Carlos Vela may have been linked to the Colorado Rapids recently, but according to his agent, the Mexican international is not close to leaving Spain.
In an interview with Agenda FOX Sports, Eduardo Hernandez said that his client and current Real Sociedad forward is listening to offers made by the Colorado Rapids and MLS, but that does not mean a deal is currently in the works.
The Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers booked their places in the 2015 MLS Cup final and the latest episode of The SBI Show covers just how they got the job done.
Episode 244 of The SBI Show looks back at Sunday's conference finals second legs, including Portland's 2-2 tie against FC Dallas, and the Red Bulls lackluster 1-0 victory against Columbus, which wasn't enough to overcome the Crew's 2-0 first-leg lead.
Tim Howard will not start Everton's upcoming Capital One Cup quarterfinal match, but manager Roberto Martinez insists that the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper remains a major part of the team's plans.
The Everton goalkeeper has received his share of criticism following this weekend's result: a 3-3 draw that saw AFC Bournemouth net a 98th-minute equalizer.
Monday's clash between Inter Milan and Napoli could go a long way towards deciding this season's top teamin Serie A.
The two Italian giants collide in a meeting of the league's top two teams, with Napoli currently sitting two points behind Inter for the first spot onthe Italian table. Under manager Roberto Mancini, Inter Milan have surrendered just seven goals in 13 games while amassing nine wins to leap to the top of Serie A.
After scoring twice in five minutes during the second half, it looked as if FC Dallas was going tomount a comeback in Frisco, Texas, on Sunday that would have seen them take the Western Conference Finals to extratime.
A stoppage-time strike from Lucas Melano put that possibility to bed, and now the team with the best regular-season record in the Western Conference must watch the MLS Cup from afar instead of playing in it.
The three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or were announced on Monday, and there were no real surprise inclusions.
FIFA revealed that Real Madrid star and reigning Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo will have to defend his award against two Barcelona teammates. Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi and Brazilian winger Neymar round out this year's finalists for the annual award.
Bobby Wood may have been denied by the woodwork twice, but he still found a way to help create a goal for his club. Even if it came via a fortuitous deflection.
Wood set up the opener in FC Union Berlin's 1-1 draw with Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday when a header crashed off his leg before falling into the path of teammate Benjamin Kessel, who pushed his effort from close range in with ease.
For the first time in their brief MLS history, the Portland Timbers will play in the MLS Cup.
Following their 3-1 home win at Providence Park in the Western Conference Finals first leg, the Timbers scored twice and thwarted an FC Dallas comeback en route to a 2-2 tie at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Jurgen Klopp has Liverpool believing it can make a serious run at the top four in the English Premier League, and today's clash with Swansea City could help the Reds make a big jump in that direct.
Fresh off a win against current league leaders Manchester City, Liverpool returns to Anfield with a chance to jump up to sixth place, three points behind fourth-place Arsenal, with a win against a Swansea City side mired in a three-match winless slide.
The NCAA Tournament is down to the final 16, and though we've seen two thirds of the field eliminated, we still don't have a real sense of just which team can be considered the favorite to win it all.
Creighton and North Carolina were among the top-rated teams in the nation for much of the year, but only one of them will survive the weekend as they face off on Saturday night in the first Round of 16 clash.
After scoring his second UEFA Champions League goal of the season and delivering an assist on Wednesday, Johnson bagged a brace to help Borussia Moenchengladbach pick up a 3-3 draw in a wild match vs. Hoffenheim. Johnson's goals came at the start and end of the road game, with his first serving as a fifth-minute opener and his second as an equalizer three minutes before the final whistle.
When the current English Premier League season began, Chelsea and Leicester City would have been expected to wind up on opposite ends of the standings. That has become the case, though neither team is where many would have expected them to be.
Chelsea is in 15th place in the EPL, and will be looking to continue its climb toward more familiar territory when it faces arch-rival Tottenham on Sunday.
If you are wondering just how representative the MLS conference finals are of the best talent in MLS, consider the fact that seven players taking part in this weekend's playoff proceedings made the 2015 SBI MLS Best XI.
No, playoff performances didn't factor into the selections of the 11 best players in MLS this season, but it shouldn't be a surprise that so many players who were among the league's best during the regular season are now helping their teams make runs at the MLS Cup title.
Rangers head coach Mark Warburton said earlier this week that he thought Gedion Zelalem played his best game for the club last weekend, and the youngster will surely be looking to repay that vote of confidence with another strong showing this Saturday.
This time, however, there will be the pressure of playing to reach a tournament final.
Didier Drogba was one of the biggest signings of the 2015 MLS season, and his ability to make scoring goals in MLS look easy helped Montreal drive into a playoff berth.
As easy as Drogba made things look, the former Chelsea legend made a point recently to make it clear his transition into MLS has been far from easy, going as far as to say in a recent interview with Reuters that playing in MLS is actually tougher than playing in the English Premier League.
Hello everybody. It is Thanksgiving Day, that day of the year you come to SBI looking for a soccer fix and find this familiar waving turkey greeting you.
American soccer fans have plenty to be thankful for this year. From the continued growth of professional soccer, with MLS, NASL and USL all growing and gaining momentum, down to the college soccer scene, where more talent is expected to emerge than in 2014.
Fabian Johnson played a major part as his Borussia Monchengladbach side marched to a 4-2 victory over Sevilla on Wednesday, scoring his second UEFA Champions League goal of the season and assisting on another.
The USMNT winger/defender curled a spectacular right-footed shot past the Sevilla goalkeeper to put his side up 2-0 at home.
When Julian Buescher stepped foot on the campus of Syracuse University, the German import was ill prepared for the adjustments to American life. Speaking very little English and ill equipped to handle the cold of Syracuse, Buescher found himself wanting to find his way back home.
The New England Revolutionhave exercisedtheirclub options on 14 players for the 2016 season.
The club announced on Wednesday that it is bringing back goalkeeper Brad Knighton; defenders Darrius Barnes, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Donnie Smith, Chris Tierney, London Woodberry; midfielders Teal Bunbury, Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, and forwards Charlie Davies and Sean Okoli.
Tally Hall's first season in Orlando is also his last.
Orlando City announced on Wednesday a bevy of offseason roster moves, including declining the contract option of Hall. The 30-year-old goalkeeper had served as the starter for the expansion club after recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him during the initial months of the campaign, but he suffered a torn meniscus in the second-to-last game of the year.
Despite all of the issues that have arisen, Barcelona remains confident that the club can secure Neymar's future for years to come.
Barcelonatechnical secretary Robert Fernandez says that Neymar will sign a long-term contract to remain with the club. Fernandez's declaration comes on the heels of several statements from the player's father stating that Neymar could seek a move if his ongoing tax issues aren't resolved.
It appears that all MLS clubs will soon be controlledby different majority owners.
Houston Dynamo co-owner Gabriel Brener is nearing a deal that would likely give him controlling interest in the club, Fox26Houston.com reported on Tuesday. Brener currently owns 25 percent of the Dynamo, but is teaming up with another pair of investors to buy the 50-percent stake that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) holds.
The Chicago Fire know that history has not been kind to foreign coaches in MLS, but they are convincedVeljko Paunovic has all the qualities and enough familiarity with the league to be a rare success story.
In fact, the Fire were so impressed with Paunovic during their coaching search that they began to compare other candidates to him.
Tony Meola was more than happy with the direction his life was heading in, but the former U.S. Men's National Team star knew he had found an opportunitywith the Jacksonville Armada that he just couldn't pass up.
Working as an analyst on both TV and radio, Meola has spent the past several years establishing himself as a broadcaster while staying involved in the game as a coach at the youth level.
Leading a MLS team to a Supporters' Shield title is no easy task.
Doing that in your first year as head coach of the team is something else entirely.
On Tuesday, the league recognized Jesse Marsch as 2015 MLS Coach of the Year. Marsch helped the New York Red Bulls secure a franchise-best 18 wins during the regular season en route to winning the Supporters' Shield.
Perennial Champions League knockout round teams will be putting it all on the line on Tuesday as the penultimate group stage match day kicks off.
In Group E action, AS Roma will travel to Camp Nou to face off against a red-hot Barcelona team. While Luis Enrique's men have enjoyed a slew of outstanding results as of late, these two sides drew 1-1 in Rome several weeks back.
The Chicago Fire are handing their coaching keys to the man who helped Serbia win the Under-20 World Cup this summer.
The Fire announced on Tuesday that they have appointed Veljko Paunovic as head coach. Paunovic takes over for interim boss Brian Bliss, who led the club during the final weeks of the 2015 season after replacing the fired Frank Yallop.
Dillon Powers' future with the Colorado Rapids remains up in the air, as Reading remains interested.
Reading has prolonged Powers' trial from two weeks to three in an effort to better gaugewhether the midfielder is someone worth signing. Powers is an attractive option because he has an Italian passport that does not require him to obtain a work permit to make a move to the English Championship club, but the Royals want to get a closer look before deciding if they should sign him during the upcoming transfer window.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's nomadic career has brought him to many different places, but on Wednesday, he's going back to where it all started.
The Swedish superstar began his professional career with Malmö FF in 1999, and now, some 16 years later, he will return to the city where he was born with Paris Saint-Germain — his sixthteam since leaving there —as the UEFA Champions League resumes with Matchday 5 action.
The U.S. Men's National Team's fourthgame of World Cup qualifying will be held at a familiar location.
On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced that the USMNT will host Guatemala on March 29 in Columbus, Ohio. The team's World Cup qualifying match, which will be televised on ESPN 2, follows contests against St.
Gedion Zelalem's timewith Rangers might last longer than originally planned.
Zelalem joined Rangers via a loan from Arsenal this past summer in search of first-team minutes, and his solid form for the second division Scottish side has the two clubs discussing a potential extension that would run until the end of the season.
Sebastian Giovinco's first season in MLS turned out to be one of absolute domination.
Acquired by Toronto FC heading into the 2015 season, Giovinco proved to be everything the club hoped for and more. Kickstarting TFC's attack from the get-go, Giovinco finished 2015 with the league lead in both goals and assists, earning the Italian star recognition as SBI MLS Most Valuable Player.
Tottenham and West Ham started the day fifth and sixth on the English Premier League table, but Sunday's London derby was completely one-sided.
Harry Kane and co. controlled the action from the opening whistle at White Hart Lane. West Ham scored once on the day, but the Hammers' lonegoal fromManuel Lanzini came after Tottenham put four into the back of the net to secure a 4-1 result.
Just when it looked like FC Dallas would have a strong case to take charge of the Western Conference Championship heading into the second leg, a last second goal from an unlikely candidate tipped the scales in the Portland Timbers' favor.
A tap in from DP center back Liam Ridgewell was all that separated the two sides going into halftime, but Dairon Asprilla and Nat Borchers scored for the Timbers in the second half.
The final four teams left in the chase for the MLS Cup square off today as the conference finals begin today with first-leg action in Columbus, Ohio and Portland, Oregon.
The New York Red Bulls are in Columbus today to take on the Crew at MAPFRE Stadium. The top-seeded Red Bulls will look to set themselves up with a comfortable result heading into the return leg at Red Bull Arena, but they face a Crew side with the weapons to give the home team a first-leg series lead.
Sunday's London derby has more meaning than usual.
In the English Premier League, Tottenham hosts West Ham United at White Hart Lane, and there is more at stake than personal pride. That's because these two sides sit fifth and sixth on the league's table, so a European qualification spot is on the line.
They are so close to the MLS Cup final that they can taste it.
FC Dallas, the Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls, and Columbus Crew are all set to continue their respective quests for the league's ultimate prize this weekend when the conference finals get underway.
There might only be a fewsoccer games played across the globe today, but that does not make them any less interesting.
Four matches from four different leagues will be aired in the U.S. on Friday, as the weekend festivities officially get under way. Headlining the action is a German Bundesliga tilt between Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg.
Manchester United will be without two of its first-choice strikers come Saturday against Watford.
Head coach Louis Van Gaal confirmed that both Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial will miss this weekend's clash, as the former is suffering from illness and the latter is recovering from an injury he suffered with the French national team.
The challenge for the last two Western Conference teams standing is similar while also distinct.
Both FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers enter their series with the goal of advancing to the MLS Cup final, but the former has to move on from an emotionally-draining match while the latter has to play without two of its top players.
Last Friday's attacks in Paris sent shockwaves throughout the world, and now, U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is hoping he and his teammates can be part of a healing process for a country that is very much in need.
Ligue 1 play is set to resume this weekend, as Bedoya and FC Nantes visit Monaco on Saturday in the first round of matches since last weekend's terrorist attacks in Paris.
Beaten to the near post on a free kick, committing a foul fora penalty kick, and having been scored on three times, Jesse Gonzalez could have wilted after FC Dallas' 3-1 loss vs. Sporting Kansas City on Sept. 18.It was the type of game that coulddemoralizea goalkeeper, especially one as young and inexperienced as Gonzalez.
Ahead Sunday's Eastern Conference final opening leg, Luis Robles has earned himself a bit of hardware.
MLS announced Thursday that the New York Red Bulls goalkeeper has been recognized as 2015 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Robles earned top voting percentages from clubs, media and players, besting Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted and D.
The Copa America Centenario is officially bound for the U.S., and now the cities in which it will be played have been revealed.
CONCACAF announced Thursday that 10 cities across the U.S. will host the upcoming tournament, which is set to be played from June 3-26. Each venue is set to host on multiple days throughout the tournament, while most will host up to three matches.
In pursuit of Jordan Morris, the Seattle Sounders are more than prepared to pay out a record-breaking deal.
Sounders general manager Garth Lagerway announced Wednesday that the Sounders have offered the Stanford starthe richest Homegrown Player contract in MLS history. As things stand, LA Galaxy star and fellow U.
Both Uruguay and Chile were looking to rebound from a disappointing result heading into their Round 4 tilt, but it was the former that enjoyed a thoroughly-convincing victory while the latter was left boiling in frustration.
Uruguay handed Chile its first defeat of this World Cup Qualifying campaign, handily defeating the reigning Copa America champions, 3-0, at home on Tuesday.
"Clockwork." That was one word used to describe Tim Howard's return to competitive action with the U.S. Men's National Team.
Playing in his first meaningful game since the now-legendary Belgium performance at last summer's World Cup, Howard proved a calming presence in the USMNT's 0-0 draw with Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday night.
The punishments levied against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are set to continue as originally planned.
FIFA announced Wednesday that the duo's appeals against their current suspension had been denied. The two were provisionally suspended for 90 days back in October after Blatter was accused of making a"disloyal payment" to Platini, although both have denied any wrongdoing in the case.
After cruising past St. Vincent & the Grenadines in its World Cup Qualifyingopener, the U.S. Men's National Team will face a much more difficult test on Tuesday night.
In the team's second qualifier, the USMNT is set to visit Trindad & Tobago (6:36, beIN Sports). The gamecomes on the heels of a 6-1 USMNT victory over St Vincent and the Grenadines, while the Soca Warriors enter on a high as well after knocking off Guatemala on the road.
Due to security concerns, another friendly match in Europe has been called off.
Germany was prepared to host Netherlands in Hannover on Tuesday, but a little more than one hour until kickoff, the stadium was evacuated. Many German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, were set to attend the game.
As the U.S. prepares for its FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Trinidad and Tobago tonight, 10 fellow CONCACAF members will square off against each other looking to leave this international break in a comfortable position before resuming qualifying action again in four months.
Mexico enjoyed a successful debut under new manager Juan Carlos Osorio last Friday, but it will face a tough challenge ahead when it visits Honduras.
ST. LOUIS, MO NOVEMBER 13: Gavin James #13 of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Jermaine Jones #13 of the United States compete for a loose ball during a World Cup qualifying match at Busch Stadium on November 13, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
While the U.S. searches for a result against Trinidad and Tobago tonight, a plethora of international action can keep viewers busy ahead ofthat contest.
On the World Cup qualifying front, Colombia and Argentina provideanappealingmatchup in the afternoon along with Honduras-Mexico. Uruguay-Chile and Brazil-Peru, meanwhile, will add a bit more CONMEBOL flavor later in the evening.
The U.S. Men's National Team kicked off World Cup qualifying this past Friday with a commanding victory over St. Vincent &the Grenadines, but the team's first real challenge will come in Tuesday's sophomore effort.
Following a 6-1 dismantling in the opening game over far inferior opposition, the U.
The apparent tension between Fabian Johnson and U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks to be just water under the bridge now, as the midfielder explained his exit from last month's CONCACAF Cup in more detail on Monday.
More than a month after Klinsmann had a "severe word" with Johnson regarding his substitution in the 111th minute of the CONCACAF Cup against Mexico, the 27-year-old midfielder explained way he could not go on any longer.
The U.S. Men's National Team picked up a convincing victory in its initial 2018 World Cup qualifier, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has vowed not to make many changes to his lineup ahead of the tougher challenge that awaits.
The U.S. routed St Vincent & the Grenadines, 6-1, on Friday night, but the sole focus now is on looking ahead to Tuesday'sroad qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago (6:30 pm, beIN Sports/NBC Universo).
Throughout their careers, Spanish legends Raul and Marcos Senna have made their names lifting up their teammates, making them better players and people through their leadership. On Sunday night, for the final time, the duo took the field, and it was on the shoulders of their teammates that they road off into the sunset.
Jurgen Klinsmann has heard the critiques and criticisms, but that doesn't mean the U.S. Men's National Team head coach and U.S. Soccer technical director agrees that the program is in some sort of regression.
Following a difficult summer and fall, the U.S. Soccer program looks to rebound heading into the closing months of 2015.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – As preparations were being made for the title celebration of the New York Cosmos, the players of Ottawa Fury FC lined up together one-by-one to ascend to a stage to receive their runners' up medals. Awaiting them was head coach Marc Dos Santos, who took the chance to hug the members of a team so close to his heart just one more time.
The relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid is apparently quickly deteriorating.
Following the club's first loss of the season to Sevilla on Nov. 8, the Portuguese star expressed his anger with the team's tactical approach this season. He also said he and head coach Rafa Benitez are not seeing eye to eye.
After being sent home early and publicly criticized in the U.S. Men's National Team's October camp for a perceived lack of commitment, Johnson made a strong impression in his return to the field for the Americans on Friday.
Landon Donovan might have the itch to coach, but he showed on Saturday that he can still play.
Donovan set up the Rest of the World'slone goal in David Beckham's Unicef charity match, cutting a pass back to Dwight Yorke in the 67th minute of a 3-1 loss to Great Britain and Ireland. Donovan, 33, entered the star-studded affair at Old Trafford in the 67th minute, and gave his side a glimmer of hope with the ball that trimmed its 2-0 deficit in half.
Leo Messi cannot return to actionsoon enough forhis country.
Argentina's abysmalstart to 2018 World Cup qualifying continued on Friday, as LaAlbicelestewere held to a 1-1 draw at home by arch-rival Brazil. Ezequiel Lavezzi opened the scoring at Estadio Monumental with a first-half finish, but the Messi-less Argentina surrendered an equalizer to Lucas Lima just before the hour-mark.
Mauro Biello helped the Montreal Impact reach the playoffs with a strong finish to the regular season, and the job he did as interim head coach was enough to ensure that he would return in 2016 in a more prominent role.
The Impact announced on Friday afternoon that they removed the interim tag from Biello and made him the full-time head coach anddirector of player personnel with the first team.
The 2016 Copa America Centenario final on that date will be played at the nearly 83,000-seat venuein East Rutherford, New Jersey, next summer, according to a report from ESPNFC. MetLife Stadium was reportedly chosen over the larger Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, because it has more suites and luxury boxes and is located in the U.
The last stadiumbuilt in Miami caused a public uproar that still has locals seething until this day.
Miami Beckham United has no intention ofhaving history repeat itself.
Tim Leiweke, one of David Beckham's partners in trying to bring an MLS franchise to Miami, wrote a detailed open letter in the Miami Herald on Thursday night outlining the plans for Miami Beckham United's proposed stadium in Little Havana.
It's now or never for college teams across the country.
The Division I Men's Soccer Selection Announcement will be broadcast live on NCAA.com on Monday (1 p.m.), but a majority of automatic bids still need to be claimed. Tournaments across the nation will wrap up come Sunday, and there is plenty to play for.
Entering World Cup qualifying, the struggles of the U.S. Men's National Team have been highly publicized. Friday night presents Jurgen Klinsmann and co. with an opportunity to start putting those struggles behind them.
The USMNT is set to open up World Cup qualifying on Friday in St.
The day's biggest match was postponed because of weather, and yet there was still plenty of drama, intensity, and goals on display.
CONMEBOL's third round of World Cup qualifying took place on Thursday, and arguably the biggest story aside from the Superclasico between Argentina and Brazil being pushed back a day because ofheavy rainfall was Ecuador remaining perfect after edging Uruguay.
Argentina vs. Brazil is always an intense affair. Even more so whenWorld Cup qualifying points are up for grabs. Even more still when both have gotten off to less-than-perfect starts.
The wild and intense ride that is CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying resumes on Thursday with the start of its third round of action, and the match that seemingly everyone is talking about is the Superclasico.
By the end of the November international window, several teams will be eliminated from FIFA 2018 World Cup contention.
Qualification for the World Cup kicks off once again this international window, and while the third round of CONCACAF action is just getting started, several teams in Africa and Asia will be shown the exit door.
There ismore at stake, butthat still is unlikely to stop Jurgen Klinsmann from trying out some new and inexperienced players.
The U.S. Men's National Team officially embarks on its journey to the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Friday when it hosts St Vincent & the Grenadines (6:30 pm, ESPN2) in the Americans' first qualifier of this cycle.
While the 2015 MLS season has yet to reach its conclusion, the league has revealed the details surrounding the offseason that will precede the 2016 campaign.
MLS announced the 2016 offseason schedule on Thursday, revealing the key dates surrounding the build up to next season. The offseason will be the first to feature a form of free agency, which will seeplayers28 years of age and older with eight years of MLS service who are out of contract have the freedom to negotiate a new contract with any club.
A clash of rivals headlines CONMEBOL action as World Cup qualifying is set to continue in South America on Thursday.
Winless through two qualifying games, Argentina looks to return to form on Thursday in a clash with rivals Brazil in Buenos Aires. Facing a Brazil side with one win to this point, Argentina will look to secure victory while majorly shorthanded, due to the absences of star forwards Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.
The Juan Carlos Osorio era officially begins for Mexico this weekend asEl Tri competes in its first match under the new head coach whenit hosts El Salvador at Estadio Azteca to begin its World Cup qualifying process.
That contest will be one of the six CONCACAFfixtures on Friday night, with the U.
Bob Bradley is just two days away from beginning his new coaching project with Le Havre in France.
Bradley completed his first training session with his new club on Thursday, and all eyes will be on him and the club this weekend. The former U.S. Men's National Team head coach will lead his new club out against Saint-Omer on Saturday in the Coupe de France.
The FIFA presidential election was narrowed to five candidates on Thursday.
The investigatory chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee carried out integrity checks on all candidates, and it was announced on Nov. 9 that Liberian football association chief Musa Bility was not eligible to run for the position.
Only four months separate the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team from its Olympic playoff date with Colombia, and the Americans arebeginning preparations for that with a pair of tough friendlies in South America.
The U.S. U-23s will play their first game since finishing third in October's CONCACAF Olympic qualifying campaign by visiting Brazil's Under-23 side on Wednesday night (6 pm, Fox Sports 1).
Before Jesse Marsch was even given the chance to lead his team onto the field, he was booed, ridiculed and demonized. Now, 11 months later, he has led theNew York Red Bulls to a Supporters' Shield, and as them looking like a real threat to win the club's first MLS Cup title.
Juggling the need to win now with the responsibility of building for the future has been Jurgen Klinsmann's challenge since the end of the 2014 World Cup. Klinsmann has taken turns counting on his seasonedveterans to lead the U.S. Men's National Teamin some stretches,and pushed them aside in others to gauge the young and inexperienced.
Geoff Cameron thinks the U.S. Men's National Team may have hit rock bottom a month ago, but that has not discouraged him from the hopes ofturning things around ahead of the squad's upcoming World Cup qualifying games.
"It was definitely disappointing," Cameron told NBC Sportsof theCONCACAF Cup loss to Mexico in October.
Stress has been the cause of a recent trip to the hospital for Sepp Blatter.
The outgoing FIFA president has reportedly been hospitalized due to stress. Blatter reportedly suffered "a small breakdown", according to the BBC, and is expected to make a full recovery in the coming days.
Blatter had originally visited a hospital for what his representatives called a "medical evaluation" for stress-related reasons.
The Jurgen Klinsmann-Fabian Johnson incident that dominated headlines in the aftermath of the U.S. Men's National Team's CONCACAF Cup loss to Mexicoin October appears to be over. Klinsmann has putthe episode in therearview mirror,as evidenced by his call-up of Johnson for the U.
Ottawa Fury FC have been dealt a blow ahead of the NASL final due to the international break.
Julian de Guzman will miss Sunday's championship matchagainst the New York Cosmos following a call-up to the Canadian national team. De Guzman and Canada face a pair of World Cup qualifiers, takingonHonduras on Friday beforegoing up againstEl Salvador on Nov.
The NASL's expansion process has finally made its long-awaited mark in Oklahoma City with the backing of a European partner.
Backed by Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, Rayo OKC is set tobecome the league's 14th franchise, the league announced Tuesday. With their introduction, the club joins Puerto Rico FC and Miami FC as the NASL's newest expansion franchise.
MLS Playoffs gets put on temporary hold this week as the league heads into another international break to accommodatethe upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying games, the Euro 2016 qualifying playoffs and a few friendlies.
The conference finals will resume on Nov. 22 but until then, clubs — including those still in title contention — will have to temporarily part ways with their stars and here is a list of those who have been called up to represent their respective countries, as of Nov.
Cyle Larin certainly exceeded the hype that came with his first overall selection at the 2015 MLS Draft.
The Orlando City forward was recognized for his record-breaking season on Tuesday, as Larin was named MLS Rookie of the Year. With the victory, Larin becomes just the second-ever player to win as a member of an expansion side, following Maurice Edu's 2007 recognition.
The MLS playoff conference semifinals ended in mostly dramatic fashion on Sunday, as the quadruple-header delivered some truly exciting theatre.
Episode 240 of The SBI Show takes a look back at all the crazy matches on Sunday, including FC Dallas' penalty shootout victory over the Seattle Sounders and the Columbus Crew's dramatic extra-time victory against the Montreal Impact.
For weeks, Bob Bradley has been rumored to be leaving Stabaek and joining Le Havre.
On Tuesday, the French club made it all official.
Ligue 2 side Le Havre has announced that Bradley has signed on as its head coach, effective as of Nov. 11. Bradley, 57, joins Le Havreon a two-year deal after finding success during his two seasons with Stabaek in Norway.
Coming off of a year that saw the New York Red Bulls score an Eastern Conference-high 55 goals, many expected the offense to carry the torch this campaign as well. The defense, particularity the goalkeeper, proved to be the true difference-maker in 2015, though.
Heading is set to be a thing of the past in U.S. youth teams across the country.
U.S. Soccer introduced safety initiatives to address head injury concerns on Monday, and one policy will see strict limits set on youth players heading the ball during games and practice, according to The New York Times.
Approximately one week after German police raided the country's football federation (DFB), an important decision was made.
DFB is currently under investigation after a report in October claimed the 2006 World Cup was bribed to take place in Germany. While the DFB president claimed he did nothing wrong, Wolfgang Niersbach stepped down from his position as president a post he has held since 2012.
When Cyle Larin was chosen withthe top overall pick in January's MLS Draft, the general consensus was that he would need some time to adapt before making an impact. Few could have predicted justhow much the Canadian international would impress in his first professional season.
Larin established a new rookie scoring record in 2015, netting 17 goals in 27 appearances for Orlando City.
When it comes to the future of the Atlanta Silverbacks, the NASL is looking to keep options open.
Commissioner Bill Peterson told SBI that the league is still undecided on the future of the team, which has been under league ownership since last December. Ahead of Sunday's season finale, Peterson says that there are still a variety of options on the table, including the potential choice of running the team under league ownership for an additional season.
HARRISON, N.J. Bradley Wright-Phillips still has not made up his mind, but he will not be joining Jamaica for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Wright-Phillips is staying with the New York Red Bulls during this upcoming international break instead of joining Jamaicabecause he has not yet made up his mind as to whether he wants to represent the Reggae Boyz.
Photo by Jeffrey A. Camarati/UNC Athletics Communications
Tournament soccer is only just starting across the country, but one upset has already stolen the show.
Syracuse grabbed the most impressive upset win over the weekend, as the Orange went to Chapel Hill and toppled ACC powerhouse North Carolina, 4-3, in penalty kicks after tying 1-1 through regular time and two 10-minute extra time periods.
Clint Dempsey will not take part in the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming World Cup qualifiers, but the 32-year-old forward isn't set to write off his international future quite yet.
Speaking onKESN 103.3 FM in Dallas, Dempsey revealed that he is fully understanding of Klinsmann's decisions, while stating that the choice to leave him off the recent roster isn't some sort of indictment on his USMNT future.
Sergio Ramos' left shoulder is causing a problem once again.
Ramos, 29, will miss more time during the 2015-16 campaign after suffering a shoulder injury over the weekend. The Real Madrid centerback scored a remarkable bicycle kick during the club's 3-2 loss to Sevilla on Sunday, but Ramos hit the ground hard.
When Kei Kamara inexplicably called off Federico Higuain from taking a series-tying penalty kick on Sunday, the Columbus Crew striker looked like he would wind up being the goat when his poorly-taken penalty was saved.
Kamara's Crew teammate, Ethan Finlay, gave Kamara a chance for redemption by scoring a vital series-tying goal just 10 minutes later, which set up Kamara for his own special moment in stoppage time of a 120-minute thriller at MAPFRE Stadium.
The 2015 MLS Playoffs will see four teams eliminated and four surviving teams continue in in the quest to lift the MLS Cup. All four conference semifinals will be decided in today's second legs, as a quartet of games will fill out a packed day of action.
The New York Red Bulls kick off proceedings at Red Bull Arena against D.
Arsenal has English Premier League title aspirations, and arch-rival Tottenham would love nothing more than to put a dent on those championship dreams.
The Gunners and Spurs square off in the latest installment of their North London Derby, with Arsenal having a chance to jump into sole possession of first place with a victory after Manchester City's early-morning draw against Aston Villa.
FC Union Berlin may have settled for a disappointing draw at home on Saturday, but Bobby Wood did his part to try and earnthe club all three points.
Wood scored his fifth goal of the 2. Bundesliga season and delivered an assist in an exciting 3-3 draw vs. FC Nurnberg. The 22-year-old forward pulled his side level at 1-1 in the 21st minute before hitting the pass that set upthe spectacular go-ahead goalfrom Steven Skrzybski nine minutes into the second half.
xxxx during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on October 3, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Chelsea has endured a forgettable season, but a midweek victory in UEFA Champions League has the Blues thinking about a turnaround, and if Jose Mourinho's side is really going to put a halt to its run of bad results, a win against Stoke City today is a must.
HANOVER, N.J. Matt Miazga entered 2015 as a reserve player for the New York Red Bulls and a talented but still raw prospect on a U.S. youth national team that was expected to compete at the Under-20 World Cup.
He has evolved into much more than that, with Friday's call-up to the senior U.
While the decision to bring in a few fresh faces to the U.S. Men's National Team roster came as a surprise to some, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been keeping a close eye on all U.S. players, including the young ones.
Klinsmann named his 23-man roster on Friday for the USMNT's upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against St.
The ACC appears to be the king of college soccer this week, as the top three teams all hail from the East Coast conference.
With Stanford suffering a 2-1 defeat on the road to Washington, the Cardinal lost their No. 1 spot this week. Wake Forest is this week's top team, and fellow ACC contenders in Clemson and North Carolina take the second and third seed, respectively.
The onus on Sunday is on FC Dallas. Not only will the club be at home, but it needs a victory. Anything less will result in anotherearly playoff elimination.The Seattle Sounders, conversely, are in the driver's seat. A win or draw would see them through, and so would any one-goal loss but a 2-1 scoreline.
With Didier Drogba, Ignacio Piatti and a welcome postseason surprise in Patrice Bernier all playing well, the Montreal Impact could not be blamed for thinking about going on the offensive on the road vs. the Columbus Crew.
Christian Ramirez's 20-goal tallyin 2014 served as the forward's breakout performance, but in his head, Ramirez still sees himself as the kid out to prove the world wrong.
After sputtering through the Spring campaign with just one goal, Ramirez's 2014 was all but deemed a fluke. A player without an ideal pedigree, Ramirez looked like he may have become a one-year wonder at just 24 years old.
The Fort LauderdaleStrikers are fully aware that few expect them to advance past the NASL's semifinals round, but the status of underdogs is one that the team is more than willing to accept and embrace.
After qualifying for the postseason on the last day with a result against the Jacksonville Armada, the Strikers are set to face off with the top-seeded New York Cosmos on Saturday at Brooklyn's MCU Park.
Jose Mourinho needs to help Chelsea turn its season around, but he will be unable to do anything from the sideline against Stoke City at Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
The English Football Association announced that the Chelsea head coach is suspended for one game and must pay a $75,600 (£50,000) fine for comments he made following his team's 3-1 loss to Southampton on Oct.
Alejandro Bedoya stepped back on the training field this week, and could at long last make his return to the field on Saturday.
After dealing with an unspecified illness thatsidelined himseveral weeks, Bedoya is hoping to get back into Ligue 1 action this weekend. Nantes visits struggling Montpellier in search of a win, as three more points would likely move the club closer to landing a place in Europe.
If the Portland Timbers want to reach the Western Conference finals for the second time in three seasons, they may have to do something they have been unable to accomplish all season a win against Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Whitecaps, who have never reached the conference finals in their short MLS history, will host the Timbers during the second leg of the conference semifinals in the MLS Cup Playoffs on Sunday (10 p.
U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team forward Jordan Morrishas long been expected to turn pro after his junior season at Stanford University, but a new report suggests he hasn't made up his mind yet.
Goal.com is reportingthat Morrishas yet to commit to the idea of turning professional after this season, even though the Seattle Sounders remain waiting with the highest homegrown offer in MLS history.
If the Portland Timbers want to reach the Western Conference finals for the second time in three seasons, they may have to do something they have been unable to accomplish all season a win against Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Whitecaps, who have never reached the conference finals in their short MLS history, will host the Timbers during the second leg of the conference semifinals in the MLS Cup Playoffs on Sunday (10 p.
Arsenal may have put up a couple of subpar performances in the Capital One Cup and the UEFA Champions League as of late, but a string of five consecutive victories within English Premier League competition has the Gunners tied atop the table with Manchester City heading into this weekend.
If Arsene Wenger's club wants to keep pace with the top, however, it has to get past a tough task in fifth-place Tottenham on Sunday at home.
U.S. Soccer has made a significant change to the participation list ahead of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup.
A policy change has been made by U.S. Soccer that will prevent all MLS-owned USL teams from participating in next year's tournament. The ban is set to keep eight teams, including expansion clubs,Orlando City B, Bethlehem Steel and Swope Park Rangers, out of the country's biggest cup tournament.
After spending a night in custody, Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema received more bad news on Thursday.
According to the Associated Press, Benzema was charged with conspiracy to blackmail and participating in a criminal group, which was attempting to blackmail French teammate Mathieu Valbuena with an alleged sex tape.
The U.S. Men's National Team's recent struggles have led to a dipin the team's FIFA ranking.
FIFA's most recent rankings came out Thursday, with the USMNT slipping four spots to 33rd in the world. The declinecomes on the heels of the CONCACAF Cup loss to Mexico, as well as a friendly defeat against Costa Rica.
If Arsenal was lookingto replicate its performance from the last time it took on Bayern Munich, it failed miserably at doing so.
Unlike the last time they played, Arsenal had little success in containing Bayern Munich's high-powered attack in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash andwas thrashed, 5-1, by Bayern at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
Tim Howard has come a long way since the first time he put on an Everton jersey in 2006. Now, nearly 10 years later, the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper has reached a milestone that only 16 players in history hadachieved before him.
The36-year-old goalkeeper made his 400th appearance for the club in Saturday's6-2 Premier League victory against Sunderland, becoming just the fourthgoalkeeper in Evertonhistory to reach the 400 appearance mark.
The NASL is closing in on an announcement of the league's 14th team.
NASL commissioner Bill Peterson revealed Wednesday that the league is expected to announce another expansion franchise within the next week. The new team is set to be backed by "a top-tier European club", a league spokesmanconfirmed toSBI, will join Miami FC and Puerto Rico FC as the league's latest clubs.
Steven Gerrard is certainly invited to train with Liverpool throughout the MLS offseason, but the LA Galaxy midfielder's participation will be limited to just that.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made it clear onWednesday that Gerrard would be welcome to train with the club in the coming weeks, but any other role in a playing or coaching capacity would remain out of the question.
Former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder David Wagner is set for a managerial position in England's Championship.
Wagner is reportedly set to become manager at Huddersfield Town, spurning interest from former colleague Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. Wagner, whopreviously worked with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, announced his departure from the German club on Monday.
Real Madrid secured a place among the final 16 on Tuesday with a victory, but it had to survive a relentless attacking effort from Paris Saint-Germain to pull out the 1-0 win at home.
After coming on as a substitute for an injured Marcelo in just the 33rd minute, Nacho Fernandez put Real Madrid uptwo minutes later as he volleyed a cross from just inside the left edge of the box that happened to curve into goal.
While a handful of coaches from top teams in the ACC say the NCAA title is the most-coveted postseason prize, they all also agree that the ACC tournament is extremely difficult, possibly even tougher to navigate.
The start of the single-elimination ACC tournament kicks off on Wednesday with a pair of first-round matchups.
Karim Benzema finds himself in some major trouble over an alleged blackmail incident.
The Real Madrid and France striker was arrested on Wednesday as part of an investigation into a blackmail case regarding a sex tape involving fellow French star Mathieu Valbuena. Former Liverpool forward Djibril Cisse was questioned last month with regards to the case, which regards an attempt to extort roughly $163,000 from Valbuena.
Fabian Johnsonjoined exclusive company on Tuesday, and broke a two-year drought forU.S. Men's National Team playersin the process.
Johnson became the firstAmerican to score in the UEFA Champions League since Sacha Kljestan did so in 2013, finishing well with a right-footed effort in the 18th minute of Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-1 draw with Juventus.
A season that yielded a highly-coveted first playoffberth ended in embarrassing fashion for Toronto FC, but there is no time to dwell on that. Pressure is already mounting ahead ofthe 2016 campaign.
Toronto FC saw its season come to a disappointing end last weekwith a humbling 3-0 loss to the rival Montreal Impact in the first round of the MLS playoffs, but goals and objectives are already being laid out for next year.
As the MLS Playoffscontinue to roll on, the league has revealed the lists of players, officials, coaches and teams that are up for regular season honors.
MLS revealed the nominees for the league's awards Tuesday, headlined by the nominations of Benny Feilhaber, Sebastian Giovinco and Kei Kamara for the league'sLandon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player award.
Followingseveral weeks off, the UEFA Champions League is back as the highlightTuesday's action.
A clash of titans headlines Tuesday's busy schedule, as Real Madrid collides with Paris Saint-Germain in Group A action. Both sides look likely for advancing after playing their opening three games, with both clubs earning seven out of a possible nine points.
Montreal Impact captain Patrice Bernier was not consistently starting games in the final run of the MLS regular season, but the Canadian national team midfielder has seen an outstanding resurgence in form during the MLS Cup Playoffs.
In two postseason games over the span of four days, Bernier has recorded two goals and an assist to put the Impact in great position to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
After just one season in charge of New York City FC, Jason Kreis finds himself out of a job.
Kreis was dismissed by the club Monday, ending his tenure as the club's first ever head coach after just 34 games in charge. The firing comes in the wake of a season that saw just 10 wins from 34 games, with NYCFC finishing 12 points out of a playoff position.
The UEFA Champions League rolls into the second half of its group stage this week and every fixture will be a return game fromMatchday 3 action.
After the highly anticipated contest between the two sidesended in a 0-0 draw at Parc des Princes, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain will square off again on Tuesdayat Santiago Bernabéu, with both sides looking to create some separation between each other in Group A.
The dream of playing in the Confederations Cup is officially over, but Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men's National Team still have a major international tournament to look forward to this World Cup cycle.
Itwas announced on Oct. 23 that the highly-anticipated Copa America Centenario would officially be held in the U.
The Orlando Pride's roster is beginning to take shape.
Orlando added nine players to its squad on Monday via the NWSL Expansion Draft. The Pride used the first and second picks on U.S. Men's National Team players Meghan Klingenberg and Ashlyn Harris, respectively, but will be sending Klingenberg to the Portland Thorns as part of the trade for star forward Alex Morgan that was agreed upon last week.
No one could have predicted the impact Didier Drogba would have in MLS when he started playing mid-season, but his play, and most importantly his goal-scoring ability, has been second to none.
Drogba scored four goals in five games for the Montreal Impact during October, helping the Canadian club secure a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs and earning him honors as SBI MLS Player of the Month for the second consecutive month.
It came down to the final day, but the field is finally set for the NASL postseason.
With Sunday's 1-0 defeat of the Jacksonville Armada, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers claimed the fourth and final spot in the NASL playoffs. The victory eliminated the Tampa Bay Rowdies, who settled for a 2-0 loss to the New York Cosmos in their final game of the regular season.
In spite of optimism from Barcelona, Lionel Messi will reportedly miss El Clasico on Nov. 21.
The Argentine star has reportedly not progressed as well as many had hoped in his recovery process, and thus, he is expected to miss the important La Liga meeting with Real Madrid later in the month, according to Sport.
It took just two minutes for Club Leon to find itself in a hole, but Miguel Ibarra made sure his club did not stay in there for long.
Ibarra scored his first Liga MX goal on Saturday to help Leon erase an early deficit and pick up a 2-1 comeback win at home vs. Atlas. Ibarra found the back of the net in the eighth minute, beautifully curling a low shot into the far right corner to negate Daniel Alvarez's free kick and open the door for a winner 10 minutes later.
The Seattle Sounders have played two matches this postseason and have brought two ignominious, franchise-haunting streaks to abrupt ends. Just days after finally dispatching the LA Galaxy from the playoffs for the first time in four tries, the Sounders turned around on scant rest and won the first leg of a playoff series for the first time in club history.
Despite being sidelined for the 2015 season due to heart ailment, Eddie Johnson officially ended his soccer career Sunday.
D.C. United announced Johnson's retirement from the game hours before kickoff against the New York Red Bulls, and the club intends to recognize his extensive playing career at halftime during the pair's Eastern Conference semifinal meeting at RFK Stadium (3 p.
It just keeps getting worse and worse for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.
Liverpool added to Chelsea's woes on Saturday by erasing an early deficit andscoring three unanswered goals in a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge. Ramires put the struggling Blues ahead after just four minutes, but a Philippe Coutinho brace and Christian Benteke strike flipped the script and gave the Reds three road points.
Aron Johannsson looks set for a longer spell on the sidelines than originally believed.
Werder BremenCEO Thomas Eichin revealed Friday that the U.S. Men's National Team forward is unlikely to return to action in 2015 after undergoing hip surgery on Wednesday. The club previously stated that Johannsson would be out for "the coming weeks.
Despite no one from D.C. United seeing a red card during the 90 minutes of play Wednesday, the club will bewithout one of its starters on Sunday because of suspension.
The Washington Posthas reported that centerbackBobby Boswell will missthe opening leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals match against the New York Red Bulls because the MLS Disciplinary Committee has handed him a one-game ban.
Two Serie A sides meet at a crossroads in Rome Sunday, and if either club wants a chance to win the league title, a win is a must.
Lazio hosts AC Milan at Stadio Olimpico in what will be one of the more intriguing battles of the day. Currently in sixth on the Italian table, Lazio is looking to continuing its home dominance this year.