Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2017

Americans Abroad Saturday Rewind: Brooks, Chandler, Gonzalez and more

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A pair of U.S. Men's National Team defenders went head-to-head on Saturday, and it was John Brooks that came out on top.

Brooks started and played all 90 minutes in Saturday's clash with Timmy Chandler's Eintracht Frankfurt, maintaining a clean sheet on a 2-0 victory. Brooks and Christian Pulisic were the lone Americans to earn victories in Bundesliga play, as the young winger joined as a late substitute as Borussia Dortmund cruised past Freiburg.

Orlando City trades Shea to Whitecaps in exchange for Barnes

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With less than a week remaining before the start of the MLS regular season, two teams got together for a blockbuster.

Orlando City has traded winger Brek Shea to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for forward Giles Barnes, the two teams announced on Saturday.

Saturday European Rewind: Chelsea edges Swansea, Bayern thumps Hamburg, and more

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Chelsea made it nine matches unbeaten in all competitions with a 3-1 home league win over visiting Swansea City on Saturday.

Antonio Conte's side were aiming to extend their lead at the top of the English Premier League table, while Paul Clement's Swans were looking to pull the upset on the road.

Report: MLS in negotiations with 'Chicharito' for 2018 move

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MLS teams have long pursued Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, and it appears the league is making another go at signing the Mexico star.

ESPN is reporting that MLS is in negotiations with the Bayer Leverkusen star over a potential move to the league. The move would reportedly happen in the summer of 2018 following the expiration of Hernandez's deal with the German club.

Americans Abroad Friday Rewind: Corona, Zelalem, Hyndman and more

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Tijuana continued their hot start to the Liga MX campaign as several Americans guided the club to yet another win.

Michael Orozco and Joe Corona earned starts for Xolos on Friday as the club topped Edgar Castillo and Monterrey, 2-0. U.S. Men's National Team winger Paul Arriola also made an appearance, joining the fray in the 66th minute ad Tijuana moved back on top of the Liga MX table for the time being.

U.S. U-20s cruise past St. Kitts & Neves to advance to next World Cup qualifying stage

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For the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team, Friday night proved little more than a formality en route to the next stage of World Cup qualifying.

After exploding for four goals against Haiti in their second group stage match, the U.S. hung four first-half finishes on St. Kitts and Neves en route to a 4-1 win on Friday night.

U.S. U-20s vs. St. Kitts & Neves: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team can push their World Cup ambitions forward on Friday, but the'll have to take care of St. Kitts & Neves to do so.

Following a huge win over Haiti, the U.S. takes on the CONCACAF minnow in the last match of the initialgroup stage of World Cup qualifying.

European Weekend Preview: Atletico hosts Barca, Roma travels to Inter, and more

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With the English Premier League resuming this weekend, European Soccer sees itstop five domestic leagues all on the slate for some great action.

In Spain, the top-two teams face tough road tests in their battle at the top of the table. Second-place Barcelona travels to Atletico Madrid on Sunday who sit two places behind them, while sixth-place Villarreal hosts league leaders Real Madrid in the late match.

SBI MLS Season Preview: LA Galaxy

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All eras eventually end. No matter how hard you try, how much effort you put in, eventually, there has to be a changing of the guard. There's uncertainty, sure, but any great era, at some point, moves on.

The Bruce Arena era is officially over for the LA Galaxy, and the club is hoping the Curt Onalfo era will simply continue the progress made under the current U.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Brooks, Wood, Williams and more

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Continental action dominated the midweek slate, but the league schedule returns this weekend with several top-notch matches.

German action presents several headliners, including John Brooks and Hertha Berlin's clash with Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt. Bobby Wood remains probable for this weekend, though, as Hamburg faces off with league-leaders Bayern Munich.

FC Dallas cruises past Arabe Unido in first leg of CCL quarterfinal

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FC Dallas took care of business in a big way in Thursday night's CONCACAF Champions League clash with Arabe Unido.

New addition Cristian Colman scored his first FC Dallas goal while Kellyn Acosta added two more of his own to lead the way in the MLS side's 4-0 beatdown of the Panamanian club at Toyota Stadium.

Manchester United face trip to Russia, Bundesliga sides set to face off in Europa League Round of 16

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Manchester United's quest for glory in the UEFA Europa League will go through Russia in the round of 16. The Red Devils were drawn with FC Rostov from the Russian Premier League in Friday's draw. United will travel to Russia for the first leg on March 9 before playing the second leg a week later at Old Trafford.

Europa League Rewind: Monchengladbach fights back vs. Fiorentina, Tottenham upset by Gent, and more

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The UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second legs continued on Thursday, with 13 matches taking place across Europe. 26 clubslooked to continue their hopes of advancing in this competition, and to joinWednesday'swinners into March's Round of 16.

On Thursday, Roma advanced over Spanish opposition Villarreal despite losing the second leg at home 1-0.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The first major trophy of the season in English soccer will be handed out this weekend when Manchester United and Southampton square off at Wembley Stadium in the EFL Cup final.

For Manchester United, the club will be chasing after a sixth title in this competition, with the most recent one coming in 2010, while the Saints are searching for their first cup title in over four decades.

Friday Kickoff: Ranieri, England, Balotelli and more

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Less than a year after winning the title, Leicester made a shocking move while a ban fordiving could be coming to England very soon.

Leicester City fired manager Claudio Ranieri less than one year after winning the Premier League. (REPORT)

England could introduce retroactive bans for diving as soon as next season.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Houston Dynamo

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Missing the playoffs for a third consecutive season called for some massive overhauls within the Houston Dynamo franchise, and the club's vice president/general manager Matt Jordan didn't shy away from making moves during the winter to help right the ship.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Europa League takes center stage on Thursday, as the majority of the round of 32 contestswill be decided across Europe in two time windows. Manchester United, Schalke and Krasnodar all secured spots in the next round during a rare trio of Wednesday games.

Tottenham Hotspur will try to become the second Premier League side to reach the round of 16 with a win over Gent at White Hart Lane.

Thursday CCL Preview: FC Dallas hosts Arabe Unido

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The final quarterfinal to open play in the CONCACAF Champions League is the with perhaps the most intrigue for Major League Soccer fans. FC Dallas, who won two trophies in 2016, will look to start strong at home in its two-legged tie against Arabe Unido at 8 p.

Report: MLS nearing deal with Real Madrid for All-Star Game

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MLS is reportedly close to bringing in one of the world's top teams for this summer's All-Star Game.

ESPN reported on Thursday that the league is nearing a deal with Real Madrid to participate in this summer's event, which is set for Aug. 2 at Chicago's Soldier Field. The deal would see Real Madrid become the first Spanish team to come stateside for the event.

USWNT set to face Norway during European trip in June

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The U.S. Women's National Team has started to announce its plans for the summer. The USWNT will play two games in Europe in June, with the second game being played against Norway on June 11.

The match will take place at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord.

Wood 'looking good' to return for Bayern Munich clash

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Bobby Wood was forced out of last week's match due to a pregame injury, leaving his status in doubt heading into Saturday's match with Bayern Munich. That doubt is all but gone, as it appears the Hamburg forward should be ready to take the field for the clash with the German champions.

Wood trained away from the team on Tuesday and Wednesday as he nursed a thigh injury, but Hamburg boss Markus Gisdol said on Thursday that Wood is 'looking good' ahead of Saturday's match.

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

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Two U.S. Men's National Team defenders starred in a lopsided win in Copa MX play.

Both Jorge Villafana and Ventura Alvarado went a full 90 minutes on Wednesday for Santos Laguna, who crushed Coras Tepic, 5-0, in Wednesday's Copa MX clash. After scoring a goal just before the halftime whistle, Santos Laguna fired a barrage of goals in the second half, with three coming between the 67th and 82nd minutes.

Must-See Goal: Eduardo Vargas

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GOAL Tigres, Eduardo VARGAS No. 26 | @TigresOficial @PumasMX #SCCL #SoyAficionado pic.twitter.com/feJxHy9ZgQ

- CONCACAF (@CONCACAF) February 23, 2017


Thursday Kickoff: Rooney, Cazorla, Herrera and more

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One Premier League star is expected to miss the rest of the season while another's move remains a major talking point.

Despite the fact that his agent reportedly traveled to China, Wayne Rooney does not want to leave Manchester United until the summer. (REPORT)

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla could miss the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

Whitecaps grab road goal and draw in CCL quarterfinal first leg vs. Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls may have had the edge on the Vancouver Whitecaps in possession, and shots, and good scoring chances, but by the end of Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg, but it was the Whitecaps who left Red Bull Arena with control of the series after grabbing a 1-1 draw.

Wednesday UCL Rewind: Sevilla defeats Leicester, Juventus impress at Porto

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After back-to-back Europa League titles, Sevilla are looking to advance past the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. The La Liga side held off Leicester City on Wednesday in a 2-1 victory at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium that brings them one step closer to that.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Seattle Sounders

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Brian Schmetzer began his team's offseason with one simple message. There's room for confidence, sure, as the Seattle Sounders begin their defense of an MLS Cup. There's room for joy, jubilation, excitement, emotions felt throughout Seattle since that fateful day in frigid Toronto.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Torres, Kitchen, Villafana and more

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Cup action takes centerstage on Wednesday as several Americans look to lead their team in tournaments both international and domestic.

With the return of the CONCACAF Champions League, Jose Torres and Tigres face off with fellow Liga MX side Pumas in the first leg of the tournament's quarterfinals.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a day of continental competition on Wednesday, as UEFA's two contests return to action, while CONCACAF continues their own Champions League play, and the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores continues as well.

Early on, the UEFA Europa League returns to action at noon with three matches on today's schedule.

SBI MLS Season Preview: New York Red Bulls

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The New York Red Bulls ended the 2016 regular season on a 20-match unbeaten streak to win the Eastern Conference title. What followed was a playoff exodus in the conference semi-finals to the Montreal Impact, a collapse in the post-season thatresulted in complex emotions and a recalcitrant group of athletes and coaches.

After another poor start, U.S. U-20s learn lesson in finishing strong with win over Haiti

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As they marched into the locker room for the halftime break, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team knew there was work to do. They were tied with Haiti, 1-1, following an opening match setback against Panama, one that left their backs against the wall in World Cup qualifying. Their goal came from the penalty spot, a welcome lifeline for a team that faced what was essentially a must-win scenario.

U.S. U-20s 4, Haiti 1: Match Highlights

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Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Gonzalez, Williams, Moreno and more

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Omar Gonzalez may have seen a goal of his own wiped away, but it was his performance on the other side of the ball that helped Pachuca earn an impressive result on Tuesday night.

Gonzalez was a standout in defense on Tuesday as Pachuca earned a 0-0 draw against Saprissa in Costa Rica. While his defensive efforts went a long way towards preserving the clean sheet, Gonzalez also nearly contributed on the attacking end as a 34th minute finish was ruled back on an offside call.

CCL Preview: Red Bulls take on Whitecaps, Tigres meet Pumas in quarterfinals

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The MLS season has yet to kick off, but two teams are set to get an early start to their competitive season Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.

The New York Red Bulls welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to Harrison, NJ as the American and Canadian teams face off in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Tuesday UCL Rewind: Man City drops five on Monaco, Atletico rolls at Leverkusen

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When Manchester City brought in Pep Guardiola as its new manager last summer, expectations were high for the Citizens to advance further in the UEFA Champions League.A strong second-half showing vs. AS Monaco on Tuesday has the Citizens a step closer to a spot in the quarterfinals after a dramatic 5-3 home win.

Wednesday Kickoff: Rooney, Panama U-20s, Red Bull and more

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One Chinese club admitted interest in two star forwards while Panama's U-20s took care of business to remain ahead of the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team.

Fabio Cannavaro says Chinese Super League club Tianjin made offers for Wayne Rooney and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (REPORT)

Panama cruised to a 4-0 win over St.

SBI U.S. U-20 Man of the Match: Jonathan Lewis

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Brooks Lennon may have brought the finishing touch, but it was Jonathan Lewis who stole the show for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team on Tuesday night.

Lewis drew a penalty kick , helped set up the U.S. U-20s' third goal, and created several other chances during Tuesday's 4-1 win over Haiti.

U.S. U-20s bounce back with World Cup qualifying win over Haiti

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team simply didn't show up to the first match of World Cup qualifying, but Tab Ramos' side certainly stepped up in a big way on Tuesday with their World Cup hopes on the line.

After conceding an early goal, the U.S. rattled off four unanswered finishes of their own to cruise past Haiti, 4-1, in the second match of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship group stage.

U.S. U-20s vs. Haiti: Your Running Commentary

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After dropping their opening game of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is in need of a bounce-back performance on Tuesday night.

The U.S. takes on Haiti on Tuesday in a match that serves as a virtual must-win for the American squad. Haiti enters fresh off a 5-1 shellacking of St.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Minnesota United

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Adrian Heath has heard the talk, read the commentary. As Minnesota United's first season approaches, the Loons head coach understands that doubts continue to linger.

Minnesota United enters its inaugural MLS campaign with no Designated Players, no big names to lean on. Expansion teams have notoriously struggled in their opening campaigns and many believe the Loons could see a wide array of issues throughout their first MLS season.

MLS Ticker: Mullins signs contract extension, Minnesota inks right back and more

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One of the best midseason acquisitions of the 2016 season was made by D.C. United, and the club has locked up its star forward to a multi-year contract extension, according to theWashington Post.

Patrick Mullins, who scored eight goals in 14 games after arriving from New York City FC, is expected to lead the line and provide more production in the final third for the Black and Red in his first full season with the club.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Preview: Gonzalez, Williams, Arriola and more

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The CONCACAF Champions League resumes on Tuesday and Omar Gonzalez will likely play a vital role.

Gonzalez and Pachuca face a tough test in Costa Rican powerhouse Saprissa asthe CCL quarterfinals kick off. The U.S. Men's National Team centerback started three of the team's group stage matches as the Mexican side cruised out of a group featuring Honduras' Olimpia and Belize's Police United.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League headlines a busy Tuesday, but it's far from the only competition boasting interesting matchups throughout the day.

Manchester City's clash with Monaco serves as the main event, as Pep Guardiola and co. look to push on in continental play. Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid collide in the day's other match as last year's runners-up look to start hot on the road.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Manchester City hosts Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen faces Atletico Madrid, and more

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The final four UEFA Champions League round of 16 series begin on Tuesday with matches in Germany and England. Most of the matches a week ago were one-sided affairs, and there is potential that this week's showdowns across the continent will feature the same results.

The most intriguing matchup of the quartet may not be the one that immediately sticks out on paper, but Manchester City and Monaco have the potential to put on a show over two legs, starting at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Columbus Crew

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Motivation can be borne out of success and failure. The Columbus Crew have experienced both in the last two seasons, with the latter fueling the start of the 2017 campaign.

"I think it's extremely motivating," Crew manager Gregg Berhalter told SBI. "I think sometimes you can be motivated by success and motivated by failure.

Ramos expects U.S. U-20s to bounce back against Haiti after tournament-opening defeat

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Tab Ramos knows the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team started World Cup qualifying on the wrong foot. They were up a man early, in control, and they conceded what turned out to be the game's only goal. It was a disappointing tournament-opening defeat, one which makes the road to the World Cup that much tougher.

Marsch mum on controversial Red Bull departures, focused on start of 2017 season

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HARRISON, N.J. — "I'm not answering any questions about Ali and Dax."

New York Red Bulls head coach, Jesse Marsch, was clear regarding topics that were off limits at Monday's Media Day at Red Bull Arena. Dax McCarty is the popular Red Bulls captain who was traded to Chicago and Ali Curtis, the club's former sporting director, who left the club in mysterious fashion.

U.S. U-20 midfielder Tyler Adams out with ankle injury

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The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team got off to a toughstart on Friday against Panama, losing to make the road to the Under-20 World Cup that much more difficult. However, it appears the match isn't the only thing the U.S. lost on Saturday, as they will now push on without a major contributor.

Tuesday Kickoff: Neymar, Tuchel, Wenger and more

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Controversy continues for one of the game's biggest stars while a young American's future could be impacted at the end of the season.

Neymar has lost his appeal and will stand trial on corruption charges stemming from his move from Santos to Barcelona. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund will hold talks with manager Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Portland Timbers

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The Portland Timbers entered the 2016 season on top of the world. They had just captured an MLS Cup championship, and a majority of the team's starters returned as they moved into their title defense. They felt confident that, if things went to plan, they'd contend once again.

Back in MLS, Fredy Montero ready for pressure of being Whitecaps' go-to scorer

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Fredy Monteroscored his last MLS goal with the Seattle Sounders on Oct. 7, 2012. Fittingly, that match was against the Portland Timbers in a 3-0 win.

The loss eventually led to theTimbers missing out on the MLS playoffs, with the Sounders qualifying as third-place finishers in the Western Conference.

Report: Bobby Wood day-to-day with thigh injury

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Ahead of this past weekend's match against Freiburg, Bobby Wood was suddenly removed from the Hamburg lineup due to a pre-game injury.

Luckily for Hamburg, and the U.S. Men's National Team, that injury doesn't appear to be too serious.

According to reports out of Germany, Wood's thigh injury likely isn't one that will keep him out for a significant period of time.

Video: USMNT players discuss which teammate would make the best president

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Which #USMNT player would make the best president?

Americans Abroad Monday preview: Yedlin, O'Neill

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Throughout the past several months, DeAndre Yedlin has put together a rapid rise through the Championship. The U.S. Men's National Team regular'sascendancy has seen many recognize him as one of the Championship's best fullbacks, if not the best.

He'll have another chance to prove in on Monday as he looks to push Newcastle into first place.

MLS Ticker: TFC inks Barcelona product, NYCFC signs Awuah, and more

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Toronto FC has been expectedly quiet during the winter, but they made a significant splash on Monday morning.

TFC has officially unveiled the signing of Spanish midfielder Victor Vazquez using targeted allocation money. The 30-year-old most recently played for Cruz Azul in Liga MX and will provide even more experience in TFC's midfield this upcoming season.

MLS Preseason Weekend Rewind: Fire, TFC among big winners

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There were only two matches on Sunday, but the Chicago Fire caught theattention of many in MLS after defeating Miami FC, 5-2.

It wasn't just the victory that grabbed the headlines, though. This fantastic team goal sent fans into a frenzy after the Fire sliced through Miami with fluidity.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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Pressure continues to mount for Arsene Wenger, and it will only get worse if Arsenal fails to take of business on Monday afternoon.

Monday brings one final match of FA Cup action as the Gunners visit Sutton United of England's fifth tier. The two sides collide at Gander Green Lane, which was forced to add temporary seating and additional lighting to accommodate the high-profile clash.

Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Johnson, Ream, Arriola and more

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Several Americans endured tough results to close the weekend's action abroad.

Fabian Johnson continued his return to the Borussia Monchengladbach after several months away, but theU.S. Men's National Team regular couldn't quite make an impact in the team's 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig. Johnson was removed in the 80th minute, just moments before Mochengladbach scored their first goal of the game, one which proved to be a consolation against a soaring RB Leipzig side.

Monday Kickoff: Enrique, Bielsa, Mourinho and more

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Monday begins with several managers making headlines across European soccer.

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu says Luis Enrique has the full support of the club as pressure continues to mount on the head coach. (REPORT)

Marcelo Bielsa is set to takeover at Lille on a two-year deal that begins this summer.

Sunday European Rewind: Tottenham advances in FA Cup, Roma Cruise Past Torino, and more

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In England, Tottenham Hotspur booked their place into the F.A. Cup quarterfinals after a 3-0 drubbing of hosts Fulham at Craven Cottage. Harry Kane put the visitors up 1-0 after 16 minutes, finishing off Christian Eriksen's assist. Six minutes into the second half, it was the same duo who added to Tottenham's lead as Kane tapped home Eriksen's helper.

Americans Abroad Saturday Rewind: Brooks, Guzan, Kitchen and more

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John Brooks did all he could on Saturday, but it wasn't quite enough to help Hertha Berlin earn a statement win.

For 90 minutes-plus, Brooks led Hertha Berlin with a stellar performance in defense but a 96th minute goal from Robert Lewandowski sealed a late split of the points. Brooks' was Hertha's standout in the match, one which sees them capture their 34th point.

U.S. U-20s fall to 10-man Panama in opening game of World Cup qualifiers

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As the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team prepared for the start of World Cup qualifying, Tab Ramos stressed the importance of starting the CONCACAF U-20 Championships on a high note.

They didn't, and they will face an uphill climb because of it.

A goal from Leandro Avila led a 10-man Panama to a 1-0 win on Saturday, handing the U.

U.S. U-20s vs. Panama: Your Running Commentary

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The road to South Korea starts on Saturday for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team.

Saturday brings the beginning of the CONCACAF U-20 Championships as the U.S. U-20s collide with Panama to open their push towards the World Cup. The competition begins with a group stage with the U.S. needing to finish in the top two of a group featuring Panama, Haiti and Saint Kitts & Nevis to reach the second round.

Americans Abroad Friday Rewind: Green, Wooten and more

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Friday was a light day for Americans abroad, but it did see the continued integration of one young star to his new team.

Julian Green earned another start for Stuttgart, playing 62 minutes in the team's 2-0 win over Heidenheimer SB. The win, which saw Green's fourth start with the club, opened up a six-point gap on second-place Hannover, who maintain a game in hand.

Harkes dropped as FC Cincinnati coach

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John Harkes became the face of FC Cincinnati as head coach of the expansion USL squad in 2016, but he won't be around to lead the team into year two.

FC Cincinnati announced on Friday night that Harkes has been relieved of his duties as head coach, with assistant coach Alan Koch set to replace the former U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Saturday provides another busy day of soccer action, featuring the FA Cup, Bundesliga and a vital match for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team.

In England, the FA Cup continues with the tournament's fifth round as several of the Premier League's heavy-hitters take the field. Manchester City faces off with David Wagner's Huddersfield Town in one of the day's more interesting matchups while title favorites Chelsea battles Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Moralez brings something "completely different" to NYCFC

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New York City FC supporters have been noisy on social media in the off-season, curious as to what prominent Designated Player the club would obtain to replace retired legend Frank Lampard.

While Maxi Moralez may not rank with Sami Khedira in name recognition, the 5-foot 3-inch attacking midfielder may be NYCFC's most essential acquisition since star forward David Villa.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Orlando City

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It's year three for Orlando City, and after two seasons of missing the playoffs and a head coaching change, the Lions enter 2017 ready to take the next step under head coach Jason Kreis.

The Lions finished 2016 eighth in the Eastern Conference, missing the playoffs by a point behind the Philadelphia Union and the New England Revolution.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Brooks, Boyd, Hyndman and more

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Following a midweek slate loaded with continental competition, domestic action takes center stage over the weekend, headlined by the schedule in Germany.

John Brooks and Hertha Berlin face the toughest test in a clash with Bayern Munich, who destroyed Arsenal in midweek Champions League action.

USWNT to play pair of friendlies against Russia

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Deep in the heart of Texas, the U.S. Women's National Team will play Russia in a pair of friendlies in early April.

The defending World Cup champions will take on the Russia Women's National Team in two international friendlies, one in Frisco, the second in Houston, U.

European Weekend Preview: Milan-Fiorentina, English F.A. Cup, and more

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Despite no Barclays Premier League action this weekend, there is still an exciting slate of action all-across Europe.

Fifth-round English F.A. Cup action takes place this weekend with 16 teams still having hopes of advancing in this prestigious and historic competition.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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After dispatching Arsenal in spectacular fashion on Wednesday, the ruthless machine that is Bayern Munich resumes Bundesliga action this weekend by visiting Hertha Berlin.

The 5-1 win over the Gunners in their UEFA Champions League round of 16's first-leg fixture showed just how dominant Bayern still is in European soccer, and after overtaking the upstart RB Leipzig in the league table at the end of 2016, Carlo Ancelotti's squad has now opened up a seven-point gap atop the league standings as well.

Friday Kickoff: Ozil, Wenger, Bale and more

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Fallout continues from Arsenal's lopsided midweek loss while Real Madrid are about to see the return of one of the club's biggest stars.

Mesut Ozil's agent says the midfielder is being made the "scapegoat" of Arsenal's Champions League loss. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger says he will manage next season, whether it be at Arsenal or somewhere else.

Europa League Rewind: Zlatan leads Man United to win, Tottenham loses at Gent, and more

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Manchester United cruised past an overmatched Saint-Etienne team thanks to a hat-trick from the team's star forward.

The match was billed as a battle of Pogba brothers, but it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who stole the show by leading United to a 3-0 win over the French side. Paul Pogba went a full 90 minutes in the win while his brother, Florentin, lasted 79 minutes before being removed from the Saint-Etienne lineup.

Ramos confident in U.S. U-20 group ahead of World Cup qualifying tournament

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For Tab Ramos, each and every experience with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is just a bit different. Sure, he's been through the process in two previous cycles and, sure, he's found success while working with some of the brightest prospects in the U.S. Soccer pool.

Still, Ramos feels the nerves, the uneasiness, just like all of his players, as the team embarks on their quest towards this summer's Under-20 World Cup.

SBI MLS Preview: New England Revolution

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Jay Heaps isn't afraid to admit the New England Revolution came up short on their expectations in 2016. He's also willing to say the shortcomings from a year ago are what's fueling the Revs to get better and stay consistent in an improved Eastern Conference.

"I think last year there was maybe a little bit of complancency, a dip in form at the wrong time," Heaps told SBI.

Jonathan Klinsmann named starting goalkeeper for U.S. U-20s ahead of World Cup qualifying

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Jurgen Klinsmann may have departed the U.S. Soccer program, but his son will have a vital part to play in an upcoming push to a World Cup.

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is just days away from the start of their World Cup qualifying push, and head coach Tab Ramos has named Jonathan Klinsmann as thestarting goalkeeper for the upcoming CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Terrence Boyd focused on helping Darmstadt avoid relegation

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Terrence Boyd went into the weekend knowing he had a challengingassignment on his hands. Not only was he facingGerman Bundesliga powerhouse Borussia Dortmund, but he was doing sowithout having registered a single shot on goal in his first two official games back from a lengthy injury layoff.

Infantino: 2026 World Cup could be joint-hosted by up to 'four countries'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made no secret his desire for a massively expanded World Cup, including hosting duties being shared by as many as four countries.

Infantino, who championed the now expanded 48-team World Cup starting in 2026, has stated that not only is he comfortable with the concept of a joint-hosted World Cup, but envisions as many as four countries joining their efforts to host at once.

Curtis mutually parts ways with Red Bulls

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One of the strangest offseason storylines has come to a close, as the New York Red Bulls announced the departure of sporting director Ali Curtis.

The team announced the mutual decision to part ways with Curtis on Thursday, ending a month-long saga that left many Red Bulls fans in the dark about the status of their front office.

Americans Abroad Thursday Preview: Johnson, Carter-Vickers, Perez

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The Europa League resumes on Thursday afternoon and several Americans could play a part in helping their team move on in European competition.

Action is headlined by a clash of Americans as Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach take on Josh Perez's Fiorentina. Johnson recently returned to the starting lineup for the German club while providing two assists in his last three appearances.

Evans berates MLS acquisition rules, Gomez and McCarty respond

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Brad Evans doesn't like MLS' convoluted acquisition rules, and isn't too shy to say so, as he took to twitter to state he'd never play for a rival team despite them.

The Seattle Sounders and U.S. Men's National Team defender's twitter was ablaze on Wednesday, as he sparked a storm with his comments lamenting MLS player acquisition rules while stating he would never play for a rival.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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The Europa League returns to action on Thursday as some of Europe's heavy-hitters collide in some tasty matchups.

Thursday's action is headlined by Manchester United, who host Saint-Etienne in a clash of Pogba brothers. Man United star midfielder Paul Pogba is set to go head-to-head with his brother, Florentin, who is expected to start in the center of the Saint-Etienne defense.

Thursday Kickoff: Wenger, James, Dybala and more

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Arsene Wenger is on the hot seat once again following another beatdown in the Champions League.

Arsenal reportedly won't rush to a decision on Arsene Wenger's future following the team's lopsided loss to Bayern Munich. (REPORT)

James Rodriguez reiterated that he wants to remain with Real Madrid for "a lot longer".

MLS Ticker: NYCFC adds Wallace, Minnesota makes deal with Revs, and more

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A former MLS Cup winner is set to add even more firepower to NYCFC.

NYCFC announced on Wednesday that the club has signed former Portland Timbers midfielder Rodney Wallace, who joins fromSport Recife in Brazil. As part of the acquisition process, NYCFCtraded $75k GAM and $50k TAM to Portland Timbers in exchange for the Right of First Refusal for the Costa Rica international.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps

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One of the more drastic declines in 2016 occurred in Vancouver when the Whitecaps went from second place in the Western Conference in 2015 to eighth place the next season. Thanks to a couple of astute acquisitions, the Whitecaps are hoping to rekindle their form from two years ago.

UCL Wednesday Rewind: Bayern routs Arsenal, Real Madrid rolls past Napoli

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For 45 minutes in Munich, Arsenal looked like it might be ready to do something about its extended struggles with advancing past the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

The the second half happened and the Gunners were transported back to their all-too-familiar world of disappointment in Champions League play.

Must-See Goal: Casemiro

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VAR decision changes result of MLS preseason match

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While full Video Assistant Referee implementation remains a few months away, its preseason trial run has made its first major impact on the result of a match, perhaps providing a glimpse at the future to come.

In the 87th minute of a preseason clash between the Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City, a free kick from the right side of the field was swung into the box by the Rapids where it was questionablyhandled before being cleared.

Must-See Goal: Lorenzo Insigne

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SBI MLS Season Preview: Chicago Fire

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After finishing in the cellar of the Eastern Conference for a second straight season, the Chicago Fire responded by making several major roster moves during the offseason in hopes of restoring the franchise to its glory days.

Big names and MLS veterans like Dax McCarty and Juninho have now joined Veljko Paunovic's squad, while the club's second Designated Player has also been signed in Hungarian international Nemanja Nikolic.

Minnesota United signs Josh Gatt

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After several seasons marred by injuries, Josh Gatt is finally healthy as be brings his game to MLS.

Minnesota United announced on Wednesday that the club has signed Gatt, who previously featured for Norwegian club Molde. The 25-year-old winger moves to MLS after spending his first seven professional seasons abroad.

NYCFC signs Moralez as Designated Player

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Following the departure of Frank Lampard, NYCFC went out in search of their third Designated Player. They got him on Wednesday.

NYCFC announced Wednesday that the club has signed Argentinian midfielder Maxi Moralez as a DP. Moralez joins from Mexico's Club Leon, signing a three-year deal with NYCFC.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Williams, Pulisic, Yedlin and more

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One American midfielder scored a big goal for his club on Tuesday afternoon while another saw his team fall just a goal short in a Champions League clash.

Danny Williams scored his team'ssecond goal on Tuesday, leveling the match before an eventual winner fromRoy Beerens earned Reading a 3-2 victory over Brentford.

SBI Question of the Day: What do you think of the new U.S. Soccer jerseys?

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Late onValentine's Day, U.S. Soccer released a newred National Team jersey.

The new jersey is all-red design, in a similar style to 2016's National Team jerseys.An altered, all-red crest features on both the jersey and shorts, which also have a single black stripe down the length of the uniform with the sleeves a darker shade of red.

Lloyd 'thrilled' to join Man City's push for Champions League glory

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Carli Lloyd spent the first 14 years of her career plying her trade at home in the U.S. while becoming one of the game's most successful and recognizable players to ever represent the U.S. Women's National Team. After an extended run, Lloyd was looking for a new challenge, and she found one with Manchester City.

MLS Ticker: Kljestan named Red Bulls captain, Davis to retire with Dynamo, and more

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The New York Red Bulls needed a replacement for Dax McCarty in the captain position, and it has been filled by one of his former midfield running mates.Sacha Kljestan was given the armband for the 2017 season on Wednesday.

Kljestan helped guide the Red Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive season in 2016.

Report: Zardes, Rogers could miss start of season for Galaxy

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The LA Galaxy could be without two key starters to begin the regular season.

According to the LA Times, Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Rogers could miss the beginning of the MLS campaign, which begins on March 4. The two continue to rehab injuries but, with just three weeks between now and the season opener, they both remain in doubt to begin the campaign healthy.

Vancouver signs Fredy Montero on season-long loan

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One of the most efficient scorers in Major League Soccer over the last decade is returning to the league, with a rival of the club that gave him his big break. The Vancouver Whitecaps announced on Wednesday that they signed Fredy Montero on a season-long loan from Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League.

Wednesday Kickoff: Griezmann, Jesus, Vidal and more

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While one star forward is debating English interest, another is set to miss quite a bit of Premier League action.

Antroine Griezmann says he has "doubts" over a potential Premier League move. (REPORT)

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus suffered afractured metatarsal and could be out for up to three months.

U.S. Soccer unveils new red kit for 2017

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The U.S. Men's and Women's National Team have a new look as they head towards vital matches in the coming months.

U.S. Soccer unveiled a new red Nike kit on Tuesday. The USMNT will begin wearing the kit in March's key World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Honduras while the USWNT will introduce the kit during the SheBelieves Cup, which is set for March 1-7.

Clint Dempsey upbeat after recovery from heart condition

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TUKWILA, Wash. Clint Dempsey is back and ready to help the Seattle Sounders defend their MLS Cup title.

Dempsey, addressing the media for the first time since being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat last summer, struck an upbeat tone after training on Tuesday.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: PSG hammers Barcelona, Benfica holds off Dortmund

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On Tuesday, Europe's biggest domestic club competition, theUEFA Champions League returned with the start of the Round of 16.

Report: Lloyd set for short-term move to Manchester City

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The winter period has seen several U.S. Women's National Team regulars move abroad, and it appears Carli Lloyd is officially set to join them.

Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that Lloyd is set to join Manchester City on a short-term deal with an official announcement coming as soon as Wednesday.

A look at the biggest unanswered questions heading towards the MLS season

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The start of the MLS season looms. Final moves are being made anddepth charts arebeing worked out as each of the league's 22 teams march towards the start of theregular season.

Still, with preseason in full swing, plenty of questions remain as teams prepare for the start of their 2017 campaigns.

Video: Paul Arriola discusses growing up, Tijuana, USMNT

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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The long-awaited return of the UEFA Champions League comes on Tuesday, as a few heavyweights of the European game square off against each other.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain headline the marquee in a star-studded round of 16 clash at the Parc des Princes that could go a long way in determining the two-legged tie.

MLS Ticker: Diskerud back on NYCFC roster, Frei close to returning and more

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The curious tale of Mix Diskerud's whereabouts and club future took its latest turn, as the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder was named to the New York City FC roster for the Desert Diamond Cup.

Although he was named to the squad for the preseason tournament, Diskerud won't be in the club's plans for the 2017 season, according to Empire of Soccer

Diskerud is a precarious position because NYCFC does not want him back and his current MLS salary is too much for most clubs in and out of the league to take on.

CONCACAF announces Gold Cup quarterfinal and semifinal venues

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Several weeks back, CONCACAF announced that Levi's Stadium would serve as host of the Gold Cup final but it wasn't until Tuesday that the federation confirmed the road that would lead to Santa Clara.

CONCACAF announced that Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona will host quarterfinal doubleheaders on July 19 and 20, respectively.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Preview

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Tuesday brings the return of the UEFA Champions League as the last remaining American player looks to help push his team to start the Round of 16.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund travel to Portugal on Tuesday as the German club opens the Round of 16 with a visit to Benfica. Dortmund finished top of their group in the prior stage, earning 14 of a possible 18 points to book a date with the Portuguese powerhouse.

Bradley not dwelling on Swansea City departure as he looks ahead to new chance

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Bob Bradley isn't dwelling on the past. His tenure at Swansea City has been over for several weeksand, in the days and weeks that have come since his dismissal, Bradley has come to accept what happened during his Premier League stint.

Now, though, the task is learning from it, something Bradley is hoping to do as he prepares for whatever his next challenge may be.

Tuesday Kickoff: Gabriel Jesus, Fabregas, Ribery and more

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While one up-and-coming star could miss significant time due to injury, a Chinese club has denied interest in a longtime playmaker.

Pep Guardiola says he "will pray" that the injury to Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is not serious as the club hopes for a quick recovery for the recently-added forward.

UEFA Champions League Preview: PSG hosts Barcelona, Arsenal visits Bayern and more

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Sixteen clubs are now a step closer to Millennium Stadium after surviving their respective groups in the UEFA Champions League, and eight of them will kick off the knockout-stage action this week in first-leg fixtures.

Headlining the matches this week will be Paris Saint-Germain hosting Barcelona.

2017 SBI MLS Season Preview: FC Dallas

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FC Dallas has gonefrom contender to trophy winnerduring the past couple of seasons. There is still some unfinished business, though.

The 2016 MLS season was a high point for FC Dallas. The club continued tofind success with its identity of relying heavily on both young and old players, performing consistently during the course of the year en route to claiming botha U.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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Just a few matches are on the schedule for Monday afternoon, headlined by an English Premier League contest featuring one team still involved in the title chase and another distancing themselves from the relegation field.

Bournemouth welcomes Manchester City as they seek to further remove themselves from worries of relegation.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Philadelphia Union

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Year one of the Earnie Stewart era was a rebuilding one for the Philadelphia Union. If the offseason is any indication of what is to come in 2017, year two is a reloading season as the club looks to remain among the contenders in the Eastern Conference.

The Union have a clear direction moving forward, with Stewart and head coach Jim Curtin steer the ship.

Univision announces deal to broadcast Liga MX on Facebook

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Liga MX, Univision and Facebook have combined to announce a historic broadcast deal.

Univision announced on Monday that select Liga MX matches will be broadcast in English live on Facebook. The deal begins on Saturday, February 18th, and continues throughout the 2017 season.

In total, Univisionwill stream 46 matches, including playoff matches, live on Facebook.

USSF hires former EPL head of performance as high performance director

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One of the positive holdovers from the Jurgen Klinsmann era of U.S. Soccer is an increased focus on youth development, a focus which continued Monday with a new USSF hiring.

The federation announced on Monday the creation of a new position, as they hired former English Premier League head of performance, James Bunce, as their first ever high performance director.

Detroit jail proposal decision may take months

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After a twist offer from Detroit investor Dan Gilbert to swap a desired stadium site for a new jail complex breathed life into Detroit's MLS bid, a delayed decision may take the air right back out.

Speaking about the proposed swap, which would see Gilbert build the county and entirely new court complex in exchange for the current site of the failed jail project, Wayne County executive Warren Evans shot down any chance at a quick resolution, reports the Detroit Free Press.

MLS Ticker: Montero linked to Whitecaps, Crew sign young Brazilian and more

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Fredy Montero has been linked with a return to MLS with a surprising club named as the reported frontrunner.

According to El Heraldo, Montero is close to a move back to MLS as a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Montero, who played for the Seattle Sounders during his six-year MLS stay, currently plays for Tianjin Teda in China.

Monday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Aguero, Bale and more

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The future of two of the Premier League's best strikers is in doubt while a former Premier League star is back in action.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says there's "nothing done yet" with regards to his future at Manchester United. (REPORT)

Pep Guardiola says he would like to keep Sergio Aguero at Manchester City but he is unsure of what will happen at the end of the season.

Sunday European Rewind: Atletico Madrid pulls off late rally, Leicester City's woes continue, and more

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Atletico Madrid may not be in the title picture in Spain at this point in the season, but a loss on Sunday could have begun putting Diego Simeone's squad in danger of losing its grip on a UEFA Champions League place.

That looked like it would happen as Celta Vigo held a late 2-1 lead at the Vicente Calderon, but Atleti rallied late, scoring goals in the 86th and 89th minute to pull out a dramatic 3-2 victory.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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German soccer provided plenty of highlights for Americans playing abroad while several U.S. Men's National Team regulars continued their recent runs of form heading towards March qualifiers.

Fabian Johnson returned to Borussia Monchengladbach'slineup for his first league start since Novemberin a 1-0 win over Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Saturday European Rewind: Arsenal squeak by Hull, Barcelona thump Alaves, and more.

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After back-to-back league losses, Arsenal bounced back with a much-needed 2-0 win over Hull City at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger's side were aiming to stay in the Premier League title race, and also head into this week's Champions League tie at Bayern Munich on a positive note.

Wynalda named head coach of UPSL club LA Wolves

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Eric Wynalda is back in the coaching game.

The former U.S. Men's National Team forward was named head coach of UPSL club LA Wolves on Friday. Wynalda takes over the club in advance of the 2017 UPSL season as well as the start of the U.S. Open Cup.

"The decision to return to coaching wasn't one that I made quickly, so it was a matter of finding the right opportunity at the right time," Wynalda said.

Boyd scores first Darmstadt goal against Borussia Dortmund

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After several injury-plagued seasons, Terrence Boyd is back to scoring goals.

Boyd scored his first goal since joining Darmstadt in Saturday's clash with Borussia Dortmund. The forward's finish came in the 21st minute, giving Darmstadt the 1-0 lead over Christian Pulisic and Dortmund.

The goal is Boyd's first senior goal since 2014, beginning his tenure with RB Leipzig.

Report: Minnesota United 'expected' to sign Josh Gatt

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Josh Gatt may have found himself a new team in MLS.

According to the Star Tribune, the U.S. international is expected to join Minnesota United in the near future.Gatt's contract with Norwegian club Molde recently expired, which means he would sign with Minnesota on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old winger has had several serious knee injuries over the past few years.

Zelalem scores first professional goal for VVV-Venlo in rout

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VVV-Venlo had an easy time handling their opponents Helmond Sport, and they were aided in that by American Abroad Gedion Zelalem.

Zelalem tallied up his first goal for his current club, knocking in the final score in a 7-0 rout for the first of his career. The Arsenal loanee and U.S. U-23 Men's National Team midfielder knocked in the extra point in the 87th minute in a match dominated start-to-finish by his team.

Dynamo announce return of USMNT defender Beasley

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While a return was difficult to doubt, it'll be nice for Houston to have confirmation of the return of an MLS legend.

The Houston Dynamo officially announced the long-rumored return of U.S. Men's National Team defender DeMarcus Beasley on Friday.

MLS Ticker: Agudelo has successful surgery, NYCFC announce USL partner, and more

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While nothing major, any time a player undergoes a surgery is a tense time for a team and its fans.

Thankfully, the New England Revolution have announced on Friday that forward Juan Agudelo has undergone a successful minor surgery on a small facial bone fracture. Agudelo suffered the fracture during the first half of the U.

D.C. United roast Red Bulls on valentine's response

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With valentine's day right around the corner, a pair of MLS rivals decided to show each other some love, with a little good-natured ribbing included.

It all began with D.C. United tweeting out a lovely valentine's day card they "received" from long-time rivals, the New York Red Bulls, ahead of Tuesday's holiday.

MLS Ticker: Vermes unsure of Zusi position, Chara sent off by VAR, and more

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U.S. Men's National Team winger Graham Zusi has been surprisingly used at right back over the team's past few matches, and now he may face a change with his league team, Sporting Kansas City, as well.

Speaking at a Fan Forum on Thursday, Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes and president Jake Reid commented on several topics, most notably the position of Zusi.

Report: Lloyd possibly joining Manchester City

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The recent wave of U.S. Women's National Team players joining clubs overseas may pick up another name if reports out of England come to fruition. FIFA Women's Player of the Year Carli Lloyd has been linked with a move to Manchester City byThe Times.

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

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German soccer is once again the focal point as Americans Abroad go head-to-head across both divisions of Bundesliga soccer.

Starting in the top division, Americans collide as Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund faces Terrence Boyd and Darmstadt while Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen take on Fabian Johnson's Borussia Monchengladbach.

Johannsson: 'I feel good and am ready to play'

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Though he's fallen off the U.S. Men's National Team radar since his 2014 World Cup appearance, forward Aron Johannsson says he's prepared to get back to work following long-term injury struggles.

The Werder Bremen striker spoke out about a number of issues, including his own personal injury issues, as well as the struggles of his team in Bundesliga play this season, reports German paper Kreiszeitung.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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In desperate need of a win to regain its footing in the English Premier League, Liverpool will have to conquer a formidable foe this weekend in Tottenham in order to do that.

A 2-0 loss to Hull City last weekend was the latest disappointment in a string of poor results that has now caused Jurgen Klopp's men to slip out of the top four in the league table, and their opponents this Saturday likely won't alleviate their problems as Spurs are riding an 11-match unbeaten streak.

Friday Kickoff: Suarez, Wenger, Maradona and more

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Spain's governing body upheld a striker's suspension despite an appeal while one manager says he isn't feeling the heat this weekend.

Luis Suarez's ban was upheld by the Spanish federation, meaning the Barcelona striker will miss the Copa del Rey final against Deportivo Alaves. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger says he does not feel pressure regarding his job, but the Arsenal manager did admit that the club's season is at stake this weekend against Hull City.

Palmer-Brown, Ebobisse headline U.S. U-20 roster for CONCACAF U-20 Championships

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A spot in the Under-20 World Cup is on the line for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National team, and head coach Tab Ramos has called in a series of experienced professionals and highly-touted rookies to help lift his side to this summer's tournament.

Portland Timbers rookie Jeremy Ebobisse, Sporting KC centerback Erik Palmer-Brown and goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann headline the 20-player roster bound for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which runs from Feb.

16-year-old Sands impresses Vieira, Villa in first NYCFC appearance

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Early in the 2016 MLS season, New York City FC's Director of Football Operations, Claudia Reyna, was asked to predict when his club would sign its first Homegrown player. Reyna indicated 2018 while admitting that it was an ambitious timetable.

16-year old James Sands may have accelerated the process.

Arena: Won't favor Europe-based talent over MLS

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One of the major criticism of Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. Men's National Team tenure, true or not, was a perceived preference for European-based players, a philosophy that new manager Bruce Arena says he'll be avoiding.

Arena will give equal consideration to players based in Europe and those based in the Americas, be it the U.

TFC's Altidore has minor knee inflammation, Bradley ill

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Toronto FC's American Designated Players returned from U.S. Men's National Team duty, but they are not 100 percent fit.

According to Sportsnet, forward Jozy Altidore has minor knee inflammation, while Michael Bradley has an unspecified virus.

MLS Ticker: McInerney being shopped, Altidore has minor knee issue, and more

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The Portland Timbers have been active this offseason, but they could be looking to ship out a forward.

According to the Metro, the Timbers are shopping Jack McInerney around MLS Portland is looking for allocation money in return, per the report.

Green using Bayern Munich mentality to reignite career at Stuttgart

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It's been a rough couple of years for Julian Green in Germany.

However, the 2016-17 season delivered a new sense of hope after Carlo Ancelotti named the U.S. international to the Bayern Munich first team. In the end, Green was sold to recently relegated Stuttgart in the 2. Bundesliga after earning just two appearances with Bayern.

Hope Solo signs TV production deal with INvelop Entertainment

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U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo may not be on the pitch these days, but she's about to bebusy off of it.

Solo has signed a TV production and development deal with INvelop Entertainment, the company announced on Thursday.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to work with [CEO] Brant [Pinvidic] and INvelop Entertainment," said Solo.

U.S. Soccer hoping to lock down international commitment from Bayern prospect Tillman

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The name Timothy Tillman may not be familiar to fans of the U.S. Men's National Team just yet, but that should change quickly as the 18-year-old midfielder generates interest from around Europe.

The Bayern Munich youth prospect was linked with Barcelona, according to Goal.com. Tillman's home at the club level isn't the only thing being fought over, as the United States is looking to make the 18-year-old the latest German-American to join up with the Yanks in a camp.

USMNT falls one spot in latest FIFA rankings

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The U.S. Men's National Team didn't allow a goal in two recentfriendlies, but it wasn't enough to prevent a slight drop in the latest FIFA rankings

On the heels ofa draw with Serbia and win over Jamaica, the U.S. fell one spot to 29th in the latest FIFA rankings.

Thursday Kickoff: Mexico, De Gea, Hart and more.

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While El Tri cruised to a win on Wednesday, top goalkeepers grabbed headlines over in Europe.

A header from Alan Pulido helped Mexico topple Iceland, 1-0, on Wednesday in Las Vegas. (REPORT)

David de Gea insists he is happy at Manchester United as reports continue to link him to Real Madrid.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Pulisic, Chandler, Wooten and more

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One clash between Americans Abroad came to penalty kicks, and it was the youngest member of the U.S. Men's National Team that helped his side get there.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund came out on top on Wednesday afternoon, toppling John Brooks' Hertha Berlin, 3-2, in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw.

Union officially acquire former Akron playmaker Adam Najem

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The Philadelphia Union seek to build off a successful 2016, and add another piece in their offseason quest to do so.

The team announced the signing of midfielder Adam Najem on Wednesday, following the acquisition of the right of first refusal from the New York Red Bulls. The Union parted with their 2018 natural 2nd round Draft pick to complete the trade, allowing them to officially sign the 22-year-old former Akron midfielder.

Report: MLSPU to oppose Illinois Senate bill, could warn players away from Fire

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The bill currently working its way through the Illinois Senate has been slammed by the NFLPA in recent days, and now the MLS Players Union is following suit.

MLSPU director Bob Foose has stated that the Players Union would join their sibling sports body in opposing the Illinois bill, which proposes that the age eligibility for employees to receive workers compensation for injuries on the job be reduced from 65 to 35, reports Empire of Soccer.

Morgan, Lloyd, Pugh headline 25-player USWNT training camp roster ahead of SheBelieves Cup

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The U.S. Women's National Team will begin training for the SheBelieves Cup with a majority of the team's heavy hitters.

Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Mallory Pugh headline Jill Ellis' 25-player roster ahead of the upcoming tournament, which will pit the USWNT against Germany, France and England from March 1-7.

Solo: Recovery 'ahead of schedule', ready for USWNT return at end of suspension

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Hope Solo broke her silence on Tuesday, and she covered plenty of topics in her interview with 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime, including her ban from the U.S. Women's National Team and her rapid progression in healing from her shoulder surgery.

Solo, whose suspension from the USWNT ends on February 22, started making her case to be recalled, no matter how unlikely that may be.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Pulisic, Brooks, Chandler and more

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The DFB-Pokal continues on Wednesday as several Americans look to join Bobby Wood and Fabian Johnson in the quarterfinals of the German cup competition.

Either Christian Pulisic or John Brooks will seal their spot on Wednesday as the two go head-to-head when Borussia Dortmund takes on Hertha Berlin.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Wood, Johnson book spots in German Cup quarterfinals

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A pair of Americans Abroad directly contributed to pushing their sides into the next stage of the German cup on Tuesday.

Bobby Wood's late goal sealed a 2-0 win for Hamburg, helping the struggling Bundesliga club topple FC Cologne to book a spot in the quarterfinal round. Wood's goal, his seventh of the season, was his third finish in six games.

Report: Gladbach interested in Zelalem

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With the recent success of Americans in the Bundesliga, it's no surprise that more teams are taking notice and scouting U.S. talent more frequently.

Borussia Monchengladbach are one such team searching for transfer targets for the upcoming summer window. Along with Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Hannover'sNoah Joel Sarenren Bazee, the team are reportedly targeting Arsenal and U.

Sean Johnson looking to lift NYCFC following offseason trade from Fire

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With the Jacksonville portion of pre-season completed, Sean Johnson could relax with his New York City FC teammates and soak in the the American tradition of Super Bowl Sunday.

Johnson grew up in Lilburn, Georgia and attended Brookwood High School, sharing notable alumni status with former Atlanta Falcons placekicker, Jason Elam.

Wednesday Kickoff: World Cup 2026, Griezmann, Lahm and more

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A major European executive has backed the U.S. while aFrench star's club publicly stated their hopes of keeping him signed on.

European Club Association chairman and Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says that he believes the U.S. would be a good choice to host the 2026 World Cup. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says Antoine Griezmann is "delighted" with the club as rumors continue about a move to Manchester United.

Timbers will not sign Adu following preseason stint

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Freddy Adu recently joined the Portland Timbers for preseason training, but that's all that will come out of the midfielder's stay with the team.

According to head coach Caleb Porter, Adu will not join the Timbers for the upcoming MLS season. The news comes just twoweeks after Adu joined the club for the start of MLS preseason.

Dax McCarty displeased with Red Bulls' handling of trade to Fire

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The days immediately following yourwedding are supposed to be some of the happiest of your life, but they were not forDax McCarty. His professional life got in the way of his personal one.

McCarty was abruptly traded from the New York Red Bulls to the Chicago Fire in the middle of January, just days after he tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Jen and arrived at U.

Wood scores as Hamburg tops FC Cologne in DFB-Pokal

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Gideo Jung opened the scoring early to seize control for Hamburg in Tuesday's DFB-Pokal clash with FC Cologne, but it was Bobby Wood who locked up a quarterfinal berth for the struggling Bundesliga side.

Wood's late goal all but sealed a spot in the final eight for Hamburg, who toppled Cologne, 2-0, on Tuesday at theVolksparkstadion.

PRO hires Howard Webb to oversee video replay

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PRO has made a major hire ahead of the 2017 MLS season.

The refereeing organization has officially hired former Premier League and FIFA referee Howard Webb to "oversee the development and education, assessment, and assignment of Video Assistant Referees (VARs)" for PRO.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The slate of matches across the globe may be small for Tuesday, but it's headlined by one of massive importance in Spain, as two of the country's giants face off for a spot in the Copa del Rey final.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid face off at the Camp Nou to determine the first finalist in the Spanish cup competition.

David Wagner charged over celebration vs. Leeds United

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Huddersfield Town and David Wagner earned a dramatic win in the Yorkshire derby on Sunday, but it came at a price.

Huddersfield and Wagner were both charged on Tuesday due to the German-American's celebration after his team scored a late winner against Leeds United.

Wagner then clashed with Leeds manager Garry Monk in the technical area, which sparked a small altercation between both teams.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Preview: Wood, Johnson, Perez

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Two U.S. Men's National Team regulars are set for cup action while a future senior team hopeful looks to join his side for a major clash.

Bobby Wood and Fabian Johnson face DFB-Pokal clashes on Tuesday as the German Cup continues with the Round of 16. Of the two, Wood faces the tougher matchup in the form of Cologne, a team that sits nine spots above Hamburgin the Bundesliga table.

MLS Ticker: Polster to miss seven weeks, several stadium updates, and more

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The Chicago Fire have composed a solid offseason so far as they seek to escape the gutter of the Eastern conference, but an unfortunate injuryhas thrown a wrench into their plans.

Fire defender Matt Polster could reportedly miss up to seven weeks after suffering a knee sprain in preseason training last week.

Garber: NASL's Canadian domestic rule a 'violation of U.S. law'

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Just a short while after talking up Canadian Designated Players as a focus for MLS, commissioner Don Garber had some choice comments about the new NASL rule regarding Canadians as domestics on U.S. rosters.

Earlier this week, the NASL announced that all Canadian players would be counted as domestics on all teams in the league, including those based in the U.

Tuesday Kickoff: Russia, Martial, Lacazette and more

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The Russian government poured more money into the 2018 World Cup while a pair of transfer rumors involved transfer stars began to heat up.

Russia has increased government spending on the 2018 World Cup by$325 million, raising the total expenditure to $10.8 billion. (REPORT)

Anthony Martial dismissed reports linking him with a move away from Manchester United.

MLS Ticker: RSL acquires Lennon, Wynne facing heart issue, and more

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Real Salt Lake completed a move on Monday that saw the return of a former academy product from Europe.

The team announced the acquisition of former RSL Academy midfielder Brooks Lennon on loan from Liverpool for the 2017 season. Lennon, who previously featured for RSL's U-18 academy team where he scored 31 goals en route to the USSDA championship match, made the move to the Reds after his breakout season and has featured primarily for the Premier League sides' U-23 team.

Green scores first goal for Stuttgart against Fortuna Dusseldorf

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It took Julian Green just two appearances to make his mark for his new club.

Green scored his first goal for Stuttgart, firing the second of two first half goals in Monday's clash with Fortuna Dusseldorf. The finish comes in Green's second appearance for the club after previously playing 45 minutes in his 2.

NASL releases 2017 schedule

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After all sorts of turmoil and rumors of collapse during the offseason, the eight-team NASL released its 2017 schedule on Monday.

The split-season schedule will begin on March 25, with the New York Cosmos set to visit Puerto Rico FC and North Carolina FC hosting Miami FC at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Huddersfield's David Wagner apologizes for incident vs. Leeds

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Sometimes emotions can get the better of someone,which Huddersfield Town coach David Wagner can admit.

Following his team's late winner against Leeds United in the Yorkshire derby, Wagner sprinted down the touchline to join in on the celebrations, but ended up in a confrontation with a not-so-happy Leeds boss Garry Monk, which sparked a melee near the tunnel.

Americans Abroad Monday Preview: Green vs. Kiesewetter

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Two up-and-coming U.S. Men's National Team wingers are set to collide on Monday in the 2. Bundesliga.

Julian Green appears to befinally bound forregular minutes on the field following his winter transfer to Stuttgart, a club that currently sits within one point of an outright lead atop the 2.

Euro Rewind: Chelsea creates more separation, Dortmund wins clash with RB Leipzig and more

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The Premier League title race doesn't seem to be a race at all as Chelsea continues to storm through the league's powers week by week. The latest statement from Antonio Conte's men came on Saturday in a win over London rival Arsenal.

The Blues are far and above the best team in the Premier League, but that doesn't mean there's no drama in the Premier League itself.

Americans Abroad Sunday Rewind: Chandler, Boyd, Wagner and more

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Timmy Chandler emerged victorious in a clash of Americans, but the real highlight of Sunday's action was the sideline dismissal of an American manager.

David Wagner was sent off in stoppage time of Huddersfield Town's 2-1 win over Leeds United. The former U.S. Men's National Team forward clashed with Leeds manager Garry Monk in the game's final moments after celebrating what turned out to be the winning goal, prompting players from both sides to get involved before both managers were sent to the stands.

Dempsey returns to action for Sounders in preseason friendly

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For the first time in nearly six months, Clint Dempsey took the field for the Seattle Sounders.

The U.S. Men's National Team forward played the first 30 minutes of the Sounders' first preseason match on Saturday. Played centrally, Dempsey's appearance was his first since a heart issue sidelined himlast August.

Sacramento groups reach agreement on expansion bid

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It's been just under a week since Sacramento's bid for an MLS expansion team officially launched, and while already doused in controversy, one major issue has been settled.

Sacramento's bid hit a major hurdle when it was revealed last week that primary investor Kevin Nagle had submitted his expansion bid to MLS with no mention of the existing Sacramento Republic FC and its ownership group.

Monday Kickoff: Aguero, Calhanoglu, Ranieri and more

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Rumors continue to swirl concerning Sergio Aguero while another talented playmaker is looking to finalize a Premier League move.

Manchester City reportedly won't sell Sergio Aguero in the summer as rumors continue over a possible departure. (REPORT)

Hakan Calhanoglu says he would like to join Chelsea in the summer.

Americans Abroad Saturday Rewind: Arriola, Johnson, Wooten and more

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Paul Arriola and Tijuana continue to dominate the start of the Liga MX campaign while two other Americans contributed directly to goals in Saturday wins.

Arriola scored Tijuana's fourth and final goal in a 4-2 defeat of William Yarbrough on Saturday night. The victory sees Tijuana seal their fourth win in five games as they stay atop the Liga MX table through the first weekend of February.

USMNT 1, Jamaica 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Following an unconvincing draw in the first game of the renewed Bruce Arena era, the U.S. Men's National Team was in need of some good news. It's not that the initial draw against Serbia was a bad result, but rather because the U.S. was a team in need of a spark as crucial World Cup qualifiers loom.

Americans Abroad Friday Rewind: Zelalem, Wood, Miazga

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Gedion Zelalem's loan move to the Netherlands began with a win.

The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team midfielder entered as a 75th minute substitute as VVV Venlo cruised to a 4-1 win over De Graafschap. By the time Zelalem entered the field, the damage had been done, as the second-division club punished the opposition to remain atop the Eerste Division table.

Is this the USMNT's new third jersey?

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The U.S. Men's National Teamhas a new head coach for 2017. It might also have a brand new jersey to play in.

FootyHeadlines.com, which often correctlyleaksjerseys, released images on Fridayof what appears to be the U.S.'s third kit. The jersey is a dark and bold shade of redfrom top to bottom, but the shoulders and sleeves have black lines while the Americans'crest and Nike swoosh are silver.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Jordan Morris

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The U.S. Men's National Team looked to be in danger of going a second straight match without a goal, but Jordan Morris helped keep that from happening when he converted a second-half chance for the winning streak in Friday's 1-0 victory against Jamaica. The goal, along with his tireless work pressing defensively and making countless runs earned him SBI Man of the Match honors.

Morris goal helps USMNT close winter camp with a win vs. Jamaica

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For the second straight game, the U.S. Men's National Team was lacking a bit of sharpness on the attacking end, but all it took was one moment of magic to create what turned out to be the game-winner.

Benny Feilhaber's assist sprung Jordan Morris for the game's lone goal as the U.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Premier League heavyweights collide to headline a Saturday with a loaded soccer schedule.

Chelsea has run rampant through the league in recent months, cruising en route to a semi-comfortable lead atop the Premier League table. Their latest test comes in the form of Arsenal, who are looking to rebound from a difficult loss to Watford midweek while keeping their title hopes alive.

Curtin praises depth, fitness of Union in opening weeks of preseason

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It's hard for Jim Curtin not to get excited about what the Philadelphia Union have built over the offseason. The positivity is emanating out of Curtin as the club finishes up its first full week of practices in Clearwater, Florida.

"I believe they've come in in better shape than they ever have," Curtin said of the team's fitness.

USMNT vs. Jamaica: SBI Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team's annual winter camp finishes with a friendly against a familiar foe with several players vying for more consistent time with the group.

Following a 0-0 draw with Serbia last time out, the U.S. takes on Jamaica on Friday (7 p.

MLS Ticker: Borchers retires, Irwin re-signs with Toronto and more

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One of the most reliable center backs in recent MLS history has decided to hang up his boots after 14 seasons in the league. Nat Borchers, who played the last two seasons with the Portland Timbers, announced his retirement on Friday.

"I have given the game everything and will step away extremely grateful to have played 14 professional seasons," Borchers said.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Pulisic, Chandler, Zelalem and more

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Several U.S. Men's National Team regulars face major matchups over the weekend while a few familiar faces could make their debut with new clubs.

The action is headlined by those scattered throughout the Bundesliga as several Americans collide while others face big tests. Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face off with fellow contenders RB Leipzig on Saturday, while John Brooks and Alfredo Morales collide that same day.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Not much has troubled Chelsea in the Premier League this season, but looking back at the Blues' results thus far, a 3-0 loss at the hands of Arsenal stand out as one of the lone sore spots of their campaign.

Three first-half goals by the Gunners in that September 2016 match slowed down the momentum of Antonio Conte's squad, but only briefly.

Chandler not planning on MLS move in near future

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The wave of returning U.S. Men's National Team players to Major League Soccer will not include one of the top full backs on the depth chart. Timothy Chandler said in an interview with Kicker that he might consider a move to MLS at some point in his career, but not at the moment.

"You think about (MLS)," Chandler said.

Geoff Cameron speaks out in favor of U.S. travel ban

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Several U.S. Men's National Team players have voiced their frustration with the country's recent travel ban. Geoff Cameron doesn't agree.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Cameron voiced his support for the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump, who signed a recent executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven Muslim-based countries.

Friday Kickoff: Lampard, Aguero, Ronaldinho and more

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One Premier League club reached out to Frank Lampard prior to his retirement while one of the league's top stars is determined to stay.

Swansea City head coach Paul Clement says the club tried to sign Frank Lampard to help with the club's push in the relegation battle.

Lletget ready to step in to vital central midfield role following USMNT debut

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Sebastian Lletget was stunned by the moment as he neared his first U.S. Men's National Team cap. He remembers the surreal walk towards the stadium. He remembers the moment he saw his first U.S. jersey. There it was, crest and all, with his name on the back spread above a No.

Who Should the USMNT start vs. Jamaica?

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The U.S. Men's National Team's draw with Serbia provided a few answers as the team heads towards World Cup qualifying, but there are still plenty of lingering questions left to be answered by the current group.

Some of those questions may be answered on Friday as the U.

Following Klinsmann's dismissal, Johnson 'still optimistic' ahead of qualifying

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The first two, and probably most difficult two, matches of the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualification didn't go the U.S. Men's National Team's way, but don't worry, says Fabian Johnson.

Though the USMNT first two matches against Mexico in Columbus and at Costa Rica went poorly, and signaled the end of the Jurgen Klinsmann era for the team, USMNT and Borussia Monchengladbachstar Fabian Johnson told FIFA.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta sign Martinez to DP deal, Timbers add Blanco, and more

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Atlanta United has been not-so-quietly building a serious team down south, and their latest addition onlyconfirms that if you're not paying attention, you should probably start.

The team confirmed the loan signing of Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez on a DP contract, joining Hector 'Tito' Villalba and Miguel Almiron as the team's third DP, all 23 years old or younger.

NWSL inks broadcast deal with A+E Networks

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In a big boost for women's soccer in the U.S., the NWSL has announced a major new broadcasting deal.

The league has inked a bid new broadcasting a sponsorship deal with A+E Networks, a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Hearst, that will see the two launch a joint venture called NWSL Media.

Signing of Finnish international Ring latest move in busy winter for NYCFC

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It was three years before Alexander Ring placed himself in front of a camera for a televised interview while at FC Kaisterslatuern in 2. Bundesliga.

"I'm here to play soccer, not to do interviews," he told the reporter on FCK.TV in August of 2016. Ring spoke with conviction and a warm smile.

Lampard announces retirement from playing career

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For many fans around the world,Thursday marks the end of an era in their soccer-viewing lives.

On an Instagram post Thursday morning, former New York City FC, Chelsea and England midfielderFrank Lampard announced his retirement from his playing career.

After extended absence, Onyewu ready to step in and contribute to young Union team

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Oguchi Onewyu obviously heard and felt the criticism. After nearly two years away from the field, it was impossible not to. It was a two-year exile from the sport he loves, one which left many wondering if he had anything left to offer. For quite awhile, it appears that there wasn't much left, as trial after trial and tryout after tryout failed to produce the opportunity needed to reignite a stagnated career.

Cosmos find new home at MCU Park

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The New York Cosmos are officially back, and now they've returned to the five boroughs as well.

The Cosmos will play the upcoming 2017 NASL season in Coney Island's MCU Park, the team announced Thursday. The team makes the move to Brooklyn after spending the past three and a half seasons at Hofstra University's James M.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Rewind: Hyndman, Kitchen, Yedlin and more

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Emerson Hyndman found the back of the net for the second time in as many games, but it wasn't enough for his side to overcome Perry Kitchen and Hearts.

Kitchen played a full 90 minutes, helping lead Hearts to a 4-1 thumping of Rangers on Wednesday. After a Hearts opener, Hyndman scored the equalizing goal in the 36th minute before the floodgates opened with a trio of second half goals.

Thursday Kickoff: Balotelli, Iniesta, Toure and more

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One of the game's legendary midfielders has returned to the field while one of the game's most enigmatic forward will reconsider his future in the coming months.

Mario Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, says the forward will wait until the summer to decide his future. (REPORT)

After suffering a calf injury in mid-January, Andres Iniesta returned to Barcelona training on Thursday.

Levi's Stadium set to host 2017 Gold Cup final

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CONCACAF has pegged one of the newest major stadiums in the U.S. to host the upcoming Gold Cup.

Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium will host the 2016 Gold Cup final on July 26, CONCACAF announced on Tuesday. The news comes in the wake of the federation's announcement ofa list of 13 host stadiums in December.

MLS Ticker: Van Damme becomes DP, Grella sidelined, and more

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The LA Galaxy entered Wednesday with one vacant Designated Player slot, and they endedup filling it with one of their own.

The Galaxy announced on Wednesday that signed centerback Jelle Van Damme to a contract extension that made him a DP.

MLS willing to wait and see how Sacramento discussions play out

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The biggest hot-button issue in terms of MLS expansion in the last few days has been the developing situation regarding the Sacramento bid. Kevin Nagle submitted the expansion bid for the city, but the Republic name was not included to the dismay of many fans of the club.

MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott tried to provide clarity on the situation during a league conference call on Wednesday.

Levi's Stadium set to host 2016 Gold Cup final

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CONCACAF has pegged one of the newest major stadiums in the U.S. to host the upcoming Gold Cup.

Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium will host the 2016 Gold Cup final on July 26, CONCACAF announced on Tuesday. The news comes in the wake of the federation's announcement ofa list of 13 host stadiums in December.

Americans Abroad Wednesday Preview: Hyndman, Kitchen, Yedlin and more

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All eyes will be on Scotland on Wednesday as Americans collide in what should be an entertaining midfield battle.

Fresh off of his debut goal, Emerson Hyndman will look to lead Rangers to a road win against Perry Kitchen, Bjorn Johnsen and Hearts. The battle pits two U.S. Men's National Team midfielders against one another as fourth-place Hearts look go gain ground on second-place Rangers in a clash of two of Scotland's top teams.

Guzan, Horvath, Boyd headline January moves for Americans abroad

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January is always chaotic. With the opening, and closing, of the European transfer window, there's always manic movement across the global landscape as players find new clubs all over the world.

For Americans, this January was no different, as a combination of up-and-comers and veterans began the next chapter of their career.

MLS Ticker: Dos Santos called up to Mexico squad, NYCFC makes signing and more

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The American players based in Major League Soccer aren't the only ones getting called up for friendlies during the preseason. Giovani dos Santos was named to the Mexico squad for El Tri's February 8 friendly against Iceland.

Dos Santos is the only player outside of Liga MX to be called into Juan Carlos Osorio's 23-man squad for the friendly at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Sacramento Republic surprised by 'troubling' expansion turmoil

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One of the biggest storylines, and most troubling, from Tuesday's MLS expansion deadline was the omission of the Sacramento Republic FC name from the city's bid.

Nothing has been confirmed in regards to an independent Sacramento bid going forward without the Republic name, but the club made sure it is known the name must be a part of the expansion bid according to an agreement made during the bid preparation.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Moreno, Requejo, Williams, Lichaj and more

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Red was the color of the day for Tijuana, who escaped their Copa MX clashwith three points despite two red cards.

Both John Requejo and Amando Moreno were sent off in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Correcaminos, as Tijuana overcame the two dismissals to win a vital Copa MX clash. The two red cards came just eight minutes apart, as Requejo was controversially sent off in the 75th before Moreno departed in the 83rd, just 26 minutes after coming on.

Ariyibi seals move to Nottingham Forest

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After nearly three-and-a-half years of success in England's League One, U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team winger Gboly Ariyibi secured a move up the ladder.

Nottingham Forest confirmed that the club has signed Ariyibi from Chesterfield on a three-and-a-half year deal. The midfielder's contract was set to expire in the summer and, with interest from bigger clubs extending back to the summer, a move was sealed in the waning hours of deadline day.

St. Louis, San Diego, Sacramento among 12 teams to submit MLS expansion bids

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A total of 12 contenders are set to duke it out for the two remaining spots up for grabs in MLS expansion.

By the time Tuesday's submission deadline expired, 12 teams had submitted official expansion bids to MLS headquarters, showing willingness to pay the $150 million fee to join the league.

Wednesday Kickoff: Aubameyang, Drogba, 'Chicharito', and more

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A young striker says he wants to leave his current club while one of the game's legends turned down a move to a Brazilian powerhouse.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he must leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer if he is to improve, citing Real Madrid as a preferred destination. (REPORT)

Didier Drogba announced that he has officially turned down a move to Corinthians.