Ives Galarcep

United States Men's National Team

Altidore’s nightmare season at Sunderland hits bottom, leading to the question “What’s next?”

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By IVES GALARCEP

With a month left in the English Premier League season, the final verdict on Jozy Altidore's first (and potentially only) season at Sunderland can be issued.

Even if he somehow climbs out of Gus Poyet's doghouse, and earns some playing time, and even finds a goal for the first time in 2014, Altidore will find it difficult to avoid his first season at Sunderland being called anything but a failure.

The SBI Show: Episode 128 (Previewing USMNT vs. Mexico)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Mexico tonight and as much as the rivalry the teams share will take center stage, of even greater importance to both teams is how players do with their chances to audition for World Cup.

Episode 128 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the friendly, including the lineup we are likely to see Jurgen Klinsmann trot out against 'El Tri'.

Who Should the USMNT start vs. Mexico?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team will play the last friendly before Jurgen Klinsmann names his preliminary World Cup roster in May, and the match will offer a final chance for fringe players to impress, either as starters or substitutes.

Just which players Klinsmann will call on to start against Mexico on Wednesday seems pretty straightforward.

Who Should the USMNT start vs. Mexico?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men's National Team will play the last friendly before Jurgen Klinsmann names his preliminary World Cup roster in May, and the match will offer a final chance for fringe players to impress, either as starters or substitutes.

Just which players Klinsmann will call on to start against Mexico on Wednesday seems pretty straightforward.

Projecting the USMNT World Cup starting lineup

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By IVES GALARCEP

We are less than 12 weeks away from the 2014 World Cup, with the U.S. Men's National Team's opening match vs. Ghana fast approaching and plenty of questions still unanswered about the likely starters Jurgen Klinsmann will call on for that all-important match.

Freddy Adu’s story a cautionary tale to consider when talking Julian Green

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By IVES GALARCEP

It may have just been a coincidence, but the fact that Freddy Adu's first public comments in months came out on the same day that Julian Green sent the U.S. Men's National Team fan base buzzing by agreeing to train with the USMNT seemed to suggest that there was a lesson to be considered.

The SBI Show: Episode 113 (Talking Julian Green, Americans Abroad, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It may just be two days of training, but Julian Green's decision to join the U.S. Men's National Team for a brief training camp in March has USMNT fans buzzing about the prospects of the Bayern Munich prospect playing for the USA.

Episode 113 of The SBI Show kicks off talking about the Green news, and what it means.

Major League Soccer

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you would have asked most people which MLS team would wind up being the final one with a perfect record, few people outside of Ohio would have every considered saying the Columbus Crew.

That's where the Crew stand though, a perfect 3-0 after a dramatic last-second winner from Justin Meram helped Gregg Berhalter's side improve to 3-0 and climb even further up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

MLS Match Week 4: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

U.S. Men's National Team teammates Michael Bradley and Kyle Beckerman will face off in a clash of top teams as Toronto FC visits Real Salt Lake in one of the marquee match-ups of MLS Week 4.

The unbeaten Columbus Crew will look to improve to 3-0 when they visit CenturyLink Field to take on a Seattle Sounders side still missing suspended star Clint Dempsey.

SBI MLS Best XI: Week Three

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By IVES GALARCEP

As much as Major League Soccer is now the home for many of the top established centerbacks in the U.S. Men's National Team player pool, you can make a good argument that the best central defender in the early weeks of the new MLS season is uncapped American Matt Hedges.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Jermain Defoe

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By IVES GALARCEP

As far as debuts go, Jermain Defoe turned in one of the better MLS debuts in a long time.

The English striker scored a pair of goals to help lead Toronto FC to an impressive season-opening 2-1 win against the Seattle Sounders, earning SBI MLS Player of the Week honors in the process.

Spotlight on DeAndre Yedlin

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By IVES GALARCEP

It isn't always easy to follow up an impressive rookie season in Major League Soccer. We have seen that be the case for several first-year standouts in recent years. DeAndre Yedlin has no intention of taking a step back though, he has only grown hungrier to succeed after that started with him being considered a low-profile rookie, and ended with him being called in to the U.

MLS Week One: A Look Back

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By IVES GALARCEP

There were goals galore, and a slew of impressive debuts from new faces in an opening week that gave plenty of fans reason to be optimistic about the 2014 MLS season.

Opening wins by Vancouver, Columbus and Chivas USA helped all three teams start the year in impressive fashion as all three embark on a new campaign with reconstructed rosters and new head coaches.

The SBI Show: Episode 120 (Previewing MLS Week 1 and MLS Award Predictions)

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By IVES GALARCEP

We are one day away from the official start of the MLS season, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a look at all of the opening week action across Major League Soccer.

Episode 120 features a look at all eight match-ups, including Sporting Kansas City's visit to CenturyLink Field, and the Philadelphia Union's trip to Portland.

MLS Ticker: Sounders pick Ockford joins Cosmos on loan, TFC season tickets are sold out, and more

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By IVES GALARCEP

The once-icy relationship between the New York Cosmos and Major League Soccer continues to show signs of improving with another deal between the two parties taking place this week.

The Seattle Sounders signed 2014 second-round pick Jimmy Ockford to a contract and promptly loaned him to the Cosmos, sources confirmed to SBI on Tuesday.

Is Fagundez the best teenager to ever play in MLS?

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By IVES GALARCEP

As the 2014 MLS season approaches, New England Revolution star Diego Fagundez prepares to play the final season of his teens, and he stands to shatter every record the league has for production by a player in their teenage years.

His outstanding 2013 season, which saw him register 13 goals and seven assists, is the best season put together by a teenager in league history, which raises the question.

A look at some potential breakout players ahead of the 2014 MLS season

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 MLS season is just a month away, meaning it's not too early to start thinking about the players who will impress us and surprises us in the new season.

In my latest piece for Goal.com, I run down a list of the leading candidates for breakout seasons for each of the league's 19 teams.

WATCH World Soccer Radio, Live at 9pm ET With Ives Galarcep; Topics: USMNT, MLS & US-PRO

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Tonight on World Soccer Radio 6PM PT/9M ET join Nick Geber and Danny Page as they talk US Soccer, MLS USL-Pro and Clint Dempsey with Ives Galarcep of Soccer by Ives (@soccerbyives).

Watch tonight at 9PM ET. Chime in via Twitter @worldsocceradio or call in to the studio at 800-878-PLAY.

The live broadcast of World Soccer Radio begins at 9pm ET and runs until 10pm ET.

Philadelphia Union Reportedly Acquire Maurice Edu

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Following a week plus of negotiations and outlandish offers nixed by MLS, the Union and Edu appear to have settled on a much more reasonable, MLS approved amount to bring the USMNT midfielder to PPL Park.

Breaking on @GoalUSA, Sources confirm Philadelphia Union have completed acquisition of Maurice Edu: http://t.

2014 MLS Draft (Day Two Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 MLS Draft resumes today, with the third and fourth rounds taking place via Conference Call as all 19 teams look to fill out their rosters ahead of training camp.

There is quite of bit of talent still available on the board, particularly among defensive midfielders, as well as some forwards worth a flyer.

2014 MLS Draft (SBI Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

PHILADELPHIA The 2014 MLS Draft kicks off today with some uncertainty about just how the top of the draft is going to go.

D.C. United holds the top spot in the draft and could go in any number of directions, whether it's keeping the pick or trading it to one of the several teams interested in UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake.

Bradley, agent reveal details of how TFC transfer transpired

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By DAN KARELL

While Jermain Defoe's transfer to Toronto FC was slowly reported over the last few months, news of Michael Bradley's stunning return to Major League Soccer seemingly came out of the blue.

And according to Bradley's agent Ron Waxman, that perception isn't far from the truth.

2014 MLS Combine (Day Three Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The final day of the 2014 MLS Combine takes place today as teams from around MLS look to put the finishing touches on scouting this year's MLS Draft pool.

Today is also the last day for players to make good impressions, whether to reinforce the good word done over the past few days, or to overcome struggles of the first two match days.

2014 MLS Combine (SBI Day Two Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The second day of the 2014 MLS Combine kicks off today and the hot and sunny conditions should help provide a stiff test for the players looking to impress MLS scouts today.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today's action so please feel free to follow the action here.

SBI MLS Under-23 Best XI

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2013 MLS season saw the coming of age of many of the league's best young prospects, including several who helped lead their teams to better-than-expected campaigns.

The New England Revolution tandem of Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe headline the 2013 SBI MLS Under-23 Best XI after they helped lead the Revs to a run to the playoffs that included a nail-biting series loss to eventual MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City.

SBI Live Q&A

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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By IVES GALARCEP

It's that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A

Join me at 1pm as we discuss everything from the MLS season to CONCACAF Champions League to UEFA Champions League. Want to talk about the U.S. Men's National Team? Even want to talk TV, maybe some True Detective or The Walking Dead?

The SBI Live Q&A (Feb. 11th Edition)

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It's that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

For the next few hours, we will talk about a variety of soccer topics ranging from MLS to the U.S. Men's National Team, and Americans Abroad. We will also be talking some pop culture mixed in with the soccer.

SBI Live Q&A set for Noon today

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By IVES GALARCEP

It's that time again. Time to discuss all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

Join me at Noon today, as we discuss tops ranging from the upcoming MLS season, the latest U.S. Men's National Team action, and any other soccer subjects you are interested in discussing this afternoon.

SBI Live Q&A (Dec. 30th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is that time again. Time to answer your soccer-related questions in the latest installment of the SBI Live Q&A.

With 2013 winding to a close, there is plenty to discuss in the world of soccer, so feel free to submit your soccer-related questions and I will try to answer as many of them as I can over the next few hours.

European Soccer

Fulham fire Meulensteen, hire Magath as Dempsey faces end of disappointing loan spell

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you are a U.S. Men's National Team fan who had grown frustrated by Clint Dempsey's lack of minutes during his loan to Fulham, you probably wondered whether a coaching change might help the U.S. star get on the field.

The coaching change has happened, but it probably won't change things much for Dempsey.

Transfer Deadline Day: SBI Live Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The final day of the January transfer window is here, meaning clubs all across Europe will be looking to secure their last-minute deals in order to improve their squads and improve their chances of a successful season.

Several high-profile players have been linked to potential deadline day moves, including Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov, Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos and Lazio's Hernanes to name a few.

College Soccer

UConn knocks off UCLA, Notre Dame rolls as NCAA Elite Eight set

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By IVES GALARCEP

After years of being on the wrong side of penalty kick shootout eliminations in the NCAA Tournament, UConn looks like a team starting to figure out how to handle the dreaded shootout.

The Huskies rallied back from deficits on two occasions, forcing overtime and an eventual penalty shootout against No.

NCAA Tournament Round of 16: A Look Ahead

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By IVES GALARCEP

The remaining field in the NCAA Tournament is down to 16, but that field will be cut in half today after eighth Round of 16 clashes that offer plenty of intrigue and quality match-ups.

All four Pac-12 teams that came into the tournament are still alive, but at least one of them will go home after No.

The Rest

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Seattle Sounders

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By IVES GALARCEP

A week after pulling off an improbable two-goal comeback to tie the Portland Timbers at Providence Park, the Seattle Sounders continued their Road Warrior profile by traveling to Frisco, Texas and handing FC Dallas their first loss of the season.

The Sounders pulled off yet another road comeback, rallying from 2-1 down to beat FC Dallas, 3-2, a win that made Seattle the easy pick for SBI MLS Team of the Week.

Report: Lichaj could miss up to a month due to latest injury setback

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By IVES GALARCEP

When Eric Lichaj left his first match in a month after just 45 minutes, there was reason to be concerned that he had suffered another setback.

He did, and he may require surgery that could cost him a month of playing time at a crucial time.

According to Sky Sports, Lichaj could wind up missing up to a month as he battles a groin injury that looks like it will require surgery.

USMNT-Mexico friendly set for April 2 in Phoenix

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The long-rumored friendly between the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico is now official yet, with the final details finally emerging on Thursday.

U.S. Soccer formally announced the match on Thursday, setting up the latest installment in the heated rivalry.

Liga MX side Veracruz hires ‘El Chelis’ as head coach

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you were wondering whatever happened to outspoken for Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, otherwise known as 'El Chelis', wonder no more.

Liga MX side Veracruz has hired 'Chelis' as the team's new head coach. Veracruz has started the season in poor fashion, dropping three straight to drop to 17th place in the 18-team Liga MX.

Soccer By Ives reporting that Dejan Jakovic has been sold to a team in Japan

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In a surprising move, it seems as though D.C. United has sold Dejan Jakovic to an unnamed Japanese team for a small fee.

Ives Galarcep, of Soccer By Ives fame, is reporting that D.C. United has sold Canadian center back Dejan Jakovic to an unnamed Japanese team for a small fee. While the allocation money that it generates will be minimal at best, the move does save United almost $300,000 in salary cap charges and makes the reasoning behind Wednesday's selection of Nana Attakora more clear.

Whitecaps deal Knighton to Revolution

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Out goes one goalkeeper, in comes another.

The New England Revolution have acquired goalkeeper Brad Knighton via a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps, according to SBI's Ives Galarcep. Details of the deal have not yet been revealed, but are expected to come out as early as Wednesday afternoon.