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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.

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Morning Kickoff: Socceroos advance to Asian Cup final; CAF back Sepp Blatter; and more

Australia advanced to the final of the AFC Asian Cup with a 2-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates.

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Grading the U.S. Under-20’s qualifying tournament

The U.S. Under-20’s Men’s National Team qualified for the U-20 World Cup over the weekend, and SBI has handed out individual player grades.

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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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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Morning Kickoff: Socceroos advance to Asian Cup final; CAF back Sepp Blatter; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With one game remaining, Australia have lived up to the pressure and expectations of hosting Asia’s biggest soccer tournament.

The Socceroos defeated the United Arab Emirates, 2-0, early Tuesday morning to advance to the AFC Asian Cup final, set to take place on Saturday in the NFL-sized Stadium Australia in Sydney. Australia will face South Korea in the final after they defeated Iraq in the semifinals on Monday.

Australia got off to a perfect start when they took the lead just three minutes into the match. Defender Trent Sainsbury found himself unmarked in the box, with two UAE defenders shadowing Tim Cahill, and Sainsbury expertly headed home a corner kick into the corner to give the Socceroos a lead.

The hosts doubled their advantage in the 14th minute, as left back Jason Davidson placed a side-footed shot past UAE goalkeeper Majed Naser. Massimo Luongo assisted on both Australia goals.

The UAE came close on two occasions from Ahmed Khalil, but one strike hit the base of the post and another one whizzed just wide.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Tuesday:

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Evening Ticker: KNVB president to challenge Blatter; Barcelona set for tour in U.S., Mexico; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

FIFA president Sepp Blatter wanted someone to step up and challenge him in the upcoming presidential elections and Michael van Praag has answered the call.

Van Praag announced Monday that he has the support of five national federations, a requirement for running for FIFA president. The Dutchman is the current president of Netherlands football federation (KNVB) and was highly critical of Blatter during last year’s World Cup.

“I’m very worried about the deteriorating situation at FIFA. The public opinion, the trustworthiness, is very bad, and with me a lot of people in the world believe so,” Van Praag said, who added that Blatter was “ultimately responsible” for FIFA’s poor image. “I was hoping a credible new fresh face would stand up to do it, but unfortunately that is not the case, so that is why I decided to take my own responsibility, especially after what I said in Sao Paulo, and therefore I’ll go for it.”

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MLS Ticker: Cahill linked to UAE’s Al Wahda; D.C. United could loan players from Inter Milan; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Tim Cahill is currently representing Australia on the international stage, but the New York Red Bulls Designated Player is reportedly close to making a change on the club level.

The National reported on Monday that the Australian forward has agreed to a tentative deal with United Arab Emirates club Al Wahda, with the two sides hoping to reach a formal agreement at the conclusion of the Asia Cup.

Cahill made 29 total appearances in 2014 for the Red Bulls, although the 35-year-old was used mostly as a substitute toward the end of the season. Currently in Australia for the Asia Cup, Cahill, who has scored three goals in the competition, is set to lead the Socceroos against UAE on Monday in the competition’s second semifinal matchup.

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Hope Solo suspension shines light on USWNT’s backup goalkeeper inexperience

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

It seemed that Plan A was always for Hope Solo to be starting in goal for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

The USWNT played 24 matches in 2014. Solo started in 21 of them. She voluntarily missed one in June for what U.S. Soccer called a “family commitment” and was arrested for allegedly assaulting two family members the following night.

As Solo went through her legal troubles – which could’ve resulted in jail time and force her to miss this summer’s World Cup – coach Jill Ellis started No. 2 goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris just once when Solo was available. It was at World Cup qualifying against Haiti, a low-tier team that recorded a single shot against the U.S. in 90 minutes, which wasn’t even on goal.

Solo’s criminal case was later dismissed but it appeared unlikely to result in a conviction from the start. The alleged victims had reportedly changed their stories and were uncooperative. If those around Solo and the USWNT thought she would be around for the long haul, to Canada 2015 and beyond, they weren’t alone.

“When I decide to walk away, it will be my decision and it will be because I’m not having fun anymore,” Solo told SBI before World Cup qualifying when asked if she planned to retire after Canada 2015. “Do I expect to go another cycle after this cycle? Absolutely, if that’s what I set out to do and if I’m fully committed 110 percent.”

“I’m tired of all these questions about, is this my last cycle? I told Jill, I was like, ‘Jill, I’ll be around. You’re going to have to kick me out of this team before I leave.’ ”

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