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By RYAN TOLMICH
After this summer’s triumph at the Women’s World Cup, U.S. Women’s National Team midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday are set to ride off into the sunset.
Both Holiday and Boxx will retire from the USWNT upon the conclusion of this fall’s 10-game victory tour. In addition, Boxx will also be retiring from the club game and will not be returning to the Chicago Red Stars for the remainder of the NWSL season.
Holiday’s retirement puts an end to a career that started with her first cap in 2007. In total, the 27-year-old former Lauren Cheney has amassed 130 caps and 24 goals, including the eventual game-winner in the Women’s World Cup final against Japan.
“I prayed about it for a couple years and really over the last year, I’ve had a lot of clarity that I was ready to move on,” said Holiday. “It is a bit bittersweet as I have a lot of emotion invested in the Women’s National Team, but I’m also excited to start the next chapter of my life. I’ve accomplished and fulfilled all my dreams in soccer and now there are other things I want to do. I want to serve other people and focus on my family. Continue reading
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Ahead of Wednesday’s match with Tottenham, Pablo Mastroeni has added five additional players to his MLS All-Star game roster.
MLS announced Tuesday that Ethan Finlay, Sam Cronin and Juninho join forward Gyasi Zardes and defender Waylon Francis as late additions to the MLS All-Star roster. The five will replace Michael Bradley, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Chris Tierney, each of whom were forced to withdraw from the game due to injury.
Tuesday’s roster updates follow Saturday’s announcement that Dax McCarty would replace the injured Frank Lampard. Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco is also believed to be a question mark for Wednesday’s match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Here is the updated MLS All-Star roster:
By IVES GALARCEP
The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup is finally behind us, and it’s a tournament the U.S. Men’s National Team will want to forget, even as its fans continue to search for answers for what went wrong.
Episode 225 of The SBI Show looks back at the tournament, including the U.S. team’s disappointing fourth place finish. We discuss the status of Jurgen Klinsmann, and also discuss the rest of the tournament with Goal.com’s CONCACAF expert, Jon Arnold.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the latest in MLS, from the Week 21 results, to the signings of Didier Drogba and Shaun Wright-Phillips.
This episode of The SBI Show is brought to you by Soccerloco.com, your source for all your soccer apparel and equipment needs.
Give Episode 225 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Andi Herzog is going to get a closer look at some new faces ahead of October’s Olympic qualifying.
Herzog has called in 28 college players to to Carson, California, for a College Identification training camp ahead of October’s qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The camp will run from August 5-8 at the U.S. National Training Center in Carson.
“It will be great to work with this group and have a look at them,” Herzog said. “We have brought college players in and have seen them go on to have success with the senior team. Jordan Morris was an example of that this year. This camp is another chance to build our pool of talented players.”
Among the players called in is goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, son of U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and midfielder Ian Harkes, son of former USMNT standout John Harkes. In total, 11 of the players called in have experience playing in the U.S. youth system.
Take a closer look at the full 28-player roster below: Continue reading
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Since 2005, the MLS All-Star Game has pitted the league’s top stars against foreign opposition.
But if Pablo Mastroeni and Clint Dempsey had their way, things would be a bit different.
The Colorado Rapids head coach says he wouldn’t mind seeing the league move back to the more standard East vs. West format, allowing more of the league’s stars to shine and earn recognition for their in-game achievements. Mastroeni went so far as to suggest a raising of the stakes, similar to that of Major League Baseball, awarding MLS Cup hosting rights to the conference that claimed the mid-summer victory.
“I think moving forward as the league continues to develop I think there’s a shout to kind of reconsider that East vs. West as you continue to have great talent coming in and to showcase all of it in a way that’s ultra competitive,” Mastroeni said in Monday’s pre-game press conference.
“This is me kind of just speaking out of turn but Major League Baseball does this: maybe if the West wins, the West hosts MLS Cup. That’s just super exciting stuff to think about, but as far as the format as it stands, it provides great entertainment, great excitement, and a really competitive game.”
By RYAN TOLMICH
DeAndre Yedlin will take the field with Tottenham on Wednesday in the MLS All-Star game, and head coach Mauricio Pochettino says that it may not be the last time that the 22-year-old is seen in a Spurs uniform this season.
For weeks, Yedlin has been linked with a loan move away from the club as the former Seattle Sounders star could struggle for playing time in a crowded Tottenham roster. Likely behind Kyle Walker and Kieren Trippier, minutes at right back may be hard to come by for the U.S. Men’s National Team speedster.
However, Pochettino insists that Yedlin will be given his chance to shine in the coming weeks and, in turn, earn a spot on the Tottenham roster heading into the 2015-16 campaign.
“I think that DeAndre is very young,” Pochettino said at a press conference ahead of the MLS All-Star Game. “He has a very good potential for the future. I think joining us in the middle of the season last season, he has an opportunity now to show his value and try to convince me to stay next season.
“And it’s like any other player. He has the same opportunity to show his quality and maybe — why not — stay on the squad for the next season to compete in the Premier League.” Continue reading