The U.S. Men's National Team has hit the New York/New Jersey area ahead of Sunday's friendly against Turkey, and the latest SBI Show takes a look at the state of the team following Tuesday's win against Azerbaijan.
Episode 144 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the USMNT 2-0 win against Azerbaijan, including the players who impressed and what we thought of the 4-4-2 diamond formation.
NEW YORK Four years ago, Alejandro Bedoya was training with the U.S. Men's National Team during its pre-World Cup camp before he was made one of the final seven cuts from the provisional 30-man roster.
Bedoya felt the natural pain and disappointment that comes with such a decision, but he used those feelings and the knowledge that he could compete at such a high level as the fuel to the fire that now has him on the brink of playing in his first World Cup.
New York City FC's hopes to build a training facility at Manhattanville College are over.
Club officials have told Manhattanville College that they cannot wait for a resolution to the lawsuit seeking to block the new construction and will look elsewhere for a site, the school announced Friday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have always been careful about the development of now 19-year-old Diego Fagundez, and the electric left winger has finally righted the course on offense the last three weeks with four goals and two assists over that stretch.
New York City FC's quest to build a training facility has hit a snag in the road.
A civic group in Purchase, New York is suing to prevent 2015 MLS expansion side New York City Football Club from building a practice field at Manhattanville College, according to Westfair Communications.
David Beckham is quickly learning that building a soccer-specific stadium in downtown Miami is much more difficult than he originally envisaged.
After deciding to push forward on a new stadium site adjacent to American Airlines Arena in Museum Park, Beckham and his representatives have reportedly received fresh opposition from five people including former Miami mayor Manny Diaz and the creator of the Museum Park master plan.
With less than two weeks remaining until the start of the World Cup, it's a race against the clock for Brazil to finish construction on a few remaining unfinished venues.
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke visited the Arena Das Dunas in Natal on Wednesday and sent out images on his official Twitter account showing that there were still plenty of areas where seats still need to be installed in the stadium.
From the moment New York City FC became an MLS expansion team, it was clear the club's big-money ownership would spare no expense on building a top squad. According to a fresh report from Spain, we just might be finding out real soon how far the club is willing to go in building a powerhouse.
In his first MLS start, Fanendo Adi led the way for the visiting Portland Timbers as they beat Chivas USA, 2-0, Wednesday night. Adi had both goals as the Timbers won their second road match in five days in front of a crowd of 3,702 at the Stubhub Center.
The New York Red Bulls will be facing a familiar foe in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, with the reigning MLS Supporters Shield holders set to face the winner of the Toronto FC/Montreal Impact Canadian Championship Final.
The eight three-team groups were determined for the 2014/2015 CONCACAF Champions League, with Sporting Kansas City drawn in against perennial Costa Rican power Deportivo Saprissa and the Portland Timbers drawn into a group including Honduran side CD Olimpia.
Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer passed away this morning, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced. He was 85-years old.
Glazer bought into the legendary English club back in 2005 for a reported £800 million (£1.0424 billion in 2014 value), and under his ownership, Man United won five English Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League crown back in 2008.
Jozy Altidore didn't find the net on Tuesday night in the U.S. Men's National Team's 2-0 win against Azerbaijan, but that didn't stop U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann from singing his praises.
The much-maligned forward is facing the stigma of a disappointing season at Sunderland, and a goal drought that has encompassed most of 2014, but Klinsmann insists that his target striker showed well against Azerbaijan, putting in plenty of work even if he didn't find his way onto the score sheet.
SAN FRANCISCO- It was by no means a pretty game, or one filled with highlights and reasons to get excite about the U.S. Men's National Team's chances at the World Cup.
That said, there were some bright spots, and some players who took advantage of the opportunity on a windy night at Candlestick Park to make their case for more playing time when the USMNT heads to Brazil.
Eight NASL clubs join the hunt for the U.S. Open Cup as the third round continues Wednesday night.
The New York Cosmos, Carolina RailHawks, Atlanta Silverbacks, San Antonio Scorpions, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven and Minnesota United FC all enter in the third round, with fourth round matchups against MLS clubs on the line.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The script was all-too familiar for Sporting Kansas City Tuesday. An early go-ahead goal gave fans a sense of optimism and excitement, only for the visitors to storm back for a crushing equalizer.
The New York Red Bulls were the antagonists — or benefactors, if you will — this time around as the two sides played out to a 1-1 draw in front of 19,221 at Sporting Park.
With the U.S. struggling to break down a dogged and determined Azerbaijan side midway through the second half, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann turned to a player who always seems to create chances when he's on the field.
Just four minutes after coming on the pitch, Mix Diskerud provided the game-changing moment.
When Clint Dempsey was removed from the U.S. Men's National Team's starting lineup just minutes before Tuesday's kickoff vs. Azerbaijan, the fear of the U.S. captain missing the World Cup began to settle into the hearts of American fans everywhere.
After nearly a week of talk regarding which players did and did not make it onto the 23-man squad headed to Brazil, the U.S. Men's National Team can now shift its focus towards games that matter.
The U.S. gets back to action when it hosts Azerbaijan in its first send-off series friendly at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Tuesday night, but there is much to play for for the Americans even if the game's final result means little.
Juan Agudelo's immediate future might lie in the German Bundesliga.
According to a report out of England, Agudelo is being lined up as the replacement for Senegalese striker Mame Diouf at Hannover 96. Diouf is expected to leave Hannover in June for Stoke City, which is where Agudelo was hoping to play next season before a second appeal for a work permit to play in the Premiership failed.
The unstoppable Seattle Reign are finally looking vulnerable. Seattle had to settle for two draws this week – their first results less than a win this season – though they still hold a sizable lead in the standings, sitting seven points ahead of second-place Chicago.
SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Men's National Team is ready to play the first game of the pre-World Cup send-off series on Tuesday night and there is still some question as to just what starting lineup Jurgen Klinsmann will deploy at the World Cup.
Plenty can change between now and the opening match against Ghana on June 16, but the team's open training session on Monday evening seemed to shed some light on the starting lineup would could see on Tuesday.
Diego Costa's gamble to play in the UEFA Champions League final was unsuccessful, leaving him sidelined for another two weeks as he rehabs his hamstring injury.
Costa is included in Spain's 30-man roster for the World Cup, but a decision whether to keep him on the final 23-man roster will come at the last minute, according to Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque.
CARSON, Calif. The outcome seemed inevitable as soon as Landon Donovan took the field on Sunday.
Just three days after being a surprise omission from the U.S. World Cup team, Donovan cemented himself in the MLS record books, scoring his 135th regular season goal to become the MLS all-time leading goal scorer, bypassing former record holder Jeff Cunningham.
There were thousands of tweets dedicated to Landon Donovan breaking the MLS goal-scoring record on Sunday, but none was quite as perfect as Mike Magee's.
The reigning MLS MVP delivered a tweet that both supported his good friend and former teammate, and also served as the perfect parody of the infamous anti-Donovan tweet levied by Jon Klinsmann, son of U.
The whistle blew late in Saturday's Cascadia clash betwen the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders, and few could believe what it was being blown for. A penalty call on Jay DeMerit left the Whitecaps perplexed and the Sounders on the verge of escaping enemy territory with a precious point.
Sporting Kansas City's defense was already being stretched to its limits after injuries and national team call-ups, but Peter Vermes' task of keeping together Major League Soccer's best defense just became that much tougher.
Chance Myers is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles during Sporting Kansas City's 2-2 tie with Toronto FC on Friday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Columbus Crew broke out of an eight-game winless skid in a big way against a very short-handed Chicago Fire side.
Marked by two beautiful goals engineered by the wizard-like feet of Federico Higuain, and scored by midfielder Ethan Finlay and forward Jairo Arrieta, the Crew cruised to a 2-0 victory against the Fire at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.
SANDY, Utah. -Real Salt Lake was on the verge of making history heading into their match against FC Dallas. All they had to do was not lose and they would tie the longest unbeaten streak to start the season for an MLS team.
In a rather uneventful 90 minutes, FCD clogged the midfield and RSL was unable to do anything to break them down.
FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts – New England Revolution forward Patrick Mullins, theMAC Hermann Trophy winner as college soccer's best player in 2012 and 2013,came off after 45 minutes in his MLS debut on March 8, and he rode the bench for the next seven matches.
CARSON, Calif. Following his first practice with the LA Galaxy since his return from the USMNT camp in Palo Alto, Landon Donovan addressed the media for the first time since his shock omission from Team USA's final twenty three-man World Cup roster.
After calling it the "toughest coaching decision" in his career, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann faced the press following his decision to leave Landon Donovan off his final 23-man roster for Brazil.
With bubble players such as DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, and Brad Davis all making the U.
U.S. Men's National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has had to deal with the fallout of his decision to leave Landon Donovan off the final 23-man roster for the World Cup in the last 24 hours, but before speaking with the media, he had to deal with his son.
Landon Donovan was understandably just as disappointed as was much of the U.S. Men's National Team fan base when he learned that he was left off the 23-man roster for Brazil.
After the news broke that U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had selected his World Cup squad, Donovan released a statement on his official Facebook page, saying he was disappointed but that he will be watching and rooting on his teammates from home.
Tyresö looked poised Thursday to win the women'sUEFA Women's Champions League twice. But VfL Wolfsburg surged back twice for their second straight Champions League title, edging out Tyresö, 4-3, and producing an instant classic of a match.
In total Jurgen Klinsmann fashion, the U.S. Men's National Team head coach surprised all with his roster release on Thursday evening, as well as selecting three promising youngsters with a total of six caps between them: defenders DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks, and midfielder Julian Green.
As if Jurgen Klinsmann wasn't already going to face a mountain of scrutiny over his decision to leave Landon Donovan off the U.S. World Cup roster, his son decided it would be a good idea to throw gasoline on an already-prodigious fire.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa have both made the trip to Lisbon for the UEFA Champions League final.
Despite injury concerns around the duo earlier in the week, both Ronaldo and Costa traveled with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, respectively, as they prepare for the final at the Estadio Da Luz on Saturday.
For as long as many can remember, Landon Donovan has been synonymous with the U.S. Men's National Team. From his goal in the now famous "Dos a Cero" game in 2002 to his life-saving finish against Algeria in 2010, the LA Galaxy forward has been a part of the country's best moments on the game's biggest stage.
Jurgen Klinsmann dropped a bombshell on Thursday when he announced his 23-man World Cup roster and Landon Donovan's name was not on it.
Youngsters Julian Green, DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks joined Tim Chandler among the players to jump off the bubble and onto the U.S. World Cup roster. Veteran midfielder Brad Davis also made the cut.
There has been a lot of talk and debate about what position Geoff Cameron should see time in at this summer's World Cup, and now we might have an idea as to where exactly Jurgen Klinnsman envisions deploying his jack of all trades.
David Beckham is wasting no time in his pursuit for a soccer-specific stadium in downtown Miami.
Just two days after Beckham and his group of investors said they changed their focus and were looking at a boat slip as the site for their proposed stadium instead of initial target PortMiami, the global icon's representatives publicly laid out a plan for the new location on Thursday.
Jurgen Klinsmann has long professed his belief in Tim Howard being a top five goalkeeper in the world, and the U.S. Men's National Team head coach believes this summer will be the perfect time for Howard to show it.
It wasn't exactly a dream debut for Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown Sunday in Chicago. The highly-regarded 17-year-old — who just three months ago was the target of Serie A giant Juventus in a $1 million bid — lasted 64 minutes in his first MLS appearance and start before getting sent off after picking up his second yellow on the afternoon.
DaMarcus Beasley's role for the U.S. Men's National team is quite clear. Entering the pre-World Cup camp, the 31-year-old Beasley is a veteran whose presence in defense is looked at to be a calming influence amongst a generally inexperienced back-line.
However, his role on the club level is now anything but certain, as Beasley confirmed Wednesday that he is looking to move away from his current club, Puebla.
After weeks of speculation about the New England Revolution's José Gonçalves and his injured right quad, the MLS Defender of the Year sure sounded Wednesday morning like he thinks he's ready to return.
"I always wanted to be back as fast as possible and as healthy as possible," Goncalves told SBI.
Despite being nearly a year away from the club's first MLS game, Orlando City have drawn the interest of AC Milan's Robinho.
Robinho, who has played for Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Santos throughout his 14 year career, is looking to finish his career in the United States and is interested in joining the Lions ahead of their debut in 2015, according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport.
With the impending sale of starting right back Sebastian Jung, Eintracht Frankfurt is going to need a replacement in preparations for the 2014-15 season. According to reports from German website Allgemeine-Zeitung, that replacement might just be Timothy Chandler.
Mario Balotelli just endured a difficult season with AC Milan, but that was nothing compared to what he received on Wednesday morning.
During an open training session at the Italian National Team's headquarters in Coverciano, Florence, a small group of Italian fans shouted racist abuse at Balotelli as he jogged around the pitch with teammates.
The Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday that Orlando has filed suit in court to force a church in Parramore to sell the downtown land its on in order to give MLS-bound Orlando City SC the final piece of land they need for their soccer-specific stadium.
Major League Soccer's U.S. Men's National Team stars may have left for pre-World Cup training camp, but that didn't stop MLS from having a memorable Week 11, led by the latest masterpiece performed by the New England Revolution.
Episode 141 of The SBI Show takes a look back at MLS Week 11, including New England's thrashing of the Philadelphia Union and Portland's comeback tie against the Columbus Crew.
Atletico Madrid will be without arguably their most important player when they take the field Saturday against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon.
After being forced off early in Atletico's stunning 1-1 draw last Saturday that earned them the La Liga crown, Atletico's medical staff diagnosed Diego Costa with a grade one hamstring strain, all but ruling him out for this weekend's action.
The PortMiami dream that David Beckham shared publicly just three months ago is dead. The pursuit for a soccer-specific stadium in downtown Miami is not.
According to a report from the Miami Herald, Beckham and his group of investors have made the decision to move away from wanting to build a stadium in PortMiami and instead are interested in acquiring a location near the Miami Heat's AmericanAirlines Arena that is currently a deep-water boat slip.
Edgar Castillo's time at Club Tijuana is reportedly over.
After spending two and a half years with Club Tijuana, Castillo is set to complete a transfer to fellow Liga MX side Monterrey, according to Goal.com. The 27-year-old was surplus to requirements at Tijuana, with the emergence of young American left back Greg Garza becoming a cheaper and better defensive option for the club.
Less than a week after announcing their preliminary World Cup roster, Portugal has settled on their final 23 for Brazil.
Headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho, and Pepe, Portugal have taken a strong and experienced squad with them to the 2014 World Cup as they face Germany, the United States and then Ghana in Group G.
Entering Week Six, two teams had separated themselves as the NASL's top teams in a tie for first place. However, after Saturday's clash between Minnesota United FC and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, it is United that now find themselves as the league's leaders.
D.C. United's future soccer-specific stadium is closer to reality than ever before.
According to a report in the Washington Post, District officials and D.C. United executives are very close to finalizing a stadium deal, one that began with an announcement more than ten months ago to put the framework of the deal in place.
With the Columbus Crew going through a three-game goal drought, the team looked to their star player to give them a lift when they needed it most.
After going down a goal early, Crew Designated Player Federico Higuain reached deep into his bag of tricks and scored a tremendous goal, chipping the ball over the tall and athletic Donovan Ricketts to tie the score at the time against the Portland Timbers.
STANFORD, Calif. The U.S. Men's National Team pre-World Cup camp at Stanford University is almost full and the intensity is heating up.
With only 23 plane tickets to Brazil and 30 players in the last training camp before a series of send-off matches, it has a different atmosphere than a typical training camp, according to forward Chris Wondolowski.
For the last decade, the title in La Liga has gone back and forth between Spain's longtime powerhouses, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
On the final weekend of the 2013-14 season, with two of their top players off with injuries, Atletico Madrid snapped the Clasico rivals' streak thanks to a comeback result at defending champions Barcelona.
The LA Galaxy made only one defensive mistake on Saturday night, and the Houston Dynamo pounced on it.
Giles Barnes found the ball at the edge of the area and fizzed a side-footer that gave the Dynamo a 1-0 victory against the LA Galaxy, erasing memories of the Dynamo's 5-2 thrashing from RSL last Sunday.
PORTLAND, Ore.- With both teams slipping in the standings, the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers combined for a wild match at Providence Park that saw six goals, a red card, and numerous contentious moments for both sides.
In the end, the match finished tied in a 3-3 draw with Federico Higuain leading the way with a brace for Columbus.
SEATTLE – After last week's humiliating 5-0 defeat to the New England Revolution, the Seattle Sounders were eager to return to their winning ways. They faced a San Jose Earthquakes side coming off a hard-fought win against FC Dallas, and the Quakes were desperate to get another result as their difficult start to the season continues.
FC Dallas avoided their fifth-straight loss, as a late Fabian Castillo equalizer was just enough to earn a 1-1 draw with visiting Chivas USA.
Entering Saturday's matchup, FC Dallas had lost four straight by a combined 9-3 scoreline. They looked to be well on their way to yet another defeat when Marco Delgado scored the game's opening goal in the 60th minute.
It's a way-way tie heading into the sixth week of the National Women's Soccer League and some shuffling is bound to happen.
Western New York Flash, Chicago Red Stars and FC Kansas City are tied for third place as they enter the this week with all having a chance to move into second as they face some inconsistent opposition.
The 2014 World Cup will kickoff in an unfinished stadium.
According to a report in the Associated Press, Sao Paulo's Itaquerao stadium is so far behind schedule that glass panels in the stadium's roof will not be installed in time by the first kick of a ball at the World Cup.
The MLS season will continue to play on but teams across the league will be dealing with some heavy losses this weekend due to international duty.
Without Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, and Alvaro Saborio in their squad, Real Salt Lake look to remain undefeated when they host the Colorado Rapids in the first Rocky Mountain Cup match of the season.
With foreign leagues around the world wrapping up their seasons ahead of the World Cup, we are coming to the end of another eventful campaign for Americans Abroad.
We saw Aron Johannsson turn into a goal-scoring machine at AZ Alkmaar, Tim Howard help lead Everton to a very impressive fifth-place finish in the English Premier League, and Tim Ream win Bolton Player of the Year honors for an excellent season in the English League Championship.
This Saturday, for the first time in more than 60 years, there will be a title-decider between the top two teams in La Liga.
First-place Atletico Madrid have battled with traditional powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid throughout the season, trying to become the first team outside of the El Clasico duopoly to win La Liga since Valencia in 2003-04.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has seemingly joined the public opposition against the 2022 World Cup taking place in Qatar, going as far to call it "a mistake".
In an interview with Swiss TV channel RTS, Blatter admitted that Qatar shouldn't have been voted to host the 2022 World Cup based on recommendations from the technical report, which raised concerns about players playing in extreme heat during the summer.
There will be no winless teams in Major League Soccer in 2014, but there still just might be an undefeated team.
Okay, so Real Salt Lake still has a very long way to go to finish a full season unbeaten, but they have continued to extend their run as the lone remaining unbeaten in MLS playing some of the best soccer in the league.
COLUMBUS, Ohio Major League Soccer's next budding young star needs only three strides to get to full speed, gliding past defenders as though they were stationary traffic cones, before approaching the opposing goal at light speed.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Chalk it up as playing a team at the right time, or one team simply executing a solid game plan. Either way, the Philadelphia Union saw Sporting Kansas City at their worst just days after Sporting KC gave fans a glimpse of their best.
As the U.S. Men's National Team prepares to kick off training camp ahead of the 2014 World Cup, a total of 30 players will be battling for 30 World Cup roster spots, meaning seven players will see their World Cup dream fall short.
Jurgen Klinsmann will have to make the final decision and while he has three weeks to figure out who those seven players will be, it is safe to assume he has a working list going already, and has a sense of who is currently on the chopping block.
The 2013-14 UEFA Europa League will be decided on Tuesday, and the match should be plenty intense.
Sevilla and Benfica are set to square off at Juventus Stadium (2:45pm ET, ESPN Deportes/Fox Sports 1/Fox Soccer 2Go) in the Europa League final, and both sides enter the match with a healthy group of players.
Having seen the United States lose out on hosting the 2022 World Cup, CONCACAF has set its sights on landing the 2026 edition of the tournament.
CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb told reporters Tuesday that he believes it is only fair that a nation from his region is given the 2026 World Cup after missing out on a chance to host the upcoming tournaments in 2018 and 2022 because of FIFA's decision to do away with its rotational policy.
Giuseppe Rossi has yet to play in a World Cup, but that could change this summer.
Rossi was included in the 30-man Italy roster that head coach Cesar Prandelli released on Tuesday despite only recently returning from injury, and the New Jersey-born forward will compete for a spot on the squad with the likes of Ciro Immobile, Mattia Destro and Antonio Cassano.
Clubs in France and England are lining up to sign one of Real Madrid's best players this season ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
Angel Di Maria has plenty of suitors across the world and Spanish publication Marca believe that Arsenal, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and AS Monaco are all preparing bids worth a minimum of €40 million for the Argentine left-winger.
Before MLS Week 10 began, Harrison Shipp, Javier Morales and Diego Fagundez had combined for zero goals this season. By the end of the weekend, the trio had combined for eight goals, and three spots on this week's SBI MLS Best XI.
Shipp's hat trick helped topple the New York Red Bulls, while Fagundez's brace helped New England halt Seattle's red-hot run.
In need of some help, the Portland Timbers are reportedly considering adding some more power to their front line.
According to a report out of Denmark, the Timbers are eyeing Nigerian forward Fanendo Adi as a potential summer acquisition. The 23-year-old Adi is currently on loan at FC Copenhagen from Slovakian club FK AS Trencin, but is struggling for playing time and looking for a move elsewhere.
It has been over a year since Timmy Chandler last played for the U.S. Men's National Team, but head coach Jurgen Klinsmann insinuated Monday that Chandler has as good a chance as any fullback to make it to Brazil this summer.
Orlando City SC finally have a new logo to go with their 2015 inaugural Major League Soccer season.
The Orlando Sentinel first reported on Tuesday morning OCSC's newest crest, which features a one-headed golden Lion with 21 flares around it that represents the Sunshine State while also representing Orlando City as the 21st expansion franchise in MLS.
MLS fans in northern U.S. and Canadian cities won't have to worry any time soon about having to see their local team play home games in the cold winter months.
At a press conference announcing the landmark agreement between MLS, U.S. Soccer and ESPN, FOX, and Univision, MLS Commissioner Don Garber poured ice cold water on the idea of MLS shifting their calendar to be in line with those in Europe, saying it would be "almost impossible" to make that change at this point.
In the world of professional sports, rookies are generally compared to fellow first year players. Rookies are evaluated based on how they stack up against other draftees and are tasked with demonstrating the ability and maturity it takes to play at the highest level.
Figuring out when to watch MLS on TV just got a whole lot easier.
MLS and U.S. Soccer announced on Monday an eight-year deal with ESPN, FOX Sports, and Univision Deportes that includes, a set-time national game-of-the-week broadcast on each network, rights to future U.
With costs skyrocketing, this summer's Brazilian World Cup is already set to be the priciest in tournament history and, despite promises to the contrary, it appears those paying for the soccer spectacle may just be the Brazilian public.
The Seattle Sounders' red-hot unbeaten streak had to cool off eventually, but it's doubtful anyone thought it would be snuffed out in such spectacular fashion.
The New England Revolution proved their own unbeaten streak wasn't a fluke and pummeled the Sounders this week, scoring four goals by halftime in an astonishing performance worthy of SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.
Taking down a team in their own building will always be a tough task in MLS. Trampling a team, 5-2, on the road, like Javier Morales and Real Salt Lake did to the Houston Dynamo over the weekend, is an entirely different achievement.
Morales was the best player on the field for the league's best team over the weekend, tallying three goals and an assist against a Dynamo defense that just couldn't contain him.
Orlando City SC's dream USL Pro season continues to shimmer.
Back-to-back road matches didn't mean much for Orlando City as they extended their unbeaten run to nine games after defeating the winless Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-0 on Friday, which continued with a 1-1 draw at Rochester Rhinos the following day.
The future for Major League Soccer looks a bit brighter and greener, thanks to a deal that will see the league's revenue from television quadruple.
The league will announce Monday a national television deal that will include a massive financial boost with ESPN, Fox and Univision paying a combined $90 million per year, according to Sports Business Daily.
Juventus could be searching for a new head coach this summer.
After winning their third straight Scudetto and ending AS Roma's unbeaten run at home last Saturday, Juventus manager Antonio Conte told Sky Italia that he would take some time as the season comes to a close to decide on his future.
It only took sixteen seconds for Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales to score his first goal on Sunday, and when the dust finally settled, he had secured a hat trick to make his goal-less drought a distant memory.
Morales' three goals, and a goal apiece from Luke Mulholland and Alvaro Saborio, helped RSL secure a 5-2 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Like most players in the Seattle Sounders' lineup Sunday night at New England, DeAndre Yedlin started hot. His blistering pace had him all over the pitch and nearly produced a fourth-minute goal. It looked like Major League Soccer's top club had been off for a week, not three used for traveling.
For the first time since the 2009 Clausura, Pachuca have made it to the Liga MX finals.
Santos Laguna exited the Liguilla after being unable to overturn Pachuca's first leg advantage on Saturday evening. Pachuca won their home match 2-0, and secured their progress with two away goals, despite being beaten 4-2.
For the first time since 1998, the U.S. Men's National Team could head into the World Cup with no starting experience from their centerback pair.
The duo of Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez have entrenched themselves as USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's starting defenders, having stayed as the preferred pairing since the infamous snow game victory in Colorado against Costa Rica in March 2013.
It has been no secret this cycle that the U.S. Men's National Team's strength lies in the midfield, particularly in the central positions. Jurgen Klinsmann has a glut of talented players cable of manning the middle of the park, but how many of them earn places on the World Cup roster this summer will be a storyline that is followed very closely in the coming weeks.
When the New York Red Bulls took a 2-1 lead into halftime of Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire, there was a sense it might not be enough to hold off a Fire team playing with the look of a team determined to win its first game of the year.
FC Dallas has made a habit of late of picking up red cards, so when Oscar Pareja's team was on the positive end of a first-half red card for once it seemed like the team's recent run of bad results would end.
The San Jose Earthquakes had other plans though, overcoming Shea Salinas' 45th-minute red card to post a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday night.
The Philadelphia Union entered Saturday's showdown vs. D.C. United winless in eight matches and facing the very real possibility that another loss could doom their coach, John Hackworth, to the unemployment line.
Rather than come out with an inspired performance, the Union started out flat, and D.
Needing three points to help kickstart a climb out of the MLS Eastern Conference cellar, Montreal knew it would have a tough task Saturday without its leader up top in Marco Di Vaio. However, a 17th-minute red card would make the task insurmountable, and turn an already forgettable week into a downright disaster.
John Hackworth will be coaching for his job while Eddie Johnson will be trying to secure his place on the U.S. preliminary World Cup squad when the Philadelphia Union take on D.C. United in the latest installment of their I-95 rivalry (4pm, Direct Kick).
The Union are mired in an eight-match winless streak that could cost Hackworth his job if they don't snap that skid today against a D.
Juan Agudelo signed a lucrative contract with Stoke City in January that was supposed to help him realize his dream of playing in one of the best league's in the world. When he had his work permit appeal denied, Agudelo went on loan to Dutch side FC Utrecht with the hope being that a good stint there would be enough to improve his chances of securing that all-important work permit.
The New England Revolution (4-2-3, 14 points) are currently in a four-way tie atop the Eastern Conference standings, meaning that, for now, this Sunday's 6 p.m. home match against the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders (7-1-2, 22 points) can be referred to as a meeting of the two conference leaders.
The newly crowned Ligue 1 champions will be action Saturday against a rival club fighting for its Champions League future.
Third-place Lille lead Saint Etienne by five points in the battle for the final Champions League spot in France, and they can nail their trip to next season's tournament with a home victory Saturday against Paris Saint-Germain.
After a difficult qualification process, Mexico are set to enter the 2014 World Cup with all of their high-profile stars.
At a press conference in Mexico City on Friday afternoon, Mexico National Team manager Miguel Herrera named his 23-man squad for Brazil, including European-based players such as Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Giovani Dos Santos, and Guillermo Ochoa, as well as captain Rafa Marquez.
Chivas USA needed to shake up their squad and boost an attack that has become overly-reliant on Erick Torres while both the Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC needed to address depth needs at specific positions. The result was a flurry of deals that sent four MLS players heading in different directions in trades finalized on Thursday.
The U.S. Men's National Team will have one final warm-up game before facing Ghana in the World Cupon June 16th.
As first reported by a number of outlets on Thursday and confirmed on Friday on FIFA's website, the USMNT will take on Belgium in a closed-door friendly match on June 12 on the training grounds of Sao Paulo FC, where the USMNT are based during the World Cup.
Sepp Blatter isn't ready to step away from FIFA just yet.
Despite making promises in 2011 that his election that year would be his last, Blatter sent yet another hint to the press that he intends to run for a fifth term as FIFA president in 2015. The 78-year-old claimed in an interview with a Swiss radio station that he was still in good health and that if the nations of FIFA nominated him to run again, he wouldn't say no.
Toronto FC's new-look team got off to a winning start in their pursuit of earning a CONCACAF Champions League berth, and it did so thanks in part to two of its Designated Players.
Jermain Defoe scored the opener and Michael Bradley netted the eventual winner as Toronto FC picked up a narrow 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of their Canadian Championship semifinals series on Wednesday night.
Two points are all that separate Jermaine Jones and Besiktas from landing a place in next season's UEFA Champions League, and they have two matches left in the season to close that gap.
Jones and Besiktas currently trail second-place Galatasaray by one point, but will need a victory over Elazigspor and at least a draw between Galatasaray and fourth-placed Trabzonspor in order to jump into the spot with the automatic berth for the 2014-15 Champions League.
Alessandro Del Piero could be the next big name to hit MLS.
According to several reports out of Australia and Europe in recent days, Del Piero looks set for a move to MLS after holding talks with the LA Galaxy and D.C. United. The 39-year-old Italian has been a free agent since leaving Sydney FC last week and is reportedly keen on continuing his distinguished playing career.
The U.S. Men's National Team entered the last two World Cups not spending all that much time worrying about their right back situation, but that will not be the case this year.
The retirement of the long-serving and solid Steve Cherundolo earlier this year was just the latest reminder that, for the first time in a long time, the right side of the Americans' back line is up for grabs ahead of a World Cup.
When it comes to the world's most valuable soccer clubs, Spain currently takes the cake.
Forbes named its latest list of most valuable teams on Wednesday, and Real Madrid and Barcelona grabbed first and second place, respectively, to mark the first time that two Spanish sides have finished in the top two spots since Forbes began compiling this list a decade ago.
With four place and UEFA Champions League qualification confirmed, Arsenal have already begun to look at options to add to their squad for next year.
Reports in England state that Arsenal have already made an enquiry to see whether Bayern Munich would sell defensive midfielder Javi Martinez, who has also been linked this spring with a move to Barcelona.
And the jostling toward the National Women's Soccer League playoffs seems to be revving up.
The Portland Thorns are finally looking poised to defend their title as they continue their climb in the rankings while FC Kansas City skyrockets up both the league table and SBI's power rankings after two important wins.
The San Jose Earthquakes may have created the better chances, and may have had the better of the play in Wednesday night's showdown with the Colorado Rapids, but what they couldn't do was find a way to beat Clint Irwin.
After falling behind 1-0 early to visiting FC Dallas on Wednesday night, the Seattle Sounders once again delivered late magic.
With the score tied 1-1 in the 88th minute, Obafemi Martins collected a pass just outside the penalty area, spun on defender Matt Hedges, and found late substitute Kenny Cooper as he charged past the penalty spot.
The last time the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas met, it was FC Dallas that entered the match looking like the powerhouse team while Seattle was only just starting to heat up. A month later, the Sounders are rolling while FC Dallas is struggling badly.
Louis Van Gaal isn't known as a shy manager, or a manager afraid to mix it up with journalists, so this interview with some British reporters trying to find out about his prospects of coaching Manchester United went about the way you would expect.
What resulted as was an entertaining exchange, and a glimpse into the psyche of one of the more brilliant coaching minds in the sport.
Chad Marshall picked a great time to open his Seattle Sounders scoring account.
The towering Sounders centerback powered home a header in the 84th minute to lead his team to their fourth straight win. The Sounders performance in their 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Union earned them the top spot in this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings.
It's a month into the 2014 National Women's Soccer League, and two teams remain strong at the top of the table, but one team is quickly catching up. FC Kansas City made a huge leap from bottom place to third place with two consecutive wins in the fourth week, against the Chicago Red Stars on Wednesday and the Houston Dash, on Saturday.
Lionel Messi's representatives are far along in contract negotiations with Barcelona, but a new bump in the road has appeared.
Multiple reports in Spain and Argentina are stating on Wednesday that Messi has asked for Barcelona to sign forward Sergio Aguero from Manchester City and to give goalkeeper Pinto a new contract as well.
Major League Soccer will officially be represented in Brazil's squad at the World Cup.
On Wednesday morning, Brazilian National Team head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari announced his 23-man roster for this summer's tournament, with Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar making the squad as expected.
Sacha Kljestan could become the latest U.S. Men's National Team player to return to Major League Soccer.
According to a report in Belgium, Kljestan is no longer happy at Anderlecht, mainly due to only playing six times since the start of 2014. The report states that despite being under contract (he signed a three-year deal in Feb.
There were plenty of wild finishes and surprising results in MLS week nine, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a look back at all of them, and much more.
Episode 137 of The SBI Show takes a look back at all the MLS action, from New England's win in Toronto, to Seattle's comeback against Philadelphia and Real Salt Lake's stirring comeback win against the Chicago Fire.
Those worried about the status of Omar Gonzalez can breathe a little easier.
LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said confidently on Tuesday that he does not believe the left knee injury Omar Gonzalez suffered this past weekend is all that serious, according to multiple reports out of Los Angeles.
The Colorado Rapids have received the result from Vicente Sanchez's MRI scan, and it is not good.
Sanchez is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained left knee that he sustained in Saturday's 1-0 victory over the Galaxy. The Rapids' leading scorer picked up the knock early in the match, but played through it and scored a beautiful game-winning chip before being replaced at halftime by Edson Buddle.
That beautiful, proposed stadium at PortMiami is looking less and less likely to happen for David Beckham and his group of investors.
According to a report from the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez has asked Beckham's group, Miami Beckham United, to consider a different site on which to build their proposed soccer-specific stadium.
Liverpool's dreams of winning the English Premier League title have all but faded amid a 12-minute collapse that saw the Reds squander a three-goal lead in what seemed like the blink of an eye.
The Reds held a 3-0 lead at Crystal Palace, and were looking for more goals to cut into Manchester City's goal-difference edge, but the final 12 minutes saw their lead vanish as Palace fought back to earn a 3-3 draw on Monday.
After a nearly unstoppable run last fall, the New York Cosmos are experiencing their first losing streak.
For the second season in a row, the Cosmos fell on the road to the Carolina RailHawks, this time by a 1-0 scoreline. Ty Shipalane scored the RailHawks only goal but the credit has to go to Cesar Elizondo, who made a storming 70-yard run, evading Cosmos defenders in his path, before setting up Shipalane in the 12th minute.
This season's English Premier League title challenge is coming down to the wire.
Liverpool can jump back to the top of the table on Monday night when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park (3pm, NBC Sports Network), but Manchester City will remain just three points behind with a game in hand.
Josh Gatt will have to wait another year before returning to the field for Molde FK.
The 22-year-old speedy midfielder is set to undergo surgery to repair his left anterior cruciate ligament, ruling him out for the rest of the 2014 NorwegianTippeligaen season, according to a report in MLSSoccer.
Just when you thought Julian Green would be the recruiting coup to end all recruiting coups by Jurgen Klinsmann, now there are rumblings that another high-profile young player could be choosing to play for the U.S. Men's National Team over Germany among other options.
The Washington Post reported over the weekend that highly-regarded Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem was recently in the United States to finalize his American citizenship and receive his American passport, which would make him eligible to play for the United States.
The New England Revolution traveled to Canada to take on Toronto FC this past weekend and set about trying to post their first win in Toronto in team history without the services of reigning MLS Defender of the Year Jose Goncalves and star playmaker Kelyn Rowe.
One of the top women's soccer teams in the world will be coming to the United States this summer.
On Monday morning, U.S. Soccer announced that the U.S. Women's National Team will host France in a pair of friendly matches this June. The first game will take place on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Patrick Mullins was widely-regarded as the best player in college soccer over the past two years, but injuries had kept him from flashing that quality early on in his rookie season.
Mullins finally had a chance to show his stuff this weekend and he showed why he was so highly-rated, scoring a beautiful goal and drawing the eventual match-winning penalty kick in the New England Revolution's 2-1 victory against Toronto FC.
Reigning champions Club Leon hope to become the first Liga MX team to win both the Apertura and Clausura championships in a single season, and their dreams remain on track after they beat league winners Cruz Azul on away goals following a 3-3 tie on aggregate.
The first game ended, 1-1, on Wednesday night when Jose Cardenas grabbed an equalizer after Mariano Pavone's early goal, meaning Cruz Azul held a slight advantage heading into this weekend's fixture.
The Kenny Miller era in Vancouver is officially over.
After nearly three years with the Vancouver Whitecaps, the club and Miller mutually agreed to terminate his contract on Sunday, which was set to expire on June 30. The 34-year-old was signed by the Whitecaps in July 2012 as the club's fourth Designated Player.
It may not have been ideal, but the New York Red Bulls got what they came for against FC Dallas. Despite a less-than-impressive effort, the Red Bulls picked up a 1-0 victory at Toyota Park via a second-half goal fromred-hot Bradley Wright-Phillips .
It didn't take long for things to shift in favor of the visitors.
After guiding Arsenal to an UEFA Champions League spot for the 17th consecutive season, Arsene Wenger is ready to commit to the club.
Following Arsenal's 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion, Wenger told reporters that, despite not having signed a new contract, they'll see him again next season, hinting that he's likely to put his John Hancock on a new deal.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Chances were many in Kansas City Sunday, but most of them favored the team in blue — Sporting Kansas City — as they cruised past the Columbus Crew 2-0 into a tie for first place in the MLS Eastern Conference.
On an afternoon where Sporting KC received its MLS Cup championship rings, the home fans enjoyed goals in both halves, including a late, 95th-minute goal from forward Claudio Bieler.
After waiting eight weeks for their first win of the season, the Chicago Fire had to feel like that precious first victory was within sight as they held a 2-0 lead on Real Salt Lake 71 minutes into their match on Saturday night.
That sight quickly turned into a nightmare though, as three unanswered goals from Real Salt Lake left the Fire wondering just what went wrong.
SEATTLE The Seattle Sounders keep finding themselves trailing early, and they keep finding ways to salvage a result.
Saturday night was no different.
Defender Chad Marshall, signed in the offseason at least partially due to his aerial prowess, put the Sounders ahead in the 84th minute, powerfully heading a Marco Pappa corner kick into the far netting for a 2-1 lead in front of 38,516 at a soggy CenturyLink Field.
PORTLAND, Ore.- For the final 15 minutes of its Saturday night match with D.C. United, it looked like the Portland Timbers would see another match that slipped out of their hands and leave them without a win in their first nine matches.
But Maxi Urruti struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time to deliver a palpitating 3-2 victory to the home side to the relief of the Rose City.
The Vancouver Whitecaps may have some defensive issues, but there's no doubting their offensive capability.
With members of the original Whitecaps in attendance, the current Whitecaps squad channeled the former team's spirit with three first half goals on their way to a 3-2 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday at BC Place.
Just six weeks before the World Cup is not a good time to be picking up injuries, and that time frame might have been why U.S. national team centerback Omar Gonzalez was pulled from Saturday's LA Galaxy-Colorado Rapids match at halftime.
Gonzalez left the match due to a knee injury, though the substitution was reported as a precautionary move.
The Houston Dynamo needed a win. After six matches without a victory, the Dynamo were at a point where anything but a win against lowly Chivas USA would signal serious alarm bells about the perennial playoff contender.
The Dynamo played like a team in dire need of a victory, jumping all over Chivas USA en route to a 4-1 victory at Stub Hub Center on Saturday night.
With just 39 days remaining before the start of the World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team roster is anything but set. With that being said, Juan Agudelo made his case to be on the plane to Brazil with his performance in FC Utrecht's 2-1 win overVitesse Arnhem on Saturday.
Eight teams return to action for the National Women's Soccer League on Saturday including the Western New York Flash, who are returning after a bye week with some potentially big changes.
Key midfielder Carli Lloyd received a two-game suspension for "use of excessive force" during a foul in week two, but Abby Wambach is set to make her 2014 debut at their home-opener against Portland Thorns FC.
The New England Revolution travel to Canada today to take on Toronto FC in one of the more intriguing match-ups of MLS week nine.
Jermain Defoe is back in the starting lineup as TFC takes a full-strength team into today's Eastern Conference showdown against a Revs side that is close to full strength as well now and enjoying a good run of form.
The Columbus Crew aren't the team most would have pegged to be leading the MLS Eastern Conference at this point in the season, but Gregg Berhalter's side has been one of the most impressive of the young season, and this weekend they will face the reigning Eastern Conference, and MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City.
If FC Dallas are going to continue their ascent to the top of the Western Conference, they're going to have to do it without bothMauro Diaz and Kellyn Acosta for an extended period of time.
Both players are dealing with injury issues, and Diaz's injury status is generating plenty of attention after a tweet by an FC Dallas-area journalist claimed he will miss the rest of the season due to a meniscus injury.
The race for the defender roster spots on the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup squad is wide open, both at fullback and centerback, and that open race has left the door open for both Tim Ream and Timmy Chandler, who stand good chances of making their way to the USMNT roster for the upcoming training camp despite having both been away from the national team set-up for some time.
MLS expansion is moving along full steam ahead, but plans for the stadiums for these new teams aren't coming along quite as smoothly.
In Episode 136 of The SBI Show, we discuss issues with Orlando City's stadium project, as well as the latest developments surrounding David Beckham's push for a stadium in Miami for his MLS expansion team.
Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to bring his entire 30-man preliminary World Cup roster to the U.S. Men's National Team training camp at Stanford later this month didn't come as a big surprise, but it did signal the time to start thinking about just which players will fill out that 30-player list.
Make room for one more team in next season's USL Pro expansion class.
Professional soccer will be back in St. Louis, Missouri in 2015 after USL Pro announced Thursday that it has awarded an expansion franchise to SLSG Pro LLC. St. Louis becomes the third expansion team announced for next season, joining Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
This might very well be John Brooks' best week of the season.
Days after scoring the game-winning goal in Hertha Berlin's 2-0 triumph vs. TSV Eintracht Braunschweig, Brooks was named the Bundesliga Player of the Week for MatchDay 32 on Wednesday. Brooks earned 43.
Orlando City SC are preparing for their jump to MLS in impressive fashion.
Despite a slow start which resulted into two draws, Adrian Heath's squad has rapidly showed why it's still the best side in USL Pro after four consecutive league wins that has kept them atop the standings.