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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Jozy Altidore will attempt to get another start for Sunderland during a busy two-game weekend, Tim Howard in line to play twice, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

Brooks Johnson vs Ghana

The best American soccer moments in 2014

Here is a look back at the best moments, events and performances in American soccer in 2014.

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Merry Christmas from SBI Soccer

Merry Christmas from all of us at SBI Soccer.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If you’re a big fan of English soccer, Santa Claus has brought quite the present.

A bevy of soccer will be played throughout England this weekend, making up most of the action over the next few days. Jozy Altidore and Sunderland are among the parties involve, as they play twice in three days with games vs. Hull City on Friday and at Brad Guzan’s Aston Villa on Sunday. Altidore will be looking to break back into the Black Cats’ lineup for the third time this season, and should have a good chance to do so given the short turnaround between the matches.

While Altidore attempts to earn another start, Tim Howard is line for two more. Howard and Everton host Geoff Cameron and Stoke City in a Friday battle of Americans before paying a visit to Newcastle United on Sunday. The Toffees have tasted victory just once in their last five league games, so they will be keen on trying to add to their win total in order to break back into the top half of the table.

The majority of the weekend’s tilts might take place in England, but some games will also be played in Belgium’s Pro League. Anderlecht welcome Westerlo in one of those matches on Friday, and Sacha Kljestan will be attempting to make his way back into the former’s starting eleven. Kljestan has been seeing more time as of late, but hasn’t been penciled into Anderlecht’s lineup since Dec. 6 and has just four starts in league play this season.

Here is who the Americans Abroad battle this weekend: Continue reading »

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The best American soccer moments in 2014

Brooks Johnson vs Ghana

 

By IVES GALARCEP

As the year winds down to a close, it is time to look back and reminisce on the moments that will live long in the memories of American soccer fans.

My latest Goal USA feature took a look at the top moments, events and performances of 2014 in American soccer. The ones that will be remembered long after the year is over, and the ones that had the greatest impact on American soccer fans. It wasn’t an easy list to whittle down to five, and I’m sure everybody’s list will be a little different based on their own personal allegiances, but one thing we can agree on is that there were some moments and events this year that we won’t soon forget.

I settled on a top five for the story, but there were obviously so many more moments that could have made the list. Here are just some of the other events/moments/performances that could have made the cut, and may have made your cut:

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Merry Christmas from SBI Soccer

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By IVES GALARCEP

Hello everybody. I want to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you SBI readers out there. We hope you enjoy some time off, quality family time and a few peeks at SBI in between your unwrapping of presents and celebrating.

We will have a few presents for you in terms of posts today to help quench your thirst for soccer so keep an eye out for those, and feel free to throw some story suggestions our way today as we make our way through a third straight day without soccer to watch (the good news is soccer is on the way on Friday courtesy of the Premier League’s Boxing Day schedule).

Thank you for making SBI part of your Christmas tradition. For those of you who have been around with us for a while, you might know that this is the eighth straight year of our Merry Christmas post, with the familiar Santa playing soccer image. That image has come to symbolize not only the holiday, but also another year of SBI in the books.

The new year is fast approaching, and we at SBI are already working on some fun things for the New Year, but if you find  yourself bored today be sure to check out Episode 183 of The SBI Show and the first SBI 2015 MLS Draft Big Board, which both dropped on Monday.

On behalf of the entire staff at SBI, thank you for making us a part of your soccer world and please enjoy this special time of year.

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The SBI 2014 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 1.0)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2015 MLS Draft is just three weeks away and once the holiday season is behind us, teams will start preparing to head down to Florida for the MLS Combine as they search for the players to select in what is shaping up to be a better draft than 2014.

The 2015 MLS Draft lacks top-end talent, the kind of can’t-miss targets of years past, but there is squad depth in this year’s draft, and positional strength at left back and central defender, two positions plenty of MLS teams can use help at.

The SBI MLS Draft Big Board is our attempt to project where the year’s incoming college talent will go in the MLS Draft. We come up with the Big Board via a formula that takes into account our own observations along with input from coaches and scouts from the college and professional ranks. The Big Board is very much a work in progress, and as the draft class evolves, the board evolves with it, right up until the day before the draft, when we reveal our final big board and MLS Mock Draft. (You can find last year’s initial Big Board here, and our final 2014 Big Board here).

Every draft class is headed by the Generation adidas class, which is very much in limbo this time around. Sources have told SBI that MLS plans on having a very small Generation adidas class, between three and four players. That number could group, but all signs point to the GA class being a small one.

With that in mind, we have only listed four GA players on our initial Big Board (none have signed a Generation adidas deal yet). One player who could be added is Michigan State midfielder Jay Chapman, who is a top-three talent, but who MLS has initially identified as a Toronto FC homegrown player. This designation is still in dispute though, and if Chapman does have the TFC homegrown tag removed, then he will almost certainly be a top Generation adidas signing, and a top two player on the SBI Big Board.

Now, without further ado, here is the SBI MLS Draft Big Board, Version 1.0:

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The SBI Show: Episode 183 (Talking MLS news, Americans Abroad, and more)

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 By IVES GALARCEP

It was a busy week in Major League Soccer, with big news ranging from stadium project approvals to high-profile player signings to much more.

Episode 183 of The SBI Show catches you up on all the recent activity, from D.C. United’s stadium project approval to Orlando City’s signing of Brek Shea.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the recent MLS re-entry drafts, the latest news on Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres’ future and more.

Give Episode 183 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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MLS Ticker: Keane rules out Premier League loan; Timbers re-sign Fernandez; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Fresh off an MLS Cup and MLS MVP winning campaign, LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane is set to finally sit down and enjoy the offseason.

Keane has ruled out a winter loan to the Premier League, although the Galaxy forward admits that he does have “the itch” to get back onto the field as quickly as humanly possible.

“I’ve been asked to go on loan. I think you know me, better than anybody, after a few weeks (inactivity) I get the itch,” Keane said. “I’ve got the itch now 100 percent. I was playing five-a-side with me mates 10 days after the Cup final. That’s the way I am.

“I have been asked (to go on loan), yeah. And there’s a temptation because I just love playing football,” he added. “There’s a temptation but I just can’t see it happening to be honest with you. It’s not going to happen.”

The Galaxy captain cited medical issues as the reason behind his upcoming rest period, as the 34-year-old believes he could benefit from a bit of a break.

“There’s certainly a temptation because I just love playing so much,” Keane said. “But I’ve spoken to people and medically it wouldn’t make any sense for me.

“It wouldn’t probably be fair at this moment after what I put myself through after the operations that I’ve had. I want to continue for a long time and this is probably my best bet but as I say it’s tempting but, like I say, it’s not going to happen.”

Here are some more of Wednesday’s MLS news and notes: Continue reading »

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