DAN KARELL

Liga MX

Liga MX Round 12: A Look Ahead

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

By DAN KARELL

It's a double derby weekend as two city battles commence in Liga MX Round 12.

Club America, who qualified for the Liga MX Apertura Liguilla, or playoffs, with a 2-0 victory over Veracruz on Wednesday, hit the road to take on Cruz Azul in another grand display of the Clasico Joven.

Liga MX Round 9: A Look Back

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

It took only six minutes into his Liga MX debut for Ronaldinho to score his first goal in a Queretaro shirt.

After a Camilo Sanvezzo shot at an open net in the fourth minute was punched away by Chivas de Guadalajara defender Carlos Salcido, earning him a straight red card, Ronaldinho stepped to the spot for the second time in a week, this time calmly finishing to the goalkeepers left to put Queretaro up a goal.

Liga MX Round 8: A Look Back

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

Eight weeks into the 2014 Apertura season, defending champions Club Leon continue to sink lower and lower in the Liga MX standings.

Taking on Mexican power Santos Laguna, Leon were no match to Los Guerreros, as the hosts ran away to a 2-0 victory. Santos were all over Leon from the onset of the match, and Javier Orozco nearly scored from a bicycle kick, but it clanged off the left post.

Liga MX Round 8: A Look Ahead

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

Even though he won't be making his debut on Friday, Ronaldinho's mere presence at the Estadio La Corregidora has ensured a sell out.

Queretaro made front pages across the globe when they signed Ronaldinho a week ago, and after being presented to the media on Friday morning, he's expected to be presented to the fans at halftime of Queretaro's match this evening against Puebla.

Liga MX Round 6: A Look Back

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

By DAN KARELL

After some early season disappointment, Tigres UANL's offense finally came to life in the Liga MX Apertura's sixth round.

Tigres made a statement to the rest of the league as they crushedMorelia, 5-1, on the road, with five different players scoring for the Felinos.

Liga MX Round 6: A Look Ahead

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

By DAN KARELL

It's fair to say that Cruz Azul aren't living up to expectations.

Coming off an impressive Clausura campaign where they finished on top of the table, Cruz Azul have decisively taken a step back in the Liga MX Apertura. The club brought in Mexican National Team defender Francisco "Maza" Rodriguez as well as former Montreal Impact midfielder Hernan Bernardello, but the new signings coupled with established starters such as Marco Fabian and Mauro Formica hasn't translated into success.

Liga MX Round 5: A Look Ahead

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

By DAN KARELL

After four weeks, two clubs are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the Liga MX Apertura table: Club America and Atlas.

Both squads remain undefeated heading into round five and Atlas takes on one of their city rivals, Universidad de Guadalajara, who they share a stadium with, in a huge matchup this Sunday.

Liga MX Round 4: A Look Ahead

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

Coming off a stellar performance on the road at Puebla, Club America look to stay unbeaten when they visitTigres UANL.

Raul Jimenez scored a hat-trick for Las Aguilas as they torched Puebla, 4-0, but they America face an even tougher test this week with Tigres also in solid form.

Major League Soccer

Report: “Zero chance” Henry remains with Red Bulls following season

Soccer By Ives at related • 2 views
Photo by Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY Sports Images

By DAN KARELL

Though there's been no clear indications from the man himself, it's looking more and more likely that this season will be the last for Thierry Henry in a New York Red Bulls uniform.

According to an SI.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Montreal Impact

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today Sports

By DAN KARELL

Although they've been eliminated from the playoffs, the Montreal Impact are beginning to show positive signs late in the season.

Behind two late goals from Jack McInerney and Dilly Duka, the Impact defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening, winning for the second time in a week, including their CONCACAF Champions League victory midweek against the New York Red Bulls.

Fire’s Pause to retire at end of season

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

Photo by USA Today Sports Images

By DAN KARELL

The longest-tenured player in Chicago Fire historyis ending his career with the only club he's known.

At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Logan Pause announced that he will retire at the end of the 2014 MLS season.

SBI MLS Player of the Month (August): Fabian Castillo

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

Photo by USA Today Sports Images

By DAN KARELL

After a rough few months in the heart of the MLS season, FC Dallas soared through August, thanks to the electrifying play of winger Fabian Castillo.

The Colombian youngster tore through opposing defenses and in five starts in August, scored four goals and added two assists, as FC Dallas went 4-1-0 in that stretch.

Report: Nelsen out as TFC head coach

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

Photo by USA Today Sports Images

By DAN KARELL

There will be a new man in charge of Toronto FC for the rest of the 2014 season and beyond.

Saturday evening's 3-0 defeat to the New England Revolution was the final straw for Ryan Nelsen, who was reportedly fired on Sunday along with the rest of the coaching staff.

Crew’s Gall shows promise in pro debut

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

It only took a few moments to see why Romain Gall has generated so much interest as a top young American midfielder.

Gall made his professional debut with the Columbus Crew last Saturday in a 3-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo.

Las Vegas takes next step towards securing soccer stadium

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

By DAN KARELL

The idea of an MLS expansion franchise in Las Vegas just cameone step closer to fruition.

On Tuesday, the City of Las Vegas,Findlay Sports and Entertainment, and The Cordish Companies released a non-binding term sheet that details how and where a stadium for a potential MLS team would be built.

Jones signs Designated Player contract with MLS, joins Revs

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

After weeks of wrangling, Jermaine Jones has finally signed with Major League Soccer.

The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder has signed with the league and will join the New England Revolution for the rest of the season.

MLS Week 23: A Look Ahead

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

After putting together a 6-0 thrashing of the Chicago Fire in Wednesday'sU.S. Open semifinal, the Seattle Sounders will face a much more daunting task when they take the field this Saturday.

Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and co.

Crew land U-20 USMNT midfielder Gall in weighted lottery

Soccer By Ives at related • 2 views

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

One of the most promising young American midfielders in Europe is leaving to join MLS.

The Columbus Crew have completed the signing of Under-20 USMNT midfielder Romain Gall from French side FC Lorient, a source told SBI.

Summer international friendly schedule kicks into full swing

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

Many of the world's best players and teams will be making their home in the USA for the next two weeks as they prepare for their upcoming seasons, and tonight will feature the first batch of intriguing friendlies.

The Los Angeles Galaxy take on Manchester United tonight, while Sporting Kansas City faces Manchester City in a pair of high-profile match-ups featuring MLS sides.

Gonzalez still open to moving abroad

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

While one half of the U.S. Men's National Team centerback pairing has committed to spending the rest of his career in Major League Soccer, the other half of the pairing is keeping his options open.

In the wake of Matt Besler's landmark Designated Player contract signing, joining USMNT centerback Omar Gonzalez as the only two American defenders on Designated Player contracts, Gonzalez has sounded off on the deal as well as his own future.

MLS Week 18: A Look Ahead

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

Both Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin are expected to make their return in front of nearly 70,000 screaming fans as Major League Soccer's best rivalry match commences.

The Sounders host the Timbers for the second time in a week, just four days after Sigi Schmid's squad defeated the Timbers, 3-1, in extra time to advance in the U.

European Soccer

Friday Kickoff: Van Gaal given more money to spend; Messi recovering; and more

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

Expect another Manchester United spending spree in January.

ManUnited spent a record £150 million during the summer transfer market, and the club has told manager Louis Van Gaal, in the face of Financial Fair Play, that he can continue to spend this winter.

Thursday Kickoff: Wembley in line to host Euro 2020 final; Costa Rica beat Nicaragua; and more

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

The semifinals and final of the 2020 European Championships could be going to Great Britain's premier soccer venue.

Just two venues, London's Wembley Stadium and Munich'sAllianz Arena have applied to host the final two rounds of Euro 2020, and according to multiple reports in England and Germany, the two nation's FAs have come to a mutual agreement.

Tuesday Kickoff: Suarez remorseful about bite; Bayern without Schweinsteiger; and more

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

One day after making his friendly debut for Barcelona, Luis Suarez was presented by the club in front ofthe local media.

As expected, plenty of the questions centered around the infamous World Cup bite, which left Suarez unable to take part in any official soccer activitiesuntil last Friday, and he remains suspended at the club level through October 26.

Thursday Kickoff: San Lorenzo win first Copa Libertadores; Martinez suffers serious injury; and more

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

For the first time in club history, San Lorenzo are the champions of South America.

Nestor Ortigoza's first half penalty kick goal was enough to lead the Argentine club to their first Copa Libertadores title, winning the second leg against Nacional of Paraguay, 1-0 (2-1 agg.

Monday Ticker: Klose retires from international play; Man City sign Mangala; and more

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

Like his teammate Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose has decided to leave international soccer as World Cup champions.

On Monday, Klose announced that he was retiring from the German National Teamafter helping his nation to lift the World Cup title in Brazil.

Wednesday Kickoff: Man City interested in Falcao; Knee issue holding up Vidal transfer; and more

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

It might be a long shot, but Manchester City are beginning to put together a plan to sign AS Monaco star Radamel Falcao.

The Colombian forward celebrated his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament last January with a goal last Sunday against Arsenal at the Emirates Cup.

Monday Kickoff: Van Gaal to decide squad following U.S. tour; Falcao scores vs. Arsenal; and more

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

Many players on the fringes of the Manchester United squad will learn their fate in the coming days.

As Man United winds down their U.S. tour when they face Liverpool in the final of the 2014 International Champions Cup, manager Louis Van Gaal told local reporters that he will speak individually with each player and let them know if they have a place in the squad ahead of the season.

Tuesday Kickoff: Chelsea attempt to offload Torres; Napoli in for Fellaini; and more

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

With the signing of Didier Drogba late last week, Chelsea are left with a conundrum.

The club are only allowed to register 17 foreign players over the age of 21 and the club currently has 18 players vying for a spot. As such, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will look to sell one of his foreign players, with forward Fernando Torres at the top of the list.

Green excited to build off World Cup experiences with FC Bayern in USA

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

In just a matter of days, Julian Green will be playing soccer in the United States for the second time this summer. Only this time, he'll be wearing a different jersey.

Green returned to training with Bayern Munich on Mondayafter taking three weeks off for vacation and is expected to play in both Bayern matches on their U.

Friday Kickoff: La Liga schedule released; Pinto resigns from Los Ticos; and more

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

Fans of La Liga only have to wait one more month until the start of the 2014/2015 season.

The Spanish league announced their schedule on Thursday, with the first weekend of games set to take place 30 days from today. The Big Three of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona start off the season against Cordoba, Rayo, and Elche, respectively.

NBC Sports announces first three months of EPL TV fixtures

Soccer By Ives at related • 4 views

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

The upcoming English Premier League season is just 30 days away, and to get you excited, NBC Sports Group has announced their TV listings for the first three months of the season.

Leading off the nine-month marathon is Manchester United and their new manager Louis Van Gaal as they open the season with the early-morning game on NBC Sports Network against Swansea City on August 16.

United States Men's National Team

Bedoya’s goal, Rimando’s saves, lead USMNT past Czechs

Soccer By Ives at related • 3 views

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

Featuring an inexperienced and young side, the U.S. Men's National Team achieved something on Wednesday evening that they've seldom done before.

Alejandro Bedoya's first-half goal proved to be the difference as the USMNT defeated the Czech Republic, 1-0, at the Generali Arena.

U-18 USMNT overcome halftime deficit to beat Hungary

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

The Under-18 U.S. Men's National Team produced a stunning comeback victory in their opening match atthe 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic.

Holding a one-goal deficit at halftime, the U.

Americans Abroad

O’Brien signs with Austrian side Weiner Neustadt

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

It didn't take long for Conor O'Brien to land back on his feet.

Just a day after mutually terminating his contract with Danish side Odense BK, O'Brien signed a one-year contract with Austrian Bundesliga side SCWiener Neustadt. The deal makes O'Brien the first and so far only foreigner signed to the club for this season, which is already underway.

Adu trial with AZ Alkmaar ends

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

Less than a week after joining AZ Alkmaar on a trial basis, Freddy Adu's time at the club has come to a close.

AZ head coach Marco Van Basten has seen enough of Freddy Adu in his six-day trial to decide against giving the 25-year-old midfielder a contract, the club announced on Sunday.

The Rest

Women’s World Cup discriminatory lawsuit filed against CSA and FIFA

Soccer By Ives at related • 1 view

Photo by ISIPhotos.com

By DAN KARELL

U.S. Women's National Team star Abby Wambach wasn't kidding when she threatened legal action against FIFA for forcing the world's top female stars to play a World Cup on artificial turf.

After weeks of threats, attorneys representing some of the world's most high-profile women's soccer playershave filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against both FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association due to plans for artificial turf will be used at the 2015 Women's World Cup.

SBI World Player of the Week: Miguel Layun

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

In front of his home fans at Estadio Azteca, Miguel Layun put in the performance of a lifetime.

The Club America right back played the kind of game fullbacks dream of, scoring all four goals in America's 4-1 romp over Santos Laguna. While three of the four came from inside the box, Layun's second was a sensational 45-yard chip on a first-touch half-volley with the goalkeeper way off his line.

Crew Notes: Clark comes up big in win; Tchani dominates in midfield; and more

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

Photo by Joseph Maiorana/USA TODAY Sports

By DAN KARELL

When the Columbus Crew traded for the rights and then signed goalkeeper Steve Clark, there were few expectations from the fan base and media about if he'd be a solid replacement for Andy Gruenebaum.

SBI College Preview: UCLA primed to vie for program’s fifth title

Soccer By Ives at related • 0 views

By DAN KARELL

Last season, the UCLA Bruins went into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed, on the back of a 12-3-5 regular season. But if you ask the players and coaches heading into this season, they'll tell you that they're even better this season.

Coming off a disappointing third roundexit in the NCAA Tournament, UCLA has reloaded and are serious contenders for the title in 2014, and they believe they can put a fifth star on their uniforms.