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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 9

The Seattle Sounders have climbed to the top of the latest SBI MLS Power Rankings, and aren’t the only team to climb closer to the top after Week Nine’s results.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Greg Garza scored for Club Tijuana, Brad Guzan was demoted to the bench, and more in this past weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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Latest dazzling performance from Dempsey, Martins keeps Sounders rolling

The Seattle Sounders’ red-hot striker duo of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins put on a show to help the club to a 3-1 road victory over New York City FC.

NYCFC look to Sounders as model for expansion success

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Photo by Adam Hunger/ USA Today Sports

BY MICHAEL PENG 

NEW YORK — Building a team from the ground up is no walk in the park, and Jason Kreis knows that, but after watching his club’s winless streak extend to seven matches with a 3-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, the New York City FC head coach is left searching for answers on how to turn this team around.

But perhaps he doesn’t have to look too far to find some inspiration.

“I think there’s a lot of models out there, but Seattle being a team that came from expansion, a team that has a very good fan-following in a fantastic stadium and a fantastic city,” Kreis said after the game. “There’s a lot of things we can model ourselves after them.”

That’s not a bad choice for a paragon by Kreis and NYCFC, as the Sounders have been one of the most successful teams in the MLS since joining the league in 2009, making the playoffs each season while advancing to the conference finals of the MLS Cup twice and winning the U.S. Open Cup four times.

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European Weekend Review: Chelsea crowned Premier League champions; Juventus claim Serie A; and more

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By AYDIN REYHAN

This weekend brought us a champion in the Premier League and let us know that some leagues are going to be extremely fun going into the final weeks.

With a 1-0 victory on Sunday, Chelsea was crowned champions of the Premier League, earning manager Jose Mourinho his third title with the club and first since returning to the team in 2013.

Chelsea was not alone in claiming a domestic crown as Juventus locked up their fourth consecutive Sere A championship with a victory over Sampdoria.

 

Meanwhile, Spain’s title race remains nowhere near as clear cut, as Barcelona thrashed Cordoba 8-0 on the road as they are still protecting their two-point gap atop of La Liga ahead of Real Madrid.

Here is what happened in European soccer’s top five leagues this weekend: Continue reading »

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U.S. U-23s to meet France, Netherlands and more in Toulon Tournament

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By AARON CRANFORD

The U.S. Men’s Under-23 National Team will compete against some heavy-hitters one year before the 2016 Olympics, as they head to France to compete in the 2015 Toulon Tournament.

The 43rd edition of the event will take place in picturesque southeastern France and run from May 27 until June 7. The U.S. have been placed in Group A, which features France, Netherlands, Costa Rica and Qatar. The winner of the group will play the winner of Group B, which includes China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. There will also be a third-placed match, which will pit the runners-up of each group.

“Toulon is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world at this age level, and we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in the world,” U.S. head coach Andi Herzog told U.S. Soccer about the tournament. “Having seen matches here many times before, I know the type of talent we will face. This is huge for us as we get ready for qualification this October, and is another step in the development of our players in international competition.” Continue reading »

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: D.C. United

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Photo by Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports

By RYAN TOLMICH

D.C. United continues to take on, and usually defeat, all challengers that have entered the club’s path.

The Columbus Crew served as D.C. United’s latest victim, as the reigning Eastern Conference champions captured a 2-0 victory to earn SBI MLS Team of the Week.

Unbeaten in six straight with four victories, D.C. United put on yet another clinical performance on Saturday in dispatching a fellow Eastern Conference contender. Once again, D.C proved impossible to break down, while the returning Fabian Espindola provided on the other end of the field by contributing a goal and an assist.

D.C. United’s defeat over a red-hot crew team was enough to earn honors as SBI MLS Team of the Week, beating out the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas for this week’s honors.

What did you think of D.C. United’s performance? Which team stood out to you this past weekend?

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USL Week 7: A Look Back

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Charleston Battery fans must be getting tired of Matthew Delicate.

The Richmond Kickers attacker scored the decisive equalizer in a 2-2 draw between the Eastern Conference rivals on Saturday in the marquee match of the weekend. Delicate struck in the 80th minute, denying the Battery a valuable win and keeping both teams unbeaten through seven weeks this season.

Richmond native Brian Ownby opened the scoring in the 35th minute for the Kickers. Zach Prince then pulled one back for the visiting Battery with his first goal of the season just after halftime, and a minute later Ricky Garbanzo put them in the lead by deflecting Maikel Chang’s shot into the net.

Facing defeat, the Kickers’ all-time leading scorer stepped up. Sacha Goerres’ corner kick was sniffed out by Delicate, who headed the ball into the upper corner.

Here are more recaps from the past few days in USL:

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D.C. United shed ‘lucky’ monicker with best start in club history

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Photo by Geoff Burke/ USA Today Sports

By CLIFF STARKEY

WASHINGTON—It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Last year was a fluke. This year would look more like 2013.

D.C. United had heard it all. Despite a stunning turnaround last season, in which they finished first in the Eastern Conference before an exit to the New York Red Bulls in the playoffs, many outlets—and MLS fans—didn’t expect as much from the team this year.

D.C. United knew what was expected of them. And they’ve responded in historical fashion.

Saturday night’s win at RFK Stadium against the surging Columbus Crew gives D.C. United (5-1-2) the best start in franchise history through eight games.  That bears repeating: D.C. United—four-time MLS Champions and a founding member of MLS—has never started a season as strongly as in 2015.

Marco Etcheverry. Jaime Moreno. Bruce Arena.

Fabian Espindola. Chris Rolfe. Ben Olsen. Continue reading »

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SBI MLS Team of the Month: New England Revolution

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The New England Revolution’s defeat of the Red Bulls may have kicked May off in style, but it was the club’s April performance that solidified the Revs’ status as contenders.

Collecting 10 points from four games, the Revs catapulted right to the top of the Eastern Conference while earning April’s SBI MLS Team of the Month honors.

The Revs kicked off the month with a commanding 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids before a draw with the surging Columbus Crew forced the Revs to settle for their only dropped points of the month. Following that up was a victory over the hapless Philaelphia Union, but the Revs’ performance of the month came in the team’s final game, a 4-0 demolition of visiting RSL.

With a combined scoreline of 8-1, the Revs were absolutely dominant in April, earning SBI MLS Team of the Month honors over the Columbus Crew, D.C. United and Seattle Sounders.

What did you think of the Revs’ April performance? Which team stood out to you in the month of April?

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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 9

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The league’s last remaining unbeaten team has now been beaten, while a series of victories by some other Eastern Conference contenders headline this past weekend’s MLS action.

Entering unbeaten, the New York Red Bulls now have a loss on their resume after falling to a surging New England Revolution side that continues to establish itself as a contender. Meanwhile, D.C. United remained hot as well, defeating the previously hot Columbus Crew in a statement victory.

Out west, the Sounders thrashed New York City FC, 3-1, behind the attack of Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey, signaling the team’s status as the class of the Western Conference.

Here’s a look at Week 9’s MLS Power Rankings: Continue reading »

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