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Kljestan determined to force his way back into the USMNT picture

Sacha Kljestan is back in MLS, and the New York Red Bulls midfielder has made it clear he wants to play his way back into the U.S. Men’s National Team conversation.

Citrus Bowl

MLS Ticker: Orlando City sells out home opener; Crew Stadium to be re-named Tuesday; and more

Orlando City announced Monday that the club has sold out its inaugural MLS game against New York City FC.

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Altidore provided new opportunity to score, drive culture of Toronto FC

Jozy Altidore’s move gives the forward a new opportunity, one that reunites him with Michael Bradley.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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By MATT STYPULKOSKI

Roma’s Serie A title hopes will be on the line against Juventus on Monday afternoon.

Juve enters the clash with a hefty advantage atop the league’s table, but the Giallorossi could cut the deficit to a more manageable six-point gap with a win at home, where they are unbeaten this season.

In October, Juve won a controversial 3-2 game in Turin. But this time around, Roma will benefit from the absence of Andrea Pirlo, who picked up a calf injury during the Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund last week. Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba could also miss the match.

This evening, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team has an important match as it continues in the CONCACAF Championship group stage in Honduras. The Americans, who opened the tournament with a 5-0 win over Cuba on Friday, are set to take on Trinidad and Tobago.

Elsewhere, Spanish side Elche, which sits just one point clear of the relegation zone, will take on mid-table Celta de Vigo.

If you will be watching today’s soccer, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump): Continue reading »

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MLS Ticker: Wolyniec named Red Bulls II head coach; Sporting KC sign de Jong; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Former Red Bulls forward John Wolyniec will now lead New York’s USL team after working in management for the club since 2010.

“I’m grateful to the organization for this opportunity,” Wolyniec told New York Red Bulls. “NYRB II represents an important platform in our player development system. Our goal is to create an environment for our young players to have a chance to train and play in a professional setting and get meaningful minutes to prepare them for careers in MLS.”

Wolyniec served as Player Development Coordinator and head of the Red Bulls’ MLS Reserve team since Feb. 2013. Ibrahim Sekagya, who recently retired, and former Columbus Crew goalkeeping coach Vadium Kirillov will join Wolyniec in managing NYRB II for the club’s inaugural season.

Here are some more MLS moves from Monday:

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Midday Ticker: Sunderland’s Johnson arrested; Figo open to FIFA presidential debate; and more

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By MATT STYPULKOSKI

Adam Johnson has been suspended by Sunderland after being arrested by local police.

The 27-year-old winger was arrested on suspicion of having had sex with a 15-year-old girl, according to a report first revealed by The Sun.

According to reports, Johnson remains in police custody and is helping with the investigation.

In turn, Sunderland has suspended Johnson indefinitely. A club statement read: “Sunderland AFC has confirmed that Adam Johnson has been suspended from the club, pending the outcome of a police investigation. No further comment will be made at the present time.”

Here are some more of Monday afternoon’s news and notes from around the world: Continue reading »

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Kljestan determined to force his way back into the USMNT picture

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By IVES GALARCEP

Sacha Kljestan is back in Major League Soccer, and he is determined to play his way back into the U.S. Men’s National Team picture.

The New York Red Bulls midfielder made it clear he plans to do his best to convince Jurgen Klinsmann to bring him back into the national team fold, telling Goal USA that a return to the U.S. team is a high priority for him.

“I always think about the national team. I still think I can help the national team in different ways,” Kljestan told Goal USA. “Yes, it has been frustrating over the years, playing a lot of big games in the Champions League, playing in Champions League three times in a row, establishing myself in Europe as a consistent starter. I thought I did a lot of things to warrant maybe a few more chances with the national team, but it’s out of my control.

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MLS Ticker: Orlando City sells out home opener; Crew Stadium to be re-named Tuesday; and more

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By MATT STYPULKOSKI

Orlando City fans have officially “Filled the Bowl.”

The expansion side announced Monday morning that the team’s first-ever MLS game against fellow newcomer New York City FC, which is set to be played at the 60,000-seat Citrus Bowl, has been sold out.

The announcement follows a nearly month-long campaign by Orlando City to move tickets in an effort to fill the stadium for its inaugural match.

The two new sides are scheduled to open their MLS campaigns Sunday at 5 p.m. The match will be televised on ESPN2.

Here are some more of Monday’s MLS news and notes: Continue reading »

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Altidore provided new opportunity to score, drive culture of Toronto FC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For forward Jozy Altidore, the offseason move to Toronto FC was all about chances, both literally and figuratively.

As a member of Sunderland, in-game chances were few and far between for the U.S. Men’s National Team forward. Playing in a team constantly facing a relegation scrap, the opportunity to score goals, quite frankly, wasn’t there, leading the forward to a paltry statline of just one goal in 42 appearances.

The inability to convert the limited opportunities that came his way saw the 25-year-old forward relegated to a highly limited role, as the forward’s games came few and far between as his run with the Premier League side came to a close.

Now a member of TFC, Altidore has been given a new chance, a new opportunity and a new start. Having frequently displayed his talents on the national team, head coach Greg Vanney is looking to replicate that form on the club level. That form, Vanney says, begins with providing Altidore with what he lacked so desperately at Sunderland: opportunity.

“If anything, I’m excited about it,” Altidore said to GOLTV Canada. “I think we’ve done a lot of work in the preseason and everybody’s itching to play. At the same time, we’ll still have some things to workout as the season goes on because it’s a new bunch of guys, but I think the talent is there. There’s a special feeling around the group so I think everybody’s looking forward to that.” Continue reading »

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