COLUMBUS, Ohio The U.S. Men's National Team did not just turn in a big bounce-back performance in World Cup Qualifying on Tuesday night.
It delivered a perfect response.
The U.S. entered this week's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala under severe scrutiny, the result of a flat and brutally inept performance in an embarrassing defeat to Los Chapineslast Friday in Central America.
The North American Soccer League has made big strides to broaden its fanbase in 2016, signing major agreements with digital and broadcast outlets this week. Meanwhile, Indy Eleven and Minnesota United have bolstered their rosters with veteran signings.
NASL will become the first North American professional league to be broadcast live on beIN Sports.
After an extremely disappointing inaugural season, Jacksonville Armada FC is in the middle ofa complete transformation.
Owner and President Mark Frisch dismissed general manager Dario Sala, head coach Guillermo Hoyos, and a slew of other technical staff members in an attempt to wipe the slate clean after the team finished dead last in 2015.
COLUMBUS, Ohio When the U.S. Men's National Team took a two-goal lead in the first half vs. Guatemala, the thought of seeing Christian Pulisic make his international debut began to pop into many observers' heads. It then seemed like a foregone conclusion after the U.
COLUMBUS, Ohio Geoff Cameron made a big impact in the U.S. Men's National Team's lopsided win over Guatemala,but it was not just the goal he set up or the one he scored that helped his sideenjoy such a strong performance.
The U.S. got back on track in World Cup Qualifying on Tuesday night by clobbering Guatemala, 4-0, in a game at Mapfre Stadium that was every bit as one-sided as the scoreline indicated.
After an all-around disappointing performance against Guatemala, the U.S. Men's National Team bounced back in a big way against the same foe on Tuesday as a centerbcakled the way both in the attack and in defense.
Geoff Cameronslotted into a centerback role after featuring at right back on Friday vs.
Despite all of his achievementson both the international and club level, Georgios Samaras isn't looking to live off of his past successes. Rather, the Greek star is looking to play his part in something totally new while reacquainting himself to the game after some time away.
Professional soccer is officially coming to San Francisco.
The San Francisco Deltas announced on Tuesday that the club will begin play in the NASL in 2017. The club is backed by 15investors from Silicone Valley and Brazil, including former North American CEO of VirginJonathan Peachey, Yahoo's Bobby Jaros, andJosh McFarland, senior director of product at Twitter.
Two of CONMEBOL's 2014 World Cup participants arebehind the pack on the road to Russia, and only victories on Tuesdaywill give them a shot at moving into a top-five spot.
Chile and Colombia have gotten off to subpar starts in 2018 World Cup Qualifying in South America, and both are in sore need of three points to avoid fallingfurther out of the picture a third of the way through the campaign.
It was a bitter end to the year for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2015, as the team's late rally for the playoffs came to a halting stop on the last day of the regular season.
The side started hot, suffered a slump in the middle, and rounded back into form in the fall under new head coach and former player Stuart Campbell as the team's ownership made ambitious front office changes.
John Brooks has rejoinedHertha Berlin ahead of Tuesday's U.S. Men's National Team clash with Guatemala, and the German club is far from happy with the condition the centerback is returning in.
Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz said that Brooks'early return from international duty "raises a few questions" as Brooks looks set to miss out on the club's clash with Borussia Monchengladbach due to injury.
Jurgen Klinsmann isn't mincing any words: the U.S. Men's National team needs to walk out of MAPFRE Stadium with a victory on Tuesday night.
Following Friday night's disappointment in Guatemala City, the U.S. enters a must-win situation in Columbus. Currently sittingthird in their World Cup qualifying group, another loss would make the once unfathomableideaof missing out on the Hexagonal round a very real possibility.
The new FIFA president has revealed his stance on a World Cup decision, while Arsene Wenger has stated his expectations for next season.
New FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he would support a co-hosted World Cup, a situationFIFA has not looked towards since 2002. Infantino'ssupport gives hopeto Uruguay and Argentina, who could look to host the tournament's 100th anniversary together in 2030.
Tuesday night's showdown against Guatemala could have been a match which saw the U.S. Men's National Team earn a spot in the Hex, but now the game is seemingly a must-win after the team failed to earn any points in Guatemala City.
The USMNT will host the Guatemalans for a second time this month on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio (7 p.
The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team has put itself in a position to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Now, the task is to seize that position as the U.S.is 90 minutes away from reaching its ultimate goal.
All things considered, the U.S. took care of business on Friday, earning an away goal in a 1-1 draw with Colombia.
It's been less than five months since Rayo OKC was named the NASL's latest expansion franchise. With pieces now in place following a chaotic offseason, Rayo OKC islooking forward to establishing itself and its style within the ever-changing NASL landscape.
Rayo OKC enters the 2016 campaign with a roster full of familiar faces to thosewith knowledgeof both American and global soccer.
Christian Pulisic has impressed as a member of Borussia Dortmund and the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team, but the 17-year-old playmaker is now set to make the jump to the highest level to joina team in need of a result.
U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday that Pulisic and Graham Zusi have been added to the U.
While draws were a common result on Friday, several teams picked up crucial victories in CONCACAF's fourth round of World Cup qualifying.
A total of 16 goals were scored across the six matches played yesterday, with Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago breaking out for three goals each. El Tri was paced by Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez's return to the team, after impressing this club season with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.
After being named the team's general manager in the summer, Caio Zanardi helped lift the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to the postseason after a difficult Spring Season. Now the team's head coach, Zanardi has added a series of new pieces in an effort to seal a return to playoff soccer.
Zanardi has had some significant moves to make heading into the 2016 season.
Last-second goals and draws sure were in style during CONMEBOL's fifth round of World Cup qualifying.
The latest batch of South Americanqualifiers wrapped up on Friday, but not before some intense and exciting affairs were put on display. Twenty goals were scored across the five matches, and three of them ended in dramatic fashion courtesy of some late tallies, while three of them finished withteams splitting the points.
The U.S. Men's National Team suffered one of its worst losses in recent memory on Friday night, suffering a stunning2-0 loss on the road at the hands of Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier that was never really a contest.
Guatemala took advantage of some shoddy defending to score twice inside of the first 15 minutes and never looked back, leaving the shell-shocked U.
The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team faced wave after wave of Colombia attacks on Friday, and one American defnder proved to be the difference-maker time and time again.
Tim Parker filled in on the U.S. back line for the injured Cameron Carter-Vickers and thwarted numerous chances in the first leg of the pair's Olympic qualifying playoff series at the Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Throughout the build-up to Friday's match, the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team stated its desire to win the opening leg of their Olympic qualifying playoff in Colombia. They failed to do so, but Friday's result did boost the team's chances of earning a berth in this summer's tournament.
An early finish from Luis Gil was canceled out by a Colombia penalty kick in the second half, as the U.
With a new coach and a very new look, Indy Eleven is hoping to finally make the leap into the NASL's elite in their third season.
Last year, the second of the club's history, was a disappointment. After holding steady through the Spring Season, head coach Juergen Sommer was fired in June before the club limped through the Fall campaign.
The Ottawa Fury enjoyed a magical run in 2015 after their struggles in the Spring.
They won just two of their first 10 games, but finished the NASL Fall Season with just one loss. That form guided the Fury to the Soccer Bowl, where they narrowly lost, 3-2, to eventual champions New York Cosmos.
Kyle Porter was one of the most integral players in the NASL last season. He logged more minutes than any other Canadian player with the Atlanta Silverbacks, and now the 26-year-old has returned to his home country aiming for a championship with the Ottawa Fury.
Porter was one of the Fury's marquee signings this offseason after a whirlwind of a winter.
David Beckham's Miami MLS project took a major step towards becoming a reality on Thursday.
The Miami Herald reported that Beckham's group purchased private land required for the league's proposed stadium in Overtown. The purchase now moves Beckham's group into the process of attempting to gain county approval for the acquisitionof government-owned land needed for the stadium, as well as zoning approval from the city of Miami.
Even after years of playing the game at the highest level, Niko Kranjcar still loves to simply compete with a soccer ball glued to his foot. For months, that love was taken from him as he struggled to find the field, but the Croatian star has been given a chance to return to action once again with the New York Cosmos.
The U.S. Under-20 National Team's run in the 2016 Dallas Cup has come to an end.
The Americans tied Hoffenheim, 3-3, in their final group match of the Dallas Cup on Thursday, eliminating the U.S. from the competition before the knockout stage. Seattle Sounders draftee Victor Mansaray scored in the game, while Jeremy Ebobisse and Aaron Herrera added the two other U.
At 33 years old, Clint Dempsey has seen and been a part of several pivotal moments in U.S. Men's National Team history. After several months away from the team, the Seattle Sounders forward is now looking to use his leadership and international experience to help the team create a few more.
For the past several years, the U.S. Men's National Team's goalkeeping position has been a battle between Tim Howard and Brad Guzan.
Howard was given the majority of nods to start, and Guzan served as the capable backup. Yet, the tide appears to be changing, as the two goalkeepers have struggled for minutes in recent months and are not getting any younger.
Luis Suarez is set to make his Uruguay returnafter a little less than two years away because of suspension just in time to take on one of CONMEBOL's traditional powerhouses in a match with plenty of importance.
World Cup qualifying in South America is set to resume on Thursday with the start of the fifth round of the campaign, but the one game many observers are most eager to watch takes place on Friday, when Uruguay travels to face Brazil.
Another Brazilian star is set to call Orlando home, while a veteran MLS defender/midfielder is training with a new club.
Orlando City announced on Wednesday that the club has signed midfielderJúlio Baptista, whohas scoredeight goals in 45 career caps with Brazil. The former Real Madrid and Arsenal midfielder most recently featured for Brazilian club Cruzeiro.
Given Bobby Wood's recent performances, it is no surprise that several big-name clubs are reportedly after his services. However, a likely step up will need to be a calculated leap for a player looking to assert himself as a regular for the U.S. Men's National Team.
Reports emerged on Tuesday linking Wood to Bundesliga clubsHamburg and Bayer Leverkusen.
While players like Cyle Larinand Ignacio Piatti are currently lighting up MLS in the early stages of the new season, some of the league's biggest names have yet to make an impact for their respective clubs.
ESPN FC recently conducted a survey of MLS players in an attempt to establish the most overrated players in the league.
It's said that any team is only as strong as it's spine, and the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team is hoping a talented group of young central midfielders can be aguiding force towards an Olympic berth.
The U.S. is set to kick off the team's long-awaited two-legged Olympic qualifying playoff against Colombia on Friday before returning for the second leg next week.
Both the Belgian FA and UEFA have responded to Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels, while France is nearing a decision on the future of Karim Benzema.
Belgium's friendly against Portugal has been moved toLeiria, Portugalfollowing Tuesday's terror attack on Brussels. Belgium had its last international match, a November meeting with Spain,canceled in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Bobby Wood has reportedly caught the eye of a few suitors following his run of exceptional goal-scoring form for FC Union Berlin.
According to a report from German outletBerliner Kurier, the U.S. Men's National Team forward has received interest from German Bundesliga clubs Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen and English Premier League side Liverpool.
While one Pulisic has rapidly risen through the ranks at Borussia Dortmund, another will soon begin his journey with the Bundesliga powerhouse.
U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team goalkeeper Will Pulisic announced on Monday that he has signed with Dortmund. Pulisic, who will forego an offer to play college soccer at Duke to join the Bundesliga club, started all three games for the U.
The field for the International Champions Cup has been revealed, and it features several of Europe's powerhouses both old and new.
Set to feature in the U.S. from July 27-Aug. 3, the International Champions Cup will feature nineEuropean clubs on U.S. soil, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Premier League leaders Leicester City.
March's international break will soon take over the spotlight, but ahead of the games, news of accommodations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have had many people talking.
A Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee is considering housing visiting fans for the 2022 World Cup in tents next to the stadiums, saying: "(We) are actively researching the concept of supporters sleeping under the stars to ensure a truly unique World Cup experience in 2022.
While some clubs earned their first wins of the season in Week 3 of MLS action, many more continued to struggle. Here's a look at all 10 match stories and follow-up features from over the weekend on SBI.
The Seattle Sounders lost their third consecutive game to start the 2016 MLS season, but head coach Sigi Schmid thought his players deserved credit for playing well.
Bobby Wood's red-hot form continued this weekend, as the striker tied the American goal record in the 2. Bundesliga.
Wood scored his 14th goal of the season on Saturday, as FC Union Berlin defeated Eintracht Braunschweig, 3-1. The forward will now join the USMNT in preparation for World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala.
While there were a few sensational goals scored over the weekend, one Argentine forward proved to be the hero for a Serie A side in need of three points. Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):
Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic was impressed with his defenders after holding the Columbus Crew to a goose egg over the weekend, but a rookie in the center of his three-man back line arguably turned in the best shift on Saturday.
Jonathan Campbell started his second game of the year for the Fire, and helped the club earn their first shutout of the season against the 2015 MLS Cup runners-up.
New York Red Bulls midfielder Felipe has always been regarded as a player who is willing to do the dirty work while helping to control the midfield. However, it was the Brazilian's ability to create magic in front of goal that led the Red Bulls to victory over the weekend.
U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog has been forced into making a change to his roster days before the team plays Colombia.
According to a release from U.S. Soccer, Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Tyler Miller has replaced Zack Steffen on the U.S. roster to play the CONMEBOL nation in a two-legged Olympic qualifying playoff, which will take place on Friday and March 29.
SEATTLE The Seattle Sounders entered 2016 hoping to make their first trip to an MLS Cup. While that goal is certainly still well within reach, the team has thus far achieved a far less distinguished club record: three straight losses to start a season.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. –For as much as the Chicago Fire struggled to get traction going forward in a scoreless home draw against the Columbus Crew on Saturday, head coach Veljko Paunović was pleased with what he saw from his defense.
Near the end of his post-match press conference, talking about his team's growth through three games, his voice intensified.
The Manchester derby takes center stage on Sunday.
Man City hosts Man United at Etihad Stadium, and both sides will be looking for all three points to stay atop the English Premier League table. Currently in sixth place, and four points behind fourth place Man City entering the match, the Red Devils will also be hoping to end their winless run.
HARRISON, NJ While injuries plagued the New York Red Bulls over the first hour of Saturday night's match, Felipe's stunning second-half performance guided the home side to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Dynamo.
Following a curling effort that beat goalkeeper Joe Willis with 12 minutes to play, the Red Bulls midfielder erupted the 15,000-plus in attendance at Red Bull Arena with a brilliant free kick in the 83rd minute.
Prior to Mike Grella's equalizer in the second half, the New York Red Bulls were down a goal and all three substitutes against the Houston Dynamo because of injuries.
While the cards were stacked against Jesse Marsch's side on Saturday night, the home side displayed great resilience and scored three goals after halftime en route to their first victory of the new MLS season.
SEATTLE One way or another, the Vancouver Whitecaps seem to leave Seattle with three points these days. Apair of Pedro Morales penalty kicks one controversial gave the visitors a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night. It was the Whitecaps fourth straight win at CenturyLink Field in league play and their first win of the 2016 season.
Last season's MLS Cup finalists Columbus Crew picked up their first point of the 2016 season in their third try, tying the Chicago Fire, 0-0, as both teams struggled to create dangerous chances going forward.
U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog may not have his completearsenal of weapons available in the upcoming Olympic playoff against Colombia, but he will certainly have most of it.
Herzog unveiled his 23-man roster on Saturday for the upcoming two-legged affair with Colombia, and the squad includes a blend of regulars from MLS and abroad, including forward Jordan Morris, winger Julian Green, centerback Matt Miazga, and midfielder Wil Trapp.
A pair of important U.S. matches loom next week, but before we get to those, MLS is offering an exciting slate of matches this weekend.
Episode 253 of The SBI Show previews all of the weekend's clashes, including the California Clasico between the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, and the Cascadia showdown between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps.
Despite having just a year of history against one another, New York City FC and Orlando City had provided plenty of late drama in their series of clashes. Friday's clash at Yankee Stadium was instead decided on one of the game's earliest moments.
A Cyle Larin goal just seven minutes into Friday's game proved to be just enough for Orlando City, which rode a stout defensive performance to a 1-0 victory over NYCFC on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Everton-Arsenal, AS Roma-Inter Milan and Club América-Club León headline a jam-packed Saturday full of intriguing contests.
In England, Leicester City will look to keep its five-point lead atop the Premier League table against Crystal Palace. The EPL's two marquee matchups on Saturday, meanwhile, feature two teams in Arsenal and West Ham United that are trying to earn a UEFA Champions League qualification spot.
NEW YORK – At first, it was nothing more than a faint whisper, as a section of the Yankee Stadium crowd making their opinions known. As the game went on though, the movement gained traction, and by the final moments, there was no mistake about it.
The U.S. Men's National Team forward scored his ninth goal in the past eight games for FC Union Berlin, helping his club to a 3-1 win against Eintracht Braunschweig (BTSV) in the 2. Bundesliga on Friday.
Wood's 58th-minute strike tied former USMNT forward Conor Casey for the most goals during a season in Germany's top two leagues.
For Fatai Alashe, it was a chance at a dream come true. A call-up to this January's annual U.S. Men's National Team camp, Alashe was going to have the opportunity torepresent his country at the highest level.An injury and subsequent surgery derailed that dream, at least for the time being, but Alashe has another goal on the horizon: to help his country qualify for the Olympic games.
Entering the third week of MLS play, several teams will put their unbeaten record on the line against playoff contenders.
The Montreal Impact have arguably looked the most impressive throughout the first two weeks. With Didier Drogba set to potentially make his season debut, the Impact now face an FC Dallas team looking for a statement win following a 5-0 drubbing against the Houston Dynamo last week.
Matt Miazga has yet to play a single minute for Chelsea's senior team since joining the English Premier League club on Jan. 31, but he may soon have the opportunity.
In his press conference on Friday, Blues head coach Guus Hiddink admitted a top four finish in the league was likely out of reach, and so opportunities for fringe and youth players on the team to play will likely be given in the coming weeks.
Niko Kranjcar has been training with the New York Cosmos throughout the preseason, and the veteran has now made his stay with the club official, at least on a short-term basis.
The former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder has signed a deal with the Cosmos for the NASL Spring Season. The 31-year-old had previously been a free agent after leaving Dynamo Kiev following a lengthy loan stint with Queens Park Rangers.
Eight clubs from five different countries were paired together in the 2016 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals draw on Friday.
Barcelona-Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain-Manchester City headline the next round of the competition, but Bayern Munich-Benfica and Wolfsburg-Real Madrid are sure to also offer plenty of intrigue and excitement.
After a leak has been circulating through the internet for quite some time, U.S. Soccer unveiled its new uniforms for 2016 Thursday. This announcement follows the reveal of a new crest for the federation, which was made in late Feb.
Theuniforms will be worn this summer in the team's World Cup Qualifiers, the Copa Centenario and the 2016 Olympics.
Neither Manchester United nor Manchester City has much left to play for this season, but the bragging rights of the city are still up for grabs this weekend when the two sides clash in the derby.
The two sides drew 0-0 in their previous meeting on Oct. 25 at Old Trafford, and with City sitting in fourth place and United in sixth — and four points back — theimplications surrounding the match may not be as significant.
The start of an MLS season is always expected to provide some twists and surprises, but several of the league's projected contenders have struggled out of the gate in ways that few could havepredicted.
Heading into Week 3 of the MLS season, four teams currently sit without a point.
At just 18-years-old, Eric Calvillo has played in a World Cup, signed a professional contract and captained his country in an international tournament. With those experiences still fresh on his mind, the midfielder is now looking to take even bigger leaps in 2016.
Calvillo, who signed his first contract with the New York Cosmos in January, achieved a major goal in representing his country during October's Under-17 World Cup.
Santos Laguna and Club América meet in an enticing CONCACAF Champions League semifinal, while the UEFA Champions League round of 16 comes to an end on Wednesday.
Barcelona takes on Arsenal and Bayern Munich hosts Juventus in the round's second legs. Arsenal will be attempting an improbable comeback at the Camp Nou, while Juventus will try to stage an upset of its own on the road without many of its stars due to injury.
With World Cup qualifiers around the corner, and MLS now in full swing, it's a perfect time for an SBI Q&A.
SBI editor-in-chief Ives Galarcep will be answering reader questions on Wednesday, and taking on topics ranging from the USMNT to MLS to European soccer and even pop culture questions about movies and TV shows.
The second week of the 2016 MLS season was loaded with surprises and the latest episode of The SBI Show recaps all the craziness.
Episode 252 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the upset-filled weekend, as host Ives Galarcep discusses Houston's blowout win against FC Dallas, Montreal's rout of the New York Red Bulls and much more.
The final two spots in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals are up for grabs on Wednesday, and there are two clear favorites to advance.
Bayern Munich hosts Juventus in Germany, while Barcelona welcomes Arsenal to Spain. The German Bundesliga club is currently level, 2-2, on aggregate with the "Old Lady," but multiple injuries give Bayern the leg up heading into the second leg.
NEW YORK Ronald Matarrita was considering leaving his homeland for teamsin Europe this past winter, but ultimatelychose to pass that upso as to sign with an MLS club that he believed had plenty to offer him at this early stage in his career.
Matarrita joined New York City FC this pastJanuary via a fulltransfer after four years at Costa Rican powerhouse Alajuelense.
Manchester City is looking to make history this Tuesday, while Querétaro and Tigres UANL kick off their semifinal series in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Citizens will attempt to progress to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in the club's history against Dynamo Kiev, which trails the English Premier League side, 3-1, entering today's contest.
Months after expressing his interest in being called into the U.S. Men's National Team, Kenny Saief is keeping his options open.
Interim head coach Alon Hazan named his roster for Israel's upcoming friendly against Croatia on March 23, and American-born Saief was among those called in. The KAA Gent midfielder accepted the call-up after previously venting his frustration with not being included to Israel's past rosters.
Colombia will be using a mostly domestic-based roster to compete against the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team in the 2016 Olympic qualifying playoff series.
Head coach Carlos Restrepo named his 25-man roster, which includes only five players currently plying their trade abroad. Santos Laguna forward Andres Renteria, who has appeared in nine of the Mexican club's 10 games this 2016 Clausura campaign, and Rennes midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero headline the foreign-based members of Restrepo's group.
Leicester City will look to further their title ambitions with a win on Monday, but the team they take on is also fighting their own battle at the other end of the English Premier League (4:00 p.m., NBCSN).
Entering Monday, the Foxes remain atop the Premier League with 60 points through 28 games, good for a two point lead and a game in hand over second-place Tottenham.
The reigning MLS Cup champions have been busy making moves and finalizing contracts following Week 2 action in MLS.
The Portland Timbers acquired Darren Mattocks from Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps, who received General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2017 season in the trade.
It was a weekend full of upsets in MLS, as several players stepped up in a big way to lead their teams to victory over highly-favored opposition.
Led by a pair of goals from Chris Pontius, the Philadelphia Union knocked off the Columbus Crew at MAPFRE Stadium, while Andrew Wenger and David Horst helped inspire the Houston Dynamo's 5-0 thrashing of FC Dallas.
Each ofthe past several seasons, Toronto FC has gone into the market to revamp their roster in a major way. The 2016 offseason was no different, but this year's crop of newcomers has already provided positive returns in the form of four points through the opening two games.
NEW YORK — New York City FC let a good chance to start itsseason with consecutive wins slide against Toronto FC on Sunday, yet the atmosphere after the 2-2 draw at Yankee Stadium was more optimistic rather than frustrating for the second-year club.
Paris Saint-Germain became the first club from Europe's top leagues to win the domestic title, doing so in impressive fashion.
PSG defeated Troyes, 9-0, at the Stade de l'Aube to claim its fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title. (REPORT)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored four goals in PSG's 9-0 win on Sunday, said he is not planning on staying at PSG next season, but he jokingly said: "If they replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of me, I will stay at PSG.
Bobby Wood's impressive season with FC Union Berlin is on the brink of becoming historic.
Wood kept his scoring streak alive by firing home a penalty kick in FC Union Berlin's 2-1 loss to MSV Duisburg on Saturday, and in doing so moved one goal away from tying Conor Casey's record of 14 for an American in the 2.
NEW YORK — Sebastian Giovinco was held in check for most of the match, but the reigning MLS MVP eventually came through for Toronto FC.
The reigning MLS MVP contributed to a pair of goals asTFCearned a 2-2 draw against New York City FC on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.Giovinco helped erased a 2-0 early deficit by providing an assist in the first half and a goal in the second, while David Villa tallied both scores for the home side in its 2016 home opener.
In most preseason discussions about the top teams in the MLS Western Conference, one team that received little recognition is Sporting Kansas City. After two impressive victories to start the 2016 season, that conversation looks like it is ready to change.
Dom Dwyer scored two goals to help lead Sporting KC past the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-1, on Saturday at Children's Mercy Park.
The Seattle Sounders were minutes away from their first point of the season at Rio Tinto Stadium, but a controversial no-call on the goal line saw all three points go to Real Salt Lake.
Defender Jamison Olave provided the game-winning goal to give RSL the 2-1 win at home on Saturday, but many of the Sounders players were up in arms after center official Juan Guzman held his whistle on the play.
Two Texas clubs that had no problems scoring goals on opening day meet at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Houston Dynamo host FC Dallas in the Texas Derby, headlining MLS Week 2 action on Saturday. Colombian winger Fabian Castillo's status remains up in the air ahead of the evening contest, but Mauro Diaz and Maxi Urruti should provide enough firepower for the road side.
While top clubs across Europe battle it out in league play, Everton and Chelsea kick off an intriguing FA Cup contest in Liverpool.
The Blues travel to Goodison Park, where they lost, 3-1, in September. However, Chelsea has done much better under the direction of Guus Hiddink this season. The potential addition of John Terry, who has been sidelined recently due to injury, will help the club's cause on the road.
Less than a week after stoppage-time heroics saw Orlando City snatch an improbable draw from the jaws of defeat, the Lions nearly worked late-game magic again. Unfortunately for Orlando City, a penalty claim went ignored in the match's final minutes.
CyleLarin appeared to be dragged down in the penalty area in the 92nd minute, but referee Ted Unkel failed to whistle the infraction on Chicago Fire defender Johan Kappelhof, allowing the Fire to escape the Citrus Bowl with a 1-1 draw in a match that saw the Fire play nearly two-thirds of the match a man down.
Third place in the German Bundesliga is up for grabs on Friday.
Hertha Berlin hosts Schalke 04 at the Olympiastadion Berlin in Europe's headliner, and a win for either side will see it climb into the third and final automatic UEFA Champions League qualification spot. If Schalke finished the season in fourth, where it currently sits on the table, it would have to go through the playoff round of the UCL in order to qualify for the group stage of the 2016-17 competition.
Due to injuries, Hoffenheim has reportedly promoted a 20-year-old American to the first team.
U.S. Under-20 National Team midfielder Russell Canouse has reportedly been appointed to the senior team ahead of Saturday's clash vs. Wolfsburg at the Rhein-Neckar Arena, and according to one report, he has a good chance of being named to the 18-man roster against Wolfsburg.
While Thierry Henry took the next step towards becoming a professional coach, Real Madrid's starting striker received some good news about his eligibility for his national team.
Forward Karim Benzema is allowed to compete at Euro 2016 after anappeals court partially lifted some of the restrictions placed upon him in the ongoing blackmail case of France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
NEW YORK If New York City FC is to win its home opener and improve to 2-0 this weekend, the club may very well have to do so without Frank Lampard.
Lampard is stillrecovering fromthe calf strain that forced him to miss Week 1's road victory over the Chicago Fire, and is in a race against time to get fit for Sunday's game against Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium.
Injury news continues to be Thursday's theme in MLS.
Speaking to reporters, LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena revealed the club would be without Giovani Dos Santos and Dan Kennedy for their game against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Both players started in the Galaxy's opener vs. D.C. United, but both also were forced off early with leg muscle injuries.
The English Premier League title might be slipping away from Arsenal, but the FA Cup is inching closer to its reach.
The two-time defending champion will host Watford on Sunday in a quarterfinals matchup after getting past Hull City in a replay in the previous round. The Gunners picked up a 3-0 victory against the Hornets back in October in league play and will hope for a similar result this time after seeing their Premier League gap with leader Leicester City widen to eight points following a 2-2 draw last weekend against second-place Tottenham.
The goalkeeping position for the U.S. Men's National Team has long been a battle between Tim Howard and Brad Guzan. Yet, both veterans have struggled for playing time with their respective clubs in recent weeks, raising the question: who starts in goal for the U.S. against Guatemala on March 25 and 29?
One of the U.S. Men's National Team's January camp midfielders may soon be cap-tied by Cameroon.
Tony Tchani, along with 19-year-old New York Red Bulls forward Anatole Abang and Montreal Impact defender Ambroise Oyongo, has been called up by Cameroon to compete in the nation's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on March 26 at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium.
Brazil is set to compete in two major tournaments this summer, and Neymar is determined to represent his country in both of them.
According to Goal.com, Neymar is pushing to play in both the Copa America and Olympics this summer. The decision could see Neymar play an additional 12 games of soccer this summer while joining the respective Brazilian teams until the conclusion of the Olympic tournament on Aug.
Landon Donovan had his chance to represent the U.S. in the Olympics, and the former U.S. Men's National Team star says it is of the utmost importance that the current group of U-23 talent gets that experience as well.
Speaking to the Salt Lake Tribune, Donovan saidthat failure to qualify for the upcoming tournament would prove to be a major blow to the U.
Real Madrid and Wolfsburg became the first two sides in this season's UEFA Champions League to qualify for the quarter-finals, and two more teams will have the opportunity to duplicate that feat on Wednesday.
Chelsea, currently trailing 2-1, will host Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge, while Zenit Saint Petersburg meets Portuguese side Benfica.
Heart of Midlothian announced on Wednesday that the club has signed the former D.C. United midfielder. Kitchen joins the Scottish club on a two-and-a-half year deal after departing D.C. United as a free agent following the conclusion of the 2015 season.
Real Madrid and Wolfsburg, welcome to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.
In Tuesday's headliner, the Spanish La Liga club made easy work of AS Roma to advance to the final eight for a sixth consecutive year. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of the second leg and set up the second to help Madrid top the Italian side, 2-0 (4-0 on aggregate).
Jermaine Jones may have only spent about a year-and-a-half with the New England Revolution, but he made an impact and his contributions will be missed.
The Revolution found a resolution late last week for the offseason-long dilemma of what do with Jones, surprisingly sending him to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for general allocation money and a first round draft pick in next year'sMLS Draft.
In need of attacking depth, Sporting KC made a big move on Tuesday to secure the services of a talented young forward.
Tuesday morning, Sporting Kansas City announced the loan signing of 22-year-old Chilean striker Diego Rubio fromReal Valladolid of the Spanish Segunda Division. The young forward previously played for Portuguese powerhouse Sporting CP while also earning three caps with Chile's senior team.
Patrick Vieira had to have liked what he saw from his first game in charge of New York City FC. It was a performance that was electrifying, fact-paced and exhilarating. Most importantly, it produced three points.
However, it was also a highlight of justhow far this NYCFC team has to go if it is to catch up to the teams that currently call themselves postseason contenders.
Many star players are set to take part in Week 2 of MLS, but Kaka is not one of them.
On Tuesday, Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath said the Brazilian playmaker would not play in Friday's contest vs. the Chicago Fire, but Antonio Nocerino should be fit and available for selection.
Following his emotional exit from the Chicago Fire in the offseason, Harry Shipp turned in a remarkable performance for the Montreal Impact on opening day.
Shipp, who said he was almost brought to tears after receiving the news that he would no longer be a part of the Fire in 2016, assisted the Impact's first goal of the season en route to helping his side earn a crucial three points vs.
While the first of the UEFA Champions League second legs kick off on Tuesday, other cup competitions will be on display around the globe.
Prior to Wolfsburg-Gent and Real Madrid-Roma, English Championship leader Hull City will battle Arsenal for a place in the FA Cup quarterfinals. The winner of the tie will host Watford in the last eight.
A veteran striker put on a show in the German Bundesliga, while the English Premier League offered soccer supporters everywhere thrilling games and goals to watch over the weekend. Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):
CARSON, California — Mike Magee had to agree, you couldn't write a better script for his return to LA. The Galaxy fan favorite entered the team's home opener at the half after Giovani Dos Santos was held out "for precautionary measures." When he left the field 45 minutes later, the Galaxy crowd, 25,000 strong, was chanting: "Magee, Magee, Magee is on fire!
Cole Grossman is set to miss time for Stabaek due to an injury that was all too preventable.
The American midfielder recently suffered a concussion while taking part in a interview during training with the club in Malta.When preparing to sit, an unnamed teammate yanked the chair out from under Grossman, as the midfielder fell and slammed his head on the ground.
While head coach Jesse Marsch has stressed the importance of keeping his core group of players together in his second season with the New York Red Bulls, one new addition to the side passed his first test with flying colors on Sunday.
Despite falling to Toronto FC, 2-0, centerback Gideon Baah displayed poise and comfort on the ball, while being tasked with marking dangerous striker Sebastian Giovinco for long portions of the match.
HARRISON, N.J. Toronto FC may not have won many points in terms of style, but picked up three where it mattered most.
Toronto FC got its 2016 season off to a winning start on Sunday afternoon, as the Canadian club combined agritty defensive performance with a pair of second-half goals to pick up a 2-0 road win over the New York Red Bulls.
SEATTLE The Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City hadnearly carbon copy finishes to 2015: the two sides wrapped up the regular season tied on points, and both were eliminated from the playoffs on penalty kicks. Their new seasons got off to distinctly different starts on Sunday night, however, as Kansas City utilized a man-advantage to escape the Emerald City with a 1-0 win in front of 39,525 at CenturyLink Field.
The race for the U.S. Men's National Team's starting goalkeeper position in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers seemed to be neck and neck as recently as a week ago, but Brad Guzan may have just pushed ahead of Tim Howard.
Guzan was given a second consecutive start at Aston Villa on Saturday, when the club was handed a humbling 4-0 defeat by Manchester City.
CARSON, California— In the first half, the LA Galaxy just looked old. In the second half, they called up some old Galaxy magic in the form of newly-re-signed fan favorite Mike Magee, and ran past visiting D.C. United, 4-1, before 25,667 on a cold breezy night in Los Angeles.
Magee was subbed on at the half for ineffective Giovani Dos Santos, who picked up minor injury, and needed only twenty minutes on the pitch to remind the Galaxy crowd why they loved him.
FC Dallas had a field day in Frisco, Texas, but the game ended on a sour note for the home side.
Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz and Maximiliano Urruti shined in the club's 2-0 win vs. the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Stadium. Yet, while FC Dallas secured its first three points of the season, Castillo was forced off the field before the final whistle after suffering an apparent groin injury.
HARRISON, NJ—The New York Red Bulls did just about everything right in the team's season opener against Toronto FC, however, it was the road side that came away with a 2-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.
Sebastian Giovinco's penalty kick with under 10 minutes remaining opened the scoringfor Toronto, after rookie Tsubasa Endoh drew the spot kick.
The 2016 MLS season kicks off today, and headlines the day's action around the world.
The Portland Timbers begin defense of their MLS Cup title by taking on the same team they beat to become champions, the Columbus Crew. The sides face off at Providence Park, where the Timbers' championship banner will be revealed.
The U.S. Men's National Team's latest jersey has been leaked, and it's sure to raise some eyebrows.
On Saturday, the American Outlaws D.C. Chapter posted an image of the new home jersey the USMNT will allegedly wearduring this summer's Copa America Centenario. The new U.S. Soccer crest sits on a white base, while the sleeves comprise of thin lines.
Wood continued his impressiverun of form for FC Union Berlin on Saturday by bagging a brace in the a 4-0 demolition of FSV Frankfurt. The 23-year-old striker has now scored in four straight games, andhas seven goals in his last six matches.
Jermaine Jones has found a new home, and it's within MLS.
In a massive move, the Colorado Rapids signed the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder despite the fact that he must serve a six-game suspension to start the 2016 MLS season. The midfielder's suspension is recognized and enforced by both MLS and U.
The 2016 MLS Season is almost here and the new episode of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the MLS Western Conference. Special guest Paul Tenorio joins host Ives Galarcep and takes a look at the league's power conference, breaking down all 10 teams.
The offseason is over, and the 2016 MLS season is upon us.
Following a busy offseason, the 21st MLS season is set to kick off as all 20 of the league's teams take the field on Sunday.Withcountless new players and storylines to keep track of, the 2016 MLS season hasbeen a busy one, but SBI has you covered if you need to catch up on the offseason dealings.
Every year, new narratives emerge in MLS as the league continues to shift and grow. The 2016 season is no different.
Heading into the new season, MLS has no shortage of storylines that will provide intrigue throughout the season. With new players, new coaches and new contenders emerging, the league's hierarchy continues to shift year in, year out.
While an important showdown takes place in France, a top-of-the-table clash will be kicking off in Rome.
AS Roma hosts Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico in Friday's headliner. The pair of Serie A title contenders both enter the fixture on 53 points after 27 games, but Roma has the better goal differential.
With three of Europe's five major leagues still holding fierce battles at the top of the table, there won't be a shortage of must-see fixtures this weekend.
Three clubs realistically have a shot at winning the English Premier League, and two of them will face off on Saturday. Second place Tottenham Hotspur will host third place Arsenal in the North London Derby.
Geoff Cameron has tasted nothing but victory since returning to Stoke City's lineup, and he is hoping to keep it that way after this weekend when he goes up against one of the hottest teams in the English Premier League.
Cameron and Stoke City will visit star-studded and red-hot Chelsea on Saturday, and will put their three-game unbeaten streak against the Blues' 12-match undefeated run.
Both North London sides failed to capitalize on Leicester City's stumble earlier in the week and now Tottenham and Arsenal must battle each other in hopes of catching the English Premier League leader.
After the Foxes drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, Tottenham dropped a 1-0 decision to West Ham United while Arsenal lost, 2-1, to Swansea at home on Wednesday to stay three and six points behind first place, respectively.
One of the league's bright stars has extended his future with his longtime team, while one of MLS' longest serving players has called it a career.
Gyasi Zardes has reportedly signed a contract extension with the LA Galaxy. The U.S. Men's National Team forward has reportedly signed for"multiple years" on a deal that utilizes Targeted Allocation Money.
New York City FC's inauguralseason in Major League Soccer wasconsidered a roaring success off the pitch. On it, the club came up short of its ambitious goal of reaching the playoffs.
What NYCFC tried to accomplish was a difficult task, as only two expansion clubs — 1998 Chicago Fire and 2009 Seattle Sounders — have reached the postseason in their first year in MLS, but upper management was unable to accept the failure and let go of head coach Jason Kreisin favor ofFrench legend Patrick Vieira, who was brought overfrom Manchester City's Elite Development Squad.
The New York City FC goalkeeper led Major League Soccer with 123 saves but also toppedthe categories of shots faced and goals conceded with 188 and 57, respectively. That type of workload put 13-year veteran through quite a battle with his body, so he prepared for this year's campaign with some particular conditioning.
Kendall Wastonwas one of Major League Soccer'spremier centerbacksin 2015. He helped the Vancouver Whitecaps finish tied for the least amount of goals given up, and ended up second in the voting for the league's Defender of the Year award.
Regardless, he cravesto accomplish even more in 2016.
The start of the 21st season in MLS is just a few days away, and most teams will be running around with a brand-new look.
Almost all 20 MLS teams officially revealed a new jersey ahead of the 2016 season, with the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas being the only two exceptions. FC Dallas will unveil its new kit on Thursday night, while the Rapids have planned an event for March 10.
Both the NASL and one of the league's biggest clubs have found a new sponsor, while several other clubs have continued preseason preparations.
The NASL announced that Under Armour has become the league's officialmatch ball provider. Starting in the Spring season, custom-designed NASL Under Armour balls will be used in training and games throughout the league.
A team with threechampionships in the last five years isn't the most likely candidate to undergo a massive overhaul to their roster. But after losing eight of their last nine to close out the 2015 season, including an ugly defeatin the rain in Seattle to end the season, the LA Galaxy have done just that.
Whoever said "you can't go home again" never met Dan Kennedy.
Lost amid the high profile signings of multiple European stars, the LA Galaxy quietly added the veteran goalkeeper to their roster this offseason. Kennedy spent seven seasons between the pipes at the StubHub Center, walked it's subterranean halls, practiced on it's extensive pitches.
Going into 2016, the team dynamic for Sporting KC will hardly change, even though some high-profile additions have arrived.
Peter Vermes' squad is still built on the shoulders of a group of veteran leaders like Benny Feilhaber, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler. The group of veterans has grown with the additions of veteran midfielders Brad Davis and Justin Mapp.
You may not have guessed that a player moving from a club where he's played for nine seasons would feel so comfortable in different colors, but to Davis, the move from the Houston Dynamo to Sporting KC hasn't been difficult.
Perry Kitchen has found a home, but it's reportedly not in the U.S.
The 24-year-old midfielder did not agree to a new contract with D.C. United in December, and has allegedly agreed to sign a deal with Scottish side Heart of Midlothian. According to the Scottish Sun, an official announcement from the club is reportedly expected to come on Wednesday.
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.