The Philadelphia Union have added a World Cup goalkeeper to their squad.
The Union announced at a press conference at Noon on Wednesday that they've signed Algerian international goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi, fresh off guiding Algeria to their first ever knockout round appearance at the 2014 World Cup.
Mike Petke has seen his fair share of great soccer players. Having spent time playing with or coaching names such as Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, the New York Red Bulls head coach has experiencedsome of the game's elite first hand.
Petke is never the type of coach to throw around unnecessary praise, preferring to let his player's actions on the field speak louder than his words.
When Matt Besler signed his new Designated Player contract with Sporting Kansas City earlier this month, the common belief was that the new deal meant he would finish out his career with the reigning MLS Cup champions.
While that may still wind up being the case, Besler hasn't completely closed the door on one day playing overseas.
Manchester United continued their successful preseason tour in the USA with another victory, though this one came harder than the previous two.
After a scoreless 90 minutes, Man United prevailed over Inter Milan, 5-3, on penalty kicks to win their second match in the International Champions Cup in front of a crowd of61,238 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
The minute Ronaldinho severed ties with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro on Monday morning, you just knew the links to Major League Soccer would resurface.
This time around, it is the New York Red Bulls looking like a perfect fit for the skilled playmaker, and after seeing Barcelona star Xavi return to Europe after a flirtation with MLS, all eyes are waiting to see if Ronaldinho will be the latest star to sign in MLS, or pass on it.
It wasn't a glamorous week forMLS rookies, but don't tell Marlon Hairston that.
The Colorado Rapids midfielder wasn't in the starting lineup for the Colorado Rapids'weekendmatch against Chivas USA, but his talents were certainly needed when Jared Watts went down with an injury in the 42nd minute.
With the signing of Didier Drogba late last week, Chelsea are left with a conundrum.
The club are only allowed to register 17 foreign players over the age of 21 and the club currently has 18 players vying for a spot. As such, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will look to sell one of his foreign players, with forward Fernando Torres at the top of the list.
Legendary Brazilian attacker Ronaldinho is on the hunt for a new club.
The 2005Ballon d'Or winner and Atletico Minero have mutually agreed to part ways,ending the 34-year-old's time with the Brazilian club. The former AC Milan and Barcelona star joined Atletico from fellow Brazilian side Flamengo in 2012 and led the team to a Copa Libertadores victory the following year.
If the Portland Thorns FC wanted to test how good they are just a few weeks shy of the playoffs-they received quite the wakeup call on Sunday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to the top ranked Seattle Reign FC.
Terrence Boyd's season debut with RB Leipzig has been pushed back at least two months.
The U.S. Men's National Team forward suffered a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a friendly match on Saturday during RB Leipzig's friendly match against English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers.
In the same week he was named to the MLS All-Star Team, Diego Valeri delivered a game-winning blast that propelled the visiting Portland Timbers to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Impact.
Valeri's strike was the difference after a four-goal first half that saw Will Johnson and Maxi Urruti score in a six-minute span for Portland while Andres Romero and Maxim Tissot had the goals for Montreal at a rain-soaked Stade Saputo.
Joe Corona may not have helped Club Tijuana avoid a second straight defeat to start the season, but he likely helped his cause for more starts with a strong performance.
Corona helped set up a penalty kick for Tijuana that marked the opener in their visit to Club America on Saturday, but Xolos conceded twice in the second half en route to sufferinga 2-1 loss that dropped them to 0-2 in the Apertura campaign.
Robert Lewandowski is quickly winning over both teammates and coaches at Bayern Munich.
The Polish international forward, who joined Bayern this summer on a free transfer from rivals Borussia Dortmund, scored three goals in two days as Bayern took home the Telekom Cup, a preseason tournament hosted in Hamburg.
When Red BullHead of Global Football Gerard Houllier announced yesterday that he believed that New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was leaning towards retirement, many were left surprised by the news.
Count Henry himself, who has stated he is undecided on retirement throughout thisseason, among those that were caught off guard by Houllier's declaration.
When Gedion Zelalem took the field as a starter for Arsenal in Saturday's friendly against the New York Red Bulls, there were plenty of U.S. Men's National Team fans watching and hoping to get a glimpse at a future U.S. national team star.
Whether Zelalem actually plays for the United States is still very much up in the air though, and Zelalem made that very clear when he addressed questions about his national team future after Arsenal's 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls.
When U.S. Men's National Team defender Matt Besler was sent off with a second yellow card in the 75th minute of a tie game, Sporting Kansas City looked like a team that might have to be happy settling for a draw on the road against Toronto FC.
Second-half substitute Jacob Peterson had other ideas, finishing off a give-and-go with Dom Dwyerto tuck an 80th-minute winner past Joe Bendik in a 2-1 Sporting KC victory at BMO Field on Saturday night.
BERKELEY, Calif. — UEFA Champions League's title-holder Real Madrid is clearly a superior squad to Inter Milan on paper. But with Real Madrid missing a batch of starters, including Cristiano Ronaldo, and Inter Milan seeming to push likeSaturday's friendly was a serious matchup, a stalemate after 90 minutes seemed fitting.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Federico Higuain's first goal in more than two months could not have come at a better time for the Columbus Crew, who have now won consecutive games for the first time since opening the season with three wins.
Higuain scored his seventh goal of the season on a free kick just before halftime and Ethan Finlay broke a deadlock with six minutes to play, as the Crew sent the New England Revolution to their eighth-straight loss in a 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.
HARRISON, N.J. For the25,219 fans in attendance, it was about the name on the back of the jersey more-so than the logo on the front.
In a clash between Arsenal and the New York Red Bulls, forward Thierry Henry was the star of the show, as his current side knocked off his former team 1-0 behind a first-half Bradley Wright-Phillips finish.
WASHINGTON D.C. United'swin vs.Chivas USA lastSunday marked the club's third consecutive victory and put D.C.within arm's reach of first place in MLS's Eastern Conference, trailing Sporting Kansas City by a single point.
As important as the victory was, its significance went well beyond the three points earned, particularly for Bill Hamid.
SANFORD, Fla. —Orlando City Soccer Club's acquisition of AC Milan forward Robinho may have run into a brick wall.
According to reports in Italy,Robinho's move to Orlando City from Milan is more than likely doubtful. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has admitted to discussions between the Lions and the Rossoneri, but the inability to match a transfer fee seems to be a problem.
After arriving in Serbia on Thursday and attending FK Jagodina's UEFA Europa League qualifying match, a 1-0 defeat to CFR Cluj, Adu signed his contract on Friday and officially became a member of Jagodina's squad.
Kljestan and Anderlecht are set to kick off their Pro League campaign on Sunday, when they host promoted side Royal Mouscron-Perewelz. The veteran midfielder will be looking for a start in the match after being an unused substitute for much of last season, and he will have the knowledge that a solid performance could help him carve out a more permanent place in the lineup.
Fans of La Liga only have to wait one more month until the start of the 2014/2015 season.
The Spanish league announced their schedule on Thursday, with the first weekend of games set to take place 30 days from today. The Big Three of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona start off the season against Cordoba, Rayo, and Elche, respectively.
One of U.S. Soccer's most perseverant players has played his last game.
Jay DeMerit has announced his retirement in an open letter to Vancouver Whitecaps fans. DeMerit's decision comes after two injury-plagued seasons in Vancouver in which the centerback suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the season opener in 2013 and another torn tendon in his left ankle this past June.
PASADENA, Calif If anyone wanted to assess where American soccer stands in comparison to the European football, they need not look at the lopsided result on the scoreboard at the Rose Bowl, where the LA Galaxy hosted international giants Manchester United on a warm Wednesday night in Pasadena.
Many of the world's best players and teams will be making their home in the USA for the next two weeks as they prepare for their upcoming seasons, and tonight will feature the first batch of intriguing friendlies.
The Los Angeles Galaxy take on Manchester United tonight, while Sporting Kansas City faces Manchester City in a pair of high-profile match-ups featuring MLS sides.
The Houston Dynamo's trade to acquire the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order figured to mean the arrival of a U.S. Men's National Team player, and it didn't take long to find out that the player in question was none other than veteran DaMarcus Beasley.
The Dynamo announced the signing of Beasley on Tuesday afternoon, just a few hours after completing the deal that sent midfielder Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC in exchange for the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order, which gave Houston the opportunity to sign Beasley.
Freddy Adu's next career destination could be in Eastern Europe.
Goal USA is reporting that Adu is preparing to sign with Serbian side FK Jagodina, ending a seven-month run without a club after he was released by EC Bahia in Brazil. Jagodina finished third in the Serbian league last season and is taking part in UEFA Europa League qualifiers for the third straight season.
The Houston Dynamo moved another step closer to clinching the signing of DaMarcus Beasley.
Reports in both Mexico and the USA have stated that Beasley was set to move to the Dynamo as a free agent signing this summer, but in order to sign him, the Dynamo needed to move to the top of the allocation order.
New York City FC have scheduled a press conference for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to announce their latest "major player signing" and all signs point to that new signing being English star Frank Lampard.
Goal USA is reporting the Lampard to NYC FC deal as completed, with the long-time Chelsea sensation set to make close to $8 million a season, as he joins David Villa on the expansion team's squad, which begins play in MLS in 2015.
While one half of the U.S. Men's National Team centerback pairing has committed to spending the rest of his career in Major League Soccer, the other half of the pairing is keeping his options open.
In the wake of Matt Besler's landmark Designated Player contract signing, joining USMNT centerback Omar Gonzalez as the only two American defenders on Designated Player contracts, Gonzalez has sounded off on the deal as well as his own future.
The New York Red Bulls came off their World Cup break not that long ago, yet much of the talk surrounding the club last week was about how fatigued some of the players felt during a challenging but not uncommon three-games-in-eight-days stretch.
It was a pivotal week in the National Women's Soccer League as the first playoff spot has been claimed. To no one's surprise, the Seattle Reign FC clinched a berth into the playoffs while last year's champion Portland Thorns greatly improved their chances of reaching the post season, too.
Richie Williams is going to be getting a nice, long look at several of the players in the Under-17 U.S. Men's National Team pool.
Williams named two separate rosters for a pair of upcoming international competitions on Tuesday afternoon, summoning 18 players for the Open Nordic Tournament in Denmark and selecting a 20-man squad for the Copa Mexico de Naciones that starts in Mexico City.
Xavi has opted to remain at Barcelona and will not be joining New York City FC for its inaugural MLS season as was recently believed, according to the latest reports from Spain. Xavi is expected to remain with the Spanish giants for the 2014-15 season, a surprising move given that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently stated that Xavi would be on the move.
Arguably the World Cup's most exciting player is heading to Madrid.
Real Madrid welcomed with open arms their latest galactico signing, securing AS Monaco and Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez on a six-year contract. The transfer fee was undisclosed by Real Madrid but reports in Spain believe the fee to be in the region of €75 million.
Sporting KC took care of business this week, both on and off the field.
The current Eastern Conference leaders picked up maximum points this week, extending the team's unbeaten streak to six games. Sporting KC started with a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew midweek before capping things off Saturday with a victory over the LA Galaxy by an identical scoreline.
Mix Diskerud had not started a league match for Rosenborg since before the World Cup, but his performance on Sunday likely helped his cause of breaking into the lineup more regularly in the coming weeks.
Getting the nod in his first game since a May 4 loss to Molde, Diskerud helped Rosenborg pick up a a 1-0 victory over Sogndal.
WASHINGTON—When MLS announced the schedule before the season started, there couldn't have been many people circling a seemingly innocuous late July match between D.C. United and Chivas USA as a must-see game.
But due to blistering recent form by both teams, Sunday night's game at RFK Stadium could be seen by many MLS fans as a marquee match.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It's been a good week to be Benny Feilhaber.
The 29-year-old midfielder followed up his midweek dominance over the Columbus Crew with a marvelous free kick in a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy Saturday to help Sporting Kansas City see its unbeaten streak move to six matches.
Following the results of the MLS All-Star Fan XI,MLS team manager Caleb Porter and MLS Commissioner Don Garber were tasked with filling out the rest of the 23-man-roster.
Golden Boot leader Bradley Wright-Phillips, Toronto FC star Jermain Defoe and Chivas USA goalscorer Erick "Cubo" Torres were among those added to the squad by Porter and Garber Wednesday to join the eleven players voted in by the league's fans.
PORTLAND, Ore.- For the first time in its MLS franchise history, the Portland Timbers came back from a halftime deficit to win a match, knocking off the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, Friday night at Providence Park.
Maxi Urruti and Diego Valeri's second half goals overcame an early Deshorn Brown tally as Portland was able to win for the first time at home in more than two months.
Manchester City has announced the travel roster for its U.S. tour that includes a friendly against Sporting KC and the International Champions Cup. The news comes hours after Manchester United announced its squad for a similar summer tour.
The reigning MLS Cup and English Premier League champions will face off at Sporting Park on July 23rd at 9 p.
After one season, Eric Wynalda is stepping down as head coach of the Atlanta Silverbacks.
The club announced on Friday that the former United States Men's National Team star and current Fox Sports analyst will end his tenure as the Silverbacks' manager on Saturday during their home opener, when they host FC Edmonton at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
Brek Shea will join Stoke City's first team in its preseason preparations in Germany.
The club announced manager Mark Hughes' 23-man squad Friday, which includes the 24-year-old U.S. Men's National Team member. The 12-day tour will begin in theTraunstein district of Germanyand will include three friendlies againstBorussia Monchengladbach, 1860 Munich, and Schalke.
Last week saw the Seattle Reign FC suffer their first loss all season at the hands of the Chicago Red Stars. One week later, the Reign have the chance to avenge the loss with a rematch on Sunday night.
A full slate of games are on the schedule this weekend, including the first nationally televised game of the season on Sunday night.
Like Jozy Altidore, U.S. forward Aron Johannsson was dealing with an injury throughout the World Cup. However, on ThursdayAZ Alkmaar team director Earnie Stewart confirmed that Johannsson was dealing with his knock before the tournament ever kicked off.
Less than three weeks after being eliminated from the 2014 World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team is already looking forward to scheduling for the future.
The USMNTare reportedlyin talks to host fellow World Cup participant Ecuador in a friendly match October, but an official date and city are still yet to be named, according to the Ecuadorian FA's official website.
The 2014 World Cup was supposed to be an opportunity for him to shine, to do away with all the criticisms about his inability to score after a rough season at Sunderland, to showcase his game on the grandest of stages.
While Tim Cahill was busy delivering tackles and hitting passes to teammates on Wednesday, ESPN was busy giving him some recognition.
Cahill was named the winner of the 2014 MLS Best Athlete award at the ESPYS in Los Angeles on Wednesday night for his sterling 2013 season. Cahill led the New York Red Bulls last year to a historic Supporters' Shield win last year, scoring 11 goals and adding five assists while also earning spots in the MLS All-Star Team and MLS Best XI.
There was no need for a comeback on Wednesday evening.
After needing late heroics to defeat Chile last Monday, the Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team returned to the field on Wednesday and scored three times in the first half, cruising to a 4-0 victory over Bermuda in the second match of the NTC Invitational.
COLUMBUS, Ohio Sporting Kansas City have developed a knack for winning games in the dying seconds of the match.
For the second time in four days, Sporting KC won on a last-minute goal, this time coming from the right foot of Benny Feilhaber as he launched a rocket off the underside of the crossbar in the 93rd minute to give his side a stunning 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night in Crew Stadium.
Despite a Jermain Defoe penalty finish, Toronto FC was forced to settle for the team's third draw in five games.
TFC and the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night, as Defoe's 64th minute equalizer canceled Darren Mattocks' early second half finish, earning the two Canadian sides a share of the points.
The rumors and speculation that Xavi Hernandez will head to New York City FC got a bit louder Wednesday with new reports out of Spain linking Xavi to the Major League Soccer expansion club. One unconfirmed report claimed he Xavi is days away from finalizing his move to NYC FC.
Major League Soccer is in full swing again following the World Cup and will take center stage Wednesday with four matches involving teams needing results.
The action kicks off with the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. The Red Bulls haven't lost a league fixture in five matches and will be looking to extend that statistic to six against a laboring Union squad led by interim head managerJim Curtin.
The upcoming English Premier League season is just 30 days away, and to get you excited, NBC Sports Group has announced their TV listings for the first three months of the season.
Leading off the nine-month marathon is Manchester United and their new manager Louis Van Gaal as they open the season with the early-morning game on NBC Sports Network against Swansea City on August 16.
The Colorado Rapids will be without one of their starting defenders when they face the Portland Timbers on Friday on national television.
Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee announced on Tuesday that defender Shane O'Neill has been suspended one match and fined an undisclosed amount for "aserious foul play which endangered the safety of an opponent" in the Rapids' 3-3 draw at the Philadelphia Union.
Xavi Hernandez's future looks to be exceedingly away from FC Barcelona, but the method of his departure and eventual landing spot are still up in the air.
According to reports in Spain, Xavi is considering an offer from Major League Soccer, with three clubs bidding to sign the legendary Spanish midfielder; New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders FC.
Around this time last year, Bradley Wright-Phillips wasn't necessarily a name in the headlines. But what a difference a year makes. As Wright-Phillips is on pace to set a New York Red Bulls record for goals in a single season, SBI's Ryan Tolmich looked at the Englishman's breakout season and heard from the team about the impact he's made this year.
Much of the talk regarding U.S. Men's National Team players since their World Cup ended has been about whether the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and Matt Besler will secure moves to clubs abroad. There is, however, one player on the other end of the spectrum who could be moving from Europe to MLS.
The 2014 World Cup might now be a thing of the past, but there were more than enough impressive performances throughout the tournament to keep fans talking for a while.
From Manuel Neuer's strong showings in goal for Germany to Arjen Robben's electric outings for the Netherlands to James Rodriguez's attention-grabbing games for Colombia, the recently-concluded World Cup had no shortage of stellar play from individuals looking to make an impact on soccer's grandest stage.
Prior to his current breakout campaign, New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips had developed a fairly consistent routine when it came to dealing with postgame questioning from the ever-present New York media.
"If it goes in, you guys talk to me," Wright-Phillips told reporters Sunday after scoring in the Red Bulls 4-1 thrashing of the Columbus Crew.
It was already technically Monday on the east coast when the Seattle Sounders were still reacting to their derby win over the Portland Timbers in front of more than 62,000 fans. With goals from Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa, the Sounders found a second-half surge to continue the Timbers' struggles this season and win 2-0.
The World Cup champions arrived home this morning to a heroes welcome in Berlin.
Hundreds of thousands of Germans lined the streets to witness the squad hoisting the World Cup trophy aloft, as Germany celebrates their fourth World Cup title. After landing at Berlin's Tegel airport, the squad and support staff boarded a double-decker bus to ride through the streets of Berlin towards the Brandenberg Gate.
Mario Goetze's 113th minute winner may not have broken the record for the latest goal scored in World Cup history, but Germany's 1-0 triumph over Argentina broke new ground in terms of viewership.
Sunday's World Cup final was the most watched Men's World Cup Final ever in terms of American viewership, as ABC's telecast averaged17,324,000 and maxed out at 20,781,000 viewers during the German victory.
The Chicago Fire added a new piece to their midfield that they hold can bring some more stability to the club.
The Fire announced on Monday that they had signed Romanian international Razvan Cocis fromUkrainian club FC Hozerla Uzhhorod. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the transfer and contract were not disclosed.
Adam Bedell probably wasn't expecting to come on in the first half against the New York Red Bulls, but he took his chance and made something out of it.
Come on for the injured Jairo Arrieta in the 25th minute, the towering Bedell fired home a first-time strike on the half-volley in the 39th minute for his first career MLS goal, tying the game at 1-1 at the time at the New York Red Bulls.
When the final whistle blew on Sunday and Germany won the World Cup, Lukas Podolski celebrated the way many people would by taking a selfie on his cell phone and tweeting it to his Twitter followers. It was retweeted by more than 90,000 people.
It's perhaps a sign of the times when everything is an event to be played out on social media, but the World Cup final tops all others.
The World Cup is over and the time begins to look ahead to 2018 in Russia. U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann appears to be doing just that, with reports from Ireland indicating the USMNT will heading there for a friendly this fall.
SEATTLE Unfortunately for the Portland Timbers, the Seattle Sounders are just about unbeatable when they open up their entire stadium.
In the 86th installment of a rivalry spanning five decades and six leagues, Seattle received second-half goals from Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa on Sunday night, earning a 2-0 win over the Timbers in front of 64,207 at CenturyLink Field.
Some may have questioned when German manager Jogi Löw subbed out the World Cup's all-time goal scoring leader Miroslav Klose in the 88th minute, but it turned out he was just replacing one legend with another.
Substitute Mario Götze proved the hero, as the 22-year-old got on the end of left-sided cross by André Schürrle, chesting it down by the near post and then beating Sergio Romero across the body in the 113th minute for the lone goal as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final at Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.
The Chicago Fire might still be near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but Frank Yallop's men have started to show signs of life lately.
A positive stretch for the Fire continued Saturday night at Gillette Stadium as a third-minute display of physical prowess by Quincy Amarikwa, who shrugged off the rugged Andrew Farrell to score a third minute winner in a 1-0 road victory over the reeling New England Revolution.
With a comfortable two-goal lead and just 14 minutes left in regulation, the Philadelphia Union looked able to coast to their second home win of the season. But a 76th minute red card quickly turned the tide as a 10-man Union couldn't hold back the deluge from the Colorado Rapids, who equalized for a 3-3 draw.
CARSON, Calif. If Saturday was a preview of what to expect in the second half of the Major League Soccer season, the fall looks promising for the LA Galaxy. Perennial Western Conference powers Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy squared off under the full moon at the Stub Hub Center on Saturday night, with the Galaxy eking out a 1-0 victorybefore a raucous crowd of 19,882.
Chivas USA haven't lost this year when Erick "Cubo" Torres has scored.
With Chivas USA up a man late in the match, Torres arrived like a thief in the night at the back post and calmly headed home the game-winning-goal, before Chivas USA finished off the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, to stun the crowd at BC Place on Saturday evening.
It wasn't Holland's elusive first World Cup title, but a third-place finish in the 2014 World Cup will leave the "Flying Dutchman" gleaming with satisfaction.
After being heartbroken in penalties against Argentina in the semifinals, the Netherlands bounced back against Brazil in dominating fashion, routing the host country 3-0 at the beautiful Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha.
Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer should see plenty of each other in Sunday's World Cup Final, and they are both in line to clean up in the World Cup awards department as well after leading the nominees unveiled on Friday.
Germany and Argentina dominate the list of finalists for the Golden Ball, which will be awarded to the tournament's best player.
With the Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City holding a firm grasp on the top two-playoff positions, a little over a month remains for the rest of the league to claim the other two spots. This week is crucial as four teams came into it within one point of each other and all those teams play this weekend.
Jozy Altidore's unlucky hamstring strain in the U.S. Men's National Team opener in Brazil cut his time at the World Cup short, but it shouldn't interfere with his club season. Sunderland manager manager Gus Poyet said Thursday he expects Altidore to be ready to go for the Black Cats preseason starting after the World Cup.
Luis Suarez's hopes of playing soccer anytime soon have been dashed.
FIFA stood firm on Thursday, rejecting the Uruguayan FA and Suarez's appealfor his fine and suspension to be reduced or dismissed. FIFA fined Suarez CHF100,000 and banned him from nine international matches and four months away from all soccer activities for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Oguchi Onyewu's club situation is up in the air again.
For the second time in six months and third time in the last 12 months, Onyewu will be looking for a new club after contract negotiations with Sheffield Wednesday broke down, according to a report in the Sheffield Telegraph.
With the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship less than six months away, Under-20 USMNT head coach Tab Ramos is giving some players on the fringes of the U-20 player pool a hard look during a July training camp.
Ramos has called in a 20-man squad for a training camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif, including fresh faces such as Fernando Arce Jr.
Lionel Messi's Argentina is now just one game away from a World Cup. After more than 120 minutes scoreless on Wednesday, Argentina had to move past the Netherlands on a penalty kick shootout. It certainly wasn't the decisive win of the unstoppable German team that reserved their spot in the final, but the result is the same for Argentina.
TUKWILA, Wash. Major League Soccer's fiercest rivals met on a sultry midsummer night in the quarterfinals of the nation's oldest soccer tournament, and the match provided just about everything anyone could have expected.
Orlando City has brought down the hammer on its supporters groups.
Three days after some fans involved in the club's top two supporters groups caused some chaos in a friendly against in-state rivals the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Orlando City issued temporary bans on Wednesday to counter the incidents that damaged the image of the MLS-bound franchise.
It may not have been the prettiest campaign, but Argentina won't care. They're headed to the World Cup final.
Argentina were locked in a scoreless draw with the Netherlands for 120 minutes on Wednesday evening at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, as neither team was able to penetrate the opponent's resilient defense.
Dax McCarty's long injury layoff could end as soon as this weekend.
Ahead of the New York Red Bulls' match on Saturday against the Columbus Crew, head coach Mike Petke teased to reporters that the 27-year-old midfielder could be back in the starting lineup after missing more than a month with a knee injury.
With Brazil's shocking crash and burn in the semifinal round, it looks all the more like this may be Argentina's World Cup. The factoid has been repeated plenty of times: No European team has ever won a World Cup in South America.
After losing their best player in Neymar, Brazil went into Tuesday's semifinal against Germany suddenly looking like an underdog. But they left looking like they had been swapped out for a look-alike reserve team as Germany pummeled them with goals.
It was one of the more emphatic statements in recent memory. With four goals in six minutes on their way to a 7-1 destruction of host nation Brazil, Germany put forth one of the most dominating performances ever seen on the World Cup Stage.
Toni Kroos, like virtually all of his German teammates, dismantled the Brazilian defense through the game's first thirty minutes.
Brazil will learn on Tuesday what life is like without Neymar.
Heading into their World Cup semifinals match against Germany (4 p.m. ESPN), Brazil will be missing not only their talismanic goal-scorer but also their top defender and captain, Thiago Silva, giving manager Luis Felipe Scolari plenty to think about in the run up to the match.
It is the question on the mind of every American soccer fan right now. What's next for DeAndre Yedlin?
According to multiple reports, Yedlin's representatives and the Seattle Sounders have been fielding numerous international offers, with a chance for Yedlin to use his 111 minutes of World Cup performances as a springboard to greater glory.
While FC Kansas City and the Western New York Flash were able to earn convincing blowout victories this weekend, the National Women's Soccer League-leading Seattle Reign had a shaky start for the second time in a week with another late from-behind result over last-place Boston Breakers.
There's no better sign that the start of the English Premier League season is just a few weeks away with clubs debuting their new kits.
Both Manchester United and Liverpool released new uniforms on Monday morning, with Man United sporting a home kit adorned with new club sponsor Chevrolet while Liverpool chose to replace last year's third kits with a new version.
Tesho Akindele has put together a strong rookie season, and he showed on Friday why he was coveted by FC Dallas as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 MLS Draft.
Starting up top for the seventh consecutive game, Akindele combined well with strike-partner Blas Perez in the 26th minute, firing a lobbed pass on the volley past Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath to give FC Dallas a 1-0 lead.
On a World Cup rest day, Major League Soccer continued, with the defending champions returning home to take on the Chicago Fire. In hot and humid conditions, neither team was able to find the final breakthrough as both sides settled for a 1-1 draw. Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer scored the opener in the 33rd minute when he took advantage of a poor mistake by Patrick Ianni and finished one-on-one with Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Few teams have been as busy this summer as Liverpool FC, and the Merseyside club are showing no signs of slowing down during the transfer window.
Liverpool are on the verge of signing Belgium National Team forward Divock Origi and Serbia and Benfica winger Lazar Markovic in deals that are estimated to cost around £35 million in transfer fees, according to reports in the English press.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The temperature and humidity in Kansas City skyrocketed Sunday afternoon, and the action on the field between Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire could only keep up for so long.
Forwards Dom Dwyer and Mike Magee scored for their respective teams in the first half as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw in front of 20,585 fans at a sticky Sporting Park.
Dutch side AZ Alkmaar have enjoyed their fair share of success stories when it comes to utilizing American talent. With current U.S. Men's National Team forwards Jozy Altidore andAron Johannsson as products of the club, AZ are now looking towards its next possible American project.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In 2009, Matt Besler was a 22-year-old rookie defender for the Kansas City Wizards. Unsure of whether or not he'd be with the club come summertime, Besler made the choice to stay at home with his parents over renting an apartment.
In case there was any doubt about the seriousness of Neymar's condition, the pictures released Saturday said it all. Heading home from Brazil's training camp to continue his recovery, Neymar was airlifted via helicopter with live television cameras and photographers there to see the superstar wave from a stretcher on board.
The inspired goalkeeping of Costa Rican goalie Keylor Navas kept the Netherlands scoreless through 120 minutes, but the 27-year-old Levante keeper couldn't keep one of the World Cup's most potent offenses silent in penalty kicks, as Los Ticos fell 0-0 (4-3) at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
Neymar won't need surgery, but it's of little consolation as he should certainly miss the rest of the World Cup.
The star striker was reportedly airlifted Saturday out of Brazil's training camp near Rio deJaneiro via helicopter and transported to his home city in Sao Paulo, where he will continue treatment for a fractured vertebra.
BRASILIA Argentina might be known for having arguably the world's best player in the magical Leo Messi and a star-studded attack, but it was the defense that helped the Argentinians move one step closer to World Cup glory.
Gonzalo Higuain scored an eighth-minute goal and the Argentines' back line held firm to knock off a tough Belgium side, 1-0, at Estadio Nacional on Saturday afternoon.
With a calm and collected first-half finish, Gonzalo Higuaín earned Argentina a narrow quarterfinal victory over Belgium to reserve his side's spot in the semifinal round. After both teams endured taxing 120-minute matches earlier this week in the Round of 16, the Argentines, buoyed by Higuaín, came out on top today and ended hopes of advancing for Belgium's Red Devils.
Brad Davis proved how invaluable he is to the Houston Dynamo on Friday evening.
Earning a start just hours after returning in Houston from Brazil, the veteran midfielder stepped up to the spot late in the second half and buried a penalty kick goal to cancel out two classic striker goals from New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips.
After Landon Donovan blamed a lack of vision from coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the U.S. Men's National Team failing to make it to the World Cup quarterfinals, everyone seemed to have an opinion about Donovan's comments.
Carson, Calif -Maybe it was World Cup fever, or the constant barrage of fireworks lighting up the sky about the Stub Hub Center, but the fans came out in droves to watch the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers battle to a 2-2 draw before a festive and sold out crowd of 27,000 at the StubHub Center.
After holding off the USA last Tuesday in extra time, Belgium have the difficult task of regrouping and preparing to face Argentina in a crucial quarterfinal match on Saturday.
While there's no doubt that Belgium has created attacking chances during the tournament, they've failed to score a single goal earlier than the 70th minute, with much of the goal-scoring coming due to their great depth, bringing on substitutes to run at the tired opposition defenders.
In a game that was filled with action, if not controversy, World Cup host Brazil found a way to slow down the in-form team of the tournament, holding off its western neighbor Colombia, 2-1, in a quarterfinal at Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza.
David Luiz had never scored for Brazil, but rose to the occasion to provide the winner on an absolute golazo from over 30 yards in the 69th minute.
In a quarterfinal match that often lacked urgency, German center back Mats Hummels can claim the decisive moment, overpowering French defender Patrice Evra for the 13th-minute winner.
The 6-foot-4 Hummels was helped along by a well-placed free kick from Toni Kroos, but it was the Borussia Dortmund man who had the finishing touch, literally strong-arming Evra to free himself 10 yards out.
The CONCACAF Champions League group phase kicks off in August, where 24 team representing 11 countries are set to participate in the top-level competition.Defending champion Cruz Azul will debut in the first week, along with two-time defending La Liga MX championClub León.
The difficulty infinding space fora soccer-specific stadium in downtown Miami is reportedly forcing David Beckham to look further north. Specifically, Broward County.
According to a report from the Miami Herald, Broward County commissioner Stacy Ritter said Thursday that Beckham's group is now willing to listen to what county officials have to say about building a soccer-specific stadium.
Two of South America's brightest stars will square off for a spot in the World Cup semifinals on Friday.
Leading the way for Brazil with four goals, Neymar has the host nation thinking that a sixth triumph at the tournament is within its grasp. Meanwhile, James Rodriguez leads all players with five goal, which is three more than any Colombian in World Cup history.
If Landon Donovan's chances of returning to the U.S. Men's National Team were small after coach Jurgen Klinsmann cut him from the 23-man World Cup squad, they were even smaller by Thursday morning. Speaking to reporters at Los Angeles Galaxy training, Donovan all but said Klinsmann was the reason the USMNT failed to improve on their 2010 World Cup result, insisting that the players "were not set up to succeed.
Landon Donovan's harsh critique of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's performance at the World Cup has certainly intensified the debate over whether Klinsmann made the right choices at the helm of the U.S. Men's National Team in Brazil.
Brazilian police have reason to believe that a FIFA official is involved in a ticket scalping operation at the World Cup.
Rio de Janeiro police inspector Fabio Barucke said that someone staying at the same hotel as all the FIFA executives at the World Cup is being investigated in a scalping ring after 11 people were arrested earlier this week.
One day later, the United States' exit from the World Cup may not be any easier for fans or players alike. But for one player it may be the hardest pill to swallow of all. Jozy Altidore was supposed to be the target forward that would drive the attack and carry games forward.
Orlando City Soccer Club made history on Monday with the signing of their first Designated Player, Kaka, but had things worked out differently in the past, Orlando City SC may never had gotten their hands on the Brazilian midfielder.
Kaka spoke to reporters around the nation on Wednesday during a teleconference call, admitting that he came very close in the past to joining the New York Red Bulls and later LA Galaxy before deciding the timing wasn't right.
Benny Feilhaber is hoping he can give Sporting Kansas City some much needed midfield relief.
After joining the team's long injury list on June 6 and missing the last three Sporting KC games in all competitions, Feilhaber says he's healthy enough to return to the field this Sunday against the Chicago Fire, if coach Peter Vermes picks him.
Spanish defender Cristian Fernandez was absent from D.C. United's lineup in their loss on Saturday to the Seattle Sounders due to what head coach Ben Olsen called, "personal issues." But now it looks like he won't be returning.
He and the club mutually agreed to terminate his contract on Tuesday, making Fernandez a free agent and allowing him to return to his home country of Spain.
The World Cup for the U.S. Men's National Team is over. With a heroic performance from goalkeeper Tim Howard single-handedly keeping the U.S. alive, the game finally slipped away in extra time, with Belgium pulling away, 2-1.
Luis Suarez's days with Liverpool could be numbered.
According to multiple reports in the English press, Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre has agreed to meet with Barcelona director of football management Raul Sanllehi in London to begin discussions over a transfer for Suarez.
With goalkeepers like Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel and Tony Meola counted amongst the team's ranks, the U.S. Men's National Team has had their fair share of outstanding goalkeeping performances. However, it's hard to remember one quite like the one put forth by current U.
After 118 minutes of creating threatening opportunities, Ángel Di María scored the decisive goal in Argentina's suspenseful Round of 16 matchup with Switzerland. After firing off a relentless wave of shots, crosses and goal-scoring chances at the Swiss defense, the midfielder finally found the back of the net in the dying minutes of extra time to book Argentina a place in the quarterfinals.
With the legacy of the Lionel Messi era on the line, Argentina was pushed to the limit by tiny Switzerland, but for a second straight game the Argentines found a goal in the closing moments, beating the Swiss Tuesday, 1-0, in extra time in São Paulo.
The ultra talented Argentines peppered the Swiss with 27 shots before breaking through, but after an up-and-down overtime, the class of Messi and Ángel di María finally won out.
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 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.
Jozy Altidore is back. At least U.S. Soccer announced Monday that Altidore will be available to play when the U.S. enters the knockout round against Belgium Tuesday but coach Jurgen Klinsmann isn't giving too much away about what Altidore's role might be.
SAO PAULO It has been four days since the U.S. Men's National Team escaped the Group of Death and accomplished its goal of reaching the Round of 16, but you would be hard-pressed to realize that judging from the Americans' current state.