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Orlando City confirm addition of Shea

Orlando City have confirmed the signing of winger Brek Shea.

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MLS announces home openers for 2015 season

MLS has released the schedule of home openers for the league’s 20 teams.

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Vermes navigating Sporting KC offseason amid CBA uncertainties

Peter Vermes talks about Sporting KC’s offseason moves and how the upcoming CBA negotiations have played a factor.

Orlando City confirm addition of Shea

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Rumors of Brek Shea’s return to MLS have finally been made official.

Orlando City confirmed Friday that the club has acquired the 24-year-old winger from the Premier League’s Stoke City ahead of their debut 2015 season.

Shea’s return comes nearly two years after the former FC Dallas star made the move to England, where he featured three times for Stoke while also suiting up during loan spells with Barnsley and Birmingham City.

The winger becomes just the latest December acquisition for Orlando City, who added midfielder Amobi Okugo and defender Aurelien Colin earlier in the month via trade while also signing Honduran forward Bryan Rochez as a Designated Player.

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What do you think of Orlando City’s latest signing? How will Shea fit in with the rest of the current squad? How will Shea and Orlando City fare in 2015?

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MLS announces home openers for 2015 season

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Orlando City and New York City FC are set to kick off their inaugural MLS campaigns with the added benefit of facing another team with no wealth of MLS experience: each other.

The two franchises will start their 2015 seasons against one another on March 8 at the Citrus Bowl for Orlando City’s first home MLS contest. For their part, NYC FC’s home opener will occur one week later when Yankee Stadium plays host to the reigning Eastern Conference champions, the New England Revolution.

The MLS season will officially kick off on March 6 with a matchup featuring the defending MLS Cup champions. The LA Galaxy begin their title defense at home against the Chicago Fire to start off the league’s new Friday night game of the week.

In addition, the San Jose Earthquakes will officially open Avaya Stadium on March 22 against the Chicago Fire, while TFC will wait until May 10 to reopen a renovated BMO Field.

Take a closer look at the released schedule below: Continue reading »

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USWNT fall out of No. 1 ranking for first time since March 2008

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For the first time in nearly seven years, the U.S. Women’s National Team is being recognized as anything but the best team in the world.

FIFA’s latest rankings were revealed Friday, as, for the first time since March 2008, the USWNT does not hold the top spot. Thanks to a draw with China (13th) and defeat to Brazil (8th), the U.S. has been leapfrogged by Germany, which now holds the unique position of being atop both the men’s and women’s world rankings.

Germany ascended to the top spot on the heels of a 10-game winning streak through World Cup qualifying. The team’s only recent loss came in an October friendly against France, which moved up one spot to third.

The U.S. will get a chance at revenge on Sunday, when the team gets to match up with the very same Brazil side that defeated them just one week prior.

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What do you think of the USWNT’s drop to second? What do you expect from the team heading into the World Cup in 2015?

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Report: Galaxy’s McBean set for Hibernian trial

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By DAN KARELL

Jack McBean is spending another winter on trial at multiple clubs across the United Kingdom.

The LA Galaxy Homegrown signing is set to join Hibernian FC in Edinburgh, Scotland, on a trial period, according to a report in the Herald Scotland. The report adds that McBean is currently on trial with Charlton Athletic and that he could be signed in January as Hibernian attempts to achieve promotion back into the Scottish Premier League.

“Jack is due to come in, although he has not trained with us yet,” Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs told the Herald. “Something could change and plans could change, but at the moment he is due to have a spell here.”

The Galaxy have not yet commented on the report from Scotland.

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Vermes navigating Sporting KC offseason amid CBA uncertainties

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By TATE STEINLAGE 

Peter Vermes is packing his bags. Not for another international scouting trip, league meeting or player combine, but for a two-week vacation with his family that will leave the Sporting Kansas City manager “out of touch” for the first time in quite a while.

The trip couldn’t come at a more perfect time. “It’s been a crazy five years,” he told SBI Wednesday after explaining that this past season was the hardest in his coaching career since he first took over the club as both manager and technical director in 2009.

“This year and when I first took over were the hardest,” Vermes said. “When I first took over, the difficulty was learning how to divide my time between being the head coach and the technical director. That part was very difficult.”

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FIFA to release reports in ‘appropriate form;’ will not revisit World Cup vote

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Following all of the outrage, criticism and downright resentment, FIFA is finally set to give the people what they want.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced Friday that the organization is set to release the report surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in an “appropriate form” in the near future. The announcement comes just two days after the resignation of Michael Garcia, the American lawyer who commissioned the report.

“The FIFA Executive Committee unanimously agreed to ask the Adjudicatory Chamber of the independent Ethics Committee to publish the report in an appropriate form once the ongoing procedures against individuals are concluded,” Blatter said. “I am pleased they have agreed.

“It has been a long process to arrive at this point and I understand the views of those who have been critical. We have always been determined that the truth should be known.” Continue reading »

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