For a majority of Sunday's clash at the StubHub Center, the LA Galaxy were stifled by Tim Howard. The Colorado Rapids goalkeeper was left helpless, though, as a deflected shot proved just enough to earn the Galaxy a postseason win.
Giovani dos Santos was credited with a 55th minute goal, as the Galaxy overcame the Rapids, 1-0, at StubHub Center to kickstart the Western Conference semifinals.
Several of the world's elite take the field Saturday, headlining a loaded day of club soccer action.
In England, a clash of 2015-16 title contenders takes centerstage as Tottenham faces off with last year's champions, Leicester City. Manchester United and Manchester City, a pair of teams after this year's crown, are also in action against Burnley and West Brom, respectively, before Liverpool wraps up the day's Premier League slate against Crystal Palace.
Despite an injury-riddled startto his controversial New York City FC career, Frank Lampard is enjoying life with the club and in the United States as a whole.
In an interview with the BBC's Gary Lineker, Lampard spoke about a variety of subjects including Patrick Vieira, the differences between MLS and the Premier League, and his feelings about living abroad.
Maryland holds on to the No. 1 ranking for yet another week as the regular season comes to a close in college soccer this weekend. While some teams have two or three games left, most are wrapping up their regular season campaigns.
Maryland vies to hold on to the top spot yet again as the Terrapins face Michigan on Sunday.
Midweek action proved wildly successful for plenty of Americans Abroad, but now league play returns as matches kick off this weekend.
While Friday's slate is a small one, it does include a Bundesliga clash between Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler. Both are entering the weekend in solid form, with Johnson scoring midweek while Chandler continues to shine defensively against Germany's elite.
As the only club in the English Premier League still boasting an unbeaten recordthis season, Tottenham looks to remain the case this weekend against the reigning champions.
With five clubs currently jockeying for the lead in the league table, Spurs look to keep pace in a home fixture against Leicester City on Saturday despite going winless in their previous four matches across all competitions.
The Montreal Impact cruised past D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Thursday, winning, 4-1, to seal a spot in the conference semifinals. The win sees the Impact book a date with the New York Red Bulls, who will visit Stade Saputo on Sunday.
SEATTLE — It took 88 minutes of Thursday night's match, a rough-and-tumble Western Conference knockout-round playoff tilt against Sporting Kansas City. It took some lucky breaks. It took ridiculous saves from goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
It took, in the end, a goal from a much-maligned million-dollar forward, a designated player who had not scored in a calendar year.
Thursday is for the playoffs, as MLS takes centerstage on Thursday evening.
Action starts at RFK Stadium, as D.C. United hosts the Montreal Impact in the second Eastern Conference knockout clash. D.C. United enters the match as one of MLS' hottest teams, while the Impact are still reeling from the drama surrounding Didier Drogba.
Brian "Cobi" Span wasn't ready for the weight. He marveled at the trophy in front of him, one depicting two players in an aerial duel. It was heavier than it looked, "30 or 40 pounds", a largesolid block that certainly felt and lookedmuch largerthan anticipated.
As he looked up and saw crying fans, teammates and friends, though, the trophy felt lighter and lighter.
Many players who transfer from smaller colleges to national powerhouse programsstruggle to acclimate to the new environment and increased level of competition. Gordon Wild has not only survivedin his first season after transferring to mighty Maryland, he has thrived.
It took nine wholeyears, but Toronto FC finally has a playoff win.
Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore led the way for TFC, who took down the Philadelphia Union, 3-1, at BMO Field. The win is TFC's first postseason win in their second playoff trip, setting up a conference semifinal date with New York City FC.
Wade Barrett's interim tag has been removed, but that does not mean he isbecoming the full-time head coach of the Houston Dynamo.
The Dynamo have decidednot to hire Barrett as their head coach ahead of the 2017 season. Barrett had taken over on an interim basis after former coach Owen Coyle departed in late May, and the former American defender posted a 4-7-11 record while in charge of the struggling club.
Carson, Calif. Two teams entered the match struggling on form. One team left looking like potential champions, while the other left for the winter.
The LA Galaxy lit up Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake with three first-half goals, and went on the eliminate their Western Conference rival, 3-1, in the knockout round of theMLS playoffs, before 18,124 fans on a cool night in Los Angeles.
The Bayern Munich forward was held quiet for most of Wednesday's DFB-Pokal clash with Augsburg before popping up just before halftime for his side's second goal. A flicked on header on a cross from Thomas Muller, Green's finish, his first competitive goal, helped propel Bayern to a 3-1 win that keeps them in the domestic cup competition.
The LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake are familiar playoff partners. They've met several times over the years, including in the league's ultimate game.On Wednesday, the two sides will collide yet again in postseason play, as both teamslook to make a run througha wide open Western Conference playoff field.
Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union enter the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs with two completely different sets of expectations, and in different form.
The goal for the Reds isn't just to win their first playoff game in franchise history, it's to hoist MLS Cup on December 10. The star-studded squad led by Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley have the capability to do that, but they can't afford a slip-up against a sputtering Union side.
Tuesday was a big day for Americans Abroad, but several other young stars will have a chance to make their mark on Wednesday.
Headlining the proceedings is Julian Green, who is reportedly expected to be in the Bayern Munich lineup for Wednesday's DFB Pokal clash against FC Augsburg. Another young winger, Jerome Kiesewetter, may also be in action, while Christian Pulisic remains doubtful for a match against Union Berlin due to illness.
The Montreal Impact will likely be without their star forward for the start of the postseason.
Impact coach Mauro Biello says that Didier Drogba is unlikely to feature in Thursday's clash with D.C. United due to a lingering back issue. Biello says that "chances are very minimal" thatthe forward sees the field in the opening round, which is formatted as a one-game playoff.
A trio of Americans brought a goalscoring touch to Tuesday's DFB-Pokal action.
Bobby Wood scored a pair of goals while Fabian Johnson and Andrew Wooten also found the back of the net in German cup action. Wood's two goals were his third and fourth of the season, making up nearly all of Hamburg's five goals across all competitions.
Christian Pulisic could miss Borussia Dortmund's DFB Pokal second-round match against Union Berlin on Wednesday.However, the issue is not injury related as Pulisic isbattling an illness and is doubtful for the game as a result.
"Christian Pulisic, Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all did not train today," BVB coach Thomas Tuchel said at a press conference on Tuesday.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies' time in the NASL is officially over, as the team has sealed a move to the USL.
Reports were confirmed on Tuesday as the USL officially announced that the Rowdies will join the league for the 2017 season. The longtime NASL club is expected to join the Eastern Conference as it joins the USL alongsideReno 1868 FC.
UMass-Lowell fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last week, leaving Maryland and Denver as the lone remaining teams in college soccer to have avoided defeat this season. The Terps continued their winning ways last week, and are now riding a 10-match winning streak, the longest run in the nation at the moment.
Tuesday is a day for cup action, and several American stars may take part in helping their teams advance in domestic competitions.
German soccer headlines a busy day as several Americans face-off in the DFB-Pokal. One of the more in-form players abroad, Timmy Chandler, could be in the lineup for Eintracht Frankfurt for a clash with Alfredo Morales' Ingolstadt, while John Brooks and Fafa Picault may collide with Hertha Berlin takes on St.
In 10 years with the Houston Dynamo, Brad Davis was nothing if not reliable.
Davis made at least25 appearances in nine of those years, and made less than 25 starts only one of those 10 seasons. All along, when Davis knew he wouldn't be able to make that kind of impact, he would know it was time to call it quits.
Sunday was a solid day for two centerbacks looking to lock down a more regular role with the U.S. Men's National Team.
Both Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga started and played 90 minutes for their respective clubs on Sunday. Gonzalez went the distance for Liga MX side Pachuca in a 2-1 win over Chivas de Guadalajara, while Miazga's effort came in Vitesse's 1-1 draw with NEC Nijmegen.
Red Bulls II emerged as the USL's best team during the regular season, and on Sunday, they cemented their spot as USL champions.
Led by a Brandon Allen hat-trick, Red Bulls II toppled Swope Park Rangers, 5-1, at Red Bull Arena in Sunday's USL final. The win sees Red Bulls II end the season on a14-game unbeaten streak to secure the championship trophy in the club's secondseason.
Following the conclusion of the MLS regular season, the schedule for the upcoming playoffs is now set.
The first round of the MLS playoffs begins on Wednesday with a match apiece from the Eastern and Western conferences. The postseason begins at 7:30 p.m. at BMO Field, where Toronto FC will host the Philadelphia Union in a matchup of the East's third and sixth seeds.
After winning five of their final seven games and creating 25 shots in a season-ending 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Sunday, the New England Revolution couldn't help but feel that they squandered an opportunity to make a playoff run in 2016.
"It's disappointing that we waited too long to really find ourselves, and express ourselves throughout the last part of the season," Revs coach Jay Heaps said.
After Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes landed them as a No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, head coach Peter Vermes reflected on the lineup the team looks to rely on during the playoffs.
It's one that resembles what Vermes chose at the beginning of the season, as swings of form, injuries and inconsistent performances from younger players having all been the cause of this.
CHESTER, PA Despite ending the regular season on a low note with a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin is more than confident his team can pull out a result against Toronto FC on Wednesday night.
"It's my belief in a 20-team league right now with the strides we've made, I'd put us somewhere 6-10 with the ability to beat anyone one to five," Curtin said.
The Eastern Conference playoff participants were pretty much decided before Sunday's Decision Day showdowns, but that didn't stop the New York Red Bulls from sending one more statement of intent as the conference's top team.
The Red Bulls ran their unbeaten streak to 16 matches after beating the Philadelphia Union, 2-0, to secure first place in the East.
Christian Pulisic headlined Saturday's scoring, but he wasn't the only American Abroad to find the back of the net on the day.
Pulisic scored a stoppage time equalizer while adding an assist, leading Borussia Dortmund in a 3-3 draw with Alfredo Morales and Ingolstadt. The goal was Pulisic's fourth career Bundesliga goal and helped finish off a two-goal comeback spurred by Pulisic's halftime introduction.
Sunday starts with some top-level European clashes before MLS takes over the afternoon slate.
Kicking off the morning is a clash between Manchester City and Southampton before heavyweights collide as Chelsea faces Manchester United. The latter matchup sees Jose Mourinho visit Stamford Bridge for the first time since departing the club last year.
Christian Pulisic may not have started Saturday's clash with Ingolstadt, but he certainly finished it in style.
After entering as a halftime substitute, Pulisic scored a stoppage time goal to earn Borussia Dortmund a 3-3 draw with Ingolstadt. The 18-year-old's 91st minute winner came after he set upAdrian Ramos for the game's second goal, finishing Saturday's match with a goal and an assist in 45 minutes of work.
In a clash of recent U.S. Men's National Team contributors, Timmy Chandler emerged on top.
Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt cruised past Bobby Wood's Hamburg, 3-0, to temporarily leap into fourth place in the Bundesliga. Chandler, who has recently reportedly drawn interest from Roma, played all 90 minutes for Frankfurt, who benefitted heavily from aDennis Diekmeier red card in the 57th minute.
Decision Day in Major League Soccer is finally here, and it promises to be even more exciting than last year.
TheWestern Conference will be especially hectic as four teams vie for three playoff spots. The Seattle Sounders will try to solidify a berth and a home playoff game againstReal Salt Lake, whichis one point above the Sounders entering Sunday's clash.
If AC Milan is going to turn its surprising start to the Series A season into a full-blown title challenge, then the Rossoneri will need to beat Juventus to close the gap.
The Italian rivals square off in Milan, with Juventus currently holding a five-point lead atop Serie A. The match will feature the old guard and new guard, as Gianluigi Buffon and Gianluigi Donnarumma face off.
With the final two weekends of the NASLFall Season upon us, there is still afierceplayoff battle taking place.
There are six clubs who mathematically have a chance to finish fourth in the NASL Combined Standings and earn a trip to the postseason. While Minnesota United and Rayo OKC are in the driver's seat for that last playoff spot, a combination of results can turn the league on its head and bring mayhem to next week's final round of matches.
While many SBI Top 25 teams escaped with expected results during the week, several found themselves on the receiving ends of shocking upsets.
No surprises came in the Top 5, especially not for the SBI No. 1 Maryland Terrapins, who defeated their opposition in unranked American University. A pair of sophomores in Amar Sejdic and Gordon Wild led the way with a goal apiece.
This weekend features an exciting slate of matches all around Europe, with a major headliner in every league.
The big game in England this weekend comes on Sunday as Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in the return of Jose Mourinho to his former club. Neither side has started the season how they hoped, with Chelsea in fifthand Manchester United in seventh, but each has an opportunity to turn things around by leaving with all three points.
Christian Pulisic's performances have reportedly caught the eye of a European giant.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona is closely monitoring the 18-year-old U.S. Men's National Team winger. According to the report, Barca presidentJosep Maria Bartomeu is determined to not let the club fall into complacency and is hoping to add several younger options to compete with the team's stars.
Nearly 10 months after getting fired by Chelsea, Jose Mourinho makes his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
After guiding Manchester United to a 4-1 victory over Fenerbahçe in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday, Mourinho looks to help his squad pick up its first league victory in almost a month against the Antonio Conte and the Blues.
The UEFA Champions League final is one of the biggest games in soccer each and every year and, according to UEFA's new president, it could be coming stateside.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says that he's open to hosting UCL finales outside of Europe, including in New York. Ceferin says he ishe is hoping to revive an open bidding process for the rights to host the UCL final.
A full slate of Europa League matches highlightsthe action on Thursday.
Twenty-four games will be taking place, including Manchester United and Fenerbahce where Robin van Persie makes his return to Old Trafford. Other key matches include Inter Milan and Southampton, which is one of the early kickoffs on Thursday.
Lynn Williams felt chills. Even after a standout college career, even after making the leap to the pro gameand even after claiming her first NWSL crown, the 23-year-old forward felt a sudden wave of nerves spread throughout her body as she prepared to enter for her U.
The Indy Eleven had been winless on the road in the fall season,but no longer.
The Eleven finally seized their first road victory of what's been a long fall season on Wednesday night, as they dispatched the Tampa Bay Rowdies, 3-2, at Al Lang Stadium and took back second place in the Fall and Combined standings.
While Pachuca had a rough day on the defensive end, the U.S. Men's National Team centerback at the heart of their backline did make amends by assisting the attacking effort.
Omar Gonzalez provided an assist in Pachuca's 4-4 draw with Olimpia in CONCACAF Champions League play. Alone on the backpost, the defender centered a pass towards an onrushing Erick Gonzalez, who tapped a shot off a defender and into the back of the net to give Pachuca a 4-2 advantage in a mud-drenched match.
A highly anticipated match in the UEFA Champions League highlights the action on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola will face his former team, Barcelona, for the first time as Manchester City's manager when they square off in a pivotal game in Group C. The winner would occupy first place heading into the final three rounds.
Didier Drogba's saga took yet another turn on Wednesday.
The Montreal Impact forward missed training on Wednesday to meet with a doctor regarding a back injury. The news comes just days after Drogba refused to play in the Impact's eventual 2-2 draw with Toronto FC after being named to the bench.
The MLS expansion showdown between the two competing St. Louis groups is heating up.
While the first group, led by former Anhauser-Busch president Dace Peacock is narrowing their focus for a stadium site, the secondgroup, led by former Express Scripts executive Dan Cordes, has stepped up the competition by unveiling renderings of their potential stadium.
Tuesday proved to be a day of near misses for the contingent of Americans Abroad.
Christian Pulisic was just inches away from scoring yet another Champions League goal for Borussia Dortmund, but was denied as his shot smacked off the post. The shot was one of several highlights for the 18-year-old winger in what turned out to be a 2-1 Borussia Dortmund win over Sporting CP in Portugal.
The Montreal Impact and Didier Drogba have apparently reconciled their differences, and a partnership thatlooked like it was heading toward a messy divorce appears to have been salvaged, for now.
Just two days after Drogba skipped Montreal's derby clash with Toronto FC because he was unhappy with being benched, the Impact and Drogba have reached an agreement that will keep the Ivorian star with the Impact.
As the penultimate week of the MLS season has concluded, the playoff picture remains murky heading into the final matches of the year. The final playoff berthin the East essentially belongs to the Philadelphia Union, but there is still playoff seeding to fight for.
Timmy Chandler has been one of Eintracht Frankfurt's best players this season. His recent resurgence was enough to capture the attention of Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men's National Team while also reportedly drawing interest from a major European club.
According to German outlet Bild, Roma is currently following"performances by Chandler with interest".
Fabian Johnson will not take part in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Celtic.
Borussia Monchengladbach announced on Tuesday that Johnson will miss the match due to illness. Johnsonremained in Germany as the team traveled to Glasgow, joining Thorgan Hazard, Andreas Christensen and Raffael among those that remained at home.
Stanford wasn't expected to follow up its NCAA title-winning season with another strong campaign after heavy losses to graduation, but this weekend provided a clear reminder that the Cardinal are still a national force.
SBI No. 14 Stanfordcruised to a 3-0 victory over No. 15 UCLA on Sunday, improving the Cardinal to 5-0 in Pac-12 play.
Two of the Premier League's best teams, and fiercest rivals, collide on Monday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are firmly in the title race, but will need a win on Monday to keep pace. In their way stands Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Manchester United, a team still finding their feet after several big-name additions over the summer.
CHESTER, PA- The Philadelphia Union need a wake-up call.
Hopefully, for the club's sake, Sunday's rock bottom performance against Orlando City is the one that will inspire life into the squad ahead of next Sunday's regular season finale against the New York Red Bulls.
Mike Grella couldn't have picked a better time to end his scoring drought.
With the playoffs around the corner, Grella, who had not netted a goal since his brace against the Seattle Sounders on June 19th, finally scored a goal during the New York Red Bulls' 2-2 victory Sunday afternoon against the Columbus Crew.
FC Dallas may be one of the favorites heading into the upcoming MLS playoffs, but the U.S. Open Cup champions will have to overcome the loss of their biggest star if they hope to claim more trophies this season.
Goal is reporting that Mauro Diaz suffered a possible torn Achilles in Sunday's 2-1 come-from-behind win over FC Dallas.
It certainly wasn't the prettiest of performances, but it was enough to keep the Portland Timbers alive.
A Fanendo Adi penalty kick was all that was needed Sunday, as the Timbers topped the Colorado Rapids, 1-0. The win keeps the Portland Timbers in the playoff chase heading into the final week, while the loss sees the Colorado Rapids head into their final match still in pursuit of a Supporters Shield.
Carlos Ruiz was bound to make his mark on the MLS Playoff race at some point.
The veteran forward fired a late winner, earning FC Dallas a 2-1 home winoverthe Seattle Sounders. With the wins, FC Dallas moves abovethe Colorado Rapids atop the Supporters' Shield standings, while the Sounders head into the final week having missed a chance to clincha postseason spot.
D.C. United is looking like MLS' most dangerous team.
A trio of first half goal saw D.C. cruise past NYCFC, 3-1, at RFK Stadium. The win seals a playoff berth for D.C. via their fourth-straight win while NYCFC's push towards the top of the East takes a major dent with the loss.
As their opening MLS campaigns draw closer, Atlanta United and Minnesota United's future roster moves became a bit clearer on Sunday afternoon.
With the first pick in the MLS Expansion Priority Draft, Atlanta United selected the first choice in the upcoming Expansion Draft, which will see each side select five players from existing MLS rosters.
Saturday was an eventful day for the contingent of Americans Abroad.
Leading the charge was U.S. Men's National Team fullback Timmy Chandler, who had a standout performance in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich. After proving consistent presence throughout the match, Chandler fed Marco Fabian for the equalizing goal, helping earn his side a tie with the league's best team.
MLS takes centerstage on Sunday, but there's plenty of action throughout Europe to get you through the morning schedule.
In England, several lower-table sides collide as teams jockey for early-season positioning. The morning kicks off with a clash between Middlesbrough and Watford before Southampton takes on Burnley in Sunday's second match.
The club soccer scene is back in full swing on Saturday as teams throughout Europe return to action following the international break.
Several of the Premier League's heavy hitters collide on Saturday, headlined by a clash between Chelsea and reigning champions Leicester City. Manchester City hosts Everton in one of the more exciting matchups, while Bob Bradley leads Swansea City for the first time in a match against Arsenal.
A clash between two U.S. Men's National Team stars took centerstage on Friday, but it was an American fullback that stole the show.
Erich Lichaj scored the first of Nottingham Forest's three goals, leading the Championship club to a 3-1 win over Birmingham City. The goal was Lichaj's fourth career finish, and second since joining Nottingham Forest in 2013.
The international break is over, which means club soccer is back.
The weekend begins with an enticing matchup in the Bundesliga between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin. American teammates Christian Pulisic and John Brooks are set to face each other in this crucial clash near the top of the table.
Julian Green's impressive performances for the U.S. Men's National Team has seemingly caught the attention of Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Speaking athis pre-match press conference ahead of Bayern's league match against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, Ancelotti said that the 21-year-old will make his Bundesliga debut "in the coming games.
The Stanford Cardinal endured a rough start to the 2016 season, but the reigning NCAA champions are starting to round into form.
Stanford's Foster Langsdorf, Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Derek Waldeck scored goals in the No. 14 Cardinal's 3-1 romp over No. 19 San Diego State on Thursday night. The victory is Stanford's seventh in eight matches.
With the 2018 and 2022 World Cups firmly set for Russia and Qatar, 2026 is the next target for potential hosts, andthe chances of a USA World Cup received a big boost from the new guidelines set out for FIFA's new bid process.
The FIFA Council held meetings in Switzerland this week, and chief among the subjects covered was the process and guidelines that will determine the host the 2026 World Cup, guidelineswhich appear tobe very favorable for a U.
Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman once shared rooms as teammates at FC Barcelona. This weekend, the two will share the same sideline at Etihad Stadium.
After playing together under Johan Cruyff for the Spanish powerhouse in the early 1990s, Guardiola and Koeman will look to useCruyff's managing principles against each other on Saturday as Manchester City hosts Everton.
Adam Jahn salvaged a late 2-2 draw for the Columbus Crew with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Thursday night, but it was not enough as the Crew are officially eliminated from playoff contention.
An own goal from Michael Parkhurst and Michael de Leeuw's winner in the 57th minute canceled out Adam Jahn's opener, but the Crew forward equalized on 80 minutes with a wonderful half-volley to recover a point.
The recent U.S. Men's National Team call-ups have all returned to their respective clubs, and several are now set to face one another as the international break comes to an end. Still, the weekend's main headliner won't be on the field, but rather leading the way from the sidelines.
English soccer takes centerstage this weekend as former USMNT head coach Bob Bradley makes his Premier League coaching debut with Swansea City.
Swansea City has a good record against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, which is something Bob Bradley is well aware of.
The former U.S. Men's National Team coach will make his debut with Swansea on Saturday in a stadium where Swansea has had success. The Welsh side has won three out of seven games at the Emirates, which is why Bradley likes the Swans' chances this weekend.
It was never going to take Sigi Schmid long to find his next job, but the surprise comes from it being in the studio rather than on the sidelines.
The Seattle Times reported that Schmid is set to join ESPN as a studio analyst for this Sunday's MLS doubleheader and for MLS' streaming coverage of the final day of the regular season the next weekend.
Saint Louis FC has made a major splash with their new managerial signing.
The team announced that Predrag 'Preki' Radosavljevic would take over as the second manager in the franchise's young history ahead of the team's third season. Preki takes over after his role at the Sacramento Republic, where he guided the team to a 33-15-5 record while winning a USL championship in the team's inaugural 2014 season.
Bob Bradley will make his Swansea City debut on Saturday when he leads his club against Arsenal, but the former U.S. Men's National team manager has already earned the praises of his coaching counterpart prior to his first match.
Ahead of this weekend's clash, Arsene Wenger spoke out in praise of Bradley, who he said will be "good for the Premier League".
The New York Red Bulls have battled through a series of injuries during the 2016 season, but that hasn't stopped them from challenging for first place in the MLS Eastern Conference. Now, with several previously-injured players set to return from injury, the Red Bulls are getting healthy at just the right time, with the playoffs around the corner.
As his first U.S. Men's National Team appearance came to an end, Lynden Gooch lingered a bit. The Sunderland midfielder remained on the field, clapping for the fans in attendance while taking it all in under the RFK Stadium lights. His first camp was over, and in Gooch's mind, it was a good one.
Gooch made his USMNT debut in Tuesday night's friendly against New Zealand, logging 31 minutes in what ended as a 1-1 draw.
Just when World Cup qualifying in CONMEBOL appears to be following a pattern, the teams flip the script.
One side who is continuing a trend isArgentina, which struggled again without Lionel Messi. La Albicelestelost, 1-0, to Paraguay at home, which leaves them justonepoint above the Paraguayans in fifth place.
The third round UEFA World Cup qualifying is over, but there more questions than answers as the international break comes to an end.
England held onto a 0-0 draw with Slovenia on the road on Tuesday. The Three Lions could have easily lost the game if it wasn't for goalkeeper Joe Hart. The on-loan Torino shot-stopper was constantly busy and was forced to come up with a few big saves, mainly on Josip Ilicic.
The U.S. Men's National Team returns to the field on Tuesday for one final friendly before the start of the Hexagonal.
Following Friday's 2-0 win over Cuba, the U.S. returns to RFK Stadium for a match against New Zealand. Following a series of roster changes, Jurgen Klinsmann's side will look significantly different as competition heats up for roster spots heading towards the Hex.
The Indiana Hoosiers have seen their unbeaten record erased by Notre Dame last week, but can regain some standing with a win against red-hot Louisville on Tuesday night in one of the week's marquee matches.
The SBI No. 11 Hoosiers play host to the No. 2 Cardinals in Bloomington, where they are unbeaten on the season, but stopping Louisville won't be easy.
Abby Wambach is still not a fan of Jurgen Klinsmann's selection policy with the U.S. Men's National Team.
In an interview with the New York Times, The former U.S. Women's National Team star was interviewed about a number of topics, including her thoughts on dual-national USMNT players, which she was vocal about late last year.
The Louisville Cardinals are on a roll, and even Syracuse couldn't slow them down.
The SBI No. 9 Cardinals handed Syracuse a 1-0 loss last Friday in one of the marquee matches of the weekend. Junior forward Mohamed Thiaw scored the winning goal to push Louisville's unbeaten run to eight in a row, while Cardinals goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland recorded his eighth shutout of the season.
Jurgen Klinsmann looks set to experiment a bit in the U.S. Men's National Team's upcoming friendly, but those experimentations could be vital as the team marches towards November's World Cup qualifiers.
Following several big-name departures, a series of newer faces are set to lead the USMNT into Tuesday's friendly against New Zealand.
This month's UEFA and CONMEBOL qualifiers conclude on Tuesday with a few intriguing matches on tap, while the U.S. Men's National team is in action.
In Europe, England will face Slovenia in a pivotal game without captain Wayne Rooney in the starting XI. The Three Lions' bitter rivals, Scotland, will try to rebound in Group F when it battles Slovakia.
Columbus' MAPFRE Stadium will be packed for a U.S. Men's National Team qualifier yet again.
U.S. Soccer announced that the USMNT's opening match of the hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying against Mexico on Nov. 11 is sold out. This is the fifth time that the game has been a sellout since Columbus hosted this fixture.
Shortly after his 25th birthday, Terrence Boyd was thinking about the word "retirement". After years and years of injury issues, the forward didn't see an end in sight. It seemed to be the right time to call a premature end to what had been such a promising career.
Then, Boyd experienced what he called a "miracle", one that allowed him to return to the field and, in time, the U.
In his first press conference as manager of Swansea City, Bob Bradley accused Jurgen Klinsmann of jockeying for his job as U.S. Men's National Team during his time as a television analyst during the 2010 World Cup.
Klinsmann categorically denied ever doing such a thing.
Bradley made waves in his first press conference in England by criticizing his 2011 dismissal from the USMNT.
Christian Pulisic isn't the only exciting young winger in the U.S. Men's National Team pool and, following the Borussia Dortmund prospect's departure, a trio of young options will look to impress against New Zealand.
The U.S. enters Tuesday's match with three natural optionson the roster: Paul Arriola, Lynden Gooch and Julian Green.
With a slew of new faces in camp, the U.S. Men's National Team has some interesting lineup options ahead of Tuesday's clash with New Zealand.
Fresh off a less-than-inspiring 2-0 win over Cuba, the U.S. returns to RFK Stadium on Tuesday for a clash with New Zealand. Ahead of the match, seven new players have joined USMNT camp, while nine have departed following the Cuba match.
Jurgen Klinsmann has made plenty of bold personnel decisions as coach of the U.S. Men's National Team. More often than not, hisfearlessness involves a younger player. In most circumstances, that youngster is given an opportunity to prove his worth in a meaningful game, where he will either sink or swim.
World Cup qualifying resumed this past Thursday, and as always, there were some shocking results in Europe and South America.
In Europe, Italysecured a1-1 draw at home with Spain on Thursday after Sergio Ramos gifted the Azzurri with a late penalty. The Italians were nearly upset by Macedonia the following Sunday, but Ciro Immobile struck twice in the final 15 minutes to give them the victory.
What a difference one year has made for the Colorado Rapids.
The Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-2 win over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night. The victory guaranteed the team a first-round bye and moved Colorado to within two points of league leaders FC Dallas.
The international break is in full swing, as Saturday presents a busy slate of clashes across the world of soccer.
Headlining Saturday's action are several World Cup qualifiers throughout Europe. In England, the Three Lions take the field for the first time since Sam Allardyce's dismissal, adding a bit if intrigue to a clash with minnows Malta.
Prior to Friday's U.S. Men's National Team friendly, Jurgen Klinsmann publicly defended his continued inclusion of Chris Wondolowski, calling the forward a "damn good player". In Friday's clash with Cuba, Wondolowski surely did his part to justify Klinsmann's claims.
The San Jose Earthquakes forward provided a goal and an assist in Friday's match at Estadio Pedro Marrero in Havana, leading the U.
As the Fall Season in the NASL begins to wind down, the scenariosand battles for playoff positions continue to grow.
There are six clubs fighting for the fourth spot in the Combined Standings, the last ticket into the postseason, who areonly separated by a margin of five points. One slip could break playoff hopes, whilea crucial kick could bring postseason glory.
While a match to forget for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defense, forward Jeremy Ebobisse had quite a match to remember.
The potential No. 1 pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft shined in his start for the U.S. U-20s as they fell to the Netherlands U-20s, 5-3, in the Four Nations Cup.
The Duke product had a stunning performance, netting a brace in the first half and finishing off a third in the second half for a hat trick, assisted by Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem on the first two goals and by the Seattle Sounders' Victor Mansaray on the last.
It's unusual for Bob Bradley to be forward when asked a critical question, so his comments on Jurgen Klinsmann come as a surprise to many.
In his first official press conference as Swansea City manager, Bradley did not hold back on his thoughts regarding his firing and the hiring of Klinsmann in his wake, or on Klinsmann's congratulatory words for him.
The University of Albany did not let the SBI No.3 Syracuse Orange intimidate them on Tuesday night.
The Great Danes stunned Syracuse, by defeating them, 2-1, in the weekend's most surprising result.Syracuse's inability to clear the ball out of the box led to their downfall. Senior Leo Melger scored the first goal of the game, off a bouncing ball in the box before forward Jonathan Interiano won the game for the Danes late in the second half.
Ecuador vs. Chile was all lined up to be an exciting match and it was, though maybe not exactly as expected.In an incredibly entertaining twist, though likely not to him, Enner Valencia provided the biggest story of the night not on the pitch, but by escaping it.
It all began as the Ecuadorian forward was nearly detained by lawyers at a training session at the Atahualpa stadium in Quito, Ecuadorahead of Thursday's match.
The U.S. Men's National Team's clash with Cuba serves as a midpoint. After waltzing past St. Vincent & the Grendines and Trinidad & Tobago, the U.S. now has a chance to reconnect ahead of bigger challenges. Matches with Mexico and Costa Rica loom, givingthe pair of upcoming friendlies added importance as competition becomes the main talking point.
Jurgen Klinsmann isn't looking past Cuba. In truth, the U.S. Men's National Team head coach is looking forward towhat he expects to be a "wonderful experience", for reasons both on the field and off of it. However, the USMNT head coach would be remiss if he didn't admit that a much bigger challenge remains the main focus of the upcoming slate of games.
Oguchi Onyewu remains without a club, but it remains unlikely that the former U.S. Men's National Team defender will be signing with the New York Cosmos following a recent training stint.
The 34-year-old defender recently trained with the Cosmos. However, a club spokesman told SBIthat Onyewu is being viewed as "just a guest", while adding that it is unlikely the team makes any more signings this season.
News has been quiet on the "Equal pay for equal play" front for some time, but two U.S. Senators have made headlines with their letter to MLS commissioner Don Garber.
Patty Murray, Senator from Washington, and Dianne Feinstein, Senator from California, penned a letter to Don Garber with respect to his role as CEO of Soccer United Marketing,which owns the marketing rights for the U.
While the top four all avoid one another,plenty of intriguing matches remain on the schedule for match day nine in 2018 CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying.
Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, and Chile lead Thursday's schedule as they try to rebound from their recent form against Enner and Antonio Valencia and Ecuador, currently sitting in fifth,two places and two points above their CONMEBOL rivals.
With just one month between the U.S. Men's National Team and a clash with arch-rivals Mexico, the upcoming pair of friendlies are of the utmost importance. Several new faces will look to stake their claim on the final spots on the Hexagonal squad, while first team regulars will look to fight off competition from up-and-comers, along with developing relationships with those around them.
They'll have to wait until summer to play in their own stadium, but one of MLS' newest teamswill be able to give their home fans a show in a temporaryhome.
Atlanta United announced that they would begin their inaugural 2017 season playing in Georgia Tech'sBobby Dodd Stadium. The 55,000-seat college football arena will provide a temporary home for the expansion side until their own Mercedes-Benz Stadium is ready in the summer.
Heading into the upcoming pair of friendlies, the U.S. Men's National Team has several competitions running throughout the lineup. Perhaps the most important spot up for grabs, though, is one in the central midfield.Jurgen Klinsmann is looking towards Danny Williams or Perry Kitchen to provide one of those answers, while claiming a spot on the rosterheading towards the Hexgonal.
After each and every one of his U.S. Men's National Team call-ups, Chris Wondolowski comes under fire. Always one of the more criticized inclusions, Wondolowski's inclusions are usually met by scorn and frustration. However, Jurgen Klinsmannisn't afraid to defend his decision to include the San Jose Earthquakes veteran.
Swansea City co-owner Jason Levien understands the skepticism behind the recent appointment of Bob Bradley. However, he also understands his own belief that the club has hired who he believes is the best man for the job.
Bradley's hiring has been met with skepticism, for several reasons. Despite a poor run of recent form, former managerFrancesco Guidolin faced plenty of hurdles to start the season.
Since 2010, either Tim Howard or Brad Guzan has started 93 of the U.S. Men's National Team's 118 matches. Aside from 25 exceptionsthroughout the past six years, one of the two has been responsible for manning the goalkeeper position, while providing consistency and veteran leadership from the back.
The playoff picture further narrowed in this week's MLS action.
Several high ranking teamshad bad weeks and faced corresponding plunges. Toronto FC's draw against Orlando City and loss to D.C. United drop them from first to third in the East and represent a recent dip in form at a bad time.
What does a run of good form earn you as an interim manager? The removal of the 'interim' tag.
The Jacksonville Armada announced on Tuesdaythat Mark Lowry would become the team's full time manager after his strong nine-match performance since becoming interim manager on August 7th.The promotion continues a rapid ascendancy for Lowry, as he was appointed an assistant coach at the club in just September of last year before taking over after the firing of manager Tony Meola in August.
While Syracuse and North Carolina disappointed with a scoreless draw, Clemson topped Wake Forest, 1-0, in an intense match.
The SBI No. 4 Orange and No. 2 Tar Heels couldn't separate from one another over full time and two overtime periods. While not a win for the Tar Heels, the 0-0 result does represent their fourth shut-out in four ACC matches this year, maintaining a perfect 0 goals allowed.
For years, Bob Bradley stated his belief that he was ready for the next step into the coaching elite and, after years of work away from the brightest of lights, the former U.S. Men's National Team head coach now has the chance to prove himself in the world's most watched league.
Swansea City announced on Monday that Bradley has been named the club's manager, making the former USMNT boss the first American to coach in one of Europe's top five leagues.
September qualifiers served as Sacha Kljestan's international rebirth. After several years away from the U.S. Men's National Team, the midfielder made an unlikely return to the fold as an injury replacement. Although he appeared to be little more than an additional name on the roster, Kljestan shined while all but solidying his spot with the national team going forward.
The U.S. Men's National Team will be without a veteran midfielder for this Friday's friendly against Cuba.
U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that Alejandro Bedoya has withdrawn from the USMNT squad ahead of the upcoming friendly. The Philadelphia Union midfielder suffered a strained rib muscle over the weekend, knocking him outin the 52nd minute of the Philadelphia Union's 3-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls.
A goalkeeper took home the SBI Player of the Week after a stunning performance to boost his team's playoff hopes. Montreal Impact shot-stopper Evan Bush faced 22 shots against Orlando City on Sunday, but still walked out of Camping World Stadium with a clean sheet.
An American provided a game-saving assist on Sunday, while several others played big minutes in impressive results.
Omar Gonzalez's headed pass in the 93rd minute paved the way for a Ruben Botta finish, sealing a dramatic late draw for Pachuca in Sunday's clash with Puebla. Gonzalez went 90 minutes in the match, a feat matched by Geoff Cameron in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Swansea City announced on Monday that the club has hired the former U.S. Men's National Team coach as its new manager. The move ends the tenure ofFrancesco Guidolin while also seeing Bradley depart French club Le Havre in his second season in charge.
The Montreal Impact's playoffdreams may include a home match, while Orlando City's hopes of reaching the postseason are officially over.
A single Dominic Oduro goal proved just enough to lead the Impact to a 1-0 victory over the Lions on Sundayat Camping World Stadium. The win vaults the Impact to fourth in the Eastern Conference while sealing the Canadian club's second straight win following a four-game winless skid.
Following a backbreaking midweek loss to D.C. United, the Crew kept their dwindling playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win on Saturday against the Chicago Fire. The win gives the Crew their third victory in four matches, keeping them in the hunt for a longshot run at the sixth and final playoff position.
After going down a goal on a Jozy Altidore finish, D.C. United battled back to score two straight in a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Saturday night. The win moves D.C. United into fourth place following the Philadelphia Union's loss to the Red Bulls.
An unlikely goalscorer led the way, but FC Dallas emerged from Toyota Stadium one step closer to the Supporters' Shield.
Walker Zimmerman scored the game's lone goal in the first half to lift FC Dallas to a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy. The win gives FC Dallas a five-point lead in the Supporters' Shield race with just two games left to play.
With most clubs only having six matches left in the Fall Season, the push for the playoffs is truly gainingits steam this weekend in the NASL.
Almost every single match this weekend has some type of playoff hunt ramification, as five clubs are currently separated by only four points from fourth place in the Combined Standings andthat glorious last spot in the postseason.
Friday's Americans Abroad was certainly about quality of quantity, as one American provided a goal while another added an assist.
Headlining the day's action was Andrew Wooten, who provided the opening goal in SV Sandhausen's 2-0 win over Dynamo Dresden. The forward's finish was a true poachers goal, as Wooten pounced on a loose ball on the back post to fire his second goal in as many matches.
As the international break looms, Saturday presents a busy day of soccer action.
Starting in Germany, several contenders featuring American stars take the field. A clash pitting Bobby Wood's Hamburg against John Brooks' Hertha Berlin headlines the earlyaction, while powerhouse Bayern Munich looks to continue their run atop the league in a match against Cologne.