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By RYAN TOLMICH
Week Four of the NASL campaign provided plenty of answers to some of the league’s lingering questions, with some of those answers coming in emphatic fashion.
Perhaps the most impressive performance came from a formerly abysmal Atlanta Silverbacks side, whose renaissance continued with a draw with the Cosmos.
Elsewhere, the league continued to display the spectacular via Zourab Tsiskaridze’s 60-yard missile, providing the second must-see highlight in as many weeks.
Overall, the Spring Season continues to heat up with teams continuing to jockey for position as we approach the halfway mark.
Here’s a look at some of SBI’s takeaways from this past weekend’s round of games: Continue reading
By ADAM TROXTELL
Borussia Dortmund has one last chance to end what has so far been a torrid season with some silverware, but it must come at the expense of Germany’s best team.
Dortmund squares off with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena today in the first DFB Pokal semifinal. Bayern has its sights set on a treble, having already sealed a third straight Bundesliga crown over the weekend.
A home match against Getafe should be easy going for Barcelona, though its precarious two-point lead at the top of La Liga adds some extra drama to the midweek meeting. The Catalan side is currently on a 14-match unbeaten run through all competitions.
With a UEFA Champions League spot slipping away, Liverpool is looking for any victory possible. But the Reds may find it hard to come by in Hull, where the Tigers are trying to pull away from the relegation zone.
Finally the Copa Libertadores knock-out stage commences later in the evening. Bolivian side Club Universitario hosts Tigres UANL in the first leg of their round of 16 clash.
If you will be watching today’s action, feel free to leave your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (todays’ soccer on TV schedule after the jump):
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By FRANCO PANIZO
HANOVER, N.J. — The national spotlight has started to shift in the direction of Bradford Jamieson for what he has done with the LA Galaxy these last two weeks, but the teenage prospect with so much potential has been excelling for much longer than that.
From helping the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team qualify for this summer’s World Cup back in February to serving as one of the better starters on LA Galaxy II for a brief time before making the jump to the first team, Jamieson is off to quite the start in 2015. The 18-year-old forward has been building off each of his accomplishments, all while trying to stay grounded and make strides in his game.
Still, the success that Jamieson has enjoyed thus far is in no small part due to what he learned back in February. Playing for the U.S. U-20s during the World Cup qualifying campaign in Jamaica, Jamieson gained confidence by starting in five of the Americans’ six matches and scoring a pair of goals. One of those was a clutch late winner in a narrow victory against Trinidad & Tobago in a group stage finale that would’ve seen the U.S. eliminated had it lost.
While Jamieson enjoyed individual success in the competition and gained confidence, it was not all smooth sailing for him. He, like many of his teammates, went through difficult stretches in unideal conditions down in Jamaica, but it hardened him for the better.
“It was a lot of growing up,” Jamieson told SBI over the weekend. “(We were) playing teams that are not as good as us player by player, but know how to play as a team and know how to be gritty and things like that. As a group, we ended up adapting to that and being gritty as well.”
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By AARON CRANFORD
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are red hot in attack to start the 2015 Spring Season, and Saturday, it was Jose Angulo’s turn to shine.
The Florida side has scored two goals or more in their last three games, and against Ottawa Fury FC in Week 4, Angulo was the one to help his team keep pace with that statistic and earn recognition as SBI NASL Player of the Week.
The 27-year-old forward tapped in the first goal of the afternoon and scored a beautiful right-footed curler from well outside the box to claim his his second of the day, which ended up being the game-winner as well.
The Colombia-born striker is used to scoring goals, as he was named 2013 USL Pro MVP for being the joint leading goalscorer with now Sporting KC forward Dom Dyer.
Angulo beat out Tampa Bay Rowdies forward Maicon Santos and Atlanta Silverbacks goalkeeper Steward Ceus for this week’s honors.
What did you think of Angulo’s performance? Which player stood out to you in Week 4?
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Following the previous week’s loss to the New York Cosmos, the Tampa Bay Rowdies needed a bounce-back victory, something they got in emphatic fashion against the Jacksonville Armada this past Saturday.
Down a goal entering halftime, the Rowdies came from behind to claim a 3-2 victory over their Florida rivals, locking up a crucial three points as well as recognition as SBI NASL Team of the Week.
Led by a brace from Maicon Santos that opened and closed the game, the Rowdies emerged as a different team following the halftime whistle. Lackluster in the opening half, the Rowdies looked every bit the contender in the second stanza. They did well to hold on to a victory due to the heroics of substitute goalkeeper Matt Pickens, who came in off the bench and preserved the lead with three late saves.
The victory vaults the Rowdies right back into contention for the spring crown, while also earning SBI NASL Team of the Week honors over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Atlanta Silverbacks.
What did you think of the Rowdies’ performance? Which team stood out to you in this past weekend’s NASL play?
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By IVES GALARCEP
This week is shaping up to be a potentially great week for Major League Soccer, with the past weekend featuring goals galore and Wednesday offering the Montreal Impact a chance to make history.
Episode 203 of The SBI Show previews the Impact’s CONCACAF Champions League finals clash with Club America, and we speak with special guest Nick Sabetti from Goal.com to give us a breakdown of Montreal’s chance. We also discuss the controversial signing of Indy Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht, who is expected to start for the Impact on Wednesday.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also break down MLS Week 8, including the Houston-Sporting KC goal-fest and the New York Red Bulls tie with the LA Galaxy. We also touch on Americans Abroad, including Fabian Johnson’s memorable weekend and the latest on Freddy Adu’s foray in Finland.
Give Episode 203 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump: