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SBI MLS Spotlight: Portland’s Adam Kwarasey still looking for his best

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey believes he can play better than he has shown since arriving in MLS, with Sunday’s showing a potential sign he’s heading in the right direction.

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Portland’s Adam Kwarasey still looking for his best

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NEW YORK — Adam Kwarasey is not happy with the way he has performed so far this season. Still juggling his commitments as the starting goalkeeper for the Portland Timbers and as a family man in a new country, Kwarasey feels he has not been able to reach his top level.

Yet this weekend provided evidence that he’s getting closer to the kind of form that saw him thrive at the club level in Sweden and play at a World Cup with Ghana.

Portland was up, 1-0, on the road against New York City FC on Sunday when in the 89th minute Kwarasey was called upon to produce the type of special moment that has not been seen, at least on a consistent basis, this season. Khiry Shelton was slipped through on goal from the right side of the penalty area, and had a great shot at equalizing the match.

Kwarasey reacted quickly, coming off his line at a good angle, making himself big, and denying a low shot with his right foot to preserve the lead and help the Timbers record their third shutout of the young season. It was just one play, but one that suggested that the 27-year-old keeper may be finding the kind of rhythm in MLS that he’s yearning for.

“I can be a lot better, I can,” the soft-spoken Kwarasey told SBI. “I’m not happy with the way I’ve played so far this season. Of course, I understand it’s a reason for that – I’m new and still adjusting – but I know the level I can play and I know that I can be better than I’ve been so far.”

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The SBI Show: Episode 201 (Talking MLS Week 7, USA-Mexico and more)

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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:

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Klinsmann, Saucedo headline U.S. U-18 roster for April friendlies

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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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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Clint Irwin

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Obafemi Martins

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NASL Week 3: The SBI Rewind

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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 »

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SBI NASL Team of the Week: Ottawa Fury FC

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By AARON CRANFORD

Returning to the friendly confines of TD Place, Ottawa Fury FC gave Minnesota United, the heavy favorites on paper entering the match, all it could handle for their first win of 2015.

A handful of players made the weekend’s affair a memorable one for the Canadian side. Julian de Guzman, who sat out of Week Two serving a red card suspension, was back into the fold, helping Marc Dos Santos’ men prevent the dynamic Minnesota United forwards and midfielders from creating anything worthwhile on the day.

Meanwhile, Tom Heinemann and Paulo Junior combined well all game, with the former scoring the decisive goal in the 68th minute and helping Ottawa Fury FC earn recognition as SBI NASL Team of the Week.

Fury FC narrowly beat out the New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven for this week’s honors.

What did you think of the Ottawa’s performance? Which team stood out to you this past weekend?

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SBI NASL Player of the Week: Sergio Pena

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the score level and just moments remaining, Indy Eleven’s Sergio Pena collected the ball 45 yards out and hoped for the best.

The Honduran midfielder, who entered as a substitute in the 81st minute, earned his side all three points with his spectacular late volley on the way to being named SBI NASL Player of the Week.

As the ball bounced toward him in midfield, Pena chested it down before firing a volleyed effort toward the upper right post. That effort stayed true throughout the 45 yards, ducking in under the crossbar and over Jon Kempin to earn Indy Eleven all three points.

Leading his side to victory on the road against the reigning NASL champions was enough to earn Pena SBI NASL Player of the week, beating out the New York Cosmos’ Walter Restrepo and FC Edmonton’s Sainey Nyassi for this week’s honors.

What did you think of Pena’s performance? Which player stood out to you this past weekend?

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