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Zelalem, Trapp headline roster for final U.S U-23 MNT camp before Olympic qualifying

Andi Herzog has called in 24 players for the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s final camp ahead of Olympic qualifying.

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SBI’s 2015 College Soccer Kickoff

The 2015 college soccer season kicks off today and SBI has you covered with a comprehensive look at the teams, players and matches to watch this season.

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SBI College Preview Spotlight: Jordan Morris balancing pressures of school, high expectations and national team duties

Jordan Morris plans to lean on his 2014 experiences to help him manage his Stanford and U.S. Men’s National Team commitments this college season.

Report: Didier Drogba to miss Impact’s meeting with Toronto due to toe injury

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Montreal Impact will be be without not one, but two of their most dangerous attacking players this weekend.

Didier Drogba has been ruled out for the Impact’s road game vs. Toronto FC on Saturday because of a toe injury, according to a report from Canadian outlet RDS25. Drogba has reportedly not traveled with his teammates to Toronto, and will miss his second straight game across all competitions after sitting out Wednesday’s Canadian Championship finals second leg loss vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The 37-year-old striker, who signed on with the Impact in late July, joins teammate and fellow Designated Player Ignacio Piatti on the sidelines for this match at BMO Field because of health issues.

Drogba has played one game to date for Montreal, coming off the bench and playing the final 31 minutes of the club’s 1-0 home loss against the Philadelphia Union on Aug. 22.

Montreal currently holds the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but has games in hand that could help it up dart up the standings.

What do you think about Drogba reportedly missing this weekend’s bout with Toronto FC? Worried that his health will be a recurring issue during the remainder of the season? Still have faith that Montreal can pull out a road win without him and Piatti?

Share your thoughts below.

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Zelalem, Trapp headline roster for final U.S U-23 MNT camp before Olympic qualifying

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By RYAN TOLMICH

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has named his roster for the two final friendlies before Olympic qualifying, and it is filled with talented returning regulars and promising newcomers.

Gedion Zelalem, Rubio Rubin and Wil Trapp are among the 24 players that have been called in by Herzog for the U-23s’ final preparation camp ahead of Olympic qualifying in October. The camp will be held in Manchester, England, from Aug. 30-Sept. 8 and will feature friendlies against England and Qatar on Sept. 3 and 8, respectively.

Zelalem’s inclusion is part of an influx of U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team players that have been brought in for this camp after impressing at the U-20 World Cup earlier this summers. Others that participated in that tournament and have been summoned by Herzog include Rubin, Emerson Hyndman, Matt Miazga, and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

“These are two important games here because they are our last before the Olympic Qualifying tournament,” Herzog said. “We have a strong group of players that we believe in, and now we are able to look as some of the guys who did very well with our U-20 team. This is really the last chance for all of the players to make an impression before we select the final roster for qualifying.”

The U-23s recently participated in this summer’s Toulon Tournament, finishing in third-place with a victory over England. Overall, the Americans are 5-3-0 in 2015.

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying will be played from Oct, 1-13, with the U.S. set to kick off the group stage against Canada on the first of the month before facing off with Cuba two days later and Panama on Oct. 6.

Here is the full U.S. U-23s’ roster for the upcoming camp:

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College Soccer: Weekend Preview

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By AARON CRANFORD

College soccer is back, and 2015’s opening weekend has plenty of intriguing matchups in store.

SBI No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 8 Maryland is one of many to see this weekend, as both powerhouses meet in Bloomington, Indiana for the first match of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, hosted by Indiana University.

Meanwhile, the No. 1 Georgetown Hoyas kick off their campaign in Florida, as they meet Florida Gulf Coast Friday and South Florida Sunday.

Reigning national champions and No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers have no easy task to start their repeat campaign, as they face No. 16 Charlotte Saturday. Finally, to end opening weekend’s action, No. 14 Indiana hosts Notre Dame, arguably giving the Fighting Irish the toughest tests this weekend, and No. 12 Louisville hosts No. 4 Stanford to close out the evening.

Here is a rundown of where all of the top teams will be playing during the opening weekend in men’s college soccer: Continue reading »

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SBI College Preview Spotlight: Abu Danladi returns to UCLA to chase boyhood dreams

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Following his freshman campaign with UCLA, Abu Danladi was tasked with some tough choices. A talented youngster, Danladi had the opportunity to move on to the next level, succeeding in attaining his life dream of playing the game professionally.

But yet he didn’t, and he couldn’t be happier with his decision to stay.

Now entering his sophomore season with the Bruins, Danladi enters on the heels of a strong, but frustrating, opening campaign. Hampered by injuries throughout, Danladi still produced five goals and six assists in just 12 appearances, rocketing his name up plenty of draft boards ahead of MLS signing season.

For Danladi, the situation just wasn’t right. While chasing his professional dream is still something that is very much a goal, Danladi says that part of his reason for staying back was that he had another goal in mind: gaining an education while doing a bit of growing up in the process.

“It was really hard for me to make that decision, because I was at a point, it’s every kid’s dream to play professional soccer, and I had to make sure I had to make the right decision,” Danladi told SBI.” It’s easy to say, ‘I don’t want to go to school anymore, I just want to play,’ but you have to make the decision based on what’s best for you in the future, not what you’re thinking about now. School is very important to me.

“It was my own decision, and I’m glad I did that. If coaches were interested in me last year, if I come back and I do well and I help my team and play with my team and play the game like I always do, there will always be that opportunity for me. I wanted to stick with school and make sure I got as many credits in as possible, took as many classes and really enjoyed my time at UCLA.” Continue reading »

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Who should the USMNT call up for the September friendlies?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the upcoming friendlies is set to be unveiled this weekend, and the discussion on who should be on it is about to go into hyperdrive.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is set to reveal his squad for the looming September matches against Peru and Brazil, and has already revealed that veterans Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley will be on it. Who joins them is up for debate, but it seems crystal clear that Klinsmann will go with most of his first-choice players as he attempts to prepare the Americans for October’s all-important 2017 Confederations Cup playoff vs. Mexico.

While some observers might want a litany of changes from the team that performed poorly at the CONCACAF Gold Cup last month, the reality is that Klinsmann is likely to count on many of the same players. One or two new faces like red-hot Sandhusen forward Andrew Wooten could be brought in, but the roster will probably have very few major surprises.

Almost all the major leagues around the world are now in full swing, so Klinsmann will have plenty of options to choose from and some tough decisions to make. In particular, right back is a position that Klinsmann will need to think about plenty given that Fabian Johnson is recovering from an injury while Timmy Chandler only just began to see time again for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Klinsmann might also have to mix things up at the forward and centerback spots, especially at the former spot since leading talisman Clint Dempsey is struggling with a knock.

Who will Klinsmann call up? Here are the 23 players that we think he brings in:

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Getting out of the dog house was a start. Now, it’s about distancing away from it.

Timmy Chandler earned his first appearance of the new Bundesliga season this past weekend by coming off the bench at halftime, and is hoping that his 45-minute performance can help him earn a start on Saturday vs. VfB Stuttgart. Chandler started the month a bit out of favor with Eintracht head coach Armin Veh, but looks to be winning him back over and could be in line for a start in the upcoming road game. Getting the nod would surely be a boost for Chandler, whose case to start at right back in the upcoming U.S. Men’s National Team friendlies would be strengthened if he can help his club pick up its first win of the season.

While it will be worth keeping tabs on Chandler’s role this weekend, there is another intriguing match that you might not want to miss. A potential battle of Americans and former club teammates could take place on Friday, as Joe Corona’s Veracruz welcomes Edgar Castillo and Monterrey. Both teams have gotten off to solid starts so far in the Liga MX Apertura campaign and are even on points, but Monterrey could create some distance while having a game in hand if it can slow down the in-form Joe Corona and Co. at Estadio Luis de la Fuente.

Two other Americans that are likely to be in action and will be keen on building on their midweek success are Tim Ream and Gedion Zelalem. Ream had a successful Fulham debut in Capital One Cup play on Tuesday, and is aiming to earn his first league start for his new club on Saturday against Rotherham United. Zelalem, for his part, will try and build on his two-assist debut for Rangers by getting the nod again when it returns to league play on Sunday by visiting Queen of the South.

Here is who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

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NASL Week 10: A Look Ahead

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By COLE KELLOGG

The New York Cosmos have the chance on Sunday to take three points from the Carolina RailHawks for the second time in a week.

Gio Savarese’s men posted a 3-1 win in North Carolina last weekend, and will relish the chance to further close the gap on the league-leading Ottawa Fury. A man of the match performance from Leo Fernandes led the Cosmos in that game.

FC Edmonton will travel to Atlanta to play the Silverbacks on Saturday, with both teams currently sitting on 15 points. The winner will end the weekend in the top four, while the loser would drop further into mid-table.

The first-place Ottawa Fury will be looking to pile on the grief against the dead-last Tampa Bay Rowdies at home. After firing head coach Thomas Rongen  just before last weekend, the Rowdies fell at home in a 3-1 loss to Minnesota United. The Fury, settled for a draw against the Cosmos midweek, have a chance to come back with a bang against the league’s worst team.

Elsewhere this week, Indy Eleven will face the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in an attempt to earn a result for their third-straight game, and the Jacksonville Armada will host the San Antonio Scorpions.

Here’s a closer look at NASL action this weekend: Continue reading »

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SBI’s 2015 College Soccer Kickoff

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By IVES GALARCEP

The chase for the NCAA title begins today all across the country, and the start of the college soccer season also signals the beginning of a process that will lead several college players to the pros.

An exodus of top talent from last season has seen the college game lose such standouts as Cyle Larin, Cristian Roldan, Fatai Alashe, Jay Chapman, and Zack Steffen,  but a new generation of talented players will step up to fill the void and become the next targets for professional scouts.

Jordan Morris, Joshua Yaro and Abu Danladi are widely regarded as the most talented prospects in the college game, and SBI’s college preview features interviews with all three players discussing their bright futures and goals for 2015.

SBI will be providing regular coverage of the college game, and also keeping you up to date on the top pro prospects in the college ranks that you need to be keeping an eye on. Today is our day to drop a series of team previews and player profiles to help introduce you to the 2015 college season, as it kicks off today.

Here is a rundown of SBI’s College Soccer Season Preview Stories, giving you what you need to get ready for the 2015 college season: Continue reading »

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