SEATTLE It wasn't the prettiest day and it wasn't the prettiest match, but a moment of class was all the Seattle Sounders needed to knock off a shorthanded opponent on Saturday.
While the Sounders looked short of their best for much of the match, a set piece goal from Clint Dempsey provided all the scoring necessary to beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 in front of 38,934 at CenturyLink Field.
The U.S. Men's National Team is keeping a steady post-World Cup pace, with a new friendly in October announced Friday. U.S. Soccer took the unusual tact of announcing the friendly on Twitter before a time or ticketing details had been set.
Meanwhile, SBI rolled out its rankings and previews for the college season that starts on Friday.
Tim Howard and Everton have seen two leads disappear in their first two games of the English Premier League season, and the search for that first win of the campaign will only get tougher as the Toffees square off today against Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho's side is off to a perfect start, and will head to Goodison Park looking to go 3-0 by beating an Everton squad that looked impressive against Arsenal before squandering a 2-0 lead and settling for a 2-2 tie last week.
Sometimes a game is just a game and sometimes a championship is just a championship. But for the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City, Sunday's final of the National Women's Soccer League is a real shot at redemption for two teams that have had to live down some major disappointments.
Orlando City Soccer Club may have already started building their Major League Soccer squad for next year, but one of their prolonged players won't be there come 2015.
Midfielder Yordany Alvarez, who was on loan from Real Salt Lake and signed an MLS contract for 2015 with OCSC, announced his retirement from professional soccer on Friday after suffering a concussion on June 7 during USL Pro play.
Just one week after reclaiming the league's top spot, the San Antonio Scorpions will look to build their lead over Minnesota United FC in what has been a season-long wrestling match between the two clubs.
The Scorpions, who sit two points ahead of Minnesota United, will attemptto pick up some much-needed points when they take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Friday evening.
When Jurgen Klinsmann decided to call up Stanford forward Jordan Morris, there was suddenly a slight spike in interest in the college soccer game, and just what sort of talent might be available.
For MLS teams, the instant-impact blue chip prospects are a thing of the past, with more players either leaving college early or skipping college altogether in favor of turning pro in either MLS or overseas.
Defending champion Sevilla arein for a dogfight thanks to a stiff Europa League draw.
The Europa League draw took place Friday in Monaco as 48 teams were separated into 12 different groups, and Sevilla now know which clubs stand in their way of lifting the cup for a fourth time since 2005.
Stemming from a preseason friendly back in February, Sporting Kansas City and Brazilian club Fluminense FC have entered into a "strategic partnership."
The dealhas been agreed upon through 2016 and will allow both clubs to "facilitate cooperation" for loans/transfers among other club and commercial opportunities, Sporting KC announced in a press release Friday.
As one of the league's fiercest rivalries, Sunday's clash between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls is sure to feature the tenacity and aggression that have come to define the series. However, Sunday's edition should feature a little something extra with both teams jockeying for playoff position.
High expectations are nothing new for the UConn men's soccer team. As a perennial powerhouse and producer of top talent, the Huskies start almost every season ranked among the nation's best, and as a favorite to win a conference title, if not more.
Last season, the UCLA Bruins went into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed, on the back of a 12-3-5 regular season. But if you ask the players and coaches heading into this season, they'll tell you that they're even better this season.
Coming off a disappointing third roundexit in the NCAA Tournament, UCLA has reloaded and are serious contenders for the title in 2014, and they believe they can put a fifth star on their uniforms.
Heading into the start of last season, Leo Stolz was given a new challenge.
After spending his whole life playing almost exclusively as a defensive midfielder, UCLA men's soccer head coach Jorge Salcedoasked him to play in a more advanced role, hoping to make up for the loss of Ryan Hollingshead to Major League Soccer.
Ramon Martin del Campo seems built to be a premier center back. At around 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, he physically commands the area in front of goal. He has got the personality and voice to match articulate and booming as he shouts orders and organizes the back line.
The U.S. Men's National Team roster was announced Thursday and chances are there are some names you haven't heard. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann explained that the new World Cup cycle means he wants to look at new players, including some young players that are relatively unknown amongst fans.
Meanwhile, SBI's Ives Galarcep takes a look at the uncapped American players who may warrant a look from Klinsmann during the experimental phase of the new World Cup cycle.
John Brooks has not played in a competitive game since scoring the dramatic winner in the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup opener vs. Ghana, but an injury to one of his club teammates may change that.
Brooks is poised to earn his first start of the season for Hertha Berlin after Sebastian Langkamp was ruled out for up to a month earlier this week.
The U.S. Men's National Team begins its road to Russia 2018 with its first friendly next week, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is wasting no time in trying to identifytalent in the pipeline that could potentially help along the way.
New Czech Republic manager Pavel Vrba has called in an experienced squad for his side's two September matches.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky headline a 20-man squad that will take on the U.S. Men's National Team on Wednesdayin Prague before hosting the Netherlands in their first UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match on Sept.
Less than one year after joining the club, Kei Kamara is on his way out at Middlesbrough.
The English club announced Thursday that they had parted ways with the formerMLSforward by mutual consent, ending astint that began in September 2013. The 29-year-old Kamara made 24 appearances for the club and scored four goals.
Jurgen Klinsmann will call in is first U.S. Men's National Team squad since the World Cup later today for next week's friendly against the Czech Republic, and there stands a good chance of being some new faces in the mix as Klinsmann starts working toward a new World Cup cycle.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has announced today a one-game suspension doled out to Portland Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto for a 39th-minute elbow during last Sunday's match against the Seattle Sounders.
There are plenty of teams gambling on their odds of securing a Major League Soccer expansion slot and a Las Vegas group is hoping city support will help their cause. A potential ownership group released Wednesday a non-binding agreement to fund a new stadium through both public and private financing to be voted on by the Las Vegas city council.
By DAN KARELL There's very little that stands in Sepp Blatter's way to retaining his title as FIFA president. With Blatter ready to run again for his fifth term, UEFA president Michael Platini has decidednot to campaign against Blatter in the upcoming FIFA presidential elections in January 2015, leaving Blatterlikely to end up as the sole candidate in the election.
When midfielder Xavi announced his international retirement earlier this month, it signaled a new era for the Spanish National Team.
La Roja's midfield is now set to see the departure of another mainstay from its "Golden Generation" as Xabi Alonso announced Wednesday that he is retiring from international competition after 114 appearances and an impressive 16 goals mostly from deep-seated midfield position.
"Hey Bradley," yelled New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles after last Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Montreal Impact. "Did you break a record today, man?"
A few lockers down from Robles sat that night's game ball, awarded to this season's breakout star, Bradley Wright-Phillips, in commemoration of a brace that sawthe Englishman become the Red Bulls' top single-season goal scorer with 20 through just 23 games played.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Revolution front office and ownership were all in attendance for Tuesday afternoon's introductory press conference with Jermaine Jones, but earlier in the day, following Jones' first training session with the Revs, his new teammates had a chance to react as well.
Landon Donovan's U.S. Men's National Team farewell, and Jermaine Jones' MLS arrival, headline the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Episode 160 of The SBI Show discusses the recently-announced inclusion of Landon Donovan in the USMNT's October friendly against Ecuador, which will serve as Donovan's swan song from the national team.
Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers have not made it easy on themselves in the Capital One Cup, but theyhave done enough to remain in the tournament.
Two weeks after opening their campaign in the competition with a 3-2 extratime win over Bury, Ream and Bolton again had to play an additional 30 minutes to see off Crewe Alexandra by the same scoreline on Tuesday.
The idea of an MLS expansion franchise in Las Vegas just cameone step closer to fruition.
On Tuesday, the City of Las Vegas,Findlay Sports and Entertainment, and The Cordish Companies released a non-binding term sheet that details how and where a stadium for a potential MLS team would be built.
As it turns out, Landon Donovan will get a final match with the U.S. Men's National team. After Donovan was unceremoniously cut from the World Cup squad this summer, it looked like Donovan would never wear the red, white and blue again. But U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday he will get a farewell match, even if it's not a full-blown testimonial.
AC Milan appear to have identified a replacement for Mario Balotelli.
According to reports in Italy, AC Milan are currently in talks to acquire "El Niño" Fernando Torres on a season-long loan from Chelsea. With Chelsea's acquisition of Diego Costa, Torres has been dropped to second string, though if Chelsea do sell the Spanish international, they'd have just Didier Drogbaas a true backup for Costa.
Manchester United may still have some serious question marks defensively, but did finalize the acquisition of one of the world's best attacking players in landing Argentine winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.
Di Maria signed a five-year contract with Man United on Tuesday after passing a medical.
For Jermaine Jones, theNew England Revolution's desire to sign him wasmore than enough to convince that the club could be his future home.
Jones, a U.S. Men's National Team midfielder, was awarded to the Revolution via a two-team blind draw to much local fanfare on Sunday, and on Tuesday he began his Revs career by joining the rest of the team for Tuesday morning training, where he was a full participant and a happy one at that given how much the club wanted him.
While one 2015 MLS expansion teamhas struggled mightily to find a permanent home and training facility, the other continues its mostly upward swing.
Orlando City announced on Tuesday that Seminole County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 in support of an agreement that secures the club's newest training facility ahead of its debut season in MLS.
The past week in Major League Soccer saw an avalanche of goals, and too many outstanding attacking performances to mention.
Standing out among all those noteworthy games wasn't easy, but for international stars Thierry Henry, Obafemi Martins and Landon Donovan, they each showed last week why they are among the very best in the league, helping lead their teams to victories with virtuoso performances.
Mario Balotelli is back in Premier League. Liverpool announced Monday the Italian would join the Reds as soon as his registration is processed. He had to watch Liverpool's season-opener from the stands Monday night, a thrashing at the hands of rival Manchester City.
Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata is reaping the benefits of his impression season with in Major League Soccer.
Arsenal's English Premier League and UEFA Champions League title hopes have taken a huge hit as of Tuesday morning.
According to reports in France, Arsenal are set to be without frontman Olivier Giroud for approximately three months after the French international suffered a broken foot in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Everton.
U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard has taken up many roles throughout his 18-year career. After already earning the titlesof soccer star, spokesman and broadcast analyst, Howard is set to try his hand at developing a new label: author.
A year and a half after departing Manchester City for his native Italy, Mario Balotelli completed a reported £16 million transfer move to Liverpool, returning to the English Premier League. The club announced the move on Monday and stated that Balotelli will wear No.
Minnesota United may have extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games, but NASL leading scorer Christian Ramirez and co. leftShuart Stadium disapointed with Saturday's outcome.
Although the New York Cosmos were reduced to ten men from an early red card, the Cosmos earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Minnesota United on Saturday, thanks to aMads Stokkelien second half equalizer.
Playing in his first match for Austrian outfit FC Magna Wiener Neustadt, O'Brien helped lift the club to its first win of the season by scoring a goal in a wild and much-needed 5-4 victory over FC Trenkwalder Admira.
The Angel Di Maria transfer saga is entering the home stretch.
The Real Madridwinger is set to undergo a medical Monday ahead of a record-breaking $106 million move to Manchester United. The reported fee would set the record for a British transfer, surpassing the amount spent three years ago for Chelsea's acquisition of striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool.
PORTLAND, Ore.- Despite coming into the match with three losses in their last five matches, the Seattle Sounders made a statement Sunday afternoon as they trounced the Portland Timbers in front of a sellout Providence Park.
COLUMBUS, Ohio For the second consecutive week, the Columbus Crew's offense came to life.
Receiving contributions from unsung heroes Justin Meram, Adam Bedell, and Aaron Schoenfeld, the Crew easily dispatched the Dynamo, 3-0, on a warm, muggy Saturday evening in front of 17,551 fans at Crew Stadium.
HARRISON, N.J. Seven years after the mark was set, the New York Red Bulls have a new single-season goalscoring record holder.
BradleyWright-Phillips scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season Saturday, breaking the franchise record, as the Red Bulls scored three unanswered second-half goals to pick up a 4-2 victory over the Impact at Red Bull Arena.
Kevin Molino made Orlando City Soccer Club history when he agreed tobe the club's first Major League Soccer signing. Now he can now add the single-season USL Pro scoring record to his list of accomplishments.
Molino, who now surpasses Dom Dwyer and Jose Angulo, scored his record 16th goal of the season in the 51st minute against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. With time beginning to run out on the New England Revolution's once-promising season, a home game Saturday night against lowly Chivas USA proved just the tonic for a Revs team looking to break out of an extended summer malaise.
CARSON, Calif. The LA Galaxy didn't wait for their opponents tonight. After surrendering the first goal in five of their last six matches,the Galaxy returned to fearsome form with a earlysurge Wednesday night to manhandle the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0.
Manchester United stumbled out of the block with a season-opening loss to Swansea, but Louis Van Gaal isn't standing by and settling for the team he has at Old Trafford.
Amid reports that Argentinian winger Angel DiMaria is on his way to the Red Devils, Manchester United will look for a victory on the road against Jozy Altidore's Sunderland, which came back for a dramatic draw last week.
Two hot teams and an even hotter evening set the stage for an unforgettable performance from FC Dallas.
A first-half red card sent off Blas Perez and looked like it might doom FC Dallas, but they scored two goals while down a man to silence Real Salt Lake, 2-1, and vault themselves into a three-way tie for first place in the Western Conference.
Tim Howard may be taking a break from the U.S. Men's National Team, but he will still have plenty of big games to keep him busy over the next year with Everton.
The first of those tough tests awaits today against high-flying Arsenal. The Gunners come in off a last-minute victory in their opener, and they face a Toffees side that will be desperate to avoid starting the season off by dropping points in two straight matches.
While the 2014 regular season of the National Women's Soccer League has allowed some teams to change course and blaze a new trail, for others it's looked like deja vu. With two very different playoff scenarios this weekend, both of those sentiments are set to play out.
When Barcelona kickoff their 2014-15 La Liga campaign Sunday, they will likely do so shorthanded.
Barcelona are set to take on Elche Sunday and, as expected, forward Luis Suarez will be unavailable due to suspension. However, Suarez's absence may be compounded due to the injury woes of Neymar, who picked up a sprained ankle this week in training.
Orlando City SC's position in the standings could be under threat this weekend.
Orlando City has sat on the top of the table for most of the season, but the recently hot Richmond Kickers are looking to take over the mantle. The two clubs meet in a must-watch battle on Saturday evening, with home field advantage in the playoffs on the line.
Despite already earning a berth into The Championship as the NASL's Spring Season winner, Minnesota United are far from content.
The currently undefeated Fall Season leaders will look to continue their run of dominance Saturday at James M. Shuart Stadiumagainst the only team to defeat them in 2014, the New York Cosmos, who enter the weekend undefeated against Minnesota United in three previous contests.
It's fair to say that Cruz Azul aren't living up to expectations.
Coming off an impressive Clausura campaign where they finished on top of the table, Cruz Azul have decisively taken a step back in the Liga MX Apertura. The club brought in Mexican National Team defender Francisco "Maza" Rodriguez as well as former Montreal Impact midfielder Hernan Bernardello, but the new signings coupled with established starters such as Marco Fabian and Mauro Formica hasn't translated into success.
With aims of making a playoff push, the Vancouver Whitecaps have made a move to acquire one of the league's top playmakers.
The Whitecaps, who currently maintain the fifth and final playoff position in the crowded Western Conference, have acquired midfielder Mauro Rosales from Chivas USA in exchange for fellow midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.
Fabian Johnson wasted no time in introducing himself to Borussia Moenchengladbach fans, assisting on the winner in his debut for the German club on Thursday. Johnson helpedgive Moenchengladbach a 3-2 victory overFK Sarajevo when he found teammate Branimir Hrgota for the decisive tallyin the 73rd minute of the first leg of the two sides'UEFA Europa League play-off in Sarajevo.
WASHINGTON, D.C. After a five-year absence from the tournament, D.C. United returned to the CONCACAF Champion's League Wednesday nightwith a 1-0 win over Waterhouse F.C. in their first game of the group stage of the tournament.
Jermaine Jones wants to come to Major League Soccer, and even has a contract in place he is ready to agree to, but a snag in negotiations is threatening to kill a deal that has been in the works for the past month.
I am reporting on Goal.com that talks to bring Jones to MLS have hit a snag due to MLS' unwillingness to guarantee Jones which team he will be joining when he signs his contract.
It looks like Liverpool has found their replacement for Luis Suarez.
According to multiple reports in both England and Italy, Liverpool and AC Milan have agreed a transfer fee for one Mario Balotelli, the mercurial Italian National Team forward. If the transfer goes through it would mean Balotelli's return to the English Premier League for the first time since Jan.
The MLS Week 24 midweek action is all Western Conference this week, as two of the league's marquee teams take on a pair of squads that need an upset or two to get back into the playoff hunt.
The reeling Colorado Rapids, fresh off the news of Drew Moor's season-ending right knee injury, will try to regain their spirit as they host Landon Donovan for likely the final time at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Despite a long-distance midweek trip and less-than-stellar playing conditions, the Portland Timbers opened their CONCACAF Champions League campaign on a positive note.
With head coach Caleb Porter opting for a more subdued lineup in preparation for this weekend's tilt against the Seattle Sounders, the Timbers coasted in a 4-1 victory over Alpha United in Guyana via goals fromSteve Zakuani, Maximiliano Urruti, Fanendo Adi and Alvas Powell.
New York City FC's search for a soccer-specific stadium appears to have stalled.
Aftera putting together a hastily-prepared proposal to build a stadium on a 10-acre plot of land near Yankee Stadium last December, there has been hardly a peep from NYC FC management or New York City about any continuation of the stadium talks.
With big-money acquisitions Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Thomas Vermaelen highlighting the club's summer expenditures, Barcelona have done their fair share of business heading into the 2013-14 season. However, the Catalan club better make the most of the current transfer window, as it looks to be their last for a long time.
The Central American Football Union has released provisional rosters for the seven nations taking part in this year's Copa Centroamerica which will be held in the United States for the first time ever and it looks like there's going to be plenty of familiar faces from this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
On the heels of a spectacular World Cup, plenty has changed in the life of Colombian star James Rodriguez. But theReal Madrid midfielder can continue to count on a familiar face every time he returns to his national side.
Landon Donovan played his final game at Crew Stadium last Saturday evening, 15 years, two months, and 25 days after his first appearance in the United States' first soccer-specific stadium.
Prior to the game, which finished 4-1 in favor of the Columbus Crew, the Crew honored Donovan with a video tribute anda giftthat included a piece of the net from his prior match in central Ohio, where he scored the second goal in another U.
Allie Long was just 22 years old when she attended her first U.S. Women's National Team camp back in 2010. A highly-regarded youth national team prospect, Long couldn't have been blamed if she went into that first camp feeling like it might be the first of many.
The Portland Timbers have a big weekend ahead, but before a rivalry game at home against the Seattle Sounders they'll have to make the long flight to Guyana a tiny nation just off of South America for the Timbers midweek CONCACAF Champions League game as one of four MLS teams in action.
Weaving his way through the New England Revolution defense, Portland Timbers central defender Liam Ridgewell looked more like a mesmerizing forward than a tall, lanky defender as he scored his first goal for his new club Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
There is apparently no such thing as one too many as far as theNew England Revolution are concerned.
The Revolution announced Monday that they have signed former youth U.S. Men's National Team forward Tony Taylor. New England acquired the 25-year-old Taylor via a lottery that the Portland Timbers also participated in, but the Revolution had the upperhand with a 71.
The Central American Cup, which has implications on the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2016 Centennial Cup America, will be held in the United States for the first time this year, and those planning to attend or watch the games will need to take note of a few scheduling changes.
One day after making his friendly debut for Barcelona, Luis Suarez was presented by the club in front ofthe local media.
As expected, plenty of the questions centered around the infamous World Cup bite, which left Suarez unable to take part in any official soccer activitiesuntil last Friday, and he remains suspended at the club level through October 26.
Following a disappointing midweek loss in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, it would have been easy for FC Dallas to enter Saturday's clash with the San Jose Earthquakes with splintered confidence. However, Fabian Castillo wasn't going to let that happen.
There are few players, let alone rookies, that are as hot as Tesho Akindele. Having scored three goals in his previous five games, the FC Dallas rookie put forth his best effortyet in the team's 5-0 destruction of the San Jose EarthquakesSaturday.
The 22-year-old forward scored a hat-trick, the first of his career, with two of his three finishes coming of the poacher variety in displays of positional awareness beyond his years.
Saturday was supposed to be Landon Donovan's day. With retirement looming, the LA Galaxy star was meant to be the man-of-the-hour, with ceremonies, gifts and praise aplenty to make sure that Donovan's achievements were more than recognized.
WASHINGTON -D.C. United headed into Sunday night's match against the Colorado Rapids riding a two-game losing slide, while alsofacing theadded difficultyof playing without suspended forward Eddie Johnson.
Sunil Gulati became the latest member of the American soccer community to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but his video easily wins the award for most random star power.
Yes, none other than Rod Stewart did the honors of dumping an ice bucket full of water and ice on Gulati's head. Also in the video are Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, NBA legend Chris Mullin and NBA star Rudy Gay.
Prior to suffering a tournament-ending back injury, Brazilian star Neymar had played his side into position to potentially win a World Cup on home soil.However, despite his best efforts, the young Brazilian has a long ways to go if he is to impress his new national team manager.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Caleb Porter was not going to dance around the issue when asked about his thoughts on the Portland Timbers' 1-1 draw at the New England Revolution Saturday night: He thought his team was robbed of all three points.
Recent acquisitionIgnacio Piatti made his debut for the Montreal Impact Saturday, but it was one of the Impact's more familiar faces that truly made the difference in their clash with the Chicago Fire at Stade Saputo.
You couldn't have blamed FC Dallas one bit if, after traveling from Texas to California following a grueling U.S. Open Cup semifinal loss to the Philadelphia Union, Oscar Pareja's would have shown up at Buck Shaw Stadium tired and lethargic.
Instead of a tired FC Dallas, the San Jose Earthquakes ran into an inspired FC Dallas, which delivered their best performance of the season in a 5-0 blowout win on Saturday night.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Charlie Davies has returned to form with goals in each of the past two games, but for a second straight time the New England Revolution couldn't hold onto the lead, this time settling for a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers in front of 16,409 at Gillette Stadium.
Arsenal had a busy summer revamping their roster ahead of a challenge for the English Premier League title, and the first step toward trying to win the EPL crown sees the Gunners take on Crystal Palace today in the opening weekend of league play.
Chilean star Alexis Sanchez will make his debut at the Emirates, while Arsene Wenger trots out a new-look defense to shut down the underdogs from Crystal Palace.
After departing the league in 2013, former Toronto FC forward Robert Earnshawdecided he wanted to return to MLS midway through this season.
The Chicago Fire announced Monday that the clubhas acquired the former TFC striker on a free transfer, with the Welsh international set to join the team upon receipt of his visa and international transfer certificate.
The 2014/2015 English Premier League Season is upon us, with action kicking off on Saturday, and the chase for the title is as wide open as it has been in ages.
Defending champions Manchester City will be seen as strong candidates to repeat, but with teams like Chelsea and Arsenal bolstering their rosters, the repeat will be far from easy for the team on the Blue side of Manchester.
The remaining 2014 schedule for the U.S. Men's National Team is round into shape, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a look at the scheduled friendlies, and more.
Episode 158 of The SBI Show discusses the recently-announced USMNT friendlies against Ecuador and Ireland, as well as the need for another high-profile friendly to replace the proposed Colombia friendly that fell through.
The 17-year-old goalkeeper recently trained with the Stuttgart youth academy in Germanyin preparations for a trip to the Czech Republic with the U-18 U.S. Men's National Team to compete in the21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek.
Three months after seeing Manchester City crowned champions, the English Premier League is back in action for the 2014-15 campaign.
The season kicks off Saturday morning with the Premier League debut of new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with new captain Wayne Rooney leading the Red Devils into the season opener against Swansea City.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Diego Fagundez has been one of the biggest successes of the Homegrown player concept, and even though the 19-year-old's 2014 season hasn't mirrored last year's breakout campaign, he's still done enough to attract attention in his native Uruguay.
After falling short of the knockout round for the second straight World Cup,the Italian national team has announced the man they hope will guide them back to the heights of the team's2006 World Cup triumph.
Antonio Conte has been named manager of the Italian national team after the team partedways with former manager Cesare Prandelli shortly following the World Cup.
Chivas USA have relied quite a bit on the scoring prowess of Erick Torres this season, but they look to have gotten him some help.
Chivas USA announced on Thursday that they have acquired forward Felix Borja on loan from LDU Quito. The move for Borja was completed before the transfer window closed last week,andtheformer Ecuadorian international will be available for the Goats' match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
If the buzz from the 2014 World Cup had you excited about seeing the U.S. Men's National Team in action, the recent news that a proposed friendly against Colombia won't take place probably has you bummed out as the USMNT faces the prospect of no high-profile matches the rest of this year.
Luis Suarez's final appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was decided upon on Thursday, and the result was a win-win for all parties involved.
The CAS upheld FIFA's four-month suspension on Suarez but said that it only applied to official matches, leaving Suarez free to join his new Barcelona teammates in training, be officially introduced by the club, and play in the club's friendly matches before his suspension ends on Oct.
The Seattle Sounders are headed to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final for the fifth time in their brief six year history.
An early tap-in from Chad Barrett triggered a cascade of goals that featured braces from Andy Rose and Kenny Cooperand ended witha 6-0 Sounders victory over the Chicago Fire in front of 4,361 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.
After winning all four MLS contests in July, August has gotten off to a rough start for D.C. United.
If back-to-back road losses to the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake weren't enough, it was announced Wednesday that MLS had handed down a two-game suspension and a fine of an undisclosed amount to forward Eddie Johnson for violent conduct towardsReal Salt Lake defender Carlos Salcedo in the 30th minute of D.
Since the moment he stepped off the field following the U.S. Men's National Team's final World Cup contest in Brazil, every question surrounding DeAndre Yedlin has centered around what his next move might be. However, it appears that the Seattle Soundersfullback finally has his answer.
The 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign saw Bayern Munich cruise through the Bundesliga campaign, topping rivals Borussia Dortmund by 29 points. However, when the two teams clashed Wednesday in the DFL-SuperCup, it was Dortmund that proved to be the dominant side.
Sacramento Republic FC has enjoyed incredible support in their inaugural season in USL Pro, but it doesn't look like their early successes will translate into an easier road towards building a stadium of their own.
How do you replace a legend? How do you replace a player who will walk away as the best player in the history of Major League Soccer? That is the question facing the Los Angeles Galaxy, as well as MLS, with Landon Donovan set to walk away from the game after the 2014 season.
With his side down one with just minutes remaining, 20-year-old Luis Gil scored himself a goal.
Despite playing underthreatening weather conditions, the midfielder scored a spectacular equalizing goal in the 87th minute as RSL and Mexican side Club Tijuana played to a 1-1 draw Tuesday in a friendly.
COLUMBUS, Ohio Little was expected initially of Nick Hagglund when he joined Toronto FC's squad for preseason training in late January.
The rookie centerback out of Xavier University, who TFC used the tenth overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on, found himself quickly buried down the depth chart, behind fellow centerbacks Steven Caldwell, Doneil Henry, and veteran defender Englishman Bradley Orr.
The life of a Major League Soccer forward is never easy. Ask Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer.
After scoring25 goals for Orlando City SC last season onloan, the 24-year-old Dwyer made his way back to Kansas City — back to MLS action — only to struggle to find the net, scoring just twice in a four-month spell.
With established stars such as Thomas Muller, Franck Riberyand Arjen Robben already populating the team's attacking lineup, it's always going to be difficult for young players to find their nichewithBayern Munich. However, Julian Green is unfazed by all the star-power in front of him as he prepares to fight for his place with the team.
In a flash, the LA Galaxy completed a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes to bring Alan Gordon back to Southern California. In return, the Galaxy sent an undisclosed amount of allocation money to the Earthquakes.
Despite going down to 10 men, the San Antonio Scorpions did more than enough to extend their lead atop the NASL table.
The Scorpions pushed through the sending off of centerback Julius James to hold on to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Indy Eleventhrough first half goals fromTomasz Zahorski and the aforementioned James.
The U.S. Men's National Team will have the pleasure of spending a few days this November on the Emerald Isle.
After reports emerged last July about a possible friendly match between the USMNT and the Republic of Ireland, The FA of Ireland confirmed the match on Monday, stating that Ireland will host the USA at the Aviva Stadium on Nov.
Toronto FC completed their first season sweep of the Columbus Crew last Saturday, and a big reason for their latest road win was rookie defender Nick Hagglund.
The No. 10 overall selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft started and playedthe full 90 minutes in TFC's 3-2 victory over the Crew, neutralizing forwards Adam Bedell, Jairo Arrieta, and playmaker Federico Higuain through the run of play.
The past week of the National Women's Soccer League could have decided the final two-playoff positions. Instead, new hope has been infused into a few teams as both the Washington Spirit and the Portland Thorns FC failed to clinch the last two spots.
For the third time in team history, the U.S. Women's National Team will take the field at Rio Tinto Stadium.
U.S. Soccer announced Monday that the Salt Lake City area will play host to a clashbetween the U.S. and Mexico on September 13. The matchup will be the first of a two-part series, with the two teams also scheduled to face off September 18at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.
Like the five tournaments that preceded it, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup is set to take place exclusively in the United States.
Traffic Sports, the soccer management company charged with organizing the event,has announced details for the 2015 tournamentin an advertising packet to potential sponsors, which is set to take place between July 7-26 in over ten cities across the USA.
Knowing that Sporting KC hadwon five straightroad contests, theVancouver Whitecaps recognized thatit would take a special effort to avoid becoming the latest team to fall to the reigning MLS Cup champions in front of their home supporters.
With the previous matchup between the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire resulting in an exciting5-4 Fire victory,Sunday's rematch between the two Eastern Conference playoff contenders had a lot to live up to.
Although Sunday's clash had little in common with its predecessor, the Fire emerged victorious yet again by knockingoff the Red Bulls, 1-0, via a 39th minute Mike Magee penalty kick.
SEATTLE It didn't have to be pretty. The toast of the league for most of the season, the Seattle Sounders had suddenly lost three out of four matches, the Supporters' Shield lead, and seemingly much of their mojo.
Jack McInerney's return to PP&L Park on Saturday marked his first time back since being traded away by the Philadelphia Union. He wasn't treated to much of a homecoming, instead he was reminded who had replaced him as the Union's go-to goal scorer.
With just three points separating the two teams entering Saturday's matchup at ToyotaStadium, the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas had plenty to play for. However, it didn't take long for the hosts to distance themselves from the opposition due to a pair of quickfinishes.
SANDY, Utah. – Chris Schuler picked up the brace but in the end it was Nick Rimando's night.
Real Salt Lake steamrolled DC United, 3-0, in front of a sold-out crowd on Saturday night. A brace from Schuler and another goal provided by forward Joao Plata ensured that RSL got a measure of revenge for last season's Open Cup Championship loss.
The English Premier League season is still a week away, but the first real taste of the new European club season takes place this morning, with Arsenal taking on Manchester City in the Community Shield.
The Gunners will look to show off new signing Alexis Sanchez and begin life without Thomas Vermaelen, who has been sold to Barcelona, while Manchester City starts to figure out a first-choice lineup from its loaded roster.
The Los Angeles Galaxy dominated the San Jose Earthquakes in almost every way possible on Friday night at Home Depot Center. Every way except the one that counts, the actual score of their Western Conference showdown.
The Earthquakes mustered just three shots on the night, but converted two of those chances to earn a 2-2 tie against the Galaxy on a night when the home team carried the play and created the majority of the chances.
Count D.C. United as the latest MLS sideto find a European counterpart.
D.C. United announced Friday that they have partnered with Premier League side Sunderland in an effort to expand the two side's global fan base. Sunderland, who features U.S. Men's National Team striker Jozy Altidore, finished 14th in the Premier League last season.
There have been plenty of newcomers to MLS making a huge impact this season, but none have made a bigger impact than Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe.
After completing his high-profile move from Tottenham in the English Premier League to TFC, Defoe has proved to the team's owners and fans that he was worth every penny, turning TFC into a playoff team that has legitimate title aspirations.
When HarryShipp quietly became the Chicago Fire's first Homegrown Player, few expected him to explode on the scene like this.
The Fire rookie has been the clear leader in the MLS 2014 Rookie class and has been a regular starter for the Fire all season under head coach Frank Yallop, helping keep the Fire in contention for one of the final playoff places in the Eastern Conference.
When the 2014 season began, the New York Red Bulls were well aware they needed someone to step up and take some of the scoring burden off French star Thierry Henry. Little did they know that a player on their roster was capable of a monster season that could trump every other player in the league.
DeAndre Yedlin's crazy summer appears ready to take its most significant turn, with a month of speculation ready to culminate in a move to a club that hadn't been considered a player until very recently.
Yedlin is on the verge of completing a transfer to English Premier League side Tottenham, with a transfer bid in the $3.
Kai Koreniuk has parlayed a strong season with Vitesse Arnheim's academy into a professional contract with the club.
The Under-17 U.S. Men's National Team forward, who holds dualcitizenship with the Netherlands and the USA, penned a three-year deal with Vitesse on Friday, just around a year after joining the club following a successful trial.
The National Women's Soccer League playoffs are set to begin in two weeks with two teams already slated for the postseason. The Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City have both locked up the number one and two seeds, respectively, which includes home field advantage during the semifinals.
After enjoying a career year with Bolton Wanderers, Tim Ream has his sights set on playing even better and achieving even more this season.
Trying to accomplish all that begins now.
Bolton Wanderers are set to begin their new season in the Championship with a visit to Watford on Saturday, andReam's inclusion in the Trotters' lineup is all but a given considering his successin 2013-14.
Luis Suarez's final appeal to have his FIFA suspension reduced will be heard on Friday in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Court of Arbitration forSport.
The Uruguayan forward will appearin front of a five-manCAS panel as they hold a hearing to discussthe original nine-match international ban and four-month suspension from all soccer activities after video replays caught Suarez biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder.
PORTLAND, Ore. The 2014 MLS All-Star Game may have beenLandon Donovan's last one, but the sense most observers had was that it was another player who was possibly playing in one of the final matches of his career.
Arsenal's path to the UEFA Champions League group stage will take them through Turkey for the second consecutive year.
UEFA conducted their draw for the playoff round of both the Champions League and Europa League, with Arsenal drawing Besiktas, who feature former Chelsea forward Demba Ba, a one-time transfer target of Arsene Wenger.
When Jill Ellis was appointed to replace fired coach Tom Sermanni as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team, reporters had plenty of questions. Chief among them: What style of soccer is Ellis going to have the U.S. women play?
Would the Ellis era feature direct play, a style considered by many to be outdated and ugly, even as it remains an effective tactic for the top national team in women's soccer?
PORTLAND, Ore. Three blocks from Providence Parkstands a 4o-foot-tall billboard with Julian Green's likeness on it. That same ad has been on the side of numerous Portland city buses that drove around the city throughout the week.
Despite having lived the majority of his life in Germany, the 19-year-oldU.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. There hasn't been much good news around Gillette Stadium lately. In case you missed it, the New England Revolution followed an early season surge to the top of the Eastern Conference table with a frustrating stretch of nine losses in 10 games through this summer.
PORTLAND, Ore. In an entertaining and well-played match in front of a raucous crowd, the Major League Soccer All-Stars defeated Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich, 2-1, behind second-half goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Landon Donovan. Robert Lewandowski had an early strike for Bayern, but the MLS All-Stars came out on top after a sublime second half performance.
PORTLAND, Ore. The scene that immediately followed the MLS All-Star Game's conclusion was not one that you would typically see after a glorified friendly: Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola wagging his finger to say no to MLS All-Star head coach Caleb Porter, who had outstretched his armfor the routine postgame handshake.
Paris Saint-Germain are having to live with the new reality that is Financial Fair Play.
After accepting a reduced punishment from UEFA this summer for breaching FFP protocols, the French club have had to call off their pursuit of Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria due to the Argentine's excessive transfer fee.
PORTLAND, Ore. One of thehottest topics in the American soccer scene, and one that seemingly never grows stale, is when MLS will move away from its single-entity business model and towards the promotion-relegation structure that is seen throughout much of the rest of the world.
PORTLAND, Ore. The MLS All-Star Team has had a number of players drop in recent days due to niggling injuries, and you can add another one to the list.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman has been forced to withdraw from Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game against Bayern Munich because of a knock sustained in RSL's 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids this past weekend.
Michael Gspurning could be docked for a return to Major League Soccer.
The former Seattle Sounders goalkeeperconfirmed Monday at the International Champions Cup final in Miami that he's currently in negotiations with New York City FC to return to MLS to be the club's first goalkeeper.
That's what FIFA president Sepp Blatter had to say Monday about a future bid from the Canadian Soccer Association to host the Men's World Cup.Blatter's comments came on the eve of the U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada, which is to act as a precursor for next summer's Women's World Cup.
PORTLAND, Ore. The consensus on Monday was that the inaugural MLS Homegrown Game was a bit of a snoozer, but the young players that took part in it fully enjoyed the experience and like the league's initiative to provide them with an opportunity to showcase their skills.
PORTLAND, Ore.- After his freshman season at the University of Washington, Cristian Roldan was offereda Generation Adidas contract by MLS anda chance to turn pro immediately.But Monday's MLS Homegrown game gave Roldan a chance to see what he could have been facing on a regular basis.
PORTLAND, Ore. If Clint Dempsey has his way, he has not yet finished suiting up for the U.S. Men's National Team.
Fresh off a World Cup performance that saw him help lead the Americans to a Round of 16 finish n Brazil, Dempsey said Monday he has no plans on calling it quits on the international stage any time soon.
Xavi Hernandez will no longer don the red jersey of the Spanish National Team from this day forward.
In a decisionthat was expected to come sooner rather than later, Xavi said at a press conference on Tuesday morning that he's retiring from international soccer, ending a 15-year run with La Furia Roja.
The future stars of Major League Soccer will be on display on Monday evening in the first annual MLS Homegrown Player game.
The 20-man MLS Homegrown squad will take on the Portland Timbers Under-23s on Monday night at Providence Park, kicking off the MLS All-Star Game festivities, and featuring some rising stars that could be suiting up for the U.
The stock of one Tesho Akindele is rising — and rising fast.
Akindelehas had little difficulty adjusting to Major League Soccer thus far. The sixth pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft has tallied four goals and an assist in 14 appearances for FC Dallas, and Sunday may have been his best performance to date.
It's said that big-time players show up when needed most. Thatwas the case for the New York Red Bulls this past week, anyways.
Down a goal — and in one case, a man — twice this week, the Red Bulls looked to the likes of Thierry Henry, Dax McCarty, and Bradley Wright-Phillips, and each provided their own big-time momentsto help last year's Supporter's Shield winners earn four pointsand the honors of SBI Team of the Week.
Alfredo Morales wasted no time inmaking an impact in the 2. Bundesliga season.
Starting in FC Ingolstadt's season opener vs. St Pauli on Saturday, Morales scoredthe opener just before halftime by nodding home a free kick in the 42nd minute. The goal that gave visiting Ingolstadt the lead was Morales' second since joining the club last season, third in his career and likely raised his chances of earning another U.
Orlando City Soccer Club's new stadium will be moving west, but the club and city cleared the final hurdle ahead of construction beginning in the fall.
Orlando mayor Buddy Dyerannounced at a press conference on Monday morning that the city has decided to drop their actionagainst a church who sits on the site of Orlando City'soriginalstadium footprint, and move the stadium site slightly west.
As the seventeenth week of the NWSL regular season came to an end, two teams are now assured a place in the postseason.
FC Kansas City joins the Seattle Reign FC as the second team promised a spot in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Washington Spirit did everything asked of them this past week and earned six points, which cemented their hold on third place and greatly improves their chances of claiming one of the two remaining playoff spots.
Many players on the fringes of the Manchester United squad will learn their fate in the coming days.
As Man United winds down their U.S. tour when they face Liverpool in the final of the 2014 International Champions Cup, manager Louis Van Gaal told local reporters that he will speak individually with each player and let them know if they have a place in the squad ahead of the season.
The Houston Dynamo have fallen on hard times recently, but maybe their fortunes arestarting to change for the better.
Dynamo forward Will Bruin pounced on a mistake in second half stoppage time by D.C. United rookie defender Steve Birnbaum, finishing into an open net to give the Dynamo a dramatic 1-0 victory on Sunday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The stage was set and all it took was a last-minute save for NIck Rimando to etch his name in the history books.
Real Salt Lake scored an early goal through the feet of midfielder Javier Morales and then held on for dear life the rest of the match, playing practically the entire second half down a man thanks to a red card earned by defender Aaron Maund.
The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew, two of the oldest MLS teams renewed their rivalry in a match requiring the Fire to earn three points to keep their playoff hopes alive. In the end, the points were shared after an open and entertaining match.
Goals from Mike Magee and Federico Higuain left the Eastern Conference rivals tied, and both having missed a chance to bolster their playoff hopes.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Philadelphia Union handed Sporting Kansas City its first home loss back in May. Friday it had another chance to play the role of spoiler by ending the champions' seven-game MLS unbeaten streak.
Graham Zusi and companymade sure that wouldn't be the case.
Maurice Edu, Bobby Bowswell, and Sean Franklin are MLS All-Stars after all.
The league announced Saturday that the Philadelphia Union midfielder and D.C. United defenders will joinmanager Caleb Porter's squadas replacements for Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall and LA Galaxy teammates Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane.
Fresh off of a 3-0 victory over the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders, the LA Galaxy will have yet another chance to make a nationally televised statement when they take on the Portland Timbers Saturday.
Both sides enter this weekend's clash on a high note, as the Timbers boast back-to-back victories ahead of Saturday's matchup at StubHub Center.
Supporthim or not, Jamison Olave's behavior has cost the New York Red Bulls dearly for the next two weeks.
The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee announced on Friday afternoon that Olave had been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended two matches for "violent conduct toward an opponent" during the second halfof the Red Bulls 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake last Wednesday.
Geoff Cameron is back in first team training with Stoke City after his post-World Cup break but its unclear whether he'll remain with the club for this season.
After spending the last two seasons at right back for Stoke, manager Mark Hughes brought in new competition at the position in Phil Bardsley and according to the Stoke Sentinel, five clubs in England and four in Germany are interested in Cameron's services.
It didn't take long for Conor O'Brien to land back on his feet.
Just a day after mutually terminating his contract with Danish side Odense BK, O'Brien signed a one-year contract with Austrian Bundesliga side SCWiener Neustadt. The deal makes O'Brien the first and so far only foreigner signed to the club for this season, which is already underway.
The U.S. Women's National Team will behosting Mexico in a pair of friendly matches as part of their final preparations for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which will determine entry into the 2015 Women's World Cup.
HARRISON, N.J. Bayern Munich are heading to the MLS All-Star Game with a little bit of momentum.
Claudio Pizarro scored on a headed effort in the first half and Bayern Munich stood firm defensively to pick up a 1-0 win over Chivas de Guadalajara in an open and feisty friendly at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night.