From a leap off a Taco truck to television commentary to promoting MLS expansion in his new Southern California digs, U.S. Soccer's all time leader in goals and assists is soaking in the different avenues of retirement – with stout views on the present and future of the game.
"Sometimes in life, you do things and you don't really know why you're doing it," Landon Donovan said Wednesday on SiriusXM FC's, The Coaching Academy.
Photo by Greg Bartram-USA TODAY SportsWith most teams having been off for the international break, there isn't much movement in this week's power rankings, but a few teams in action earned some solid points for themselves.
The New England Revolution are the big winners of the weekend, as their 5-2 dismantling of Minnesota United will bump them up the standings while leaving the Loons stranded at the bottom.
Major League Soccer has a big decision coming up, as they narrow down 12 candidate cities into four expansion teams. One man from Nashville, Tennessee, along with his friends, is trying to show the league that missing out on Music City would be a big mistake.
In many ways, John R. Ingram is the personification of Nashville spirit.
One of the best managers in Major League Soccer was rewarded for success with a large contract extension on Wednesday.
FC Dallas signed 2016 MLS Coach of the Year Oscar Pareja to a long-term extension, with the terms of the deal not disclosed per club policy. Last season alone, Pareja guided the club to the Supporters' Shield and U.
A class-action lawsuit brought forth by three American youth clubs was dismissed by the U.S. District CourtEastern District of Texas, Sherman Division. The suit was filed by the Chicago Sockers, Dallas Texans and Crossfire Premier on the question of if youth clubs can collect training fees for its players that turned into professionals.
The USL's strangehold on the lower divisions of American soccer is about to get a bit stronger. The league that earned second-division status alongside the NASL this offseason is planning to announce a Division 3 competition for the 2019 season, perSports Illustrated.
Although it may seem like a lot of work for the USL to gain traction with new ownership groups in markets across North America for a Division 3 league, it appears the league is confident it can gain enough interest to set up a third-tier league in two years time.
Just a little over a week after the dismissal of Jeff Cassar, Real Salt Lake has found its new head coach.
The team announced Wednesday that it has promoted Mike Petke, formerly head coach of the team's USL affiliate Real Monarchs, into their vacant head coaching position. Petke has former head coaching experience with the New York Red Bulls, where he held the role for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, winning the team's first ever trophy by capturing the 2013 Supporters' Shield.
Like everyone else associated with American soccer, Bruce Arena watched from afar as Christian Pulisic ascended from prospect to star. He watched Pulisic dominate the youth level before making the leap into Bundesliga and Champions League play. He watched his initial performances with the U.S. Men's National Team and, like many, was impressed.
Bruce Arena had seen CONCACAF's version of World Cup qualifying before. It's far from the beautiful game, nowhere near easy on the eye. It's a streetfight between white lines with a soccer ball somewhere in between.
On Tuesday, Arena and the U.S. Men's National Team was involved in one of those streetfights, and they emerged with a point to show for all of the bruises earned.
After a 1-0 victory over Chile last Thursday, Argentina slumped to a disappointing road defeat to Bolivia on Tuesday. Edgardo Barza's side came into the match without star forward Lionel Messi, who was serving the first of a four-match suspension.
The Barcelona star was handed the ban by FIFA on Tuesday morning after negative comments made about Thursday's refereeing crew.
Bradley Wright-Phillips won't be leaving his current home any time soon.
The New York Red Bulls rewarded Wright-Phillips with a new multi-year deal on Wednesday, making him the club's third Designated Player. The forward previously earned DP distinction before seeing his deal bought down with Targeted Allocation Money.
Years from now, no one will be talking about Tuesday's clash between the U.S .Men's National Team in Panama. It was a downright ugly affair, one devoid of much really worth talking about when it comes to the action on the field.
However, years from now, it is a match that could be remembered as vital to the USMNT cause, a point earned in a time where the team really needed one.
After dominating Friday night's match, Christian Pulisic was tasked with showing he can bring his gameon the road for a difficult World Cup qualifier. He did just that on Tuesday night, helping the U.S. Men's National Team earn a valuable point.
The U.S. Men's National team went from the elation of a road goal to the disappointment of a poor concession to the satisfaction of a road point in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
The USMNTtiedPanama, 1-1, in Panama City on Tuesday night, benefiting from a Clint Dempsey opener before Gabriel Gomez leveled the clash of continental foes before halftime.
Ever since Mike Petke accepted the managerial position with Real Salt Lake's USL affiliate, Real Monarchs, speculation brewed that RSL might be his next coaching destination.
What started as speculation when Jeff Cassar was still in charge of the club has turned into the truth, asFourFourTwois reporting Petke will be installed as Cassar's permanent replacement on Wednesday.
The U.S. Men's National Team took care of business on Friday night, but the task at hand is not quite finished.
On Tuesday, the U.S. will look to make it a perfect international break with a road win over Panama. It will be a tough ask, as all road CONCACAF matches are, but the USMNT's display on Friday showed a team more than capable of taking down any team in the region.
After several teams earned crucial victories just five days ago, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying returns on Tuesday with all ten South American sides looking for points to close March'sinternational break.
The premier showdown on Matchday 14 takes place between Colombia and Ecuador, in a battle of fourth vs.
The initial diagnosis said Sebastian Lletget's foot injury was nothing to be concerned with. After review, though, the midfielder's injury is set to keep him on the shelf for an extended period of time.
Following initial reports that the injury was nothing serious, the LA Galaxy announced that Lletget will require surgery fora Lisfranc injury suffered during the USMNT's 6-0 win over Honduras.
The U.S. Men's National Team's win over Honduras was, for lack of a better word, easy. The U.S. were dominant throughout Friday's World Cup qualifying rebound as they tortured Honduras through 90 minutes with goal after goal.
With the top three teams set to take on the bottom three in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Tuesday's games could go a long way towards determining who makes it out of the Hex and into Russia.
While the U.S. Men's National Team battles it out with Panama in a third versus fourth clash, the top two teams go on the road to take on the bottom two as Mexico visits Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica visits Honduras.
Jorge Villafaña faced one of the biggest games of his life on Friday night. He had previously started in an MLS Cup, Liga MX playand earned his first U.S. Men's National Team cap. He had even battled against over 2,000 other competitors to earn his first MLS contract, becoming the league's first reality TV show hero in the process.
After months of reliving and rehashing the events of November's World Cup qualifiers, the U.S. Men's National Team unleashed the ultimate bounce-back performance. Now, just days later, they're tasked with doing it again and earning another win in Hexagonal play.
The USMNT destroyed Honduras, 6-0, on Friday night in the first true game of Bruce Arena's tenure, all but erasing any doubt still lingering from November's disaster.
Jermaine Jones watched on as the U.S. Men's National Team pummeled Honduras on Friday. He watched his teammates dice the Honduras defense, watched as the U.S. all but recovered from November's nightmare to seal a historic World Cup qualifying win.
But, throughout his career, Jones has made it quite clear that he isn't one for watching.
Before Bobby Wood turned himself into a prolific scorer for both club and country, he needed a boost of confidence from someone that was keeping close eyes on him, and that man was former U.S. Men's National Team manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
As the first match kicked off on Saturday evening, the sense of relief was almost palpable as the NASL finally returned to what really matters: playing matches.
With a reduced roster of eight teams, the debut weekend of the NASL regular season featured just three matches, but each featured a sense of celebration as it marked the survival of the league through an incrediblytumultuous offseason.
In preparation for their trip to Red Bull Arena this weekend, Real Salt Lake faced an extra hurdle. They were the first team in MLS to fire their head coach this season, dismissing Jeff Cassar from his post after just three matches in charge. Despite that, the team, now headed by the promoted Director of Goalkeeping, Daryl Shore, kept out an aggressive New York Red Bulls attack to record a point and a clean sheet.
With domestic leaguesoff this weekend, the fifth roundof UEFA World Cup Qualifiers kicked off on Friday with nine matches across Europe.
Group D, H, and I all took center-stage on Friday while the remaining six groups kicked off their fifth round qualifiers on Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of countries were looking for important results this weekend, while others were looking to hold on their leads at the top of their respective groups.
The U.S. Men's National Team has added a winger ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Panama as several players have departed camp.
Paul Arriola is set to jointhe USMNT squad ahead of Saturday night's trip to Panama City. John Brooks, Sebastian Lletget, Jordan Morris and Michael Orozco left camp, bringing the total roster to 23 players.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Clint Dempsey hasn't played in an international match for the U.S. in the last nine months due to an irregular heartbeat that sidelined him for the second half of the 2016 Major League Soccer season and the first two World Cup qualifiers – then with the national team under Jurgen Klinsmann.
In the months since the last World Cup qualifying round, the U.S. Men's National Team has undergone its fair share of change. On Friday, they get the chance to turn around their poor start as the Bruce Arena era truly begins.
The U.S. takes on Honduras on Friday night as they look to reignite their World Cup qualifying campaign.
The U.S. Men's National Team entered Friday night's World Cup qualifier needing a win against Honduras to keep their World Cup hopes alive. They got that and awhole lot more, routing the Hondurans 6-0 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.
U.S. head coach Bruce Arena talked about his team's excitement for the match the day before during his press conference and his players put that enthusiasm on full display throughout the 90 minutes.
The U.S. Men's National Team may have garnered all the headlines on Matchday 3 of the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, but it was their biggest rival who rose to the top of the table by Friday's end.
Mexicomoved up to top spot in the Hex after a 2-0 victory at Estadio Azteca against Costa Rica.
Like any match, Friday's clash between the U.S. Men's National Team and Honduras will have its difference-making moments. Every match has them, split-second decisions or bounces that go one way, helping mold a result from a 90 minute marathon.
Lately, the U.S. has been on the wrong side of those moments, especially in World Cup qualifying.
The moment U.S. Men's National Team fans have spent four months waiting for is finally here. World Cup qualifying is back, and the SBI Show is back to break down the USMNT showdown with Honduras.
Special guest Alexi Lalas joins SBI Show host Ives Galarcep to discuss the all-important USA-Honduras qualifier, breaking down lineup options and what to expect from Bruce Arena's first qualifier with this group.
The NASL can finally exhale after a tumultuous offseason with the first setof matches finally arriving over the weekend.
There were points during the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 where the future of the NASL was very much up in the air. With several teams departing, several more on the brink of collapse, and only one set to join, this NASL season was far from a sure thing.
On the eve of his first World Cup qualifying match since his return, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena calmly walked onto the well-lit stage inside a tent at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. He was as cool as the other side of the pillow. He talked to the media with a sense of swagger and calm as if the U.
A controversy-free week during CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers doesn't seem right. Good thing the Honduran federation stepped in to provide some drama leading up to Friday's match with the United States at Avaya Stadium.
Jorge Salomon, the president of the Honduran federation, toldDiezin Honduras that the Catrachoswere training across the country in Fort Myers, Florida because U.
Matchday 5of UEFA World Cup Qualifying takes place Friday through Sunday, and should provide some intriguingmatches featuring some top competition.
Group D leader, the Republic of Ireland, will hostEuro 2016 surprise side Wales at Aviva Stadium on Friday. Martin O'Neill's side is coming off three consecutive victories in World Cup qualifying and would like to take another step towards winning its group.
Friday's World Cup qualifier is all but a must-win for the U.S. Men's National Team. After sputtering through the opening two matches of the Hexagonal round, the U.S. faces a colossal challenge on Friday as the team looks to right the ship against Honduras.
In any scenario, a World Cup qualifier in CONCACAF is tough, but making Friday all the more difficult are a slew of notable absences.
With the margins tight in the race for the CONMEBOL World Cup qualification spots, Thursday could turn out to be an important day in the standings, as six of the top seven teams entering Matchday 13 square off against each other.
Colombia is the lone outlier of the group on Thursday, as it has an easier task at hand at home against Bolivia.
When Tim Howard was named to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the impending World Cup qualifiers, he placed a phone call to the man who convinced Howard at the age of 11 that he had extraordinary potential as a goalkeeper Tim Mulqueen.
While Howard may have surprised some observers, including USMNT head coach Bruce Arena, Mulqueen never doubted that his 38-year-old pupil would be physically fortified following a long term injury.
The U.S. Men's National Team's injury issues have been highly publicized in the week leading up to Friday's World Cup qualifier against Honduras. Stars Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin are on the mend, leaving Bruce Arena with some big decisions on how to reshuffle and reshape his starting XI.
Once again, New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has been linked with Europe, but this time it's just for a coaching course.
Marsch will miss the team's training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday this week as he begins a UEFA coaching course, the team announced. Though Marsch is expected back for this weekend's match against Real Salt Lake at Red Bull Arena, assistant coach Chris Armas will run the training sessions he is expected to miss.
A trio of United States Youth National Team players are getting some serious looks in Germany.
Haji Wright, Weston McKennie, and Nick Taitague all trained with the Schalke 04 first team on Wednesday as they got some serious work and looks from the coaching staff. The three young Americans abroad all play for Schalke's U-19 team as they try and further their hopes of playing for their European club.
The international break is here, and a slew of MLS stars are set to step up and contribute to their respective national teams in a variety of competitions.
While North and South America focus on World Cup qualifying, Europe and Africa take on friendly matches during the March break. In total, 52 MLS players earned call-ups heading into the international window, representing 15 different nations.
Bobby Wood has reportedly caught the eye of some big-name clubs.
According to reports out of Germany, Wood has drawn attention from several English clubs looking to take advantage of his buyout clause. For a fee of€12 million, Wood would reportedly be free to leave Hamburg in the summer, prompting the club to look towards negotiations on a new deal.
Just several months ago, the NASL was all but dead. On Wednesday, the league announced a return to national television.
The NASL announced on Wednesday that the league will continue to broadcast matches on beIN Sports. Matches will be broadcast on beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol throughout the 2017, following up on a broadcast deal that began with the 2016 campaign.
The International Champions Cup is set to return to the U.S. this summer, bringing some of the world's top teams stateside for friendly action.
Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid headline an eight-team field set to play across the U.S. from July 19-30. Joining the field are Italian sides Juventus and Roma, French giant Paris Saint-Germain and English contenders Tottenham and Manchester City.
Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez is aware of the skepticism that comes with the signing of 32-year-old German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger as a Designated Player, and he's also ready to combat the critics that the former Bayern Munich and Manchester United man will be a success with the club that has a not-so-great history with DPs.
As Tim Howard hobbled off the field, you could see the disappointment on his face. There was a notable agony as he left the field with the U.S. Men's National Team down a goal to rival Mexico in a match that would set the tone for the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
Real Salt Lake jolted the MLS landscape on Monday night with the announcement of the dismissal of head coach Jeff Cassar after three matches. A season-opening draw with Toronto FC and losses to the Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy extended the club's regular-season winless run to 10 games, tied with the Philadelphia Union for longest streak in MLS.
Bruce Arena's roster has been ravaged by injuries as World Cup qualifiers loom. Several players, most of which were presumed starters, will not be joining camp as the U.S. Men's National Team faces a pair of vital World Cup qualifiers.
Naturally, there are some concerns.
Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin headline the notable injury absences for the U.
After what felt like years of reports and rumors, Bastian Schweinsteiger has finally joined the Chicago Fire. It's a move long in the making, one that finally sees one of the league's premier franchises make a push towards something big.
Still, one question remains, and it's a big one: now what?
In his young career, Jonathan Klinsmann has followed a vastly different path than his superstar father. However, the goalkeeper is set to take a step towards his father's historic past by temporarily joining up with a familiar club.
VfB Stuttgart revealed on Tuesday that Klinsmann has joined the team for training as he looks to earn a spot on the U.
A U.S. Men's National Team camp in San Jose wouldn't feel quite right without Chris Wondolowski involved.
U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that the San Jose Earthquakes forward is set to join the team for camp ahead of a pair of crucial World Cup qualifiers. Wondolowski is set to begin training with the team Tuesday at Avaya Stadium.
A long-rumored, major roster move in Chicago has moved from the realm of wishful fantasy to reality.
Former Bayern Munichand German National Team legend, and current Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger has reportedly officially agreed to join the Chicago Fire effective immediately pending a physical and visa application, reports the Chicago Tribune.
The U.S. Men's National Team needed some positive news this weekend after Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood were removed from the roster for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches with Honduras and Panama due to injuries.
The good news came from in front of nets worldwide, as some of the players headed to California this week struck the back of the net in their respective club matches.
We're down to five undefeated teams in Major League Soccer after Week 3.
The Portland Timbersleads the pack after picking up the club'sthird win of the season on Saturday over previously-perfect Houston Dynamo. FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City picked up wins at home to also remain without a loss out West.
The U.S. Men's National Team has been crippled by injuries to several big stars ahead of World Cup qualifiers, but it appears Bruce Arena may have dodged a bullet when it comes to a likely starting defender.
After undergoing an MRI on Sunday, Hertha Berlin announced that John Brooks has been cleared to join the USMNT for qualifiers against Honduras and Panama.
In the final match before the international break, a pair of Americans Abroad found the back of the net over the weekend.
John Brooks and Emerson Hyndman scored goals on Saturday, although their club fortunes differed drastically in terms of result. Brooks' headed finish wasn't enough to help Hertha Berlin overcome Cologne in a 4-2 defeat while Hyndman's finish began a Rangers rout of Hamilton Academical.
In themouth-watering match of the day across Europe, Manchester City fought back for a 1-1 draw against visiting Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola's side receiveda 69th-minute equalizer from Sergio Aguero to earn a point at the Etihad Stadium against Jurgen Klopp's Reds. After a fast and exciting opening half, Liverpool opened the scoring as former Manchester City midfielder James Milner scored a 51st-minute penalty kick.
SEATTLE — Everything the Seattle Sounders have become, everything they hope to be yet again come December, was brilliantly displayed in Sunday's 68th-minute, game-winning goal. That blend of resolve and skill that helped hoist a championship banner a little over an hour earlier in front of 45,600 at CenturyLink Field.
A few days after losing Fabian Johnson to an injury for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama, the U.S. Men's National Team was forced to drop another German-based start from its roster.
U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday that Bobby Wood was removed from the roster due to a back injury.
Sporting Kansas City tasted victory for the first time in 2017, and have David Bingham to thank for it.
The San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper committed an 89th-minute blunder that gifted Sporting KC an insurance goal it wound up needing on the way to a 2-1 victory at Children's Mercy Park on Saturday night.
The Columbus Crew recorded their first win of the MLS season, beating D.C. United 2-0 on Saturday at RFK Stadium.
The scoring began when Columbus was awarded a penalty following Steve Birnbaum's foul on Ola Kamara in the 38th minute. Federico Higuain stepped up to take the penalty, and though Bill Hamid dove the right way, the Argentine still managed to score his first goal of the season.
Following back-to-back humiliating defeats to start their season, Minnesota United held onfor a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapidson Saturday.
The Loons were relegated to 10 men in the 70th minute, when Justin Davis stuck a high boot into the leg of Marlon Hairston. Despite facing a disadvantage for 20 minutes, the much-maligned Minnesota defense held firm to earn the first point in club history.
New York City FC squandered opportunity after opportunity to put away the Montreal Impact on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Shot after shot went wide of the mark as NYCFC failed to properly seal what should have been a runaway home win.
Eventually, the Impact made NYCFC pay for their missteps, stealing a hard-fought point at Yankee Stadium.
Throughout the program's 18 years, the U.S. Under-17 residency program has helped develop some of the top players in U.S. Men's National Team history. However, with the rise of academies throughout the country, the program is set to close its doors.
The U-17 residency program is set to complete its final semester after 18 years in Brandenton, Fla.
John Brooks and Hertha Berlin were far from their best on the defensive end on Saturday, but the U.S. Men's National Team defender found a way to make an impact on the attacking end in the final match before the international break.
Brooks scored his team'ssecond goal of the match on Saturday as Hertha Berlin slumped to a 4-2 defeat to Cologne.
Emerson Hyndman's success at Rangers continued on Saturday with another goal.
The midfielder opened the scoring for Pedro Caixinha's side in the Scottish club's4-0 league victory over Hamilton Academic in leagueaction. The finishwas Hyndman's fourthleague goal of the season Rangers, and his second in his last three matches for the club.
The weekend's soccer begins today, with several leagues in play, featuring multiple Americans.
Fresh off securing a spot in the Champions League quarterfinals, Borussia Dortmund and Christian Pulisic host FC Ingolstadt, featuring fellow American Alfredo Morales in Bundesliga action. Meanwhile, in the English Championship, German-American manager David Wagner continues in the hunt for promotion with Huddersfield Town as they face a Bristol City side looking to avoid relegation.
With their European conquest coming to an abrupt end earlier this week, Pep Guardiola and Manchester City now return their primary focus to the English Premier League for the remainder of the season.
Regaining their footing after crashing out of the UEFA Champions League's round of 16 won't be easy for City, however, as it will host a top-four tilt at Etihad Stadium on Saturday when Liverpool comes to visit.
With World Cup qualifiers approaching rapidly, several U.S. Men's National Team call-ups face vital matches in league play.
In England, Geoff Cameron and Stoke City can play spoiler in a clash with league-leader Chelsea. Cameron continues to push towards full fitness after recently returning from a long-term knee injury to rejoin the Stoke XI.
In the final European domestic action for two weeks, there are some teasing matchescoming up this weekend across the top five leagues.
Manchester City host Liverpool in the English Premier League on Sunday as both sides try to inch closer to the fop-four. Pep Guardiola's side are coming off a Champions League exit midweek in Monaco, while Liverpool are coming off a 2-1 home league win against Burnley last Sunday.
There are few teams in the UEFA Champions League that know each other better than Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, so perhaps it was fitting that the two juggernauts were drawn together in the UCL quarterfinals.
Carlo Ancelotti will lead Bayern against the same club he most recently managed, taking on former assistant Zinedine Zidane in a clash with plenty of subplots, from Toni Kroos facing Bayern to Xabi Alonso squaring off against Real Madrid in what will be his final UEFA Champions League tournament.
Bad news for U.S. Men's National Team fans, as one of the team's best players appears to have picked up ainjury ahead of World Cup qualifiers.
USMNT midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson was forced to leave Borussia Monchengladbach's UEFA Europa League match against Schalke 04 on Thursday, as he pulled up with an apparent right hamstring injury.
European continental action headlines the soccer slate on Thursday.
The UEFA Europa League returns with continued round of 16 action in the mid-late afternoon, as leg two of all eight matches take place with teams seeking to book their places in the quarterfinals. Manchester United will hope to distance themselves at Old Trafford as they enter even on aggregate with Rostov at 1-1.
Rookies inevitably feel pressure to begin their professional career. There's pressure to perform, pressure to acclimate themselves to a new environment. The game stays the same but the stakes are immeasurably higher as the sport suddenly becomes so much more than it once was.
Like any professional newcomer, Jonathan Lewis is experiencing that level of pressure for the first time as he sets himself up for what should be a big year for club and country.
Every player simply wants to play, including U.S. Men's National Team forward Aron Johannsson. However, Johannsson has found playing time hard to come by, causing him to rethink his future in the wake of "the most difficult period" of his career.
Johannsson says he could leave Werder Bremen in an effort to "be happy again" as he battles to rise up the club's depth chart.
There's little Kellyn Acosta can do wrong at the moment.
The FC Dallas midfielder, who was called up to the U.S. Men's National Team earlier Wednesday, delivered a fantastic free kick golazo to hand FC Dallas a 2-1 advantage over Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
The 21-year-old blasted a free kick into the top right part of the net in the 58th minute to capitalize on a strong start to the second half by the home side at Toyota Stadium, one that almost produced a Carlos Gruezo stunner in the 49th minute if the ball was a few feet lower than it ended up.
Just days ago, Bruce Arena said he didn't expect Clint Dempsey to join the U.S. Men's National Team for World Cup qualifiers. After several months away from the field with an irregular heartbeat, Dempsey simply wasn't expected to be ready and the USMNT boss was in no rush to throw him right back into the fire.
The controversy that took Major League Soccer by storm during Week 2 and after the conclusion of play last weekend was settled by the league's Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday evening.
Portland Timbers enforcer Diego Chara was fined an undisclosed amount for simulation/embellishment for the 31st-minute incident on Sunday at StubHub Center that led to Jelle Van Damme's first of two successive yellow cards.
On paper, the U.S. Men's National Team is in a hole after two disappointing losses to start the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. However, with a new coach, Bruce Arena, in charge, one of the team's veteransis welcoming a clean slate entering next Friday's clash with Honduras at Avaya Stadium.
After letting a lead slip in their first leg in Manchester, AS Monaco fought back for a place in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 second leg victory over Manchester City on Wednesday.
Even withoutstar stiker Radamel Falcao due to injury, Leonardo Jardim's side started off excellent at the Stade Louis II, as 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe rifled home after eight minutes for a 1-0 lead.
Wednesday is full of Champions League action, spanning several continents.
In the afternoon, the UEFA Champions League continues play as Monaco battles Manchester City while Atletico Madrid take on Bayer Leverkusen as each seeks to earn a place in the quarterfinals. Monaco have a hole to dig themselves out of, as Man City lead, 5-3, after leg one, as do Leverkusen, who trail Atletico, 4-2.
After sealing the title of CONCACAF champions,U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team is bound for South Korea and the Under-20 World Cup. On Wednesday, their road through that World Cup became a bit clearer as they learned their group opponents.
In Wednesday's World Cup draw, the U.S. was paired with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia in Group F of this summer's tournament.
As the weeks and months tick by for David Beckham and his ownership group,city and county officials are growing restless with the team's search for a stadium.
According to the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade commissioner Audrey Edmonson "hasn't heard anything" regarding a stadiumsite proposal, with another commissioner wondering if the county can build affordable housing in its place.
Since signing with the club as a homegrown player, Wil Trapp has been one of the faces of the Columbus Crew, and the midfielder is set to remain one for at least the next several seasons.
The Crew announced Tuesday that Trapp has signed a new multi-year contract with the club. Targeted Allocation Money was used to sign the midfielder, who was named the team's captain prior to the start of the season.
The Borussia Dortmund winger scored his third goal in four games on Tuesday afternoon, helping lead the way in the club's DFB-Pokal clash withSportfreunde Lotte. The goal is Pulisic's sixthin all competitions this season.
Following a surprisingly difficult first half with the third division club, Pulisic fired Dortmund into the lead with a 57th minute.
It's a Champions League-packed day in socceras several continental competitions resume on Tuesday.
The round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League continues with Leicester City trying to overcome a 2-1 deficit at home against Sevilla. A 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium would be enough for the Premier League champions to advance to the quarterfinals.
Barcelona's historic comeback against Paris Saint-Germain last week showed that no tie in the Champions League Round of 16 is safe until the final whistle. Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Real Madrid all punched their tickets to the UCL quarterfinals last week, while eight teams fight for the remainingfour spots this week.
It's never easy to select a national team roster, especially one prepared for a must-win situation. That's the task Bruce Arena faces as he calls in a full U.S. Men's National Team roster for the first time for a pair of vital World Cup qualifiers.
Mexico will be without one of their stars forthe upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
According to Telemundo, Dos Santos will be missing the upcoming match against Costa Rica after being forced out at halftime of the LA Galaxy'smatch against the Portland Timbers due to a right leg injury.
Aron Johannsson's timewith Werder Bremen has been far from ideal, prompting the U.S. Men's National Team forward to reportedly consider "different options".
According to ESPN, Johannsson could leave the Bundesliga club in the summer if his situation does not improve. The USMNT forward has made just eight appearances this season after recovering from a lengthy injury over the summer.
World Cup qualifiers are just around the corner as several Americans take the field for midweek action.
In Germany, Christian Pulisic and Fabian Johnson take the field as they look to advance their side in non-league competitions. Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face DFB-Pokal action on Tuesday against Sportfreunde Lotte while Thursday brings Johnson's Europa League clash with Schalke.
The second week of MLS play was supposed to be headlined by a clash between expansion sides but, while one of them brought the attacking heat, it was quite apparent that it was the cold that would take center stage in the teams' sophomore efforts.
Winter conditions affected several MLS matches, with the most obvious coming in New England as the Revolution canceled their match with Orlando City.
The cold in the northern half of the United States wasn't enough to stop two of the hottest performances of MLS Week 2. Atlanta United dismantled Minnesota United's back line for six goals, while New York City FC downed D.C. United with ease in frigid temperatures at Yankee Stadium.
Elsewhere, a Western Conference rookie continued to impress and a few unexpected sides extended their perfect records into Week 3.
Barcelona overcame all odds to secure a historic Champions League result midweek, but the Spanish giant couldn't quite muster enough energy to role that momentum into league play.
Deportivo earned the result of the weekend witha 2-1 home win overleague-leaders Barcelona. Alex Bergantino's 74th minute header put Deportivo in front for good after the visitors had leveled the score early in the second half.
The cities of New York and Chicago have always been just a bit different, even if they have plenty in common. They're two of the most recognizable metropolitainsin the world, but both present an entirely different vibe. They aren't traditional rivals by any means, except when it comes to pizza, even if their respective sports franchiseshave collided for plenty ofmemorable momentsin the past.
Following a tough home defeat last weekendagainst the New York Red Bulls, Atlanta United bounced back on Sunday with a 6-1 road victory against fellow expansion side Minnesota United.
Playing in a snow-covered TCF Bank Stadium, it was Atlanta United that looked more at home, running circles around Minnesota's leaky defense, withstriker Josef Martinez netting a hat trick andmidfielder Miguel Almironscored two goals of his own to secure the team's first win.
A moment of pure brilliance in a match that flaunted grit and controversy gave the Portland Timbers a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Sunday at StubHub Center.
The Galaxy played down a man for nearly two-thirds of the match, but improved after Jelle van Damme's ejection, and nearly snatched a late draw, only to have Jake Gleeson deny Jose Villarreal with a stunning late save.
An MLS club has never won the CONCACAF Champions League. In fact, only one has even made it to the final.
Before FC Dallas starts its attempts to be the second Wednesday night against Pachuca, the team got an away MLS clash out of the way. FCD left Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City on Saturday night still undefeated in league play after a 0-0 draw with Sporting KC.
With time ticking down, Bobby Wood stepped up, earning his side three points that could be vital in a relegation battle.
Wood scored an 80th minute winner on Sunday, leading Hamburg to a 2-1 win over Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach. With the win, Hamburg moves into a tie on points with 15th- place Werder Bremen although Aron Johannson and co.
CHESTER, PA Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin thought his side produced one of the best halves in his tenure with the club on Saturday, but there were still a few things that hampered the final result at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Union showed no fear against arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference, as they attacked the wings of the Reds' 3-5-2 formation from the start.
Sebastian Giovinco needed plenty of assistance to leave the field right before halftime at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday night, but it appears the Toronto FC forward is going to be fine, according to TFC head coach Greg Vanney.
"He's okay," Vanney said. "He's sore. It was a contusion on the IT band around the side of the leg.
The Seattle Sounders and Montreal Impact were two teams looking for their first points in 2017 after a rough start in week one. However, the two had to settle for a share of the points in a 2-2 draw in the Impact's home opener and only regular season game in Olympic Stadium.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas — When the FC Dallas lineup for Saturday's match against Sporting Kansas City was unveiled, the home fans at Children's Mercy Park might have thought their team was in for an easy win.
FC Dallas had other plans.
Oscar Pareja chose to rest several key starters ahead of Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against Pachuca, and went with a young lineup, a lineup that frustrated Sporting Kansas City on the way to a 0-0 draw on Saturday.
The Houston Dynamo made it back-to-back league wins to kick off 2017 after a convincing 3-1 victory over the visiting Columbus Crew on Saturday evening.
After an impressive 2-1 home victory at BBVAA Compass Stadium last weekend over the defending MLS Champions Seattle Sounders, the Houston Dynamo got goals on Saturday from all three of their attacking forwards to keep their strong start going.
An imperfect start doesn't always mean an imperfect finish. The San Jose Earthquakes proved that at Avaya Stadium Saturday night.
The Earthquakes clawed back from an early two-goal deficit, taking full advantage of a David Ousted red card to score three unanswered goals on the way to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, with their comeback capped off by a long-range winner from Anibal Godoy.
Several of Europe's top teams will take the field on Sunday while one of the world's premier rivalries takes centerstage in Scotland.
In English action, both the Premier League and FA Cup feature one game on Sunday as two heavy-hitters headline the schedule. Tottenham kickstarts the day with a clash with Millwall in FA Cup action while Liverpool faces Burnley in the lone game on the Premier League schedule.
With World Cup qualifiers looming, Tim Howard made his return for the Colorado Rapids, but the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper's star performance wasn't enough to lift his side to a result on Saturday.
The New York Red Bulls recorded their second win of the season, beating the Rapids, 1-0, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
CHESTER, PA The match took every twist and turn possible was left without a final happy ending for either side on Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium, as the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC played to a 2-2 draw.
The first half featured a debut goal, two penalties and a pair of injuries to starting forwards, while the second half included goals a minute apart in the battle of Eastern Conference foes.
After a lackluster first half in their season opener, the Chicago Fire turned on the jets in the second half to earn a pointon the road. On Saturday, the Fire took the field for their second match of the season, and, unlike last time out, they didn't waste any time.
Saturday provides another full day of soccer action as league and cup competitions continue throughout the world.
The action begins in England as Premier League scheduling is joined with matches from the FA Cup. In league action, the day is headlined by Everton's clash with West Brom while Hull City and Swansea City collide in a clash of teams near the bottom of the table.
The most talked about topic heading into Week 2 is the weather, and it will continue to be talked about all weekend as cold slams the Northeast. One match, the New England Revolution's home opener against Orlando City, has already been postponed to September 2, and the games in Philadelphia, New York and Minnesota will be played in frigid conditions.
After a thrilling week of UEFA Champions action, domestic leagues and cup fixtures look to continue the excitement this weekend across Europe.
The Bundesliga's top fixture this weekend sees third-place Borussia Dortmund traveling to fifth-place Hertha Berlin on Saturday. Six points separate the sides, as both look to advance their way up the table.
Inclement weather has forced MLS to alter plans for one of this weekend's matches.
The New England Revolution announced on Friday that Saturday's match against Orlando City at Gillette Stadium has been postponed due to weather conditions. Saturday's forecast is calling forextremely cold temperatures along with wind chills that are expectedto take temperatures below 10 degrees.
The first 90 minutes of Derrick Jones' Philadelphia Union career couldn't have gone any better. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder churned out an impressive performance in the club's 0-0 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Week 1.
Week 2 presents a different challenge for the homegrown player as Toronto FC comes to Talen Energy Stadium for the Union home opener on Saturday.
The next stage of Mix Diskerud's career has officially begun.
IFK Goteborg announced on Friday that the club has signed Diskerud on loan from NYCFC through Aug. 27. The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder has already joined the club for two training sessions under Jorgen Lennartson, who previously managed Diskerud at Norwegian side Stabaek.
MLS is set to unveil a whole new way of watching the league.
The league announced a new partnership with Univision and Facebook on Friday that will seeAa least 22regular season matches broadcast live on the social network. Matches typically broadcast on Univision in Spanish will be availableto live stream in English in the U.
An Arsenal executive released a statement regarding Arsene Wenger while Joe Hart's future remains undecided.
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick issued an official statement saying that a decision on Arsene Wenger's future with the club "will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.
Juventus may be running away with the Italian Serie A title this season, but they will have a chance for a little payback this weekend against the only club that has handed them multiple losses this season.
Massimiliano Allegri's men have been defeated just four times this season in league play, and one of themcame last October at the hands of AC Milan.
The New York Red Bulls partnership synergy is off the charts, as another player is set to arrive from a European partner team.
Norwegian forward Fredrik Gulbrandsen is reportedly set to join the New York teamon loan from Red Bull Salzburg, after being forced to wait for three weeks while formalities of the transfer were wrapped up, reports VG Sporten.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino hasn't outright stated the Trump administration's travel ban on Muslim countries would stop the U.S. from winning a 2026 World Cup bid, but the implication of his statements are fairly heavy.
Speaking in London on Thursday, Infantino made clear that a country wishing to host the World Cup must be accessible for all participating nations.
While Christian Pulisic tore Benfica apart in Portugal, another young American netted a game-winning goal back in Mexico.
Paul Arriola scored Tijuana's lone goal in Wednesday's Copa MX action, leading his side to a 1-0 win over Club America. Arriola was joined in the Tijuana lineup by Joe Corona and Michael Orozco, who both logged 90 minute shifts in the win.
The first CONCACAF Under-20 championship in USMNT history and the opening week of the 2017 MLS season take center stage in the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Host Ives Galarcep looks back at the U.S. Under-20s triumphant tournament in Costa Rica, and is joined by U.S. Under-20 winger and Real Salt Lake loanee Brooks Lennon to discuss his return to the USA and the U-20 CONCACAF triumph.
With star winger Marco Reus sidelined, Borussia Dortmund turned to Christian Pulisic for what was certainly the biggest game of the season. The U.S. Men's National Team provided in a big way, leading the German club the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.
After assisting Dortmund's first goal of the evening, Pulisic scored Dortmund's second goal of a 4-0 win over Benfica.
World Cup qualifiers are looming for the U.S. Men's National Team and, for Bruce Arena, that means a roster is beginning to take shape.
According to Arena, the upcoming weekend will be vital for players both domestic and abroad to stake their claim to a potential roster spot. Arena is expected to announce a roster of 23-25 players some time around March 15with players reporting at some point between March 18-20.
Two teams booked their places in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday and two more can seal a spot in the final eight on Wednesday afternoon.
Barcelona will have to overcome quite the odds to battle their way to the next round. Facing off for a second leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain, Barca must overturn a 4-0 deficit from the opening leg, making them a longshot for a quarterfinal berth.
The mess in the Chicago Fire midfield got worse on Wednesday, as the club announced central midfielder John Goossens will undergo surgery on Friday for a defect of a deltoid ligament sprain in his right ankle. He is expected to miss five to six months because of the surgery.
"John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time,"said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez.
Tuesday was an unfortunate day for Tim Ream, even if his team was able to overcome an early deficit to earn a dramatic point.
The U.S. Men's National Team defender scored a fifth minute own goal in Tuesday's match against Leeds United, but a 94th minute equalizer from Tom Cairney earned Fulham a 1-1 draw in Championship action.
It's only natural given Bobby Wood's form and the nature of the European transfer market that the U.S. Men's National Team forward is gaining interest from around the continent. Despite the growing attraction to Wood in Europe, his current club is insistent on keeping him past this season.
No specific clubs have been linked with the 24-year-old forward as of now, but another impressive season in front of net has put Wood further into the spotlight, and the light on him could grow if he shines for the USMNT in the coming weeks against Honduras and Panama.
Crucial World Cup qualifiers loom, and the U.S. Men's National Team has reason to be concerned with an injury to a star defender.
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez says DeAndre Yedlin could be out one or two weeks after suffering a slight tear in his thigh. Yedlin was kept out of Tuesday's draw with Leeds United as a result of the injury, which was picked up in Newcastle's win against Brighton and Hove Albion last week.
Part of the beauty of MLS is that for all the offseason predictions, once the matches begin, anything can happen.
Just ask the Houston Dynamo and Seattle Sounders. The reigning MLS Cup champions had their thrones rocked by a team that finished next-to-last in 2016, as the Dynamo captured a 2-1 victory thanks to Erick 'Cubo' Torres beautiful free kick and a debut goal from Romell Quioto.
Thanks to a comfortable 5-1 aggregate victory at the Allianz Arena three weeks ago, Bayern Munichwere very much in the driver's seat against Arsenal. On Tuesday, they simply added insult to injury for an Arsenal team that continues to flounder.
Bayern was able to cruise their way into aquarterfinal berth of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday after a 5-1 second leg victory.
UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, plus the U.S. Women's National Team aims for a bounceback performance in the SheBelieves Cup.
The day begins with the second legs of the round of 16 in the Champions League. Napoli hosts Real Madrid and will try to overturn a 3-1 deficit. Elsewhere, Bayern Munich takes a commanding 5-1 lead into London as it faces Arsenal.
The first two competitive matches of Bruce Arena's second time around as U.S. Men's National Team manager are two weeks away. With time ticking down before the renewal of the Hexagonal round, Arena is trying to figure out the availability of three of his biggest players.
On paper, the four matches set to take place in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 this week don't seem too exciting as three of the four features teams with large advantages.
However, nothing is impossible on Europe's biggest stage, even for perennial underachievers Arsenal. The Gunners, Barcelona and Napoli are all looking to reverse poor away legs into memorable comebacks on home soil.
New York City FC center back, Maxime Chanot, was on the edge of the box in position to build out of the back and received a firm pass from his new goalkeeper, Sean Johnson. His teammates had created a large attacking shape on either side and in front of him.
Jurgen Klinsmann has always been a popular name in the coaching rumor mill and, just a few months after leaving the U.S. Men's National Team, his name has resurfaced again with links to a major job in his home country.
According to German outlet Bild, Klinsmann is one of three contenders to become manager of Bayer Leverkusen.
Megan Rapinoe made waves last fall as she opted to kneel during the national anthem before matches for both club and country. However, with a new U.S. Soccer policy in place, the U.S. Women's National Team midfielder says she will respect the federation's decision.
"It is an honor to represent the USA and all that we stand for — to be able to pull on the red, white and blue to play a game that I love," Rapinoe said in a statement.
ORLANDO, Fla. — New York City FC was the better side in terms of keeping possession.New York City FC was the better side in terms ofcreating chances. New York City FC was the better side in terms of keepingits players on the field.
None of that was enough to ruin Orlando City's festive night, though.
While Orlando City emerged victorious from Sunday's match against New York City FC, it came at a steep price.
Star DP midfielder Kaka will reportedly miss up to six weeks with a grade 1-2hamstring injury. Kaka was forced off the field early in Sunday's match, just before Cyle Larin put the hosts up in a match they'd eventually win, 1-0.
Two young American take the field Monday as they look to aid their respective teams' promotion pushes.
In Germany, Julian Green and Stuttgart face off with fourth-place Eintracht Braunschweig in a clash of promotion hopefuls. Stuttgart enters Monday with a three-point lead and a game in hand on second place Union Berlin, and a win against a fellow 2.
They say to never underestimate the importance of a first impression. There's no more important moment than an introduction, the instantwhere you announce to the world who and what you are. It's an impression that lingers, one which is hard to erase from memory until time has worn on and on.
With a board meeting looming in April to narrow down MLS expansion candidates, commissioner Don Garber seems to be excited about one market in particular.
Speaking to reporters in Orlando on Sunday, Garber was asked about an expansion bid involving the Tampa Bay Rowdies. While there is a lot of work left to determine which cities will join the league, the commissioner is pleased with what he's seen from the Rowdies.
Very little could've dampened the spirits of Orlando City and its supporters on the opening night of the club's new stadium, but one of the things that could occurred in the 11th minute: an injury to Kaka.
The Brazilian midfielder had to be taken out of the Lions' 1-0 win over New York City FC at Orlando City Stadium with a left hamstring injury.
The opening weekend of the 2017 Major League Soccer season delivered adecent amount of surprises with wins by the Houston Dynao and San Jose Earthquakes over the Seattle Sounders and Montreal Impact, respectively. Some of the league's top franchises also made statements with impressive victories over the last three days.
Hamburg has struggled to score goals this season as the club has drifted down into the relegation zone, but Bobby Wood and co. were able to muster just enough to aid the team's fight with a win over a fellow American star.
Wood and Hamburg slipped past John Brooks and Hertha Berlin on Sunday via a 1-0 scoreline.
Orlando City suffered a big blow early on, but refused to let anything ruin its housewarming party.
After losingKaka just 11 minutes into the match, Orlando Citygot a goal from striker Cyle Larin and hung on for a 1-0 victory over New York City FC in the Lions' stadium opener on Sunday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,527.
A dream start for Atlanta United seemed to be in the cards on Sunday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, but a tactical switch by Jesse Marsch and an equalizer soon after ruined the expansion side's MLS debut.
A Daniel Royer header, and an own goal from Anton Walkes, in the final 15 minutes handed the New York Red Bulls a 2-1 victory on Sunday night.
One of the speediest attacks in MLS was held scoreless at home by a team with questions in defense on Sunday night to conclude Week 1. The fast core of the Vancouver Whitecaps could not get past the stout back line of the Philadelphia Union, which led to a 0-0 draw at BC Place.
The Whitecaps were the brighter of the two sides in the opening 45 minutes, as they used a few strategies to work around the Union back line.
Tottenham pulled to within seven points English Premier League leaders Chelsea after a 3-2 home win against Everton on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino's side got a brace from leading scorer Harry Kane as well as a late goal from Dele Alli, which proved to be the difference. Kane's long-range effort had Spurs up 1-0 at halftime, before doubling his tally in the 56th minute.
Sunday is a day for new beginnings as one team begins its MLS life while another opens its new home.
Action begins in Orlando as Orlando City opens the club's new stadium against New York City FC. The matchup of 2015 expansion partners is their second opening-week clash in three seasons as Jason Kreis faces off with his former club.
Throughout the 2016 season, the Colorado Rapids defense proved to be the league's best en route to a shocking playoff berth. In the first match of 2017, the Rapids backline lived up to its billing, preserving a clean sheet to open the campaign.
Once again, the Rapids backline stood tall, shutting out the New England Revolution on the way to a 1-0 victory on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Toronto FC's 2016 season ended scoreless, as the team's high-powered attack was shutout to rob the team of an MLS Cup. In Saturday's season opener, they were held quiet again as the Eastern Conference powerhouse settled for just one point against a Western Conference foe.
Curt Onalfo's first game as LA Galaxy head coach saw his team fall to a mighty FC Dallas offense.
Kelyn Acosta's goal in the 69th minute lockedup three points for FC Dallasin the 2-1 win over the Galaxy at StubHub Center. The new-look Galaxy were missing a few key players on the day, and FC Dallas took scoring chances well to seal a season-opening win
The Galaxy pressured late, but their last great scoring chance went begging as Ariel Lassiter couldn't get his head on a well-placed cross in the 90th minute.
The Chicago Fire looked like a work in progress on Saturday afternoon, but the rebuiltsquad did just enough to earn a come-from-behind point. Outplayed for a majority of the match, the Fire benefited from a late David Accam equalizer en route to a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday at MAPFREStadium.
The MLS regular season opened on Friday night, but the action truly heats up with a full Saturday schedule.
A total of seven games are on the schedule on Saturday, headlined by a clash between FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy. The two Western Conference powerhouses collide at StubHub Center as the new-look Galaxy take on last year's double winners.
Geoff Cameron's road to recovery took a major step on Saturday.
After returning as a substitute last week, Cameron started and went a full 90 minutes in Stoke City' 2-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday. The start was Cameron's first since suffering a knee injury on Oct. 22.
A pair of Marco Arnautovic goals were enough for Stoke City, who sent Middlesbrough into the relegation zone with Saturday's win.
There is always a little bit of added pressure for a player wearing the No. 10 jersey, soccer's traditional symbol for a team's best or most influential player. That pressure is ramped up a bit, however, when you are the very first one to do so for a team.
Christian Pulisic didn't start Saturday's match for Borussia Dortmund, but he sure did finish it.
After entering as a 44th minute substitute for Marco Reus, the U.S. Men's National Team winger scored a second half goal, pushing the Borussia Dortmund lead to 4-2 in Saturday's clash with Bayer Leverkusen.
With dreams of an English Premier League title now dashed for both Liverpool and Arsenal, the goal for both squads is securing a place in the UEFA Champions League. As things stand, the Gunners and Reds are both battling to secure a place in the top four.
Only one of them will be in the top four after today's showdown at Anfield, with Arsenal looking to hold onto its place ahead of Liverpool.
Friday was an eventful day for Joe Corona for reasons both good and bad.
The Tijuana midfielder provided an assist on his side's opening goal before being sent off in the second half of Xolo's 3-2 loss to Pachuca. Corona's big day started in the 42nd minute as his cross found Damián Pérez for a headed finish to open the scoring.
Eryk Williamson continued his excellent play for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team with a dominant performance, leading the U.S. to victory and helping the team earn a World Cup bid to South Korea.
The D.C. United academy product began his stellargame with an assist to Emmanuel Sabbi in the 18th minute.
The unit some have hyped as the best front six in the league showed plenty of brilliance in the Portland Timbers' 5-1 win over Minnesota United at Providence Park on Friday night. Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi bagged a pair of second-half braces to propel the Timbers to their first three points of the season.
The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team can book their spot in the U-20 World Cup on Friday night.
Following Monday's win over Mexico, the U.S. head into Friday's clash with El Salvador with a stranglehold on a World Cup spot. The U.S. can seal a spot in South Korea with a win, draw or loss by less than two goals, while a win or a draw would be enough to send the U.
The offseason is over, and the 2017 MLS season is upon us.
Following a busy offseason, the 22nd MLS season is set to kick off as all 22 of the league's teams take the field this weekend.Withcountless new players and storylines to keep track of, and two new expansion teams in the fray, the 2017 MLS season hasbeen a busy one, but SBI has you covered if you need to catch up on the offseason dealings.
Theoffseason acquisition everyone has been talking about and the youngster ready to captivate a league powered the Vancouver Whitecaps into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night, with a 2-0 (3-1 aggregate) win over the New York Red Bulls at BC Place.
Sixteen-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies, who looked like a player with years of experience under his belt out on the field, handed the home side an early lead in the fifth minute on a shot from close range.
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.