The Algeria defense kept tabs on the much-heralded Germany offense for the first 90 minutes of their Round of 16 matchup. Unfortunately for the Desert Foxes, they couldn't keep the Germans off the board after the first 90 seconds of extra time.
Germany survived a major scare from the Algerians, winning 2-1 via an Andre Schurrle finish in the second minute of extra time.
While the Seattle Reign have so far defined the second season of the National Women's Soccer League with an untarnished unbeaten streak, second-place FC Kansas City are on an eight-game undefeated run of their own. This weekend, the Reign were held to a draw by a feisty Sky Blue team while the Blues of Kansas City snagged another three points.
Vincent Enyeama has been one of the best goalkeepers at the FIFA World Cup, and he was remarkable again in the Round of 16 on Monday afternoon. Unfortunately for Enyeama and Nigeria, one mistake proved fatal and ended could have been the biggest upset of the tournament.
Terrence Boyd is now officially moving back home to Germany.
After two strong seasons with Rapid Vienna, the club announced that the U.S. Men's National Team forward has left the club's training camp and is in the process of completing a transfer to recently promoted 2.
After absolutely rolling through their first two group stage games and easing through the third, France head into the Round of 16 with plenty of optimism but face potentially their first real tough opponent of the World Cup in Nigeria (12 p.m. ESPN).
As the disappointment of the 2010 World Cup campaign lingers, this France side has done what they can to make people focus on the present, even without the likes of winger Franck Ribery in the squad.
After losing their previous four games by a combined 10-0 scoreline, the Houston Dynamo were more than ready for the league-wide World Cup break.
However, their first game out of the break proved to be nearly identical to those that preceded it, as the Dynamo were knocked off by the Montreal Impact on Sunday, 3-0 behind a Jack McInerney brace at Stade Saputo.
Former U.S. youth international Joseph Gyau looks like he'll be leaving Hoffenheim this summer, but only because he's found a new home with a German powerhouse.
According to reports out of Germany, Gyau featured Sunday for Borussia Dortmund II the Bundesliga club's reserve and Under-23 team that plays in the German third division in their first friendly match ahead of the upcoming season.
For the first time ever, Costa Rica will play in a World Cup quarterfinals. But the historical context is even larger as the nation will be the first from Central America to advance to that stage of the tournament.
The U.S. Men's National Team suffered its first loss of the 2014 World Cup, but that wasn't enough to keep the Americans out of the Round of 16.
Episode 151 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the U.S. team's 1-0 loss to Germany, a result that ultimately helped the Americans secure a place in the knockout rounds for the second straight World Cup.
Omar Gonzalez or Geoff Cameron? Graham Zusi or Brad Davis or Mix Diskerud? Play Clint Dempsey as the lone forward for a third straight match or start either Chris Wondolowski or Aron Johannsson in a 4-4-2?
These are just some of the questions Jurgen Klinsmann must answer before Tuesday's World Cup Round of 16 match with Belgium in Salvador.
SAO PAULO The majority of the U.S. Men's National Team players were finished with practice, dressed in casual attire and greeting or sitting with family members ahead of a Brazilian BBQ at Sao Paulo FC's practice facility on Friday afternoon.
The long-awaited courtship of Ricardo Kaka to Major League Soccer is about to become a reality.
According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, Kaka has opted out of his contract with AC Milan and has officially signed a deal to become Orlando City Soccer Club's first ever Designated Player signing.
Before the U.S. Men's National Team try to make it into the quarterfinals of the World Cup, history will be made by an American referee.
Following two positive performances as the main official at the World Cup so far, FIFA has assigned Mark Geiger to be the man in the middle for the Round of 16 match-up on Monday between France and Nigeria.
The Netherlands may have proved some doubters wrong by making it out of the group stage but their goal to make it back to the World Cup final begins on Sunday vs. Mexico (12 p.m. ESPN).
The Dutch have been firing on all cylinders offensively, scoring ten goals in their first three matches, and have bought into head coach Louis Van Gaal's counter-attacking system, much different than the 4-3-3 system that they used throughout the qualification process.
The Vancouver Whitecaps went to Colorado on Saturday tied with the Rapids for the fourth spot on the Major League Soccer Western Conference table. They leave bumped down in the playoff race after a performance unbecoming of a postseason hopeful.
The Rapids laid siege to the Whitecaps, out-shooting them by a whopping 19-to-5 with Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez breaking through for a 2-0 win and snapping an eight-game unbeaten streak for Vancouver.
It was never going to be easy for Real Salt Lake to return from the World Cup break without a batch of key starters. Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando are in Brazil as the U.S. advances to the knockout round. Tony Beltran is suspended. Ned Grabavoy is injured.
There would be no last minute heroics from the San Jose Earthquakes in this edition of the California Clasico.
The LA Galaxy withstood a furious extra time onslaught from the Earthquakes to defeat them, 1-0, before an announced crowd of 50,621 at Stanford Stadium on a balmy night on the Stanford University campus.
For 120+ minutes on Saturday, the 2014 World Cup favorites weren't looking much like a sure thing. After being outplayed by Chile for much of the Round of 16 opener, Brazil eked by in a penalty kick shootout and the host nation's citizenry was able to breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Colombia's most productive talisman of the 2014 World Cup, James Rodríguez, was out to impress once again in his side's 2-0 victory over Uruguay. With his heroic goal-scoring prowess and one of the finest goals of the tournament thus far, Rodríguez pushed Colombia to advance past the Round of 16 for the first time in World Cup history.
There's been no bigger storyline in the World Cup so far than the Luis Suarez biting fiasco, but once the Round of 16 matchup between Colombia and Uruguay began it was another gifted attacker who stole the spotlight.
James Rodríguez has been one of the breakout stars of the World Cup, and the 22-year-old outdid himself once again on Saturday.
RECIFE, Brazil It would have been hard to label Jermaine Jones as a fan favorite among U.S. Men's National Team supporters prior to the World Cup, but it isn't anymore. Not after he delivered three gritty and high-level performances that helped the U.
The World Cup Round of 16 got off to a thrilling and dramatic start on Saturday.
Following 120 minutes of end-to-end action with the score tied at 1-1, the outcome of Brazil's match against Chile was decided in a penalty kick shootout. Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar played the hero, making two saves as Brazil won the shootout, 3-2.
Julio Cesar became a Brazilian hero on Saturday afternoon.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper, who worked his way into the World Cup squad with excellent performances at Toronto FC, made two crucial saves in a penalty shootout, as Brazil defeated Chile, 3-2, in the shootout to advance to the quarterfinals.
Belgium have lost another defender to injury, dwindling their back-line ahead of their World Cup Round of 16 match against the U.S. Men's National Team.
After taking a hard challenge late in Belgium's 1-0 defeat of South Korea, a scan showed that Red Devils right back Anthony Vanden Borre had a crack in his fibula, ruling him out for the rest of the World Cup.
The fifth round of the 2014 U.S. Open wrapped up Wednesday, and what a two-day stretch it was. Fights, shootouts, and even lightning headlined a bizarre round that has set the stage for an exciting quarterfinals.
HARRISON, N.J. After arriving only Thursday from Brazil after finishing his time with the Australian National Team, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke was looking to get Tim Cahill into the game against Toronto FC, albeit in a totally different situation than the 2-1 hole the Red Bulls were facing at the time of Cahill's introduction.
PORTLAND, Oregon Three days after the Portland Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City in U.S. Open Cup, Kansas City returned the favor, knocking off the host Timbers, 1-0 at Providence Park Friday night. Lawrence Olum had the lone goal as the visitors withstood a major possession disadvantage to move into a tie for first place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.
As they enter the do-or-die World Cup knockout round, the U.S. Men's National Team will need every weapon in their arsenal and Jozy Altidore is a powerful one. After pulling his hamstring in the opening half of the U.
SAO PAULO With the group stage now over and done with and the knockout rounds drawing near, the subject of penalty kicks was bound to come up to U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann eventually.
RECIFE, Brazil When the U.S. Men's National Team camp began in May, one of the biggest concerns among fans and media was how Omar Gonzalez would fare at the World Cup. There were fears that he would struggle against the elite competition the Americans would face in Brazil, and a left knee injury sustained just before the camp got underway made things worse.
Terrence Boyd could be returning to play in Germany next season.
According to a report in German publication BILD, the U.S. Men's National Team forward has agreed terms with RB Leipzig, who achieved promotion to 2. Bundesliga for the upcoming season. The report states that a transfer fee of €1.
There have been many reactions to the heavy ban FIFA gave to Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, but few have been as surprising as the reaction from Italy defenderGiorgio Chiellini.
Suarez bit Chiellini in the second half of Uruguay's 1-0 victory over Italy last Tuesday, and at the time Chiellini vehemently gestured to Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez to show him the bite marks on his shoulder.
RECIFE, Brazil For the U.S. Men's National Team, this may have been the best loss ever.
The U.S. was defeated by Germanyin a Group G finale played amid torrential downpours Thursday afternoon, but the 1-0 loss to the group winners was overshadowed by the fact that the Americans advanced to the Round of 16 after Portugal mustered just a 2-1 win over Ghana in the match they played simultaneously in Brasilia.
The U.S. Men's National Team has done it. For the first time in team history, the USMNT clinched berths to the knockout round in back-to-back World Cups. It wasn't the prettiest road a slow and soggy loss to Germany on Thursday pushed them through in the end but now, "Group of Death" is just an empty phrase as Ghana and Portugal head home.
Hope Solo is making her way back onto the pitch and back onto good terms with the public at least for now.
Solo issued a public apology to her fans and colleagues Thursday ahead of her expected return to her professional club and expressed optimism the fourth-degree domestic violence assault charges against her will be dropped.
After Steven Defour's reckless, double-footed challenge on Kim Shin-Wook earned the Belgian a red card moments before the half-time whistle, the Red Devils' pursuit to win their group became an uphill battle.
Fortunately for the Group H winners, Jan Vertonghen's 78thminute goal secured their final three points with relative ease.
Islam Slimanipicked the right time to net his second-ever World Cup goal.
Facing elimination, Slimani headed home a free kick to knot Algeria and Russia up 1-1. The goal would help the Algerianssecure a place in the Round of 16 — where it will play Germany for the first time at the World Cup since 1982 — with four points in Group H.
Thursday was sure to be an emotional day for Jermaine Jones. After spending most of his youth and career in Germany, the 32-year-old was charged with defending against the German onslaught with the U.S. Men's National Team's advancement on the line.
Jones put those emotions to good use, putting forth yet another spectacular effort that have seen many anoint him as the team's best player during his time in Brazil.
Fans of the United States can breathe a collective a sigh of relief.
Although the Americans couldn't help their own cause against Germany, they got just the result they needed in that other Group G game going on Thursday afternoon as Portugal downed Ghana 2-1 in a result that eliminated both nations and sent the United States through into the Round of 16.
One more game. That's all that is standing between the U.S. Men's National Team and a berth into the World Cup's Round of 16. They will face Germany Thursday for the final Group G match and, for the USMNT's large German-American continent, it will be a special one, SBI's Franco Panizo reported from Brazil.
RECIFE, Brazil As if the drama surrounding the U.S. Men's National Team's decisive group finale versus Germany didn't have enough drama, torrential rains have paralyzed the city here ahead of today's all-important clash.
The task is simple for the Americans. Win and they top the group. Tie and they advance to the Round of 16 in second place.
Hope Solo's legal problems haven't escaped the attention of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Asked for his reaction to Solo's arrest over the weekend for assault, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati told reporters Wednesday that officials from the federation will be reaching out to Solo regarding the incident, the Associated Press reported.
France failed to score on Wednesday for the first time at the 2014 World Cup, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.
During France's scoreless draw with Ecuador, Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez practically stood on his head to preserve a clean sheet, making nine saves and denying Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema, and Antoine Griezmann from clear goalscoring opportunities.
Combined with a dominant performance against Honduras and an Ecuador draw, Switzerland's World Cup campaign is still alive.
The Swiss cruised to a 3-0 victory over Honduras behind a hat-trick performance from attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, and earned a place in the knockout stages as Switzerland finished in second place in Group E.
Despite being the first team to fluster France's relentless attack, it was not enough from Ecuador.
The two sides played to a scoreless draw Wednesday, dooming 10-man Ecuador to a group stage exit as a result of Switzerland's victory over Honduras. With their elimination, Ecuador become the first South American side to miss out on advancing to the tournament's knockout stages.
RECIFE, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Germany on Thursday with a place in the Round of 16 on the line and Jurgen Klinsmann will have to decide whether to stick with the same lineup that outplayed Portugal, or make changes to account for the different challenges presented by mighty Germany.
Bosnia and Herzegovina's performance at the World Cup was impressive, even though it will be leaving Brazil with only three points from three matches. The team's performance showed how far the country has come since its first FIFA international match in 1995, thanks in part to players like Miralem Pjanic.
It took until the final match of the group stage for Argentina's attack to come to life, but it was sure a joy to watch.
Lionel Messi scored two first half goals and defender Marcos Rojo deflected home the game winner in the second half as Argentina completed a perfect group stage run with a 3-2 victory over Nigeria in the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.
Prior to Argentina's final group stage clash with Nigeria, manager Alejandro Sabella cited his disappointment with his side's dependence on superstar Lionel Messi. However, if Messi's performance Wednesday is anything to go by, maybe depending on him isn't such a bad thing.
Colombia already had its spot in the Round of 16 locked up entering Tuesday's World Cup action, so they made eight changes to their starting lineup. That gave Japan hope of progressing, as they hung with Colombia for the first 45 minutes. As soon as Colombia started pushing, those hopes went up in flames.
As the U.S. Men's National Team stares down a make-or-break match against Germany, they will again be without one their best assets: Forward Jozy Altidore. As expected, Altidore will not be eligible Thursday, although SBI's Franco Panizo reported from Brazil that coach Jurgen Klinsmann left the door open on Altidore returning if the U.
Eighteen corner kicks, 31 shots, and overtime couldn't get the job done Tuesday night, but the Seattle Sounders made quick business of the San Jose Earthquakes on penalty kicks, advancing to the quarterfinals in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Alan Gordon hit the post on San Jose's second attempt before goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann snuffed out rookie J.
For Cesare Prandelli, a World Cup group stage exit proved to be enough to undo four years of Italian success.
Prandelli announced his resignation as Italy manager Tuesday following the Azzurri's 1-0 loss to Group D runner ups Uruguay. The loss saw eliminated Italy from the World Cup group stage in back-to-back tournaments for the first time since 1966.
For the first time in its history, Greece has advanced to the World Cup knockout stages. In fitting form for a drama-filled tournament, it took last minute magic for the Greeks to top Ivory Coast and advance out of Group C.
An unprecedented failure of a World Cup for England ended with a whimper Tuesday in Belo Horizonte as the Three Lions played to a 0-0 tie against unlikely Group D champion Costa Rica, which clinched the group with the draw.
In the aftermath of the U.S.'s tough draw to Portugal, the team and media alike were eager to shift focus to the Americans' final group opponent: Germany. Whichever team wins the USA-Germany matchup is guaranteed to advance while the other has to hope the Ghana-Portugal game falls in their favor.
It did not seem like there was much doubt about Mexico going through to the Round of 16. Croatia held El Tri off the score sheet for a long time, but they never looked likely to get the breakthrough goal that would turn the game.
RECIFE, Brazil Mexico's World Cup hopes were in the balance for much of its match against Croatia, but a second-half surge led by captain Rafa Marquez saw El Tri finish group play with an impressive win and a Round of 16 berth.
Mexico scored three goals inside of the last 18 minutes to break a scoreless deadlock and pick up a 3-1 win over Croatia at Arena Pernambuco on Monday night.
There was no salvaging Spain's tumultuous World Cup, but the defending champions reclaimed a bit of respect in their Group B finale against Australia on Monday, downing the Socceroos, 3-0 in a bounce-back performance in Curitiba.
With both teams having lost their first two games against the Netherlands and Chile, the two squads were playing for pride alone and the Spanish proved resilient, getting goals from David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata.
There are few teams in as good a vein of form as the Netherlands right now at the World Cup.
In a tightly-contested match against Chile at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on Monday afternoon, the Netherlands scored two second half goals via substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay to defeat Chile, 2-0, and secured top place in Group B.
Heading into 12th day, the World Cup is entering a new phase of the tournament. Teams will begin playing their third and final group games, which also means the game schedule will shift to two games kicking off concurrently for the rest of the group stage.
After a win and a draw in their first two games, Mexico attempt to achieve the improbable when they take the field on Monday against Croatia. (4 p.m. ESPN)
Few, even in Mexico, gave El Tri a chance of getting out of Group A and advancing to the knockout rounds, but now Miguel Herrera's side are on the verge of not only advancing but also possibly winning the group.
Sunday was game day for the U.S. Men's National Team and there was no bigger story than the U.S. drawing to Portugal in the second round of Group G, the so-called World Cup "Group of Death." But more than the score, what stood out was the brutal ending for the Americans, who let Portugal equalize in the 95th minute on what was effectively the last play of the match.
The president of the Ghanian Football Association has denied allegations over match-fixing in his country after a scathing report from the Daily Telegraph.
The Telegraph released a report along with Channel Four in England stating that a member of Ghana's FA, Obed Nketiah, and a FIFA registered agent, ChristopherForsythe, had attempted to negotiate a contract to schedule Ghana's next two friendlies.
MANAUS, Brazil Win and they reach the World Cup Round of 16, lose and things will get extremely complicated.
That's the task at hand for the U.S. Men's National Team as a victory against Portugal today at Arena Amazonia would secure a place in the knockout rounds for the Americans, who would move into first place in Group G with a win.
For the second consecutive game, Belgium left it until the end of the match to take all three points.
After 87 minutes of barren attacks on the Russian defensive wall, Belgium finally found their breakthrough from the right foot of 19-year-old Divock Origi, who became the nation's youngest-ever goal scorer at the World Cup.
After a scoreless draw kicked off their Brazilian experience, Nigeria put themselves in prime position on Saturday to advance to the tournament's knockout rounds.
The Super Eagles picked up their first World Cup win since 1998 by knocking off Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1-0, to grab control of second place in Group E while sealing Bosnia and Herzegovina's elimination from the tournament.
Vincent Enyeama's performance was overshadowed for 92 minutes on Saturday night.
Peter Odemwingie scored his first goal for Nigeria since 2010, Emmanuel Emenike had the assist and was dangerous in the attacking third all night, and Asmir Begovic kept Bosnia and Herzegovina in the match with eight huge saves.
Fittingly for one of the most unpredictable World Cups perhaps ever, the so-called "Group of Death" has turned into a group of surprises. Ghana put up a fierce battle against favorite Germany to force a 2-2 stalemate in a wild second half. The result keeps Ghana alive and forces Germany to wait for the third round of the group before knowing if they'll advance.
MANAUS, Brazil Portugal is going to have to dig real deep in order to obtain the three World Cup points it sorely needs and desperately wants.
Portugal and the U.S. Men's National Team will lock horns at Arena Amazonia on Sunday evening, but the Portuguese enter the Group G match they adamantly hope to win decimated by injuries and a suspension.
MANAUS, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team will be looking to repeat history on Sunday by beating Portugal in a World Cup match for the second time in 12 years. This time around though, a win against the Portuguese would automatically send the Americans through to the Round of 16.
It took him just more than 90 minutes, but the four-time Ballon d'Or winner finally gave Argentina the boost that they needed.
In the first minute of second half stoppage time, Lionel Messi had the ball at his feet just outside the 18-yard box. After hesitating slightly, the Argentine captain took a small touch to his left and blasted a shot all the way to the far side of the goal, finally beating Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi and booking Argentina's ticket to the knockout rounds with a 1-0 victory.
For 90 minutes on Saturday, Iran looked to have Argentina figured out. With Iran playing against no less than nine players behind the ball at a time, it looked like the South American side, which produced 21 shots but only four on target, was destined for a scoreless draw.
MANAUS, Portugal You would think that filling out a lineup would be fairly easy for Jurgen Klinsmann after his U.S. Men's National Team defeated Ghana in its World Cup group opener, but the absence of Jozy Altidore and some other lingering injury concerns, could lead Klinsmann to make some tough decisions about his first-choice ll.
As the World Cup enters its tenth day of action, several teams are trying to assert themselves as contenders to escape their groups.
Argentina have a simple task on Saturday. A win against Iran puts them through. That is where the simplicity ends. Iran held African champion Nigeria to a scoreless draw in their opening match and can keep their hopes alive with just a draw in what is considered the biggest game in Iranian history.
Germany can take another step forward to securing a way out of the so-called "Group of Death" when they take on the Black Stars of Ghana on Saturday afternoon (3 p.m. ESPN).
Die Mannschaft couldn't have asked for a better start to the World Cup in their opening 4-0 victory against Portugal, but they'll face a difficult test in Ghana, who are fighting for their World Cup lives.
Valenciascored both his country's goals in Ecuador's 2-1 Group E win over Honduras on Friday. The 25-year-old forwardnow has three goals in two World Cup matches, and seven goals in six games for Ecuador.
The U.S. Men's National Team is just two days from their second group stage match and the big question from Sao Paulo, Brazil has been, who will replace injured target forward Jozy Altidore? SBI's Franco Panizo heard from forwards Chris Wondolowski and Aron Johannasson about the prospect of filling that role against Portugal on Sunday.
While much credit can be attributed to owners Flavio Augusto da Silva and Phil Rawlins for luring Brazilian star Ricardo Kaka to Orlando City SC as the club's first Designated Player, the credit could soon be given to the man who will eventually coach the midfielder.
Few players are as hot as Karim Benzema is right now.
Just six days after scoring twice against Honduras, Benzema was at his best again, scoring a goal, setting up two others, and overall being a nuisance in the Switzerland defense's side as France defeated Switzerland, 5-2.
Costa Rica was supposed to be an afterthought in the aptly named World Cup "Group of Champions," but thanks in large part to Christian Bolaños, Los Ticos are top of the group.
Bolaños measured presence in the midfield steadied Costa Rica in their 1-0 victory over Italy and helped them both defend pressure from the Italians and relieve that pressure with a wide range of passing and plenty of poise on the ball in tight situations.
SAO PAULO It didn't take long after the question was asked for Michael Bradley to admit that he wasn't at his best against Ghana. Bradleyacknowledged that the sharpness that is normally present in his game was not there last Monday, and that the U.
The fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appeared as if it was going to be a rough go for Major League Soccer early. However, a quality finish on the final two days of action sees 12 teams from the top division through to the next round.
The New York Red Bulls will not be one of those 12 teams though after it was shutout by an impressive New York Cosmos effort.
It wasn't pretty, but Greece are probably happy with the final score considering the circumstances.
The trademark resolute Greek defense held up Japan's potent offense despite playing for more than 60 minutes down to ten men, earning a point in a scoreless draw on Thursday evening at the Estadio Das Dunas in Natal.
The star striker scored her first goals Thursday for the U.S. Women's National Team after a seven-month long recovery from injury, salvaging a draw for the Americans against a potent France side, 2-2 in East Hartford, Conn.
Subbed in at halftime with the USWNT down by a goal, Morgan twice brought the USWNT level with two skillful individual efforts, the surest sign that Morgan is ready to reclaim her spot on a front line crowded with other in-form strikers like Sydney Leroux and Christen Press.
It seems there was one player on everyone's mind Thursday: Cristiano Ronaldo.
With days of back-and-forth mixed signals on the reigning Ballon d'Or winner's fitness, the latest came from his teammate, Portugal's backup goalkeeper Beto who said Ronaldo was "100 percent fit" and "sick of reading things about him that are not true.
It's a real changing of the guard at Barcelona this summer.
After joining La Masia in 1991 and moving his way up the ranks to becoming one of the best midfielders in world soccer history, midfielder Xavi Hernandez looks set to be leaving Barcelona this summer, ending his 23-year-stay by mutual consent.
SAO PAULO TheU.S. Men's National Team faced question after question Thursday, and they were all focused on the same subject: Cristiano Ronaldo.
The U.S. will meet Portugal at Arena Amazonia in Manaus on Sunday, and plenty of the talk leading up to the two nations' second Group G match has been and will continue to beabout the health of Ronaldo and how to defend him.
Several teams could be putting their World Cup fates in serious jeopardy without positive results on Thursday.
Before that, however, two sides in Group C will play for the chance to clinch a spot in the knockout stage. Colombia and the Ivory Coast both claimed victory in their opening match, so a win for either side will put that team into the Round of 16.
In a shocking second result for Spain that probably ruined the brackets everyone had been betting on, the defending World Cup champion is out of the tournament after just two group stage matches. Chile and the Netherlands will advance from Group B to the knockout round after the Dutch earlier in the day rallied to overcome a deficit and defeat Australia.
Led by the rookie duo Steve Neumann and Patrick Mullins, the New England Revolution outlasted USL Pro's Richmond Kickers in the fourth round of the 2014 US Open Cup, winning 3-2 to advance to the fifth round.
Neumann and Mullins struck gold late in the second half to extend the lead to 3-1 before halftime.
Teams dropped out of the World Cup like flies on Wednesday, including the reigning champions. On Thursday, more teams will be fighting for their lives while others hope to clinch their spot in the knockout stage.
Playing in their first World Cup since 1998, Colombia came flying out of the gates last week against Greece.
Cameroon still had a chance to save its World Cup campaign after Croatia took an early 1-0 lead. Instead, their chance dwindled away just before halftime with the sending off of Alex Song, and Croatia piled on the goals, eliminating Cameroon from the World Cup with a 4-0 win Wednesday night.
SAO PAULO U.S. Men's National Team fans might still be buzzing about the Americans' World Cup win vs. Ghana, but Jurgen Klinsmann is urging his side to have short-term memory ahead of a showdown with Portugal.
Portugal's already crippled World Cup campaign could be on the verge of coming undone altogether.
After a 4-0 loss to Germany that included a red card and three injuries, Portugal's captain and the reigning Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, left practice early Wednesday in order to ice his left knee.
In soccer, and in life, few things are more dangerous than just a little bit of hope. After 54 minutes and two goals, hope is exactly what Australia had, as they had the highly favored Netherlands on the ropes with a 2-1 lead.
It was the Netherlands' Memphis Depay who extinguished the Socceroos' hope, providing the equalizing assist in the 58th minute before scoring the winner just 10 minutes later.
The U.S. Men's National Team's stunning victory against Ghana won't soon be forgotten, and while the next World Cup match is just a few day's away, it's time to discuss that memorable night in Natal on the latest episode of The SBI Show.
SAO PAULO There has been a recurring theme coming out of the U.S. Men's National Team's camp over the past two days, and it is that Clint Dempsey's lightning-fast goal vs. Ghana was definitely a blessing but also somewhat of a curse.
Make no mistake about it, the Americans are more than thrilled to have seen Dempsey score 30 seconds into their 2-1 win vs.
From the time they first learned how to kick a ball, every soccer player in the world dreams of stepping up on the game's biggest stage: the World Cup. However, let Tuesday night's matchup between Russia and South Korea serve as a reminder that, sometimes, even world class players can see their big stage dreams rapidly turn into a worldwide nightmare.
While John Brooks was reveling in his first goal with the U.S. Men's National Team a goal he had dreamed about scoring just two nights before the game coach Jurgen Klinsmann was answering questions about player fitness, SBI staffer Franco Panizo reported from Brazil.
Fans of the English Premier League can officially begin the countdown to the start of the season.
The league released their full-season fixture list on Wednesday, which includes a whole host of mouth-watering matchups in the first month of the season, beginning with a ten-game slate on Saturday, August 16.
It's do or die time already for several teams in action Wednesday, including Australia.
A horrid start that included two Chilean goals left Australia to play catchup for much of its opening 3-1 loss Friday. Despite putting six shots on frame in 13 attempts and getting a first-half goal from forward Tim Cahill, Australia was unable to break up the impressive Chilean possession.
With seven goals and eight assists this Major League Soccer season, no player has been more important to D.C. United than forward Fabian Espindola. But the leaders atop of the Eastern Conference will now have to look to another player to create scoring opportunities the Argentine attackeris expected to miss six weeks with a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the club announced Tuesday.
Los Angeles, Calif. — In a small, shoulder-to-shoulder cubicle connected to EA Sports' other major franchises at this year's E3, fans and media alike had the opportunity to get their first glimpse of FIFA 15. It was there that I had the chance to talk with producer Sebastian Enrique about the rise of Major League Soccer and its transformation in their award-winning video game franchise.
The fact that Mexico has four points from their first two World Cup games is due in no small part to one player: Guillermo Ochoa.
After not knowing whether he'd even be a starter at the World Cup until just before El Tri's opening match, Ochoa has put together two impressive performances, especially in Mexico's scoreless draw with Brazil.
Portugal got ripped to shreds by Germany in their World Cup opener Monday afternoon, getting outplayed to the tune of a 4-0 loss. Things only got worse for Portugal on Tuesday, five days before the No. 4 team in the world takes on the United States in what is now a must-win match.
Picking up where the World Cup left off Monday night, substitutes played the role of heroes in Tuesday's opening match.
Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens were left on the bench to start the game but came on to score in the second half, helping Belgium overcome an early deficit to defeat Algeria 2-1 in the European side's first World Cup match since 2002.
With both team's coming off of big-time, albeit controversy filled, victories in their opening matchups, Brazil and Mexico will look to assert themselves as Group A favorites when they clash today in Fortaleza (3 p.
After a wild finish Monday night, the World Cup continues Tuesday with three matches, including the introduction of the four teams that have yet to play.
Belgium finally kicks off its first World Cup since 2002. No longer considered a dark horse thanks to their young crop of stars like Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Axel Witsel, Belgium has been by pegged by many to be the most likely of the non-traditional powers to lift the trophy in Brazil and will be the team to beat in Group H.
NATAL, Brazil John Brooks could not have picked a better time to score his first international goal.
Brooks lifted the U.S. Men's National Team to a memorable and dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana in their intense Group G opener at Arena das Dunas on Monday night, scoring off a corner kick from Graham Zusi in the 86th minute.
For virtually every minute following Clint Dempsey's first-minute scoring opener, the U.S. Men's National Team defended as if their lives depended on it. Through literal blood, sweat and tears, the U.S. fought back wave after wave of attacks from their World Cup nemesis, Ghana.
It was the day every U.S. Men's National Team fan was waiting for and it did not disappoint. The U.S. Men's National Team came up with a huge win over Ghana to open the World Cup with three points. Goal-scorers John Brooks and Clint Dempsey will get the attention, but it was in large part thanks to the quiet leadership of Jermaine Jones, SBI's Man of the Match.
NATAL, Brazil Jozy Altidore and Matt Besler walked with noticeable limps. Clint Dempsey's nose was so swollen you could have mistaken him for a light heavyweight boxer.
The U.S. Men's National Team was battered and bruised.
The U.S. may have defeated Ghana to get its World Cup campaign off on the right foot, but the dramatic 2-1 win at Arena das Dunas was extremely physical and demanding and that took its visible toll on the Americans.
NATAL, Brazil After the final whistle blew at Arena das Dunas on Monday night, Jermaine Jones made his way to the corner of the field where the American Outlaws were sitting. Jones celebrated the U.S. Men's National Team's hard-fought and dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana and then laid flat on the ground.
We've got our first draw of the 2014 World Cup and it's largely thanks Iran's defender, Mehrdad Pooladi.
There wasn't much to write home about when Iran faced off against Nigeria, playing to a 0-0 draw in Curitiba, Brazil. The biggest chance of the match came in the dying moments when Nigeria crossed a dangerous ball into the box, but Mehrdad was waiting at the back post and cleared the ball away just in time.
On Monday afternoon, Germany picked up right where they left off at the 2010 World Cup.
Behind a Thomas Müller hat-trick, Germany thrashed Portugal, 4-0, at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Portugal played more than half the match down to ten men after centerback Pepe was red carded for a head butt in the 37th minute on Müller.
NATAL, Brazil The third time's the charm. At least that is what the U.S. Men's National Team is hoping.
The U.S. will kick off its 2014 World Cup campaign with a Group G clash at Arena das Dunas on Monday against Ghana, the same nation that eliminated the Americans from the past two tournaments with a pair of 2-1 wins.
The tenth week of the National Women's Soccer League was missing some familiar faces with many key players fulfilling national team duties. A few teams however found ways to win and make up some ground in the standings, despite missing their superstars.
An eight-year drought came to an end Sunday night.
Argentina defeated World Cup newcomer Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2-1 in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to a stunning 65th minute goal from captain Lionel Messi, his first World Cup goal since 2006.
Messi, from a dead stop, blew past a Bosnian defender, performed a quick give and go with Gonzalo Higuain, skipped past two more defenders and fired a goal off the left post and past helpless Bosnian keeper Asmir Begovic.
The thrills from Brazil just keep coming. It was Lionel Messi's turn Sunday to grab the spotlight, netting his first World Cup goal in eight years. That goal would lift Argentina over World Cup first-timerBosnia and Herzegovina in front of a very rowdy pro-Argentina crowd in Rio de Janeiro, giving the world class player a special moment.
SAO PAULO Inexperienced. Shaky. Lacking chemistry. Weak link.
Criticism about the U.S. Men's National Team's defense has been in abundance in the run-up to the World Cup and some of it is understandable given a few of the back line's recent performances and how short they are in terms of World Cup appearances.
France forward Karim Benzema had a point to prove.
After failing to make the 30-man preliminary France roster for the 2010 World Cup, Benzema showed on Saturday why he is a focal point of France's potential success in Brazil as he scored a pair of goals and forced an own goal as well in a 3-0 rout of Honduras in Porto Alegre.
NATAL, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup preparations are over, and now Jurgen Klinsmann will have to decide which 11 players and formation give him the best chance at taking three points from the virtual must-win opener against Ghana.
After only coming onto the field with 15 minutes left to go, Switzerland forward Haris Seferovic conjured up some last minute heroics to give his nation a victory in their World Cup opener against Ecuador.
On a counter-attack in the third minute of stoppage time, Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami advanced towards goal before the ball was played out to the left wing.
For 92-and-a-half minutes, both Switzerland and Ecuador looked to be content with emerging from their World Cup openers with a crucial point towards emerging from Group E. But, while hard-earned point would have been nothing to be an embarrassed about, Swiss substitute HarisSeferovic went out and snatched all three.
As soon as Didier Drogba entered the match, the tides turned in the Ivory Coast's favor.
The Ivory Coast scored twice in three minutes following Drogba's introduction to overcome a one-goal deficit and open their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over Japan on Saturday night at the ArenaPernambuco in Recife.
At 35, Pirlo is still playing like the midfield general who helped propel Italy to the World Cup triumph of 2006 and the improbable run to the Euro 2012 Final. In Italy's 2-1 win over England on Saturday in Manaus, Pirlo again failed to show his age as he played a key role in Italy's win over England.
Uruguay kept Costa Rica out of the FIFA World Cup in 2010, which clearly did not sit well with the pesky CONCACAF side.
Even without injured scoring expert Álvaro Saborío,Los Ticos provided the 2014 World Cup with its first major upset on Saturday, as Joel Campbell led Costa Rica back from a halftime deficit to beat the No.
Colombia announced their return to the World Cup in style.
Los Cafeteros, playing without their heart-and-soul, forward Radamel Falcao, took advantage of a couple of defensive errors to defeat Greece, 3-0, at theEstádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. Pablo Armero, Teo Gutierrez, and James Rodriguez scored the goals, but 38-year-old captain Mario Yepes had a huge impact in Colombia's first World Cup match in 16 years.
Colombia centerback Mario Yepes peeled back the years in his nation's 3-0 victory in their World Cup opener against Greece.
The 38-year-old Yepes was instrumental in Colombia's clean sheet by stifling the Greek attack time and time again. The former AC Milan defender displayed energy that matched his experience on the defensive end by keeping a relatively inexperienced Colombian side steady in what marked the country's first World Cup appearance since 1998.
Entering their matchup with Australia, the Chilean National Team had been heralded as one of the tournament's teams to watch. Boasting a swashbuckling, attacking style of play, La Roja promised to deliver excitement, which is exactly what forward Alexis Sanchez offered in his team's first half blitz of the Socceroos.
Group B certainly looks like it knows how to provide the drama at this World Cup.
Chile came out firing, putting early distance between itself and Australia, but the Socceroos would not go away quietly, fighting their way back in. However, the South American side's attack proved to be too much for Australia in the end, as Chile cruised to a 3-1 win in their opening match Friday.
It's no secret that Major League Soccer is looking for a new ownership group for Chivas USA, but the league is adamant that David Beckham has never been a part of those plans.
In response to Miami Mayor Tomás Regaladonixing Beckham's second stadium proposal, a report in Yahoo Sports stated that Beckham had been contacted by a group of Asian investors to see if he'd be interested in joining their group to purchase Chivas USA.
There's a reason why world rankings and predictions don't matter look no further than the Netherlands' astounding domination of defending champs Spain in group play, 5-1. Meanwhile, dubious officiating reared its ugly ahead again, but Mexico overcame two wrongly disallowed goals to win over Cameroon, 1-0.
Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but D.C. United is hoping they may be worth some more public support for a new stadium, too.
D.C. United released new renderings Friday of the proposed Buzzard Point stadium ahead of a June 26 city council meeting to win over public support for a project that has been met with some skepticism in Washington, D.
Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, and the Netherlands won't be stopped, not even by the defending world champions.
The Netherlands shocked the world on Friday by thrashing Spain, 5-1, at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Robben and Van Persie each scored twice while left wing back Daley Blind assisted on Holland's first two goals to come back from a one-goal deficit.
The second half of the National Women's Soccer League kicks off this week and teams will be pressed with many of their top stars away. Squads are juggling their rosters, as multiple players will miss games this week to fulfill their national team duties.
Top-ranked Seattle enjoys a bye this week, allowing a few other teams to try chip away at their lead.
SAO PAULO, Brazil The U.S. Men's National Team did not need a reminder of how tightly things might be called at this summer's World Cup, but they got one anyway.
The U.S. watched the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia from its team hotel on Thursday, including the game-winner Neymar scored after Fred embellished contact to draw a controversial penalty kick.
After two goals were wrongly waved as being offside, it looked like it was going to be one of those nights for Mexico. Despite controlling the ball and the pace of the match, it seemed El Tri was staring a scoreless draw in the face.
Thanks to a rebound goal from Oribe Peralta, Mexico escaped Natal with three points and a 1-0 win over the Indomitable Lions.
Two matches in and the World Cup referees are not off to a good start.
Two wrongly disallowed goals in the first half did not deter Mexico, who finally got one to stick in the second half, winning the match 1-0 over Cameroon thanks to Oribe Peralta's followup shot in the 67th minute.
While yesterday's opener officially kicked off the tournament, Day 2 of the World Cup is when the fun truly begins. With a slate of three games on the docket, today's lineup boasts the first full day of World Cup action.
The day's action will start off with a Group A clash between Mexico and Cameroon in a matchup that will be key for a pair of teams jockeying for position behind yesterday's winner, Brazil.
Spain's goal to repeat as World Cup champions begins on Friday against their opponents from the last World Cup final the Netherlands.
It's the first time in World Cup history that the two finalists from the last World Cup have met in the next tournament's group stage, and as the third match of the World Cup it's an early must-see match.
Could FIFA be buckling under the pressure to strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup? For now, maybe not.
But in light of all the problems facing Qatar's bid to host from bribery on a massive scale to unbearable summer temperatures to human rights concerns the pressure to reconsider Qatar as 2022 World Cup host seems to be mounting.
The 2014 World Cup is underway and the controversy is already heating up. Neymar and Oscar led Brazil to a come-from-behind win to open the tournament, but it was a dubious penalty kick that remained a talking point after the match. Meanwhile, outside of the pitch, protestors continued to oppose the game, clashing with police in San Paulo.
If you ask the Croatian National Team players, they think that the World Cup should just be handed to Brazil already.
Following Thursday's World Cup opener which saw Brazil defeat Croatia, 3-1, in Sao Paul, the Croatian players and head coach Niko Kovac hit out at refereeYuichi Nishimura for his controversial decisions.
Cristiano Ronaldo's status for Portugal's opener against Germany on Monday is up in the air.
The 29-year-old star forward was only able to participate in 15-20 minutes of training with the rest of his team, participating in the physical exercises before taking a seat while the team did on-the-ball work according to the Associated Press.
Host nation Brazil kick off the month-long tournament against European side Croatia at the Arena Corinthians, with many of the world's eyes all facing Sao Paulo today. Neymar earns his 50th cap and former Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar starts as expected in goal for Brazil.
Hours before the World Cup will begin, Brazilian police and rioters were still clashing in the host nation.
The latest clashes came Thursday morning in Sao Paulo, where the Brazilian National Team will kick off against Croatia this afternoon. Local police used tear gas and noise bombs to disperse the reported 100 protesters, who reconvened two hours later three blocks away from their original location.
SAO PAULO, Brazil Much has been made of Jurgen Klinsmann's recent comments regarding how unrealistic it is to expect the U.S. Men's National Team to win the World Cup this summer, and many people have come out and publicly disagreed with the head coach's stance.
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber knows of the perils that come with playing the game in Miami.
Garber is preparing for the league to embrace David Beckham's Miami 2.0, but with the demise of one of the league's early franchises, the Miami Fusion, Garber has seen first hand how easy it is for a franchise to fail in the sunshine state.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Plenty of New England Revolution players have received recognition for the team's early success in 2014, but their unheralded early hero might be 31-year-old Daigo Kobayashi, a technical maestro and one of only four Revolution players to appear in all 14 games so far.
While much of the soccer world has their attention turned toward Brazil where the U.S. Men's National Team will soon begin their World Cup campaign, the U.S. Women's National Team are preparing for a World Cup, too.
Just days from the one-year mark counting down to the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, Jill Ellis flew into her first USWNT camp as permanent head coach of the team – and she is ready to make her mark.
Luis Silva showed just how important he is the success of D.C. United this season.
After going nine games without a goal, Silva recorded his first career hat-trick in the first half, propelling D.C. United to a 4-2 victory against the Montreal Impact on Wednesday evening at Stade Saputo.
PORTLAND, Ore. Pa Modou Kah scored a 94th-minute equalizer Wednesday as the Timbers came back from a two-goal deficit to draw with a FC Dallas side that ended the match with nine players on the field.
In the final MLS match before the World Cup, Fabian Castillo and Blas Perez scored first-half goals for FC Dallas, but late Will Johnson and Kah goals were enough for Portland to salvage the 2-2 draw in front of another sellout crowd at Providence Park.
When the World Cup draw was announced back in December, the hearts of every U.S. Men's National Team supporter slightly jumped at the sight of the team's group opposition. There was Germany, the international powerhouse and one of the tournament favorites.
After five straight tournaments without making a World Cup finals appearance, Argentines are beginning to believe that this year could be their long-awaited return to glory.
With Lionel Messi entering his prime, many Argentines are hoping that the 2014 World Cup is where Messi cements his claim as one of the greatest soccer players to ever live, and to deliver a World Cup to Argentina in their hated rival nation of Brazil.
Few things in soccer get fans talking like a viscously constructed group of death. While Group H is sure to be no cakewalk, few teams would be clamoring for a place in the Group D minefield that features three of the world's top top 10 teams.
The initial favorite to escape the mess that is Group D is Uruguay, who boast one of the tournament's more fearsome duos in the form of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
The World Cup is all about celebrating the game's stars. The tournament represents a collection of the sport's best players showcasing their abilities with the hopes of bringing home the honor of winning the game's biggest trophy for their home nation.
While global icons like Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo are sure to dominate headlines, many of the game's young up-and-comers will use the tournament as a springboard to launch themselves into contention to be called a superstar.
Home teams traditionally enjoy a boost at the World Cup, but when the team receiving that boost also happens to be a powerhouse, you have the recipe for a cakewalk through group play.
That is what Brazil faces in Group A of the 2014 World Cup. The group has three decent opponents, but none of the three are seen as being able to handle Brazil's firepower, led by Barcelona star Neymar.
Cristiano Ronaldo is back and looking primed to help Portugal take on Group G in Brazil.
The superstar striker returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday after injury as Portugal thrashed Ireland, 5-1, in their final World Cup warm-up. Ronaldo played 65 minutes, his first playing time since May 24, when he helped Real Madrid clinch the Champions League trophy over Atletico.
Representatives from UEFA may not have a clear idea of who they want in charge of soccer's governing body, but they made it very clear that they hope it isn't Sepp Blatter.
The chairmen of the football associations of England and the Netherlands have urged the current president to not run for reelection, with Dutch representativeMichael van Praag stating that "people link FIFA to corruption and bribery and all kinds of old boy's network".
David Beckham's second attempt at securing a soccer stadium in Miami has failed after MayorTomás Regalado told the Englishman's real estate adviserthat the waterfront site Beckham was eyeing is no longer an option.
In-form Mexican striker Erick "Cubo" Torres will remain with Chivas USA on loan from Chivas de Guadalajara for the remainder of the season with the option to purchase, the club announced Tuesday afternoon.
Torres ranks third among all scorers in Major League Soccer this season with nine goals for the Goats.
The U.S. Men's National Team has made it to Brazil, and has already begun preparing for its World Cup matches, but it's time to take a look back at the encouraging performance that has them feeling so confident as the tournament draws closer.
When the Ivory Coast kick off their World Cup against Japan, they may have to do so without their biggest star.
Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi confirmed Tuesday that Yaya Toure is in doubt for the African club's World Cup opener Saturday with a hamstring injury suffered in the final game of Manchester City's season.
The New England Revolution spent the month of May running rampant through any opposition in their path, scoring 14 goals in a streak of four games that catapulted the team to the top of the Eastern Conference. The Revs offensive outburst showed exactly what it looked like when a team clicks, but the creativity and flair of the team are defined by midfielder Lee Nguyen.
Heading into the month of May, Patrick Mullins and the New England Revolution were an afterthought. The team was sputtering around mid-table after coming out of the gates with a stumble and, for his part, Mullins had become an unused substitute extraordinaire.
Jurgen Klinsmann and two members of his U.S. Men's National Team coaching staff may not have liked what they saw on Monday night.
Klinsmann and his coaching staff watched Ghana pulverize South Korea, 4-0, in both team's final World Cup tune-ups. South Korea likely could have scored on a few occasions but they were poor inside the box and lost confidence as the game went on.
Berti Vogts may have been recently appointed to serve as a special advisor to the U.S Men's National Team at this summer's World Cup, but that does not mean he will be rooting for the Americans in Brazil.
Vogts reportedly admitted in an interview earlier this month that he will be supporting his native Germany at this summer's tournament despite the fact that the European powerhouse will face the Americans in their final Group G match on June 26.
Berti Vogts may have been recently appointed to serve as a special advisor to the U.S Men's National Team at this summer's World Cup, but that does not mean he will be rooting for the Americans in Brazil.
Vogts reportedly admitted in an interview earlier this month that he will be supporting his native Germany at this summer's tournament despite the fact that the European powerhouse will face the Americans in their final Group G match on June 26.
When Chicago Fire rookie Harrison Shipp scores goals, he does so in bunches.
With his only other goalscoring performance coming in a hat-trick back on May 11, the 22-year-old netted a brace in the Fire's 3-2 defeat to the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, bringing his season tally to five.
For each U.S. Men's National Team player heading to the World Cup in Brazil, there is a story behind his journey. U.S. Soccer is helping tell those stories with a new video series called "One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories."
With a World Cup roster of players coming from nine top-flight leagues and homes primarily in five countries, the 23 men representing the U.
The U.S. Men's National Team concluded their World Cup Send Off series in style on Saturday, with an impressive 2-1 victory against Nigeria that helped give the team some real confidence heading to Brazil.
In Episode 146 of The SBI Show, we take a look back at Saturday's 2-1 victory, which featured impressive performances by several U.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The fun's over in New England. A Revolution squad that was the toast of Major League Soccer just 10 days ago has now suffered consecutive defeats, falling to the I-95 rival New York Red Bulls 2-0 Sunday night for their first home loss to New York since 2002.
Through the game's first 70 minutes, the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team looked to be well on their way to their second 0-0 draw of the20th Lisbon International Tournament. However, due to a pair of opposition substitutes, the final 20 minutes proved to be the team's undoing.
CARSON, Calif. The second Superclasico of the season ended in an uninspired 1-1 draw between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA before a crowd of 19,756 almost none of them wearing the venerable rojiblanco shirts that once proliferated at Superclasico matches in L.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New York Red Bulls went to Gillette Stadium without Jamison Olvae, Roy Miller and Thierry Henry. They left with three points.
Luis Robles registered his third clean sheet of the season, playing hero Sunday in play after nerve-racking play for the Red Bulls, who ended a four-match winless run with a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution.
When Toronto FC acquired striker Jermain Defoe, they did so with the aim that the former Tottenham FC forward would go out and score goals. That is exactly what Defoe has did Saturday by scoring his fourth goal in as many games to lead TFC to their second win in a row.
LANDOVER, Md. Preceded by a Spain-El Salvador friendly on Saturday night, D.C. United (6-4-4) faced off against the Columbus Crew (4-5-6) at a site that was home away from home. Sure, United fans were in the building, but this wasn't RFK; it was Fed-Ex Field, home of the NFL's Washington Redskins.
For five seasons, the Seattle Sounders seemed short a star striker, seemed lacking the depth to overcome international duties, suspensions, and myriadinjuries.
But everything seems to come up Emerald City in 2014. So far, anyway.
On the road against the Chicago Fire on Saturday night, the Sounders raced out to a 2-0 first-half lead and held on for the 3-2 win in a wild, card-filled affair in front of 16,416 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
LANDOVER, Md. – After signing a contract with the 2015 MLS expansion team New York City FC this past week, Spanish national team forward David Villa decided it was best to get a head start on scoring goals on American soil.
"He's one of the best goal-scorers in the world," Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque said.
The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Nigeria (6pm, ESPN/Univision) today in the final match of their World Cup send-off series, and the toughest test the Americans will have faced before making the trip to Brazil.
The U.S. is coming off consecutive wins against Azerbaijan and Turkey, but Nigeria will offer a significantly tougher challenge as the African champions look to make their own final preparations for the World Cup.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. From the day he first donned the U.S. Men's National Team jersey, to the 2009 Confederations Cup win over Spain, Tim Howard has had no shortage of special moments in his international career.
He will have another one on Saturday.
Howard is set to receive his 100th cap on Saturday evening when the U.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. As the U.S. Men's National Team discussed their final send-off series friendly vs. Nigeria on Friday, one familiar name continuously kept popping up.
That familiar name, and familiar foe, was Ghana.
The U.S. is set to finish off its stateside World Cup preparations on Saturday evening at EverBank Field, but the friendly against Nigeria is as much of a dry-run for the Americans' Group G opener against Ghana as it as a way for U.
Sometimes even a positive result can surprise you.
Sporting Kansas City might not affirm that notion, but after surviving an early red card and two injuries — to top the Houston Dynamo 2-0 Friday — there's really no other way to put it.
Soony Saad opened his 2014 scoring account with the gaming-winning goal, while fellow forward Dom Dwyer added insurance with his 11th on the season to help the visitors earn their first victory in six matches.
The career of Oguchi Onyewu has spanned 11 years and 220 games and seven countries and, after spending last season with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, the 32-year-old American defender is still undecided on the next chapter.
Onyewu is currently on the market after signing a short-term contract with the the Owls in January and, while he hasn't ruled out a return to the club, the two time World Cup veteran will weigh his options.
HANOVER, N.J. Roy Miller is playing some of the best soccer in his career right now and on the brink of playing in his first World Cup, but the road he traveled to get to this point in his career was a rocky one.
Every four years, the World Cup unites soccer fans across the globe with a display of top international sides consisting of the world's best players. However, the injury bug has claimed yet another one of the game's biggest stars: Franck Ribery.
The 31-year-old French winger has officially been ruled out of the France squad due to back injury.
It looks like Cesc Fabregas is headed back to London after all, but this time he won't be wearing the color red.
The Spain international has reportedlyagreed to join Chelseathis summer for a transfer fee of €33 million and will earn€10 million per season, three million more than he earned at Barcelona according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
At least in one sense, 19-year-old star winger Diego Fagundez becomes an adult today, graduating from high school in a 6:00 p.m. ceremony at Fitchburg High School, the city next door to the Fagundez household in Leominster, Mass.
It was announced on Wednesday that Atlas has signed Castillo via a full transfer from Xolos, who Castillo leaves after two-and-a-half seasons.
Castillo was a regular for Tijuana this past campaign, starting in 28 of the 32 Liga MX matches he played in over the course of the Apertura and Clausura campaigns, but will now play for his seventh first division Mexican club since 2006.
The final official U.S. Men's National Team match before the World Cup takes place on Saturday against Nigeria and Jurgen Klinsmann will have some difficult decisions to make regarding just what lineup to trot out in Jacksonville for that Send-Off Series finale.
The second-year midfielder came on for the Columbus Crew in the second half with his team down a goal and answered his coach's call, scoring an 88th minute goal to save a point for the Crew in a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake at Crew Stadium.
Fans in the Netherlands had quite the scare Wednesday.
On the eve of their team flight to Brazil, the Dutch beat Wales in a World Cup warm-up, 2-0, but star captain Robin van Persie had to be taken off at halftime after appearing to struggle with a groin injury.
David Villa will in fact be playing soccer this fall, though it won't be in Manchester or New York.
New York City FC sister club Melbourne City FC announced on Wednesday that David Villa will be playing for them between October and December. It's expected that Villa will play 10 times for Melbourne in the 2014-2015 A-League season, and then return to New York for NYC FC's inaugural campaign.
New York City FC made headlines Monday, officiallyannouncingforward David Villa as the club's first player. The move spurred dozens of comments, but perhaps none more interesting than what fellow Spanish international Juan Mata had to say.
After months of negotiations between Orlando City president Phil Rawlins and minority owner Wayne Estopinal, Orlando's USL Pro franchise will be officially relocating and named Louisville City FC. The team is expected to begin play in 2015.
"We are excited for the future of pro soccer in Louisville," Rawlins said in a statement.
In the latest set of delays for the D.C. United stadium project, district council chairman Phil Mendelson said Tuesday that it would require four separate committees to evaluate and approve the planned proposal before it heads to a final vote, according to the Washington Post.
When the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup roster was announced, John Brooks' inclusion was one of the selections that drew the most scrutiny. After his showing against Turkey on Sunday, that skepticism should be on the wane.
The 21-year-old Hertha Berlin centerback was very good in the U.
Clint Dempsey's Major League Soccer form has been on the rise in 2014 and so have his jersey sales.
The league announced Wednesday that the Seattle Sounders forward's No. 2 jersey is the best-selling Adidas MLS jersey in 2014. Dempsey is joined in the top three by LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan and Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley.
NEW YORK New York City FC knew they would have to make a splash with their first player signing, and they believe they have done so perfectly with the addition of David Villa.
NYCFC signed Villa to a three-year, Designated Player deal on Monday, making the veteran striker who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain the club's first acquisition ahead of their debut MLS season in 2015.
When Oriol Rosell arrived at Sporting Kansas City two years ago, he was a very young midfielder still trying to establish himself as a professional player. After two seasons in the Sporting KC system, Rosell is returning to Europe a player in demand, one ready for the next significant step in his budding career.
After a rough first season at Club Tijuana, Herculez Gomez is on the move with the hopes of earning more playing time.
Gomez is currently undergoing medicals with Tigres UANL andis set to join the club ahead of its Apertura campaign in Liga MX. There is no word yet on whether Gomez is signing with Tigres via a loan or an outright transfer, but he will reunite with fellow American and former Pachuca teammate Jose Torres at the club.
Orlando City will move out of USL Pro and into MLS in 2015, but that does not mean that the franchise will lose its place in the third division. It will remain, just in a different city.
The rights to Orlando City's USL Pro franchise will head to Louisville, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal, and will be renamed Louisville City FC in a relocation that was headed by Orlando City minority owner andLouisville architect Wayne Estopinal.
New York City FC's brass addressed a recent report on Monday. They also refused to discuss another.
NYCFC officials spoke to media members via a conference call on Monday afternoon to discuss Spanish striker David Villa becoming the club's first player, but they were also faced with questions regarding two topics that grabbed headlines in recent days.
After weeks of negotiations, initial talks between representatives from David Beckham's Miami franchise and the city of Miami over a potential stadium on a boat slip in downtown Miamihave stalled due to a disagreement in annual rent.
According to The Miami Herald, Miami City ManagerDaniel Alfonso said Monday that the two sides should "take a breather" from negotiating after Beckham's group offered to pay a reported $500,000 a year in annual rent.
The U.S. Men's National Team beat Turkey on Sunday in a match that answered some questions, but also raised new ones for Jurgen Klinsmann's squad with the World Cup drawing closer.
Episode 145 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the USMNT's 2-1 victory against Turkey, including strong performances by Jozy Altidore and John Brooks, and we also discuss Julian Green's Send-Off Series debut.
Timmy Chandler will be back in the Bundesliga next season.
Eintracht Frankfurt announced on Tuesday that they have signed Chandler to a three-year deal that runs through June 30, 2017.The 24-year-old Chandler had spent the last four years with FC Nurnberg, but was keen on a move after the club suffered relegation from Germany's top division this past season.
In case Seattle Reign FC's back-to-back draws left anyone wondering if the National Women's Soccer League leader may tumble in the standings, Seattle set the record straight this week: The Reign have no intention on losing their grip on first place.
On Monday afternoon, the deadline passed for all 32 participating teams to submit their final 23-man squads for the tournament in Brazil, clinching the dreams of 736 players and dashed the dreams of many many more.
Radamel Falcao's race against time to be fit for the World Cup came up just short.
Only a little more than four months into recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Falcao announced along with Colombia National Team head coach Jose Pekerman that he would not be taking part in the 2014 World Cup due to the injury.
Jill Ellis has named her first roster as the full-time U.S. Women's National Team head coach and there are plenty of surprises.
Twenty-six players have been called in by Ellis for a training camp prior to two friendly matches this month against France and returning are two players who have missed considerable time recently: Forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Shannon Boxx.
Montreal Impact fans have something positive to sit on following weeks of disappointing results to open the 2014 season.
The MLS Eastern Conference bottom dwellers shocked the league with a huge 2-0 shutout of the red-hot New England Revolution. Forward Jack McInerney helped cap off the match with an unassisted goal in the 38th minute, and the Impact's performance earned them this week's honor of SBI MLS Team of the Week.
HARRISON, N.J. Jozy Altidore did not find his elusive first U.S. Men's National Team goal of 2014 on Sunday, but there were plenty of other signs that showed why he is still capable of making an impact this summer.
PORTLAND, Ore. Since the Whitecaps and Timbers joined MLS in 2011, Vancouver has searched for its first victory over its Cascadia Cup rival for more than three seasons. Sunday in Portland, the Whitecaps finally got over the hump defeating the Timbers by the score of 4-3.
Cesc Fabregas is closer than ever to a return to the English Premier League.
After Barcelona and Fabregas' agent put English Premier League clubs on alert and after both Arsenal and Manchester City pulled out of the running, Manchester United and Chelsea emerged as the two main contenders for the Spanish midfielder.
Landon Donovan continues his goal-scoring ways in the wake of being cut from the U.S. Men's National Team World Cup roster.
Around the same time the USMNT was playing its second send-off match of three before heading to Brazil, the Los Angeles Galaxy were kicking off on the road against the Chicago Fire a 1-1 draw that would see Donovan score his third goal in two games.
With just one professional appearance to his name prior to joining up with the U.S. Men's National Team, Julian Green was always going to have to play a bit of catch-up with both his more experienced teammates and the opposition.
Andre Ayew, Michael Essien, and Asamoah Gyan will lead the line for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup.
Following Ghana's 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday afternoon, head coach Kwesi Appiah trimmed his squad by three to finalize his 23-man roster, cutting defenders JerryAkaminko, Jeffrey Schlupp and midfielder David Accam from the World Cup squad.
Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi has been left off of Italy's 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup.
The New Jersey-native was in the process of returning from a right knee injury that kept him out from January until early May. Rossi played 71 minutes during the Azzurri's friendly with the Republic of Ireland Saturday, but apparently failed to make enough of an impact.
HARRISON, N.J. The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Turkey at Red Bull Arena today (2pm, ESPN) in the second match of their World Cup send-off series, and the Americans know Turkey will provide a significantly tougher test than their last opponent.
Clint Dempsey is back in the starting lineup for today's match and Jurgen Klinsmann has made a pair of changes from the Azerbaijan match, with Brad Davis and Timmy Chandler in the lineup in place of Alejandro Bedoya and DaMarcus Beasley.
It was a busy day for international friendlies on Saturday. A total of 11 World Cup squads were in action, with 11 other sides playing for respect and experience days before the world turns its eyes to Brazil for the main event.
Two of those World Cup teams, the Netherlands and Ghana, went head to head at De Kuip in Rotterdam, Netherlands with the 1-0 result favoring the Dutch.
Qatar's winning 2022 World Cup bid is under fresh criticism after the latest scandal broke, which includes allegations of bribes paid in exchange for votes.
Serial briber Mohamed Bin Hammam, a Qatari national who was formerly the president of the Asian Football Confederation, a FIFA vice president, and a member of the FIFA Executive Committee, is alleged to have a number of payments totaling $5 million USD in an effort to gain support for Qatar's World Cup bid, according to a blockbuster report(behind paywall) from the London Sunday Times.
NEW YORK Sixteen days are all that separate the U.S. Men's National Team from its 2014 World Cup opener against Ghana, and the Americans are in dire need of a stiff test to gauge where they currently stand.
NEW YORK Sixteen days are all that separate the U.S. Men's National Team from its 2014 World Cup opener against Ghana, and the Americans are in dire need of a stiff test to gauge where they currently stand.
Homegrown defender Doneil Henry proved to be the difference Saturday for Toronto FC, as the Brampton, Ontario native's 92nd minute header earned TFC all three points and the Trillium Cup with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Columbus Crew.
FC Dallas were on their way to ending a seven-game winless run before everything unraveled.
Despite the hosts taking an early first half lead, the visiting San Jose Earthquakes scored two goals on either side of an Adam Moffat red card to defeat FC Dallas, 2-1, on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.