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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

John Brooks aims to build on his recent performances, Jozy Altidore’s status unclear ahead of Newcastle United tilt, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

Liverpool and Arsenal clash in the Premier League, Roma hosts AC Milan in the best of soccer on TV this weekend.

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NYC FC bring over another RSL player in Velasquez

New York City FC have added another Real Salt Lake player to their roster, trading for midfielder Sebastian Velasquez.

USWNT thrash Argentina, earn rematch against Brazil in tournament final

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Women’s National Team didn’t want to leave anything to chance.

Needing a big win to boost their goal difference in case of a tie on points with China, the USWNT routed Argentina, 7-0, in their group finale, earning a place in the tournament final. Christen Press scored four goals in the drubbing, with the other three coming from Carli Lloyd.

In her first start and cap for the USWNT, Alyssa Naeher became the seventh USWNT goalkeeper to have a shutout in their international debut.

The U.S. were confirmed to move on to the final after Brazil demolished China, 4-1, later in the evening, setting up a rematch between the hosts Brazil and the USA. Brazil defeated the USWNT last Sunday, 3-2, on the back of a Marta hat-trick.

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U-18 USMNT 2, U-18 Germany 1: Match Highlights

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Gall, Thompson lead U.S. U-20s past Honduras

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By DAN KARELL

In their penultimate preparation match ahead of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championships, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team came through with a win.

The U.S. U-20s defeated Honduras U-20s, 2-1, at the Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in the first of two friendly matches during this week-long camp for the U.S. Romain Gall opened the scoring in the 73rd minute before Tommy Thompson scored the eventual game winner two minutes later

Honduras U-20 winger Kevin Alvarez scored the lone goal for the hosts in second half stoppage time. Honduras face the USA once more on Sunday in the same stadium.

After missing the first game, Sunderland’s Lynden Gooch is set to arrive and join up with the squad on Friday.

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Sporting KC land Hungarian international forward Nemeth

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The offseason retooling for Sporting Kansas City now includes an interesting international move.

The club announced on Thursday that it has signed Hungary national team forward Kriztian Nemeth. The 25-year-old forward joins the club after most recently being at Netherlands’ second-division side Roda JC Kerkrade, and will occupy an international roster spot.

Nemeth, who stands at 5-foot-11, has made 15 appearances and scored one goal for Hungary since making his international debut in 2010.

“Krisztian is a player who has extensive experience playing in a 4-3-3 (system),” said Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes in a statement. “He also fits well in the overall model of play for Sporting Kansas City and we look forward to his adaptation.”

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NYC FC announce multiyear agreement with YES Network

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By FRANCO PANIZO

New York City FC have found a home. On a television network, that is.

NYC FC announced on Thursday morning a multiyear agreement with the YES Network, which will serve as the club’s flagship station and radio rights holder. The network — which airs games of club co-owner the New York Yankees — will televise all NYC FC’s regular season matches, home and away, within its traditional service area.

Additionally, all of New York City’s games will be streamed live and for free via the FOX Sports Go app to Cablevision and Time Warner Cable customers.

A radio deal with CBS Radio’s WFAN had been previously announced. WFAN has the rights to air all of NYC FC’s games, including friendly matches.

New York City will begin its inaugural season in MLS in 2015.

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USMNT finish 2014 at No. 27 in FIFA Rankings

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men’s National Team finished 2014 on a slight high note, though it was mostly thanks to the demise of the Ivory Coast.

The USMNT were one of four teams in the top 30 to move up in FIFA’s December World Rankings, finishing 2014 as the No. 27 team in the world. Following a 2-0 defeat to South Africa, Ivory Coast dropped four places, allowing Greece, Ukraine, Ecuador, and the USA to move up the rankings.

It’s a precipitous fall for the USA, who finished 2013 ranked No. 14 and rose as high as No. 13, only to fall to a low of No. 28 last month on the back of a run of one win in their last eight games.

There was little movement elsewhere, though Serbia did jump eight spots and Zambia moved up 16 places within the top 50.

In CONCACAF, Costa Rica remains the highest-ranked team at No. 16, followed by Mexico at No. 20, the USA, Trinidad and Tobago at No. 55, and Panama at No. 57.

The top ten remains the same as well: World Cup winners Germany lead, followed by Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil, Portugal, France, Spain, and Uruguay.

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