U.S. Men's National Team fans continue to grow concerned about the form of key national team attackers Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, but two younger options continue to give those same fans, and Jurgen Klinsmann, something to think about.
Terrence Boyd scored his 14th goal in all competitions, and ninth league goal of the season, in Rapid Vienna's 6-3 loss to Austrian champion Red Bull Salzburg.
American fans woke up on Sunday morning hoping to see one of their favorites potentially lift a trophy, but by the time the Capital One Cup Final was over, those fans were only left with questions about one of the U.S. Men's National Team's most important players.
Jurgen Klinsmann has had to deal with lingering concerns about whether the USA-Ukraine friendly would actually be played given the political drama playing out in Ukraine, but now Klinsmann is dealing with worrying about just who he will have available to play in the match if it actually winds up being played.
PORTLAND, Ore.-The Rose City Invitational wrapped up Saturday at Providence Park with the San Jose Earthquakes earning a victory and the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps playing to a hard-fought draw.
Real Madrid will look to continue their run as one of the hottest sides in the world Sunday when they visit the Vicente Calderon for another match with in-city rivals Atletico Madrid.
The attacking tandem of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are coming off a marvelous six-goal performance against Schalke 04 in Champions League play, and the high-powered Real Madrid offense could lead the way to a six-point lead over third-place Atletico with a road victory.
The Vancouver Whitecaps had a relatively quiet off-season in terms of additions this winter, but the past week has seen the club make some serious moves that have increased the reason for optimism for the club which was forced into selling a Golden Boot winner.
For many U.S. Men's National Team players, next Wednesday's friendly match represents their final opportunity to make the USA's World Cup squad.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann included not only a mixture of youth and experience in his 24-man squad for the match against Ukraine, but also players such as Oguchi Onyweu, Tim Ream, Danny Williams, and Juan Agudelo, who have not been consistent players in the National Team program in the past 12 months.
Now that Jurgen Klinsmann has chosen his roster for next week's friendly against Ukraine, we can start considering the possibilities for a starting lineup to help Klinsmann answer some questions about his player pool.
There are several regular starters in the squad, but also enough new faces to provide a different flavor to the group Klinsmann ultimately settles on to start.
The U.S. Men's National Team's roster for the upcoming friendly against Ukraine has several faces making their returns to the USMNT mix after long layoffs, and several players looking to move up Jurgen Klinsmann's depth chart.
Episode 116 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the U.
For many U.S. Men's National Team players, next Wednesday's friendly match represents their final opportunity to make the USA's World Cup squad.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann included not only a mixture of youth and experience in his 24-man squad for the match against Ukraine, but also players such as Oguchi Onyweu, Tim Ream, Danny Williams, and Juan Agudelo, who have not been consistent players in the National Team program in the past 12 months.
Jermain Defoe's arrival in Toronto will have to wait until next week.
The 31-year-old soon-to-be TFC forward was called-up to the England National Team for their friendly match against Denmark next Wednesday at Wembley Stadium. Defoe's inclusion in head coach Roy Hodgson's 30-man squad seems to indicate that he still has a chance to make England's World Cup squad.
San Antonio is not the only city in Texas with reported MLS aspirations.
According to a report from the Austin Chronicle, a local project group that may include Austin Aztex founder David Markley is ramping up efforts to build a soccer-specific stadium and bring an MLS expansion team to the city.
NASL will be adding more teams to its postseason format this year.
NASL announced on Thursday that four teams will reach the postseason in 2014 as opposed to two like in last year's edition. The four clubs will comprise of the NASL Spring and Fall Season champions and the two sides with the next best overall records from the two seasons combined.
As far as players who resonate in American soccer go, few can match up to Freddy Adu and that is why NASL commissioner Bill Peterson is not against the idea of seeing the youngster playing in North America's second division.
Peterson touched on the topic of Adu potentially joining NASL on Thursday in the wake of comments made by Atlanta Silverbacks head coach Eric Wynalda to SI.
The Europa League is back in action Thursday with the second leg of the competition's Round of 32.
Tottenham Hotspur look to rebound from a 1-0 defeat at the hands of DniproDnipropetrovsk, as Spurs host the Ukrainian side at White Heart Lane. Toronto-bound Jermaine Defoe will be honored at half-time, despite not being able to play due to a hamstring strain.
The search for a new home for Carles Puyol is on, and New York could be the potential destination.
According to a report from Spanish outlet Marca, Puyol has decided that he will not be staying at Barcelona beyond this season and is exploring the possibility of joining either the New York Red Bulls or New York City FC.
Midfielder Daigo Kobayashi becomes the latest Vancouver Whitecaps player to join the New England Revolution from the Canadian club in the last two years, joining Lee Nguyen and Brad Knighton in Foxborough.
Soccer might not be the most physical sport, but a recently-released study is suggesting that heading a soccer ball over a long period of time could lead to serious brain damage.
Researchers at Boston University discovered the first documented case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, in a former soccer player, according to a piece in the New York Times.
PORTLAND, Ore.- For the three MLS teams competing in Portland this week, the second night of the Rose City Invitational was a night to look at players trying to either break into their team's starting lineup or to solidify their spot on the roster.
All that talk of Real Madrid struggling in Germany can be put to rest after Wednesday's performance.
Real Madrid continued theirstunningform with a wild 6-1 victory over FC Schalke 04 in a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchup, highlighted by a brace apiece from Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Christiano Ronaldo.
Beginning in 2015, the Tulsa Roughnecks FC will be the second professional soccer team in the state of Oklahoma.
After it was announced that Tulsa will be getting a USL Pro franchise, the choosing of the name of the team was left to fans, with 50 percent opting for Roughnecks, paying homage for the original Tulsa Roughnecks that played in the NASL from 1978-1984.
A venue in Cyprus for the upcoming U.S. Men's National Team match against Ukraine has been announced.
After agreeing to move the match out of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv due to civil unrest, the Ukrainian Football Federation announced on their website that the match will be held in Larnaca at the AntonisPapadopoulos Stadium, a 10,230-seat capacity stadium that's home to Cypriot clubAnorthosis Famagusta.
A pair of UEFA Champions League clashes will take center stage Wednesday afternoon, as Didier Drogba and Galatasaray will take on Drogba's former club, Chelsea, while Real Madrid will welcome back Cristiano Ronaldo against Schalke 04.
Galatasaray enter Wednesday's match-up with Chelsea on an 11-match unbeaten streak, having not lost since a November 27 meeting with Real Madrid.
MLS continued to put its mark on Chivas USA, which it purchased last week from former owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes, with the announcement Wednesday that former league executive Nelson Rodriguez is the club's new president.
Rodriguez recently served as the league's executive vice president of competition, technical and game operations and was the public face of the Disciplinary Committee after it was created in 2012.
Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen will have to be careful when Jermain Defoe arrives at the club.
Ahead of what would have been his final game in a Tottenham uniform,Defoe was ruled out of Tottenham's Europa League second-leg match against FC DniproDnipropetrovsk on Thursday with a hamstring injury.
Freddy Adu's bid to join a new club in 2014 has suffered a setback.
After spending the last three weeks training with English League Championship side Blackpool, Adu was not offered a contract to play with the team for the rest of the season, according to the Blackpool Gazette.
On the same day that his federation revealed that the scheduled friendly against the U.S. Men's National Team would be moved to Cyprus, Ukraine head coach Mykhaylo Fomenko revealed his roster for the match.
Veteran midfielders Anatoliy Tymoschuk and Oleh Husyev headline a 26-man Ukraine squad that is loaded with domestic players.
Bayern Munich have some competition ahead if they want to keep hold of midfielder Thomas MÃ¼ller.
The impressive 24-year-old midfielder has been linked with a summer move to FC Barcelona, according to German publication SportBild. The report states that Barcelona presidentJosep Maria Bartomeu has "given the green light" for the club to move forward on the transfer.
The 2014 MLS season less than two weeks away, and teams putting the finishing touches on their rosters, so it's time to take a look at the teams that have done the most to improve their rosters heading into the new campaign.
Bayern Munich are coming to the United States, and not just for this summer's MLS All-Star Game.
Bayern announced on Tuesday that they will open their first overseas subsidiary, FC Bayern Muenchen LLC, on April 1 in New York. The German heavyweights will have a three-person staff in a Manhattan office, and they will be tasked with growing the club's brand and establishing connections.
With the 2014 MLS season less than two weeks away, the transactions are starting to fly as teams put the finishing touches on their rosters for the upcoming season, and The SBI Show breaks down the latest maneuvers making the rounds.
Episode 115 of The SBI Show discusses some of the recent high-profile maneuvers, including Philadelphia's acquisition of Austin Berry, and FC Dallas' signing of Uruguayan forward David Texeira.
We are just three months away from Jurgen Klinsmann selecting his 23-man roster for the World Cup, and as much as the picture is a relatively clear one right now, plenty can change in the coming months.
Fans of the U.S. Men's National Team can finally mark down in their calendars where they can watch the team at the 2014 World Cup.
ESPN announced on Monday that they will televise all three of the U.S. Men's National Team's group stage matches on their main channel, ESPN, along with 40 other matches on that channel and another 11 games shown on ESPN2.
The New York Red Bulls enter the 2014 season fresh off of a Supporter's Shield winning campaign. However, there is a major elephant in the room for the franchise entering the regular season, as star forward Thierry Henry begins the final year of his contract.
U.S. Women's National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has selected a veteran squad to feature at the Algarve Cup in Portugal next month.
Though he's still far from decidingwhat his potential World Cup 2015 squad will be, Sermanni on Monday named a 24-player squad for the annual international competition featuring a number of regulars in the team such as Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone, and Hope Solo.
D.C. United officially announced today that Leidos,a national security, health, and engineering solutions company, will become the official sponsor for the club.
The details of the deal between the MLS club and Leidos have not been completely revealed, but the agreement between the two sides is for multiple years and Leidos will be the official jersey sponsor for the Black and Red.
Daniel Luduena scored a brace as Pumas UNAM beat Club America 3-1 in the Clasico Capitalino.
The Argentinian opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a well-taken goal. Javier Cortez drifted in from the right-wing and laid a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Luduena, who used his instep to bend a shot past Munoz in the America net.
Lionel Messi may have notched another landmark goal Saturday, but the superstar forward and his Barcelona teammates were unable to hold onto their league lead at the end of 90 more tough minutes at the Anoeta.
Barcelona fell 3-1 to fifth-place Real Sociedad on Saturday as the defending champions surrendered their lead atop the La Liga table.
PORTLAND, Ore.- The first night of the Rose City Invitational saw two very different matches Sunday night, as the San Jose Earthquakes knocked off the host Portland Timbers in an extremely physical game typical of the regular season matches between the two Western Conference clubs.
With each match the U.S. Women's National Team plays, the roster for the 2015 World Cup and qualifiers later this year feels that much closer. But how close is coach Tom Sermanni to having his squad picked out?
"Not that close, to be honest," Sermanni told SBI via phone before embarking on a three-game tour that ended in Atlanta earlier this month.
Though qualifying for UEFA Euro 2016 won't begin until September, the European governing body conducted their 53-team draw on Sunday morning.
The Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Germany, England, Greece, Russia, Italy, and Portugal were the top seeded teams in Group's A through I, respectively, with the most interesting group off the bat looking like Group B.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. â€” The Columbus Crew continued their winning preseason winning ways on Saturday, converting a late penalty kick to knock off the Philadelphia Union in the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
Federico Higuain converted an 87th-minute penalty kick after Ryan Finley drew the PK by being fouled by Union defender Amobi Okugo.
FC Dallas bolstered their forward line considerably on Friday with the acquisition of Uruguayan forward David Texeira.
FCD announced the signing of the former Groningen striker after securing his services as a young Designated Player. His arrival comes soon after FC Dallas also picked up Colombian forward/midfielder Andres Escobar on loan from Dynamo Kiev.
After a road loss to Manchester City last weekend knocked them out of the FA Cup, Chelsea will look to stay in pole position for the English Premier League title against an Everton side that got the best of them earlier this season.
The Blues fell 1-0 to USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton at Goodison Park earlier this season, but they have risen to the top of the EPL table since their loss on Merseyside.
As the 2014 MLS season approaches, New England Revolution star Diego Fagundez prepares to play the final season of his teens, and he stands to shatter every record the league has for production by a player in their teenage years.
His outstanding 2013 season, which saw him register 13 goals and seven assists, is the best season put together by a teenager in league history, which raises the question.
After some exciting midweek UEFA Champions League action, the focus returns to the world's respective domestic leagues.
It seems like ages ago since Chelsea and Everton last faced off, but it was only last September. A first-half stoppage-time goal from Steven Naismith provided the difference on that occasion, but five months later these are two different teams.
Expansion was such an afterthought following the announcement that MLS bought Chivas USA on Thursday that league commissioner Don Garber had to subtly remind reporters that they could ask about the popular topic during a conference call.
After yet another controversial mid-season managerial change this week, with Jose Guadalupe Cruz being unceremoniously fired by Monterrey on Tuesday afternoon, attention now turns back onto the pitch for Round Eight of the Liga MX.
The biggest game of the weekend is undoubtedly the Mexico City â€˜Super Clasico' in the Estadio Azteca between Club America and Pumas UNAM.
Two weeks after announcing the participants of the 2014 International Champions Cup, the competition's organizers have provided additional details for this summer's tournament.
The ICC has placed Manchester United with Real Madrid, AS Roma, and Inter Milan in Group A and Manchester City with Liverpool, Olympiacos, and AC Milan in Group B, with matches taking place in 13 cities across the U.
The news so many MLS fans have been clamoring for is here: MLS has purchased Chivas USA.
The league announced on Thursday afternoon its purchase of Chivas USA from owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes. The struggling LA club will be operated by MLS in 2014, but is expected to be sold to one of several interested owners in the coming months and rebranded ahead of the 2014 season.
It may have just been a coincidence, but the fact that Freddy Adu's first public comments in months came out on the same day that Julian Green sent the U.S. Men's National Team fan base buzzing by agreeing to train with the USMNT seemed to suggest that there was a lesson to be considered.
Barcelona has some explaining to do, and maybe even some paying.
A Spanish court has charged the Spanish heavyweights with tax fraud of $12.5 million over the transfer of Brazilian star Neymar in the summer of 2012. Barcelona has denied the charges, but Sandro Rosell recently left his post as the club's president over the allegations.
Sporting Kansas City hit the trading block Wednesday, agreeing to a deal with the New England Revolution for forward Teal Bunbury.The move sends the 23-year-old forward to the Revolution in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 Major League Soccer Super Draft and allocation money.
Duane Holmes has struggled to find the field consistently for Huddersfield Town this season despite showingglimpses of quality, but he will now have an opportunity to do so elsewhere. At least, momentarily.
Holmes has been loaned by Huddersfield to fellow Championship club Yeovil Town on an emergency one-month loan that runs until March 23.
In Arsene Wenger's mind, Arsenal's match on Wednesday night against Bayern Munich was over in the 37th minute.
The French manager, on the losing end of a 2-0 scorline with the German and European champions, said following the game that refereeNicola Rizzoli's decision to showWojciech Szczesny a red card, "killed the game.
Federico Higuain got the Columbus Crew started with a 10th-minute goal Wednesday against Toronto FC and they didn't let up in a 3-1 victory in the opening game of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Fla.
Higuain sent a curling free kick past Toronto's newly acquired Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who was seeing his first action in a Reds jersey, to send the Michael Parkhurst-captained Columbus squad to their second preseason victory in as many games.
Veteran MLS defender and former U.S. national team member Heath Pearce has joined the Montreal Impact's preseason training camp in Orlando, Fla., the club announced Wednesday.
Pearce, who was released by the New York Red Bulls at the end of the 2013 season after undergoing season-ending hip surgery during the summer, has not signed a contract with Montreal but is eligible to play in the upcoming Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic preseason tournament, the team said.
For the second consecutive year, Bayern Munich's path to UEFA Champions League glory travels through north London.
After winning back some momentum last Saturday, Arsenal look to overcome their recent fatigue against the defending European and German champions as they meet Bayern Munich onWednesday eveningat the Emirates Stadium.
JJ Koval's transition from Stanford University to the nearby San Jose Earthquakes is now complete with Wednesday's announcement that the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 SuperDraft has been signed by the Quakes.
It's MLS preseason tournament time, and a meeting of Cup champions will highlight the early proceedings as action kicks off today and runs through next week.
Cup champions Sporting Kansas City will meet the Supporters' Shield holders New York Red Bulls in the six-team Disney Pro Soccer Classic at Orlando'sESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 3 pm(streaming live at SportingKC.
Lionel Messi and Dani Alves goals sent Barcelona to a 2-0 away victory Tuesday and left Manchester City in perilous position heading into their home tie of UEFA Championship League round of 16 action at Etihad Stadium.
Controlling the proceedings from the onset, Barca's advantage was helped considerably with the sending off of City defender Martin Demichelis that resulted in a Messi penalty.
If the terrifying images of the violent clashes between government protestors and police in Kiev have caught your eye, it might have crossed your mind that the U.S. Men's National Team is playing in Ukraine in just three weeks.
As of Tuesday afternoon, that match is still on despite the political unrest.
The UEFA Champion League knockout rounds kick off on Tuesday with the tastiest match up of the Round of 16 as FC Barcelona travels to England to take on Manchester City.
The Citizens enter as underdogs, but will like their chances of pulling off an upset against a Barcelona side riding the confidence that comes with their recent 6-0 drubbing of Rayo Vallecano over the weekend.
Nothing has changed in the four days since news first broke on Julian Green's decision to join the U.S. Men's National Team for a March training camp, but with some misinformation floating around, it's a good time to catch people on what has transpired.
Green has committed to spending two days training with the USMNT in Frankfurt ahead of the March 5 friendly against Ukraine.
St. Louis is often mentioned by soccer fans across the country as a city they would like to see win an MLS expansion franchise, but a lack of owners willing to invest in a club has prevented that from happening.
The first international fixture date of the new year is just three weeks away, and with Jurgen Klinsmann having committed to a European-based roster for the March 5 friendly against Ukraine, trying to identify the roster has become a bit of a tricky proposition.
The expansion NASL team in Jacksonville has a name.
The club announced on Tuesday that its name will be Jacksonville Armada FC and unveiled its logo. The team name pays tribute to the city's rich Spanish heritage and strong military connection, and was chosen following a fan competition and survey that invited soccer fans in the region to offer suggestions.
When Jurgen Klinsmann voiced his concerns about the lack of Americans playing in the UEFA Champions League, questioning whether a lack of self belief wasn't to blame, there were mixed reactions to his assessment.
Bright Dike was looking at 2014 as a potential dream season. As a member of Toronto FC's revamped squad, he was looking like the perfect complement to new forwards Jermain DeFoe and Gilberto. With the Nigerian national team, he had realistic hopes of possibly playing his way into a place on the World Cup squad.
FIFA's last deadline for Brazil's World Cup stadiums to be ready has finally arrived.
With members of each of the 32 qualified nation's technical staffs meeting this week in Florianopolis, FIFA's staff will be in Curitiba to announce on Tuesday whether the southern Brazilian city will indeed remain a host city.
Earlier today, Steven Goff of the Washington Post reported that D.C. United is nearing a deal with Leidos Inc. as the club's primary sponsor.
Leidos, which used to be known as Science Applications International Corporation (or SAIC), operates asa government contractor, specializing in national security, health and an engineering solutions company.
Jonathan Spector's injury problems could finally be in the rear mirror.
The American defender is set to play for the Birmingham City Under-21s on Monday against Sheffield United, in what will be Spector's first match since last October. Spector has remained on the sidelines with a thigh muscle injury after missing large portions of last season with similar thigh problems.
It may just be two days of training, but Julian Green's decision to join the U.S. Men's National Team for a brief training camp in March has USMNT fans buzzing about the prospects of the Bayern Munich prospect playing for the USA.
Episode 113 of The SBI Show kicks off talking about the Green news, and what it means.
Last weekend, Liverpool stunned English Premier League fans with a 5-1 rout of then-league leaders Arsenal at Anfield. Today, the Reds will look to repeat that performance at Emirates Stadium as they take on the Gunners in the FA Cup Fifth Round.
After the big loss at Liverpool and a disappointing home draw with struggling Manchester United, Arsenal could use a home win to keep themselves alive in another trophy chase and grab some momentum ahead of next week's Champions League matchup with Bayern Munich.
If you are a U.S. Men's National Team fan who had grown frustrated by Clint Dempsey's lack of minutes during his loan to Fulham, you probably wondered whether a coaching change might help the U.S. star get on the field.
The coaching change has happened, but it probably won't change things much for Dempsey.
While the English Premier League takes a break this weekend, the legendary FA Cup returns with a couple of must-watch games.
For the second time in a week, Arsenal face Liverpool, who thrashed the Gunners, 5-1, last Sunday. Though both teams played a mid-week match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that his side are showing signs of fatigue and said he would make a number of lineup changes.
Jose Mourinho isn't one to bite his tongue. If something comes to his mind, he'll say it and worry about the consequences later.
Take for instance his Friday press conference to preview Chelsea's next match. The Blues aren't playing Arsenal (they're facing Manchester City in the FA Cup), but that didn't stop Mourinho from lobbing a verbal grenade at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, calling the Frenchman an expert at failure.
Not only is Orlando's USL Pro franchise move to Louisville, Kentucky becoming more and more likely, a potential partnership is also in the brewing for the near future.
Orlando City SC President Phil Rawlins told the club's website that if the ownership group in Louisville does buy Orlando's USL franchise, then they will become Orlando City's USL Pro affiliate in 2015, the year the Lions will join MLS.
With fifty percent of the sides still to record more than one league victory in the Clausura, the unpredictability of this season's championship should provide for an exciting round of fixtures this weekend.
The standout fixture sees Club Tijuana visit Santos Laguna in a northern-Mexico derby, with three former Guerreros returning to face their old club.
Two of the most in-form Americans right now will attempt to outdo one another on Saturday.
Juan Agudelo and Aron Johannsson will go heads up for the first time in their careers as FC Utrecht pays a visit to AZ Alkmaar. Both forwards have found ways to make impacts for their respective clubs in recent weeks, and they will hope for that to be the case again as they try to raise their U.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. Less than two years ago, Sydney Leroux was in Princenton, N.J. partaking in one of her first U.S. Women's National Team camps. Leroux's talent was easy for all to see and so was her aggressive style of play, but then-head coach Pia Sundhage tempered expectations by sayingthat it takes time for young players like Leroux to find consistency and truly grasp how to play at the international level.
Marcos Senna enjoyed a dream first season with the New York Cosmos, and he has no intentions to leave the club in the near future.
The Cosmos announced on Thursday that Senna has signed a contract extension that runs through July 2015. Senna won the Cosmos' Team MVP award last year and helped the club claim the Soccer Bowl by scoring in the 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks.
Benji Joya is making himself right at home with the Chicago Fire.
The U.S. youth international netted the game winner in the Fire's 1-0 win Wednesday over D.C. United. In the 75th minute, Joya, acquired last week in a weighted lottery on a one-year loan from Liga MX side Santos Laguna, took a pass from Victor Pineda on the left flank and fired off a curling, right-footed shot past the reach of United goalkeeper Joe Willis.
It appears the oft-injured, yet highly popular Stuart Holden will remain with the Bolton Wanderers for another season.
A report in The Bolton News indicates that the U.S. men's national team midfielder will receive a new contract through the 2014/2015 season with Bolton despite having suffered a trio of major injuries that have sidelined him for a majority of the past four years.
Jurgen Klinsmann is known to be a big motivator, and he's also known to speak his mind, so perhaps it should have come as no surprise when he turned heads with recent comments about a lack of belief being what is keeping Americans from finding more success in Europe.
Manchester United are looking into spending some major money this summer.
With reports of more than â‚¬120 million available at David Moyes' disposal to overhaul the squad during the offseason, Man United have reportedly begun to look intently into some targets, including Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, according to Goal USA.
One thing Jurgen Klinsmann has never been afraid of doing since becoming head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team is speaking his mind. He will praise players, and criticize them, and speak frankly about the state of American Soccer.
Klinsmann spoke his mind again recently in an interview with ESPN, stating that, in his opinion, American players are held back from success in Europe by a lack of belief rather than a lack of ability.
It's that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
For the next few hours, we will talk about a variety of soccer topics ranging from MLS to the U.S. Men's National Team, and Americans Abroad. We will also be talking some pop culture mixed in with the soccer.
It's that time again. Time to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
Join me at Noon today, as we discuss tops ranging from the upcoming MLS season, the latest U.S. Men's National Team action, and any other soccer subjects you are interested in discussing this afternoon.
The Portland Timbers announced Monday that the club will enter a 15-year community partnership with Providence Health & Services which will include a rebranding of the former Jeld-Wen Field as Providence Park.
Providence has been involved as a founding partner with the Timbers since the club's rise to MLS in 2011.
If quality of goals is at all a measure, the Houston Dynamo look to already be in regular-season form.
A pair of long distance strikes from Brian Ownby and Omar Cummings led the Dynamo to a 2-0 win Monday over PDL side FC Tucson in a contest that included a penalty save, a red card and two wonder goals.
David Beckham figures to have a good list of potential investors ready to join forces with him on his new MLS expansion venture in Miami, but it hasn't taken long to identify one of the deeper-pocketed options of the bunch.
According to French outlet Le Parisien, Beckham has approached owners of Paris St.
UNAM Pumas' remarkable renaissance continued on Saturday evening as they defeated Club Leon, 2-1, in the Estadio Leon. Martin Bravo once again proved to be Pumas main threat, scoring both the visitor's goals and taking the man of the match award in the process.
AC Milan could be leaving their long-time home before the end of the decade.
Milan have called the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza home since 1926 and have shared it with intra-city rivals Inter Milan since 1947, but their stay at the San Siro looks to be coming to a close, according to reports in Italy.
If you were hoping to see Timmy Chandler's recent strong run of form translate into a U.S. Men's National Team call-up in March, you will be disappointed to know that an injury has robbed him of that opportunity.
Chandler has been diagnosed with a torn left meniscus and is expected to miss the next 8-10 weeks after sustaining the injury in FC Nurnberg's 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Saturday.
BOCA RATON, Fla. Alex Morgan paid a quick visit to the U.S. Women's National Team earlier this week, but exactly when she will be able to return to the squad and resume full training is still a bit unclear.
With an active January behind them, the U.S. Men's National Team is now just four months from the World Cup in Brazil.
Speaking to U.S. Soccer, coach Jurgen Klinsmann reflected on making the most of the start of 2014, from evaluating Major League Soccer players after a long break to the benefit of the USMNT's two-week camp in Brazil.
With the January camp in the rear-view mirror, and the MLS-based contingent of U.S. Men's National Team players now preparing for the upcoming Major League Soccer season, it is time to think about the next USMNT match, which will feature a team consisting almost exclusively of European-based players.
After the excitement of the mid-week Copa MX games, which saw three wins for Liga Ascenso sides against top-flight opposition, the Liga MX returns on Friday evening with several sides facing important matches.
Club Tijuana host Monterrey at the Estadio Caliente on Friday evening and will hope to use the opportunity to cement their place amongst the leading pack, rather than being dragged back into a mid-table battle.
Things at Fulham are surely not going as well as Clint Dempsey envisioned upon making his return, but he can more than redeem himself this weekend against a high-profile club whose struggles are well documented.
The Atlanta Falcons seem dead set on bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to their city.
With 21 (22 with the expected expansion to Miami) of MLS' goal of 24 teams by the end of the decade already spoken for, the Falcons are angling for Atlanta to become one of the final two sites for an expansion side.
Some much-needed offensive help looks to be on the way to Chivas USA.
Free agent English striker Luke Moore is set to sign with Chivas USA after spending last season with Turkish club Elazigspor, according to a report from the Birmingham Mail. The 27-year-old striker, who did not find the back of the net in 13 appearances last season, has previously played for Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and other English clubs.
There is apparently no end in sight to Bruce Arena's stay in Los Angeles.
The Galaxy announced on Thursday that they have signed Arena, their head coach and general manager, to a multi-year contract extension. Arena has led the club to two MLS Cup victories since taking over the reigns in LA back in 2008, and has compiled an 82-46-44 regular-season record.
Clint Dempsey and Brian McBride are two of the most legendary players in U.S. Men's National Team history, and the two stars will collaborate on a fan Q&A discussing the USMNT's preparations for the World Cup, and the road to Brazil today.
The Q&A will also feature a contest for fans to try and win a free trip to the World Cup, sponsored by Degree Men.
MIAMI There is no denying that David Beckham's future MLS team in Miami is going to need star power on the field in order to be successful.
Just how much they will be able to have is unclear.
Current MLS rules only allow teams to have a maximum of three Designated Players on their roster, but Beckham's business partner, Marcelo Claure, hinted that a possible change could be in the works to allow their Miami team and the other MLS clubs to field more high-quality players.
U.S. National team defender/midfielder Fabian Johnson will be an important player for Jurgen Klinsmann at this summer's World Cup, where he will also be looking to showcase his talents for potential suitors.
Hoffenheim manager Markus Gisdol revealed on Thursday that Johnson has informed the club that he won't be re-signing, and will let his contract expire, making him a free agent this summer.
MIAMI David Beckham may have been the man in the spotlight at Wednesday morning's MLS expansion announcement, but it was Bolivian-born billionaire Marcelo Claure who provided some answers and insight into what will eventually be Major League Soccer's 22nd team.
Forwards live off goals, and goals have been hard to come by this season for Jozy Altidore.
The Sunderland forward's struggles this season have been well documented, scoring just two goals in all competitions and seeing the manager who signed him at the English Premier League club get sacked after just five games.
Jason Kreis and New York City FC won't only have the financial backing and scouting resources of Manchester City, but they'll also be able to bring some Man City players to Major League Soccer as well.
Checking in for the first time since moving to England to immerse himself in all things Man City, Jason Kreis revealed to Man City TV that NYC FC will be able to take four players on loan from Man City.
U.S. Men's National Team fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks took part in full training with the club on Wednesday, the first time he trained regularly with the rest of the squad since suffering a sprained knee in early January.
While a handful of players left Major League Soccer this offseason for warmer pastures in Liga MX, one player is heading north of the border in search of playing time.
Former U.S. Under-20 midfielder Benjamin "Benji" Joya has signed with MLS on loan from Santos Laguna and will enter a weighted lottery to determine which club he goes to, a league spokesperson told SBI.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have dipped back into the South American market to find a replacement for last year's MLS Golden Boot winner Camilo.
On Wednesday, the Whitecaps signed a pair of Uruguayan forwards for the upcoming season, Sebastian Fernandez and Nicolas Mezquida, pending their international transfer certificates (ITC), Canadian work permits, and visas.
For the next three months, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is giving players outside the World Cup-squad picture a chance to work their way in.
While Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, and Tim Howard are perceived as locks to make the roster, the same can't necessarily be said for the likes of Chris Wondolowski, Brek Shea, Maurice Edu, and even Oguchi Onyewu.
Major League Soccer is officially returning to South Florida.
The league announced on Wednesday morning that David Beckham has exercised his option to buy into MLS as an investor-operator and that Beckham has chosen Miami to be the site of an MLS expansion franchise.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who celebrates his 29th birthday today, learned some disappointing news on Wednesday morning.
The Real Madrid star learned on Wednesday that his red card against Athletic Bilbao was confirmed by the Spanish Football Federation's Competition Committee, and that he's been handed an additional two-match ban due to his actions as he left the field.
International soccer will be heading to the U.S. even after the World Cup ends.
TheUnion of Central American Football (UNCAF) confirmed on Tuesday that they will play the 2014 Copa Centroamericana tournament in the United States between Sept. 1-14. Matches are expected to take place in Washington D.
New York City FC are sticking with their pledge to be a club of the people.
The 2015 Major League Soccer expansion team announced on Tuesday a contest for fans to design their own club badge, which will eventually be placed together with all the other submissions to form the team's official logo.
The New York Red Bulls will be spending their entire preseason in the Sunshine State.
The Red Bulls will head to Jacksonville, Fla. for a week-long stay that is sandwiched in between a pair of trips to Orlando, multiple sources told SBI. The trip, which the club is expected to announce in the coming days, will run from Feb.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has made the Coupe de la Ligue a priority.
The former French National Team boss selected a squad featuring the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, and Marco Verratti among others as PSG travels to face FC Nantes in the French League Cup semifinals.
Freddy Adu's appearance at Blackpool might lead to a trial.
While training with the club to regain fitness after a failed stint with Brazilian club Bahia, Adu reportedly played one half of a closed-door training match for the Blackpool first team against their youth squad.
For the first time since 2011, Manchester United will travel to the U.S. for a preseason tour.
The reigning English Premier League champions announced on Tuesday that they will be heading across the pond to "visit a number of destinations," though full details of the tour will be announced at a later time.
If Monday's Chelsea victory against Manchester City showed us anything, it's that Man City midfielder Fernandinho is virtually irreplaceable.
The Brazilian midfielder was a surprise omission from the Man City starting lineup due to a muscle injury suffered in training over the weekend, and head coach Manuel Pellegrini believes that Fernandinho could miss the next three to four weeks.
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea became the first Premier League team to knock off Manchester City at the Etihad this season, as a Branislov Ivanovic goal in the 32nd minute pushed the Blues back into the title picture.
Heading into Monday's contest, reigning Champions League winners Bayern Munich had been the only team to best City at home.
Reigning World Cup champions Spain and African Cup of Nations champions Nigeria are two of eight national teams scheduled to participate in a series of matches across North America just prior to this summer's World Cup.
The series of matches, titled "Road to Brazil", will take place between May 27 and June 10 across the continent, Soccer United Marketing announced on Monday.
Gabriel Farfan, like his brother Michael, will be playing in Liga MX this season.
Less than a year after trading what ended up to be the No. 2 overall selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for Farfan, Chivas USA announced that they sent Farfan on loan to Chiapas FC in southern Mexico.
The U.S. Men's National Team's first match of 2014 produced a victory, and some goals, but the overall sense after the match was that there were as many question marks as questions answered from the match, which was much closer than the scoreline would indicate.
Just like in the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday evening, the English Premier League's best offense faces the league's best defense on Monday in a crucial mid-season match-up.
Second-placed Manchester City, scorer of 115 goals in all competitions this season, face fellow title-rivals Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium (3pm, NBC Sports Network), as Man City hope to leap-frog Arsenal back into top spot in the league.
Even before the U.S. Men's National Team arrives in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the start of the World Cup, they'll be racking up the air miles.
U.S. Soccer is currently planning a three-match World Cup sendoff tour that will see the USMNT begin with a game at Stanford Stadium, then a cross-country flight for a game at Red Bull Arena, before finishing in Florida, according to a report from ESPNFC.
A stadium deal isn't yet in place, but David Beckham and Major League Soccer are looking very likely to return to Miami.
Beckham has exercised the clause in his contract to buy into MLS as an investor-operator and will be in Miami on Tuesday and Wednesday along with MLS Commissioner Don Garber to rally support for an MLS club in Miami, according to the Miami Herald.
Ahead of a key mid-season match between Chelsea and Manchester City, Jose Mourinho has taken the opportunity to make the first punch.
The Chelsea boss stated that considering Man City's large squad and their financial power, it's a wonder that they have only won three trophies since an Abu Dhabi consortium took over the club in 2008.
Cruz Azul maintained their position at the top of the Liga MX with a comprehensive 2-0 win in the Estadio Omnilife against Chivas de Guadalajara.
A valiant performance by Chivas' young side in an exciting first half had the home support dreaming of an unlikely three points, but two goals in quick succession after half-time dashed their hopes and handed Cruz Azul their fourth win in five games.
The reigning Major League Soccer champions returned to preseason action Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. against a Portland Timbers side that saw themselves on the outside of last year's MLS Cup final.
Sporting KC were forced to play down a man for 60 minutes of Saturday's 1-1 draw after defender Aurelien Collin picked up his second yellow card in the 33rd minute for a hard tackle just outside his team's box.
CARSON, Calif. Chris Wondolowski not only started 2014 off in style, but continued to build a strong case for one of the 23 tickets to Brazil, despite the many options up front that the U.S. Men's National Team has at its disposal.
The battle for the final central midfield spots on the U.S. Men's National Team at this summer's World Cup might just come down to the wire.
On the same day that Kyle Beckerman delivered an impressive outing for the U.S. Men's National Team, Danny Williams raised his stock by scoring his first goal in England (and second overall in his career) in Reading's 3-0 victory over Millwall on Saturday.
ORLANDO, Fla. â€” With another announcement out of the way, several more are expected to come.
Orlando City SC President Phil Rawlins told reporters on Saturday afternoon, during the club's kit unveiling, that ground breaking on their soccer-specific stadium will occur sometime within the next few months.
The U.S. Men's National Team kicks off an important 2014 today with its first match of the year, a friendly against South Korea at StubHub Center (5pm, ESPN2/UniMas).
The Americans will be featuring a lineup with plenty of experience and quality against the South Koreans, with Landon Donovan spearheading the attack, and Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez anchoring the central defense.
CARSON, Calif. Ever since Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez played an integral part in the 0-0 draw against Mexico at Estadio Azteca, the two central defenders have looked like a formidable pair capable of anchoring the defense at this summer's World Cup.
However, due to their relative inexperience at international level (fewer then 30 caps between the two), U.
It was going to be difficult to replace one of the top outside backs in Major League Soccer, so Sporting Kansas City went ahead and locked down defender Chance Myers before launching its 2014 campaign.
Myers has officially come to terms with the club for a new contract, and joined the team Thursday morning in Tucson, Ariz.
CARSON, Calif. South Korea's whirlwind tour of the United States will end on Saturday with a match against the host nation.
After defeating Costa Rica 1-0 on Jan. 25 at the L.A. Coliseum, and suffering a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Mexico in San Antonio just four days later, Hong Myung-Bo's side is back in California to play its third game in seven days.
When healthy, the Seattle Sounders attack could be scary good this season.
Just before the 4 p.m. deadline, the Sounders announced that they had acquired former Chicago Fire winger Marco Pappa through the allocation process, after he signed with Major League Soccer on Wednesday.
When Juventus and Inter Milan meet this Sunday, there will be much more than just points in Serie A on the line.
Though the rivalry between the two northern Italian clubs is usually intense, the transfer discussions between the clubs flared up some sore wounds, with Inter fans protesting a possible deal that would have sent midfielder Fredy Guarin to Turin and forward Mirko Vucinic in the other direction.
This Soccer Saturday will start with a bang as Newcastle United host USMNT forward Jozy Altidore and Sunderland in the always competitive Tyne-Wear Derby to open a day filled with action from all over the world.
The last time these two rivals met in English Premier League play, Sunderland notched their first win of the season thanks to a late goal from Fabio Borini.