With the Copa America concluded, the focus once again turns towards league play. However, in the aftermath of this summer's major tournament, MLS is set to continuewith a very different landscape.
Familiar faces like Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones return to their respective clubs, while a newcomer, Tim Howard, is set to join a Colorado Rapids team pursuing elite status in the Western Conference.
The U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 concluded on Wednesday night as seven MLS teams booked their spot in the quarterfinal round, which is set for July 20. However, one NASL team remains in the field following a thrilling victory over a local rival.
An early finish from Raul Mendiola led the LA Galaxy to a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers.
Speculation swirled for months, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic has finally revealed his next destination. Officially.
The 34-year-old striker announced on Thursday via Instagram that he will be joining Premier League side Manchester United, whom he was heavily linked to since ending his most recent season with Paris Saint-Germain.
Portugal hasn'tbeen at itsbest throughout Euro 2016, but Cristiano Ronaldo and co. can book a semifinal spot in Thursday'sclash with Poland.
After narrowly edging Croatia in the Round of 16, Portugal takes on Robert Lewandowski's Poland on Thursday at theStade Vélodrome. The Polish are also coming off a narrow win of their own, having topped Switzerland, 5-4, on penalty kicks to reach the current stage.
For the first time in three appearances, the New York Cosmos' U.S. Open Cup run appeared set to continue past thethe Round of 16. However, a pair of New England Revolution stars ensured that theNASL contender would once again leave the tournament empty-handed.
Cinderella is wearing red and gold to the ball this year.
The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers kept their improbable run in the U.S. Open Cup going on Wednesday night thanks to a dramatic winner seconds before the end of extra time. Brazilian defender Victor Giro, also known as PC, came up with the decisive goal in the 120th minute to push the Strikers to a 2-1 road win over Orlando City in a Round of 16bout at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Two South American stars appear set to leave MLS as the summer transfer window continues to heat up.
The Chicago Fire and Gilberto have mutually agreed to terminate the forward's contract, with Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez stating that the Brazilian, "was not able to reach his top form in Major League Soccer," despite his best efforts.
U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team midfielder Emerson Hyndman may make his Bournemouth debut in his home country.
Minnesota United announced on Wednesday that they will host the Premier League club for a friendly onJuly 20th at National Sports Center Stadium. The Loons recently took on Mexican sideClub León in front of a record crowd at Target Field.
The U.S. Women's National Team will begin their Olympic Games title defense in August, and Jill Ellis' side will do so in a brand new kit.
On Tuesday, Nike and the USWNT revealed the new home jersey ahead of this summer's tournament in Rio de Janeiro. The defending World Cup champions will resume wearing their current home jersey following the conclusion of the Olympics.
Just days after something resembling a historic nadir, the Seattle Sounders may have breathed more than a bit of life into their season. And they can thank a second-string, rookie goalkeeper for delivering a stunning performance in front of 17,087 at Rio Tinto Stadium on Tuesday night.
Miami FC's spending spree is set to continue with the signing of another familiar face.
Multiple sourcestell SBI that Gabriel Farfan is the latest player to join a Miami FC team currently in the midst of a mid-season rebuild. The 28-year-old midfielder/left back most recently featured for the New York Cosmos, who he joined on loan fromLiga MX side Chiapas FC.
Kyle Scott's contract with Chelsea runs until 2019, but the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder is set for a training stint with a new club.
Dutch club Willem II revealed that Scott has joined the team for a training stint that includes a trio of friendlies. Scott featured in the first half of the club's match against RKDSV Diessen on Monday.
Through all of the criticisms that have surrounded New York City FC in their first year-and-a-half of MLS play,the team's greatest struggle has been finding a way to overcome newfound rivals New York Red Bulls.
In their first four meetings since 2015, the Red Bulls have not only swept NYCFC in the Hudson Derby but they've done so in convincing fashion, which was highlighted by their 7-0 beatdown at Yankee Stadium on May 21.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup returns to the forefront of American soccer this week as 14 teams from Major League Soccer and two from the NASL partake in fifth-round matches across the country.
During the fifth-round draw, the 16 remaining clubs were divided into four regional quadrants. The winners of the two matches in each region will face off in the quarterfinal round set to occur on July 20.
After a busy summer with the U.S. Men's National Team, John Brooks was due for some time off. However, after suffering an injury in the Copa America, Brooks has returned to his club early to undergo further assessment.
Originally scheduled for a three-week break, Brooks instead returned to Hertha Berlin to undergo treatment forknee inflammation that kept him out of the Copa America third-place game.
After drawing strong links to Real Madrid, one of France's brightest young stars could now be set for a return to Old Trafford.
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, is said to be innegotiations with Manchester United over a potential return to England. The 23-year-old came up through the Red Devils' academy and played two seasons at United, only making three senior team appearances in that span.
England tends to exit tournaments in extravagant ways, but Monday's elimination was perhaps the most surprising and embarrassing in the country's history.
Facing off with Iceland, a nation populated by just over 300,000 people, England suffered Euro 2016 elimination via a 2-1 scoreline. With the win, Iceland advances to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals against hosts France.
New York City FCcontinued their impressive road form on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders, whileKaka's late penalty kick gave Orlando City SC a thrilling victory against Toronto FC. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:
New York City FC picked up three points at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, defeating the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, to jump to second in the Eastern Conference.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. For the second straight year, Chile and Argentina could not be separated through 120 minutes and, for the second straight year, Lionel Messi and co. saw their trophy hopes dashed in a penalty shootout.
Chile defeated Argentina, 4-2, in penalty kicks after a scoreless 120 minutesin Sunday's Copa America Centenario final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.
While Chile looks to claim its second straight Copa America on Sunday, Argentina seeks its first title since 1993.
La Albicelestehas been forced to battle through injuries during this summer's tournament, but Gerardo Martino's side received a big boost on Sunday with the return of Paris Saint-Germain attacker Angel di Maria.
The goal never came for the U.S. Men's National Team on Saturday night, but it was Bobby Wood who was consistently the USMNT's best chance at finding one.
Wood led the way with five shots for the USMNT while proving to be the most dangerous player on the field for Jurgen Klinsmann's side, earning honors as SBI USMNT Man of the Match in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Colombia.
While the U.S. Men's National Team won't be playing in the match they would have liked to be participating in this weekend, Jurgen Klinsmann's team has a shot at redemption against Colombia.
After falling in their opening Group A clash againstLos Cafeteros, 2-0, the USMNT will look to end their Copa America Centenario run on a high note following their drubbing at the hands of Argentina on Tuesday.
Last season the Seattle Sounders casually disposed of New York City FC 3-1 on the road, with Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey scoring all three Seattle goals. Martins is in China now, Dempsey is with the United States Men's National Team, and NYCFC posted a convincing 2-0 win in front of47,537 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Round of 16 got off to a furious start on Saturday, as Poland and Switzerland needed their clash to be decided on penalty kicks.
Grzegorz Krychowiak helped guide Poland to a 1-1 (5-4 on penalties) win against Switzerland to advance to the last eight at Euro 2016. Granit Xhaka was the only player to miss for Switzerland, confirming the team's exit from the tournament.
NEW YORK The Copa America Centenario might only be the start of joint-competitions between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF teams.
CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez and CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani both stated during a press conference in Manhattan on Friday that they are not opposed to havingfuture tournaments that would include nations from both confederations.
Despite a crushing defeat against Argentina in the semifinal round, the U.S. Men's National Team will look to record their best finish at a Copa America on Saturday night, while MLS action is in full swing.
The USMNT will take on Colombia in a Group A rematch, as the sides battle it out for third place.
NEW YORK When Jurgen Klinsmann was appointed head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team five years ago, one of his stated goals was to help the Americans go "toe-to-toe" with the world's elite on a more consistent basis.
This week's ugly loss aside, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati has seen progress in that regard.
While the Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire will be off this weekend, the MLS schedule features several high-profile matchups, which begins with the Seattle Sounders hosting New York City FC on Saturday afternoon.
Real Salt Lake will travel to FC Dallas in a key Western Conference clash amongst playoff-bound clubs.
Jurgen Klinsmann still has plenty of work to do with the U.S. Men's National Team, but betting sites across the Atlantic see the German-born head coach as an surprisingly favored candidate for a Premier League job.
Klinsmann has been labeled as the odds-on favorite to emerge as Southampton's next manager as several British betting sites claim to have experienced a flurry of bets on the USMNT manager.
Juan Carlos Osorio watched helplessly from the bench as his team was thrashed, 7-0, by Chile in the Copa America quarterfinals. Now, the Mexico national team manager will be charged with pushing his team out fromthe wreckage of that defeat.
Mexico Football Federation general secretary Guillermo Cantu announced on Thursday that Osorio would remain the head coach ofthe national team.
Danny Williams' efforts with Redding are reportedly drawing the interest of severalbigger clubs.
According to the Sunderland Echo, both Sunderland and Newcastle have registered interest in the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder. Swansea and Aston Villa have also been linked with the current Reading midfielder.
Two high-profile strikers will be returning to their respective clubs next season, while a former Manchester United star is coming out of retirement.
Leicester City and Jamie Vardy have agreed to terms on a new contract that will keep the 29-year-old at the King Power Stadium until 2020. The Englishman notched 24 goals in the Premier League last season.
Iceland's fairy tale run through Euro 2016 will continue into the knockout stages.
A stoppage-time winner led Iceland past Austria, 2-1, on Wednesday, sealing a second place finish in Group F. The loss eliminates Austria from the tournament, while leaving Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in third place.
It was essentially the worst possible performance in the biggest possible moment. Facing an Argentina team that is among the world's best at punishing mistakes, the U.S. Men's National Team made a multitude of them in a match billed as a potential game-changer.
In the days leading up to Tuesday's Copa America semifinal loss against Argentina, Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. Men's National Team repeatedly discussed the opportunity ahead. A chance to take on one of the world's best teams on the biggest stage was one valued by the USMNT.
Tuesday night's 4-0 loss against Argentina hurt all parties involved within the U.S. Men's National Team, but U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati still believes the side accomplished a great deal this summer despite the defeat.
"I was feeling a lot better about it three or four hours ago, but it's a strange feeling right now as we've gotten to the semifinals, which is an accomplishment," Gulati said following the defeat.
Following the final whistle, Jurgen Klinsmann approached Lionel Messi for a quick embrace. It was a sign of respect between two of the game's greatest strikers, but Klinsmann insists that respect on the field of play proved to be his side's undoing on Tuesday night.
With Neymar's contract talks heating up in Barcelona, the club is reportedly set to make one final push in keeping the Brazilian star.
Barcelona will reportedly offer Neymar roughly $17 million per year, despite Paris Saint-Germain pushing heavily to acquire the 24-year-old. The French club is said to be offering the attacker roughly $28 million annually.
The U.S. Men's National Team knew three changes would be comingahead of Tuesday night's clash against Argentina in the Copa America semifinals, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is clearly opting for experience.
Without Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood and Alejandro Bedoya, all of whom were suspended during the U.
Spain needed just one point to win their Euro 2016 group,but Ivan Perisic had other ideas.
Having amassed fivepoints heading into Tuesday's clash,Spain fell to second in Group D with a 2-1 loss to Croatia on Tuesday. Led by an 88th minute Perisic goal, the result sees Croatia leap to the top of Group D, sealing a much more favorable route through the knockout stages.
Throughout the Copa America, the U.S. Men's National Team attack has been quietly efficient, but, in the absence of several regulars, the U.S. will need a standout performance to have any hope in Tuesday night's semifinal.
StartersBobby Wood, Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya will miss out on Tuesday's clash due to suspension, and each player's absence will rob the USMNT of a vital piece.
Two more groups will be decided on Tuesday at Euro 2016, while the Copa America Centenario will find out its first finalist by the end of the night.
The U.S. Men's National Team will look to advance to its first Copa America final in the nation's history, while Argentina looks to continue its path of dominance en route to a 15th Copa America (formerly South American Championship) crown.
Jurgen Klinsmann is widely recognized as one of soccer's masters of the goalscoring art.Now over a decade into his managerial career, Klinsmann has more authority than most when it comes to recognizing true greatness in the game of soccer and, ahead of the U.
Hertha Berlin wasn't pleased with his decision to participate in the Copa America Centenario this summer, but John Brooks' play with the U.S. Men's National Team has earned him praise from the German club.
The 23-year-old centerback has made waves this summer, not only within U.
England were far from their best on Monday, but the Three Lions' place in the knockout rounds of Euro 2016 was solidified with a scoreless draw.
Facing off with Slovakia, England settled for a 0-0 draw on Monday inSaint-Étienne. The draw gives England the team's fifth point of the group stage, leaving them one behind Wales as Group B play concludes.
Coming off of a disappointing loss against England, Wales needed at least a tie to give them a chance at advancing to the Round of 16 in their Group B finale. Gareth Bale and co. made certain that the Dragonswouldn't miss out on the knockout round.
Wales booked their spot in the next round on Monday, defeating Russia, 3-0, behind a goal and an assist from the Real Madrid playmaker.
Heading into Tuesday's Copa America semifinal, the U.S. Men's National Team readily admits they are the underdogs. Facing off with arguably the best player and best team in the world, the U.S. is fully aware that the odds are stacked against them in a one-off setting against elite opposition.
Just days after claiming a U.S. Open Cup victory, the New England Revolution were asked to travel cross country on short rest in pursuit of the team's first road win. Facinga Western Conference contender, the Revs did just that.
Led by goals from London Woodberry and Kelyn Rowe, the Revs captured their first road win of the year with a 2-1 defeat of the Vancouver Whitecaps while earning recognition as SBI MLS Team of the Week.
Two of the world's biggest stars could be on the move this summer, while Arsenal is wary that they won't be able to acquire one of its biggest transfer targets.
Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, has confirmed that Real Madrid is in the lead to acquire the Juventus midfielder. The 23-year-old has been with the Serie A champions since 2012/13 when he left Manchester United.
The New York Red Bulls have become known for their efficient and often deadly attack, but Sunday night further proved just how good their defense is, after extending their shutout streak to 450 minutes across all competitions.
Jesse Marsch and the Red Bullsdefeated the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena behind Mike Grella's double.
While hosts France are already guaranteed a spot in the Round of 16, the three remaining Group A sides look to cement their place in the knockout phase.
Both matches on Sunday will be played simultaneously at Euro 2016, with France and Switzerland battling it out for the top spot in Group A, while Romania and Albania each look to make a late push at the next round.
FOXBORO – Much like the prior summer's World Cup, last year's Copa America ended in heartbreak for Argentina. Now one step away from a chance at redemption,La Albicelesteare anxious to reach yet another final, but Argentina is not looking past the one opponent that stands in their way of another tournament finale.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It wasn't the beautiful game that Colombia has been known to play in the recent past, but it was something that was needed to push Los Cafeteros to the next level.
"The intense challenge that Peru posed to us, to us, it is something very positive," head coach José Pékerman said through a translator after his side edged Peru, 4-2, on penalty kicks in the Copa America Centenario quarterfinals.
Head coach Patrick Vieira and New York City FC received an outpour of criticism following Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup loss to the New York Cosmos, but the Bronx side rebounded in a big way on Saturday afternoon despite a late push from their opponent.
Goals from all three of the team's Designated Players proved to be the difference for NYCFC, as Vieira's side won 3-2 against the Philadelphia Union at Yankee Stadium.
Iceland made their mark at Euro 2016 in their opening tie against Portugal,but couldn't quite pull out a historic win on Saturday.
Hungary rescued a point against Iceland in a1-1 draw, afterBirkir Mar Saevarsson leveled the match with an own goal in the dying minutes.
The Hungary attack was relentless down the stretch as they searched for a goal, andSaevarsson's costly mistake in the 87th minute cancelled out an otherwise flawless performance from the Iceland defense.
A full slate of matches take place on Saturday, as the Copa America and Euro 2016 continue, and MLS returns for the first time in two weeks.
Eight games will be played today around MLS, as the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union begins the action against New York City FC. Other top fixtures include Toronto FC hosting LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake taking on the Portland Timbers.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was visibly upset with Jermaine Jones' sending off against Ecuador, and now, U.S. Soccer is set to appeal that decision.
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Friday that the team will not only look for Jones' suspension to be overturned, but that Bobby Wood also have his yellow card rescinded from the USMNT'smatch against Ecuador.
The Spanish weren't the most convincing side in their opening Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic, but Friday providedLa Furia Rojawith the opportunity to show just how dangerous they can be, and still are.
Spain dominated from start to finish against Turkey, winning their Group D encounter, 3-0, behind a brilliant all-around performance.
Up against the favored Croatians, the Czech Republic looked all but done for as they trailed by two goals with less than 20 minutes remaining. A remarkable turnaround then began, earning a hard-fought point in Group C play.
In a match that will likely see repercussions due to fan issues, the Czech's erased a two-goal deficit asTomas Necid delivered a stoppage-time penaltyto secure a 2-2 draw with Croatia.
The long-lasting rumors linking up-and-coming American midfielder Emerson Hyndman to the Premier Leaguehave finally been confirmed.
AFC Bournemouth announced the signing of Hyndmanon Friday after several outlets began reporting the move.The 20-year-old midfielder signed a four-year contract to join the Premier League sideside after spending five years at Fulham.
Matt Besler has played in a World Cup. He is an MLS Cup champion, a Gold Cup winner and an MLS Defender of the Year. With all he has gone through, the 29-year-old defenderis as much of a veteran as it gets, but even Besler was a bit nervous to assume a role that would be make or break for the U.
After Spanish duo David de Gea and Muniain were previously named in a recent sexual battery case, anotherLa Furia Rojaplayer has been named.
A protected witness in the 'Torbe case' has alleged that Real Madrid midfielder Isco was also involved in the rape of one woman. De Gea was reportedly the organizer for the meeting between two women and Isco and Muniain.
SEATTLE For awhile, it looked like it would be an all night party. Clint Dempsey staked the United States Men's National Team to an early lead, the U.S. attack looked as good as it has in recent memory, and the opponent did not seem remotely up for the magnitude of the moment.
It all happened very quickly, but both Ecuador and the U.S. Men's National Team were reduced to 10 men in the blink of an eye in the second half of their Copa America Centenario quarterfinal on Thursday.
After seemingly winning a foul in the Ecuador half of the field, Antonio Valencia appeared to kick his foot out at U.
As the final whistle blew signaling victory on Thursday night, the U.S. Men's National Team rushed the field. Jubilation ensued, as the U.S. had reached their goal of a semifinal berth. Then, once the celebration had ended, the USMNT regrouped in a huddle, seemingly refocusing as the team prepared to face their next challenge.
For the U.S. Men's National Team, recent performances don't matter. From the highs of Costa Rica to the lows of Colombia, the USMNT has ridden quite a wave throughout the 2016 Copa America. Yet, for the tournament to be classified as a success, the U.
The U.S. Men's National Team knows exactly what stands in the way. A familiar foe blocks their path to the Copa America semifinals, a team that the USMNT defeated just two weeks ago. Jurgen Klinsmann insists that Thursday's matchup against Ecuador will be the toughest test yet.
Throughout their history, England have developed a reputation for blowing it late. On Thursday, they turned it around in stoppage time as a pair of substitutes completed a comeback against a local rival.
Facing off with rivals Wales, England came from behind to seal a 2-1 victory on a stoppage time Daniel Sturridge finish.
NEW YORK – Danny Szetela couldn't feel his legs. After nearly 90 grueling minutes and in the midst of yet another season ravaged by injuries, the New York Cosmos midfielder was practically deadweight. He was spent. He was done. He was tired.
Yet, as the ball flicked off his head and into the back of the net for what proved to be an emotional game-winner, all Szetela could do was run and run in celebration of a moment that seemed impossible just several years ago.
Drama, penalties and weather were the three main themes of Wednesday's action in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
A night after Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy were pushed to the brink of elimination before surviving, five Major League Soccer sides went into extra time on Wednesday. An additional two teams participated in a match in which late second-half goals were scored.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Khaly Thiam had just made his penalty and was headed back toward midfield when he suddenly turned around. The young midfielder, the newest player on the Chicago Fire's active roster, went over to goalkeeper Matt Lampson, gave him a fist bump and a hug.
Whatever was exchanged between the two, in the next couple moments Lampson went on to changethe course of the Fire's U.
Slovakia came into Wednesday's second group stage match needing a victory, andJán Kozák's side answered the call with an emphatic result.
Group B took another twist as Slovakia picked up a 2-1 win against Russia, after captain Marek Hamsik worked a bit of magic in the first half.
The Napoli midfielderplayed a part in the team's first goal, playing a long ball toVladimir Weiss, who took advantage of the disjointed Russia backline and finished beyond goalkeeperIgor Akinfeev in the 32nd minute.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The Chicago Fire unveiled their newest international forward on Tuesday with a press conference and photo op at Toyota Park, but general manager Nelson Rodriguez was quick to dissuade any notion that Michael de Leeuw will be a cure-allfor the last-place club, whichhas scored fewer goals than any other in Major League Soccer this season.
Hundredsof die-hard Indy Eleven fans stormed the field at Michael A. Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, painting a scene that was akin to that of a European promotion match.
The Eleven had a very specific task ahead of them as they went into the game Saturday night, needing the exact 4-1 win they got in order to finish above the New York Cosmos and win the NASL Spring Season title.
Most of the world's biggest stars will only play in one major tournament this summer, however, Sweden is set to feature its biggest star at a second competition.
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been included in Sweden's preliminary roster for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. If Ibrahimovic makes the squad's final 23-man roster, he will serve as one of the team's three overaged players for the tournament.
SEATTLE A not entirely meaningful match quickly turned into a one-sided display on Tuesday night in front of 45,753 at CenturyLink Field, as Argentina topped Bolivia 3-0 in Copa America group stage play.
With the victory, Argentina handily won Group D with three wins in three matches.
The fourth round of the 2016 U.S. Open Cup gets underway Tuesday evening, as Major League Soccer teams come into the fray.
In Portland, the only all-MLS match of the round takes place as the Timbers host the San Jose Earthquakes. Elsewhere, the Colorado Rapids will face an in-state rival in a rematch of last year's Fourth Round matchup, while Real Salt Lake will look to end the Wilmington Hammerheads' impressive run.
For the first time since the start of the Copa America, the U.S. Men's National Team will require a change to the starting XI, but Jurgen Klinsmann is far from worried about theupcoming shift in personnel.
After earning a red card in the USMNT's win over Paraguay, DeAndre Yedlin will miss out on Thursday's Copa America quarterfinal against Ecuador.
Aron Johannsson's nagging injuries will cause him to miss even more time for Werder Bremen this fall.
Werder Bremen CEO Frank Bauman says that the U.S. Men's National Team forward will miss the start of the 2016-17 campaign due to a nagging hip injury. Bauman said that Johannsson's issues are "not an easy situation" while stressing patience from both fans and the 25-year-old forward.
Heading into Group F play, Austria had been pegged as one of Euro 2016's dark horses and was widely recognized as a team capable of making a run. Yet, their campaign took a major hit on Tuesday in a loss to one of the tournament's minnows.
Led by an Adam Szalai finish, Hungary toppled 10-man Austria, 2-0, to leap to the top of the Group F standings in their first game of Euro 2016.
D.C. United has reportedly bolstered the club's Homegrown ranks with the signing of one of U.S. Soccer's top prospects.
The Washington Post is reporting that D.C. United has come to terms with U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team captainChris Durkin. The 16-year-old midfielder is expected to finalize a multiyear deal with the club on Tuesday and is expected to bein uniform Wednesday for D.
The Professional Refereeing Organization — more commonly known as PRO— has come under fire many times for debatabledecisions on the field, but now the referees union that handles the dealings of officials from the United States and Canada are bringing another issue into question.
According to ESPN FC, the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) filed a claim with the National Labor Relations Board back in April after PRO "engaged in unlawful direct dealing.
While Euro 2016 has gotten off to a fast start, one team could be on the verge of disqualification after recent fan violence in France. Meanwhile, FIFA's former president has come out with more harsh accusations directed at European competitions.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims that he has witnessed various European competitions that were fixed.
Italyis known for its rich history, but coming into this summer's Euro 2016, theAzzurrireally weren't considered among the favorites. Monday's result certainly putAntonio Conte's side back on the map though.
Italy captured an impressive 2-0 win against Group E favorites Belgium, behind goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle.
Ireland appeared to be on their way to a group-opening victory, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again popped up when his side needed him most, even if his name didn't end up on the scoresheet because of it.
Ibrahimovic created an own goal late in the second half, canceling out aWes Hoolahan opener in a 1-1 draw between Sweden and Ireland.
Seen as one of the tournament's biggest threats, Spain was on the front foot for most of their Group D opener against the Czech Republic, but it took a late winner for the favorites to pick up a 1-0 win on Monday.
The Spanish attack managed 13 shots against the Czechs, however, just fiveof their efforts landed on target.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has a big decision to make this week regarding his future in England, while he and hisLa Furia Rojaprepare for Euro 2016 kickoff in France.
After speculation as to whom would start in net for Spain, Vicente del Bosque has revealed that David de Gea will be the man to replace Iker Casillas despite recent reports suggesting the Manchester United keeper was involved in a sexual assault case.
After two years of disappointing results that did not match the rabid support for the team off the pitch, Indy Eleven have earned their first title.
The Indianapolis-based franchise officially won the NASL Spring Season on Sunday, after essentially clinching it Saturday evening with a handed 4-1 victory over the Carolina RailHawks in front of their home fans.
While the seven of the eight teams in the Copa America quarterfinals have already been sorted out, Group C still needs a champion, which will be decided on Monday.
After stunning Jamaica and Uruguay in their opening two matches, Venezuela looks to complete the trifecta against Mexico. Meanwhile, Jamaica and Uruguay will battle it out for third place in the group.
When the final whistle blew on what turned out to be a 1-0 win over Paraguay, the U.S. Men's National Teambench charged ontothe field. It was a display of joy and relief all in one; an expression of a hurdle cleared en route to the ultimate goal.
England's Euro 2016 push started with yet another prototypical setback.
Up a goal in stoppage time, the Three Lions surrendered a headed shot fromVasili Berezutski to drop two points in a 1-1 draw. Despite the late goal, the match was overshadowed by fan violence, as supporters clashed before, after and during the match.
The U.S. Men's National Team was far from perfect against Paraguay on Saturday night, and Jurgen Klinsmann and co. may have had their Copa America ended if not for the heroics of their young centerback.
John Brooks played like an elite defender on Saturday night, and his numerous bailouts of his backline led the way in a 1-0 win over Paraguay.
In the past it has been attacking players like Clint Dempsey and, even further back, Landon Donovan that have received great recognition for their contributions to the U.S. Men's National Team. However, recently it has been the squad's defending that has earned them such high praise.
After starting out the tournament as the hottest team, Argentina has reportedly been dealt a massive blow to one of the squad's best attacking players.
According to ESPN Deportes, Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria could miss the remainder of the Copa America Centenario forLa Albicelesteafter suffering an abductor tear during the first half of Friday's 5-0 win over Panama.
CHICAGO –The most consistent cheers for the first hour Friday night at Soldier Field came whenever the heavily pro-Argentina crowd got a glimpse of Lionel Messi on the video board or when he and his fellow substitutes got up to jog and stay loose.
The defending Copa America champions needed a controversial late penalty call to beat Bolivia Friday night and pick up their first three points of the Copa America Centenario. Two goals by Arturo Vidal at either end of the second half gave Chile a2-1 win over Bolivia,keepingChile's hopesalive in Group D.
While the U.S. Men's National Team continues to tinker with younger options throughout the team, the squad's defense has recently undergone an infusion of youth, most notably with the emergence of DeAndre Yedlin.
The last 12 months have been a series of ups and downs for the former Seattle Sounders player, but his recent form as an outside back has earnedhim significant praise asboth a defender and an attacker.
The U.S. Men's National Team is well aware that a tie on Saturday night will all but certainly get them through to the Copa America knockout stages. However, in the second of what Jurgen Klinsmann hopes is a series of do-or-die games, the USMNT coach expects much, much more.
Jerome Kiesewetter will remain in Germany, but the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team winger has found himself a new club.
FortunaDusseldorf announced on Friday that the club has signed Kiesewetter to a two-year deal. The winger joins the 2. Bundesliga club, who finished 14th last season, after spending the last five years of his career with Stuttgart.
The Copa America rolls on Friday night as Group D begins to sort itself out, while Euro 2016 kicks off with hosts France facing Romania.
Group A play begins for the French as they take on a up-and-coming Romania side at theStade de France. Romania, currently sitting 22nd in the latest FIFA rankings, will look to stun the hosts before Group A's other two teams play on Saturday.
North and South America's biggest stars are currently lighting it up in the United States at the Copa America Centenario, but with Euro 2016 just around the corner it's time to take a look at the best young players in Europe.
While stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic headline the core of veterans, youth talents like France's Kingsley Coman and English duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier have the potential to showcase themselves in this summer's tournament.
A standout performance in a major tournament has the ability to alter the career of a player.
Plenty of established stars and newcomers to the international scene are set to take France by storm over the next month in an attempt to improve their status at their current club or make a move to one of the continent's top club sides.
While Copa America Centenario competition heats up, the UEFA Euro 2016 looks to join in the action this weekend.
Host nation France will kick things off on Friday afternoon in a Group A fixture against Romania. England and Germany, meanwhile, will take on Russia and Ukraine, respectively, in two of the more enticing matchups this weekend.
Fox Soccer's coverage of the Copa America has been boosted by the presence of former U.S. Men's National Team stars like Alexi Lalas, Brad Friedel and Herculez Gomez. Now, another USMNT icon is set to lend his analysis for the Copa America.
Fox announced on Thursday that Landon Donovan has joinedFox Sports as a studio and game analyst for the ongoing Copa America.
GLENDALE, Ariz. Peru knows it easily could have lost on Wednesday, but also felt that a win and an early spot in the quarterfinals were within reach.
Just like their post-game sentiments, the Peruvians' performance was largely mixed.
Peru played Ecuador to a 2-2 draw in a thrilling Copa America Centenario match on Wednesday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium, but the result was seen in both a positive and negative light by head coach Ricardo Gareca and his players.
Portugal had an easy trip qualifying for Euro 2016, andnow they now look to have an easy path to the tournament's knockout stages.
Cristiano Ronaldo and company have what would be considered the weakest of the six groups in the recently expanded tournament, giving the side a chance to build momentum and show well at a major international tournament after disappointing in the last three.
At first glance, Spain jumps out as the favorite to win Group D of the 2016 Euros.
However, after a 1-0 defeat to lowly Georgia in a pre-Euro 2016 friendly, it's apparent that Vicente Del Bosque's Spain isn't the same team that won three major tournaments in a row in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Instead, Croatia may emerge as the team to beat in Group D.
Atlanta United's Homegrown initiative has begun with the signing a U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team star.
Andrew Carleton was officially announced as Atlanta United's first Homegrown Player on Thursday. The15-year-old midfielder, who resides in Powder Springs, Georgia, will be added to the team'sroster as a Homegrown Player in 2017 after completingHomegrown Player training requirements.
Jermaine Jones knows his time is coming to a close. At 34-years-old and with nearly 350 games under his belt, Jones only has so many chances left to shine under the brightest of lights before his international career comes to a close.
That fact was in the back of Jones' mind on Tuesday night against Costa Rica in what turned out to be one his most impressive and commanding performances in a U.
Despite putting on an excellent showing in Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Paraguay, James Rodriguez's injured shoulder will still require some attention, while a Roma legend has announced he'll return for one final season.
The 24-year-old attacker played a full 90 minutes against Paraguay, netting a goal and an assist in the process.
It's quite simple for the U.S. Men's National Team on Tuesday night; a win or tie will keep their 2016 Copa America Centenario journey alive. On the other hand, a second straight loss would officially eliminate the hosts.
Jurgen Klinsmann opted to remain with the same starting XI that went out in the USMNT's 2-0 loss to Colombia on Friday night, and that group of players will be tasked with conquering a familiar CONCACAF foe in Costa Rica.
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Republican presidentialcandidate Donald Trump has created waves with some of his comments throughout the campaigning process, but could a potential White House bid affect the United States' chances of hosting another major soccer tournament?
Sunil Gulati admits that a tournament similar to the Copa America Centenario could be a possibility for the future, but the U.S. Soccer president insists that talks of ongoing discussions are a bit premature.
According to Gulati, there have been no discussions between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL with regards to combining the Copa America and Gold Cup.
MLS action is currently on hiatus with international matches in full swing, but the league's Disciplinary Committee handed down a series of suspensions and fines on Tuesday, while also rescinding an existing red card.
Vancouver Whitecaps duo Kendall Waston and Octavio Riverohave each been suspended one match and received an undisclosed fine for violent conduct during the team's matches against the Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo, respectively.
Uruguyan FA presidentWilmar Valdez is far from happy with the Copa America Centenario.
In the aftermath of Uruguay's 3-1 loss to Mexico, Valdez says that it was a "mistake" to host the Copa America in the U.S. The Uruguayan executive went on to say that the format greatly favors Mexico, while admitting he shoulders some responsibility for allowing the special edition tournament to be played in the U.
The U.S. Men's National Team is fresh off a major setback, one that has threatened to prematurely end their Copa America run. Yet, their fates remain in their own hands, but they will need to seize the opportunity against Costa Rica on Tuesday.
After falling to Colombia in their tournament opener, the U.
The Vancouver Whitecaps put out a mostly second-tier squad in their first leg matchup against the Ottawa Fury, and it's the latter that is nearing a finals appearance at the 2016 Canadian Championship.
The Fury picked up a 2-0 first leg win vs. the Whitecaps on June 1 behind first half goals from Jonny Steele and Paulo Junior.
Just one year ago, the U.S. Men's National Team seemed like a dream for Darlington Nagbe. Still yet to receive his citizenship, another summerwent by withouta chance at international soccer, as Nagbedreamed of one day represent the U.S. against the world's elite.
Fast forward to the Copa America Centenario, and that dream has become a reality, but Nagbe is the first to say that there is plenty of work ahead of both himself and his team.
CHICAGO The U.S. Men's National Team knows plenty about what's ahead Tuesday night. The opponent, Costa Rica, is a CONCACAF foe and the scenario,needing a result to keep their hopes of advancing alive, is one the program has become familiar with over the years.
"I think we all do understand what's at stake, you're absolutely right.
It turns out the U.S. Men's National Team may have many more opportunities to face South American opposition in the future after a report on Monday revealed CONCACAF and CONMEBOL are looking to merge Gold Cup and Copa America.
The new competition, which would be held once every four years in the United States, would allow the USMNT to face the likes Argentina, Brazil and Chile on a more regular basis, as well as their familiar CONCACAF foes.
CHICAGO – If the U.S. Men's National Team's 2-0 loss to Colombia in the opening game of the Copa America did anything to dampen expectations for fans ofthe host nation, members of the squad appeared unfazedby losing to a team many considered the favorites in Group A.
For years, Clint Dempsey has been the U.S. Men's National Team's most consistent attacking option. On Friday against Colombia, he was the team's most active attacker yet again, but his role remains up for debate as the U.S. continues through the Copa America.
Dempsey was far and away the USMNT's most creative forward in the 2-0 loss to Colombia in the Copa America opener.
The Copa America Centenario may not be a once in a lifetime opportunity for the U.S.
ESPN is reporting thatnegotiations between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF are nearly complete as the two federations lookto merge the Copa America and Gold Cup intoone tournament. The tournament would reportedly be held every four years in the U.
CHICAGO – Jamaica knew the importance ofitsCopa America Centenario opener on Sunday. Sharinga group withMexico and Uruguay, a win Sunday at Soldier Field seemed key to the hopesofJamaica orVenezuela.
Assistant coach Miguel Coley, standingin for red-carded manager Winfried Schaefer during the post-game press conference, called it the "toughest game in the group on a psychological level, both teams believe that we could have gotten three points.
The U.S. Men's National Team's 2-0 defeat against Colombia on Friday night certainly wasn't the ideal way to begin this summer's Copa America, particularly the way the squad's attack underperformed.
Questionable tactical decisions by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann highlighted the USMNT's struggles on the night, including Michael Bradley's rough outing as a holding midfielder and the German playing Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes on the wings.
Argentina take on reigning Copa America champions Chile in their group opener on Monday night, but they will be doing so without their best player.
Lionel Messi will reportedly miss out on Argentina's group stage opener against Chile, which is set to be played at Levi's Stadium. Messi, who recently flew back to Spain to deal with an ongoing tax fraud trial, has been nursing a back injury he suffered in a pre-tournament friendly against Honduras.
CHICAGO –The word early Sunday from Jamaican manager Winfried Schäfer was that star center back Wes Morgan was too tired from Leicester City's title celebrations to feature in the Jamaica's Copa America Centenario opener that afternoon.
Morgan did end up appearing in the game, but by the time the imposing center back entered Sunday's match against Venezuela, the Reggae Boyz had dug themselves a hole they couldn't escape.
ORLANDO Nobody could blame the Costa Rican fans for feeling frustrated after an unexpected scoreless draw with the lowest ranked team in their group on Saturday, but Kendall Wastonsays the Ticoswere not surprised by the way it played out.
The towering center back, who was sent off for a scissor kick challenge on Nelson Valdez in stoppage time, said the team was prepared for the Paraguay's game plan from the start.
While Sebastian Giovinco's exclusion from Italy's Euro 2016 roster recently made waves, another MLS player proved his worth for a major European side on Sunday.
Montreal Impact defender Laurent Ciman was subbed on in the second half of Belgium's 3-2 friendly win against Norway on Sunday, and the 30-year-old scored the game winner after just 24 minutes on the field.
Pasadena, Calif. Ecuadorian head coach Gustavo Quinteros got right to the point in his post match press conference in the bowels of the Rose Bowl after his team's 0-0 draw against South American giants Brazil.
"With a bionic look, the referee decided to invalidate the goal," Quinteros quipped.
SEATTLE Paolo Guerrero was all smiles on Saturday evening. Not only had he just moved into sole possession of the top spot on Peru's all-time scoring list, but did so whilehelping his nation start the Copa America Centenario with three points.
PASADENA, Calif. Brazil threatened early and often, but Ecuadorshowed why it is currently ranked 2nd in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, staying compact, threatening on the counter, and generally giving the Brazilians all they could handle.
Despite putting on a passing clinic, the Seleçao couldn't finish, and only managed agoalless draw, 0-0, before 53,158yellow-clad supporters at the Rose Bowl.
ORLANDO Paraguay was looking for a win against Costa Rica in their opening match to stand a chance in Copa America Centenario's group of death, butleft with just a point afterfailingto produce after a dominant first half.
The South Americans pressed Costa Rica early on Saturday to the surprise of many, but the Group A match ended in a scoreless drawat Camping World Stadium.
Jurgen Klinsmann saw his side fall in Friday's Copa America opener. Facing off with Colombia, the world's third-ranked team, the U.S. Men's National Team was undone, giving this summer's premier tournament a sour start.
However, despite all that seemingly went wrong, the U.
After all of the build-up, the U.S. Men's National Team's road through the Copa America finally begins with Colombia on Friday night.
In the first match of this summer's tournament, the USMNT hosts Colombia at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. To start the 100th anniversary of the tournament, Jurgen Klinsmann has selected a lineupcausing little to no surprise, as Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Wood headline the USMNT XI.
Entering Friday's Copa America kickoff, Colombia enters as one of the competition's favorites.LosCafateros enter the tournament ranked third in the world, and are pegged my many to emerge as the top team in Group A.
The summer of soccer starts on Friday with Copa America Centenario's opening match pitting the United States against the third-ranked team in the world in Colombia at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The two sides last squared off in a friendly held on Nov.
The U.S. Men's National Team will begin their Copa America journey on Friday against Colombia, but the squad's overall performance at the tournament holds great weight for several of Jurgen Klinsmann's players.
While top clubs will be watching some of the squad's younger players, other contributors will be playing for a place in the USMNT going forward.
In the build-up to the Copa America, Michael Bradley all but asserted himself as the U.S. Men's National Team's premier No. 6. The midfielder's play seemingly put to rest a positional debate that has spanned years while effectively locking down a spot as a more deep-lying midfielder.
Major League Soccer is one of several leagues around the world set to help FIFA usher in a new era of technology.
FIFA announced on Thursday that MLS is one of several competitions that will participate in video assistant referee experimentation. MLS is joined by Australia's Hyundai A-League, the German Bundesliga, Portugal's Liga NOS, and several competitions in Brazil and the Netherlands as FIFA's selections.
CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union have become used to receiving contributions from their rookie class in 2016.
Forward Fabian Herbers, who was one of three top-six selections in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, delivered his first-career MLSstrike in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Columbus Crew at Talen Energy Stadium.
The latest FIFA World Rankings didn't provide too many shocks, although England's drop from the top 10 saw a surprise nation take their place.
Argentina and Belgium held their spots at the top of the table, while Colombia, Germany and Chile round out the top five. Positions six through nine held true to FIFA's previous rankings, with Spain, Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay, while Austria has replaced England at the 10th position.
Despite failing to complete a last-second deal in 2015, David de Gea could still be on his wayto Real Madrid.
The Manchester United keeper is reportedly being heavily pursued by Florentino Perez and Real, despite boasting Costa Rica international Keylor Navas. Real and De Gea's agent, Jorge Mendes, are said to have a deal in place, but if the La Liga club reneges on their offer de Gea could be compensated over $22 million.
CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union had a goal in mind that few could have envisioned them realizing before the season began, but Jim Curtin can put a check mark next to it after the club's latest impressive performance.
The Union achieved their goal of securing first place in the Eastern Conference at the Copa America Centenario break after beating the Columbus Crew, 3-2, at Talen Energy Stadium on Wednesday.
While one MLS star was named to Ireland's squad ahead of Euro 2016, a Designated Player could be on his way out with the Chicago Fire.
The Fire are reportedly seeking to buy out Gilberto's contract. The DP has netted just five and added four assists in 19 matches for the Eastern Conference side after being claimed off waivers by the Fire in 2015.
U.S. Soccer is fighting back against claims from the U.S. Women's National Team, after the group cited receiving significantly lower pay between their team and the USMNT.
According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Soccer has filed its defense against the USWNT's claims of equal pay disparity and stated that the group is among the most highly compensated female teams in the world.
Group C may not exactly be the Group of Death, but it does feature three teams very capable of advancing to the knockout phase.
Uruguay is no stranger to winning this competition, hoisting the Copa America trophy four times in their history.La Celeste's most recent triumph came in 2011, making them likely favorites to advance out of this group.
After an embarrassing exit from the 2015 Copa America quarterfinals, Brazil now has a chance to right the ship just a year later.
Dunga's side lost on penalties to Paraguay after winning their group, but can now avenge that unexpected early loss with another opportunity to top their group. That being said, though, Ecuador's young talent and the grit that saw Peru take third place in last year's Copa could keep Brazil from glory.
While one major European star was left off of his team's Euro 2016 roster, another continues to remain coy over his next playing destination.
Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus was left off Germany's final 23-man Euro 2016 roster on Tuesday due to "serious fitness problems." Head coach Joachim Low said the team's medical staff couldn't give a clear indication whether Reus would be able to contribute this summer.