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.
It turns out Jurgen Klinsmann has added a player to his squad after all.
After Tim Ream, Mix Diskerud, and Michael Bradley withdrew from the U.S. Men's National Team squad ahead of their friendly match against Ukraine, Klinsmann announced that Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector has been added to the roster.
Were you wondering what that camera was doing strapped to Brad Davis' chest during Brian Ching's testimonial match last Friday?
Well wonder no more. The folks with the Houston Dynamo posted a video with highlights from the Davis GoPro cam, giving fans an inside look not only at the match but what a player sees and hears during a game.
With 2015 Women's World Cup qualifying beginning next year, U.S. Women's National Team head coach Tom Sermanni is continuing his policy of squad rotation with the addition of a few new faces into the team that will face Brazil in a friendly match on Sunday.
For only the third time ever, the U.S. Men's National Team could be taking on Iran in an international friendly match.
According to a report in Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport, the two nation's soccer associations have agreed to take part in a four team tournament, that will reportedly also involve a country from Europe and from South America.
Opportunities in the Club Tijuana starting lineup have been scarce during the Apertura season for American midfielder Joe Corona, but he may have given himself a good chance to feature more in the final four weeks of the season with his performance on Sunday.
In a friendly match against Santos Laguna at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas, Corona scored Xolos' only goal in the 43rd minute, finishing on a first-time volley off a header by Diego Olsina that failed to reach the target.
U.S. Women's National Team interim head coach Jill Ellis named a 22-player squad on Wednesday for the USA's friendly match vs. Canada on May 8 in Winnipeg, Canada.
The squad features 18 players currently playing in the National Women's Soccer League and Ellis' selection includes goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris making her return to the squad and call-ups for Portland Thorns midfielder Allie Long and defender Nikki Marshall.
In less than 30 minutes (7:30 ET to be exact), the Lady Nats will again take on New Zealand. The friendly match will be streamed live below, courtesy of US Soccer. The live look-in to warmups has begun and we have a few changes to the line-up from Sunday's 4-1 win over the Football Ferns... - Greg Seltzer
Scotland were recently taking on United States in a friendly match, which sparked memories of the humiliating 5-1 suffered at the hands of the North Americans just over a year ago. Since then, Scotland brought in former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan to take charge of the team. The recent friendly match between the two teams finished as a credible 0-0 draw and this led to the praise from the US manager Jurgen Klinsmann about the good work done by Strachan.
Just one day after arriving at Barcelona for the upcoming season, Neymar made his preseason debut for the club.
In a friendly match in Poland against Lechia Gdansk, Neymar came on as a second-half substitute, playing 11 minutes in a 2-2 draw, clearly showing that he was lacking in fitness and physicality after taking the better part of the last month to organize his personal life in his move to Spain.
Having unofficially retired, Robert Pires tends to spend his free time sunning himself in Greek coastal resorts these days, though his weekend wasn't quite as relaxing as he'd hoped when, having settled in to watch alocal friendly match between Storm Rafina and AO Mykonos, theformer French World Cup winner was spotted in the crowd.
Schalke beat Al Sadd by a sensational scoreline of 9-0 in a friendly match, and accordingly the match was not short of highlights. Perhaps the pick of the bunch, though, was the assist by Julian Draxler as the German danced through the box and used a stunning skill move to find Raul wide open in the box for an easy tap-in.
New Chelsea signing Marco van Ginkel will get another opportunity to impress Jose Mourinho as the Dutchman is in the Blues' starting eleven for tonight's friendly match against AC Milan. van Ginkel will play alongside impressive Belgian Kevin De Bruyne in Chelsea's midfield in the International Champions Cup match from New Jersey, as well as Brazilian Oscar and Eden Hazard.
On Wednesday night ESPN televised a friendly match between the Chicago Fire and Club America. The match represented the beginning of what has become an annual summer ritual in the United States; the criss crossing of the nation by prominent soccer clubs playing matches against both MLS Not surprisingly, these games are not all about soccer.
The Colorado Rapids have acquired forward Charles Eloundou, an 18-year-old attacking player and member of the Cameroonian National Team, in a special lottery held at Major League Soccer headquarters on Friday morning.
Eloundou, currently with Cameroon ahead of their friendly match against Tanzania on February 6, will join the Rapids in the coming weeks.
Matt Eliason scored an amazing overhead kick during a friendly match between a Lionel Messi XI and a World XI For the record, Matt Eliason is an amateur footballer who works in finance, not that you'd know it after seeing his magnificent overhead kick for the World XI. Messi and co. scored a 9-6 victory [.
Luis Boa Morte scored an outrageous penalty during a friendly match between Venezuelan champions Deportivo AnzoÃ¡tegui and a special Luis Figo XI. Boa Morte scored twice for the Figo XI, the pick of goals being a dummied penalty to level the scores at 2-2. Catch the penalty below. Now, we know it looked fancy albeit [.
Chelsea and Brazil's attacking midfielder, Oscar
celebrated his 21st birthday with the national team in Recife, Brazil yesterday. As expected, the
selecao's pastry chef conjured up a special fruitcake for the birthday boy, which was
presented by his lovely wife Ludmila (above) in the morning right before their
First and foremost, Feliz dia da IndependÃªncia, Brasil! Indeed, it's
the country's Independence Day today so you get a generous serving ofÂ
Brigadeiros (chocolate bonbons) if you're wearing either green, yellow or
blue (maybe not all at once!
Ghana is on the verge of officially announcing that its World Cup team will play a friendly against South Korea in Miami prior to heading to Brazil for the tournament. If finalized, it means that Ghana and South Korea will join the list of England, Ecuador and Honduras who will play warm-up matches in Miami this June.
U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected a diverse squad for the Wednesday friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Within the side are plenty of fresh faces such as Aron Johannsson and John Anthony Brooks, who both have chosen the USMNT as their future national team, and old faces such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, and Tim Howard, who are preparing for four key World Cup qualifiers in September and October, as well as their upcoming club seasons.
With a little more than one week to go until their North American Soccer League home opener on August 3, the New York Cosmos took to the field on Wednesday in their first friendly match against professional opposition.
In the midst of a ten-day preseason trip to London, the Cosmos fell to League One side Leyton Orient, 2-1, with the lone Cosmos goal coming from 21-year-old Queens native Sebastian Guenzatti.
Manchester United manager David Moyes says the club's efforts to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas are "ongoing". He was speaking at a press conference in Japan ahead of tomorrow's friendly match against Cerezo Osaka. Asked about the latest on the Fabregas deal, he replied: "Things are ongoing.
A sellout crowd of 20,042 at Toyota Park saw Liga MX champion Club America defeat the Fire 3-2 in a pretty entertaining affair as these mid-season international friendlies go. A wide open first half ended in a 1-1 score after Daniel Paladini put the Fire ahead initially with a pretty chest trap and volley following a pass from Maicon Santos in the 19th minute.
The adorable-o-meter registered record readings at a friendly between Galatasaray and the 2. Bundesliga's VfR Aalen in Istanbul, as play was halted by the introduction of two playful Labradors. If this doesn't get more signatures on my e-petition for FIFA-sanctioned puppy breaks in every match, I simply don't know what will.
The United States will play a friendly match against Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar, the U.S. Soccer Federation confirmed Thursday. The match will be played at 10 a.m. EST. The U.S. has a record of 0-2-2 against Russia. The [...]
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On Friday I popped along to the u21 game being played at Craven Cottage with the Whites taking on Chelsea's youngsters. These games always strike me as a bit odd â€“ the new u21 and u18 league set up is designed to give youngsters a more competitive edge but the game still had a bit of a sense of a friendly match about it, particularly with several first team players included to aid their return to full fitness.