HARRISON, N.J. The New York Red Bulls looked destined for a disappointing result at home on Sunday against Chivas USA, with another poor start dooming them to a late deficit. Peguy Luyindula helped ease some of the disappointment when he headed home a stoppage-time equalizer, but it was clear from Mike Petke that even the dramatic finish didn't change the fact his team had another lackluster performance.
The San Jose Earthquakes have made it a routine to pull off late heroics at Buck Shaw Stadium, with last-minute goals an almost expected part of the proceedings in the small Northern California stadium.
Fans at Buck Shaw saw another late game-winner on Saturday, only this time it wasn't by the Earthquakes, but by the New England Revolution, who escaped San Jose with all three points after recording their first win of the 2014 season in dramatic fashion.
Brad Evans won't have a chance to boost his chances of being the U.S. Men's National Team starting right back this week against Mexico, but his absence has opened the door for another national team hopeful to enter the fray.
Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran has been called in to replace the injured Evans, who failed to appear in Seattle's 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.
It was Sporting Kansas City's turn to benefit from a second half stoppage-time goal Saturday after two heartbreaking finishes earlier in the season, as Dom Dwyer's 92nd minute blast helped boost the reigning MLS Cup champions over the Colorado Rapids 3-2 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
FC Dallas continued their hot start to the season, beating the Portland Timbers in a bizarre match Saturday night that featured an off-the-ball double red card, an own goal, and a late game-winner for the home side.
Mauro Diaz and Blas Perez found the score sheet for FC Dallas, while a Matt Hedges own goal was Portland's lone tally in Dallas' 2-1 victory in front of 16,045 at FC Dallas Stadium.
SANDY, Utah -Toronto FC arrived at Rio Tinto Stadium with a perfect 2-0 record and a growing reputation as a powerhouse team capable of being a title contender.
Real Salt Lake provided a clear reminder that TFC has a way to go before it can join RSL in the select category of true MLS Cup candidate, overwhelming Toronto FC on their way to a 3-0 victory on Saturday.
SEATTLE The Columbus Crew came into Saturday's match riding the first 2-0 start in franchise history. But a road game against the Seattle Sounders promised to provide a much stiffer test than the Philadelphia Union at home or D.
Despite holding a 2-1 lead in the second half, D.C. United allowed Chicago Fire forward Quincy Amarikwa to equalize in the 82nd minute. Though each side had chances in the final minutes plus stoppage time, the two clubs settled for a 2-2 draw on Saturday at RFK Stadium.
If Arsenal are to climb back into the Premier League title race, they will have to start their ascension against the toughest of opponents, as the Gunners host Manchester City to headline this weekend's action.
Arsenal enter the weekend having fallen to fourth in the league after picking up just one point in their last two contests.
It looks like Aron Johannsson can have a bad club game, after all.
The young U.S. National Team striker has been enjoying a breakout season with AZ Alkmaar, but his team was ousted Thursday from the Dutch Cup after Johannsson missed a crucial penalty kick early in a 1-0 loss.
The U.S. Men's National Team roster for next week's friendly against Mexico dropped earlier this week, offering a glimpse of what we could see against 'El Tri', and raising questions about some of the players left out.
In Episode 126 of The SBI Show, we discuss the squad, including the young players brought in, and the players who missed the cut.
Despite taking a thrashing earlier this month at the Algarve Cup, the USWNT hold onto their No. 1 spot in the latest FIFA rankings released Friday. It marks the seventh year the USWNT has topped the rankings.
Sporting Kansas City announced Tuesday that it has waived 31-year-old defender Josh Gardner to free up a roster spot for a prospective international signing that manager Peter Vermes hopes to ink this week.
"We've been working on a few players for quite some time," Vermes told SB Nation.
If Arsenal are to stay in the hunt for the English Premier League title, Saturday might be their last stand.
Fourth-place Arsenal's title hopes took critical blows within the span of a week when Chelsea crushed the Gunners 6-0 at Stamford Bridge and Mathieu Flamini's own goal forced the contenders to draw with bottom-half Swansea City, 2-2.
There might be 22 players that will try to improve their standings with the U.S. Men's National Team next week, but they are not the only ones attempting to make a deep final push for a spot on this summer's World Cup squad.
Several foreign-based players on the fringes of the full U.
Aron Johannsson is looking to help AZ Alkmaar successfully defend their KNVB Cup title, but some stiff opposition stands in their way of making it back to the final.
AZ are set to host traditional Dutch powerhouse Ajax on Thursday in the semifinals of the competition and the winner of the match will move on to the championship game on April 19 against Wednesday's winners PEC Zwolle.
When the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the upcoming Mexico friendly was announced on Wednesday, there were a few names that stood out in their absence. Benny Feilhaber and Jose Torres were left out of the squad, raising serious questions about whether either still has a realistic chance of returning to the World Cup after playing in the 2010 tournament.
David Beckham and his looming Miami franchise will not be the only MLS club in Florida to grab headlines for their planned stadium this week.
Following several days of Beckham making public appearances in the Sunshine State to try and convince government officials to allow him to build a soccer-specific stadium in PortMiami, new details regarding Orlando City's future home have been revealed via a report from local broadcast network WFTV.
For the U.S. Men's National Team, now is crunch time.
Following Wednesday's roster announcement for next week's friendly vs. Mexico, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann talked about the importance of his final camp before World Cup preparations get underway in May in a video released by U.
Thierry Henry will have himself a special day this July.
The New York Red Bulls announced on Thursday that they will host Henry's former club Arsenal in a friendly at Red Bull Arena on July 26. The match is scheduled for a 5pm kickoff, and will see Henry face the club where he had some of the best years of his legendary career and scored a record 226 goals in all competitions.
UEFA confirmed on Thursday the creation of the UEFA Nations League.
The once-rumored tournament was adopted by all 54 UEFA nations at the UEFA congress in Kazakhstan this week and will begin in 2018. The tournament will split the UEFA nations into four groups based on UEFA coefficient, with promotion and relegation between the groups.
Victor Valdes' may have just played his final game in a Barcelona uniform.
The Barcelona goalkeeper, who announced last year that he would be leaving the club at the end of his contract, was carted off the field after 24 minutes with a serious knee injury on Wednesday in Barcelona's 3-0 victory against Celta de Vigo.
Youngsters DeAndre Yedlin and Luis Gil were two of the few slight surprise inclusions in the U.S. Men's National Team roster announced on Wednesday to take on Mexico on April 2nd.
A team consisting mainly of MLS-based players, as well as Liga MX teammates DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco and new USMNT commit Julian Green was revealed on Wednesday and there were few true surprises.
Toronto FC are finally living up to their fan's expectations.
After the busy and high-spending offseason, TFC have won their first two games of the season, including a 1-0 victory last Saturday with all three Designated Players, Michael Bradley, Gilberto, and goal-scorer Jermain Defoe playing key roles in the build-up to the goal.
As much as Major League Soccer is now the home for many of the top established centerbacks in the U.S. Men's National Team player pool, you can make a good argument that the best central defender in the early weeks of the new MLS season is uncapped American Matt Hedges.
The hot topic surrounding MLS for much of the past week was how its clubs were struggling in the CONCACAF Champions League, and New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke had his turn to touch on the subject on Tuesday.
The upcoming weekend will not be the only time this week to view some worthwhile soccer.
Several interesting matches are on tap for a busy Tuesday slate of action, one that includes a highly-anticipated Manchester derby. Manchester United and Manchester City will square off at Old Trafford in a match that has serious implications for both.
We are less than 12 weeks away from the 2014 World Cup, with the U.S. Men's National Team's opening match vs. Ghana fast approaching and plenty of questions still unanswered about the likely starters Jurgen Klinsmann will call on for that all-important match.
Things may not have gone as well as the U.S. Women's National Team would have liked at the Algarve Cup earlier this month, but that has not stopped head coach Tom Sermanni from calling up the majority of the same players for a pair of friendlies in early April.
No stranger to the soccer world, Etihad Airways has entered a partnership with Major League Soccer.
MLS and Etihad Airways announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a multi-year partnership deal that sees the national airline of the United Arab Emirates become the official airline partner of MLS in the United States.
Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt is focused on the future.
After going through a busy offseason with plenty of change to the club, the Crew announced on Monday morning that president Mark McCullers had agreed to part ways with the club. McCullers will remain until April 30 to help with the transition but Precourt has taken over day-to-day duties effective immediately.
The Chicago Fire were going to need a spark in order to have a chance of earning a result against defending MLS Supporters Shield winners New York Red Bulls on Sunday, and they received that spark from the team's least experienced player.
Shipp helped set up the Fire's only goal of the match, serving a perfect corner kick for Jeff Larentowicz to head home in an eventual 1-1 tie.
The Columbus Crew have a new head coach, and several new faces, but it has been many of the returning players who have stepped up to help the team get off to a good start.
Count Bernardo Anor among that group. The young midfielder has stepped in nicely to help fill the void left by the retirement of Eddie Gaven, and his two goals on Saturday not only helped the Crew post an impressive 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Union.
Cristiano Ronaldo was not a happy camper after his side fell to Barcelona in the latest rendition of El Clasico.
The Portuguese winger, who scored a penalty kick goal in the second half of the 4-3 Real Madrid defeat, blamed the loss on refereeUndiano Mallenco, claiming that La Liga referees always make calls against Real Madrid and that Mallenco was biased against them.
With their road form at an alarming low and their rivals on a blistering run through Spain, Barcelona needed something special to get back into the thick of the La Liga title race as they headed into the Santiago Bernabeu.
The defending champions got exactly what they needed in a Clasico for the ages thanks to their legendary goalscorer.
Club Tijuana followed up their impressive 4-2 CONCACAF Champions league win over LA Galaxy with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Puebla. Three American players were on show, Edgar Castillo for the home side and DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco for the visitors.
The case for a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami is about to get a little bit stronger.
David Beckham and the ownership group behind efforts to bring MLS to Miami will unveil stadium designs Monday, according to a report by the Miami Herald. The proposed stadium at PortMiami would feature an open-air design showcasing the city's skyline as a backdrop.
All eyes will be on the famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium in the Spanish capital Sunday as Real Madrid host Barcelona in another installment of El Clasico.
First-place Real Madrid have not lost in La Liga since the first Clasico of the season back in October, and they hold a four-point lead over Barcelona heading into their second league meeting of the season.
COLUMBUS, Ohio â€” The Columbus Crew benefited from a little bit of magic in their home opener. It just didn't come from the expected source, Federico Higuain.
Unheralded midfielder Bernardo Anor scored two goals, including a long-range blast in first-half stoppage time to help lead the Crew to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening in the team's home opener at Crew Stadium.
SANDY, Utah In a top-tier battle of Western conference powers, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake settled for a 1-1 draw Saturday, with Robbie Keane scoring the equalizer to help the Galaxy earn a road point.
Keane gave the Galaxy the equalizer in the 35th minute, dispossessing RSL defender Chris Wingert in the midfield.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Part of the defensive solidarity seen in the New England Revolution's scoreless tie against the Vancouver Whitecaps came with the return of the team's captain Jose Goncalves, who was left off the game day roster in last weekend's 1-0 loss in Philadelphia to the Union.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€” The New England Revolution's scoreless streak to start their 2014 season continues after a draw Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the only regular season meeting between the two clubs.
"In the end, I was really happy how we played defensively," Revolution head coach Jay Heaps said after the game.
This busy Soccer Saturday will start with a bang in London as first-place Chelsea welcome third-place Arsenal to Stamford Bridge for a crucial match between English Premier League title contenders.
Chelsea have never lost a home league match under manager Jose Mourinho, and they will look to keep that streak and more importantly, their advantage atop the league intact as the Gunners visit West London.
Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy have already faced each other this season, but the Western Conference powers have been lined up as opponents again this weekend in the marquee match-up of MLS Week Three.
Nick Rimando single-handedly saved RSL in the season-opening meeting, but Real Salt Lake should be a tougher team to deal with at Rio Tinto Stadium as they face a Galaxy side that is coming off a disappointing CONCACAF Champions League exit last Tuesday against Club Tijuana.
Jurgen Klinsmann isn't a fan of Clint Dempsey's two-game suspension for violent conduct.
Major League Soccer announced on Friday that Dempsey was suspended for two games for an incident with Toronto FC defender Marc Bloom last Saturday, keeping Dempsey out of the Sounders lineup until April 12.
Omar Salgado's search for playing time will take him to Charleston.
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced on Friday thatthey've sent the former No. 1 overall pick on-loan to the Charleston Batteryof USL Pro. Salgado's loan move is subject to the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
The second installment of "El Clasico" takes center stage in soccer on TV this weekend.
Barcelona travels to Real Madrid with their season on the line. Media in Spain are already claiming that the winner of the match will win the title. Real Madrid currently lead La Liga with 70 points and lead Barcelona by four points with ten matches remaining.
The Western Conference takes center stage in Week 3 of the MLS season, when rivals Real Salt Lake and the L.A. Galaxy clash in RSL's home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium (4 pm, NBCSN).
There was some worry in RSL's camp that the availability of goalkeeper Nick Rimando would be in question after he suffered a back spasm while making a save in the 22nd minute of their 3-3 tie Saturday against San Jose.
The Italian side were drawn in the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal round on Friday with former French champions Lyon, with the two legs taking place on April 3 and April 10. Amazingly, the two clubs have never played each other in an official European competition
Also drawn in the quarterfinals were AZ Alkmaar with SL Benfica, FC Basel with Valencia, and FC Porto with Sevilla.
After some uncertainty, the Philadelphia Union have landed the midfielder they were hoping to acquire.
The Union announced on Thursday that they have brought back Fred, the 34-year-old Brazilian who last played for the club during its inaugural season in 2010. Fredy was acquired via an MLS waiver draft and will join Philadelphia upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
Move on over, replacement referees. MLS's main officials are coming back.
MLS and the Professional Referees Organization (PRO) have reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA), according to several reports.
A Robin van Persie hat trick rescued Manchester United and for the time being embattled head coach David Moyes in Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 matchup against Olympiakos, giving his side a 3-0 win at Old Trafford that sees them through to the quarterfinals.
The San Jose Earthquakes looked primed to be demolished on Wednesday night, missing eight starters and facing a dangerous Toluca side in Mexico with a patch-work defense. The Earthquakes figured to be blown out of the water.
Sporting Kansas City had no answer for Mariano Pavone and the rest of Cruz Azul in Wednesday's decisive second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
Pavone tallied a hat-trick in under an hour to boost the Mexican side into the semifinals with a 5-1 (5-2 aggregate) victory, eliminating the last remaining Major League Soccer squad from the tournament.
Mike Magee is expecting to make his season debut Saturday in the Chicago Fire's home opener against the New York Red Bulls, the reigning MLS Most Valuable Player told reporters Wednesday, while also taking the opportunity to dispel any rumors of a "bust-up" with head coach Frank Yallop.
It may have been a disappointing result for Real Salt Lake, considering they conceded a stoppage time goal that led to a 3-3 draw on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes, but a point at Buck Shaw Stadium is never anything to scoff at.
Fresh off of a 3-0 trouncing at the hands of Liverpool, David Moyes and Manchester United will have to erase a 2-0 deficit when they host Olympiacos Wednesday afternoon.
It's been a tumultuous year to say the least for Moyes' United. The reigning Premier League champions currently find themselves sitting in seventh, 12 points behind the all-important Champions League qualification that comes with fourth place.
The 2014 World Cup is fast approaching, and Jurgen Klinsmann's biggest fear has to be the thought of losing a key player to a serious injury. That would have made watching Clint Dempsey play last weekend against Toronto FC especially worrisome after, in Klinsmann's words, Dempsey was fouled repeatedly.
Timmy Chandler's season might be over, and so too could his dreams of playing in the 2014 World Cup.
According to a German report, FC Nurnberg head coach Gertjan Verbeek has said it is likely Chandler will miss the remainder of the current campaign and not return in the near future as had previously been expected.
From the moment last week's first leg ended, the LA Galaxy's one-goal advantage against Club Tijuana felt like it wouldn't be enough to help the Galaxy survive a second leg trip to Tijuana.
Just 56 seconds into Tuesday night's second leg, that one-goal advantage was gone and the Galaxy were well on their way to becoming the latest MLS team to have their CONCACAF Champions League hopes ended south of the border.
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke has every right to be frustrated.
The 2013 Supporters Shield champions were battered 4-1 in their opening matchup with the Vancouver Whitecaps. They followed that performance with a generally dominant effort against a young Colorado Rapids side, only to have a questionable penalty call cause them to walk away with just one point.
Bayern Munich have locked down one of their core players for the next three years.
The German club announced on Wednesday that Arjen Robben has signed a new contract through June 2017, which will keep him at Bayern until he's 33-years old. Though contract details weren't disclosed, SportBild reported last February that Robben's salary would be around â‚¬8 million per season.
After battling constant knee problems for much of the past year, Steve Cherundolo is apparently set to call it a career.
Hannover 96 has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday in which Cherundolo, the club's captain and longest-serving professional player, and president Martin Kind will be in attendance, according to a report from German outlet Neue Presse.
Oguchi Onyewumade a statement for Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, and he did so against the club that recently deemed him not good enough to see the field.
Onyewu helped Sheffield Wednesday post a cleansheet in a 3-0 victory over his former club Queens Park Rangers, and also assisted on the second goal in what was surely a memorable feel-good win for the veteran centerback.
Jurgen Klinsmann's MO since being appointed the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team in 2011 has been to try and get as many dual nationals to play for the U.S. setup so as to not risking losing "the next Giuseppe Rossi."
Klinsmann has fared well in that regard, and on Tuesday he claimed another victory by getting a player with immense potential to commit to the American cause.
Eric Hassli will be staying in Texas, after all. He just will not be with an MLS club.
The San Antonio Scorpions announced Tuesday that they have signed Hassli, 32, for the 2014 NASL season. Hassli, who recently parted ways with FC Dallas, reported to San Antonio on Tuesday and practiced with the club.
If you were a fan of the MLS Insider documentary series that debuted last season, some good news has arrived.
MLS announced on Tuesday that the acclaimed weekly feature will be back in 2014. The series, produced by eight-time Emmy award winners Hock Films, is presented by adidas and each episode will debut on KICKTV as opposed to last year when the show initially aired on TV via NBC Sports Network.
The Houston Dynamo and Philadelpha Union have been two of the bigger surprises of the early part of the 2014 MLS season and two of the key figures behind their good starts are Will Bruin and Amobi Okugo.
Bruin has scored a league-leading three goals in two matches for the 2-0 Dynamo, while Okugo has helped the Union defense surrender just one goal in two matches in a 1-0-1 start.
The LA Galaxy may be up a goal on aggregate, but they know that likely will not be enough if they wish to keep their CONCACAF Champions League dreams alive.
The Galaxy currently hold a 1-0 lead over Club Tijuana after a tight first quarterfinals leg at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles last week, but are set to travel approximately 135 miles south to try and see off the Xolos in the decisive match at what is expected to be a rowdy Estadio Caliente in Tijuana on Tuesday night.
Jermain Defoe's MLS debut grabbed the headlines in MLS Week Two, but it was actually the week of the defender in Major League Soccer as several centerbacks and fullbacks stepped up with memorable performances worthy of a place in the SBI MLS Best XI.
Earning your first professional start brings with it enough nerves, but earning that first start as a goalkeeper taking on Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls made things that much tougher for Colorado Rapids rookie John Berner.
PORTLAND, Ore,- In 2013, the Portland Timbers started the season with two home matches, falling behind in both and leaving a bitter taste in the players' mouths. The 2014 season has seemed to start very similar for the Rose City.
The New York Red Bulls have had a rough start to their 2014 season.
It began with a 4-1 beating from the Vancouver Whitecaps in a game in which the Red Bulls never looked like they had a chance. The second game of the season saw a young Colorado Rapids side steal a point at Red Bull Arena.
SEATTE Much was made in the offseason about the amount of money Toronto FC spent to revamp their roster.
Toronto's high-profile off-season signings made their highly-anticipated MLS debuts on Saturday in Seattle and they did so in style as Toronto FC beat the Sounders, 2 1, on the back of a Jermain Defoe double.
Sitting just four points behind English Premier League leading side Chelsea after 29 matches, Liverpool are starting to believe that they can contend for the EPL title this season.
Few would have expected last August for Liverpool to be in second place at this point of the season but based on their current and recent performances, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes that the team can achieve the improbable and win the club's first title in 24 years.
Pumas UNAM hit five as relegation-threatened Atlante capitulated in the capital.
The Cancun-based side had picked up ten points from their previous four games and had moved into Liguilla contention yet they were thoroughly outclassed by a rampant Pumas and looked every bit a team fighting for their top flight survival.
After the Vancouver Whitecaps' impressive season opener, the team learned just how difficult it is to play on the road.
Playing in unseasonably hot temperatures in Southern California, the Whitecaps were only able to muster a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Sunday at the StubHub Center, despite playing with a man-advantage for more than 75 minutes.
PORTLAND, Ore.- For the second consecutive week, an Eastern Conference team struck first against the host Portland Timbers. And for the second consecutive week, the home side was able to earn a draw courtesy of a Gaston Fernandez goal.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. â€” Chad Barrett spoiled a result for Sporting Kansas City last weekend in the MLS opener against the Seattle Sounders. Saturday it was FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges who played the role of heartbreaker with his late header that helped spur the match to a 1-1 draw.
Trailing 3-1 at halftime, the Earthquakes looked like they might be run off the field by visiting Real Salt Lake, but in what has become a common occurrence in San Jose, the Earthquakes found a way to battle back and earn a point when earning any kind of points seemed improbable.
HARRISON, N.J. After last week's 4-1 thrashing at the hands of the Vancouver Whitecaps, the New York Red Bulls needed a spark to ignite the defense of their 2013 Supporters Shield. They started their match on Saturday well enough, but couldn't sustain that energy for the rest of the match, allowing the visiting Colorado Rapids to ride a questionable penalty kick call to a hard-earned road point.
Only two clubs have taken points from Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga this season, and the dominant defending champions of Europe and Germany will look for revenge on one of them this Soccer Saturday at the Allianz Arena.
First-place Bayern Munich hold a 20-point lead in the Bundesliga, and their quest for an unbeaten league season continues when third-place Bayer Leverkusen come to town.
It's said that a season is like a roller coaster of emotions, but for Bayern Munich, they've experienced such highs and lows in just one week.
Last Tuesday the club advanced in the UEFA Champions League with a strong performance at home to hold off Arsenal, but the club were stunned to see former president Uli Hoeness submit his resignation on Friday after being convicted of tax fraud.
It's that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A
Join me at 1pm as we discuss everything from the MLS season to CONCACAF Champions League to UEFA Champions League. Want to talk about the U.S. Men's National Team? Even want to talk TV, maybe some True Detective or The Walking Dead?
After a rough few months, Joe Corona is starting to turn things around at Club Tijuana.
Corona has moved past his recent spell of inactivity with Xolos and strung together a few solid performances, with his freshest outing coming in Wednesday's 1-0 CONCACAF Champions League loss to the LA Galaxy.
After weeks of slow churning from the rumor mill, Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie has addressed rumors of him wanting to leave.
The Dutch international told Man United's match-day program United Review that contrary to reports, he's glad to be at Man United and he hopes that he can even extend his stay beyond June 2016, when his current deal ends.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, two bitter North London rivals coming off disappointing results in European action, will square off in another fierce derby that will affect their respective hunts for the title and UEFA Champions League positioning.
Third-place Arsenal sit seven points behind league-leading Chelsea with a match in hand, but they will head to White Hart Lane this weekend missing several top players.
After Liga MX clubs suffered a disappointing week of continental football in the Copa Libertadores and CONCACAF Champions League, this weekend's fixtures provide a chance for the sides to get back to winning ways against domestic opposition.
The most exciting fixture of the weekend is arguably the head-to-head between the relegation-threatened Veracruz and Atlas.
Aron Johannsson has moved one step closer to making history, and AZ Alkmaarhave benefitted as a result.
Coming off a two-goal performance over the weekend, Johannsson scored his 25th of the season across all competitions in a 1-0 victory over Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in the opening leg of their Europa League Round of 16 series on Thursday.
It isn't always easy to follow up an impressive rookie season in Major League Soccer. We have seen that be the case for several first-year standouts in recent years. DeAndre Yedlin has no intention of taking a step back though, he has only grown hungrier to succeed after that started with him being considered a low-profile rookie, and ended with him being called in to the U.
USL Pro announced on Thursday that the franchise rights for a club in Phoenix, Arizona have been acquired by Arizona United Soccer Club, a team that will be owned bylocal advertising executive Kyle Eng.
Arizona United SC will assume the schedule that was prepared for Phoenix FC, and it is expected that the new club will enter into an agreement with the city of Peoria to have its home games played at the Peoria Sports Complex Stadium, which seats just under 13,000 fans.
Clint Dempsey's form may not be where it was a year ago, but Jurgen Klinsmann is seeing progress nonetheless.
The U.S. Men's National Team head coach recently sat down with ussoccer.com to touch on the current standing of several players and said that he saw improvement from Dempsey during the recent three-day camp ahead of the Ukraine friendly earlier this month.
Brek Shea may have had a premature exit at Barnsley, but has insisted he holds no ill will over what transpired at the club.
Shea touched on the topic Wednesday of his Barnsley loan being cut short three weeks before it was scheduled to end due to an incident that he had with one of the Tykes' fans in the aftermath of a 5-0 loss to Huddersfield Town on March 1.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. â€” Sporting Kansas City's Kevin Ellis has been known as the hometown kid ever since he signed with the club in 2011. However, Wednesday night the defender was simply known as the hero, as his score helped give Sporting KC a 1-0 victory against Cruz Azul, and a slight edge heading into next week's second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals in Mexico City.
CARSON, Calif. Judging by crowd noise, it seemed at kickoff that it was Club Tijuana, not the LA Galaxy, that enjoyed the home field advantage in this first leg of Wednesday night's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match.
The Galaxy changed that in the 11th minute when a Marcelo Sarvas long ball fooled the Xolos back line and sprung Robbie Keane loose in the penalty area.
Barcelona got just what they needed and then some in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchup Wednesday against Manchester City, gutting out a 2-1 result at Camp Nou for a 4-1 aggregate win.
Buffeted by their 2-0 win two weeks ago in the first leg on Man City's home ground thanks to goals by Lionel Messi and Dani Alves, Barcelona put in stellar defensive performance and got insurance goals from the same two once again in front of nearly 86,000 loyal supporters.
The opening week of the 2014 MLS season wasn't kind to the teams considered the top title contenders heading into the new campaign.
The Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City and Los Angeles Galaxy all failed in their bids to start the season off with a win, stumbling out of the blocks while at least one title contender started the season in impressive fashion.
While the Columbus Crew's attackers took home the plaudits for the impressive goals scored in the Crew's 3-0 victory at D.C. United last Friday, the new-look defensive line also deserves plenty of credit for the win.
In their first MLS game together as a unit, the Columbus Crew's back line performed more like a well-oiled machine than a group of players who had never played together before this season.
HANOVER, N.J. The New York Red Bulls have planned a Supporters' Shield celebration for just before their home opener this Saturday, and head coach Mike Petke is not all that keen on it.
A long-time member of the club who knows exactly the kind of struggle the Red Bulls went through to capture their first piece of silverware, Petke admitted after practice on Wednesday that he is not too thrilled about the banner presentation that will precede New York's home opener vs.
Wednesday is a Champions League kind of day. A pair of UEFA Champions League second legs highlight the afternoon matchups, while two MLS sides begin their quarterfinal contests in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The European competition is headlined by the second edition of the heavyweight fight that is Barcelona vs.
The 2014 World Cup kicks off exactly three months from today, meaning the days are dwindling and time running out on players to round into form and make their pushes not only for a place on the U.S. World Cup team, but also the starting lineup.
Arsenal's midfield took another hit on Tuesday evening with the loss of Mesut Ã–zil.
The German international was substituted at halftime of Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich and following the match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stated that Ã–zil had suffered a serious hamstring injury.
Get ready for Round 2 of MLS replacement referees.
According to a report from SI.com, the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) and Professional Soccer Referees Associating (PRSA) have yet to come to a resolution to end the regular league officials' lockout and that means that another week of replacement referees is in store for MLS.
Khari Stephenson is officially once again a member of the Earthquakes.
San Jose announced Tuesday that it has brought back Stephenson a year after he left to play for Real Salt Lake. The 33-year-old Jamaican midfielder with experience playing in Europe and MLS played for the Earthquakes from August 2010 to the end of the 2012 campaign, compiling eight goals and eight assists in 69 regular season matches.
The opening week of the 2014 MLS season saw plenty of dramatic finishes, and impressive debuts and we recap it all in the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Episode 121 of The SBI Show takes a look back at all eight matches from the past MLS weekend, including Seattle's last-minute win against Sporting Kansas City, and Vancouver's impressive throttling of the New York Red Bulls.
For the San Jose Earthquakes, there is no time to shake off the preseason cobwebs because aCONCACACAF Champions League bout awaits.
The Earthquakes may not have played in opening weekend of the 2014 MLS season because of a bye in the schedule, but that will not stop them from having the difficult task of hosting a Toluca side in midseason form in the opening leg of their Champions League quarterfinals series.
Since the start of the year, Barcelona have seen their form dip on and off the field.
On the field, the club have lost each of their previous two road matches, first to Real Sociedad and second to Real Valladolid, while off the field the club has dealt with the Neymar transfer tax fiasco.
The injury that has kept Alex Morgan largely out of action since October is not progressing as fast as she would hope.
Speaking to reporters as the Portland Thorns began preparing for the start of NWSL's second season, Morgan gave an update on her left ankle knock by saying she does not know when she will be able to return to the field.
It's hard to imagine a better start to the 2014 MLS season for the Vancouver Whitecaps, as a 4-1 thrashing of 2013 Supporters Shield winners New York Red Bulls has earned the Whitecaps honors as this season's first SBI MLS Team of the Week.
The Whitecaps completely outclassed the opposition behind a brace from Kenny Miller.
U.S. Men's National Team winger Brek Shea had his loan stint with English League Championship side Barnsley cut short after a post-match incident involving fans. Shea will return to Premier League club Stoke City, despite the fact his loan stint having been extended to April 3 back in January.
Before the U.S. Women's National Team's 2014 opener, coach Tom Sermanni declared that the last year had been for experimenting last year and the USWNT will switch its focus on getting results. With that in mind, Sermanni will probably be leaving the Algarve Cup with some concerns.
In sore need of boosting his quickly-fading World Cup chances, Jose Torres enjoyed a goal-scoring performance that just might grab the attention of U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of next month's friendly vs. Mexico.
Torres netted his first league goal since joining Tigres UANL in 2012 on Saturday, capping the scoring in the club's surprise 3-0 triumph over Liga MX leaders Cruz Azul.
Cruz Azul suffered their first defeat of the season as ten-man Tigres UANL took a deserved 3-0 victory on Saturday evening in Monterrey.
The visitors found themselves behind within the first ten minutes. Cruz Azul defender Manuel Madrid hauled down Alan Pulido in the penalty area, and the Brazilian Juninho made no mistake from the resultant spot kick.
Ahead of this summer's World Cup, ESPN will produce a five-part series on the U.S. Men's National Team titled"Inside: U.S. Soccer's March to Brazil". The series, which debuts in May, will air weekly on ESPN and will offer fans a look into the preparations leading up to this summer's tournament in Brazil.
On a night full of outstanding saves, it was Nick Rimando who shined the brightest in the end.
Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, and RSL's Rimando, had quite the battle Saturday night with each goalkeeper making multiple highlight-worthy saves. The match seemed destined to be a draw until RSL forward Joao Plata decided to make his mark.
WASHINGTON- It didn't take long for referee Andres Pfefferkorn to thrust himself into the middle of the â€˜replacement ref' headache that MLS had been seeking to avoid. However, unlike many fans at RFK Stadium, Coach Ben Olsen and his players are not pinning Saturday night's 3-0 loss to the Columbus Crew on Pfefferkorn's whistle.
SEATTLE Defending champion Sporting Kansas City, resting multiple starters ahead of a big midweek match, nearly escapedrainy CenturyLink Field with a draw in the 2014 MLS season opener. A pair of Seattle newcomers sent them home without a point.
SEATTLE, Wash. â€” Second-half stoppage time has become the Seattle Sounders' best friend, and Sporting Kansas City's worst enemy.
After allowing a 94th minute goal last year to the Sounders at home, Sporting KC experienced deja vu in Saturday's MLS opener at CenturyLink Field when forward Chad Barrett struck from inside the box to give the home side a 1-0 victory.
Gregg Berhalter had himself a debut he'll never forget.
In Berhalter's first match as an MLS head coach and with his team facing Eastern Conference foe D.C. United, the Columbus Crew put together a complete game on the way to a 3-0 victory in their season opener on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium.
In front of a sellout crowd of 21,000 fans at BC Place, Vancouver Whitecaps FC crushed the visiting New York Red Bulls 4-1 in a thrilling offensive onslaught by the home side.
A brace by striker Kenny Miller and second-half goals by Sebastian Fernandez and Pedro Morales gave Carl Robinson his first win as the Whitecaps coach and kept Vancouver unbeaten in season openers since they joined MLS in 2011.
CARSON, Calif. If the LA Galaxy hope to chase away the ghosts of their disappointing 2013 campaign, it appears that a retooled lineup will not alone solve that problem.
The inability to finish, and the willingness to surrender late goals, haunted them once again, as Kyle Beckerman sprung Joao Plata for a winning goal in the 81st minute to give RSL a hard fought 1-0 road victory at packed Stub Hub Center on a balmy Saturday night.
On the eve of the 2014 Major League Soccer season opener, the league announced some new rule changes for the upcoming year.
While five teams in each conference will still qualify for the postseason, MLS announced that away rules will be taken into account if the score is tied on aggregate after 180 minutes of a two-legged series.
As worthy a champion and strong a squad as Sporting Kansas City is heading into the 2014 MLS season, you don't get the sense that the reigning MLS Cup champions are a lock to repeat. Lifting the trophy two years in a row is not going to be an easy task with so many already-stacked teams revamping their rosters for the title chase.
The 2014 MLS season will kick off without the presence of its usual officials after the union that represents professional referees officially announced a lockout effective today.
The Professional Referee Association (PRO) announced this morning that, after months of negotiations, they would be locking out its match officials after the Professional Soccer Referees Associations (PSRA) rejected a no strike/no lockout agreement.
There's plenty of soccer on TV this weekend with Major League Soccer returning and some big games abroad.
The campaign for the FA Cup continues with Arsenal set to host Everton for the quarterfinal match Saturday. Everton has never won at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, having drawn in their last two visits, but they will be traveling to face an Arsenal side still feeling the sting of their league defeat against Stoke City last weekend.
With one day to go before their season starts, the New York Red Bulls have signed three players. Defenders Chris Duvall and AmbroiseOyongo and midfielder Eric Stevenson have joined the club, the Red Bulls announced Friday.
Duvall, 22, was selected 22nd overall in the 2014 SuperDraft while Stevenson, 23, was New York's 34th pick.
French midfielder Paul Pogba could be the most sought after transfer target of the summer.
Both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have made the 20-year-old Juventus man their No. 1 target this summer, and according to a report in Gazzetta Dello Sport, PSG presidentNasser Al-Khelaifi has already met in person with Juventus president Andrea Agnelli.
If a short turnaround did not already make things difficult enough for Tim Howard, his opponent this weekend surely will.
Coming off a strong performance in the U.S. Men's National Team's 2-0 defeat to Ukraine on Wednesday, Howard will look to lead Everton into battle as the Toffees visit Arsenal in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.
While other clubs preferred to make headline-grabbing signings this offseason, the Philadelphia Union took their time and for the most part stayed under the radar.
Coming off a season where they finished three points outside of a playoff spot, manager John Hackworth, Union CEONick Sakiewicz, and technical director Rob Vartughian took their time and did their due diligence on re-working their flawed lineup.
U.S. U-17 Men's National Team regulars Haji Wright, Christian Pulisic, and Alejandro Zendejas were selected by head coach Richie Williams in 20-player squad that is set to begin a three-match tour of the Pacific Northwest from March 7-18.
The U.S. Men's National Team delivered one of the more forgettable performances of the Jurgen Klinsmann era, and Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Ukraine has surely cost some prospective World Cup roster candidates any chance of making the trip to Brazil.
Episode 119 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the USMNT loss to Ukraine, and breaks down which players hurt their stock the most, and which players helped their stock the most.
Entering the 2013 Major League Soccer season, some fans, experts and pundits pegged D.C. United as the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. Others saw them as legitimate contenders and some just saw them as a team that would be competitive.
The first bit of significant injury news of the season was confirmed by D.C. United yesterday when the club announced that defender Chris Korb had an arthroscopic procedure performed on his left knee to repair cartilage.
Korb, who was pegged to be the team's top reserve at both fullback positions, is expected to miss three to four weeks recovering from the surgery.
If there was a bright spot in the U.S. Men's National Team's uninspired performance from Wednesday's 2-0 defeat in a friendly against Ukraine, it was Alejandro Bedoya.
In a game that featured a disjointed back-line performance and a punchless showing by central attackers Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore concerning indeed for the USMNT's hopes in Brazil it was Bedoya on the right wing who appeared to be the most dangerous in the Yanks attack.
The U.S. Men's National Team might have wished Wednesday's friendly with Ukraine was canceled after all.
In a lackluster performance highlighted by the disastrous center back pairing of Oguchi Onyewu and John Brooks Ukraine jumped all over the Yanks in a 2-0 victory atStadio Antonis Papadopoulos in Larnaca, Cyprus.
Major League Soccer's regular season opening day may go on without its referees if a labor deal isn't reached by the weekend.
Commissioner Don Garber said Tuesday that the league has a plan in place to play games if the referee's union, the Professional Soccer Referee Association, fails to reach a deal with the Professional Referee Organization, the body created by the U.
The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Ukraine in Cyprus today in the last match Jurgen Klinsmann will have to evaluate his European-based players ahead of the pre-World Cup training camp in May (2pm, ESPN2).
Several players who haven't been with the national team in some time are with the team today, and Klinsmann will be taking a closer look at some of those players.
On a day of international friendlies around the globe, one of Wednesday's most highly anticipated matches will happen right here on American soil although it won't feature the U.S. Men's National Team.
Mexico, still trying to find their form after a perilous World Cup qualifying cycle that nearly left them out in the cold, will be greeted by their loyal followers north of the border when they take on Nigeria at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Jersey Week is in full swing in MLS, with more than half the league's teams having already released new kits for 2014.
The New York Red Bulls released their highly anticipated navy blue away kits at an event Tuesday night at Stage 48 in New York City. In addition to a new, larger Red Bulls logo, the shirt features the words "New York" along the lower hem in both the front and in large font.
There was no sophomore slump for Jay Heaps. Instead, in his second year as the coach of the New England Revolution, the former Revs defender ushered the franchise to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. And, to his credit, Heaps did it with a collection of young and exciting players who weren't expected to begin really producing the kinds of performances they put in last year until this season.
The LA Galaxy will not be the only MLS club with a team playing in USL Pro in the near future. Not if the New York Red Bulls have their way, anyway.
Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said at the club's Media Day on Tuesday night that his club is well on its way to fielding a second team in the United States' third division, but that it likely will not happen until the beginning of next season.
Three months might be all that separate the U.S. Men's National Team from the World Cup, but there are still plenty oflingering questions that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will try and get answers to in the final friendly before this summer's pre-World Cup camp.
The 2014 MLS season is nearly upon us, which means the time for clubs to unveil their new jerseys is here.
Several MLS teams released images on Monday of what their new uniforms look like as part the league's Jersey Week. The clubs that unveiled new jerseys on Monday were the LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo and more teams are scheduled to follow suit in the coming days.
Captain Carles Puyol, a feature in the side from his debut in 1999 through now, announced at a press conference on Tuesday that he'll be leaving the Catalan club at season's end. Puyol didn't take any questions at the press conference and didn't state whether he would be retiring or not, just that he had agreed to rescind the final two years of his contract this summer.
The U.S. Men's National Team's friendly against Ukraine is just two days away, and we've seen some major roster turnover since the squad was announced last Thursday, meaning it has become that much tougher to figure out just who Klinsmann will start on Wednesday.
Just hours after reports circulated claiming the upcoming U.S. Men's National Team friendly against Ukraine would be cancelled, U.S. Soccer issued the following statement late Monday to confirm that the match will still be played.
"The Football Federation of Ukraine confirmed that their team will travel to Cyprus and the match will proceed as scheduled.
Let's just say there have certainly been better times for the "other" club in Los Angeles. Yet another dismal year on the field in 2013 â€“ resulting in the dismissal of two head coaches â€“ led to what was perhaps MLS' biggest news item of the offseason: the purchase by the league of the club from former owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes.
Stuart Holden will find out more about his latest setback this week.
While playing with the Bolton Wanderers reserves on Monday, the American midfielder was forced off just 23 minutes into his comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Though he was able to walk off under his own power, Holden is set to travel to the U.
First-placed Cruz Azul extended their lead at the top of the Liga MX to six points following a comprehensive 1-0 over Toluca in Mexico City. For the home side it was a sweet revenge for last's season's 4-1 Liguilla defeat to Cardozo's men.
Cruz Azul's attacking quartet of Fabian, Formica, Rojas and Pavone were dangerous throughout, and each of them could consider themselves not to get on the score-sheet at some point.
Monday marked the first day that Bayern Munich youngster Julian Green trained with the U.S. Men's National Team, and while it's just one of two days Green will spend with the team, there is already plenty of buzz surrounding his arrival.
An 8-2-3 start saw FCD jump to the top of the table come summertime, but a 13-game winless streak that soon followed resulted in missing out on the playoffs and the parting of ways with head coach Schellas Hyndman at season's end.
The Houston Dynamo fell short in their bid to make it to three straight MLS Cup finals in 2013, but with a veteran group with plenty of talent, and Dom Kinnear at the reins, Houston could make another push at a final despite the fact the team had a largely uneventful offseason.
All Caleb Porter did in his first season as a professional head coach was earn Coach of the Year honors, while completely turning around the Portland Timbers, turning them into an attractive, creative team that was both visually appealing and successful on the field.
The day we've been waiting for has finally arrived.
No, not the start of the World Cup, but the release of the U.S. Men's National Team's latest uniform that they'll wear at the World Cup. Designed by official partners Nike, this uniform is an all-white kit with red lining at the end of the sleeves and the polo-type collar.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that Sunday's Capital One Cup title will be the first of many this season.
Heading into the final three months of the season, Man City are still contenders to win the FA Cup, English Premier League, and UEFA Champions League, though their task to come back against Barcelona won't be a simple one.
Real Madrid were not able to replicate their dominant Copa del Rey performance against crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid in league action Sunday, but Los Blancos were able to hang onto the top spot in La Liga thanks to some more late heroics from Cristiano Ronaldo.
It turns out Jurgen Klinsmann has added a player to his squad after all.
After Tim Ream, Mix Diskerud, and Michael Bradley withdrew from the U.S. Men's National Team squad ahead of their friendly match against Ukraine, Klinsmann announced that Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector has been added to the roster.
U.S. Men's National Team fans continue to grow concerned about the form of key national team attackers Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, but two younger options continue to give those same fans, and Jurgen Klinsmann, something to think about.
Terrence Boyd scored his 14th goal in all competitions, and ninth league goal of the season, in Rapid Vienna's 6-3 loss to Austrian champion Red Bull Salzburg.
American fans woke up on Sunday morning hoping to see one of their favorites potentially lift a trophy, but by the time the Capital One Cup Final was over, those fans were only left with questions about one of the U.S. Men's National Team's most important players.
Jurgen Klinsmann has had to deal with lingering concerns about whether the USA-Ukraine friendly would actually be played given the political drama playing out in Ukraine, but now Klinsmann is dealing with worrying about just who he will have available to play in the match if it actually winds up being played.
PORTLAND, Ore.-The Rose City Invitational wrapped up Saturday at Providence Park with the San Jose Earthquakes earning a victory and the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps playing to a hard-fought draw.
Real Madrid will look to continue their run as one of the hottest sides in the world Sunday when they visit the Vicente Calderon for another match with in-city rivals Atletico Madrid.
The attacking tandem of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are coming off a marvelous six-goal performance against Schalke 04 in Champions League play, and the high-powered Real Madrid offense could lead the way to a six-point lead over third-place Atletico with a road victory.
The Vancouver Whitecaps had a relatively quiet off-season in terms of additions this winter, but the past week has seen the club make some serious moves that have increased the reason for optimism for the club which was forced into selling a Golden Boot winner.
For many U.S. Men's National Team players, next Wednesday's friendly match represents their final opportunity to make the USA's World Cup squad.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann included not only a mixture of youth and experience in his 24-man squad for the match against Ukraine, but also players such as Oguchi Onyweu, Tim Ream, Danny Williams, and Juan Agudelo, who have not been consistent players in the National Team program in the past 12 months.