Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2017

Altidore 'not a fan' of 4-3-3 setup following USMNT draw

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Jozy Altidore understands his role within the U.S. Men's National Team, but the veteran forward was left frustrated by the tactics around him in Sunday's year-opening friendly.

Altidore started centrally in a 4-3-3 on Sunday afternoon as the U.

MLS Players Union voices disappointment with U.S. travel ban

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The Major League Soccer Players Union released their statement and voiced their disappointment Monday in President Trump's recently signed executive order that bans the entry of refugees, migrants and green-card holders into the United States.

MLS Players Union Statement regarding the travel ban by the White House pic.

MLS Ticker: Galaxy to sign Alessandrini, Red Bulls to sell naming rights, and more

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The LA Galaxy could be nearing the signing of another foreign midfielder on a DP contract.

The team is reportedly closing in on the signing of French midfielder Romain Alessandrini from Ligue 1 side Marseille, reports the LA Times. The 27-year-old midfielder would join the team on a DP contract as early as the middle of this week, joining fellow midfield acquisitions Jermaine Jones and Joao Pedro this offseason.

Arena: March USMNT return not 'realistic' for Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey recently returned to Seattle Sounders training, but Bruce Arena says he doesn't expect the forward to be a part of the U.S. Men's National Team's plans any time soon.

Speaking to ESPN, Arena says Dempsey likely won't be a part of the USMNT squad for March's World Cup qualifiers.

USMNT 0, Serbia 0: Match Highlights

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Gooch makes return with Sunderland U-23s

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After a long time watching from the sidelines due to his mid-November ankle injury, Lynden Gooch finally returned to the field on Sunday.

Gooch made his long-awaited return on Sunday for the Sunderland U-23s as they took on the Liverpool U-23s, featuring for 60 minutes in his first action since damaging his ankle ligaments in a development squad match in November.

Union sign former USMNT defender Onyewu

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Former United States Men's National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu has finally found a home, and it's in Philadelphia.

Onyewu, who has trialed for several teams since he last played for Charlton Athletic in 2015, has been signed by the Philadelphia Union as a discovery signing, the team announced on Monday.

USMNT 0, Serbia 0: The SBI Breakdown

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The first U.S. Men's National Team match of Bruce Arena's second tenure was, in some aspects, unspectacular. Goals and attacking play were generally lacking in the 0-0 draw, providing few moments of genuine excitement on Sunday afternoon.

Still, when assessing the bigger picture, there were several takeaways, some of which Arena should be very excited about as the team pushes towards March.

Gulati: U.S. 2026 World Cup bid 'secondary' to immigration ban

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Though confirming the potential for a 2026 U.S. World Cup bid was still in discussion and not yet decided, USSF president Sunil Gulati stated that any bid concerns were 'secondary' to the Trump administration's current immigration ban.

Among the myriad concerns originating from the immigration ban from several predominantly Muslim countries, a potential U.

Monday Kickoff: UEFA, Payet, Mourinho and more

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With an expanded World Cup looming, UEFA is flexing its muscles while one of France's top stars finally sealed a move away from his club.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin demanded that Europe be given at least 16 of the 48 places at an expanded World Cup. (REPORT)

Olympique Marseille finally sealed a move for Dimitri Payet, who moves back to France after forcing a transfer from West Ham.

Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Green, Ream, Brooks and more

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Following the conclusion of the 2. Bundesliga's winter break, Julian Green earned a starting nod in his debut for his new club.

Green started and played the first 45 minutes for Stuttgart on Sunday as the 2. Bundesliga powerhouse slipped past St. Pauli with a 1-0 win. The victory sees the club move into second place, behind leaders Eintracht Braunschweig on goal differential.

USMNT to play WCQ vs. Honduras at San Jose's Avaya Stadium

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The U.S. Men's National Team will be returning to the Bay Area for World Cup qualifying for the first time since 1997.

U.S. Soccer announced that San Jose's Avaya Stadium will be the host venue for the USMNT's pivotal World Cup qualifier against Honduras on March 24.

Jones, Kljestan released to clubs after USMNT tie with Serbia

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Two U.S. Men's National Team midfielders will return to their clubs ahead of the upcoming friendly against Jamaica.

New Los Angeles Galaxy signing Jermaine Jones and Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan will return to their clubs after playing in Sunday's0-0 draw with Serbia, United States coach Bruce Arena announced at the postgame press conference.

USMNT settles for scoreless draw with Serbia in Bruce Arena's return

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Bruce Arena's second tenure as the U.S. Men's National Team's head coach ended in a 0-0 draw against Serbia in a friendly at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday.

Despite the scoreline, several U.S. players made some personal history on Sunday. Jozy Altidore earned his 100th cap, becoming the 17th player in national team history to accomplish the feat.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Darlington Nagbe

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Darlington Nagbe has long been hailed as one of the most technical players in the U.S. Men's National Team pool, and the Portland Timbers star certainly showed just how much he can impact a game on Sunday afternoon.

Playing on the left wing, Nagbe shined throughout his 87 minutes on the field during the USMNT's 0-0 draw with Serbia.

USMNT vs. Serbia: SBI Live Commentary

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The second Bruce Arena era truly begins on Sunday afternoon with the first U.S. Men's National Team match of the new year.

Following several weeks of January cap, the U.S. takes the field on Sunday in San Diego to face Serbia in the team's first friendly since the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Americans Abroad Saturday Rewind: Carter-Vickers, Boyd, Hyndman and more

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While one American endured some ups and downs in his return to this team's lineup, another experienced a largely frustrating debut following a recent transfer.

Cameron Carter-Vickers experiencedan inconsistent return to the Tottenham lineup, but a pair of late goals helped Spurs overcome a late deficit in a 4-3 win over Wycombe Wanderers.

Americans Abroad Friday Rewind: Arriola, Orozco, Wooten and more

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Tijuana continues to shine through the first few weeks of the Liga MX season, and a trio of Americans abroad played a major part in the team's latest win.

Paul Arriola and Michael Orozco both started and played all 90 minutes in Friday's 1-0 win over Cruz Azul while midfielder Joe Corona was substituted just seconds before the final whistle.

Hyndman scores in first Rangers start

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Emerson Hyndman made quite the impression in his first start for Rangers.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder scored an 87th minute goal on Saturday, helping lead Rangers to a 2-0 win over Motherwell in his first extended run out for the Scottish club.The goal comesin Hyndman's second overall appearance since joining the club on loan from Bournemouth on Jan.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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After chasing Monaco for the better part of the season, Paris Saint-Germain has a chance to catch up with the Ligue 1 leaders this weekend when they square off at Parc des Princes.

PSG, who has been riding on the fine form of Edinson Cavani, will have to find a way to outscore the high-octaneoffense of Monaco, which leads Ligue 1 with 64 goals through 21 matches.

Arena names 23-man squad for Serbia, Jamaica friendlies

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Bruce Arena has confirmed the 23-man squad that will compete for selection in his first game back as U.S. Men's National Team manager.

The former LA Galaxy boss kept many of the regular starters like Michael Bradley, Alejando Bedoya, Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris in the squad, but he also opened the door for some MLS-based players to make an impact on the pitch after an impressive two-week training stint in California.

MLS Ticker: Orlando acquires Saunders, Quakes add Urena, and more

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It didn't take long for Josh Saunders to find a new team after being left off the NYCFC preseason roster earlier this week. The much-maligned goalkeeper was shipped off to Orlando City on Friday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS Draft.

"Josh is a veteran MLS goalkeeper that will add championship experience, leadership and depth to our side with 125 appearances in 11 years in the league," Lions general manager Niki Budalic said.

Giovinco 'happy' to remain in Toronto amid offer from China

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The threat of the Chinese Super League luring top players from MLS has lurked in the background since the big spending out of Asia began, but a real threat may be posed as China tries to steal the top player in MLS with a lucrative offer.

In the past week, there has been interest from China in Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Johnson, Wood, Kitchen and more

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While one American could make his return to the field, several others will look to an impress to close a week headlined by the MLS returns of several Americans abroad.

Fabian Johnson returned to training with Borussia Monchengladbach following the winter break, and the midfielder could make his first appearance since early December on Saturday when his side takes on Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and Bayer Leverkusen.

Arena pleased with first phase of January camp as friendlies loom for USMNT

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Bruce Arena joked that he is ready for the criticism. He's ready for the second-guessing, the evaluations that come from all sides. He has some tough decisions to make as January camp edges towards his climax.

Arena is set to trim his roster from 28to 23 ahead of the U.S. Men's National Team's pair of upcoming friendlies, a decision which he expects to draw criticism from one place or another.

USL club Phoenix Rising announces MLS expansion intentions

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Thedeadline for MLS expansion applications is fast approaching, and Phoenix has come out ofnowhere to thrust itself into the conversation.

USL club Phoenix Rising announced on Thursday that it plans to submit the necessary paperwork that MLS has requested fromowners looking to land afirst-divisionfranchise during the next round of expansion.

Friday Kickoff: Mexico, Rooney, Silva and more

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El Tri's manager says the team will be sticking with tradition while leadership from a major Chinese city denied interest in a big star.

Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio says El Tri will continue to use the Estadio Azteca as the team's hope stadium.

MLS Ticker: Molino dealt to Minnesota, Atlanta adds another defender, and more

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On a day when Atlanta United dominated the MLS news cycle, its expansion cousin Minnesota United reportedly made a huge splash.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Minnesota will acquire winger Kevin Molino and goalkeeper Patrick McLean from Orlando City in exchange for $450,000 in general allocation money and $200,000 in targeted allocation money.

Cosmos bring back midfielder Danny Szetela

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One of the New York Cosmos' key players over the past few seasons is returning for the 2017 season.

The Cosmos announced that midfielder Danny Szetela is returning to the team after he was previously signed by the NASL's newest expansion franchise, the San Francisco Deltas.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Serbia?

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On Sunday, forthe first time in decade, Bruce Arena will submit a U.S. Men's National Team lineup, and he has a few decisions to make as his team prepares for the first friendly of the new era.

Arena and the U.S. take on Serbia on Sunday, signaling the first match of Arena's tenure and the first friendly of January camp.

MLS Ticker: FC Dallas sign Colman, Atlanta adds Tottenham loanee and more

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FC Dallas' hunt for a forward is officially over. The Supporters' Shield and U.S. Open Cup winners officially announced a deal for 22-year-old striker Cristian Colman on Wednesday.

The Paraguayan, who comes to MLS from Nacional Asuncion in the Paraguayan first division, will count as a young Designated Player.

Goalkeeper position in state of flux for USMNT ahead of vital qualifiers

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Brad Guzan's move to Atlanta United finally provided a bit of clarity. It is now certain that Guzan will move from the Middlesbrough bench to the field for a club that truly needs him. It's also a certainty that Atlanta United has their goalkeeper, one that should be a centerpiece for quite some time.

Terrence Boyd excited to work with Torsten Frings at Darmstadt

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Terrence Boyd needed a fresh start. He was given a tremendous opportunity after signing with Darmstadt on Tuesday to play under one of his childhood idols, Torsten Frings.

The Bremen-born U.S. international watched Frings play for Werder Bremen, Boyd's local club growing up. Now the 25-year-old has a chance to work withthe former midfielder.

Report: Soldier Field to host 2017 MLS All-Star Game

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The MLS All-Star Game appears to be headed back to an Eastern Conference site after three years out west.

According to Chicago Business, the 2017 edition of the game will be played at Soldier Field in Chicago on August 2. The report claims an announcement will be made next week about the game, which has recently pitted the MLS All-Stars against a team from Europe.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Kitchen, Johnsen, Lichaj and more

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Two Americans shined as their cup tie went into extra time, helping lead their team into the next phase of their domestic competition.

After tying the opening leg, 1-1, Perry Kitchen, Bjorn Johnsen and Hearts had it all to play for in Wednesday's clash with Raith Rovers in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Left back competition heats up as USMNT pushes toward March qualifiers

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For years, the January camp has been used to identify new U.S. Men's National Team talent, and players like Jozy Altidore and Geoff Cameron have utilized the annual gathering to begin what eventually became extended international careers. What it generally hasn't always done, though, is challenge the status quo, at least in the short-term.

Report: Landon Donovan will not sign with RSL

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Early in the offseason, Landon Donovan was linked with a shock move to Real Salt Lake, but it doesn't appear he will be calling Rio Tinto Stadium home any time soon.

According to Sports Illustrated, Donovan will not be moving to RSL ahead of the 2017 season.

Thursday Kickoff: Wenger, Mexico, Subotic and more

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One of the game's top managers is hoping to earn a lenient punishment while Mexico is set to face FIFA on Thursday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepted his misconduct charge from the English FA but will request a personal meeting in an effort to earn a more lenient punishment for shoving a fourth official.

Guzan set to join Atlanta United at end of Premier League season

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Brad Guzan is officially bound for Atlanta.

Middlesbrough announced on Wednesday that Guzan is set to join Atlanta United at the end of the Premier League season. Middlesbrough also announced that Guzan has signed a multi-year deal with Atlanta United after weeks of speculation regarding a move.

Villafana headed to January camp as late addition

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The never ending search for an answer to the U.S. Men's National Team full back situation took an unexpected twist on Wednesday, as former Portland Timbers left back Jorge Villafana confirmed he's on the way to January camp in California.

Villafana, who moved to Santos Lagune after the Timbers won MLS Cup in 2015, will be a late addition to the group that started training in California a week ago ahead of friendlies with Serbia and Jamaica, the first of which takes place on Sunday in San Diego.

Nick Lima Set to Add Toughness, Youth to Quakes in 2017

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San Jose Earthquakes rookie defender Nick Lima is a tough guy. So tough, he once played a game in high school with a broken foot.

"It was definitely a bad decision because it made it worse," he said after the Quakes first day of preseason training on Tuesday.

Ancelotti: No relegation 'demotivates' MLS clubs

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Carlo Ancelotti, current Bayern Munich manager, says the lack of relegation in Major League Socceris hurting the league.

Speakingto ESPN FC, Ancelotti says he has accepted the differences of the league after spending time in Canada following the Vancouver Whitecaps. However, while the current system does level the playing field, Ancelotti says he believes in a system where top-flight status isn't assured.

MLS Ticker: Hamid to return for opener, Revolution make signing, and more

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Even though Bill Hamid's U.S. Men's National Team camp was cut short due to another knee injury, he is confident that he will be back for D.C. United's regular-season opener on March 4.

Hamid was initially ruled out for five to six weeks, but after undergoing successful surgery, he is optimistic to return in time for the 2017 season.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Cup action takes center stage on Wednesday with England and Spain highlighting the day's slate of games.

TheEFL Cup resumes as Liverpool and Southampton play the second leg of their semifinal at Anfield. Saints hold a 1-0 lead on aggregate after their win on Jan. 11. The winner of the semi will face either Hull City or Manchester United in the final.

Stoke City manager Hughes optimistic on Cameron recovery

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Geoff Cameron hasn't seen the field since late October due to a knee injury, an ailment that served as a major detriment to both his club and country. However, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is hopeful that Cameron is nearing his return.

According to the Stoke Sentinel, Hughes is hopeful to have Cameron back in the fold by mid-February.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Horvath, Kitchen, Yarbrough and more

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While one American looks to make his first appearance for his new club, several others take the field on Wednesday in cup action.

After securing a move to Club Brugge earlier this month, Ethan Horvath will look to make his first appearance for the Belgian club in Wednesday's match against Waasland-Beveren.

Union still shopping as Edu nears return while Onyewu, Picault join camp

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The Philadelphia Union have made some shrewd additions to bolster their depth for the 2017 season, but just because the preseason has started doesn't mean the club is done doing business.

Head coach Jim Curtin and sporting director Earnie Stewart both indicated a few moves are on the horizon as the team prepares to make the trip down to Florida for the bulk of its preseason training.

Dempsey returns to training with Sounders

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The first day of the MLS preseason brought spectacular news to the Seattle Sounders and U.S. Men's National Team, as Clint Dempsey trained in full with the Sounders on Tuesday.

Dempsey, who was out since late August with an irregular heartbeat, is medically cleared to participate in regular soccer activities after missing the final two months of the regular season, Seattle's run to MLS Cup and the first two Hexagonal matches played by the USMNT.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Williams, Alvarado, Villafana and more

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Tuesday was a good day for Danny Williams, but a poor one for each of the other Americans Abroad to take the field.

In a battle of Americans, Williams emerged victorious, toppling Tim Ream and Fulham, 1-0, in Championship action. The room boosts Reading to third in the league, while Fulham sits all the way in ninth, nine points behind Tuesday's opposition.

Wednesday Kickoff: Coutinho, Aubameyang, Kane and more

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Liverpool locked up their best player with a new contract while a Borussia Dortmund executive revealed their best player could move on if the club receives a massive transfer offer.

Phillipe Coutinho signed a new deal that will keep him at Liverpool until 2022. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says the club would consider an offer of around€80 million for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

MLS Ticker: Mears leaves Sounders for Atlanta, Dynamo adds Sanchez and more

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Tyrone Mears will be staying in MLS in 2017. He will just switching addresses from thereigning championsto an expansion club.

The Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United announced on Tuesday night that Mears was sent from the former club to the latter in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money.

MLS Ticker: Giovinco receives offer from China; Onyewu trains with the Union; and more

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The wealthy clawsof the Chinese Super League could be stretching into MLS to snatch another star.

According to Football Italia, Toronto FC striker and 2015 MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco has received an offer from an unnamed club in the CSL and will hold a discussion with Toronto about his future.

Freddy Adu trialing with Timbers

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The Portland Timbers are set to begin preseason training and a very familiar face isamong those trying to push for a roster spot ahead of the 2017 season.

Freddy Adu will join the Timbers for preseason training, according to Stumptown Footy. The 27-year-old midfielder previously played under current Timbers head coach Caleb Porter while a member of the U.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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Edinson Cavani's impeccable form as of late has Paris Saint-Germain thinking of yet another Coupe de La Ligue title this season, and the club will try to take its next step toward accomplishing that feat on Tuesday.

The three-time reigning champion of the competition will travel to take on Bordeaux in the semifinals today with its Argentine striker playing at his personal best.

MLS Ticker: Spector nearing Orlando move; Minnesota signs Taylor, Anor; and more

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Jonathan Spector appears bound for Orlando City.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Spector is set to join Orlando City if his current club, Birmingham City, signs off on an early release. Spector is reportedly in Orlando on Tuesday and could prove an answer at both fullback and centerback for a Lions team that struggled in defense throughout 2016.

Report: Zelalem given new Arsenal contract ahead of VVV Venlo loan

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For the time being, Gedion Zelalem will develop away from Arsenal, but the club made sure to lock up the midfielder's long-term future before allowing a temporarymove to the Netherlands.

According to Telesport, Zelalem has signed a new contract with Arsenal ahead of a move to Dutch second division side VVV Venlo.

Terrence Boyd signs with Bundesliga side Darmstadt 98

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Following months of speculation, Terrence Boyd has found a new home, one that will see him remain in the German Bundesliga.

Darmstadt 98 announced on Tuesday that the club has signed the American forward from RB Leipzig on a deal that runs until June 2018. Darmstadt currently sits in last on the Bundesliga table and is managed by former Toronto FC midfielder Torsten Frings.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Preview: Ream, Williams, Perez and more

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Several Americans Abroad could take the field on Tuesday as the English Championship and cup action headline the schedule.

In England, Americans collide in league play as Danny Williams and Reading host Tim Ream's Fulham. Entering Tuesday, Reading sits fifth in the Championship table, six points ahead of ninth-place Fulham through 26 matches.

Tuesday Kickoff: Toure, Russia, Mason and more

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One of the game's top midfielders dismissed any interest in a move to China, while the location of the 2018 World Cup draw has been confirmed.

Yaya Toure says he has no interest in a move to China, adding that he looks at the players making the move to the league and doesn't "think like that".

MLS Ticker: Quakes end Quintero pursuit, Diskerud off NYCFC preseason roster, and more

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It looks like the San Jose Earthquakes won't be signing Darwin Quintero.

According to ESPN, the Earthquakes have ended their pursuit of Quintero from Club America. IfSan Jose was serious about acquiring the Colombian forward, the Quakeswould have spent around $5 million for a transfer fee and annual wages of $2.

ON CCL: New format is an improvement, but still not best option

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Change to the CONCACAF Champions League format was needed, but Monday's adjustments to the competition format didn't provide enough change required to send an overwhelming sense of excitement throughout the region.

The North American governing body revamped the tournament to include 31 clubs, not 24 like the old format, with two phases and only knockout-style matchups between continental foes.

Acosta, Hedges, Manneh depart USMNT January camp

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Two players left U.S. Men's National Team camp due to injury while a third is set to join his MLS club team ahead of preseason.

Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges and Kekuta Manneh departed USMNT camp, leaving the roster at 28 players ahead of the team's two scheduled friendlies.

Namazi names squad for U.S. U-18 January camp

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Some of the youngest American prospects will earn a chance to impress U.S. U-18 Men's National Team boss Omid Namazi for the first time in 2017 during a week-long January camp. Twenty-eight players were named to Namazi's roster and they will spend the next week training at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Report: Zelalem linked with loan move to Dutch second division side VVV Venlo

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Gedion Zelalem has been linked with a loan away from Arsenal forseveral weeks, and reports out of the Netherlands say a move to an unlikely club is now imminent.

According to Telesport, Zelalem could join Dutch second division side VVV Venlo on loan by Tuesday as Arsenal is reportedly nearing a decision on the midfielder's future.

European Weekend Rewind: Rooney breaks Man Unitedscoring record, Real Madrid recover and more

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Manchester United has a new scoring king. The storied club in England experienced a shift in the record books on Saturday, as Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton's goal mark with a strike against Stoke City.

Rooney's record breaker wasn't the only big headline from across Europe this weekend, as Real Madrid rebounded from a rare hiccup in form with a win in Spain in its second league game back from the winter break.

CONCACAF announces revamped Champions League

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The process of naming a new continental club champion in North America has changed drastically. CONCACAF announced a new Champions League format on Monday to align with the schedules of the top domestic leagues on the continent.

Starting in August, the new Champions League will feature 31 teams and it will only have a home-and-away knockout format.

MLS Ticker: Harkes signs with D.C., Red Bulls trade rights to Najem and more

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D.C. United have officially added their prized Homegrown prospect.

On Monday, D.C. United announced that the club has signed former Wake Forest star Ian Harkes to a Homegrown deal. The club was reportedly close to finalizing a deal last week before announcing the midfielder as the club's ninth Homegrown player.

Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Brooks, Kitchen, Bornstein and more

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John Brooks returned to the Hertha Berlin lineup for the first match following the Bundesliga's winter break, but the U.S. Men's National Team defender could do little to help the team overcome Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Led by a pair of goals from Hakan Calhanoglu and an additional finish from Omer Toprak, Leverkusen cruised past Hertha Berlin, 3-1, on Sunday in German action.

Christian Pulisic signs new deal with Borussia Dortmund

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Christian Pulisic continues to be an integral part of Borussia Dortmund's first team, and the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder has been rewarded for his contributions with a new contract.

Borussia Dortmund announced on Monday that Pulisic has signed a new deal that ties him to the club through June 2020.

Monday Kickoff: Mason, Busquets, Drogba and more

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Ryan Mason is reportedly stable after suffering a frightening injury while Barcelona could be without a key midfielder as the club hopes to push back into the title race.

After suffering a fractured skull in this past weekend's clash with Chelsea, Hull City defender Ryan Mason is speaking with club officials after undergoing successful surgery.

Americans Abroad Saturday Rewind: Yedlin, Hyndman, Arriola and more

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While no Americans were able to find the back of the net on Saturday, several were able to lead their team to victory with vital assists.

DeAndre Yedlin, Paul Arriola and Emerson Hyndman each provided an assist on Saturday, helping their respective teams notch victories in the process. Yedlin assisted on a pair of goals in Newcastle's lopsided victory over Rotherham United, while Paul Arriola picked up his assist just one week after scoring for Tijuana.

MLS Ticker: Van Damme close to new contract, Atlanta releases preseason schedule and more

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Among all the roster fluctuation taking place at StubHub Center this offseason, one key piece from the 2016 squad is set to receive a new deal for his play since arriving from Belgium. Center back Jelle Van Damme will reportedly start the 2017 season as a Designated Player.

NASL set to begin season on March 25

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After an offseason full of turmoil, the NASL is ready to focus on the on-field action that will take place during the 2017 season. The league announced the format for the new campaign on Friday, with the season kicking off on March 25.

Both the Spring and Fall seasons will consists of 16 matches for each of the eight NASL sides, with eight of them at home and eight on the road.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Pulisic, Johnson, Wood and more

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Following the league's winter break, the Bundesliga returns this weekend with some of the top Americans Abroad.

A clash between Christian Pulisic and Aron Johannsson headlines German league action this weekend as Borussia Dortmund takes on Werder Bremen on Saturday. Fabian Johnson is expected to make his return from injury on Saturdayas Borussia Monchengladbach faces Darmstadt while Bobby Wood and Hamburg face a tough task against Wolfsburg.

English Premier League Preview: Man City clash with Tottenham, Man United visits Stoke, and more

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While Chelsea and Liverpool face bottom of the table opposition, a pair of top five teams clash in one Manchester stadium, while the other remains empty as its residents face a difficult visit to top-half opposition.

Manchester City and Tottenham pick up the slack left by the Blues and Reds as they clash at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

Report: LAFC targeting 'Chicharito' for 2018

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For years, reports linking Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez to MLS have swirled, but, ultimately, a move for theMexican star has never quite come to fruition. Now, as they prepare for their debut season, LAFC is reportedly hoping to be the club that finally attracts the forward stateside.

According to AS, LAFC will do "everything possible" to sign Hernandez ahead of the club's 2018 debut.

Friday Kickoff: Costa, Depay, Rakitic and more

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A controversial star is set to return to Premier League action while Memphis Depay is officially on the way to a Ligue 1 club.

Antonio Conte confirmed that Diego Costa is up for selection again following reports of training ground arguments and a potential move to China. (REPORT)

Lyon is set to unveil Memphis Depay after signing the Dutch winger from Manchester United.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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After emerging from opposite sides of 4-0 results last weekend, Tottenham and Manchester City will meet on Saturday to headline this weekend's action.

City will be looking to bounce back from a crushing defeat at the hands of Everton in its last fixture, while Spurs hope to keep pace with Chelsea atop the table.

CONCACAF general secretary favors joint 2026 WC bid but not combined qualifying with CONMEBOL

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With the 2026 World Cup set to feature 48 teams for the first time, a joint World Cup bid may be exactly what's required to have enough available hosting sites, a prospectwelcomed by CONCACAF leadership.

CONCACAFgeneral secretary Philippe Moggio talked up a potential joint bid from the United States, Mexico, and Canada for the 2026 World Cup while speaking to ESPN Deportes,stating that a pooling of resources may be what's needed to make hosting the tournament a reality.

MLS Ticker: Minnesota, MLS partner with Target; Galaxy set to sign midfielder, and more

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Minnesota United have landed a major sponsor for their jersey, a sponsor who has also worked out a major deal with MLS.

The expansion team has revealed that major retail company Target will be the official jersey sponsor for their upcoming inaugural season. The deal will instantly be in the top ten largest sponsorship agreements in the league, as the team looks to recoup expansion and stadium costs.

Report: St. Louis stadium funding bill given new life

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Just as MLS expansion to St. Louis dropped into a gloomy state, a new sense of hope was pumped into the city's bid to bring one of the four new franchises in MLS to Missouri.

An altered bill for stadium funding is set to be presented to a committee hearing on Thursday. Instead of the $80 million contribution from the city that was asked for originally, the group looking to bring MLS to St.

Report: Johnson making progress toward Gladbach return

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There's good news on the injury front for one of the top players in the U.S. Men's National Team talent pool. Borussia Monchengladbach winger Fabian Johnson appears ready to challenge for a spot in the matchday squad once again after dealing with an Achilles injury.

"The injury has been healed," says Johnson.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Alvarado, Villafana, Yedlin and more

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Ventura Alvarado took the field against his old club for the first time on Wednesday night, but the centerback wasn't fortunate enough to emerged with a win in Copa MX action.

Alvarado and Santos Laguna fell, 3-2, to Club America on Wednesday night in their cup clash. Also taking the field for Santos Laguna was Jorge Villafana, who joined Alvarado in logging a 90 minute shift in Wednesday's match.

Howard clarifies dual-nationals comments as Jones responds to 'dangerous' discussion

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Less than a day after making controversial comments regarding the commitment of dual-nationals on the U.S. Men's National Team, Tim Howard has attempted to clarify his comments.

In an interview with USA Today on Tuesday, Howard was highly critical of former USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's policy on recruiting dual-national players, saying that during his reign, the team struggled to "truly believe in the shirt" and that the team "lost that a little bit over the last couple of years".

Thursday Kickoff: Griezmann, Depay, Chapecoense and more

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One of the game's top managers says he won't stand in the way if his forward wants to leave, while a struggling winger could be set to revive his career in Ligue 1.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone isn't surprised by interest surrounding Antoine Griezmann and he insists he wouldn't tie any player down when they were seeking a move.

LA Galaxy sign Jermaine Jones

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Plenty of big-name stars have left the LA Galaxy since the conclusion of the 2016 season, but on Wednesday the club finally secured the signature of a high-profile player with the signing of U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones.

The Galaxy previously acquired the rights to the 35-year-old midfielder in December three days after MLS Cup.

MLS Ticker: Lletget re-signs with Galaxy, Minnesota United finalizes staff, and more

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Sebastian Lletget is currently with the U.S. Men's National Team, but the midfielder's club situation was solidified on Wednesday afternoon.

The LA Galaxy announced Wednesday that Lletget has a contract extension with the club. Lletgethas made 40 starts, scoring eight times while adding 10 assists during his stay with the club.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The FA Cup resumes with three games taking place, whilethe Copa Del Rey continues on a Wednesday filled with cup action.

Newcastle United will host a visiting Birmingham City, while Norwich City will travel to Southampton looking to advance. The big team on schedule today is Liverpool, who travelto Plymouth Argyle after drawing the opening match of their FA Cup tie.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Yedlin, Spector, Alvarado and more

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Wednesday may not be the busiest day for Americans Abroad, but there are plenty of intriguing storylines to go around as cup action takes centerstage.

In England, American fullbacks collide in the FA Cup as DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle take on Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City. The latter has been the subjectof links to MLS after Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola stated that the fullback has drawn offers from the league in recent weeks.

After joining USMNT camp, Dax McCarty still digesting whirlwind week

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No one has had an offseason quite like Dax McCarty. The midfielder received a call-up to the U.S. Men's National Team January camp, got married and was unexpectedly traded by the New York Red Bulls to the Chicago Fire on Monday.

The whirlwind weekend, one which started with getting married and ended with his first training session in California with the USMNT, is something McCarty is still adjusting to.

Report: Hamid out for six weeks due to injury

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Following yet another injury, Bill Hamid recently left U.S. Men's National Team camp, and it appears the D.C. United goalkeeper's recent ailment will force him to miss a chunk of preseason on the club level.

Hamid had knee surgery on Monday and will end up missing most of D.

Dom Dwyer 'would jump' at USMNT chance as he nears U.S. citizenship

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Dom Dwyer isn't a U.S. citizen quite yet, but the Sporting KC forward is already looking forward to what may happen when the process is done and dusted.

Dwyer told ESPN FC that he is just weeks away from filing paperwork that would make him a U.

Howard critical of Klinsmann's use of foreign-born players

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Tim Howard says he understands Jurgen Klinsmann's job was to unearth new talent, but the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeepeer says the team became too reliant foreign-born players that didn't bring the passion required to represent the national team.

Wednesday Kickoff: Chinese Super League, World Cup, Alonso and more

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Another forward is bound for the Chinese Super League, while an American-based change could be coming to the World Cup.

Borussia Dortmund has reached an agreement to sell forward Adrian Ramos toChinese Super League club Chongqing Lifan. (REPORT)

Marco Van Basten says FIFA is considering using NASL-style shootout penalty kicks in group stage matches of expanded World Cups.

Lletget preparing to fight for first USMNT appearance during January camp

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After years of waiting, Sebastian Lletget is finally ready to take advantage of the opportunity of playing with the U.S. Men's National Team. The LA Galaxy midfielder is one of 32 players vying for places in friendly matches against Serbia and Jamaica at the conclusion of the annual January camp in California.

MLS Ticker: Herculez Gomez retires to join ESPN, and more

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Herculez Gomez just won an MLS Cup crown, and he is riding off into the sunset withit.

ESPN announced on Tuesday afternoon that Gomez has joined its team as a soccer analyst and has retired from professional soccer. The 34-year-old forward's decision to hang up his cleats in order to be in the studio for English and Spanish-language programscomes after he helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup last month.

Thompson, Cicerone among selections in latter rounds of MLS Draft

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Four days after the marquee names of the college soccer player pool were drafted, a second group of players were selected in the third and fourth rounds of the MLS Draft. While some of the players chosen on Tuesday may work their way into Major League Soccer in 2017, most are expected to be key pieces with club affiliates at the USL level.

Rosenberry eager to make first impression count in first USMNT camp

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For years, fullback has been a position of need for the U.S. Men's National Team. Since the retirement of Steve Cherundolo, the U.S. has had no consistent, go-to fullback on either side. Midfielders Fabian Johnson and DaMarcus Beasley were shuffled back, DeAndre Yedlin was frequently shuffled forward and a whole other host of players have come in and failed to truly compete for a consistent starting gig.

Report: Heather O'Reilly to sign with Arsenal

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Yet another American player from the NWSL is reportedly headed overseas.

According to SiriusXM, Heather O'Reilly has joined Arsenal Ladies, but FourFourTwo claims that she will return toFC Kansas City this summer.

Heather O'Reilly joins Arsenal, tells me:"I want to help soccer in the US-I'm doing this to be a better ambassador"@TheDanLauletta @Wosozone

- Glenn Crooks (@GlennCrooks) January 17, 2017

Indeed, Heather O'Reilly will play for Arsenal this spring but is expected back in KC later this year.

Vagenas discusses changing Galaxy roster, addresses Jones progress

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The LA Galaxy are going to look a lot different during the 2017 season.

The core of players the Galaxy have relied on for the last few successful seasons are starting to disappear. The team let Robbie Keane go at the end of the year, lost Steven Gerrard to retirement and sent A.J. DeLaGarza to the Houston Dynamo in a trade for $175,000 in allocation money.

Report: Executives discussing permanent Pan-American tournament

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The Copa America Centenario in the U.S. was billed as a one-time event to celebrate 100 years of CONMEBOL. It looks like bosses from the South American confederation and CONCACAF want it to continue.

According to a Bloomberg report, the executives are pushing for a permanent tournament of the Americas, which could begin as early as 2020.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The FA Cup resumes with third-round replays on Tuesday, while the African Cup of Nations continues with Group D action.

Three Premier League teams are involved in the FA Cup replays as Lynden Gooch's Sunderland takes on Burnley, while Crystal Palace faces Bolton. However, the televised match will be Lincoln City against Ipswich Town.

On MLS: Galaxy, Red Bulls make hard but correct decisions to trade fan favorites

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Soccer is a game of split-second decisions. The game moves rapidly, in and out, as just one moment of magic can change the fate of a player, franchise or even community. It's what endears the game and the players that play it to so many fans as the world around you can seemingly change in the blink of an eye.

Birmingham manager Zola says Spector could move to MLS

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Jonathan Spector has played in England for the entirety of his professional career, suiting up for Manchester United, Charlton Athletic, West Ham and, ultimately, Birmingham City. However, it appears his time in England may be coming towards its end as an offer from MLS has come in.

Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola says Spector has received offers that could see him return to the U.

Tuesday Kickoff: Sanchez, Chinese Super League, Benteke and more

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An Arsenal star has admitted to tax fraud but hopes to avoid trial, while a Chinese Super League owner revealed prior pushes for some of the game's top strikers.

Alexis Sanchez has reportedly pleaded guilty todefrauding Spanish tax authorities of almost €1 million during his time with Barcelona.

Report: FC Dallas lands Coleman in $2 million deal

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FC Dallas has reportedly found its coveted target forward.

The Supporters' Shield and U.S. Open Cup winners have found the final piece to their attacking piece, as they are set to sign22-year-old forward Cristian Colman, according to a Goal.com report.

The fee for the Paraguayan is around $2 million.

Report: Red Bulls trade captain Dax McCarty to Fire

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The Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls have reportedly completed a blockbuster trade.

According to FourFourTwo, the Red Bulls have traded captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire in exchange for $400,000 in general allocation money split over the next two seasons.

This reported move bolsters a Fire midfield that already contains Juninho, who was acquired on loan from Club Tijuana earlier in the offseason.

Saputo puts Piatti's odds of returning to Impact at 100 percent

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Ignacio Patti's strong 2016 season was bound to draw interest from clubs abroad. That said, the Montreal Impact have no intentions of parting ways with their star playmaker.

The Impact enjoyed a solid campaign last year en route to reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, and Piatti was largely responsible for that with his difference-making ability.

After months of transfer rumors, Porter determined to put Nagbe in position to succeed with Timbers

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Caleb Porter has obviously heard the chatter. Throughout the offseason, any discussion regarding the future of the Portland Timbers has inevitably turned towards Darlington Nagbe. Just over a year removed from winning an MLS Cup, the Timbers' offseason has centered around the potential of losing a player that remains one of the team's biggest pieces.

MLS Ticker: Galaxy negotiating for Breinburg, Bernier re-signs with Impact, and more

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The LA Galaxy continue to scour the globe for new players, and they have a Dutch-based midfielder on their radar.

The Galaxy are reportedly negotiating with NEC for midfielder Gregor Breinburg, according to Dutch website VoetbalZone.

"There is an offer made by LA Galaxy,"said Breinburg after NEC's match versus Willem II.

Years later, Beasley reunites with Arena to help guide USMNT through January camp

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Bruce Arena remembers DaMarcus Beasley's breakthrough, all those years ago. He remembers the speed, the technique, the ability, all of which were on display at the 2002 World Cup. He remembers a 20-year-old young man, one which would go on to become one of the most recognizable players in U.S. Men's National Team history.

Report: Joe Gyau set to leave Dortmund for third-division side SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach

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Joe Gyau is reportedly on the move fromBorussia Dortmund.

According to German publication RevierSport, Gyau is set tojoin SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach in the 3. Liga, the third division on the German pyramid. The 24-year-old reportedly leavesBVB on a free transfer for Sonnenhof Grossaspach, who is currently in seventh place in the 3.

Jackson Yueill looking forward to getting started with Quakes following MLS Draft

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The Minnesota kid is going to stay in California, but this time he'll head up to the north side. No homegrown deal and no more shadows.

The San Jose Earthquakes selected 19-year-old UCLA and Generation Adidas midfielder Jackson Yueill with the sixth overall pick in Friday's MLS Draft in Los Angeles.

Stuttgart coach praises Green's quality following first friendly appearance

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Julian Green transferred from German powerhouse Bayern Munich to join Stuttgart this winter, and his new head coach took the chance to praise his new forward following his first friendly with the club.

Hannes Wolf said Green needs more match practice in the buildup to the second half of the Bundesliga season, but praised the U.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Payne, Corona, Gonzalez and more

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Liga MX saw the best of this weekend's Americans abroad, but a young fullback stole the show with an unlikely goal in the Eredivisie.

U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team fullback Desevio Payne scored a goal in Groningen's 4-1 thrashing of Heracles. The goal came in Payne's first start in over a year, as the fullback has battled injuries while featuring more prominently for the club's reserves since returning.

Report: D.C. United expect to sign Harkes to Homegrown deal

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One of college soccer's most talented players wasn't selected in Friday's MLS Draft as his signing with the league remained uncertain. However, it now appears that D.C. United is set to snap up one of the top rookies available ahead of the 2017 season.

The Washington Post is reporting that D.

Monday Kickoff: 'Chicharito', Chinese Super League, Costa and more

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While rumors continue to swirl, a Mexican star still appears set to stay at his current club in January, while a major change has hit one of the world's most discussed leagues.

Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller says the club would only consider selling Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez for "crazy money".

Robinson, Ebobisse and Klinsmann among 24 called into U.S. Under-20 camp

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Three of the top four picks in Friday's MLS Draft in Los Angeles will be spending some more time together in the area as they look to impress U.S. Under-20 national team head coach Tab Ramos.

Miles Robinson, Jonathan Lewis and Jeremy Ebobisse are among the 24 players called into U.S. Under-20 camp taking place at the U.

Paul Arriola and Joe Corona score goals in Club Tijuana romp

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The Liga MX Clausura home opener couldn't have gone much better for Club Tijuana, and the return to Estadio Caliente after a year away on loan could not have gone much better for Joe Corona.

The American midfielder scored a goal and helped set up another by drawing a dangerous free kick in Club Tijuana's 6-2 rout of Puebla on Friday night.

Danladi, Robinson, Lewis first three selected in MLS Draft

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The 2016 MLS Draft started with a flurry, and several teams took the opportunity to move up during Friday's festivities to snag highly-coveted prospects.

Friday's first two selections went to form as Minnesota United selected UCLA's Abu Danladi before Atlanta Untied bolstered their defense by making Syracuse star Miles Robinson the No.

Garber addresses Saint Louis stadium situation, Miami's expansion status and more

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Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber addressed several MLS-related topics at the MLS SuperDraft in the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday. Two topics he was not shy about was the league's desire to continue to expand and the updates on soccer-specific stadiums.

Marsch diffuses overseas coaching rumors, states commitment to Red Bulls

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As he addressed reporters before the 2017 MLS Draft, Jesse Marsch was adamant about his commitment to the New York Red Bulls. Marsch, who has been in charge for the last two seasons, was linked with the Red Bull Salzburg managerial post earlier this week.

2017 MLS Draft: SBI Live Commentary

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The 2016 MLS Draft is upon, and SBI has you covered for all of the day's coverage.

Beginning at 3 p.m., some of college soccer's top stars will begin their careers via the MLS Draft. Throughout the day, SBI will be providing live pick-by-pick commentary and analysis, keeping you covered for all of the comings and goings of Friday's event.

SBI 2017 MLS Draft Positional Rankings

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If you are eager to see who your MLS team might select in Friday's 2017 MLS Draft, and want to know which players are the best options at specific positions, then this is your place.

We have broken down the draft player pool into positions, ranking the best options available based on values established during MLS Combine week, and with the input of coaches, general managers and scouts from across MLS.

The SBI 2017 MLS Draft Preview

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The first marquee event of 2017 in Major League Soccer takes place on Friday with the MLS SuperDraft in Los Angeles.

Expansion clubs Minnesota United and Atlanta United own the first and second-overall selections, respectively. Syracuse defender Miles Robinson, Duke forward Jeremy Ebobisse and UCLA's Abu Danladi are three of the top prospects in the draft, but there are plenty of other quality choices available.

English Premier League Preview: Manchester United meets Liverpool in heated derby and more

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While the scale of the Manchester Derby may have surpassed it, there are few derbies with blood as bad as Manchester United and Liverpool.

The Red Devils and Reds go back at it once again, as the latter travel to Manchester four places and five points clear of their struggling rivals. Though Manchester United hasn't had the first half of the season that ithoped, it finds itself just a win away from the top four, and will be eager to claim those three points against Liverpool.

The Final SBI 2017 MLS Mock Draft

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Get ready for a wild 2017 MLS Draft.

That is the sense around the Los Angeles area as teams throughout the league posture and position themselves for moves in Friday's draft. Minnesota United and Atlanta United have been inundated with offers for the top two picks in the draft and there is a possibility we could see all three top picks in the draft traded.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Gonzalez, Yedlin, Miazga and more

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While several leagues remain off for their winter breaks, action in Mexico and England headline what should be another busy weekend for Americans Abroad.

The schedule begins on Friday night in Mexico, as the contingent of Americans at Tijuana are set to face Puebla in Liga MX action. The Mexican league features several notable matchups, including Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca's clash with Chiapas as well as William Yarbrough and Club Leon's match against Veracruz.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's Manchester vs. Merseyside this weekend in the English Premier League as the two clubs in each region will square off against the other pair to headline the action.

Manchester United hosting its old rival Liverpool is expected to bethe more enticing contest of the two, with both sides hoping to close the distance with league leader Chelsea.

Dortmund's Tuchel rules out January move for Zelalem

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It looks like American midfielder Gedion Zelalem is staying put at Arsenal this month.

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel told ESPN that the team is not interested in Zelalem, or anyone else during the January window.

"Right now? No. Not as far as I'm concerned," he told ESPN.

"I don't think that we add somebody [in January]," Tuchel added.

MLS Draft Spotlight: Former Ghana U-20 defender Abubakar set for MLS after shining at Dayton

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Growing up in Ghana, Lalas Abubakar had little knowledge of a famous American soccer star that shares his name. He knew nothing of Alexi Lalas, a player who defined American soccer's push towards the mainstream with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger game.

Friday Kickoff: Aubameyang, Lozano, Payet and more

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One of the game's top forwards could be on the move this summer, while a Mexican international could be set to join him in Europe in the near future.

Borussia DortmundCEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted that the club could sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer if the right offer comes along.

SBI 2017 MLS Draft Big Board (Final Version)

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The 2017 MLS Combine is in the books, and the stage is set for the MLS Draft to take place on Friday in Los Angeles. The Combine saw several top prospects step up and impress, and that is setting things up for a trade-heavy day of action.

Top prospects Miles Robinson, Abu Danladi and Jeremy Ebobisse remain the most sought-after prospects in the draft, though Jonathan Lewis and Chris Odoi-Atsem are fast approaching.

MLS releases full 2017 regular season schedule

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Just a few months away from opening day, MLS released its full 2017 regular season schedule on Thursday afternoon.

The upcoming season is set to begin on March 3 and run through Oct. 22, when all 22 of the league's teams will take the field for Decision Day festivities. The season will feature a total of374 matches, as each team plays a 34-game schedule.

MLS Draft Spotlight: After training with Everton, Monmouth's Klenofsky ready for MLS challenge

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The transition from college soccer to the professional game is a difficult task in itself, but trying to do that as a goalkeeper, where limited positions are held across the league, is even more difficult. Monmouth goalkeeper Eric Klenofsky is aware of that from his experiences with MLS-affiliated youth clubs and his time on trial in England, but he feels he's ready to makethe step up.

Pulisic scores in second straight friendly

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Christian Pulisic is heating up ahead of the second half of Borussia Dortmund's season.

The young American winger scored his second goal in as many matches as he put another into the back of the net, this time against Belgium's Standard Liege, after scoring in his previous match against PSV Eindhoven.

NFL's Chargers to play 2017 in Galaxy's StubHub Center

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In the early days of MLS, some teams opted to play in NFL stadiums while they secured their own soccer-specific venues. Today, in an ironic twist, an NFL team announces they'll be playing in an MLS stadium while their new home is being built.

The National Football League officially announced the relocation of the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, and while the Chargers will keep their moniker, with a widely panned new logo, they'll need a temporary home while their shared stadium with the Los Angeles Rams is being built.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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Copa del Rey action is on the agenda once again, as Spain's prestigious cup continueson Thursday afternoon.

At 1:00 p.m., Celta de Vigo faces a visit from Valencia while Eibar welcome Osasuna in Spanish cup play. The hosts both lead after leg one, Celta de Vigo with a 4-1 advantage and Eibar with a 3-0 lead, and seek to batten down the hatches and hold on in leg two.

Red Bulls confirm Marsch will remain head coach for 2017 season

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Jesse Marsch has been linked with a new job, but his current employer is insisting that he will remain for the 2017 season.

The New York Red Bulls released a statement on Thursday confirming that Marsch will remain with the club ahead of the 2017 season.

MLS Draft Spotlight: UNC defender Colton Storm ready to bring hard-hitting style to MLS

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Colton Storm loves a tackle, and he always has. He enjoys the mental aspect just as much as the physical. It's certainly fun to leap in and win the ball back, but it's even more fun to look in the attacker's eyes afterwards and know that the message has been sent.

Storm has been making those types tackles all of his life.

Bruce Arena embraces familiarity of first January camp in charge of USMNT

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Bruce Arena was surrounded by new faces, but there was a certain familiarity to Wednesday's proceedings on the practice fields of the StubHub Center. As Arena marauded the sidelines of his second first U.S. Men's National Team camp, he felt accustomed, not uncomfortable, with both the job and the California sun as he pushes on towards what he hopes will be his third World Cup.

MLS unveils official match ball for 2017 season

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The preparations for the 2017 Major League Soccer season are underway, and the latest step forward to the new campaign came on Thursday when the league unveiled the new match ball for 2017.

The NATIVO ball contains images of the flags of both the United States and Canada. It's also the most tested ball to date.

Thursday Kickoff: Payet, Dybala, Arsenal and more

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While one French star is apparently disgruntled with his Premier League club, a trio of others have signed on to remain at theirs.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says Dimitri Payet "does not want to play for West Ham" but the club does not want to sell him. (REPORT)

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala says he is happy at Juventus and has not even considered interest from Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Reports: Marsch in talks to manage Red Bull Salzburg as Red Bulls line up Armas as replacement

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In a shocking twist to the offseason, the New York Red Bulls are reportedly set for a shakeup on the sidelines, with Jesse Marsch potentially making a move to Europe.

Marsch is reportedly in discussions with Red Bulls' sister club, Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg to become the club's new manager, with Goal USA reporting that Marsch is finalizing a move.

MLS Ticker: NYCFC signs midfielder, Atlanta adds Argentine, and more

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New York City FC, expected to make a splash this winter with a handful of roster spots and a DP slot to fill,have continued their offseason additions with an international signing.

The team officially announced the long-rumored signing of Panamanian attacking midfielder Miguel Camargo on a one year loan with an option to purchase.

Bill Hamid withdraws from USMNT camp due to injury

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Bill Hamid has waited several years for his chance with the U.S. Men's National Team, but now the D.C. United goalkeeper will have to wait a little longer.

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that Hamid has withdrawn from January camp for the second straight year due to a knee issue.

SBI 2017 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 3.0)

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CARSON- The 2017 MLS Draft is now just three days away and the first day of the MLS Combine went a long way in helping shake out where MLS teams see the player pool.

It was a better-than-usual first Combine day, and while the soccer still wasn't all that memorable, several players either solidified or improved their positions in the player pecking order.

Wednesday Kickoff: Schneiderlin, Hector, FIFA and more

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A Premier League midfielder looks to be on the move, while Chelsea's reported interest in a German target isn't concerning the player's current manager.

Everton has reportedly agreed to a£22 million fee to sign Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. (REPORT)

Cologne coach Peter Stoger is not "losing any sleep" over Chelsea's reported interest in fullback Jonas Hector.

New Earthquakes GM ready for challenge of learning MLS and transforming club

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The San Jose Earthquakes officially introduced new general manager Jesse Fioranelli to members of the media, club and some of the supporters at Avaya Stadium on a rainy Tuesday in San Jose, California.

"It's a conscious decision that I chose to come to San Jose," Fioranelli said in his press conference.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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A pair of Premier League sides clash in the English Football League Cup Semifinals on Wednesday afternoon, as each seeks to reach the finals of the prestigious knockout tournament.

Southampton play the hosts as they welcome Liverpool to St. Mary's Stadium in leg one of their semifinal match.

MLS Draft Spotlight: From West Ham to Combine success, Louisville's Johnson takes winding road to MLS

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The road to the MLS Combine and Draft is direct for many, but Daniel Johnson has taken the circuitous route around a minefield of speed bumps to reach the showcase week for college prospects. The University of Louisville midfielder's journey has taken him to England, back home to the States and then to two different colleges before landing in California for the combine and draft.

MLS Ticker: Timbers close in on midfielder, Revs hit stadium roadblock and more

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The Portland Timbers appear to have found a replacement for the departed Lucas Melano, one who hopefully produces more in the final third than the disappointing designated player. According to ESPN, Caleb Porter's side is close to a deal with Argentinian midfielder Sebastian Blanco, who is also being hunted by Club America.

USWNT to take on Germany, England, France in March's SheBelieves Cup

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The U.S. Women's National Team and three other high-profile women's national sides will take over the East Coast for a week as they play the second annual SheBelieves Cup.

Three Major League Soccer stadiums, Talen Energy Stadium, Red Bull Arena and RFK Stadium will play host to the round-robin tournament that also features France, Germany and England.

Manneh finalizes U.S. citizenship

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Kekuta Manneh is currently with the U.S. Men's National Team for January camp and the Vancouver Whitecaps forward has taken a major step towards actually representing the U.S. on the international stage.

U.S. Soccer confirmed on Wednesday that Manneh has officially received his U.

MLS Draft Spotlight: After years of position changes, UCSB forward DePuy ready to grow his game in MLS

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Nick DePuy immediately sticks out on a soccer field because of his size. It's an asset, along with a few other strengths of his skill set, that has led him to every position on the pitch since a young age. Now a forward, the UC-Santa Barbara product played full back and center back in college, as well as midfield when he was younger.