Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2017

Big names headline USWNT roster for Tournament of Nations

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A list of mostly familiar names makes up the latest U.S. Women's National Team squad as they begin preparations for the 2017 Tournament of Nations.

Many of the names, including team captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, overlap with the group that traveled to Scandinavia in June.

MLS to implement VAR beginning August 5th

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It has been known that MLS would incorporate Video Assistant Referee technology after the All-Star Game, but that introduction now has an official start date.

The league announced on Thursday that it would begin incorporating Video Review procedures league-wide beginning on August 5th, including every MLS regular season and postseason game.

Patience leads Costa Rica into Gold Cup semifinals

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After 76 minutes on Wednesday evening at Lincoln Financial Field, it looked as if Costa Rica and Panama were going to have to decide a winner through penalty kicks.

Both sides failed to get much going offensively up to that point, creating chances but lacking the final product to go ahead.

Thursday Gold Cup Preview: Canada takes on Jamaica, Mexico faces Honduras

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After Costa Rica and the U.S. Men's National Team secured their spots in the Gold Cup semifinals on Wednesday, the other two contestants will be decided on Thursday night.

In the third and fourth quarterfinal matches, Canada and Mexico return to action after securing their passage through the group stages.

NYCFC Notes: Another late lead surrendered, Camargo injury, and more

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New York City FC defender, Maxime Chanot, undoubtedly spoke for his teammates following a 2-2 draw to Toronto FC on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.In an otherwise empty locker room, Chanot was one of only three players to offer post-match commentary to the bevy of reporters.

USMNT 2, El Salvador 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Just when you think the CONCACAF Gold Cup couldn't get any weirder, North America's premier tournament unleashes an experience like Wednesday night's.

Wednesday's clash between the U.S. Men's National Team and El Salvador had some of everything.

Formation shift paying dividends for the Red Bulls

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Nearly one month ago, the reporters gathered in the press room as Jesse Marsch fumed about the New York Red Bull's execution in their system, or lack thereof, but proclaimed that they were "not changing it." The Red Bulls had just suffered a home loss to New York City FC for the first time in the rivalry's young history.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 19

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Wednesday represented the much-awaited return of MLS after the short Gold Cup break, but a few teams found themselves returning to a nightmare on the field.

After a rain delay, the Montreal Impact got a winner from Blerim Dzemaili in a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

Patrick Vieira: NYCFC has “a lot of work to do”

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New York City FC have been a resilient group all season and one of the best teams in MLS. However, Wednesday night's 2-2 draw against Toronto FC wasn't proof of that.

Despite coming back from a goal down once again, NYCFC took a step backwards, allowing Toronto to pull even with on a penalty kick by Victor Vazquez in second-half stoppage time.

Despite big loss, Earthquakes enjoy debut of designated player Vako

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Despite plenty of negatives for the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night, the team had a few positives to take away from Red Bull Arena.

"We ran out of gas and deservedly got punished for it," Earthquakes captain Chris Wondolowski said after his side went from 1-0 down to 5-1 down in the span of twenty minutes in their match against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.

Real Salt Lake dominate Timbers on road in big win

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The goals and red cards were flowing on Wednesday night, and they mostly flowed in Real Salt Lake's favor.

With five goals and three red cards, Real Salt Lake's victory over the Portland Timbers was a highly-eventful, hugely entertaining return to MLS play.

Whitecaps' lone goal adds to Galaxy home woes

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The Vancouver Whitecaps earned a valuable victory Wednesday night, as the LA Galaxy continue to baffle with their strange home-away performance dichotomy.

Despite a combined 29 shots, and ten on target, the Whitecaps scored the lone goal of the evening to capture a crucial road victory, 1-0, over the hapless Galaxy at home.

Thursday Kickoff: Chicharito set for West Ham, Juventus confirm De Sciglio, and more

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Long-rumored, and long-awaited, star Mexican forward Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is set for his Premier League return.

The 29-year-old Chicharito is set to jump back to the Premier League from Bayern Leverkusen, joining West Ham on a€16-18 million transfer. (REPORT)

Juventus confirmed the capture of Italian international fullback Mattia De Sciglio from Serie A rivals AC Milan.

Lichaj overcomes nightmare start to score first USMNT goal

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Eric Lichaj was determined not to sulk, even if he had every reason to drop his head and accept his struggles. He was in the midst of one of the worst performances imaginable, one where he almost single-handedly gave a goal away. He failed to prevent sequences that nearly led to several others.

USMNT vs. El Salvador: Live Commentary

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The Gold Cup knockout stages are here for the U.S. Men's National Team, and Bruce Arena has deployed the big guns for Wednesday's quarterfinal match.

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Darlington Nagbe join the USMNT lineup for Wednesday's quarterfinal match against El Salvador.

Sacha Kljestan return to form powers Red Bulls to big victory

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Sacha Kljestan's leadership and talent have been redeemed.

An authoritative victory over the San Jose Earthquakes powered by Kljestan's goal and two assist night sees the New York Red rise back above the red line in the Eastern Conference. It was a night for redemption all around as the Red Bulls won 5-1 over the Earthquakes.

NYCFC suffers late draw on Toronto penalty

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A potential statement win for New York City FC turned out to be nothing more than a deflating draw Wednesday night in the Bronx.

Toronto took the early 1-0 lead on a goal by Ashtone Morgan in the 11th minute, as Morgan hit a cross first-time, drilling it past City keeper Sean Johnson.

Impact leapfrog Union with key Eastern Conference win

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After Montreal's first ever rain delay in MLS history, the clouds cleared and soccer finally got underway under the floodlights in Montreal.

The Montreal Impact grabbed a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union, with the decisive goals from Michael Salazar and high-impact DP Blerim Dzemaili.

Dynamo continue road drought with draw against Minnesota United

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Playing on the road continues to be Houston Dynamo's single biggest enemy this season.

Following their 0-0 draw against Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday night, Wilmer Cabrera's side are now winless after ten when playing away from Houston.

USMNT overcomes rocky start to top El Salvador in Gold Cup quarterfinal

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It was a match loaded with plenty of shenanigans and rollercoaster moments, but the U.S. Men's National Team ended up taking care of business against El Salvador in Wednesday night's Gold Cup quarterfinal.

Behind goals from Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj, the U.

Must-See Goal: Kyle Beckerman

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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Omar Gonzalez

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After a rocky start to the U.S. Men's National Team's Gold Cup quarterfinal match against El Salvador, Omar Gonzalez stepped up to save the day.

The 28-year old Pachuca defender scored his second goal in as many matches on Wednesday night, using his head to finish off a Michael Bradley free kick in the 41st minute to give the USMNT a much-needed 1-0 lead.

Sounders mount huge comeback to top D.C. United

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There is a reason, perhaps, the Seattle Sounders are the defending MLS Cup champions.

A reason, too, D.C. United owns the worst record in the league.

D.C. United entered Wednesday's match against the Sounders with the worst record in MLS, and having scored eight fewer goals than any other team in the league.

El Salvador biting antics add new layer to the bizarre world of CONCACAF

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So you thought you'd seen it all in CONCACAF.

The region famous for laser pointers, bags of urine, egregious time wasting, swift kicks to star players and much more shenanigans reached a new high in ridiculousness on Wednesday night.

Not only was Jozy Altidore bitten by Henry Romero in a tussle on a set piece, he had his nipple twisted from behind by the El Salvador defender.

Wednesday Ticker: Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, Wojciech Szczesny to Juventus, and more

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It was a typically busy afternoon in the European transfer window, headlined by a pair of high-profile moves, with promises of more to come.

Chelsea stole the headlines on Wednesday, as they agreed to a massive transfer for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata. The transfer fee is reportedly in the neighborhood of £70 million for the Spanish striker.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 19

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After a short break for the Gold Cup group stage, with only six teams in action in the U.S. Open Cup, the power rankings have remained static for MLS.

That changes dramatically this week, as league play is set to return with a vengeance as a majority of teams undergo a double-slate of matches.

North Carolina FC announces stadium location, releases renderings

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The MLS bid backed by North Carolina FC have taken another significant step forward in their process.

North Carolina FC announced their planned stadium location and released renderings as part of furthering their MLS bid on Thursday. The team has proposed a 13-acre site located in downtown Raleigh, NC in the area currently known as the State Government Complex.

MLS Week 19: A Midweek Look Ahead

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Major League Soccer returns from the CONCACAF Gold Cup break on Wednesday with a bulky slate of matches. However, they will be overshadowed by the quarterfinals of the continental competition.

Regardless of what you think of the scheduling nightmare, which many think is ridiculous with 38 players set to miss the night's matches because of the Gold Cup, the games will go on Wednesday with the chase for the playoffs beginning in earnest.

MLS visit to Charlotte 'productive' despite cancelled meeting

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Despite finding itself on shaky ground, MLS' visit to Charlotte on Tuesday was a positive experience for league officials.

While MLS president Mark Abbott did not meet with county officials to discuss funding of a potential soccer-specific stadium, he did have a good meeting with local business and community leaders, reports the Charlotte Observer.

USMNT Notes: Altidore-Dempsey partnership, Bradley praises Acosta and more

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Clint Dempsey remains just one goal away from the USMNT goalscoring record. Jozy Altidore has been his partner many times throughout the forward's journey to the top of the USMNT charts, and the two are set to reunite again throughout the Gold Cup's knockout rounds.

SBI Question of the Day: Who is the biggest All-Star snub?

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With limited space on each year's MLS All-Star roster, it's inevitable that a few deserving players end up left out.

With the league unveiling its finalized 24-man roster on Tuesday, it's difficult to argue that most, if not all, of the players who made the cut are deserving entries into the mid-summer event.

USMNT confident ahead of knockout round opener against El Salvador

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If the U.S. Men's National Team isn't the Gold Cup favorite, they're certainly one of them. The U.S. is always among CONCACAF's most talented teams and, in this weakened Gold Cup, the current group assembled by Bruce Arena is probably the strongest among the tournament's eight remaining teams.

Wednesday Kickoff: Barcelona expect Neymar stay, Bayern keeping Muller and more

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Several elite clubs have denied potential massive transfers to headline Wednesday's news.

Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre says he is "200 percent sure" that Neymar will not leave for Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich CEOKarl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club will not sell Thomas Muller despite Premier League links.

Tuesday Ticker: Neymar reportedly agrees with PSG, Hart completes West Ham move, and more

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Neymar could be leaving Barcelona as Paris Saint-Germain appear to be activating his release clause with a €222 million bid. The Brazilian star has reportedly accepted a salary of€30 million per year in what would be a world record transfer fee. (REPORT)

Joe Hart has completed his anticipated loan move to West Ham.

MLS Ticker: RSL falls to Man United, Vadim Demidov reportedly set to leave Minnesota and more

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Real Salt Lake welcomed Manchester United to Rio Tinto Stadium on Monday evening for a club friendly that ended in a 2-1 win for the Premier Leauge powerhouse.

The hosts took a 1-0 lead through Luis Silva, who scored after 23 minutes. The forward muscled his way past United defender Phil Jones, and slotted his effort to the bottom left corner.

Altidore, Acosta, Dwyer headline finalized MLS All-Star roster

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Several U.S. Men's National Team stars and international playmakers headline the finalized MLS All-Star roster.

Jozy Altidore, Kellyn Acosta and Giovani dos Santos headline the finalized 24-man squad set to face Real Madrid in the MLS All-Star Game on Aug.

Who Should the USMNT start vs. El Salvador?

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With several U.S. Men's National Team stars now at his disposal, Bruce Arena has plenty of options to mix and match his lineup heading into the first match of the knockout stage.

The USMNT successfully navigated the group stage with Arena's experimental roster, and that roster blends with a crop of USMNT veterans beginning with Wednesday's quarterfinal against El Salvador.

USL Week 18: A Midweek Look Ahead

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The two hottest teams in the Eastern Conference come together Tuesday night.

The Harrisburg City Islanders and Charlotte Independence are rocking and rolling through the middle part of the USL season, and have each defied early setbacks to climb the standings. The Independence won their last meeting at home, 2-0, over the Islanders, but Harrisburg is a different team now and should expect a better performance at home.

Gonzalez 'not likely' to play as USMNT pursues Gold Cup title

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Jesse Gonzalez has Jesse Gonzalez has the potential to be a strong U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper. Given the experience and skill-set he's displayed at just 22 years old, it's easy to see that the future is bright for the FC Dallas goalkeeper.

That future, though, is unlikely to includes any USMNT appearances over the next few weeks.

Christian Pulisic impresses for Borussia Dortmund in friendly win over AC Milan

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It's only taken one preseason match for Christian Pulisic to pick up right where he left off last season for Borussia Dortmund.

The young U.S. Men's National Team phenom was crucial in Dortmund's 3-1 International Champions Cup victory over AC Milan in China in the early hours of Tuesday morning, further cementing his position as a key player for the Bundesliga squad.

Tuesday Kickoff: Clubs pushing for 'Chicharito', Man United targets not on the move and more

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A Mexican star could be on the move while a pair of Manchester United targets look like they will not be coming any time soon.

Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller says Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez could leave the club amid interest from "several clubs" including West Ham. (REPORT)

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio says Ivan Perisic is "not going anywhere" despite links to Manchester United.

A look back at the Gold Cup performances for six departing USMNT players

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Six new faces have been brought into the U.S. Men's National Team to begin the push through the Gold Cup knockout stages. With their selections, though, the tournament has officially ended for six members of the USMNT's group stage team.

Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Guzan, Dom Dwyer, Kelyn Rowe, Cristian Roldan and Sean Johnson have officially left the USMNT squad, ending their Gold Cup run.

Miazga shakes off preseason rust by scoring first USMNT goal

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U.S. Men's National Team defender Matt Miazga was happy to get back on the pitch.

"The goal was a little added bonus," he chuckled after Saturday's 3-0 win over Nicaragua.

It was Miazga's first game action in over two months and he was eager to shake off the rust. He was admittedly in "preseason mode," but he certainly helped out by scoring the goal that put the USMNT on top of Group B and into the Gold Cup quarterfinals with a favorable matchup against El Salvador.

Gold Cup Quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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The 2017 Gold Cup has reached the knockout stage, with the remaining eight sides competing in the quarterfinals on Wednesday and Thursday.

The first set of quarterfinalists head to Philadelphia, where Costa Rica faces Panama and the U.S. Men's National Team takes on El Salvador.

MLS Ticker: Dynamo sign young DP Martinez, DC drop Ortiz, and more

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There's a new Designated Player in Major League Soccer, as the Houston Dynamo have confirmed the signing of midfielder Tomas Martinez.

The 22-year-old, who has featured for Argentina's youth teams, joins the Western Conference power from Sporting Braga in Portugal. Martinez is the Dynamo's third Designated Player on the squad, including Erick Torres and Alberth Elis.

USL Week 17 Rewind: FC Cincinnati makes road statement, Independence roll, and more

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FC Cincinnati made a big statement on the road against Louisville City, earning a hard fought victory away from home in their attempt to climb the Eastern Conference table.

FC Cincinnati had won only a single road match this season, and with the playoffs fast approaching, earning results away from home will be critical for any team that doesn't finish in the top two spots.

Larin, Waston headline initial list of changes ahead of Gold Cup quarterfinals

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A pair of MLS stars headline the list of initial changes ahead of the Gold Cup's knockout round.

Cyle Larin is set to join up with Canada ahead of the quarterfinals as the Orlando City striker returns to the fold after being excluded from the group stage.

USMNT turns focus towards Gold Cup knockout rounds as veterans join camp

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The Gold Cup is a unique beast, in more ways than one. It's a tournament that is always full of twists and turns, both positive and negative. It's a rollercoaster ride of a competition.

It's also a tournament of two halves. In one half, you have the group stage, where CONCACAF giants take on the region's smallest national teams.

NASL Week 17 Rewind:Miami FC closes Spring with win, Cosmos top Eddies and more

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The Spring Season has now come to a close.

After a long Spring Season with manysurprises and memorable moments, teams will now take areprieve as they prepare for the forthcoming Fall Season. Miami FC finished atop the table with an impressive 36 points, while PuertoRico FC finished in last place with only aquarter of those points with nine.

Monday Kickoff: Aubameyang, Mbappe, Ronaldo and more

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Some big name strikers continue to draw headlines as transfer season continues.

Borussia Dortmund will give Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just a few more days to decide his future as links to Chelsea and AC Milan continue. (REPORT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he expects Kylian Mbappe to remain at Monaco.

El Salvador, Jamaica split points to advance to Gold Cup knockout stage

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Following a sharing of goals, La Selecta and the Reggae Boyz are two of three Group C teams to have punched a ticket to the Gold Cup's quarter-finals.

El Salvador and Jamaica kicked off Sunday's doubleheader drawing, 1-1, at San Antonio's Alamodome.

Mexico tops Group C after defeating Curaçao

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After finishing first in Group C, Mexico are headed into very familiar territory.

Curaçao had more than enough scoring opportunities to exit the tournament in winning fashion, but in the end, the defending Gold Cup champions were too precise inside the box.

Jesse Gonzalez among 6 players added to USMNT roster

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Bruce Arena has made his six roster changes.

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Darlington Nagbe, Tim Howard and Jesse Gonzalez were all added to the U.S. Men's National Team Gold Cup roster on Sunday.

Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe and Dom Dwyer were sent back to their respective sides to make room.

Panama cruises through Martinique to reach Gold Cup quarterfinals

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Panama was nothing short of dominant in their group stage finale.

It took Los Canaleros some time to truly get going, but they came alive towards the end of the first half to down Martinique, 3-0, putting themselves in a strong position to win Group B before the U.

Matt Miazga's late goal seals first place in Gold Cup group stage

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CLEVELAND — The U.S. Men's National team needed a big win to secure first place in its Gold Cup group, and avoid a brutal quarterfinal draw, and the Americans delivered in dramatic fashion.

Goals from Joe Corona, Kelyn Rowe, and Matt Miazga gave the USMNT a 3-0 victory it needed to overtake Panama for the top spot in Group B.

Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore lead USMNT Gold Cup replacements

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In his quest to lead the U.S. Men's National Team to Gold Cup glory, head coach Bruce Arena is set to call in the big guns.

Usual starting goalkeeper Tim Howard will be joined by Toronto FC vets Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore on the official roster once the USMNT completes its final group stage match against Nicaragua on Saturday, Goal reports.

Gold Cup Rewind: Canada, Honduras share points in draw, Costa Rica tops Group A

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The Canadian Men's National Team wasn't able to secure the victory it needed to become the improbable winner of the CONCACAF Gold Cup's Group A, but the Canucks still did enough to finish up the group stage undefeated and brimming with confidence.

Canada and Honduras played to a 0-0 draw at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Friday night, which helped Canada secure second place in Group A, behind Costa Rica, which disposed of French Guiana, 3-0, earlier on Friday.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Nicaragua

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With the U.S. Men's National Team currently atop Group B heading into the final match-day of the group stage, a win or draw will guarantee their advancement.

The USMNT will now take on Nicaragua, currently sitting at the bottom of the group with two losses. While the Americans will be expected to win handily, things have proved to be more difficult than expected through their first two matches.

USMNT look for sharpness against Nicaragua

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Bruce Arena and the USMNT have a chance to finish the CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage strong against Nicaragua after turning in two underwhelming performances against Panama and Martinique.

"Game one was not our best game, but give Panama credit as well, and the same to Martinique," said Bruce Arena at a press conference Friday, "But I think we've made progress and we're headed in the right direction.

FC Cincinnati, Miami FC U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal rescheduled for August 2nd

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Fans of FC Cincinnati and Miami FC will need to wait a while longer for their much-anticipated U.S. Open Cup match.

The match, which was rained out on Wednesday night due to severe thunderstorms in the Miami area, has been rescheduled for August 2nd at 7:30 p.

NASL Week 17: Look Ahead

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The Spring Season is coming to an end. This weekend is the last of Spring Season play, and although Miami FC clinched the season title last time out, there is still a lot to play for with playoff spots on the line.

On Wednesday, the Jacksonville Armada came back to secure a draw against Puerto Rico FC, thanks to a 90+ minute goal by forward Derek Gebhard.

USL Week 17 Look Ahead: Bethlehem Steel on the rise, City Islanders nearing playoff spot, and more

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The Bethlehem Steel have a chance to move as high as second place this weekend when they take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Saturday night.

The weekend slate of games in the USL is chock full of matches that could see teams making big moves in the standings. Whether it's the Charleston Battery looking to go nine points clear in their lead of the Eastern Conference, or the Harrisburg City Islanders climbing back into playoff contention.

Friday Gold Cup Preview: Canada, Honduras square off

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Now that the ridiculousness of the Florent Malouda situation has ended, the focus of Group A can shift to an intense final matchday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

After the French Guiana forfeit became official early Friday morning, Honduras is in prime position to upset Canada's knockout round hopes, while Costa Rica is in great shape to clinch the top position.

Sporting Kansas City, winner of FC Cincinnati, Miami FC to host U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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The magical run of either FC Cincinnati or Miami FC will continue in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, and no matter who wins, they'll be returning home next round.

The winner of the rescheduled FC Cincy vs. Miami FC quarterfinal will host the New York Red Bulls in the upcoming semifinal round.

Hamilton County Commissioner 'Unconvinced' FC Cincinnati need a new stadium

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MLS expansion candidates are dropping like flies in recent days, and Cincinnati's bid is the latest to take a significant hit.

Speaking to Politics Extra, Hamilton County commissioner Todd Portune expressed his lack of interest in building a new soccer-specific stadium for FC Cincinnati, a major requirement of MLS expansion bids, reports Cincinnati.

USL Week 17 Midweek Rewind: Swope Park extend streak, I-4 derby ends in draw, and more

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The Swope Park Rangers are now the hottest team in the Western Conference with their win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Wednesday.

The reigning Western Conference champions overcame a difficult start to put together a great run of form over the last few weeks. During the five game streak, the Rangers have given up just two goals and have a goal differential of +8.

French Guiana forfeit Honduras draw, Malouda suspended two matches

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Despite some controversy and confusion, CONCACAF has ruled against French Guiana in their Florent Malouda eligibility case.

In a press release, CONCACAF announced that French Guiana would forfeit their 0-0 draw against Honduras for fielding an ineligible player.

Friday Kickoff: Barcelona sign Nelson Semedo, Real Madrid capture Dani Ceballos, and more

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The transfer window is now in full swing and the action is picking up as two La Liga giants make key acquisitions.

Barcelona confirmed the signing of former Benfica right back Nelson Semedo, pending a passed physical. (REPORT)

Meanwhile, Real Madrid confirmed a signing of their own, capturing Dani Ceballos from Real Betis.

Gold Cup Rewind: Mexico settles for scoreless draw with Jamaica, El Salvador tops Curacao

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With Pompilio Paiz directing Mexico on the bench, El Tri delivered a lackluster performance in the Mile-High City.

After both sides kicked off their Gold Cup journeys with three points, Mexico and Jamaica settled to a monotonous, 0-0, draw at Sports Authority Field on Thursday night.

Wright-Phillips dagger sends Red Bulls to U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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The New York Red Bulls advanced to the semifinal of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time since 2003, while winning back-to-back games in New England against the Revolution for the first time ever.

The Red Bulls left it late once again, scoring the winner in the 87th minute.

Morris takes step forward in fierce battle on USMNT forward depth chart

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No position has been under the microscope more in the last few weeks than forward when it comes to the U.S. Men's National Team.

Dom Dwyer took the international scene by storm by scoring a goal in each of his first two games against Ghana and Panama. On Wednesday night, Jordan Morris raised the level of competition even higher with a two-goal performance in the team's 3-2 win over Martinique.

USMNT "need to be harder to play against" for rest of Gold Cup

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There's no sugar coating what happened in the U.S. Men's National Team's 3-2 win over Martinique on Wednesday night.

The USMNT deserves credit for responding to a pair of surprising second-half tallies from the Caribbean minnows, but the squad should be rightfully criticized for how poorly it put the game away when it had the chance.

Kenny Saief to miss seven weeks after hernia surgery

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After his time with the U.S. Men's National Team was abruptly cut off due to injury, midfielder Kenny Saief will need surgery and will be sidelined a little while longer.

Saief will undergo surgery to repair a hernia after suffering the injury during the USMNT's Gold Cup tune-up match against Ghana, reports Israeli media.

Thursday Ticker: Man City agrees to fee with Walker, Hart close to joining West Ham on loan, and more

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After failing to sign Dani Alves, Manchester City are set to make Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker the world's most expensive defender after agreeing to a deal with the club.

The deal is set to exceed£50 million with add-ons that will be included. Walker had been scheduled to join Tottenham for preseason training on Thursday, but will instead finalize his switch to City and undergo a medical on Friday.

Months after shocking trade, DeLaGarza feeling at home with surging Dynamo

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From the outside, it's a bit easy to get detached from the business of sports. Players are often described as pieces on a chessboard, and that chessboard is one that sees many fulfill their childhood dreams no matter where they land or what they face along the way.

Highlights: USMNT 3, Martinique 2

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Wijnaldum excelling in Union defense after hard first few months

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Normally an offseason addition is met with excitement and the possibility of what he might bring to his new club.

But for the first few months of the Major League Soccer regular season, Giliano Wijnaldum was an unknown to the Philadelphia Union.

Wijnaldum, who was signed in January as the apparent starter at left back, didn't make this first start for the club until May 20 at home against the Colorado Rapids.

MLS, Charlotte meeting cancelled amid 'transparency issues'

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In an odd twist, a meeting scheduled for Tuesday between Mecklenburg County and MLS officials has been cancelled.

After back and forth conversation about whether meetings between the two groups relating to Charlotte's MLS bid should be held privately or publicly, Tuesday's meeting has been cancelled, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Bexar County Judge: San Antonio MLS bid has 'better shot at the third and fourth pick'

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San Antonio, with its strong, Spurs backed ownership-group, was widely viewed as a darkhorse candidate for one of this year's two MLS expansion slots. Those hopes took a major hit on Wednesday.

While local officials explicitly stated that the city remained in pursuit of an MLS team as a matter of priority, they also provided a healthy dose of realism with respect to the current standing of the bid, reports KSAT.

USMNT 3, Martinique 2: The SBI Breakdown

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Well, that certainly wasn't as good as anyone would have hoped, but the U.S. Men's National Team did, somehow, get the job done. On the day, it was the result they wanted and needed, but looking ahead, Wednesday night's letdown could have long-term ramifications for several players involved throughout the USMNT setup.

David Villa wins ESPY for Best MLS Player

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Though lost in the U.S. Men's National Team focus last night, New York City FC's David Villa came away with a trophy at the 2017 ESPY Awards.

The 35-year-old star striker and captain of NYCFC walked away with the award for Best MLS Player at last night's show, beating out competition from Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges, and New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Thursday Kickoff: Chelsea signs Bakayoko, Everton's Sigurdsson bid rejected, and more

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The teams of the English Premier League continue to make summer transfer window maneuvers, with Chelsea having some success, and Everton less so.

Chelsea has reached an agreement to sign AS Monaco midfielderTiemoue Bakayoko for£40 million. The 22-year old is expected to complete his medical and sign on Friday.

USMNT misses chance to impress in tie with Martinique

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For the current U.S. Men's National Team group, the Gold Cup is all about proving yourself. Yes, the team performance is important, of course, and results are vital for each and every player on the roster, but any players that don't have one eye on next summer's World Cup aren't doing themselves any favors.

USMNT vs. Martinique: Live Commentary

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After a frustrating performance against Panama, the U.S. Men's National Team has a chance at a little redemption against a very different opponent on Wednesday night.

The U.S. is set to take on Martinique on Saturday night in the second match of the Gold Cup group stage. Martinique took down in Nicaragua to leap to the top of the group, but the USMNT enters as a strong favorite to push towards the top of the group.

Panama goes top of Group B with victory over Nicaragua

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Panama moved to the top of Group B in the Gold Cup with a come-from-behind victory Wednesday night over Nicaragua.

After a scoreless first half, both teams came alive in the second half. In a 10-minute span, starting in the 48th minute, the teams scored all three of the game's goals. Former Colorado Rapids forward Gabriel Torres scored the winner for Panama from the top of the six-yard box, giving Panama the 2-1 victory.

U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal between Miami FC, FC Cincinnati postponed

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The two non-MLS sides remaining in the U.S. Open Cup will have to wait to book their place into the semifinals.

Miami FC 's clash with fellow second division side FC Cincinnati was postponed on Wednesday evening due to consistent thunderstorms in the Miami area.The match, which was supposed to kick off at 7:30 p.

Morris brace saves USMNT in narrow win over Martinique

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It certainly wasn't the performance the U.S. Men's National Team wanted, but it was enough to earn three points in a narrow win over a CONCACAF minnow.

A Jordan Morris brace saved the day for the USMNT en route to a 3-2 win over Martinique. The win lifts the USMNT atop Group B through two games following Wednesday's disappointing draw with Panama.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Jordan Morris

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Wednesday was Jordan Morris' chance to show himself for the U.S. Men's National Team. He did just that while saving the USMNT from a humiliating result.

The Seattle Sounders forward fired a brace on Wednesday night, leading the way in a 3-2 win over Martinique in Tampa. Morris' two goals doubled his USMNT tally while earning honors as SBI USMNT Man of the Match for Wednesday's victory.

Former CONCACAF executive Chuck Blazer dead at age 72

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Chuck Blazer, former CONCACAF general secretary and FIFA Executive Committee member, is dead at the age of 72.

Statement from Blazer lawyer addresses misconduct, 'for which he accepted full responsibility,' head on. Expresses his 'sorrow & regret.

Midday Ticker: Dani Alves to PSG confirmed, Douglas Costa to Juventus, and more

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Despite heavy rumors linking him to Manchester City, Dani Alves is instead headed to France.

Alves is officially headed to Paris Saint-Germain. The 34-year-old joins on a free transfer by signing a two year deal with the French giants. (REPORT)

Brazilian winger Douglas Costa is joining Juventus on loan from Bayern Munich.

Gonzalez, Carleton, Adams headline MLS Homegrown roster

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MLS has unveiled what is likely the most talented roster yet for the MLS Homegrown game.

Jesse Gonzalez, Andrew Carleton and Tyler Adams headline the MLS roster to take onthe Chivas de Guadalajara Under-20 Team in the fourth annual MLS Homegrown Game, which is set for Aug. 1 at Toyota Park.

USL Week 17 Midweek Look Ahead: Fight in Florida, SPR look to extend streak, and more

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The fight for Florida resumes Thursday night as Orlando City B host the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The two teams met way back on March 25in the first match of the 2017 USL season. The Rowdies walked away victorious over their in-state rivals, 1-0. Despite the hot start to the Rowdies season, though, the team has dropped a number of games and fallen from secondto fourth over the last five games.

Gold Cup Preview: Panama takes on Nicaragua in Group B

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With the U.S. Men's National Team taking on Martinique in the other Group B match, both Panama and Nicaragua have a chance to seize control of second place with a win on Wednesday night.

On matchday one, Panama held the USMNT to a 1-1 draw, earning them a valuable point against their toughest opponent in the group.

Sporting KC's Opara diagnosed with severe concussion after scary kick to head

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Stop me if you've heard this before. Ike Opara, on the cusp of a season that would cement him as one of the best defenders in MLS, will miss extended time due to an unfortunate injury.

In a very scary moment, the Sporting Kansas City defender went to head a ball away from FC Dallas' Maxi Urruti, whose attempted bicycle kick caught Opara square in the face.

USMNT ready to bounce back against Martinique

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Not only is Bruce Arena expected to make changes to his starting XI, but the USMNT needs to change the way it performed on Saturday in the 1-1 draw with Panama.

It's hard to argue that a game against one of the minnows of the North American region will be competitive and a perfect test for the USMNT.

After disappointing effort against Panama, Acosta looking to seize next USMNT chance

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Kellyn Acosta understands the expectations he now faces. In just a matter of months, he's grown from fringe U.S. Men's National Team prospect to midfield regular. It's a role that comes with pressure and weight, a status he must fight for each and every time he steps on the field for the USMNT.

After Saturday's Gold Cup opener, Acosta felt he had let himself down.

Wednesday Kickoff: Donnarumma re-signs; Ozil wants Arsenal stay and more

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The AC Milan transfer saga of the summer has finally reached its end while Arsenal's seems to be nearing a conclusion as well.

After a prolonged transfer saga, Gianluigi Donnarumma officially signed a new deal with AC Milan. (REPORT)

Mesut Ozil says he wants to stay at Arsenal while adding he is hoping Alexis Sanchez comes to the same decision.

Sporting KC advances to U.S. Open Cup semis after wild extra-time finish

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Though Sporting KC went a man down in the 13th minute of Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, it was the shorthanded team thatemerged not only winner, but a man up after extra time.

Sporting KC knocked off defending U.S. Open Cup champions FC Dallas by grinding out a physical affair and winning 3-0 after 120 minutes at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Gold Cup Rewind: Canada ties Costa Rica; Honduras, French Guiana level despite controversy

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What should have been a night that celebrated a few heroic results turned into an evening full of controversy at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Canada used a goal from its teenage phenom to challenge Costa Rica, who entered the competition as the favorite to win Group A. But the real drama came in the nightcap, as French Guiana fielded the ineligible Florent Malouda in its starting 11 against Honduras.

Bale, Modric, Kroos in; Ronaldo out of Real Madrid roster for MLS All-Star Game

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Cristiano Ronaldo will not be involved in this summer's MLS All-Star Game, but several of Real Madrid's heavy-hitters will be making the trip.

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos headline the Spanish giant's roster for their trip to the U.S. Real is set to play matches in the International Champions Cup before taking on the MLS All-Stars on August 2 in Chicago.

Wondolowski scores a brace against Galaxy with Silva’s 38 on his back

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SAN JOSE, Calif. Less than a week ago the San Jose Earthquakes organization was struck with crippling news. One of their own, defender Matheus Silva, found himself in a coma and on the verge of death after nearly drowning.

Seven days later, 22-year-old Silva miraculously finds himself stable and on the road to recovery.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Martinique?

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The U.S. Men's National Team opened the Gold Cup with an up-and-down effort against Panama. It was a performance featuring plenty of positives and negatives scattered throughout a trying 90 minutes for everyone involved.

Wednesday's clash with Martinique should be a much simpler task for Bruce Arena's USMNT, but there are plenty of decisions to make ahead of the USMNT's second group stage match.

Quakes hope to have landed their own Almiron in new signing 'Vako'

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SAN JOSE, Calif. MLS continues to morph, shifting not only aesthetically but internally for the greater good of the league. The San Jose Earthquakes' latest Designated Player signing Valeri ‘Vako' Qazaishvili's is simply another indication of how.

Just seven months ago, Atlanta United completed a lucrative $13 million deal by signing a 23-year-old central attacking midfielder by the name of Miguel Almiron to a contract.

An updated, tiered look at the MLS Expansion race

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As we enter the midway point of the MLS season, and the middle of the calendar year, we're supposedly less than six months away from a decision on MLS teams 25 and 26.

A few candidates have furthered their bids dramatically in recent months, such as the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Others have fallen off hard, with St.

Trademark filed for Detroit City SC by MLS expansion group

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Detroit has thrown its name in the hat for a possible Major League Soccer expansion side in the coming years. Now, it appears they've selected their potential future name.

According to Crains Detroit, Tom Gores' Palace Sports & Entertainment filed for federal trademark protection for "Detroit City Soccer Club" on July 6th.

Tuesday Gold Cup Preview: Group A leaders Canada, Costa Rica clash

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The focus of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup shifts to Houston on Tuesday as the quartet of teams in Group A play their second matches of the competition.

All eyes will be on the first game at BBVA Compass Stadium, as group leader Canada faces Costa Rica in a showdown that could go a long way in determining who advances out of which spot from Group A.

Tuesday Kickoff: Rodriguez to Bayern, Wenger backs Sanchez stay and more

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On South American star finalized a major move while another may or may not be on the move.

James Rodriguez has finalized a loan move to Bayern Munich that will see hims pend two years at the Bundesliga club. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger insists that Alexis Sanchez has not asked to leave Arsenal.

Jonathan Klinsmann signs with Hertha Berlin

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Jonathan Klinsmann's recent training stint proved good enough to earn him his first professional contract from a Bundesliga club.

Hertha Berlin announced on Tuesday that the club has signed the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team goalkeeper following a training stint. Klinsmann began training with the club last week with the hopes of earning a professional deal and the young goalkeeper did enough to earn that deal with his grandfather's favorite club.

Earthquakes top Galaxy to earn passage to U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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The result of this year's third California Clasico has the San Jose Earthquakes two games out of U.S. Open Cup glory.

The Quakes attack was everything in their 3-1 victory over arch rivals LA Galaxy at Avaya Stadium on a picture perfect Monday night.

A look at the biggest transfer needs for MLS Supporters' Shield contenders

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The summer transfer window is a funny one. At this point in the season, you generally know what you have and what you don't, but the process of addressing those needs in the mid-summer window is a tough one. Midseason additions always bring in mixed results, and adding the wrong one could set teams back in a major way.

U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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The U.S. Open Cup returns with not one, but four nights of quarterfinal action this week, beginning with Monday's Cali Clasico showdown between the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy.

The other matches strung across from Tuesday to Thursday feature a clash of MLS Western Conference giants, the two underdogs left in the competition and regional rivals who just squared off last week on the East coast.

The Best of MLS Week 19: Dempsey, Wright-Phillips and more

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The Fourth of July week brought plenty of MLS action with plenty of fireworks on and off the field.

With a full slate of games spread across a busy midweek period, there was plenty to dissect and digest throughout the Independence Day period.

USL Week 16 Rewind: Los Dos come from behind, Battery and Louisville draw, and more

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Even with two top teams meeting in the Eastern Conference, it was two teams from the bottom of the table providing the most intense action this weekend.

LA Galaxy II earned their fourth win in a back and forth affair over the Portland Timbers FC 2. The come from behind victory was just what the doctor ordered for a team that was humiliated midweek in historic fashion thanks to a 9-0 loss to Reno 1868.

NASL Week 16 Rewind: Miami FC seals Spring crown, Indy Eleven top Cosmos and more

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On Saturday night Miami FC was crowned the NASL Spring Season Champion after thrashing second place San Francisco Deltas. The match capped off an utterly dominant Spring campaign which has seen Miami FC win 10 of their 15 matches so far this season. Saturday's match was also a testament to the work done by coach Alessandro Nesta over the past two seasons, and the whole Miami FC organization, to build a championship-caliber team.

Gold Cup Rewind: Mexico, Jamaica begin Group C in winning fashion

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It was not the prettiest victory by any means, but a Juan Carlos Osorio-less Mexico got things running in the right direction in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener.

Clinical on El Salvador's defensive errors, Mexico rallied past La Selecta, 3-1, at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday night, allowing Mexico to get their foot in the door on knockout stage aspirations from the get-go.

Monday Kickoff: Osorio apologizes, Rooney finalizes move, and more

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Mexico's coach has offered his apology while one of El Tri's star goalkeepers is on the move. Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney finalized his return to his hometown club.

Juan Carlos Osorio offered his "most sincere apologies" following the incident that led to his six-game ban. (REPORT)

Wayne Rooney officially joined Everton from Manchester United.

McCarty, Acosta struggle as USMNT loses midfield battle in tie with Panama

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There were a number of reasons the U.S. Men's National Team didn't look its best against Panama on Saturday, and there were a number of factors that prevented the UMSNT from earning more than a point from Saturday's Gold Cup opener.

Performances, both individual and collective, were poor, and the USMNT's inability to win the battle in the central midfield was what doomed them on Saturday afternoon.

USMNT 1, Panama 1: The SBI Breakdown

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Well, that wasn't pretty. Saturday's match between the U.S. Men's National Team and Panama was far from a modern classic. It didn't capture the hearts of those who watched and it certainly didn't offer much in the way of beautiful soccer.

What it did offer, though, was a look at where this USMNT group stands, and the picture isn't quite as rosy as it was following the team's win over Ghana a week ago.

Rowe, Dwyer impress in second USMNT appearances

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Kelyn Rowe and Dom Dwyer are two of the U.S. Men's National Team's newest faces. They're just a week removed from their international debuts and, on Saturday, the duo returned to the USMNT lineup for the team's Gold Cup opener against Panama.

Despite their inexperience, Rowe and Dwyer shined on Saturday and were two of the few USMNT players to actually impress in what ended as a 1-1 draw in Nashville.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Brad Guzan

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Brad Guzan saved more than the five Panama shots he was credited with stopping. He also saved a point for the U.S. Men's National Team in its Gold Cup opener.

His stellar work in the American goal kept Panama from taking all three points. He robbed multiple Canaleros with quick reactions and strong hands to earn SBI MLS Man of the Match honors.

Highlights: USMNT 1, Panama 1

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USMNT settles for draw with Panama in Gold Cup opener

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Dom Dwyer scored his second goal in as many games, but it wasn't enough for the U.S. Men's National Team to move past Panama in its Gold Cup opener.

The Sporting KC forward's goal kickstarted the second half but an equalizing finish from New York City FC's Miguel Camargo saw Panama earn a 1-1 draw with the USMNT in Saturday's Gold Cup opener.

Haji Wright scores four goals for Schalke in preseason match

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It only took 15 minutes to justify Haji Wright's move to Schalke's senior team.

The 19-year-old American scored four goals in 15 minutes in Saturday's, 9-1, rout against second-tier side Erkenschwick. Wright's hat-trick plus one comes in the U.S. U-19's first minutes with the first-team, two months after debuting on Domenico Tedesco's bench against FC Ingolstadt in Bundesliga play.

Dempsey scores again as Sounders, Frankfurt play to draw

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With the MLS calendar empty for the weekend, the Seattle Sounders hosted Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in a friendly at CenturyLink Field on Saturday afternoon, playing to a 1-1 draw in a match noteworthy for another Clint Dempsey goal.

Branimir Hrgota opened the scoring for the visitors in the 29th minute, slotting home a pass that deflected off center back Roman Torres.

USMNT vs. Panama: Live Commentary

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The U.S. Men's National Team is set to open up its Gold Cup run with a matchup against a familiar foe.

Panama serves as the USMNT's first Gold Cup opponent, and Los Canaleros will likely be the team's toughest test of the group stage. The two teams have met up several times throughout the past several years, including in World Cup qualifying.

Gold Cup Rewind: Costa Rica, Canada open Group A with victories

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The first marquee match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup lived up to expectations on Friday night.

Costa Rica downed Honduras 1-0 on a Marco Urena strike in the 39th minute in front of a sold out crowd at Red Bull Arena. The win tied the Ticos on points with Canada at the top of Group A.

Urena's goal was produced by some exquisite buildup play, starting with a long ball from Giancarlo Gonzalez.

Summer swoon puts Revolution season on the brink again

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FOXBOROUGH The New England Revolution zipped around the field in the first half of Wednesday night's game against the New York Red Bulls like they knew they couldn't afford to lose a fourth straight league match heading into the two-week break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Friday Gold Cup Preview: Honduras clashes with Costa Rica, Canada faces French Guiana

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The CONCACAF Gold Cup officially kicks off on Friday in the shadow of the Big Apple in Harrison, New Jersey. Although some of the excitement for the tournament has been watered down, two of the continent's best teams will take the field at Red Bull Arena with plenty of first-team stars.

Honduras and Costa Rica highlight the night's slate at the home of the New York Red Bulls, but the opening match between French Guiana and Canada could also carry importance, especially with two third-place sides advancing from the group stage to the knockout phase.

USL Week 16 Midweek Rewind: Reno wins big over Galaxy II, Rowdies break winless streak, and more

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The LA Galaxy II suffered a horrific loss at the hands of Reno 1868 FC, kicking off an eventful midweek slate for the USL.

Along with the huge victory for Reno, the Charlotte Independence staked their claim to a spot at the top of the Eastern Conference table with their fourth road victory this season.

USMNT kicks off Gold Cup with familiar test against Panama

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Bruce Arena has heard the narrative already. In a group featuring Martinique and Nicaragua, two complete minnows in CONCACAF play, the U.S. Men's National Team's Gold Cup opener against Panama has been pegged as the match to watch.

It makes sense. Panama is one of five teams that has joined the USMNT in the Hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying, and they held Arena's team to a draw when they collided in Panama earlier this year.

NASL Week 16: Look Ahead 

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It was an odd week for the NASL as two matches were played on Tuesday.

Miami FC finally lost, after over two months of play in all competitions, to North Carolina FC on Tuesday. The lone goal of the game came in the 65th minute off of a nice combination between Jose Carranza and Billy Schuler.

Osorio suspended six matches, will miss Gold Cup

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Mexico will be without its head coach for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

El Tri boss Juan Carlos Osorio has been suspended for his squad's next six matches for insulting match officials during the Confederations Cup third place match against Portugal. He was also given a warning and a fine of 5,000 Swiss francs.

U.S. U-17s draw India, Ghana, Colombia in World Cup group

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A familiar foe for the U.S. awaits the U-17 Men's National Team in India during the upcoming World Cup.

When the U-17s travel to India in the fall, they'll inherit the legacy of the senior team's ongoing rivalry with Ghana as the two teams will face off in the group stage. Joining the U-17s and Ghana are Colombia and tournament hosts India.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 18

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It was a busy period of holiday action as Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday all featured midweek matches.

Josef Martinez's two second-half goals earned Atlanta United a 4-2 victory over the 10-man San Jose Earthquakes.

French Guinea's Malouda ineligible for Gold Cup, may play anyway

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In an odd twist of events, French Guinea may end up fielding an ineligible player on Friday night against Canada.

Due to FIFA eligibility rules, French Guinean midfielder Florent Malouda is unable to play for his native country due to making 80 appearances at the senior level for France during his career, reports Sports Illustrated.

Giovinco, Schweinsteiger, Bradley headline MLS All-Star Fan XI

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With less than a month before the MLS All-Star festivities kick off, the league has announced the Fan XI for the midsummer match.

Sebastian Giovinco, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Bradley headline a list of 11 players voted into this summer's All-Star Game, which will see the MLS squad take on Real Madrid on August 2 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Earthquakes midfielder Silva wakes up from coma

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After spending several days in a coma, San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Matheus Silva is awake.

"We are incredibly excited and relieved to announce that Matheus Silva has awoken from his coma and is fully responsive," said Quakes GM Jesse Fioranelli.

Friday Kickoff: Betis set to sign Guardado, Barca after Verratti and more

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One Mexican star looks set for Spain while an Italian star may not be joining La Liga any time soon despite major interest.

Real Betis sporting vice president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer says the club is set to sign Mexican star Andres Guardado, who has been linked with a move to MLS. (REPORT)

Barcelonapresident Josep Maria Bartomeu says there is mutual interest between the club and Marco Verratti, but Paris Saint-Germain is reluctant to sell the star midfielder.

Union grind out road draw at expense of Sporting KC

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For the second match in a row, a road team battled successfully for a road point at Children's Mercy Park against Sporting KC.

This time, the Philadelphia Union came away with the result as Roland Alberg scored a penalty that answered to a Sporting KC goal delivered by another replacement striker.

Red Bull Arena to host USMNT's September World Cup qualifier vs. Costa Rica

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The U.S. Men's National Team is set to return to a familiar venue for September's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.

U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that the USMNT will host Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena for their September 1 qualifying match.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Panama?

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The Gold Cup gets underway for the United States on Saturday, giving several new U.S. Men's National Team players a chance to prove themselves in meaningful games.

A win over Ghana last Saturday gave the USMNT plenty to build off of as the real games begin this Saturday against Panama. Despite the absences of several key veterans, Panama remains the toughest group stage test the USMNT will face in the coming days.

Canada, Mexico, U.S. officially form World Cup Bid Committee

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Though its creation shocks nobody, the official formation of the 2026 World Cup bid committee by Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. is a significant step towards hosting the upcoming 48-team World Cup.

In an official statement, the bid committee, named United 2026, was unveiled by officials from the three confederations, who laid out its structure and operations.

USMNT centerbacks with point to prove at Gold Cup

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For the past year or so, we've known all about the U.S. Men's National Team's first choice centerback pairing. When healthy, John Brooks and Geoff Cameron remain the starting duo and it would be a surprise to see that change in the months leading up to the 2018 World Cup.

That said, two centerbacks does not a defense make.

NYCFC Notes: Puzzling moves lead to NYCFC defeat

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Publicly, New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira will never place the blame for a goal conceded or a loss on any single player. He dutifully takes responsibility even in cases where rudimentary execution should be expected.

In a home match last season against Montreal, Ethan White clearly lost his mark on a set piece for the stoppage time equalizer.

Kreis lashes out at refs after Orlando City loss

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Following his team's loss on Wednesday night, Orlando City head coach Jason Kreis couldn't hold his tongue any longer.

After the final whistle blew in the Lions' 3-1 loss to Toronto FC, Kreis had simply had enough and lashed out against the referees of not only this match, but multiple matches this season at home, during the team's press conference.

2017 SBI Gold Cup Preview

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Two years after Mexico took down Jamaica to earn the CONCACAF crown, the nations of North and Central America and the Caribbean meet again to determine a champion.

Reigning champion Mexico brings a young and inexperience squad to a group that is more difficult than it appears at first glance.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: David Villa

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New York City FC went unbeaten in MLS play during the month of June, remaining a top contender in the Eastern Conference. Their best player and top goalscorer is now getting the recognition he deserves for a great month.

With three league goals in four matches, NYCFC forward David Villa is the SBI MLS Player of the Month for June.

Giuseppe Rossi released from contract by Celta Vigo

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Just a few months after suffering another catastrophic injury, American-Italian Giuseppe Rossi will depart Celta Vigo.

In an official statement, the team announced that it would not renew the contract of Rossi, who missed the end of the 2016-2017 season after rupturing his ACL in mid-April.

USMNT drops 12 spots in latest FIFA rankings

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FIFA international rankings can be a fickle thing. You can be winning plenty of recent matches and fall down, or be on a losing streak and shoot up.

The U.S. Men's National Team learned that the hard way on Thursday morning, as they dropped a big 12 spots from last month's rankings all the way down to 35th.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Julian Gressel

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Gresselmania continued on through the month of June.

Atlanta United rookie Julian Gressel continued his standout rookie campaign in June, providing a goal and an assist throughout the month. Atlanta United may not have gotten the results they wanted, but Gressel's strong play kept them in contention and earns him honors as the SBI MLS Rookie of the Month.

Thursday Kickoff: Man United nearing Lukaku deal, Casillas re-signs and more

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A major transfer could be coming soon while two Spanish legends have re-upped with their current clubs.

Manchester United has reportedly agreed to a £75 million deal to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton. (REPORT)

Iker Casillas has signed a new one-year contract to remain with FC Porto.

Giovinco scores twice as TFC collects road victory against Orlando City

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Toronto FC's Designated Players took center stage on Wednesday night.

Behind the team's star forwards, TFC recorded a 3-1 at the expense of Orlando City on Wednesday at Orlando City Stadium.The away side opened the scoring in the 18th minute, with Jozy Altidore scoring his eighth goal of the season.

Late Veron tally sends visiting Red Bulls past Revolution

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FOXBOROUGH The New York Red Bulls rallied from a halftime deficit on the road against the New England Revolution on Wednesday night to pull away for a 3-2 victory after Felipe sent a perfectly-weighted through ball to Gonzalo Veron for the 90th-minute winner at Gillette Stadium.

Dynamo cruise to home win with thrashing of Impact

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The Houston Dynamo convincingly took a 100thhome win in franchise history by cruising to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact Wednesday night. Goals by Andrew Wenger, Alex and Memo Rodriguez sealed the milestone win for the Dynamo, while Michael Salazar scored the lone goal for the Impact.

Timbers and Fire battle to draw in Portland

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The Portland Timbers thew everything they had at the Chicago Fire, but it wasn't enough to earn them the win.

A wild finish that included a disallowed goal in stoppage time saw the Timbers and Fire split the points with a 2-2 draw at Providence Park on Wednesday night.

Both sides came into the match hampered by injuries and international call ups.

Whitecaps snap NYCFC win streak with late Reyna winner

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Yordy Reyna's introduction to the Vancouver Whitecaps faithful was a memorable one.

The 23-year-old forward made his presence known with an 88th minute winner, snapping New York City FC's four-game win streak with a 3-2 Whitecaps win. Despite falling behind just before halftime, and registering only one shot on goal in the first half, the Whitecaps came from behind against New York City FC to win on the power of second half goals from Jordan Harvey and Jordy Reyna.

Wednesday Ticker: Lacazette joins Arsenal, Real Madrid lands Theo Hernandez and more

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Arsenal have set a record transfer while Real Madrid land another promising starlet.

Alexandre Lacazette has officially been announced as a Gunner following his 46 million pound move from Lyon, a record transfer for the North London side. (REPORT)

Real Madrid have landed 19-year-old starlet Theo Hernandez on a six-year deal after 24 million euro release clause was met.

Union not taking Sporting KC lightly despite absences

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Two years, three months and one day after suffering one of the franchise's worst defeats, the Philadelphia Union return to Children's Mercy Park on Thursday to take on Sporting Kansas City.

A lot has changed for the Union since the night Rais M'Bolhi committed blunder after blunder and Sporting KC scored two goals in stoppage time to win 3-2.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Chicago Fire

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After years of being an afterthought at the bottom of the standings, the Chicago Fire suddenly find themselves as the cream rising to the top of a stunningly strong Eastern Conference, and they continued to prove that in the month of June.

Though the month started out slow with a scoreless, yet still impressive, road draw against Orlando City, things rapidly kicked into a higher gear for the Fire.

Heath critical of lack of energy from Ibarra, Minnesota United

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Following Minnesota United's loss to NYCFC last week, Adrian Heath unleashed on his team, stating that he needed to see more effort and passion away from home. After Tuesday's 1-0 loss to the Crew, Heath was a bit more specific in his criticism.

Speaking after the narrow loss, Heath singled out Miguel Ibarra as one of the players he expects more from.

Pontius replaces injured Saeif on USMNT squad

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Kenny Saeif's initial U.S. Men's National Team camp has ended with an injury.

U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that Philadelphia Union midfielder Chris Pontius will replace the injured Saeif on the USMNT's Gold Cup roster. Saeif made his debut against Ghana last Saturday, coming off the bench in a 2-1 win, but the Gent midfielder will not continue with the team through the Gold Cup due to a groin injury.

Video: John Brooks gives first interview since Wolfsburg move

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Here the first interview with our new-signing John Anthony #Brooks! pic.twitter.com/1zRAgZkKm5

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Jonathan Klinsmann makes 'good first impression' to begin Hertha Berlin training stint

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Jonathan Klinsmann recently began a training stint with Hertha Berlin, and club management says the early returns have been positive.

Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai said that the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team goalkeeper "made a good first impression" to begin his 10-day training stint.

Report: Kitchen linked with Randers FC

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Perry Kitchen is on the hunt for a new club and it appears he's moving closer to finding one.

According to reports out of Scotland, Kitchen has departed Hearts training camp to undergo a medical with Danish club Randers FC. The proposed move to Denmark wouldn't yield a transfer fee as both Hearts and Kitchen are looking to move on.

Earthquakes midfielder Silva in critical condition following swimming accident

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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Tuesday a midfielder is in critical condition following a swimming accident.

Matheus Silva was involved in a swimming accident in Lake Tahoe on Tuesday and is currently in critical condition. Silva made four appearances for the Quakes last season and has spent this season on loan with the club's USL affiliate, Reno 1868 FC.

Manneh's winner propels Crew to road victory over Loons

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The Columbus Crew bounced back from last weekend's loss against Atlanta United,by defeating Minnesota United, 1-0, at TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday evening.

A 58th-minute goal from Kekuta Manneh was all Gregg Berhalter's side needed to earn three points.

It was a pretty slow first-half for both sides, who combined for one shot on goal between them in the opening 45+ minutes.

Danny Williams signs two-year deal with Huddersfield Town

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Another American will be featuring in the English Premier League this upcoming season.

Danny Williams has sealed a move to play in the EPL after signing a two-year deal with newly-promotedHuddersfield Town on Tuesday, according to the Terrier's official website.

Williams' move to Huddersfield comes after the German-American midfielder's contract with Championship side Reading FC ran out; arriving to John Smith's Stadium on a free transfer.

Martinez double helps Atlanta United roll past 10-man Earthquakes

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The San Jose Earthquakes arrived in Atlanta with confidence and belief they could go toe-to-toe with Atlanta United's high-flying attack.

Clint Dempsey scores twice as Sounders down Rapids

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The second-leading scorer in U.S. Men's National Team history had himself quite the Independence Day.

Clint Dempsey scored the opener, assisted on the winner, and put the insurance goal in as a rest Seattle Sounders team waltzed into Dick's Sporting Goods Park and took down a tired Colorado Rapids side by a 3-1 score.

Roland Lamah's latest double helps FC Dallas trounce D.C. United

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A 15-minute goal-scoring barrage was all FC Dallas needed to roll over D.C. United in Dallas on Tuesday evening.

Roland Lamah scored twice on either side of halftime to give FC Dallas the lead and to seal the victory for the home side.

Lamah's first goal came in the second minute of stoppage time in the first half.

Real Salt Lake demolishes shorthanded Galaxy at StubHub Center

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Real Salt Lake had no need for fireworks at the StubHub Center on Tuesday night. The visitors created their own with an offensive onslaught that left the shorthanded LA Galaxy battered and beaten.

Five difference RSL players scored goals, breaking open a match that was actually tied 1-1 just before halftime, in a 6-2 thrashing of the Galaxy.

Wednesday Kickoff: Messi signs new deal, Rooney linked with Everton and more

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While one big star is now officially tied to his current club, another looks like he could make a move back to his hometown club.

Lionel Messi officially signed a new deal with Barcelona that will keep him at the club through 2021. (REPORT)

Wayne Rooney is reportedly in talks with Everton over a proposed move.

Happy 4th of July from the team at SBI Soccer

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It is the Fourth of July, the day to celebrate our country's independence, as well as to enjoy a holiday.

As many of you enjoy your trips to the beach, the park and the grill, tonight will offer a good slate of MLS matches to help satisfy those of you with soccer cravings after what has been an incredible summer of soccer so far.

MLS Week 19: A Look Ahead

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Major League Soccer doesn't stop for holidays. In fact, the excitement just escalates as a full 11-game slate will be played over the next three days, starting with five matchups on the Fourth of July.

Three of the five Tuesday games feature an Eastern Conference team against a Western Conference foe, while the two late games could provide plenty of intrigue.

Monday Ticker: Everton makes a pair of signings, West Ham after 'Chicharito' and more

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At Goodison Park, the transfer arrivals are starting to pile up.

Everton have landed defender Michael Keane from Burnley for 30 million pounds after beating Liverpool and Tottenham for the signature. (REPORT)

The Toffees had a busy Monday, the club announced the signing of Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez along with Keane's.

Earthquakes continue to provide late drama in California Clasicos

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SAN JOSE, Calif. It is the 90th minute, the scoreboard at Stanford Stadium reads: Earthquakes 1-1 LA Galaxy. If California Clasico's have been your cup of tea for several years, you know there is some late magic bound to happen.

Shea Salinas knows this very well, and on Saturday, he probably knew a little too much.

Novakovich extends deal with Reading, goes on loan to Telstar

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U.S. youth international Andrija Novakovich's long-term and short-term futures are now settled, albeit with different clubs.

Reading announced on Monday that Novakovich has signed a new contract with the club and secured a loan deal. His deal with his parent club runs until the summer of 2019.

U.S. U-17 Weah signs professional contract with PSG

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Timothy Weah has been with Paris Saint-German for quite some time, and the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team forward is now set for a major step up with the club.

PSG announced on Monday that Weah has signed his first professional contract with the club. The forward's deal will see him remain with the Ligue 1 side through the 2020 campaign.

The Best of MLS: Week 18

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What has potential to be one of the most historic seasons in Major League Soccer history continued on Saturday, while one of the top teams in the Western Conference downed a MLS Cup contender from the Eastern Conference.

In addition to those standout performances, Sunday's lone contest produced a few memorable moments that deserved recognition.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 18

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The best team in MLS continues its fantastic season, a home unbeaten streak stayed in tact and a few struggling teams rebounded with wins at home.

New York City FC cruised past Minnesota United en route to a 3-0 win. (READ)

Will Johnson's goal lifted Orlando City to a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

Report: NAC Breda trying to sign O'Neill on permanent deal

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Since leaving Major League Soccer in 2015, Shane O'Neill has shuttled around Europe in search of first-team action.

The former Colorado Rapids man earned that this past season in the Netherlands with NAC Breda, and it looks like the Dutch side is trying to make his loan move from Cypriot club Apollon Limasol a permanent one.

Depleted Revs see road problems continue in loss to Union

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Coming into Sunday's Eastern Conference showdown with the Philadelphia Union, it was always going to be tough for the New England Revolution.

Jay Heaps' side were coming off back-to-back league defeats against two of the league's heavyweights, despite a U.

Defensive work, Dzemaili the recipe for Impact’s recent success

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The Montreal Impact used the bottom of the Eastern Conference to push itself up.

All the lights were turned on Blerim Dzemaili and his Canada Day exploits on Saturday night's 2-0 win over then co-Eastern conference bottom feeders D.C. United.

USL Week 15 Rewind: Monarchs lose, Timbers tie Orange County, and more

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Real Monarchs SLC lost their first game in almost three months, dropping points to the Tulsa Roughnecks.

The shutout loss was the first against the Monarchs this season and leaves them winless in their last two attempts. The Roughnecks did well to hold off the Western Conference leaders with two second-half goals.

NASL Week 15 Rewind: Deltas batter PRFC, Armada top Eddies

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There were only two NASL matches played over the weekend, with the other two scheduled to be played on Tuesday. Those two matches, though, provided important victories.

The Jacksonville Armada defeated FC Edmonton at home, climbing to third in the league table at the moment. The San Francisco Deltas also captured a victory against bottom of the table Puerto Rico on Sunday night.

Monday Kickoff: Terry to Villa, Pulido to miss Gold Cup and more

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One of the game's most recognized defenders has finalized a move while Mexico is in the news with both the Gold Cup and Confederations Cup.

John Terry officially joined Aston Villa on a one-year deal. (REPORT)

Mexico forward Alan Pulido will miss the Gold Cup after breaking a bone in his arm.

Onyewu produces "best game of season" in Union shutout victory

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Before the 2017 Major League Soccer season began, Oguchi Onyewu wasn't a hot commodity on the transfer market.

Most teams, including the New England Revolution, passed on the 35-year-old defender due to his recent injury trouble and age, but the Philadelphia Union took a chance on him and he's been more than a worthwhile investment for Jim Curtin's side.

USMNT 2, Ghana 1: The SBI Breakdown

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Saturday's friendly against Ghana gave us our first look at a very different U.S. Men's National Team. It's a new roster with many new faces and there was plenty to wonder about and assume before they took the field.

Their first match came against a familiar foe and, in many ways, it was a very positive run out for Bruce Arena's team.

Union cruise to win over depleted Revs

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CHESTER, PA The task for the Philadelphia Union was quite simple on Sunday night, and they accomplished it with relative ease.

Playing against a depleted New England Revolution team that is without a road win in league play this season, the Union came away with a 3-0 victory at Talen Energy Stadium.

New-look USMNT backline combines for solid performance against Ghana

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Defending is built on chemistry. In soccer, a defensive unit is just that: a unit. It's not one man or one star, but rather a three, four or five-man team that must work as a cohesive group with the same goal in mind.

Heading into Saturday's match against Ghana, the U.S. Men's National Team's defense had little chemistry.

Confident Acosta, McCarty show instant chemistry in USMNT win over Ghana

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Dax McCarty and Kellyn Acosta are at different stages of their careers, but both have entered July with the same thing to prove to U.S. Men's National Team manager Bruce Arena.

McCarty, the wily MLS veteran enjoying the form of his life, and Acosta, who many are starting to believe is the heir apparent to Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones, paired well together on Saturday in the USMNT's 2-1 win over Ghana.

Salloi, Melia help Sporting KC preserve draw with Timbers

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Sporting Kansas City saved itself from what could have been its first home loss this season with a second half strike from an unlikely hero in the form of 20-year-old striker Daniel Salloi.

Salloi, the second option off the bench behind Diego Rubio, entered the match for injured Gerso Fernandes in the 35th minute and scored an important equalizer in the 60th minute.

Blerim Dzemaili, Impact shut out D.C. United at home in Canada Day affair

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Canada Day in Montreal had a hint of blue to it.

Despite being a battle between the two bottom feeders of the Eastern Conference, and having a decimated team, the Montreal Impact showed that they can come up with a great performance.

Goals by Blerim Dzemaili and Chris Duvall gave the Impact a 2-0 win at home over DC United on Saturday night.

Dom Dwyer scores beautiful goal to put stamp on dream USMNT debut

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The celebration said it all. As Dom Dwyer flipped his way all over the Rentschler Stadium field, you could see the joy on his face. You could see the grind it took to get to that very moment. You could see how much it truly meant to him as he scored his first U.S. Men's National Team just 19 minutes into his international debut.

Nikolic powers Fire past Whitecaps, into first place in Eastern Conference

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Three things are certain in life. Death, taxes, and Nemanja Nikolic goals.

Behind a brace from their dangerman, the Chicago Fire blazed past the Vancouver Whitecaps to the tune of a 4-0 shutout. Stretching their home winning streak to eight straight, the Fire moved into first place in the Eastern Conference.

FC Dallas dominates Toronto FC en route to home win

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FC Dallas had no problem taking on the Supporters' Shield leaders Toronto FC.

Despite the absence of U.S. Men's National Team call-ups Matt Hedges and Kellyn Acosta, FC Dallas took down Toronto FC, beating them, 3-1, on Saturday at Toyota Stadium.

Marlon Hairston brace leads Rapids past Dynamo

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The Colorado Rapids are more than a staunch defense, at least for one night.

Kevin Doyle started the scoring early, but Cubo Torres managed to sneak one in to level the score before half time. Marlon Hairston came alive in the second half and buried a couple easy goals as theRapids saw a rare burst of attacking form.

Late Salinas' thriller lifts Earthquakes over Galaxy

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It is never a California Clasico without a jaw-clenching ending.

Goals by club veterans Chris Wondowloski and Shea Salinas earned the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 victory against arch rivals LA Galaxy at a sold-out Stanford Stadium.

Salinas' has experienced memorable moments in Stanford before, but none quite like Saturday's.

Dwyer, Acosta lead USMNT to friendly win over Ghana

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It took just 19 minutes for Dom Dwyer to make his first U.S. Men's National Team impression, and it was a strong one in what ended up being a confidence-boosting win ahead of the Gold Cup.

Dwyer joined Kellyn Acosta on the scoresheet on Saturday at Rentschler Field as the USMNT topped Ghana, 2-1, in a pre- Gold Cup friendly.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Dom Dwyer

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Dom Dwyer entered U.S. Men's National Team camp with plenty of expectations, and he certainly lived up to them in his first game in red, white and blue.

The Sporting Kansas City forward, who was born in England and gained citizenship this year, scored in the first half of his USMNT career.

USMNT vs. Ghana: Your Live Commentary

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Before the Gold Cup begins, the U.S. Men's National Team faces an old rival.

The U.S. hosts Ghana at Rentschler Field on Saturday in a tune-up before hitting CONCACAF play. The match will serve as a first and last tune-up for an experimental U.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's a quiet weekend for soccer on TV but with MLS and the Confederations Cup, there is still a lot of quality soccerworth watching.

On Saturday, the U.S. Men's National Team will be playing in a tune up match against the Black Stars of Ghana. On Sunday, Germany and Chile will duke it out for the Confederations Cup title as the champions of South America versus the champions of the world.

Soccer This Weekend

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With both big international matches and a full MLS lineup on the schedule, this weekend is a busy one across the soccer landsacape.

Action is headlined by the U.S. Men's National Team, who face off with Ghana on Saturday in a pre-Gold Cup international friendly. The match could see the USMNT debut of four new faces, Dom Dwyer, Kelyn Rowe, Kenny Saeif and Cristian Roldan, as Bruce Arena's inexperienced group looks to build chemistry ahead of the Gold Cup.

Friday Ticker: Sneijder aims to stay in Europe, Deulofeu returns to Barcelona, and more

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LAFC's race for their first designated signing just got tougher, while a familiar face makes a return to Barcelona after a handful of years.

Wesley Sneijder might be saving his move to MLS for later, the 33-year-old Dutchman is keen to make a switch to Serie A side Sampdoria.

USMNT faces Ghana in search of chemistry heading into Gold Cup

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Chemistry takes time, especially at the international level. That idea is particularly important for the U.S. Men's National Team, who head towards a Gold Cup with a roster filled with new faces.

Before the CONCACAF tournament starts, though, the U.

Johnson goal lifts Orlando City to important road win at RSL

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Coming to Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday evening, Orlando City were looking to snap a five-match winless run in all competitions.

A fortunate bounce and a tap in from Will Johnson proved to be the difference as the visitors snatched a 1-0 road victory.