In a year that saw a new team crowned MLS Cup champion, 2015 was certainly a special one for those who avidly follow Major League Soccer.
We saw an assortment of foreign talent take center stage in some MLS' top matches and several budding stars shine before our very eyes. There was a 10-goal outburst, which ranks second in MLS history for goals in a match, while there were hat-tricks galore.
Ever since he was a 12-year-old prospect still learning the game, Derrick Etienne has dreamed of starting his professional career as a member of the New York Red Bulls. That dream became a reality last week as Etienne formerly joined the club he has always seemed to call home.
As part of a sweeping Homegrown signing period that saw the additions of seven local players, Etienne signed his first professional contract with the New York Red Bulls on Dec.
Once again, Liam Ridgewell is on the move. Once again, only temporarily.
The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday that they will send Ridgewell to Brighton & Hove Albion on a short-term loan that begins on Jan. 2. Ridgewellwill begin training with the English Championship outfit this week, but cannot officially play for it until after the winter transfer window opens.
The Vancouver Whitecaps have added a much-needed goalscoring option ahead of the 2016 season.
After a strong start for the Whitecaps in 2015, main striker Octavio Rivero couldn't quitecontinue his sizzling form. With Tuesday's signing of Japanese striker Masato Kudo, though, the Cascadia club has taken a huge step forward.
As the holiday period continues, the Premier League features yet another contest while La Liga returns to play one last time before the New Year.
In England, Liverpool looks to keep the club's push up the table alive following a Boxing Day victory over Leicester City. In their path will be struggling Sunderland, who enter Wednesday's clash sitting 19th in the league and seven points out of safety.
Arsenal enter 2016 atop the Premier League table, and the club looks set to push to remain there throughout the rest of the campaign.
According to reports from ESPN, Arsenal are nearing a deal for Basel midfielderMohamed Elneny, who would serve as a potential replacement for the injured Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere.
Spanish legend and former New York Cosmos striker Raul has taken the first step into his post-playing career.
After retiring following the Cosmos's NASL final triumph, Raul has accepted a role as an ambassador for La Liga with a focus on the U.S. As such, the former Real Madrid striker will be tasked with promoting the game in the U.
The race for first place in the English Premier League is in full swing heading toward New Year's Day, and today's marquee match should go a long way toward determining who holds the top spot to start 2016.
Leicester City has topped the league in recent weeks, thanks to superb performances from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, but as of Tuesday, the Foxessits in second.
After playing a critical role with the New York Red Bulls for the better part of six seasons, Roy Miller will return to his native Costa Rica and join Deportivo Saprissa, according to the club's official website.
It was already known back in November that the 31-year old defender would not be back in Harrison come 2016.
As poor as some of the results and performances were, the U.S. Men's National Team still managed to score some gorgeous goals in 2015. Quite afewof them,actually.
A year that will largely be remembered for failing to place at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and falling to arch-rival in Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup was foiled thanks in part to the number of memorable goals that the U.
The Montreal Impact appeared to be well on their way. After storming past Toronto FC before falling just a goalshort of the Eastern Conference finals, the Impact looked to be in the process of becoming very real, and very dangerous, contenders for the 2016 MLS Cup crown.
Didier Drogba's time with the Montreal Impact looks like it may prove to be as brief as it was explosive.
According to reports from RDS, Drogba is unlikely to return to the club for the 2016 season after joining the Impact midway through 2015. Drogba is reportedly tempted by a coaching offer from former club Chelsea.
The 2016 MLS Draft is less than three weeks away, and while we still aren't sure which top underclassmen will be available in the draft, we can start to think about just what the draft will look like when teams start choosing from the talent likely to be available.
The Generation adidas class is key to any MLS Draft, and right now there are major question marks surrounding several of the top targets for the class.
Another good day at the office for Geoff Cameron and Stoke City came at the expense of a fellow American.
Stoke picked up its second victory in three days by pushing four goals past Tim Howard in a narrow victory on Monday. Cameron and the rest of the Potters triumphed, 4-3, on the road in an entertaining and back-and-forth affair that saw Stoke overturn a one-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes.
John Moores continues his pursuit of purchasing English Premier League club Everton, but the former San Diego Padres owner also has one eye fixed of bringing Major League Soccer to the California city.
According to a report from the San Diego Union Tribune, Moores is one of two parties investigating the possibility of bringing MLS to San Diego.
Orlando City is heading into its second season as an MLS club, and already its undergoing a major front-office shakeup.
Orlando City announced on Monday that new chief soccer officer Armando Carneiro has stepped down due to personal reasons.LionspresidentPhil Rawlins will manage the club's soccer activities temporarily while it searchesfor a new CSO.
Louis Van Gaal is on the hot seat following a string of poor performances in recent weeks, but that may come to an end on Monday.
According to the Telegraph, the Manchester United manager apparently had discussions with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and will be stepping down as boss no matter the result on Monday against Chelsea.
Gedion Zelalem's stay with Rangers is set to be extended further than originally planned.
Rangers manager Mark Warburtonrevealed on Sunday that the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team midfielder will remain with the club through the remainder of the 2015-16 season. Zelalem originally joined the Scottish second division club in the summer on a deal that was to expire in January, but the new agreement means Zelalem can build on his 11 made appearances this season.
A former Salvadoran international and New York Red Bulls defender was shot dead on Sunday.
The Salvadoran attorney general's office reported that Alfredo Pacheco, 33, was murdered in Santa Ana while with a group of friends. Two other people were injured in the incident.
Pacheco, who was one of many players banned by the Salvadoran soccer federation in 2013 for being involved in match-fixing, previously played for the Red Bulls in MLS on loan in 2009, as well as Club Deportivo FAS,C.
Louis Van Gaal's tenure at Manchester United looks set to end soon, as the Dutchman's side lost its fourth straight match in the early fixture on Saturday.
First-half goals from Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic handed Stoke City a 2-0 victory at home over the Manchurian giants. Louis Van Gaal suggested post-game thatit might even be his own decision to quit, rather than the Board of Directors'.
The tradition of Boxing Day soccer in England will be alive and well on Saturday, with a number of juicy matches around the English Premier League.
Kicking it off, Louis Van Gaal will look for a result to save his job against Stoke City away in the early game. After a dramatic press conference exit on Wednesday, the Dutch manager will look for his big-name players to step up and earn all three points.
Four of Europe's big-five leagues are off for the holiday this weekend, leaving the English Premier League in the spotlight on Boxing Day.
Manchester United come into Saturday' road clash with 11th place Stoke City in desperate need of three points. Manager Louis Van Gaal and his fifth place United side come into the weekend losers of three straight and haven't recorded a win in six consecutive games across all competitions.
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In what appears to be a relatively weak goalkeeping crop, the 2016 MLS SuperDraft could feature at least one shot-stopping stud.
Clemson University goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, who helped guide his Tigers to a national championship appearance in 2015, has signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer, according to Goal USA.
For the second time this week, the LA Galaxy have said goodbye to an important member of the club.
The Galaxy announced on Thursday that they havetransferred three-time MLS Cup winner Juninho to Liga MX side Club Tijuana. The departure of Juninho comes just two days after the Galaxy sold stout centerback Omar Gonzalez to Pachuca.
After apparently signing a two-year-deal with Belgian outfit Royal Mouscron-Peruwelz in August, the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team defender is reportedly heading right back to Cyprus, according to Belgian outlet DH.be.
He will apparently rejoin Cypriot club Apollon Limassol, the team he was originally transferred to by the Colorado Rapids in August, after not playing a single game for RMP.
While the rest of the world takes a holiday break this weekend, the English Premier Leaguecarries on with a full slate of fixtures.
Headliningthe Boxing Dayaction is a matchup pitting Liverpool against league-leading Leicester City. The Foxes are coming off a 3-2 win over Everton last week while the Reds try to recover from a 3-0 loss at the hands of promotion side Watford.
It appears as though not every club around the world is in a jovial mood this time of year.
According to a release, Santos is accusing Barcelona of creating a "smokescreen" in order to not pay the Brazilian club a €2 million bonus. Neymar was one of three players named to the Ballon d'Or shortlist, and Santos is wanting to be paid after it and Barca agreed to a series of bonus clauses when the playmaker was sent to Spain in the summer of 2013.
Pep Guardiola already set the date on when he would be leaving his job at Bayern Munich, and after a week of speculation about his various options, the Spanish manager has reportedly settled on the joining the club he has been linked with for months.
German media outlet Bild is reporting that Guardiola has accepted a job with English Premier League side Manchester City, meaning current manager Manuel Pelligrini will be out of a job.
Could it really be the case that after dazzling MLS for less than half a season Didier Drogba is set to return to Chelsea?
According to the Montreal Impact, the answer is not in their control.
After being spotted with Blues owner Roman Abramovich and interim manager Guus Hiddink at Saturday's English Premier League win over Sunderland, the heat has been turned up on discussions between the Ivorian's current and former clubs.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have kept busy this offseason with consistent player news, but the club made an even bigger announcement on Wednesday morning.
The NASL side will field a team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) beginning in 2016.
Rowdies 2, as the franchise will be named, will join NPSL South Region's Sunshine Conference, alongside the Fort Lauderdale Strikers U-23, Jacksonville United FC, Kraze United, Miami Fusion FC, Miami United, Storm FC and Weston FC.
If Chelsea has its way, Didier Drogba's MLS tenure willbe short-lived.
Chelsea interim manager head coach Gus Hiddink said on Wednesdaythat the club is working on trying to bring Drogba back, confirming reports that have surfaced in recent days. The 37-year-old Ivorian striker has another year on his deal with the Montreal Impact, but Chelsea is keen on trying to see him return as soon as possible.
Another U.S. national team player is prepared to head south of the border to ply their trade.
One day removed from Omar Gonzalez officially departing the LA Galaxy, Goal USA reported on Wednesday that Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil is set to move to Liga MX side Queretaro on a free transfer.
Midfielder Michael Bradley has been named 2015 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday. Bradley won the award with 43 percent of the vote among runners-up Fabian Johnson with 33 percent of the vote and Clint Dempsey with 20 percent.
The award is the first time Bradley has been named Player of the Year.
The San Antonio Scorpions' time in the NASL is over as soccer in San Antonio is set to move in a new direction.
Following the sale ofToyota Field and S.T.A.R. Soccer Complex to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County, the Scorpions NASL franchise will cease to exist. According to sources close to the situation, owner Gordon Hartman, who has been operating the team at a loss due to charitable work with Morgan's Wonderland, is expected to offload the team imminently with Las Vegas as a rumored destination.
Jacksonville Armada FC are making big moves to improve their squad in 2016, after finishing last in the NASL table in their debut season.
On Tuesday, the Armada announced the signing of Bundesliga champion Pekka Lagerblom.Lagerblom is a versatile midfielder that has earned 12 caps for the Finland national team in his professional career.
Omar Gonzalez's seven-year stay with the LA Galaxy has come to an end.
The Galaxy announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Men's National Team center back has been transferred to Pachuca of Liga MX. As a result, Gonzalez departs the only professional club he has ever played for after making 180 regular season appearances.
The NASL version of the San Antonio Scorpions is no more, and many involved are unhappy with the events that have unfolded.
The Scorpions announced on Tuesday that the sale of Toyota Field and S.T.A.R. Soccer Complex to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County has beenfinalized. As part of that agreement,Spurs Sports and Entertainment (SSE) will operate the facilities andfield a team in the USL.
It looks like Stoke City will have to make due without Geoff Cameron for the rest of the year.
Stoke has two games remaining in 2015, and Cameron is likely to miss them both with a hamstring injury. The 30-year-old defender sustained the knock in the Potters' scoreless draw with West Ham United on Dec.
Minnesota United will make the leap to MLS relatively soon, but following an offseason of restructuring and rebuilding, the club is more focused than ever on achieving its short-term goals as a member of the NASL.
Set to depart the league in either 2017 or 2018, Minnesota United's move from the NASL presents the club with several challenges.
Although Carlo Ancelotti won't take over the reigns at Bayern Munich until the end of the current Bundesliga season, the veteran manager reportedly wanted assurance from the club prior to signing on in regards to one of its top players.
Ancelotti agreed to sign with the Bundesliga leaders on Sunday with Pep Guardiola's departure in the works, but that was only the case after Bayern reassured the Italian that the team will keep forward Robert Lewandowski in the future.
Despite its best efforts, Manchester City couldn't complete the comeback on Monday night against Arsenal.
The Gunners picked up a crucial three points after defeating Man City, 2-1, at the Emirates Stadium, closingthe gap with English Premier League leaders Leicester City to two points. As things stand, the Foxes sit atop the table with 38 points, while the Gunners trail with 36.
The New York Red Bulls' stable of Homegrown prospects continues to grow.
Academy products Derrick Etienne and Brandon Allen are the latest prospects to sign with the club, as the Red Bulls announced the signing of the Homegrown duo on Monday afternoon. With the additions of Etienne and Allen, the Red Bulls now feature the most Homegrown players in MLS withseven.
Sepp Blatter was handed an eight-year ban from FIFA on Monday and the FIFA president made sure to go out with a bang.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Blatter, who remains set to appeal his suspension, said that "if we had awarded the World Cup in 2022 the USA, wewould not be here" regarding the recent punishment handed down to him and Michel Platini.
David Beckham might still be working on trying to finalize the stadium plans for his proposed MLS franchise in Miami, but that is still not stopping him from dreaming of signing one of the world's most prolific strikers in due time.
Beckham is open to signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic if and when the retired global icon is able to hammer out a deal for a soccer-specific stadium.
It all began in Maywhen seven of FIFA's top executives were arrested in Zurich, Switzerland on corruption charges.Almostseven months later, current FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini have been slapped with an eight-year banby FIFA's ethics committee.
After 40 years of service with football's top organization, 17 of which were spent as president, the 79-year old Blatter, along with Platini, wassaid to have been exiled by FIFA for an allegedtwo million Swiss franc (£1.
Danny Williams had quite a day onSunday. He not only set a new career highfor goals in a season, but did soin jaw-dropping fashion.
Williams pushed Reading past Blackburn Rovers, 1-0, with a stunning half-volleythat will be added to his career highlight reel.The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder netted for the fourth time this season when he raced onto a bouncing pass just outside of the right part of the penalty area in the 11th minute, and unleashed a ferocious effort that soared over Blackburn goalkeeper Jason Steele and inside the far post.
With the statuses of superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar up in the air prior to Sunday's FIFA Club World Cup finale, Barcelona was surely thrilled to have both men back in the starting lineup when their match against River Plate kicked off.
In typical Barca fashion, the Spanish treble winners methodically picked apart their Argentine counterparts in a 3-0 thrashing at Yokohama International Stadium.
After weeks of speculation, the future of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich has now been officially revealed.
The Spanish manager that led FC Barcelona to 24 trophies in four seasons will once again be on his way this summer, Bayern announced on Sunday ahead of the Bundesliga winter break. Taking his place on July 1, 2016, will be experienced European manager Carlo Ancelotti.
A club will be named best in the world on Sunday, as Barcelona kicks off against River Plate in the Club World Cup final.
The reigning UEFA Champions League winner is the heavy favorite, especially since Leo Messi and Neymar both took part in training on Saturday. However, River Plate and striker Lucas Alario will give everything they've got at the International Yokohama Stadium.
New Ottawa Fury head coach Paul Dalglish has been handed quite the task in rebuilding the team that was only two goals away from winning the NASL championship last year, after three top players had their transfer requests granted this week.
On Friday, though, the Fury announced the additions of three new signings: Dennis Chin, Lance Rozeboom and Fernando Timbo.
On Oct. 29, 2011, Lance Laing saw his best chance at an NASL title dashed. A member of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Laing's pursuit of a league crown fell short, as the Jamaican star watched the then Minnesota Stars celebrate on the field of Lockhart Stadium in what has proven to be hisone shot at an NASL final.
Since last year's iteration, the concept of a January camp has been one of contention. Unimpressed with his side's fitness levels, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was critical of his side heading into the start of the 2015 season.
Heading into the 2016 MLS offseason, Toronto FC made a point of patching the club's back line. The club started by adding veteran defender Drew Moor, and that process continued Friday with the signing of a fullback to match.
On Friday, TFC announced that the club had acquired fullback Steven Beitashour from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for the club's second-highest second round pick in the upcoming MLS Draft.
Manager Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester City side have stolen the English Premier League spotlight in 2015, butMonday will feature two traditional powerhouses in a fixture with massive title implications.
Second-place Arsenal will host third-place Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium, the lone match on Monday's docket.
Following Abby Wambach's comments on dual nationals representing the U.S., former LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan provided his take on the topic as well.
The U.S. Men's National Team's all-time leading goal-scorer and assist leader spoke with SiriusXM FC about Wambach's comments and explained why he thinks some dual nationals may not care as much about representing the USMNT as players who have developed through the U.
The magical train that isLeicester City continues to chug along.
After defeating reigning English Premier League champion Chelsea on Monday — which led to the subsequentfiring of Jose Mourinho — the Foxes visit Everton this Saturday in the hopes of adding towards their lead in the table.
To turn pro, or not to turn pro? That is the important question Jordan Morris has to answer.
The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team forward ended his special year as an NCAA champion with Stanford, and while becoming a professional may seem like the obvious next step, Morris could easily return to the Cardinal for his senior season.
The attacking unit of the Tampa Bay Rowdies continues to get better and better this offseason.
Following the signing of Tom Heinemann and re-signing of Freddy Adu, the Rowdies announced on Thursday that the club has come to terms with winger Khalif Alhassan. The former Portland Timberswinger joins the Rowdies after spending 2015 with Minnesota United, for whom he racked upfour goals and six assists last season.
Jose Mourinho's inability to conjure something special this season has cost him his job.
What seemed inevitable was made official on Thursday, as Chelsea fired Mourinho from its head-coaching post. Mourinho had led Chelsea to an English Premier League title during the 2014-15 campaign, butstruggled mightily for results this season.
Joe Corona has found a new home in Liga MX for the 2016 Clausura.
The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder was loaned from Club Tijuana to Dorados on Thursday, extending his stay away from the Xolos for yet another campaign.Corona, who joined Tijuana in 2010, had spent the 2015 Apertura with Veracruz, appearing in just nine games.
No matter where it goes, who it plays or what the competition is, Barcelona seems to make it look easy.
Thanks to a hat trick from Luis Suarez, the reigning UEFA Champions League winner eased into Sunday's Club World Cup final on Thursday. Barcelona defeated Guangzhou Evergrande, 3-0, at International Stadium Yokohama in Osaka, Japan, and will play Argentine club River Plate in the final.
A FIFA Women's World Cup title will likely remain the biggest accomplishment for U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Carli Lloyd in 2015, but it wasn't the only hardware that she took home this year.
Prior to Wednesday's final USWNT Victory Tour match against China, the 33-year old Lloyd was announced by U.
Scratch off another name from the second phase of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.
On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo announced they had re-signed a trio of MLS veterans, including Honduran international Boniek García. The 31-year-old midfielder was set to enter into Thursday's negotiation phase of the Re-Entry Draft, but the Dynamo opted to retain him, as well as midfielder Ricardo Clark and defender Sheanon Williams, back for another year.
John Brooks has gone from not scoring at all to scoring twice in three games.
Brooks helped Hertha Berlin advance in DFB Pokal by scoring the insurance goal in a 2-0 road win over Nurnberg on Wednesday. The 22-year-old centerback struck in the 65th minute, beating his defender to the spot on a corner kick and heading neatly to the far post.
Come June 26, MetLife Stadium is sure to be rocking.
On Wednesday, CONCACAFannounced that MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will host the 2016 Copa America Centenario Final.The 82,000 seat stadium does have an artificial grass field, but has previously laid temporary grass over it for international friendlies.
Abby Wambach is set to play her final game forthe U.S. Women's National Team on Wednesday night, but the international game's all-time leading scorer says she'd like to see a major shakeup within U.S. Soccer on her way out.
Speaking on the Bill Simmons Podcast, Wambach said that the one change she'd make within U.
Following seven seasons as a member of the Colorado Rapids, Drew Moor will now look to add some much-needed stability to the Toronto FC defense.
TFC announced on Wednesday that the club has signed the former Rapids captain. Moor's signing makes the 31-year-old the second player to take advantage of the league's new form of free agency following the signing of Justin Mapp by Sporting Kansas City.
When looking through the stands of Louisville Slugger Field throughout Louisville City's inaugural campaign, it was not uncommon to see the face of Mayor Greg Fischer among the various government officials scattered throughout the crowd. Now heading into year two as a franchise, Louisville City, with Fischer's assistance, ismaking the push for a new stadium anda spot inMajor League Soccer.
Tom Heinemann is a man with seven years of professional experience in American soccer, and that experience put the Ottawa Fury on the cusp of winning last year's NASL championship.Now, the goalscorer finds himself in Tampa Bay, starting anew with the Rowdies ahead of the 2016 season.
In his second season as a member of Fury FC, Heinemann scored four postseason goals in two games for the club, bringing them inches from The Championship trophy before falling to the New York Cosmos in the NASL finale.
Marco Pappa is not shying away from expectations. He knows a lot is expected of him at his new club in 2016, and he is keen on delivering.
One of the more intriguing names remaining in the MLS Re-Entry Draft list, Pappa was scooped up by the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday. The Rapids traded general allocation money to the Seattle Sounders for the 28-year-old midfielder in a move that demonstrated a willingness to spend more in order to beat other teams to the Pappa punch prior to Phase 2 of the Re-Entry Draft on Thursday.
Jose Mourinho's second reign as Chelsea manager could soon be over, according to ESPNFC.
The club began Wednesday by holding "intense discussions" over the status of the 52-year old boss and a vote by the team's board is said to occur in order to help guide owner Roman Abramovich's decision.
The Seattle Sounders announced the trade of Marco Pappa to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for allocation money on Tuesday, ending his two-year stint with the team. Pappa was set to feature in the second phase of the Re-Entry Draft on Thursday, but the Rapids were able to strike a deal ahead of time with the Sounders.
Minnesota United have added yet another big name to their roster ahead of the 2016 season.
The club announced on Tuesday that former FC Edmonton midfielder and Jamaican international Lance Laing has officially signed with the club ahead of the 2016 season. Laing has been named to the NASL Best XI three times since joining the league in 2011.
Freddy Adu's late-season performances have earned the 26-year-old forward a new deal with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that Adu had signed a new contract to remain with the Rowdies. The extension comes after the Rowdies optednot to exercise the option they held on Adu for the 2016season in favor of a reported multi-year deal.
There are a handful of New York Red Bulls Homegrown talents that may soon be a part of the organization.
One of those who could turn pro and receive an offer from the Red Bulls this offseason is Akron attacking midfielder Adam Najem.
On Monday, Goal USA reported that the Red Bulls were looking into signing a few of their college-based homegrown stars this winter, including Virginia freshman midfielder Derrick Etienne, Georgetown forwards Alex Muyl and Brandon Allen and Maryland midfielder Mael Corboz.
Jamie Vardy's and Leicester City's magical season continued to become even more of a fairytale story on Monday.
The Foxes defeated struggling Chelsea, 2-1, in front of the home faithful at King Power Stadium in the English Premier League, surging them up the standings and into first place above Arsenal for another week.
Peter Vermes has read the reports regarding interest from Europe, and even acknowledged their validity. However, his focus remains solely on the task of retooling his current club in Sporting Kansas City.
The Kansas City Star reported in November that Vermes had been earmarked for a pair of Premier League jobs as well as a potential gig with a European national team.
A highly-sought after member of the inaugural MLS free agent class, Justin Mapp knew he would have every ability to find a club that provided him with the perfect fit, and he found just that with Sporting Kansas City.
The 31-year-old winger became the first free agent off the market on Monday by signing with Sporting KC, signaling a match that both sides believe is one made in heaven.
After lifting the MLS Cup trophy just last Sunday alongside Liam Ridgewell, former Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson is in search of a new club.
The Timbers are reportedly shopping Johnson, who is ready to leave Portland after three seasons. He has become expendable in the wake of Caleb Porter's shifting of Darlington Nagbe into a central midfield role.
USF centerback Brendan Hines-Ike has signed a four-year deal with Swedish club Orebro. The move was officially announced last week, but that still did not stop MLS from including him in the initial list of players that were invited to the 2016 MLS Combine.
The first internal free-agent signing in MLS history was made on Monday.
Sporting Kansas City has announced the addition of midfielder Justin Mapp, who joins the club after spending four years plying his trade with the Montreal Impact. Mapp was a free agent this offseason per the terms agreed to in the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The final score may have been 4-0 on Sunday, but according to Clemson, the game was all but over as soon as Jordan Morris scored his second goal of the day.
The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team forward scored his first goal in just the second minute of play, and after 90 minutes of lopsided action, the Tigers had to watch on as Stanford lifted the NCAA title at Sporting Park in Kansas City.
In one of the wildest finishes to a final in 2015, Tigres UANL emerged as champion.
Despite entering the second leg on Sunday down 3-0, Pumas UNAM was able to force extra time in the Liga MX Apertura final, scoring three unanswered goals. Tigres pushed ahead once again, though, as Andre-Pierre Gignac scored the first goal in the extra periods, but Gerardo Alcoba scored for Pumas with minutes to spare to force penalties.
An early finish from Roberto Soldado proved to be just enough for Villarreal to topple Real Madrid on Sunday afternoon.
Soldado's eighth-minute finish led the way for the Yellow Submarine, who held on for a 1-0 win that keeps the club in fifth on La Liga's table. Meanwhile, Real Madrid's loss sees the club remain third, five points behind Barcelona.
It took the U.S. Women's National Team some time to break down China on Sunday, but the superb attacking talent of the Americans showed through over the course of 90 minutes.
A first-half goal from Crystal Dunn proved to be the difference for Jill Ellis' side in Glendale, Arizona, but Christen Press added her fourth goal in two games to help the USWNT to a 2-0 win on Sunday evening.
It didn't take long for U.S. Men's National Team forward Jordan Morris to make an impact in the College Cup final on Sunday and,as a result, the Stanford Cardinal are national champions for the first time in program history.
A little more than a minute into the NCAA final against No.
If the College Cup semifinals were any indication, Sunday's final is going to be a close one.
No. 2 Clemson faces off against No. 8 Stanford in Kansas City to determine the 2015 NCAA champion (2 p.m., ESPNU). Both had to escape penalty-kick shootouts to reach Sunday's final, with the Cardinal needing 10 rounds of spot kicks to advance.
While Napoli-Roma headlines Sunday's action, an intriguing battle in England could see a long winning streak snapped.
Tottenham enters Sunday's clash with Newcastle having not lost since Oct. 22. The Magpies come into White Hart Lane as the underdog, but they are also coming off a massive win against Liverpool and will look to upset another top dog in the English Premier League.
Time and time again, goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell came up big on Friday.
And by the end of the game, No. 2 Clemson enjoyed all the spoils thanks to him. The goalkeeper made eight saves, including a huge stop with only minutes to play in regular time, to lead the Tigers to a 4-1 penalty-kick win over No.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach are on a rollin the German Bundesliga, and will look to keep their recent unbeaten streak in league play going against a Bayer Leverkusen side that has had its ups and down.
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has been in outstanding form for Leverkusen, but that hasn't stopped his team from managing just one win in five in league play.
If Jermaine Jones is to return to MLS, he will have to sit on the sideline to start the season.
The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder was suspended six games and also fined an undisclosed figure by MLS for his conduct towards center official Mark Geiger during the New England Revolution's aggregate loss to D.
The path taken wasn't easy and always pretty, but the Clemson Tigers are back in the College Cup final.
For the first time since 1987, the No. 2-seeded Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament final where they will play Stanford. Thanks to the stellar play of goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, as well as the calmness of Clemson's field players, the Tigers secured a 4-1 penalty kick win over No.
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The field for the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy was narrowed to just three on Friday.
The three finalists were revealed ahead of the College Cup semifinals by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Stanford's Jordan Morris, Creighton's Fabian Herbers and Georgetown's Brandon Allen are the only ones remaining in the running for this prestigious honor.
Less than a week after winning the MLS Cup, one starter is already out of the Portland Timbers' door.
On Friday, the MLS Cup champions officially announced that left back Jorge Villafaña hasbeen transferred to Liga MX side Santos Laguna. The 26-year-old defender turned in a remarkable performance during the MLS Cup Final vs.
Steven Beitashour will stay in Canada next season, but he'll be donning a different color jersey.
According to TSN, the 28-year-old right back will be leaving the Vancouver Whitecaps and heading to Toronto FC. The Iranian international has reportedly been acquired by TFC ahead of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Friday.
A select group of college players have been invited to have thechance to prove themselves at the 2016 MLS Combine.
MLS announced on Friday that59 players comprise the initial invite list for the 2016 MLS Combine, which is set to be heldin Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from Jan. 7-12. The players, all of whom have completed their college eligibility, were selected by acommittee of MLS coaches and NCAA Division I coaches.
Set to start play in 2016, Miami FC took a major step forward on Thursday with the announcement of its first three signings and inaugural kit.
Miami FC announced on Friday thatthe club has signed Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios, former New York Red Bulls winger Dane Richards and former Atlanta Silverbacks forward Jaime Chavez as the club's first three player signings.
Trinidad & Tobago was no match for the U.S. Women's National Team and especially Christen Press.
Scoring a second-half hat trick, Press helped the U.S. stay undefeated on its Victory Tour on Thursday evening. The USWNT secured a 6-0 win against T&T at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, improving its unbeaten streak to 23 games.
Attack-minded Pumas UNAM looked anything but on Thursday, as Tigres UANL pummeled the visitors at Estadio Universitario.
Tigres, thanks to goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac, Javier Aquino, and Rafael Sobis, defeated No. 1 seed Pumas at home, giving them a 3-0 advantage heading into the second leg of the Liga MX Apertura finals.
Free agency may be the new, cool kid on the block, but the Re-Entry Draft is still the old reliable neighbor that you can count on.
The MLS offseason is officially underway, and although much of the buzz is about the league's initial free agency class, the true player mechanism for bolsteringrosters with proven talent is the Re-Entry Draft.
The Derby of the Sun kicks off on Sunday, and Serie A title hopes are on the line.
Napoli, just two points behind Inter Milan on the table entering the weekend, hosts AS Roma at Stadio San Paolo. Roma is only three points behind Napoli, and while it enters the weekend on a high after advancing into the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League, it has been unable to secure a win in its last five games.
The 2015 MLS season came to an end with a memorable MLS Cup final, and the Portland Timbers capturing their first MLS title.
Episode 246 of The SBI Show looks back at the Timbers' triumph over the Columbus Crew, the players who helped deliver the title and the incredible celebrations that took place in Portland after the victory.
Ethan White's tour of the northeast continues. Next stop: New York City.
New York City FC announced on Thursday that it has traded for White, the 24-year-old centerback who last played for the Philadelphia Union. NYCFC traded a fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLS Draft for White.
It is that time again. Time to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.
Join SBI editor-in-chief as he takes your soccer-related questions (and pop culture questions) starting at 1pm today. Want to talk MLS Cup? The MLS offseason? Want to discuss the U.S. Men's National Team, or even college soccer?
Julian Green's purgatory at Bayern Munich has come to an end. For one day, at least.
Green earned his first competitive start for the German club in any competition on Wednesday, playing the first 62 minutes of a 2-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Dinamo Zagreb. Green was deployed as the right-sided attacker in a three-man front line, but came off after Roberto Lewandowski opened the scoring in the road match.
A pair of fans in Hawaii have come together and sued U.S. Soccer over the last-second cancelation of this past weekend's scheduled friendly between the U.S. Women's National Team and Trinidad & Tobago. The Americans were set to play the Caribbean country in a friendly in Honolulu, Hawaii, but the match at Aloha Stadium was called off less than 24 hours before it was supposed to be played.
One of themen largely responsible for shapingOrlando City's MLS roster will not be back in 2016.
General manager Paul McDonough and Orlando Cityhave mutually agreed to part ways, the club announced on Wednesday. McDonough is leaving to pursue other opportunities, but will only do so after first helping the club with the 2015 Re-Entry Draft and other played-related activities.
Originally announced in the summer, Major League Soccer's Targeted Allocation Money mechanism was introduced as a way to allow clubs to attract higher quality players. Now, ahead of the 2016 season, the league has taken that program to the next level.
MLS announced on Wednesday thateach MLS club will receive an additional $800,000 in Targeted Allocation Money for the 2016 season and an additional $800,000 for the 2017 season.
Following a season-long push, the players of the United Soccer League have moved one step closer to unionizing.
In a press release, the USL Playerd Association revealed that it has received authorization cards from 53 percent of players and has requested recognition from the league. Ifthe USL were to optto withhold recognition, the USLPA expects to petition the National Labor Relations Board to conduct an election.
Recent links to Paris Saint-German have done little to concern Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid star, who netted four times on Tuesday in Champions League action, insists that he is happy at Real Madrid amid links to the French club. In recent weeks, Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Real as tensions with manager Rafa Benitez have reportedly risen.
It's now or never for many teams on fringe of qualifying for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League.
In Tuesday's headline match, VfL Wolfsburg hosts Manchester United at Volkswagen Arena. The German club sits one point above its Matchday 6 foe, and has won three of its last four games in all competitions.
CONCACAF wants to take its time to get things right.
The confederation announced on Monday that its executive committee (EXCO) has decided to not immediately appoint another interim president and to operate CONCACAFthrough the committeemembers as a whole until May.
"In light of current events, it is critical that the Confederation's next President be determined by a public election and the scrutiny that comes with it," EXCOsaid in the statement.
John Brooks' days with Hertha Berlin could be numbered.
A report from German outlet Kicker says that Hertha Berlin will explore the possibility of selling the U.S. Men's National Team defender should he not sign a new deal with the club in the coming weeks. Brooks is currently set to see his contract expire in 2017, and the club is hoping to reach an extension before Christmas.
Seven remaining spots in the knockout phase, that's what's at stake for 13 prospective clubs in the UEFA Champions League this week as the group stage comes to a close.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, VfL Wolfsburg, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, Olympiacos, FC Porto, BATE Borisov, Dynamo Kiev and KAA Gent are all still in the race to advance, while clubs likeBorussia Mönchengladbach, Sevilla,Galatasaray, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmö FF, CSKA Moscow and Astana could secure a third-place finish and join the UEFA Europa League.
Before the MLS Cup champions could start their celebrations in Portland on Tuesday, the Timbers had to make some roster decisions on Monday.
The Timbers decided to decline options on defender Norberto Paparatto and forward Maximiliano Urruti, as well as goalkeeper Andrew Weber, defenders Jeanderson and Andy Thoma and midfielders Nick Besler and Michael Nanchoff.
Major League Soccer finally has free agency, at least in some form, and the first players to benefit from the new free agent designation were identified on Monday, with Mike Magee, Ricardo Clark and Ned Grabavoy among the more intriguing options for teams looking to sign veteran players who have no ties to their former teams.
Chris Pontius' move to the Philadelphia Union is now complete.
The Union announced Monday that the club has acquired Pontius from D.C. Unitedin exchange for both General and Targeted Allocation Money.With the deal, which was originally reported by Goal USA last week, Pontius' seven-year tenure with D.
A couple of U.S. internationals made their mark over the weekend in the German Bundesliga, but in an English Championship battle pitting Americans against one another, Eric Lichaj proved to be a difference-maker.
Lichaj's Nottingham Forest took on Tim Ream's and Emerson Hyndman's Fulham on Saturday, but it was the former who had the last laugh, assisting the game-winning goal in a 3-0 rout.
A handful of roster decisions have already been made in MLS, and now there is a new ball to accompany those changes.
On Monday, the league and sponsor adidas unveiled the official match ball, NATIVO, for the 2016 season. The ball has been tested by teams from around the world to provide the greatest control and accuracy.
Patrick Vieira may have just taken the head coaching position at New York City FC, but one Manchester City official is already considering him as an option to succeed current manager Manuel Pellegrini.
According to Brian Marwood, Man City football administration officer, Vieira could become the Man City manager, but he needs to first develop as the NYCFC boss.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – As confetti rained down on the Portland Timbers in the center of the field, Kei Kamara and Wil Trapp watched from afar. Heartbroken, dejected, and devastated, the vision of the Timbers celebrating at Mapfre Stadium was a nightmare come to life, but, for so many reasons, the two Columbus Crew stars just couldn't look away.
Throughout the 2015 season, Jorge Villafana was targeted as the weak linkof the Portland Timbers back line. Yet, in Sunday's MLS Cup Final, Villafana proved dominant yet again to help lead his side to the league's ultimate crown.
Matching up with MLS Best XI winger Ethan Finlay, Villafana proved to be the best player on the pitch, looking both calm and composed on the attacking and defensive ends to earn honors as SBI MLS Cup Final Man of the Match.
Fabian Johnson's run of goal-scoring form continued on Saturday against the German Bundesliga's topteam.
Johnsonscored the third of three successive goals for Borussia Moenchengladbach, which claimed a 3-1 victory over league leader Bayern Munich. The loss was Bayern Munich's first of the 2015-16 Bundesliga season.
Throughout the buildup to Sunday's MLS Cup finale, much of the focus has been on bruising forwards Kei Kamara and Fanendo Adi, but it may just bethe battle taking place on either side of them that makes all the difference.
Heading into the league final, both the Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew have relied very much on wide play, as both sides boast dynamic sets of wide midfielders to go with fullback pairings that are arguably the two most sturdy in the league.
COLUMBUS, Ohio From playing against one another in Argentina to sharing meals at the dinnertable in the United States, Diego Valeri and Federico Higuainhave seen their relationship grow from that of just competitors to that of actual friends.
The Columbus Crew will welcome the Portland Timbers to MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday in the MLS Cup Final, and a game within the game will be seeing which Argentinian playmaker outdoes the other to help will his side to victory.
The games might already be underway, but Saturday still has an action-packed schedule to offer.
One of the day's most interesting matches will take place in Spain, as Barcelona visits Valencia. New Valencia head coach Gary Neville will not be officially on the sidelines for the match, but will be watching from the stands as his struggling club tries to slow down Leo Messi, Neymar, and the rest of Barcelona's star-studded lineup.
The 2015 MLS Cup Final kicks off on Sunday, with the Columbus Crew playing host to the Portland Timbers, and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down what should be an entertaining matchup.
Special guests Wil Trapp of the Columbus Crew and Fanendo Adi of the Portland Timbers headline Episode 245 of The SBI Show, as they discuss Sunday's final, as well as the impressive seasons they have both enjoyed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In his three seasons as a professional, Wil Trapp has rapidly emerged as one of Major League Soccer's most effectivedeep-lying midfielders while earning the praises of everyone from Jurgen Klinsmann to Thierry Henry.
Now, heading into the biggest game of his professional career, Trapp is tasked with going up against the the man that he credits with helping him find his true calling on the soccer field.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Since the process of growing it began in 2013, the beard sported by Nat Borchers has become hard to miss. Yet, Sunday afternoon, the facial hair that has become Borchers' most recognizable feature could, in theory, fall by the wayside in exchange for an MLS Cup.
Don Garber is quick to admit that the current movement in Sacramento has caught his eye, but those hoping that the league will make its way to the city will need to display one further trait: patience.
Since the founding of the USL's Sacramento Republic, the city has found itself emerging as a premier soccer market.
In the German Bundesliga, there is Bayern Munich and then everyone else.
With an eight-point lead on the table already after only 14 matches, the three-time defending league champion isrunning towards yet another title. However, that does not take away the intrigue heading into a big weekend in the Bundesliga.
Following the arrests of CONCACAF's and CONMEBOL's presidents on Thursday, U.S. Soccer shared a statement to ensure that the presidents' arrests in no way represent the federation's involvement in hosting Copa America Centenario.
Alfredo Hawit, interim president of CONCACAF, and CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout were arrested in Zurich on Thursday.
Following two November World Cup qualifiers, the U.S. Men's National Team's standing in FIFA's latest rankings rose.
FIFA's most recent rankings came out on Thursday, and the USMNT climbed one spot to 32nd in the world. The U.S. had previously fallen four spots after a loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup and a friendly defeat to Costa Rica, but the move back up the ladder is attributed to the Americans' start in World Cup qualification.
OBETZ, Ohio –Michael Parkhurst has reached this level three times before, but each and every time, the central defender has settled for dejection, despair and heartbreak. Now, , the Columbus Crew captain is determined not to experience those feelings again.
OBETZ, Ohio – As foreign players entering MLS in the middle of the summer, it would be easy to write off Gaston Sauro and Harrison Afful's 2015 campaigns. Adjusting to the speed, timing and rigors of MLS is never easy, and it's not unfair to say players tend to struggle throughout their initial foray into MLS.
A cup clash in England is expected to be heated, as Southampton-Liverpool headlines Wednesday's round of action.
Liverpool has turned the corner ever since Jurgen Klopp's arrival, winning six of its previous seven matches. Add to that fact that Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are now being integrated back into the first team after recovering from injuries, and the Reds are a force to be reckoned with.
Following Sunday's playoff elimination at the hands of the Columbus Crew, the New York Red Bulls have made their initial roster moves, although several of those expected to depart could return in the very near future.
The Red Bulls announced on Wednesday that the club has declined options onRoy Miller, Damien Perrinelle, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Kyle Reynish, Anthony Wallace, Leo Stolz, Manolo Sanchez, Marius Obekop and Dane Richards.
Gyasi Zardes has long been linked to a slew of European clubs, and English Championship outfit Reading FC has made its intentions known when it comes to the pursuit of the U.S. Men's National Team forward.
Reading manager Steve Clarke confirmed his interest in the LA Galaxy forward on Tuesday, admitting that Zardes has been on the club's radar for quite some time.
Should Sacramento Republic join MLS, they would bring with them a unique and brand new stadium.
On Tuesday, the USL club released renderings of a proposed stadium, which will, according to the statement, seat 25,000 fans. The stadium, designed by architecture firm HNTB, will have a closed bowl with a continuous roof covering all sides of the field.
The English Championship side is apparently heavy in debt, and players have not been paid their wages for the month of November. Trevor Birch, adviser to the Bolton board and owner, says that the club is actively looking for investments because the situation has become dire.
Midweek cup matches and French Ligue 1 dominate Tuesday's international soccer, withAmericans Abroad involved all around Europe.
Manchester City will host former crosstown rivalSteve Bruce's Hull City side in the Capital One Cup. Elsewhere in that competition, Middlesbrough host Everton, while Sheffield Wednesday travel to face off against Geoff Cameron andStoke City.
After qualifying for its first-ever MLS Playoffs, Toronto FC is doing some minor shuffling with its roster.
The team announced Tuesday that it has picked up its club options on 13 players — including Jonathan Osorio and Marky Delgado — and declined options on four others.
Joining Osorio and Delgado in returning to TFC next season aregoalkeeper Quillan Roberts; defenders Mark Bloom, Nick Hagglund, Ashtone Morgan, Josh Williams, Eriq Zavaleta and Clement Simonin; midfielders Collen Warner, Daniel Lovitz, Chris Mannella and forward Jordan Hamilton.
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.
It's not the start head coach Bob Bradley wanted with Le Havre, but after three games into his new job with the Ligue 2 side, he has no wins.
Bradley and Le Havre crashed out of the Coupe de France to sixth-flight minnow Saint Omer on Nov. 14, and followed that performance up with a scoreless tie to Brest before being beaten, 3-1, against second-placed Nancy on Saturday.
It's not the start head coach Bob Bradley wanted with Le Havre, but after three games into his new job with the Ligue 2 side, he has no wins.
Bradley and Le Havre crashed out of the Coupe de France to sixth-flight minnow Saint Omer on Nov. 14, and followed that performance up with a scoreless tie to Brest before being beaten, 3-1, against second-placed Nancy on Saturday.