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Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If this week was a sign of things to come, Will Packwood likely won't be complaining.

After struggling to make match-day rosters on a consistent basis in the opening months of the Championship campaign, Packwood made his season debut for Birmingham City on Tuesday by coming off the bench in a 3-1 win over Millwall.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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One of the Americans currently seeing more consistent minutes than most in a foreign league now has his first goal for his new club.

Edgar Castillo opened his scoring account with Atlas on Saturday, finding the back of the net in the club's 2-1 defeat to Monterrey.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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When Joe Gyau reached a deal to join Borussia Dortmund this summer, the consensus was that he would have a difficult time breaking into the first team this season.

Gyau, however, did just that on Wednesday.

After surprisingly dressing in the club's last two league games, Gyau came off the bench to make his Borussia Dortmund debut in a 2-2 draw with VfB Stuttgart.

Altidore snaps scoring slump, but Sunderland bow out of Capital One Cup

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U.S. Men's National Team and Sunderland fans will be hoping that Jozy Altidore's latest performance is a sign of things to come.

Altidore snapped a near 10-month long scoring drought at the club level, netting the opener in the 16th minute of the Black Cats' Capital One Cup duel with Stoke City.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Four games, three cleansheets. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa have gotten off to a dream start in the Premiership season, but will have to dig deep this weekend in order to extend their undefeated run to five games.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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After a brief break for FIFA's international dates, Europe's top leagues resume play this weekend and three Americans are hoping to make their respective debuts in it.

Julian Green is among that trio, as he is looking to make his first appearance since joining Hamburg on loan.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The competitionfor the U.S. Men's National Team's vacant starting goalkeeper spot ison, and Brad Guzan willattempt to help his cause by trying to moveAston Villato a 2-0 start to the season.

After winning their season opener on the road against Stoke City, Aston Villa will open the home part of their schedule when they face an 0-1 Newcastle United side on Saturday.

Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

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The drought is over. The pressure isgone. Herculez Gomez is backon the scoresheet.

Nearly a year after buryinghis last goal, Gomez found the back of the net by grabbing the winner in Tigres' 2-0 Copa MX triumph over second-division club Irapuato.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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TheU.S. Men's National Team had plenty of heroes at theWorld Cup, and this weekend will mark thefirst time since their tournament ended in Brazil that we'll get to see many of them in action.

Author of the most impressive U.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Americans are no strangers to finding success at Fulham, and the latest player that appears poised to do so is Emerson Hyndman.

Hyndman madehis professional debut on Saturday, starting and going the distance in the Cottagers' 2-1 loss to Ipswich Town.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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After enjoying a career year with Bolton Wanderers, Tim Ream has his sights set on playing even better and achieving even more this season.

Trying to accomplish all that begins now.

Bolton Wanderers are set to begin their new season in the Championship with a visit to Watford on Saturday, andReam's inclusion in the Trotters' lineup is all but a given considering his successin 2013-14.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you really dig match-ups involving Americans, this weekend might be perfect for you.

There are thee games being played outside of MLS that could pit Americans against one another, and Friday's clash between Club Tijuana and Tigres UANL is arguably the best.

Odense BK terminate O’Brien’s contract

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A year-and-a-halfafter signing withOdense BK, Conor O'Brien is on the move again.

Odense and O'Brien agreed to terminate the midfielder's contract on Thursday morning, making him a free agent. The decision comes after O'Brien struggled to break into the Danish club's lineup on a consistent basis, and there are rumors of him heading to an Austrian side.

Free agent Agudelo training with Orlando City ahead of next move

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The immediate future of Juan Agudelo lies in Orlando. His long term future is not so clear.

Agudelo will be training with MLS-bound Orlando City this week in an effort to maintain his fitness and sharpness, but the 21-year-old free agent will not be joining the club on a permanent basis.

Green named to Bayern Munich’s first team ahead of preseason visit to U.S.

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If you are hoping to see more of Julian Green in the near future, you will be happy to know Bayern Munich has just raised the odds of that happening.

Bayern Munich recently named Green to their first-team roster ahead of its preseason trip to the United States.

Johannsson entered World Cup with ankle knock

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The injury Aron Johannsson left the World Cup with is one that he carried into the tournament as well.

AZ Alkmaar team director and former U.S. Men's National Team player Earnie Stewart told ESPN FC on Wednesday that Johannsson had been dealing with an ankle knock prior to the start of the World Cup.

Lichaj’s return from injury could be delayed until September

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The injury that forced Eric Lichaj to miss the end of this past season might also force him to miss the start of the upcoming one.

Lichaj is currently recovering from a hernia injury he had surgery on in March, and his expected timetable to return to Nottingham Forest might be pushed back until September.

FIFA

A closer look at FIFA 15 USMNT player ratings

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Less than twenty-four hours separates North American gamers from picking up a copy of EA Sports' FIFA 15, meaning the always-intense debate over player ratings will begin promptly.

FIFA 15 is set to hit stores on Tuesday, and one of the first things fans of the popular video game like to do aside from playing for hours on end is check out which of their favorite players received good and bad overallratings.

SBI 2014 World Cup Diary: Entry 4

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RECIFE, Brazil If there is a Brazilian equivalent to Seattle or Miami in terms of consistent rainfall, it might be Recife.

The largest city in the state of Pernambuco somewhat resembles the look and vibe of Ft.

earthquakes

Whitecaps end scoring drought, blank Earthquakes

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So long, scoring drought.

The Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday ended a 449-minute scoreless run thatstretched over nine halves, scoring on each side of halftime to hand the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-0 loss at BC Place.

Earthquakes push five past Fire in impressive victory

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Not since 2012 had the San Jose Earthquakes offense been so deadly, putting up five goals on Wednesday in an impressive victory over the Chicago Fire.

The Earthquakes were on the sweet end of a 5-1 rout against the Fire at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday night, with five different players finding the back of the net for San Jose.

Major League Soccer

Beckham confident MLS Miami project will happen

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Never really one to beshort on confidence, David Beckham is convinced his MLS Miami franchise will come to fruition despite all the recent stadium setbacks.

Beckham stated with conviction on Wednesday that the MLS franchise in Miami that he has been working arduously on will see the light of day.

Orlando City secures new training facility after unanimous vote

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While one 2015 MLS expansion teamhas struggled mightily to find a permanent home and training facility, the other continues its mostly upward swing.

Orlando City announced on Tuesday that Seminole County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 in support of an agreement that secures the club's newest training facility ahead of its debut season in MLS.

Leiweke to step down down from MLSE posts

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The man responsible for the reinvigoration of Toronto FC will not be tasked with doing so for much longer.

It was announced on Thursday that renowned executive Tim Leiweke is stepping down from his posts as CEO and president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

Who is this year’s biggest MLS All-Star Game snub?

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It happens every year: A deserving candidate for the MLS All-Star Game is left off the squad due toroster limitations.

This season is no different. In fact, there might be more playersin 2014than there has been in recent years that have legitimate cases for inclusion.

Las Vegas group working towards landing MLS franchise

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The race for the 24th MLS team is heating up, with Las Vegas being the latest city to thrust itself into the conversation for the expansion slot.

A Las Vegas group is working towards landing an MLS franchise in Sin City and recently told soccer fans in the area that the chances of landing a team are a realistic possibility.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT 1, Czech Republic 0: SBI Player Grades

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A young U.S. Men's National Teamwent into the Czech Republic and came out with a shutout victory, and there were plenty of impressive individual performances along the way.

From veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando to debuting youngster Joe Gyau to midfielder Mix Diskerud, there was no shortage of strong outingsfrom American players in Wednesday's 1-0 victory in Prague.

USMNT 1, Czech Republic 0: Five Things Learned

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The U.S. Men's National Team started off the new World Cup cycle with a road win on European soil on Wednesday, andwith the victory came plentyof revelations about this young group of Americans.

The U.

Klinsmann lashes out at MLS scheduling games on FIFA dates

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Never one to shy away from letting his opinions be heard, Jurgen Klinsmann has a bone to pick with MLS regarding its scheduling.

Namely, he does not like that the league has games during FIFA international fixture dates.

Who should the USMNT start vs. the Czech Republic?

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Finding the right balance between fielding an experimental lineup and one capable of grabbing a result. That is what Jurgen Klinsmann is tasked with as a new World Cup cycle officially gets underway on Wednesday.

Klinsmann on Donovan farewell: “Not awkward for me at all”

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U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will not be at all uncomfortable during Landon Donovan's farewell match next month.

Klinsmann on Tuesday touched on the topic of Donovan's planned final U.

Klinsmann explains reasoning behind USMNT’s youth movement

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The U.S. Men's National Team begins its road to Russia 2018 with its first friendly next week, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is wasting no time in trying to identifytalent in the pipeline that could potentially help along the way.

U-18 USMNT defeats Czech Republic to move to tournament final

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The Under-18 U.S. Men's National Team will be playing for some hardware this weekend.

A day after rallying to pick up a 3-1 win over Hungary, the Americans reached the final of the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek with a 3-2 victory against the Czech Republic.

CAITLIN MURRAY

SBI Tuesday Rewind: Wright-Phillips stepping up for Red Bulls; a look at Jones’ possible move to MLS; and more

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Around this time last year, Bradley Wright-Phillips wasn't necessarily a name in the headlines. But what a difference a year makes. As Wright-Phillips is on pace to set a New York Red Bulls record for goals in a single season, SBI's Ryan Tolmich looked at the Englishman's breakout season and heard from the team about the impact he's made this year.

SBI Saturday Rewind: Brazil escapes nail-biter; Jones stepping up; MLS returns and more

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For 120+ minutes on Saturday, the 2014 World Cup favorites weren't looking much like a sure thing. After being outplayed by Chile for much of the Round of 16 opener, Brazil eked by in a penalty kick shootout and the host nation's citizenry was able to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

The Rest

Reports: NYC FC turns attention towards Queens after Bronx deal falls through

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It is on to the next potential stadium site for New York City FC.

According to multiple reports on Tuesday morning, NYC FC have begun exploring the option of building a soccer-specific stadium in Queens after plans to construct one near Yankee Stadium failed to materialize.

Rolfe sidelined six weeks after left forearm surgery

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Things have been going pretty well for D.C. United in recent weeks, but some bad news has hit the club.

D.C. United have announced that Chris Rolfe is expected to miss the next six weeks after sustaininga fractured left forearm in training on Wednesday.

Palermo officially sign Gonzalez to three-year deal

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The I's have been dotted and the T's have been crossed. Giancarlo Gonzalez is now a member of Palermo.

Palermo officially announced on its website on Tuesday that Gonzalez hascompleted his move to the Serie A club from the Columbus Crew, signing a three-year contract.

DeMerit announces retirement in open letter to Whitecaps fans

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One of U.S. Soccer's most perseverant players has played his last game.

Jay DeMerit has announced his retirement in an open letter to Vancouver Whitecaps fans. DeMerit's decision comes after two injury-plagued seasons in Vancouver in which the centerback suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the season opener in 2013 and another torn tendon in his left ankle this past June.

U-20 USMNT come from behind to edge Chile in first NTC game

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It took a come-from-behind effort, but the Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team is off to a winning start in California.

The U.S. defeated Chile in their first 2014 National Training Center Invitational match on Monday, using a pair of second-half goals from a couple of substitutes in a 2-1 victory.