Domestic cups and playoffs take center stage on Wednesday as MLS, Liga MX, England, Spain and France are all in action.
The second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference final between Toronto FC and Montreal Impact goes tonight at BMO Field. Montreal currently holds a 3-2 lead on aggregate. The winner will face the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup final on Dec.
Adrian Heath wasn't panicking just yet, but he was certainly a bit anxious. For the first time in years, he was away from the field, away from the game, away from the banter and camaraderie that have defined his life since he was a child inNewcastle-under-Lyme, England.
Then, an opportunity came, and it was one that fit.
Cup competitions take centerstage forWednesday's Americans Abroad action.
The day's festivities are headlined by the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla, where Tigres collide with Club Leon in a semifinal clash. The matchup pits U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper William Yarbrough against fellow Americans Jose Torres and Luis Silva, as the two sides battled for a spot in the league final.
When the final three whistles are blown after Wednesday night's Eastern Conference Final in Toronto, one way or another, history will be made. Either Toronto FC or the Montreal Impact will make their MLS Cup Final debut, while also becoming the first Canadian club to play in the league final.
Brazilian clubs are stepping up to aid Chapecoense, while a Brazilian star is set for some time out due to injury.
Brazil's top clubs have pledged to offer to loan players to Chapecoense following the club's tragic plane crash on Tuesday. Several top clubs, includingCorinthians, Santos and Palmeiras, also called for Chapecoense to be exempt from relegation for three seasons.
Since being named U.S. Men's National Team manager, Bruce Arena has repeatedly stated that he is more than pleased with the current player pool. Featuring a mix of MLS options, Liga MX regulars and European-based contributors, the USMNT pool is as big as its ever been, giving Arena a wealth of options to choose from when he begins his second USMNT tenure.
Lynden Gooch has established himself as a member of the Sunderland first team, but the U.S. Men's National Team winger faces a major setback after picking up an injury while getting minutes on the reserve level.
Featuring for Sunderland's reserves, Gooch was stretchered off during a game against Tottenham due to an apparent ankle injury.
At just 18-years-old, Josh Perez made his Serie A debut on Monday at one of the sport'smost famous stadiums.
The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team forward made his first senior appearance on Monday as Fiorentina took on Inter Milan at the San Siro. After being named to the bench last week, Perez entered in the 75th minute of Monday's match in place of Spanish winger Christian Tello, making his first senior appearance.
Chris Klein admits that replacing Bruce Arena is next to impossible. In eight full seasons in charge of the LA Galaxy, Arena captured three MLS Cups while solidifying the Galaxy's spot as one of MLS' top dogs.
Replacing something like that is unlikely, and Klein and the Galaxy don'tintend to look for Bruce Arena 2.
Following the departure of Bruce Arena, the LA Galaxy have taken a step towards replacing him while several MLS teams announced roster moves.
The LA Galaxy will namePeter Vagenas, the team's vice president of soccer operations, as the club's general manager. Vagenas, a two-time MLS Cup winner, will retain his former role and is now charged with replacing head coach Bruce Arena following his hiring by the U.
Jordan Morris isn't the type of person to show up his dad, especially in the public eye.Dr. Michael Morris has long been the Seattle Sounders Chief Medical Director, making his opinions absolute to many a soccer star before his son broke through to the professional ranks.
It didn't take long for Jermaine Jones to let it be known he's ready to test the open market this winter.
The U.S. Men's National team midfielder took to Twitter shortly after his Colorado Rapids were eliminated from the playoffs to state his intentions for the upcoming transfer window now that he is out of contract.
For eight years, the Seattle Sounders failed to reach an MLS Cup final. Theclub was routinely in the mix as a perennial powerhouse, but repeatedly fell short in postseason play despite frequently entering as favorites.
On Sunday, the Sounders finally broke through thanks to the play of their young star, reaching MLS Cup for the first time in what has likely been the club's most up-and-down season.
A spot in the MLS Cup is on the line on Sunday afternoon.
The Colorado Rapids play host to the Seattle Sounders at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the second leg of the Western Conference finals. The Sounders enter Sunday's match with a 2-1 advantage, but the Rapids' away goal in the first leg could prove vital if Pablo Mastroeni's side can poach a goal.
TUKWILA, Wash. "Finally"is a much-abused word these days. Any transfer signing that takes more than five minutes to proceed from rumor to signed contract is finally consummated, the election is finally over, the playoffs finally underway, the whistle finally blows.
The Colorado Rapids may have lost the first leg of the Western Conference Final, but their form at home this season, coupled with a crucial away goal, gives the club a very good shot at reaching the 2016 MLS Cup final.
"It's not so much about how we're going to stop them [in the second leg], but more importantly how are we going to ignite our attack to put them on their heels,"said Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni.
With the No. 1seed falling out last round, the College Cup is up for grabs.
Of all eight fixtures this weekend, the only heavy favorites are Wake Forest and Clemson. That being said,Wake Forest will not have an easy go of it against the SIUE team that hopes to continue their streak of upsets.
Chelsea(28 points) vs. Tottenham(24 points), Saturday, 12:30 p.m., NBC Sports Live
Injuries of note:Tottenham are dealing with a litany of injuries to many key players entering Saturday's match. The backline is severely lacking, with Toby Alderweireld and Ben Davis out with injury and fullback Danny Rose joining them on suspension.
The post-Thanksgiving soccer schedule is a busy one for the contingent of Americans Abroad.
Bundesliga matchups headline the weekend, beginning with a clash between Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund and Timmy Chandler's Eintracht Frankfurt. Following a Champions League defeat, Julian Green and Bayern Munich are back in action for a tough match against Bayer Leverkusen while Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach take on Hoffenheim.
Hello everybody. It is Thanksgiving Day, that day of the year you come to SBI looking for a soccer fix and find this familiar waving turkey greeting you.
American soccer fans have plenty to be thankful for this year. From the continued growth of professional soccer, with more professional teams emerging every year, down to the college soccer scene, which continues to produce talented players like Jordan Morris and Keegan Rosenberry.
Fabian Johnson faces a massive test in Wednesday's Champions League action.
The U.S. Men's National Team star and Borussia Monchengladbach will be fighting for their Champions League lives on Wednesday in a clash with Manchester City. A win will push the German club right back into contention for a spot in the knockout rounds, while a loss would see them exit the competition at the group stage.
Didier Drogba confirmed what many already suspected: his time with the Montreal Impact is coming to an end.
The Ivorian star announced his impending departure following Tuesday's 3-2 win over Toronto FC. Drogba came on in the 71st minute of Tuesday's match after starting on the bench in favor of Matteo Mancosu.
Wednesday's UEFA Champions League action features a clash of two of Europe's top teams.
Tied atop Group A, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain collide on Wednesday as the two pernnial powerhouses battle in a match that will likely decide who wins the group. The two sides tied, 1-1, in the opening leg, but both teams will have a series of injury issues to overcome, especially at the fullback position.
Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team produced mixed results. It began on a high with the 2013 Gold Cup, but ended on a low with back-to-back defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica in the Hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying.
The MLS Playoffs resume on Tuesday night with the first leg of the conference finals.
Action begins in Montreal for the start of the Eastern Conference clash between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC (8 p.m., ESPN). The two sides collide at a sold-out Olympic Stadium, promising a raucous atmosphere as the two teams battle for the chance to be the first Canadian team to play in MLS Cup.
Players were warmed up and ready, 60,000-plus fans were pumped, and kickoff was moments away.
Or so it seemed.
The first leg of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, was delayed by more than 40 minutes on Tuesday night after match officials realized that the lines on one of the 18-yard boxes were incorrectly measured.
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SEATTLE Forgive Seattle Sounders fans if they thought they were watching a rerun: "Nicolas Lodeiro Delivers"is anepisodethat has been on repeat since midsummer in the Emerald City. The Uruguayan midfielderwas at it again on Tuesday night, drawing a second-half penalty kick and converting the ensuing attempt to give the Sounders a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in front of 42,774 at CenturyLink Field.
Bruce Arena says he would have done it for free. There's a certain pride, a certain excitement, that comes with managing the U.S. Men's National Team, Arena says. It's an opportunity that is unmatched, one that comes more than a decade after the close of his first sting as USMNT boss.
After a busy weekend for Americans Abroad, their focus shifts to midweek action.
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund will try to win Group F in the UEFA Champions League as they take on Legia Warsaw at home. Dortmund is fresh off a massive win against Bayern Munich this past weekend, so Pulisic and co.
It's a jam-packed Tuesday of soccer as the UEFA Champions League and MLS playoffs resume.
The slate of Champions League action is highlighted by Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Sporting CP as Real Madrid tries to book its spot in the round of 16. Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund will try to pip Madrid to first place in Group F as the German side squares off with Legia Warsaw.
For the past year or so, Jurgen Klinsmann has been the U.S. Men's National Team's focal point. Call it cult of personality or whatever you like, but the USMNT narrative has long been driven by what Klinsmann was or wasn't doing.
The UEFA Champions League returns to action, and several teams can lock up their spots in the knockout rounds with results on Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday's schedule is headlined by a clash between reigning Europa League champions Sevilla and Italian powerhouse Juventus. The two sides have proven dominant in Group H play so far, but a short-handed Juve could fall back to the pack with a loss and a Lyon win over bottom-dwellers Dinamo Zagreb.
Nobody ever said Zlatan Ibrahimovic was lacking in self-confidence and personality.
In his latest display of ego, the star striker for Manchester United cast his gaze across the Atlantic and took aim at MLS. A subject of constant rumors regarding a move to America, as many European stars have donebefore him, Ibrahimovic answered the only way he knows how, with gusto.
The Jurgen Klinsmann era came to an end after more than five years as U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati relieved the German of his duties as head coach and technical director of the U.S. Men's National Team on Monday.
Klinsmann was hired in July 2011 as Bob Bradley's successor and coached in 98 games, the second-most in USMNT history behind Bruce Arena.
FC Dallas has not wasted any time in planning for the 2017 season.
The club announced on Monday that it exercised the 2017 contract options for 10 players. The list includes MLS Defender of the Year Matt Hedges, Maynor Figueroa, Tesho Akindele, Michael Barrios, Maxi Urruti, Jesse Gonzalez and Chris Seitz.
Pal Dardai has long been critical of John Brooks' international travel schedule, and it appears that theHertha Belinboss is ready to take put new measures in place following an unsatisfactory return to the club game.
Dardai says that he will now consider resting Brooks after each international break, citing the U.
Ahead of its release on Monday, Deloitte's Sports Business Group's analysis on promotion and relegation in the U.S. was hyped by supporters of the philosophy as groundbreaking. In reality, the release inspired much more mixed feelings.
While confirming the theory that promotion and relegation is economically viable in the U.
Darlington Nagbe may not have been a part of the U.S. Men's National Team's most recent squads, but head coach Jurgen Klinsmann insists that the Portland Timbers midfielder is far from finished on the international level.
In recent months, rumors have swirled regarding Nagbe's international future.
One U.S. Men's National Team defender made a successful return to his club team following the international break, while a U.S. youth product joined his club's first team for the first time in Sunday's Serie A action.
Timmy Chandler returned to the Eintracht Frankfurt lineup on Sunday and helped lead the club to a 2-1 win over Aron Johannsson's Werder Bremen.
One of the sport's most historic rivalries headlines Sunday's soccer schedule.
TheDerby della Madonnina has lost a bit of its luster in recent years, but clashes between Inter Milan and AC Milan always brings the best out of the two longtime Italian powerhouses. The two Milan clubs collide again on Sunday as AC Milan looks to keep pace near the top of the table while Inter looks to leap out of midtable mediocrity.
Liga MX teams won't be taking part in the 2017 Copa Libertadoes, but the Mexican league's president already is setting his sights on a possible new competition.
Enrique Bonilla says that he would be open to the possibility of a new competition featuring MLS and Liga MX teams. MLS commissioner Don Garber previously said that he would "love" to create a new competition with Liga MX to replace the defunct SuperLiga, but concerns remain over potential scheduling.
Michael Orozco experienced a difficult week while with the U.S. Men's National Team, and Friday's efforts on the club level only furthered frustrations.
The USMNT defender scored an 87th minute own goal, dooming Tijuana to a 2-1 defeat to Veracruz. The decisive sequence came on a late corner kick, one which was headed off Orozco and in, leaving the Tijuana defender helpless as his team fell to defeat.
Following a chaotic international break, club soccer returns on Saturday with several huge rivalry clashes.
Starting in Spain, last year's Champions League finalists collide for the Madrid derby as league-leaders Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid. Atleti enters the day six points behind their local rival, making Saturday's clash a vital one in the La Liga title race.
The two finalists in last season's UEFA Champions League will meet again this Saturday in the form of the Madrid derby.
Six months after Real topped Atlético in penalty shootout to claim its 11th UCL trophy, Zinedine Zidane will try to guide his men to another victory over Diego Simeone's squad at Vicente Calderón Stadium.
With Los Angeles shaping up to be a winter wonderland of DP signings, there maynever have been a more crucial time for the Galaxy in terms of determining their identity.
The Galaxy have always been at the forefront of the DP conversation in MLS.The team's signing of David Beckham was the impetus for the launch of the rule as a whole, and since then the team has, coincidentally or purposefully depending on your level of conspiracy belief, been the benefit of many changes to the rule over the years.
With the announcement that Oakland Athletics' managing partner Lew Wolff was stepping down on Thursday, along with team president Mike Crowley, San Jose Earthquakes president Dave Kaval was tapped to expand his role from president of the Quakes, to also president of the A's.
"I am looking forward to taking on this new role with the Athletics and I am equally committed to continuing to build on what we are doing here at the Earthquakes," said Kaval on Thursday.
The LA Galaxy will begin a new era in 2017 as one of the club's top players move on after several spectacular season.
Robbie Keane is set to depart the Galaxy at the end of 2016, ending a six-year stay with the club. The Irishman led the Galaxy to three MLS Cup victories while scoring92 MLS goals and providing 51 assists.
College Cup 2016 offers a number of dominant teams the chance to secure a title they so desperately crave, while also allowing weakened dynasties a chance to resurface as champions.
The most widely favored teams this season are Maryland, Wake Forest, Clemson, and Stanford, but yet a favorable bracket could see Florida Gulf Coast or Michigan State through to the final rounds in Houston.
U.S. Soccer has yet to announce any sort of decision on Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. Men's National Team future, but the federation has reportedly already begun doing their due diligence on potential replacements.
According to ESPN, U.S. Soccer has reportedly been in contact with LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and Sporting Kansas City boss Peter Vermes over the last 12 months.
Ignacio Piatti walked the walk before talking the talk in the last round of the playoffs, but do not expect him to get much love from some of the members of the club he eliminated about a week-and-a-half ago.
TheNew York Red Bulls were surprisingly knocked out of the postseason by Piatti and the Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by a 3-1 aggregate score, and whatgrabbed plenty of attention aside from the result were the Argentine's pointed postgame comments about Jesse Marsch's side.
The Sporting Kansas City careers of Ike Opara and Benny Feilhaber have always been somewhat connected. Ahead of the 2014 MLS season, the two were traded to Sporting KC just one day apart, signaling the start of a new era for both players and the club for which they now played.
Just a few days after losing DP midfielder Frank Lampard, New York City FC must cope with another big midfield loss.
Key defensive midfielder Andoni Iraola will retire, NYCFC announced on Thursday. The 34-year old Spain international ended his year-and-a-half tenure with MLS having made 40 appearances for NYCFC and playing a key role in the team's year two turnaround.
A.J. Soares has been forced to call a premature end to his playing career.
Soares announced his retirement on Thursday morning, as the AGF Aarhus defender steps away from the game due to the effects of a head injury. The 27-year-old centerback suffered the injury just several matches into his time with the Danish club, but, following the advice of several specialists, is forced to reluctantly step away from the game.
Throughout his time as Seattle Sounders head coach, Brian Schmetzer has instilled a mantra within the group. The coach wants his players to live in the moment, enjoying everything that comes with their success, but when tomorrow comes, it's time to get back to work.
For the past five months, Zac MacMath prepared for moments like this. It may not have happened the way he would've preferred, but he is more than confident to step back into the spotlight on a big stage.
MacMath will make just his second start for the Colorado Rapids since June 22when he minds the net on Tuesday against the Seattle Sounders in the first leg of their Western Conference Final tilt.
A young star will stay in MLS, while Sporting KC has extended two of its key pieces.
D.C. United has finalized a permanent transfer agreement to complete the signing of Luciano Acosta. The Argentine, who joins officially from Boca Juniors, will earn a Designated Player contract, but will see his contract bought down by Targeted Allocation Money.
Jurgen Klinsmann admitted that Tuesday night was the lowest point of his U.S. Men's National Team tenure. It was a 4-0 beatdown at the hands of a federation rival, a loss that saw the USMNT fall to last place in the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying through two match.
For years, Michael Bradley's best position has been up for debate and, following the U.S. Men's National Team's loss to Mexico, it appears that the player himself and his national team coach disagree on how best to deploy the veteran midfielder.
After El Tri ended a futile run on United States soil, the Mexican national team turns south to Panama and will look to stay on track against a Hexagonal hopeful. Meanwhile, a struggling Honduras team hosts Trinidad and Tobago tonight in an effort to make the Hex a little more competitive.
The loss to Mexico is in the past. Was it painful? Sure. Was it a setback? Absolutely. However, the U.S. Men's National Team is already looking to move on from Friday night's misstep. They have to, especially given the task at hand on Tuesday night.
Costa Rica provides the USMNT's latest test, one that will be absolutely vital for the perception of the opening two matches of the Hexagonal round.
Though his playing days may be numbered,Frank Lampard may not be done with the beautiful game just yet.
The Mirror reports that Chelsea will offer a position at the club to their former star player and club legend Frank Lampard upon his departure from New York City FC. The team aims to bring Lampard back in either a coaching, ambassadorial , or mentoring role, with the priority simply being his continued relationship with the Stamford Bridge club.
After a tumultuous two seasons in MLS, Steven Gerrard has announced he will join fellow expat Frank Lampard and depart from his team.
The LA Galaxy announced that Gerrard would not return to the team for the 2017 season, ending the former Liverpool star's tenure in MLS. Over a season and a half, Gerrard appeared in 34 matches, scoring five goals and notching 14 assists for the Galaxy en route to two playoff appearances.
A place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia is off in the distance and fuzzy right now for Argentina, but can be brought back into focus with a slump-busting win at home vs. one of the teams that sits above in the standings.
Matchday 12 of CONMEBOL's World Cup Qualifying campaign takes place on Tuesday, and arguably the biggest match in this round will be held in Argentina whenLa Albicelestewelcome Colombia.
After falling to Mexico in the first match of the Hexagonal round, the U.S. Men's National Team is facing pressure heading into Tuesday's clash with Costa Rica. Another loss would see the U.S. fall further behind the pack early into the World Cup qualifying stage, while a win would all but erase the frustrations that came on Friday night.
Following the U.S. Men's National Team's October friendlies, Jurgen Klinsmann ripped into DeAndre Yedlin. According to Klinsmann, the reality was that Yedlin "struggled" in the months following the Copa America, making the October friendlies a tipping point for the young fullback.
From biggest DP bust in MLS history,= to solid acquisition with the second highest goal total on the team. From oft-injured absentee to crucial piece in a franchise-first playoff run.
New York City FC star midfielder Frank Lampard has been polarizing to say the least in his time in MLS, but while his bang-for-buck value is up for debate, the gaping hole he leaves in NYCFC's midfield is not.
For the first time in several years, Brad Guzan entered a U.S. Men's National Team camp as a backup. With just three Middlesbrough appearances to his name this season, Guzan joined the U.S. in the midst of one of the lower points of his career, one headlined by several months on the bench.
The U.S. Women's National Team ended 2016on a high with yet another win on Sunday night.
The USWNT dismantled Romania in their second match in the past week, following up their previous 8-1 victory with a 5-0 win on Sunday. The teamfinishes 2016 with a 22-0-3 record, just the third time they've gone unbeaten in a calendar year in which they've played 10 or more matches, after 2006 and 2013.
Tim Howard's recent injury could be much worse than originally believed.
According to ESPN, Howard could be out several months and is likely to miss the rest of the Colorado Rapids' run through the MLS Cup playoffs. Howard recently left U.S. Men's National Team camp to return to Colorado for further treatment and evaluation.
Belson Stadium might not have felt like home for the New York Cosmos at the beginning of Sunday night's match, but by the end of the 2016 NASL ChampionshipFinal the Cosmos had brought the winning feeling to their temporary home.
The Cosmos outlasted the Indy Eleven in a penalty shootout on Sunday night to claima second-straightNASL Championship.
The CONCACAF Hex is quite forgiving. Of the six teams that qualify for the final stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, three will seal automatic berths to Russia. Another, meanwhile, will face a team from Asia in a two-legged playoff, offering one more shot at earning a 2018 spot.
The relationship between a head coach and a captain is important. The captain is supposed to serve as the link between the coach and the players, to say nothing of being the de factoleader on the field and motivator in the locker room.
With just moments remaining, the U.S. Men's National Team appeared to be home free. After an abomination of a first half, the second half saw the U.S. seemingly seal a point via a Bobby Wood equalizer. Dos a Cero wasn't in the cards, but it looked like the U.
One vs. two. The best of the best in the NASL will be on display on Sunday in the league's finale.
Both sides will enter the final match of 2016 already having won silverware this season; Indy Eleven won the Spring Season while the Cosmos won the Fall Season. New York will attempt to be the first club to win back to back Soccer Bowls in the NASL modern era while also collecting their third championship in four years.
Jurgen Klinsmann opted for a calculated risk. Throughout the most recent World Cup qualifying cycle, the U.S. Men's National Team has played in a typical four-at-the-back set, relying on conventional wisdom and continuity to guide them through many a game against difficult competition.
The U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico are set to resume their rivalry on Friday, and the stakes will certainly be high.
CONCACAF's Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying on Friday night as the USMNT takes on Mexico at MAPFRE Stadium. Both sides enter the Hex favored for Russia 2018, but the two teams will look to start on a high with a win over their rival.
Mexico jumped out early, determined to avoid yet another Columbus Dos a Cero, but a second half push from the U.S. Men's National Team appeared to seala Hexagonal-opening draw. However, a late goal from a longtime El Tripest sealed a late win for the visitors on Friday night.
Mexico is, and probably always will be, the biggest game on the U.S. Men's National Team schedule. As kickoff approached and anticipation continued to build ahead of Friday nights' clash, the focus turned towards the stands as USMNT supporters unveiled a giant tifo depicting America's 18-year-old prodigy.
Friday is the big night. After weeks of build-up, the U.S. Men's National Team collide on Friday night, opening the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying with one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer.
The two CONCACAF powerhouses meet in Columbus' MAPFRE Stadium, a site that has proven a safe haven for the U.
Michael Bradley says he can feel the tension from the moment he steps off the plane. Mexico week is one unlike any other. There's an aura of anticipation, a feeling of nervousness and, perhaps most of all, a deep sensation of excitement.
Though his contract with the Montreal Impact is up at the end of this season, Didier Drogba wants to keep playing.
French outlet RTL report that Drogba believes he will continue his playing career into 2017, be it with the Montreal Impact again or elsewhere. The forward's contract expires at the end of this year, leaving him either free to go abroad or return to the Impact next season.
The U.S. Women's National Team approaches the end of 2016 much like they began it: in dominant fashion.
Christen Press led the way as the USWNT continued their incredible 2016, a year that has seen them lose just once to Sweden in penalties during the Olympics (though officially listed as a draw, leaving them unbeaten in 2016).
The U.S. Men's National Team's rivalry with Mexico isn't one that has to be explained. There's a mutual disdain between the two teams as the two sides continuously jockey for the titleof CONCACAF's alpha dog.
On Friday, the two meet again in a match that could go a long way towards helping either side march towards the 2018 World Cup.
When the LA Galaxy signed Jelle Van Damme, there were questions about how he'd adjust to Major League Soccer.
The Belgian put those worries to rest after a tremendous debut season. Much like his former Standard Liege teammate Laurent Ciman, Van Damme settled right away, helping the Galaxy concede just 39 goals compared to 46 in 2015.
Tim Howard never felt or acted like a backup. However, for the past year or so, the veteran was listed as the U.S. Men's National Team's second-string goalkeeper, even if the sight of him warming up with the No. 12 on his back never looked fitting.
One of the the world's biggest rivalries is set to write its latest chapter, and this one comes with an interesting twist that comes as a result of a controversial decision from FIFA.
South American giants Argentina and Brazil are ready to lock horns once again in a CONMEBOLWorld Cup Qualifier on Thursday, and leading the way respectively will be Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Alex Morgan is one of the faces of an NWSL team and currently plies her trade under the same umbrella as her husband. However,Olympique Lyon hasn't been deterred in their pursuit of the U.S. Women's National Team star.
The USWNT forward is reportedly a major target of the Ligue 1 women's team, as Lyon has stated it intends to acquire a USWNT player for their squad.
Jermaine Jones isn't quite at 100 percent. Just severalmatches into a return following a 13-week absence, it's hard to expect any player, let alone a 35-year-old midfielder, to jump right back in at full force.
Jurgen Klinsmann understands that there may be limits on the Colorado Rapids midfielder's game but, with a key qualifying clash looming, the U.
Friday's action in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is focused on the United States-Mexico clash in Columbus, Ohio, but there are two other matches set for Friday that will begin to shape the race for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The game of soccer is generally trumpeted as a safe haven from the outside world. For 90 minutes, the trials and tribulations of the world around you simply don't matter. The game remains just that, a game, in the grand scheme of things. But to some people, soccer can represent so much more.
PRO has announced the referee assignments for the first legs of the MLS conference finals.
Juan Guzman will be in charge of the Eastern Conference final between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC, while Chris Penso will lead his crew for the Western Conference final involving the Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids.
Sacha Kljestan is battling an injury that could prove much more limiting than it appears on the surface.
The New York Red Bulls midfielder suffered a broken nose in his team's loss to the Montreal Impact over the weekend. Kljestan is dealing with"cleanlittle breaks" in his nose, and will wearheadgear in training leading up to Friday's clash between the U.
Heading into the 2016 season, Major League Soccer announced the adoption of free agency in the new CBA. The rule stated that any player over the age of 28 and with eight years of MLS experience that was out of contract or had their option declined could select his next destination, a courtesy never before extended to players in the league, with each team limited to two free agents.
The saga of youth clubs attempting to secure compensation for the training of future professionals took another twist after a dismissal motion was filed by the MLS Players Union.
The MLSPU has filed a claim requesting that the lawsuit, centering around the youth clubs of U.S. Men's National Team stars Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and DeAndre Yedlin, be thrown out due to a lack of personal jurisdiction of the U.
Emotions tend to run high anytimethe U.S.squares off against Mexico, but for the few players on the American squad who have ties to both countries, maintaining an objective mentality is vital to ensure quality performances on the pitch.
"I never think there is hate in these games," said defender Omar Gonzalez, who holds dual citizenship in the U.
For members of the U.S. Men's National Team, Mexico is a whole differentballgame. Matches are intense and physical, boasting a new level of meanness unseen against other CONCACAF foes. It's a unique experience, one hard to comprehend for those that haven't experienced it first-hand.
It has been 5,732 days since the first match of "Dos a Cero" fame, and since that coldWednesday on February 28th, 2001, Mexico has fallen to the U.S Men's National Team by that same 2-0 scoreline four times.
But according to Mexican forward Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, there won't be a fifth.
Jordan Morris faced immeasurable pressure. He was touted as American soccer's golden boy, the savior of the Seattle Sounders.How Morris' career pans out remains to be seen but, at least this season, he met and exceeded every expectation thrown his way.
As Baldomero Toledo blew the full-time whistle in Sunday's second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal, the Montreal Impact, having just knocked out the New York Red Bulls on their own field, swarmed across one man.
Players and coachesflocked to Ignacio Piatti, the man of the match on the day as he scored twice in the Impact's 2-1 victory over the Red Bulls.
HARRISON, N.J. A frustrated and disappointed Jesse Marsch sat in front of the press inside the bowels of Red Bull Arena on Sunday night confused. He had just witnessed his New York Red Bulls crash out of the playoffs early, and could not put a finger on why exactly his team was unable to come up with the necessary plays that would have ensured advancement.
For years, Toronto FC was the punching bag. The club took blow after blow, some bigger than others. Between all of the failures on the field and all of the "Bloody Big Deal" signings off of it, the club never achieved any measure of success.
On Sunday, though, TFC took off the gloves and delivered a good-old-fashioned battering that served as a major statement.
In a battle between New York City FC's high-octane offense and Toronto FC's smothering defense, one team's strength was going to nullify the other's, and it turned out to be the latter that prevailed in convincing fashion.
The Conference Finals are set in the MLS Cup playoffs, with a distinctly Canadian twist this year.
The LA Galaxy took a 1-0 lead into Colorado to open Sunday's conference semifinal leg 2 action, hoping to hold on and progress in their quest for a sixth MLS cup, but the Rapids fought back and denied the Galaxy in penalties.
Michael Bradley generally remains calm, stoic, composed. His game on the field very much reflects his attitude off of it, as the Toronto FC midfielder looks to remain level-headed through the soaring highs and resounding lows. However, on Sunday, even the unflappable Bradley was forced to admit that something just feels right for both himself and teammate Jozy Altidore.
Sunday was an undoubted success for Andrew Wooten, but few other Americans took off for the international break on positive notes.
Wooten scored a goal while also adding an assist in Sandhausen's win over 1860 Munich. The goal was Wooten's fifth league goal of the season as well as his fifth finish in his past six games in all competitions.
Another week, another injury issue for the U.S. Men's National Team that may see a player miss upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Adding to last week's Geoff Cameron woes, the Seattle Sounders' Jordan Morris suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of the team's conference semifinal second leg against FC Dallas and may be forced to miss time for the USMNT.
NEW YORK — There wasplenty of pomp and circumstance leading up to New York City FC's first home playoff game on Sunday, but it took less than six minutes into the match for Toronto FC to spoilthe party before securing a berth to an all-Canada Eastern Conference final.
FC Dallas huffed and puffed, but theSeattle Sounders managed to progress to the Western Conference final despite a 2-1 loss in the second leg of their conference semifinal on Sunday at Toyota Stadium. The Sounders advanced 4-2 on aggregate.
Tesho Akindele scored the opening goal to send Toyota Stadium into a frenzy, but Nicolas Lodeiro's second-half strike all but sealed the Sounders' spot in the next round.
The Montreal Impact had never managed to defeat the New York Red Bulls in Harrison prior to Sunday, but the Canadian club buckedthat trend at the most opportune time to its place in the final four.
The Impact captured a historic 2-1 win against the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena, giving Mauro Biello's team a 3-1 aggregate win to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in the club's history.
The Colorado Rapids have been underdogs throughout the 2016 season. Sunday was no different, but Pablo Mastroeni's side did just enough to take down one of MLS' heavyweights to keep their MLS Cup hopes alive.
A Shkelzen Gashi stunner sent the game to penalty kicks via a 1-0 scoreline before Tim Howard made a pair of saves to lift the Rapids to a 3-1 win in the shootout.
Just two teams remain, asthe New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven are bound for the NASL final.
The Cosmos' pursuit of a third title in four years continued through Saturday despite having to comeback from an early deficit against Rayo OKC. Indy Eleven, meanwhile, rode their defense and a stunning SinisaUbiparipovic strike to topple FC Edmonton at Michael A.
Sunday morning is another busy one for Europe's elite, while the evening is headlined by some big-time MLS playoff clashes.
The action starts early in England, as the North London Derby kickstarts the day's action as Tottenham takes on Arsenal. Fellow title contender Liverpool joins the fray a bit later against Watford, while Bob Bradley's Swansea City hosts Manchester United as the American coach searches for his first win with the Welsh club.
For the better part of past two years, Geoff Cameron has been one of the most consistent members of the U.S. Men's National Team squad. However, now, with two of the most vital games on the qualifying schedule looming, the U.S. will be without the Stoke City defender, creating several issues along the backline.
Christian Pulisic is in spectacular form heading into the Hexagonal.
The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder provided an assist in Borussia Dormund's 5-2 win over Hamburg on Saturday. In addition to the official assist, the 18-year-old should have earned another after helping to set up his side's first goal in what proved to be a lopsided victory.
In a clash of American regulars, John Brooks and Hertha Berlin emerged victorious.
Brooks played all 90 minutes and maintained a clean sheet as Hertha toppled Fabian Johnson and 10-man Borussia Monchengladbach. Brooks and co. held on to their second shutout in three games while riding a Salomon Kalou hat-trick to a 3-0 win.
Saturday should prove a busy one of soccer, as games throughout Europe and North America provide plenty of interest heading into the international break.
Several Premier League heavy-hitters take the field, starting with Manchester City's clash with Middlesbrough. Chelsea then headlines the afternoon matchup, as Antonio Conte's side hosts Everton in a meeting of top-6 sides.
All four of the home teams in the second leg share something significant in common: they all have to comeback from a deficit in order to advance to their respective conference finals.
FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls, New York City FC and the Colorado Rapids were all shut out in their opening playoff matches on the road last weekend and each will have to dig deep if they want a chance to advance.
After allowing a pair of late goals at BMO Field against Toronto FC in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals, New York City FC is going to have to dig deep, find the back of the net and pull off a three-goalwin if they want to a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
The New York Red Bulls haven't had a decorated playoff record in their long MLS history, but Jesse Marsch's side could be in a significantly worse position heading into Sunday's second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Currently down 1-0 to the Montreal Impact as the two sides head to Red Bull Arena,the Red Bulls are likely in the best position out of any other teams remaining that trail in their respective matchups.
If FC Dallas is to rebound from a disastrous first leg to keep hopes of a treble alive, history will have to be made. If FC Dallas needs some sort of inspiration, looking back to last year will have to suffice.
FC Dallas enters the second leg of its Western Conference Semifinals series against the Seattle Sounders in a big hole after suffering a 3-0 loss in the opening match last weekend.
November has arrived, and with the cold weather and holiday outfits comes NASL's postseason.
While it took to the final weekend the cement the matchups for The Championship's head to head matchups, the semifinals look to be very intriguing. Home dominance takes on stingy defense in both Indianapolis and Long Island, where the home teams have beenunbeatable in 2016.
MLS commissioner Don Garber touched on many topics during his 40-minute talk at the 2016 Michigan Sports Business Conference, including some that are very near and dear to American soccer fans.
In his talk, which ranged from discussing the success of the NFL and his relationship with itscommissioner Roger Goodell, to the question of implementing promotion and relegation into American soccer, Garber sought to give advice to those looking to break into the sports business industry.
Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio is still somewhat new to the job, even if he has lasted quite a while by El Tri standards. Now over one full year into his Mexico tenure, Osorio is finally set to experience his first clash with the U.S. Men's National Team, and he isn't prepared to take any chances.
In response to the recent scandals concerning sexually explicit reports on the Women's soccer team, Harvard has officially ended the Men's soccer team's season.
The Harvard Crimson reported thatAthletics Director Robert L. Scalise sent a letter to student-athletes on Thursday that the University was terminating the Men's season after finding thatthe reports scandal continued beyond 2012 and even into the 2016 season.
After 10 years and 260 matches, Javier Morales is leaving Salt Lake.
The36-year-old midfielder took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal that he was leaving Real Salt Lake following the club's3-1 playoff loss at the L.A. Galaxy on Oct. 26. The departure ends a decade-long stay, one which saw Morales join the club in just its second year of existence.
The time for experimenting and tinkering is over. There are no more moral victories, no more learning curves. The U.S. Men's National Team's Hexagonal path begins with a bang, and Jurgen Klinsmann's side will need to be ready for two of the toughest games they'll face in their pursuit of a spot in the 2018 World Cup.
Ian Harkes, understandably, only remembers bits and pieces. He remembers a match against Tottenham, several with the Columbus Crew. He's seen highlights, read stories and certainly heard countless tales, but Harkeswas just a bit too young to fully grasp what he was watching as his father forged his legacy as a captain for both club and country.
While all attention is currently on the big game against Mexico in Columbus to open the Hex round, the U.S. Men's National Team can't overlook their second match against Costa Rica.
When the USMNT visitstheir CONCACAF rivals on November 15, they'll need to be careful to avoid falling victim to a deep, strong squad featuring big name players from abroad and a few familiar names from MLS.
The Chicago Cubs weren't the only team to break a major trophy drought on Wednesday night.
Queretaro topped Chivas de Guadalajra, 3-2, in penalty kicks to claim theApertura's Copa MX title. The win gives Queretaro the club's first major trophy since debuting in 1950. Queretaro currently sits 14th on the Liga MX table while Chivas maintains fourth place.
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SEATTLE Chalk one up for prizing results over glamour, forgoing about yourbusiness with humility and forever deflecting credit for a job well done.
Chalk one up for the hometown guy.
On Wednesday night, the Seattle Sounders removed the interim tag from Brian Schmetzer's job title, handing one of the league's banner coaching gigs to a son of the Pacific Northwest whose history with the club dates back more than three decades.
Eight Champions League matches highlight a full slate of soccer on Wednesday.
Tottenham will host Bayer Leverkusen in the marquee games after both teams drew, 0-0, in Germany in the first meeting. Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund will try to keep pace in Group Fby defeating Sporting CP, and Leicester City will attempt to maintain its perfect record in the group stage.
Minnesota United is reportedly assessing all options when it comes to selecting a coach to lead the team into MLS play, and current boss Carl Craig would understand if the club opted to go in a different direction.
Speaking to the Pioneer Press, Craig said that he hasn't had any recent discussions with club management over his status heading into next season.
While several sides have the opportunity to book their spots in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, Tottenham and Bayer Leverkusen battle on Wednesdayin a match that could decide who advances from group play.
Entering Wednesday's clash, just one point separates Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen as the two chase AS Monaco in Group E play.
Lionel Messi may be in a bit of trouble for a post-game incident, while Alexis Sanchez is also dealing with soem off-the-field issues.
Manchester City has denied reports of a tunnel altercation involving Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star reportedly waited outside of Manchester City's locker room in an effort to confront an unnamed player following Tuesday's 3-1 loss.
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach had a chance to keep up in the race to get out of their Champions League group. They failed.
Johnson and co. settled for a 1-1 draw with Celtic on Tuesday, bringing the German club's total to four points from as many games. With two games remaining against Barcelona and Manchester City, Monchengladbach sits three points out of a second place spot that would seal a berth in the knockout round.
Already down, 2-0, to Toronto FC after the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal, New York City FC can breathe a sigh of relief after avoiding further bad news.
According to Sports Illustrated, star forward and captain David Villa will reportedly not face a suspension from the MLS Disciplinary Committee for his kick to the back of Toronto FC midfielder Armando Cooper.
Atlanta United will have a temporary home to open their inaugural 2017 campaign, but it won't come cheap.
The team will reportedly pay Georgia Tech over $1 million for the use of Bobby Dodd Stadium next season, according to the Atlanta Georgia Constitution. Atlanta will pay a rent of $45,000 per match, along with a $275,000 fee for locker room accommodations and a $350,000 fee to alter the field.
The Montreal Impact already have a 1-0 advantage over the New York Red Bulls, but they may haveanother big boost coming ahead of Sunday's second leg.
Star forward Didier Drogba returned to practice on Tuesday, joining the team for a full training session for the first time in two weeks. Drogba had previously been limited to individual workouts due to a back injury.
While all three MLS MVP finalists are well-deserving of the honor, one can't help but notice a roughly 5'4-sized hole on the ballot.
As MLS announced its season award finalists, lead by New York City FC's David Villa and the New York Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan as MVP candidates, Toronto FC superstar Sebastian Giovinco was noticeably absent from consideration.
UEFA Champions League action dominates the schedule on Tuesday, including a big rematch in England.
Manchester City host Barcelona in the return fixture of Barcelona's 4-0 thrashing of their former manager just a few weeks ago. Bayern Munich travel to the Netherlands to take on PSV, while Napoli take on Besiktas in Turkey.
South American World Cup qualifying received a major shakeup on Tuesday due to an ineligible player.
FIFA announced on Tuesday that Bolivia will forfeit two matches after fielding an ineligible player in a pair of September qualifiers against Chile and Peru. Bolivia defeated Peru, 2-0, while tying Chile, 0-0, but will no forfeit the two matches by identical 3-0 scorelines.
The UEFA Champions League takes centerstage on Tuesday as several Americans hope to see the field in continental play.
Headlining the day is Fabian Johnson, who is the most likely American to find the field on Tuesday's schedule. Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach travel to Scotland to take on Celtic, and the German club will hope to take advantage of a Manchester City slip-up against Barcelona to leap up the table.
The UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, and attention will fall squarely on Manchester City to redeem themselves against one of the world's best.
Following a 4-0 thrashing in their prior clash, Man City plays host to Barcelona in Group C action. Entering Tuesday's match, Barcelona has earned all nine points in group play, while Man City sits on just four points through three games.