The SBI Show: Episode 180 (Talking MLS playoffs, Americans Abroad, and more)

Episode 180 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the MLS conference finals openers, and breaks down an impressive weekend for Americans Abroad.

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Wednesday Kickoff: FIFPro defender shortlist revealed; Wilshere could miss three months; and more

Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng highlight the German National Team contingent on the FIFPro World XI defender shortlist.

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Report: D.C. City Council to use eminent domain in stadium proposal

D.C. City Council and mayor-elect Muriel Bowser are taking the Reeves Center out of their D.C. soccer stadium proposal and are planning to use eminent domain.

The SBI Show: Episode 180 (Talking MLS playoffs, Americans Abroad, and more)

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The New England Revolution and Los Angeles Galaxy moved a step closer to meeting in the MLS Cup Final and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down their series-opening victories.

Episode 180 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the Revs’ 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls, as well as the Galaxy’s 1-0 triumph over the Seattle Sounders.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss a good week for Americans Abroad, including goal-scoring performances from Terrence Boyd and Aron Johannsson.

Give Episode 180 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Wednesday Kickoff: FIFPro defender shortlist revealed; Wilshere could miss three months; and more

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Three members of the German World Cup winning squad highlight a shortlist of 2o defensive players nominated for the 2014 FIFPro World XI.

Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels were all included, along with stout defenders Thiago Silva, Vincent Kompany, Barcelona pair Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique, and Real Madrid centerback Sergio Ramos.

The list does include a few surprises including David Luiz, who capitulated during Brazil’s World Cup semifinal thrashing from Germany, as well as his Brazilian teammates Marcelo and Dani Alves, who have shown more of a propensity to attack rather than defend.

The FIFAPro World XI will be announced during the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 12.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Wednesday:

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DeLaGarza named 2014 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year

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LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza has been named Major League Soccer’s 2014 WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, the league announced Tuesday.

Finalists for the 2014 WORKS Humanitarian of the Year included FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd and Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara. DeLaGarza took the honor with over four times as many votes as any other player.

DeLaGarza’s year has been filled with adversity. In April, his son Luca was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as “Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome” before being born. News spread and the soccer and sports world responded with an outpouring of love, highlighted by the “Luca Knows Heart” campaign where thousands joined the DeLaGarza family in support of his young son.

DeLaGarza responded admirably himself, helping raise over $25,000 for the Heart Center at CHLA in support of families affected by the condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome affects 1 out of every 4,344 babies born in the United States every year.

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MLS Ticker: Sporting KC part ways with GKs Gruenebaum, Kronberg; Rapids decline options on Buddle, Wynne; and more

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The search for a new starting goalkeeper is underway in Kansas City for the second consecutive year.

Sporting KC announced a number of roster moves on Tuesday afternoon, including parting ways with goalkeepers Eric Kronberg and Andy Gruenebaum after deciding not to pick up their options. Together with Sal Zizzo, who also had his contract option declined, the three will be eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Draft beginning on Dec.12.

Toni Dovale, Michael Kafari, and Victor Muñoz also had their contract options declined.

Sporting KC also confirmed that midfielder Lawrence Olum’s contract had been mutually terminated, and the club will keep him MLS rights should he return to the league. Olum was seen in pictures on social media joining Malaysian club Kedah FA earlier this week.

Finally, the club revealed that Aurelien Collin, Kevin Ellis, Jacob Peterson and Soony Saad are all out of contract, but that the club is attempting to re-sign all four players.

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

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Report: D.C. City Council to use eminent domain in stadium proposal

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The Washington D.C. soccer stadium saga has taken a new twist.

According to a report in the Washington Post, the D.C. City Council are set to change the parameters of their stadium proposal, mainly taking the Reeves Center off the table in the land-swap agreements and pursuing land the city needs for the stadium through the use of eminent domain.

The original proposal included the city completing a number of complicated land-swaps with the current land owners on the Buzzard Point property that D.C. United wants to build their $150 million stadium. The most contentious land swap was handing the Reeves Center at 14th and U Streets in the city to property developer Akridge. This specific swap was opposed by a number of people on City Council, including the mayor elect Muriel Bowser.

The report states that Bowser and fellow City Council member Kenyan McDuffie “have scheduled hearings on the reworked legislation for their committees” on Tuesday. City Council chairman Phil Mendelson told the Post he expected both committees to vote on the legislation on Tuesday as well.

Once Bowser takes office in January, she can use eminent domain to acquire land owned by Akridge at a court-negotiated price.

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MLS recognizes Geiger as 2014 Referee of the Year

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After making a name for himself internationally during his time at this summer’s World Cup, Mark Geiger has earned himself domestic recognition.

MLS announced Tuesday that Geiger has been named MLS Referee of the Year for the second time in his career. Geiger, who won the award previously in 2011, topped Jair Marrufo and Alan Kelly for this year’s award.

Geiger rose to prominence during this summer’s World Cup, where he became the first American referee to be assigned for a knockout match. In total, Geiger was the head official for three contests, while also playing a part in the highly-publicized matchup between Italy and Uruguay that saw Luis Suarez bite Giorgio Chiellini, as well as the semifinal meeting between Germany and Brazil.

In addition to Geiger’s award, MLS also announced that Paul Scott had been recognized as MLS Assistant Referee of the Year, beating out Peter Manikowski and Adam Wienckowski, who finished second and third, respectively.

How do you rate Geiger as a referee? Who do you think is the league’s best official?

Share your thoughts below.

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