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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

Der Klassiker commences in the form of a DFB Pokal semifinal clash between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

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Galaxy’s Bradford Jamieson building on foundation laid with U.S. U-20s

LA Galaxy youngster Bradford Jamieson is building off of the foundation that was laid in February’s Under-20 World Cup qualifying with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team.

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The SBI Show: Episode 203 (Previewing Impact-Club America, recapping MLS Week 8, and more)

Co-hosts Garrett Cleverly and Ives Galarcep break down the CONCACAF Champions League finals with special guest Nick Sabetti, while also recapping MLS Week 8.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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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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Galaxy’s Bradford Jamieson building on foundation laid with U.S. U-20s

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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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SBI NASL Player of the Week: Jose Angulo

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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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SBI NASL Team of the Week: Tampa Bay Rowdies

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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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The SBI Show: Episode 203 (Previewing Impact-Club America, recapping MLS Week 8, and more)

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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:

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SBI NASL Power Rankings: Week Four

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By AARON CRANFORD

While NASL’s top teams remained unbeaten in the 2015 Spring Season, the bottom-dwellers also remained winless.

The New York Cosmos, Atlanta Silverbacks and Indy Eleven all stayed undefeated on the year, but each only managed to end Week Four with a single point, keeping all NASL parties in the race for the spring crown.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies also continued their impressive start to the season, winning their second match of the year in a 3-2 goal fest at the friendly confines of Al Lang Stadium.

Meanwhile, one of the most exciting Week Four matchups offered fans a jaw-dropping 60-yard finish and Minnesota United’s first two goals of the year in a 2-2 result against the San Antonio Scorpions.

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

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International Champions Cup announces dates, locations for July tournament

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Some of the world’s biggest teams are bound for America this summer, and now the specific dates and locations of their appearances have been revealed.

The organizers of the International Champions Cup announced the dates and cities of the tournament’s 18 games this summer, 14 of which will take place in the United States. Canada, England, Mexico and Italy will each also house one contest.

Teams set to participate include the LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls, Chelsea, Manchester United, Paris-Saint Germain, Barcelona, Fiorentina, Porto and Club America.

The tournament is set to kickoff on July 11 with the LA Galaxy taking on Club America at StubHub Center and the U.S. schedule will conclude on July 29 with a matchup between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Other cities set to host contests are San Jose, Seattle, Harrison, Hartford, Charlotte, and Washington D.C., while Toronto, London, Florence and Mexico City will make up the tournament’s international cities.

A matchup between Manchester United and the San Jose Earthquakes will have its date and location determined later.

Here’s a closer look at the schedule for this summer’s International Champions Cup

July 11 – LA Galaxy vs. Club America – StubHub Center

July 14 – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Club America – Avaya Stadium

July 17 – Club America vs. Manchester United – CenturyLink Field

July 18 – Paris Saint-Germain vs. Porto – BMO Field

July 21 – LA Galaxy vs. Barcelona – Rose Bowl

July 21 – Fiorentina vs. Paris Saint-Germain – Red Bull Arena

July 22 – Chelsea vs. New York Red Bulls – Red Bull Arena

July 24 – Fiorentina vs. Porto – Rentschler Field

July 25 – Manchester United vs. Barcelona – Levi’s Stadium

July 25 – Chelsea vs. Paris-Saint Germain – Bank of America Stadium

July 26 – FC Porto vs. New York Red Bulls – Red Bull Arena

July 28 – Barcelona vs. Chelsea – FedEx Field

July 28 – Club America vs. Porto – Azteca Stadium

July 29 – Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain – Soldier Field

August 2 – Fiorentina vs. Barcelona – Artemio Franchi

August 5 – Chelsea vs. Fiorentina – Stamford Bridge

TBD – Manchester United vs. San Jose Earthquakes – TBD

 

What do you think of the ICC matchups? Which games are you expecting to attend?

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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 8)

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In a matchup of two of the league’s top teams, the New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy held on to a result that kept both sides elevated atop the league’s perch.

The Galaxy and Red Bulls played to a 1-1 draw, although the Red Bulls did emerge from their home field as the more aggressive and dynamic side.

Elsewhere, the Seattle Sounders earned a victory over their Cascadia Rivals, the Portland Timbers, while Toronto FC finally got back into the win column with an impressive victory over Orlando.

The Columbus Crew and New England Revolution continued to impress as well, showing some of the form that saw the two sides emerge as major contenders towards the tail end of last season.

Here is a closer look at the SBI MLS Power Rankings for Week 8, as voted on by SBI editorial staff (We have expanded our voter pool, so you will see plenty of adjustments to last week’s rankings): Continue reading »

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