The development of young players continues to be a point of focus for MLS. The league confirmed as much with its recent announcement regarding the homegrown initiative as more resources are being pushed towards finding the game's top young players.
Several young players took advantage of their chances in 2016, leaping from prospect to MLS regular with ease.
The offseason saga of Mix Diskerud has come to a close, at leastthe chapter at New York City FC. The castoff midfielder, who was not a part of Patrick Vieira's plans in the preseason, is now free to find a new home.
While announcing its 2017 regular-season roster, NYCFC also made it public that it exercised the one allotted buyout of a guaranteed contract on Diskerud's deal.
Emerson Hyndman has become an integral part of the Rangers lineup since making his temporary move to Scotland, and on Wednesday, the young American midfielder stepped up yet again when the team needed him most.
Hyndman scored a stoppage time winner on Wednesday, leading Rangers to a 3-2 win over St.
Manchester City booked their place into the Emirates FA Cup quarterfinalsafter a 5-1 replay victory over Huddersfield Town.
Pep Guardiola's sidecruised to a home victory after going down early against the second-tier side. Sergio Aguero's 35th minute penalty kick goal proved to be the game-winner as the hosts led 3-1 at halftime.
There's something different surrounding Avaya Stadium this year. For the first time since their return to Major League Soccer, there's electricity and excitement surrounding the San Jose Earthquakes.
It's a bit strange, considering the drop-off the team suffered last season – finishing in ninth place in the Western Conference in 2016, scoring a league-low 32 goals, seven worse than the MLS-worst Houston Dynamo.
Bobby Wood's Hamburg was knocked out of theDFB-Pokal by a fellow American Abroad on Wednesday, but the U.S. Men's National Team forward did fire one final parting gift before departing the German cup competition.
Wood score a late goal on Wednesday as Hamburg fell, 2-1, to Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengbladbach.
Each and every year, theSporting KC lineup seems consistent as theclub seems to make only slight changes each season. However, after two straight exits in the MLS Cup playoffs first round and transfer windows that left something to be desired, Peter Vermes looks forward to the 2017 season with new energy.
The New York Red Bulls appointed assistant head coach Denis Hamlett as their newest sporting director on Tuesday, filling the role that was curiously made vacant on Feb. 16 when the club parted ways with Ali Curtis for unknown reasons.
For the first time in franchise history, the Montreal Impact qualified for the MLS playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The Impactalso reached its first-ever Eastern Conference final. If not for a few monumental comebacks by Toronto FC, Montreal would have beenthe firstCanadian team to make an MLS Cup final.
Wednesday provides a full slate of soccer action, offering everything from cup clashes to international matches to CONCACAF Champions League deciders.
The day starts in Spain as both Barcelona and Real Madrid take the field in an effort to further their push for the La Liga crown. Barcelona is in action first for a clash with Sporting Gijon before Real Madrid plays host to Las Palmas.
Wednesday is a busy day for Americans throughout both Europe and Mexico.
Two U.S. Men's National Team regulars combine in the headlining match of the day, which comes in German DFB-Pokal action. A spot in the competition's semifinal is on the line on Wednesday as Bobby Wood and Hamburg face off with Fabian Johnson and Borussia Dortmund for the right to join Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt in the next stage.
Given the Tampa Bay Rowdies desire for an MLS expansion slot, a big-name signing could be just what the doctor ordered to boost their bid.
The Rowdies announced on Wednesday that they have acquired Wolfsburg legend Marcel Schäfer from his long-time club. The signing should prove as a massive boost to the Rowdies, as the veteran Bundesliga winger brings huge experience in a top European flight to south Florida.
Like many ideas, a proposed tournament between MLS and Liga MX teams is fantastic in theory, but proving difficult to implement in practice.
While reaffirming that discussions are ongoing for the proposed inter-league tournament, MLS technical director Alfonso Mondelo has stated that scheduling difficulties are keeping the competition from being finalized, reports ESPN FC.
Domestic cups dominate the action in Europe on Tuesday, but there is also a crucial CONCACAF Champions League clash on tap.
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face third-division side Sportfreunde Lotte in the DFB Pokal. Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt take on 2. Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld in the other quarterfinal.
The vision of Patrick Vieira hunched over in a locker stall after the first leg of the Eastern Conference semfinals at Toronto FC provided a stark contrast to the elevated accomplishments in his debut season as a first team manager. New York City FC, finishing second in the Conference and fourth overall in MLS, had lost 2-0 enroute to a 7-0 aggregate drubbing to the eventual MLS Cup finalists.
Tuesday is a busy day for American players as several could see the field in a variety of competitions.
German soccer's premier cup competition continues on Tuesday with the quarterfinalround of the DFB-Pokal. Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund will look to push towards the semifinals in Tuesday's match against Sportfreunde Lotte while Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt face off with Arminia Bielefeld.
Freddy Adu's offseason stint with the Portland Timbers didn't produce a contract offer, and it appears another move abroad may be on the horizon.
Goal USA is reporting that Adu is considering offers from Poland and Asia as he once again searches for a new club. Adu reportedly received an offer fromPolish second-division club Sandecja Nowy Sacz on Tuesday, but has yet to accept it.
Erik Palmer-Brown has captained the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team throughout CONCACAF's U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament, and the Sporting KC defender led his country to the precipice of a World Cup with a strong performance on both sides of the ball in Monday's crucial win.
The United States' rivalry with Mexico resumes on Monday, and a World Cup berth is on the line.
After advaincing from the group stage, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team takes on El Tri on Monday in the first match of th second round of World Cup qualifying. Mexico enters with a perfect record of three clean sheets, while the U.
While not a flashy new player, Real Salt Lake completed the re-signing of a key component of its roster, locking Joao Plata up with a new multi-year DP deal.
The 24-year old winger has been a boon for RSL since his trade from Toronto FC in 2013, as he's notched 30 goals and 30 assists in regular season play, leaving him fifth and third respectively in club history.
The United States remains a candidate to host the 2026 World Cup but, according to a top FIFA official, a recent political development could have a negative impact on the country's chances of securing the right to house the world's biggest tournament.
Real Salt Lake was a playoff team in 2016, the way the season went made it tough to call it a successful campaign.
After a hot start that saw RSL open the season undefeated through six matches, and a middling mid-season slate, the floor fell out from RSL late in its 2016 campaign. Real Salt Lake dropped points in each of their last seven matches of the regular season, going 0-4-3, but managed to barely sneak into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, just ahead of the defending champion Portland Timbers.
Brek Shea and Giles Barnes were both in need of a change of scenery, and both big-name players received that on Saturday night as Orlando City and the Vancouver Whitecaps swapped the players in a blockbuster trade just one week before the regular season was set to begin.
Shea's career in Orlando started strong under Adrian Heath, but injuries combined with a regime change in central Florida led to less playing time for the former Stoke City and FC Dallas man toward the back end of the 2016 season.
A pair of match-ups in the mid-afternoon headline Monday's actions, as the Premier League and Serie A each feature one match.
Leicester City welcome Liverpool in their first match since the firing of last year's title-winning coach Claudio Ranieri. The Foxes currently sit in relegation territory, with 21 points through 25 matches, but can escape the danger zone with a win this afternoon.
There's always a little bit extra on the line when the U.S. plays Mexico. From the senior level all the way down, there's a certain animosity, a certain urgency to win and add a positive chapter to a rivalry that remains one of the fiercest in international soccer.
The Mix Diskerud saga at New York City FC has been ongoing for a significant part of the team's two seasons, but may be reaching a close in the near future, if his lyricalInstagram post is any indication.
Diskerud took to social media on Sunday to vent his frustrations about his treatment in a not-so-cryptic, poetic format.
Sunday was a very bad day for Stoke City, but a very good day for U.S. Men's National Team plans awaiting the return of one of the team's star defenders.
Geoff Cameron made his long-awaited return to action on Sunday, coming in as a late substitute in Stoke's 4-0 loss to Tottenham. Cameron had been sidelined since late October with a knee injury and his return to the field comes just several weeks ahead of the USMNT's crucial pair of World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Honduras.
Manchester United hoisted the English League Cup for the fifth time in their history on Sunday after defeating Southampton, 3-2, at Wembley Stadium.
Jose Mourinho's side got an 87th minute winning goal from striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic which slammed the door on a possible extra-time period. The Swede headed home Ander Herrera's cross which won Mourinho his first silverware since taking over at Manchester United.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian forward Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona on February 14, 2017 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
On Tuesday, Europe's biggest domestic club competition, theUEFA Champions League returned with the start of the Round of 16.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.