Soccer By Ives Archives for January 2018

Red Bulls acquire Parker from Whitecaps in exchange for Felipe, TAM, international spot

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On the eve of MLS kickoff, the New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps have combined for a blockbuster trade.

The Whitecaps have traded defender Tim Parker to the Red Bulls in exchange for Felipe, 500K in Targeted Allocation Money and an international slot.The Red Bulls will send Vancouver $225,000 of TAM for 2018, and $275,000 of TAM for 2019.

Aron Johannsson’s equalizer helps Werder Bremen draw versus Gladbach

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Aron Johannsson has found it tough finding the back of the net this Bundesliga season, but still has had some strong performances for Werder Bremen.

The 27-year-old's offensive effort a week turned into an Hamburg own-goal in Bremen's 1-0 win at home.

His impact a week ago carried over to this week as Johannsson netted his first league goal of the season on Friday in Bremen's 2-2 league draw at Borussia Monchengladbach.

The SBI MLS Fantasy League is back for 2018

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The start of the MLS season is just hours away and with it comes the start of the 2018 SBI MLS Fantasy League.

The SBI MLS Fantasy League is back in action for the upcoming 2018 season, giving the readers a chance to compete throughout the MLS season.Consider yourself a fantasy expert? Ready to show off your MLS knowledge?

Charlie Davies announces retirement

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Charlie Davies announced his retirement from soccer on Friday after over a decade in the professional game.

Davies posted a message on Twitter with an explanation of his decision.

Thank you!

- Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9) March 2, 2018

The 31-year-old played for Hammarby, Sochaux and Randers in Europe and he most recently played in MLS with D.

European Weekend Preview: Man City hosts Chelsea, Inter faces AC Milan, and more

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Manchester City have been one of Europe's best teams this season, rolling to a 24-1-3 mark so far in the Premier League campaign. Pep Guardiola's team will look to inch closer to the league title with a home date this weekend against defending champions, Chelsea.

City is coming off back-to-back 3-0 wins against Arsenal in both the Carabao Cup final and a make-up league fixture, and are clear 16 points in the league table.

The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 3 (MLS Western Conference preview, season predictions)

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It's the final week before the beginning of the MLS regular season, so the SBI Soccer Podcast is back and ready to get you primed for the Western Conference.

Co-hosts Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey break down the good and the bad of the West, but they also give their bold predictions for the major MLS award categories.

MLS Week 1: A Look Ahead

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Our wonderfully chaotic and unique domestic league is back.

Major League Soccer kicks off its 2018 campaign Saturday afternoon, when defending champion Toronto FC takes to the field to face the Columbus Crew.

The Saturday slate spans almost 12 hours, with a late-night West coast kickoff to finish off the night.

The 2018 SBI Season Preview

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The Major League Soccer season begins Saturday afternoon, as Toronto FC hosts Columbus Crew in a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference final.

The opener headlines a weekend full of intriguing action, but before you settle in for a weekend full of MLS, catch up on everything you need to know for the upcoming campaign.

Red Bulls' tactical flexibility leads to victory in CCL

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The New York Red Bulls recorded a relatively rare win for MLS teams in the CONCACAF Champions League, as they managed to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Beating Honduran side C.D. Olimpia over two legs was not an easy task, but the team's tactical flexibility played a big part in their victory.

SBI's 2018 MLS Predictions

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The 2018 MLS season will almost certainly take plenty of twists and turns but, with kickoff looming, it's time to look ahead and predict where those twists and turns will lead us when all is said and done.

With the first match of the season set for Saturday, the SBI Staff offered up predictions on a variety of topics, ranging from Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year to this season's MLS Cup champions.

USWNT 1, Germany 0: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Women's National Team got off to a winning start in the SheBelieves Cup, recording a 1-0 victory over Germany.

The task was not an easy one. The Germans, with the likes of Alexandra Popp and Sara Dabritz, are a young and dynamic team with talented attacking players. While this may have been the toughest test for the U.

TFC face Tigres, Red Bulls take on Club Tijuana to headline CCL quarterfinals

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The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals are set with some intriguing two-legged matchups pitting MLS powerhouses against Mexican foes.

A clash between Toronto FC and Mexican side Tigres is likely the most intriguing of the round, which kicks off on March 6 and 7. TFC heads to the quarterfinals after breezing past the Colorado Rapids, while Tigres topped Herediano, 5-3, over two legs.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Christian Pulisic, Matt Miazga, and more

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Borussia Dortmund seems to have found daylight in the German Bundesliga after a poor close to 2017.

The team has gone unbeaten in eight matches straight, winning three of their last four league fixtures while also advancing in the UEFA Europa League. Christian Pulisic's numbers may be down from a season ago, but the American has a lot to prove in the final months of the current campaign.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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There are plenty of rivalry matches throughout the world to get you warmed up for the beginning of the MLS regular season this weekend.

Opening things up is a classic Portuguese rivalry. The battle ofDragões vs Leões between FC Porto and Sporting CP takes place on Friday night. Often seen as a battle between the northern and southern halves of the country, these two are always amongst the elite in Portuguese football.

Friday Kickoff: Osorio turns down Mexico extension, Tottenham eyes Reus and more

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Mexico's manager remains undecided on his future ahead of the World Cup.

Juan Carlos Osorio says he has turned down offers to extend his contract with Mexico as his future with El Tri will depend on the team's results at the World Cup as well as what other offers he receives. (REPORT)

While the Borussia Dortmund star has been linked with a new contract, Marco Reus has reportedly emerged as a target for Tottenham.

USWNT takes down Germany to open SheBelieves Cup

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The U.S. Women's National Team opened up the 2018 SheBelieves Cup on a high note, recording a 1-0 victory over Germany on Thursday at MAPFRE Stadium.

Megan Rapinoe was the game's only scorer, tallying after seventeen minutes. A long ball ended up at the feet of Rapinoe after she dashed for it, and she quickly shot from an angle.

Davis, Wright-Phillips score to lead Red Bulls in CCL victory over Olimpia

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HARRISON The New York Red Bulls leaned on the play of Sean Davis for a convincing win in the second leg of the Round of 16 CONCACAF Champions League series against C.D. Olimpia.

Davis did it all for the Red Bulls, providing stellar defensive play, creating chances, and scoring a highlight reel goal to power the Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory and a spot in the Quarterfinals.

USWNT Woman of the Match: Mallory Pugh

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On a day when the U.S. Women's National Team came up against a tough Germany side, the young Mallory Pugh stood out.

Playing on the right side of a front three, Pugh was incredibly active as the U.S. dominated the match. She was dangerous throughout the 90 minutes, showing simple and fancy skills along the way.

Sounders ride dominant second half to CCL quarterfinals

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SEATTLE It wasn't always the prettiest of two-legged ties, but the Seattle Sounders eventually routed El Salvadoran side Santa Tecla on Thursday night, advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory.

The Sounders won the series 5-2 after dropping the first leg 2-1 last week in El Salvador.

Felipe exit seems a foregone conclusion after Red Bulls CCL win

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HARRISON, N.J. — The New York Red Bulls said hello to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on Thursday. They also seemed to say goodbye to Felipe.

The Red Bulls advanced to the next round of the Champions League on a rainy Thursday night by defeating Honduran side CD Olimpia, 2-0, at Red Bull Arena to take the series via a 3-1 aggregate score.

Following European rollercoaster, Perry Kitchen ready to step up for rebuilt Galaxy

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It's hard to believe Perry Kitchen wasn't even in Europe for two whole years. The American midfielder's time abroad had enough ups and downs to pack a career squeezed into a period comprised of just about 21 months.

Those 21 months saw Kitchen break through in Scotland before being named captain just months after joining Hearts.

Jesse Marsch: Developing American talent "more vital than ever"

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"In the current U.S. climate, I think that developing young American talent is more vital than ever."

Jesse Marsch launched into what many have considered the Red Bull manifesto of recent years when asked about his responsibility towards developing young players in the wake of the USMNT's failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the team's media day event on Tuesday.

A look at the top 10 newcomers to watch in MLS

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Major League Soccer's 23 clubs added a wide variety of players to their respective rosters in the offseason.

The sexy trend for some was to pick players out of Scandinavia and untapped South American nations like Venezuela.Argentina and some big European leagues were once again mined by MLS in an attempt to improve the quality of each squad.

A look at the Top 10 familiar MLS faces in new places for 2018

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It was a busy winter for MLS transactions and plenty of big MLS names were on the move.

Players fans have been plenty used to seeing in one uniform will be plying their trade in another city with another club this season. From members of the U.S. Men's National Team to former MVP candidates, it was a busy offseason of trades and sales throughout MLS.

A look at the most hopeful, hopeless teams in MLS ahead of the 2018 season

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The offseason is all but over, and the 2018 MLS campaign is upon is. Roster moves have been made, and all 23 clubs that will compete this year, including the new expansion side, are eager and excited to get the ball rolling.

Some with good reason. Some without.

The 2018 MLS season will kick off this weekend, and all the teams and their fans are heading into the year with that offseason twinkle in their eyes.

CCL Preview: Sounders look to come from behind against Santa Tecla

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The Seattle Sounders have work to do.

After falling, 2-1, to Santa Tecla on the road, the reigning MLS Cup runners-up will need to handle business at home to continue their run through the CONCACAF Champions League.

But, as the team heads to CenturyLink Field, the Sounders feel more prepared, more energized and, ultimately, more confident than they did a week ago in the opening leg.

Following Diallo injury, Impact face questions in defense with season looming

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A few days away from the first game of the season, yet another tile fell on the Montreal Impact's heads.

During practice Tuesday morning, center back Zakaria Diallo reportedly tore his Achilles tendon, ruling him out for an eight to ten-month period. All this without having played a single regular season game with his new club.

CCL preview: Red Bulls feeling confident heading home with away goal advantage

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The New York Red Bulls head into the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League series against C.D. Olimpia with a strong feeling of confidence to see themselves through the Round of 16.

Despite giving up a one-goal advantage in the first leg, the Red Bulls currently lead the series on away goals after the first leg finished 1-1.

SBI 2018 Preseason MLS Power Rankings

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With a new MLS season set to begin over the weekend, it's time to officially take a look at where each team stands heading into Saturday's kickoff.

It was a busy offseason throughout MLS as teams in both conferences made big moves following an influx of more disposable money. A number of teams made big plays in South America while some pursued the domestic route via big-time trades for proven stars.

U.S. Soccer clarifies role of GMs as hiring processes continue

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U.S. Soccer is set to hire general managers for the U.S. Men's National Team and U.S. Women's National Team, and now we know a bit more about what that process will be like.

Speaking on a conference call on Wednesday, U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn offered a bit of clarity on the hiring process as well as the role the GMs will play with each national team.

FC Dallas tops Tauro FC but is eliminated from CCL via away goals

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FC Dallas' comeback attempt fell just short, ending the club's CONCACAF Champions League hopes prematurely.

Following a 1-0 defeat in the opening leg against Tauro FC, FC Dallas battled back to earn a 3-2 victory on Wednesday at Toyota Stadium. However, due to away goals, FC Dallas falls on aggregate as Tauro FC advances to play Club America in the CCL quarterfinals.

Thursday Kickoff: Neymar surgery, Lewandowski confronted by Hummels and more

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An injury will keep Neymar out right up until the World Cup while two other stars were involved in a training incident.

Neymar will undergo surgery on his injured foot and could miss up to three months. (REPORT)

Robert Lewandowski was reportedly involved in a training ground confrontation with Mats Hummels over the former's lack of defensive effort in practice.

MLS Ticker: Union acquire DP midfielder, Fire trade for Tchani, and more

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The Philadelphia Union made one big splash this offseason acquiring forward David Accam from the Chicago Fire back in January. Jim Curtin's side followed that up with the acquisition of Czech Republic international Borek Dockal on Wednesday.

Dockal joins the Union as a Designated Player on-loan from Chinese side Henan Jianye.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Los Angeles FC

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After what feels like ages of hype, Los Angeles FC is ready to open the book on their MLS existence.

Expansion teams come with unique challenges that established outfits don't usually have to face. They have to assemble an entire team from scratch, come up with a vision of how they want that team to play, and hope all the guys can come in from around the world and adapt to that vision as well as each other.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Minnesota United

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Minnesota United's debut campaign was filled with some notable highs and some crushing lows, ultimately resulting in a ninth-place finish in the Western Conference.

Under head coach Adrian Heath, the Loons finished with 36 points, 10 points from the playoff places. A rocky month of March saw lopsided defeats to the Portland Timbers, Atlanta, United and New England Revolution before tasting some success.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Orlando City

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They don't hand out trophies for offseason champions. It's not a real award and, even if it was, it isn't one you'd necessarily want.

Regardless, Orlando City is a team that went into the offseason with an aggressive mindset and, when all was said and done, they emerged with a rebuilt roster that looks set to finally contend for a playoff spot.

SBI MLS Season Preview: New York City FC

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New York City FC remain in the space between dazzling entertainers and bona fide contenders as the 2018 season looms.

Capable of playing some of the most fluid, interconnected soccer this side of the Atlantic, NYCFC is also equally as capable of imploding into a confused mess. Their two-legged loss to the Columbus Crew epitomized this as a 2–0 second leg win at home was not enough to offset a 4–1 loss in the first leg.

Atlanta's Ezequiel Barco to miss start of season with injury

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Atlanta United's prized offseason signing will reportedly have his debut delayed by injury.

The club announced on Wednesday that Ezequiel Barco will miss the first four-to-sixweeks of the MLS season after suffering a right quad injury during training on Tuesday. The $15 million signing featured in two preseason games for Atlanta, scoring in the second match after joining the club following extended negotiations.

With new arrivals in place, Red Bulls adapting ahead of MLS season

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As has frequently been the case for the New York Red Bulls, the offseason saw plenty of turnover. Out went the likes of captain Sacha Kljestan and veterans like Mike Grella, and in came several young players, including the club's first young Designated pPlayer in Alejandro Romero Gamarra. Yet, for a club that perennially is expected to collect titles, there are challenges that come in an attempt to better the squad.

CCL Preview: After opening leg loss at FC Tauro, FC Dallas confident ahead of return leg

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Heading into Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League match at Toyota Stadium, FC Dallas is at a disadvantage. A 1-0 loss on the road in the opening leg has them on the precipice of an early exit.

Still, even down a goal, Oscar Pareja and co. like their chances of handling business at home.

In last week's opening leg, FC Dallas squandered a number of chances en route to a 1-0 loss to Tauro FC of Panama.

Ellis looking to establish USWNT starters, expand depth during this year's SheBelieves Cup

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For the U.S. Women's National Team, this year's SheBelieves Cup represents a distinct challenge. As is expected just months before World Cup qualifying begins, this year's tournament differs from last year. In 2017, head coach Jill Ellis experimented with formations and players, while this year presents an opportunity to refine the lineup.

Report: U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid in danger as support for Morocco rises

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The U.S. Mexico and Canada united bid for World Cup 2026 may not be as ironclad as originally thought.

According to ESPN, support for the bid to host the 2026 World Cup is more divided than many foresaw. The report states that, according to many high-ranking FIFA officials, the lone rival bid, Morocco, may not just challenge the North American bid, but has the potential of beating it in this summer's vote.

TFC holds off Rapids to seal spot in CCL quarterfinals

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It wasn't pretty, but Toronto FC handled business on Tuesday night.

After cruising to a 2-0 aggregate win in the team's CONCACAF Champions League opener, TFC returned home with a healthy advantage against the Colorado Rapids. Tuesday's 0-0 draw at BMO Field was more than enough for the Reds to book a spot in the tournament quarterfinals against Mexican powerhouse Tigres.

Wednesday Kickoff: Dortmund enter talks with Reus, Neymar injury and more

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While one star winger looks set for a new deal, another's injury will keep him out for up to two months.

Borussia Dortmund is set to enter negotiations with Marco Reus over a new contract. (REPORT)

Neymar's father says the PSG star will miss "between six to eight weeks" after suffering a foot injury.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Joe Corona, Jorge Villafana and more

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While the CONCACAF Champions League rolls on, several other Americans Abroad could see action in Mexico and Europe.

In CCL play, Joe Corona and Club America carry a resounding 5-1 advantage into their second leg against Saprissa while Jose Torres' Tigres host Herediano following a 2-2 opening leg.

After whirlwind rookie season, Nick Lima ready to step up with Earthquakes and USMNT

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The past year has gone pretty fast for Nick Lima. Just 12 months ago, Lima was a relative unknown outside of the most knowledgeable of San Jose Earthquakes circles.

Yet to play an MLS minute and with no youth national team experience to his name, Lima entered the 2017 season completely under the radar after signing a Homegrown deal from the University of California.

Jorge Villafana Named to Liga MX Team of the Week

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Jorge Villafana's time with Santos Laguna has seen the defender move in and out of the team's lineup, but after a strong effort over the weekend, the defender earned a bit of recognition on the club level.

Villafana received Liga MX Team of the Week honors for his performance in Santos Laguna's 2-0 win over Cruz Azul on Sunday.

NASL announces cancellation of 2018 season

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The NASL announced the cancellation of its 2018 season on Tuesday.

The league's future has been in limbo since the U.S. Soccer Federation revoking the NASL's Division II status in September.

In an attempt to fight the decision, the NASL filed a preliminary injunction, but the motion for that has been denied on two occasions.

CCL Preview: TFC looks to finish the job against Rapids

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Toronto FC took a big step towards the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a win over the Colorado Rapids in the opening leg of their round-of-16 series. Now, TFC just has to finish the job.

The Canadian side toppled the Rapids, 2-0, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, sealing a massive advantage heading into Tuesday's second leg.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Montreal Impact

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It's the start of something new at the Montreal Impact.

Out went Mauro Biello and in came Remi Garde, as the Impact followed in the footsteps of many MLS teams by recruiting a high-profile coach. The Frenchman brought friends and former colleagues from back home to form his staff.

Former Lyon B team head coach Maxence Flachez joins as assistant coach and former Lyon goalkeeper coach, and mentor to such keepers as Gregory Coupet and Hugo Lloris, Joël Bats signed on as goalkeeper coach.

Tuesday Kickoff: Neymar injury, Buffon accepts Italy call and more

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Neymar's injury headlines news as his club attempts to navigate the loss of the Brazilian star.

Following reports that the Brazilian could miss up to three months following surgery,Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery says the club has yet to decide how to handle Neymar's injury. (REPORT)

Gianluigi Buffon says he will accept a surprise call-up to the Italy squad for March friendlies.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Atlanta United

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When you come out of the gates like Atlanta United did in 2017, people tend to take notice. It was a debut unlike any in MLS history as Atlanta United attacked, attacked and attacked some more en route to one of the most entertaining seasons in MLS history.

Now, entering Year Two, the mentality remains the same.

SBI MLS Season Preview: LA Galaxy

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The LA Galaxy never had a year like 2017, and that's a fact that rings true for all the wrong reasons. For a franchise defined by historical success, the 2017 season was a catastrophe. It was a season headlined by failure and, ultimately, by change.

That change began midway through the 2017 campaign, one which saw the Galaxy miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008 while finishing dead last in the Western Conference.

Canada hires former Impact boss Mauro Biello as new Men's National Team Assistant Coach

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Mauro Biello now knows his next endeavor, as he was hired to coach the Canadian Men's National Team. He will also serve as the director of the federation's EXCEL U-23 program.

Canada Soccer announced the move on Monday.

"Mauro has a deep passion for soccer in this country," said John Herdman, Canada Soccer Men's National Team Head Coach.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Sporting Kansas City

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Sporting Kansas City put itself in a position to spend this offseason when it traded Dom Dwyer to Orlando City for an impressive haul of allocation money.

Peter Vermes' side went on an attacking spending spree to add to the young core already in place and replace the void left open by the U.

Jordan Morris out for season with torn ACL

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Jordan Morris' injury has been officially diagnosed, and its the worst possible news for the Seattle Sounders.

According to the Seattle Times, Morris will miss the entire 2018 MLS season after suffering a torn ACL in the Sounders' CONCACAF Champions League loss to Santa Tecla last week. The timeframe for an ACL recovery can be anywhere fromsix-to-nine months, but the Sounders are in no rush with their star forward.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Columbus Crew

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With threat of relocation looming over their heads, the Columbus Crew are trying to replicate their success from a year ago with a revamped attack.

Gone are Ola Kamara and Justin Meram after both were traded in the offseason. The former of those deals brought Gyasi Zardes to Columbus as the team's new threat in front of goal.

A look at each new kit for the 2018 MLS season

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Every MLS team will debut at least one new look in 2018. From new primary kits to brand new uniforms on the road, there are plenty of new jersey options to stew over this year.

While many MLS teams have moved towards white and black options, several teams took the chance to spice things up.

Tim Ream named to EFL Team of the Week

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Tim Ream's standout performance over the weekend earned the Fulham defender a bit of recognition.

The U.S. Men's National Team defender earned EFL Team of the Week honors for leading Fulham to a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers over the weekend. Ream anchored their defense to a home win over a Wolves team that currently sits atop the Championship.

MLS Preseason Rewind: Timbers edge Sporting KC, LAFC wins and more

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The MLS Preseason concluded this past weekend with a handful of MLS teams taking their final tune-ups before the regular season begins on Saturday.

Many teams were in action throughout the country. The Mobile Mini Sun Cup concluded in Tucson, Arizona with the New England Revolution topping the Houston Dynamo in penalties.

CONCACAF announces Gold Cup expansion, potential pan-regional hosting

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The CONCACAF Gold Cup is set for some change as expansion and a potential change of scenery could be coming to the 2019 tournament.

CONCACAF announced on Monday that the Gold Cup will expandto include 16 nations for the upcoming 2019 edition and beyond. The tournament previously featured 12 countries separated into three groups.

Report: Borussia Dortmund to face LAFC as part of preseason trip to U.S.

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Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund are reportedly coming stateside this summer.

According to German outlet Kicker, Dortmund will face LAFC at Banc of California Stadium on eitherMay 21 or 22 as part of a trip to the U.S. The club is reportedly set to return to the U.S. to play in July's International Champions Cup with Chicago and Pittsburgh listed as potential venues by the German site while Manchester City is named as a potential opponent.

Monday Kickoff: Neymar injury, Lewandowski talks down transfer rumors and more

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One global star could miss time after suffering an ugly injury.

Neymar was stretchered off after injuring his right ankle in PSG's 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday. (REPORT)

Robert Lewandowski laughed off suggestions that his recent change of agents is a sign of a future transfer. (REPORT)

Jamie Vardy says that Leicester City has moved on from Riyad Mahrez's winter transfer drama.

Sunday European Rewind: Man United defeats Chelsea, PSG edges Marseille, and more

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Both Chelsea and Manchester United have had underachieving seasons so far in the Barclays Premier League, playing catch-up in the top four race. The Red Devils got revenge on the Blues after falling 1-0 to them earlier this season, by defeating their opponents 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday. Romelu Lukaku drew the sides level after 39 minutes, seven minutes after Willian had given Chelsea the lead.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Keaton Parks, Shaq Moore, and more

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Following a pair of appearances for the Benfica senior squad earlier this season, it looks like Keaton Parks will remain with the second-team for the remainder of the campaign. That doesn't seem to have dampened the 20-year-old American's spirits after scoring a goal in Benfica B's 1-1 draw with CD Cova on Sunday.

Report: Omar Gonzalez considering leaving Liga MX for MLS

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Since his move to Liga MX side Pachuca in December 2015, Omar Gonzalez has seen his role with the club take a hit.

The U.S. international made 45 combined league appearances for Pachuca over the 2015-2017 seasons but has only made 10 so far in the 2017-18 campaign. A combination of muscular injuries and a drop in his play has seen Pachuca head coach Diego Alonso drop the 29-year-old in the centerback pecking order.

Saturday European Rewind: Real Madrid rolls past Alaves, Hertha ties Bayern, and more

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After hitting some roadblocks to start 2018, defending La Liga champions Real Madrid look back to their old selves in February. Zinedine Zidane's men made it five wins in a row in all competitions, downing Alaves 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo led Los Blancos with a brace, while Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema also got on the scoresheet.

Report: Jordan Morris suffered torn ACL in CCL loss

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The Seattle Sounders had to make due without Jordan Morris during the stretch run last season. It appears they will now have to do the same for much of 2018.

The 23-year-old forward has suffered a torn ACL that will sideline him 6-9 months, Fox Sports reported on Saturday.

Terrible start to the weekend for #USMNT and @SoundersFC fans:

Hearing Jordan Morris torn right ACL and will miss 6-9 months.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Houston Dynamo

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The Houston Dynamo returned to prominence in 2017, as they shined near the top of the Western Conference for most of the season.

Although last season didn't end the way they wanted it to, the Dynamo are excited for the new campaign due to the familiarity in the squad.

"At this point last year we were building a team," Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera told SBI.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps

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Having fallen only one point short of their Cascadia rivals for first place in the MLS Western Conference, the Vancouver Whitecaps ended their season in third place. Despite a good showing against the San Jose Earthquakes in the knockout playoff game, the Caps were eliminated by eventual MLS Cup finalists Seattle Sounders.

Andrija Novakovich adds goal, assist in Telstar win

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Out of all the American players seeing time in Europe's professional leagues, Andrija Novakovich is flying higher than them all.

The 21-year-old Reading loanee scored his 13th league goal of the season in the Dutch Eerste Divisie, helping Telstar to a 5-2 home win over FC Volendam on Friday.

Jill Ellis unveils final USWNT squad for SheBelieves Cup

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With the third edition of the SheBelieves Cup less than a week away, U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named her final roster.

Three players named to the preliminary squad will not be taking part in the tournament. Ellis has elected to cut Ashley Hatch, Rose Lavelle, and Hailie Mace following a four day pre-tournament camp in Orlando.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Portland Timbers

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The 2018 season is going to feature a different, yet familiar, looking Portland Timbers team.

A win on the final day of the season secured not only the Cascadia Cup as the top team in the Pacific Northwest, but also the first seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Optimism ran high, but injuries derailed the side against the Houston Dynamo as they lost, 2-1, over the two legs.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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England hands out its first major trophy this weekend when Arsenal faces Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

City are the defending champions of the tournament, having bested Southampton in last year's final. Meanwhile, the Gunners are no strangers to cup finals. They have won three of the last four FA Cups in England, but have failed to win the League Cup since the 1992-93 season.

European Weekend Preview: PSG hosts Marseille, Chelsea travels to Man United, and more

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In their last meeting with one another in France's top flight, PSG and Marseille shared the points in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Stade Velodrome. These league heavyweights will do battle for the second time this season at the Parc Des Princes this Sunday hoping for three points this time around. PSG are winners of four straight in league action, rolling past Strasbourg 5-2 their last time out.

SBI MLS Season Preview: New England Revolution

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After just barely missing out on the postseason for a second straight year, the New England Revolution decided a coaching change, not a roster overhaul, was their best path to getting over the hump in the Eastern Conference.

The Revs replaced franchise stalwart Jay Heaps – who had been connected to the organization as a player, color commentator and then coach since 2001 – with former U.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: DeAndre Yedlin, Kenny Saief, and more

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In the Barclays Premier League, the relegation scrap itself is worth a television show of its own. It is filled with drama and suspense each and every week with teams constantly moving up and down with each passing result. Currently this campaign, 11 points separates 10th from last place. Newcastle United are in 13th and unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches.

Friday Kickoff: De Gea set for new deal, Lewandowski fires agent and more

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One star looks set to stay with his current club while another has made a change in representation following links to a move.

David de Gea is reportedly set to sign a new contract with Manchester United. (REPORT)

Robert Lewandowski has parted ways with his agent int he aftermath of rumors linking the star striker to Real Madrid.

Sounders let lead slip away in opening-leg loss vs. Santa Tecla

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The Seattle Sounders were sitting pretty through more than 60 minutes. Then, disaster struck.

First in the shape of Gerson Mayen, then via a worrisome injury.

The Sounders wasted a lead and suffered a 2-1 road defeat to Santa Tecla on Thursday in the opening leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 series.

Jordan Morris limps off injured in Sounders CCL defeat

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Losing Thursday's game was a big blow. Losing Jordan Morris was insult to injury.

The Seattle Sounders had to finish Thursday's 2-1 road loss to Santa Tecla with 10 men after Morris was forced out of the CONCACAF Champions League game with what looked to be a serious injury. The 23-year-old forward suffered a knock late in the first leg of the Round of 16 series, and limped off the field in the 85th minute with the help of two athletic trainers.

Daniel Royer gives Red Bulls precious road goal in CCL first-leg draw with Olimpia

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In an empty stadium in Costa Rica, the New York Red Bulls played CD Olimpia to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 matchup.

Daniel Royer's first-half goal gave the Red Bulls a precious away goal heading into the second leg at Red Bull Arena on March 1.

The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 2 (MLS Eastern Conference preview)

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It's time for another edition of the SBI Soccer Podcast as host Joe Hojnacki is joined by Ryan Tolmich and Joe Tansey to take a look at the good and the bad of the MLS Eastern Conference.

Tolmich takes the optimistic view for as many clubs as he can, looking for even the slightest reason a team can make the postseason and beyond.

Europa League Rewind: RB Leipzig holds off Napoli, Dortmund escapes, and more

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The highlighted clash in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 saw RB Leipzig take on Serie A leaders Napoli. Following a dominant performance at the San Paolo in last week's first leg, Leipzig held on for a 3-3 aggregate victory advancing on the away goals tiebreaker. Piotr Zielinski opened things at Red Bull Arena, slamming home a rebound after 32 minutes.

SBI MLS Season Preview: San Jose Earthquakes

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Throughout the club's history, the San Jose Earthquakes have made a habit of providing surprises, and they provided a few more throughout 2017. After parting ways with longtime boss Dom Kinnear, the Quakes surged through the second half of the season, overcoming a leaky defense and a losing record to seal a playoff berth on the last day of the season.

Kellyn Acosta out 6-8 weeks after sports hernia surgery

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One of the brightest young Americans in MLS is going to have to wait until April or May to make his season debut.

FC Dallas announced Thursday that midfielder Kellyn Acosta underwent successful sports hernia surgery and will be out six to eight weeks.

Acosta sat out FC Dallas' loss in the CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 to FC Tauro Wednesday, and he'll miss most of the competition even if Oscar Pareja's club advance far.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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It's a busy Thursday across the soccer landscape as one American star takes the field in Europe while a pair of American teams face continental action.

Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund take on Atalanta on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League clash. Dortmund picked up a 3-2 win in the home leg, giving them a slight advantage heading to Italy.

Landon Donovan wants an American coach for USMNT

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The U.S. Men's National Team head coaching search will go on throughout the year, but one former star has listed a few names he'd like to see in charge.

Landon Donovan went on the Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol podcast and discussed the ongoing USMNT rebuild, includingwho he feels should take the reins of the USMNT.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire turned a few heads last season, and now they are looking to turn a few more in 2018.

The Fire had an unpredictably strong regular season in 2017. Behind a Golden Boot-winning year from Nemanja Nikolic and the veteran presence of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty, the team finished third place in the Eastern Conference.

Sepp Blatter endorses Morocco's bid to host 2026 World Cup

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has spoken up about the 2026 World Cup.

Blatter, who is serving a ban from all football related activities for various counts of bribery, endorsed Morocco's efforts to host the first 48 team World Cup in 2026 on his personal Twitter account on Thursday, saying "it is time for Africa again!

CCL Preview: Following abbreviated offseason, Sounders ready to get back in action against Santa Tecla

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It's been a little over two and a half months since the Seattle Sounders took the field last in December's MLS Cup defeat to Toronto FC. It was a sour end to an extended year that came oh so close to ending with back-to-back MLS crowns.

But, in MLS, success, and near-success, breeds its own set of challenges.

Report: FIFA considering merging U-17 and U-20 World Cups

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Josh Sargent may be the last American to star at both the U-17 and U-20 World Cups, as reports indicate that FIFA is considering merging the two events.

According to the Associated Press, FIFA is looking to streamline its youth competitions by combining the U-17 and U-20 World Cups into one 48 team tournament with an age cutoff at either 18 or 19 years old.

Senators call for Trump to back bid to host 2026 World Cup

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A large group of American politicians have called for support for the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Speaking in favor of the bid featuring the U.S., Mexico and Canada, a bi-partisan group of 43 senators wrote to President Donald Trump on Wednesday urging him to"express our support for the United Bid by Canada, Mexico, and the United States to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

SBI MLS Season Preview: D.C. United

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D.C. United has found a way in the past to use poor campaigns as motivation for the following season. 2014 saw the team finish atop the as the MLS' Eastern Conference, a year after finishing bottom in the East under head coach Ben Olsen.

Following a pair of fourth-place finishes in 2015-16, lets just say that 2017 was the not the season that Olsen and his players had hoped for.

CCL Preview: Following offseason preparation, Red Bulls 'optimistic' ahead of CCL opener

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On the eve of the New York Red Bulls' first match of the 2018 season, the new beginning feeling was impossible to ignore. Opening their year with a shorter than usual preseason and a CONCACAF Champions League matchup against a CD Olimpia side in midseason form, head coach Jesse Marsch knows his team might be at a disadvantage going into an important match.

Thursday Kickoff: Pogba's agent pushes for transfer, Reus 'indispensable' and more

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One star midfielder's frustration could lead to a major summer transfer move.

Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, is reportedly pushing for other clubs to make a deal for the Manchester United midfielder due to the tension between the Frenchman and Jose Mourinho. (REPORT)

Peter Stoger says the now-healthy Marco Reus is "indispensable" following reports of transfer interest from AC Milan.

Tauro edges FC Dallas in first leg of CCL series

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FC Dallas had chances to score an away goal and take the lead in its first competitive game of the year, but a familiar inability to put the ball into the back of the net ultimately proved costly.

FC Dallas started 2018 on the wrong foot, falling, 1-0, to Panamanian outfit Tauro FC in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 series on Wednesday.

UCL Wednesday Rewind: Sevilla draws Man United, Shakhtar defeats Roma

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After falling behind local rivals Manchester City in the Premier League title race, many wondered if Manchester United could focus more on the UEFA Champions League.

The Red Devils held on for a 0-0 draw on Wednesday the first leg of their Round of 16 draw against Sevilla. Despite being forced on the back foot numerous times, David de Gea was huge making eight saves in the clean sheet.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Real Salt Lake

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Real Salt Lake will be defined by two key features in 2018: youth and consistency.

The youth factor comes from their eight players under the age of 21, including key players Justin Glad and Tony Beltran. Being young means the team is going to need time to grow into itself as RSL looks to contend down the stretch.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Between three continents of Champions Leagues, a makeup match featuring one of the largest clubs in the world, and some preseason friendlies, it's turning out to be a pretty entertaining hump day of soccer.

The Europa League serves as an appetizer for some key UEFA Champions League round of 16 matches, but there is also an early afternoon Real Madrid offering to get soccer fans ready for the continental action.

SBI MLS Season Preview: FC Dallas

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From MLS Cup dreams to regular-season nightmares. From flying high to crashing and burning. FC Dallas' 2017 campaign went from one filled with promise to one underlined by frustration and disappointment. It was a tough year, a year to forget, and a year the club has already turned the page on.

The focus now is on bouncing back and trying to make this season one to remember.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Philadelphia Union

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The third year of the Earnie Stewart-Jim Curtin era was supposed to spring new life into a franchise ridden by bad decisions.

But instead of reinvigorating the squad with new signings, the Union made one major move and are relying on their youth to fill the voids left by the big contracts on the roster.

Pulisic, Barco, McKennie highlight Italian publication's young player rankings

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The future of both the U.S. Men's National Team and MLS is looking solid, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The publication recently ranked the top 100 players in the world born in 1998 or later and American wonderteen Christian Pulisic clocks in at number two, behind only Paris Saint-Germain and France superstar Kylian Mbappe.

CCL Preview: FC Dallas relying on experience ahead of CCL test against FC Tauro

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For MLS teams, there's nothing quite like an away match in CONCACAF Champions League play. It's a unique setting, a different vibe. The environment, culture and style is unlike any seen in MLS.

FC Dallas experienced those ups and downs last season during a CCL run that turned out to be the highlight of a forgettable season.

Wednesday Kickoff: Courtois unsure of future, Ronaldo rested and more

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While one star's future looks like it may be in Madrid, one of Real Madrid's current stars is due for a rest.

Thibault Courtois says he is unsure of his future with Chelsea following extended links to Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be a part of Real Madrid's clash with Leganes on Wednesday as Zinedine Zidane looks to rest his biggest star.

MLS Ticker: LAFC to reportedly sign Horta as third DP, and more

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It appears that LAFC will have three Designated Players on the roster when its expansion season begins next week.

ESPN reported last week that LAFC is closing in on signing young Portuguese midfielder Andre Horta, and added to that on Tuesday by stating that he would be added as a DP.

Toronto FC takes healthy CCL lead with road win over Rapids

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Sebastian Giovinco has been red-hot since arriving to MLS, and not even frigid temperatures and the Colorado Rapids could combine to stop him on Tuesday.

Giovinco scored a goal and assisted on another to lead Toronto FC to a 2-0 road win over the Colorado Rapids in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 series.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: Chelsea draws Barcelona, Bayern thumps Besiktas

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The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 continued on Tuesday with four more European sides kicking off their first leg matchups. In the must-watch match of the day, Chelsea held on for a 1-1 draw against visiting Barcelona at Stamford Bridge. The current La Liga leaders used a left-footed equalizer from Lionel Messi to draw level after the Blues opened the scoring.

Fox Sports announces 2018 World Cup schedule

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With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just over three months away, Fox Sports announced their full schedule for the summer tournament on Tuesday afternoon.

The competition's group stage which is slated to begin on June 14th, will feature hosts Russia as they take on Saudi Arabia. Fox will air 38 World Cup matches on broadcast television, with Fox Sports 1 offering 26 matches on cable.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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One of the marquee clashes of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 headlines a jam-packed day of soccer across the globe.

Chelsea and Barcelona square off at Stamford Bridge in Tuesday's top game, with Bayern Munich and Besiktas on the European undercard.

Over in North America, the CONCACAF Champions League returns with its new knockout-round format.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Seattle Sounders

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SEATTLE "I went on a cookie binge, which was needed. For about a week."

That chased with a week on the beach in Mexico was the rather wholesome way Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei processed perhaps the most humbling loss in club history, a 2-0 drubbing at the hands of Toronto FC in the 2017 MLS Cup.

CCL Preview: Underdog Rapids looking to upset stacked TFC

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Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids found themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum in 2017. TFC won basically all there was to win, hoisting a Canadian Championship, Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup in what may have been the best season in MLS history. The Rapids, meanwhile, fell back to the bottom of the pack, putting together a forgettable season that led to a 2018 rebuild.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Colorado Rapids

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Of the five new managers in Major League Soccer for the 2018 season, Anthony Hudson may have inherited the most difficult task.

The new-look Colorado Rapids rebuilt a squad with reliable veterans and retained a few key pieces from the team that placed second-to-last in the Western Conference in 2017.

Christian Pulisic: Recent form 'not the best it's been'

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Christian Pulisic has experienced plenty of highs in his young career but, right now, he sees himself in a bit of a low.

The young American recently came off the bench for Borussia Dortmund in a 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengbladbach, marking just the second time since November that Pulisic hasn't started.

SBI MLS Season Preview: New York Red Bulls

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For the better part of three years, the New York Red Bulls have been working on a culture change. For years, the club was constructed around big names and international stars but, from the moment Jesse Marsch was hired in January 2015, the shift turned towards youth.

Over the past three seasons, the Red Bulls have tinkered their way towards a vision and, with the 2018 season set to begin, Marsch says the vision is starting to come through.

Josh Sargent signs professional contract with Werder Bremen

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Tuesday is a day that has been a long time coming for Josh Sargent.

Werder Bremen announced on Tuesday that Sargent has officially signed his professional contract with the club. Sargent has been training with the German side since the start of 2018, but was required to wait until his 18th birthday to sign a professional deal in Europe.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Chelsea hosts Barcelona, Man United travels to Sevilla, and more

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Eight more teams will do battle this week as the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first legs come to a close. A pair of historic clubs will duke it out in London on Tuesday as Chelsea hosts La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Eden Hazard will hope to give the Blues an early advantage in the aggregate, while Barcelona are favorites to advance.

Tuesday Kickoff: Modric injury, Wolfsburg manager resigns and more

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Real Madrid's midfield maestro is set to miss time while John Brooks' manager has departed the club.

Luka Modric could be out through early march as the Real Madrid star deals with a hamstring injury. (REPORT)

Wolfsburg manager Martin Schmidt has resigned with the team just one point out of a relegation playoff spot.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Christian Pulisic, Joe Corona and more

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The UEFA Champions League and Europa League may take the headlines this week, but several other Americans are expected to be in action elsewhere around Europe and North America.

Christian Pulisic will look to help Borussia Dortmund advance into the Europa League Round of 16 as the German club takes a 3-2 advantage into the second leg against Atalanta.

RSL defender Chris Wingert announces retirement

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Longtime Major League Soccer defender Chris Wingert called it a career on Monday, announcing his retirement via social media.

The 35-year-old made 340 MLS appearances during his 14-season career, most recently with Real Salt Lake from 2016-17. Wingert began his MLS career with the Columbus Crew in 2004 as a second-round superdraft selection, and also spent time with the Colorado Rapids and New York FC.

Timmy Chandler nets second goal of season for Frankfurt

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Timmy Chandler has gone under the radar for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, being a creative force for the team.

Chandler added to his numbers on Monday, scoring Frankfurt's second goal in their Bundesliga fixture vs. RB Leipzig. The U.S. international showed composure, slotting home Ante Rebic's assist on a Frankfurt fast break.

Panama coach Hernán Darío Gómez concerned about MLS players fitness ahead of World Cup

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Hernán Darío Gómez, head coach of the Panama national team, is concerned that his players' fitness could impact the team's World Cup dreams into a "nightmare".

"Our first priority for a good World Cup is the physical condition of the players, if we do not improve the weight of the players we will suffer a lot in the World Cup," he said, according to El Telografo.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Toronto FC

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Toronto FC put together something historic in 2017. Now, they're tasked with a follow up.

After coming short in the 2016 MLS Cup final, TFC achieved the Canadian treble and then some. A Voyageur's Cup and a record-breaking regular season culminating in a Supporters' Shield were backed by the team's ultimate goal, their first MLS Cup.

U.S. U-17 winger Zyen Jones signs with Schalke

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Another young American is heading to Schalke.

Schalke announced on Monday that the club has signed U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team winger Zyen Jones. The Atlanta United product, who turns 18 in August, will join the club's U-19s for the 2018-19 campaign.

Jones previously trialed with the club in Januaryalongside New York Red Bulls prospect Chris Gloster.

MLS Preseason Rewind: California Clasico, playoff rematch, and more

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It was another busy weekend of preseason action for MLS teams as the countdown to the regular season continues.

Saturday's action was highlighted by a high-scoring California Clasico between the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes as well as a rematch of one of the more exciting games from last year's knockout round of the MLS Playoffs.

Report: Christian Pulisic linked with Chelsea as Dortmund look to sign Michy Batshuayi

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Another week, another Premier League link for Christian Pulisic.

Pulisic has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool in recent weeks, despite repeatedly stating his happiness as a member of Borussia Dortmund. Now, the U.S. Men's National Team star has been linked with a move to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.

Report: Timothy Weah in talks with PSG over contract extension

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Timothy Weah is reportedly making quite an impression at Paris Saint-Germain.

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team forward is reportedly in talks with the club over aa one-year extension of his current contract, according to L'Equipe. Weah signed his first pro contract back in July and his current deal will keep him with the French powerhouses until June 2020.

MLS Ticker: TFC to sign Spanish midfielder, Orlando after centerback and more

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Toronto FC added reportedly another piece to their roster signing 24-year-old Spanish midfielder Ager Aketxe from Athletic Bilbao on a free transfer, according to Goal USA.

Aketxe spent time with the Spanish U-20 national team but has failed to make much of an impact in La Liga since signing with Athletic in 2014.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Tim Ream, Kyle Scott, and more

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In the EFL Championship the push to try and earn a spot in the promotion playoffs is a grueling and strenuous one. With a huge slate of matches, there is not much room for mistakes to occur. Fulham is one of the those sides trying to snatch a chance at a Premier League place, and Tim Ream has been a huge part of that.

Monday Kickoff: 'Bad news' for Marcelo, Mbappe move made official and more

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One star is set for some time on the sidelines while another's transfer is now complete due to a quirky clause.

Real Madrid is concerned that Marcelo's injury diagnosis will present "really bad news" after the star fullback was forced out of this weekend's win over Real Betis with what appeared to be a hamstring issue.

Sunday European Rewind: Juventus edges Torino, Dortmund defeats Gladbach, and more

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Following a tough or disappointing result, the best way for a team to show a short memory is to win. Juventus showed a short memory from Tuesday's 2-2 Champions League draw with Tottenham, by edging Serie A rivals Torino 1-0 on Sunday at the Olimpico Grande Torino. The visitors got a lone goal, scored by Brazilian international Alex Sandro after 33 minutes.

Red Bulls glad to finally have "Kaku" on board following prolonged transfer saga

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After more than eight weeks of waiting, Alejandro Romero Gamarra is finally a New York Red Bulls player. Denis Hamlett, the team's sporting director, saw that as a reason to reward himself.

"I was finally able to sleep in the morning, which was a good thing," he said on Saturday.

Over the course of the last two months, the deal seemed in doubt from the outside, but the Red Bulls never wavered.

Saturday European Rewind: Bayern edges Wolfsburg, PSG rolls, and more

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Even on their off days, good teams find a way to get the job done. Bayern Munich did just that on Saturday, edging Wolfsburg 2-1 in dramatic fashion at the Volkswagen Arena. Despite seeing a second-half penalty saved, and being behind for most of the match Bayern fought their way back for three points.

U.S. youth international Kyle Scott makes Chelsea debut

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U.S. youth international Kyle Scott got his first Chelsea first team minutes on Friday, making his debut for the senior squad.

The 20-year-old came off the bench in the 64th-minute of the Blues 4-0 victory over Hull City in the fifth round of the F.A. Cup.

Scott replaced Cesc Fabregas after the Blues were up 4-0 following the halftime break.

New York Red Bulls sign Alejandro 'Kaku' Romero Gamarra

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After weeks of speculation, the New York Red Bulls finally got their man.

The Red Bulls made a huge splash Friday, announcing the signing of their long sought-after target, Alejandro "Kaku" Romero Gamarra. Gamarra will occupy an international spot on the Red Bulls roster and count as a Young Designated Player.

The SBI Soccer Podcast: Episode 1 (CCL, USSF presidential election, and more)

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As the new year rolls on into its second month, and American soccer provides a ton to discuss, SBI Soccer is ready to unveil a new listen for the site's followers: The SBI Soccer Podcast, featuring the site's editorial team.

Co-hosts Joe Hojnacki, Ryan Tolmich, and Joe Tansey will take you on a tour of all things American soccer throughout the course of the MLS season and beyond.

European Weekend Preview: Gladbach hosts Dortmund, Juve travels to Torino, and more

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Round 23 of the German Bundesliga begins on Friday but the headliner will be the weekend's finale from Borussia-Park on Sunday. Borussia Monchengladbach welcomes rivals Borussia Dortmund to town for the second Borussen Derby of the season. Dortmund were 6-1 winners in the first meeting back in September, and will hope to do the same this time around.

Report: Carlos Bocanegra pulls name from consideration for USMNT GM job

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Carlos Bocanegra was named as a candidate for the U.S. Men's National Team general manager job on Thursday, but by that evening, he reportedly removed himself from consideration.

According to Goal USA, Bocanegrawill instead serve as a consultant to newly-elected U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro and CEO Dan Flynn as the two look to hire a GM for the USMNT.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The magic of the FA Cup returns this week with fifth round action featuring some more minnows facing giants.

Tottenham, who survived a scare in the fourth round against Newport County, will once again travel to lower league opponents as they face Rochdale on Sunday morning. It took a replay for Spurs to escape their League Two foes last round and they hope to escape a similar fate in fifth round play.

Friday Kickoff: Mourinho refutes Pogba reports, Kroos injured and more

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Reports of a rift between a star player and his manager have prompted a denial.

Jose Mourinho says reports saying his relationship with Paul Pogba is strained are nothing more than "lies". (REPORT)

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is set to miss time with a knee injury. (REPORT)

Harry Kane is unlikely to feature with Tottenham faces Rochdale in FA Cup action.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Danny Williams, Christian Pulisic, and more

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Huddersfield Town have had their ups and downs in the Premier League this season, but will look for a huge upset at home in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend.

Danny Williams will hope for a start at John Smith's Stadium on Saturday as the Terriers host Manchester United. Williams has 20 appearances for the club in all competitions, including a goal back in the third round at Bolton.

Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund top Atalanta in first leg of Europa League clash

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Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund will have it all to play for heading into the second leg of their Europa League Round of 64 clash with Atlanta.

After taking an early lead, Dortmund was forced to come from behind in the second half of Thursday's Europa League match against Atalanta. They did just that and then some as Michy Batshuayi scored a 91st minute winner to seal a 3-2 win for Dortmund.

Red Bulls Notes: Marsch addresses Kljestan move, preseason round-up, and more

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Dax McCarty. Sacha Kljestan. Two Red Bull captains, each traded in consecutive years by the organization that leaned so heavily on them. Despite the chatter surrounding the departure of the latter, Jesse Marsch spoke openly about the decision, and a number of other topics, in the latest episode of ExtraTime Radio.

SBI Question of the Day: Who would be your pick for USMNT GM?

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With Carlos Cordeiro officially in office as U.S. Soccer president, the focus has turned towards filling yet another major position. It's a newly-created one, and it's a hire that will have a major impact on the U.S. Men's National Team for years to come.

Cordeiro reportedly met with Dan Flynn on Wednesday to begin the process of hiring a U.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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All American eyes will be on Christian Pulisic as he tackles the Europa League after a disappointing showing for Borussia Dortmund in Europe's superior club competition.

Dortmund is at home against Atalanta in the first leg of their round of 32, but that isn't the only match worth watching this afternoon.

MLS Preseason Rewind: Dallas ties Revs, Timbers tie Dynamo in playoff rematch

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There was plenty of MLS preseason action on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Arizona took center stage with a total of four matches going down, mostly part of the Mobile Mini Sun Cup in Tucson.

FC Dallas highlighted the action as they took on the New England Revolution as they work towards CONCACAF Champions League action.

Christian Pulisic: 'We want to win the Europa League'

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Borussia Dortmund's UEFA Champions League campaign was a disappointment. The club fell short in the group of death, losing out to Tottenham and Real Madrid en route to a third place finish.

Now set for Europa League action, Christian Pulisic isn't looking past UEFA's secondary competition. Rather, he sees it as an opportunity to push for a trophy while building some momentum for this season and beyond.

Report: Carlos Bocanegra being considered for USMNT GM role

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Another candidate has emerged for the newly-created U.S. Men's National Team general manager role.

According to Goal USA, former USMNT star and current Atlanta United VP Carlos Bocanegra is a candidate for the position. The news comes following a report earlier this week naming Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey as a candidate as well.

Thursday Kickoff: FIFA looks into new transfer rules, Bayern to buy James and more

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While FIFA looks into slowing down transfer fees, Bayern Munich looks set to officially add a star midfielder.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he wants to introduce new rules to limit agents' fees and transfer market spending following the big-money year that saw massive moves for players like Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe.

Wednesday UCL Rewind: Ronaldo lifts Real past PSG, Liverpool rolls past Porto

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Coming into the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, the marquee draw featured current holders Real Madrid squaring off withLigue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. Both were heavy favorites to win the competition this season, and had plenty of talent at their disposal.

Cristiano Ronaldo led the way with a brace, while Marcelo also scored to help Zinedine Zidane's men to a 3-1 first leg win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Infantino supports election of Cordeiro gollowing USMNT's 'massive failure'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes newly-elected U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro will help the Americans deal with the "massive failure" of missing out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"Carlos will have this challenge to make sure the U.S. qualify," Infantino told ESPN. "It's more important to bring in a football culture in the whole country from the youth and training of players to the league system that exists.

Jill Ellis sees addition of USWNT GM as a positive for the program

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Jill Ellis is in favor of the impending hiring of a U.S. Women's National Team general manager.

The USWNT head coach called the eventual addition of a general manager "a positive" while speaking to members of the media via conference call on Wednesday, though admitted that she has not been heavily involved in the process thus far.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentarty

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After Tuesday's Champions League fireworks between Juventus and Tottenham, the European continent is looking to deliver again with another clash between global giants

Paris Saint-Germain travel to the Spanish capital to play Real Madrid in what figures to be the biggest match of the Round of 16.

Following win over Man United, Yedlin optimistic as Newcastle pushes for survival

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For a bulk of the Premier League season, Newcastle United has been looking towards a relegation battle. However, after a major upset over the weekend, DeAndre Yedlin believes the team could be in a position to build some momentum towards safety.

Yedlin and Newcastle picked up a vital win over the weekend, topping Manchester United, 1-0, in the league's marquee upset.

Morgan, Rapinoe, Ertz headline USWNT preliminary roster ahead of SheBelieves Cup

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U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a preliminary roster ahead of next month's SheBelieves Cup with a lot of familiar faces, but a few new ones.

The likes of Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Julie Ertz headline the preliminary roster, though Ellis will not be able to rely on frequent starters Becky Sauerbrunn and Samantha Mewis.

Johannsson nears return to full training, Sargent with Werder Bremen first team

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Aron Johannsson is still working his way back from a hip issue that sidelined him after scoring a goal in a DfB Pokal match last week.

He did start and play 65 minutes for Werder in their 3-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday, but he's still not back to full health and trained separately from the first team on Wednesday.

Lagerwey 'flattered' by reported links to USMNT GM position

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There's still a lot to be done before U.S. Soccer names a U.S. Men's National Team general manager, but, after emerging as a candidate on Tuesday, Garth Lagerwey hinted that he could be interested in the opportunity was to arise.

Sports Illustrated reported on Tuesday that Lagerwey is an early candidate for the GM position set to be created under newly-elected president Carlos Cordeiro, who is expected to meet with USSF CEO Dan Flynn this week to begin assessing candidates.

Americans Abroad Tuesday Rewind: Joe Corona, Antonee Robinson and more

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Joe Corona seems to be fitting in just fine with a Club America team that is off to a hot start in Liga MX.

The American midfielder started and played 75 minutes on Tuesday in Club America's lopsided 4-1 win over Morelia. Corona was an active piece in a dominant Club America performance, firing two shots throughout his shift.

Wednesday Kickoff: Lacazette injury, Di Maria open to Barcelona move and more

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One injured star is set for some time on the sidelines, providing a massive blow to a Premier League hopeful.

With the forward out four-to-six weeks following surgery, Arsene Wenger says that Alexandre Lacazette's goalscoring form was impacted by his recent knee injury while calling the issue a "massive blow".

MLS Ticker: Evans signs with Sporting KC, TFC signs Brazilian youth international and more

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Veteran defender Brad Evans has found a new home.

According to The Kansas City Star, Evans has signed on with Sporting KC as a free agent. Evans moves to Sporting KC after spending the past nine seasons with the Seattle Sounders.

A consistent presence in the Sounders defense for many years, Evans was limited by a back injury last season and missed out on the remainder of the season after suffering the injury in August.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: Tottenham draws Juventus, Man City routs Basel

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The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 kicked off on Tuesday with four teams looking for an early advantage in their first league matchups.

In the must-watch match of the day, Tottenham fought their way back with a pair of away goals to draw 2-2 against Juventus in Turin.

Mauricio Pochettino's side used goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen to cancel out a brace from Juve striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Report: MLS shutting down MLS Live in favor of ESPN streaming service

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A change is reportedly coming to MLS broadcasts.

According to Bloomberg, MLS is set to shut down the MLS Live streaming service as the league shifts towards ESPN+. The move will see MLS join a new streaming service set to be launched within the next few months.

The report says fans will be able to watch roughly 250 out-of-market games a year while home matches will not be available in-market.

Report: Garth Lagerwey a candidate for USMNT GM as search begins

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The search for the U.S. Men's National Team's newly-created general manager position is set to begin, and reports indicate that there's at least one early candidate.

According to Sports Illustrated, Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey has emerged as an early candidate for the position set to be created under newly-elected president Carlos Cordeiro.

Dom Dwyer ready to go after returning to full training with Orlando City

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ORLANDO, Fla. It was a long offseason for Orlando City, and on Monday Dom Dwyer was finally able to put it behind him when he returned to full training with the Lions after recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered in the middle of January.

The 27-year-old forward was one of 30 players called up to the U.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League is back with a pair of intriguing clashes on Tuesday.

The marquee match of the two is between Juventus and Tottenham, while FC Basel will try to perfectly fit into the underdog role, like it has in the past, against Manchester City.

Tuesday's soccer action doesn't end in Europe, as there are a pair of Liga MX contest to be played at night.

D.C. acquires Yamil Asad in exchange for allocation money

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D.C. United's attack became more dangerous on Tuesday, as the club officially announced a deal with Atlanta United for midfielder Yamil Asad.

D.C. will send up to $600,000 in allocation money to the Five Stripes in exchange for the services of the Argentinian. Atlanta will receive $200,000 in general allocation money and $100,000 targeted allocation money in 2018 and $100,000 in both GAM and TAM in 2019.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Christian Pulisic, Omar Gonzalez and more

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While one American begins a Europa League campaign, the majority of this week's action will come from Mexico.

Christian Pulisic serves as this week's headliner as Borussia Dortmund begins Europa League play after crashing out of the UEFA Champions League. The German powerhouse takes on Atalanta, kickstarting the Round of 32.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Real Madrid hosts PSG, Tottenham travels to Juventus, and more

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As we hit the middle of February, that means Europe's top club competition returns this week with 16 teams continuing their hopes of advancing in the UEFA Champions League.

The Round of 16 begins on Tuesday with a headlining fixture occurring in Turin. Juventus hosts Tottenham Hotspur with the Old Lady coming in on great form.

FC Dallas forms player development partnership with Bayern Munich

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FC Dallas has partnered with one of world soccer's heavy hitters.

On Tuesday, FC Dallas announced that the club has partnered with Bayern Munich in a deal that will"offer players within their professional academies a pathway to soccer both in the United States and Germany". The two clubs will work together on coaching and talent exchanges, allowing players to travel between the two countries and play against one another in scheduled matches.

Tuesday Kickoff: Argentina hope for eased Messi workload, Sturridge setback and more

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With a World Cup looming, Argentina has asked Barcelona for a bit of assistance while one English star's injury issues could be a major blow to his tournament hopes.

Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia says he'd like Lionel Messi to play fewer games at Barcelona for the rest of this season so he is in better shape for the World Cup.

Weston McKennie returns to training field as rehab continues

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While Schalke enjoyed a nice Monday off away from the training fields, one of the club's most promising players took time to put in some work.

Weston McKennie took the latest step in his road to recovery on Monday, as he got back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury late last month.

MLS Ticker: FC Dallas signs DP, Quakes to face Club Leon in friendly and more

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FC Dallas made a splash on Monday by adding a talented young Designated Player.

The club announced Monday that23-year-old midfielder Santiago Mosquera has signed from Colombian side Millonarios FC. Mosquera joins on a Young DP deal after playing in 54 games and scoring eight goals in Colombia.

USMNT announces matches with France, Ireland, Paraguay

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The U.S. Men's National Team's 2018 schedule just became a bit more clear.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that the USMNT will take on Paraguay, France and Ireland ahead of this summer's World Cup. The U.S. will face Paraguay on March 27 in Cary, North Carolina before visiting Ireland and France on June 2 and 9, respectively.

Report: Tampa Bay Rowdies seeking investors to boost MLS bid

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Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards is looking for additional investors for the USL club.

When presented with a reports indicating he was trying to sell the team, Edwards refuted them and said he was looking for additional investors for his team.

"We are looking to put together an ownership group and we have five or six groups talking to us right now," Edwards told theTampa BayTimes.

Carlos Cordeiro begins U.S. Soccer presidency that will be defined by several big challenges

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The weeks and months of critiquing and campaigning are over and Carlos Cordeiro is the president of U.S. Soccer. The longtime executive and former federation vice president is now in charge, succeeding Sunil Gulati in the midst of one of the most turbulent times in American soccer history.

The race and election are over.

SBI Question of the Day: Which issue facing U.S. Soccer is most important to you?

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Now that the United States Soccer Federation has a new leader in Carlos Cordeiro, plenty of issues need to be addressed over the next several years.

On the surface, an overhaul of the U.S. Men's National Team is a hot button issue since they won't be at the World Cup this summer and do not have a full-time head coach, technical director, or general manager.

Bobby Boswell announces retirement

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Former Atlanta United defender Bobby Boswell has decided to hang up the cleats after 13 seasons in Major League Soccer. Boswell announced the decision on Monday on his personal Twitter account.

It's been a hell of a ride. From my family to yours, thanks for the support along the way.

Ballou Tabla makes Barcelona B debut

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Former Montreal Impact wingerBallou Jean-Yves Tabla made his Barcelona B debut over the weekend, earning praise from an Ivorian legend.

The attacker came on as a second half substitute in a 1-0 loss to Alcorcon. He played on the right wing of Barca B's 4-3-3 formation and he trained with the senior squad alongside the likes of Lionel Messi for the first time on Monday morning.

MLS Preseason Rewind: NYCFC in LA, Caps and Crew in Hawaii

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There were plenty of preseason warm-up matches featuring clubs from all around the nation, and the world, last weekend.

A pair of Japanese sides were in Hawaii for the Pacific Rim Cup with the Columbus Crew and Vancouver Whitecaps. FC Dallas continued their preparation for the CONCACAF Champions League with a friendly against Costa Rica'sCS Cartagines.

U.S. U-18s top Costa Rica twice in pair of friendlies

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The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team put together some impressive performances while picking up a pair of friendly wins.

After convening on February 4 in Orlando, the U.S. U-18s took down Costa Rica twice in as many games. The first of those matches was a 2-1 victory on Friday while the U.

Phoenix Rising boosts MLS expansion efforts by adding Chinese billionaire

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Phoenix Rising FC may not be in the running for the next MLS expansion franchise, but that is not stopping the USL club from making moves that could help land it one of the following two teams.

Phoenix Rising bolstered its chances of getting an MLS side on Saturday, announcing that Chinese billionaire Alex Zheng and his Advantage Sports Union company have been added to its ownership group.

Monday Kickoff: Marcelo backs Neymar to Madrid, Man United looks to keep de Gea and more

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Real Madrid is the headliner in Monday's news as the club continues to be linked an unlinked with the world's top stars.

Marcelo says he expects Neymar to play at Real Madrid some day. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United will not sell David de Gea, saying that the club will not let its best players leave.

Sunday European Rewind: Newcastle edges Man United, Barcelona draws Getafe, and more

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Newcastle earned their first three points over Manchester United since 2013, thanks to a 1-0 success at St. James Park on Sunday. The sides duked it out for 60+ minutes before the hosts found the breakthrough. Scottish international Matt Ritchie's left-footed effort beat David De Gea to the bottom-right corner in the 65th-minute.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Antonee Robinson, Christian Pulisic, and more

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A pair of American defenders squared off in England's second-tier on Saturday with Antonee Robinson getting the last laugh against Tim Ream and Fulham. The 20-year-old added an assist in Bolton's 1-1 draw at Reebok Stadium, which was his second in his last two league appearances. The home point moved Bolton up to 19th in the league standings, two points clear of the relegation zone.

Landon Donovan makes Liga MX debut

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Landon Donovan is back, and his odyssey down in Mexico has begun in earnest.

Donovan made his Liga MX debut for Club Leon on Saturday night, coming off the bench to helpclose out a 2-1 home win over Puebla. The 35-year-old American, who came out of retirement last month, played the final seven minutes of the match at Estadio Leon.

Saturday European Rewind: Tottenham edges Arsenal, Napoli routs Lazio, and more

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Harry Kane has been one of the top goalscorers throughout Europe the last few seasons, hitting double digits every season since 2014. The England international added to that trend on Saturday, scoring the winner in Spurs 1-0 North London Derby win over rivals Arsenal. After forcing Petr Cech into a single first-half save at Wembley, Spurs took control of the lead after 49 minutes.

Carlos Cordeiro elected president of U.S. Soccer

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It took three round of voting, but current U.S. Soccer vice president Carlos Cordeiro was elected the new president of the United States Soccer Federation at their annual general meeting in Orlando on Tuesday.

He ended up with 68.6% of the third round vote.

After one round of voting, Cordeiro and SUM president Kathy Carter were running neck and neck with over 70% of the vote between them.

Lee Nguyen reports to Revolution preseason camp

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After holding out over two weeks,New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen reported to preseason camp on Friday.

The 31-year-old asked to be traded this offseason in hopes of continuing his career elsewhere. The decision by Nguyen reportedly had nothing to do with the hiring of Brad Friedel as head coach.

Cameron: U.S. Soccer 'got too comfortable'

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U.S. Men's National Team defender Geoff Cameron has a lot to say about the state of American soccer.

Cameron took to The Players' Tribune to express his desire for change in U.S. Soccer on Friday, the eve of a very contentious election for the federation's next president. In his piece, he calls out their complacency and backwards system as the reasons why the USMNT failed to make the upcoming World Cup in Russia and why this presidential election is so important for the future of the game.

USMNT to play road game in Ireland on June 2

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The United States Men's National Team will play the Republic of Ireland on June 2.

Ireland's FA announced the matchthat will take place at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Friday that will serve as a tune-up for the UEFA Nations League for the hosts.

The USMNT last faced the Republic of Ireland in 2014, when they fell 4-1 with a lineup that included Kyle Beckerman, Mix Diskerud and Chris Wondolowski.

Aron Johannsson expected to feature for Werder Bremen in Sunday's match against Wolfsburg

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Aron Johannsson's resurgence at Werder Bremen appeared to take a step back after the forward suffered an injury midweek, but, according to his head coach, the U.S. Men's National Team forward should be right back in the picture this weekend.

After spending the better part of a year out of the picture with the Bundesliga club, Johannsson has fired his way back onto the scene with a pair of standout performances.

U.S. Soccer Election: SBI Staff Picks

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Since the day the U.S. Men's National Team lost to Trinidad & Tobago, there's been one question on everyone's mind: Now what? How does a program and a federation that, by all measures, failed in 2018 move on? What needs to change?

On Saturday, the process of change begins with the election of a new U.

European Weekend Preview: Tottenham hosts Arsenal, Schalke travels to Bayern, and more

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Another weekend of European league action is upon us, and a cracking North London Derby kickstarts the Premier League slate on Saturday.

Tottenham faces off with rivals Arsenal at Wembley, looking to jump into the top four and further distance themselves from their rivals. Spurs drew, 2-2, with Liverpool in a thrilling match at Anfield last Sunday.

Report: Six 'change' candidates look to join forces ahead of U.S. Soccer election

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Six U.S. Soccer presidential nominees are reportedly looking to join forces to combat the status quo.

According to ESPN,Paul Caligiuri, Steve Gans, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo, Mike Winograd, and Eric Wynalda met on Thursday night to discuss a strategy to defeat the two candidates seen as favorites, Kathy Carter and Carlos Cordeiro.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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After your North London Derby wakeup call on Saturday morning, be sure to check out two Italian title challengers going at it in Naples.

Leaders Napoli have Juventus knocking on their door and they will need to fend off a hot Lazio side as they attempt to hold onto the top spot in Serie A. The Roman outfit are themselves sitting in third place in the league, holding onto a Champions League place by a mere two points over their local rivals AS Roma, who shouldn't have much trouble when they take on Benevento on Sunday evening.

Friday Kickoff: Mahrez returns to training, Hazard committed to Chelsea and more

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After several weeks of protest, one Premier League star is set to return to his club ahead of a match against the very team that wanted to buy him.

Riyad Mahrez has returned to training with Leicester City ahead of this weekend's match with Manchester City. (REPORT)

Eden Hazard said "you never know" what can happen in the future following links to Real Madrid, but the Chelsea star insists he's staying focused on helping his club this season.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Bobby Wood, Christian Pulisic, and more

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A pair of American forwards could go head-to-head this weekend in the German Bundesliga, looking to help them their clubs grab some important mid-seasonpoints.

Borussia Dortmund snatched their first victory of 2018 last weekend, and midfielder Christian Pulisic will hope to propel his team to a win against Bobby Wood and Hamburg.

Dest, Weah praise each other after UEFA Youth League semi-final

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American youth internationals Timothy Weah of Paris Saint-Germain's youth side and and Sergino Dest of Ajax squared off in the semi-final of the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday. The match ended in a scoreless draw with PSG advancing on penalties, but the two young American prospects got to go head-to-head with each other on the pitch for the first time.

Report: NWSL delegates to vote for Kathy Carter in U.S. Soccer election

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Kathy Carter already has the support of MLS, and reports say she'll have the support of the NWSL as well in Saturday's U.S. Soccer election.

According to Sports Illustrated, the NWSL'sthree voting delegates (4.8 percent of the total vote) will go to Carter. The news comes as a further boost to Carter's campaign as the longtime executive is also expected to have the support of the nine MLSvoting delegates on the Professional Council.

MLS Preseason Rewind: Quakes, RSL draw, FC Dallas hosts CCL foe

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A few more MLS teams were in preseason action on Wednesday.

The San Jose Earthquakes took on Real Salt Lake in Tucson, Arizona in the only MLS on MLS match of the day. Meanwhile, FC Dallas continued their preparation for the CONCACAF Champions League against a team from El Salvador.

Elsewhere, Minnesota United had a routine afternoon against a college side and the Seattle Sounders took on an NASL side.

The SBI U.S. Soccer Presidential Election Primer

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Saturday is a massive day for the future of American soccer and the United States Soccer Federation. That's when the federation selects its next president at its Annual General Meeting in Orlando, bringing an end to an intriguing campaign process that has seen a great deal more attention that it's used to.

SBI Question of the Day: Who would you vote for in the U.S. Soccer election?

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After months of campaigning and politicking, the U.S. Soccer presidential election is set for this weekend, and there are a number of candidates that have a legitimate chance at winning the upcoming election.

In many ways, the election is divided into two groups. The first is one that represents a sort of status quo, candidates that have been on the business side and are looking to continue to build on U.

Christian Pulisic focusing on Dortmund in wake of Premier League links

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Christian Pulisic will need to get used to transfer rumors. As one of the brighter talents in world soccer, the Borussia Dortmund attacker will be linked to any number of clubs over the next few seasons and throughout his career.

Still, Pulisic insists he's focused on one club and one club only: Borussia Dortmund.

Thursday Kickoff: Salah plays down transfer rumors, Hazard talks Chelsea struggles and more

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While one star is being linked with a move out of the Premier League, another is blaming a loaded schedule for his team's league struggles.

Mohamed Salah played down links to La Liga, reiterating that he is happy at Liverpool. (REPORT)

Eden Hazard says the Champions League as affected Chelsea's Premier League push.

DeAndre Yedlin: "Players are slipping through"

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Count DeAndre Yedlin among those who believe that talent in the United States is slipping through the cracks. Or in his words, the net.

Yedlin told NBC's Pro Soccer Talk in an interview on Wednesday that he thinks there are players across the country that the U.S. Men's National Team is not discovering.

Matt Miazga fined for 'unprofessional behavior' following crotch-grab incident

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Matt Miazga escaped suspension for his gamesmanship in the box in a recent Eredivise match. He did not escape a fine, however.

Vitesse announced on Wednesday that the club has fined Miazga for grabbing Heeerenveen'sDenzel Dumfries by the "noble parts" during a corner kick. Miazga was not suspended for the incident following a league review.

MLS Ticker: RSL add TAM midfielder, Oniel Fisher to D.C., and more

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Real Salt Lake added a new midfielder from Croatia.

The club announced that it has used Targeted Allocation Money to sign Damir Kreilach from Union Berlin in the German 2. Bundesliga.

"We're really excited about bringing Damir in. He's got a ton of experience and challenges our depth immediately," said RSL general manager Craig Waibel in a club release.

USWNT to face Mexico in Houston for April friendly

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The U.S. Women's National Team will host a rival for an April friendly.

U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that the USWNT would host Mexico on April 8. The match will be held at BBVAA Compass Stadium in Houston as both teams prepare for World Cup qualifying ahead of the 2019 tournament.

"It will be good to get back together after the start of the new NWSL season and we will look forward to refocusing on our team goals as we continue to move towards World Cup qualifying," said head coach Jill Ellis.

Report: Liga MX considering a temporary halt to promotion/relegation

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The topic of promotion and relegation in Mexico was brought up at a recent meeting of the Mexican Football Federation's Sports Development Commission.

According to El Universal, the Commission is considering a temporary halt to the practice beginning in the 2019-2020 season in order to give lower division teams a chance to catch up to Liga MX's standards.

Two local officials charged with developing Queens lot back plan for New York soccer stadium

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Building a soccer stadium in New York has proven to be a difficult task, but it appears the pursuit could be getting some assistance from a pair of local officials charged with developing a massive plot of land.

QueensBorough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Francisco Moya are set to chair a committee that willcome up with recommendations for a17-acre plot of city-owned land in Willets Point.

MLS Preseason Rewind: Revs struggle with Cincy and more

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Three MLS teams saw preseason action in various warm locations throughout the country on Tuesday. They faced a variety of opponents both foreign and domestic under the bright sunshine of Florida and Hawaii.

The New England Revolution had their hands full with FC Cincinnati while the Philadelphia Union and Vancouver Whitecaps made short work of their opposition.

Hamburg manager Hollerbach backs struggling Bobby Wood

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Bobby Wood's season has been a struggle, but his club manager says he hasn't given up faith just yet.

Wood hasn't scored a Bundesliga goal for Hamburg since August 25 as the forward has played a total of 1089 minutes without finding the back of the net. The extended drought has seen the U.S.

Wednesday Kickoff: Courtois' 'heart in Madrid', PFA offers to mediate Mahrez standoff and more

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One Premier League star hinted at a desire for a move while another's failed move continues to cause a rift between player and club.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois hinted that he hopes to make a move to Madrid, saying his heart is in the city. (REPORT)

The Professional Footballers' Association has offered to mediate the situation between Riyad Mahrez and Leicester City as the winger has skipped training since the club opted not to sell him to Manchester City on Deadline Day.

Aron Johannsson scores first goal of season in German Cup

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Aron Johannsson has found appearances few and far between since his move to the Bundesliga in 2015.However, a strong performance last weekend in Bundesliga play looks to have carried over for the striker.

Johannsson netted his first goal of the season seven minutes into Werder Bremen's German Cup quarterfinal match at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.

NASL calls for U.S. Soccer to hand over records related to potential violation

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The legal battle between the NASL and U.S. Soccer continues.

According to ESPN, the NASL has sent a demand letter calling for U.S. Soccer to turn over all records relating to what the league sees as a potential violation ofthe New York Not-for-Profit Law(N-PCL). The letter called for U.S.

MLS Ticker: Fire sign midfielder on loan from La Liga, SKC confirm Gutierrez deal

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The latest offseason addition for the Chicago Fire comes from La Liga.

The Fire announced on Tuesday that they acquired Aleksandar Katai on loan from Alaves. The 27-year-old previously played for Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade and has six caps for Serbia.

"Aleksandar should make our attack more diversified," Fire president and general manager Nelson Rodríguez said.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Weston McKennie, Matt Miazga and more

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It's a week for cup action as Americans across three countries participate in domestic tournaments.

German soccer is headlined by the DFB-Pokal, which features several Americans as the quarterfinal round kicks off. Weston McKennie's Schalke and John Brooks' Wolfsburg collide while Aron Johannsson's Werder Bremen takes on Bayer Leverkusen.

Orlando City CEO rips 'troublemaker' Cyle Larin following controversial transfer

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It's safe to say the bridge to Orlando City is officially burned for Cyle Larin.

In the aftermath of the forward's controversial transfer to Besiktas, Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao was highly critical of Larin's behavior leading up to and during the move. The executive cited his 17 years in the soccer business while adding he'd never encountered a situation quite like the one caused by Larin's move.

Jermaine Jones claims 2014 blind draw was rigged by MLS

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At the time, Jermaine Jones' move to the New England Revolution was filled with controversy, and that controversy has resurfaced due to an allegation from the player involved.

Jones took to Twitter to accuse Don Garber and MLS of rigging the blind draw that determined whether the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder would join the Revs or the Chicago Fire.

Report: D.C. United makes deal with Atlanta United to land Yamil Asad

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It looks like Yamil Asad will be playing in MLS in 2018, after all. He just will not be doing so for Atlanta United.

ESPN reported on Monday that D.C. United has made multiple moves to acquire Asad on a season-long loan with option to buy, Asad was on the books of Argentine club Velez Sarsfield, but D.

Tuesday Kickoff: Conte gives Chelsea extra day off, Premier League discusses winter break and more

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Another Chelsea loss has the club reeling while the Premier League could soon make a major scheduling change.

Antonio Conte has reportedly given Chelsea players an extra day off from training after yet another loss. (REPORT)

The Premier League is reportedly considering implementing a winter break, which would help ease the fixture congestion issues that come in the winter months.

MLS Ticker: New deal for Roman Torres, kit reveals, and more

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Roman Torres looks to be staying with the Seattle Sounders.The defender had been close to a new deal for quite some time now and reports indicate that the Panama international has signed a new contract that would keep him in Seattle until 2020.

He took to Twitter to reveal the news:

Gracias a Dios y a @SoundersFC mi historia continua #Román Bendiciones para todos y feliz inicio de semana pic.

Report: LA Galaxy's negotiations with Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain ongoing

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For years, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move to MLS and, while it appears that move is coming close to fruition, it isn't done yet.

According to Goal USA, the LA Galaxy remain in ongoing negotiations with the Manchester United striker. The report says that, as of Monday, the two parties remain in talks, but no deal is close to being finalized.

MLS Preseason Recap: Sounders win a Cascadia Derby, Red Bulls squeak by Union and more

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MLS preseason is underway and many clubs were in action over the weekend.

Tuscon, Arizona was the center of attention as a pair of MLS-on-MLS matches, including a classic rivalry to open the Mobile Mini Sun Cup.

Other matches took place in Florida. The New England Revolution took on Swedish champions Malmo in Bradenton and a few MLS sides took on Florida-based NCAA teams,

Elsewhere, FC Dallas faced the NPSL's Chattanooga FC and Houston Dynamo took on their USL affiliate, Rio Grande Valley FC.

Werder Bremen boss Kohfeldt, captain Junuzovic praise Johannsson after standout performance

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Aron Johannsson has been out of the picture at Werder Bremen for quite some time, but the American forward made quite a return over the weekend while impressing his manager along the way.

The 2014 World Cup veteran had played a combined 12 minutes in four appearances heading into this weekend's clash with Schalke.

Mix Diskerud, Jack McInerney training with IFK Goteborg

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After recently signing a deal with Manchester City, Mix Diskerud is already back training with his former club, and he's being joined by another American.

Diskerud and Jack McInerney are currently training with Swedish side IFK Goteborg. The two have arrived inSan Pedro del Pinatar in Spain where they will begin preseason training with the club on Tuesday.

Monday Kickoff: Barca exec criticizes Neymar, van Dijk accuses Kane of diving and more

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While one executive traced the transfer fee boom to one player, one of the winter's big signings accused another star of diving.

Barcelonavice-president Jordi Mestre says Neymar's dishonesty over this past summer's move to Paris Saint-Germain has led to the massive surge in transfer fess in Europe.

Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Matt Miazga, Aron Johansson, and more

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Matt Miazga highlighted the bunch of Americans featuring overseas this weekend. helping Vitesse Arnhem to a 2-0 win at home. The defender scored his second goal of the season in the triumph. Also, Aron Johansson had a strong performance for Werder Bremen in their road upset of Schalke.

Elsewhere in Europe, Christian Pulisic bagged an assist in Borussia Dortmund's win against Koln while Alfredo Morales scored for Ingolstadt in Germany's second tier.

Must See Goal: Victor Wanyama lights up Anfield

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Spurs have struggled to create much on their trip to Anfield. Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead in the third minute of play and were unlucky not to have scored a couple more in the opening 45 minutes.

Tottenham would get a few opportunities in the second half, but nothing looked great for the visitors.

Saturday European Rewind: Arsenal routs Everton, Leipzig edges Gladbach, and more

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Arsenal cruised their way to three points once already this season against Everton, rolling to a 5-2 win back in October at Goodison Park. Arsene Wenger's men used a hat trick from Aaron Ramsey to defeat the Toffees 5-1 at the Emirates on Saturday. The Welsh midfielder opened things after six minutes, finishing Henrikh Mkhitaryan's assist to the bottom-right corner.

MLS Ticker: RSL, Red Bulls, Orlando signings

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Venezuelan midfielder Christian Casseres Jr. is the newest member of the New York Red Bulls. The team added him as a Discovery Signing on Friday and he has reported toOldsmar, Florida for preseason camp

"Cristian is an exciting young player that we are happy to welcome to our club," said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett said in a press release.

Matt Miazga scores in Vitesse Arnhem win

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Matt Miazga has been a solid addition to Vitesse Arnhem's backline since joining on loan last season.

However, the 22-year-old was able to help his team offensively on Friday scoring the first goal in a 2-0 home win against FC Groningen.

Miazga rose the highest, heading home Lassana Faye's cross to the bottom-left corner in the sixth minute.

Manchester City announces United States summer tour

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Manchester City will prepare for the 2018-19 English Premier League campaign in the United States.

The EPL leaders announced on Friday that they'll be a part of the International Champions Cup and play sister club New York City FC as part of the tour.

The summer tour marks the second straight season Pep Guardiola's men will train in the United States ahead of the Premier League season.

Ricardo Clark signs with Crew as free agent

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The Columbus Crew added a veteran presence to their central midfield in the form of a former U.S. Men's National Team player.

Gregg Berhalter's side agreed to terms with 34-year-old free agent Ricardo Clark on Friday.

"We are excited Ricardo chose to join our club as a free agent signing this winter," Berhalter said.

Sydney Leroux traded to Orlando Pride

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Sydney Leroux will be reunited in the same town as husband and Orlando City forward Dom Dwyer for the 2018 season.

Leroux was traded to the Orlando Pride by the Utah Royals in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL Draft on Friday.

The 27-year-old forward, who played for FC Kansas City the last two seasons, joins an attack in Orlando that includes Brazilian star Marta and U.

MLS Ticker: Veron returns to Argentina, D.C. announces sites for first two home games and more

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Gonzalo Veron will not be joining his former team's rival in 2018.

The former New York Red Bulls midfielder, who was selected by D.C. United in the Re-Entry Draft, joined up with Argentinian side Independiente for the 2018 campaign.

Veron failed to live up to his price tag, as he only scored 10 goals and recorded four assists in three seasons with the Red Bulls.

NYCFC prepares for life with Jack Harrison

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While Jack Harrison watched his new team at Middlesbrough play to a disappointing home draw with Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week, his former club at New York City FC continued pre-season preparations without their valuable cog from a season ago.

Following more than two weeks of speculation, Harrison landed in Manchester on Tuesday to sign a deal with NYCFC's sister club, Manchester City FC.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It may be Super Bowl weekend, but there is more than enough soccer to watch leading up to the biggest event in American sports.

Super Sunday itself is highlighted by a match featuring a pair of local Spanish rivals. Barcelona is usually the dominant force when they face Espanyol. The lesser Catalan club haven't beaten the giants in league play since the 2009-09 season, however they did score a 1-0 win in Copa del Rey action just a couple weeks ago.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool hosts Tottenham, Lyon travels to Monaco, and more

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The opening weekend of February gets underway with a bang as two of the top five teams in England face off on Merseyside. Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday, looking to build off Tuesday's beatdown of Huddersfield.Jurgen Klopp's men are third in the table, and three points back of Manchester United for second.

Americans Abroad Weekend Preview: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Pulisic, and more

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As the calendar flips to February, the races in several European soccer leagues continue to heat up. Many teams are looking for a run at the league title or even promotion, while others try to avoid falling into a relegation scrap at the bottom.

In the very competitive EFL Championship, Ipswich Town is fighting for a place in the playoffs.

Rubio Rubin signs with Club Tijuana

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After serving as the lone unattatched invitee to the U.S. Men's National Team's January Camp, Rubio Rubin has found a new home.

Club Tijuana announced that the club has signed the 21-year-old forward on a free transfer. Rubin joins Xolos after hitting a bit of a rough patch following time at Stabaek and Silkeborg.

Sunil Gulati critical of USSF presidential election's tone

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Sunil Gulati is not happy about the tone of the current USSF presidential election.

Speaking at the 2018 Youth Soccer Awards Gala in Philadelphia, Gulati expressed frustration with the way some of the candidates that are looking to replace him have campaigned. Gulati did not mention anyone by name specifically during his approximate 17-minute speech, but was critical of several of the promises that are being made.

Friday Kickoff: Mahrez skips training, Aubameyang debut delayed and more

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While one transferred star's debut will have to wait, one player that missed out on a move continues to show frustration.

Riyad Mahrez skipped Leicester City training once again following his failed move to Manchester CIty. (REPORT)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Arsenal debut will be delayed by illness.

TFC takes yet another big step with signing of fullback Gregory van der Wiel

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Toronto FC has long been on the forefront of MLS trends.

They were among the first to fully run with the Designated Player model, bringing in in-their prime stars over aging European veterans. They ran with the league's recently-implemented free agency, signing MLS veterans to anchor a top defensive unit.

SBI Question of the Day: Which young MLS export will fare best in Europe?

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This January, MLS sent a promising crop of young players overseas to take their chances in Europe.

Cyle Larin's drama-filled move to Besiktas may have been the highlight, at least in terms of narrative. He had been the subject of overseas transfer rumors since his rookie season in 2015, but it took clandestinely skipping the fist few days of Orlando City training camp, leaving for Turkey, and showing up at training with his eventual new club to force the move through.

Keegan Rosenberry ready to bounce back after 2017 struggles with Union

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Philadelphia Union defender Keegan Rosenberry could use plenty of words to describe his 2017 season, all of which summarize the frustration he felt personally.

But the right back out of Georgetown is adamant his sophomore struggles were specific to last season only, and not a downward turn in form after a promising rookie campaign that earned him a trip to the U.

Red Bulls have found mixed success with intra-organization moves

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It was announced on Wednesday that the New York Red Bulls acquired 27-year-old Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Marc Ratzkowski on loan for the 2018 MLS season.

For years, the sister clubs of the New York Red Bulls have had an active transfer relationship, although mostly one way. These days, the Austrian side, Red Bull Salzburg, has acted as a feeder club for their big sister RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga.

Toronto FC sign Dutch international Gregory van der Wiel

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Toronto FC have added a Dutch international defender in the form of Gregory van der Wiel.

The defending champs bought the 29-year-old from Cagliari in Italy's Serie A using Targeted Allocation Money.

"We are excited to bring Gregory van der Wiel to Toronto FC. He is an experienced player that has played with some big clubs in Europe and has represented his country at multiple international tournaments," said Toronto FC Sr.

Geoff Cameron: 'Bruce Arena made decisions that cost us going to the World Cup'

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In the aftermath of the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup qualification failure, Geoff Cameron has fired some scathing remarks at his former head coach.

In an interview with the New York Times, the Stoke City defender was very critical of former USMNT boss Bruce Arena, who opted to bench Cameron for the USMNT's final two qualifiers.

Cyle Larin thanks Orlando City in goodbye message

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Orlando City may be upset with Cyle Larin over the manner in which things played out in recent weeks, but he certainly does not seem to share those hard feelings.

A day after Larin was officially sold to Besiktas following an ugly transfer saga that lasted several weeks, the Canadian striker published a goodbye message on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

Jonathan Gonzalez makes Mexico debut

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The conversation over the past few weeks has largely centered around Jonathan Gonzalez's decision to suit up for Mexico. On Wednesday night, he did so for the very first time.

Gonzalez made his much-discussed Mexico debut by coming off the bench in a 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Thursday Kickoff: Man City still interested in Mahrez, West Ham executive suspended for racist policy and more

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With the transfer window shut, one star missed out on a move that could be reignited come summertime.

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City may continue the club's pursuit of Riyad Mahrez during the summer. (REPORT)

Leicester manager Claude Puel says he will help Riyad Mahrez come back "with a smile" on his face after the Algerian star missed out on a move to Manchester City.