Photo by UNC Athletic Communications/Jeffrey A. Camarati
By AARON CRANFORD
With career advice coming from Jamaican national team captain Rodolph Austin and North Carolina head coach Carlos Somoano, pro prospect Omar Holness knows his professional career is bright, no matter where he ends up.
It has been seven years since the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team competed in the Olympics. It was 2008 when the Americans, featuring a squad that included Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, most recently reached the quadrennial tournament.
Since then, frustration and disappointment has reigned.
The 2015-16 UEFA Champions League resumes this week with matchday two action.
The biggest storyline of the week is arguably José Mourinho's return to Porto, where he led the club to the 2004 UCL title. Now 11 years after that accomplishment, Mourinho will have to set his feelings aside, as he looksto turn around his Chelsea squad after a slow start to the season.
Just fiveyears ago, the position of deep-lying central midfielder was all too foreign to Wil Trapp. Yet now, on the precipiceof a crucial qualifying tournament, Trapp may soon be plying his trade in the Olympic games thanks to a switch that now appears to be predestined.
SANFORD, Fla. — Orlando City SC may have picked up three pivotal points on the road this weekend, but with a surging Montreal Impact visiting the Citrus Bowl on Saturday, the sole focus still remains: making the playoffs.
The U.S. Men's National Team recently received some good news with Fabian Johnson and DaMarcus Beasley getting back on the field, butMexico might soon have a boost of its own via the return of a veteran duo.
There will be a new champion in the USL this season and eight teams remain to vie for that title.
Aweekend of conference quarterfinals action saw the New York Red Bulls II, Charleston Battery, LA Galaxy II and Colorado Springs Switchbacks each advance into the next round at the expenses of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Richmond Kickers, Seattle Sounders FC 2 and the reigning USL champion Sacramento Republic FC.
Lionel Messi is expected to miss time at the club and international level during the upcoming weeks, but how much so appears up for debate.
The Argentine star limped off the field in Barcelona's eventual 2-1 win against Las Palmas Saturday. While the team initially stated he would miss seven-to-eight weeks due to ligament damage in his left knee, the Argentine football association team doctor expects Messi to return earlier than most.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. On a day when the pope visited Philadelphia, the pontiff must have sent some inspiration northward to Union goalkeeper Andre Blake.
The young Jamaican goalkeeper had a miracle of a game on the road against the New England Revolution, setting Philadelphia's single-game saves record with 10 to help the Union secure a 1-1 tie in front of 25,885 at Gillette Stadium.
New York City FC looked to be on its way to a convincing and impressive road victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps until some referee's decisions late in Saturday night's match took the spotlight away from NYCFC's efforts.
An 86th-minute penalty call set up the Whitecaps for an equalizing spot kick, and it looked like Vancouver might earn a questionable point, but referee Ricardo Salazar whistled a second suspect penalty call in the fifth minute of stoppage time to allow David Villa to score the match-winning penalty in a 2-1 victory at BC Place.
Dom Kinnear can still remember the conversation. Not long after drafting Fatai Alashe back in January, Kinnear was asked by a colleague whetherhe thought Alashe would help the San Jose Earthquakes in 2015.
Needing nothing but a win on the road to keep playoff hopes alive, the Chicago Fire were eliminated from playoff contention Saturday due three Toronto FC Designated Players.
Toronto went down twice to early Fire strikes on either side of halftime, but the Canadian club answered each time, eventually posting an important 3-2 win and eliminating Chicago from the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs.
After three different teams tried and failed to hold on to the top spot in the SBI College Soccer Top 25, the Creighton Bluejays have finally stopped the streak.
Creighton maintained the only perfect record in the major college soccer ranks, posting shutout victories against Tulsa and Northern Illinois to maintain an unbeaten record heading into Big East Conference play.
The U.S. Women's National Team is still number one.
FIFA released its updated Women's World Rankings Friday, and the 2015 Women's World Cup winners still sit atop the world in first place. There was no change with the top five in the world, as Germany remains second, France stays in third, Japan keeps fourth and England sits in fifth.
MLS Week 30 features several intriguing matchups between streaking teams and slumping teams, and the latest episode of The SBI Show looks at all the possibilities in what are many matches with significant playoff ramifications.
Episode 232 of The SBI Show looks ahead to the weekend's MLS action, including the LA Galaxy's match against FC Dallas, and the Montreal Impact's meeting with D.
Queens Park Rangers fans were and still are none too happy about Tim Ream's decision to choose Fulham over their club this summer, and those feelings of ill will are likely only going to be compounded this weekend.
Ream and Fulham, the club he opted to join instead of QPR during the last transfer window, will be aiming to knock off the Hoops when they visit Craven Cottage on Friday.
European soccer is picking up steam as many teams face a short turnaround afterplaying in mid-week contests.
Inter and Fiorentina headlines this weekend's action in a top-of-the-table clash in Serie A on Sunday, while a number of other league leaders look to build upon the margin they have in their respective tables.
The New York Red Bulls have locked down a playoff berth and emerged as Supporters' Shield favorites, but head coach Jesse Marsch isn't one to simply look back and smile at what has already been achieved.
While CONCACAF Champions League action continues to fill the midweek schedule, a showdown in France headlines action in Europe.
AS Monaco heads to La Mosson to face off against last-place Montpellier in Ligue 1 action. Monaco has not looked like its former self from just a year ago, as the team has started off shaky in league play.
The U.S. lost out on a chance to host the World Cup in 2022 to Qatar, and one of those who voted for the Middle Eastern country was reportedly on the verge of pledging an American vote before meeting with Qatari officials.
That man is current president of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and possible FIFA president Michel Platini.
Despite finishing with 10 men in front of a home crowd at BBVA Compass Stadium, the playof two U.S. Men's National Team members helped keep playoff hopes alive.
The Houston Dynamo held onto a 1-0 win against Sporting KC Wednesday evening to climb within three points of the Portland Timbers, who currently sit in the sixth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
In Wednesday's clash between Barcelona and Celta Vigo, Iago Aspas turned out to be the best player on the field.
The Spanish striker netted a brace while leading his team to a 4-1 upset of Barcelona on Wednesday atEstadio Balaidos. The loss is Barcelona's first defeat of the La Liga campaign and it snapped an 18-game league unbeaten streak dating back to last season.
The New York Red Bulls have witnessed that ongoing successes of Matt Miazga this season, but now the club will have to navigate through the negatives that come with the centerback's growing reputation.
We are down to the final five weeks of the 2015 MLS season and even though there is just a month left in the season, the race for the Supporters' Shield is jam packed.
As many as nine teams have a claim to be considered in the race for the prize that goes to the team with the best regular season record in MLS, and while some team clearly have better odds than others at this point, no team has run away with the race, or even has a big edge heading into the final weeks.
Crystal Dunn'smemorable week just got even more spectacular.
NWSL announced on Wednesday that Dunn is the league's Most Valuable Player for the 2015 season. The 23-year-old forward is the youngest player and third straight Golden Boot winner to claim the league's MVP award.
Bobby Wood is beginning to make a habit of scoring some aesthetically-pleasinggoals.
Wood netted his third goal of the season for FC Union Berlin on Wednesday by scoring the opener in a late 3-2 defeat on the road to FSV Frankfurt. Woodtalliedfor the second time in three matches in cool fashion in the 39th minute, collecting a pass in the penalty area under tight pressure and cutting back on his left before turning onto his rightand firing alow shot home.
There might be one game left to play in the USL regular season, but the league's playoff picture has already become fully clear.
The USL playoffs are set to kick off on Fridaywith the conference quarterfinals, while OKC Energy FC,Rochester Rhinos,Louisville City FC andOrange County Blues have eachearned byes to the conference semifinal round.
Manchester City made short work of Sunderland in Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash, but DeAndre Yedlin can surely take a positive away from his Sunderland debut.
Yedlin provided an assist on Sunderland's lone finish, but four goals within the first 36 minutes saw Man City stomp their Premier League rivals, finishing with a 4-1 victory Tuesday at the Stadium of Light.
Aron Johannsson's acclimation to the Bundesliga continued with another goal on Tuesday.
Facing off withSV Darmstadt, Johannsson scored Werder Bremen's opening goal in the 19th minute of the teams' Bundesliga clash. The U.S. Men's National Team forward's finish is his second for Werder Bremen and comes in his fifth start for the club after joining this summer from the Eredivisie's AZ Alkmaar.
Mexico may have one less veteran defender to call in for the CONCACAF Cup, as the injury bug continues to affect players from El Tri.
After Andres Guardado was officially ruled out of the Confederations Cup playoff tie against the U.S. Men's National Team early Monday, Rafael Marquez suffered an injury againstAtalanta over the weekend and may be in serious doubt to miss the October 10 clash.
Having seen the club's debut season turn sour, the Jacksonville Armada have made major changes throughout the organization.
The Armada announced Monday thatgeneral manager Dario Sala and head coach Guillermo Hoyos have been dismissed. In addition, assistant coaches Edison Ibarra, Rafael Perez Niño and Sebastian Fabres have also been relieved of their duties.
CHESTER, PA Tranquillo Barnetta's transition into the Philadelphia Union attack has seemed like an easy one based off of his last few performances, but he wasn't able to score his first goal for the club until Sunday's win over Houston.
The New York Red Bulls are officially the first MLS team to book a spot in this year's playoffs.
Led by goals fromFelipe and Damien Perrinelle, the Red Bulls defeated the Portland Timbers, 2-0, Sunday at Providence Park to lock up a postseason berth while moving into first place in the Eastern Conference.
CHESTER, PA A week after being thoroughly outplayed on their home field, the Philadelphia Union bounced back in strong fashion with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo at PPL Park on Sunday.
Tranquillo Barnetta scored a goal and delivered an assist to help the Union keep their faint playoff hopes alive, as Sunday night's victory kept them three points behind the Montreal Impact for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Saturday's results in the English Premier League have opened the door for Manchester United to jump up the standings, but the Red Devills will need to win on the road at Southampton to do it.
Losses by Manchester City and Arsenal, and Leceister City's draw, mean Manchester United could move into second place, and within two points of first place, with a win against a Southampton side that has managed just win in five matches.
Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC came into Saturday on a bad skid.
Both snapped their respective droughts, though, with a vital 3-1 win against the Colorado Rapids.
MLS MVP contender Giovinco scored two goals four minutes apart during the first half, snapping his four-game goal drought, and also provided an assist to once again lead his side to an important win at BMO Field.
Chelsea isn't out of the month of September, but the Blues appear to have run out of room for error.
That is what a woeful start to the English Premier League campaign will do to you after five weeks. Chelsea faces London rivals Arsenal in the weekend's most high-profile match and Jose Mourinho's side can't afford to drop any more points if it wants to hold on to any faint hopes of defending its EPL title.
Anyone who has played the FIFA video game for an extended period knowsthat it can be aggravating to the point that you have an 'accident', but it is likely that no one's frustration can outdothe actual mishap that happened to an Argentina youth international earlier this year.
The 20 players tasked with leading the U.S. to the Olympics have officially been revealed.
Jordan Morris, Wil Trapp and Gedion Zelalem lead the 20-man roster selected by Andi Herzog for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers. The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team will kick off the group stages against Canada on Oct.
The summer has come and almost gone, and the Fall is fast approaching, meaning it's time for the latest SBI Live Q&A.
For the next two hours, I will be taking all your soccer-related questions and trying to answer as many of them as I can. Whether it's MLS, European soccer, international soccer, NASL, college soccer or any other aspects of the game, feel free to send your questions my way and we'll have a good discussion.
If it's in the game, it's in the game. Unless the NCAA is involved apparently.
EA Sports has decided to remove 13 women players from its upcoming video game, FIFA 16, because of concerns from the NCAA.The college sports organization does not permitits studentsto be compensated financially for participating and competing in athletics, and it recently toldEA Sports that 13 players would be putting their eligibility at risk if they were included in the latest installment of the popular soccer series.
NEW YORK – Andrea Pirlo plays pretty. He sprays perfectly-weighted passes straight from one teammate's foot to the next. Andrew Jacobson plays ugly, displaying grit in destroying play after play in the most important part of the field.
In the aftermath of Thursday's most recent allegations of corruption, FIFA has taken action.
FIFA announced Thursday afternoon that secretary general Jerome Valcke has been removed from his positionuntil further notice.The organization's decisioncomes in the wake of accusations that Valcke schemed tosell World Cup tickets for above face value at last summer's tournament.
A little more than five months after theall but unprecedented decision that kickstarted his club career, Haji Wright is hoping lessons he has learned will be applied to a special run in October's Under-17 World Cup.
Ask about FC Dallas' success this season and the players most likely to be mentioned are Fabian Castillo, Matt Hedges, and Mauro Diaz. Yet there is another player who has been just as integral to the club's impressive campaign but continues to fly under the radar.
The worst fears of Mexican fans, and perhaps the hopes of a good number of American fans, appear to have been realized as Mexican national team captain Andres Guardado is reportedly set to miss the CONCACAF Cup.
Dutch outlet Eindhovens Newspaper is reporting that Guardado will miss up to six weeks with an ankle injury suffered during PSV's recent win against Manchester United.
Coming off polar opposite results in their respective UEFA Champions League openers earlier in the week, Chelsea and Arsenal will square off in the Premier League on Saturday to take center stage among European soccer this weekend.
After picking up just four points through five league matches, Chelsea found its stride on Wednesday, picking up a comprehensive 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in their UCL Group G clash.