Harris from Rapids, Pierazzi from Ligue 1

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The San Jose Earthquakes are continuing their off-season rebuilding with two big midfield moves.

The Earthquakes have acquired Atiba Harris from the Colorado Rapids for midfielder Marvin Chavez and made the signing of French midfielder Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi official, the club announced Tuesday.

Williams names 28 players to U-17 USMNT Spring Residency roster

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Sunderland vs. Manchester United: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Brooks sidelined up to two weeks with knee injury

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By FRANCO PANIZO

This was surely not the way John Brooks wanted to start out the new year.

Hertha Berlin announced on Tuesday that Brooks is set to miss 10-14 days of their winter camp after picking up a medial ligament sprain in his left knee during Monday's training session.

NASL Ticker: Wynalda to manage Silverbacks from afar; Szetela signs Cosmos extension; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Galaxy land Brazilian forward Samuel on loan

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Minnesota United joining forces with Twins to compete with Vikings for MLS expansion spot

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Liga MX Round 1: A Look Back

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By DAN KARELL

Round one of the 2014 Liga MX Clausura has come and gone, and not much has changed from the Apertura campaign.

Club America opened a lead at the top of the league table with a dominating 3-0 victory at home in Antonio Mohamed's club debut, while Queretaro and Toluca each recorded wins as well.

Neagle signs contract extension with Sounders

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Messi back in game-day squad; Walcott to miss World Cup; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Following a 58-day absence, Lionel Messi has returned to Barcelona's game day squad.

On Tuesday, Barcelona head coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino included Messi in Barca's 18-man squad for Wednesday's Copa Del Rey match against Getafe, which could mark Messi's return earlier than expected.

MLS Ticker: Whitecaps push back on Camilo move; Earthquakes look to sign Ligue 1 midfielder; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

So, Camilo Sanvezzo to Liga MX's Querétaro? Not so fast.

The Vancouver Whitecaps came out hard against photos Querétaro tweeted Monday showing Camilo wearing a Querétaro jersey, with Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi calling it "unacceptable and inappropriate.

Must-See Goal: Barak Yitzhaki

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USWNT sets friendly against Russia in Florida

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The calendar for the U.S. Women's National Team is filling up fast as they plan to face Russia in next month.

The USWNT will host Russia at 3:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.

It's unclear what to expect from Russia as the USWNT has not faced the Russians in more than a decade.

CONCACAF releases Champions League quarterfinals schedule

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The path to the the CONCACAF Champion's League knockout stage is now a little bit clearer.

The quarterfinal schedule of the current Champions League competition is now set, with the Major League Soccer contingent getting started off against a trio of strong Liga MX sides March 11 and 12.

Queretaro announce Camilo signing, but Whitecaps insist no deal is done yet

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

After plenty of speculation about Camilo Sanvezzo's next move, it appears he is set to leave Major League Soccer for Liga MX.

Querétaro's official Twitter account posted Monday a picture of Camilo in the club's jersey giving a thumbs up sign with the caption, "And Camilo Sanvezzo greets our fans.

Klinsmann evaluates the club performances of his USMNT squad

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

The SBI Show: Episode 101 (with special guest Matt Besler)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New Year is hear and it's time to get The SBI Show back and rolling into 2014 in style.

Episode 101 of The SBI Show features a look at the upcoming U.S. Men's National Team training camp, and we bring in one of the revelations of last year's January camp, Matt Besler, to talk about it.

Report: Onyewu set to leave Queens Park Rangers

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Could Oguchi Onyewu be on his way to Major League Soccer?

Onyewu is set to leave the Queens Park Rangers when his contract expires in the next couple weeks, team manager Harry Redknapp reportedly told media.

"Oguchi's still here and is fit, but I think he's looking to move now," Redknapp said.

Report: De Rosario to sign with Toronto FC

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Dwayne De Rosario is heading home.

De Rosario is apparently set to sign a new contract with Toronto FC this week, according to a report out of Canada.

De Rosario had been selected by TFC in the second stage of the MLS re-entry draft last month, but his addition to the squad was never quite assured.

NWSL Spotlight: Rodriguez readies comeback with USWNT, Kansas City

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

A-Rod is back.

U.S. National Team forward Amy Rodriguez has been away from soccer for a year, but the surest sign that her comeback has begun is all in a name.

"It actually is nice to be called A-Rod again," Rodriguez told SBI last month from her first camp back with the USWNT in California.

Monday Kickoff: Rossi suffers knee injury; Blatter hits out at Brazil WC preparations; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

European Weekend Rewind: Juve thrash Roma; Swansea knock out Man United from FA Cup; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore may not have found the back of the net in his first start in 2014, but he did manage to make an impact.

Altidore helped Sunderland pick up a positive result on a weekend that was full of FA Cup matches, assisting on the final goal in the Black Cats' third round 3-1 victory over Carlisle United.

The SBI 2014 MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 MLS Draft is less than two weeks away and chances are that, if you're an MLS fan, you are already thinking about just what sort of players your team could grab up in Philadelphia on Jan. 16.

In the latest installment of The SBI 2014 MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.

The SBI 2014 MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 MLS Draft is less than two weeks away and chances are that, if you're an MLS fan, you are already thinking about just what sort of players your team could grab up in Philadelphia on Jan. 16.

In the latest installment of The SBI 2014 MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.

Pareja steps down as Rapids head coach

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Dempsey makes Fulham return in FA Cup tie vs. Norwich City

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The second North London Derby of the season headlines a busy Saturday of FA Cup and domestic league action in the world of soccer.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will take a break from their busy English Premier League schedules to face off in the Third Round of the FA Cup, England's top cup competition.

U.S. Soccer announces rosters for U-20 and U-18 camps

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By DAN KARELL

With the start of the new year, both U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos and U-18 head coach Javier Perez are hard at work identifying the next crop of U.S. internationals.

Both Ramos and Perez are holding training camps starting today in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Lingering injury sidelines Morgan from USWNT training camp

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

U.S. Women's National Team coach Tom Sermanni has called up 28 players for a camp next week – but superstar striker Alex Morgan won't be there, due to an injury of growing concern.

Morgan had injured her left ankle during training in October, but returned to play as a sub in a Nov.

Sources: Notre Dame’s Waldrum named Dash’s first head coach

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The first head coach of the Houston Dash is the University of Notre Dame's Randy Waldrum under a three-year contract, sources have confirmed to SBI.

Waldrum, a native of Irving, Texas, has served as head coach for Notre Dame women's soccer since 1999, racking up an impressive all-time record of 279-50-16.

The SBI 2014 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 2.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

One thing is clear.

Klinsmann discusses USMNT roster selections for January camp

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By DAN KARELL

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.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Liga MX Round 1: A Look Ahead

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By DAN KARELL

It seems like the Apertura season only ended a few days ago, but today marks the official start of the 2014 Liga MX Clausura season.

On December 15, Club Leon were crowned Liga MX champions with a resounding victory at Estadio Azteca, but they'll have their hands full with trying to hold on to the title during the Clausura season.

Uncapped Magee headlines 26-man USMNT roster for January camp

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By DAN KARELL

After winning MVP honors on the back of 21 goals in his 11th Major League Soccer season, Mike Magee has finally received a coveted USMNT call-up.

Three days into the World Cup year, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named an MLS-heavy squad of 26 players set to take part in the annual January camp.

NWSL allocates 26 USWNT players, including Press to Red Stars

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The National Women's Soccer League announced Friday its 2014 group of allocated players from the U.S., Canada and Mexico and, as always, there are some winners and losers.

The biggest prize of the allocation may be forward Christen Press, who will join the Chicago Red Stars.

Guenzatti signs extension with Cosmos

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By DAN KARELL

One day after signing a North American Soccer League Best XI player, the New York Cosmos re-signed a player that they hope could develop into one in the next few years.

The Cosmos announced on Friday that they have signed local product Sebastian Guenzatti to a contract extension.

European Weekend Preview: Juve host Roma; North London derby headlines FA Cup action; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After a holiday weekend off, Serie A returns to action this Sunday with a bang a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup between back-to-back defending champions Juventus and still-unbeaten AS Roma.

With most of the week's Italian action happening Monday, Juventus and AS Roma will take center stage at the end of the league's Sunday tripleheader.

NWSL Ticker: Germany’s Angerer to sign soon; Canada’s Scott may leave for UK; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

German goalkeeper and FIFA women's Player of the Year finalist Nadine Angerer is joining the National Women's Soccer League.

Asked this week by a German news website where she will play in the NWSL, Angerer said: "I still cannot say because the contract is not signed and it's still not quite final.

Bradley named head coach of Stabæk

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Bradley discusses what makes Stabæk special

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Friday Kickoff: Blatter slams divers; Mourinho rules out Higuain signing; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brek Shea started the new year with the kind of playing time he had long been yearning for, and he might not have to wait much longer to earn some more.

Shea could play in his second game in four days as Barnsley host Coventry City in an FA Cup match on Saturday.

Blake and Tshuma among four players to MLS Generation adidas deals

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By IVES GALARCEP

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).

Whitecaps deny report of Camilo leaving for Liga MX

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Is Camilo Sanvezzo leaving Major League Soccer? Not according to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Whitecaps are denying a report from ESPN Deportes that alleges Camilo is joining Liga MX club Queretaro.

"There is no truth to the rumour," the Whitecaps said in an issued statement Wednesday.

Red Bulls, Holgersson mutually agree to part ways

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By FRANCO PANIZO

One of the lone remaining players from the Hans Backe era is no longer a member of the New York Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls announced on Thursday that they and Markus Holgersson mutually agreed to part ways.

Reports: Bradley set to be named manager at Stabaek

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Bob Bradley's long-rumored courtship with Norwegian first-division side Stabaek appears to be ready to reach a positive conclusion, with the club set to name its new manager on Friday.

According to reports out of Norway, Bradley looks set to take the Stabaek job, which would make him the first American to manage in a European first division league.

Earthquakes to unveil new logo, uniforms

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Out with the old, in with the new.

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.

Loyd re-signs with FC Dallas

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Cosmos sign NASL Best XI striker Denissen

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Cosmos bolstered their front line on Thursday, signing 2013 NASL Best XI forward Hans Denissen.

The reigning NASL champion Cosmos announced Thursday that they signed Denissen to a contract that will see him play for the club during the 2014 campaign.

Sources: Red Bulls trio called into U-20 USMNT camp

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will gather for a camp in Florida later this week, and the New York Red Bulls will be well represented.

Sources have told SBI that the Red Bulls trio of Amando Moreno, Matt Miazga and Santiago Moreno have been included by Tab Ramos in a U-20 camp that is set to begin in Sarasota on Friday.

Jones to miss upcoming Qatar trip, wants out at Schalke

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The new year might bring a new place to call home for Jermaine Jones, whose days at Schalke appear to be all but over.

Schalke released a statement on their official website on Thursday that said Jones would not partake in their upcoming trip to Qatar to prepare for the second half of the Bundesliga season.

The SBI Show: Episode 100 (With special guests Tim Howard, Terrence Boyd and Andrew Farrell

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By IVES GALARCEP

The end of 2013 also marked another milestone for us at SBI. We also completed episode 100 of The SBI Show and we definitely marked the milestone in style.

Episode 100 features three guests to commemorate our centennial show.

Thursday Kickoff: Lewandowski to take Bayern medical; Chelsea lose Lampard to injury; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Though nothing has been officially confirmed, the world's worst kept secret of Robert Lewandowski's free transfer next summer to Bayern Munich is continuing to go ahead as planned.

Now with less than six months remaining on his contract, the Borussia Dortmund star is free to negotiate a new contract with any team he wishes.

Shea begins short loan to Barnsley with start

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Brek Shea needed to make a move from Stoke City in order to find some playing time, and the Potters granted Shea's wish by sending him to Barnsley on a short loan that began with a start on Tuesday.

Shea played 75 minutes in Barnsley's 1-1 tie vs. Birmingham City, starting a one-month loan with his most significant playing time since making the move to England a year ago.

Americans Abroad: New Year’s Day Rewind

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Brad Guzan and Aston Villa ended 2013 in disappointing fashion, going winless in their past five, but they have started the new year in style with an important victory to kick off 2014.

Guzan made one save on the day as Aston Villa posted a 1-0 victory on the road against Jozy Altidore and Sunderland.

2013 USMNT Year in Review: Video Highlights

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The SBI Show: Episode 100 (With special guests Tim Howard, Terrence Boyd and Andrew Farrell

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By IVES GALARCEP

The end of 2013 also marked another milestone for us at SBI. We also completed episode 100 of The SBI Show and we definitely marked the milestone in style.

Episode 100 features three guests to commemorate our centennial show.

Happy New Year (and Happy Birthday to SBI)

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Happy New Year everybody. It is a special day for us at SBI as well because today marks the sixth anniversary of our independent launch.

Yes, today is SBI's sixth birthday.

As we embark on our seventh year in business we will look to keep improving on bringing you soccer news and analysisfrom the United States and the world.