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Diskerud refutes Tijuana rumors while leaving options open for 2015

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Mix Diskerud has left his options open regarding his future.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

John Brooks aims to build on his recent performances, Jozy Altidore’s status unclear ahead of Newcastle United tilt, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

Liverpool and Arsenal clash in the Premier League, Roma hosts AC Milan in the best of soccer on TV this weekend.

Orlando City’s Heath: “We’ve got 3-4 exciting international players coming in the next three weeks”

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By MIKE GRAMAJO

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City seem to have all the pieces together for the club’s inaugural MLS run, but they aren’t quite done yet.

After announcing the signing of Brek Shea from Stoke City, OCSC head coach Adrian Heath told SBI the club is in the process of acquiring more players in the coming weeks, suggesting they will come from abroad.

“We’re still working on the finishing touches with the team, so we’ll look to add 3-4 exciting international players in the coming three weeks,” said Heath. “They won’t come from Europe, but from South America, so it’s just a matter of time until our supporters receive these nice gifts for the holidays.”

Reports earlier this month indicated that 20-year-old Carlos Rivas from Deportivo Cali has been linked with OCSC, and club majority owner Flavio Augusto Da Silva told SBI in November that the Lions were in discussions with a “Colombian talent.”

Heath wouldn’t confirm if one of the the approximately four players were bound to fill Orlando City’s third and final designated player slot. Meanwhile, OCSC general manager Paul McDonough also confirmed the move and didn’t rule out if Rivas was among that group of players, stating that they’re coming soon.

Orlando City currently boast two designated players in Kaka and 19-year-old Bryan Rochez, and aren’t ruling out a third DP if the opportunity presents. Heath also took swipe at co-newcomer New York City FC, saying he can’t wait to face-off against Manchester City while also suggesting that NYC FC will fill their third DP spot before the start of the campaign.

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What do you think of this development? Do you think both Orlando City and New York City will have three DP’s in 2015?

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Diskerud refutes Tijuana rumors while leaving options open for 2015

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Mix Diskerud’s name has been heavily linked with a move to Liga MX’s Tijuana, but the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder insists that his club situation isn’t quite so clear.

The 24-year-old said that he has yet to sign a deal with a new club, although his contract with Norway’s Rosenborg is set to expire at the end of the month. However, Diskerud did admit that he was exploring options in the U.S.

“A club somewhere in Estados Unidos – if – in the Americas,” Diskerud said. “If I do sign with a new club – it will either be my new or old club that gets to inform you of it.

“I have had fantastic people, with so much passion for their clubs and our sport approach me lately. I do not want to disappoint anyone. Not now. Not after the season is over either,” Diskerud added. “So things are – pretty much the same.”

Where do you expect Diskerud to end up in the coming weeks? What club would be a good fit for Diskerud’s talents?

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The skies have been shining on John Brooks in recent days, and he will be hoping they continue to do so for just a little longer.

After putting together a pair of headline-grabbing performances in the past week, Brooks will attempt to close out the year with another when he and Hertha Berlin welcome Hoffenheim on Sunday. Plenty of eyeballs will be on Brooks in his final game until February after the impressive week that he has had, a week that has seen him draw positive reviews from his head coach and score a goal in an eight-goal shootout. The 21-year-old centerback seems a shoo-in to start given his recent outings, and could further cement his place in the Old Lady’s lineup with another strong showing.

Brooks’ U.S. Men’s National Team teammate Jozy Altidore is less of a certainty to get the nod, and it will be interesting to see what role the veteran forward has in Sunderland’s meeting with Newcastle United. Altidore was handed a start last weekend, but was involved in a nightmare play in which he misjudged the flight of a cross on a golden look in front of goal. Now, we will see if Black Cats manager Gus Poyet’s confidence in Altidore has at all wavered as Sunderland head into St. James Park trying to snap a six-game winless run.

If you’re looking for another intriguing game to watch, look no further than the battle of Americans in the Eredivisie. Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar are set to host Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht on Saturday in their final match before the league’s winter break. Utrecht will be keen on trying to pull off the upset, especially after winning just once in their last five league games, but have quite a challenge on their hands as they take on an AZ side that is unbeaten in its last seven.

Here is who the Americans Abroad take on this weekend: Continue reading »

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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

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By ADAM TROXTELL

One of the more exciting matchups in the English Premier League calendar takes place Sunday when Liverpool hosts Arsenal.

With both teams struggling more than their fans would like, they enter the weekend off the back of positive results that have, for the moment, relieved some pressure. Liverpool secured a spot in the League Cup semifinal on Wednesday while Arsenal impressed against Newcastle last weekend.

The Gunners have the advantage over the last nine meetings, winning four while three encounters produced draws. However, Arsenal return to Anfield for the first time since that eye-catching 5-1 defeat at the hands of a rampant Liverpool back in February.

A similar match-up takes place in Rome on Saturday when AS Roma hosts AC Milan in the last round of Serie A games before the winter break. Roma are right on the heels of Juventus at the top of the table while Milan are fighting to stay in the race for a UEFA Champions League spot.

The FIFA Club World Cup comes to a close on Saturday as Real Madrid meets Argentina’s San Lorenzo in the final at the Stade de Marrakech in Morocco.

Here’s this weekend’s soccer on TV (list is after the jump):

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Orlando City unveils Shea as newest signing

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Rumors of Brek Shea’s return to MLS have finally been made official.

Orlando City confirmed Friday that the club has acquired the 24-year-old winger from the Premier League’s Stoke City ahead of their debut 2015 season.

Shea’s return comes nearly two years after the former FC Dallas star made the move to England, where he featured three times for Stoke while also suiting up during loan spells with Barnsley and Birmingham City.

The winger becomes just the latest December acquisition for Orlando City, which added midfielder Amobi Okugo and defender Aurelien Colin earlier in the month via trade while also signing Honduran forward Bryan Rochez as a Designated Player.

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What do you think of Orlando City’s latest signing? How will Shea fit in with the rest of the squad? How will Shea and Orlando City fare in 2015?

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MLS announces home openers for 2015 season

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Orlando City and New York City FC are set to kick off their inaugural MLS campaigns with the added benefit of facing another team with no wealth of MLS experience: each other.

The two franchises will start their 2015 seasons against one another on March 8 at the Citrus Bowl for Orlando City’s first home MLS contest. For their part, NYC FC’s home opener will occur one week later when Yankee Stadium plays host to the reigning Eastern Conference champions, the New England Revolution.

The MLS season will officially kick off on March 6 with a matchup featuring the defending MLS Cup champions. The LA Galaxy begin their title defense at home against the Chicago Fire to start off the league’s new Friday night game of the week.

In addition, the San Jose Earthquakes will officially open Avaya Stadium on March 22 against the Chicago Fire, while TFC will wait until May 10 to reopen a renovated BMO Field.

Take a closer look at the released schedule below: Continue reading »

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