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By IVES GALARCEP
After a three week hiatus, The SBI Show is back, and just in time to talk about the latest installment of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s rivalry with Mexico.
Episode 201 of The SBI Show looks back at the U.S. team’s latest 2-0 victory, and talks about the impressive performances of Jordan Morris and Ventura Alvarado. We also talk about Mexico, and the reality of the team the U.S. faced last week.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss MLS Week Seven, including the New York Red Bulls’ latest victory, and Portland’s road win at Yankee Stadium against a short-handed New York City FC.
Give Episode 201 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:
By FRANCO PANIZO
On the brink of starting its April camp with a loss, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team got a dramatic late goal from one of its regulars to salvage a result.
Orlando City center back Conor Donovan scored following a corner kick in the 84th minute to give a largely at-strength U.S. side a 2-2 draw with Qatar in a friendly on Tuesday. Donovan’s goal saved the Americans from losing a match in Linz, Austria, that they initially led before Qatar flipped the script by striking twice in the second half.
Club Tijuana attacker Amando Moreno opened the scoring for the U.S. in the 22nd minute, but Qatar canceled that out with a converted penalty kick a minute into the second half.
The Qataris then jumped out in front in the 75th minute, putting Tab Ramos’ side in jeopardy of losing its penultimate tune-up before World Cup squads are announced next month.
The U.S. stayed resilient, however, and the 19-year-old Donovan came to the rescue with his first goal of the calendar year, six minutes before the final whistle.
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By ADAM TROXTELL
The Montreal Impact have tip-toed into the CONCACAF Champions League Final on the edge of elimination, yet here they stand.
Advancing through both the quarterfinal and semifinal round on away goals, the first Canadian team to reach the CCL showpiece event now has to pull one more rabbit out of the hat against a Club America side (Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 2) that is oozing with goals in this competition so far.
The Impact will look toward Ignacio Piatti and Jack McInerney to lead the attack. Both have the club’s only goals in MLS so far, as well as vital goals in CCL play to get the Impact this far.
Montreal has no fresh injury concerns other than Cameron Porter and Justin Mapp, who have been out since the middle of March.
They have not recorded a win in MLS action yet, recently falling 3-0 to the Houston Dynamo. An improved defensive performance will be required this time out, and the pressure will be on Laurent Ciman and Bakary Soumare to keep Peralta and Benedetto quiet in what’s sure to be a raucous Azteca atmosphere.
By RYAN TOLMICH
With a trio of friendlies in Bosnia & Herzegovina on the horizon, U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has unveiled a roster of 20 call-ups.
Goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, midfielder Sebastian Saucedo and forward Mukwelle Akale headline Perez’s call-ups for the team’s training camp, that is set to take place from Thursday to May 1.
Stationed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the U.S. will take on Siroki Brijeg on April 25, before facing off with the Bosnia U-18’s on April 28 and 30.
The trip abroad represents the first time that the team has convened since the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament, which took place in February and saw the U.S. go 1-2-1. Nine players, including goalscorers Mauricio Pineda and Eryk Williamson, return from February’s roster, while the most recent squad also features a full list of 20 players with academy ties.
Here is a closer look at the U.S. U-18 roster for the team’s upcoming friendlies: Continue reading
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Week 3 of the NASL Spring Season is in the books, and it was far from kind to those that were looking to establish themselves as early season contenders.
Preseason contenders Minnesota United FC and the San Antonio Scorpions have both started the season with a limp, furthered by their losses this weekend to the sophomore due of Ottawa Fury FC and Indy Eleven, respectively.
Meanwhile, both the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers impressed in recent weeks before falling over the weekend.
Sitting unblemished remain the Cosmos, whose victory over the aforementioned Rowdies have added some credence to the hype and hoopla of a busy offseason.
Here is what SBI is thinking following NASL Week 3: Continue reading