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By AARON CRANFORD
Hours after receiving word that goalkeeper Evan Bush would not be available for the CONCACAF Champions League final, the Montreal Impact went out and found a new goalkeeper just before the deadline.
Per a report from both clubs, Indy Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht will join the Impact on full transfer before their crucial CCL second-leg final, and the 33-year-old will most likely earn the nod to start in goal.
“I want to thank the Indy Eleven organization for giving me the chance to follow through on this wonderful opportunity,” Nicht told Indy Eleven. “While I am very excited to join Montreal, thanks to the support I received from Indy Eleven’s tremendous fans and the Indianapolis community as a whole I will always consider myself ‘Indy Forever.’” Continue reading
By RYAN TOLMICH
Pep Guardiola is under contract with Bayern Munich until 2016, but if the Spaniard were to depart, club legend Franz Beckenbauer already has a replacement in mind.
With his time at Borussia Dortmund set to come to a close at the end of the season, Jurgen Klopp has been earmarked as a potential Bayern manager by Beckenbauer should Guardiola ever depart.
“Of course I could imagine Klopp as Guardiola’s successor,” Beckenbauer told Sky Sports Germany. “When I was president, we often talked about Klopp and believe he would fit very well at Bayern. Klopp is definitely an option at Bayern. The question is, how long Guardiola will be in Munich. I hope for a long time, but Klopp would be considered.
“I can’t imagine that Guardiola would leave in 2016. He likes Munich. He has had success with the team, and he knows that he can succeed in the future. He has everything he wants.”
Here are some more news and notes for your Monday evening:
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By FRANCO PANIZO
Week 8 of the MLS season had plenty of interesting developments. Both on and off the field.
From commissioner Don Garber talking with certainty about expanding beyond 24 teams to seeing two routs and an eight-goal thriller, Week 8 was plenty eventful. There were also some real standout individual performances, including a two-goal outing from Sporting Kansas City Benny Feilhaber that showed that his international career might not be over just yet.
It was not all good, however. The Philadelphia Union returned to their struggling ways in a lopsided and embarrassing loss to the Columbus Crew that raised concerns over whether players might already be giving up on the season.
Here is what SBI took away from Week 8:
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By AARON CRANFORD
Matt Polster is making a name for himself in the Chicago Fire midfield after another solid outing in his team’s 1-0 win vs. New York City FC.
For the second time this season, Polster is recognized as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week. He earned it in Week 4 when the 21-year-old rookie completed 83% of his passes. This time out, the former Southern Illinois University Edwardsville midfielder produced a completion rate of 87% — executing 81 out of his 93 passes on the day.
Polster also attempted two shots on goal but was unable to find his first in MLS. The rookie has started five games in a row since being subbed on in Chicago’s opening loss to the LA Galaxy on March 6.
The Fire midfielder beat out Colorado Rapids defender Axel Sjoberg and NYCFC forward Khiry Shelton for this week’s honors.
What did you think of Polster’s performance? Which rookie stood out to you in MLS Week 8?
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By ADAM TROXTELL
A home crowd only added to the Rochester Rhinos’ hot start to the season on Sunday.
A goal on either side of halftime took the Rhinos easily past New York Red Bulls II, 2-0 in their home opener to keep them unbeaten through six games. They trail Richmond Kickers in the Eastern Conference on goal difference alone as the Rhinos’ 20th anniversary season comes into full swing.
Alex Dixon scored his third goal of the season in the 40th minute to draw first blood. The initial shot from Tyler Rudy at the top of the box was saved before Dixon pounced on the rebound from 10 yards out.
Jonathan Mendoza added a second in the 67th minute. Rudy was again the catalyst, taking the ball off of NYRB II forward Daniel Bedoya to start the move. Eventually, the ball made its way to Colin Rolfe, who played Mendoza inside the left of the box before he cut inside and sent a low finish to the far side.
FC Montreal is next in line to test the Rhinos’ unbeaten record on Saturday. NYRB II will try to snap a four-game winless streak at home against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Sunday.
Here are some more recaps from this weekend’s USL action:
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By CAITLIN MURRAY
The third week of the National Women’s Soccer League was the last chance for U.S. Women’s National Team players to step away on a high note as they prepare for the Women’s World Cup this summer.
With that on the line, some players that could use the biggest boosts as the jostle for a USWNT starting spot delivered: Christen Press again scored a huge brace, Amy Rodriguez scored a game-winner and Julie Johnston made a crucial goal-line save.
Just the same, the talent that will stick around for the summer provided some of the best highlights, including Jessica McDonald scoring a couple of the best goals from the slate of teams that were denied points this week.
Here is a look back at this week’s NWSL action:
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By RYAN TOLMICH
In the midst of a four-game losing streak heading into Sunday’s contest, Toronto FC was in need of a victory.
TFC got exactly that Sunday with a commanding performance in a visit to Orlando City, earning a 2-0 victory to claim SBI MLS Team of the Week.
Facing plenty of pressure from an Orlando City side that dominated possession through the opening half, TFC remained rigid and tough, features that had been lacking in recent weeks. When given the chance, Jozy Altidore proved clinical by scoring both TFC goals, leading the way in a dominant second half that saw TFC do well in holding on to snag a well-earned three points.
The performance was enough to earn TFC honors as SBI MLS Team of the Week, beating out the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution for this week’s honors.
What did you think of TFC’s performance? Which team stood out to you this past weekend?
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By CARL SETTERLUND
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones proclaimed club teammate Scott Caldwell as his U.S. Men’s National Team successor earlier in April, most people probably brushed it off as a mix of hyperbole and fondness for an unheralded member of the team.
Jones might not have been wildly off the mark, though, as the Revs’ unsung defensive midfielder has continued his stellar form from the 2014 MLS Cup playoffs into the 2015 season.
On Sunday against Real Salt Lake, the player behind the scenes got a little closer to the action as Caldwell picked up an assist and, more notably, his first MLS goal in a 4-0 rout at Gillette Stadium.
“It’s definitely not the first thing on my mind each game,” said Caldwell, who is better known as the player who does the dirty work to free up Lee Nguyen, and often Jermaine Jones, in front of him.
“It was a good feeling definitely to get that monkey of my back, but it was more important just to get the three points, and it was a great team performance the whole night,” Caldwell said. Continue reading