Hello everybody. It is Thanksgiving Day, that day of the year you come to SBI looking for a soccer fix and find this familiar waving turkey greeting you.
American soccer fans have plenty to be thankful for this year. From the continued growth of professional soccer, with MLS, NASL and USL all growing and gaining momentum, down to the college soccer scene, where more talent is expected to emerge than in 2014.
Didier Drogba was one of the biggest signings of the 2015 MLS season, and his ability to make scoring goals in MLS look easy helped Montreal drive into a playoff berth.
As easy as Drogba made things look, the former Chelsea legend made a point recently to make it clear his transition into MLS has been far from easy, going as far as to say in a recent interview with Reuters that playing in MLS is actually tougher than playing in the English Premier League.
Fabian Johnson played a major part as his Borussia Monchengladbach side marched to a 4-2 victory over Sevilla on Wednesday, scoring his second UEFA Champions League goal of the season and assisting on another.
The USMNT winger/defender curled a spectacular right-footed shot past the Sevilla goalkeeper to put his side up 2-0 at home.
When Julian Buescher stepped foot on the campus of Syracuse University, the German import was ill prepared for the adjustments to American life. Speaking very little English and ill equipped to handle the cold of Syracuse, Buescher found himself wanting to find his way back home.
The New England Revolutionhave exercisedtheirclub options on 14 players for the 2016 season.
The club announced on Wednesday that it is bringing back goalkeeper Brad Knighton; defenders Darrius Barnes, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Donnie Smith, Chris Tierney, London Woodberry; midfielders Teal Bunbury, Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, and forwards Charlie Davies and Sean Okoli.
Tally Hall's first season in Orlando is also his last.
Orlando City announced on Wednesday a bevy of offseason roster moves, including declining the contract option of Hall. The 30-year-old goalkeeper had served as the starter for the expansion club after recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him during the initial months of the campaign, but he suffered a torn meniscus in the second-to-last game of the year.
Despite all of the issues that have arisen, Barcelona remains confident that the club can secure Neymar's future for years to come.
Barcelonatechnical secretary Robert Fernandez says that Neymar will sign a long-term contract to remain with the club. Fernandez's declaration comes on the heels of several statements from the player's father stating that Neymar could seek a move if his ongoing tax issues aren't resolved.
It appears that all MLS clubs will soon be controlledby different majority owners.
Houston Dynamo co-owner Gabriel Brener is nearing a deal that would likely give him controlling interest in the club, Fox26Houston.com reported on Tuesday. Brener currently owns 25 percent of the Dynamo, but is teaming up with another pair of investors to buy the 50-percent stake that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) holds.