Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2014

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Altidore fails to make 18 as Sunderland falls in League Cup Final

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Michael Bradley, Tim Ream withdraw from USMNT squad for Ukraine friendly

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Earthquakes win on final day of Rose City Invitational, Whitecaps and Timbers settle for draw

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

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.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

MLS Ticker: Whitecaps to sign DP playmaker, Zavaleta joins Chivas USA on loan, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Klinsmann wants Euro-based USMNT players to prove their hunger for a World Cup spot

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Peterson reveals details of NASL expansion plans, throws jabs at MLS in the process

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MLS commissioner Don Garber has taken what is seemingly a full-steam-ahead approach in terms of expansion, but the plan is not one NASL commissioner Bill Peterson shares for his league.

In fact, Peterson threw some thinly-veiled jabs at MLS for its rapid-fire expansion strategy on Thursday.

Camilo in limbo, Queretaro on shaky ground amid allegations of fraud by team ownership

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By DAN KARELL

Two months ago, Camilo Sanvezzo was earning a nice salary and was a sure starter for the Vancouver Whitecaps after a career year.Now in Mexico with Querétaro, he's found himself struggling to not only overcome an injury, but also receive his paycheck.

Querétaro's economic status took a huge hit on Friday as club ownerAmado Yáñez had his oil services company Oceanografia taken over by the Mexican government following allegations of fraud.

Diskerud to miss Ukraine friendly

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By IVES GALARCEP

Mix Diskerud had a month to impress U.S. Men's National Team head coach in January, and it looks as though that will be his last chance to play for the USMNT before May's pre-World Cup training camp.

Diskerud will skip the Ukraine friendly after his club team, Rosenborg, requested that he be allowed to miss it so he can prepare for the start of the Norwegian League spring season.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Fourth-place Liverpool will look to keep up the pace in the race for the English Premier League title with a trip to face Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight EPL matches, but they will have to work hard to get a victory against a team they have struggled against in recent seasons.

Camilo in limbo, Queretaro on shaky ground amid allegations of fraud by team ownership

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By DAN KARELL

Two months ago, Camilo Sanvezzo was earning a nice salary and was a sure starter for the Vancouver Whitecaps after a career year.Now in Mexico with Querétaro, he's found himself struggling to not only overcome an injury, but also receive his paycheck.

Querétaro's economic status took a huge hit on Friday as club ownerAmado Yáñez had his oil services company Oceanografia taken over by the Mexican government following allegations of fraud.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Ukraine?

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Holden inching closer to return, will feature for Bolton reserves

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By DAN KARELL

Stuart Holden can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

As he nears the end of his rehabilitation from atorn anterior cruciate ligament injury, Holden will take the field next Monday with the Bolton reserves for his first game in more than seven months.

The SBI Show: Episode 116 (Talking the USMNT roster, MLS expansion, and more)

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by IVES GALARCEP

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.

Schedule and venues announced for “Road to Brazil” friendly matches

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By DAN KARELL

Some of the world's biggest stars will be playing in a stadium near you this summer.

Soccer United Marketing, the commercial arm for Major League Soccer, announced on Friday the schedule and venues for the upcoming slate of friendlies in May/June called the "Road to Brazil.

Must-See Goal: Luis Rodriguez

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Friday Kickoff: Costa included in Spain squad; Anelka banned for Quenelle gesture; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Diego Costa will have his first chance to represent his adoptive country Spain on Wednesday in a friendly match against Italy.

The Atletico Madrid forward was included in Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque's squad for the friendly, though there was no place for Manchester United's Juan Mata nor Chelsea's Fernando Torres.

Liga MX Round 9: A Look Ahead

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By DANIEL PRICE

After a slow start to 2014, last week saw 23 goals scored across the Liga MX. Fans will be hoping Round Nine proves to be just as entertaining.

The highlight of the weekend comes on Saturday evening, as second-placed Toluca travel to Mexico City to face league leaders Cruz Azul.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A lost season for Sunderland and Jozy Altidore could be salvaged in a major way this weekend, but some stiff competition stands in the Black Cats' way of lifting some silverware.

Sunderland are set to take on Manchester City on Sunday and all that is up for grabs is the 2013-14 Capital One Cup title.

European Weekend Preview: Real Madrid visit Atletico; Man City face Sunderland in Capital One Cup final; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Almost three weeks after shutting out Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinals, Real Madrid will return to the Vicente Calderon looking to do the same this Sunday.

This time, Real Madrid's visit to face Atletico will be about preserving their lead in La Liga ahead of their crosstown rivals and national rivals Barcelona.

Klinsmann wants Euro-based USMNT players to prove their hunger for a World Cup spot

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Ticker: Defoe called-up for England; Orlando City close to signing U.S. U-18 defender; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Agudelo, Onyewu, Shea and Ream among 24 called in for USMNT friendly vs. Ukraine

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By IVES GALARCEP

Juan Agudelo, Brek Shea, Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream have all been called in by Jurgen Klinsmann for the March 5 friendly against Ukraine.

For Agudelo, Onyewu and Ream, the call-ups signal the end of lengthy spells away from the national team set-up. They are joined by the likes of Danny Williams and Sacha Kljestan.

Report: Austin group working to land an MLS expansion franchise

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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 changes postseason format by adding two teams

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

NASL commish open to idea of Adu move to Silverbacks

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

Report: Red Bulls, NYCFC in contact with Puyol over potential move

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Peterson reveals details of NASL expansion plans, throws jabs at MLS in the process

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MLS commissioner Don Garber has taken what is seemingly a full-steam-ahead approach in terms of expansion, but the plan is not one NASL commissioner Bill Peterson shares for his league.

In fact, Peterson threw some thinly-veiled jabs at MLS for its rapid-fire expansion strategy on Thursday.

Video: Kevin Hart visits Manchester City

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Revolution acquire Kobayashi from Vancouver

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

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.

Medical study suggests possible link between soccer heading and brain disease

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Sporting KC Notes: Winning ways continue; Medranda finding opportunities; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Sporting Kansas City secured their seventh-straight preseason victory and a spot in theDisney Pro Soccer Classic championship matchWednesday, topping the Montreal Impact 3-2 in Orlando, Fla.

Much like the weather in Orlando, Sporting KC's start was less than ideal.

Whitecaps continue winning ways at Rose City Invitational while Timbers held by Portmore

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

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.

Thursday Kickoff: Prandelli could remain Italy manager; Özil back in Arsenal squad; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Cesare Prandelli is expected to discuss his future with the Italian National Team next month, but he may have already made up his mind.

According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport, Prandelli has decided to accept a four-year contract extension from the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

UCL Rewind: Real Madrid buries Schalke; Chelsea, Galatasaray play to draw

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By DAN ITEL

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.

Report: Talks continuing on joint ESPN/Fox TV deal for MLS and U.S. Soccer

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By DAN KARELL

It's been a long time since anyone has heard an update on Major League Soccer's TV negotiations, but according to a report, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

ESPN and Fox are still locked in negotiations with MLS for the television rights to both MLS and U.

USL Pro/NASL Ticker: USL Pro Tulsa franchise unveils name; Silverbacks sign international trio; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

Report: Venue chosen for USA-Ukraine match

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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 Ticker: Former league exec Rodriguez tabbed to lead Chivas USA; international call-ups galore; and more

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By DAN ITEL AND DAN KARELL

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.

Defoe suffers hamstring injury ahead of his last Tottenham match

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Preseason: Full slate of tournament games highlight Wednesday action

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By DAN ITEL

With a handful of preseason matches between MLS teams and lower division sides, Wednesday's loaded slate of tournament matches may not appear to offer much intrigue.

But that's not entirely the case. There are some interesting story lines at play.

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Must-See Goal: Joel Campbell

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Report: Adu not offered contract at Blackpool

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Ukraine announces 26-man roster for upcoming USMNT friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Report: TFC sends Matias Laba on loan to Whitecaps

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By IVES GALARCEP

Toronto FC needed to find somewhere to send Argentine midfielder Matias Laba, and they finally found a taker in a fellow Canadian MLS club.

TFC are sending Laba to the Vancouver Whitecaps via an intraleague loan, Vancouver newspaper The Province reported on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday Kickoff: Barcelona linked with Müller; Van Persie criticizes teammates; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Bayern Munich have some competition ahead if they want to keep hold of midfielder Thomas Müller.

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.

MLS Ticker: Sounders pick Ockford joins Cosmos on loan, TFC season tickets are sold out, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

The once-icy relationship between the New York Cosmos and Major League Soccer continues to show signs of improving with another deal between the two parties taking place this week.

The Seattle Sounders signed 2014 second-round pick Jimmy Ockford to a contract and promptly loaned him to the Cosmos, sources confirmed to SBI on Tuesday.

UCL Rewind: Olympiakos add to Man Utd’s misery, Leverkusen top Zenit

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Things just keep getting worse and worse for Manchester United.

Olympiakos left United in a hole after the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series, stunning the Red Devils, 2-0, at Karaiskaki Stadium in Athens, Greece on Tuesday.

The goals came courtesy of Alejandro Dominguez and Costa Rican international Joel Campbell, who scored on a splendid individual effort from distance in the second half.

PRO announces referee assignments for MLS opening weekend

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Eleven days are all that separate us from the start of the 2014 MLS season, and now we know who will be officiating the opening matches.

Professional Referee Organization (PRO) announced on Tuesday the referee crews in charge of the opening eight matches of the MLS campaign.

Which MLS team has had the best offseason?

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

In my latest MLS column for Goal.

Bayern Munich to open office in New York

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

UEFA Champions League: Your Running Commentary

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 resumes on Tuesday with two matches, and one of the teams looking to pick up a victory and ease some of its mounting pressure is Manchester United.

United will pay a visit to Greek club Olympiakos in the first leg of their knockout phase series and are hoping that they can shed the inconsistency that has plagued them in the Premiership season.

Petke touches on recent Lade, Convey absences

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The absence of Connor Lade from most of the New York Red Bulls' preseason games have led to some questions about his status with the club, but head coach Mike Petke answered some of those on Monday.

Speaking to reporters via a conference call, Petke touched on Lade's lack of appearances this preseason by saying thatthe versatile youngster missed some time due to a head injury.

The SBI Show: Episode 115 (Talking MLS deals, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

USMNT-Ukraine match moved to Cyprus

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The friendly between the U.S. Men's National Team and Ukraine will go on. It just won't be played in Kharkiv.

The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) announced Tuesday that the March 5 friendly between the two nations has been moved to Cyprus. FFU said on its website that the decision was made after U.

SBI 23 for 2014 (February 2014 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Little has changed in the SBI projected U.

USMNT to play all three World Cup group stage matches on ESPN

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Lewandowski and Hummels train with BVB; Welbeck could start; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With the loss of Sven Bender for the next six weeks, Borussia Dortmund were handed a huge boost on Monday evening.

The German side completed their final training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League match at Zenit St. Petersburg with both Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels.

Brian McBride, Kristine Lilly and Bob Bradley elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame

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By IVES GALARCEP

Brian McBride, Kristine Lilly and Bob Bradley have been elected to the 2014 class of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Lilly was honored after a national team career that saw her play in a world record 352 games for the United States between 1987 and 2010.

Red Bulls Notes: Petke discusses Henry’s contract situation and Moreno’s departure

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

USWNT: Sermanni names 24-player squad for tough Algarve Cup test

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Chicago Fire trade Austin Berry to Philadelphia Union

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Chicago Fire are preparing to sign reigning MLS MVP Mike Magee to a new contact, and took a major step toward making that happening by making a pair of moves to clear the salary cap room.

The Fire traded former MLS Rookie of the Year Austin Berry to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money and an undisclosed draft pick, Goal.

D.C. United announce multi-year sponsorship deal with Leidos

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By MITCHELL NORTHAM

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.

Liga MX Round 8: A Look Back

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By DANIEL PRICE

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.

MLS Preseason Rewind: Chivas USA stun Revolution; D.C. United top Dynamo; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Considering all the news from last Thursday, Chivas USA players could have been forgiven for losing their focus this preseason.

Instead, the Goats put together an inspiring performance on Saturday afternoon at the Desert Diamond Cup against the New England Revolution, coming back from a two-goal deficit to win, 3-2.

Fabian Johnson agrees to join Borussia Moenchengladbach

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the U.S. Men's National Team plays in this summer's World Cup, several players will be in the shop window for prospective clubs looking for a new signing.

Fabian Johnson won't be one of those players.

The German-born fullback has agreed to join Borussia Moenchengladbach on a free transfer this summer, the club announced on Monday.

Monday Kickoff: Mourinho hints at Falcao signing; Barca to pay tax sum; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to address his forward problems this summer.

Though Chelsea are leading the English Premier League with 60 points, one more than Arsenal, the Blues have done it without much consistency from either Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres, or Demba Ba.

Must-See Goal: Hakan Çalhanoğlu

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European Weekend Rewind: Barcelona stunned; Chelsea edge Everton in dramatic fashion; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Whitecaps, Earthquakes win on first day of Rose City Invitational

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

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.

Sermanni ‘not that close’ to picking USWNT World Cup squad, looking beyond Starting XI

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A couple weeks after several players in the Americans Abroad contingent were bitten by the injury bug, a handful of others made their way back to the field.

One of those players was Jonathan Spector, who recovered from a pesky thigh injury that has kept him out of action for Birmingham City since early October.

UEFA conducts Euro 2016 draw

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Disney Classic Rewind: Crew and Sporting KC stay unbeaten; Red Bulls route Impact; and more

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — 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.

Sporting KC reject increased Juve bids for Palmer-Brown

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Serie A leader Juventus remain relentless in their pursuit of Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes told SBI Saturday the Italian side has come back twice now with increasing offers since originally bidding $1 million last month.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

After the top three clubs in the English Premier League each recorded a win on Saturday, all eyes will be on fourth-place Liverpool on Sunday as they look to stay in the thick of the title race.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will welcome former team Swansea City, who are currently managed by former player Gerry Monk, to historic Anfield on Sunday.

MLS Ticker: FC Dallas sign Texeira as young DP, Joseph joins Revs on trial, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Is Fagundez the best teenager to ever play in MLS?

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

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.

The SBI Show: Episode 114 (Talking Chivas USA’s sale, MLS deals, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Chivas USA has been a laughing stock of MLS for several years now, but Major League Soccer's decision to step in and buy the team away from bumbling owner Jorge Vergara signals a new era for MLS.

Episode 114 of The SBI Show takes a look at Major League Soccer's decision to buy the club, and what it means for the league.

Garber gives latest expansion update

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Must-See Goal: Jonathan Soriano

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Liga MX Round 8: A Look Ahead

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By DANIEL PRICE

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 ‘Super Clasico' in the Estadio Azteca between Club America and Pumas UNAM.

Friday Kickoff: Rooney agrees new deal; Real Madrid linked with Courtois; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Wayne Rooney is ready to pledge his future to Manchester United.

Multiple outlets in England are reporting that the 28-year-old forward has agreed to sign a new contract through June 2019, a major coup for the defending English Premier League champions.

European Weekend Preview: First-place Chelsea host Everton; Barcelona visit Sociedad; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Although Chelsea failed to advance in the FA Cup last weekend, the Blues still hold a narrow lead in the race for the English Premier League title.

But in order to keep that advantage intact through the weekend, Jose Mourinho's men will have to avoid disappointment at Stamford Bridge against a team that beat them earlier in the season.

USWNT to host China at DSG in April

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The U.S. Women's National Team will be returning to Dick's Sporting Goods Park in April in a match that pits it against a familiar foe.

The U.S. will take on China PR in a friendly on April 6 at the soccer-specific stadium in Commerce City, Colo.

Cruzeiro midfielder Luis Felipe re-called to U-20 USMNT

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By DAN KARELL

Luis Felipe did enough in his first training camp with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team to warrant a second call-up this spring.

The American-born Brazilian-raised midfielder, currently on the books at defending Brazilian league champions Cruzeiro, will re-join the U.

Must-See Goal: Ricardo Quaresma

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Schedule, venues for 2014 International Champions Cup released

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

For a trio of Americans, this Saturday marks tough road matches against the top three teams in the Premiership.

Several mouth-watering contests are on tap for the Americans Abroad contingent, including Geoff Cameron and Stoke City's visit to Manchester City.

Chivas USA purchased by MLS, expected to be sold to new owner in coming months

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Freddy Adu’s story a cautionary tale to consider when talking Julian Green

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If this week's UEFA Champions League matches were not enough to satisfy your cravings, you are in luck.

There is a host of interesting matches on tap on Thursday, as the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 gets underway. One of the main games of the day pits Eredivisie heavyweights Ajax vs.

Barcelona charged with tax fraud over transfer of Neymar

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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 KC Notes: Vermes explains Bunbury trade, Sapong impressing, and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

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.

Holmes joins Yeovil Town on emergency loan

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Vela sheds some light on Mexican strike

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Carlos Vela has not yet provided any real answers as to why he has turned down Mexico repeatedly and will not be with them at the World Cup this summer.

He did, however, recently shed some light as to why he has continuously spurned his birth nation and his reasoning is not all that surprising.

Thursday Kickoff: Wenger blames referee for defeat; Ribery eyes comeback date; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

UCL Rewind: Bayern down 10-man Arsenal; Costa leads Atleti past Milan

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By DAN KARELL

New year, same result.

For the second year in a row, Bayern Munich came to the Emirates Stadium and left as victors, this time taking a 2-0 victory over an over-matched Arsenal that played more than 50 minutes with ten men.

Must-See Goal: Romarinho

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AC Milan 0, Atletico Madrid 1: Match Highlights

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MLS Preseason Rewind: Crew topple TFC; Sporting KC beat Red Bulls; and more

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By DAN ITEL

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.

Arsenal 0, Bayern Munich 2: Match Highlights

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Red Bulls Homegrown forward Moreno completes free transfer to Tijuana

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By DAN KARELL

Amando Moreno has traded the snow-covered streets of New Jersey for the sun-drenched roads in Tijuana.

The New York Red Bulls Homegrown signing has completed a permanent move to Club Tijuana on a free transfer, at little more than a year removed from signing his first professional contract.

MLS veteran Pearce lands in Impact training camp

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By DAN ITEL

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.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Ticker: Koval signs with Earthquakes, Timbers loan Gleeson, Gallego to Sacramento; and more

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By DAN ITEL

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.

"I'm very excited," Koval said in a team release.

MLS Preseason: Tournaments kick off in Orlando and Tucson

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By DAN ITEL

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.

Revs land Bunbury from Sporting KC for 1st-round pick and allocation

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By IVES GALARCEP

The New England Revolution needed a big forward to help spearhead their attack. Sporting Kansas City had a surplus of forwards and a need for some allocation money.

The result is a trade sending Teal Bunbury from Sporting KC to the Revs in exchange for a first-round pick in 2015 and allocation money.

UCL Rewind: Barcelona down Man City, Zlatan stars in PSG romp over Leverkusen

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By DAN ITEL

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.

Villarreal, Baca sent to Cruz Azul Hidalgo

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By IVES GALARCEP

If Jose Villarreal is going to impress the folks at Cruz Azul enough to secure a permanent transfer, he will have to do so playing in the Mexican second division.

Villarreal and former San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Rafael Baca have been loaned out to Cruz Azul Hidalgo of the Liga de Ascensc for the rest of the Clausura season.

Manchester City 0, Barcelona 2: Match Highlights

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Bayer Leverkusen 0, Paris St. Germain 4: Match Highlights

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Wednesday Kickoff: UEFA move game from Kiev; Euro-based players back on El Tri; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It was only a matter of time before the fiery battle in Ukraine's capital of Kiev would affect the soccer world.

Moments before Spanish club Valencia were to board a flight to Kiev, UEFA stepped in and moved their upcoming Europa League match against Dynamo Kiev to Nicosia, Cyprus.

Must-See Goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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USMNT-Ukraine friendly still on schedule despite violent clashes in Kiev

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

The latest on the Julian Green/USMNT situation

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Report: St. Louis owners considering starting potential USL Pro club in 2015

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Who should Klinsmann call up vs. Ukraine?

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Jacksonville NASL team unveils Armada FC as club name

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Donovan likely to play in last World Cup in 2014

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Landon Donovan has been the face of the U.S. Men's National Team at the last three World Cups, but his next one in that role will likely be his last.

Donovan told ESPNFC.com that this upcoming summer's World Cup in Brazil likely represents his final chance of playing in the prestigious tournament.

Bradley disagrees with Klinsmann, offers own reasoning for lack of Americans in UCL

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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.

On Monday, U.S.

Report: Torn Achilles sidelines Dike for 2014

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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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Deadline looming for Curitiba; Worst Barcelona in “many years,” says Mourinho; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

D.C. United close to a new jersey sponsor

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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.

MLS Preseason Rewind: Chivas USA top Rapids; Lewis scores for Whitecaps; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Chivas USA picked up a 2-1 come-from-behind victory Sunday over conference foes Colorado Rapids behind a pair of penalty conversions from Erick Torres and Adolfo Bautista.

The Rapids opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a goal from Deshorn Brown.

Spector back on field for Birmingham reserves

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Report: Chivas USA considering name change

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By DAN KARELL

Chivas USA could be heading for a total makeover after a horrendous year both on and off the field.

Chivas Guadalajara Licensing LLC filed four trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, two for the name Los Angeles SC and two for Los Angeles F.

The SBI Show: Episode 113 (Talking Julian Green, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Liga MX Round 7: A Look Back

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By DANIEL PRICE

Santos Laguna condemned Club Tijuana to yet another defeat on the road, as Xolos failed to celebrate their 100th Liga MX game with a win.

Buoyed by their victory in the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday evening, Santos started brightly and led inside fifteen minutes via a penalty.

Adu opens up about his career, still holding out hope for World Cup

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Freddy Adu has seen his career hit another state of limbo, with a training stint at League Championship side Blackpool the newest development in his roller coaster career.

In a recent interview with the club, Adu opened up about the state of his career, his aspirations, and he even revealed that he hasn't given up hope on the World Cup.

Monday Kickoff: Rooney expected to sign this week; Conte hits back at Capello; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United may be struggling on the field this season but their financial strength looks stronger than ever.

By the end of this week, Wayne Rooney is expected to sign a new five and a half year contract to remain with Manchester United, according to multiple reports in England.

European Weekend Rewind: Arsenal edge Liverpool; Man City blank Chelsea; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The weekend's top two fixtures in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup were rematches of recent clashes between English Premier League title contenders.

This time, the losers in the league matches got revenge and moved on to the quarterfinals of the sport's oldest tournament.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

After nearly a month of languishing on the bench, Sacha Kljestan made quite the statement in his return to Anderlecht's starting lineup.

A hungry Kljestan showed why he may be deserving of more minutes than he's been receiving as of late by scoring a game-winner and assisting on an insurance goal in Anderlecht's 2-0 triumph vs.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.

Pickens training with Stabaek

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By IVES GALARCEP

Bob Bradley figured to test the MLS market for player talent once he took over Norwegian side Stabaek, and now he has an MLS Cup winner training for a spot on his team.

Former Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens is training with Stabaek, and could join the club on loan from the Rapids, who still hold his rights.

Must-See Goal: Neymar

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Johannsson scores vs. FC Utrecht

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By IVES GALARCEP

Aron Johannsson recovered from the injury that kept him of AZ Alkmaar's most recent match, and he came back in time to shine against a fellow American striker.

Johannsson delivered a 21st-minute header goal for AZ against Juan Agudelo and FC Utrecht on Saturday (The game is still in progress).

Must-See Assist: Steven Gerrard

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Must-See Goal: Mario Balotelli

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Julian Green to train with USMNT prior to Ukraine friendly

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By IVES GALARCEP

Jurgen Klinsmann's highly-publicized recruitment of Bayern Munich youngster Julian Green has kicked into a new gear, and appears to be gaining some traction.

U.S. Soccer confirmed to Goal.com on Friday evening that Green had agreed to train with the USMNT for two days in the run-up to the March 5 friendly at Ukraine.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Less than two weeks after their tight 1-0 road win at fellow English Premier League title contenders Manchester City, Chelsea return to the Ethiad Stadium for a crucial Round of 16 tie in the FA Cup.

The Blues have defeated Man City twice this season, with each match decided by one goal.

Fulham fire Meulensteen, hire Magath as Dempsey faces end of disappointing loan spell

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

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.

MLS Ticker: FC Dallas sign Escobar, Impact add Uruguayan forward; and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

FC Dallas have spent the off-season looking to add some forward help from the international market and that search finally bore fruit on Friday, with the announcement of the team's latest Colombian.

FC Dallas has signed Andres Ramiro Escobar, the club revealed on Friday, bringing in the speedy left-footed attacker on loan from Dynamo Kiev.

Portugal facing Mexico and Ireland in pre-World Cup tour of USA

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you were hoping for a close-up look at the Portuguese National Team before the World Cup, you will have your chance (assuming you live on the East Coast, or don't mind traveling).

Portugal will face Mexico and Ireland in a pair of pre-World Cup friendlies on American soil.

Mourinho’s latest mind games feature brutal jab at Wenger

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

adidas unveils Mexico’s red away World Cup jersey

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By IVES GALARCEP

Just when you thought it was a bit strange to see the Mexico Men's national Team wearing the all-black jerseys they sported last year, get ready for an even more strange sight.

'El Tri' in all (well, mostly) red.

adidas unveiled Mexico's away jersey for the World Cup and it's a red shirt with some black lines.

Report: New proposed Louisville team could become USL Pro affiliate for MLS Orlando City

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

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.

European Weekend Preview: Manchester City battle Chelsea; Arsenal host Liverpool; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The top four teams in the English Premier League will collide this weekend, taking a break from their fight for the league title for two massive fixtures in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.

On Saturday, Chelsea will return to the Ethiad Stadium to take on Manchester City, who they defeated 1-0 in an important league matchup less than two weeks ago.

Liga MX Round 7: A Look Ahead

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By DANIEL PRICE

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.

Friday Kickoff: Real Madrid linked with Vidal; Neymar set to return to action; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Arturo Vidal's impressive performances this season have made him one of the most sought-after players in the world.

Real Madrid are the latest team to be linked with the Chilean, according to a report in Marca, with the club planning on making him their top transfer target this summer.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Projecting the 2016 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team

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By IVES GALARCEP

If all the coverage of the Winter Olympics has you in the Olympic spirit, don't let the fact that the next Olympic soccer tournament isn't for another two years.

In my latest piece for Goal.com, I projected the squad of players who will make up the U.

USMNT-Mexico friendly set for April 2 in Phoenix

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by IVES GALARCEP

The long-rumored friendly between the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico is now official yet, with the final details finally emerging on Thursday.

U.S. Soccer formally announced the match on Thursday, setting up the latest installment in the heated rivalry.

Leroux making strides, but room for improvement remains

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Cosmos sign Senna to contract extension

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

MLS Ticker: Grafer named Chivas USA goalkeeper coach, Dike called in by Nigeria, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A former player who was around when MLS started has joined Chivas USA's coaching staff.

Chivas USA announced on Thursday that they have rounded out their technical staff by hiring former MLS veteran Paul Grafer as their goalkeeper coach.

Sporting KC sign Colombian midfielder Medranda to multi-year deal

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Sporting Kansas City have locked in another piece to their midfielder with less than a month until the Major League Soccer season officially kicks off.

The club announced Thursday they have signed 20-year-old midfielder Jimmy Medranda to a multi-year deal after acquiring the Colombian last August on loan from Deportivo Pereira.

A closer look at the Red Bulls’ positional battles

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Red Bulls are near the midway point of their preseason preparations, which means the battle for starting spots is really beginning to heat up.

Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke started what many could see as the club's opening-day lineup in a friendly vs.

Beckham’s publicist shoots down “Miami Vice” report

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By IVES GALARCEP

When a Palm Beach Post report claiming David Beckham was considering "Miami Vice" as a team name for his MLS expansion franchise made the rounds on Tuesday, the reaction was mixed among soccer fans.

According to Beckham's publicist, the story isn't true.

Sam scores, sets up winner in Red Bulls defeat of Union

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By FRANCO PANIZO

One team's starters played like a cohesive unit. The other side played like a club still developing chemistry.

The New York Red Bulls defeated the Philadelphia Union, 2-1, in a rainy preseason match at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

USL Pro/NASL Ticker: Rusin joins Orlando City; Jacksonville to unveil name and logo; and more

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By DAN ITEL

Orlando City SC significantly improved their back line just as they begin to prepare for their final USL Pro season.

The future Major League Soccer expansion franchise announced that they've signed former Vancouver Whitecaps defender Brad Rusin to a one-year contract.

USMNT move up to No. 13 in latest FIFA Rankings

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men's National Team's victory on Feb. 1 against South Korea was beneficial for the team in more ways than one.

FIFA announced on Thursday that the USMNT has jumped up one place to No. 13 in the latest FIFA rankings, placing them ahead of Chile and England, who dropped two places to No.

Thursday Kickoff: Barcelona reach Copa Del Rey final; Arsenal-Man United stalemate; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In the final weeks ahead of the 2014 World Cup, soccer fans around the world will be treated to an extra El Clasico showdown.

Barcelona drew Real Sociedad, 1-1 (3-1 winners on aggregate), on Wednesday in the Copa Del Rey semifinals, setting up a highly anticipated cup final against Real Madrid on April 18.

FC Dallas acquire Honduran international Thomas from Rapids

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By DAN KARELL

Hendry Thomas is joining up with Oscar Pareja in Dallas.

Following drawn-out yet unsuccessful contractual talks this offseason, the Colorado Rapids sent holding midfielder Hendry Thomas to FC Dallas in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money.

Joya nets winner in Fire’s preseason victory vs. D.C. United

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By DAN ITEL

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.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

After suffering a gut-punch defeat to Liverpool, Arsenal have a chance to gather themselves up and move into first place in the English Premier League on Wednesday when they host Manchester United.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed his players to forget about the harsh loss last Saturday and pick themselves off the ground.

Premier League matches canceled due to severe weather

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By DAN ITEL

Severe weather in the northern England area is wreaking havoc on Wednesday's English Premier League schedule, with two games being canceled and one delayed.

Both Manchester City and Everton have canceled and postponed their EPL games, while Stoke City delayed their kickoff 15 minutes due to "traffic issues" around the area.

Report: Miami Vice under consideration for Beckham’s expansion MLS team name

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By DAN ITEL

When it became official that David Beckham would be bringing an MLS franchise to Miami, there was no shortage to the obligatory jokes about a certain 1980s South Beach-based TV show.

But Beckham's new team wouldn't actually be named Miami Vice. Right?

Well, not so fast.

Report: USMNT midfielder Stuart Holden given new deal to remain with Bolton

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By DAN ITEL

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.

A close-up look at RSL preseason

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Sporting KC Notes: Vermes impressed with Bieler; Joseph health concern; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Claudio Bieler's improved fitness has caught the eye of his manager.

The Argentine forward for Sporting Kansas City scored 11 goals and four assists in 31 games but was a substitute down the final stretch of the season.

The SBI Show: Episode 112 (Talking Klinsmann’s latest comments, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Tuesday Evening Ticker: Real Madrid tops Atletico; West Brom tie Chelsea late; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

A pair of penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo were enough to seal the deal against Atletico Madrid in the Copa Del Rey semifinals, as Real Madrid were able to eliminate their rivals 5-0 on aggregate.

Ronaldo's goals were the only scores on the day, but they proved to be more than enough for the reigning La Liga champions.

Wednesday Kickoff: Man United signal interest in Cavani; Vidal signs new Juve deal; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United are looking into spending some major money this summer.

With reports of more than €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.

Klinsmann misses the mark with comments questioning USMNT player belief

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There is no shortage of soccer to be watched on Tuesday, as there are a bevy of interesting matches that begin in the afternoon and run all the way through the evening.

U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan is involved in one of those games, as he looks to help Aston Villa knock off Cardiff City.

A look at the Top 10 goalkeepers in MLS

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The impending arrival of Julio Cesar will give Toronto FC a well-known player who could be representing Brazil at the World Cup this summer.

It also means that MLS will have another talented player at a position it is really, really deep at.

USWNT 7, Russia 0: Field-Level Highlights

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Must-See Celebration, Red Card

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The SBI Live Q&A (Feb. 11th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

SBI Live Q&A set for Noon today

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

USWNT rematch with Russia postponed to Thursday

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Women's National Team will be staying in Atlanta a little longer than they planned to.

The U.S.'s friendly vs. Russia at the Georgia Dome scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed to Thursday night at 730pm due to the inclement weather that is hitting the area.

Scolari confirms Julio Cesar move to Toronto FC

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If Julio Cesar is to play his way onto Brazil's World Cup roster this summer, he will do so as a member of Toronto FC.

Brazil national team head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari confirmed during a press conference on Tuesday that Julio Cesar is set to join Toronto FC.

Liga MX side Veracruz hires ‘El Chelis’ as head coach

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you were wondering whatever happened to outspoken for Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, otherwise known as 'El Chelis', wonder no more.

Liga MX side Veracruz has hired 'Chelis' as the team's new head coach. Veracruz has started the season in poor fashion, dropping three straight to drop to 17th place in the 18-team Liga MX.

Neymar, Oscar headline Euro-based Brazil squad for March friendly

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you think Jurgen Klinsmann has some tough decisions to make regarding selecting a World Cup roster, consider what Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has to deal with.

It is widely known that Brazil has the deepest collection of top-caliber talent in the world, meaning there are sure to be some stars left off the World Cup roster.

Tuesday Kickoff: Keane hits out at Man United transfer policy; Messi nearing record; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Roy Keane has called out the Manchester United front office as an explanation for their recent struggles.

The former Man United midfielder revealed his thoughts on the team's struggles and has hit out at the club for "cutting corners" in the transfer market over the last few seasons.

Monday Evening Ticker: Oscar issues challenge to Argentina; Ribery to miss Bayern clash vs. Arsenal; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Brazilian star Oscar insists that any team looking to win this summer's World Cup will have to go through hosts Brazil, especially if you a're South American rivals Argentina.

In a recent interview in Brazil, Oscar laid out a clear challenge to Argentina.

Portland Timbers stadium becomes Providence Park

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BY MIKE DONOVAN

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.

MLS Preseason Rewind: Dynamo cruise, FC Dallas fall in rematch, and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

Report: Johnson to sign with Moenchengladbach this summer

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Hoffenheim winger Fabian Johnson may be changing addresses this summer, but he will not be leaving the German Bundesliga.

Johnson is set to sign with Borussia Moenchengladbach as a free agent during the upcoming summer transfer window, according to a report from German outlet Kicker.

Bradley’s TFC debut moved to national TV broadcast

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By IVES GALARCEP

Michael Bradley's first match back in Major League Soccer will be aired on national television after all.

Bradley's 2014 debut with Toronto FC, on March 15 in Seattle against the Sounders, will now air on NBC Sports Network after a schedule adjustment, MLS announced on Monday.

A look at some potential breakout players ahead of the 2014 MLS season

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 MLS season is just a month away, meaning it's not too early to start thinking about the players who will impress us and surprises us in the new season.

In my latest piece for Goal.com, I run down a list of the leading candidates for breakout seasons for each of the league's 19 teams.

Report: Beckham lobbying PSG owners to help fund MLS Miami

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Liga MX Round 6: A Look Back

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By DANIEL PRICE

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.

Monday Kickoff: Milan could leave San Siro; Moyes calls Fulham draw “a new low”; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

European Weekend Rewind: Liverpool thrash Arsenal; Almeria upset Atletico Madrid; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Two of the biggest leagues in the world had shake-ups at their respective top spots this weekend thanks to a pair of eye-opening results.

In the English Premier League, Arsenal lost their newly reclaimed first-place position Saturday in a demoralizing 5-1 defeat at fourth-place Liverpool.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There was apparently no repellent strong enough to ward off the injury bug, which tried to go viral this weekend.

Several players in the Americans Abroad contingent were late scratches or removed from their respective games because of injury, including Timmy Chandler, Oguchi Onyewu, and Jermaine Jones.

Lloyd’s first-half brace sets tone as USWNT embarrass Russia

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By FRANCO PANIZO

BOCA RATON, Fla. After missing the U.S. Women's National Team's first game of the year, Carli Lloyd came back with a vengeance.

Lloyd set the tone for the U.S. with a first-half brace as they routed Russia, 7-0, in a friendly at FAU Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United and Fulham both find themselves in desperate need of a victory, and they'll face each other looking for that sorely-needed win when they meet at Old Trafford today.

David Moyes will be hoping his team can snap out of a funk that has seen Manchester United lose three of their past five league matches.

Chandler sidelined 8-10 weeks with torn left meniscus

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Morgan recovering, but still no clear timetable on full recovery

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

U.

Klinsmann reflects on January camp, South Korea friendly

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

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.

NWSL 2014 schedule set, takes a more balanced approach

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The National Women's Soccer League regular season is set with 108 games across a balanced schedule spanning from April to August.

The schedule, released by the NWSL Friday, gives an opening spotlight to the Houston Dash, the Dynamo-run expansion team that only joined the league in November.

MLS Preseason Rewind: FC Dallas win opener in Abu Dhabi, Sporting KC roll, and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

FC Dallas have traveled all the way to Abu Dhabi for pre-season, and opened their camp with a 3-0 victory against Swedish side BK Hacken.

Goals from Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez and Ryan Hollingshead provided the difference, while goalkeepers Richard Sanchez and Chris Seitz recorded the shutout.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

This Soccer Saturday will start with a bang as English Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool battle it out in a matchup that will have serious title and Champions League implications.

The last time these two clubs squared off, Arsenal won a tight fixture at Emirates Stadium by a score of 2-0.

Revs Notes: Mullins impressing in camp, goalkeeper battle continues, and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The New England Revolution enter the 2014 MLS season coming off of the team's first playoff appearance since the 2009 campaign.

With last season behind them, head coach Jay Heaps is using the preseason to assess talent, as well as get some of the younger players implemented into a side that exceeded expectations last season.

The SBI Show: Episode 111 (Talking MLS expansion, USMNT roster options, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The official announcement of MLS granting David Beckham an expansion franchise in Miami made big waves in the media on Wednesday, solidifying a development that had been a long time coming.

On Episode 11 of The SBI Show, we discuss the Miami MLS expansion announcement, and what's next for Beckham and his partners.

A look at an all European-based USMNT squad

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

While there may be high-profile matches this weekend in England, France, and Germany, only one game can match the emotions of 50 Super Bowls packed into one game.

This weekend marks the return of the Derby della Capitale between arch-rivals Lazio and Roma.

Friday Kickoff: Blatter considers seeking a fifth term; Vidic confirms Man United departure; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Even at 77-years old, Sepp Blatter still thinks he has enough strength to remain FIFA President.

Speaking to a Swiss radio station RTS, Blatter hinted again that he was considering running for a fifth term as FIFA president when his current term ends in 2015.

Liga MX Round 6: A Look Ahead

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By DANIEL PRICE

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.

Report: Brazilian goalkeeper Cesar linked with loan to TFC

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By DAN KARELL

Brazilian National Team goalkeeper Julio Cesar is likely to leave Queens Park Rangers this spring in search of playing time, but the latest club he's being linked with is quite a surprise.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper, who is set to start for Brazil at this summer's World Cup, is being linked with a loan move to Toronto FC by Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte.

European Weekend Preview: First-place Arsenal visit Liverpool; PSG travel to Monaco; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Arsenal are back to the top of the English Premier League, but they will have to overcome a tough opponent if they want to keep it that way this weekend.

The first-place Gunners will kick off the weekend action from England this Saturday at Anfield, the legendary home of fourth-place Liverpool.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

USMNT 2, South Korea 0: Field-Level Highlights

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Report: Falcons “far along in negotiations” for Atlanta MLS franchise

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By DAN KARELL

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.

EA Sports announces 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil video game

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2014 World Cup is just around the corner. The 2014 World Cup video game is even closer.

EA Sports announced on Thursday that it will continue its tradition of making World Cup-focused video games by releasing2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilthis spring.

Orlando City make El Salvador captain Ceren third MLS player signing

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Slowly but surely, Orlando City is building their MLS roster.

Orlando City continued to shape their squad ahead of its inaugural season in MLS in 2015 by signing El Salvador national team captain Darwin Ceren on a two-year contract.

Agudelo opens European scoring account in Utrecht loss

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It might have come in a losing effort, but Juan Agudelo has his first European goal.

Five days after setting up a game-tying equalizer vs. Ajax, Agudelo opened his European scoring account by netting FC Utrecht's lone goal in a 2-1 defeat to PEC Zwolle on Thursday.

Report: English striker Moore set to join Chivas USA

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Arena signs multi-year extension with Galaxy

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Dempsey and McBride discuss World Cup and road to Brazil

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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.

MLS Miami Notes: Claure hints at possibility of more DPs, Beckham noncommital on LeBron inclusion, & more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Hoffenheim boss reveals Johnson will leave club this summer

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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.

MLS Preseason Round-Up: Late goals push Timbers past Dynamo, TFC edges United, and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A scoreless draw seemed to be in the books for the Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo, but a pair of late goals ensured there would be a victor.

Will Johnson and Maximiliano Urruti each found the back of the net in the final 10 minutes to push Portland past Houston, 2-0, at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.

Thursday Kickoff: Clubs lining up for Vidic, Spanish powers post Copa Del Rey wins, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

As if Manchester United's nightmare season couldn't get any worse, it is looking more and more like the club could be losing its best defender this summer.

Serbian center back Nemanja Vidic is in the final six months of his current contract and drawing interest from several top clubs, including multiple teams from Serie A.

With 2017 the target, Beckham and Claure are bullish about making MLS Miami a hit

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Must-See Own Goal: Real Sociedad

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Altidore opens up about struggles at Sunderland

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Kreis: NYC FC can take four Man City players on loan

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Brooks back in full training with Hertha Berlin

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Joya signs with MLS, to go through weighted lottery

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

Cristiano Ronaldo may be suspended for the next three La Liga matches, but he's in the starting lineup for today's Madrid derby clash with Atletico Madrid.

Though Real Madrid has historically owned this rivalry, Atletico have had the upper hand over the last 12 months, including defeating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in last year's Copa Del Rey final.

Whitecaps sign Uruguayan forwards Fernandez, Mezquida

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By DAN KARELL

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.

USWNT placed with Japan, Sweden, Denmark in Algarve Cup

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By DAN KARELL

The defending Algarve Cup champion U.S. Women's National Team have been handed a big challenge in the first match of the 2014 tournament.

On Wednesday, the USWNT was placed in Group B of the 2014 Algarve Cup, setting up matches against Japan, Sweden, and Denmark, in that order.

Klinsmann leaves door open for players to make USMNT World Cup squad

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Watch Beckham’s MLS announcement live

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By DAN KARELL

David Beckham and Major League Soccer Comissioner Don Garber are in Miami on Wednesday to make a "special announcement," expected to be the addition of an MLS franchise in South Florida.

The former LA Galaxy, Manchester United, and Real Madrid midfielder reportedly exercised his clause in his original MLS contract to allow him to buy into MLS as an investor-operator.

Beckham exercises option to own MLS expansion franchise in Miami

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ronaldo suspended three games; Robben negotiating with Bayern; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

U.S. U-18s fall to Spain in Copa Del Atlantico opener

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team learned on Tuesday the fine line between securing a positive result and seeing it all go away.

After defending for 87 minutes, the U.S. U-18s conceded an 88th minute goal to Spain Under-18 midfielderYelko Pino Caride, falling to Spain, 1-0 in the opener of the Copa Del Atlantico tournament.

Sunderland manager Poyet stands by Altidore

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet reiterated his faith in the struggling Jozy Altidore, despite the American's troubles in front of goal.

Altidore, who was brought in by previous manager Paolo Di Canio, has struggled to find the back of the net this season, having scored only two goals in all competitions.

Upcoming Copa Centroamericana to take place in U.S.

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Johannsson scores in AZ win, but leaves match with injury

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By IVES GALARCEP

Aron Johannsson continued his goal-scoring exploits for AZ Alkmaar on Tuesday with his latest strike, but his 22nd goal of the season in all competitions came at a price.

The U.S. Men's National Team striker left Tuesday's 2-0 victory against Vitesse Arnhem at halftime with an apparent upper leg injury.

MLS Ticker: NYCFC wants fan-designed badge; RSL reveal new home uniform; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Must-See Goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Sources: Red Bulls set for preseason trip to Jacksonville

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Report: Adu plays 45 minutes for Blackpool in closed-door game

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By DAN KARELL

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.

U.S. Under-18 head coach Perez previews Copa Del Atlantico

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Real Madrid, Man Utd, Man City among teams to play in 2014 ICC

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Guinness International Champions Cup (ICC) is returning in 2014, and with more.

Relevent Sports announced on Tuesday the field for this year's edition of the ICC, the star-studded tournament which debuted last season and includes several high-profile clubs from Europe.

Real Madrid, Man United headline this summer’s International Champions Cup

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By DAN KARELL

A star-studded cast of teams have agreed to return to the United States for the second edition of the International Champions Cup.

Defending champions Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Manchester City are among the eight teams invited for the 2014 ICC, with games taking place across the country.

Man United announce U.S. summer tour

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Man City lose Fernandinho for a month; Bale returns for Atletico clash; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

The SBI Show: Episode 110 (Recapping USA-South Korea, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team's first match of the year, and first victory, gives us plenty to talk about on the latest episode of The SBI Show.

We break down the U.S. team's 2-0 victory against South Korea, discussing which players impressed, and which players struggled on Saturday.

Must-See Goal: Oriol Riera

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Canada to host USWNT in May rematch

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By DAN KARELL

The Canadian Women's National Team won't have to wait very long for a chance at revenge against the U.S. Women's National Team.

On Monday, the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) announced that Canada will face the USWNT in a friendly match on May 8 at Investors Group Fieldin Winnipeg.

Chelsea shut down Manchester City for big road win

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

Spain, Nigeria headline North American pre-World Cup tour

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

MLS Ticker: Farfan loaned to Chiapas; Salinas, Stewart sign new contracts; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

USA 2, South Korea 0: SBI Player Grades

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Manchester City vs. Chelsea: Your Running Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Report: USMNT to face Nigeria in final game of World Cup send-off series

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Williams heaps praise on U.S. Under-17 forwards following Aegean Cup title

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By DAN KARELL

Of all the talents in the U.S. Youth National Team system, the brightest of the bunch may be in the Under-17 squad.

For the second time in two months, the U.S. Under-17 National Team took home a tournament title against European opposition.

USMNT 2, South Korea 0: Match Reaction

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Vela says no to El Tri, won’t play at World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

Carlos Vela has turned down a chance to play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Following a meeting between Vela and Mexico National Team officials including head coach Miguel Herrera and national team directorHéctor González Iñárritu, Vela again said that he could not make a 100 percent commitment to El Tri.

Report: Garber, Beckham expected to announce expansion plans on Wednesday

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Monday Kickoff: Mourinho claims Man City underachieve; Wenger defends Källström loan; and more

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Liga MX Round 5: A Look Back

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By DANIEL PRICE

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.

European Weekend Rewind: Valencia upset Barcelona at Camp Nou; Atletico rout Sociedad; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

For the first time this season, we have a new leader in La Liga.

Since their 7-0 blowout victory against Levante on the first weekend of the Spanish league season, defending champions Barcelona have been atop the league table for 21 consecutive matchdays.

Must-See Goal: Daniel Ludueña

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Sporting KC Notes: Draw in the desert; Zusi and company highlight USMNT victory; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

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.

Two-goal hero Wondolowski earns plaudits from USMNT teammates

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By MARC SERBER

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.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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 City unveil final USL Pro kit

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

ORLANDO, Fla. — With one year to go before officially joining Major League Soccer, Orlando City SC unveiled their final USL Pro kit on Saturday afternoon in downtown Orlando.

"I think the 2014 jersey, in my opinion, is probably the best jersey we ever had," said club President Phil Rawlins.

Orlando City President Rawlins says stadium will break ground in spring

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

ORLANDO, Fla. — 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.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Graham Zusi

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Graham Zusi just keeps on churning out impressive performances with the U.S. Men's National Team.

Zusi delivered his latest fine outing for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Saturday afternoon in the U.S.'s 2-0 victory over South Korea at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Wondolowski double leads USMNT past South Korea

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By MARC SERBER

CARSON, Calif.- A Chris Wondolowski brace was enough for the United States to see off a speedy and technical South Korean side, 2-0, in front of a sold-out crowd at the StubHub Center.

"Coming out of a three and a half weeks of training camp I think the guys showed a lot of quality a lot of effort and they got rewarded with a win," a satisfied Jurgen Klinsmann said after the game.

USMNT 2, South Korea 0: Match Highlights

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

The Serie A season's second battle between traditional powerhouses Juventus and Inter Milan, the Derby d'Italia, highlights a jam-packed Sunday of soccer from all around the world.

The two northern Italian clubs will face off at Juventus Stadium in Turin on Sunday with more than just the usual bragging rights on the line.

USMNT vs. South Korea: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

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.

Leroux lifts USWNT over Canada in 2014 opener

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It was a rusty first showing of 2014 for the U.S. Women's National Team in Frisco, Texas Friday night, but enough to eke out a 1-0 victory over a physical Canadian team with a chip on its shoulder.

The match didn't quite deliver on the fireworks of the previous two times these sides met, but with Canadian-born Sydney Leroux securing a U.

As USMNT prepares for 2014 opener, Gonzalez and Besler look to sharpen partnership

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By MARC SERBER

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.

Former Duke defender Ibeagha signs for AC Horsens in Denmark

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By DAN KARELL

While plenty of Americans have decided to start their careers in Major League Soccer, former U.S. Under-20 defender SebastienIbeagha is going to try his luck in Europe.

Following a trial, Ibeagha has signed a contract through June 2015 with AC Horsens in Denmark's second division.

Myers inks new deal with Sporting KC

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By TATE STEINLAGE

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.

Klinsmann shows off his flying skills

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For South Korea, friendly vs. USMNT a chance to test mental toughness

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By MARC SERBER

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.

Galaxy sign Swedish midfielder Ishizaki

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By DAN KARELL

The LA Galaxy addressed another one of their offseason needs on Thursday with the signing of Stefan Ishizaki.

The Galaxy announced that they have signed the Swedish midfielder pending a physical, the receipt of his international transfer certificate, and his P-1 visa.

Sounders acquire Pappa through allocation process

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By DAN KARELL

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.

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

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.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

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.