Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2018

Hope Solo files complaint against U.S. Soccer

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Hope Solo has hoped to make a difference in U.S. Soccer, with her running for President taking center stage.

The former USWNT keeper has heated things up by issuing a statement on her website in regards to the United States Soccer Federation and a violation of the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.

MLS Ticker: Sounders sign Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Orlando adds Rosell and more

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The Seattle Sounders midfield just got even deeper ahead of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

The defending Western Conference champs, announced the signing of midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem on Tuesday. Eikrem, 27, has played with Swedish outfit Malmo FF since 2015 playing in 79 matches throughout his time there.

Orlando City sells Cyle Larin to Besiktas

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The tumultuous Cyle Larin transfer saga is over.

Orlando City announced in a strongly-worded press release on Tuesday that it came to an agreement for the Canadian forward with Turkish club Besiktas.

The Lions expressed anger in the release about how the situation was handled by Larin, his representatives and Besiktas.

MLS Miami Notes: Club to begin play in temporary venue in 2020, and more

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MIAMI Major League Soccer's official press release may not have included a start time for David Beckham's MLS Miami franchise, but it probably should have given that league commissioner Don Garber wasted little time in revealing what year the expansion team would begin playing.

Shortly after Beckham was officially given an MLS expansion team at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Garber informed media that the Miami club will make its debut in 2020.

Edgar Castillo 'happy' with change of scenery to Colorado ahead 2018 season

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Edgar Castillo was looking for a change of scenery as his playing time diminished at Monterrey in Liga MX.

As he searched for a new destination, one of his former U.S. Men's National Team teammates chimed in with some advice as the full back garnered MLS interest.

With help from suggestions by goalkeeper Tim Howard, Castillo joined the Colorado Rapids on loan for the 2018 season.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: DeAndre Yedlin, Lynden Gooch and more

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English soccer takes centerstage midweek as the Premier League and Championship are on the schedule.

In the top flight, DeAndre Yedlin headlines the action as Newcastle United faces off with Burnley on Wednesday. Danny Williams is doubtful to appear in Huddersfield Town's clash with struggling Liverpool while Geoff Cameron could see action when Stoke City takes on Watford on Wednesday afternoon.

Steve Cherundolo joins Stuttgart coaching staff

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After spending 19 years at Hannover as a player and coach, former U.S. Men's National Team defender Steve Cherundolo is moving on to another club.

Cherundolo is joining the new coaching staff at Stuttgart under manager Tayfun Korkut, who previously managed at Hannover from 2013-2015.

The 38-year-old, who made 87 appearances for the USMNT, began coaching Hannover's academy staff after his retirement in 2014.

Report: Man City to sign Harrison before sealing loan move to Middlesbrough

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Jack Harrison's move to England appears close with reports saying he's set for a big transfer and an immediate loan move.

According to the Northern Echo, Harrison is set to complete a transfer to Manchester City within the next 24 hours. He will immediately be loaned to Middlesbrough, according to the report, and will join the Championship club for the rest of the season.

Tuesday Kickoff: Man City complete club-record deal for Laporte, Layun signs with Sevilla and more

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Two defenders completed moves to big clubs to headline Tuesday's news.

Manchester City confirmed the signing of Aymeric Laporte fro Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee. (REPORT)

Sevilla announced the signing of Mexico international Miguel Layun. (REPORT)

Karim Benzema has reportedly turned down two new contract offers from Real Madrid.

CONCACAF moves Champions League matches out of Honduras

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Due to the political climate in Honduras, CONCACAF has decided to move a pair of Champions League matches out of the country.

A Feb. 21 match between FC Motagua and Club Tijuana will be played at HEB Park in Edinburgh, Texas, home of the USL's Rio Grande Valley.

A day later,CD Olimpia will host the New York Red Bulls at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica in an empty stadium due to ongoing sanctions against the club stemming from last year's CONCACAF Champions League.

MLS Ticker: SKC sign Scottish winger, Timbers near deal for Paraguay international and more

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According to the Kansas City Star, Sporting Kansas City have signed Scottish winger Johnny Russell from Derby County in the English Championship.

The 27-year-old Russell has scored 94 goals since making his professional debut with Dundee United in Scotland at the tender age of 17. Since moving to Derby in 2913, he has made 203 appearances, scoring 34 times.

Report: Justin Meram traded to Orlando City

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Justin Meram's time in Columbus appears to be coming to an end.

Sources tell ESPN FC that the winger has been traded to Orlando City in exchange for $750,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, $300,000 in General Allocation Money and an international roster spot.

Meram was drafted 15th overall by Columbus in the 2011 MLS Draft.

Indy Eleven to play USL home games at Lucas Oil Satdium

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Indy Eleven have made the jump to a new league, now they are making the jump to a new stadium.

The club announced they will play their home matches at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

"From the Super Bowl to the Final Four, over the last decade our city has celebrated some of Indianapolis' biggest events at Lucas Oil Stadium," said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

MLS officially approves David Beckham's Miami expansion franchise

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MIAMI For almost two decades, Miami has dreamed and fantasized about once again having an MLS team.

On Monday, those dreams and fantasies finally became a reality.

MLS announced on Monday morning that it has officially approved David Beckham's expansion franchise. The announcementcame four years after Beckham initially shared his plans for a team in the city, and marked the league's return to the market, which has been without an MLS club since the league contracted the Miami Fusion in 2001.

USMNT 0, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Men's National Team played a match on Sunday. It wasn't a particularly good match and it wasn't a particularly fun match. Largely, it was boring, disjointed and stagnant, even for a January Camp conclusion.

Still, it was a match that created several talking points and left several impressions from a U.

Report: Zlatan Ibrahimovic nearing move to LA Galaxy

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After conquering Spain, Italy, and France and taking on England, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly close to making the long-awaited and much-discussed jump across the Atlantic Ocean to take on the United States.

According to ESPNFC, the Sweden international is reportedly in discussions with the LA Galaxy.

Monday Kickoff: Aubameyang move nears completion, PSG CEO dismisses Neymar rumors and more

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While one major transfer deal is close to being finalize, another rumored move was laughed off by a club executive.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly close to finalizing his move to Arsenal as the move could be announced as soon as Monday. (REPORT)

Paris Saint-Germain chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi laughed off reports linking Neymar with a move away from the club, saying he is "2,000 percent" sure the Brazilian will stay.

USMNT vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Live Commentary

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Following the annual January Camp, U.S. Men's National Team kicks off 2018 with a friendly on Sunday evening.

The U.S. faces off with Bosnia & Herzegovina on Sunday at StubHub Center to conclude the gathering comprised mainly of MLS regulars. WIth many regulars plying their trade in Europe, the U.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Wil Trapp

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The U.S. Men's National Team played to a dull 0-0 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday in a game that taught us little about the potential prospects in the talent pool.

One of the players able to stand out among the pack was Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp, who impressed enough during January camp to earn the captain's armband for the contest at the StubHub Center.

USMNT plays Bosnia & Herzegovina to drab draw to close January Camp

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The annual January Camp game is never one for purists. It's largely devoid of flow and creativity as a new-look team jumps into preseason with a friendly that is largely meaningless on a team level.

Sunday's match was no different, as the U.S. Men's National Team battled Bosnia & Herzegovina to a 0-0 draw in a match that featured little flash.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Alfredo Morales, Timmy Chandler, and more

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While a lot of eyes were on the United States Men's National Team for their international friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina, other American players were strapping up for their respective clubs in North America and Europe.

The fourth round of the English F.A. Cup kicked off on Friday, with Danny Williams getting the start for Huddersfield Town.

Sunday European Rewind: Marseille draws Monaco, Barcelona rallies for home win, and more

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Two top-four sides squared off in France on Sunday, in the match of the round across Ligue 1. Marseille welcomed defending champs Monaco to the Stade Velodrome, sharing the points in a 2-2 draw. The match got off to a cracking start as the sides were level 1-1 after seven minutes. Keita opened things in the fourth-minute as he slotted home his fifth goal of the season, before Adil Rami headed Florian Thauvin's cross in three minutes later.

American midfielder Mix Diskerud signs with Manchester City

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U.S. international Mix Diskerud has himself a new club after being cast aside by New York City FC in 2017.

The 27-year-old has joined Manchester City on a free transfer, inking a four-and-a-half year contract with the Premier League giants.

Apparel maker Umbro broke the announcement on Saturday, which Diskerud called it "a great opportunity for himself" in a statement.

Saturday European Rewind: Bayern rolls past Hoffenheim, Cavani makes history for PSG, and more

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Bayern Munich continued their league dominance in the Bundesliga, cruising past Hoffenheim 5-2 at home on Saturday. The hosts erased a 2-0 first-half deficit to claim the win. Mark Uth and Serge Gnabry each found the back of the net in the first 12 minutes to give Julian Nagelsmann's side a two-goal cushion.

USMNT looking to provide on-the-field positivity with first match of already-tumultuous 2018

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It hasn't been a good start to 2018 for the U.S. Men's National Team. It hasn't been for anything that's happened on the field but, with the Jonathan Gonzalez situation and all of the fallout that's come as a result, the first month of 2018 has been a frustrating one.

On Sunday, the U.S. can provide some measure of positivity.

Report: Precourt talking with local investors in Columbus

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Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt has had most of his attention focused on Austin, Texas in recent months, but he has had conversations with Columbus city leaders and local investors, per the Columbus Business Journal.

Local investors first approached Alex Fischer, the CEO of the Columbus Partnership, following the November meeting in New York with city leaders, Precout and MLS.

MLS Ticker: Van der Wiel linked with TFC and more

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The rich appear to be getting richer during the MLS offseason.

Defending champion Toronto FC has been linked with Dutch right back Gregory van der Wiel, and according to Telesport, a deal is imminent between the two parties.

The defender, who made 45 appearances for the Netherlands, is currently under contract at Cagliari in Serie A.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina?

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The annual January Camp friendly is always an odd one. Generally, it's a group of players that are just getting into playing shape playing together for the first time against a weakened opponent. It's a match that's sole purpose is to give a handful of players a chance to shine in a game that is always somewhat sloppy.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: DeAndre Yedlin, Christian Pulisic and more

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With plenty of Americans preparing for an upcoming friendly with the U.S. Men's National Team against Bosnia-Herzegovina this weekend, others will remain with their clubs for league fixtures.

As January continues to push towards its final days, league and cup competitions are taking centerstage with many players looking to help their respective teams.

European Weekend Preview: Marseille hosts Monaco, Real Madrid takes on Valencia, and more

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Following a thrilling conclusion to the Ligue 1 action a week ago between two of the countries' heavyweights, another duo will square off this weekend.

Marseille welcomes defending champs Monaco to the Stade Velodrome on Sunday to close out this weekend's action. Monaco cruised to a 6-1 beatdown of Marseille back in August, but may find this match a lot tougher than the one five months ago.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The FA Cup returns to highlight this weekend in soccer television with several matches involving high end Premier League clubs.

The action starts off Friday with Yeovil Town hosting Manchester United, but the marquee matchup of the week is struggling Chelsea hosting Newcastle United. Chelsea will look to overcome their midweek loss to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final while Newcastle will be hoping to dig out of yet another run of poor form carrying over from the Premier League.

Friday Kickoff: Arsenal 'not close' on Aubameyang, Ozil 'ready to commit' to Arsenal and more

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With the transfer window winding down, Arsenal is the focus of Friday's news.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal is "not close" to a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (REPORT)

Mesut Ozil is "ready to commit" to a new contract with Arsenal, according to Wenger. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United's January transfer dealings are finished following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.

South Georgia Tormenta FC to join USL D3 in 2019

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The USL's third division league starting in 2019 is starting to take shape. The league announced South Georgia Tormenta FC as the first of its founding franchises on Thursday.

"Today's announcement is the culmination of years of hard work from our organization to develop and launch a successful third division built on the principles and foundation that made the USL one of the most prominent second divisions in the world.

Report: NYCFC holding out for more as Stoke City improves offer for Jack Harrison

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Stoke City's pursuit of Jack Harrison continues, but NYCFC is reportedly holding out for a bit more.

According to Goal USA, the Potters have increased their bid for the 21-year-old English winger from $4.5 million to$7 million in the days since the initial offer was turned down. According to the report, the bid could rise up to $10 million with incentives.

Jonathan Gonzalez named to Mexico roster for upcoming friendly

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Following the approval of his change of association with FIFA, Jonathan Gonzalez is jumping right in with the Mexican national team.

Gonzalez is one of 23 players called up to Mexico's squad to face Bosnia & Herzegovina on Jan. 31. The Monterrey midfielder is joined by LAFC's Carlos Vela as well as the LA Galaxy duo of Jonathan and Gio dos Santos.

Cameron Carter-Vickers accused of sulking by Sheffield United manager

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Sheffield manager Chris Wilder may have shed some light on why U.S. U-20 international Cameron Carter-Vickers was recalled by Tottenham.

When talking about goalkeeper Jamal Blackmon, who is on loan from Chelsea at the club, he brought up Carter-Vickers and his attitude.

"It might have come as a shock to [Blackmon] but not once, like Cam, has he sulked and come to me," Wilder told the Sheffield Star.

Kenny Saief scores equalizer, misses potential game-winning PK for Anderlecht

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Kenny Saiefwas donning the hero's cape for Anderlecht on Wednesday. Then it fell off just as he was about to save the day.

Saief had a frustrating finish instead of a heroic one on Wednesday night, as he failed to score a potential game-winning penalty kick in stoppage time of Anderlecht's 2-2 home draw with Waasland-Beveren.

Cubo Torres signs with Pumas UNAM in Liga MX

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Cubo Torres is heading back to Mexico

Torres has signed with Pumas UNAM in Liga MX following a stint with the Houston Dynamo. The move was announced late Wednesday night.

¡Bienvenido a tu nueva casa, @erickestefano15! ¡Bienvenido a Pumas!

Jack Harrison and NYCFC remain focused on preseason despite transfer rumors

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Jack Harrison's departure from New York City FC might seem inevitable amid growing transfer rumors. but New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira indicated that there have been no distractions through the first three days of preseason.

"The only thing I can tell you, since the first day Jack has been working really hard and really well," Vieira told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday.

Barcelona B announces signing of Ballou Tabla

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A young MLS star is bound for Barcelona.

The Montreal Impact announced on Thursday that Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla has been transferred to Barcelona. The 18-year-old forward will join up with Barcelona B on a three-year contract with two option years.The contract includes a release clause of 25 million euros for the first three years and 75 million euros if he extends the deal.

Thursday Kickoff: Arsenal continue Aubameyang pursuit, Zidane's job in jeopardy and more

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While Arsenal pushes for a star signing, Real Madrid continues the club's tailspin.

Borussia Dortmund has rejected a second bid from Arsenal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger says he is happy with his squad with or withou Aubameyang. (REPORT)

Zinedine Zidane admits his job is on the line after Real Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey.

Richie Williams refutes Jonathan Gonzalez residency recruitment report

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There are two sides to every story. Richie Williams' residency recruitment of Jonathan Gonzalez is no different.

Williams went on Sirius XM on Tuesday to refute ESPN's story that he had given Gonzalez and his family an ultimatum when trying to get the player to join the U.S. Soccer residency program a few years ago.

European Midweek Preview: Sevilla defeats Atletico, Real Madrid upset, and more

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With league action taking a break midweek in most of Europe's more popular countries, cup action stepped in to fill the void. Sevilla booked their place in the Copa Del Rey semifinals after a 3-1 second leg win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. The sides played out an even first-half with both teams getting on the scoresheet.

Report: Besiktas looking to obtain temporary license for Cyle Larin

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The Cyle Larin saga continued on Wednesday as Turkish-side Besiktas try to get the forward included in their squad.

Larin, who did not join Orlando City for their start of preseason on Monday, has stated his desire to play in Europe over the past few months. He has been with Besiktas for the last 10 days, despite not officially being signed to a contract.

Report: Bayern Munich set to finalize deal for Taylor Booth in coming weeks

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Another coveted young American player could be headed to Germany in a few weeks, according to Kicker.

Sixteen-year-old Real Salt Lake academy prospect Taylor Booth has been linked with Bayern Munich, and the report states he'll be finalizing a deal with the German giant in the next few weeks.

MLS Ticker: MLS trio called up to Mexico squad, RSL re-signs Rimando and more

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Three of the top MLS players in Los Angeles will pull on the green and white of Mexico on January 31.

LAFC's Carlos Vela and Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos of the LA Galaxy were called up for El Tri's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on January 31 in San Antonio, Texas.

The trio should be key figures for El Tri in Russia as they look to get out of Group F that features Germany, Sweden and South Korea.

Jonathan Gonzalez cleared to represent Mexico

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Jonathan Gonzalez's one-time switch to Mexico is officially complete.

According to ESPN,Jonathan Gonzalez received his finalized one-time switch approval from FIFA on Wednesday, officially tying the midfielder to the Mexico national team. The news makes Gonzalez eligible to join El Tri as soon as the team's friendlyagainst Bosnia & Herzegovina in San Antonio on Jan.

Giovanni Reyna training with NYCFC first team

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One of American soccer's brightest prospects is training with NYCFC's first team.

15-year-old midfielder Giovanni Reyna, son of former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder and current NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna, has joined the NYCFC first team for preseason in Jacksonville. The NYCFC academy product is widely regarded as one of the top young midfielders in the U.

David Accam finding comfort with Union following trade

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CHESTER, PA When Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya first caught wind of David Accam at Helsingborgs, he knew how incredible the Ghanaian winger's talent was.

"When I first played with him I was in Sweden and he had just come to the club and he came up from a lower tier team and he was still very raw.

Garber: 'I understand' why Crew fans are unhappy

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It's been several months since it was revealed that the Columbus Crew could be bound for Austin and, in many ways, little has changed. There's still equal levels of uncertainty and animosity surrounding the franchise.

Don Garber understands the frustration that has come both in Columbus and throughout the American soccer scene.

Report: MLS Miami set for announcement on Monday

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After four long years and plenty of stopping and starting, it appears MLS is finally coming to Miami.

The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that MLS has scheduled an official event for Monday to announce the launch of David Beckham's MLS team. Beckham appears to have finalized details to the league's approval, prompting Monday's official announcement.

Miazga avoids suspension for crotch-grabbing incident

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Corner kicks have long been a time for gamesmanship. With so many players clumped together, players can get away with plenty.

Matt Miazga got away with an incident of his own over the weekend, and the Vitesse defender has avoided retroactive punishment as well.

While preparing to defend a corner kick in this past weekend's 1-1 draw with Heerenveen, Miazga was caught grabbing an opponents crotch in the lead up to a corner kick.

Wednesday Kickoff: UEFA Nations League draw, Pique set to sign new deal and more

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The first ever UEFA Nations League groups have been revealed while January transfer season continues.

Germany, France, and the Netherlands were drawn together to headline the first ever UEFA Nations League groups. (REPORT)

Gerard Pique is set to sign a new contract with Barcelona on Monday.

Report: Lee Nguyen fails to report for Revs training as he pushes for move

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One of the New England Revolution's biggest stars opted not to turn up for training on Tuesday in an effort to force a move.

Lee Nguyen was absent from training on Tuesday as reports continue to swirl about his unhappiness with the club. Nguyen reportedly is pushing for a move, prompting him to skip practice.

Timbers acquire U.S. U-20 Eryk Williamson from D.C. United

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The Portland Timbers have added a U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder.

On Tuesday, the Timbers announced that the club has acquired the Homegrown rights to University of Maryland product Eryk Williamson from D.C. United in exchange for $100,000 General Allocation Money in 2018, $100,000 Targeted Allocation Money in 2019, a 2018 international spot and a second-round pick in the 2020 MLS Draft.

Report: Freddy Adu to trial with Las Vegas Lights FC

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Freddy Adu hasn't played professional soccer in over a year, but he isn't hanging up his boots quite yet.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the former teenage star is trying to get his career started again with USL expansion side Las Vegas Lights FC. He will join the club on a tryout basis this preseason.

Atlanta United planning to keep Carlos Carmona

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If Colo-Colo want to sign Carlos Carmona this offseason, the Chilean club will have to cough up a chunk of change to Atlanta United.

Reports out of Chile in recent weeks have stated that Colo-Colo is keen on acquiring Carmona and that the veteran midfielder who is under contract with Atlanta had successfully negotiated his exit from the MLS side.

Michael Bradley on USMNT return: 'We'll see'

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The 2018 campaign will feature a lot of rebuilding for the U.S. Men's National Team. It's a year that will feature plenty of change, from a new president to a new coach all the way down to a number of new players leading the charge.

Michael Bradley understands that the change is coming, and he still hopes to be a part of the USMNT program when all is said and done.

Cyle Larin spotted training with Besiktas after skipping first day of Orlando City preseason

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The transfer drama surrounding Cyle Larin is getting even crazier as it doesn't look like the striker will be showing up to the club's preseason camp any time soon.

After skipping out on Orlando City practice on Monday, Larin was spotted in Turkey training with his potential new club Besiktas.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Julian Green, Kenny Saief, and more

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While cup competitions highlight some of Europe's bigger leagues, league action takes place in some of the smaller ones this week.

Following a month off for the winter break, the 2. Bundesliga eturns as several Americans look to feature for their respective clubs. Julian Green continues to fight for playing time as his side Greuther Furth tries to climb out of the relegation zone.

Report: U.S. Soccer never visited Jonathan Gonzalez at home

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Just when you thought the U.S. Soccer-Jonathan Gonzalez saga could not get any worse, a big bomb drops that paints an ugly picture for the American federation.

ESPN analyst Herculez Gomez said on Monday via the Max & Herc podcast that Thomas Rongen, U.S. Soccer's lone full-time scout, did not go and visit Gonzalez's home prior to the teenager's decision to switch allegiances from the U.

Tuesday Kickoff: 'Chicharito' open to move, Wenger admits Aubameyang interest and more

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While a Mexican star looks to work out his future, Arsenal looks to reload in the wake of Alexis Sanchez's move.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is open to leaving West Ham in search of more playing time before the World Cup, according toagent Eduardo Hernandez. (REPORT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the club is looking to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, adding "you never know how close you are".

MLS Ticker: Pontius to the Galaxy, Impact add new DP, and more

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Midfielder Chris Pontius has himself a new home in Southern California as the veteran midfielder has joined the LA Galaxy.

Pontius has plenty of experience in the league. He spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Union after coming over from D.C. United, whom he opened his career with back in 2009.

Report: Cyle Larin misses first day of Orlando City preseason as transfer drama continues

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The Cyle Larin saga continued through the first day of preseason.

Larin was reportedly absent on Monday as Orlando City began preseason training ahead of the 2018 season. The Canadian star's absence comes in the wake of transfer drama surrounding a move to Besiktas, which was announced by the Turkish club despite Larin's ongoing contract with the Lions.

Must See Video: Julie Ertz reacts to husband advancing to Super Bowl

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U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Julie Ertz had an excellent Sunday.

She scored the USWNT's second goal in their 5-1 demolition of Denmark, end then learned of her husband's accomplishments afterwards.

Ertz is married to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who had just defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game, thus making it to Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots.

Marvell Wynne's career remains in limbo, though Earthquakes continue to back him

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Saturday marked the 12 year anniversary of Marvell Wynne's arrival in MLS. On that MLS draft day in Philadelphia, the likes of Jozy Altidore, Sacha Kljestan and Jonathan Bornstein all made the jump to professional soccer, but it was Wynne who had his name called first, as the top overall pick by the team known then as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, and now known as the New York Red Bulls.

SBI Question of the Day: Which team will benefit most from the weekend's big trades?

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The MLS Draft is a day for young players to start their MLS careers, but some of the biggest moves of the weekend came as teams made trades for veteran stars.

It started midway through the first rounds of the MLS Draft when the Philadelphia Union brought in a much-needed difference maker in David Accam.

A look back at the 2018 MLS Draft

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The 2018 MLS Draft is in the books. It started with Los Angeles FC taking Joao Moutinho with the first overall pick, end ended with defending champions Toronto FC taking Gonzaga defender Ben White with the 92nd overall selection. In one of the many trades to take place leading up to, and including, draft day, LAFC was able to snag two of the top three picks in the first round.

NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira: "We're going to be good enough to challenge Toronto"

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PHILADELPHIA New York City FC finished in second place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season last year and one goal short of reaching the conference finals.The club could have deemed that good enough to not have to make many changes to its roster ahead of the 2018 campaign, but it opted for a different approach in an effort to get deeper.

Weston McKennie suffers knee injury in Schalke's draw with Hannover

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Weston McKennie could be set for some time on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury.

After coming off the bench in the 63rd minute of Sunday's match, McKennie lasted just 20 minutes before hurting his right knee. The issue came when the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder collided withHannover's Felix Klaus.

Report: Stoke City makes bid for Jack Harrison

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When Jack Harrison earned a call-up to the England Under-21 national team last year, it seemed inevitable that English Premier League clubs would come calling soon after.

The chase has reportedly begun.

According to a report by , Stoke City has made a $4.5 million transfer bid for Harrison, an improved offer after having an initial $3 million bid rejected.

USWNT 5, Denmark 1: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Women's national team opened up 2018 with an overall dominant display, beating European Championship runners-up Denmark, 5-1, on Sunday.

Mallory Pugh, in her return from injury, managed to get a brace in the process, while usual heavy-hitter Alex Morgan, the night's captain, also got on the scoresheet.

Monday Kickoff: Sanchez set to finalize work permit, de Bruyne nears new Man City deal and more

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A major transfer is one step closer to being finalized while one Premier League star is nearing a new contract.

Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are finalizing work permits ahead of the widely-reported swap deal between Arsenal and Manchester United. (REPORT)

Kevin de Bruyne is set to sign a new contract with Manchester City.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Andrija Novakovich, Timmy Chandler, and more

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While several American strikers look for consistency with their respective clubs, a 21-year-old loanee continued his climb up the scoring charts in the Dutch's second-tier. Reading loanee Andrija Novakovich netted twice for Telstar in their 4-1 home triumph over FC Eindhoven on Friday. The goals gave the forward 12 for the season, which has helped his side to a current fourth place spot.

USWNT rolls past Denmark in 2018 opener

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The U.S. Women's national team started 2018 in the form it left 2017 in, thrashing Denmark, 5-1, on Sunday at SDCCU Stadium.

It was a fully dominant display from the home side, though it did not start that way. Just 14 minutes into play, the U.S. was on the back foot, as Denmark's Nadia Nadim scored the match's first goal.

SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Mallory Pugh

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The U.S. Women's National Team shook off an early deficit in its first match of 2018, and quickly overwhelmed Denmark with the help of a standout performance by Mallory Pugh.

The 19-year-old midfielder set up the first U.S. goal, intercepting a pass and laying off an assist to Alex Morgan, then scored a pair of top-class goals to help the Americans cruise to a 5-1 victory, and earn her SBI USWNT Woman of the Match honors.

Sunday European Rewind: Lyon downs PSG, Real Madrid cruises, and more

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The top two teams in Ligue 1 squared off at the Parc OL on Sunday, with hosts Lyon edging PSG 2-1. Memphis Depay played the hero scoring the game-winner in the 94th-minute. The Dutch winger beat Alphonse Areola from long-range, finding the top-left corner with a right-footed effort. Layvin Kurzawa drew the sides level before halftime, finishing Dani Alves' assist for his second league goal of the season.

Jon Bakero looking to repay Fire's faith in him by making a difference

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PHILADELPHIA The Chicago Fire may have lost a bit of quality in the goal-scoring department with the departure of David Accam, but their first-round draft pick might just be able to help pick up the slack.

Before trading Accam to the Philadelphia Union during the second round of Friday's MLS SuperDraft, the Fire sent a total of $175,000 in allocation money and goalkeeper Matt Lampton to Minnesota United for the fifth overall pick.

Saturday European Rewind: Aguero lifts Man City, Dortmund ties Hertha, and more

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The goal for Manchester City coming into Saturday's league clash with Newcastle was to bounce back from their first loss of the season a week ago. Pep Guardiola's side showed a short memory, easing past Newcastle United, 3-1, at the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero capped his 200th Premier League appearance by netting a hat trick in the win.

As 2018 begins, all eyes are on the World Cup for the USWNT

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The U.S. Women's national team is back in session, with plans to build on the strong end to 2017. First up for the reigning world champions is a match against Denmark on Sunday (7:30 p.m., ESPN) that concludes their annual January Camp.

The matchup against the runners-up at last summer's European Championships is an example of continuity from 2017.

Alex Roldan excited for opportunity with his brother Cristian, Sounders

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In the sports world, not many siblings get the chance to play together on the professional level. Every now and then you may see it occur, but the chances are very slim that it actually happens.

Alex Roldan will be one of those lucky siblings entering the 2018 Major League Soccer campaign, after being selected 22nd overall by the Seattle Sounders in the first round of Friday's MLS Draft, setting him up to play with his older brother, standout U.

Minnesota United's trade-filled day headlined by Mason Toye

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PHILADELPHIA It's hard to not get excited if you're Mason Toye heading up to Minnesota United.

The No. 7 overall pick in Friday's MLS Draft will get a chance to work with Minnesota United manager Adrian Heath, who has helped develop Cyle Larin and Abu Danladi in his time as an MLS manager.

"I'm extremely excited.

Bradley pleased with LAFC moves but still preparing to add more talent to squad

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There's still a lot of work to be done for Los Angeles FC. There are still players to sign, moves to make. They are still very much a work in progress.

That progress, though, is moving rapidly, and it took another step on Friday at the MLS Draft.

With the top overall selection, LAFC selected Akron defender Joao Moutinho, fortifying the backline with a player that could feature at either centerback or left back.

Timmy Chandler scores in Frankfurt’s win over Wolfsburg

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It's been just under three years since Timmy Chandler has found the back of the net for Eintracht Frankfurt.

On Saturday, the U.S. International ended his goalless streak scoring the second goal in a 3-1 victory for Frankfurt against VfL Wolfsburg.

The 27-year-old showed composure and good skill, beating Koen Casteels to the top-left corner in the 22nd-minute.

Report: Ola Kamara acquired by LA Galaxy for Gyasi Zardes, allocation money

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One of the biggest deals in Major League Soccer on Friday did not come from the SuperDraft in Philadelphia.

The Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy completed a deal that had been in the media recently, exchanging Ola Kamara and Gyasi Zardes.

Columbus is also expected to receive $400,000 in allocation money from LA for the Norwegian striker.

Atlanta United ecstatic after finally landing Ezequiel Barco

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PHILADELPHIA The MLS Draft was winding down on Friday when Atlanta United made a move that turned heads. In fact, it was the biggest move of the day.

No, it was not a selection in the second round nor was it a blockbuster trade. Rather, it was the official announcement of the acquisition of Ezequiel Barco.

Marsch: Red Bulls set to make 'big roster moves' in coming weeks

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The New York Red Bulls don't specialize in boring offseasons. In recent years, the club has made a habit of making big moves through the winter months.

The 2018 offseason has been no different as the club traded away captain Sacha Kljestan, but head coach Jesse Marsch insists there's plenty more to be done before the season kicks off.

After following path from Ghana to U.S., longtime friends Atuahene, Twumasi reunite with FC Dallas

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PHILADELPHIA For years, Francis Atuahene and Ema Twumasi walked down similar paths. They got their start in Ghana before joining the country's elite young players at the Right to Dream academy. Eventually, the two came to Connecticut, where their paths split heading towards college soccer.

As the two realized their professional dream at Friday's MLS Draft, they learned that their paths would once again be intertwined with a club that very much fits their styles as players.

Friedel fills needs in first draft as Revolution head coach

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PHILADELPHIA New England Revolution draft pick Mark Segbers was beaming with delight when his new head coach was brought up.

"Brad Friedel, he's an absolute U.S. legend," Segbers said. "So when I walked in that meeting room (at the combine), it was already kind of a shocker just to see him sitting there.

Union find one of their 'difference-makers' in David Accam

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PHILADELPHIA- The long search for difference-makers in attack for the Philadelphia Union found an answer on Friday.

The Union, who were inactive for most of the offseason, traded a total of $1.2 million in allocation money to the Chicago Fire for winger David Accam.

"As we had said a while back, we're trying to find some difference-makers for our team to help us over those humps in certain games that we had," sporting director Earnie Stewart said.

'Ecstatic' Moutinho ready for fresh start with LAFC after being selected first overall

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PHILADELPHIA When Joao Moutinho came to the U.S., he was searching for a fresh start, a new beginning and a clean slate. He found it at the University of Akron, rapidly becoming one of the top prospects in the college game.

On Friday, he joined a team beginning anew as he was selected first overall in the MLS Draft.

2018 MLS Draft First Round: Moutinho goes first, Loons draft a trio, and more

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The first round of the 2018 MLS Draft is in the books after 23 selections were made on Friday at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

LAFC added a pair of talented defenders to their squad, selecting Joao Moutinho and Tristan Blackmon with the first and third picks. Bob Bradley needed more versatility with his current roster and did just that with an impressive pair of picks.

Report: Fire send David Accam to Union for Allocation Money

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Several sources indicate that the Chicago Fire are selling David Accam for a healthy dosage of allocation money.

Accam is being shipped off to the Philadelphia Union for more than $1 million in both general and targeted allocation money. The Ghanaian has scored 33 goals over the past three seasons with the Fire, including a season high 14 last year.

European Weekend Preview: Lyon hosts PSG, Roma travels to Inter, and more

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116 combined goals have been scored between Paris Saint-German and Lyon so far this Ligue 1 season which is the most between the top two sides in any of Europe's top five leagues. The two free-flowing attacks will be on display again this weekend at the Parc OL as Lyon tries to catch up in the standings.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: DeAndre Yedlin, Shaq Moore, and more

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Domestic action is back in full swing for many of Europe's leagues and that means numerous Americans will be on display. The Bundesliga returned last weekend with Timmy Chandler going the distance for Frankfurt, while Christian Pulisic and John Brooks both missed out due to injuries. DeAndre Yedlin continues to be a regular for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle but they have a daunting task this weekend, facing Manchester City away from home.

Report: LAFC acquires No. 3 Draft pick from D.C. United

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LAFC continued their impressive offseason by adding the No. 3 selection in Friday's MLS Draft.

The expansion side acquired the pick from D.C. United early Friday morning, according to the Washington Post, in exchange for $200,000 worth of allocation money. The move reportedly nets D.C. $100,000 in General Allocation Money and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money.

MLS Draft: SBI Live Commentary

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The 2018 MLS Draft is upon, and SBI has you covered for all of the day's coverage.

Beginning at 11 a.m., some of college soccer's top stars will begin their careers via the MLS Draft. Throughout the day, SBI will be providing live pick-by-pick commentary and analysis, keeping you covered for all of the comings and goings of Friday's event.

Cameron Carter-Vickers loaned to Ipswich Town for remainder of season

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It looks like Cameron Carter-Vickers will not be a part of Mauricio Pochettino's plans for the remainder of the 2017-18 EPL season.

The 20-year-old American defender has been loaned out to second-tier club Ipswich Town until the conclusion of the season.

Pochettino had hinted at a recall in December for Carter-Vickers but stated it was not because of a need for cover in the first-team squad.

The Final SBI 2018 MLS Mock Draft

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The 2018 MLS Draft is set for Friday morning in Philadelphia, and it's time to have one final look at how the draft could shake out one the picks start flying.

You can find a detailed look at how I see the first round of the draft going in the MLS Mock Draft.

Here is a look at how the first two rounds could shake out:

1- LA FC- Francis Atuahene, Midfielder, Michigan 2- Galaxy- Joao Moutinho, Defender, Akron 3- D.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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A pair of Italian Champions League challengers square off and Real Madrid looks to snap out of its funk in Spain to highlight the week in televised soccer.

The top offering this week sends us to Italy where the weekend concludes with top four contenders Inter Milan host AS Roma. Only three points separate the sides as they both battle for a berth in next season's Champions League group stage.

The SBI 2018 MLS Draft Preview

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MLS teams have descended upon Philadelphia for the 2018 MLS Draft, to be held on Friday atthe PennsylvaniaConvention Center.

The top pick goes to newcomes Los Angeles FC, and they will have a choice of many of the best college soccer players in the country. Akron's Joao Moutinho, Michigan's Francis Atuahene, Indiana's Mason Toye, and many more are certainly on their radar.

Carli Lloyd, Christen Press involved in three team NWSL trade

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Two huge faces of the U.S. Women's National Team were in the news on Thursday as a part of a blockbuster trade in the NWSL.

Carli Lloyd has seen her drama-filled stint with the Houston Dash ended after the two-time FIFA Player of the Year was sent to Sky Blue FC. Lloyd will be joined by Canadian international Janine Beckie, who was also sent away by the Dash.

The SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Final Version)

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With the 2018 MLS Draft set for Friday, and all the MLS Combine matches already in the books, it's time for one final look at how the talent stacks up heading into the draft.

Here is the final SBI MLS Draft Big Board, ranking the top 70 players available in Friday's 2018 MLS Draft:

SBI MLS Draft Big Board (Version 3.

Report: Chris Gloster, Zyen Jones on trial at Schalke

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A pair of young Americans are looking to follow in the footsteps of Weston McKennie.

According to ESPN FC, Atlanta United Academy forward Zyen Jones and left back Chris Gloster, aNew York Red Bulls prospect, are headed to Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga for trials. Both players are 17-years-old.

Howard Webb named PRO General Manager

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One of the game's most recognizable officials is set to expand his role with the Professional RefereeOrganization.

PRO, the organization that oversees officiating in the U.S., announced on Thursday that Howard Webb has been named as the new General Manager. The longtime English official has been with PRO as aVideo Review Operations Manager and will replace the outgoing Peter Walton.

MLS Ticker: Whitecaps sign Mexican veteran Efrain Juarez, and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps' midfield just got stronger with the unexpected arrival of a former Mexican national team player.

The Whitecaps announced on Thursday morning that they have signed veteran Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez from Liga MX side Monterrey by using Targeted Allocation Money.

A look at each MLS team's best draft pick

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The MLS Draft may have lost some of its luster over the last few years with the introduction of more Homegrown players, but it's been an incredible resource for teams.

A slew of U.S. Men's National Team players received their starts in MLS because of the draft, while in recent years young international stars have come to the forefront.

Kathy Carter reveals plan for Independent Commission to reform U.S. Soccer

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U.S. Soccer presidential hopeful Kathy Carter laid out her platform at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday.

The main focus of her plan was the formation of an Independent Commission in charge of reforming the federation at every level.

"Based on the overwhelming feedback from the front lines of soccer in the U.

With new contract in hand, Andre Blake set to become face of Union

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Andre Blake has been a pillar of consistency among chaos and uncertainty at the Philadelphia Union.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper, who has single-handedly kept the Union in certain contests during his tenure, was rewarded with a multi-year contract that was made official on Wednesday.

"We've been in talks for a while and I'm happy we were able to come to an agreement," Blake told reporters on Wednesday.

Orlando City acquires Homegrown Lindley from Fire in exchange for Ramos, TAM

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Orlando City added a Homegrown midfielder via trade on Thursday.

The club announced a trade for North Carolina midfielder Cam Lindley, who joins from the Chicago Fire in exchange fordefender Rafael Ramos and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. With the deal complete, Lindley also signed a four-year deal with the Lions.

Thursday Kickoff: Sanchez deal 'likely to happen', Dortmund hits out at 'disrespectful' Wenger and more

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Ripple effects continue from a possible Alexis Sanchez move, which looks more likely by the day.

Arsene Wenger says a swap deal featuring Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan is"likely to happen". (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says it was "disrespectful" for Wenger to comment on potentially signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Bastian Schweinsteiger returns to Fire on one-year deal

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Bastian Schweinsteiger will be gracing MLS with his presence for another year, after returning to the Chicago Fire.

The 33-year-old midfielder inked a one-year designated player contract to return to Chicago late Wednesday evening.

Schweinsteiger made 25 appearances for Veljko Paunovic's side in 2017, scoring three goals and adding two assists.

European Midweek Rewind: Monaco draws Nice, Sevilla edges Atletico, and more

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At this point of last year's Ligue 1 campaign, both AS Monaco and Nice were in different situations that they are now. Monaco was leading the table ahead of their shocking championship campaign, while Nice was holding onto the final Champions League qualification spot. Radamel Falcao's 92nd-minute equalizer helped Monaco gain a point in Tuesday's 2-2 draw at the Stade Louis II.

Gboly Ariyibi recalled by Nottingham Forest, has a shot at first team action

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American defender Eric Lichaj recently made headlines for Nottingham Forest, now another seems set to join him there.

Forest is recalling Arlington, Virginia native Gboly Ariyibi from his season long loan at MK Dons. He scored seven times in 28 matches with the League One club this season.

MLS Ticker: Andy Polo completes Timbers loan, Andre Blake finalizes new deal, and more

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Diego Valeri and Fernando Adi will have new company in the attack next season at Providence Park.

On Wednesday, after several weeks of speculation, the Portland Timbers announced the loan signing of Peruvian winger Andy Polo from Liga MX side Monarcas Morelia.

"We are excited to add a young and talented attacking player in Andy Polo," Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers said in a club statement.

David Villa hopes to represent Spain at World Cup

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Despite going three years between international call-ups, New York City FC striker David Villa is determined to work his way into the Spain squad for this summer's World Cup in Russia.

"I know that Lopetegui is watching me and that I'm one of the attacking candidates," Villa told

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: After maturing on road from Ghana to Wake Forest, Twumasi looks forward to Draft process

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Ema Twumasi's path is one that has become fairly common in recent years. The Wake Forest star is one of several Ghanaian-born players to make waves in the U.S. and earn themselves a chance at MLS. For years, players have emigrated from Ghana and thrived within the college game.

But Twumasi's game is very different, as is his story.

Report: Gedion Zelalem to stay at Arsenal

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Gedion Zelalem is no stranger to going on loan, but he apparently will not be doing that this month despite making strides in his road to recovery. reported on Wednesday that Zelalem will stay at Arsenal this month rather than get loaned out in an effort to better rehabilitate the knee injury he suffered last year.

Kwadwo Poku officially signs for FC Anzhi in Russian Premier League

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Former New York City FC forward Kwadwo Poku is packing his bags for Russia.

The Ghanaian signed with Russian Premier League side FC Anzhi Makhachkala on Wednesday as he signed a deal that will keep him there until 2020. The move wasfirst reported by Goal USA.

Poku has spent his entire pro career in the United States.

U.S. Soccer grants USL Division 2 status for 2018

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The USL will continue to operate as a Division 2 league in American soccer for 2018.

The U.S. Soccer board of directors approved that sanctioning this past weekend during a meeting in New York.

USL has continued to grow in stature with 33 teams prepared to take the field for the 2018 campaign, including four expansion franchises and two former NASL members.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: From Spain to Wake to MLS, Bakero's journey readied him for professional success

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Entering his senior season at Wake Forest, Jon Bakero was asked to make a transition into a leadership role.

While some may have struggled with the extra responsibility, Bakero shouldered it and became the man the Demon Deacons relied on.

"A year ago we lost three first-team All-Americans and we needed guys that were on paper role players and Jon Bakero was one of those guys," Wake Forest head coach Bobby Muuss told SBI.

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. 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 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

"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.


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, 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!

- 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 "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, 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, 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.