COLOGNE, GERMANY - JUNE 10:  Michael Bradley of USA looks on during the international friendly match between Germany and USA at RheinEnergieStadion on June 10, 2015 in Cologne, Germany.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Michael Bradley named USMNT captain for Gold Cup

U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named Michael Bradley captain of the U.S. for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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‘Chicharito’ suffers collarbone injury, putting his Gold Cup in doubt

Mexican star Javier Hernandez suffered an injury on Wednesday that reports in Mexico are suggesting is a broken collarbone, which would rule him out of the Gold Cup.

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Red Bulls exact revenge on Cosmos with victory in U.S. Open Cup

After falling to the New York Cosmos in last year’s U.S. Open Cup, the New York Red Bulls exacted a little bit of revenge by eliminating their local rivals Wednesday night.

Red Bulls hoping for best after seeing Chris Duvall exit with injury

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HARRISON, N.J. — There was joy in the New York Red Bulls’ locker room after yet another win against a fellow club from the Big Apple, but there was also some concern and sadness after seeing a fallen comrade.

The Red Bulls routed the New York Cosmos in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night, but a lot of the conversation after the 4-1 victory at Red Bull Arena centered around the health of Chris Duvall.

Duvall suffered a nasty-looking injury in the 83rd minute of the Round of 16 match after both he and Cosmos defender Hunter Gorskie each slid in hard for a 50-50 ball. Duvall came off worse for wear, requiring several minutes of attention before being taken out of the game on a stretcher while covering his face with his hands.

The play dampened the spirit of the Red Bulls, who should have been celebrating their second win over a fellow New York club in four days instead of worrying about the potential long-term loss of their starting right back.

“That’s what we’re all thinking about right now,” said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch of the injury. “It’s good to get the win and move on, but we’re all kind of hopeful that Chris isn’t as bad as it looked. He’s been a very important guy, and hopefully it’s just a bad contusion.”

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Evening Ticker: Barcelona denied bid for Pogba; Blind appointed Netherlands manager; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

Barcelona has reportedly acquired one of its main targets Wednesday, but another is proving tougher to reel in.

Barcelona officials flew all the way out to Italy to make a formal offer for French international Paul Pogba’s services, but Juventus sent them home packing with nothing.

“Barcelona offered us €80 million ($88.4 million) for Pogba, but we don’t want to sell him,” Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta told La Gazzetta dello Sport of the talk with Barcelona directors Ariedo Braida and Alberto Soler.

Barcelona would be unable to acquire the dynamic midfielder until the January 2016 transfer window at the earliest due to the transfer restrictions currently placed on the club by FIFA, but Juventus has no intention on selling Pogba just yet.

Meanwhile, Arda Turan and Liga BBVA rival Atletico Madrid have agreed terms to see the Turkish playmaker suit up for the club after the UEFA Champions League winners pay €35 million ($38.7 million), according to Marca. He will be unable to play for Barcelona until January 2016, but the attacking midfielder is sure to provide a spark to the already-fruitful Barca attack when he makes his debut.

The Turkish international had been rumored to make a move to England, but he has now surprisingly agreed to join Barca.

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Michael Bradley named USMNT captain for Gold Cup

 

By IVES GALARCEP

Michael Bradley has played some of the best soccer of his national team career since being handed the captain’s armband by Jurgen Klinsmann earlier this year in place of the absent Clint Dempsey, and now it appears he has done enough to merit holding onto that armband a while longer.

Klinsmann revealed on Wednesday that Bradley will be the U.S. Men’s National Team captain for the Gold Cup, and not Clint Dempsey, who had been captain before missing some recent national team call-ups.

The decision comes on the heels of Dempsey’s suspension by MLS and U.S. Soccer for his actions in a recent U.S. Open Cup match that saw him ejected after ripping up a referee’s notebook.

“I had a very, very good conversation with Clint about what happened during the Open Cup, but also about how we want to approach things,” Klinsmann told USSoccer.com. “For the time being we thought it’s the best thing to give the captaincy to Michael Bradley and let Clint focus on what he’s all about.

“Clint is about scoring goals,” Klinsmann said. “We need Clint Dempsey badly with the National Team. We need him in a good spirit. What happened was a mistake, but it was the first red card in his career and a lot of people went at him. I think the best thing for everyone right now is to let him concentrate really on playing and doing what he does best. It’s his performance on the field. It’s his delivery for the U.S. National Team, and he has always delivered”

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‘Chicharito’ suffers collarbone injury, putting his Gold Cup in doubt

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By IVES GALARCEP

Mexico’s hopes of challenging the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2015 Gold Cup title may have taken another major blow on Wednesday night.

Just two days after losing its top defender, Hector Moreno, to an injury that will cost him the Gold Cup, now Mexico is faced with the possibility of losing star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez after he suffered a collarbone injury in a friendly against Honduras on Wednesday in Houston.

Mexican outlets reported that Hernandez had suffered a broken collarbone, which would rule him out of the Gold Cup entirely, though ‘El Tri’ will surely be hoping for better news, like minor injury that might only cost him the group stages.

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Red Bulls exact revenge on Cosmos with victory in U.S. Open Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. —For the second time in four days, the New York Red Bulls put forth a convincing victory over a local rival.

Led by goals from Sal Zizzo, Anatole Abang, Sacha Kljestan and Mike Grella, the Red Bulls topped the visiting New York Cosmos, 4-1, in Wednesday night’s U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 clash at Red Bull Arena.

With the victory, the Red Bulls pick up their second win over local opposition in four days after toppling New York City FC on Sunday. In addition, the Red Bulls earned some revenge following last season’s U.S. Open Cup defeat to the Cosmos while also booking a matchup with the Philadelphia Union in the tournament’s quarterfinal stage.

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Four Dom Dwyer goals power Sporting KC past FC Dallas

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

For the second time this season, Sporting Kansas City handily defeated FC Dallas and it was Dom Dwyer who led the way this time.

Dwyer stole the show in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match by scoring four goals in a 6-2 win at Sporting Park. Dwyer’s hat trick was completed in the 41st minute with a converted penalty, and he added another goal on a free kick from 20 yards away in the 70th minute.

The forward’s first two goals were assisted by Benny Feilhaber, who now has three U.S. Open Cup assists on the year.

Krisztian Nemeth slotted a Jacob Peterson pass into the net just before halftime and chipped Chris Seitz from the touchline in the 59th minute for Sporting’s other two goals.

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Ream, Zusi embracing return to USMNT ahead of Gold Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having both experienced extended absences from the U.S. Men’s National Team, Tim Ream and Graham Zusi understand how hard it is to watch your teammates perform from afar. However, for the duo, that fact makes the inclusion on the roster for the upcoming Gold Cup just that much sweeter.

Both Ream and Zusi are among the 23 players called in to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming Gold Cup, which begins on Tuesday. For Ream, the call-up represents just his second of 2015 following an 89th-minute cameo against Switzerland in Match, while Zusi has appeared just once for the USMNT since his inclusion on last summer’s World Cup roster.

For the duo, the call-up for the up represents much more than meets the eye. For one, it represents the opportunity to reunite with friends from across the U.S. Soccer landscape, while, on the other hand, it offers something much more important: a chance to once again demonstrate value with the national team.

“It feels fantastic. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in with the guys,” Zusi said. “Walking into the hotel and seeing some familiar faces, it was really nice. It’s been frustrating with a slew of injuries the last six months or so, but like I said, it feels great to be back.

“Personally, it would be a little bit of redemption,” added Ream. “Being back in here with this group of guys, a strong group, we want to win outright and get in the Confederations Cup and not worry about a play-in game. Like I said, it’s exciting being in here with this group of guys and going for a Gold Cup title.”

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Trapp returns for Crew after three-month layoff

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By DAN KARELL

The fact that Wil Trapp played 16 minutes plus stoppage time off the bench in a U.S. Open Cup game on the road seems meaningless at first glance.

But considering everything he’s been through, just getting back on the field in the first place is a big milestone.

Tuesday night’s substitute appearance for the Columbus Crew in a 2-0 defeat at Orlando City was Trapp’s first minutes of game action since April 8, when he started in a road match at the Vancouver Whitecaps but was substituted at halftime after symptoms from a recent concussion returned. Before Tuesday, he had missed 13 MLS games, one U.S. Open Cup match and an international friendly.

“I’m pretty happy to be back after a couple of months of inactivity,” Trapp told the Crew’s website after the match.

“Before the game, you’ve got the butterflies, it’s been a while since you’ve been in that rhythm of a game day,” he added later. “You don’t know really what to expect. You’re just hoping everything pans out health-wise. But (I’m) just ecstatic to be out there. Get on the ball, make some passes, just feel like you’re grounded in a real game again. It was a great first step and I’m looking forward to the next one.”

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