By RYAN TOLMICH
Sacramento Republic’s bid to join the ranks of Major League Soccer has received a major infusion of cash.
The ownership group of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, led by Vivek Ranadive, has made an investment in the USL Pro club with aims in making a move to MLS.
“Vivek and the Kings have brought visionary leadership to Sacramento,” said mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson. “They are the perfect partners for the City of Sacramento and Sacramento Republic FC in this transformational opportunity.
“All of us are building Sacramento into a city that will set the example for the way sports and culture interact with American cities in the future.” Continue reading
By FRANCO PANIZO
A new formation at the start of a new year showed some promise, but the U.S. Men’s National Team couldn’t avoid starting 2015 with another winless result.
The U.S. began 2015 with a 3-2 road loss to Chile on Wednesday evening, falling prey to a second-half brace from Mark Gonzalez at Estadio El Teniente. Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore gave the Americans two separate leads in the first half, but the U.S. faded after switching formations at halftime and failed to come out victorious for the fifth straight match.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side, which started the friendly in a new-look 3-5-2 lineup but switched to a 4-4-2 in the second half, was punished by Gonzalez’s excellent play on the Chile left flank.
Gonzalez set up the hosts’ first equalizer in the 10th minute, and went on to beat U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando with a pair of strikes in the second stanza that came nine minutes apart.
By RYAN TOLMICH
Jozy Altidore is set to embark on a new chapter in his club career, but on Wednesday in Chile he reminded us how productive he continues to be for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
The newly acquired Toronto FC forward scored a goal Wednesday, his third in four games, as the U.S. Men’s National Team dropped a 3-2 decision to Chile. Altidore was a consistent threat to the Chile defense in the first half, and his attacking performance was enough to earn the forward recognition as SBI USMNT Man of the Match.
By IVES GALARCEP
The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to kickoff what is sure to be a busy 2015 with a trip south to take on fellow World Cup participants Chile.
With the Gold Cup on the horizon this summer, Wednesday’s matchup will give head coach Jurgen Klinsmann a chance to get a closer look at a slew of new faces, as eight of the 23 players on the roster will enter Wednesday in search of their first cap. In addition to the youth movement, Klinsmann’s roster includes nine veterans from the 2014 World Cup.
Chile, who will feature a domestic-based squad, have historically been tricky for the USMNT on South American soil, boasting a 4-1-1 historical record over the Americans in the southern continent.
SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
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By DAN KARELL
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team accomplished their goal of qualifying for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup later this year, but they did it in somewhat underwhelming fashion.
Endowed with a squad chock full of professionals, the U.S. stumbled out of the gate at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championships in Jamaica, drawing Guatemala and falling to Panama. Tab Ramos’ side recovered in the final four matches, shutting out the rest of their opponents and earning their place in New Zealand, but the damage from the first two matches knocked down some of the lofty expectations on the team and added a few more helpings of pressure.
The result was that the team learned a tried and true lesson the hard way, that any game in CONCACAF is a difficult one, despite what the outlook seems on paper.
“I would say the players learned a lot, and the coaching staff as well,” Ramos told SBI in a phone interview. “I’ll tell you there (in Jamaica), no matter how much preparation you have…no matter who you play in friendly games leading up to that competition, it doesn’t matter the quality of the opponent that you face.
“When you get to the CONCACAF qualifiers, there’s nothing like it. Every game is a final.”
By RYAN TOLMICH
Following Tuesday’s trade with the Montreal Impact, the New York Red Bulls have wasted little time in using the club’s newly acquired top spot in the allocation order.
The Red Bulls announced Wednesday that they have completed a move for Anderlecht and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Sacha Kljestan. There was no immediate mention as to whether the 29-year-old midfielder – who was previously a teammate of Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch while at Chivas USA – was on a Designated Player deal.
“Sacha is a great player with tremendous experience,” Marsch said in a statement. “We feel that he is a great addition to our roster. He fits into the style of soccer that we want to play, but more importantly he is a man with tremendous character. We are excited to add him to the club and feel that his presence will pay dividends both on the field and in the locker room.” Continue reading