By RYAN TOLMICH
MLS Week 12 proved to be a big week for the underdogs.
The Philadelphia Union headlined the proceedings, knocking off the New York Red Bulls for the team’s second straight win over an Eastern Conference contender. Meanwhile out west, the Colorado Rapids’ defense held strong once again to lead the way in an upset over the normally-energetic Vancouver Whitecaps.
Things did not look up for NYCFC, however, as the expansion side’s struggles continued in a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake, keeping Jason Kreis and co. at the bottom of the rankings.
Here are the SBI MLS Power Rankings after Week 12:
By COLE KELLOGG
The third round of the 2015 US Open Cup will take place Wednesday evening all around the country. The 15 matches are mostly populated by NASL and USL sides, but major underdogs still remain from non-league sides.
One team from NPSL, one from PDL, and two from USASA remain in the competition at this point.
Here are short previews for each of the 15 matchups: Continue reading
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By DAN KARELL
When Chris Wondolowski calmly slotted home a penalty kick last Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, it was more than just the game-tying goal for the San Jose Earthquakes.
Wondolowski’s goal was his 100th regular season goal, capping a run that began on Aug. 30, 2006 when he scored his first MLS goal on a tap-in for the Houston Dynamo against the Chicago Fire. The goal also moved the 32-year-old forward into a tie for ninth place in the all-time scoring charts in MLS history, now tied with LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle.
“I appreciate everyone that helped me along the way, starting from youth, high school, college, and all the way up the ranks,” Wondolowski said following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Orlando City. “I appreciate all my teammates, because I couldn’t do it without them.”
Wondolowski is now only one goal behind former New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman, four goals behind recently retired Dwayne De Rosario, and 44 goals behind all-time goals leader Landon Donovan.
Here’s a video from MLS of all of Wondolowski’s 100 goals:
By RYAN TOLMICH
The reigning world champions are bringing some of their heavy hitters to face the U.S. Men’s National Team in an upcoming friendly.
Mario Götze, Mesut Özil, and Bastian Schweinsteiger headline a 20-man roster to face the USMNT on June 10 in Cologne, Germany. In total, 13 players called in also featured in Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad.
The matchup reunites USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann with former colleague Joachim Low, now head coach of Germany.
“We are not playing for the first time against each other, but of course these duels have Jürgen as US coach always a nice touch,” Low said. “I am looking forward to the reunion with him.
“Everyone knows how ambitious Jürgen is, he will set his team well on us and wants to make a good showing in his home. For us, it is a welcome opportunity to prepare ourselves for the qualifier against Gibraltar. And of course we want to end the season and give our fans in Cologne an enjoyable evening. ” Continue reading
By DAN KARELL
It’s been less than a day since Real Madrid sacked Carlo Ancelotti, and the club reportedly already have tabbed a successor.
Ancelotti’s agent Ernesto Bronzetti told RAI Sport in Italy that he is “99 percent certain” that current Napoli manager Rafa Benitez will become the next Real Madrid manager. Benitez. Benitez, a Madrid native, has strong connections to Real Madrid, having played and coached in the club’s academy for many years.
Benitez is currently in his second year in charge of Napoli, but it’s expected that he could leave the post after an up and down season that has Napoli currently in fourth place in Serie A and having won no titles in 2014-2015.
Benitez would fit the profile of the new coach that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has in mind. Perez said in a press conference after announcing the club’s decision to part ways with Ancelotti that Perez would prefer a native Spanish speaker to be the next manager.
Here are some more stories to kick off your Tuesday:
By DAN KARELL
The FIFA Under-20 World Cup hasn’t even started and the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has already been forced to make its first roster change.
U.S. Soccer announced on Monday night that Russell Canouse has been ruled out for the entirety of the tournament after suffering a right ankle injury during the team’s training camp in Australia and has been replaced on the U.S. U-20 roster by Orlando City SC defender Conor Donovan.
“Today was a very tough decision to make,” U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos said in a statement. “Obviously Russell led our team to qualification in the last four matches in Jamaica, so I think that we lose a player that’s very important on the field, but also off the field. So it’s a big loss for us.
“At the same time, we were prepared by having Conor be here the whole time. Conor has been working hard with us, he’s adapted and he has been with the team for a while. So we were ready with a replacement and we’re excited to have Conor on board, who also brings a lot on the field and off the field.”
By COLE KELLOGG
Carlo Ancelotti has been let go by Real Madrid after failing to secure a major trophy this season.
The announcement was made at a press conference called by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez on Wednesday evening. The President stated that the Board of Directors had removed Ancelotti from his position, and that a replacement would be announced in a week.
Ancelotti was hired before the start of the 2013/14 season, during which he won the club’s elusive 10th UCL title.
Here are some more news items to catch you up on Memorial Day proceedings: