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The SBI View: Werder Bremen move is right place, right time for Johannsson

U.S. Men’s National Team forward Aron Johannsson is making the right move by leaving AZ Alkmaar and joining Werder Bremen.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: FC Dallas

FC Dallas won SBI’s MLS Team of the Month award for July after picking up four wins to move up the Western Conference table.

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Report: Queens Park Rangers make bid for Tim Ream

Queens Park Rangers has submitted a bid to Bolton Wanderers for Tim Ream, and it is reportedly worth $1.56 million.

The SBI View: Werder Bremen move is right place, right time for Johannsson

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Navigating the pitfalls of European soccer has proven to be a tough task for members of the Americans Abroad contingent in recent seasons, but the latest player to make a move has seemingly ticked all of the right boxes with his new club.

News broke Tuesday that U.S. Men’s National Team forward Aron Johannsson is bound for German club Werder Breman, departing the familiar, and generally attack-happy, Eredivise for the much more disciplined Bundesliga.

The move up is a logical one for Johannsson, who departs AZ Alkmaar after two-and-a-half seasons and 29 goals. After making his name in Iceland, Denmark and Holland, a move to Germany is a logical next step on the road to club success.

Yet, the move is easy to be met with skepticism, especially given the recent track records of several Americans making major moves.

In recent seasons, Jozy Altidore and Julian Green have made moves that were seen as ones that would give them a step up in competition as well as a place to shine. In Sunderland, Altidore was meant to be the prototypical Premier League target striker, while Green was meant to be the wonderkid that would prove his mettle in a loan to Hamburg.

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Taylor Kemp

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By FRANCO PANIZO

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SBI MLS Team of the Month: FC Dallas

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By FRANCO PANIZO

FC Dallas’ may have endured a nightmare start in July, but that still did not stop the club from enjoying a superb month that pushed it towards the top of the table in the Western Conference.

Four wins, two shutouts, and 13 goals were among the accomplishments that highlighted FC Dallas’ strong July showing. Dallas got off on the wrong foot by getting routed by Sporting Kansas City, 6-2, in U.S. Open Cup play on the first of the month, but quickly put that in the rearview mirror and responded with four straight MLS victories.

The undefeated stretch in league play included wins over the New England Revolution, Orlando City, D.C. United, and Portland Timbers, and earned FC Dallas the SBI MLS Team of the Month award for July. Dallas beat out fellow Western Conference sides the Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids for the honors.

Oscar Pareja’s men, which are off to a losing start in August, currently sit one point behind Vancouver in the Western Conference standings with a game in hand.

What do you think about FC Dallas winning this award? How impressed were you by the club’s July showing? Find it even more remarkable given how it started with that lopsided Open Cup loss?

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Sounders sign Austrian international Ivanschitz from Levante

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In the midst of a rough stretch, the Seattle Sounders have bolstered their midfield with the signing of a La Liga and Bundesliga veteran.

The Sounders announced Tuesday that it has signed midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz from Spanish club Levante. An Austrian international, the 31-year-old midfielder has 69 career caps and scored 12 international goals

“Andreas is a player who is creative in the attack and dangerous on set pieces, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can contribute to the group,” said head xoach Sigi Schmid. “As we head into the final months of our season and begin CONCACAF Champions League play, we welcome Andreas’ experience and poise at this critical time of year.”

Ivanschitz joins the Sounders after making 49 appearances for Levante in two seasons. Prior to his move to Spain, the midfielder featured for Mainz in the Bundesliga, as well as Panathinaikos, Red Bull Salzburg and Rapid Vienna.

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Cyle Larin

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When it comes to this season’s MLS rookies, Cyle Larin is in a class all his own.

The Orlando City forward made that very evident in the month of July en route to earning honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Month.

Despite missing time due to the Gold Cup, Larin asserted himself with one of the best rookie performances of all time in his first start back with the Lions. The Canadian star provided a hat-trick, just the third all-time for an expansion franchise. The second youngest player to score three time sin one game, Larin demonstrated his ability to score in a variety of ways, finishing from both close and long range.

Now with a rookie record-tying 11 goals on the season, Larin has notched another honor in the form of July’s SBI MLS Rookie of the Month, beating out Matt Polster and Fatai Alashe.

What do you think of Larin’s recent performances? How impressed are you with what he’s done? Which rookie stood out to you in July?

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Report: Queens Park Rangers make bid for Tim Ream

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Back-to-back seasons as Bolton’s best may yield a move to another Championship club for Tim Ream.

Queens Park Rangers is looking to bolster its back line and has submitted a bid of $1.56 million for Ream, according to a Tuesday report from ESPN FC. Ream, 27, is coming off consecutive seasons in which he was named Bolton’s top player, but only just finished the first of three years on his current deal.

Ream has made 114 league appearances for Bolton since joining the club in February 2012, appearing in both Premier League and Championship games. Last season, the versatile defender started 42 of the 44 games he appeared in.

Ream was most recently with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and played in two matches in the tournament.

What do you think about QPR’s interest in Ream? Should he switch clubs or is the move a lateral one? Think MLS should make a push for him to return?

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SBI MLS Player of the Month: Sebastian Giovinco

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Lauded as one of the biggest signings in league history, Sebastian Giovinco lived up to his reputation with the performance he put forth in the month of July.

The Toronto FC forward provided five goals and three assists in four July games, earning the Italian recognition as SBI’s MLS Player of the Month.

Giovinco’s magnum opus came in the team’s July 12 thriller against New York City FC, as the forward single-handedly lifted TFC to a thrilling draw. Providing three goals in nine minutes to go with a late-game assist, Giovinco put on one of the best performances in recent memory before adding a pair of one-goal, one-assist performances in the ensuing weeks against the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew.

In the absence of Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, Giovinco stepped up and provided performances that were tops in the league, beating out fellow Designated Players Robbie Keane and David Villa for July’s Player of the Month honors.

What did you think of Giovinco’s performances this past month? Which was your favorite? What other players stood out to you in July?

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Report: Emerson Hyndman generating transfer interest from top leagues

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having impressed on both the club and international level in recent months, U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Emerson Hyndman is beginning to earn some looks from across Europe’s top leagues.

Goal USA reported Monday that Hyndman, who is entering the final year of his contract with Championship side Fulham, is now drawing interest from teams in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and Eredivisie. However, to this point, no team has been able to reach Fulham’s valuation of the 19-year-old midfielder.

Last year, Hyndman was the subject of loan offers from Spanish clubs Almeria and Elche as well as Dutch club SC Cambuur. Bundesliga club Stuttgart was also among the teams to make an offer, but Hyndman remained with Fulham for its entire season.

Hyndman made his first team debut for the English club last season, and went on to appear nine times before missing out on the action due to a combination of injury and international commitments.

Internationally, Hyndman is coming off the U.S. U-20s’ World Cup quarterfinals run in which he led the charge as the team’s captain. The midfielder has also earned one senior cap, featuring in last September’s friendly against the Czech Republic.

What do you think of the interesting being generated by Hyndman? What leagues and teams would you see being a good fit? Is it the right time to make a move?

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