The MLS season is just five days away, and a handful of notable cuts were made this Tuesday.
The LA Galaxy released defender Dan Gargan and forward Ignacio Maganto. Gargan leaves the Galaxy after two years of service. The 10-year MLS veteran is eligible for free agency, while Maganto leaves the club after being selected in the 2015 MLS Draft.
Ned Grabavoy has been around Major League Soccerlong enough to know what he wants. Following a trying season with New York City FC, the veteran midfielder found exactly what he was searching for this offseason: a chance to win another MLS Cup.
One of the main reasons Fabian Castillo is motivated heading into this season is because he wants to help FC Dallas win a title. Another is because he wants to go play in Europe.
Castillo is entering the new MLS campaign eager to build on the solid seasonhe had with FC Dallas last year, when he scored nine goals and delivered nine assists en route to helping the young club reach the Western Conference Finals.
If there was one thing to take away from FC Dallas' season in 2015, it was that the club has plenty of promise.
FC Dallas enjoyed a strong campaign a year ago, and did so with a bit of a different formula than most other teams.Buoyed by a number of Homegrown Players and fellow youngsters who stepped in to play significant roles, FC Dallas finished just shy of both winning the Supporters' Shield and making it to the MLS Cup Final.
Following a goal-scoring performance with the U.S. Men's National Team, Steve Birnbaum enters the 2016 season with a bit of momentum. The D.C. United centerback is now looking to utilize that momentum to become a better player and leader on both the club and international stage.
Following yet another playoff defeat to the New York Red Bulls, Ben Olsen had to ask himself a question. The D.C. United head coach wondered aloud if his club had peaked, if it had reached its plateau in an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference.
From the momentGregg Berhalter was hired as head coach in late 2013, the Columbus Crew have been building towards an MLS Cup. After breaking through as a contender in 2014, the Crew got their crack at the league's ultimate prize in December, but fell just short.
Ever since he was a kid in Guatemala City, Rodrigo Saravia has had two dreams. The first was to represent his countryon the highest level. The second was to follow several of his childhood heroes to MLS while forging his own professional career.
In the first several months of a whirlwind 2016, the 23-year-old midfielder has accomplished both.
In a week filled with strong performances and crucial league victories, an 18-year-old English forward grabbed the spotlight. Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MARCUS RASHFORD (MANCHESTER UNITED).After scoring a brace to help the Red Devils defeat Danish club Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League, the 18-year-old forward netted yet another double on Sunday.
A cloud of uncertainty hung over the Montreal Impact's plans for 2016 throughout much of the offseason, but in the end, they got the commitment they were looking for and are now ready to build on what they accomplished last year.
The Impact are heading into the upcoming MLS campaign with plenty of expectations given how stronglythey closed out 2015.
After more than two decades with the old, U.S. Soccer has revealed the new.
U.S. Soccer announced its new crest on Monday, confirming a leak of it shared in August of 2015. The iconic shield design features seven red and six white stripes below "USA" in dark blue, and abandons the soccer ball and stars that have received criticism over the years.
Fabian Johnson may not have earned his club three points, but he saved it from defeat.
Johnson turned in his latest goal-scoring performance of the season on Sunday, as he netted the equalizer in Borussia Monchengladbach's 2-2 draw with FC Augsburg. The veteran midfielderfound the back of the net in the 55th minute,finishing off a good attacking sequence with a low, one-timed effort that ensured his side would not falter.
Before the start of each season, Kelyn Rowe sets what he calls a "selfish goal": to be better than the player he was the year prior. To this point, he's accomplished that feat every time, but the New England Revolution midfielder is far from ready to call himself a finished product.
League leaders in Spain, Italy and France will be in action on Sunday, while the Capital One Cup final takes place at Wembley Stadium.
Liverpool and Manchester City will battle it out for this year's Capital One Cup title. With both sides still playing in European competitions, the Reds in the UEFA Europa League and City in the UEFA Champions League, today's match will give one team massive competition as the season winds down.
Toronto FC has made no secret of its desire to make drastic improvements defensively in 2016, and one of the offseason acquisitions that is really helping to change thatisveteran midfielder Will Johnson.
Acquired via a trade from the Portland Timbers shortly after the 2015 season concluded, Johnson has come into the group and quickly instilled a tougher mentality.
After more than 13 years playing club soccer abroad, Tim Howard is nearing a deal that will send the keeper backto MLS.
According to ESPN FC, the 36-year-old goalkeeper is reportedly close to finalizing a deal that will see him join the Colorado Rapids in July. Howard's transfer fee is reported as being between $600,000 and $750,000, while the U.
It may have taken a wicket deflection, but Bobby Wood and FC Union Berlin will take his latest game-winning goal all the same.
Wood helped earn Union Berlin a victory on Friday by netting the decisive strike in a 2-1 comeback win at home over Kaiserslautern. The 23-year-old forward struck at the hour-mark via a shot that fortuitously ricocheted of a defender before changing flight completely and soaring into the back of the net.
In histeam's second game following the winter break,Julian Green stole the show to lead Bayern Munich II to victory.
The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team midfielder netted a pair of goals on Friday to lead Bayern Munich II to a victory over Rain/Lech. The goals were Green's eighth and ninth of the season in the German third division.
Four of the world's top five women's national teams will take part in the2016 SheBelieves Cup, and the U.S. Women's National Team has named a talented roster to compete.
FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, star striker Alex Morgan and 17-year-old sensation Mallory Pugh are among those head coach Jill Ellis has named to her roster to do battle with some of the world's best teams.
Coming off of back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals appearances, the New York Red Bulls are eager to take another big step in 2016.
Head coach Jesse Marsch and the Red Bulls have continuous emphasized the importance of keeping its core group of players together, something that they were able to do for the most part over the offseason.
Sepp Blatter's 18-year reign of FIFA came to an official end on Friday.
Gianni Infantinowas elected FIFA president after receiving a majority of the votes (115) in the second round, beating out Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan and Jerome Champagne.
While Barcelona looks to extend its lead at the top of La Liga this weekend, the Madrid Derby will take center stage on Saturday.
Currently second and third on the league table, Atletico and Real will meet for the second time with season. After finishing in a 1-1 tie back in October, both sides need three points in order to stay within reach of the Blaugrana.
After meeting with all five candidates in Zurich, U.S. Soccer revealed its endorsement for Friday's FIFA presidential election.
Federation president Sunil Gulati announced U.S. Soccer would vote for Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan on Thursday, and the presidential nominee subsequently expressed his thanks for the public endorsement.
Jorge Villana and Santos Laguna may have grabbed a good result on the road in CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday, but there is no time for them to rest on their laurels if they are to close out February on an even more positive note.
Villafana and Santos Laguna will have to quickly recover and shift their focus awayfrom the scoreless road draw against the LA Galaxy, as the Liga MX side takes on Puebla on Saturday.
One of MLS' worst-kept secrets has finally become official.
The Seattle Sounders announced on Thursday Obafemi Martins has officially signed withShanghai Greenland Shenhua FC of the Chinese Super League. In total, Martins spenttwo seasons in Seattle while scoring 40 goals in 72 total appearances en route to becoming the second all-time leading scorer in club history.
Tranquillo Barnetta will be asked to fill a few different roles during his first full season with the Philadelphia Union.
The 31-year-old Swiss international, who joined the club in July, is expected to step into the middle of Jim Curtin's attacking formation as a replacement for Cristian Maidana, who was traded to Houston in December.
A new year might come with a new jersey and a distinctively new look for the U.S. Men's National Team.
TodoSobreCamisetas.com posted an imageof a new U.S. away jersey that will allegedlybe worn during this summer's Copa America Centenario. The jersey is predominantly black with red and blue on the right and left shoulders, respectively, and comes with a new crest that made the rounds in 2015.
For the first time in a few years, there is good amount of positive energy coming out of Chester, Pennsylvania and its surrounding area as the Philadelphia Union embark on a new Major League Soccer campaign.
The reinvigorated approach to the season comes from the top and new sporting director Earnie Stewart, who moved to the Union from AZ Alkmaar at the end of the 2015 regular season.
Wednesday was filled with MLS preseason action, but a couple teams made headlines with more signings.
The Union announced the signing of former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Ilsinho on Wednesday. The 30-year-old, who has made one appearance for the Brazilian national team,featured in 175 games and scored 22 goals while claiming five titles with the Ukrainian club.
Nick Rimando's penalty-kick heroics were once again on full display, but the goalkeeper's talents on spot kicks weren't enough to lead Real Salt Lake to a CONCACAF Champions League victory on Wednesday night.
Finishes fromJosé Arturo Rivas and Jurgen Damm proved to be just enough for Liga MX side Tigres UANL, which topped RSL, 2-0, on Wednesday night at theEstadio Universitario in the first leg of their CCL quarterfinal clash.
CARSON, Calif. The new-look LA Galaxy opened their 2016 campaign with five new starters, but the same goal as every year to become the first MLS side to win the CONCACAF Champions League. To do so, they will need now need to gain a result on the road in Mexico, after battling the Liga MX defending champion Santo Laguna to a 0-0 draw at StubHub Center on Wednesday night.
Jozy Altidore started 2016 in impressive fashion, but things have taken a frustrating turn.
Altidore has suffered his latest hamstring injury, and is a question mark for Toronto FC's season opener on March 6. The 26-year-old forward started feeling some discomfort on Tuesday, and did not play in the club's preseason match on Wednesday.
Manchester City entered Wednesday's UEFA Champions League contest the clear favorite, and proved to be as much in a decisive victory.
The English Premier League club defeated Dynamo Kiev, 3-1, at NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kiev, Ukraine. The road win puts Man City in a good position to progress to the tournament'squarterfinals for the first time in club history.
Minnesota United is set to move to MLS within the next fewseasons, and it appears that theclubwill do so in a stadium that might impress many.
Minnesota United owner Dr. Bill McGuireunveiled a series of renderings at a press conference on Wednesday depicting the team's future home. The stadium, which will be located on a 35-acre site off of Interstate 94 in St.
The San Jose Earthquakes were one of the last teams officially eliminated from playoff contention last season, and head coach Dominic Kinnear is hopeful his side finishes above that red line after making depth signings this offseason.
Striker Chad Barrett and defender Andres Imperiale were some of the early offseason moves made by the West Coast club.
Both the UEFA and CONCACAF Champions Leagues return on Wednesday as several of each region's top clubs look to seal advantages in opening legs.
In Europe, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City enter as heavy favorites in clashes with PSV Eindhoven and Dynamo Kiev, respectively. Both the Spanish La Liga and English Premier League powerhouses will start their knockout round runs on the road.
Houston Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle learned a thing or two during his first MLS season, and he's eager to prove it en route to helping a historically successful franchise reach the playoffs once again.
The past two years have seen the Dynamo finish in eighth place once in the Eastern Conference in 2014 and then in the Western Conference in 2015.
Entering the prime of his career, Will Bruin had the opportunity to move away from the club he has called home for five years. However, the 26-year-old forward felt there was more to be done with the Houston Dynamo.
Bruin made the decision to re-sign with the Western Conference club in December alongside friend Giles Barnes.
The role of Chelsea manager appears to be moving closer to being filled, while the club's former boss continues to mull his future with a new club.
Italy's Antonio Conte has reportedly held talks with Chelsea regarding the club's managerial position. Conte has a contract with Italy that runs through this summer's Euros and is scheduled to meet with the Italian federation in the coming weeks.
D.C. United had its opportunities to come away from Mexico with a win, but eventually fell to its Mexican opponent.
Querétaro defeated the MLS club, 2-0, in the first leg of their quarterfinals series in the CONCACAF Champions League. D.C. United showed some signs of rust playing in its first competitive game since Nov.
SEATTLE The Seattle Sounders managed to earn a 2-2 draw against Mexican powerhouse Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday night, but left themselves little room for error in next week's return leg in Mexico.
Facing the game's most fearsome attacking trio, Arsenal held on for 70 minutes of Tuesday's clash with Barcelona. However, Lionel Messi could not be held down for Tuesday's entire UEFA Champions League clash.
Messi broke the deadlock in the 70th minute of Tuesday's clash with Arsenal, leading Barcelona to a 2-0 victory over the English Premier League contenders at the Emirates.
Tuesday is a Champions League day in both Europe and North America, as some of each region's heavy-hitters take the field.
In Europe, Barcelona looks to continue the club's defense of their UEFA Champions League crown in a matchup with Premier League title contender Arsenal. Meanwhile, last season's runners-up, Juventus, does battle with German powerhouse Bayern Munich.
The field has reportedly been narrowed for the services of a Dutchman, while MLS announced a new partnership on Monday.
Sporting Kansas City has once again beenreported as the potential destination for Rafael van der Vaart, who currently plies his trade in La Liga for Real Betis. The report says the 33-year-old Dutch midfielder is ready to move on from the club.
The UEFA Champions League may have stolen the spotlight during the week, but there were many incredible showings, jaw-dropping goals and wild but eye-catching games over the weekend. Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):
Both Tim Howard and Brad Guzan have experienced recent rough patches on the club level. However, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann insists that the duo will remain his go-to goalkeepers going forward.
Howard was recently relegated to the role of backup goalkeeperby Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who has opted to go with Joel Robles for the time being.
Jurgen Klinsmann is certainly aware of what Christian Pulisic is accomplishing with Borussia Dortmund, but the U.S. Men's National Team head coach isn't going to rush the young prospect into the senior team picture.
The 17-year-old playmaker earned his first German Bundesliga start for the club this past weekend following a series of substitute performances.
Sunday's Copa America Centenario draw signaled the start of much chatter and debate surrounding this summer's tournament, and one star player's availability has been the focus of discussion this Monday.
Brazil national team head coach Dunga admitted he is unsure whether or not 24-year-old star Neymar will be available for either the 2016 Olympics or Copa America Centenario this summer.
Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel certainly was not kidding when he said Christian Pulisic is integral to the club.
Pulisic achieved yet another milestoneon Sunday by earning his first career start in Borussia Dortmund's 1-0win over fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen. The 17-year-old Pulisic, whorecently broke into his side's first team, was deployedon the left side of a three-man front line and lasted until halftime before being replaced.
New York City FC added to its defense with a loan signing on Saturday, while MLS preseason action was in full swing.
Boca Juniors sent 22-year-old Federico Bravo on loan to NYCFC for the season, the club announced on Saturday. Bravo is a defensive midfielder who has made 37 appearances for Boca Juniors over the last two years.
Two English heavyweights meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Chelsea hosts Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup, while an in-form Tottenham side faces off against Crystal Palace.
John Terry is out of action for the Blues, but Man City head coach Manuel Pellegrini is expected to rest some of his senior players because the club plays Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Fabian Johnson is playing some of the best soccer of his career right now as a left midfielder, but not even that will guarantee that he plays that position when the U.S. Men's National Team resumes World Cup qualifying in March.
Of all the Americans who are plying their trades in Europe right now, Johnson is arguably the one enjoying the strongest season.
The English Premier League takes the weekend off, but some of England's best teams are still in action this Saturday.
While Reading-West Bromwich Albion and Bournemouth-Everton are two must-see matchups in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Arsenal's title-defending run also can't be missed. The 2015 FA Cup champion faces a stiff test against Hull City, which currently sits atop the Championship table.
Another U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team player may soon be making the move to a storied English Premier League side, if reports are to be believed.
According to HITC Sport, Manchester United is reportedly leading the race to sign 19-year-old American midfielder Emerson Hyndman. The report states that Tottenham, West Ham United, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have also shown interest in adding the Fulham midfielder, but the Red Devils are currently the frontrunners to land him.
After receiving interest in 2015 over a potential move to MLS, a certain Dutchman is again being tabbed to America.
Ex-Hamburg playerRafael Van der Vaart has reportedly been in contact with several MLS teams, including Sporting Kansas City, Columbus Crew SC and the New York Red Bulls. The veteran midfielder was previously linked to Sporting KC as a DP option last season.
While U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard has enjoyed a decorated career in the English Premier League with club side Everton, the veteran may very well need to find a new home soon if he wants to continue to hold a starting role.
On Friday, Everton head coach Roberto Martinez confirmed that Spanish net-minder Joel Robles has assumed the team's number one position in goal.
Veteran centerback John Terry is not an option for Guus Hiddink and Chelsea come Sunday against Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup, but the Blues boss revealed that a certain U.S. Men's National Team defender may be ready to go.
In a press conference on Friday, Hiddink told reporters 20-year-old Matt Miazga is fit, and barring tests in training on Friday, could be ready to play on Sunday.
While the U.S. Men's National Team still has two very capable goalkeepers at the helm in Tim Howard and Brad Guzan, Ethan Horvath is making waves in Europe with Norwegian side Molde FK.
Horvath, 20, signed his first professional contract with Molde in 2013. Like most young players, the American took some time to develop, however, Horvath has since captured the club's starting goalkeeper spot and even appeared in European competition on Thusday.
Another former AC Milan midfielder has joined Kaka in Orlando this afternoon as Orlando City SC signed Italian defensive midfielder Antonio Nocerino.
Nocerino was signed this afternoon by Orlando City. Nocerino played with Kaka at AC Milan for the 2013-14 season. Orlando enabled itself to sign Nocerino by obtaining his discovery rights in a trade with DC United in which the Lions gave up targeted allocation money and general allocation money.
The English FA Cup field will shrink again this weekend and a matchup between Chelsea and Manchester City will headline the fifth-round fixtures.
Chelsea dropped a 2-1 decision at Paris Saint-Germain in its UEFA Champions League round of 16 matchup earlier in the week, but the Blues should still have some momentum left from their 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle United at home last weekend in Premier League action.
In wake of the Chicago Fire's most recent trade, a replacement for Harry Shipp may reportedly be coming from the top Dutch league.
The Fire are reportedly interested in acquiring 29-year-old midfielder Michael de Leeuw, who currently plays for FC Groningen. He has scored six goals so far during the 2015-16 Eredivisie season, but the Fire would reportedly need to negotiate with the Philadelphia Union over his Discover rights.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid received most of Wednesday's attention for their performances in the UEFA Champions League, but over in Spain, the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner was setting yet another record and helping Barcelona increase its lead atop the La Liga table.
Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st career La Liga goals, becoming the first player in history to surpass 300 Spanish league goals en route to helping Barcelona to a 3-1 win vs.
For the first 24 years of his life, Harry Shipp embodied Chicago soccer. Locally born, raised and trained, Shipp emerged as a fan favoritefor the Chicago Fire while developing a repuation as the local face of the franchise.
The relationship between player and hometown club ended last weekend, as Shipp was suddenly traded to the Montreal Impact.
The U.S. Men's National Team just got a better idea as to what road it will have to take at the Copa America Centenario, and chances are it will not be easy.
The remaining three team pots for thecommemorative tournament in the U.S. were announced on Wednesday morning ahead of Sunday's draw in New York City, and there was no need to begin toying withdraw simulators to see just how challengingit might be for the Americans to reach the knockout phasethis summer.
,While several friendlies will be played later on Wednesday, here are the storylines that are making rounds in MLS.
Minnesota United could reportedly enter MLS as soon as 2017, but may have to do so under a different name. According to Sports Illustrated, the club may be forced to moved on without the "United" name following the introduction of fellow expansion side Atlanta United.
Manchester United was dealt a blow on Wednesday, while a German legend has been handed down punishment by FIFA.
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been left out of the team's trip toFC Midtjylland for Thursday's Europa League match after reportedly suffering knee ligament damage. The Man United captain could reportedly miss up to two months of action.
The UEFA Champions League returned with a taste of action on Tuesday, and Wednesday offers yet another clash of European powers.
Real Madrid, winners of three straight La Liga contests, headlines Wednesday's action with a visit to Italy to take on Roma. Meanwhile, in other Champions League action, German club Wolfsburg pays a visit to Belgium's Gent.
Hebei China Fortune have announced the signing of Argentinian winger Ezequiel Lavezzi from Paris Saint-Germain on a contract that will pay £400k ($572k) a week. The club has also signed former Roma winger Gervinho this winter. (REPORT)
Bayer Leverkusenchief executive Michael Schade says the club has no intentions of selling Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez despite recent links with a return to the Premier League.
The Montreal Impact received a boost in training on Tuesday, while another player from the Pacific Northwest is gaining interest from China.
Impact forward Didier Drogba joined the team's preseason training in Florida after spending time in Qatar this offseason with a personal trainer. The Impact will face New York City FC in a scrimmage on Wednesday.
Of all the players in MLS, Nigel de Jong is certainly among those with a negative reputation. His physical play is seen by some observers as overly aggressive, and there are still those who refuse to forgive him for injuring Stuart Holdenmore than half-a-decade ago.
If recent form is anything to go off of, Wednesday's UEFA Champions League matchup between Real Madrid and AS Roma is sure to be exciting.
Both sides enter the round of 16 on impressive runs in domestic play. Real Madrid has scored seemingly at will against Spanish La Liga competition, while Roma has fought its way into a European qualification spot in recent weeks with vital wins.
Peter Wilt has already solidified his place as one of the more important figures in the history of Chicago soccer, but the longtime executive is now looking to revitalize and revolutionize the game in acity he calls home.
The former Chicago Fire president and general manager is one of the leading figures in an effort to bring an NASL club to the city of Chicago.
UEFA Champions League soccer is back, anda slate of intense matches is on tap this Tuesday.
Paris Saint-Germain's round of 16 battle against Chelsea headlines action around the globe. A bevy of international stars between these two clubs will go head to head in this stage of the competition once again after they met in the same round during last year's UCL campaign.
Tony Meola, the coach, knew he was in for a challenge when he took the reigns with Jacksonville Armada. But first, Tony Meola, the technical director, had to pave the way by reshaping and reloading a club in needof a facelift.
Entering his first head coaching job with the second-year club, Meola joined the Armada knowing the difficulties that would lie ahead.
The UEFA Europa League resumes this week, and the business begins to intensify as the knockout stage pits the final 32 teams against one another.
While some of Europe's top teams will be in action, Fiorentina-Tottenham headlines the pairings, with both teams coming into Thursday's match sitting in the top-three of Serie A and the English Premier League, respectively.
After recently being linked with a move to the nation's capital, a dynamic 5-foot-3 midfielder is joining D.C. United.
D.C. United officially announced the signing of Argentine midfielder Luciano Acosta on loan from Argentine club Boca Juniors. The 21-year-old was acquired using Targeted Allocation Money, while the New York Red Bulls received a conditional 2017 MLS Draft pick for his rights.
One of the world's best players dazzled yet again, while several perennial powerhouses made major statements against fellow title contenders.Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):
Paris Saint-Germain is all the buzz this Monday morning, for both good and crazy reasons, after a weekend full of action.
Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, 23, has inked a contract extension with PSG that will see him stay with the Ligue 1 club until the summer of 2020. (REPORT)
Following the dismissal of Serge Aurier, who was indefinitely suspended by Paris Saint-Germain after making insulting remarks towards head coach Laurent Blanc, the club released a statement saying his statements were "clearly unacceptable.
Back on the scoresheet but not in the win column. That was Fabian Johnson's Valentine's Day.
Johnson ended a personal scoring drought that dated back to Dec. 5 and stretched over six games when he netted the opener in Borussia Moenchengladbach's clash with Hamburg on Sunday. Johnson struck 14 minutes in, doing well to track a deflected cross at the back post and one-time it home.
Thanks to the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year and a questionable call in the penalty box, the U.S. Women's National Team progressed to the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying semifinals on Saturday.
The Americans defeated Mexico, 1-0, after Carli Lloyd netted the game's decisive goal following El Tri goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago's penalty kick save.
Alejandro Bedoya may have been held off the scoresheet on Saturday, but the red-hot midfielder still found a way to make an impact.
Bedoya continued his fine run of form by assisting the opener in FC Nantes'2-1 victory at home over Lorient. The U.S. Men's National Team regular set up the game's first goal just 10 minutes in, collecting a pass in the penalty area, racing towards the end line and slicing back a low ball across goal that open teammate Adryan rifled home.
The 2015 MLS Defender of the Year will remain in the league for a couple more years.
Laurent Ciman has signed an extension with the Montreal Impact, one that will see the defender stay with the Canadian club until 2018. The 29-year-old centerback was voted MLS Defender of the Year in 2015 after making27 regular season appearances.
The fight for a UEFA Champions League qualification spot in the German Bundesliga continues in Mainz on Friday.
Mainz 05 hosts fourth place Schalke 04 in Friday's marquee matchup in Europe. Mainz, currently in seventh and three points behind its Friday foe, is riding a two-game win streak that includes an important victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.
While a couple of recent jersey releases had mixed reviews, an Eastern Conference contender bolstered its midfield even more this offseason.
The New England Revolution acquired 24-year-old midfielder Gershon Koffie from the Vancouver Whitecaps, sending general allocation money and Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to the Western Conference club in exchange for the midfielder.
As the two other NASL expansion clubs continue to fill out their rosters ahead of the Spring season, Puerto Rico FC has taken a step towards preparing for the Fall campaign.
Puerto Rico FC announced that the club has set tryout dates throughout the U.S. ahead of the team's debut on July 2. Manager Adrian Whitbread and the rest of the technical staff will hold open tryoutsin Bradenton, Florida, onMarch 12-13and in Los Angeles onMarch 19-20.
The2016 MLS All-Stars will take the field against one of England's perennial heavyweights.
MLS announced on Thursday that Arsenal will serve as the opponent for the 2016 MLS All-Star Game, which is scheduled for July 28 at theSan Jose Earthquakes' Avaya Stadium. The trip stateside will be Arsenal's second in two years after not appearing in the U.
This Valentine's Day, the English Premier League will feature a series of enticing matches to highlight the holiday.
Leading things off is a clash between the league-leading Leicester City and third-place Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners trail the Foxes by five points in the standings heading into this meeting but they do boast the claim as one of the only two teams to hand Leicester City a defeat this season from when they won a 5-2 decision back in September.
Cameron Carter-Vickers' rise through the ranks at Tottenham is set to continue.
The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team defender has been named to Tottenham's squad for the Europa League knockout. Carter-Vickers has been named as a member of Tottenham's B-List, which isfor locally-trained players born after January 1994.
One of the Premier League star's most decorated defenders looks set to return in the very near future, while one club's supporters have succeeded in halting the seemingly never-ending increase in ticket prices.
Vincent Kompany could make his return to action this weekend against Tottenham. The Manchester City centerback hasplayed just nine minutes over the past three months due to a calf injury.
MIAMI It took Mexicoa little while to find its feet, but in the end El Tri did more than enough to start 2016 on a positive note.
Second-half headers from Jesus Duenas and substitute Rodolfo Pizarro allowed Mexico to overcome a subpar first 45 minutes and defeat Senegal, 2-0, in a friendly at Marlins Park on a chilly Wednesday night.
Facing off with Bordeaux in a Coupe de France Round of 16 clash, Bedoya scored the game-winning goal in the 118th minute to seal a 4-3 Nantes victory. The goal is Bedoya'sfourth in the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder'slast six games.
Bedoya beganthe game on the bench before being substituted on in the 108th minute of action.
Luis Felipe has spent most of his life growing up in Brazil, but has always felt very American.
Born in New York to Brazilian parents, Felipe leftthe country at just three years old due to health issues caused by the local weather. Felipe settled in his parents' native country of Brazil, working his way up through the youth ranks at Brazilian club Cruzeiro while in pursuit of a pro career.
U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team forward Maki Tall is on the hunt for a new club.
According to L'Equipe, Tall has been training with Belgian side Standard Liege for a 10-day period.Tall has reportedly been released from his contract from Swiss club FC Sion, which he signed with last summer.
David Beckham is reportedly on the hunt for a bit more financial muscle to join hisMLS Miami project.
According to the Miami Herald, Beckham has spent the past six months shopping an ownership stake to potential buyers all over the world. Beckham is in search of help in easing the$300 million price tag that a new stadium in the city will command.
A pair of transactions made by D.C. United, as well as a new addition to the New York Red Bulls has MLS buzzing on Tuesday.
D.C. United has traded forward Conor Doyle to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a 2017 third-round selection. The 24-year old spent his last three seasons with D.C., tallying four goals and an assist.
The ongoing spread of the Zika virus has threatened to cause plenty of problems ahead of the 2016 Olympics, and U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo is certainly concerned aboutwhat lies ahead.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Solo stated that she would skip this summer's Olympic Games due to the virus.
An American playing abroad is heading back to the U.S., and will join one of the NASL's strongest sides in recent years.
Minnesota United announced the signing of 26-year-old Danny Cruz on Monday. The former Philadelphia Union midfielder spent last season on loan with Norwegian club FK Bodø/Glimt, scoring two goals in 15 appearances.
Christian Pulisic's rise to the Borussia Dortmund first team may havebeen swift, but it appears that the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team playmaker has already solidified his role with the Bundesliga powerhouse.
Speaking ahead of Dortmund's DFB-Pokal quarterfinal clash with Stuttgart, manager Thomas Tuchel said that he already views Pulisic as a major contributor to the club's first team.
Despiteannouncing Xavier Kouassi as their latest Designated Player a week ago, the New England Revolution received some bad news regarding their new signing on Monday.
Kouassi has reportedly suffered an ACL injury, and will miss roughly six months of action. The 26-year-old, who is still with Swiss side FC Sion, sustained the injury in the team's 1-0 win against FC Zurich on Sunday.
Guatemala's all-time leading goal-scorer was expected to miss his nation's two World Cup qualification matches against the U.S. Men's National Team in March, but he will now be eligible to play after his six-month suspension was cut short on Monday.
Carlos Ruiz was originally suspended by the disciplinary body of Guatemala's top league, Liga Nacional de Futbol de Guatemala, after he struck center official Ever Lopez during a league game in November.
Despite an original flurry of Spanish reports stating that one of the game's biggest stars would undergo surgery this week,Barcelona has revealed that Lionel Messi won't miss time for the club.
Messi, who missed part of Barcelona's FIFA Club World Cup competition in December, is expected to return to training on Wednesday despite reports stating the forward would be undergoing kidney surgery.
Hanover, NJ —After spending a week in Orlando, Florida for the team's first-half of preseason training, the head coach Jesse Marsch and the New York Red Bulls returned to New Jersey on Monday.
U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Luis Robles and Canada defender Karl Ouimette joined the team at Monday'straining session, after having served significant stints with their respective national teams throughout the month of January.
Two of the game's biggest stars dominated afternoon headlines on Monday, while Everton is set to be purchased by two American investors over the coming days.
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo said he will remain in Madrid for the final two years left on his current contract before making a decision on his future, saying: "I want to stay here for two more years, and then we'll see about the future.
A former NASL star has found apost-playing career job with his former club, while a UEFA Champions League veteran and MLS veteran headline the most recent batch of NASL signings. Here's a closer look at some of Monday's NASL news and notes:
Former New York Cosmos star Marcos Senna has returned to Villarreal in a role with the club'sDepartment of Institutional Relations.
The Columbus Crew have reportedly waived Romain Gall and Sergio Campbell. Gall, a former U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder, made three appearances in two years for the club, while 2015 draft pick Campbell played once. (REPORT)
Sporting Kansas City has unveiled itsnew dark blue secondary kit, which features a henley collar, a new stripe pattern and a pair of silver stars to recognized the club's MLS Cup victories.
One title contender in England established itself as the unlikely alpha dog, while France's best sealed yet another statement victory on the back of its star striker. Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):
The first weekend of February was filled with preseason friendlies and scrimmages, but most of the buzz surrounded D.C. United, which released its new jersey and is reportedly close to signing a new Argentine.
D.C. United is reportedly nearing a deal to add 21-year-old, 5-foot-3 Luciano Acosta on loan from Argentine club Boca Juniors.
While English Premier League leader Leicester City will be thoroughly elated with its massive 3-1 win against Manchester City on Saturday, the club also announced positive news regarding Jamie Vardy's future at King Power Stadium.
Leicester confirmed on Saturday the 29-year-old Vardy has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club, keeping the Englishman with the team until June 2019.
Another weekend, another Saturday filled with spectacular strikes and free kicks.
From the German Bundesliga to the Turkish Süper Lig, many players made their mark. Headlining this Saturday's strikes is an outside-the-box volley from 22-year-old FC Augsburg defender Konstantinos Stafylidis.
Less than a week after U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called him "one of the winners" of the January camp, Lee Nguyen put in another strong showing during Friday's friendly against Canada.
"Like anyone, you hope for positive steps going forward," Nguyen told SBI after the game.
CARSON, California — The U.S. Men's National team will look to make it 2-0 to cap off a successful January camp with a victory against Canada tonight at StubHub Center (10:30pm, Fox Sports 1).
Jordan Morris is in the starting lineup tonight, partnering with Jozy Altidore in a 4-4-2 formation, while San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham earns the start in what will be his first national team appearance.
Saturday's English Premier League showdown between Leicester City and Manchester City may determine which side will be lifting the trophy by season's end.
League leader Leicester travels to the City of Manchester Stadium to take on an in-form forward in Sergio Aguero. The Foxes, meanwhile, will be looking at star striker Jamie Vardy to continue his impressive season.
Ashley Cole knew it was coming.It was inevitable, of course.
Ever since Cole uttered the words "I'm not ready to relax on a beach yet" when talking about why he chose Roma over MLS almost two years ago, theveteran Englishman has become one of the top public enemies to many of the league's fans.
Two superstars in the world of soccer celebrate birthdays today, and each is having a fantastic season.
Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazilian playmaker Neymar turn 31 and 24, respectively, today. Both, alongside Argentine talent Lionel Messi, are considered to be the best players in the world, having finished second (Ronaldo) and third (Neymar) in the voting for the most recent Ballon d'Or award.
The newly-created U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team's start to 2016 has not goneas well as envisioned.
The U.S. ended its Copa de Atlantico campaign on Friday with a 1-0 loss to lowly Canary Islands, which were playing with 10 men. Brad Friedel's side held the man-advantage since the first half, but was unable to capitalize and finished the tournament scoreless.
Despite some continued issues at the back, the U.S. Men's National Team kicked off its 2016 campaign with a 3-2 win on Sunday against Iceland, and now theUSMNTwill shift its attention to its northern brethren while looking to fix what went wrong last time out.
Geoff Cameron's return from injury will not occur this weekend against Everton.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes revealed on Friday that the U.S. Men's National Team defender will miss this weekend's action due to a nagging ankle injury. Cameron has been out of commission since being forced to come off injured in a Jan.
One city appears to already be the favorite for an MLS expansion spot.
MLS commissioner Don Garber insists that the league will begin searching for a stadium site in St. Louis immediately. He did not promise St. Louis an expansion spot, but he did say that now "is the right time" and a team could open as soon as 2020.
Bobby Wood enjoyed a strong first half of the season in the 2. Bundesliga, and now it is about trying to carry that momentum over into the final months of the campaign.
Wood and FC Union Berlin return from their winter break on Friday when they visit Kaiserslautern, and the U.S. Men's National Team striker will surely be looking to add to his team-high seven goals in league play.
The Seattle Sounders' formational shiftis a work in progress, but so far so good.
The Sounders have switched things up this preseason, practicing in a 4-3-3 formation rather than the 4-4-2 that they have used in recent years. Part of the idea behind the tactical switch is to get more of the club's talented forwards on the field at once, which makes sense given that it boasts Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Nelson Haedo Valdez and Jordan Morris.
A pair of teams made signings of international players, while two others revealed new looks for the 2016 season.
The Columbus Crew announced on Monday that the club had signed Norwegian international forwardOla Kamara. The 26-year-old most recently featured forMolde FK in the top flight of Norway whileon loan from FK Austria Wien.
After falling to Spain in its first game of the Copa de Atlantico, the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team was overwhelmed in itssophomore effort of the tournament.
The U.S. was thrashed by France, 5-0, on Wednesday in its second game of the tournament, which is being held in the Canary Islands and marks Brad Friedel's first tournament in charge of the U-19 group.
This is not the LA Galaxy that you are used to seeing.
The Galaxy have taken a surprisingly different approach to fine-tuning their roster this offseason, electing to acquire and sign several proven veterans as opposed to building through younger players capable of contributing right away.
Christian Pulisic may soon have a chance to play in the UEFA Europa League.
Borussia Dortmund updated its roster for the European competition on Thursday, and added the 17-year-old American midfielder.Dortmund will face off with Portuguese club FC Porto during the first leg of the round of 32 on Feb.
The last 12 months provided a whirlwind of challenges for Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong.
Sapong was traded to the Union by Sporting Kansas City, suffered an early-season injury, went into the league's mandated rehab program after a DUI arrest and then found himself in fine form at the start of the summer.
Chelsea continued to struggle in English Premier League play on Wednesday, and to make matters worse, the club's star striker was once again the center of controversy this season after a confrontation.
Tension escalated in first-half stoppage time between Diego Costa and Watford defender Juan Carlos Paredes, and following the game, head coach Guus Hiddink said Paredes provoked Costa to react by punching him in the back.
U.S. Soccer has taken the U.S. Women's National Team's players union to court.
On Wednesday, the U.S. federation "reluctantly" filed a lawsuit against the USWNT players union after union representative and executive director Richard Nichols said he did not believe there to be a collective bargaining agreement currently in place.
There are many movers in the latest edition of the FIFA rankings, but the U.S. Men's National Team is not one of them.
In spite of a 3-2 friendly win against Iceland, the USMNT is still 32nd in the world according to February's edition of the rankings. CONCACAF rival Costa Rica lost a contest against Venezuela, 1-0, on Tuesday, but managed to climb six spots in the rankings into 31st.
After battling withinjury after injury throughout the past six years, Stuart Holden has decided to hang up his boots and focus on the next chapter of his life.
The former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder announced his retirement as a soccer player on Wednesday. In ending his playing career, the 30-year-old retires with 25 caps for the USMNT, having scored three goals and taken part in the 2010 World Cup and 2008 Olympics.
Whatever has gotten into Alejandro Bedoya in recent weeks is really benefitting FC Nantes.
Bedoya kept his hot-streak going on Wednesday, as he talliedthe game-winner and delivered an assist in the first half of Nantes'3-1 victoryover GFC Ajaccio. The goal was Bedoya's third in his last four matches across all competitions, and second decisive strike in that stretch of games.
Chelsea is set to resume UEFA Champions League play later this month, and its recently acquired American defender mightbe along for the ride.
Matt Miazga was among the 22 players that Chelsea named toitsChampions League roster on Wednesday. The Blues are set to resume play on Feb. 16 in the first of two quarterfinal legs against French champion Paris Saint-Germain, and included Miazga in their list of eligible players.
Nearly a month's worth of hard work resulted in the U.S. Men's National Team picking up a win in the first of its 2016 winter camp friendlies, and now the Americans areaiming to wrap up things up with another victory against a familiar foe.
The U.S. will write the next chapter in its series vs.
There will be plenty of domestic action across Europe on Wednesday, but it's cup drama that's heating up in Spain, as Barcelona takes on Valencia in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals.
Since returning to Chelsea this season, Guus Hiddink has kept a clean record as head coach. The Blues will travel to Watford, as the former looks to ascend into the top half of the English Premier League.
On the outside, Jerome Kiesewetter was as composed as ever, directing cross after cross into the box while repeatedly besting his defender down the wing in his U.S. Men's National Team debut. But on the inside? "Goosbumps".
The New York Cosmos have added a major name for a preseason training stint, while several other NASL clubs have added to their ranks as we move closer towards the preseason.
Croatian international Niko Kranjacar has joined the Cosmos for preseason training in an effort to maintain fitness. The former Tottenham midfielder is currently a free agent after most recently featuring for Dynamo Kyiv and Queens Park Rangers.
Following a series of big-name additions, the LA Galaxy's offseason spending spree has yielded the club a high-level holding midfielder.
The Galaxy announced on Wednesday that the club has added Dutch international and two-time World Cup veteran Nigel de Jong. The Galaxy have signedthe 31-year-old midfielder by utilizingTargeted Allocation Money.
Soccer clubs are a business, albeit onesthat arevery different than the companies that hold brick and mortar locations on busy streets, and theFort Lauderdale Strikers believe they have found a take on the soccer business that is perfectly suited for the NASL and Americansoccer as a whole.
Talented midfielder Jake Rozhansky has officially made the move from Virginia to Maryland, and is excited for many reasons. The main one: he's close to home.
Trying to finish his bachelor's degree in government and politics, Rozhansky chose Maryland because it offered the chance to work towards graduation with the added bonus of being close to where he grew up.
The European transfer window may be shut, but there has still been plenty of news from all over the world to go with some last-minute wheeling and dealing.
Chinese Super League spending continued asGuangzhou Evergrande spent $46 million to acquire Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid. Martinez becomes the latest star to go to China this window, following Gervinho, Freddy Guarin and Ramires.
To Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn, Seattle Sounders and U.S. Men's National Team forward Jordan Morris' rise to soccer stardom in the U.S. not only put the Pac-12 program on the map, but also showcased the talent college soccer has to offer.
Gunn was appointed head coach of an average Stanford soccer program in 2012, but has turned it into a force to be reckoned with whilehelping guide the Cardinal to their first NCAA championship in program history last season.
Now that the winter transfer window is closed, English Premier League sides can focus on the rest of the 2015-16 season. Clubs across England have the chance to test their new additions on Tuesday, as many are in action.
League leader Leicester City plays host to Liverpool in Tuesday's headliner, but Manchester United takes on Stoke City in another must-see EPL matchup.
Growing up in the American soccer scene, Zarek Valentin had heard all about the American dream of plying his trade in a European league. For years, Europe has been the promised land, a place where American players can make their name among the very best while earning a comfortable living playing a sport they love.
A wild transfer deadline day on Monday saw many players join different leagues and teams, but there are a handful of storylines and transfers still being talked about this Tuesday morning.
Argentina national team head coach Gerardo Martino said 28-year-old star Lionel Messi will not play in the Olympics so that he will be ready to participate for his country during this summer's Copa America Centenario in the U.
The early parts of the offseason saw Sporting Kansas City make headlines for their additions. The past few days have seen them in the news for their subtractions.
Sporting KC made a pair of surprising moves in the past four days, first transferring talented striker Krisztian Nemeth to Al-Gharafa in Qatar on Friday and then loaning out promising teenage centerback Erik Palmer-Brown to FC Porto on Monday for all of 2016.
Erik Palmer-Brown will not be spending 2016 with Sporting Kansas City. Instead, he will be with Portuguese power FC Porto.
Sporting KC announced on Monday afternoon that it has loaned Palmer-Brown to Porto for the entire 2016 MLS season. The 18-year-old centerbackhas played in 13 league matches for his localteam since signing as a Homegrown Player in August 2013, with seven of those appearances coming during the 2015 campaign.
Krisztian Nemeth's transfer from Sporting Kansas City to Qatari club Al-Gharafa drew the confusion and ire of many, and the Hungarian international has spoken out as to why he chose to move there.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Nemeth expressed his disappointment with how Sporting KC handled his attempt at negotiating for a new contract, and signing with Al-Gharafa "was the only way to get out of it.
January ended with many important clashes going down, and so there were scores of must-see moments from over the weekend. Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CRISTIANO RONALDO (Real Madrid). The Portuguese star showcased why he was still one of the world's best players on Sunday, scoring a hat trick to help Real Madrid defeat Espanyol, 6-0.
While several U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team players are looking to impress Jurgen Klinsmann in the current annual winter camp, there is already one youngster abroad who is surely garnering attention.
Desevio Payne received another start in the Eredivisie on Saturday,as he got the nod and went the distance in FC Groningen's 3-1 win over PEC Zwolle.
It pains Jozy Altidore to think of what might have been, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward is determined to do his part in making up for lost time.
A frequent contributor to the national team since he was 18 years old, Altidore has surged up the USMNT's all-time goal-scoring charts while maintaining his status as one of the nation's top forward options.
Transfer deadline day for many European leagues is upon us after a weekend full of intense matches, and the announcement of an impending coach has stolen the spotlight this Monday morning.
After weeks of speculation, Manchester City confirmed that current manager Manuel Pellegrini will leave the club at the end of the 2015-16 season, and current Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola will replace him on a three-year deal.
While several U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team players are looking to impress Jurgen Klinsmann in the current annual winter camp, there is already one youngster abroad who is surely garnering attention.
Desevio Payne received another start in the Eredivisie on Saturday,as he got the nod and went the distance in FC Groningen's 3-1 win over PEC Zwolle.