Forward Miguel Ibarra grabbed headlines Monday, but it was forward Christian Ramirez whose late goal ledthe way for the Minnesota United Sunday.
The Minnesota United forward scored a one-touch goal his club-record 16th of the season off a cross from reported USMNT call-upIbarra in the 89th minute to give Minnesota United all three points in a 3-2 victory over Ottawa Fury FC Sunday.
Having coached Landon Donovan at both the club and international level, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has seen the growth of his star forward every step of the way.
Donovan tied the league's all-time assist record in Sunday's 4-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls, but Arena admitted that he didn'tbelieve that the 32-year-old forward was much of a passer until recently.
Ahead of this week's Panama U-17 International Tournament, U.S. U-17 Men's National Team head coach Richie Williams has called in a roster full of familiar faces.
MidfielderChristian Pulisic and forward Haji Wright, who have each scored 11 international goals this year, headline William's 20-man roster that is set to take on Costa Rica, Canada and hosts Panama from Oct.
In front of his home fans at Estadio Azteca, Miguel Layun put in the performance of a lifetime.
The Club America right back played the kind of game fullbacks dream of, scoring all four goals in America's 4-1 romp over Santos Laguna. While three of the four came from inside the box, Layun's second was a sensational 45-yard chip on a first-touch half-volley with the goalkeeper way off his line.
If you follow Major League Soccer with any regularity, there is a good chance you have been bombarded with references to top young stars being "Homegrown Players". Whether it is DeAndre Yedlin or Gyasi Zardes, the talk of how they came up with their MLS team's academies is a narrative being spun across multiple media platforms.
With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is sure to use the coming months as an opportunity to integrate new faces into his side. However, one of those new faces is set to come from a pretty surprising location.
John Brooks' season with Hertha Berlin may be done. The U.S. Men's National Team defender was reportedly dropped down to Hertha's reserve squad after falling out of favor with coach Jos Luhukay. It appears now that reports Brooks had been cut altogether are wrong.
Meanwhile, there is no question that Will Johnson's season with the Portland Timbers is over.
John Brooks will not be seeing time with Hertha Berlin's first team any time soon.
Brooks has fallen out of favor with head coach Jos Luhukay and has been dropped to Hertha's second team, according to a report out of Germany. Luhukay is unhappy with what he deems are inconsistent performances from the 21-year-old centerback, and pointed to mistakes Brooks made in last week's 2-2 draw vs.
Week30 of the MLS season sawsome title contenders and playoff hopefuls make major statements in a weekend loaded with head-turning results.
Episode 168 of The SBI Show looks back at the big MLS matches of the weekend, such as New England's win at Sporting Kansas City, the Los Angeles Galaxy's romp over the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC's stunning comeback win against the Portland Timbers, and more.
With the MLS playoff race heating up, European club soccer in full swing, and talk of the 2016 Copa America kicking back up after today's announcement, now is the perfect time to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
If you want to talk MLS, European soccer, international soccer, college soccer, or any soccer topic that comes to mind, prepare your questions and send them my way as I look to answer your questions over the course of the next hour or so.
Orlando City and New York City FC will be doing battle for years to come, and their first meeting took place on Wednesday at the MLS Expansion Priority Draw, which was the first big step for both teams toward building their 2015 squads.
Episode 167 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the results of the draw, which Orlando City came away the big winners of.
Both Everton and Liverpool came into the new English Premier League season with aspirations of competing for a place in the Top Four. Five games in and both teams are stuck in the bottom half of the table.
That makes today's Merseyside Derby that much more important for both teams, with Liverpool having lost three of four and Everton posting only one win so far this season.
SEATTLE For a while there, the Seattle Sounders looked to be in for an ugly Saturday afternoon. Coming off back-to-back road losses, trotting out a makeshift back line, and playing their fifth game in 16 days, the Sounders twice found themselves trailing hapless Chivas USA.
Tim Howard and Everton have conceded three goals in back-to-back games, and things are not about to get any easier for them.
Looking to return to winning ways after dropping their last two games across all competitions by a combined scored of 6-2, the Toffees will be hoping that their defense puts forth an improved outing when they go on the road to face rivals Liverpool on Saturday.
FC Dallas went into Wednesday night's showdown with the Seattle Sounders looking to secure their own place in the MLS playoffs. One emphatic victory later, and FC Dallas look ready to do more than just squeeze into the postseason.
Powered by a pair of David Texeira goals, FC Dallas topped the Seattle Sounders, 3-1, on Wednesday night.
Although they haven't met on the field yet, Orlando City SC will consider themselves winners of their first square off with New York City FC in Wednesday's Expansion Priority Draft.
The Lions won the initial lottery to decide which team picks first, and OCSC coach Adrian Heath was able to come away with a few valuable assets, scooping up the first picks in December's MLS Expansion Draft and January's SuperDraft.
The finger pointing began even before the final whistle. As the minutes ticked off and the reality of the New York Red Bulls crashing out of the CONCACAF Champions League sunk in, fans of the club began tocriticize head coach Mike Petkefor failing to take the competition seriously.
Less than 24 hours after reports surfaced that he was officially hired, Jim Curtininsisted his job status has not changed.
The Philadelphia Union interim head coach insisted he remains just that, interim, at a press conference Wednesday. Curtin, who took over the Union after the firing of previous manager John Hackworth, dispelled stories saying he was officially hired while also insisting that he hopes his job status does not distract his team.
In what was essentially a draft of drafts, Orlando City emerged as the runaway winner while Jason Kreis made his first mistake as New York City FC head coach.
The Lions won the blind draw determining who would receive the first choice in the Expansion Priority Draft and manager Adrian Heath promptly used it to select the first choice in the MLS Expansion Draft that will be held on December 10.
Andrew Wooten sure is making a habit out of scoring late winners.
For the third straight match, Wooten pushed Sandhausen to a 1-0 victory by nettinga dramatic goal on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, German-American forward scored his latest game-winner two minutes into second-half stoppage time to edge 1860 Munich, and to raise his season total to three goals.
HANOVER, N.J. As the New York Red Bulls warmed up for their match against the Seattle Sounders this past Saturday, Eric Alexanderwas informed of something neat by teammate Dax McCarty. It turned out Alexander was just moments away from earning his 100th career start in MLS, an admirable achievement and one that speaks to his durability and versatility.
FIFAhas rarely been known for its transparency, which is something U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is hoping to change.
Gulati revealed Wednesdayin an interview with the New York Times that he plans to address the ethicsreport regarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups during Thursday's FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich.
With four days until the USL Pro Championship, emotions are running high at Sacramento Republic FC training.
On one side of the field, the goalkeepers are messing around, cussing at each other and telling jokes. On the other side is an eight-on-eight scrimmage with Republic head coach Preki asthe center of the action.
PORTLAND, Ore. The Portland Timbers had little trouble with Alpha United Tuesday night, defeating theGuyanese side by a comfortable 6-0 margin at a soggy Providence Park.
Defender Norberto Paparatto led the way with two goals while Jack Jewsbury, Gaston Fernandez, Michael Nanchoff, and Fanendo Adi addedgoals for Portland, which maintained its place at the top of Group 5in the CONCACAF Champions League with one match yet to be played.
Despite having more than a month remaining on his ban, Luis Suarez is set to takethe field Wednesday wearing Barcelona colors.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique confirmed that theUruguayan, who is serving a suspension for biting defender Giorgio Chiellini in this summer's World Cup, is scheduled to feature in Wednesday's Barcelona B friendly against an Indonesian national selection.
The USL Pro announced the league's top 22 players on Wednesday.
The Richmond Kickers led the 14-team league with three members of the First XI William Yomby, George Davis and Matthew Delicâte while championship finalist Sac Republic FC and future MLS expansion squad Orlando City both had two players apiece.
With their USL Pro era now over with, Orlando City's transfer into Major League Soccer appears to have a start date as club president Phil Rawlins told the Orlando Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that their MLS opener is tentatively scheduled to be a home game on March 8, 2015.
We do not know just yet all of the teams that will be participating in the MLS Cup Playoffs this year, but we doknow the schedule.
MLS announced on Tuesday the fixtures dates and format for the2014 postseason. It is the same format as last year's playoffs but there are minor adjustments, including the removal of the bye weekbetween the two legs of the conference finals that was heavily criticized in 2013.
It's been a middling start to Real Madrid's 2014-15 La Liga campaign, but the Spanish giants have a great opportunity to get back on track Tuesday against lower table squad Elche.
Real Madrid has come to regret selling off some of their midfield depth over the summer, but they should still be able to overpower Elche offensively as they did Deportivo La Coruña last weekend, when Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat trick in an 8-2 thrashing.
Sporting Kansas City will have had a full two weeks off from MLS action when it heads into a key home game against the New England Revolution this Saturday. In the meantime, Peter Vermes' squad is hoping to seize control of their CONCACAF Champions League group.
Frank Lampard's loan spell in Manchester could continue longer than originally envisaged.
With Yaya Toure likely to leave Man City during the busy holiday period and throughout January for international duty with the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations, Man City would be left with just holding midfielders, Fernandinho and Fernando.
It may be one person's opinion, but it's from someone sitting on FIFA's executive committee. Former German FA presidentTheo Zwanziger said Monday he thinks Qatar will ultimately be deemed unable to host the 2022 World Cup because of the climate. Those comments,of course, are contrary to FIFA's stance that Qatar was not in jeopardy of losing the rights to host the tournament.
Christmas has once again come early. At least, for soccer gamers it has.
EA Sports released its much-anticipated FIFA 15 video game on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles in North America on Tuesday, giving fansthe chance to get their hands on the latest installment of the popular franchise.
Despite recent comments from a FIFA official to the contrary, Qatari officials remain firm when it comes to their World Cup preparations.
FIFA executiveTheo Zwanziger voiced his belief that the 2022 World Cup should be held elsewhere due to climate concerns, butQatar 2022 communications director Nasser Al Khater insists that the tournamentwill go on as planned on Qatari soil.
The U.S. Men's National Team's next pair of friendlies are fast approaching, and it is time to start thinking about just what the team will look like that takes the field against Ecuador and Honduras.
Jurgen Klinsmann recently stated that he plans on bringing a full-strength team for these friendlies, but with the MLS playoff races in full swing, Klinsmann could have a tough time pulling certain players away from their teams.
It took only six minutes into his Liga MX debut for Ronaldinho to score his first goal in a Queretaro shirt.
After a Camilo Sanvezzo shot at an open net in the fourth minute was punched away by Chivas de Guadalajara defender Carlos Salcido, earning him a straight red card, Ronaldinho stepped to the spot for the second time in a week, this time calmly finishing to the goalkeepers left to put Queretaro up a goal.
Although they've been eliminated from the playoffs, the Montreal Impact are beginning to show positive signs late in the season.
Behind two late goals from Jack McInerney and Dilly Duka, the Impact defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening, winning for the second time in a week, including their CONCACAF Champions League victory midweek against the New York Red Bulls.
Less than twenty-four hours separates North American gamers from picking up a copy of EA Sports' FIFA 15, meaning the always-intense debate over player ratings will begin promptly.
FIFA 15 is set to hit stores on Tuesday, and one of the first things fans of the popular video game like to do aside from playing for hours on end is check out which of their favorite players received good and bad overallratings.
The New York Red Bulls went into the weekend looking for points to secure playoff position, but faced a tough test in the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders. But the Sounders, fresh off winning the U.S. Open Cup, were out of gas, it seems, and fell 4-1 on the road against the Red Bulls.
SACRAMENTO Down two goals to rivals LA Galaxy II with 20 minutes left to play in their USL Pro semifinal playoff series, Sacramento Republic FC's dream inaugural season was in jeopardy.
But as he had done all year, midfielder and MVP candidate Rodrigo Lopez made sure that the dream continued, scoring a hat trick to lead the Republic to an improbable 3-2 comeback victory in front of afired-up sellout crowd of 8,000 at Bonney Field on Saturday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. In a battle between teams fighting for the fifth-and-final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers had their way with the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday afternoon, moving the home side above the red line.
It's a fierce fightfor the remaining expansion slot up for grabs in Major League Soccer, and it looks like Las Vegas may have to bow out. Reports out of Sin City indicate a plan to build an MLS stadium there will not get approval from the city council. If it is rejected when it comes up for a vote next month, that will likely mean a knockout for the Las Vegasbid for an MLS team.
Another week, another college team tumbles from the top spot in the nation.
Duke upset new SBI No.1 North Carolina, 2-1, on Friday night with a late goal from freshman Cameron Moseley. UNC's Tyler Engel scored the lone goal for the Tar Heels in the first half, but Duke senior Sean Davis scored a spectacular free kick to level the score in the 75th minute.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa are enjoying a dream start to their English Premier League season, and the Villans sit in second place in the league through four matches. Led by Guzan's play in goal, and an improved defense that has allowed just one goal so far this season, Aston Villa are riding high after beating Liverpool last week.
With MLS officials currently in town, possible future stadium renderings releasedand a letter of intent signed for a bid for that stadium site, the city of Sacramento has entered full celebration mode.
Though the MLS representatives are not scheduled to stay for the game, the No.
Manchester City will attempt to knock Chelsea off their perch at the top of the English Premier League when the two teams meet in the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Both clubs are coming off disappointing mid-week performances in the UEFA Champions League, but with an extra day of rest, Man City are hoping that their home form can help lead toChelsea's first defeat of the season.
Las Vegas may have to wait a few more years before bringing an MLS club to the city.
Astadium proposal jointly made by the Cordish Companies andFindlay Sports & Entertainment won't receive City Council approval at the next meeting on Oct. 1, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, FIFA will now begin assessing the controversy that surround the tournament's next two incarnations.
FIFA ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert says a decision regarding potential bidding corruption of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is unlikely to come until next spring as the organization will start reviewing the process in the near future.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Thursday was the last chance for U.S. Women's National Team players to show coach Jill Ellis they should be included on next month's World Cup qualifying roster. Again, they made Ellis' job very difficult.
Love it or hate it, the new Major League Soccer logo is here. The famous boot-and-ball logo is out, and a minimalist crest with only the letters "MLS" and three stars is in. MLS Commissioner Don Garber defended the logo on Thursday, saying the crest itself identified it as a soccer logo without the presence of a soccer ball.
Despite all of thecontroversy in recent years, Sepp Blatter feels that FIFAhave a pretty good grasp on ethics.
The FIFA president spoke in Zurich Friday at the World Summit for Ethics in Sports, and the 78-year-old revealed that he believes that FIFA have "exemplary ethics" due to the two-part independent ethics committee the governing body instituted in 2011.
Four games, three cleansheets. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa have gotten off to a dream start in the Premiership season, but will have to dig deep this weekend in order to extend their undefeated run to five games.
As he enters his 16th season in charge of the league, MLS commissioner Don Garber is prepared to usher in a new era. However, that era may begin without Chivas USA.
With the team in the state of flux due to ownership struggles, the commissioner admitted Thursday that Chivas USA may be forced to sit out the 2015 season, and even beyond, as the league looks for a suitable owner.
After 19 seasons of being represented by the now famous boot and ball, Major League Soccer has unveiled a new logo.
The league debuted a new logo Thursday, signaling massive shift as MLS moves towards a new era. Boasting a new shield logo with customizable color palettes for each MLS team, the revealing of the the league's new emblem has caused a major stir.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. When the U.S. Women's Nation Team crushed Mexico a few days ago, it was a bit strange. Strange, not for the U.S. women to win 8-0 against a team, but because they hadn't been playing their best.
With 24 games on the agenda, the debut of the Europa Leagues group stage takes center stage on a Thursday jam packed with quality soccer on TV.
European action is highlighted by a slew of big-name matches, including Everton's clash with VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Monchengladbach's meeting with Villareal and a matchup between Inter Milan and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
After both teams dominated group mate CD FAS, Wednesday's clash between the Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls gave both teams thechance to an upper hand in Group 3 of the CONCACAF Champions League. Behind a Marco Di Vaio goal, it was the motivated Impact who took that chance.
Major League Soccer has been using variations of its familiar boot-and-ball logo since the league's inception. But that might be changing soon. Sources told SBI's Franco Panizo that MLS will announce a new logo that will bring a new look to the league.
Meanwhile, David Beckham & co.'s attempts to bring a MLS franchise to Miami have not gone so well as every stadium site they've explored has had problems.
Major League Soccer is saying good bye to the old boot and ball logo as they enter a new era for the league.
MLS dropped their new logo on Thursday morning, featuring an updated crest that ditches the old design in favor of a customizable logo that has personalized color schemes for each team in the league, as well as a standard scheme for the league.
AS Roma returned to the UEFA Champions League in style.
The Italian club, playing their first Champions League match since 2011, slammed home four goals in the first 30 minutes of the game before adding a fifth for good measure early in the second half, crushing CSKA Moscow, 5-1, at the Stadio Olimpico.
David Beckham has been keeping a low profile since his latest downtown stadium proposal was rejected, but news on a potential MLS franchise in Miami could be coming soon.
Speaking on a morning program on Univision, Bolivian entrepreneurMarcelo Claure, a member of Beckham's MLS ownership group, stated that he believesthe hurdles that Beckham has had to overcome may be a thing of the past.
When the New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact were both placed in Group 3 of the CONCACAF Champions League, it was immediately clear it would be the headliner of the group stage portion of the tournament, and today the two MLS sides will finally meet at Stade Saputo.
For the third time in the last four editions of the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich and Manchester City were placed in the same group, and they'll renew their European rivalry today.
Bayern has held the edge so far, winning the group both previous years, but it should be a heated affair once again as both teams will be near full strength when the Bundesliga and Premier League champions meet up at Allianz Arena this afternoon.
New York City FC's vision of living up to its namesake with a venue close to the heart of the city isn't going so well.The Major League Soccer expansion club, set to temporarily play in Yankee Stadium for at least 2015, is back to square one on a finding stadium site. An attempt to secure land in the Bronx fell through on Tuesday, forcing NYC FC to look elsewhere.
After years of strife between the two, Wayne Rooney is finally singing the praises of his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Manchester United captain came into conflict with Ferguson many times during his run at Old Trafford, most recently when Ferguson revealedless-than-flattering reviews of Rooney in his autobiography.
CHESTER, Pa. The Philadelphia Union have a chance to win the first trophy in their club's history, while the Seattle Sounders have a chance to add to their already-impressive trophy haul when the teams meet in tonight's U.
Real Madrid's defense of their UEFA Champions League title begins on Tuesday afternoon.
Los Blancos host FC Basel with their two new midfield additions, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, each being handed starts, while the famed BBC of (Karim) Benzema, (Gareth) Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo start in the forward three.
On Tuesday night, an unlikely champion will be crowned in the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.
The two converging story lines at PPL Park are the visiting Seattle Sounders, looking to win their fourthOpen Cup title, while the host Philadelphia Union attempt to win their first piece of silverware.
The 2014 U.S. Open Cup began last November, with 80 teams. Only the Seattle Sounders and Philadelphia Union remain. And only one will be left standing after the two face off at PPL Park just outside Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
It is on to the next potential stadium site for New York City FC.
According to multiple reports on Tuesday morning, NYC FC have begun exploring the option of building a soccer-specific stadium in Queens after plans to construct one near Yankee Stadium failed to materialize.
Sepp Blatter will have at least one challenger in the next FIFA presidential elections.
Former FIFA executive Jerome Champagne wrote on his campaign website that he intends to run for FIFA president in the 2015 elections, against one Sepp Blatter. Champagne has contacted all 209 federations to tell them that he'll be a candidate.
U.S. Men's National Team recruit Julian Green had arrived in Hamburg SV likely eager to impress manager Mirko Slomka but now he has to start over with a new coach. Slomka, who gave Green his first appearance for Hamburg on Sunday in a loss to Hannover, was fired on Monday. Hamburg has had a revolving door of managers, though, firing two last season.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee dished out fines to players on both D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls for their part in a mid-game fracas, but it was one move they didn't make that is stealing the headlines on Monday evening.
Less than a month into the 2014/2015 Bundesliga season, Hamburg SV have decided to move in a new direction.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Hamburg have fired manager Mirko Slomka just three games into the season. Slomka's dismissal comes on the heels of a 2-0 defeat last Sunday to Slomka's former club, Hannover.
After seeing his teammiss out on a crucial victory due to a controversial referee decision, Toronto FC's Michael Bradley let loose.
The midfielder blasted the state of refereeing in MLS, insisting that Saturday's official David Gantar, a Canadian referee assigned by the Canadian Soccer Association as opposed to PRO, is"just not good enough" to referee in the league.
Eight weeks into the 2014 Apertura season, defending champions Club Leon continue to sink lower and lower in the Liga MX standings.
Taking on Mexican power Santos Laguna, Leon were no match to Los Guerreros, as the hosts ran away to a 2-0 victory. Santos were all over Leon from the onset of the match, and Javier Orozco nearly scored from a bicycle kick, but it clanged off the left post.
It looks like a change of scenery was a good thing for Brek Shea. The U.S Men's National Team pool player notched an assist in his debut with Birmingham City on Saturday. The 24-year-old had left Stoke City in search of more minutes and moved to Birmingham last week on an emergency three-month loan.
It was the result that neither team needed, but the one they deserved, as the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw in the latest edition of the California Classico Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,525 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.
The rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl did not disappoint as former MLS midfielder Danny Szetela grabbed a late goal to give the New York Cosmos all three points in a wild 3-2 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks in front of an announced crowd of 4,502 fans at Hofstra Stadium in New York.
FOXBOROUGH It seems like nothing can stop the New England Revolution right now.
The Revolution fell behind early for a third consecutive game, but as in the previous two they came storming back, getting goals from Kelyn Rowe and Lee Nguyen two minutes apart to rally past the Montreal Impact, 2-1, in front of a reported attendance of 19,665 at rainy Gillette Stadium.
Two teams that currently sit on the outsideof the Western Conference playoffs matched up Saturday night, but neither the Colorado Rapids northe Portland Timbers could find a winner at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
With time dwindling and the score tied at one, Toronto FC forward Gilberto saw his toe-poke effort roll past Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and into the back of the net. However, celebrations would be short-lived, as refereeDavid Gantar kept Gilberto off the board and spared the Fire defense.
With time ticking down and a one goal lead in the back pocket, the New York Red Bulls just needed to avoid a last-minute mistake if they were to emerge from PPL Park with their third win in seven days. However, as the game entered stoppage time, the mistake eventually came.
When the news emerged that Canadian National Team midfielder Kaylyn Kyle had signed an endorsement deal with artificial turf maker FieldTurf, the criticism was swift.
After all, Kyle's federation plans to host the 2015 Women's World Cup on artificial turf, including FieldTurf a decision that has sparked controversy from players who have decried it as gender discrimination.
Little more than a month after Major League Soccer officials stated Chivas USA could stick around for another season with the same name if a new owner isn't found, a new report suggests the team could close up shop if a new owner decides to start fresh with a new identity.
SEATTLE It took 94 minutes and two DeAndre Yedlin assists, but the Seattle Sounders survived a back-and-forth battle of Western Conference heavyweights on Friday night, riding a last-gasp Andy Rose goal to a 3-2 victory in front of 38,976 at CenturyLink Field.
The long-held tradition of letting referees' calls stand during matches could be changing. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said Friday he was keen to make MLS the first soccer league to test video review during matches after FIFA President Sepp Blatter supported the idea.
Meanwhile, a new report says Chivas USA could shut down for next year before returning as a new, re-branded franchise.
A vital three points are at stake Saturday as the struggling New York Cosmos and Atlanta Silverbacks meet in a rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl at Hoftstra Stadium.
Coming off a loss to then bottom-of-the table Indy Eleven, the Silverbacks desperately need a resultas they sit five points behind fourth place Tampa Bay for the final playoff berth in the combined Spring and Fall table.
The battle over artificial turf at the 2015 Women's World Cup doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.
FieldTurf, the company providing artificial turf for the tournament in Canada next year, has signed Canadian national team midfielder Kaylyn Kyle to a three-year, $15,000 endorsement deal, according to a report from TSN.
The playoff races in Major League Soccer are heating up and the latest episode of The SBI Show has you covered on what to watch for in MLS this week:
Episode 164 of The SBI Show takes a look at the marquee match-ups in MLS this week, including the Philadelphia Union's Eastern Conference showdown with the New York Red Bulls, as well as the clash of Western Conference powers featuring Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders.
Premier League clubs Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sunderland already feature American ownership ties, but it seems thatEngland's top league is drawing the interest of yet another stateside group.
With the USL Pro Playoffs set to kickoff, theOrlando Citybegin their quest for their sixth USL Pro trophy in four years.
The Lions lifted their third USL Pro Commissioner's Cup trophy after their 1-0 win against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night, but they will hope their record-breaking year continues into the postseason.
With technology becoming a bigger part of the game on a worldwide level, MLS islooking to become the first league to test out in-game video reviews.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his support for a review system earlier this week in what commissioner Don Garber called "music to my ears", as MLS has informed FIFA of its interest in being the first professional league to implement the new system.
With the regular season heading towardthe home stretch, this weekend's MLS action features a few good old fashioned six pointers.
Headlining the weekend's action is a battle between Supporters Shield hopefuls, as the league-leading Seattle Sounders host Real Salt Lake, who sit just five points behind Friday's opposition for the league lead.
Even though he won't be making his debut on Friday, Ronaldinho's mere presence at the Estadio La Corregidora has ensured a sell out.
Queretaro made front pages across the globe when they signed Ronaldinho a week ago, and after being presented to the media on Friday morning, he's expected to be presented to the fans at halftime of Queretaro's match this evening against Puebla.
After a week off for the international break, club soccer is back with a vengeance this weekend, providing us with a handful of can't-miss fixtures in the English Premier League and La Liga.
First up, though, there are a few interesting matches elsewhere in Europe to keep an eye one as Bayer Leverkusen look to stay atop the Bundesliga table when they play Werder Bremen on Friday afternoon.
Major League Soccer is in the thick of the playoff race, but U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is not going to hold back on calling in his top players. Speaking to USSoccer.com, Klinsmann was clear that when October friendlies roll around, he will be keen to mix his MLS veterans with the new batch he called in to face the Czech Republic last week.
One of the rising U.S. Men's National Team prospects has been dealt a setback.
Former Under-20 U.S. star Caleb Stanko signed his first professional deal back in May with German club SC Freiberg, but will need to wait a while longer to make his Bundesliga debut after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligamentin training.
In a show of MLS's ability to pull in top Central American talent, several league stars were prominently involved in Wednesday night's Copa Centroamericana group stage finale.
Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador each picked up victories at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, with Seattle's Marco Pappa scoring twice to propel the Guatemalans past Honduras, 2-0, in the nightcap of Wednesday's triple-header.
MLS clubsmight still be jockeying for playoff positioning next month when FIFA's October internationaldates roll around, but that will not stop U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann from summoning his best players.
Many clubs and fanbases around MLS have had a chance to say a proper farewell to Landon Donovan before seeing him play in person one last time.
His former team, the San Jose Earthquakes, will not be one of them.
The retiring Donovan was down tohaving seven regular season games left in his MLS career, but that number dropped to six after he was shown a controversial yellow card for dissent by referee Hilario Grejeda during the first half of Wednesday night's 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact.
Ronaldinho has received his work permit, but he won't be able to make his debut on Friday.
Due to the Liga MX schedule and complications in acquiring a work permit, Ronaldinho and his brother, Assis, who acts as the player's agent, are both expected to arrive in Mexico on either Thursday evening or Friday morning.
HARRISON, N.J. —With both time and a potential playoff spot ticking away by the second, the New York Red Bulls were in need of something special. Luckily for the Red Bulls, Lloyd Sam was happy to oblige.
A rocky start to the season just got a little rockier for Geoff Cameron at Stoke City. He has hernia injury requiring surgery, but it's not exactly clear when the U.S. Men's National Team defender will be back in action. This comes after Cameron seemingly lost his Premier League position to summer arrival Phil Bardsley.
Rene Meulensteen could become the next European coach to move stateside.
According to a report byESPN FC, the former Fulham manager and Manchester United assistantis being considered for the Philadelphia Union's head coaching position by Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz,but a decision on the team's next manager won't be coming any time soon.
The inspirational story of Luzenac AP has slowly become one of tragedy, one that even Shakespeare would be proud of.
What began with earning promotion into the French Football League (LFP) last May has ultimately finished with the club's expulsion from the ranks of professional soccer in France, forcing the team to begin life again in the French seventh division.
MLS Atlanta isn't in the market for players yet, but theyjust made a big acquisition.
The league's 22nd franchise announced on Wednesday that they signed Tottenham executive director Darren Eales to become the club's first president another move that demonstrates owner Arthur Blank's ambition to succeed in MLS.
The growing pains continue for Guus Hiddink in his latest go-round as manager of The Netherlands.
The Dutch were clearly the favorites going into Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic. But a stoppage time error netted a stunning result, with the Czechs opening their qualifying campaign with a win over the Netherlands, 2-1.
Tab Ramos is in the process of narrowing down his U-20 U.S. Men's National Team squad as he looks ahead to 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships. But there are some challenges, he told SBI in an exclusive interview time is running out and a number of players will not be available for the tournament.
Signing big-ticket superstars is one way to improve your team in Major League Soccer, but another, more efficient, way is to uncover hidden gems and reclamation projects on other teams in the league.
All across MLS you can find players who are thriving after having been cut loose or dealt away by somebody else, and you also have some teams that have seen more than their share of former players thriving on other teams.
With exactly fourmonths until the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships, time is running short for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team coaching staff to selecta 20-man squad to take part in the tournament.
It has been a long time, but the SBI Live Q&A is back.
It is time to talk all things soccer in the latest installment of The SBI Live Q&A. If you don't know what it is, or can't remember because it's been so long, the Live Q&A is your chance to throw some soccer questions my way as I spend the next few hours answer questions from readers.
It's that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
Startingnoon today, I will be taking reader questions on topics spanning the world of soccer, and even some non-soccer questions to mix things up. Want to talk MLS? U.S. Men's National Team? Want to discuss the European club season, or even some pop culture topics?
It seemed that detractors had successfully persuaded FIFA away from serious consideration of holding the 2022 World Cup in winter. At least until Monday. FIFA is again exploring the possibility of a World Cup kicking off in January or November of 2022 in Qatar, assigning its task force Monday to give the schedule change full consideration.
FIFA is ready to talk about a winter World Cup once again.
A FIFA task force assembled by the FIFA Exexucitve Committee to "assess options for the international match calendar 2018-2024″ met on Monday in Zurich, Switzerland. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the main topic of discussion was the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and more specifically, whether to move it away from the usual time frame in June/July to either January/February or November/December.
Orlando City SC finished their finalUSL Pro regular season in style.
The Lions, who won the 2014 USL Pro regular season title last Wednesday, topped thethird-placed Richmond Kickers 1-0 Saturday. Midfielder Kevin Molino scored the lone goal, his 20th of the season, by headinga cross fromLuke Boden into the far right corner of the net in the 23rd minute.
With playoff races tightening up in Major League Soccer, and the U.S. Men's National Team playing their first match after the World Cup last week, there was plenty to talk about in the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Markingperennial MLS All-Star Graham Zusifor 90 minutes is a task sure to challenge even the most experienced of full backs, let alone one with just months into his professional career.
However, Chris Duvall did just that, as the rookie defender proved to be a key defensive piece as the New York Red Bulls picked up an important 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.
The New England Revolution are suddenly playing like a team destined for a run to the MLS Cup final.
With Jermaine Jones making his first two starts since joining the club, the Revolution recorded two massive wins in MLS Week 26, defeating Sporting Kansas City last Wednesday, 3-1, and the Chicago Fire last Sunday, 2-1, to move into third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. For the first time in six matches, New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps didn't start Charlie Davies and Davies let him know about it.
On the field, that is.
Davies subbed on in the 58th minute and just two minutes later was crossing up Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson for the winner as the Revs held on for a 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, their second straight week overcoming an early deficit to claim the full three points.
Sepp Blatter has made the news official. He's running for a fifth term.
Despite promising in the run up to the 2011 FIFA presidential election that it would be his last, Blatter has unsurprisingly decided to run again for FIFA's highest office, where he is almost surely a shoe-in to win again in next year's elections.
COLUMBUS, Ohio With the Columbus Crew in need of a morale-boosting win, the team relied on one of their unsung heroes to secure victory.
Following a listless first half between both teams, the Crew were lifted by a pair of Justin Meram goals and a Bernardo Anor header to defeat Chivas USA, 3-0, in theonly meeting between the pair this season.
The German Men's National Team spent the better part of the summer celebrating their World Cup victory, but now it's time for the world champions to focus on working toward their next potential trophy.
Germany kicks off Euro 2016 qualifying today against Scotland as Euro qualifiers kick off across the Atlantic.
The New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City were both in desperate need of a win on Saturday night, and after the first 10 minutes of the match it looked like Sporting KC might have the energy to pull off the road victory.
The Red Bulls, and specifically Thierry Henry, had other ideas.
Led by a strong performance by their defense, and Henry's magic, the Red Bulls posted a 2-1 victory at Red Bull Arena.
Just three days after beating Toronto FC at PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union traveled to Canada and pulled off the same trick again, shutting out TFC one more time on the way to a 2-0 victory at BMO Field.
Two of the Western Conference's top teams face off on Saturday night in a classic showdown.
These two sides faced off two weeks ago, with FC Dallas coming out on top, 2-1, at Toyota Park. Now, with the venue switching to Rio Tinto Stadium, Luis Giland Real Salt Lake are looking to turn the tables and move well ahead of Tesho Akindele and FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings.
Giuseppe Rossi, the American-born forward who opted to play for Italy's national team, continues to struggle with injury. He had surgery on Friday and is expected to miss another four to five months. He has battled injury since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2011 and was left off Italy's World Cup squad this summer amid concerns he hadn't fully recovered from his previous surgery in January.
The U.S. Women's National Team now know who they'll be facing in the group stage of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.
CONCACAF conducted the tournament's draw on Friday morning, placing the USWNT in Group A with Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, and Haiti, while Mexico was paced in Group B with Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Martinique.
Perhaps luckily not in front of their home supporters, Brazil takes the field for the first time on Friday evening since their debacle at the end of the 2014 World Cup.
The Selecao, who were unceremoniously humiliated, 7-1, by Germany in the World Cup semifinals and then routed, 3-0, by the Netherlands in the third-place game, take on South American rivals Colombia in a rematch from the World Cup quarterfinals.
Orlando City SC are USL Pro regular season champions, but playoff spots are still up for grabs in the league's finalweekend.
After their scoreless draw against the Wilmington Hammerheads on Wednesday, Orlando Citywon the regular season title and will raise the trophy after their Saturday evening match against the Richmond Kickers.
The Guss Hiddink era at the helm of the Netherlands is off to a rocky start. As promised, Hiddink fielded the Dutch in a traditional 4-3-3 system against Italy on Thursday and he had very little to show for it.
Within 10 minutes, Italy punished the 2014 World Cup's third place team, scoring twice for a 2-0 lead that would hold to the end.
David Beckham's search for a spot to put his MLS expansion team hasn't been going very well. But a new option has fallen his way, with a group of property developers asking him to look at a plot of land they had planned for a luxury casino. The area isn't in the heart of downtown, but does have skyline and ocean views with close proximity to downtown that could make it an option.
If you are a country over club soccer fan, Thursday's action is just for you.
Thursday's slatehas 12 international friendlies, including a pair of fixtures involving traditional European superpowers going head-to-head this afternoon. World Cup semifinalist Netherlands will usher in the second Guus Hiddink era, as the 67-year-old Dutchman begins his latest termas his home country's manager against perennial power Italy.
FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele is quickly turning into the find of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
Akindele who was picked sixth overall this past January is repaying FC Dallas for their confidence in him, delivering four goals in the month August as the Hoops cruised to four wins and helped solidify a playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference.
The Philadelphia Union went into Wednesday night wary of facing a struggling Toronto FC side likely to be inspired by the hiring of a new coach.
In the end, Greg Vanney's appointment as TFC's new head coach wasn't enough to propel the visiting Canadian club to victory, as the Union rode a Conor Casey goal to a 1-0 victory on Wednesday night at PPL Park.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. It was nothing new for the New England Revolution on Wednesday night as Gillette Stadium as Lee Nguyen delivered again for the playoff-hopeful Revs.
For a third straight week, the in-form central midfielder found a game-winning tally for the Revs, this time curling a 48th-minute volley into the upper right corner for the first goal of a brace as the Revolutiontook a come-from-behind 3-1 victoryover reeling MLS Cup holders Sporting Kansas City.
With a pair of goals each from Obafemi Martins and Andy Rose in a first-half bombardment, the Seattle Sounders rattled off four unanswered goals before cruising to a 4-2 win over Chivas USA on Wednesday.
With an experimental, young team in the first U.S. Men's National Team match since the World Cup, new ground was forged the U.S. beat the Czech Republic for the first time. Alejandro Bedoya's goal was the difference, but the match's highlight was a stellar performance from second-half substitute, goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
The semifinals and final of the 2020 European Championships could be going to Great Britain's premier soccer venue.
Just two venues, London's Wembley Stadium and Munich'sAllianz Arena have applied to host the final two rounds of Euro 2020, and according to multiple reports in England and Germany, the two nation's FAs have come to a mutual agreement.
Some people were ready to hand the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeping job to Brad Guzan after Tim Howard recently announced announced his one-year national team hiatus but not so fast.
As planned, Jurgen Klinsmann inserted Nick Rimando at halftime of Wednesday's 1-0 win in a friendly against the Czech Republic and the Real Salt Lake veteran came up big time after time, making four saves to hold off a Czech side that came out reenergized in the second half.
For the second time in three months, Germany face Argentina in an international match, only this time a World Cup final isn't on the line.
Germany host Argentina in a friendly match in Dusseldorf, reuniting the two nations for the first time since meeting 52 days ago at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, when Germany outlasted Argentina, 1-0, after extra time in a memorable World Cup final.
With three MLS games on tap today, the focus will be on a pair of teams on the Eastern Conference playoff bubble as the New England Revolution and Toronto FC will both be in action today although against different opponents following the Revs' rout at BMO Field last Saturday.
It's a busy day for international fixtures, but one game clearly stands above the rest, as Germany and Argentina meet for an anticipated rematch of this summer's World Cup final at 2:45 p.m. in Düsseldorf.
There are 12 international games in all today nine of them friendlies, and three games in the opening day of the Copa Centroamericana, which is taking place in the United States.
Sacramento, California is getting the chance to win over Major League Soccer.
Executives from MLSare scheduled to visit the California state capital this month to assess the region's viability as a new home to an expansion franchise. According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott and Charles Altchek, a special assistant to league Commissioner Don Garber, willvisit the area on Sept.
Ahead of Landon Donovan's farewell match, coach Jurgen Klinsmann took an upbeat tone on giving the U.S. Men's National Team legend a proper send-off even after the Donovan had harshly criticized Klinsmann's decisions during the World Cup. Klinsmann told reporters on Tuesday that the farewell match won't be awkward in light of Donovan's post-World Cup comments.
Say hello to the next generation of U.S. Men's National Team talent.
U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday Under-17 Men's National Team head coach Richie Williams' decision on which 29 players to invite to for the 2014 Fall Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.
The New York Red Bulls have a game in hand over three of the five Eastern Conference teams currently in playoff position, but all that means is that it's shaping up to be a hectic eight-day stretch for last year's Supporters' Shield winners, who are currently two points out of a playoff spot.
Finding the right balance between fielding an experimental lineup and one capable of grabbing a result. That is what Jurgen Klinsmann is tasked with as a new World Cup cycle officially gets underway on Wednesday.
The Summer transfer window closed on Monday evening after a wild day of transfers (and even more loans) and the Labor Day action headlines the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Episode 162 kicks off with a look at some of the bigger moves in the transfer window, such as Radamel Falcao's move to Manchester United, Danny Welbeck's move to Arsenal, and Javier Hernandez's move to Real Madrid.
Soccer for a Cause, the same group that helped bring about the NASL's San Antonia Scorpions, today released a proposal to expand the Scorpions' home venue, Toyota Field, by roughly 10,000 seats as part of the city's ongoing push to gain an MLS franchise.
A flurry of big moves marked the end of the European summer transfer window on Monday. Radamel Falcao is off to Manchester United. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will head to Real Madrid. Danny Welbeck joins Arsenal. And a whole bunch more.
But U.S. Men's National Team fans will probably be most interested in Julian Green's loan to Hamburger SV, which became official Monday.
Germany have found their successor to Philipp Lahm as the team looks into the future.
Coach Joachim Löw has named Bastian Schweinsteiger as Germany's new captain, taking the place of the retired Lahm. Germany play their first post-World Cup match on Wednesday in a friendly match against Argentina in Dusseldorf, before opening up their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Sunday against Scotland in Dortmund.
The Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team have made a couple of late additions to their roster for this month's training camp.
With the U-20s set to fly to Buenos Aires on Monday, head coach Tab Ramos called in both Columbus Crew midfielder Romain Gall and Chivas de Guadalajara defender Luis Martir as replacements for San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson and Orlando City defender Tyler Turner.
Giuseppe Rossi will have to go under the knife again.
The American-born forward is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after an exam byDr. Andrew Williams in London revealed damage in the knee. A timetable for Rossi's return has not been announced.
Only three playoff spots remain in the 2014 USL Pro season as the Charleston Battery claimed the fourth Saturday evening.
With their Saturday night 4-0 blowout over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the Battery secured their spot in the USL Pro playoffs. Dane Kelly scored a hat trick, which giveshim a total of 10 goals onthe season.
Caught in the wake of Ryan Nelsen's dismissal from Toronto FC was news that Jermain Defoe could also be on his way out of town.
TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko admitted to the local press at a press conference that they've received multiple offers over the year for Defoe, and that they'd make a decision by the end of Monday.
The potentially final meeting between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA went about the way so many previous meetings have: with the Galaxy terrorizing the Chivas USA defense, and the Goats coming away with zero points.
Just before departing for their first U.S. Men's National Team camp, teenagers Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman returned to their respective clubs' lineups.
Rubin and Hyndman both earned starts this past weekend after failing to dress in recent games, with the former playing 57 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Heerenveen and the latter going the distance in a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City.
It looks like Julian Green is leaving Bayern Munich at least for the season. Reports over the weekend tie Green to a season-long loan to Hamburg, although the reports haven't been confirmed. Green recently moved up to Bayern's first team, but the move could give him more minutes on the pitch.
Meanwhile, it appeared a loss Saturday to the New England Revolution was Toronto FC's final straw.
Manchester United are on the verge of making one final mega-signing before the summer transfer window closes.
According to multiple reports from across Europe, Man United have agreed a season-long loan move forAS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao, with the Colombian international joining for an initial fee of anywhere from £6-12 million, depending on which report you read.