Bolivia was always set to be the confidence-booster, a team that the U.S. Men's National Team could defeat handily ahead of the Copa America. For once, the USMNT took care of business quite decisively, setting Jurgen Klinsmann's men up perfectly for what the German-born coach hopes will be a successful summer.
A noticeably melancholy David Villa stood in front of reporters in the New York City FC locker room just moments after his sideconceded yet another lead and blew yet another chance at home points. In a soft voice, Villa said plenty about what went wrong on Sunday afternoon, but four words rang most true.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas — For those following the U.S. Men's national team, any time Dortmund's 17-year-old Christian Pulisic takes the field is a landmark.A player so young playing in a top European league and featuring regularly with the national team is somethingto behold.
Pulisic and the national team completed their preparation for the upcoming Copa America Saturday night with arout of Bolivia, 4-0, at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kans.
Veterans Gyasi Zardes and Alejandro Bedoya starred for the U.S. Men's National Team on Saturday night, but it was a 17-year-old newcomer that stole the show in the USMNT's final pre-Copa America friendly.
Christian Pulisic netted his first USMNT goal on Saturday night to help the USMNT cruise past Bolivia, 4-0, at Children's Mercy Park.
The U.S. Men's National Team was firing on all cylinders in their final tune-up before the Copa America Centenario, and Alejandro Bedoya's dynamic play in the midfield contributed greatly to the squad's success.
Coming off of a fantastic season with Ligue 1 side Nantes, Bedoya has continued his success with the USMNT in the attack.
Kei Kamara's addition to the New England Revolution stole the show two weeks back, but on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium it was rookie forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen who came to the rescue for the home side.
Hollinger-Janzen a frequent substitute for the Revolution this season broke open a tie game just three minutes after coming on as he fell down, got up and then rifled in a long-distance 80th-minute winner past Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei to send New England to a 2-1 home victoryin front of21,456 at Gillette Stadium.
Gyasi Zardes hears the outside criticism and understands that his game remains far from perfect, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward provided the perfect closing performance ahead of the upcoming Copa America.
Played as part of a three-man attack alongside Bobby Wood and Clint Dempsey, Zardes netted a pair of goals on Saturday night to help lead the USMNT to a 4-0 win over Bolivia.
After leaving Argentina's friendly against Honduras on Friday, Lionel Messi's Copa America status is up in the air with the tournament looming.
Messi exited Friday's match in the 64th minute after taking a knee to the lower back during Argentina's 1-0 victory. Argentina team doctor Daniel Martinez says their star attacker was suffering from "intense pain" but further scans haven't revealed any bone damage.
Two of Spain's elite will collide on Saturday to determine Europe's top club.
After meeting in the tournament final just two years ago, Atletico Madrid looks to exact revenge against crosstown rivals Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final. Saturday's match presents Atletico with the team's first chance at winning Europe's ultimate prize, while Real Madrid will be in search of their 11th Champions League crown.
Bill Hamid admitted he got a little emotional having completed his first MLS game in seven months. His D.C. United team had just beaten Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, on the road thanks to an 86th minute winner from Alhaji Kamara, who made his MLS debut.
Hamid had been out since October 2015 after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear.
The U.S. Men's National Team faced its first bit of adversity on Friday as Jurgen Klinsmann was forced to make a change to his team's Copa America roster. However, Klinsmann and the USMNT expect business to continue as usual with the addition a veteran option.
On paper, Saturday's friendly with Bolivia appears to be a stepping stone for the U.S. Men's National Team ahead of the Copa America. But, with starting spots on the line and confidenceto gain, the friendly against the CONMEBOL nation takes on massive importance for a team looking to build into this summer's tournament.
Just one game stands between the U.S. Men's National Team and the Copa America, giving Jurgen Klinsmann one final chance to piece his team together ahead of this summer's tournament.
Following Wednesday's late win over Ecuador, the USMNT faces off with another CONMEBOL side, Bolivia. While La Verde are far from the quality of Wednesday's opponent, Bolivia does provide the USMNT with South American opposition as the days dwindle before the Copa America kicks off.
Rumors persisted for several months, but Jose Mourinho is finally back in charge at an English Premier League side.
Manchester United announced on Friday that Mourinho has been appointed head coach, after signing a three-year contract. The 53-year-old Portuguese manager has previously coached top clubs across Europe, including Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and FC Porto.
The Houston Dynamo see 66 points that are up for grabs and can salvage their season, but their desire to pick up as many of those as possiblewill not rush them into deciding who is their next head coach.
The Dynamo began their coaching search in earnest on Wednesday night after mutually agreeing to part ways with Owen Coyle.
The no-vacancy light has been shut off. Let the coaching search in Houston begin.
The Houston Dynamo grabbed plenty of attention on Wednesday night by announcing that they had parted ways with head coach Owen Coyle, whose desire to be closer to his family in England was cited as the primary reason for the split.
Two years ago, the two sides made for an instant classic. On Saturday, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid will go at it again.
The San Siro in Milan will be the stage for a Madrid derby this weekend as the two Spanish powerhouses battle for the UEFA Champions League crown again after Los Blancos defeated Atleti, 4-1, in extra time to claim La Décima — their 10th European title— in Lisbon in 2014.
The U.S. Men's National Team struggled to make an impact in the attacking third during the first half of Wednesday night's friendly against Ecuador, but a flurry of substitutions at halftime provided the team with a massive spark.
Among the second-half inclusions was Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund sensation.
The U.S. Women's National Team will be getting a little taste of Rio ahead of this summer's Olympic Games.
U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that Jill Ellis and co. will face fellow Olympic qualifier South Africa on July 7 in Chicago. The matchwill serve as the first of two games in the USWNT's send-off series.
One of the world's biggest stars says he is content playing in Spain, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he has made a decision where he'll play next season, but won't reveal his decision just yet.
Cristiano Ronaldo says that he would ideally like to retire at Real Madrid. The 31-year-old's contract with Los Blancos is set to expire in 2018, and has been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and even MLS in the future.
The 2016 MLS season is not even three months old yet, and already we have our first coaching change.
The Houston Dynamo announced late on Wednesday night that they have parted ways with head coach Owen Coyle. The reason given for the decision was Coyle's desire to be closer to his family in England, but the Dynamo are off to an abysmal 3-7-2 start this year in the cutthroat Western Conference.
Darlington Nagbe wasn't in the starting lineup on Wednesday night for the U.S. Men's National Team, but he made the most of the 45 minutes he was given, delivering the winning play in the final minute of regulation.
Nagbe netted the game-winning goalin the game's waning moments,leading the USMNT to a 1-0 victory over Ecuador on Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas.
Week 13 of the MLS season begins on Wednesday evening in a clash of two Eastern Conference sides, while the U.S. Men's National Team continues their preparation for the upcoming Copa America Centenario.
After a narrow 2-1 defeat at PPL Park in April, Orlando City SC will be seeking revenge against the East-leading Philadelphia Union.
The U.S. Women's National Team will have to make due without one of the squad's veteran talents at the backline when they take on Japan in their two upcoming friendlies.
Defender Christie Rampone has been ruled out of USWNT camp after theSky Blue FC player decided that she still wasn't ready to compete on the international stage following knee surgery at the end of 2015.
Fresh of their Spanish double, Barcelona is set to lose one of their key defensive figures, while Arsenal has begun their offseason with a high-profile Bundesliga signing.
Barcelona's Javier Mascherano reportedly wants out of the Camp Nou and could be on his way to Juventus. The reigning Serie A champions are said to be prepared to offer the 31-year-old a position in the midfielder, which Mascherano has made clear is his position of choice.
As a player and a coach, Jurgen Klinsmann has been a part of many international tournaments, and the U.S. Men's National Team head coach believes the one his team currently faces will be more rigorous than the one across the Atlantic.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Ecuador, Klinsmann said he believes that the upcoming Copa America will be just as, if not more, competitive than Euro 2016.
After five years in MLS, Perry Kitchen craved a new challenge. He wanted to take the next step in his career as well as have a new experience in a different part of the world, so Kitchenopted not to re-sign with D.C. United in order to explore his options as a free agent.
The New York Cosmos continued their ascent to the top of the standings, while some unexpected results caused some shifts in power around the league.
Gio Savarese's team put together another fine display to bounce back from an early deficit and defeat the Tampa Bay Rowdies. As the Spring season starts to wind down, the Cosmos seem in control of the first playoff spot.
Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo will not be a part of the Italian National Team's Euro 2016 run, and, according to head coach Antonio Conte, their MLS moves may have been the deciding factor in their exclusions.
The Toronto FC forward and NYCFC midfielder were left off of Conte's 30-man preliminary roster, which was released on Monday.
Organizers of the 2016 Copa America unveiled the final 23-man rosters for the tournament, and the level of competition should be high.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Chicharito Hernandez and Arturo Vidal are among the players named to their respective squads. Rosters were submitted on Friday, and teams have until 24 hours before the opening match on June 3 to make replacements due to serious injury.
Uruguay's road to the knockout phase of next month's Copa America Centenario could be significantly more difficult than they'd like, while Manchester United has officially sacked head coach Louis van Gaal.
Luis Suarez will join Uruguay ahead of next month's Copa America Centenario, however, the Barcelona forward is expected to miss all three of the team's group stage matches due to a hamstring injury.
Robbie Keane had a flight to catch, and more or less ran straight off the pitch at the end of the second edition of the California Clasico into a waiting car. Chris Wondolowski and Gyasi Zardes chatted in the tunnel and traded flight information, as both are heading to Dallas to join the USMNT first thing in the morning.
Since the day he signed with Toronto FC, Sebastian Giovinco has been touted as Major League Soccer's international posterboy. From moment one, the Italian proved that an in-his-prime star could consciously choose MLS. Giovinco's decision appeared to be a game-changing one, a move that seemed to be the first step in shifting the focus towards younger international talent.
Ahead of an upcoming friendly with Ecuador, Jurgen Klinsmann has added some defensive depth as Fabian Johnson continues to recover from his injury issues.
Klinsmann called inFC Dallas defender Kellyn Acosta for thisWednesday'sfriendly against Ecuador in Frisco, Texas. Acosta's call up adds further depth to the fullback position while Timmy Chandler wraps up his club season with Frankfurt in Monday's relegation playoff.
NEW YORK —There was no sugarcoating at all from New York City FC after getting shelled on Sunday by the New York Red Bulls. A 7-0 loss in a derby match is nothing short of embarrassing, but NYCFC knows lingering on it does nothing to help the team move forward.
The New York Red Bulls went into Yankee Stadium and thrashed Hudson River rivals New York City FC on Saturday, whilethe Portland Timbersand Orlando City SC each earned important victories in front of their home fans. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:
The Philadelphia Union scored a late winner on Friday night to secure a 1-0 win over D.
NEW YORK What was supposed to be an intense and tight affair turned out to be a FIFA 16-like rout. And a historic one at that.
The New York Red Bulls got the 2016 edition of the Hudson River Derby started in one of the most unimaginable ways possible on Saturday, as they went into Yankee Stadium and annihilated New York City FC to the tune of 7-0.
CARSON, Calif.— The LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes traded blows for 80 minutes, then traded goals in the final ten, to conclude the secondedition of the 2016 California Clasico in dramatic fashion.
Marvell Wynne looked like he scored a game-deciding own goal in the 82nd minute of a 0-0 match, but teammate Fatai Alashe spared him the goat horns when he headed home an 87th minute equalizer to help the Earthquakes earn a 1-1 draw at a sold-out StubHub Center on Sunday.
The defending champions were struggling mightily heading into Sunday's Cascadia clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps, but the home side picked up a massive three points with a little help from Pa Modou Kah.
The Portland Timbers capturedan important win against the rival Whitecaps, 4-2, at Providence Park, giving the Timbers a lift in the Western Conference standings.
Paul Arriola's U.S. Men's National Team debut was always going to be a memorable occasion, but the 21-year-old's first taste of senior international action proved even betterthan he could have imagined.
Facing off with Puerto Rico in the first of three pre-Copa America friendlies, Arriola scored his first USMNTgoal while also providing an assist in Sunday's victory over Puerto Rico.
The Seattle Soundershad won theirlast four home matches but on Saturday night in front of41,028 at CenturyLink Field, the Colorado Rapids went on the road and, like they have all season, found a way to get the result.
The visiting Rapids converted their only shot on goal and walked away with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Axel Sjoberg's first-half header.
FC Dallas playmaker Fabian Castillo took advantage of a mistake by New England Revolution center back Sambinha who was making his first MLS start to score the go-ahead 70th-minute goal andhelp the visitors come backa 4-2 win in front of 23,472 at Gillette Stadium.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Sporting Kansas City may have dominated possession, and taken 10 more shots than Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, but RSL needed just three shots on goal to score three goals on the way to an impressive road victory.
Yura Movsisyan and Juan Manuel Martinez scored goals and Movsisyan forced an own-goal by hitting a cross off Brad Davis to give RSL a 3-1 victory on Saturday night at Children's Mercy Park.
Heading into Saturday's Copa America roster reveal, the U.S. Men's National Team had a goalkeeper controversy. In the aftermath of Tim Howard's return, Jurgen Klinsmann had left the team's starting spot up for grabs between the future Colorado Rapids shot-stopper and incumbent Brad Guzan.
NEW YORK — New York City FC may be winning the battle in the standings, but the New York Red Bulls showed on Saturday that the Big Apple is still red.
Behind braces from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dax McCarty plus scores from substitutes Alex Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Baah, the Red Bulls remained perfect against NYCFC with a 7-0 rout at Yankee Stadium.
CHESTER, PA D.C. United's frustration over 90 minutes on Friday night turned into disappointment as head coach Ben Olsen and his players picked out what went wrong after the 1-0 defeat to Philadelphia.
Olsen started with the call that led to the Union's 90th-minute free kick. The initial set piece was cleared, but the Union pumped the ball back into the box to set up Richie Marquez's game-winner.
CHESTER, PA, — The Philadelphia Union had to wait until stoppage time to break the deadlock and earn a 1-0 win over D.C. United on Friday night.
Richie Marquez tapped in Sebastien Le Toux's cross on the left side of the penalty area to hand the Union an important victory at Talen Energy Stadium, where they dropped points in their previous two matches.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. — Paul Arriola is looking at the bigger picture.
After enjoying astrongClausura campaign in Liga MX, Arriola was broughtinto his first camp with the U.S. Men's National Team this week. Arriola impressed in recent months with his string of solid performances for Club Tijuana, and the call-up had him buzzing even though he was not named to the U.
The start of Copa America is just two weeks away, and, while a major contingent won't be in attendance, Sunday's match with Puerto Rico provides some interesting storylines for the U.S. Men's National Team.
Lacking MLS players, the USMNT travels to Baymon for a match with Puerto Rico for the first match of a pre-Copa America friendly slate.
While most Americans abroad have now entered their off-seasons, the few that remain with their club team have a lot on the line.
Timmy Chandler is halfway through the Bundesliga playoff, with his Eintracht Frankfurt side tied 1-1 with his old club, Nurnberg. Chandler played 90 minutes in the opening leg at home, but the pressure stilllooms large in the second leg.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. Fabrice Picault met with members of the media for the first time as a member of the U.S. Men's National Team earlier this week and in a few short words gave a fitting description to his recent rise in the world of soccer.
Started from the bottom.
Picault was one of the most unknown and surprising names included on the roster that U.
Manchester United and another European side are said to be in the running for one of the top midfielders in the game, while Joachim Low has urged one of Germany's top talents to leave their current club.
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is said to have two firms offers from European clubs. Manchester United and PSG are the two sides to tempt the 24-year-old at this point.
After watching their rival Arsenal hoist the FA Cup for the past two years, Manchester United has a chance to do it themselves on Saturday.
The Red Devilswill take on Crystal Palace for the prestigious title with anopportunity to match the Gunners' 12 cup wins. The two sides previously squared off in the 1990 FA Cup final with United emerging victorious after a 1-0 win in replay.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. Another subpar season led to an honest conversation between Bobby Wood and Jurgen Klinsmann last summer. Klinsmann explained to Wood that the young forward was in need of a breakout campaign, otherwise hewould likely have to take a step back to find yet another club with which to establish himself.
On Sunday, the U.S. Men's Nationa Team will begin to the Copa America with a friendly against Puerto Rico, albeit with a lineup that will certainly much different than the one Jurgen Klinsmann will start come tournament time.
With MLS players out of the equation for Sunday's friendly, Klinsmann will instead rely on a European and Mexican-based continent that contains an interesting blend of youth and experience.
The United Soccer League has awarded agroup of Nashville investors an expansion professional soccer franchise, set to begin in the 2018 USL season.
The Nashville-based ownership group is called DMD Soccer. The team consists of David Dill, president and chief operating officer of LifePoint Health; Christopher Redhage, co-founder of ProviderTrust, a health care software company, and a former pro soccer player; and Marcus Whitney, president of Jumpstart Foundry, a health care innovation fund, and chairman of Nashville FC, the city's existing amateur team.
Important competitions in Mexico and South America continue on Thursday, while promotion playoffs in Germany and Scotland take center stage in Europe.
Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt looks to remain in Germany's top flight when they take on Nurnberg in the first of two legs. In Scotland, top division side Kilmarnock meets aspiring promotion club Falkirk.
Votingfor the 2026 World Cup is still several years away, and Sunil Gulati says that U.S. Soccer remains unsure of how, and if, the federation will present themselves as potential hosts.
According to a recent ESPN report, John Motta, a U.S. Soccer board member, says the federation has been considering a joint bid with Mexico for the 2026 tournament, which will see the host nation determined in May 2020.
On Tuesday, the second round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup paved the way for sevenamateur clubs to advance to the competition's third round, while one more will earn their spot on Thursday night.
The second round certainly was filled with drama, as five games were decided bypenalty kicks.
January's move to Chelsea was one of the biggest moments of Matt Miazga's life. Just 20-years-old and bound for one of the world's top clubs, Miazga threw himself into a new environment that wasunlike any he had seen before.
The ensuing months have seen their share of challenges, and Miazga will be the first to admit it, but those challenges have been vital to what Miazga sees as an ongoing maturation process as both a player and person.
As the summer rolls around and the U.S. Men's National Team gears up for next month's Copa America Centenario,Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai has again come out and expressed his displeasure in centerback John Brooks over his plans.
The 23-year-old defender is set to miss the beginning of Berlin's preseason due to the conflict with Copa America, followed by a three-week break the American will be taking after the tournament's conclusion.
Like many throughout the soccer community, Bob Bradley is quick to identify the game's top managers: Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti, Mauricio Pochettino. But, when looking back at the experiences that have defined his career, the former U.S. Men's National Team boss believes he deserves a chance to earn his place among them.
The NASL's Spring Season is a rollercoaster and, at least for the time being, Minnesota United sits at the highest peak.
A win over the Armada lifted the Loons to the top of the table while giving the team an inside track to the Spring title. On the other side, both the New York Cosmos and Carolina RailHawks faltered against teams they would normally expect to dispatch quite easily.
A full slate of MLS matches will take place over the weekend, but the midweek tilt includes two important fixtures on Wednesday.
Wednesday's action features a pair of Eastern Conference clashes. New York City FC looks to extend their four-match unbeaten streak when they travel to Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC, while the New York Red Bulls host the Chicago Fire.
A blazing hot start to the 2016 MLS season for LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos earned him a spot for Mexico ahead of next month's Copa America, however, the 27-year-old has reportedly declined the call-up.
According to El Tri head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, he and Dos Santos had a conversation regarding a roster spot, but the Galaxy attacker opted not to accept it.
While the ramifications of the Kei Kamara trade were felt throughout MLS, the two teams involved in the deal for the star striker earned positive results in their first games since the transaction was completed.
Utlilizing Kamara for the first time, the New England Revolution toppled the Chicago Fire, 2-0, on Saturday, while the Crew emerged with a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids.
MIAMI – Since Tim Howard's return to the U.S. Men's National team picture, Jurgen Klinsmann has yet to truly name a starting goalkeeper. With Copa America just weeks away, Klinsmann now has a decision on his hands, although the USMNT manager has left things up in the air for the time being.
"We'll have good talks over the next couple of days with Brad and Tim," Klinsmann said on Tuesday, "and then I'll let you know more.
The U.S. Men's National Team will face three difficult opponents in Group A play of this summer's Copa America Centenario, and one familiar foe revealed exactly who they'll be bringing to the competition.
Costa Rica head coachÓscar Ramírez announced the team's 23-man roster that he'll take with him to the U.
Several MLS teams completed signings on Tuesday, while a veteran defender could be on the move to an Eastern Conference side.
The Chicago Fire have acquired Dutch attacker Michael de Leeuw on a three-year deal. The 29-year-old joins the Fire from FC Groningen as a Discovery signing and won't be available to play until July 4.
Heading into the upcoming Copa America, the U.S. Men's National Team will once again be without Jozy Altidore. In the wake of yet another setback, Jurgen Klinsmann and company will look for someone to step up while continuing to support the 26-year-old striker.
For the first time in New York City FC's brief MLS tenure the club is clicking in all facets of the game. The side's most recent victory over the defending champion Portland Timbers highlighted that fact, starting with goalkeeper Josh Saunders and finishing up front with superstar forward David Villa.
Heading into a busy summer, DeAndre Yedin's club future remains uncertain, and the U.S. Men's National Team fullback is expecting to keep his options open through this summer's Copa America.
Bound for Miami for USMNT camp, Yedlin is fresh off of a successful relegation fight with Sunderland, whowent unbeaten over the team's final six games to seal a finish two points out of the relgation zone.
While one Paris Saint-Germain star is likely on his way out at the French club, the team seemingly already has plans to retool this offseason.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola has denied that Manchester United have made an offer to the outgoing Paris Saint-Germain striker, despite rumors that previously stated the striker had been offered a one-year contract by the Red Devils.
Criticism and skepticism have surrounded New York City FC's acquisition of Frank Lampard since his arrival last summer, but it appears that the former Chelsea midfielder is on-track to make his season debut this week.
During NYCFC's 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night, head coach Patrick Vieira revealed to Fox Sports 1's Julie Stewart-Binks that the 37-year-old is nearing a return and could be in the squad against Toronto FC on Wednesday night and three days later against the New York Red Bulls.
Jozy Altidore's latest injury setback will once again keep the U.S. Men's National Team forward out of an international tournament.
Toronto FC announced on Monday that Altidore is set to miss six-to-eight weeks after injuring his hamstring over the weekend. The injury timetable will all but certainly keep Altidore out of the Copa America, which is set for June 3-26.
Bobby Wood made his name tearing apart defenses in the 2. Bundesliga, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward is now set for a rise incompetition with a club that seems to be the ideal next step in his professional career.
After ripping apart the German second division with an American record 17 goals in 31 starts, Wood will join Hamburg in the top flight next season.
When news broke prior to kickoff of the Manchester United-Bournemouth match that a suspicious device was found inside Old Trafford the priority for local police and stadium crew was to keep the fans safe.
Now, there are more details regarding what transpired and led to Sunday's season finale being postponed.
xxxx during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom.
It truly has been a remarkable year in European football.
Whether it was Leicester City winning the English Premier League just two years removed from winning theChampionship title,Juventus winning a fifth straight Serie A title or Barcelona winning its final five games to clinch the title away from rival Real Madrid, there surely weren't a shortage of storylines.
The U.S. Men's National Team will feature several new faces for Sunday's pre-Copa America friendly against Puerto Rico.
With only European and Mexican-based players at his disposal, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in seven players left off the Copa America preliminary roster ahead of the upcoming friendly, which is set forMay 22 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
Throughout the start of the 2016 campaign, the Vancouver Whitecaps had difficulty putting together complete performances. They had no such issues this past week despite playing two of the league's most thrilling contests.
Facing off with a pair of Eastern Conference foes, the Whitecaps earned a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire before topping Toronto FC in a 4-3 thriller.
Keegan Rosenberry is forging a reputation as one of the best young defenders in MLS, andthe rookie fullback provided some firepower on the attacking end in the latest of his recent strings of outstanding performances.
The Georgetown product was as strong as ever defensively in two draws against the LA Galaxy and Montreal Impact, while the addition of a goal against the former lifted the Philadelphia Union rookie to honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.
The past week proved to be a big one for the Vancouver Whitecaps thanks to the play of Kekuta Manneh.
After notching an assist in Wednesday's win over the Chicago Fire, Manneh played a part in all four of the Whitecaps' goals, leading his team to its first win at BMO Field with Saturday's 4-3 triumph over Toronto FC.
New York City FC picked up their third straight victory on Sunday, giving them a share of the Eastern Conference lead. The Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC, meanwhile, shared some of the weekend's best moments in a seven-goal affair at BMO Field. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:
Miroslav Klose's successful career in Europe could have come to a close on Sunday, but the veteran German striker says he's not done playing just yet.
With the New York Red Bulls reportedly among the contenders to sign the 37-year-old, as well as 2.Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern, Klose hasn't revealed his future plans although insists he won't retire.
With the European league seasons winding down, attention will start to turn toward Euro 2016, and Italy manager Antonio Conte and England boss Roy Hodgson helped start this week off making the early headlines.
Conte has been acquitted of match-fixing fraud, which dates back to his time at Serie B side Siena in 2010-11.
Super-sub Jacob Peterson snapped Sporting KC's winless streak Sunday afternoon, coming on as a halftime substitute and recording a goal and an assist in Sporting KC's 2-1 win over Orlando City. A barrage, and even a club record, of shots for Sporting was barely enough for Sporting to get the win.
Kei Kamara may not have found the back of the net on Saturday night in his New England Revolution debut but the 6-foot-3 target man still made enough of a difference to help the Revs snap out of a six-game winless streak in front of a sizable home crowd at Gillette Stadium.
Managed by former US national team manager Bob Bradley, French side Le Havre AC went into this weekend's home Ligue 2 fixture against Bourg Peronnas needing third-place Metz to lose. The team also needed to equal Metz' goal difference of seven higher than their own.
On Friday, Metz lost1-0 to RC Lens, but Bradley's team missed the third position in Ligue 2 after a 5-0 win over Bourg Peronnas.
The Kei Kamara-Era in New England started off swimmingly on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, as Lee Nguyen finally rekindled some of his old magic and the Revs looked dominant in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire in front of 18,997at Gillette Stadium.
The Revolution combined for a likely MLS Goal of the Week candidate offa short corner from the left side by Nguyen in the 22nd minute.
Another year, another untimely Jozy Altidore injury.
The U.S. Men's National Teamcould be forced to make a change at forward ahead of next month's Copa America Centenario after the Toronto FC attacker exited Saturday's 4-3 loss against the Vancouver Whitecaps with a hamstring injury.
With all of Europe's top leagues coming to a close on Sunday, fans will have one final opportunity to take in their favorite sides until August.
The English Premier League title has already been decided, but a flurry of simultaneous matches close out the 2015-16 season. Chelsea-Leicester City and Stoke City-West Ham highlight the action in England's top flight.
After playing a mid-week game on Wednesday, it could have been expected that the Philadelphia Union would come out a bit sluggishon Saturday afternoon away against the Montreal Impact, a match that featured the top-two teams in the Eastern Conference.
Just days after former U.S. Men's National Team defender Alexi Lalas firmly stated that the United States is capable of hosting a future World Cup on its own, reports have surfaced linking a joint bid between the U.S. and another CONCACAF nation.
According to ESPN FC, the U.S. and Mexico are reportedly in talks over a joint bid that would see the 2026 World Cup come to North America.
Barcelona gave their fans a bit of a scare after dropping key points over the last two months of the season, but Luis Suarez's brilliance helped guide the Blaugrana to their 24th La Liga title on Saturday.
Suarez, who finished the 2015-16 season with an astounding 40 goals in 35 matches, found his way onto the scoresheet twice in the first-half (22′ & 38′) before assuring Barcelona's three points against.
La Liga's championship will be decided on Saturday.
Barcelona enters the weekend in pole position, with a matchwith Granada the only thing standing between the club and its 24th title. A win would see Barcelona win the title, while a loss would open the door for Real Madrid to claim the trophy with a win over Deportivo.
After making the MLS Cup final with the Columbus Crew last season, freshly-acquired New England Revolution Designated Player Kei Kamara said he wants to end the Revs 0-5 cold streakwhile leading his new team to the league's ultimate prize.
"I returned back into the league to really try to win something, to win a championship," Kamara said on Friday at Revs training.
The MLS schedule was heavy on midweek games, but league action returns over the weekend with a schedule of nine additional matches.
Headlining the proceedings is a rivalry clash that pits D.C. United against the New York Red Bulls. The meetingof Eastern Conference foes isn't the only rivalry matchon the docket, as Toronto FC hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps in a Canadian clash.
What has been a progressive NASL season will continue this weekend, with the best teams looking to extend their lead atop the table.
The New York Cosmos travel to FC Edmonton, facing off against a team that will have a chip on its shoulder. After a recent surge of league results, the Eddies were crushed by the Ottawa Fury in a Canadian Championship game midweek.
The Columbus Crew lost one of the league's best forwards. The New England Revolutionpicked him up.
Both teams believe that they will be better off because of it.
The Crew and Revolution announced a trade on Thursday morning that sent Designated Player Kei Kamara from Columbus to New England in exchange for General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money, a first-round draft pick in 2017, a second-round draft pick in 2018, an international roster spot, and a percentage of any future transfer fee.
As a former forward, Jurgen Klinsmann loves goals. He scored plenty of them in his playing days, and as a coach often talks about how forward's production in front of the net iseasiest way to measuretheir success.
Good thing for him then that several ofhis players have found their scoring touch ahead of this summer's big tournament.
In the Designated Player era, MLS teams are always going to be judged by their marquee signings. As the signings go, so go the team.For New York City FC, a team with the likes of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard on their roster, the ceiling for success is especially high—and potentially disastrously low if any or all of those players don't find their footing in their new home.
CHESTER, PA Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin called his side's matchup with the LA Galaxy on Wednesday night a "big boy game".The Galaxy handed the Union back line one of their biggest challenges of the season, and despite conceding on two occasions, the Union were happy with their overall performance in defense.
A disappointing draw marked a sign of progress for the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night.
Jim Curtin's men tied 2-2 with the LA Galaxy at Talen Energy Stadium in a game that could've easily been won by the home side.Despite earning just one point, the performance against one of the league's best was a sign of improvement from 2015 for the Union, who would've lost this match a year ago.
HARRISON, N.J. The start of 2016 has not been the easiest for Gonzalo Veron. He saw an untimely preseason injury spoil the momentum he had going into the first game of the year, and then reaggravated it once he stepped back on the field. He also suffered a personal loss in his family prior to all of that.
In any other year, a Liverpool—Chelsea matchup this late in the season would have major implications on the Premier League table. This year is different, though, as Sunderland's clash with Everton takes centerstage.
Mired in a fierce relegation battle, a Sunderland victory on Wednesday would seal the Black Cats' place in the Premier League next season.
Kei Kamara's recent tirade aimed at teammate Federico Higuain is the topic dominating discussions throughout MLS and it kicks off the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Episode 263 of The SBI Show breaks down Kamara's meltdown, and what might happen next. Host Ives Galarcep and co-host Paul Tenorio break down MLS Week 10 and also look ahead to the busy slate of mid-week matches.
David Beckham is getting more support for bringing a soccer club to Miami, while D.C. United have added a new signing.
A new report from the Miami Herald says 57 percent of Miami-Dade voters supported the soccer plan to use private money to build a soccer stadium on land that Beckham'spartners want to buy from the county.
As struggles continue for Sporting Kansas City, one thing is clear: the team didn't correctly replace Krisztian Nemeth.
The Hungarian striker's swift departure happened all in one night, having been reported and confirmed all at once. Finding a way to replicate Nemeth's scoring record, 10 goals and six assists, was one of Sporting KC's main tasks of the offseason.
Despite the league title already decided, there is still much to play for in the English Premier League.
West Ham United and Manchester United are two of those teams with a lotto play for, and the two clubs will meet on Tuesday afternoon at Upton Park. In addition, the match is guaranteed to be an emotional one, as Tuesday's clash serves as the last ever at the stadium before West Ham moves to the Olympic Stadium next year.
The league's reigning champions is now fully recovered from the their recentlosses, and this year's underdog team fellcloser back to reality with another defeat.
The New York Cosmos have now hit their stride and look to take on all challengers. They've taken the lead in this week's SBI NASL Power Rankings after their opponents at the top failed to register wins.
The relationship between CONCACAF and Soccer United Marketing is set to move even further.
CONCACAF, the governing body of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, announced Tuesday that it has selected SUM to market and service its worldwide sponsorship rights, CONCACAF announced in a press release.
Given his contributions, or lack thereof, with New York City FC this season, Frank Lampard is in desperate need of some good PR. Monday's BBC release provided nothing of the sort, as the disconnect between NYCFC fans and their English Designated Player reached yet another level.
As teams around them dropped points, the New York Cosmos leapt to the top of the table with another resounding result.
Following two straight losses, the Cosmos have now picked up two straight victories, with the most recent triumph coming in a 3-0 dispatching of Miami FC. With the win, the Cosmos now assume the role of league leaders after the Carolina RailHawks were upset by a previously-winless Fort Lauderdale Strikers team.
Playing his first game at the new-look BMO Field, Toronto FC rookie Tsubasa Endoh led his team to victory on Saturday night.
The rookie forward netted the game's lone goal, leading Toronto FC to a 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night. The goal proved to be just enough tolead TFC to victory while claiming honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.
The Colorado Rapids continued their shocking run atop MLS, while the Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew combined to provide one of the season's most action-packed matches. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:
Orlando City played the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in a match with a combined eight yellows and on red card.
Romeo Parkes had been enjoying a dream run before the end of Saturday night's USL clash between the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and New York Red Bulls II. The Jamaican striker had scored in five straight matches, and was on Jamaica's preliminary roster for the 2016 Copa America. Everything was seemingly going right for him.
UEFA is set to undergo some changes in leadership, while two international stars could miss the federation's biggest tournament.
Michel Platini will resign as UEFA president after the Court of Arbitration for Sport opted not to overturn his ban from the game. TheCAS's three-man appeal panel reduced Platini's ban from six to four years, but the Frenchman will resign from his post at UEFA's next congress.
CARSON, Calif. — It only took Robbie Keane 13 minutes to remind everyone why the LA Galaxy who have been riding high in his absence want him on the pitch.
Active from the opening whistle, Keanedelivered a pair of close-range goals in the first half to push the Galaxy into second place in the Western Conference, escaping a second half comeback bythe New England Revolution on the way to a 4-2 win at StubHub Center on Sunday.
WASHINGTON—Unlike D.C. United's makeshift attack, David Villa knows how to find the back of the net.
An early second-half blitz by New York City FC was too much for a misfiring D.C. United, as the visitors won, 2-0, on Sunday night in the nation's capital. After a first half marked by wasted opportunities by the hosts, goals by David Villa and Khiry Shelton shortly after the start of the second half were enough to see NYCFC win for the second straight time.
In 2015, the Seattle Sounders could not catch a break against the San Jose Earthquakes, losing all three meetings by a combined score of 8-4. To add insult to injury, center back Roman Torres tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the third and final match, a 2-0 road loss.
Le Havre AC is not officially out of the running for French Ligue 1 promotion, but it's pretty much a done deal.
Bob Bradley's side defeated Auxerre, 3-1, on the road, but FC Metz also earned three points on Friday. Metz's 2-1 victory over Tours FC sees them sit three points above Havre AC in the third and final promotion spot on the Ligue 2 table.
In a rematch of one of last year's championship semifinals, the Ottawa Fury host Minnesota United to kick off this weekend of NASL action.
Things have certainly changed since last year, when a red-hot Fury team squeaked past United to make it to the Soccer Bowl. Now, the home team sits near the bottom of the table after having their roster picked apart.
Los Angeles FC's stadium plan took another step towards reality on Friday.
The LA City Council unanimously approvedthe Final Environmental Impact Report and other environmental and entitlement agreementsfor LAFC on Friday. The approval providesLAFC formal permissionto begin work on the site and proceed with the startof the project.
As we prepare for Week 10 action, one MLS club has announced a new partnership, while another let go of a player.
Stoke City announced a partnership with Orlando City SC on Friday. "It's an opportunity for us to share best practice with Orlando in a variety of areas, primarily in player recruitment, marketing and development," Stoke City Chief Executive Tony Scholes said, "but also to give both clubs chance to grow in each other's markets.
A preview of what's to come in the Mexican Liguilla will take place on Friday.
Santos Laguna will host Chivas Guadalajara at the Estadio Corona, and while both sides have already qualified for the end-of-the-campaign tournament, only one point separates second place from fifth place on the Liga MX table.
Not too many people saw this coming. Nine weeks into the 2016 MLS season, and the Colorado Rapids sit atop the Supporters' Shield standings. Tied on points with Real Salt Lake, the Rapids will look to remain unbeaten for a fifth consecutive game on Saturday.
The Rocky Mountain Cup is on line at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, as an RSL team that has looked strong on both ends of the field faces off against a Rapids team that has excelled as of late (9 p.
A Madrid Derby will determine European soccer's biggest prize.
Real Madrid booked their place in the Champions League final on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City. The victory sends the Spanish giant to the UCL finals for the second time in three years, where they will face a familiar foe in Atletico Madrid, who they defeated two years ago to win La Decima.
Abby Wambach's post-soccer future as been made clear.
The former U.S. Women's National Team star will join ESPN as an analyst and contributor. As part of her new job, Wambach willcover this summer's Euro 2016 tournament in France and the Rio Olympics in August.
Joe Gyau's long-awaited comeback continued with another bit of positive news on Wednesday.
Gyau took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce that he has passed a fitness test. The23-year-old Borussia Dortmundwinger has been hampered by a knee injury that has kept him out of action for the entire 2015-16 season.
After missing the first leg of his side's Champions League semifinal clash with Manchester City, Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to lead Real Madrid back to the competition's final in Wednesday's second leg.
Following a scoreless draw at the Etihad, Real Madrid and Man City will collide again on Wednesday at the Bernebeu.
A former Premier League star is set to continue his career as a member of the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Following reports out of England, sources have confirmed to SBI that Joe Cole is set to sign with the NASL club. The 34-year-old English star, who has earned 56 caps for England, most recently featuredfor League One side Coventry City.
Pep Guardiola's Champions League pursuitwith Bayern Munich has come to an end. Atletico Madrid's chase is set to continue.
Atletico Madrid toppled Bayern Munich on a 2-2 aggregate scoreline, advancing on away goals following Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena.For the third straight season, Bayern Munich has been knocked out of the Champions League semifinals by a Spanish team.
One of two UEFA Champions League finalists will be determined on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich hosts Atletico Madrid, which holds a 1-0 aggregate lead over the German club, at Allianz Arena in the second leg of their semifinal series (2:45 p.m., Fox Sports 1, ESPN Deportes TV, WATCH ESPN, Fox Soccer 2GO).
Another shutout will see Atletico Madrid reach the UEFA Champions League final for a second time in three campaigns.
The Spanish club heads to Allianz Arena where it will play Bayern Munich in the decisive second leg of their semifinal series on Tuesday (2:45 p.m., Fox Sports 1, ESPN Deportes TV, WATCH ESPN, Fox Soccer 2GO).
Some of the world's best players face a race to fitness ahead of their UEFA Champions League contest on Wednesday and more news following Monday's thrilling action.
Karim Benzema and Casemiro are not 100 percent fit, according to Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, but Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be available for selection against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Since their rebirth, the New York Cosmos have set out to create an in-house academy to rival any in the world. Boasting a grand vision of a state-of-the-art in-house academy program, the Cosmos' efforts took a major step forward with the introduction of theUnder-13 and Under-14 age groups.
An ugly, ugly game crowned one of the most remarkable champions in the history of soccer.
Leicester City officially clinched the club's first title in 132 years on Monday as Tottenham settled for a 2-2 draw with London rivals Chelsea. The result completed a magical run for Leicester, who began the season with 5000-1 odds to win the Premier League title, in the aftermath of a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.
Dating back to the build-up to the 2014 World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann's roster selections have always seemed to cause a bit of drama. The U.S. Men's National Team boss has faced his fair share of criticism for glaring omissions and head-turning selections in the two years followingthe world's biggest tournament.
The race to the English Premier League title may come to an end on Monday afternoon.
Following Leicester City's draw on Sunday, Tottenham face a must-win situation in Monday's clash with Chelsea. A draw or loss would see Leicester crowned Premier League champions, while a Tottenham victory would see the London club awarded another week to continue its pursuit.
Chicago Fire forward David Accam was dressed and on the bench on Saturday for the first time since suffering the knee injury whichhas kept him out of the last fivematches. It sounded afterward, however, like there was very little chance he would have been used.
Although Sporting KC took only two points from its last three matches, the team saw marked improvement over the last two performances in an ultimately disappointing 1-1 draw at home against the LA Galaxy.
With an overwhelming share of possession and a total of 17 shots to the Galaxy's four, leaving the field without three points was a big disappointment for Sporting.
Following a run of two straight defeats, the New York Cosmos toppled the previously-unblemished Carolina RailHawks, 1-0, on Sunday. The win sees the Cosmos move within three points of the league leaders alongside Minnesota United, who remained idle over the weekend.
While the 2015 Supporters' Shield winners looked like their former selves in Week 9, many other teams earned impressive road ties. Here's a look at all 10 match stories and follow-up features from over the weekend on SBI:
The New York Red Bulls pulled off a creative and lethal free kick to score the game's first goal en route to defeating FC Dallas, 4-0, on Friday.
Two potential league title celebrations, including in the English Premier League, were put on hold over the weekend, while Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to play in UEFA Champions League action this week.
Bayern Munich was held, 1-1, by Borussia Monchengladbach at Allianz Arena, putting its German Bundesliga title celebration on hold as Borussia Dortmund won over the weekend to close the gap to five points.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas— Despite out-shooting the LA Galaxy 15-4, and despite holding a man advantage for the final 20 minutes of Sunday's Western Conference showdown, Sporting Kansas City was still unable to deliver a victory.
Ashley Cole's pair of yellow cards left the Galaxy down a man, but Sporting KC couldn't capitalize, settling for a1-1 tie onSunday night at Children's Mercy Park.
SEATTLE In the locker room after Saturday's match, the difference in Jordan Morris was plain. He had scored the first game-winning goal ofhis young career some 40 minutes earlier an 88th-minute, left-footed slap that deflected off defender Michael Parkhurst before finding the back of the net.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The word of the day for the Chicago Fire, written on thelocker-room white board in some of the various languages – English, Serbian, Portuguese, German – spoken by members of the squad, was "victory."
On Saturday, four weeks removed from their onlywin of the season, the Fire had their sights set on victory, but for the second consecutive match they let it slip away.
NEW YORK — David Villa dropped to the pitch after the final whistle on Saturday experiencing all kinds of feelings.
"I was tired," he said. "It was emotions from the game and obviously, this week we played three times."
Villa was tired from the battle he and New York City FC had just gone through with the Vancouver Whitecaps, tired from providing the two goals he thought were enough to help his team win at one point, and most of all, tired from not being rewarded for the efforts he and his team had put in as of late.
The New England Revolution thought they had finally snapped out of a four-game winless streak, but Orlando City SC forwardCarlos Rivas had other ideas.
The Lions' Designated Player has struggled early on in his MLS career, but came through with a 90th-minute equalizer, beating Revs defender London Woodberry to a ball out in front of goal to seal a 2-2 draw against the Revolution in front of 25,203 at Gillette Stadium.
The English Premier League title can be won at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Leicester City can clinch the league title with a win against Manchester United, capping off an improbable campaign for the Foxes. Leicester will have to win the title without star striker Jamie Vardy, who must serve a suspension.