Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2018

Patrice Bernier shares concerns over Impact roster, reacts to Canada coaching change

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Former Montreal Impact captain Patrice Bernier has had the chance to watch from afar now that he's stepped away from the game.

Announcing a second annual fundraising futsal match for Maison d'Haiti, a local Montreal organisation that helps the city's Haitian community, Bernier shared Impact fans' concern over the lack of player announcements.

Christian Pulisic set to return from injury against Hertha Berlin

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Christian Pulisic's injury issue was a short one.

Dortmund bossPeter Stoger says Pulisic will be a candidate to play this weekend when the club takes on Hertha Berlin. Pulisic returned to training this week after missing last weekend's scoreless draw with Wolfsburg.

"It looks good.

SBI MLS Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

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With two days of MLS Combine action in the books, the player draft rankings for all of the league's 23 teams have surely changed quite a bit. And while they will change even more between now and Friday's MLS Draft, it's time to have a look at where players are being rated at the moment.

There are some serious changes in the latest SBI MLS Draft Big Board.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ronaldinho retires, Ronaldo frustrated over delay on new deal and more

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While one legend called it a career, another star is left frustrated with his current club.

Ronaldinho announced his retirement from soccer. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly frustrated that Real Madrid has yet to reward him with a new contract, prompting rumors of an exit from the club.

MLS Ticker: Dynamo sign Venezuelan centerback, Galaxy add former Republic defender, and more

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The Houston Dynamo continues to fuel a technical vision they've had for sometime.

On Tuesday, the Texan club announced the addition of another young Latin American to its ranks. Venezuelan defender Alejandro Fuenmayor, 21, is set to join the team prior to the commencement of preseason.

"Alejandro is a young and talented defender who at just 21 years old has already played over 70 professional first team matches," Dynamo Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan said in a club statement.

Courage land Crystal Dunn via surprise trade with Spirit

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Crystal Dunn is coming back to the NWSL.

The North Carolina Courage announced on Tuesday that they have acquired Dunn's rights and an international roster spot via a trade with the Washington Spirit. In exchange, the Spirit received Taylor Smith and Ashley Hatch.

Dunn, 25, was most recently on the books of Chelsea after signing with the English outfit in 2017, but played for Washington for three seasons prior to that.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: Atuahene discovers playing identity ahead of MLS leap

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When your life takes you on a journey like the one experienced by Francis Atuahene, you learn some things about yourself. You learn maturity and independence from making the decision to leave your friends and family behind in your native Ghana. You learn to embrace new cultures and customs and you learn to deal with on and off-the-field pressure that most soccer players will never have to go through.

Report: Andre Blake signs lucrative new deal with Union

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Andre Blake has proven himself as one of the top goalkeepers in MLS over the past few years, and he will now reportedly get paid as such.

Goal.com reported on Monday that the Union have signed Blake to a new guaranteed contractthat will make the 27-year-old Jamaican one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in MLS.

Report: Rubio Rubin in negotiations with MLS

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After bouncing around in Scandinavia for the last year. U.S. Men's National Team forward Rubio Rubin could be on his way to MLS.

The 21-year-old forward, who is currently taking part in the USMNT January camp, in working on a contract with MLS, per Goal.com. The forward is also reportedly drawing interest from Liga MX, although Goal reports MLS is the more likely destination.

Landon Donovan: 'I won't fail' at Club Leon

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There are plenty of reasons to have doubts about Landon Donovan's move to Club Leon. The U.S. Men's National Team legend has been out of the game for the better part of three years and is now set to join a rugged, physical league that still remains a step ahead of MLS.

But if there were any lingering doubts about Donovan's commitment, the 35-year-old forward addressed them in a few simple statements.

RSL re-sign Beckerman, reportedly close to deal with Rimando

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The two pillars of Real Salt Lake's roster are going nowhere.

Midfielder Kyle Beckerman re-signed with the club on Tuesday and goalkeeper Nick Rimando is expected to do the same in the near future, according to Goal.com.

"This is home. It's where we wanted to be," Beckerman said.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Matt Miazga, Emerson Hyndman and more

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Following a busy weekend of league action, cup action takes centerstage midweek both in Europe and North America with several Americans looking to make an impact.

Emerson Hyndman will hope his side can advance in the FA Cup as they face a replay on the road at Wigan Athletic. Meanwhile, Copa MX action begins on Tuesday with several Liga MX sides involved.

Tuesday Kickoff: Arsenal target Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan key to Sanchez deal and more

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Alexis Sanchez's potential move continues to hold up the transfer market, and any deal involving the Chilean would reportedly have some major ripple effects.

Arsenal has reportedly held talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but will hold out on any serious dealings until the Alexis Sanchez situation is finalized.

Must See Goal: Andre Morrison at MLS Combine

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The MLS Combine is rolling in down in Orlando and providing fans with electric goal scoring.

Hartford defender Andre Morrison smacked this one home on the half-volley top put his Team X ahead of Nemeziz, 1-0:

Morrison sits at number 40 on SBI's latest Big Board ranking the top prospects in the upcoming MLS Draft.

MLS Ticker: Orlando signs Colman, LAFC reportedly shopping first pick

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Orlando City's quest to replace Kaka continued on Monday with as the Lions welcomed another attacking star to their roster.

The Lions signed 21-year-old Paraguayan attacking midfielder Josue Colman to join a group that includes the newly-acquired Sacha Kljestan at his position.

"We are pleased to welcome such an exciting young prospect to our roster," Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said.

Cameron Carter-Vickers recalled to Tottenham following loan spell with Sheffield United

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Cameron Carter-Vickers is heading back to Tottenham.

Tottenham announced that the American centerback will return to the club from his loan spell with Sheffield United. Carter-Vickers spend the first half of the season with the Championship club, making17 appearances and scoring a goal in his debut.

Joel Sonora loaned to Argentine club Talleres de Córdoba

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Joel Sonora is set for a loan away from Stuttgart and a return to Argentina.

Argentine clubTalleres de Córdoba announced on Monday that Sonora has joined the club on a one-year loan with an option to buy. Sonora previously was part of Boca Juniors' youth academy before signing with Stuttgart in 2016.

Timothy Weah scores for PSG U-19s

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Timothy Weah had himself a good weekend playing for Paris Saint-Germain's youth team against Alençon.

He hammered a shot into an empty goal after collecting a through pass and rounding the keeper.This was his first goal since scoring against Celtic in the UEFA Youth League back in September.

Josh Sargent scores first Werder Bremen youth goal

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Josh Sargent appears to be enjoying his move to Germany as he continued his hot start with the Werder Bremen youth side.

He kept the banner weekend for young American prospects in Europe going by netting his first goal since making the move overseas.

First game: Assist
Second game: Goal @joshsargent has made an impressive start at #Werder pic.

Long defined by the unexpected, Landon Donovan provides biggest stun yet with Club Leon move

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Landon Donovan has always done things his way. When many expected him to fight for a European career, he built his name in MLS, becoming arguably American soccer's best ever player. At a time where many players are still pushing for more, Donovan called it a career at the age of 32 before throwing what appeared to be one final curveball with a brief return to the game two years later.

Report: David Beckham, MLS may announce Miami franchise by the end of the month

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David Beckham's Miami project may finally have a final product.

The Miami Herald reports that Beckham's ownership group is preparing to announce the expansion club's name, kit design, colors, and logo by the end of the month.

Beckham joined the other members of his investment team, including Jorge and José Mas, the two newest members of the group, in Kansas City to discuss the team's initial branding and stadium plan.

Christian Pulisic dealing with muscle issue

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Christian Pulisic was left out of Borussia Dortmund's first match following the Bundesliga's winter break. However, it appears the reason that the U.S. Men's National Team star missed out is not a serious one.

According to Dortmund boss Peter Stoger says that Pulisic is dealing with a muscle issue, prompting him to sit out Dortmund's 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg.

MLS Combine Report: Day One

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MLS Combine Day 1 Report

With day one of the MLS Combine in the books, its time to look at some of the the stand out performances and disappointments of Saturday's matches.

STOCK UP

Mac Steeves (F, Providence)

Mac Steeves showed why he will be a top forward in this draft class on Day 1, registering fifth in the vertical jump performance test and showing his 6'4, 215lb frame throughout the day.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Tim Ream, Timmy Chandler, and more

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League action resumed this weekend in four of Europe's top five leagues with several U.S. internationals looking to help their respective clubs to wins.

After being eliminated in F.A. Cup play a week ago, Tim Ream started for Fulham as they traveled to Middlesbrough in the EFL Championship.

Monday Kickoff: Man United close in on Sanchez, Man City target Griezmann and more

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The Alexis Sanchez transfer saga continues as a new club appears to be the favorite to sign the Chilean star.

Manchester United is reportedly close to finalizing a move for Alexis Sanchez with Henrikh Mkhitaryan an option as a potential makeweight in the deal. (REPORT)

With a move for Sanchez looking unlikely, Manchester City has reportedly promised Pep Guardiola money to buy a new striker with Antoine Griezmann a potential target.

Sunday European Rewind: Liverpool thumps Man City, Barcelona defeats Sociedad, and more

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Coming into 2018 the question throughout the Premier League was whether or not Manchester City could keep their unbeaten run going. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool killed those dreams on Sunday edging the league leaders, 4-3 at Anfield. The sides played out an even first-half as Leroy Sane canceled out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's opener.

Saturday European Rewind: Leipzig downs Schalke, Villarreal edges Real Madrid, and more

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The Bundesliga returned this weekend following their holiday period off and RB Leipzig claimed a massive three points in a 3-1 win over Schalke. A pair of second-half goals from Timo Werner and Armindo Bruma separated the two sides after Schalke tied it up after halftime. Naldo drew the sides level in the 55th-minute after Naby Keita opened things after 41 minutes.

Eric Lichaj signs new Nottingham Forest contract

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Just when you thought Eric Lichaj's week couldn't get any better, it did on Friday as he signed a new contract with Nottingham Forest until the end of the 2019 campaign.

Lichaj scored a pair of goals in Forest's FA Cup third-round win over Arsenal and then added a dog to his family after he made a bet with his wife public that if he scored a hat-trick, she'd get him a dog.

Report: Besiktas announces Larin move, Orlando City deny deal

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Cyle Larin is officially in the middle of a transfer saga.

Turkish powerhouse Besiktas announced that Larin was undergoing a medical with the club on Saturday ahead of a potential deal. However, according to ProSoccerUSA.com, Orlando City officials insist that Larin is still under contract while adding that the club plans to take action against Besiktas.

SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 2.0)

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The 2018 MLS Combine kicks off on Saturday in Orlando, and scouts from all 23 MLS teams will begin moving players up and down their charts as they evaluate their performances at Orlando City Stadium over the course of the next week.

The announcement of the Generation Adidas class, which is now at seven players after the signing of Virginia forward Edward Opoku, has set the draft up with a good collection if younger prospects, though the lack of starting caliber rookie options in the draft pool should leave teams considering youngsters who are longer-term projects.

The SBI MLS Mock Draft (Version 1.0)

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The 2018 MLS Draft is a week away, and while plenty will change in terms of player ratings in the next week after the MLS Combine, teams have a good idea of where players stand after having spent time evaluating the top college prospects over the past year.

This year's draft is a unique one in that it doesn't have strength at the positions that are traditionally deep.

Landon Donovan comes out of retirement, signs for Club Leon in Liga MX

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Landon Donovan is ending his retirement for a second time and is on his way to Mexico.

The 35-year-old legendary U.S. Men's National Team midfielder has signed a one-year deal with Club Leon in Liga MX.

¡Bienvenido Mr.@landondonovan!#SerFieraEsUnOrgullo pic.

Walker Zimmerman ready to face big 2018 with USMNT, LAFC

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It's a big year for many throughout American soccer, but 2018 will be a particularly interesting challenge for Walker Zimmerman.

On the club level, Zimmerman is now tasked with being the present and future of LAFC, a club that has pegged him as a potential defensive anchor for years to come.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After growing throughout college career, North Carolina's Winn feels ready for MLS leap

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Alan Winn admittedly needed college soccer to help him grow as a player.

After four years at North Carolina, the forward is one of the top prospects available for the 2018 MLS Draft because of the skill set he honed throughout his collegiate career.

"It's built me on the field in terms of physicality.

Sarachan: We 'honor' Gonzalez decision to represent Mexico

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As the U.S. Men's National Team convenes for its annual January camp, the specter of Jonathan Gonzalez's decision to play Mexico is still looming large over the program.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who decided to play for Mexico, earlier in the wee, was an expected conversation topic when USMNT interim boss Dave Sarachan addressed the media.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool hosts Man City, Bayern travels to Leverkusen, and more

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Round 23 of England's top flight may get underway on Saturday, but the match of the weekend comes from Merseyside a day later. The EPL's top two highest-scoring teams will duke it out at Anfield as Liverpool hosts Manchester City. Pep Guardiola's team have only lost once in all competitions this season, and are 20-0-2 in league play this season.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Another weekend of soccer is upon us and we are gifted with another match between top four teams in England.

Liverpool and Manchester City cap off this weekend in the Premier League when they square off on Sunday morning. City looks to remain unbeaten in their league campaign while Liverpool looks to solidify a spot in the top four as they look to recover from the sale of Philippe Coutinho.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Christian Pulisic, John Brooks, and more

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The thick and fast domestic schedule continues for several of Europe's professional leagues, with some returning this weekend from winter break.

Bundesliga action returns this weekend with several Americans looking to get back to form for their respective clubs. A pair will duke it out at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday as Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund hosts John Brooks and Wolfsburg.

Friday Kickoff: Wenger discusses Sanchez future, Hazard expects new contract and more

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While one Premier League star still appears to be on the move, another looks set to sign a new deal with his current club.

Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez's future has yet to be decided as rumors continue to swirl about a move to Manchester City. (REPORT)

Eden Hazard says he expects to sign a new contract with Chelsea while adding that he also expects Thibault Courtois to re-sign as well.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After positional switch, Blackmon ready to pave path for Pacific at combine, draft

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Tristan Blackmon had a conversation with his coaches at the University of the Pacific after his sophomore season that few forwards have.

Blackmon was asked to switch to right back with an eye on the future success of the new Division 1 program and his individual long-term plan to play professionally.

Josh Sargent to train with Werder Bremen first team

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Josh Sargent recently made a memorable debut with the Werder Bremen U-23s. Now, it appears a look with the senior group is on the horizon.

Bremen manager Florian Kohfeldt says that Sargent is expected to train with the club's first team next week as the club continues preparations for the second half of the Bundesliga campaign.

Jake Rozhansky drops out of MLS Combine, signs for Maccabi Netanya

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University of Maryland midfielder Jake Rozhansky has dropped out of the upcoming MLS combine in order to sign with FC Maccabi Netanya in the Israeli Premier League.

Very happy to announce I have signed with FC Maccabi Netanya! pic.twitter.com/t3DbSdYmoR

- Jake Rozhansky (@Jroz12) January 11, 2018

Rozhansky transferred to Maryland from Virginia before his junior season and captained the side during his senior season, where he scored four goals and provided nine assists in 19 starts.

Jonathan Kraft: Revs open to stadium in Providence

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The Revs continue to hunt for a possible soccer specific stadium and it appears the capital of Rhode Island is in play.

New England Revolution president Jonathan Kraft told GoLocal News Providence the club is open to suggestions from our nation's smallest state.

"We have a lot of fans of the Revolution who support us in Foxboro who are Rhode Island based," Kraft said.

Report: Bayern's Timothy Tillman set to join U.S. U-20s

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While the U.S. Men's National Team lost one highly-regarded dual-national this week, another appears set to be joining the U.S. youth structure.

Goal USA is reporting that Bayern Munich winger Timothy Tillman is set to join the U.S. U-20s for an upcoming training camp in March. The son of a German-American serviceman, Tillman has a U.

Report: Manchester United, Liverpool eyeing Pulisic for summer transfer

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Rumors are spreading that Premier League clubs Manchester United and Liverpool are preparing to chase after U.S. Men's National Team standout Christian Pulisic this summer, according to the Independent.

The links to Merseyside are nothing new. Liverpool were reportedly interested in the teenager last summer, but a deal never materialized and he remained in Germany.

Report: USWNT to honor Hope Solo at upcoming Denmark friendly

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It may be a bit awkward, but the U.S. Women's National Team is set to honor Hope Solo at an upcoming friendly.

Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that U.S. Soccer will honor the longtime USWNT goalkeeperfor her 200 senior appearances when the U.S. takes on Denmark on January 21. Solo currently has 202 caps, and has not yet announced her retirement from international soccer.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After earning GA deal, Syracuse's Adams looks to make instant MLS impact as No. 6

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The defensive midfield position is notoriously a difficult one for young players. It requires a unique combination of experience and athleticism, with the former usually winning the day. In MLS, sometimes the scales tip towards the latter but, regardless, the role of a No. 6 is usually tailored towards veterans.

Mexico's te Kloese: Jonathan Gonzalez will not be the last

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Jonathan Gonzalez is just the latest high-profile player to choose between the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico, and an El Tri executive insists that the midfielder's situation is one that will repeat itself in the future.

Mexican federation (FMF) director of national teams Dennis te Kloese says he doesn't expect Gonzalez to be the last Mexican-American to opt to represent El Tri on the international level.

Tab Ramos on Jonathan Gonzalez decision: If you feel Mexican, play for Mexico

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U.S. U-20 National Team head coach Tab Ramos has spoken out about Jonathan Gonzalez's choice to represent Mexico at the senior level.

"I do tell the kids here, you play for the U.S., it's not a club," Ramos told Goal.com. "You have to feel the colors of the country, that's really important.

Thursday Kickoff: West Ham open to selling 'Chicharito', Alli opens contract talks and more

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One Mexican star could soon be on the move.

West Ham is reportedly open to selling Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez after the club determined the Mexican star does not fit the team's style. (REPORT)

Tottenham has opened contract talks with Dele Alli. (REPORT)

RB Leipzig is reluctant to let Naby Keita depart the club to join Liverpool early, but the German side could be convinced by additional money.

Former U.S. U-23 international Benji Joya signs with Irapuato FC

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Benji Joya has not had the best start to his professional career to say the least.

The 24-year-old San Jose native has made 18 appearances since 2012, spending time on loan with MLS' Chicago Fire and Liga MX outfit Club Necaxa.

Through that time he scored one goal with Chicago, making 12 appearances in the 2014 campaign.

Indy Eleven officially join the USL

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Indy Eleven are officially out the NASL and into the ever-growing United Soccer League.

As first reported last week, the league and club officially announced the move on Wednesday afternoon.

"Today, we are delighted to announce the addition of another tremendous organization to the USL," said USL Chief Executive Officer Alec Papadakis.

Report: Jonathan Gonzalez officially files for switch to Mexico

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On Tuesday Jonathan Gonzalez confirmed his decision to switch his national allegiance to Mexico. On Wednesday, he reportedly sent in the paperwork.

According to ESPN FC, FIFA confirmed receiving Jonathan Gonzalez's one-time switch request. The switch would permanently tie Gonzalez to El Tri and is required after the midfielder played for the U.

Dom Dwyer out of USMNT camp due to injury

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One U.S. Men's National Team forward has been knocked out of January Camp due to injury.

U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that Dom Dwyer will miss the annual January Camp due to a right hamstring strain. The federation also announced no replacement will be made, leaving the roster at 29 players.

Schalke experimenting with Weston McKennie at centerback

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Weston McKennie has made waves in the center of the field since breaking through with Schalke, but manager Dominic Tedesco sees the American prospect as a potential answer in a different position.

Schalke has been experimenting with McKennie at centerback throughout the winter break and recently deployed the young star at the position in a 2-1 friendly win over Belgian side Genk on Sunday.

Pulisic: Hurt from missing World Cup 'will never go away'

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U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic isn't ready to move on from the World Cup qualifying failure.

Pulisic sat down with ESPN to discuss, among other topics, the country's failure to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Russia. He says the pain from that 2-1 loss in Trinidad & Tobago will be with him for a long, long time.

Set to kickoff in 2019, CPL names Clanachan first commissioner

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The Canadian Premier League is slowly coming together.

Last year, they announced clubs in Hamilton and Winnipeg, and now the league has its very first commissioner.

The league announced that David Clanachan,Chairman of Restaurant Brands International, Canada, will be handed the reins as the first commissioner of the CPL.

MLS Ticker: Lillard signs Fire Homegrown deal, Moreno returns to Red Bulls and more

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One of the top college soccer seniors inked a Homegrown deal with the Chicago Fire on Wednesday morning.

Defender Grant Lillard, who won Big Ten Defender of the Year at Indiana, joined the Fire on a deal for 2018 with options for 2019 and 2020.

"Grant was always highly regarded by the club and it's nice to see that his progression under Todd Yeagley at Indiana Universityhas allowed this signing," Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez said.

Report: Benfica intends to mold Keaton Parks into Nemanja Matic-like No. 6

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To this point, Keaton Parks has been touted as a high-level prospect when it comes to the attacking aspect of the midfield position. However, his club now sees him as something much different as comparisons with a current Premier League star have come to light.

According to Portuguese outlet Record, Benfica manager Rui Vitoria is hoping to mold Parks into a No.

Eric Lichaj recognized for Goal of the Round, gets dog

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Eric Lichaj's brace against Arsenal earned him some recognition, and his highly-coveted dog.

BBC recognized Lichaj's second goal as the Goal of the FA Cup Third Round. The goal, a perfectly-struck volley that left David Ospina helpless, guided Nottingham Forest to a 4-2 upset of the Premier League giant.

Wednesday Kickoff: Sanchez will 'add something' to Man City, Vidal focused on Bayern and more

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A Premier League star dropped a major transfer hint to headline Wednesday's news.

Kevin de Bruyne says Alexis Sanchez will "add something" to Manchester City when he signs with the club. (REPORT)

Despite rumors linking the midfielder to Chelsea, Arturo Vidal insists that he is only focused on winning trophies with Bayern Munich.

Jonathan Gonzalez confirms decision to represent Mexico

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Following Monday's reports, Jonathan Gonzalez confirmed that his next step is with El Tri.

The Monterrey midfielder announced on Tuesday that he intends to represent Mexico on the international level. Gonzalez will be required to file a one-time switch with FIFA before officially joining the Mexico program after previously representing the U.

MLS Draft Spotlight: Mueller ready for MLS after being overlooked throughout standout senior season

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When you put up numbers like Chris Mueller did in 2017, you rarely get overlooked simply because players that lead the country in assists are rarely looked past. Throughout his senior season, Mueller proved to be one of the country's elite playmakers while guiding Wisconsin to a strong run through the Big 10 and a Sweet 16 appearance.

Report: Galaxy finalizing deal for Perry Kitchen

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After spending two seasons in Scotland and Denmark, U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Perry Kitchen is on his way back to MLS, according to ESPN.

The LA Galaxy have reportedly sent $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and $100,000 in General Allocation Money to D.C. United to acquire the MLS rights of the 25-year-old midfielder.

Josh Sargent provides assist in debut for Werder Bremen U-23s

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Josh Sargent is off to a good start with Werder Bremen.

In his first match with the club's U-23 team, Sargent provided a late assist in Tuesday's friendly match against Dynamo Dresden. The assist came in the 81st minute as Sargent battled down the right side while outmuscling a defender. The 17-year-old forward then slid a pass to the top of the box, which was fired home magnificently by Niklas Schmidt

Looking good, @joshsargent!

SBI QOTD: Which USMNT newcomer are you most excited to see in January camp?

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The U.S. Men's National Team January Camp has always been about giving new faces a look.

There's even more importance on that this year as the USMNT looks to identity talent and build a core over the next four years to avoid another World Cup failure.

USMNT interim manager Dave Sarachan has called in 10 players for the January camp that have not previously been involved in a national team camp.

Christian Ramirez ready to seize USMNT opportunity after years waiting for call

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For years, Christian Ramirez waited for his chance at a U.S. Men's National Team call-up. As he racked up accolade after accolade and scored goal after goal, the Minnesota United forward always seemed to fly just under the radar as he patiently awaited an introduction to the international game.

And, for years, it never came despite the NASL dominance and the ensuing MLS breakthrough that kept his name at the top of the American goalscoring charts.

Tuesday Kickoff: Sanchez deal nearing completion, Monaco preparing for Lemar offers and more

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Another big deal could be complete by the end of the week while one French star continues to drum up transfer interest.

Alexis Sanchez could reportedly move to Manchester City by the end of the week. (REPORT)

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim says the club must prepare for bids for winger Thomas Lemar.

MLS Ticker: D.C. United lands David Ousted, Sam Adekugbe transfers to Norwegian side, and more

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David Ousted is set to be Bill Hamid's replacement in the nation's capital.

Ousted, 32, transfers to United on a reported two-year contract following a completed trade between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Black and Red. The Danish goalkeeper, who has a third year club option in his new contract, will earn roughly $500,000 this upcoming season, keeping him under the Designated Player threshold.

Future remains the focus as USMNT get set to kickstart 'unique' January camp

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January Camp has always been a time to lay a foundation for the future. The annual "Camp Cupcake" has always lacked star power and, in some ways, overarching meaning. It's a yearly gathering of players pushing for a chance to maybe make their way into the USMNT pool one way or another.

This year's camp is a bit different because of the disaster that came just a few months before it.

Josh Sargent excited for new challenge at Werder Bremen

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After a year filled with success at various levels of the U.S. Youth setup, 17-year-old forward Josh Sargent is taking his talents to Germany, like many young Americans before him. The move won't be official until he turns 18 but, in the meantime, Sargent is feeling at home with his new club.

Most recently, Sargent has been with Wolfsburg's U-23 team for training camp as he prepared to officially join the team when he turns 18 in February.

Steffen, Ramirez, Opara headline USMNT squad for January Camp

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The annual January Camp is a time for new faces to break into the U.S. Men's National Team picture, and several MLS standouts will get that chance in this year's upcoming gathering.

Zack Steffen, Ike Opara and Christian Ramirez headline the USMNT squad for the upcoming camp, which begins on January 10 and culminates with a friendly againstBosnia and Herzegovina on January 28.

Aron Johannsson working his was back into Werder Bremen squad

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A knee injury derailed Aron Johannsson's 2017-18 season, as the Alabama-born forward has been limited to just three substitute appearances for Werder Bremen on the campaign. However, he's back in full training and starting to impress coaches during the club's winter camp, meaning he could be back in the team's plans when the Bundesliga starts up again next weekend.

Report: Jonathan Gonzalez to make permanent switch to Mexico

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Jonathan Gonzalez has yet to make any official move with regards to his international future, but one report says the Mexican-American star could be nearing some sort of decision well ahead of schedule.

According to Univision Deportes, the Monterrey midfielder has made up his mind to represent Mexico on the international level.

NASL announces switch to international calendar

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The NASL's future is still very much up in the air but, when the league does return to the field, it will do so under the international calendar.

On Monday, the NASL announced that the league will adopt the international calendar beginning with the 2018-19 season. Kickoff for the league's next season is set for August 11, 2018 while the season will reach its conclusion on June 1, 2019.

Monday Kickoff: Coutinho's Barca debut delayed, Man City begins Sanchez talks and more

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Even with one of the world's biggest transfer sagas settled, there's still plenty of transfer drama to go around as January continues.

After finally completing his long-awaited move to Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho will be out for about three weeks due to a thigh injury. (REPORT)

Manchester City and Arsenal have reportedly begin negotiations for Alexis Sanchez with his current club asking for a fee of£35 million for the Chilean.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Eric Lichaj, Danny Williams, and more

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F.A. Cup third round action took centerstage in England this weekend and a pair of Americans helped their teams to huge wins and spots in the fourth round.

Eric Lichaj propelled Nottingham Forest to a huge upset over defending cup holders Arsenal on Sunday, scoring a pair of goals in the first-half.

Sunday European Rewind: Barcelona defeats Levante, Arsenal falls in F.A. Cup, and more

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Barcelona continued their dominance in La Liga, as they rolled past Levante 3-0 at the Camp Nou. A day after signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, Ernesto Valderde's side earned their 15th league win of the season. Lionel Messi opened the scoring after 12 minutes, scoring his 16th league goal of the season.

Eric Lichaj bags brace as Nottingham Forest ousts Arsenal

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Eric Lichaj has been an important part to the Nottingham Forest backline the last few seasons, hoping for a chance to shine with the United States Men's National Team.

On Sunday, the 29-year-old sparked his side to a huge 4-2 upset of Arsenal in the third round of the English F.A. Cup.

The wingback propelled Forest scoring a pair of first-half goals in the home triumph.

European Rewind: Liverpool defeats Everton, Fiorentina draws Inter, and more

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The third round of England's oldest cup competition got off with a bang on Friday as Liverpool defeated Merseyside rivals, Everton 2-1. Virgil Van Dijk marked his Liverpool debut in fine fashion, heading home the winning goal in the 84th-minute. It was the Dutch defender's first goal of the season, and his first for his new club since joining from Southampton.

Danny Williams scores as Huddersfield downs Bolton in FA Cup

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American international midfielder Danny Williams played a major role in his side's FA Cup triumph in Saturday. He was in the Huddersfield Town starting eleven for only the third time this year, and he made the most of the opportunity.

Williams scored Huddersfield's second goal of the match in the 52nd minute, just one minute after Rajiv Van La Parra opened the scoring.

Report: Indy Eleven to join USL for 2018 season

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The NASL appears to be losing another cornerstone franchise to their lower league competition.

According to Soc Takes, Indy Eleven finalized their decision to bolt the struggling third division league for the United Soccer League for this upcoming season. They will reportedly play their home matches at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

MLS Ticker: Kamara, Meram seeking way out from Crew, Revs sign Syrian defender, and more

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Two huge pieces to the Columbus Crew's success in 2017 was the playmaking and scoring ability of forwards Justin Meram and Ola Kamara. The duo combined for 33 goals and nine assists, helping the Crew to a playoff berth and an Eastern Conference Finals appearance last season.

However, last season may mark the final seasons for the pair in Columbus after both have asked to be moved from the club.

Red Bulls culture shift looks ready to hit its peak

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On the surface, the New York Red Bulls offseason could portray the club to be in turmoil.

For the second straight season, the Red Bulls have traded their captain, a key figure in their midfield. The move, along with a slew of players waived and just a few signed from the Red Bulls reserve squad, New York Red Bulls II, projects frugality and contentment.

Atuahene, Twimasi, Moutinho headline 2018 Generation Adidas class

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Six college underclassmen were named to the 2018 MLS Generation Adidas class by the league on Friday.

Michigan junior Francis Atuahene, Maryland junior Gordon Wild, Wake Forest sophomore Ema Twumasi, Syracuse sophomore Mo Adams, freshmen Mason Toye of Indiana and Joao Moutinho of Akron will carry the Generation Adidas tag entering the January 19 draft.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool hosts Everton, Inter travels to Fiorentina, and more

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The English F.A. Cup is the oldest cup competition in the world, and the third round kicks off this weekend at one of England's most-historic stadiums. Liverpool faces Everton in a Merseyside Derby on Friday at Anfield, looking to continue their current run against their biggest opponent. The Reds have not lost a home match against the Toffees since September 1999, and will be favorites to keep that trend going.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Jonathan Gonzalez, DeAndre Yedlin and more

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While England gets caught up in FA Cup madness, the Liga MX Clausura kicks off over the weekend.

Following a slew of reports regarding his international future, Jonathan Gonzalez takes the field with Monterrey to open the season against Morelia. Gonzalez is fresh off a Copa MX crown as well as a Best XI selection as he looks to follow up a breakout campaign that saw Monterrey dominate most of the Apertura season.

Kenny Saief completes move to Anderlecht

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One of the first Americans in Europe to make a move in the January transfer window is midfielder Kenny Saief.

The 24-year-old, who received a call-up for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, signed with Anderlecht from Gent on Friday.

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This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The magic of the FA Cup returns this weekend as the oldest cup competition in the world welcomes Premier League sides in the third round.

The marquee matchup gets the whole thing started when Everton and Liverpool square off in a Merseyside Derby at Anfield. Manchester United is also in action at the same time.

Friday Kickoff: Barkley set for Chelsea move; Courtois, Hazard discuss new contracts; and more

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Chelsea is the focus of Friday's news as the club looks to recruit new players while holding on to its existing stars.

Ross Barkley is reportedly set for a move to Chelsea. (REPORT)

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois says he and Eden Hazard encourage each other to sign a new deal with the club despite interest from abroad.

Must See Goals: Obiang and Son light up Wembley

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The Premier League's festive fixtures are coming to a close with a London Derby between West Ham and Tottenham.

The Hammers, defending their way through this difficult away tie, went ahead in the 70th minute thanks to this thunderous blast from Pedro Obiang:

That has GOT to be one of the goals of the season!

A look at the most intriguing games on the 2018 MLS schedule

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The intrigue surrounding the 2018 MLS season escalated on Thursday as the league released each team's 34-game slate for the upcoming season.

The addition of LAFC and its big-name roster provides us with more must-watch contests, but there are also a bevy of other matchups that will attract our attention.

MLS reveals 2018 regular season schedule

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Major League Soccer revealed its full 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday afternoon.

The party starts on Saturday, March 3 wish a slate of six matches, highlighted by a rematch of the Eastern Conference Final between Toronto FC and the Columbus Crew at BMO Field.

There will be one Rivalry Week in the 2018 season featuring eight derbies spread out between August 22 and August 26.

Red Bulls sporting director Hamlett: Kljestan move was with eye towards youth

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Trading away captain Dax McCarty last winter was a risk that paid off for the New York Red Bulls. Though met with criticism, it resulted in a spot on the field for Tyler Adams, who shined brightly in midfield and as a wingback.

Having, as sporting director Denis Hamlett puts it, "confidence in terms of getting the right balance" on the team after last year's trade, the Red Bulls did it again, sending captain Sacha Kljestan to Orlando City.

SBI Question of the Day: Will Feilhaber or Kljestan find more success with new team?

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Two of American soccer's premier playmakers were traded on Wednesday. Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan have long been regarded as two of the more creative and technical midfielders in MLS, and both will have very new challenges in 2018.

After several weeks of speculation, Kljestan was traded to Orlando City, where he will be tasked with replacing the retired Kaka.

Report: Jonathan Gonzalez could receive El Tri invite, but would have to commit to Mexico to accept it

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The Mexican national team has had its eyes on Jonathan Gonzalez for some time, and are reportedly ready to make him an offer that could force Gonzalez to make a final decision between the United States and El Tri in the very near future.

According to ESPN, there is a "good possibility" Mexico will call up the Monterrey midfielder up for the Mexico's Jan.

Dom Dwyer signs contract extension with Orlando City

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Dom Dwyer's stay with Orlando City will be a prolonged one.

Orlando City announced Wednesday that the forward has signed a three-year extension with the club. Dywer was acquired by Orlando City over the summer for a then-MLS record fee $1.6 million in allocation money.

"We are happy to have reached an agreement that both Dom and the Club can be proud of," Orlando City General Manager Niki Budalic said.

Thursday Kickoff: Coutinho nears Barca move, Sanchez strikes verbal agreement with Man City, and more

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Transfer season heats up as two of the most talked about targets appear close to moves.

Barcelona is reportedly close to finalizing a€150 million move to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool after months of speculation. If the deal goes through, it would be the third largest transfer fee of all time behind only PSG's moves for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (REPORT)

Alexis Sanchez has reportedly struck a verbal agreement with Pep Guardiola to join Manchester City either this winter or during the summer.

LAFC acquires Benny Feilhaber from Sporting KC

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Los Angeles FC continues to make big moves to assemble its roster as the expansion club brought in one of the league's premier playmakers.

On Wednesday, LAFC announced that the club had acquired Benny Feilhaber from Sporting KC in exchange for$400,000 in allocation money. Sporting KC receives$200,000 in General Allocation Money and $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money just several months after earning up to $1.

Arsenal, Chelsea share points in thrilling London Derby

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When the calendar flipped to January, soccer fans worldwide were truly treated to a gift to begin their new year. English Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea were slated to play three matches over the month, with Wednesday's EPL contest the first of the trio.

Both were still in the race for the ever-changing top four and wanted to earn a massive three points in early 2018.

MLS Ticker: Carl Robinson linked with Wales job, Alex heads to South Korea, and more

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Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson has emerged as a potential candidate for the open position with the Wales national team. The Welshman been with the Caps for the last four years, twice leading them to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

He remains an underdog, with the favorites being Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy.

SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 1.0)

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The 2018 MLS Draft is a little more than two weeks away, and it's time to start looking at the talent available to the league's 23 teams.

As is the tradition at SBI, we will be ranking the MLS Draft prospects in the weeks leading up to the draft, which is set for Friday, January 19 in Philadelphia.

Report: Fire nearing deal to re-sign Bastian Schweinsteiger

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The Chicago Fire are reportedly nearing a deal that will see the return of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

According to MLSSoccer.com, the Fire are getting closer to re-signing the German midfielder. The two sides are reportedlydiscussing a contract that would be for the 2018 season with a club option for the 2019 campaign.

Lloyd, Morgan, Ertz headline 26 players into USWNT January camp

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The U.S. Women's National Team announced their roster for the upcoming January camp.

Head coach Jill Ellis has brought in 26 players for the 15 day training camp in Carson, California, beginning on Saturday.

Several usual names are there. Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd, and Alex Morgan are all regulars with the squad as is U.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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There's a big Premier League match this afternoon as Arsenal and Chelsea square off at the Emirates Stadium in a battle of London giants.

Last time the two sides met, they fought to a scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge.

A win would put the Blues ahead of Manchester United into second place in the Premier League, while Arsenal is looking to get back in front of Tottenham for fifth place.

Competition continues for Ethan Horvath as Club Brugge signs another goalkeeper

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Ethan Horvath can't seem to catch a break.

The 22-year-old American goalkeeper moved to Club Brugge over the summer, where he became their regular starter, making 12 starts for the club, who find themselves 11 points clear at the top of the BelgianJupiler League.

Despite the club success, he has only started one match since October as compeititon opened up withLudovic Butelle andGuillaume Hubert.

Kljestan trade fits for both Red Bulls, Orlando City

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For the past several seasons, the New York Red Bulls have been working to get younger. Throughout that process, though, the club has made several tough decisions. They made another recently by moving the team's captain for the second straight season in a move that seemingly fits for all involved.

Sacha Kljestan traded to Orlando City for Carlos Rivas, Tommy Redding

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Midfielder Sacha Kljestan is officially on his way to Florida.

The New York Red Bulls confirmed reports of a deal sending the midfielder to Orlando City along with $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in exchange for forward Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding.

"We are thrilled to bring Sacha to Orlando," Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said.

MLS Ticker: Cole signs new Galaxy contract, Timbers sign Costa Rican defender and more

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Ashley Cole is gearing up to spend his third season in MLS, as the LA Galaxy have signed the defender to a new contract with the English left back, according to theLos Angeles Times.

Cole has flown under the radar a bit during his time with the Galaxy, but he's been a steady force for the historic franchise, playing 55 regular-season contests.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ozil undecided on future, Dembele nears return and more

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As transfer season continues, one star's future remains up in the air with his current club while another is set to return from an injury layoff.

Mesut Ozil is reportedly still undecided on his Arsenal future as contract talks continue. (REPORT)

Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele has officially been cleared to return to the first team after recovering from a three-month lay-off caused by a thigh injury.

Report: Sacha Kljestan traded to Orlando City for Carlos Rivas, Tommy Redding

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Sacha Kljestan's name has been floated out in trade rumors for most of the offseason, and it appears that he's found a new team.

According to an ESPN report, Orlando City will acquire Kljestan along with $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for winger Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding.

U.S. Youth National Teams gather for first youth summit camp

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The U.S. Youth National Teams have gathered for one massive camp to open 2017.

The U.S. U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 Youth National Teams have joined together for the first ever U.S. Soccer Men's YNT Summit Camp, which runs from Jan. 2-11 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. A total of 153 players have joined the camp that will focus on"integration between players, coaches and staff from the five oldest Youth National Teams".

Morgan Brian signs with Lyon

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Morgan Brian is set to join one of Europe's top clubs.

Olympique Lyon announced on Monday that the U.S. Women's National Team midfielder has joined the club on a two-and-a-half year contract. Brian spent two seasons playing for the Houston Dash in NWSL play before being traded to the Chicago Red Stars late last summer.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Shaq Moore, Keaton Parks and more

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Following a busy holiday period, the midweek schedule is a bit bare for Americans Abroad. However, some up-and-comers and a U.S. Men's National Team veteran do face important midweek matches.

Shaq Moore and Levante find themselves in the Copa del Rey Round of 16, where they face fellow La Liga side Espanyol on Thursday.

Report: U.S. U-18 midfielder Taylor Booth drawing interest from Bayern Munich

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American midfielder Taylor Booth is reportedly drawing interest from one of the world's top clubs.

According to the Washington post, Bayern Munich is pushing to sign Booth, who is currently in the Real Salt Lake academy. Booth represented the U.S. at this past summer's U-17 World Cup, appearing in two matches in the team's run to the quarterfinals.

Jonathan Gonzalez: No contact from USMNT ahead of Portugal friendly

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In November, the U.S. Men's National Team began a new era by calling in a youth-led roster for a friendly against Portugal. Jonathan Gonzalez was not involved, despite being one of the program's top prospects.

Speaking to Soccer America, Gonzalez saidU.S. Soccer did not approach him about the friendly, which came right in the midst of Monterrey's push for a Liga MX crown.

Report: Atuahene, Moutinho among six set to sign Generation Adidas MLS deals

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The 2018 MLS Draft is less than three weeks away, and the list of top underclassmen set to be available in the draft is beginning to take shape.

According to Goal.com, Major League Soccer's Generation Adidas class is taking shape, with the first six players having agreed to deals. Michigan's Francis Atuahene, Akron's Joao Moutinho, Wake Forest's Ema Twumasi, Indiana's Mason Toye, Syracuse's Mo Adams and Maryland's Gordon Wild have reportedly agreed to deals and should be announced as Generation Adidas signings in the coming days.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron and more

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It was a busy weekend for Americans Abroad in England as the holiday period continued with New Year's Day action.

DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle took down Geoff Cameron's Stoke City on Monday as both U.S. Men's National Team defenders played 90 minutes. Cameron's shift came in the midfield as the USMNT veteran made his second appearance of the weekend following a 5-0 beating against Chelsea on Saturday.

NYCFC adds Paraguayan Jesus Medina as young DP

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NYCFC kickstarted 2018 with a Designated Player signing.

The club announced on Monday thatParaguayan international Jesus Medina is set to come to New York as a Young DP signing. The 20-year old comes to NYCFC on aa four-year contract with NYCFC following his transfer from Club Libertad in Paraguay.

Monday Kickoff: Gabriel Jesus injured, Man City discussing Sanchez move and more

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While transfer season heats up, one of the Premier League's young stars is set for some time on the sidelines.

Manchester City confirmed that Gabriel Jesus suffers an MCL injury but has yet to put an official timetable on his recovery process. (REPORT)

Pep Guardiola says the club will have "internal meetings" to discuss signing Alexis Sanchez.

Happy New Year (and Happy 10th Birthday SBI)

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Happy New Year everybody. It is a milestone day. Not just because it is the first day of the year, but because today marks SBI's 10th birthday.

We launched SBI as an independent website back in 2008, and as we head into our 11th year of operation we will do our best to remain one of your go-to sites for coverage of soccer in the United States and beyond.