SEATTLE With his club facing another disappointing result in a season that has seen its share of disappointing results, rookie Jordan Morris delivered a late goal for the Seattle Sounders, lifting his club to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon.
For the first time in more than seven months, New York City FC emerged victorious at Yankee Stadium.
Behind a brace from David Villa and a go-ahead score from substitute Steven Mendoza, NYCFC snapped a six-game winless streak at home — dating back to September 2015 — with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday in the Bronx.
HARRISON, N.J. It may have looked like something drawn up in FIFA 16,but the neat set piece that the New York Red Bulls scored on for the decisive goal against FC Dallas was equal parts practice and freestyle.
The Red Bulls picked upa second straight victoryby overwhelming Western Conference leaderFC Dallas, 4-0, at Red Bull Arena on Friday night.
HARRISON, N.J. When FC Dallas loses, it loses badly. Very badly.
FC Dallas suffered its latest ugly defeat of the season on Friday night, falling, 4-0, on the road to the New York Red Bulls. The lopsided result worsened the league's best record by moving FC Dallas to 5-3-2, but what was just as bad was the fact that the Western Conference club still cannot avoid getting blown out in games that it fails to pick up points in.
The U.S. Men's National Team's Copa America roster is less than a month from being known, and all anyone can talk about is how Christian Pulisic will fit into the squad.
Episode 262 of The SBI Show discusses the teenage sensation's chances, and the role he could play this summer. Host Ives Galarcep and special guest Paul Tenorio discuss the possibilities for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.
Tim Howard's Everton career is nearing its end, and the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper will spend his final games as the team's goalkeeper on the field.
Everton announced on Friday that Howard will start the club's final two homegames of the club's Premier League season. Howard, who is set to join the Colorado Rapids this summer, will start againstBournemouth and Norwich City, whileJoel Robles will be in net forgames at Leicester City and Sunderland.
The U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team capped off an impressive week at the Slovakia Cup with a 2-1 victory over Russia in the final.
After finding themselves behind in the 13th minute, the U.S. responded immediately through Nelson Hunsinger to level the match at 1-1. Pierre Da Silva's second-half finish proved to be the differences for the Americans.
Last year's NASL champions will face off against this year's front runners as the New York Cosmos host the Carolina RailHawks this weekend.
The RailHawks have continued their perfect start, recording four wins out of four this Spring in NASL. Austin Da Luz, Tiyi Shipalane and Nazmi Albadawi have all been on fire to start the season, leading the RailHawks into a surprising spot atop the table.
One of the Premier League's breakout players could be on the move, while another of the league's superstars is set for a spell on the sidelines.
Manchester United is reportedly interested in signing Leicester City midfielder N'Golo Kante and the club is reportedly set to approach the Premier League leaders when the two sides collide this weekend at Old Trafford.
The two sides seemed destined for a tie before they headto England next week, but Villareal changed the script against Liverpool at El Madrigal.
The Europa League semifinals got off to a flying start, as Villareal sunk Liverpool with a late winner at home. Adrian's goal in stoppage time was enough to provide the Yellow Submarine with the advantage before the two teams square off on May 5 at Anfield.
For Leicester City and Bayern Munich this weekend, a victoryequals a title.
The English Premier League and German Bundesliga leaders both havea chance to capture their respective league crowns with wins against Manchester United and Borussia Mönchengladbach, respectively. For the Foxes, they would accomplish the improbableby winningas a 5000-1 favorite before season's start, while Bayern Munich would take home their fourth consecutive German league title.
The Christian Pulisic hype train continues to roll on. Tales of the 17-year-old'sEuropean showings continue to be spun throughout the U.S. soccer landscape, making the Borussia Dortmund prospect one of the most talked about players in the U.S.
Following a pair of UEFA Champions League days, the Europa League assumes the spotlight on Thursday with a pair of semifinal matchup.
After toppling Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinal round, Liverpool travels to Spain to take on Villarreal in Thursday's semifinal first leg. The Reds will be doing so shorthanded, as the recent suspension of centerback Mamadou Sakho leaves Liverpool weakened in defense against red-hot Villarreal forward Cedric Bakambu.
A Mexican side recaptured the CONCACAF Champions League crown, while one giant's UEFA Champions League campaign could be in danger due to a crucial injury.
Club America toppled Tigres, 2-1, to earn a 4-1 aggregate victory in the CONCACAF Champions League final. Michael Arroyo and Osvaldo Martinez each provided a goal for the now two-time defending champions.
Following New York City FC's latest setback, Frank Lampard walked through the bowels of Yankee Stadium togreet former teammate and longtime friend Didier Drogba. While Drogba stood decked out in Montreal Impact apparel, Lampard stood in street clothes, a look all too familiar in what has been a nightmare of a season to this point.
Playing the second of three games in nine days, and 3,000 miles away from home, Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter said his team was playing to absorb the New England Revolution's pressure on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
Someone forgot to tell the game plan to 21-year-old loaneeJack Barmby, who scored in the 64th minute just two minutes after being substituted on and put the Timbers ahead in an eventual 1-1 tie in an offensively-challenged game.
And just like that, there are plans for a proposed MLS team in Detroit.
MLS commissioner Don Garber held a press conference in Detroit on Wednesday alongside NBA owners Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert to outline the plans for a potential MLS franchise in the Motor City. The press conference came a day after Gores, the Detroit Pistons' owner, and Gilbert, the Cleveland Cavaliers' majority owner, announced that they were teaming upto form an investor group for an expansion club.
The U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team will soon be playing for some silverware, and it can thank an own goal for that.
The U.S. defeated Ukraine, 2-1, on Tuesday to book a spot inthe Slovakia Cup final, and the decisive tally came on a first-half own goal. Captain and midfielder Weston McKennie opened the scoring for the young Americans in the 27th minute, but the game-winner came six minutes later when a Ukraine player hitthe ball over his own goal line.
Ray Gaddis has seen his role change in the Philadelphia Union defense to start the season, but that won't be the case on Saturday as the fullback is likely set to receive his first start of the 2016 campaign.
Gaddis, who was a first-team regular in each of the last three seasons, should replace the suspended Fabinho on Saturday in the Union's home contest with the San Jose Earthquakes.
Kyle Scott recently signed a new contract to remain with Chelsea, but the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder is reportedly on the hunt for a new club.
ESPN FC reported on Wednesday that Scott has handed in a transfer request. The development comes just two months after the 18-year-old signed a new deal that was expected to keep him with the Premier League giant until 2019.
David Beckham and his Miami team will have to movefast to find a new investor if they plan on joining MLS in 2018.
Beckham's plans reportedly took a hit after talks broke down between his people and Qatari Sports Investments, who own Paris Saint-Germain. Simon Fuller, Beckham's manager, is said to have been the main cause for the Qataris walking away from discussions.
New York City FC suffered their ups and downs like any other expansion franchise would in their first MLS season, however, 2016 is already becoming a mirror image of the struggles the team endured a year ago.
Through seven matches, NYCFC sits last in the Eastern Conference on six points, the same point total the side had accumulated through as many games in 2015.
The head of UEFA expects to return to the game in the very near future, while one of Serie A's top midfielders may be on the move.
Michel Platini's lawyer believes the Frenchman will be cleared to resume his duties as UEFA president before Euro 2016. In February, Platini and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter had their bans reduced from eight to six years.
In Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal tie, Atletico Madrid looks to advance to what would be its second Champions League final in three years. Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich stands between the Rojiblancos and their quest for the final, having defeated Benfica in the quarterfinals.
The LA Galaxy appeared to be headed for a rough stretch. Team captain Robbie Keane was in the midst of an extended absence, while much of the discussion surrounding the team regarded the upcoming suspension of Nigel de Jong. Missing two key contributors, and with several more yet to make their impact, the Galaxy had plenty of question marks.
Detroit's bid to enter MLS took a big step in the right direction on Tuesday.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Tom Gores owner of the NBA's Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert are teaming up in an attempt to bring an MLS franchise to the Motor City.
A historic showdown in Manchester headlines Tuesday's action across the globe.
Manchester City hosts Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of the their UEFA Champions League semifinal series (2:45 p.m., Fox Sports 1, Fox Soccer 2GO, ESPN Deportes TV, WATCH ESPN).
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are 100 percent fit ahead of the matchup, meaning Tuesday's UCL battle will feature many of the world's best players.
Eight weeks into the MLS season, and Luciano Acosta has finally found a partner he works well with.
Alvaro Saborio has been paired with Acosta off the bench for D.C. United in recent weeks, and the partnership has worked wonders thus far. In the past three weeks, DCU has scored seven goals, with four of them coming from either the Costa Rican forward or Boca Juniors loanee in the second half of play.
The hype train continues to roll for Christian Pulisic, who scored his second German Bundesliga goal in as many games for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Due to his recent goal-scoring performances especially playing for one of Germany's and Europe's top sides many U.S. Men's National Team supporters are wondering what his role will be this summer as the U.
HARRISON, N.J. Mired in a seven-game funk to start the season, the New York Red Bulls could have made any number of changes to try and turn things around. Head coach Jesse Marsch stuck to his guns, however, and got a Week 8 victory that brought back some joy and optimism to the club.
The U.S. Women's National Team appears to have dodged a bullet in regards to one of its most important players.
After sustaining an injury with club side Houston Dash on Saturday, midfielder Carli Lloyd is set to miss three-to-six weeks. An MRI revealed the reigning FIFA Women's Player of the Year suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain, in addition to a slight hamstring pull.
Manchester City's historic run this UEFA Champions League campaign has the Citizens one series away from an improbable title. However, standing in their way at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday will be Real Madrid, a team all-too familiar with this stage of the competition.
Man City hosts the Spanish La Liga giant in the first leg of their semifinal series, and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is in a race to recover for the matchup (2:45 p.
When LA Galaxy winger Emmanuel Boateng raced into the Real Salt Lake penalty area and poked home his first MLS goal, it put an exclamation mark on his brief but noteworthy rise into the professional soccer ranks.
Really, it could be argued that Boateng has been at least a semi-professional footballer for well over a decade.
When LA Galaxy winger Emmanuel Boateng raced into the Real Salt Lake penalty area and poked home his first MLS goal, it put an exclamation mark on his brief but noteworthy rise into the professional soccer ranks.
Really, it could be argued that Boateng has been at least a semi-professional footballer for well over a decade.
Goals had been very hard to come by for the New York Red Bulls heading into Sunday night's meeting with Orlando City SC. However, not only did the home team capture a vital three points— pulling them out of last place in the Eastern Conference— but the Red Bulls attack also regained their composure and confidence, at least temporarily.
Among all of the LA Galaxy's stars, a Ghanaian winger shined brightest in Southern California on Saturday.
Emmanuel Boateng earned his second start of the 2016 season, and made the most of his opportunity, scoring one goal and providing two assists to lead the Galaxy to a impressive 5-2 victory over Real Salt Lake.
While the Carolina RailHawks maintained their unbeaten run, Minnesota United FC scored late to topple the New York Cosmos to highlight Week 4 of NASL action.
The RailHawks kept their perfect recordalive with a commanding victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Just behind them, Minnesota United kept pace with a last-gasp Christian Ramirez winner that sunk the Cosmos to a second-straight defeat.
An intense weekend of action across the globe saw some teams inch closer towards league and cup titles, others slip closer towards relegation and players earn end-of-the-season awards.
After leading Leicester City to a dominant 4-0 win against Swansea City in the English Premier League on Sunday, Riyad Mahrez was named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year after scoring 17 goals and recording 11 assists.
Week 8 in MLS had it all. Controversial calls, impressive goals, blowout wins and disappointing performances. Here's a look at all nine match stories and follow-up features from over the weekend on SBI:
Yet another controversial call has Orlando City SC frustrated, as the Lions fell to the New York Red Bulls, 3-2, on Sunday.
The New York Red Bulls registered three second-half goals against Orlando City, in a controversial 3-2 comeback victory. The win gives the Red Bulls their second of the season, pushing them off the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
Orlando City opened the scoring after just three minutes, when Rafael Ramos played a low cross into the path of Cyle Larin.
HARRISON, N.J. Another game, another controversial call.
Orlando City suffered a 3-2 road loss to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night after allowing them to mount a comeback,but it was the play that happened just before the rally began that most people will be talking about.
U.S. Women's National Team supporters are holding their collective breath this Saturday after Carli Lloyd went down with an apparent right knee injury in the Orlando Pride's home opener against the Houston Dash.
The FIFA Women's World Player of the Year was forced out of the Pride's first home game of the NWSL season with a knee injury, and she is reportedly scheduled to have an MRI on her knee on Sunday.
Carson, Calif. The Western Conference showdown between the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake may have been missing a few stars, but it did not lack for fireworks.
Despite the absence of offensive weaponsRobbie Keane and Joao Plata, the two sides produced five goals in the first half alone, and it could easily have been more, as Steven Gerrard missed a penalty kick to keep the score from getting completely out of hand.
Led by another finish from Jermaine Jones, theColorado Rapids earned their third win in as many games by toppling a fellow Western Conference contender.
Goals from Jermaine Jones, Luis Solignac and Kevin Doyle proved enough to overcome a second-half finish from Jordan Morris, as the Rapids earned a 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Leicester City will be without Jamie Vardy on Sunday, but the English Premier League leader will press on without him.
The Foxes host Swansea City at King Power Stadium to headline action in the English Premier League, while Crystal Palace and Watford will battle it out at Wembley Stadium for the chance to progress to the English FA Cup final.
The French Ligue 2 season is coming to a close, and Bob Bradley's Le Havre ACis running out of time to secure promotion to Ligue 1.
Le Havre fell even further away from the Ligue 2 promotion places after this weekend's results. Bob Bradley's squad settled for a 1-1 tie withrelegation-threatened Evian on the road at the Parc des Sports Annecy.
In Saturday's German Bundesliga clash with VfB Stuttgart, Pulisic netted his second goal in as many league games with a finish in the 45th minute. The goal came in Pulisic's third straight start for Borussia Dortmund, who took a 2-0 advantage on the midfielder's second professional goal.
With no game this weekend, Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic spent the week working his team hard in training.
"We had a couple two sessions a day, it's been good, it's been good, it's been challenging but I think that's what we need since we don't have a game on the weekend," Fire midfielder Matt Polster told SBI after Thursday's session.
Jurgen Klinsmann has repeatedly stressed the importance of this summer's Copa America Centenario, but the U.S. Men's National Team head coach insists he won't be afraid to bring along young talent if they have earned a spot on the roster.
In recent weeks, Klinsmann has stated his admiration for Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, who has broken into the German Bundesliga powerhouse's first team in recent weeks.
One of the league's most prolific players to date this season has been ruled out of action ahead of Week 8 in MLS.
Real Salt Lake playmaker Joao Plata has been ruled out at least seven days, according to head coach Jeff Cassar. Plata, who has scored four goals and provided four assists so far this season, suffered a quadriceps strain in training this week.
In NASL action this weekend, two stalwarts of recent seasons face off in Minnesota while new standouts match up in Tampa Bay.
Perennial heavy-hitters in the New York Cosmos andMinnesota United FC will take the field on Saturday night with plenty on the line. Minnesota United has started to bounce back from an underwhelming opening display, but the Cosmos are now coming off a late breakdown on the road in Indy.
Both Real Salt Lake and the Montreal Impact have emerged as contenders in their respective conferences, but the two sides will face stiff tests this weekend.
RSL, the league's last remaining unbeaten, travels to StubHub Center to take on the LA Galaxy, while the Impact host Canadian rivals Toronto FC in a match-up that should pit superstars Didier Drogba andSebastian Giovinco against one another.
After recently sayingSacramento leads the field for MLS expansion markets, Commissioner Don Garber revealed the list of cities that followed.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Garber said Sacramento and St. Louis were the "front-runners" for MLS expansion, whileDetroit, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin and Cincinnati follow suit in that order.
After a big win against Norwich City last weekend, DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland face a much tougher battle against Arsenal on Sunday.
Sam Allardyce's men are now just a point behind Norwich with a game in hand. Yedlin and the rest of the Sunderland back line kept a clean sheet against Norwich, but Arsene Wenger's men haven't lost in six league matches.
Pep Guardiola isinching closer to his goal of givingBayern Munich one more Bundesliga trophy in his last run with the team.
Provided with a Borussia Dortmund loss or draw on the road against VfB Stuttgart, Bayern could clinch its fourth consecutive German league title on Saturday should it get past Hertha Berlin at Olympiastadion.
For years, Keegan Rosenberry dreamed of taking the field as a member of the Philadelphia Union. That dream has become a reality, and Rosenberry's experiences have proven more ideal than even he could have hoped for.
A month-and-a-halfinto his rookie season, the fullbackhas firmly establishedhimself in the Union lineup.
Despite a strong start to the 2015-16 English Premier League season, Arsenal is struggling to hold onto a UEFA Champions League qualification spot as the campaign comes to a close.
The Gunners host West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium in a must-win situation on Thursday. A third- or fourth-place finish is most likely for Arsenal with only five games remaining in the season, but West Brom will be looking to make the Gunners' season worse.
Club America took a massive step towards winning back-to-back CONCACAF Champions League titles on Wednesday, while top teams from across Europe battled it out in league play and domestic cup competitions.
In the first leg of the CCL final, America defeated Tigres UANL, 2-0, on the road at the Estadio Universitario.
One of the world's biggest soccer stars will not be competing on U.S. soil this summer at the Copa America Centenario.
Barcelona announced a deal struck between itself and the Brazilian Football Confederation and its president Marco Polo del Nero which will let Brazilian playmaker Neymar play for the nation during the 2016 Olympic Games but not during the Copa America tournament.
The first quarter of the MLS season is nearly over, and a major talking point throughout, deservedly, has been poor officiating. Referees have made calls that havebeen so controversial or poor that familiar cries for the implementation of instant replay have resurfaced across the league.
The topic of video review has beena hot one for quite a while now, but U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes the debate should have been settled decades ago.
Klinsmann chimed in on the latest topic to take center stage in U.S. Soccer, statingthat the introduction of instant replay is long overdue and that he believes that video review should be implemented across the soccer landscape.
Tuesday is a day for cup action, while there's also plenty of league play to provide variety for soccer fans around the world.
HeadliningTuesday's schedule are a pair of semifinal clashes. In France, Paris-Saint Germain takes on Lorient in the semifinal of the Coupe de France, while Bayern Munich takes on Werder Bremen in the DFB Pokal.
Through three weeks of the NASL Spring Season, a surprise contender has emerged atop the standings: the Carolina RailHawks.
With yet another victory, the RailHawks have emerged as the NASL's lone nine-point team through three weeks. Joining the RailHawks are the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Indy Eleven, both of whompicked up victories to stay unbeaten.
For the first time in approximately three decades, Aston Villa will not be playing in the English Premier League next season. The question on many U.S. Men's National Team followers' mindsis whatdoes this mean for goalkeeper Brad Guzan?
The club was relegated to the English League Championship after falling to Manchester United, 1-0, on Saturday, and the fallout has already begun.
Following Week 7 action in MLS, the team at the top of the standings has reportedly received some bad news.
FC Dallas could be without centerback Matt Hedges for five-to-six weeks due to a torn meniscus. A report claims Hedges started feeling the problem after playing on the Portland Timbers' artificial surface at Providence Park, and the defender then missed FCD's home win against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.
It was a weekend for late heroics in the NASL, which now sees just one unblemished side standing through three weeks of games.
After cruising through the first two games of the season, the New York Cosmos were stunned by a pair of late goals from Indy Elven in the reigning champions' first loss in 10 games dating back to last season.
A few golazos, a Scottish derby and matches with important league and European title implications. This past week had that all and then some. Here are SBI's picks for the weekend's best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):
The Columbus Crew finally found a win in 2016 after seven weeks of MLS action, while Real Salt Lake remained the league's only unbeaten team. Here's a look at all 10 match stories from over the weekend on SBI:
Giovani Dos Santos scored two goals and provided one assist to lead the LA Galaxy to a 4-1 thrashing of the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday.
Gedion Zelalem has returned to the news in shocking fashion this weekend, while Bobby Wood's latest strike will surprise no one.
Zelalem playeda role in Rangers FC's Scottish Cup win over Celtic on Sunday.The young American attacker came off the bench and scored in the penalty shootout as Rangers earned a statement victory just a week after earning promotion to the Scottish top flight for next season.
Borussia Dortmund couldn't really be blamed for a bit of a post-loss hangover after last Thursday's dramatic Europa League loss to Liverpool, but an American youngster helped the German power snap out of it.
U.S. Men's National Team midfielderChristian Pulisic scored his first professional goal on Sunday, helping spark a Borussia Dortmund 3-0 win against Hamburg.
The Portland Timbers recovered from their midweek thumping at the hands of FC Dallas with a 3-1 home win over San Jose on Saturday night.
Jack McInerney opened the scoring and Fanendo Adi came off the bench to score twicein the victory at Providence Park, but the three points came at a cost as goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey left the pitch with a hand injury.
Colorado Rapids fans had to six matches to see what Jermaine Jones could bring to their team, and on Saturday they had to feel like he was worth the wait.
In his first game back from serving a six-match suspension, and his first appearance with the Colorado Rapids, Jermaine Jones has scored his first goal and recorded the game-winning assist in the Rapids' 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls in a snowy Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
SEATTLE Jordan Morris scored the first goal of his MLS career and defender Chad Marshall netted for the second time in two weeks to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union in front of 39,620 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.
It took Sebastian Giovinco just 57 seconds to score on Saturday, and 89 minutes wasn't enough time for D.C. United to find a response.
Just a week after scoring four goals in a big win against the Vancouver Whitecaps, D.C. United's attack reverted to its struggling ways, failing to find the net as TFC posted 1-0 victory at RFK Stadium.
Leicester City can take another step towards the English Premier League title on Sunday.
The Foxes host West Ham United in what is sure to be an intense affair at King Power Stadium. West Ham, currently four points behind fifth-place Manchester United, needs a win just as badly as Leicester.
They have not shown it with much consistency so far this season, but the LA Galaxy looked like one of the best teams in MLS on Friday.
Bruce Arena's side was missing starting defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong due to suspension, but other members of the team stepped up in major way to dominate the Houston Dynamo, 4-1, at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Chelsea-Manchester City takes control the spotlight in England, as the latter looks to keep its title hopes alive as the season comes to a close.
Chelsea has Gary Cahill available once again, meaning he could return to the Blues' back line for Saturday's matchup.
Real Madrid will attempt to close the gap between itself and Barcelona at the top of the Spanish La Liga table against Getafe, while Bayern Munich hosts Schalke 04, which is in desperate need of a win for a chance at a UEFA Champions League spot.
The race to clinch a UEFA Champions League spot in Germany continues for Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday.
The club heads to HDI-Arena to play relegation-bound Hannover 96. Borussia M'gladbach is currently on the outside of a UCL qualification spot looking in, so a win against Hannover is a must if it to keep pace with Hertha Berlin and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
After some extended absences to start the season, two of the most recognizable stars in MLS will take the field this weekend, while a pair of Western Conference contenders meet up in an early season collision.
Two of the league's elite collide in Sunday's headliner as FC Dallas takes on Sporting Kansas City.
The German Bundesliga is starting to become a common place for young Americans to land overseas.
On his personal Twitter account, Haji Wright announced he had signed a contract with Schalke 04. His announcement confirms reports, which linked him with a move to the German club following his 18th birthday, from January.
DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland face a must-win six-pointer on Saturday, as they travel to Norwich City at the bottom of the table in an intenserelegation dogfight.
After a predictable loss to league-leader Leicester City last weekend stifled a run of four straight draws for Yedlin and Sunderland, Sam Allardyce's team now sits four points below 17th place Norwich with a game in hand.
We're heading into the final stretch in European soccer and several clubs can take another step closer toward clinching their respective titles this weekend.
In the English Premier League, Leicester City — seven points clear of second place — looks to take care of business against West HamUnited while Tottenham will have to wait until Monday to make a push.
Tommy Redding remembers the moment vividly. He remembers walking out of the tunnel in front of more than 60,000 Orlando City SC fans clad in purple. He remembers the combination of nerves and excitement, and the feeling of honor in representing a club that put so much faith in him at just 19 years old.
On the night of the club's 20th anniversary, Sporting Kansas City looked little like the powerhouse it had become post-rebrand. Now 3-2-0, Sporting KC stumbled to a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids, who were determined to ruin the home side's evening.
Coming off a stellar performance in New York over the weekend, Sporting Kansas City returned to Children's Mercy Park Wednesday night with a slightly weakened lineup to lose 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids.
Connor Hallisey whipped in a cross to the head of Dom Dwyer, who headed it past Rapids goalkeeper Zac MacMath in the 76th minute.
In a game that turned out to be as controversial as it was entertaining, Atletico Madrid toppled Barcelona to reach the Champions League semifinals.
After dropping the awayleg, 2-1, Atleti held on at the Vicente Calderon to take down Barcelona by a 2-1 scoreline and 3-2 on aggregate. The victory pushes Atletico Madrid into the Champions League semifinals for the second time in three years after previously slipping past Barca in 2014.
The UEFA Champions League will dwindle its field down to four by the end of Wednesday, while the FA Cup rounds out the quarterfinals.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich each hold one goal advantages in their respective Champions League ties. Both sides will play their second legs on the road, with the Blaugrana facing Atletico Madrid and Bayern travelling to Benfica.
Jurgen Klinsmann's current task is preparing the U.S. Men's National Team for the upcoming Copa America, but rumors have emerged linking the USMNT head coach with a surprise move to the Premier League.
ESPN TV announcer Ian Darke sparked the latest rumor regarding Klinsmann on Wednesday, revealing that he is hearing "persistent rumors" linking Klinsmann to English Premier League club Everton.
Real Madrid needed a hero on Tuesday, and Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue yet again.
Ronaldo scored a hat trick to help Real Madrid come back from a 2-0 first-leg defeat to post a 3-0 victory on Tuesday that helped secure the Spanish club's place in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
Through the first five weeks of the MLS season, Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath is pleased with the points his side has been able to amass. However, Heath believes there is improvement to be made in the manner in whichthe team is collecting them.
With results simply not coming for the New York Red Bulls over the opening five matches of the 2016 MLS season, one area that has greatly impacted their chances of winning games has been the club's injuries.
A trio of Red Bulls players exited their match against the Houston Dynamo on March 19, the side's only win of the new season.
Before this past weekend's action, two sides were unbeaten in MLS play. Only one remains now: Real Salt Lake.
RSL toppled the Colorado Rapids to remain unbeaten through five games an impressive mark to start the campaign. Orlando City, which remained unblemished heading into Week 5, wasn't so lucky as a Tranquillo Barnetta free kick sealed a late victory for the Philadelphia Union.
The first two spots in the UEFA Champions League semifinals will be earned on Tuesday.
After netting two important away goals, Manchester City will host Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their quaterfinal series. In Spain, Real Madri will look to mount a comeback against Wolfsburg, which holds a two-goal advantage.
MLS fans and followers have been clamoring for action in regards to Nigel de Jong's challenge on Darlington Nagbe on Sunday, and the league will have to make an important decision this week regarding his eligibility for upcoming games.
In the 73rd minute of the LA Galaxy's 1-1 tie with the Portland Timbers, De Jong used a studs-up tackle on Nagbe.
Building a successful roster requires depth. LA Galaxy team president Chris Klein and head coach Bruce Arena were well aware their team struggledlate last season with a spate of injuries to their back line that softened their defense and helped shorten their season from a championship run to a glum early playoff departure.
NEW YORK – For the fourth time in less than a month, Patrick Vieira sat in Yankee Stadium's press room without a victory to speak of. Yet, with the same calm demeanor that defined his playing career, Vieira insisted everything will be alright.
The second week of the NASL campaignhas been completed, and two favorites have emerged in the sprint that is the league's Spring Season.
After claiming all three points in Week 1, both the Carolina RailHawks and New York Cosmos repeated the feat in their sophomore efforts of 2016. The RailHawks earned a narrow victory in a five-goal thriller at Rayo OKC, while the Cosmos toppled the Jacksonville Armada in the club's second home game.
Following a weekend of big wins for England's top clubs and a massive loss for La Liga leader Barcelona, a few individuals and teams stood out among the rest. Here are SBI's picks for the weekend's best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):
NEW YORK – The names of Khiry Shelton and Mikey Lopez are typically counted among New York City FC's gameday roster, but a disciplinary decision saw the two miss out on Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire.
Head coach Patrick Vieira said the two were left out of the NYCFC team for Sunday's match due to his displeasure with recent social media-related issues.
NEW YORK –New York City FC took on the Chicago Fire for the second time of the 2016 season, andthe match failed to produce the goals that highlighted the first match. However, Sunday's clash did provide abit of controversy.
The Fire scored on a 60th minute header from Jonathan Cambell but saw the goal waved away in what ended as a scoreless tieat Yankee Stadium.
CARSON, Calif. The LA Galaxy and the Portland Timbers hold the last two MLS Cup trophies, and on Sunday the two sides split the honors, with the match finishing on even terms, 1-1, before 25,667 fans on a cool night at the Stub Hub Center.
Fanendo Adi netted in the 52nd minute to give the Timbers the advantage,beating emergency fullback Rafael Garcia, and goalkeeper Brian Rowe, with a well struck shot from 15 yards low to the far post.
The biggest talking point in the aftermath of the LA Galaxy-Portland Timbers gamewas not the result, but rather a horrendous tackle that left one of MLS's most talented attacking talents in a wheelchair and a familiar suspect facing the heat.
The Galaxy and Timbers played to a 1-1 draw at StubHub Center in Carson, California, on Sunday night, but the match was overshadowed by the ugly incident that occurred in the 73rd minute.
HARRISON, N.J. When you give up nearly two dozen shots as a teamin one game, you are more than likely going to need your goalkeeper to come up big in order to have a chance at getting at least a point.
Tim Melia was more than up for the task on Saturday night, and Sporting Kansas City reaped all the benefits as a result.
It was quite a weekend for the young Americans plying their trade in Europe, headlined by Christian Pulisic earning a surprise start for Borussia Dortmund.
The recent U.S. Men's National Team debutant played 73 minutes on Sunday, as Dortmund drew 2-2 with Schalke 04. It was Pulisic's second-ever start in the German Bundesliga, and the young attacking talent played a role in Shinji Kagawa's opening goal for Dortmund.
WASHINGTON—For Fabian Espindola and D.C. United, it's great to be home.
A two-goal showing by Fabian Espindola—coupled with a late insurance brace by Alvaro Saborio—gave D.C. United a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. The win is the D.C. United's first of the season.
HARRISON, N.J. — This isn't the offense that the New York Red Bulls or their fans have become accustomed to seeing over recent seasons.
While the Red Bulls have managed to muster up opportunities in their opening five games of the 2016 MLS season, the team has just four goals to show for it, all of which came against the Houston Dynamo.
Saturday proved to be a spectacular day for Emerson Hyndman for a few different reasons.
Not only did the American midfielder celebrate his 20th birthday, but he also started, played 90 minutes and scored the game-winning goal for Fulham in a 2-1 win against Cardiff City.
The goal which was scored deep into second-half stoppage time was Hyndman's first professional goal for the club, and it helped Fulham earn three crucial points as it attempts to avoid the English Championship relegation zone.
CHESTER, Pa The Philadelphia Union are no strangers to witnessing late goals at Talen Energy Stadium, but for once, the goal during the closing stages of the second half benefited them.
Tranquillo Barnetta's free kick struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced into the right side of the net to hand the Union a 2-1 win over Orlando City SC, and first place in the Eastern Conference on Friday.
A top-of-the-table clash in the English Premier League takes place at Boleyn Ground, while AC Milan-Juventus headlines action across Europe.
The "Old Lady" heads to the San Siro in order to increase their lead atop the Italian Serie A table. Sitting six points above second place, Juventus will also be looking to keep Milan out of a European competition qualifying spot.
CHESTER, Pa. — When he was asked after the game about his team's unique free kick setup, which consisted of Philadelphia Union players setting up a wall behind Orlando City SC's actual free kick wall, Tranquillo Barnetta admitted he wasn't sure what his teammates were doing.
As the English Premier League season winds down, Tottenham's chances to catch Leicester City are getting slimmer by the week.
Standing in the way of the Spurs this weekend will be Manchester United, as the two sides battle at White Hart Lane with the home teamlooking to make up a seven-point deficit to the league leaders, who are hosting relegation-zoned Sunderland.
Come July, that's how long goalkeeper Brian Rowe will have been a member of the LA Galaxy. While he has yet to cement his place as the first-choice option since joining the Western Conference club many years ago, Rowe has performed impressively well in goal for the team through four games in 2016.
It appears the injury bug is making its way around MLS camps this week, and Orlando Citymight have receivedthe most venomous bite.
Orlando City is looking to build on its big 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers with a Friday visit against the Philadelphia Union, but will have to make due without injured forward Cyle Larin (hamstring) and defender Tommy Redding (head).
DeAndre Yedlin may not be enjoying the thrill of a title chase with Tottenham this season, but he believes he's gaining something far more valuable during his time with relegation battlers Sunderland.
The Tottenham loanee joined the Black Cats a couple of games into the current EPL campaign, and he has featured more regularly at right back in recent weeks as the club attempts to avoid being relegated to the English Championship.
MLS Week 5 saw the last of the perfect teams fall, but Orlando City and Real Salt Lake recorded big wins to remain the league's lone unbeaten teams.
Episode 258 of The SBI Show takes a look back at a memorable week in MLS, with red cards taking center stage in multiple matches. Host Ives Galarcep breaks down all of the matches, including Orlando City's resounding 4-1 victory against the Portland Timbers.
Despite losing one of two World Cup qualifiers in March, the U.S. Men's National Team improved its world ranking.
Jurgen Klinsmann's men improved one spot, and are tied at No. 29 with Czech Republic in the latest FIFA rankings. However, the USMNT is now the third-highest ranked CONCACAF team in the world after Costa Rica climbed eight spots to claim No.
Orlando City will look to keep itsunbeaten run alivewithout the services of Brek Shea.
MLS announced on Wednesday that it has suspended Shea for one match for a foul in last Sunday's4-1 Orlando City win over the Portland Timbers. The fullback's suspension stems from a tackle on Dairon Asprilla that was deemed"serious foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent" and Shea will sit out Friday's meeting with the Philadelphia Union as a result.
Week 1 of the NASL season is in the books, and the reigning champions emerged as the big winners.
The New York Cosmos cruised in their season opener, thrashing Ottawa Fury FC, 3-0, in a rematch of last year's final. Several other contenders were not so lucky, as the Tampa Bay Rowdies settled for a scoreless draw while Minnesota United fell in an opening week loss to the Carolina RailHawks.
The UEFA Champions League returns on Wednesday with a pair of quarterfinal clashes.
In a battle between two of the world's richest teams, Paris Saint-Germain plays host to Manchester City, who will be without Yaya Toure forWednesday's match. PSG will be putting all resources into UCL play as theLigue 1 powerhouse has already wrapped up their domestic title.
Major League Soccer is set for more expansion in the next several years, and the group behind USL's Oklahoma City Energy is hoping to be a part of it.
Speaking to KOCO 5 News, Energy owner Bob Funk Jr. said the team's ultimate goal is to move into MLS. Funk said the first step towards that end goal would be the construction of a soccer-specific stadium while continuing to make inroads with the local community.
Hertha Berlin will be without John Brooks for another crucial match.
Hertha manager Pal Dardai says the U.S. Men's National Team defender will be out yet again for Friday's clash with last-place Hannover.Brooks recently missed the Bundesliga club's5-0 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach over the weekend due to a knee injury.
Real Salt Lake and Orlando City SC posted the two most impressive victories of MLS Week 5, and those victories are represented well in the SBI MLS Best XI for Week 5.
Following their win against Sporting Kansas City, RSL standouts Justen Glad,Luke Mulholland and Joao Plata earned honors for their performances, While SBI MLS Player of the Week Kaka is joined by a pair of teammates on this week's squad.
Entering year 20 as a professional, Jon Busch knows his days as a pro soccer player are coming to an end. With that knowledge, the 39-year-old goalkeeper has embarkedon a new challenge with Indy Eleven while also taking the first step towards establishing himself in his post-playing career.
Brek Shea has been a fringe player for the U.S. Men's National Team for quite some time due to form and fitness, but his play in the 2016 MLS season thus far makes him a serious candidate to feature for the U.S. at this summer's Copa America Centenario.
After a season on loan with Scottish club Rangers FC, Gedion Zelalem will reportedly be given every chance to assert himself with Arsenal next season.
The Telegraph is reporting that Zelalem will be given the chance to earn a spot on the Arsenal first team this summer. The club is expected to part ways with midfieldersMikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky at the end of the season, opening the door for Zelalem to lock down a consistent role with the seniorsquad.
Through the opening month of the MLS season, the league has experienced what many believe to be a red card epidemic. Dismissals have been coming left and right, as refereeing has become the latest hot button topic in MLS.
In 42 games spread across four weeks, MLS players have been dismissed a total of 16 times.
After more than a year on the sidelines due to injury, Joe Gyau may be ready to return to action.
On Monday, the 23-year-old American winger announced via his personal social media account he is free of pain. Gyau has not featured forBorussia Dortmund II or the senior side during the 2015-16 season due to a knee injury.
Thorgan Hazard shined in a crucial German Bundesliga clash, while Real Madrid emerged as victors in the latest El Clasico. Here are SBI's picks for the weekend's best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
THORGAN HAZARD (Borussia Monchengladbach).The Belgian winger netted twice to lead his side to an emphatic 5-0 win over third-place Hertha Berlin.
The NASL's two newest clubs earned a point apiece in their debut games, while the league's reigning champions picked up right where theyleft off in the opening week of action.
Both Miami FC and Rayo OKC settled for draws in their inaugural regular season contests. The former was forced to just one point on a late Fort Lauderdale Strikers equalizer, while the latter played to a scoreless draw with FC Edmonton in front of a capacity crowd in the club's home debut.
Sporing Kansas City was the league's last remaining perfect team before running into Real Salt Lake.
Despite missing key members of its roster, Real Salt Lake defeated Sporing KC, 2-1, on the road at Children's Mercy Park. The win earned head coach Jeff Cassar's sidehonors as SBI MLS Team of the Week.
Orlando City SC could not have asked for a better 2016 debut from its Brazilian star.
Kaka scored once and recorded two assists en route to helping Orlando City SC take down 2015 MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers, 4-1, at the Citrus Bowl. His performance, which was his first appearanceof the season, earned him honors as SBI MLS Player of the Week.
SEATTLE Strange, but the most striking moment in the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win over the visiting Montreal Impact on Saturday night was not Clint Dempsey's game-winning header in the 79th minute, a goal that ended the Sounders three-game, season-opening losing streak and that at least temporarily lifted a shroud of anxiety hovering over the nearly 40,000 in attendance at CenturyLink Field.
With two draws and now two wins, Real Salt Lake is unbeaten on the season.
The team stayed on track with a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night in Kansas City, Kansas, and Real Salt Lake made a statement with that win by calling upon several players who aren't regular starters.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Matt Polster started to misspeak but caught himself. IndiscussingSaturday's 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, the Chicago Fire midfielder initiallycalled ita good way to start the season. It was,in fact, the team's fourth game, but the first in two weeks after the international break.
SEATTLE With just more than 10 minutes to play inSaturday night's match against the Montreal Impact, the Seattle Sounders looked headed for their fourth straight disappointing performance. Mired in a largely toothless and scoreless draw, it seemed the Sounders would end the night with just one point from their first four matches.
While an intense showdown between Lazio and AS Roma headlines Serie A action, two English Premier League contests will have most people's attention.
Tottenham's tie vs. Liverpool on Saturday has eased some of thepressure on Leicester City ahead of its showdown with Southampton on Sunday. The league-leading Foxes can improve their gap at the top of the EPL table to eight points with a win at King Power Stadium.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Saturday's momentum between the Chicago Fire and the Philadelphia Union changedin the span of a minute.
The Union were knocking on the door to end a scoreless first half and started just as dangerously after the break. But a blocked shot, a friendly bounce off the crossbar and a red card changed the tide of the match in the Fire's favor on Saturday.
Saturday proved to be a memorable day for Matt Miazga.
The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team defender started and played all 90 minutes as Chelsea cruised past Brad Guzan's Aston Villa, 4-0. The appearance was Miazga's first for Chelsea since joining the club in January.Chelsea's victory featured goals from Alexandre Pato and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while Pedro added a brace.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After getting off to a quick start to the last two seasons, the New England Revolution were still searching for their first win entering the fifth match of the season at home on Friday against the rival New York Red Bulls.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch had strong words for the New England Revolution and referee Mark Geiger after the Revs scored their winning goal Friday night as Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence laid on the ground injured.
With two new teams and several new contenders, the NASL returns on Saturday with the start of the 2016 season.
Rayo OKC and Miami FC are set to begin their inaugural NASL campaign, where they will hope to push their way into a strong group of playoff contenders. The reigning champion New York Cosmos appear to have loaded up yet again, while clubs like Minnesota United and the Tampa Bay Rowdies look poised to challenge for the league's top prize.
A new NASL season has brought in a new crop of stars expected to elevate the league ahead of the 2016 campaign.
It proved to be a busy offseason for NASL teams, including the New York Cosmos, who were forced to replace the retiring Raul and Marcos Senna. The reigning MLS Cup champions appeared to just that by bringing in Venezuelan legendJuan Arango and former Premier League midfielder Niko Kranjcar.
After what may have been the league's busiest offseason yet, the NASL returns this weekend for the start of the 2016 season.
Entering the new campaign, the New York Cosmos remain the league's premier franchise following last year's title win. However, a list of contenders has rallied right alongside them as teams like Minnesota United and the Tampa Bay Rowdies have had major offseason full of quality additions.
Americans plying their trade in Europe and Mexico will face off against their compatriots this weekend, with battles taking place on both ends of the table.
A German Bundesliga matchup with UEFA Champions League implications will feature an American on either side.Fabian Johnson and BorussiaMoenchengladbach play host to John Brooks and Hertha Berlin on Sunday, with Moenchengladbach in need of a result to continue the fight for next season's Champions League.
The LA Galaxy will be without one of their biggest stars for at least one month.
Robbie Keane underwent successful knee surgery on Thursday, but he will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks in order to recover from the injury.The Galaxy captain has scored two goals in three appearances for his club to start the 2016 MLS season.
Under the guidance of one of the game's greatest defenders, Miami FC is finally set to kick off its first season of NASL play.
Former AC Milan and Italian national team defender Alessandro Nesta leads Miami FC into its inaugural season, and the former centerback has put together a combination of pieces to help his side succeed in its first season.
It's all about pride for Real Madrid this weekend.
After getting thrashed, 4-0, at the hands of Barcelona in their last meeting on Nov. 21 and getting left in the rearview mirror in the Spanish La Liga race, Los Blancos are hoping to save some face in this Saturday's El Clasico.
Ten points separate the two sides in the standings right now with Atlético Madrid sandwiched in between, and although a win for Real could close the gap somewhat, with only seven matches remaining after this weekend, it's hard to see Barcelona crumble down the stretch.