Ives Galarcep

United States Men's National Team

SBI Thursday Rewind: A USMNT roster of youngsters; a look at deserving uncapped players; and more

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The U.S. Men's National Team roster was announced Thursday and chances are there are some names you haven't heard. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann explained that the new World Cup cycle means he wants to look at new players, including some young players that are relatively unknown amongst fans.

Meanwhile, SBI's Ives Galarcep takes a look at the uncapped American players who may warrant a look from Klinsmann during the experimental phase of the new World Cup cycle.

Cameron asks to leave Stoke City

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By IVES GALARCEP

If you were wondering just why Geoff Cameron was nowhere to be found when Stoke City lost to Aston Villa on Saturday, the reason has become a bit more clear.

Cameron has asked Stoke City for a transfer, and a growing list of clubs are interested in acquiring the versatile U.

Who should the USMNT try to schedule this year?

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By IVES GALARCEP

If the buzz from the 2014 World Cup had you excited about seeing the U.S. Men's National Team in action, the recent news that a proposed friendly against Colombia won't take place probably has you bummed out as the USMNT faces the prospect of no high-profile matches the rest of this year.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Nigeria?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The final official U.S. Men's National Team match before the World Cup takes place on Saturday against Nigeria and Jurgen Klinsmann will have some difficult decisions to make regarding just what lineup to trot out in Jacksonville for that Send-Off Series finale.

USMNT vs. Azerbaijan: SBI Live Match Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

SAN FRANCISCO- The U.S. Men's National Team begins their run to the 2014 World Cup with a friendly against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park (10pm, ESPN2).

Jurgen Klinsmann will trot out his team for the first time since selection his 23-man World Cup roster.

Chandler and Ream poised for USMNT returns

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By IVES GALARCEP

The race for the defender roster spots on the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup squad is wide open, both at fullback and centerback, and that open race has left the door open for both Tim Ream and Timmy Chandler, who stand good chances of making their way to the USMNT roster for the upcoming training camp despite having both been away from the national team set-up for some time.

SBI Live Q&A set for Noon 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 noon as I take questions on any and all soccer topics, as well as some pop culture questions, and even a few questions about other sports.

Want to talk USMNT?

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 Best XI: Week 25

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By IVES GALARCEP

The past week in Major League Soccer saw an avalanche of goals, and too many outstanding attacking performances to mention.

Standing out among all those noteworthy games wasn't easy, but for international stars Thierry Henry, Obafemi Martins and Landon Donovan, they each showed last week why they are among the very best in the league, helping lead their teams to victories with virtuoso performances.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 20)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After dominating the best team in the Western Conference on the way to a 3-0 romp, the Los Angeles Galaxy dominated the latest SBI MLS Best XI.

A total of four Galaxy players filled out the squad, led by the midfield tandem of Landon Donovan and Marcelo Sarvas, who both had a hand in all three goals scored in the victory against the Sounders.

Should the Red Bulls go after Ronaldinho?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The minute Ronaldinho severed ties with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro on Monday morning, you just knew the links to Major League Soccer would resurface.

This time around, it is the New York Red Bulls looking like a perfect fit for the skilled playmaker, and after seeing Barcelona star Xavi return to Europe after a flirtation with MLS, all eyes are waiting to see if Ronaldinho will be the latest star to sign in MLS, or pass on it.

Must-See Tweet: Mike Magee

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By IVES GALARCEP

There were thousands of tweets dedicated to Landon Donovan breaking the MLS goal-scoring record on Sunday, but none was quite as perfect as Mike Magee's.

The reigning MLS MVP delivered a tweet that both supported his good friend and former teammate, and also served as the perfect parody of the infamous anti-Donovan tweet levied by Jon Klinsmann, son of U.

The SBI Show: Episode 138 (Previewing MLS Week 10, talking USMNT, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

A loaded weekend of MLS action, and the looming U.S. preliminary World Cup roster announcement are among the leading topics in the latest episode of The SBI Show.

Episode 138 of The SBI breaks down MLS Week 10, including the rivalry clash between the Philadelphia Union and D.

SBI MLS Best XI of the Month (April)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It was a banner month of April for the Seattle Sounders, and while Clint Dempsey grabbed most of the headlines, he was hardly alone in helping the Sounders turn in a 3-0-1 month.

A total of four Sounders lead the way in the SBI MLS Best XI of the Month of April, with Dempsey being joined by attack partners Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Harrison Shipp

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By IVES GALARCEP

There aren't many bright spots for the Chicago Fire through their winless start to the 2014 season, but one of the clear-cut ones is the emergence of Harrison Shipp.

The Notre Dame product has been outstanding early on in his rookie campaign, and he has continued to be an impact player in a season where there simply haven't been many rookies to make their mark.

MLS Match Week 8 (SBI Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

A reunion in Montreal, a clash of East forces in Columbus, and battle of Western Conference foes headline today's MLS Week Eight action.

Jack McInerney will face the Philadelphia Union for the first time since being traded away as he and the Montreal Impact face Andrew Wenger and the Union at Stade Saputo.

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.

Americans Abroad

Who makes your Americans Abroad Best XI?

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By IVES GALARCEP

With foreign leagues around the world wrapping up their seasons ahead of the World Cup, we are coming to the end of another eventful campaign for Americans Abroad.

We saw Aron Johannsson turn into a goal-scoring machine at AZ Alkmaar, Tim Howard help lead Everton to a very impressive fifth-place finish in the English Premier League, and Tim Ream win Bolton Player of the Year honors for an excellent season in the English League Championship.

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.

SBI Live Q&A

SBI Live Q&A (April 30th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

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

Get your soccer-related questions ready and fire them at me as I discuss a wide range of soccer topics (and pop culture topics) over the course of the next hour or two.

SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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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 Rest

SBI College Preview: Preseason Top 25

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BY IVES GALARCEP

The 2014 college soccer season kicks off today and while Notre Dame heads into the new campaign wearing the crown, several teams look ready snatch it off of the heads of the Fighting Irish.

The reality of the new college season is that there is no clear-cut favorite, no juggernaut comparable to the 2008 Maryland team or 2010 Akron side that finished undefeated.

Who will win the English Premier League?

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2014/2015 English Premier League Season is upon us, with action kicking off on Saturday, and the chase for the title is as wide open as it has been in ages.

Defending champions Manchester City will be seen as strong candidates to repeat, but with teams like Chelsea and Arsenal bolstering their rosters, the repeat will be far from easy for the team on the Blue side of Manchester.

Report: New York City FC lining up move for Villa

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By IVES GALARCEP

From the moment New York City FC became an MLS expansion team, it was clear the club's big-money ownership would spare no expense on building a top squad. According to a fresh report from Spain, we just might be finding out real soon how far the club is willing to go in building a powerhouse.

Plata, Saborio lead RSL rally in stirring comeback win vs. hapless Fire

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By IVES GALARCEP

After waiting eight weeks for their first win of the season, the Chicago Fire had to feel like that precious first victory was within sight as they held a 2-0 lead on Real Salt Lake 71 minutes into their match on Saturday night.

That sight quickly turned into a nightmare though, as three unanswered goals from Real Salt Lake left the Fire wondering just what went wrong.

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.