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USMNT set for tough test in 2015 opener vs. Chile

The U.S. Men’s National Team opens a busy 2015 with trip to South America to take on Chile on Wednesday evening in a match that could see the U.S. sporting a new tactical look.

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The SBI Show: Episode 189 (Previewing USMNT-Chile, talking MLS deals, and more)

Episode 189 of The SBI Show previews the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2015 opener vs. Chile, breaks down the big Red Bulls-Impact trade, and more.

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Wednesday Kickoff: Luis Figo running for FIFA president; Cristiano Ronaldo gets two-game suspension; and more

Portuguese legend Luis Figo announced his candidacy for FIFA president, while current Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has earned a two game suspension.

Indy Eleven proposes new $82 million stadium

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Indy Eleven may only be a year old, but the NASL franchise is ready to upgrade its facilities in a big way.

Indy Eleven is proposing a new $82 million home stadium that would seat 18,500 fans for the Indiana legislature to consider. The venue would be soccer-specific, but adaptable for other sports, including American football, according to new renderings released by the Indianapolis Star.

This is Indy Eleven’s second attempt at getting the legislature to approve a new stadium — they tried last year before playing a single game, which the legislature rejected. The team currently plays at a venue for Indiana University-Purdue University.

Their latest proposal would look to use taxpayer money to fund the project, but financing options aren’t yet clear.

Despite the renderings showing a “bird’s nest” look reminiscent of the iconic Bejing National Stadium used in the 2008 Olympics, team president Peter Wilt admitted the renderings were “a concept, so it’s subject to change and it surely will change.”

See more renderings of the proposed stadium below:

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USMNT set for tough test in 2015 opener vs. Chile

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann scheduled a number of tough opponents to challenge his U.S. Men’s National Team during the six months before this summer’s Gold Cup.

The first test of 2015 comes on Wednesday, in unfamiliar territory, against an opponent that should offer a difficult challenge even without its World Cup stars.

The U.S. opens a busy 2015 on Wednesday evening, visiting a Chile team that is comprised completely of domestic-based players. The match at Estadio El Teniente in the central city of Rancagua marks the U.S. team’s first on South American soil against South American competition since the 2007 Copa America. The friendly will give Klinsmann an opportunity to see both veteran mainstays and unproven talents in a hostile environment, and potentially in a new tactical system.

No, Chile does not have the game-changing likes of Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal. But combine the rowdy atmosphere the home crowd is likely to provide with a squad of in-season Chilean players hungry to impress ahead of this summer’s Copa America – which is in their home country, no less – and you get the type of recipe that even an Iron Chef would struggle with.

“We know that those are all very ambitious players,” said Klinsmann. “They want to prove to (manager Jorge) Sampaoli that they belong in the first group, they want to impress the players that are right now in Europe. We expect a very aggressive, a very energetic Chilean team and we’ve prepared our team for that. Hopefully, we hold our ground and go in the other direction as well.”

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The SBI Show: Episode 189 (Previewing USMNT-Chile, talking MLS deals, and more)

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 By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men’s National Team is ready to start the new year with its first match of 2015, and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down the team’s friendly against Chile.

Episode 189 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the USA-Chile clash, as we discuss the potential 3-5-2 formation for the U.S., and project our starting lineup for the match.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also catch up on a busy few days in MLS, including our take on the big trade made by the Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls, and Juan Agudelo’s potential return to New England.

Give Episode 189 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Tuesday Evening Ticker: Chelsea reaches League Cup final; Ghana advances from AFCON group; and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Chelsea’s goal of winning four trophies this season may have died, but the dream of three remains alive.

The Blues beat Liverpool, 1-0, in extra time of their League Cup semifinal second leg to book a spot in the final. In a back-and-forth game, Branislav Ivanovic headed in the winning goal in the 94th minute for a 2-1 Chelsea victory on aggregate.

Thibault Courtois was called into action a few times in the first half as Liverpool searched for an immediate advantage. Two saves in the space of four minutes from both short and long range kept the heated encounter dead even.

Chelsea looked to have had an opportunity to score in the 22nd minute when it appeared Diego Costa was brought down by Martin Skrtel in the box. Much to the home fans’ surprise, the referee gave a foul the other way and Costa was cautioned for diving.

All was forgotten just four minutes into the extra period when Willian’s curling free kick was headed in powerfully by Ivanovic. It also served as at least a partial remedy to being knocked out of the FA Cup by Bradford on Saturday.

Here is some more news from Tuesday:

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Red Bulls Notes: No Tim Cahill move yet; Matt Miazga injury not serious; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

There have been plenty of rumors swirling about Tim Cahill’s future as a New York Red Bull, including a recent report suggesting a deal to move Cahill was already in place. Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch made it clear on Tuesday Cahill’s future with the team has yet to be resolved.

Cahill has been rumored in recent days to be nearing the completion of a move to United Arab Emirates club Al Wahda FC, but Marsch said via a conference call on Tuesday that is not the case.

“It really hasn’t changed much in the last two weeks,” Marsch said of Cahill’s status with the Red Bulls. “There’s been some dialogue in terms of potentially what the future could look like, but I don’t think there has been a concrete agreement as to what the future will hold. There’s been some good dialogue, Tim’s been nothing but professional, so I think everybody is open-minded and pursuing the best-case scenario for both parts.”

The 35-year-old midfielder is currently representing Australia at the Asian Cup, and has helped lead the Socceroos to the tournament final. A decision on the Designated Player’s future is expected after the tournament, but the Red Bulls could use a resolution as soon as possible in order to better prepare for the upcoming MLS campaign.

“It’s not just the finances. It’s the position and the player and everything,” said Marsch. “If this is the right place for him and he’s committed to be here, then certainly having him here in a way that makes us better would be important. If in the end the relationship doesn’t work out, then we use the ability and flexibility within our roster to go out and bring out what’s next.

“We’re handcuffed just a little bit, but, again, we’ll see what happens and then we’ll move forward.”

Here are some more Red Bulls notes from Tuesday:

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Joe Gallardo, Josh Perez headline U.S. Under-17 spring residency roster

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By RYAN TOLMICH

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams is looking at a familiar roster as the team heads into the spring.

Williams has called in a roster of 28 players, 24 being carryovers from the fall semester. The U-17 Men’s National Team will enter the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which is set for late February, in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

“This is an important semester for us and an important year for this cycle,” Williams said. “With World Cup qualifying at the beginning of March, it will be important for us to continue training well and performing well.

“We also need to find a balance with this group and some of the players who are not with us on a regular basis to form a 20-man roster that will head to qualifying to compete and get results.”

The four new faces to the group are defender Matthew Constant, midfielder Giuseppe Barone and forwards Elvir Ibisevic and Josh Perez. Of the 28 players, 25 are currently registered with development academy clubs.

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