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The SBI Show: Episode 203 (Previewing Impact-Club America, recapping MLS Week 8, and more)

Co-hosts Garrett Cleverly and Ives Galarcep break down the CONCACAF Champions League finals with special guest Nick Sabetti, while also recapping MLS Week 8.

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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 8)

The New York Red Bulls were held to a draw in Sunday’s showdown against the LA Galaxy, but that didn’t stop them from edging to the top of the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings.

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Tuesday Kickoff: Real Madrid consider extending Chicharito; Bayern interested in Gündoğan; and more

Javier Hernandez’s recent improvement in form has forced Real Madrid to contemplate keeping Chicharito in Madrid beyond June 30.

The SBI Show: Episode 203 (Previewing Impact-Club America, recapping MLS Week 8, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

This week is shaping up to be a potentially great week for Major League Soccer, with the past weekend featuring goals galore and Wednesday offering the Montreal Impact a chance to make history.

Episode 203 of The SBI Show previews the Impact’s CONCACAF Champions League finals clash with Club America, and we speak with special guest Nick Sabetti from Goal.com to give us a breakdown of Montreal’s chance. We also discuss the controversial signing of Indy Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht, who is expected to start for the Impact on Wednesday.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also break down MLS Week 8, including the Houston-Sporting KC goal-fest and the New York Red Bulls tie with the LA Galaxy. We also touch on Americans Abroad, including Fabian Johnson’s memorable weekend and the latest on Freddy Adu’s foray in Finland.

Give Episode 203 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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SBI NASL Power Rankings: Week Four

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Photo by Matt May/Tampa Bay Rowdies

By AARON CRANFORD

While NASL’s top teams remained unbeaten in the 2015 Spring Season, the bottom-dwellers also remained winless.

The New York Cosmos, Atlanta Silverbacks and Indy Eleven all stayed undefeated on the year, but each only managed to end Week Four with a single point, keeping all NASL parties in the race for the spring crown.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies also continued their impressive start to the season, winning their second match of the year in a 3-2 goal fest at the friendly confines of Al Lang Stadium.

Meanwhile, one of the most exciting Week Four matchups offered fans a jaw-dropping 60-yard finish and Minnesota United’s first two goals of the year in a 2-2 result against the San Antonio Scorpions.

Here is a closer look at the SBI NASL Power Rankings following Week Four: Continue reading »

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International Champions Cup announces dates, locations for July tournament

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Some of the world’s biggest teams are bound for America this summer, and now the specific dates and locations of their appearances have been revealed.

The organizers of the International Champions Cup announced the dates and cities of the tournament’s 18 games this summer, 14 of which will take place in the United States. Canada, England, Mexico and Italy will each also house one contest.

Teams set to participate include the LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls, Chelsea, Manchester United, Paris-Saint Germain, Barcelona, Fiorentina, Porto and Club America.

The tournament is set to kickoff on July 11 with the LA Galaxy taking on Club America at StubHub Center and the U.S. schedule will conclude on July 29 with a matchup between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Other cities set to host contests are San Jose, Seattle, Harrison, Hartford, Charlotte, and Washington D.C., while Toronto, London, Florence and Mexico City will make up the tournament’s international cities.

A matchup between Manchester United and the San Jose Earthquakes will have its date and location determined later.

Here’s a closer look at the schedule for this summer’s International Champions Cup

July 11 – LA Galaxy vs. Club America – StubHub Center

July 14 – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Club America – Avaya Stadium

July 17 – Club America vs. Manchester United – CenturyLink Field

July 18 – Paris Saint-Germain vs. Porto – BMO Field

July 21 – LA Galaxy vs. Barcelona – Rose Bowl

July 21 – Fiorentina vs. Paris Saint-Germain – Red Bull Arena

July 22 – Chelsea vs. New York Red Bulls – Red Bull Arena

July 24 – Fiorentina vs. Porto – Rentschler Field

July 25 – Manchester United vs. Barcelona – Levi’s Stadium

July 25 – Chelsea vs. Paris-Saint Germain – Bank of America Stadium

July 26 – FC Porto vs. New York Red Bulls – Red Bull Arena

July 28 – Barcelona vs. Chelsea – FedEx Field

July 28 – Club America vs. Porto – Azteca Stadium

July 29 – Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain – Soldier Field

August 2 – Fiorentina vs. Barcelona – Artemio Franchi

August 5 – Chelsea vs. Fiorentina – Stamford Bridge

TBD – Manchester United vs. San Jose Earthquakes – TBD

 

What do you think of the ICC matchups? Which games are you expecting to attend?

Share your thoughts below.

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SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 8)

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Photo by Noah K. Murray/ USA Today Sports

By RYAN TOLMICH

In a matchup of two of the league’s top teams, the New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy held on to a result that kept both sides elevated atop the league’s perch.

The Galaxy and Red Bulls played to a 1-1 draw, although the Red Bulls did emerge from their home field as the more aggressive and dynamic side.

Elsewhere, the Seattle Sounders earned a victory over their Cascadia Rivals, the Portland Timbers, while Toronto FC finally got back into the win column with an impressive victory over Orlando.

The Columbus Crew and New England Revolution continued to impress as well, showing some of the form that saw the two sides emerge as major contenders towards the tail end of last season.

Here is a closer look at the SBI MLS Power Rankings for Week 8, as voted on by SBI editorial staff (We have expanded our voter pool, so you will see plenty of adjustments to last week’s rankings): Continue reading »

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Report: NASL in discussions with prospective ownership group to expand into Hartford

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The NASL’s latest expansion efforts could see the league increase it’s footprint in the Northeast.

The Hartford Courant reported Tuesday that the NASL is currently in talks with a prospective ownership group based in Hartford, Connecticut. Commissioner Bill Peterson was quick to praise the city as a soccer market, but did not reveal details regarding the identity of the potential ownership or the league’s expansion plans.

“I personally believe Hartford would be a highly successful market,” Peterson said, according to the Courant. “It has a long track record of drawing great crowds for soccer matches, whether it’s U.S. soccer or some of the exhibitions that have been held over the years. There’s great participation and a great following for the national teams, and there’s a great following for professional teams. So we’re pretty confident that a team there in that area, put together correctly, managed correctly, would be very successful.”

If expansion were to find its way into Hartford, the team would likely make a home at a renovated Dillon Stadium, which seats about 10,000 people. Rentschler Field, which is no stranger to hosting U.S. Men’s National Team contests and holds 40,000 fans, is considered too big.

“You can put 20,000 people in a 60,000-seat stadium and you should be pretty proud,” Peterson said,. “But people will look at it and say it’s only a third full.” Continue reading »

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Tuesday Kickoff: Real Madrid consider extending Chicharito; Bayern interested in Gündoğan; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s recent glutton of goals couldn’t have come at a better time for him.

Just a few weeks ago, Real Madrid were ready to discard the Mexican international, who is spending the year on-loan with an option to buy from Manchester United, but Hernandez’s goal to progress in the UEFA Champions League and a pair of goals in a 4-2 victory over Celta Vigo has fans calling for Hernandez to extend his stay in Spain.

According to Spanish publication Marca, Real Madrid’s front office are taking a serious look into keeping “Chicharito” around, though they will have to agree on a work-around. The report states the loan deal signed with Man United calls for Real Madrid to make a decision on whether they want to sign Hernandez by Thursday. Real Madrid, the report adds, instead want to extend that deadline, and negotiate a lower price than the €20 million that Man United value Hernandez.

Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said that a decision on Hernandez will be taken at the conclusion of the season, though it seems internally it could come sooner.

In a separate interview, Mexico National Team head coach Miguel Herrera called Hernandez a “world class striker” but said he may be better off being the star at a smaller club instead of playing second fiddle at a massive club.

Here’s some more stories to start off your Tuesday:

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Impact add Indy Eleven goalkeeper Nicht ahead of CCL final vs. Club America

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Photo by Indy Eleven/NASL

By AARON CRANFORD

Hours after receiving word that goalkeeper Evan Bush would not be available for the CONCACAF Champions League final, the Montreal Impact went out and found a new goalkeeper just before the deadline.

Per a report from both clubs, Indy Eleven goalkeeper Kristian Nicht will join the Impact on full transfer before their crucial CCL second-leg final, and the 33-year-old will most likely earn the nod to start in goal.

“I want to thank the Indy Eleven organization for giving me the chance to follow through on this wonderful opportunity,” Nicht told Indy Eleven.  “While I am very excited to join Montreal, thanks to the support I received from Indy Eleven’s tremendous fans and the Indianapolis community as a whole I will always consider myself ‘Indy Forever.’” Continue reading »

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Evening Ticker: Beckenbauer backs Klopp as Guardiola successor; Bournemouth all but enters EPL; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Pep Guardiola is under contract with Bayern Munich until 2016, but if the Spaniard were to depart, club legend Franz Beckenbauer already has a replacement in mind.

With his time at Borussia Dortmund set to come to a close at the end of the season, Jurgen Klopp has been earmarked as a potential Bayern manager by Beckenbauer should Guardiola ever depart.

“Of course I could imagine Klopp as Guardiola’s successor,” Beckenbauer told Sky Sports Germany. “When I was president, we often talked about Klopp and believe he would fit very well at Bayern. Klopp is definitely an option at Bayern. The question is, how long Guardiola will be in Munich. I hope for a long time, but Klopp would be considered.

“I can’t imagine that Guardiola would leave in 2016. He likes Munich. He has had success with the team, and he knows that he can succeed in the future. He has everything he wants.”

Here are some more news and notes for your Monday evening:

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