Tuesday Kickoff: Chicharito set to start for Madrid in UCL decider, Man Utd lead race for Depay, and more

Mexican striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is reportedly set to start for Real Madrid in today’s UEFA Champions League decider against Atletico Madrid.

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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 7

The top teams in the SBI MLS Power Rankings posted victories to keep their places, while teams like the New England Revolution and Portland Timbers moved up after scoring victories.

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Cherundolo appointed assistant coach in Hannover reshuffle

Steve Cherundolo has been named assistant manager under Michael Fontzeck’s new set-up at the relegation-threatened club.

SBI NASL Power Rankings: Week 3

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By AARON CRANFORD

All aboard the New York Cosmos hype train, as the Big Apple side continues to impress after Week Three of NASL action.

Not only did the Cosmos pull out an impressive 2-0 home-opening win in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,550 fans, but they also took down a Tampa Bay Rowdies side that has done well against two preseason favorites in the first couple weeks of play.

The only other undefeated sides left, Indy Eleven and Atlanta Silverbacks, made the biggest jumps up the ladder, moving to second and fourth respectively. And as the only team without points in the 2015 year, 2014 Soccer Bowl winner San Antonio Scorpions sit dead last after dropping their only two games at home.

Here is a closer look at the SBI NASL Power Rankings following Week Three: Continue reading »

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Obafemi Martins

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SBI NASL Player of the Week: Sergio Pena

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the score level and just moments remaining, Indy Eleven’s Sergio Pena collected the ball 45 yards out and hoped for the best.

The Honduran midfielder, who entered as a substitute in the 81st minute, earned his side all three points with his spectacular late volley on the way to being named SBI NASL Player of the Week.

As the ball bounced toward him in midfield, Pena chested it down before firing a volleyed effort toward the upper right post. That effort stayed true throughout the 45 yards, ducking in under the crossbar and over Jon Kempin to earn Indy Eleven all three points.

Leading his side to victory on the road against the reigning NASL champions was enough to earn Pena SBI NASL Player of the week, beating out the New York Cosmos’ Walter Restrepo and FC Edmonton’s Sainey Nyassi for this week’s honors.

 

What did you think of Pena’s performance? Which player stood out to you this past weekend?

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SBI NASL Team of the Week: Ottawa Fury FC

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By AARON CRANFORD

Returning to the friendly confines of TD Place, Ottawa Fury FC gave Minnesota United, the heavy favorites on paper entering the match, all it could handle for their first win of 2015.

A handful of players made the weekend’s affair a memorable one for the Canadian side. Julian de Guzman, who sat out of Week Two serving a red card suspension, was back into the fold, helping Marc Dos Santos’ men prevent the dynamic Minnesota United forwards and midfielders from creating anything worthwhile on the day.

Meanwhile, Tom Heinemann and Paulo Junior combined well all game, with the former scoring the decisive goal in the 68th minute and helping Ottawa Fury FC earn recognition as SBI NASL Team of the Week.

Fury FC narrowly beat out the New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven for this week’s honors.

What did you think of the Ottawa’s performance? Which team stood out to you this past weekend?

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Tuesday Kickoff: Chicharito set to start for Madrid in UCL decider, Man Utd lead race for Depay, and more

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Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has found steady minutes a tough proposition at Real Madrid, but he looks set to play in the most important match of the season for the reigning champions of Europe.

Spanish publication AS is reporting that Hernandez will start in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Atletico Madrid, a move precipitated by a rash of injuries, including the absence of Karim Benzema to a knee injury, as well as Gareth Bale’s own calf injury.

Real Madrid will host Atletico at the Bernabeu, looking to beat Diego Simeone’s side for the first time this season. After a 0-0 draw in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon, Atletico can advance with a win or any draw that isn’t 0-0. Another goal-less draw would lead to extra time, and then penalty kicks of no goals are produced.

Here are some more news and notes to get your Tuesday going:

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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 7

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In a busy weekend of MLS action, the league’s top contenders did well to hold serve by picking up victories.

The LA Galaxy picked up a late win over fellow Western Conference contender Sporting KC, while the New York Red Bulls protected their home field with a 2-0 win over the Earthquakes.

The Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas all rebounded well from poor performances with victories this past week. Meanwhile, Toronto FC and Orlando City slumped to disapointing defeats at the hands of FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew, respectively.

Here is a look at SBI’s MLS Power Rankings following MLS Week 7: Continue reading »

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Cherundolo appointed assistant coach in Hannover reshuffle

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By ADAM TROXTELL

In an effort to save its season, Hannover 96 has appointed a new coaching set-up that includes one of the club’s and the U.S. Men’s National Team’s most storied players.

Steve Cherundolo has been named assistant manager to Michael Frontzeck’s new system at Hannover, according to local media reports. The club sits two points away from the relegation zone after a devastating 4-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, resulting in Tayfun Korkut’s firing on Monday.

Since retiring at the end of the 2013-14 season, Cherundolo has been part of the Hannover coaching team. He was put in charge of the club’s under-15 squad this season.

Cherundolo played for Hannover for his entire career between 1999 and 2014. In addition to 370 appearances for the German club, he appeared 87 times for the USMNT.

Hannover plays four of their next five games against top-half opponents, with the fifth coming against fellow strugglers Freiburg.

What do you think about Cherundolo’s appointment? Can Frontzeck, Cherundolo and the new set-up save Hannover from relegation?

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NASL Week 3: The SBI Rewind

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Week 3 of the NASL Spring Season is in the books, and it was far from kind to those that were looking to establish themselves as early season contenders.

Preseason contenders Minnesota United FC and the San Antonio Scorpions have both started the season with a limp, furthered by their losses this weekend to the sophomore due of Ottawa Fury FC and Indy Eleven, respectively.

Meanwhile, both the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers impressed in recent weeks before falling over the weekend.

Sitting unblemished remain the Cosmos, whose victory over the aforementioned Rowdies have added some credence to the hype and hoopla of a busy offseason.

Here is what SBI is thinking following NASL Week 3: Continue reading »

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