Jul 25, 2015; Chester, PA, USA; United States forward Aron Johannsson (9) controls the ball up field against Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup third place match at PPL Park. Panama wins on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Werder Bremen in pursuit of Aron Johannsson

German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen is reportedly in talks with AZ Alkmaar over U.S. Men’s National Team forward Aron Johannsson.

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Pa Madou Kah

Pa Madou Kah found the back of the net early in both halves for the Whitecaps, tripling his MLS total for goals scored and earning him SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

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NASL Week 5: A Look Back

Ottawa Fury FC beat FC Edmonton to extend its lead to six points atop the NASL table. Elsewhere, the NY Cosmos won for the first time this fall.

MLS Ticker: D.C. United hires Populus for stadium design; Impact sign Costa Rican Venegas; and more

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United has hired one of the top sports-stadium architecs to build and design their new home.

The Washington Post reported that in late July, D.C. United hired Populus, formerly known as HOK Sport, to design their future MLS stadium.

“This stadium should be transformative not just for the soccer fans but for the neighborhood,” Joe Spear, a Populus senior principal told the Post. “This should make that the place to be.”

Populus was the designed behind many of the world’s biggest and best stadiums, including the Arena Das Dunas World Cup stadium, the Emirates Stadium and Olympic Stadium in London, and MLS venues in Houston, Kansas City, Commerce City, Colorado, and the future Orlando City SC stadium.

Last June, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. United came to an agreement over a stadium deal, with the city providing approximately $150 million to acquire land on Buzzard Point for D.C. United to build their stadium, of which the construction would be privately financed.

D.C. council has until Sept. 30 to finalize the land swap agreements with various property owners, including real estate company Akridge.

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Reports: Werder Bremen in pursuit of Aron Johannsson

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The summer may be nearing its conclusion, but that does not mean that the movement on the Americans Abroad front is close to being done.

Aron Johannsson is the latest U.S. Men’s National Team player linked with a change of addresses this summer, as German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen is reportedly in hot pursuit of his services. Bremen has allegedly already begun negotiations with the 24-year-old forward’s current team, AZ Alkmaar, in an effort to replace the recently-departed Franco Di Santo.

One report out of German outlet Bild claims that Johannsson has come to personal terms with Bremen, agreeing to a four-year deal.

Johannsson, who recently admitted he’d like to play in MLS some day, has spent the past two-and-a-half seasons with AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie. There, he has scored 29 league goals in 60 appearances.

Johannsson is fresh off of playing for the U.S. in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He earned four starts in five appearances in the tournament, and scored one goal.

What do you think about Johannsson possibly moving to Werder Bremen? Would the club be a good move for him or should he stick at AZ Alkmaar for another year? Wishing MLS would make a serious attempt to sign him?

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Vancouver Whitecaps

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The Vancouver Whitecaps made short work of one of their biggest rivals to storm atop the Western Conference Saturday.

Facing off with a returning Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders at a hostile CenturyLink Field, the Whitecaps cruised, picking up a 3-0 victory while earning recognition as SBI MLS Team of the week.

Led by a brace from Pa Modou Kah, the Whitecaps were the dominant team from the opening whistle, taking it to their local rivals with a trio of highlight-reel finishes. Kah and Pedro Morales provided the firepower while David Ousted provided a trio of saves to further establish themselves as one of the teams to beat out West.

The victory moves the Whitecaps one point above FC Dallas for the West’s top spot, while earning SBI MLS Team of the Week recognition over Orlando City and the Chicago Fire.

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

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Pa Madou Kah

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By AARON CRANFORD

The Seattle Sounders had a chance to clinch the Cascadia Cup vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday, but a brace from an unlikely source helped the latter to a dominant 3-0 road win.

Veteran centerback Pa Madou Kah found the back of the net early in both halves for the Whitecaps, tripling his MLS total for goals scored and earning him SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

Kah tallied his second career MLS goal in just the sixth minute in front of 53,125 at CenturyLink Field, volleying a short effort into the back of the net after a deflection in the box. Four minutes into the second half, the Norwegian international flashed a bit of skill not often seen by defenders to score, backheeling an effort after receiving a pass from Cristian Techera near the six-yard box.

With his two-goal performance, along with helping his backline secure a clean sheet, Kah won the SBI MLS Player of the Week, as voted on by the SBI staff. He just edged out D.C. United forward Chris Rolfe and Montreal Impact playmaker Ignacio Piatti.

What did you think of Kah’s performance? Which MLS Player impressed you the most this past weekend?

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The Mexico Corner: Pizzi’s commanding Leon to a great start in the Apertura

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By NAYIB MORAN

Last December when Juan Antonio Pizzi arrived in Leon, there were plenty of expectations.

Pizzi, a coach who had just managed Valencia in La Liga, was seduced by the idea to come to Liga MX and coach Leon, a club that not long ago won two consecutive championships. But in his first season in Mexico, Pizzi’s numbers didn’t captivate – Leon only recorded four wins and its defense was second to last after conceding 32 goals.

The tradition in Mexico is that if a coach can’t give immediate results, more than likely, that coach will be removed from his seat. In Liga MX, the annual year of football is split into two seasons, which demands the coaches to compete within a limited time span.

Nevertheless, Leon respected Pizzi’s projects, and at the end of the Clausura 2015, which finished with an emphatic 6-2 win over Xolos, the club president Jesus Martinez Murguia demonstrated all of his support to a coach that led San Lorenzo to an Argentine league title. Continue reading »

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Cyle Larin

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Cyle Larin just can’t stop scoring.

The Orlando City forward provided two more goals Saturday, leading the way in a 5-2 defeat of Columbus Crew that earned Larin honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

The Canadian international proved to be quite the handful for an overmatched Crew backline. After smashing in a Corey Ashe cross from close range for his first, Larin repeated the feat for Orlando City’s third goal, firing home another Ashe ball in from the penalty spot. Larin’s finishes, five in two games, bring the UConn product’s tally up to 11 on the season, equaling the rookie record currently held by former Chicago Fire forward Damani Ralph.

With the goals, Larin now sits fourth in the league in scoring, behind only Kei Kamara, David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco. In addition, Larin earns this week’s Rookie of the Week recognition, beating out Matt Polster and Fatai Alashe for the honors.

What did you think of Larin’s performance? Which rookie stood out to you this past week?

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EA Sports confirms addition of CenturyLink Field in FIFA 16

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Make it two playable MLS stadiums in EA Sports’ FIFA series.

After years of having only the Vancouver Whitecaps’ B.C. Place in the popular soccer video game, EA Sports will include CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Sounders, for the first time in its upcoming title, FIFA16.

EA Sports made the announcement on Monday morning while unveiling the list of stadiums, both old and new, in the video game. The news confirms the suspicions of many MLS fans and gamers, who identified CenturyLink Field as a possible addition to FIFA 16 during its first released trailer earlier this summer.

The only other MLS venue that is playable in FIFA currently is B.C. Place, which is located in Vancouver, the same city where EA Sports has a studio that develops the annual video game and other hit titles.

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Video: Giovani dos Santos welcomed by LA Galaxy fans at airport

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