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Merry Christmas from SBI Soccer

Merry Christmas from all of us at SBI Soccer.

CyleLarin (UConn)

The SBI 2014 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 1.0)

UConn striker Cyle Larin headlines the first SBI 2015 MLS Draft Big Board.

Brek Shea Orlando Unveiling

The SBI Show: Episode 183 (Talking MLS news, Americans Abroad, and more)

Episode 183 of The SBI Show breaks down a busy past week of MLS news, and much more.

Merry Christmas from SBI Soccer

Christmas Santa SBI


Hello everybody. I want to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you SBI readers out there. We hope you enjoy some time off, quality family time and a few peeks at SBI in between your unwrapping of presents and celebrating.

We will have a few presents for you in terms of posts today to help quench your thirst for soccer so keep an eye out for those, and feel free to throw some story suggestions our way today as we make our way through a third straight day without soccer to watch (the good news is soccer is on the way on Friday courtesy of the Premier League’s Boxing Day schedule).

Thank you for making SBI part of your Christmas tradition. For those of you who have been around with us for a while, you might know that this is the eighth straight year of our Merry Christmas post, with the familiar Santa playing soccer image. That image has come to symbolize not only the holiday, but also another year of SBI in the books.

The new year is fast approaching, and we at SBI are already working on some fun things for the New Year, but if you find  yourself bored today be sure to check out Episode 183 of The SBI Show and the first SBI 2015 MLS Draft Big Board, which both dropped on Monday.

On behalf of the entire staff at SBI, thank you for making us a part of your soccer world and please enjoy this special time of year.

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The SBI 2014 MLS Draft Big Board (Version 1.0)

CyleLarin (UConn)


The 2015 MLS Draft is just three weeks away and once the holiday season is behind us, teams will start preparing to head down to Florida for the MLS Combine as they search for the players to select in what is shaping up to be a better draft than 2014.

The 2015 MLS Draft lacks top-end talent, the kind of can’t-miss targets of years past, but there is squad depth in this year’s draft, and positional strength at left back and central defender, two positions plenty of MLS teams can use help at.

The SBI MLS Draft Big Board is our attempt to project where the year’s incoming college talent will go in the MLS Draft. We come up with the Big Board via a formula that takes into account our own observations along with input from coaches and scouts from the college and professional ranks. The Big Board is very much a work in progress, and as the draft class evolves, the board evolves with it, right up until the day before the draft, when we reveal our final big board and MLS Mock Draft. (You can find last year’s initial Big Board here, and our final 2014 Big Board here).

Every draft class is headed by the Generation adidas class, which is very much in limbo this time around. Sources have told SBI that MLS plans on having a very small Generation adidas class, between three and four players. That number could group, but all signs point to the GA class being a small one.

With that in mind, we have only listed four GA players on our initial Big Board (none have signed a Generation adidas deal yet). One player who could be added is Michigan State midfielder Jay Chapman, who is a top-three talent, but who MLS has initially identified as a Toronto FC homegrown player. This designation is still in dispute though, and if Chapman does have the TFC homegrown tag removed, then he will almost certainly be a top Generation adidas signing, and a top two player on the SBI Big Board.

Now, without further ado, here is the SBI MLS Draft Big Board, Version 1.0:

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The SBI Show: Episode 183 (Talking MLS news, Americans Abroad, and more)

Brek Shea Orlando Unveiling


It was a busy week in Major League Soccer, with big news ranging from stadium project approvals to high-profile player signings to much more.

Episode 183 of The SBI Show catches you up on all the recent activity, from D.C. United’s stadium project approval to Orlando City’s signing of Brek Shea.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the recent MLS re-entry drafts, the latest news on Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres’ future and more.

Give Episode 183 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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MLS Ticker: Keane rules out Premier League loan; Timbers re-sign Fernandez; and more


Photo by Jake Roth/USA Today Sports



Fresh off an MLS Cup and MLS MVP winning campaign, LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane is set to finally sit down and enjoy the offseason.

Keane has ruled out a winter loan to the Premier League, although the Galaxy forward admits that he does have “the itch” to get back onto the field as quickly as humanly possible.

“I’ve been asked to go on loan. I think you know me, better than anybody, after a few weeks (inactivity) I get the itch,” Keane said. “I’ve got the itch now 100 percent. I was playing five-a-side with me mates 10 days after the Cup final. That’s the way I am.

“I have been asked (to go on loan), yeah. And there’s a temptation because I just love playing football,” he added. “There’s a temptation but I just can’t see it happening to be honest with you. It’s not going to happen.”

The Galaxy captain cited medical issues as the reason behind his upcoming rest period, as the 34-year-old believes he could benefit from a bit of a break.

“There’s certainly a temptation because I just love playing so much,” Keane said. “But I’ve spoken to people and medically it wouldn’t make any sense for me.

“It wouldn’t probably be fair at this moment after what I put myself through after the operations that I’ve had. I want to continue for a long time and this is probably my best bet but as I say it’s tempting but, like I say, it’s not going to happen.”

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Curtis taking measured approach with Red Bulls’ game plan

Ali Curtis New York Red Bulls (New York Red Bulls)


If anything was made clear during Ali Curtis’ introductory meeting with the media, it is that he and the New York Red Bulls have plenty to work on and discuss in the coming days and weeks.

The Red Bulls publicly appointed Curtis as their new sporting director on Tuesday, giving the former forward and MLS executive his first job at a club. Curtis, 36, is replacing the departed and largely successful Andy Roxburgh, but has the difficult task of remodeling a Red Bulls team that lost its best player in Thierry Henry to retirement.

How Curtis tackles the challenge is still the unknown part. Yes, he has a philosophy and vision for the club, but there are still a lot of things to be sorted through before making significant moves.

“I have some thoughts as to where we can improve and build upon the team, but I first want to talk with (head coach Mike Petke), I want to talk with the rest of our staff, I want to talk with Bob Montgomery, who is our academy director,” said Curtis, who was most recently MLS’s senior director of player relations and competition. “I really want to get some information from all areas of the club before we start running in a number of different directions, but I do plan on building the team and do plan on adding some players in this team and we’re very excited about that.”

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Report: Defoe travels to London ahead of potential QPR transfer


Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports


Jermain Defoe’s future remains up in the air, but it’s becoming clearer that he sees that future away from MLS.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has made Defoe his No. 1 target for the January transfer window, though acquiring Defoe will mean convincing owner Tony Fernandes to spend a considerable amount of money.

The report states that Defoe has flown to London to try and push the deal through, and says that he’s already had contract discussions with the London club.

Toronto FC have maintained throughout the offseason that Defoe will remain a member of their squad for the 2015 season. Defoe was signed, along with Michael Bradley, last January in a major coup for MLS. He is reportedly earning a salary worth $8 million per season.

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