Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2016

John Brooks agrees to contract extension with Hertha Berlin

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Questions about John Brooks' future at Hertha Berlin have been put to rest, as he is staying put for the foreseeable future.

Hertha Berlin announced on Saturday that Brooks has signed a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. The German Bundesliga club had publicly expressed its desire tosign the 23-year-old centerback to a new deal in recent weeks and months, but his apparent reluctance to do so led to questions and rumors about whether he would be sold this winter.

Must-See Goal: Stephan El Shaarawy

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Danny Williams scores in Reading rout of Walsall

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Danny Williams is having quite a year offensively for Reading.

On Saturday, the 26-year-old defensive midfielder scored his sixth goal of the season across all competitions to help Reading progress to the fifth round of the English FA Cup via a 4-0 rout of Walsall.

Williams, who started and played all 90 minutes in midfield, scored when he pounced on aWalsall error in the 75th minute.

MLS Ticker: Angelino, Wingert, Sarvas and more

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While a former New York City FC player made his first team debut in England on Saturday, the club also announced that it would be cutting loose an MLS veteran.

Angelino made his first team debut today for Manchester City in the club's 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup fourth round. The 19-year old made 14 appearances for NYCFC last season, and recorded four assists.

Pulisic makes Bundesliga debut for Dortmund

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January has been quite the month for Christian Pulisic.

After recording two goals in friendlies for Borussia Dortmund over recent weeks, the 17-year old made his first Bundesliga start for the club on Saturday against FC Ingolstadt 04.

Pulisic replaced midfielderAdrián Ramos in the 68th minute, reaffirming his rise at the German club.

Matt Miazga completes English Premier League move to Chelsea

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The deal is done. Matt Miazga is officially a Chelsea player.

Chelsea and the New York Red Bulls both announced on Saturday morning that Miazga has officially joined the English Premier League side on a four-and-a-half-year deal, thus completing his move from MLS.

"I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, a world-famous club with a reputation for major success," said Miazga.

MLS Ticker: Nemeth, Fagundez, Nocerino and more

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Forward Krisztian Nemeth is heading to Qatar pending a physical, while a young attacker is receiving interest from Serie A.

Sporting Kansas City has agreed to transfer Nemeth to Qatari side Al-Gharafa SC. The 27-year old scored 10 goals in 2015 for Sporting, his lone season with the club. (REPORT)

New England Revolution attacker Diego Fagundez is reportedly in talks with Italian side Genoa.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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There may be more than 10 FA Cup ties kicking off in England on Saturday, but no match is more important than the contest at Camp Nou.

Barcelona hosts Atlético Madrid in Saturday's headliner. Both sides enter the game on 48 points, but Luis Enrique's side has a match in hand. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are likely to lead Barcelona, and while Neymar suffered an injury during the week, the head coach said the Brazilian star is still likely to play.

Reunion with former teammate Savarese leads Arango to Cosmos

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Juan Arango has spent years terrorizing defenses in Mexico, Spain, Germany and nearly everywhere in between, but the sight of a familiar face made a move to the New York Cosmos the perfect new adventure for the Venezuelan legend.

The 35-year-old midfielder was confirmed as the latest Cosmos signing on Thursday, as the club added a player widely regarded as one of the top set piece takers in the world.

NASL Ticker: Cosmos, Miami FC, and more

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As teams throughout the NASL continue to bolster rosters ahead of preseason, two clubs were able to bring in international additions. Here are some of Friday's NASL news and notes:

One day after signing Venezuelan legend Juan Arango, the New York Cosmos have signed Venezuelan internationalYohandry Orozco.

Pochettino confident Carter-Vickers can step into Tottenham first team if needed

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Tottenham will not be going into the open market to look for a replacement for injured centerback Jan Vertognhen. The club is confident in the options it has available, including youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Tottenham lost Vertonghen for approximately eight weeks this past Saturday in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace after the veteran suffered knee ligament damage.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Timbers, Impact and more

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The Chicago Fire have been relatively quiet this offseason when it comes to signing talent from outside the U.S., but that changed on Friday.

Across the Atlantic, Eredivisie club FC Groningen confirmed it had transferred 25-year-old defender Johan Kappelhof to the Chicago Fire, and he's likely to sign a multi-year contract.

Competition and new perspective fueling Union in preseason

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CHESTER, PA When Earnie Stewart was introduced as sporting director of the Philadelphia Union, he made it clear he wanted two players at each position to push each other for places in the first team.

Through a week of training camp, the competition as well as a new attitude around the club have reinvigorated the squad as they approach the 2016 season.

SBI Spotlight: Blake poised for a breakout year with the Union

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Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake would like nothing more than to help the Jamaican national team return to the World Cup for the first time in two decades, and he's hoping a breakout year at the club level assists in that dream.

The 6-foot-4 Jamaican-born netminder grew up in the Caribbean dreaming of playing soccer at the professional level.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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Manchester United may be struggling in English Premier League play, but the Red Devils still have a shot at lifting one trophy this campaign.

Only a handful of matches kick off this Friday, but each one is important, including Man United's tussle with Derby County in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Michael Orozco added to USMNT roster

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A familiar face has joined the U.S. Men's National Team roster ahead of Sunday's friendly against Iceland.

U.S. Soccer announced on Friday that Michael Orozco has joined the USMNT for the match on Sunday. Orozco is set to train with the team Friday and depart to rejoin Tijuana after the friendly.

Hiddink: Matt Miazga finalizing Chelsea contract

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A 20-year-old American centerback is Stamford Bridge bound.

In a press conference on Friday, head coach Guus Hiddink revealed Chelsea is to sign the 20-year-old American, and he will be part of the first team squad for the remainder of the season once the paperwork is complete.

Guus says Matt Miazga will be a squad player when his deal is finalised and the manager will assess his qualities in training.

Friday Kickoff: Bolton, Vidic, De Bruyne and more

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A weekend full of enticing matchups, including the always entertaining Milan Derby, awaits, but on Friday, a potential solution to the Bolton Wanderers' debt situation was proposed by supporters.

The Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Trust wrote a letter to club owner Eddie Davies to discuss the possibility of buying the team, saying: "Our objective is to raise sufficient funding to secure the future of the Club for the benefit of the supporters, the community and the town .

Jermaine Jones: Revs offer a 'joke'; MLS suspension 'crazy'

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Jermaine Jones is not happy.

He's not happy about the six-game suspension levied by MLS, nor is hehappy with the New England Revolution's latest contract offer.

Speaking to reporters in Carson, California, Jones said the latest offer he received from the MLS side was a "joke" and that the suspension imposed on him in December is preventing him from accepting "good offers" to play abroad.

European Weekend Preview: FA Cup; Barcelona-Atletico; Milan Derby and more

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While the FA Cup takes center stage this weekend in England, Europe's four other top flights will all be in action.

The round of 32 begins Friday in the FA Cup, including three matches that pair English Premier League sides against one another. While clubs from the country's top division will be heavilyfavored, teams likeColchester United and Milton Keynes Dons will have the opportunity to complete monumental upsets against Tottenham and Chelsea, respectively.

Osorio clarifies comments regarding Mexican players, MLS

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While Juan Carlos Osorio does believe that players from the Americas should aspire to play in Europe's top leagues, the Mexican national team coachclarified previous comments he made in a recent interviewthat appeared to knock MLS.

Osorio told Mexican newspaper Excelsior that he would rather see El Tri internationals playing in Europe than in MLS because the U.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The U.S. Men's National Team will play its first friendly of the new yearin Carson, California, on Sunday, but that is not the only place where we will be able to see Americans in action this weekend.

A full slate of matches involving the foreign-based players is on tap, including in England as the FA Cup gets underway again.

MLS Ticker: Cooper, Timbers, Earthquakes and more

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A couple new jerseys made their rounds on Thursday, while MLS journeyman Kenny Cooper is reportedly training with one of his former clubs.

Cooper is said to be on trial with the New York Red Bulls. The 31-year-old equaled his best scoring output, 18 goals, in his lone season with New York back in 2012.

Must-See Goal: Anass Achabar

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NASL Ticker: Cosmos, Minnesota United, Strikers and more

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The NASL Spring Season is still months away, but a few teams continued to bolster their rosters in the meantime.

The New York Cosmos announced the signing of Venezuelan midfielder Juan Arango. The 35-year-old is the all-time leader in appearances and goals for his country, with 127 and 23, respectively.

SBI Spotlight: McInerney looking to make mark with Timbers following MLS Cup loss

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Jack McInerney's first day of work with the Portland Timbers was a difficult one, to say the least. Reporting for duty for his first preseason session with his new club, the forward had to watch his new teammates try on championship rings that represented one of the more crushing moments of McInerney's career.

Geoff Cameron not recovering quickly, says Stoke City boss

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Geoff Cameron has a nagging injury that he just can't seem to recover from, and it's aggravating him.

According to Stoke City manager Mark Hughes, the 30-year-old American defender and midfielder is not close to returning to the first team because he is still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered against Liverpool in the first leg of the English League Cup semifinals on Jan.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Iceland?

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Preparing for March's World Cup qualifiers and Olympic qualifying play-off is one of the main objectives of this year'swinter camp. Starting off 2016 with a win is another.

The U.S. Men's National Team will kick off its slate of games in the new year on Saturday when it welcomes Iceland for a friendly at the StubHub Center in Carson, California (3:45 pm, ESPN2/UniMas).

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Sitting atop La Liga together with 48 points apiece, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid will square off for sole possession of the league lead on Saturday when the two sides meet at Camp Nou.

Momentum will be on the host'sside in this fixture as Barça goes for its eighth consecutive win across all competitions.

Brad Friedel's U.S. U-19 roster prepares for first 2016 tournament

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The U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team first tournament of 2016 is just around the corner, and head coach Brad Friedel revealed his first roster of the new year for it.

The Copa de Atlantico tournament in Canary Islands, Spain, began on Wednesday and will run until Feb. 6. The Americans will play Spain on Feb.

MLS Ticker: St. Louis, Earnshaw, Fire and more

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In the wake of recent news regarding an NFL team relocating from St. Louis to Los Angeles, the MLS commissioner has emphasized his interest in possibly expanding to Missouri.

Don Garber wrote a letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon explaining his desire to expand there, saying: "I look forward to working with you, your staff and local leaders to explore ownership candidates and to investigate viable stadium solutions to bring MLS to St.

Thursday Kickoff: De Bruyne, Copa del Rey, Neymar and more

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A Wednesday full of thrilling cup action has left plenty of stories to read about this morning, including the timetable for return of a Belgian star.

Manchester City recorded an impressive 4-3 aggregate victory against Everton in the English League Cup semifinals on Wednesday, but there was bad news for the Citizens as midfielder Kevin De Bruyne suffered a right-knee injury that may keep him out for weeks.

Caleb Porter 'hungry' to build on Timbers' success for years to come

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Caleb Porter received a reward on Wednesday for his part in leading the Portland Timbersto their first MLS Cup, but he insists that the successes of last year have beencast aside.

Porter signed a new long-term contract as head coach of theTimbers on Wednesday, nearly two months after leading to the club to an MLS Cup title.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Liverpool's triumph over Stoke City headlined Tuesday's cup action, and Wednesday's slate is set to provide even more tournament play with some of Europe's heavy hitters leading the way.

Manchester City and Everton are set to do battle in the second Capital One Cup semifinal, as the two Premier League opponents look to book a date at Wembley against Liverpool.

MLS Ticker: Porter, Cerén and more

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Coming off of a season that resulted in the club's first MLS Cup title, the Portland Timbers have extending their head coach's contract, while Orlando City has also locked up one of its key pieces.

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has signed a contract extension after guiding the club to its first MLS Cup in 2015.

Miami Beckham United counting on locals to use mass transit, walk to proposed stadium

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David Beckham and his group of investors have talked about having fans march to the proposed soccer-specific stadium for their team in Miami since Day 1, but their new desired location might forcemore supporters tohave to walk than was originally envisioned.

Parker wants to leave lasting impression with Klinsmann, USMNT

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Tim Parker'sMLS path was lined with more questions than answers leading up to the 2015 MLS Draft. After starting four years at Big East school St. John's, the defender began his pathof pursuing a future in professional soccer and tested his skills at last year's MLS Combine.

NASL Ticker: Signings for Indy Eleven, Rayo OKC, and more

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As NASL marches towards the regular season, several teamshave begun preseason preparations while others have continued to bolster their rosters ahead of the 2016 campaign. Here are some of Wednesday's NASL news and notes:

Indy Eleven has continued to revamp its roster asScottishmidfielder Nicki Paterson has joined the clubfrom Ottawa Fury FC.

Galaxy announce signing of Ashley Cole

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After months of rumors and reports, Ashley Cole is officially a member of the LA Galaxy.

The Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they havesigned Cole, the 35-year-old fullback who earned 107 caps forEngland between 2001-14. Cole most recently featured for Roma, but terminated his deal with the Serie A club last week.

Report: Matt Miazga headed to Chelsea

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Matt Miazga is leaving the New York Red Bulls this winter, and joining an English Premier League powerhouse that has had its eye on him for some time.

ESPNFC.com reported on Wednesday thatthe Red Bulls are set to sell Miazga to Chelsea within the next 24 hours.

Amando Moreno buries late winner for Club Tijuana in Copa MX

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Minutes might be hard to come by at Club Tijuana for Amando Moreno, but they will not be if he can continue to make the most of his opportunities like he did on Tuesday.

Moreno lifted Tijuana to a 2-1 victory in the Copa MX on Tuesday night, as he came off the bench toscore a well-taken winner in the 86th minute.

After breakout 2015, Zardes looks to seize USMNT chances in 2016

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Almost exactly one year ago, Gyasi Zardes was the newcomer to the annual U.S. Men's National Team January camp. Previously uncapped on any level, Zardes was riding impressive club form and an MLS Cup crown into a brand new experiencewith the senior team ahead of a busy 2015 season.

Wednesday Kickoff: Liverpool-Stoke City; Ramires; El Shaarawy and more

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One half of this year's Capital One Cup final was established in thrilling fashion on Tuesday, whileseveral players were on the move as the January window starts to creep towards its close.

Liverpool defeated Stoke City 0-1 (6-5 on penalty kicks) at Anfield in Tuesday's second leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal.

Report: Tim Howard might join Rapids, MLS in May

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After Everton head coach Roberto Martinez recently dismissed rumors linking U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard to a move back to MLS, a new report suggests the 36-year-old's future at Goodison Park might be nearing its end.

According to NBC's Pro Soccer Talk, Howard has reportedly held "serious talks" with the Colorado Rapids and is seeking a return to MLS.

MLS Ticker: Hall, Ramírez, Sporting KC and more

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One side is looking for depth at the goalkeeper position, while more signings have been made on a busy Tuesday around MLS.

Goalkeepers Tally Hall and Josh Ford are reportedly training with the Seattle Sounders. Hall appeared in over 20 matches in 2015 for Orlando City SC, while Ford spent last season with NASL side Carolina RailHawks.

SBI Spotlight: Zac MacMath ready to be Rapids starter after tough 2015

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When Algerian goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi joined the Philadelphia Union in 2014, Zac MacMath knew the door was being shut on his No. 1 spot. Knowing he was good enough for a starting role, MacMath urged the Union to loan him out, instead of filling in as a backup to the new international netminder.

Crew view veteran Conor Casey as perfect fit

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The Columbus Crew needed a forward, while Conor Casey needed a team, prompting a pairing that made all too much sense for both parties involved.

A free agent after spending the past three seasons with the Philadelphia Union, Casey joined the MLS Cup runners-up on Tuesday.

Lloyd, Solo, Pugh headline USWNT roster for Olympic qualifying

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Head coach Jill Ellis has revealed her U.S. Women's National Team roster for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in February.

FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd headlines the list of 20 players, but also included are Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and 17-year-old Mallory Pugh.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Liverpool-Stoke City headlines cup action across the world on Tuesday, as they compete in the semifinals of the English Football League Cup.

The Reds enter the second leg at Anfield with a 1-0 advantage, and Stoke is entering the clash on the heels of defeat. While Liverpool looked shaky in defense on Saturday, as Norwich City scored four goals against Jurgen Klopp's side, its offense has been firing on all cylinders.

MLS Ticker: Van Damme, Figueroa, Ibeagha and more

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Western Conference clubs have been busy making moves this Tuesday, even the five-time MLS Cup champions.

Belgian defender Jelle Van Damme has officially joined the LA Galaxy, confirming reports from earlier this month. The 32-year-old, who makes the move to MLS fromStandard Liege in Belgium, was acquired by the Galaxyusing Targeted Allocation Money.

Berhalter expects Kamara in camp despite reported contract dispute

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Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter is fully expecting to see Kei Kamara in the very near future, despite reports stating the otherwise.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Kamara is currently seekingto renegotiate his deal before reporting to training camp inLakewood Ranch, Fla.

U.S. U-18s suffer defeat in first two friendlies of 2016

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The first U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team camp of 2016 ended in two friendly losses.

The Americans faced off against Montverde Academy and Weston FC on Jan. 20, suffering a 3-1 loss and 1-0 defeat, respectively. FC Golden State defender Harold Hanson was the only U.S. player to score during the first U-18 camp of the year.

Sydney Leroux expecting first child, will miss Olympics

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Sydney Leroux will miss the chance to go for gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer, but she and husband Dom Dwyer probably won't mind too much.

On Monday, the couple revealed that they are expecting their first child some time in September.

Integrating youth with core players important for Marsch, Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls came within a goal of reaching the team's second-ever MLS Cup final in 2015, but with the club's core group of players returning this season and a massive haul of Homegrown selections available for selection, head coach Jesse Marsch believes that his team is ready to continue its rise.

MLS Ticker: Casey, Kamara, FC Dallas and more

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Preseason training has officially started for MLS teams, but many are still adding depth to their rosters as the transfer window slowly comes to an end.

On Tuesday, the Columbus Crew revealed the signing of free agent Conor Casey, who has nine years of MLS experience.

Tuesday Kickoff: Buffon, La Liga, FIFA and more

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Still years away, a legend between the pipes has decided to reveal when he will step away from the game while transfer news continues to dominate the headlines this Tuesday.

Juventus and Italy national team goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon revealed he will retire from soccer following the 2018 World Cup.

NASL Ticker: Strikers, Rayo OKC and more

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With the start of the 2016 season already just a few months away, several NASL clubs have begun preseason preparations while others have continued to bolster their rosters ahead of the 2016 campaign. Here are some of Monday's NASL news and notes:

Rayo OKC signed Ghanaian international and two-time World Cup participant Derek Boateng.

MLS Ticker: Harrison, Sporting KC, Orlando City and more

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Injury news could put a damper on one of Major League Soccer's brightest draft picks, while several front office moves were completed on Monday.

New York City FC first-round draft pick Jack Harrison will be sidelined for the team's preseason training due to the same pelvic injury that kept him out of the MLS Combine.

Atlanta United signs goalkeeper Tambakis as club's first player

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More than one year away from the club's debut, Atlanta United has officially added the club's first-ever player to its roster.

On Monday, Atlanta United announced the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis, who previously featured for Greece'sPanathinaikos. Tambakis will spend 2015 with theCharleston Battery, Atlanta United's recently announced USL affiliate.

Saputo 'can't answer' if Drogba will play full season for Impact

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Didier Drogba is coming back to the Montreal Impact, but the length of his return remains a bit of a mystery.

Drogbaconfirmed over the weekend that he would rejoin the club this season after scoring 11 goals in 11 regular season gams in his debut MLS campaign.

MLS Ticker: Nocerino, Ramirez, Red Bulls and more

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While one of last season's biggest MLS acquisitions remains in the news over an uncertain future, a European star is reportedly gaining interest from an unnamed team.

AC Milanvice president and CEOAdriano Galliani told reporters on Monday that midfielder Antonio Nocerino is on the radar of an unnamed MLS side, and an offer will be coming in the near future.

Top 5 MLS Homegrown Players not named Jordan Morris

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Jordan Morris might be the most well-known MLS Homegrown Player to sign a deal this offseason, but he is far from the only talented prospectin this year's class.

The last couple of weeks have been dominated by talk of Morris and whether he would sign with the Seattle Sounders and MLS, but what seemed to belost in all the hubbub was the fact that several other promising up-and-comers also agreed to contracts with their respective hometown clubs in the league.

The Weekend's Best: Di Maria, Dortmund and more

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With Europe's top leagues all back into full swing, the weekend provided plenty of thrilling moments, electric goals and standout performances from across the world of soccer.Here are SBI's picks for the weekend's best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ANGEL DI MARIA (Paris St.

Martinez says Rapids have made no inquiries for Howard

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Tim Howard will not be heading to Colorado, according to Everton head coach Roberto Martinez.

A report on Jan. 15 said the Colorado Rapids were attempting to acquire the 36-year-old American goalkeeper, but the Everton boss shot down that rumor on Monday.

"No at the moment there is nothing.

John Brooks won't leave Hertha Berlin this winter, says club CEO

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John Brooks won't be leaving Hertha Berlin this winter.

According to Hertha CEO Michael Preetz, the American centerback will not be sold during the January transfer window amid recent speculation that he could leave Hertha this winter.

"There will definitely be no transfer of John Brooks in winter," Preetz told German outlet Kicker.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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A goal, an own goal, debuts and the return of a top league. This weekend seemed to have it all.

The most notable performance, however, may have come from William Yarbrough.

Yarbrough helped Club Leon stay perfect and atop the Liga MX table on Saturday, as he recorded six saves in a narrow 3-2 win at home over Cruz Azul.

Must-See Goals: Sunday's stunners

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This weekend in the soccer world was definitely one to remember.

Multiple players across many leagues scored exceptional goals, with a handful of them recorded on Saturday. However, Sunday had a few unbelievable strikes as well.

While Josip Iličić curled a beautiful free kick in for Fiorentina, two goals from La Liga made the rounds, including Alvaro Cejudo's incredible volley against Real Madrid.

Monday Kickoff: Van Gaal, Ronaldo, Chelsea and more

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A weekend filled with jaw-dropping goals and physical derbies has come and gone, but there is still penalty of news and transfer chatter making the rounds as we kick off the new week. Here is a rundown of the stories making headlines this Monday morning:

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said he "cannot fulfill" the club's expectations following his side's most recent loss vs.

Sunday Ticker: Chelsea tops Arsenal, Juve edges Roma, and more

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Rivalries were the specialty of the day on Sunday, with key clashes from London to Buenos Aires grabbing headlines and giving us plenty to talk about:

Despite Alexis Sanchez's Emirates return, Arsenal's English Premier League title hopes took a hit on Sunday after Arsene Wenger's side fell 1-0 at home, but it was Per Mertesacker's rash challenge that did his team no favors:

Mertesacker was sent off during the first half of Arsenal'sclash against Chelsea, after taking down Blues striker Diego Costa on a breakaway.

U.S. U-17s lose Aegean Cup final vs. Turkey

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team fell victim to the Aegean Cup hosts in the tournament's final on Saturday.

Turkey lifted the trophy over the Americans after a 3-1 win at Mümin Özkasap Stadium in Manisa, Turkey.

The U.S. went down 2-0 quickly, as Malik Karaahmet and Enes İslam İlkin scored well-placed strikes out of outstretched American goalkeeper Justin Garces' reach.

Fire sign two players, complete coaching staff

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After claiming talent, like Brandon Vincent, in the 2016 MLS Draft, the Chicago Fire added more to their roster over the weekend.

On Saturday, the team re-signed midfielder Razvan Cocis, who first joined the Fire in July 2014, while also adding Portuguese defender and midfielder João Meira.

Christian Pulisic scores second goal of month for Dortmund

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Christian Pulisic is flying high for Borussia Dortmund.

On Saturday, the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team talent dressed in Borussia Dortmund's German Bundesliga match against Borussia Monchengladbach. He didn't see any playing time, but he did score a goal and play all 90 minutes in the club's friendly match vs.

Report: Didier Drogba will suit up for Impact in 2016

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After significant speculation over the future of Didier Drogba, the Ivorian is set to return to MLS in 2016.

According to TSN, the former Chelsea striker will link up with the Montreal Impact for the team's second preseason training session in early-February.

Must-See Goal: Josip Iličić

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Saturday Ticker: Mourinho, Boateng, Darmian and more

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Liverpool captured a thrilling 5-4 win at Carrow Road, while Barcelona out-dueled Malaga thanks to Lionel Messi's acrobatic finish:

Jose Mourinho has reportedly expressed his strong desire to manage Manchester United in a six-page letter submitted to the club. The 52-year old remains jobless following his sacking at Chelsea this season.

Lloyd records hat trick, USWNT cruises past Ireland

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Although legendary forward Abby Wambach has long since retired and Megan Rapinoe is on the road to recovery following a brutal ACL injury, the U.S. Women's National Team kicked off its 2016 campaign in style.

Last year's World Cup hero and FIFA Ballon d'Or award winner Carli Lloyd paced the Americans on Saturday, recording a first-half hat trick against Ireland.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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There's plenty on the line during Sunday's London derby at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal is now in second place in the English Premier League after results from Saturday, so a win at home is a must in order to keep pace at the top.

Meanwhile, Chelsea hasn't started its 2016 campaign too well, winning once but also tying twice most recently.

Alejandro Bedoya heads home first half goal for Nantes in draw

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For the second time in as many matches, Alejandro Bedoya has found the back of the net for Ligue 1 side FC Nantes.

The U.S. internationalmidfielder headed homeErmir Lenjani's cross in the 30th minute, which gave the home side a two-goal advantage over Bordeaux heading into halftime.

Bedoyaplayed the entire 90 minutes, whilethe match ended in a 2-2 draw courtesy of two late goals scored by the opposition.

Must-See Goals: Saturday Bonanza

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From the English Premier League to Portugal's top flight, Saturday had plenty of spectacular goals.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli arguably scored the goal of the EPL season, but his strike was not the only one deserving of plaudits.

Paris Saint-Germain proved its Ligue 1 dominance once again on Saturday against Angers, with Angel Di Maria and Gregory van der Wiel scoring superb, yet completely different, goals.

U.S. U-20 midfielder Joel Sonora joins Bundesliga club Stuttgart

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While one American turned down a chance to play in Germany this week, another signed on Friday.

German Bundesliga clubVfB Stuttgart announced U.S. Under-20 midfielder Joel Sonora joined its reserve team on Friday. His contract runs until the summer of 2018.

"We had taken a closer look at Joel during two longer trials, and are convinced of his abilities," Stuttgart reserves coach Walter Thomae said in the club's official release.

Americans Abroad: Friday Rewind

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Many Americans Abroad were in action on Friday, and one U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team midfielder made his Liga MX debut.

Luis Gil started in his first game for Queretaro since making the move to Liga MX from Real Salt Lake, and helped the team record a 3-0 victory, the team's first of the Clausura campaign.

Must-See Goal: Dele Alli

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MLS Ticker: Reo-Coker, FC Dallas, Alashe and more

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After spending just one season with the Montreal Impact, an English midfielder is heading home.

Nigel Reo-Coker, 31, has officially left the Impact and will pursue a future in England after the club terminated his contract on Friday. The midfielder played in 28 matches for the team in 2015.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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While Arsenal faces off with rival Chelsea on Sunday, Leicester City can apply some pressure on Arsene Wenger's side with a win over seventh-place Stoke City on Saturday.

Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain hold a massive lead at the top of the league; however, the Parisians will meet a difficult opponent in Angers on Saturday.

Video: 16-year-old Messi dazzles for Barcelona B in new footage

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Howard, Bradley named to CONCACAF Male Best XI

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American internationals Tim Howard and Michael Bradley have been named to the CONCACAF Best XI, the federation announced Friday afternoon in a press release. Additionally, Howard was also awarded Male Goalkeeper of the Year.

The 36-year old Howard is starting in goal for Everton for his 10th straight season.

Carli Lloyd wins 2015 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year

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The U.S. Women's National Team will take the field for the first time in 2016 on Saturday, however, one of the team's biggest stars is being rewarded yet again for her stellar 2015 season.

Midfielder Carli Lloyd has been named 2015 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year, beating out fellow USWNT member Alex Morgan and Costa Rica's Shirley Cruz.

Cyle Larin headlines Canada roster to face USMNT

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Canada is set to bring a roster filled with familiar faces to take on the U.S. Men's National Team in an upcoming friendly.

MLS Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin, recent Toronto FC signing Will Johnson and all-time caps leader Julian De Guzmanheadline the 23-man roster selected byBenito Floro to take on the USMNT on Feb.

MLS Ticker: Ridgewell, Crew, NYCFC and more

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While the MLS transfer window is slowly coming to an end and teams are starting preseason camps, one member of the 2015 MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers is hoping to stay in England fora bit longer.

Timbers center back Liam Ridgewell, 31, hopes to extend his loan spell with Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion, saying: "It saves me going back and doing pre-season – I can do it here and get to play in the Championship.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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The German Bundesliga is back, and with it comes the powerful force that is Bayern Munich.

The German giant leads the rest of the field by a considerable gap, with second-place Borrussia Dortmund eight points back. Bayern has a chance to stretch that to double figures on Friday when it travels to Imtech Arena to play Hamburg SV.

U.S. U-23 goalkeeper Ethan Horvath signs extension with Molde

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Molde FK will be American goalkeeper Ethan Horvath's home for a little bit longer.

On Friday, the Norwegian Tippeligaen club announced the extension of the 20-year-old's contract by one year to 2018.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that Horvath deserves the reward of an extension after demonstrating his skill during the 2015 campaign.

NASL Ticker: Expansion, Rayo OKC, Miami FC and more

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With two new teams set to enter the fray in the Spring Season, the NASL offseason is as busy as ever. Here's a closer look at some of this week's movement across the league:

Speaking to Empire of Soccer, NASL commissioner Bill Peterson says the league expects to expand into the Western U.

Friday Kickoff: Mascherano, Sturridge, FIFA and more

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Friday is here, marking the beginning of a long weekend of soccer action and the return of the German Bundesliga, but it's not a good day for one Barcelona player, who was sentenced to one year in jail because of tax fraud.

On Thursday, defender Javier Mascherano was sentenced to a year in prison for avoiding tax payments in Spain; however, he is not expected to serve time in jail.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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The German Bundesliga is about to return from its winter break, and for Fabian Johnsonthat presents an opportunityto pick up right where he left off.

Johnson enjoyed a strong first half to Borussia Moenchengladbach's campaign, and will aim to carry that form over into 2016. His first opponent of the new year will come on Saturday, when Moenchengladbach hosts second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

Atlanta United stadium opening delayed

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Atlanta United's home debut will apparently occur much later than originally intended.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionreported on Thursday that the opening ofMercedes-Benz Stadium has been delayed untilJune 1, 2017. As a result, the stadium will not be ready for the first three months of Atlanta United's inaugural MLS season.

Jurgen Klinsmann reiterates backing of MLS

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Throughout his tenure as head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann has been painted as an adversary of MLS, but the U.S. Men's National Team head coach insists that the label couldn't be further from the truth.

Most recently, the USMNT boss was publicly chastised by Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, who accused Klinsmann of ignoring the league's top players.

European Weekend Preview: Bundesliga returns, Arsenal-Chelsea and more

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With the return of German Bundesliga action this weekend, all five of Europe's top leagues will be on display for those watching.

After a lengthy hiatus in Germany, two of the league's top sides will do battle on Saturday, when second-place Borussia Dortmund travels to fourth-place Borussia Monchengladbach.

MLS Ticker: Jaime, Fire, FC Dallas and more

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Official word of Jordan Morris' decision to join the Seattle Sounders dominated Thursday's Major League Soccer news, butReal Salt Lake lost a veteran in the midst of the frenzy:

Sebastian Jaime, 28, has left RSL to join Chilean side CD Universidad Catolica.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It has been 22 years since this wide of a point gap has separated the two storied London rivals, but for Arsenal and Chelsea, Sunday's London derby still has plenty at stake.

The Gunners, who currently sit atop the table in the English Premier League with 44 points, alongside Leicester City, are 19 points clear of their longtime adversary, which sits in 14th place as defending champion.

Seattle Sounders reveal Jordan Morris as latest Homegrown signing

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Jordan Morris has chosen MLS.

After weeks of speculation, forward Jordan Morris was revealed as the Seattle Sounders' latest Homegrown Player signing on Thursday.

The Sounders confirmed in November that they had offered the richest Homegrown contract in MLS history to Morris, and Goal USA reported in December that the contract is in the $250,000-$300,000 range.

Bill Hamid ruled out 4-6 months to recover from knee injury

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An injury that initially seemed like it would sideline Bill Hamid for weeks will shelve him for much longer.

D.C. United announced on Thursday that Hamid will miss 4-6 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.

MLS Ticker: Crew, Zimmerman, RSL and more

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News from the U.S. Men's National Team's January camp may be stealing the spotlight, but a couple reports from Scandinavia have revealed an MLS player to be and potential Viking FK signee.

The Columbus Crew are reportedly nearing a deal to acquire 24-year-old Odense Boldklub winger Emil Larsen.

Stoke boss says Geoff Cameron will sit out Leicester City clash

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Geoff Cameron is set to spend some more time on the sideline.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has said that Cameron still needs more tests to diagnose the ankle injury the 30-year-old American defender suffered on Jan. 5, and will miss Saturday's game as a result.

The versatile defender hasn't played in Stoke's three games since that cupmatch vs.

Fire GM Rodriguez focused on adding right characters in rebuild

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The Chicago Fire's general manager has stayed true to his word this offseason, with Nelson Rodriguez clearly focused on improving what was the worst defense in MLS last season.But there's much more than meets the eye going on in the Fire transformation, with Rodriguez citing mentality as the most important factor in the team's recent additions.

GM claims Morris said no to Bremen because he was homesick

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Jordan Morris appears ready to choose playing in MLS over playing in Europe, and the club he turned down is claiming the decision was made due to Morris feeling homesick.

Werder Bremen general manager Thomas Elchin told BILD on Thursday that Morris was already missing home during his brief training stint with the German club.

U.S. U-17s advance to Aegean Cup final after victory vs. Belgium

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The U.S. Under-17 National Team's Aegean Cup journey continues on to the final.

The Americans, coached by John Hackworth, will face off against host Turkey in the Aegean Cup final on Saturday after defeating Belgium, 2-0, on Thursday. The Americans topped Group B after winning two of three group games.

Lynden Gooch joins Doncaster Rovers on short loan

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Lynden Gooch has excelled for Sunderland in the English Under-21 Premier League, and now the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder will have the chance to prove himself in League One.

On Thursday, Sunderland announced that Gooch has joined League One side Doncaster Rovers on a one-month loan.

Klinsmann says Feilhaber was never at 'international level' for USMNT

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Benny Feilhaber has had his chance to criticize the decision-making of the U.S. Men's National Team head coach, and Jurgen Klinsmann hasn't shied away from a response.

Speaking to Goal USA, Klinsmann said the simple reason Feilhaber has not been called into the USMNT more often is because he has not performed up to par.

Thursday Kickoff: Bale, Bayern, Ronaldinho and more

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Leaked contract details of the world's most high-profile players are emerging on the internet, and one Welsh international has been thrust into the spotlight this morning.

According to the official transfer agreement, which was recovered and published by Football Leaks, between Tottenham and Real Madrid for Gareth Bale, the Spanish club spent a total 100 millionEuros to complete the transaction.

Jurgen Klinsmann 'thrilled' Jordan Morris is joining Sounders

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U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team forward Jordan Morris has faced some scrutiny after deciding to turn down a contract offer from Werder Bremen, but U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is apparently happy with his choice.

On Wednesday, Klinsmann spoke about Morris' decision to turn down a deal with the Bundesliga club, saying that he is just happy he has decided to take the next step in his development and turn pro.

Alejandro Bedoya pushes Nantes on in Coupe de France with extra-time winner

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Time was almost up, and FC Nantes needed a goal in order to avoid the coinflipthat is a penalty shootout.

In came Alejandro Bedoya to save the day. With his first touch, no less.

Bedoya pushed Nantes on the Coupe de France on Wednesday by coming off the bench and scoring the extra-time winner in a 1-0 triumph over fourth-division side FC Mantes.

Patrick Vieira officially introduced as New York City FC head coach

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NEW YORK — After more than two months since he was first appointed as New York City FC's new head coach, Patrick Vieira was formally introduced by the club on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

"It's a really exciting day for myself and the football club," the 39-year-old former French international said alongside NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna.

Clint Dempsey focusing on his play despite unknown USMNT standing

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Clint Dempsey would like to play in the Copa America Centenario this summer, but whether he gets that chance remains to be seen.

The U.S. Men's National Team has looked a bit different in its two most recent camps, as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has opted to call in younger players while leaving some veterans at home with their clubs.

Sounders sign MLS veteran Michael Farfan

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While spotlight in the Pacific Northwest has been stolen by the much-awaited signing of Jordan Morris, the Seattle Sounders added a veteran MLS piece to its midfield in the mean time.

The Sounders announced the signing of Michael Farfan on Wednesday, who joins Seattle after spending last season with Eastern Conference side D.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Wednesday's schedule is packed with plenty of must-see games, with most of them coming in cup competitions.

In England, Leicester City does battle with Tottenham in FA Cup action, while Liverpool hosts League 2 side Exeter City following a draw in the previous tie.

Spanish soccer, meanwhile, boasts a Copa del Rey clash between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

Keane, Gerrard expect continued success despite Galaxy shakeup

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TheLA Galaxy's run of three MLS Cup crowns in four seasons came via the performances of a distinct core of players, butthat core has splintered ahead of the 2016 campaign as the club looks to pushinto a new era.

The Galaxy have had a roster shakeup this offseason.

Video: Feilhaber reveals frustration with Klinsmann's USMNT selection

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MLS Ticker: NYCFC, Whitecaps, FC Dallas and more

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Roughly a month-and-a-half remains before the start of the MLS season, and several teams have further bolstered their rosters before the start of preseason. Here's a look at Wednesday's MLS news and notes:

New York City FC has completed the signing of Costa Rican internationalRonald Matarritafrom Alajuelense.

Wednesday Kickoff: Pato, Barcelona, Prince Ali and more

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The January transfer window continues to link players with various clubs, as several Premier League teams are reportedly in pursuit of big-name forwards:

Alexandre Pato has reportedly agreed to a verbal contract with Chelsea, with Guus Hiddink's side looking to add more depth at the striker position.

D.C. United releases new stadium renderings

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D.C. United's new home may be several years away from completion, but the club's latest release has offered a better look at what exactly can be expected from the Buzzard Point project.

Expected to open in 2018, the stadium was the subject of several renderings released Tuesday, offering a look at D.

Matt Miazga confident after rapid USMNT rise in 2015

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Few can say they have enjoyed the type of year that New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga experienced in 2015.

The 20-year oldproved not only to be a stalwart center back for Jesse Marsch's Supporters' Shield-winning Red Bulls, but also displayed his rapid growth on the international stage.

Evening Ticker: Sampaoli, Pellegrini, Ramos and more

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The Fourth Round of the English FA Cup is nearly set after Tuesday's round of results, yet the scores weren't the only talking points making the rounds.

Jorge Sampaoli, who has been linked with a move to coach Chelsea, officially resigned as Chile national team head coach after winning the 2015 Copa America.

Ethan Finlay eager to prove himself on USMNT stage

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Ethan Finlay is widely considered one of the best wingers in Major League Soccer, and the Columbus Crew star is now tasked with taking that reputation and replicating it on the international level.

Following a 12-goal, 13-assist season for the Columbus Crew, Finlay has been called in to the U.

Benny Feilhaber rips Jurgen Klinsmann's player selections

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Benny Feilhaber is coming off an MVP-caliber season in MLS, but has remained on the outside of the U.S. Men's National Team picture, much to the consternation of some USMNT fans.

Based on his comments on Tuesday, it sounds like Feilhaber is done waiting for U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to give him a call.

Turnley, Frouchauer first players selected in final two rounds of MLS Draft

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After numerous trades and high-profile selections were on display during last week's first and second rounds of the 2016 MLS Draft, the final two rounds concluded on Tuesday.

The third and fourth rounds were completed today via conference call, and featured the selection of a fourth Georgetown defender.

Miami FC eager to be go-to club for local prospects as debut season nears

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Miami FC general manager Cesar Velasco has been through this process before. A former executive at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Velasco has seen a team built from the ground up and endured the pressures and frustration that come with it.

Yet, Velasco will be the first to admit that what is going on with Miami FC is a whole new kind of challenge.

Midday Ticker: Bale, Naismith, Guatemala and more

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A busy morning of transfers in England were somewhat overshadowed by a diagnosis of a Real Madrid and Welsh star.

Welsh international attacker Gareth Bale was diagnosed with a soleus muscle injury in his right leg by Real Madrid, and may miss three games based on prior reports. (REPORT)

Norwich City signed 29-year-old forward Steven Naismith on a three-and-a-half-year deal after acquiring him from Everton.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Impact, Cole and more

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The end of the MLS transfer window is in sight, and teams like the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact are making some interesting moves.

Portuguese defender João Meira will reportedly join the Fire ahead of the 2016 season. The 28-year-old has reportedly signed for two years and is quoted as saying: "I'm pretty happy with this my new challenge that I will face with the expectation of the great club that is the Chicago Fire.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Cup action across Europe and on this side of the Atlantic dominates Tuesday's schedule, with Ligue 1's best team in action.

Paris Saint-Germain has been superb in league play, and head coach Laurent Blanc has named many of his star players into the roster to compete in the Coupe de France. However, Javier Pastore, Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti will miss the cup clash against Toulouse at the Parc des Princes.

Clint Irwin viewed as missing piece as TFC continues to build back line

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Throughout the past several seasons, Toronto FC has made its intentions known when it comes to the club's desire to build a contender. Whether it was the "Bloody Big Deal" of signing Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley or the marquee additions of Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore, TFC has recently been at the forefront when it comes to investing in an effort to build a trophy-winning team.

Copa America Centenario drawing set for Feb. 21

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Update your schedules because the date for the Copa America Centenario group stage drawing has been revealed.

On Tuesday, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL andthe Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee revealed the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City as the site for the 2016 Copa America Centenario Draw.

Jermaine Jones would take pay cut, increased years to seal Revs return

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For the time being, Jermaine Jones is a man without a club, but the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder remains open to reaching a deal with his most recent team.

Speaking to ESPN, Jones revealed that he would take a pay cut to return to the New England Revolution in 2016.

Jordan Morris won't sign with Werder Bremen amid recent negotiations

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Despite Monday's report out of Germany claiming U.S. Men's National Team forward Jordan Morris would imminently be joining Werder Bremen, the plans for the former Stanford Cardinal have changed.

According to Werder Bremen's official website, Morris will not sign with the Bundesliga side and has claimed that his future is in America.

Caleb Stanko scores game-tying goal in SC Freiburg friendly

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After suffering a right-knee injury almost a year and a half ago, Caleb Stanko must feel pretty good right about now as he scored a goal for SC Freiburg.

American midfielder Stanko, 22, scored the only goal for Freiburg during its 1-1 tie against FC Luzern in a friendly on Monday.

Stanko, who suffered an ACL tear in August 2014, made his debut for the Freiburg senior team at the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign.

Tuesday Kickoff: Blatter, Raul, Arsenal and more

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Sepp Blatter may be banned from FIFA, but he and his salary are in the news this morning.

In spite of being banned from the sport for eight years, outgoing FIFA president Blatter is still receiving payment from world soccer's governing body, and will continue to receive his salary until a new president is elected on Feb.

Evening Ticker: Vidic, Coppa Italia, Modric and more

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While updates on injuries and signing announcements made waves across Europe, a historic upset occurred in the Coppa Italia.

Italian third-tier club Alessandria advanced to the Coppa Italia semifinals, where it will meet AC Milan after defeating Spezia, 2-1, on Monday.

Inter Milan and 34-year-old Nemanja Vidic have come to a mutual agreement to terminate the defender's contract.

U.S. U-18 coach Omid Namazi names 36-player squad for first camp

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Omid Namazi is wasting no time getting a look at a good chunk of his player pool.

Namazi named his first roster as head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team, and it was comprised of 36 players. The camp will run from Jan. 17-23, and will be held at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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Two English Premier League teams in dire need of a win meet on Monday.

Currently in one of three EPL relegation spots, Swansea City can climb into safety with a win against Watford at Liberty Stadium on Monday (3 p.m., NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra).

That will be no easy task, though, as Swansea has only won once in its previous 12 games across all competitions.

Brad Evans added to USMNT January camp roster

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The U.S. Men's National Team's January camp roster has been boosted by the inclusion of a veteran fullback.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that Brad Evans will be available for training for the USMNT's annual winter camp, which began last week and will conclude with friendlies at the StubHub Center againstIceland on Jan.

MLS Ticker: Irwin, NYCFC, Las Vegas and more

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Although the MLS Draft has come and gone, the transfer window is still open and a couple of clubs have made some deals.

On Monday, Toronto FC announced the acquisition of 26-year-old goalkeeper Clint Irwin from the Colorado Rapids. The Western Conference club will receive targeted allocation money as well as two MLS Draft picks one in 2016 and one in 2017.

Silverbacks looking to continue in USL or NPSL

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The Atlanta Silverbacks' days as an NASL club are over, but the team's days as a professional soccer franchise appear set to continue.

Speaking to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Silverbacks name ownerBoris Jerkunica says that he and his group of partners are exploring the option of starting a team in either the USL or NPSL following the NASL club's demise.

Fulham manager Jokanovic says Hyndman won't be sold

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Emerson Hyndman's contract with Fulham continues to move closer and closer to its expiration date, but the club doesn't appear to be ready to cash in on the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team midfielder any time soon.

Fulham managerSlavisa Jokanovic insists that neither Hyndman nor Moussa Dembele will leave the club in January.

Monday Kickoff: Costa, Messi, Bolton and more

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After a slew of knocks were suffered by star players over the weekend, tests on Monday revealed one to be injury free but another may possibly miss an important clash.

Chelsea received partial good news when tests revealed that forward Diego Costa did not fracture his tibia in his shin, but he did suffer a bruise and the club said: "He was at the training ground for treatment on Sunday and it is not known yet whether the striker will miss the Arsenal game.

Jordan Morris to Werder Bremen imminent according to club's sporting director

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It's only a matter of time before Jordan Morris signs with Werder Bremen, according to the German club's sporting director.

Speaking to German outlet Weser-Kurier, Werder Bremen official Thomas Gauge said it's not a matter of "if" Morris will sign with the Bundesliga side but "when." Gauge also says that Morris fits the needs of the club.

Sunday Ticker: Messi, Bale, EPL and more

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It was a day of blowouts, but also of injuries to star players in La Liga on Sunday.

Barcelona scored six, including a hat trick from Luis Suarez, vs. Athletic Bilbao, but was dealt a blow when Messi left the game at halftime due to a hamstring injury. (REPORT)

Welsh international Gareth Bale left Real Madrid's game early due to injury, and will have tests on his calf on Tuesday.

Report: Jelle Van Damme set to transfer, linked to Galaxy

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Following in the footsteps of Belgian defender Laurent Ciman, Jelle Van Damme is reportedly set to join MLS.

According to Belgian news outlet Sudinfo.com, defender Jelle Van Damme has reached an agreement with Belgian club Standard Liège to transfer. In a report on Saturday, the LA Galaxy were reportedly nearing a deal to sign the former Belgian international.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Rumors of Alejandro Bedoya's future at FC Nantes have been swirling ever since the MLS Draft, but he did something for the French club this weekend that he had not done in over a month: Start a game.

Getting the nod for the first time since Dec. 19, Bedoya went the distance as Nantes picked up a 2-2 road draw vs.

Must-See Goal: Alvaro Negredo

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Saturday Ticker: Martinez, Costa, Real Madrid and more

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Roberto Martinez criticized the officiating in Everton's tie vs. Chelsea, Diego Costa visited the hospital to have his shin examined and more.

Following his side's 3-3 tie against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Everton manager Martinez made it clear that he was not at all happy with the referee's decision to let the game-tying goal stand, saying: "I am very angry.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Two of England's most storied clubs meet at Anfield on Sunday, and both sides need all three points.

Liverpool hosts Manchester United in the English Premier League's headliner. The Reds have only won twice in their previous seven games, though, leaving Jurgen Klopp's men on the outside of a European qualification spot.

Report: Cole set to join Galaxy after Roma buys out contract

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The LA Galaxy have reportedly expressed an interest in bringing Ashley Cole to MLS for weeks, and it appears as though the final hurdle has been cleared to complete the move.

According to the LA Times, AS Roma has bought out the remaining few months of the former English national team defender's contract.

Red Bulls youth movement continued with draft picks, Homegrown additions

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BALTIMORE – Moments before Thursday's MLS Draft was set to kick off, a group of recent college players wereparaded on stage for all to see.Like many in the room, the six prospects are preparing to embark on a professional career, but the group in question is set to begin the next stage of their soccer careers in a class all their own.

Evening Ticker: Chelsea, West Brom, Real Madrid, Gundogan and more

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Wednesday's contentious match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion has drawn FA sanctions, whileseveral English Premier League sides could face greater backlash over transfer misconduct.

The FA announced on Friday that both Premier League teams have been charged for failing to control its players stemming from their2-2 midweek clash at Stamford Bridge.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Chelsea may be sitting a comfortable six points above the relegation zone in the English Premier League, but that sense of comfort could all change come Saturday against Everton.

The Blues host the Toffees, who are unbeaten in four games, at Stamford Bridge, while Tottenham-Sunderland and Manchester City-Crystal Palace headline action in England.

MLS Ticker: Pfeffer, RSL, Atlanta United and more

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Zach Pfeffer is moving to the Colorado Rapids to complete a trade, Yura Movsisyan is re-joining Real Salt Lake and more:

The Philadelphia Union are sending 21-year-old Pfeffer to the Colorado Rapids to complete the exchange for the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday's MLS Draft.

The SBI Live Q&A (January 15th Edition)

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The SBI Live Q&A is back as the offseason continues through the month of January.

It's time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Q&A, where I field soccer-related questions for the next few hours.

With the first half of the 2016 MLS Draft in the books, I'm sure many of you will want to discuss the two rounds that went down on Tuesday.

SBI Live Q&A set for 3 p.m. today

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With the MLS Draft festivities in the rearview mirror, it's time for another SBI Live Q&A.

Join SBI editor-in-chief Ives Galarcep as he takes your soccer-related questions (and pop culture questions) starting at 3 p.m. today. Want to talk MLS Draft? The MLS offseason and January transfer window?

U.S. U-17 coach John Hackworth calls in 32 players for Aegean Cup

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John Hackworth has named his first squadin his second stint as head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team.

Hackworthdecided toinclude32 players to the 2016 Spring Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida, and all are new to the program.

The young Americans are set to head to Turkey to compete in the Aegean Cup 2016, which begins on Jan.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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The second round of Liga MX Clausura action kicks off this Friday, as Veracruz-León headlines play in Mexico.

León started off its Clausura campaign with a win vs. Santos Laguna in the first week of play. However, Friday's game against fellow 2015 Apertura playoff participant Veracruz will arguably be more of a challenge, especially since the game is at Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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Joe Coronawill not only have a chance to impress his parent club this weekend. He will also have a chance to beat it as well.

Corona is set to face the Liga MX team that sent him on loan during the most recent Apertura and Clausura campaigns, as he and Dorados de Sinaloa welcome Club Tijuana on Saturday.

Report: Rapids attempting to acquire Tim Howard

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The Colorado Rapids are hoping that Tim Howard becomes the latest American to return to MLS.

According to ESPN FC, the Rapids are attempting to acquire the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper after receiving the top allocation spot in MLS in a trade with the Chicago Fire during Thursday's MLS Draft.

Christian Pulisic scores in Dortmund win

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Christian Pulisic's fine form for the senior Borussia Dortmund team continued on Friday.

The 17-year-old American midfielder scored the fourth goal in the club's 4-1 rout of South Korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.

Pulisic found himself wide open inside the penalty box after receiving a pass from Shinji Kagawa in the beginning of the 91st minute, and he coolly smashed the ball to the near post to beat the goalkeeper.

Generation adidas signee Laryea joins best friend Larin at Orlando City

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BALTIMORE Orlando City SC needed to bolster its midfield options going into the 2016 season after a high rate of turnover from their inaugural MLS roster, and the club did so in style with theirfirst selectionof the MLS Draft on Thursday.

Akron midfielder Richie Laryea was chosen by the Lions with the seventh overall pick, as interim General ManagerPhil Rawlins elected to reunite last year's MLS Rookie of the Year with his best friend from childhood.

Cosmos sign U.S. U-17 midfielder Cavillo, Arrieta; lose Cellerino

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Throughout the past year, the New York Cosmos have focused on adding young American internationals, and the club did just that yet again.

On Friday, the Cosmos announced the signing U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team midfielder Eric Cavillo, who was a member of the U.S teamat the 2015 U-17 World Cup.

Jordan Morris assists in Werder Bremen friendly win

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While U.S. Men's National Team attacker Jordan Morris continues to sort out his professional playing future, the former Stanford Cardinal has made an impact while on trial with German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.

The 21-year-old forward started in Friday's friendly for Bremen against Inter Baku of Azerbaijan, and assisted on Claudio Pizarro's 42nd-minute goal.

MLS Notes: Garber supports MLS Draft, talks replay in USL and more

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The increasing number of Homegrown Player signings in MLS is dilutingthe pool of college players available, but leaguecommissioner Don Garber still is still a fan of the MLSDraft.

The 2016 installment of the drafttook place in Baltimore, Maryland, on Thursday, and one of the main subplots going into it was how much longer it would be a useful tool for clubs to discover players.

Friday Kickoff: Real Madrid, Pato, Copa del Rey and more

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Real Madrid will attempt to overturn FIFA's transfer sanction, Alexandre Pato's future will reportedly be revealed in the next couple of days and more:

Real Madrid announced it would formally appeal FIFA's transfer ban, with director general José Ángel Sánchez saying: "This club has never collaborated in the uprooting of families of underage players.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool-Man United, Milan-Fiorentina and more

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After recent reports suggested that Louis Van Gaal could be sacked this weekend with another poor result, Manchester United is in dire need of three points when it travels to Anfield to face an improved Liverpool.

Last-place Aston Villa will look to make it two-in-a-row on Saturday when the Villans host co-league leaders Leicester City.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Their first meeting of the season four months ago carried plenty of storylines, but for Manchester United and Liverpool, all that must seem to be ages ago as they prepare for another tilt this weekend at Anfield.

Louis van Gaal's squad was flying high after coming away with a 3-1 victory in that Sept.

Report: Alejandro Bedoya won't join MLS, Rapids this winter

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There have been a handful of U.S. Men's National Team players who have decided to return to the States after playing abroad in recent years, but Alejandro Bedoya won't be one of those.

At least for the time being.

According to Goal USA, the 28-year-old midfielder will not be joining MLS during this winter transfer window amid speculation of a move to the Colorado Rapids.

Garber 'hopeful' that Drogba returns to Impact

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As things stand, Didier Drogba remains a Montreal Impact player, and MLS commissioner Don Garber hopes that remains true for the foreseeable future.

Recent reports have linked the Ivorian striker with a return to Chelsea, where he would work in a coaching capacity while retiring as an active player.

Union walk away pleased with talented haul from 2016 MLS Draft

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BALTIMORE Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart failed to get a good amount of sleep on Wednesday night because he knew what moves were ahead for his club in Thursday's MLS Draft.

When the Union were done wheeling and dealing, they brought in an impressive haul that included second-overall pick Joshua Yaro, third-overall selection Keegan Rosenberry and sixth-overall choice Fabian Herbers.

MLS Ticker: Hamid, Pulido, Galaxy and more

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After being forced to leave U.S. Men's National Team camp with an apparent nagging knee injury, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid could miss significant time leading up to the 2016 MLS regular season:

Hamid could reportedly be out for several months after undergoing surgery to repair his injured meniscus on Wednesday.

Jack Harrison relieved after 'whirlwind' process finally unites him with NYCFC

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BALTIMORE – For nearly 45 minutes, Jack Harrison's status remained up in the air. Selected by the Chicago Fire with the first overall pick, Harrison satin limbo as pieces started to come together behind the scenes.

As drafteescontinued to walk past him on their way to take team photos, Harrison waited and waited as his path continued to be decided by coaches and executives stationed on the draft room floor.

NYCFC acquires Jack Harrison in 2016 MLS Draft dominated by trades

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With the first two rounds of the 2016 MLS Draft in the books, there was a common theme in Baltimore on Thursday: trades aplenty.

After being selected first overall in this year's draft by the Chicago Fire, Wake Forest midfielder Jack Harrison wound up with the club that wanted him all along, New York City FC.

Schmid, Garber remain patient with Morris amid Werder Bremen trial

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BALTIMORE – Like many throughout the American soccer landscape, the Seattle Sounders are resigned to a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the future of prized prospect Jordan Morris.

The U.S. Men's National Team forward's future remains up in the air following his decision to depart Stanford following his junior year.

NASL Ticker: Schedule revealed, Fury bolster options, Cosmos retain technical staff, and more

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Amidst the flurry of MLS news during draft week, NASL has been busy with an offseason of its own. The schedule has been announced and clubs keep making big movesas the reestablished league looks to usher in its most successful season yet.

Here are some recent news and notes from around the league this week:

The league revealed its full 2016 season schedule on Thursday, with the first round of matches kicking off on Saturday, April 2.

Free agent Mike Magee returns to Galaxy

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After spending almost two-plusseasons with the Chicago Fire, Mike Magee is returning to California.

The LA Galaxy announced the signing of free agent Magee on Thursday, confirming earlier reports.The 13-year MLS veteran spent 2009 to 2013 with the Galaxy, winning two MLS Cup titles.

2016 MLS Draft: SBI Live Commentary

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After a week of play and testing, college soccer's best players will learn their fate today in Baltimore.

The MLS Draft officially begins at 1 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, and the Chicago Fire are currently on the clock. New Fire head coach Veljko Paunović and his staff have an important decision to make with the No.

Jordan Morris will extend trial at Werder Bremen

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After impressing in a recent trial with German club Werder Bremen, U.S. Men's National Team forward Jordan Morris will extend his time with the team as it prepares to resume the 2015-16 Bundesliga campaign.

The 21-year old confirmed to Kreiszeitung that he will travel back to Germanyon Saturday and continue training with the club.

A closer look at the first five picks of the 2016 MLS Draft

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For coaches and general managers, Thursday marks the culmination of months and years of work. For the players, Thursday could represent the realization of a lifelong dream.

The 2016 MLS Draft is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland, on Thursday afternoon, and with it will come the next wave of professional players that will fill and bolster MLS rosters.

Ben Polk, Hadji Barry ink MLS deals ahead of Thursday's Draft

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Late Wednesday night two more college seniors inked MLS contracts ahead of Thursday's MLS Draft in Baltimore.

A pair of forwards Central Florida's Hadji Barry and Syracuse Orangeman Ben Polk signed deals with MLS, according to the league.

Barry and Polk joined four other seniors that completed deals earlier on Wednesday: North Carolina defender Jonathan Campbell, Clemson's Kyle Fisher, Virginia midfielder Todd Wharton and Kentucky goalkeeper Callum Irving.

Thursday Kickoff: FIFA, Real Madrid, Van Gaal and more

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Manchester United head coach Louis Van Gaal's job may be on the line come Sunday, Alexis Sanchez could feature for Arsenal over the weekend, FIFA sanctioned Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid and more:

FIFA bans Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid from signing players during the next two transfer windows not including this January transfer window after being found guilty of violating "several provisions concerning the international transfer and first registration of minor players as well as other relevant provisions with regard to the registration and participation of certain players in competitions.

Evening Ticker: Aguero, CONCACAF, FIFA and more

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While Manchester City was held to a 0-0 draw against Tottenham on Wednesday, star forward Sergio Aguero was linked with a potential return to his native country:

Independiente secretary-general Hector Maldonado is confident thatAguero will return to his childhood club in 2017. The 27-year-old striker began his professional career with the Argentine club in 2003 before moving to Europe.

The Final SBI 2016 MLS Mock Draft

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The 2016 MLS Draft is just hours away, and while we still don't know what trades may go down to shake up the first round, we can take one final look at how Thursday's draft proceedings might go.

The final SBI MLS Mock Draft does discuss potential trade scenarios, but this rundown is based on a draft with no trades, which we all know isn't what will happen.

SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 4.0)

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The 2016 MLS Draft is almost here, and if you are wondering how players in the draft pool are stacking up after the MLS Combine, look no further.

The final SBI MLS Draft Big Board is your guide for where players are being projected to go in the draft. After conversations with more than two dozen coaches and general managers, as well as scouts, college coaches and players, we feel pretty good about offering a good glimpse into how teams see the talent in this year's draft.

Report: Danladi will not be signed to Generation adidas deal

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Abu Danladi has long been seen as one of the top prospects for the 2016 MLS Draft, but the UCLA star will reportedly not be taking part in Thursday's event.

Goal USA reported on Wednesday that MLS has failed to sign Danladi to a Generation adidas deal ahead of Thursday's MLS Draft. As a result, the UCLA forward will not be eligible for selection.

MLS Draft Spotlight: Alfaro feeling no pressure despite small school label

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Tony Alfaro's reputation has been forged almost solely in Southern California, but the Cal State Dominguez Hills product is about to take his game tothe national stage after excelling at the MLS Combine.

Since he was six years old, the central defender has featured almost exclusively within the Southern California soccer scene.

MLS Ticker: Orlando City, Lawrence and more

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While the excitement surrounding new stadium plans remain high, Orlando City SC will have to wait a little longer to debut its new soccer-specific ground:

On Wednesday, the clubannounced that the side's construction of its new stadium is taking longer than expected and the Lions will remain at the Citrus Bowl in 2016.

Earthquakes in search of more goals in 2016

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. If there is one area thatthe San Jose Earthquakes are hoping to see a drastic improvement in in 2016, it is goal-scoring.

Year 1 of Dominic Kinnear's second stint with the Earthquakes ended without a playoff berth, and one of the primary reasons for that was the club's lack of goals.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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It is another busy Wednesday in club soccer, with mouth-watering matches set to take placeall over.

High-flying Arsenal will be at Anfield with expectations of taking three points from Liverpool amidst an injury crisis for Jurgen Klopp's team. Manchester City, meanwhile, will look for a big home win over Tim Howard and Everton.

SBI Spotlight: Harrison pushes towards unfamiliar draft following denial of NYCFC claim

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Growing up in England, Jack Harrison had little knowledge of Drafts, Homegrown deals or Generation adidas offers. Yet, over the past few weeks, the former Wake Forest star has become quite acquainted with the various roster mechanisms that will now determine his future home.

Prior to his time with the Demon Deacons, Harrison emerged as the 2015 Gatorade National Boy's Soccer Player of the Year while with Berkshire School inSheffield, Mass.

Rapids likely to address position of need in MLS Draft

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. The MLS Draft always comes down to one of two principal philosophies: Address a need or take the best player available.

It seems likely that the Colorado Rapids will go with the former.

The Rapids are a day away from entering the MLS Draft with the No.

Ex-Union coach Nowak takes job with Polish club

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It didn't take former Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak long to find work, despite recent allegations tying him to disturbing abuse during his time in MLS.

Polish club Lechia Gdansk has hiredthe 51-year old Nowak to manage the side. Nowak won't be able to begin coaching his new team until June 30, after the completion of the necessary coaching qualifications.

Everton's Martinez says Howard's future is 'impossible to say'

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Tim Howard has been with Everton since 2006, but the club's current manager says that the goalkeeper's future is now a bit uncertain.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says it is 'impossible to say' what the future holds for Howard, who has a deal with the club through 2018. Most recently, Howard sat out a pair of cup games in favor of Joel Robles, who helped secure Everton a pair of victories.

Wednesday Kickoff: FIFA, Neymar, Roma, and more

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FIFA sacked a top official after being embroiled in scandal since May of 2015, while Spanish court wants Neymar to testify and more:

FIFA's Emergency Committee officially cut ties with Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke, while Dr Markus Kattner will serve as Acting Secretary General in his place.

Versatility one of key reasons for Timbers' acquisition of Valentin

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. You could call it a reunion. Caleb Porter calls it addressing a need.

The Portland Timbers addeddefenderZarek Valentin on Tuesday, tradingan international roster spot to the Montreal Impact to acquire him. Valentin joins the Timbers and returns to MLS after spending three years in Noway with Bodo/Glimt, and is teaming up with Porter for their third stint together as player and coach.

Evening Ticker: Newcastle, Suarez, Liverpool and more

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After England central midfielder Jonjo Shelvey completed his move to Newcastle United, the Magpies played Manchester United to a thrilling 3-3 tie at St James' Park:

Newcastle announced on Tuesday that it had secured the transfer of Shelvey from Swansea City for more than $17 million. The midfielder has signed a four-year contract at Newcastle.

Stuart Holden training with USMNT

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Stuart Holden has faced a long road back from injuries, andthe midfielder's step towards recovery will come with the U.S. Men's National Team.

The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder is set to train with the USMNT as a guest throughout the team's January camp. Holden will not beeligible for the squads to faceIceland on Jan.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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It's only a Tuesday, but a good amount of Americans Abroad turned in some admirable shifts.

Most of the action took place in England, but not in the English Premier League. Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan was benched, but many more Americans stepped up their games in the Championship.

Midfielder Duane Holmes, 21, scored his first league goal for Huddersfield Town, while Reading midfielder Danny Williams also found the back of the net on Tuesday.

Bill Hamid injured with USMNT, replaced by Sean Johnson

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Whilethe U.S. Men's National Team's annual January camp is only a day old, injuries have already plagued Jurgen Klinsmann's team.

On Tuesday, U.S. Soccer announced that Klinsmann was forced to release D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamiddue to an injury sustained during training.

Cosmos notes: Stadium, Wright, potential signings, and more

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Since the club first made its proposal in 2013, the New York Cosmos have been awaiting approval of the club's stadium plan. Now, nearly three years later, the club sees an end in sight, for better or worse.

In the three years since their resurgence, the Cosmos have targeted land known asElmont Town Crossings near Belmont Park.

MLS Ticker: Pulido, Galaxy, and more

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While the Colorado Rapids have clear interest in a particular Mexican attacker, the acquisition of Alan Pulido reportedly remains in question:

The Colorado Rapids still have hurdles to climb in order to complete a loan deal for the 24-year old Pulido. According to ESPN FC, issues with the forward's International Transfer Certificate could be the source holding up the potential move.

MLS Draft Spotlight: North Florida's Morrell turning heads at MLS Combine

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Alex Morrell was far from the most highly-touted of prospects at the MLS Combine, but the diminutive North Florida midfielder has proven to be one of the biggest eye-openers of the pre-draft festivities.

A standout for the Ospreys, Morrell proved dominant in Atlantic Sun play throughout his career at North Florida.

Cosmos acquire Lahoud on loan as Restrepo joins Union

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The New York Cosmos have lost a key part of the club's 2015 title run, but, in his place, the club have added a valuable piece to a midfield weakened by the departure of Marcos Senna.

Winger Walter Restrepo has joined the Philadelphia Union after featuring for the Cosmos in 2015.

Christian Pulisic records assist in Dortmund friendly win

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He may only be 17 years old, but American midfielder Christian Pulisic looked like a Borussia Dortmund regular during Tuesday's friendly.

After coming on in the second half as a substitute, the U.S. Under-17 National Team midfielder dazzled during Dortmund's 4-0 drubbing of Frankfurt in Dubai, assisting on the team's third goal.

CONCACAF reveals shortlists for annual awards

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CONCACAF has announced the shortlists for the confederation's third-annual awards, with a number of Americans in the running for the accolades.

U.S. Men's National Team standouts Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley join Mexican stars Andres Guardado, Hirving Lozano, Jesus Corona, Oribe Peralta and Javier Hernandez on the shortlist for Male Player of the Year.

Cassar confirms negotiations being had between RSL, Movsisyan

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. Jeff Cassar would not say directly that Yura Movsisyan is returning to Real Salt Lake, but he sure came close.

Movsisyan has been heavily linked with a move back to RSL in recent days, and his agent, Patrick McCabe, even told the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend that there were discussions taking place between he and the club over a deal for the 28-year-old forward.

Report: Jason Kreis to join USMNT January camp coaching staff

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Out the door as head coach of New York City FC one day, joining the U.S. Men's National Team's coaching staff for January camp the next.

According to ESPN FC, former NYCFC and Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis has joined Jurgen Klinsmann's coaching staff for the upcoming training camp.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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A trio of enticing English Premier League games is on tap this Tuesday, while cup matches in Spain and France also kick off this afternoon.

Newcastle United-Manchester United at St James' Park headlines action in England, with Red Devils head coach Louis Van Gaal and Co. hoping to extend their winning streak to three games after an FA Cup victory over the weekend.

USWNT to play Germany, England, France in SheBelieves Cup

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The Women's World Cup may have been played in 2015, but the U.S. Women's National Team has decided to play the world's best a year later any way.

On Tuesday, U.S. Soccer announced that the federation will host the SheBelieves Cup in March, a four-team tournament consisting of the USWNT,England, France and Germany.

MLS Ticker: Valentin, Palmer, Earthquakes, and more

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After an original report from Goal USArecently linked Zarek Valentin with the reigning MLS Cup champions, it appears that the 24-year old will in fact make the transition:

The Portland Timbers have acquired Valentin from the Montreal Impact in exchange for an international roster slot for the upcoming 2016 season.

MLS Draft Spotlight: Campbell ready to bring UNC success to MLS

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Jonathan Campbell stepped into the fold with the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2012, making an immediate impact for one the NCAA's most-storied soccer programs. However, even the decorated central defender will admit that he still has some learning to do leading up to this week's MLS Draft.

The senior grew up in Greensboro, roughly an hour west of Chapel Hill, and wasa key contributor for Carlos Somoano's back line over his four years in the program.

Tight-lipped Fire hoping to make roster announcements in coming days

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. Mum is the word for the Chicago Fire right now, but they are hoping to make some roster announcements in the coming days. They could certainly use that, too.

The Fire are just two weeks away from the start of their first preseason under new head coach Veljko Paunovic, but there are only 14 players currently on the roster and all of them are 28-years old or younger.

Tuesday Kickoff: Guardiola, Sampaoli, FIFA, and more

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Pep Guardiola revealed he may not immediately make the jump to the English Premier League following the conclusion of the season, while the Chile national team head coach feels like a "hostage" and more:

Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola, who recently stated he would step down from the German club at the end of the 2015-16 season, said he may not coach in the EPL right away.

2016 MLS Combine: SBI Live Day Three Commentary

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. The final chance for MLS hopefuls to make an impression on coaches and scouts is here.

Day 3 of the MLS Combine is set to take place on a rainy and chilly morning in South Florida, but the weather is not stopping the action. Team Ace will take on Team Control in the first game of the day at 10 am while Team Chaos battles Team X at 11:45 am.

Rapids targeting two attacking players with "good" international resumes

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. The Colorado Rapids are looking at the international market for players. Of that there is no secret.

Who they will pick up is moreof an unknown.

The Rapids have been busy over the last week preparing for selecting second in this Thursday's MLS Draft, but the club is also looking to add more than a top collegiate prospect to its roster in the coming days.

SBI 2016 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 3.0)

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— After two days of the 2016 MLS combine, teams have begun to formulate opinions on the players here, and as usual, there are players who are seeing their stock skyrocket, while some others see their names drop lower on the boards of the 20 teams in attendance.

NASL suspends operation of Silverbacks

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After being run by the league throughout the most recent NASLcampaign, the Atlanta Silverbacks will not take the field in 2016.

The NASL announced on Monday thatthe league has suspended its operation of the Silverbacks forat least the 2016 season and possibly even beyond. The move comes following a season of league ownership as the NASL pursued the addition of a local ownership group, which NASL commissioner Bill Peterson highlighted as a necessity if the club was to go forward.

The 2016 SBI MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

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We all know how futile mock drafts can be, and even moreso in a draft primed for a plethora of trades, but that won't stop us from trying to figure out which players might wind up with which teams.

As always, we remind everyone that the purpose of this mock draft is to give you a sense of the sort of players who will be going around the time your team picks so you have an idea of where plays are being valued.

MLS Ticker: Gordon, Sporting KC, and more

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While Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy may have the stars that draw the spotlight, the five-time MLS champions brought back an important option for the team's depth on Monday:

The Galaxy have agreed to re-sign forward Alan Gordon in 2016. The 34-year old veteran made 29 league appearances for the club last season, starting in seven matches and tallying 10 goals.

Wilt set to depart Indy Eleven in pursuit of bringing NASL to Chicago

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Peter Wilt played an integral part in constructing Indy Eleven throughout the club's inaugural two seasons of NASL play. Now, the former Chicago Fire executive will attempt to do the same while returning to his former home.

Indy Eleven announced on Monday that Wilt isset totransition into a role with sports consulting firm CLUB 9 SPORTS while pursuing the creation of a Chicago NASL club.

Jill Ellis wins FIFA Women's Coach of the Year

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The U.S. Women's National Team truly had a historic 2015, and Monday's FIFA Ballon d'Or gala capped off the year in style for theWomen's World Cup winners.

While USWNT midfielder Carli Lloyd captured the FIFA Women's Player of the Year award, FIFA also named head coach Jill Ellis the 2015World Coach of the Year for Women's Soccer.

Messi beats out Ronaldo, Neymar to claim fifth Ballon d'Or

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Like many of the years that preceded it, 2015 was the year of Lionel Messi.

FIFA announced on Monday that the Barcelona and Argentina star has been recognized with his fifth Ballon d'Or. Messi, who claimed the award four straight times from 2009-12, received41.33% of votes to top 2014 and 2015 winnerCristiano Ronaldo (27.

U.S. U-20s begin 2016 with two wins, compete in two friendlies Tuesday

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The games may not have been against international competition, but the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team started 2016 off right with two wins.

The U.S. competed in its first two domestic friendlies of the year on Jan. 8, and defeated both SIMI Monteverde and Weston Select by a scoreline of 3-0 at Florida International University Stadium.

Carli Lloyd named FIFA Women's World Player of the Year

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Following a summer that saw herleadthe U.S. Women's National Teamto the 2015 Women's World Cup, Carli Lloyd hasbeen recognized with the biggest individual award in women's soccer.

FIFA announced on Monday that Lloyd has been named theFIFA Women's World Player of the Year.

Union planning to draft two players capable of contributing immediately

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. Having one of the top three picks in the MLS Draft is a good resource to add to your roster. Having two in the top six is a great one.

The Philadelphia Union are heading into Thursday's draft with the No. 3 and 6 selections, and are planning to use those to bolster a squad that disappointingly finished in ninth place in the Eastern Conference in 2015.

MLS Ticker: Finlay, NYCFC, Orlando City and more

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The Columbus Crew fell just short of an MLS Cup title in 2015, however, on Monday the team announced the re-signing of one Greg Berhalter's most critical pieces:

Columbus Crew SC attacker Ethan Finlay has agreed to a contract extension with the Eastern Conference side. The 25-year old notched a career-high 12 goals and 13 assists during the 2015 regular season, helping guide the Crew to the MLS Cup final.

Report: Timbers close to signing Jack McInerney

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The Portland Timbers seem to have found an answer to the hole that Maximiliano Urruti left when he was chosen by FC Dallas in the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

According to ESPN FC, the 2015 MLS Cup champions are set to acquire forward Jack McInerney from the Columbus Crew.

Monday Kickoff: Messi, Sanchez, Liverpool, and more

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Arsenal's Chilean star could be available this upcoming weekend, while Lionel Messi is expected to miss the 2016 Olympics in order to focus on Copa AmericaCentenario and more:

Argentina national team head coach Gerardo Martino says Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who is one of three finalists in the running for Monday's Ballon d'Or, may miss the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero in favor of focusing on Copa America Centenario.

MLS Combine: Observations after first two rounds of games

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. More goals, better soccer, and less nerves.Day 2 of the 2016 MLS Combine is in the books, and it was drastically better than the first round of matches.

This year's batch of MLS hopefuls took to the field for their latest opportunity to impress MLS coaches and scouts on Sunday, and not even a lightning delay early into the first game could stop the prospects from delivering improved play.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Gedion Zelalem continued to turn heads in Scotland, just days after the announcement that he would finish the season with Rangers.

Zelalem recorded an assist and had exceptional play in his team's 5-1 victory over Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup on Sunday. The helperthis weekend means that the 18-year-old central midfielder has now recorded three assists in his last four matches.

Impact still waiting for final verdict on Drogba dilemma

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Montreal Impact are trying to be patient as they work through their current dilemma with Didier Drogba, but the time is fast approaching when they will need a final answer on Drogba's future in MLS.

The Impact, Drogba, and English Premier League club Chelsea have all beenmiredin a very publiclove trianglefor several weeks now.

Sunday Ticker: FA Cup, Blatter, Hazard, and more

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While Oxford United produced the upset of the weekend in the FA Cup, Sepp Blatter announced that he will formally launch an appeal against his ban and more:

Sepp Blatter's attorney, Richard Cullen, told Agence France-Presse that the outgoing FIFA president will appeal his eight-year suspension from the sport.

Report: RSL agrees to deal with Yura Movsisyan

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Six years after departing for Europe,Yura Movsisyan is set for a return to Rio Tinto Stadium.

According to reports from the Salt Lake Tribune, Real Salt Lake has agreed on a deal for the returnthe 28-year-oldstriker, who featured for the club from 2007-09. Movsisyan's return would come after a six-year stint in Denmark and, most recently, Russia.

MLS Combine Day 2: SBI Live Commentary

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The2016 MLS Draft is less than a week away, and Sunday's round of MLS Combine contests will provide prospects with another chance to boost their stock ahead of the big day.

After opening the MLS Combine with a pair of games on Thursday, action resumes on Sunday with the second of three gamedays.

Joshua Yaro looking to improve on mixed Day 1 showing at MLS Combine

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. Widely projected to be the No. 1 pick of the 2016 MLS Draft, Joshua Yaro has plenty to build on at the MLS Combine if he is to live up to the hype.

Yaro did not have a terrible first day at the office on Friday, but, as is the case with most prospects, was not at his sharpest on Day 1 of the Combine.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Leicester City has surprised everyone with its English Premier League form, and will hope it carries over into the FA Cup on Sunday.

Tottenham-Leicester City headlines action in England, with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez doing battle against a Harry Kane-led Spurs side.

In Spain, Atlético Madrid will attempt to reclaim first place on the La Liga table with a road win against Celta de Vigo.

Red Bulls pleased with roster, counting on Homegrowns to contribute

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. The New York Red Bulls are known for boosting their roster by tapping into the international market in the offseason. They did it last year with the introduction of Sacha Kljestan and Ronald Zubar, and alsoin 2014 by adding Ambroise Oyongo and Armando.

Brandon Vincent hoping to fulfill Olympic dream after surprise USMNT call-up

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. Brandon Vincent was getting on a plane to the MLS Combine with Stanford teammate Eric Verso on Wednesday when the roster for the U.S. Men's National Team's annual winter camp came out. Unsurprisingly, neither Vincent or Verso were on the squad, but they still joked about missing their chance to play in this summer's Olympics.

Red Bulls working on trying to keep Matt Miazga

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. Matt Miazga had a breakout year with the New York Red Bulls in 2015. Whether he returns to the club to try and build on that is yet to be determined.

The Red Bulls are focusing on trying to bring back the core of their Supporters' Shield-winning team from a season ago, but it is unclear right now whether Miazga, their young starting centerback, will be back for the 2016 campaign.

Jordan Morris wins MAC Hermann award

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After a strong year for country and program, Jordan Morris was named college soccer's best player in 2015.

On Friday, the Stanford forward won the MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual intercollegiate award. He beat out Creighton's Fabian Herbers and Georgetown's Brandon Allen for the honors.

Haiti, Panama advance to Copa America Centenario

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The 2016 Copa America Centenario field is officially set after Friday's two remaining spots in the competition were decided.

In the first of the two fixtures to kick off from Panama City, second half substitute Pascal Millien scored Haiti's lone goal, which proved to be enough to top Trinidad & Tobago.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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The Zinedine Zidane era officially begins.

While FA Cup action takes center stage in England, a Zidane-led Real Madrid hosts Deportivo La Coruña. Also in Spain, Barcelona will look to climb its way back up the top of the La Liga table against Granada.

Arsenal-Sunderland headlines the action in England, while tensions will surely be high when AS Roma hosts AC Milan in an intriguing Serie A affair.

Vincent, Bingham among quartet called into USMNT

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Due to player injuries, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has had to make a few changes to his January camp roster.

On Friday, U.S. Soccer announced that Stanford fullback Brandon Vincent, as well as San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham, D.

Soccer Friday: Your Running Commentary

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The Copa America Centenario field will officially be set on Friday, as two spots will be filled by either Trinidad & Tobago or Haiti, and Cuba or Panama.

The winner will join the likes of Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Unites States, Mexico and Costa Rica during this summer's tournament.

MLS Combine Day One: Live Commentary

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The chance to improve one's draft stock begins today.

The first day of the 2016 MLS Combine sees Team Ace play Team X in Friday's first matchup at 2 p.m., while Control will play Chaos in the day's second contest at 3:45 p.m.

Some of the players looking to make their mark on the week leading up the the draft include Generation adidas signings Josh Yaro, Jack Harrison andRichie Laryea.

MLS Ticker: Lescott, Carillo, Sounders, and more

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After reports surfaced last night about the Los Angeles Galaxy's interest in AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong, Bruce Arena's side is reportedly in the market for another European addition:

The Galaxy are reportedly targeting Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott in an attempt to solidify the team's back line following the recent departure of USMNT center back Omar Gonzalez.

Report: Grabavoy, Valentin set to sign with Timbers

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An MLS veteran and American playing abroad may soon be heading to Portland.

On Friday, Goal USA reported that the Portland Timbers are set to acquire free-agent midfielder Ned Grabavoy and Bodo Glimt defender Zarek Valentin.

According to the report, a trade will have to be completed with the Montreal Impact in order for the Timbers to attain Valentin's MLS rights.

McCarty, Felipe, Perrinelle re-sign with Red Bulls

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A defensive trio which helped guide the New York Red Bulls to a Supporters' Shield title in 2015 will officially be returning for another season.

On Friday, the Red Bulls confirmed prior reports, and re-signed defensive midfielder Dax McCarty to a multi-year deal.

The SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 2.0)

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The 2016 MLS Combine kicks off on Friday afternoon, with more than 60 college and youth international players vying for a spot on the draft boards of the 20 MLS teams in attendance.

The initial Generation adidas class has been announced, with all five top prospects expected to be first-round picks, with a sixth in Omar Holness expected to be officially announced very soon.

SBI Spotlight: Rosenberry prepared for unexpected ahead of MLS Draft

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Having just wrapped up a four-year career at Georgetown, fullback Keegan Rosenberry was taught a series of lessons which have made him a better soccer player and person. Chief among them: to expect and prepare for the unexpected.

Throughout his youth career, Rosenberry was a constant in and around the Pennsylvania soccer scene.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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For a trio of Americans, the successes of MLS are in the rearview mirror. The current focus lies strictlyon trying to make an impact in Liga MX.

The first few weeks of the MLS offseason saw a handful of players move south of the border to Mexico, and now those new members of the Americans Abroad contingent will attempt to make their respective debuts for their new clubs.

Friday Kickoff: Ronaldo, Suarez, Gotze, and more

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While Liverpool is reportedly eyeing a German international, Real Madrid wants to hold onto its top players and more:

Cristiano Ronaldo won't be leaving Real Madrid any time soon according to new manager Zinedine Zidane. (REPORT)

The Spanish football federation (LFP) has suspended Barcelona striker Luis Suarez for two Copa del Rey games.

Reports: Galaxy interested in Dutch international Nigel De Jong

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Los Angeles FC may have stolen the spotlight in the city with its crest announcement on Thursday, but reports out of Italy have a Dutch international linked to the five-time MLS Cup champions.

According to multiple reports in Italy, the LA Galaxy are reportedly interested in acquiring 31-year-old midfielder Nigel Del Jong from Serie A side AC Milan.

Hertha Berlin CEO admits selling John Brooks is possible

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If John Brooks does not agree to a new deal with Hertha Berlin in the coming weeks or months, the clubmight just have toship him off elsewhere.

Hertha BerlinCEO Michael Preetz has said that the club has to regularlyconsider sellingplayers like Brooks if they do not agree to contract extensions.

European Weekend Preview: FA Cup, Zidane era begins, and more

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While the German Bundesliga remains on sabbatical for two more weeks, the English FA Cup continues this weekend with the Round of 64, and the competition will heat up with the introduction of both Premier League and Championship clubs.

Five all-Premier League match-ups will take center stage in the competition's third round, including Tottenham Hotspur battling Leicester City on Sunday.

Evening Ticker: CONMEBOL, Platini, Falcao, and more

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CONMEBOL came under investigation againon Thursday, while Thierry Henry endorsed his favorite for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or and more:

Paraguayan officialshave raided CONMEBOL, South America's soccer governing body, offices as part of an ongoing FIFA probe. Investigators were reportedly seeking documents and information from computer hard drives related to the case.

NASL Ticker: Rayo OKC, Miami FC, Rowdies, and more

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As the offseason continues, several NASL clubs continue to fill out their roster ahead of the 2016 season, while Rayo OKC named its first head coach on Thursday:

After coaching at NASL side San Antonio Scorpions for four seasons, Alen Marcina was named Rayo OKC's first head coach on Thursday.

NUTMEGS: Will Ferrell becomes latest LAFC minority owner

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Jokes have been made aplenty about the assembly line of minority owners that LAFC has, and here come a whole lot more.

During LAFC'sofficial unveiling of its crest and colors on Thursday, it was revealed that comedic actor Will Ferrell has joined the largest ownership group in the history of MLS.

MLS releases full schedule for 2016 season

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After much anticipation and a traditional delay, MLS releasedits full schedule for the upcoming 2016 season on Thursday afternoon.

The upcoming campaign will begin on March 6, and all 20 clubs will be in action on that jam-packed day of soccer. Some of the more intriguing matches for that first round includes the reigning champion Portland Timbers hosting theColumbus Crew in a rematch of the 2015 MLS Cup Final, the New York Red Bulls welcoming Toronto FC, and the Seattle Sounders facing visiting Sporting Kansas City.

MLS Ticker: Bolanos, Earthquakes, U.S. Open Cup, and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have reportedly signed a Costa Rican international, the San Jose Earthquakes made a couple of signings, and more:

Christian Bolanos may soon be the next Costa Rican to don the Vancouver Whitecaps' jersey, and an official announcement is expected some time this week. Capped 60 times by the Ticos, the 31-year-old winger will reportedly make the move on a free transfer from Deportivo Saprissa.

Brad Davis realizes career-long dream of playing at home by landing at Sporting KC

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Ever since his career began 14 years ago, Brad Davis dreamed of playing close to home. On Thursday, that dream became a reality.

Davis said goodbye to his old club and hello to his new one on Thursday morning, as the Houston Dynamo tradedhim to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for a couple of draft picks and future considerations.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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In hopes of salvaging a disappointing season thus far by its standards, Real Madrid will officially enter the Zinedine Zidane era this weekend.

The French legend took over the helm for Rafa Benitez earlier this week after the latter served a mere seven months on the job. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez clearly isn't happy about a third-place standing in La Liga at the moment for his club, so now it's up to Zizou to turn things around for Los Blancos, and that starts on Saturday when they host Deportivo La Coruña.

MLS Draft Spotlight: Tarbell ready to prove he's the best GK in the class of 2016

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Andrew Tarbell's talent in goal has been obvious to some for a long, long time.

While most passionate followers of the college game, especially of the Clemson Tigers, know just how good of a goalkeeper Tarbell was throughout his collegiate career, many people really started to take notice after his Man of the Match performance against Syracuse in the College Cup semifinals.

LAFC unveils logo, colors

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Los Angeles Football Club is still two years away from taking the field, but the club made a major step towards establishing its identity on Thursday.

Set to begin play in 2018, LAFC unveiled the club's logo and colors on Thursday. Featuring a black-and-gold color scheme, the logo features what appears to be an angel's wing to symbolize the city of Los Angeles.

Yaro, Laryea, Buescher among 2016 Generation adidas class

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This year's Generation adidas class is made up of five talents, including a goalkeeper and a former Manchester United academy player.

MLS announced the GA signings for 2016 on Thursday, and they include Josh Yaro, Richie Laryea, Jack Harrison, Julian Buescher and Andrew Tarbell. The league also revealed that it had signed Stanford defender Brandon Vincent.

Brad Davis heading to Sporting KC via trade from Dynamo

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The Houston Dynamo's all-time leader in appearances and assists is no longer a member of the club.

The Houston Chronicle reported on Thursday morning that Brad Davis had beentraded from his long-time home in Houston to Sporting Kansas City, and the club confirmed the move hours later.

SBI Spotlight: Vincent eager to showcase abilities in MLS Combine

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The 2016 MLS Combine is finally here, and while you would expect some players to be nervous, former Stanford captain Brandon Vincent is anything but.

The left back is fresh off leading his team to an NCAA College Cup championship. Expectations are high for both what he'll do on the field and how high he'll go in the upcoming draft,but even if he's nervous, he doesn'tshow it.

Shaq Moore signs with Spanish side Real Oviedo

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U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defender Shaq Moore is staying in Spain.

On Thursday, Segunda Division side Real Oviedo announced that the club has signed the American right back. In addition, the club stated that Moore has begun training with Real Oviedo Vetusta, the club's reserve team that features in the fourth division of Spanish soccer.

Shaq Moore signs with Spainish side Real Oviedo

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U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defender Shaq Moore is staying in Spain.

On Thursday, Segunda Division side Real Oviedo announced that the club has signed the American right back. In addition, the club stated that Moore has begun training with Real Oviedo Vetusta, the club's reserve team that features in the fourth division of Spanish soccer.

Thursday Kickoff: Suarez, Januzaj, El Shaarawy, and more

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Luis Suarezis apparently in hot water again, a Belgian international is heading back to Manchester United after not seeing enough playing time for Borrusia Dortmund and more:

Uruguayan international forward Luis Suarez caused a bit of controversy after Barcelona's Copa del Rey win against Espanyol on Wednesday, allegedly causing a confrontation between players in the tunnel after the game.

USMNT still No. 32 in latest FIFA rankings

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Many national teams around the world took the month of December off, and the first FIFA rankings of 2016 reflected that.

The U.S. Men's National Team remained at No. 32 in January's edition of the rankings after not playing a single game since the last one was released. There was only one team to make any sort of movement above of the U.

MLS Ticker: Larentowicz, NYCFC, Techera, and more

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A couple of signings were made in the Western Conference, New York City FC will officially have a new president come March and more:

The LA Galaxy confirmed recent reports by signing 32-year-old free agent Jeff Larentowicz. The journeyman midfielder moves to the Galaxy after after 11 seasons in MLS, starting in 94 of 95 appearances for the Chicago Fire during the past three years.

Louisville City takes 'huge' step as city announces stadium study

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Louisville City's push towards a soccer-specific stadium and, ultimately, Major League Soccer received a major boost on Wednesday.

Along withthe city of Louisville, the club announced on Wednesday thata study will be conducted regardingthe feasibility of constructing a new soccer-specific stadium in one of four areas of the city, including downtown Louisville.

Must-See Goal: Lionel Messi

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Report: Jesse Gonzalez turns down USMNT call-up to join Mexico U-23s

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The most recent U.S. Men's National Team roster was released on Wednesday, and featured just two goalkeepers. Absent was the name of FC Dallas starter Jesse Gonzalez, whose change of heart reportedly saw him removed from the squad.

According to Goal USA, Gonzalez has opted to join Mexico's Under-23 camp after previously accepting an invitation to join the USMNT for January camp.

Morris, Finlay, Robles among players called into young USMNT roster

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If ever there was a time for a new crop of U.S. Men's National Team players to state its case, this winter camp might just be it.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled a 23-man roster for his first camp of 2016 on Wednesday, and, as expected, it includes several young or fresh faces that are on the fringes of the team.

Report: Didier Drogba retiring, will join Chelsea coaching staff

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After debuting for the Montreal Impact in August of 2015 and setting the league on fire, international superstar Didier Drogba has left the MLSclub.

French outlet L'Equipe reported Wednesday that the Ivorian striker has contacted Impact president Joey Saputo to inform him he will be retiring to join the technical staff under Guus Hiddink at Chelsea.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Cup action takes centerstage Wednesday with both the Copa del Rey and Capital One Cup featuring some of the world's top teams.

In England, the Capital One Cup semifinals resume with the opening leg of the clash between Manchester City and Everton.

Meanwhile, in Spain, Arda Turan is set for his Barcelona debut in Copa del Rey Round of 16 action against Espanyol, while Atletico Madrid take the field against Rayo Vallecano.

Simon Dawkins returns to Earthquakes as DP

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After going back to his native England for three years,Simon Dawkins has returned to the San Jose Earthquakes as a Designated Player.

Dawkins was a part oftheEarthquakes team that won the 2012 Supporters' Shield, scoring 14 goals over his two-year tenure with the club. His spell inMLS has been the most successful time in his career.

Herzog speaks out on Morris Werder Bremen trial

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U.S. Under-23 Coach Andi Herzog wasa star for Werder Bremen in the '90s, scoring over 50 goals for the German club. Now, he's used that connection to getaspiring proJordan Morris a training stint with them.

"Our goal is to bring as many players as possible to Europe,"Herzog toldGermannewspaperKreiszeitung.

MLS team needs heading into the winter transfer window

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A new year means a new look, and that is expected to be the case for many teams across MLS in 2016.

Some teams, like Toronto FC, have already made some key acquisitions and signings in order to bolster their rosters ahead of the new season in March, but many teams have yet to add any fresh faces to their current squads.

Rangers officially extend loan deal for Gedion Zelalem

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Prior to the start of 2016, Rangers managerMark Warburton stated his desire to hold on to Gedion Zelalem for the remainder of the season. On Wednesday, he got his wish.

After joining the club on loan to start the 2015-16 season, Zelalem will remain with the Scottish club as Arsenal announced on Wednesday that the midfielder's loan has been extended until the end of the season.

Damning details of abuse emerge from Nowak lawsuit against Union

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While the case isn't fully closed after years of controversy, there was some clarification provided on Tuesday night in the case involving former Philadelphia Union head coach Peter Nowak and the club.

Court documents covering Nowak's lawsuit against the Philadelphia Union were acquired by Philly.

Falcao links provide plenty of risk, reward for contending Crew

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As the MLS offseason hot stove continues to heat up, several of the league's teams will inevitably be linked to some of the game's biggest stars. The latest pairing? The reigning MLS Cup runners-up, the Columbus Crew, and Columbian striker Radamel Falcao.

Falcao is currently in the midst of his second straight season away from parent club Monaco, who have reportedly been eager to shed his wages for quite some time.

MLS Ticker: Berhalter, Fagundez, Laryea, and more

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Much of the focus in MLS this week is on Thursday's schedule release for the entire season and Friday's start to the MLS Combine. Here, however, are some other news and notes from around the league:

The Columbus Crew have been so impressed with the job head coach Gregg Berhalter has done that they have signed him to a multi-year extension.

Wednesday Kickoff: Pellegrini, Zidane, FIFA and more

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As temperatures drop on the East coast, and the MLS Combine looms this weekend, here is a look at some of the top news from around the world on this Wednesday morning:

Amid reports linking his club with Pep Guardiola, Manuel Pellegrini insists that he would rather win the title and be sacked than fail and remain on the job.

Luis Silva officially added to Tigres roster ahead of Liga MX season

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Luis Silva has joined the Liga MX Apertura champion.

Late Tuesday, Tigres UANL revealed that the 27-year-old American midfielder is a member of its roster ahead of the 2016 Clausura season, confirming reports from December.

Silva joins Tigres after six years of MLS play, having most recently appeared in 10 games for Real Salt Lake in 2015.

USL terminates ownership of 2015 champions Rochester Rhinos

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The Rochester Rhinos were crowned champions of the United Soccer League in 2015, but this new year has not started off quite as well.

On Tuesday, USL announced that it will take control of full ownership of the team, terminating Adirondack Sports Club's ownership of the Rhinos effective immediately.

Report: Galaxy closing in on bringing back Mike Magee

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Mike Magee looks ready to leave his hometown for the place where he enjoyed the most successful stint of his career.

Magee is set to make a return to the LA Galaxy, according to a report from ChicagoNow.com. The 31-year-old free agent forward was reportedly drawing interest from Sporting Kansas City, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Chicago Fire, buthas chosen to reunite with Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena in Los Angeles.

MLS Ticker: Nyarko, Sporting KC, MLS Combine and more

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With the 2016 MLS Combine is just days away,here's some more news regarding the event as well as other tidbits from around Major League Soccer:

D.C. United is set to acquire Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko via trade after the Ghanian recently asked for a mov away from the club. Nyarko, who reportedly requested a move away from the Fire prior to the club's regime change, is expected to be dealtin exchange for a combination of draft picks, allocation money or other considerations.

Jordan Morris announces he's turning pro

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One decision down. One more to go.

Jordan Morris confirmed Goal.com's recent reporton Tuesday by announcing through Stanford that he was forgoing his senior season at the university toturn pro. The announcement comes a day after Morris, 21, celebrated his 2015 College Cup-winning campaign with his teammates at the Cardinal's end-of-season banquet.

Report: Haji Wright set to join Schalke

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Haji Wright will have to wait until March to officially sign a deal with a European club, but the former New York Cosmos and U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team striker has found his future home.

A report from Metro states that Wright will join Bundesliga club Schalke this spring after previously training with the club last year.

MLS Ticker: Pogatetz, NYCFC, FC Dallas, and more

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While many are eagerly awaiting the upcoming 2016 MLS Combine, some news around the league came out on Tuesday:

Emanuel Pogatetz signed with FC Union Berlin on Tuesday after his contract with the Columbus Crew expired in December. The 32-year-old centerback's new deal with the German club runs through the end of the 2.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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On a day many clubs across Europe have off, Liverpool and Stoke City will be competing at full throttle.

The two English Premier League sides face off in the first leg of their League Cup semifinals series at Britannia Stadium (3 p.m., beIN Sports USA). In bad news for the Reds, Daniel Sturridge will miss Tuesday's contest.

Tuesday Kickoff: Guardiola, Mourinho, FIFA, and more

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We're now a couple of days into the January transfer window, and that means rumors, signings and news galore this Tuesday:

Pep Guardiola revealed on Tuesday that he wants to coach in the English Premier League, but also said he hasn't decided on a club to coach just yet. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho is reportedly "frustrated" in waiting for a job at Manchester United, and is set to look into other options.

Report: Jordan Morris to train with Werder Bremen

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Negotiations to make Jordan Morris the most expensive rookie in MLS history may be happening, but the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team forward will be heading to Germany to train this weekend.

According to Sports Illustrated, Morris will travel to Germany and train with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen after he attends the MAC Hermann Trophy award presentation on Friday.

Christian Pulisic to train with Borussia Dortmund first team

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U.S. Under-17 National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic will have a chance to show Borussia Dortmund's first team just how close he is to being able to contribute.

According to Kicker, the 17-year-old talent was invited to join Borussia Dortmund's first team training camp in Dubai. The report also says that he, and 17-year-old German youth international Felix Passlack, will continue to train with the first team, and could be called upon to join the squad in the future.

CONCACAF announces rosters for Copa America Centenario play-in round

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With the Copa America Centenario right around the corner, CONCACAF released therosters on Monday for the four sides still vying for the competition's final two positions.

Cuba, Haiti, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago will compete on Friday, Jan. 8 in two Copa America Centenario Play-in matches.

MLS Ticker: Red Bulls, McCarty agree to new deal; LAFC to reveal crest, logo Thursday; and more

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We're a few days removed from the holiday period, and abit of newshas emerged around Major League Soccer:

Dax McCarty will reportedly be a member of the New York Red Bulls for years to come, as the 28-year-old defensive midfielder agreed to a new four-year deal on Monday, according to Goal USA.

Evening Ticker: Jones set to leave Cardiff; Adidas unhappy with Man United; and more

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While Monday's headlines were dominated by the sacking of Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez, here are some more stories to catch up on:

Cardiff City striker Kenwyne Jones is set to exit the English Championship side and sign with Al Jazira Club of the United Arab Emirates. The 31-year old Trinidadian has scored 19 goals in over 60 matches for the Welsh club since joining in 2014.

NASL Ticker: Strikers add Kleberson, Adrianinho; Shriver returns to RailHawks; and more

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NASL clubs continue to keepbusy this offseason, with player movement around the league as well as the additions of foreign talent.

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers lead the charge in today's news, adding a number of experienced Brazilians to their roster for the upcoming season.

2002 World Cup champion Kleberson has joined the Fort Lauderdale Strikers after spending two seasons with Indy Eleven.

MLS announces teams, roster changes for 2016 MLS Combine

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With the2016 MLS Player Combine drawing nearer, the league announced the final roster and team placement for the aspiring pros.

Five players have been taken off the initial roster that was released in early December: Brandon Allen (Georgetown), Bradley Bourgeois (Tulsa), Brendan Hines-Ike (South Florida), Jordan Schweitzer (Denver) and Andrew Souders (Akron).

Geoff Cameron, Stoke City win appeal to avoid three-game ban

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Stoke City and Geoff Cameron received some good news on Monday.

Hours after Stoke City appealed Cameron's red card decision from Saturday's loss to West Brom, the English Football Association announced the withdrawal of his three-match ban. He will be available for selection against Liverpool in the League Cup semifinals on Tuesday.

Report: Rafa Benitez fired by Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane to take over

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After a series of unsatisfactory results, Rafa Benitez has been fired by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, reports Spanish newspaper Marca.

The report claims Benitez's immediate successor will be Blancos legend Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane, who currently coaches Real's B squad, will take the step up into his first first-team coaching role.

Stoke City appeals Geoff Cameron red card

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After seeing Geoff Cameron dismissed in Saturday's loss to West Brom, Stoke City is hoping to avoid a suspension for the U.S. Men's National Team defender.

The Potters will appeal Cameron's red card, which was issued in the 82nd minute of the team's 2-1 loss. If unsuccessful, Cameron will be suspended for three matches, includingTuesday's opening leg of the League Cup semifinals against Liverpool.

Report: Jordan Morris to turn pro

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Following Stanford's College Cupvictory, Jordan Morris is reportedly set to take the next step in his college career.

Goal USA is reporting that Morris has made the decision to begin his professional career by foregoing his senior year with the Cardinal. Morris is reportedly in advanced negotiations with the Seattle Sounders, who are pushing for the U.

Monday Kickoff: Vardy to have groin surgery; Turan set for Barca debut and more

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Belated Happy New Year to all SBI readers. There is plenty to catch up on in the soccer world. Here are the lead news items of the day to get your week rolling:

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will undergo surgery to repair a groin injury, and is expected to miss Sunday's FA Cup meeting with Tottenham.

Sunday Ticker: Hazard injured in Chelsea win; Granada shocks Sevilla; and more

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Chelsea continued its newfound English Premier League success on Sunday, capturing a 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace.

Guus Hiddink's side received some bad news early on when Belgian attacker Eden Hazard was forced out of the match due to injury after just 16 matches of play. Following the match, Hiddink said Hazard sustained a groin problem and that the team would schedule an MRI tomorrow.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Danny Williams could not have asked for a much better way to ring in the new year.

Reading snapped a two-game losing streakby beating Bristol City at the death in their first game of 2016 on Saturday, and it was Williams who helped make the difference. Williams assisted onthe winner in the 91st minute of the home game, setting up teammate Nick Blackman for the 1-0 victory that left Royals fans in a frenzy.

Must-See Goal: Willian

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Tab Ramos calls in 36 players for January U.S. Under-20 camp

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While 2016 will be an important year for the United States Men's National Team as it continues preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, its youth teams have just as much at stake.

On Saturday, U.S. Under-20 coach Tab Ramos announced his 36-man roster for the team's upcoming January camp in Miami, Florida.

Man City loans Shay Facey to Rotherham

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After being sent out on loan to Major League Soccer side New York City FC last winter period, Manchester City's Shay Facey will being heading out on loan again this season.

For the time being, it doesn't appear a return to New York is in his future.

The club announced early Saturday morning that the 20-year old defender will join English Championship side Rotherham United for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Saturday Ticker: Man United tops Swansea; Barcelona held at Espanyol; and more

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Manchester United broke its run of poor results on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Swansea City in the English Premier League.

It was Wayne Rooney's superb back heel finish that proved to be the winner for Louie Van Gaal's side, but youngster Anthony Martial was the one that got things going for United against the Swans.

Steven Gerrard says 2016 will probably be his last year

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The Major League Soccer offseason has already been dominated by headlines of Didier Drogba leaving Montreal for a return to Chelsea, and now it appears that another star could be looking to hang up his boots, albeit in a much cleaner departure.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard is seriously contemplating retirement following the 2016 MLS season, and moreover will be pursuing a career in coaching.

SBI's top five MLS storylines from 2015

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The 2015 MLS season was one to remember, as two new teams in New York City FC and Orlando City FC joined the fray, and many talented individuals strutted their stuff throughout the season.

Many storylines arose from the off-the-field and on-the-field moments, but some were more intriguing than others.

Evening Ticker: Nash, Suns look to buy Mallorca; Iturbe joins Bournemouth; and more

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After heavily-pursuing the purchase of a professional soccer franchise,former Phoenix Suns point guard and avid soccer supporter Steve Nash and Suns owner Robert Sarver are nearing that very reality in Spain.

According to ESPN FC, Sarver has organized a consortium, with Nash serving as an integral figure, that is looking to purchase Segunda Division side Real Club Deportivo Mallorca.

Report: MLS playing hardball with Chelsea over Drogba

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Didier Drogba's departure from the Montreal Impact is looking more and more likely, but Major League Soccer isn't about to let the Ivorian superstar go away without a fight.

A fresh report from the UK Telegraph claims MLS is not budging in talks with Chelsea to get him out of his contract with Montreal, which has one year remaining.

Generation adidas update: Top targets eyeing Europe

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The MLS Draft is less than two weeks away and Major League Soccer has yet to announce the Generation adidas class. That doesn't mean the class isn't taking shape, but signs are pointing to the league potentially missing out on some of its targets.

One player who apparently won't be missed is Omar Holness.

Happy New Year (and Happy 8th Birthday to SBI)

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Happy New Year everybody. It's a special day, and not just because it's the first day of a new year. It is also SBI's eighth birthday.

We launched SBI as an independent website back in 2008, and as we head into our ninth season of operation we will do our best to remain one of your go-to sites for coverage of soccer in the United States and beyond.

European Weekend Preview: Man City visits Watford; Deportivo hosts Villareal; and more

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With Germany and Italy's top divisions on winter hiatus this weekend, the English Premier League and Spanish Liga BBVA will be in European spotlight. French soccer will also be on display when the country's Coupe de France resumes.

The top four race in England is heating up and Manchester City's trip to Watford on Saturday will be critical in City's title aspirations in 2016.