Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2016

Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact: Your Live Commentary

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The Seattle Sounders booked their spot in the MLS Cup final on Sunday afternoon. Their opponent will now be determined on Wednesday night.

Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact collide on Wednesday as the two battle to become the first Canadian club to reach MLS Cup.

MLS announces roster changes for Canadian players

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TORONTO Nearly 10years after MLS expanded into Canada, the league has finallymade Canadian homegrown players count as domestics on both sides of the border.

MLS and Canada Soccer announced the expansion of the Generation Adidas program into Canada, along with a modification to Canadian players counting as internationals on American rosters.

MLS commissioner Garber says FC Cincinnati is high on expansion list

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MLS commissioner Don Garber has a list for potential expansion cities, and it seems like Cincinnati is a leading candidate.

According tothe Cincinnati Enquirer, Garbersaid that FC Cincinnati's owners are high on the aforementioned expansion list and that MLS will closely monitor the team's progress.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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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.

MLS Spotlight: Heath ready to use expansion experience to boost Minnesota United

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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.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Yarbrough, Kitchen, Grossman and more

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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.

Report: D.C. United, Birnbaum agree on four-year extension

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Despite rumors linking him with a move abroad, Steve Birnbaum is reportedly set to remain with D.C. United.

ESPN reported Wednesday that D.C. Unitedhas agreed to a new four year-deal with the U.S. Men's National Team defender. The 25-year old centerback has proven to be a key component of D.

MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact

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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.

Wednesday Kickoff: Chapecoense, Coutinho, Cahill and more

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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.

Report: Gulati, USL executives attend NASL board meeting

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With the NASL's future in the air, it seems like a few influential executives are ready to broker a deal.

According to Big Apple Soccer, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, USL president Jake Edwards and USL CEO Alec Papadakis were at the NASL board meeting in Atlanta.

It's unknown as to why the three men were at the meeting, but there are several possibilities.

Familiar faces lead USMNT U-20 roster for Nike International Friendlies

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With 12 players returning from the team that participated in the 2015 edition of the Nike International Friendlies, the 2016 roster has a familiar look.

U.S. U-20 Men's National Team coach John Hackworth named his 20-man roster for the upcoming tournament on Tuesday, blending a mix of several newcomers with a veteran core.

Arena cites need to find USMNT playmakers

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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.

Sporting KC signs Peter Vermes to contract extension lasting through 2019

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While one Western Conference club continues to search for its next coach, another has locked up its leadman for the considerable future.

Sporting Kansas City announced on Tuesday that it has signed manager and technical director Peter Vermes to a contract extension that runs through the 2019 MLS season.

Adrian Heath named Minnesota United head coach

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Adrian Heath helped Orlando City make the jumpfrom lower-league success to MLS expansion club. Now, the English head coach will look to guide Minnesota United through a similar transition.

Minnesota United announced on Tuesday that Heath has been named head coach heading into the club's inaugural MLS campaign.

Timbers owner Paulson insists Porter 'isn't going anywhere' amid Galaxy rumors

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As the LA Galaxy coaching rumors begin to heat up, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson quickly doused the flames with regard to his head coach.

Paulson reassured that Timbers coach Caleb Porter is staying in Portland for the 2017 season and also claimed that Porter holds the most prestigious coaching job in MLS.

Gooch stretchered off with ankle injury in Sunderland U-23 match

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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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Iniesta, Terry, 2018 World Cup and more

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One of Barcelona's stars will return just in time for El Clasico, while John Terry is looking ahead to a few more years on the field.

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta is set to return for this weekend's clash with Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Chelsea defender John Terry said he'd like to play for "a couple more years" while admitting that his career may take him away from Chelsea.

Plane carrying Brazilian team Chapecoense crashes, killing 75 people

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The soccer community was struck by tragedy on Tuesday, as a plane carrying Brazilian teamChapecoensecrashed in Rionegro, Colombia, killing 75 people.

Chapecoense was en route to Medellin, Colombia, where the club was expected to play in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional.

U.S. U-20 Josh Perez makes Serie A debut for Fiorentina

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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.

Galaxy focusing on domestic options as head coaching search continues

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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.

MLS Ticker: Vagenas, Goncalves, Zubar and more

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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.

Report: Cosmos cutting spending on players, front office as financial issues mount

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The NASL's future has long been in doubt, and it appears that the league's top club is having financial issues.

According to a report from Empire of Soccer, the New York Cosmos are set to make cuts both on the field and in the front office following yet another season of dwindling attendance.

Morris battles through illness, injuries to lead Sounders to MLS Cup

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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.

NCAA Tournament Round of 16 Rewind: Unranked Providence and Virginia Tech proceed to quarterfinals

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The NCAA Tournament's Cinderella story took another step toward an improbably run at the Final Four, while the defending champions took another step towards a potential repeat.

After knocking out the top-seed in Maryland last week, Providence eked out a late winner over Creighton to keep its season going.

Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Alvarado, Gonzalez, Brooks and more

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One American helped his side seal a spot in the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla, while another's strong defensive performance wasn't enough to see his team advance.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America slipped past Chivas de Guadalajara, 1-0, on Sunday, sealing a 2-1 aggregate win and a spot in the semifinal round.

Monday Kickoff: Alba, Alves, AC Milan and more

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A Barcelona regular is a doubt for an upcoming clash with Real Madrid, while Juventus has lost a key piece for an extended period of time.

Jordi Alba is a doubt for this weekend's Clasico due to "bruising to his right knee and a distension of his left ankle". (REPORT)

Juventus defender Dani Alves suffered a broken fibula over the weekend in a loss to Genoa.

Jermaine Jones ready to test open market as MLS contract expires

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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.

Morris winner leads Sounders past Rapids, into MLS Cup final

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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.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Your Live Commentary

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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.

After eight seasons as contenders, Sounders looking to finally push to first MLS Cup berth

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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.

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Timmy Chandler

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Timmy Chandlerstarted and played 90 minutes inEintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.Christian Pulisicdressed but did not play.

Alfredo Moralesdid not dress in Inglstadt's 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg.

Bobby WoodandAron Johannssondid not dress inWerder Bremen's 2-2 draw with Hamburg.

Bob Bradley earns first EPL win with Swansea City in nine-goal thriller

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Swansea City looked destined for another loss after watching a two-goal lead disappear, but the Swans pulled off a dramatic comeback to help Bob Bradley make history.

Fernando Llorente's stoppage-time double helped hand Bradley his first English Premier League victory in a 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Mastroeni confident of Rapids mentality ahead of Sunday decider vs. Sounders

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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.

NCAA Tournament Round of 16 Preview: Wake Forest, Clemson, and more

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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.

English Premier League Preview: Chelsea and Tottenham, Arsenal and Bournemouth, and more

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GAMES TO WATCH

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.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Pulisic, Chandler, Liga MX and more

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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.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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After ascending to the top of the table for the first time this season, Chelsea will face its first test as leaders this weekend at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte's men will host Tottenham on Saturday after picking up a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough last weekend to go one point clear atop the English Premier League.

Report: Fire offer Schweinsteiger a 3-year deal

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The Chicago Fire are reportedly in play for German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

According to Goal.com, the Manchester United man has been offered a three-year deal with an annual salary of $5.5 million.

Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic reportedly met with Schweinsteiger in October and is keen to sign him in time for the beginning of preseason in January.

Steven Gerrard announces his retirement

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Steven Gerrard is hanging up his boots.

The former Liverpool captain and LA Galaxy Designated Player announced his retirement on Thursday, putting an end to an 18-year career.

Gerrard, 36, recently announced that he would not be returning to the Galaxy, which left his future up in the air.

Happy Thanksgiving from SBI Soccer

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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.

USMNT falls in latest FIFA World Rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Teammoved down in the latest FIFA World Rankings after back-to-back defeats to Mexico and Costa Rica.

The USMNT is now ranked atNo. 28 after slipping down four spots, but it is still the third highest-ranked team in CONCACAF.

Report: Danny Williams targeted by Swansea, Burnley and Crystal Palace

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The number of Americansplaying in the English Premier League could grow this January, as Reading's Danny Williams is reportedly a transfer target for three clubs in England's top flight.

Reports suggestthe defensivemidfielder is a subject of interest for Swansea City, Crystal Palace and Burnley.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Johnson, Green, Yarbrough and more

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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.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League returns on Wednesday, providing plenty of interesting matchups for your pre-Thanksgiving entertainment.

Action is headlined by a clash of heavyweights as Arsenal takes on Paris Saint-Germain, while Manchester City's clash with Borussia Monchengladbach provides plenty of intrigue as well.

Didier Drogba to leave Impact at end of season

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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.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Arsenal hosts PSG, Monchengladbach faces Man City and more

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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.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar, Bale, Sturridge and more

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One La Liga star remains the target of local authorities, while another is in danger of missing his team's biggest game due to injury.

Prosecutors in Spain are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a hefty fine for Neymar as punishment for the Brazilian star's allegedly corrupt transfer from Santos to Barcelona.

Gulati says 'disappointing' 2015, poor Hex led to Klinsmann firing

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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 latter seemed to be the breaking point for U.

MLS Conference Finals: SBI Live Commentary

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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.

Arena not ruling out calling up Donovan to USMNT

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Landon Donovan and Bruce Arena reunited at the LA Galaxy earlier this year, and there is a chance they could do so again with the U.S. Men's National Team in2017.

Even if it is only a slight one.

Arena was appointed head coach of the U.S.

Impact-Toronto FC delayed because of incorrect line measurements

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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.

Impact hold on to win thrilling first leg over Toronto FC

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While the Montreal Impact got the result they hoped for at home in leg one, they didn't make it easy on themselves.

After leaping out to a 3-0 lead, the Impact conceded a pair of away goals late in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC. The pair of late goals keep TFC alive heading into the second leg at BMO Field.

Goals from Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro help Sounders rally past Rapids

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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.

Video: Jurgen Klinsmann gives thanks for "amazing ride" with USMNT

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Despite being fired as head coach and technical director of the U.S. Men's National Team, Jurgen Klinsmann bowed out gracefully.

The 52-year-old took to Facebook to post a video on his page to give thanks for the "amazing ride" during his tenure and to express his gratitude to the players and fans.

Arena prepared to tackle challenges that come with second stint leading USMNT

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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.

Arena addresses past dual national comments: 'I embrace all players that are eligible to play' for USMNT

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Bruce Arena insists he doesn't care where you're from. No matter where you were born and raised, Arena says he's ready to welcome anyone with a passion to represent the U.S. Men's National Team.

Arena was officially named USMNT head coach on Tuesday afternoon, marking his second stint in charge of the senior group.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Preview: Pulisic, and more

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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.

Bruce Arena hired as USMNT head coach

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Less than 24 hours after Jurgen Klinsmann's firing, the U.S. Men's National Team has found his replacement.

Bruce Arena was officially named as head coach of the USMNT on Tuesday and will officially begin on Dec. 1, U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday.

"When we considered the possible candidates to take over the Men's National Team at this time, Bruce was at the top of the list," saidU.

Report: Bielsa interested in USMNT job with Donovan as assistant

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As the U.S. Men's National Team searches for a coach, a surprising candidate has emerged.

According to ESPN Deportes, former Argentina and Chile manager Marcelo Bielsa is interestedin coaching the USMNT for$4 million per year, and he would reportedly hire Landon Donovan as an assistant.

MLS Playoff Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids

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Regardless of the team, the MLS Western Conference Champion will have overcome extreme difficulty in the past year to earn their title.

The Seattle Sounders are always expected to compete for MLS Cup, but the loss of Obafemi Martins, among other things, at the start of the 2016 season started a downward spiral for Sigi Schmid's team.

Report: Cruz Azul won't sign Torres, will return to Dynamo

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It looks like Erick "Cubo" Torres won't be returning to Liga MX.

According to Diario de Mexico, Cruz Azul will not keep Torres on a permanent basis and he will return to the Houston Dynamo.

The 23-year-old was sent on loan to Mexico in September, but he suffered a knee injuryand only played 46 minutes during his stint south of the border.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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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.

On USMNT: Following end of Klinsmann era, focus turns towards USMNT players

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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.

Now, with Klinsmann gone, the topic shifts.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Juve faces Sevilla, Tottenham takes on Monaco and more

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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.

MLS Playoff Preview: Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact

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A Canadian club will play in the MLS Cup final for the first time ever. The question is, who will it be?

Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact will meet in the Eastern Conference final, with the first leg taking place on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Ibrahimovic: I can 'cross the Atlantic and conquer the states'

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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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Gerrard, Southgate, Kompany and more

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One England legend looks set to return to his former club, while the country also is closing in on confirming the national team's new manager.

Steven Gerrard has reportedly turned down the MK Dons coaching job in favor of a return to Liverpool in a coaching capacity.

SBI Question of the Day: How do you rate the Klinsmann era?

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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.

Report: Arena to take over as USMNT head coach

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U.S. Soccer moved on from Jurgen Klinsmann on Monday afternoon, but the U.S. Men's National Team head coaching search will reportedly turn back to a familiar face.

Goal USA reported on Monday that Bruce Arena will take over for his second stint as USMNT boss.

Hedges, Urruti, Akindele among contracts exercised by FC Dallas

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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.

U.S. Soccer fires head coach Jurgen Klinsmann

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The Jurgen Klinsmann era is officially over.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced on Monday that Jurgen Klinsmann has been relieved of his duties as head coach and technical director of the U.S. Men's National Team.

The decision comes less than a week after the USMNT's 4-0 defeat in Costa Rica during World Cup qualifying.

Report report lays out potential positives, obstacles to promotion/relegation

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A recently completed report by business advisory firm Deloitte lays out an argument in favor of implementing promotion and relegation in American soccer's professional league structure.

Commissioned by Miami FC owner Riccardo Silva, the report was commissioned in an effort to assess the feasibility of introducing pro/rel in the United States.

Hertha coach to reconsider playing Brooks following international breaks

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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.

NCAA Tournament Round of 32 Rewind: Maryland crashes out, SIUE upset Butler, and more

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There was a bit of shaking up in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, with the tournament favorites being knocked out in a high-scoring matchup.

No. 1 seed Maryland, who went undefeated this season, has crashed out in their first tournament game after losing to Providence 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Klinsmann says formation change was designed to maximize Pulisic impact

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Little doubt remains: the U.S. Men's National Team is now built around Christian Pulisic.

Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed as much in a recent Facebook Q&A, detailing the thought process behind deploying a three-at-the-back system against Mexico in the USMNT's Hexagonal opener.

Sigurdsson: Blame players, not Bradley, for Swansea struggles

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While Bob Bradley's Swansea City tenure has not gotten off to an ideal start, he certainly has the support of his players.

Star midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson rushed to his manager's defense as Bradley has come under fire after earning only two points from his first five matches in charge of the last-place club.

Report finds that U.S. is not 'immediately ready' for promotion/relegation

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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.

Klinsmann: Nagbe will 'definitely' be back in USMNT picture

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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.

Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Chandler, Perez and more

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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.

Monday Kickoff: Reus, Messi, Toure and more

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One of German soccer's biggest stars looks to be set for a long-awaited return, while Lionel Messi seems ready to go for Barcelona after missing the weekend's action.

Borussia Dortmund winger Marcos Reus hopes to make his return on Tuesday against Legia Warsaw. (REPORT)

Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona training after missing this weekend's match against Malaga due to illness.

Klinsmann 'not afraid' of potential firing, reflects on USMNT loss to Costa Rica

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Jurgen Klinsmann is still optimistic about his future with the U.S. Men's National Team despite the disastrous start to the final round of World Cup qualifying.

The USMNT lost their opening two matches to Mexico and Costa Rica, which is the first time this has occurred since the Hex was introduced for the 1998 World Cup cycle.

Americans Abroad Saturday Rewind: Wooten, Williams, Pulisic and more

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Andrew Wooten and Danny Williams haven't recently beena part of the U.S. Men's National Team's plans, but the two Americans shined over the weekend on the club level.

Wooten bagged a brace on Saturday in 2. Bundesliga play while Danny Williams fired a goal of his own for Reading in the English Championship.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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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 open to working with MLS for cup competition

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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.

Americans Abroad Friday Rewind: Orozco, Canouse and more

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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.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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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.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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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.

College Soccer Rewind: UCLA, Creighton, Vermont all win big in first round

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With the first round in the books after Thursday's kickoff, the 2016 NCAA Men's College Cup is officially underway.

In an exciting slate of play-in games, goals were plentiful, as five of the round's 16 matches saw three or more shots hit the back of the net.

On MLS: Winter signings crucial for Galaxy's identity

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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.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Pulisic, Johnson, Brooks and more

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Following a tumultuous international break, to say the very least, the contingent of Americans Abroad return to action with their club teams this weekend, and some big matches are on the docket.

A clash between Christian Pulisic and Julian Green headlines the schedule, as Borussia Dortmund takes on Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker.

St. Louis ownership group announces formal MLS expansion, stadium plans

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The two competing bids for a St. Louis MLS expansion team is no secret, but one of the bids just received a major boost.

The ownership group led byPaul Edgerley, called SC STL, formallyannounced their plans to bring an MLS expansion team and soccer-specific stadium to the city alongside commissioner Don Garber.

Cameron ruled out for Stoke City vs. Bournemouth

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Following his absence for the U.S. Men's National Team during the international break, Geoff Cameron will be unavailable for Stoke City this weekend.

The American has been ruled out for Stoke's game against Bournemouth on Saturday. Cameron suffered a setback to his knee and will be forced to miss another week.

Friday Kickoff: Klopp defends Rooney, PL to China, and more

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp did a lot of talking to the media, on topics from Wayne Rooney to the availability of the Premier League in England.

Klopp rushed to Rooney's defense after the striker came under assault for a drinking binge, perhaps involving England National Team staff. (REPORT)

The Liverpool manager also commented on the difficulty of watching the Premier League in England, with fewer games available at home than abroad.

Earthquakes president Kaval adds new role, Shawlee steps into spotlight

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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.

English Premier League Preview: Manchester United vs. Arsenal and more

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Injury and fitness concerns reign supreme as the Premier League returns to action this week following the international break that saw many of its stars pick up knocks.

The finest action of the weekend takes place in Manchester, where United will be without the sevices of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who will serve a one-match suspension for yellow-card accumulation.

Keane set to leave LA Galaxy

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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.

The SBI NCAA Tournament Preview

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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.

Report: Arena, Vermes, Ramos being eyed as potential Klinsmann replacements

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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.

Red Bulls have mixed reactions to Ignacio Piatti's pointed comments

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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.

Sporting KC locks up core by signing 'package deal' of Opara, Feilhaber

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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.

NYCFC's Iraola announces retirement

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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 forced to retire due to head injury

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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.

After months of must-win games, Sounders prepared for task of taking on Rapids

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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.

Timbers goalkeeper Gleason pleads no contest to DUI charge

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One month after being involved in a car crash while under the influence of alcohol, it appears that Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson will avoid jail time.

Gleeson appeared in court on Wednesday to plead no contest to DUI and reckless driving charges stemming from his October accident in which he rear-ended another driver.

Rapids' MacMath confident as he steps in for injured Howard

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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.

Thursday Kickoff: Coutinho, Rodriguez, Morata and more

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One Brazilian star's current club is hoping to hold onto him for quite awhile, while a former Colombian player says James Rodriguez is being influenced poorly by a club teammate.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he feels confident that Phillipe Coutinho will remain with the club long-term.

Report: Adrian Heath to take over as Minnesota United head coach

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Just four months from its first game in Major League Soccer, Minnesota United has reportedly settled on a head coach that has led an MLS expansion franchise before.

Goal.com reported Wednesday that Adrian Heath will soon take the reigns as coach of Minnesota United.

The reported decision comes quickly after the club interviewed Giovanni Savarese, who led the New York Cosmos to the NASL Soccer Bowl on Sunday night.

MLS Ticker: Acosta, Opara, Minnesota United and more

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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.

Klinsmann accepts blame following resounding USMNT defeat

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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.

On USMNT: Klinsmann, USMNT reach breaking point against Costa Rica

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Tuesday night was a new low for the U.S. Men's National Team. It was embarrassing and demoralizing, but the worst part of the lopsided loss to Costa Rica was how easy it was to see it coming.

There's plenty of blame to go around. The players were, for lack of a better word, awful.

Gulati says discussions will be had before deciding Klinsmann's USMNT future

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Onequestion popped into everybody's mind following the U.S. Men's National Team's putrid loss to Costa Rica: Is this the end of the road for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann?

The U.S. suffered an embarrassing 4-0 road defeat to Costa Rica on Tuesday night, prompting media members and fans across the United States to wonder afterwards if this was it for Klinsmann.

Bradley: 'We just weren't good enough'

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Michael Bradley put it bluntly. After a night like Tuesday, there's few ways to escape the obvious and even fewer ways to defend it.

"We just weren't good enough".

Bradley and the U.S. Men's National Team were on the receiving end of a 4-0 beatdown on Tuesday night at the hands of Costa Rica.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: El Tri draws Panama, Honduras tops T&T

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While the U.S. Men's National Team was getting pummeled by Costa Rica on Tuesday night, four other CONCACAF teams were also in action, hoping to keep pace with theTicosatop the Hexagonal standings.

Mexico and Panama,both of whom picked up victories in their Hex openers last Friday, squared off in Panama City to a scoreless draw.

Costa Rica 4, USMNT 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Actions speak significantly louder than words and the U.S. Men's National Team's actions, or lack thereof, spoke volumes on Tuesday night.

Just days after being dealt a backbreaking defeat by rival Mexico, the USMNT laid a major egg in Costa Rica and, to be honest, that's putting it quite charitably.

Must-See Goal: Lionel Messi

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Wednesday Kickoff: Messi, England, Barcelona and more

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Argentina's biggest star is leading a press boycott, while English soccer won't undergo any radical changes anytime soon.

After accusations made against Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lionel Messi says Argentina's players will no longer speak to the press. (REPORT)

The English Football League has scrapped plans to restructure the league pyramid.

USMNT vs. Costa Rica: SBI Live Commentary

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Following Friday's loss, the U.S. Men's National Team returns to action on Tuesday night for another vital World Cup qualifier.

The Hexagonal continues on Tuesday night at Costa Rica's Estadio Nacional as the USMNT visits Los Ticos for the second game of the qualifying round.

Atlanta United unveils home kits

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Atlanta United has released its homekit ahead of the team's inaugural season in MLS.

The teamunveiled its primary home kit at an official club event on Thursday. The jersey consists of black and white stripes with red sleeves and a black trim.

It's here.

USMNT handed heavy defeat by Costa Rica in WCQ

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The U.S. Men's National Team's hoodoo in Costa Rica continued after a heavy 4-0 defeat in its second match of the hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

Johan Venegas and Christian Bolanos opened the scoring for Costa Rica before second-half substitute Joel Campbell struck twice in four minutes to seal a massive victory for Los Ticos.

SBI Question of the Day: Where should Bradley play with USMNT?

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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.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Preview: Mexico looks to stay on track, Honduras faces T&T

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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.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The international week continueson Tuesday, with qualifying in CONCACAF and CONMEBOL highlighting the day's action.

The U.S. Men's National Team is in tough against Costa Rica on the road in CONCACAF qualifiers. Elsewhere, Mexico and Panama square off, while Honduras faces Trinidad & Tobago.

Following loss to Mexico, USMNT relying on experience ahead of 'difficult' trip to Costa Rica

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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.

Report: Chelsea to offer position to Lampard

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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.

Gerrard announces departure from LA Galaxy

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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.

USMNT vs. Costa Rica: What to Watch For

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After falling against one of their traditional rivals, the U.S. Men's National Team now faces a chance to bounce back against a fellow CONCACAF contender.

The U.S. travels south for Tuesday night's clash with Costa Rica, a team that the U.S. has never defeated on the road.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Argentina attempts to stop skid, and more

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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.

Report: Benny Feilhaber set to re-sign with Sporting KC

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Despite rumors and reports linking him with a move abroad, it appears that Benny Feilhaber will remain with his current club.

ESPN reported on Monday that Feilhaber is set to sign a new deal with Sporting Kansas City that will see his salary spike to somewhere between$500,000 and $600,000.

Tuesday Kickoff: England, Yankees, Silva and more

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England appears to have made a coaching decision, while a major American franchise has denied interest in buying an English club.

The England FA is reportedly set to offer Gareth Southgate the full-time job as England manager. (REPORT)

The New York Yankees have denied that the organization is in talks to takeover English club Notts County.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Costa Rica?

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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.

Costa Rica makes two roster changes ahead of USMNT match

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Prior to Tuesday's match against the U.S. Men's National Team, Costa Rica has made a pair of changes to the team's roster.

Defenders Leonardo Gonzalez and Allan Miranda have been added to Los Ticos roster to replace Francisco Calvo and Cristian Gamboa.

Maryland, Wake Forest headline field for College Cup tournament

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After the final weekend of regular season and conference tournament action, the field is set for the 48-team men's college soccer tournament.

The first round of College Cup action will kick off on Thursday night. The 16 highest-ranked teams receive a first round-bye, and will host the winner of Thursday's play-in games on Sunday.

MLS Ticker: Birnbaum, Minnesota United, Schweinsteiger and more

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A U.S. Men's National Team defender is set to receive an improved offer from his club, while Minnesota United may be closing in on a head coaching hire.

D.C. United is reportedly preparing a contract extension offer for Steve Birnbaum, whose current deal expires after the 2017 season.

Report: Rooney, Fabregas, Hernandez among LAFC targets

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Los Angeles FC has their sights set on several global stars as the club moves towards its 2018 kickoff.

According to ESPN, LAFC is interested in the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas, Luka Modric and Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez as the club lookes to sign a "global star" ahead of their debut season.

On USMNT: Yedlin deserves to emerge from Klinsmann's doghouse ahead of Costa Rica match

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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.

On MLS: NYCFC has options to fill void left by Lampard departure

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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.

Following Howard's injury, Guzan ready to step up for USMNT against Costa Rica

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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.

USWNT defeats Romania to conclude 2016 schedule

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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.

Report: Tim Howard could be out several months due to injury

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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.

Monday Kickoff: Messi, Mexico, Bolt and more

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A South American star is going to put off a contract extension for quite some time while Mexico is set for changes heading into the second match of the Hex.

Lionel Messi reportedly won't consider signing a contract extension with Barcelona until the expiration of his current deal. (REPORT)

Andres Guardado, Carlos Salcedo and Carlos Vela have left Mexico camp ahead of El Tri's clash with Panama.

Lampard set to depart NYCFC

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Frank Lampard's time with New York City FC has seen its fair share of both high and low moments, but the English star's time with the MLS club has officially come to an end.

NYCFC announced that Lampard will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of 2016.

Cosmos top Indy Eleven in penalty kicks to earn second-straight NASL crown

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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.

Howard to miss Costa Rica match due to injury

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Tim Howard recently reclaimed the U.S. Men's National Team's starting goalkeeper spot, but the veteran shot-stopper will be out of action for Tuesday's crucial Hexagonal clash.

Howardhas been diagnosed with an injury to his right adductor following the USMNT's 2-1 loss to Mexico.

USMNT feeling sense of urgency after dropping Hex opener

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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.

On USMNT: Bradley, Klinsmann not on same page

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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.

It is certainly not a good sign for the U.

Rafael Marquez fittingly ends Mexico's misery vs. USMNT in Columbus

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If there was ever going to be a player to end Mexico's nightmare in Columbus, Ohio, it was going to be Rafael Marquez of course.

An original member of theDos a Cerochronicles that began to be written in 2001, Marquez had suffered plenty in the quadrennial matchat Mapfre Stadium between Mexico and the U.

Mexico 2, USMNT 1: The SBI Breakdown

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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.

NASL Championship Preview: Cosmos look to repeat against Indy Eleven

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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.

Formation change backfires in USMNT loss to Mexico

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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.

USMNT vs. Mexico: SBI Live Commentary

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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.

Marquez scores late winner to push Mexico past USMNT in Hex opener

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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.

Injured Tim Howard likely to miss USMNT's meeting with Costa Rica

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When the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Costa Rica on Tuesday, it is likely that Jurgen Klinsmann willhave to count on someone other than Tim Howard in goal.

Howard was substituted late in the first half of the U.S.'s historic2-1 loss to Mexico on Friday after suffering a groin injury while taking a goal kick.

After shining in debut against Mexico, Pulisic eager for next taste of 'intense' rivalry

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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.

USMNT vs. Mexico: A Look Ahead

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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.

USMNT ready to battle Mexico as rivalry resumes to open Hexagonal

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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.

Friday's clash between the U.

Drogba plans on continuing playing career in 2017

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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.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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As another wave of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches take place across the world this weekend, one coach looks to solidify his position at the help while another hopes to simply hang onto it.

Gareth Southgate will attempt to guide England to its second win in three matches under his management, but to do so would come at the expense of Gordon Strachan and Scotland on Friday.

Press nets a hat trick as USWNT dominates Romania

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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).

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Brazil rout adds to Argentina's woes, and more

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Losing to Brazil is toughunder any circumstances when you are Argentina, butdoing so by a lopsided margin when you are fighting for your World Cup life is about as bad as it gets.

Brazil pummeled a lackluster Argentina to the tune of 3-0 on Thursday in the latest chapter of their South American rivalry, leavingLa Albicelestefurther woundedin its World Cup Qualifying campaign.

Friday Kickoff: Messi, Vidal, FIFA and more

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Argentina's biggest star is fed up with the chaos, while Chile's top midfielder is set to play through an injury during World Cup qualifiers.

Lionel Messi says Argentina is in need of a "drastic change" following Thursday's loss to Brazil. (REPORT)

Arturo Vidal is set to playthrough a right thigh injury as Chile prepares for a clash with Uruguay.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Mexico?

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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.

SBI MLS Defender of the Year: Jelle Van Damme

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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.

After reclaiming role as USMNT starter, Howard insists nothing has changed ahead of Mexico clash

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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.

USMNT's Jones warns Mexico's 'Chicharito' Hernandez to stop complaining

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If Jermaine Jones catches Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez complaining to referees in the U.S. Men's National Team's match versus Mexico, he will speak up.

Speaking to Univision ahead of Friday'spivotal qualifier, Jones warned Hernandez that he needs to stop complaining to officials, which is something they spoke about during last year's CONCACAF Cup.

Pulisic relishing 'dream' USMNT clash vs. Mexico

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Growing up, Christian Pulisic always tried to tune in to watch the U.S. Men's National Team play against Mexico.

"I watched a few [games]," Pulisicsaid on Wednesday. "Obviously I always knew it was a big rivalry, I was always so excited to watch the U.S. national team play."

This time around, Pulisic will not be a mere spectator.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Messi and Neymar resume rivalry, and more

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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.

Report: Morgan targeted by Lyon women's team

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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.

Following three-month absence, Jones 'ready to go' as USMNT prepares for Mexicod

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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.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Preview: Panama visits Honduras, T&T faces Costa Rica

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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.

Video: Bradley, Kljestan review USMNT's 2009 win over Mexico

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Thursday Kickoff: Sanchez, FIFA, Subotic and more

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A South American star is set to miss a key World Cup qualifier, headlining Thursday's news.

Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Chile's latest World Cup qualifier against Colombia with acalf injury. (REPORT)

According to FIFA,30,000 tickets for next year's Confederations Cup were purchased on the first day of availability.

Real Salt Lake retains Cassar for 2017 season

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After guiding Real Salt Lake back to the playoffs this season, Jeff Cassar will get another shot at it next year.

Club owner Dell Loy Hansen announced Wednesday that Cassar will be retained for the 2017 MLS season, though terms of the new contract are not disclosed, per league policy.

Bradley, Howard hoping to put politics aside ahead of USMNT-Mexico

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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.

On USMNT: Gonzalez an ideal starter at centerback vs. Mexico

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When Omar Gonzalez left the LA Galaxy for Pachuca last December, he was sad to leave everything behind in LA, but he was optimistic for the future.

Once Gonzalez quickly established himself as a consistent starter, en route to Pachuca winning the Clausuratitle in May 2016.

USMNT vs. Mexico: What to Watch For

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Collisions between the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico are always unique. They're physical. They're emotional. They're intense.

On Friday, the USMNT and El Tri collide for the latest chapter of their rivalry in a match that should prove as a launching pad towards the 2018 World Cup.

Referee assignments set for first legs of MLS conference finals

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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.

Kljestan dealing with broken nose heading into USMNT's clash with Mexico

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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.

First-year of free agency provides mixed results for MLS teams

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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.

MLSPU files for dismissal of youth club lawsuit

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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.

Mexican-Americans Gonzalez, Yarbrough find different meaning in USMNT's clash with Mexico

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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.

Wednesday Kickoff: Lahm, Suarez, Rooney, FIFA and more

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One of the game's best defenders could retire at season's end, while a top forward is closing in on a contract extension.

Phillip Lahm said he "wouldn't rule out" retiring at the end of the season. (REPORT)

Luis Suarez is close to finalizing a contract extension with Barcelona. (REPORT)

Honorary Beijing Guoan chairman Luo Ning said that Wayne Rooney rejected a move to the club.

Giovinco agent critical of Italy manager Ventura following disparaging comments about MLS

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After recent disparaging comments from Italian managerGiampiero Ventura regarding his client Sebastian Giovinco, agent Andrea D'Amicocame to the defense of the star forward.

After Ventura's claim earlier in the week that Giovinco's stunning productivity totals mattered less due to his playing in MLS, D'Amico was highly critical of the manager's view.

Klinsmann: Pulisic's potential 'limitless'

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Christian Pulisic is enjoying the breakout year of his young career and that has Jürgen Klinsmann highly optimistic about the teenager's future for both club and country.

"This player's potential is limitless. I've always said, you need to write your own story and he's doing it right now," the U.

USMNT vets looking to guide youngsters through Mexico clash

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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.

Carleton brace helps U.S. U-17s dominate Jamaica

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The second of two friendlies between the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team and Jamaica played out much like the first just a few days before.

The U.S. U-17s completed their two-match series against Jamaica with a 4-0 victory to follow up on their previous 3-0 victory.

Andrew Carleton led the way in the latest match, firing goals in the45th and 53rd minutes to put the match out of reach after George Acosta opened up an early lead for the U.

A look at MLS teams that could use Terrence Boyd

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Terrence Boyd's time at RB Leipzig may be coming to an end and, while it's still too early to predict his club future, several MLS teams should be on alert due to the forward's potential availability.

RB Leipzigsporting director Ralf Rangnick revealed that the club is open to selling Boyd in the near future.

'Chicharito' confident in Mexico's ability to end Dos a Cero streak against USMNT

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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.

Gordon replaces Morris on USMNT squad

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After suffering a hamstring strain in the Seattle Sounders' recent playoff win, Jordan Morris will not join the U.S. Men's NationalTeam for two crucial World Cup qualifiers.

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that Alan Gordon has replaced Jordan Morris in USMNT camp ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica.

RB Leipzig open to offers for Terrence Boyd

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As several years away from the game due to injury, Terrence Boyd is nearing a return to full fitness but his return to regular gametime may actually come away from his current club.

RB Leipzigsporting director Ralf Rangnick says that the club is willing to listen to offers for the U.S. Men's National team striker.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Year: Jordan Morris

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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.

On MLS: Piatti delivering MVP-caliber performances for Impact in playoffs

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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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Neymar, Kroos, Witsel and more

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Neymar's transfer saga continues, while one of Real Madrid's biggest stars is set to miss time.

Neymar appears set for trial after a judge requested that corruption charged be filed against the Barcelona star regarding his controversial move to the Spanish club. (REPORT)

Toni Kroos is set to miss an extended period of time after breaking a bone in his right foot.

On MLS: Jesse Marsch's mistakes prove costly in Red Bulls' defeat

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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.

Following years of failure, Toronto FC takes a turn towards success with statement win

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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.

College Soccer Rewind: Maryland continues to roll, BC upset UNC, and more

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It was abusy weekend of post-season college soccer, with the standout result being Boston College's defeat of North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinal.

BC earned a 1-0 victory over UNC to set up a semifinal match against a highly-touted Clemson team that beat Syracuse in penalties on Sunday.

NYCFC's prolific offense halted by Toronto's smothering press

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NEW YORK — Something had to give.

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.

MLS Playoff Rewind: TFC dominates, Rapids win in penalty kicks, and more

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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.

Bradley, Altidore in top form with TFC as USMNT-Mexico looms

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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.

Chandler expresses desire to stay with Frankfurt as contract winds down

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With Timothy Chandler in the midst of perhaps his best season yet with Eintracht Frankfurt, the U.S. Men's National Team defender doesn't have plans to leave anytime soon.

Chandler has been a key part of Frankfurt this season, leading the defense while starting all 10 Bundesliga matches for the team as they've soared to 18 points in that span.

Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Wooten, Miazga, Gatt and more

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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.

Morris in doubt for USMNT after suffering hamstring injury

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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.

Monday Kickoff: Ronaldo, Messi, van Persie and more

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One big star has signed a new deal to remain with his current club, while another shined over the weekend to earn the praise of the opposing manager.

Cristiano Ronaldo signed an extension that will keep him at Real Madrid until 2021. (REPORT)

Following his side's 1-0 loss to Barcelona, Sevilla coach Jose Castro said "the difference is that they had Messi and we didn't".

Giovinco's hat-trick helps Toronto FC oust New York City FC

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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.

Sounders hold off FC Dallas to reach Western Conference final

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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.

Piatti brace pushes Impact past Red Bulls, into Eastern Conference final

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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.

Carter-Vickers, Pulisic, Green headline USMNT roster for Mexico, Costa Rica matches

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Several young faces will join the U.S. Men's National Team for two of the biggest games of the qualifying cycle.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has been called up tothe USMNT for the first time, joining fellow youngsters Julian Green, Christian Pulisic and Lynden Gooch on the squad.

Gashi, Rapids stun Galaxy in penalty kicks to advance to conference final

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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.

NASL Playoff Rewind: Cosmos, Indy Eleven bound for final

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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.

Americans Abroad Saturday Rewind: Pulisic, Yedlin, Chandler and more

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A pair of U.S. Men's National Team regulars provided assists heading towards the Hexagonal, while another familiar face continues to shine in defense in Bundesliga play.

Both Christian Pulisic and DeAndre Yedlin provided assists on Saturday as each helped their side claim wins heading into the international break.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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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.

Cameron absence provides one question, answers another for USMNT ahead of Mexico clash

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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.

Pulisic provides assist in Borussia Dortmund win

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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.

Americans Abroad Friday Rewind: Brooks, Johnson, Orozco and more

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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.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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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.

2016 MLS Playoff Preview: Conference Semifinals, Second Leg

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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.

MLS Playoff Preview: Galaxy face stern test on road vs. Rapids

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If the LA Galaxy want to reach another Western Conference final, they will have to do something few teams managed all season long.

The Colorado Rapids have not lost at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. They only drew six times at home and the Galaxy have struggled against the Rapids recently.

MLS Playoff Preview: NYCFC out for historic vs. Toronto FC

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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.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: Top Sides Face Off in ACC, Big Ten Tournaments

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The post-season has arrived for college soccer, and will be in full swing as all conferences enter their quarterfinals by mid-week.

While a few conferences are still closing their regular season, the nations top sides are already into the first round of their conference tournaments.

MLS Playoff Preview: Red Bulls still firmly alive despite trailing Impact

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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.

MLS Playoff Preview: FC Dallas in need of historic turnaround vs. Sounders

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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.

NASL Playoff Preview: Cosmos face Rayo OKC, Indy hosts Eddies

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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.

English Premier League Preview: The North London Derby, and more

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The North London Derby returns this weekend, with some serious implications at the top of the table between two title-aspiring teams.

After each saw midweek action in the UEFA Champions League, Tottenham and Arsenal will meet at the Emirates in the biggest match of the year so far for both teams.

Garber addresses pro/rel, 2026 World Cup in talk at MSBC conference

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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.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Emirates Stadium will serve as the center stage for European soccer this weekend as another edition of the North London derby will take place between Arsenal and Tottenham.

The rivalry has not seen much dominance in recent memory, as the previous 12 meetings have seen the Gunners and Spurs split eight matches while drawing the other four.

Osorio opts for strong Mexico squad, but lineup decisions remain ahead of USMNT clash

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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.

Stoke boss Hughes says Cameron is unlikely to join USMNT due to injury

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The U.S. Men's National Team may be missing a major contributor for the upcoming clash against Mexico.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says that Geoff Cameron is unlikely to feature this weekend against West Ham while also adding that the defender likely won't travel back to the U.

Harvard cancels remainder of Men's soccer season amid scandal

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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.

Friday Kickoff: Chicharito, Pogba, FIFA and more

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A Mexican star isn't thinking about departing his current club, while Manchester United's big-name midfielder may be set for some time away.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez says he is unaware of any speculation linking him to a move to Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Paul Pogba may be set to miss some time after injuring his thigh in Manchester United's loss to Fenerbahce.

Klinsmann says Schweinsteiger would be 'great' for MLS

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MLS commissioner Don Garber has made clear in the past that Bastian Schweinsteiger would be welcomed with open arms to MLS, and now the U.S. Men's National Teamcoach is joining him in therecruitment.

Schweinsteiger, who has been largely out of favor with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, could be looking for a change of scenery this winter, with MLS emerging as a potential destination.

Sargent shines again as U.S. U-17s beat Jamaica in friendly

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The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team maintained its winning ways on Wednesday afternoon.

The U-17s defeated Jamaica 3-0 in an international friendly, with Josh Sargent impressing yet again after two solid showings versus Costa Rica in October.

Sargentscored the second goal for the Americans in the 31st minute, building on his performances against the Costa Ricans.

Javier Morales announces RSL departure

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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.

Galaxy's dos Santos in Mexico squad to face USMNT in Hex

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Giovani dos Santos returned from his Mexican National Team exile in October, and he has earned himself another call-up for Mexico's first two gamesin the Hex.

The LA Galaxy star was named to Juan Carlos Osorio's 25-man roster that will face the U.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Brooks, Johnson, Bradley and more

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Just one match remains before the international break, and a pair of U.S. Men's National Team starters will collide before joining each other as teammates for the Hexagonal round.

John Brooks goes head to head with Fabian Johnson this weekend as Hertha Berlin faces off with Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday afternoon.

Who should the USMNT call up for November's qualifiers?

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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.

SBI College Spotlight: Harkes forging own path towards pros with Wake Forest

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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.

Navas, Waston, Matarrita headline Costa Rica roster ahead of matches against T&T, USMNT

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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.

Lloyd, Ellis nominated for FIFA awards

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With The Best FIFA Football Awards just around the corner in January, the candidates have narrowed in several fields.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, FIFA released the shortlists for the Best Women's Coach, Best Men's Coach, and Best Women's Player awards for the 2016 calendar year.

Bornstein helps Queretaro claim first trophy with Copa MX win over Chivas de Guadalajara

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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.

Report: U.S. youth Ben Lederman returns to Barcelona academy

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An American youngster is back at one of the world's most prestigious clubs after a two-year absence.

According to ESPN, 16-year-old Ben Ledermen has returned to Barcelona's famed La Masia academy after acquiring a Polish passport.

Lederman first trained at La Masia when he was 11, buthe was forced to leave in 2014 after Barcelona's transfer ban due to illegally registering youngsters.

Sounders remove interim tag, name Brian Schmetzer full-time head coach

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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.

Thursday Kickoff: World Cup 2018, Aubameyang and more

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Stadium issues continue to harm the 2018 World Cup while one of Borussia Dortmund's biggest stars is in a bit of trouble.

St. Petersburg's Zenit Stadium failed World Cup standards for shock absorption ahead of the 2018 World Cup. (REPORT)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was reportedly dropped for Wednesday's Champions League win after arriving late to Borussia Dortmund training following a trip to Italy.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta United target Rimando, add Kratz and more

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One of MLS' newest expansion teams continues to make waves, and aim to keepdoing so this winter.

Sports Illustrated report that Atlanta United aretargeting Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando this winter, as they continue to prepare for their inaugural 2017 season. (REPORT)

The team have also reportedly acquired the services of Philadelphia Union midfielder Kevin Kratz via a trade that will take effect on December 11th, when the MLS trade windowopens.

Timbers identify positions of need going into offseason

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The offseason may have only recently begun for the Portland Timbers, but head coach Caleb Porter has already identified the club's positions of need.

Changes are coming to the Timbers' roster after a disappointing 2016 season that saw the reigning MLS Cup champions fail to reach the playoffs.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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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.

Happy at Hertha Berlin, Brooks willing to delay Premier League dream

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Hertha Berlin and U.S. Men's National Team defender John Brooks has big aspirations, but he's also willing to wait to accomplish one of his dreams.

Speaking to German magazine Kicker, the centerback spoke about his "dream" to play in England one day, but he admitted that he doesn't want to leave Hertha after signing a contract extension.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Pulisic, Carter-Vickers, and more

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Christian Pulisic has thrived in UEFA Champions League play so far, and the Borussia Dortmund attacker will be hoping to get another chance to shine on Wednesday afternoon.

Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund are set to host Sporting CP, as the German side looks to lock up a spot in the knockout round.

Leon coach says Yarbrough will be on USMNT squad for Hex

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The U.S. Men's National Team could face Mexico on Nov. 11 with at least one Mexican-based player on its roster.

Leon coach Javier Torrente revealed to ESPN Deportes that William Yarbrough will be called up to the USMNT squad for the Hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying.

Video: Onyewu, Beasley talk about USMNT's 2005 win over Mexico

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Craig hoping to remain with Minnesota United as club's coaching decision looms

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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.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Tottenham hosts Leverkusen, Juventus takes on Lyon and more

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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.

Wednesday Kickoff: Messi, Sanchez, Ings and more

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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.

Must-See Goal: Thomas Meunier

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Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Johnson, Monchengladbach settle for UCL draw

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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.

22 players called-up for USMNT U-17 training camp in Jamaica

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It's a very academy-heavy list of players that heads to Jamaica for the upcoming U.S. U-17 Men's National Team camp.

22 players will make the trip to the Caribbean for two matches against hosts Jamaica, as head coach John Hackworth named his roster for the November 2nd and November 6th matches.

Report: Beckham Miami project now aiming for 2019 debut

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David Beckham's Miami project has hit its share of roadblocks since its announcement several years ago, and it appears that the team's official start date has been pushed back once again.

Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that the club's leadership believes it would be smarter to begin play in 2019 rather than the original plan of 2018.

Report: Villa will not face suspension for second leg against TFC

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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.

Report: Atlanta United will pay Georgia Tech over $1 million to use Bobby Dodd Stadium

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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.

Didier Drogba returns to practice for first time in two weeks

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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.

Villa, Wright-Phillips, Kljestan named MVP finalists to lead MLS award nominees

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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.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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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.

Bolivia forfeits two World Cup qualifiers due to ineligible player

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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.

Video: Following retirement, Davis reflects on Dynamo career

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Americans Abroad Tuesday Preview: Johnson, Green and more

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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.

UCL Preview: Man City faces Barcelona, Bayern visits PSV, and more

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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.

Bobby Wood given three-match suspension

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Bobby Wood's recent red card has earned the Hamburg forward a lengthy ban.

The DFB announced on Tuesday that Wood has been suspended three games forviolent conduct after elbowingCologne defender Dominique Heintz. Wood has 24 hours to file an appeal with the federation.

As a result, Wood is set to miss clashes with Borussia Dortmund, Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen.

Tuesday Kickoff: World Cup 2018, Fabregas, Klose and more

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While concerns continue over the upcoming World Cup in Russia, one big name star could be on the move while another has ended his playing career.

Two 2018 World Cup stadiums have fallen behind schedule and will not be complete until 2018. (REPORT)

Chelsea is reportedly open to letting Cesc Fabregas leave for a loan move once the January transfer window opens.