Red Bulls land Felipe in blockbuster deal with Impact

The New York Red Bulls acquired Felipe and the top allocation spot in a trade with the Montreal Impact, sending Eric Alexander, Ambroise Oyongo and more in exchange.

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Who should the USMNT start vs. Chile?

The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Chile in a friendly on Wednesday, and here is the lineup that SBI thinks head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use.

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Romain Gall, Shaquell Moore named to CONCACAF U-20 Championship’s Best XI

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s Romain Gall and Shaquell Moore were named to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship’s Best XI as awards were handed out.

Report: Manchester City to play friendly vs. NYCFC

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

If Manchester City plays against New York City FC, which side does Frank Lampard play for? Fans may be getting the answer to that question soon.

According to a report from the Telegraph, Manchester City will come to the U.S. this May after the Premier League wraps for a friendly against New York City FC. With Lampard’s move to NYCFC from Man City set for July, that means he should be playing for Manchester City during the preseason friendly in May.

Reportedly, Man City’s trip to the U.S. in May will be followed by a three-game tour in Australia, where A-League’s Melbourne City is another club owned by City Football Group.

The match in New York City seems like a logical fit — Man City and NYCFC are both owned by City Football Group and the reigning Premier League champs can give the new Major League Soccer expansion side a boost.

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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

A pair of Premier League giants are set to do battle to earn a spot in the first domestic cup final of 2015.

Following a 1-1 draw last week at Anfield, Chelsea are set to host Liverpool on Tuesday for the second leg of their Capital One Cup tie.  Liverpool was the aggressor for the majority of last week’s contest, but were only able to force a draw thanks to a late Raheem Sterling equalizer. Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing outing this weekend in which the Blues fell to League One’s Bradford.

The African Cup of Nations is also set to continue Tuesday, as the tournament’s strongest group is set to finish up. Senegal could seal a spot in the next round with just one point, while Algeria and Ghana can also potentially advance with a draw and some help. South Africa, meanwhile, will need a win and help to extend their tournament lives.

In addition, AC Milan takes on Lazio in the Copa Italia, while the Copa MX features four matchups to highlight Tuesday evening.

If you will be watching today’s action, feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

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Red Bulls land Felipe in blockbuster deal with Impact

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Red Bulls have landed the type of play-making midfielder they have long sought, but he did not come cheap.

The Red Bulls acquired Brazilian veteran Felipe from the Montreal Impact on Tuesday in a three-player deal that will see the Canadian side receive Eric Alexander and Ambroise Oyongo in return. Additionally, Montreal is getting allocation money and an international roster spot while shipping the top spot in the allocation order to New York.

“We feel that this trade puts us in a great position,” said Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis in a released statement. “Felipe gives us options going forward that will allow us to play the style of soccer that we want to play. He is the type of player that can make an impact immediately and be a part of our future.”

Felipe, 24, has been with the Impact during the past three seasons. He made 93 combined league appearances, scoring 12 goals and assisting on 24 others. He played under current New York head coach Jesse Marsch during Montreal’s first season in MLS in 2012.

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Who should the USMNT start vs. Chile?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann has a number of his top-choice players available, but whether he starts them all for the first match of the new year is something he is likely considering plenty.

The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to open a busy 2015 schedule on Wednesday, taking on Chile in a friendly that will see the Americans make a rare appearance in South America. Klinsmann trimmed his January camp roster to 23 players over the weekend and the head coach has several of his MLS-based marquee regulars available, but his stated goal of identifying younger and unproven talent this year could be a factor when he tries to settle on a lineup.

Klinsmann could be tempted to give test runs to up-and-comers like Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes to see if they sink or swim, but he might also want to rely on more of his experienced mainstays in a tough environment like Chile given that the Gold Cup is fast approaching.

Here is who SBI thinks will take the field against the Chileans on Wednesday:

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USWNT Notebook: Alex Morgan almost fit; Morgan Brian “pivotal”; NWSL to aid college players; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

After a repeat ankle sprain during October’s World Cup qualifiers, Alex Morgan is almost 100 percent. Speaking to reporters via conference call on Monday, U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis said Morgan is nearly match fit again.

“Alex needs more time on the final piece, which is finishing,” Ellis said. “We’ve spent a lot of time on technical work with her, because she has been off the field for quite a while. She’s coming along great. We’re very excited with where she is.”

Morgan trained at home and kept her fitness level up throughout her recovery, which is in its 13th week, Ellis said.

Morgan had suffered a left ankle sprain in October during a 5-0 win over Guatemala during World Cup qualifying. After a physical challenge, she had to be stretchered off in the 38th minute, but scans showed no damage beyond the apparent strain.

The injury was particularly worrisome because it afflicted the same ankle that sidelined her for seven months last year. But it has healed up well and Morgan was near full participation at the USWNT’s three-week camp that ended over the weekend, Ellis said.

“In this camp, I think she is just truly happy to be back out on the field and playing in non-contact and playing in 11-a-side,” Ellis said. “We did a lot of playing in 11-a-side environments out there and she got a lot of minutes, so we’re really happy.”

Here are the other bits of news from Monday’s U.S. Soccer conference call:

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Romain Gall, Shaquell Moore named to CONCACAF U-20 Championship’s Best XI

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By FRANCO PANIZO

As if punching a ticket to the World Cup was not sweet enough, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team and its players claimed a number awards after their performance at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

CONCACAF handed out its post-tournament awards over the weekend, and two Americans in midfielder Romain Gall and defender Shaquell Moore were named to the Best XI. Gall started each of the last four games for the U.S. and scored five goals, while Moore was given the nod in five of the Americans’ six matches and helped them record three of the four consecutive shutouts they posted to close out the competition.

Additionally, Gall took a split of the Golden Boot with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano, and the U.S. was named the winner of the Fair Play award.

Tab Ramos’ side qualified for the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand this summer on Saturday, beating El Salvador, 2-0, in a knock-out round game. The Americans compiled a 4-1-1 overall record in the regional tournament in Jamaica.

Here is a rundown of all the awards:

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