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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.