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By FRANCO PANIZO
One of the surprise inclusions on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup roster will not be participating in the tournament, and he is likely to be replaced by one of the more surprising exclusions.
Houston Dynamo left midfielder Brad Davis has been ruled out of the upcoming Gold Cup because of a knee injury. U.S. Soccer is planning to replace Davis on the 23-man squad, but CONCACAF must receive paperwork from the federation and approve any change before it becomes official.
Despite that, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has already brought Atlas defender Greg Garza into camp. Garza will be available to play in Friday’s friendly against Guatemala in Nashville, Tennessee, and could be named as Davis’ replacement if CONCACAF gives the green light.
The Americans begin their Gold Cup title defense on July 7 vs. Honduras.
What do you think of Davis being ruled out of the Gold Cup? Should Garza be Davis’ replacement for the tournament? Would you have preferred to see DaMarcus Beasley get called in?
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By RYAN TOLMICH
For the first time in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team is set to enter a match as the underdogs.
After knocking off China in the tournament’s quarterfinals, the USWNT will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday night in a match-up with Germany that pits the world’s top two teams against one another .
Ranked as the world’s second best team, the USWNT heads into Olympic Stadium in Montreal not favored to beat Germany. However, the Americans believe that their tournament run has demonstrated that they have what it takes to win any game so long as they play to the best of their abilities.
“This is the No. 1-ranked team in Germany versus the No. 2-ranked team in the United States,” said goalkeeper Hope Solo. “It’s not what Germany can bring, because they’re going to bring it. They’re great in all aspects of the game. They’re organized in defense and hard to break down, and they know how to attack and possess the ball.
“I can talk all day about the strengths that they bring, but ultimately it’s about how we play. We learned that in the last game against China. If we play our game, it doesn’t matter who we play. We will come out on top. Right now, our team is in a great place in believing in ourselves and we know it’s about us, not about any other opponent.”
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By RYAN TOLMICH
After years of rumors linking him with a move to the league, Giovani Dos Santos has reportedly found himself a serious suitor in MLS.
Reports out of Spain state that the Mexican star is currently in discussions with the LA Galaxy. The reports state that the transfer fee for the Mexican playmaker, who plays for Villarreal, would be somewhere around $7.84 million.
Dos Santos is reportedly guaranteed to depart Villarreal after a frustrating season that saw him score just six goals and provide seven assists in 40 appearances. The 26-year-old attacker has also reportedly drawn interest from Liga MX’s Tigres, although Dos Santos prefers not to move to a Mexican club.
Should the Galaxy make a move for Dos Santos, it would need to find a way to him on its roster. He likely would require a Designated Player salary, but LA has all three of its current slots filled with Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez, and the incoming Steven Gerrard.
One possible solution could come via the introduction of the league’s long-rumored core player rule. Given the flexibility to add a fourth big-money player, the Galaxy could add Dos Santos to their roster. Continue reading
By RYAN TOLMICH
Cody Cropper has found himself a new home.
MK Dons announced Tuesday that the club has signed Cropper, the 22-year-old goalkeeper who recently appeared for the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team at the Toulon Tournament. Cropper’s signing was a part of a triple swoop that also saw MK Dons add Wales striker Simon Church and English winger Dale Jennings.
“I’m excited to have them on board,”said head coach Karl Robinson. “They will all bring different attributes to the group. Cody has got tremendous potential and he fits the type of the person we want around the place. He’s a good size, got a great work ethic and wants to learn.”
“It’s a great opportunity for myself and I’m very pleased to be here,” Cropper added. “I want to push on and develop as a goalkeeper.”
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By COLE KELLOGG
Derbies once again take center stage as the U.S. Open Cup moves into the tournament’s fifth round.
In the fourth round of the tournament, fans were treated to a number of intriguing matches that saw the Portland Timbers controversially beat the Seattle Sounders and New York City FC lose to the New York Cosmos in penalty kicks.
Another New York derby can be viewed as the most exciting matchup of the tournament’s fifth round. With the Cosmos running away with the NASL spring season title, and the New York Red Bulls putting its first MLS series against NYCFC to bed on Sunday, both teams are coming in on emotional highs.
Meanwhile, the the west coast boasts a derby of its own as the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes collide for the second California Clasico in less than a week.
Elsewhere in this round of Open Cup games are six all-MLS affairs and one other inter-league matchup between the Chicago Fire and Charlotte Independence. The Philadelphia Union face D.C. United, the Houston Dynamo play the Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City take on FC Dallas, Orlando City play the Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake take on the Portland Timbers.
Here’s a closer look at the Round of 16 matches: Continue reading
By DAN KARELL
Former FIFA executive Jack Warner has hired some help to combat his ongoing legal issues.
Warner, the former FIFA vice-president, has hired one of the United Kingdom’s top lawyers to help fight extradition to the U.S.. Warner’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, has previously represented Trinidad & Tobago businessman Steve Ferguson, who has successfully resisted extradition to the USA for the last 10 years, and has announced he is advising Warner and his legal team in the Caribbean country.
Warner has been indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on eight counts of corruption and is currently out on bail in Trinidad & Tobago. The former vice-president is accused of taking up to $10 million in bribes to vote for South Africa’s bid for the 2010 World Cup.
Warner’s two sons, Daryll and Daryan, and his former deputy Chuck Blazer have all pleaded guilty to related charges, while Warner maintains his innocence.
Here are some more stories to kick off your Tuesday: Continue reading
By AARON CRANFORD
For the third time in history, and first time on home soil, Chile will play in the Copa America final.
Taking advantage of an early red card to Peru and a pair of goals from Eduardo Vargas, including a firecracker in the second half to re-take the lead, Chile held on at the Estadio Nacional to defeat Peru, 2-1, on Monday evening.
The intensity was present from the very beginning, as Arturo Vidal and Carlos Zambrano got into a small scuffle early on. The Peruvian defender was shown a yellow card in the 7th minute for a takedown of Alexis Sanchez just outside of the penalty area on the right wing.
On the other end, Paulo Guerrero chased down the ball in the 9th minute and swung in a dangerous cross after beating Vidal, but to the agony of Peru, Jefferson Farfan’s header hit the left post and bounced back into play.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
With some of the league’s biggest rivalries on full display, several MLS teams made major moves this week in dispatching some of their most loathed opposition.
The New York Red Bulls emerged from a month-long funk with a pair of wins, topping Real Salt Lake midweek before overcoming NYCFC on Sunday for their second-straight derby win. Meanwhile, the San Jose Earthquakes made a major statement in dispatching the LA Galaxy, who were forced to settle for just three points in a double gameweek.
The week was much less kind to the Seattle Sounders, who fell to the Philadelphia Union and the rival Portland Timbers, shaking up both the top of the Western Conference and this week’s SBI MLS Power Rankings.
The busy mid-week slate last week left us with plenty of teams having played two matches, which also led to some sizable jumps and drops in the rankings.
Here are the SBI MLS Power Rankings for Week 17, as voted on by SBI’s editorial staff: