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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Timmy Chandler is eyeing a potential first start of the season, Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo prepare to do battle and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

Both Manchester City and PSG look to stay perfect in their respective league campaign, La Liga goes into its second matchday and MLS heats up with rivalry week in This Weekend’s Soccer on TV.

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Who should the USMNT call up for the September friendlies?

The U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the September friendlies will be unveiled on Sunday, and here is who SBI thinks will get called in.

MLS Ticker: Bradley reportedly to miss Peru game; Whitecaps win Canadian Championship; and more

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By MICHAEL PENG

Toronto FC does not think fourth place is exactly a comforting position to be in right now to secure a playoff position, and it looks like Michael Bradley will be around to help the club continue its push at the expense of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

According to a report from the Toronto Sun, Bradley is expected to miss the U.S.’s friendly against Peru in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 4. Toronto is set to play the Seattle Sounders on the road a day later, and there is a “good chance” Bradley will be available for TFC during that trip.

Bradley hasn’t spent as much time with TFC as the club would like, as he has missed seven games this season due to USMNT call-ups, including four consecutive contests during the CONCACAF Gold Cup run in July.

The report, however, does not mention if Bradley will be available for the Americans’ ensuing friendly against Brazil on Sept. 8 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, nor whether his club and national team teammate Jozy Altidore will leave TFC during the same stretch.

Here are some other news and notes from around the league:

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Richie Williams seeing shift in youth soccer in U.S. ahead of U-17 World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In recent seasons, there has been quite the shift in youth soccer in the U.S., and U.S. Under-17 National Team head coach Richie Williams is now seeing the benefits, and drawbacks, of it.

Recently, Williams and the U-17s competed in the 2015 Václav Ježek Tournament, finishing with a 1-1-2 record in a tournament Williams said featured some “interesting” refereeing. Giving up four penalty kicks while receiving none, Williams was overall pleased with his side’s performance, citing compact defending and chance creation as positives.

For the tournament, Williams brought in a strong roster, featuring many of the team’s regulars, including forward Haji Wright, midfielder Christian Pulisic and defender Danny Barbir. Still, Williams says that he has reiterated to his players that spots on the roster for this October’s World Cup are most certainly up for grabs as the next two months will prove crucial for each and every player in the pool.

“We spoke to the group and said that there’s no spot guaranteed,” Williams told SBI. “We’re still two months away and just because you were on the qualifying roster a few months ago, it doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the World Cup. You need to be training well, playing well in games.

“Just like any team, you have to make sure you bring them together and you have to pick the best 21. It’s not always the best 21, but the group of 21 that is going to come together and play as a team and get results as a team.” Continue reading »

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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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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By MICHAEL PENG

Through three league games, both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain share the commonalities of picking up all nine points while not conceding a goal. This weekend, both clubs will try to keep that trend going when they go up against Watford and Monaco, respectively.

In Spain, both Atlético Madrid and Barcelona are looking to build upon their success of picking up 1-0 victories in their league openers last week. Although Atlético will have a tougher task at hand when it visits reigning UEFA Europa League champion Sevilla, while Barcelona will play hosts to Málaga. Real Madrid, on the other hand, will hope to have a better outing against Real Betis on Saturday after it was held to a 0-0 draw with Sporting Gijón last week.

Moving northwest into the Bundesliga, a couple of Americans abroad will have some work cut out for them as Aron Johannsson and Werder Bremen will take on Borussia Moenchengladbach, while John Brooks and Hertha Berlin will visit Signal Iduna Park to face Borussia Dortmund.

Domestically, it is rivalry week in MLS, with clubs like LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders going up against San Jose Earthquakes, D.C. United and Portland Timbers, respectively.

Here is a rundown of all the weekend’s soccer action on TV:

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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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CONCACAF announces ticket lottery process for USMNT-Mexico clash in October

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By MICHAEL PENG

Fans hoping to attend the CONCACAF Cup between the United States and Mexico on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., will take their first step toward securing the tickets in two weeks.

The confederation announced Thursday that fans will be able to apply online at CONCACAF.com on Wednesday, Sept. 9 for the right to purchase tickets through a lottery system, though no specific time for when the application will begin was given.

CONCACAF will notify the winning applicants on Sept. 18 and provide them with the opportunity to select specific seating preferences with the limit capped at six tickets per applicant and one entry per household.

As for the supporters groups of both the U.S. and Mexico, an additional ticketing process will be conducted independently through each federation.

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