Revolution finds first goals and first win over Earthquakes

The New England Revolution’s desperate attack finally woke up Saturday, thanks to Kelyn Rowe.

MLS Week 4: SBI Live Commentary

The Portland Timbers face Vancouver while New York City FC meets Sporting KC in some of the marquee matchups on a busy MLS Week 4. Join SBI for live commentary on today’s action.

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Freddy Adu signs with Finnish club Kuopion Palloseura

The Finnish club announced on Saturday that Freddy Adu inked a one-year deal.

Revolution finds first goals and first win over Earthquakes

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By TIM FONTENAULT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Revolution’s desperate attack finally woke up Saturday, thanks to Kelyn Rowe.

Rowe scored both goals and was the focal point of the attack all match, as the Revolution held on for a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes at Gillette Stadium.

New England had failed to score in its first three matches, picking up only one point before Saturday’s win.

Before breaking through for the first goal, Rowe was dangerous setting up chances for the Revolution. His dangerous cross to the far post early in the match put New England on the doorstep, but Daigo Kobayashi used it wide with his left-footed effort.

Rowe nearly scored two minutes later when San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham misplayed a cross, but Clarence Goodson closed him down.

The first goal finally came in the 21st minute. After Kobayashi won the ball in the midfield, Rowe’s shot from the top right corner of the box deflected off the head of Shaun Francis and past Bingham. Continue reading »

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MLS Week 4: SBI Live Commentary

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New York City FC returns to Yankee Stadium, with a marquee clash against Sporting Kansas City in one of the headlining matches of a stacked MLS Week 4.

David Villa and NYCFC enjoyed an impressive home debut two weeks ago, but will face a tough challenge from a Sporting KC side that will try to register its first win of the season.

In Vancouver, the Whitecaps take on the Portland Timbers in the latest edition of their Cascadia rivalry. Octavio Rivero will try to score in his fourth straight match, while the Timbers attempt to record their first straight win.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s action so please feel to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

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Freddy Adu signs with Finnish club Kuopion Palloseura

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By AARON CRANFORD

After months of searching for a new home, Freddy Adu has signed with Finnish top division side Kuopion Palloseura.

The Finnish club announced on Saturday that Freddy Adu inked a one-year deal. The club will be the 11th of Adu’s career. The 25-year-old will join fellow American and former New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo defender Stephen McCarthy, who also signed with KuPS this year.

In February, Adu was reportedly close to signing a deal with an unknown team in Sweden’s Allsvenskan, but those talks fell through.

What do you think of Adu’s latest move? How will the midfielder fare with KuPS?

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By ADAM TROXTELL

The Netherlands will try to put what has so far been a rough Euro 2016 qualifying campaign behind them against Turkey in one of many international games on Saturday.

After finishing third at last year’s World Cup, the Dutch side has been brought back down to Earth with a string of disappointing results that leaves them third in Group A. While they will most likely qualify in an expanded European Championship field, a win against Turkey would boost that bid.

Similarly, the Turks have found qualifying difficult, sitting two points behind Holland in fourth. The absence of Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben through injury gives them a reason to be optimistic, though in-form Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost will look to carry the Netherlands’ attack forward just the same.

Italy’s qualifying campaign is going smoothly so far, and that looks to continue on a trip to fourth-place Bulgaria. The Italians will look to take advantage of any slip-up by first-place Croatia, who has a tough task against third-place Norway in Group H.

Javier Hernandez will start for Mexico in tonight’s friendly against Ecuador, despite playing a bit-part role in Real Madrid’s La Liga campaign so far. Head coach Miguel Herrera also named Jesus Corona as the starting goalkeeper, ahead of Guillermo Ochoa.

If you will be watching any of today’s action, feel free to leave your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):

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Who should the USMNT start vs. Switzerland?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Losing a match and the possession battle within it in the way the U.S. Men’s National Team did earlier this week will likely lead to lineup changes. Just how many is the question.

The U.S. will aim to rebound from Wednesday’s deflating 3-2 defeat to Denmark when it visits Switzerland in a friendly on Tuesday that wraps up this European camp. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has plenty to consider going into that game, as his side looked far from good in a loss to the Danes that accentuated the Americans’ second-half woes.

The midfield will be chief among Klinsmann’s areas of concern, as the U.S. failed to hold onto the ball for large stretches against Denmark and struggled to create much from the run of play. Michael Bradley is all but guaranteed to be in the Americans’ lineup, but who pairs with him in the middle is unclear. Alejandro Bedoya did a decent job of covering ground against the Danes, but his inability to get into a rhythm offensively could see Klinsmann explore another option.

Out wide, Klinsmann will likely also consider making some alterations. Left back Greg Garza endured his roughest U.S. outing to date, and, in front of him, Fabian Johnson proved far too ineffective. Right midfielder Gyasi Zardes also had a tame outing in his third international appearance, leaving the door open for someone else to step in to his place next week.

So, who will Klinsmann start against the Swiss? Here’s a lineup SBI could see taking the field:

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5 players score for U.S. U-23s in win over Bosnia

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men’s National Team may not have gotten its European camp off to a good start, but the same cannot be said about the Under-23 side.

Five different players scored on Friday for the U.S. U-23s, who never trailed in a 5-2 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina. Santos Laguna’s Benji Joya scored the Americans’ winner via a second-half penalty kick. Monterrey forward Alonso Hernandez and San Jose Earthquakes rookie Fatai Alashe added insurance tallies.

Andi Herzog’s side took a  2-0 lead into halftime thanks to strikes from Stanford’s Jordan Morris and Stuttgart forward Jerome Kiesewetter. Bosnia and Herzegovina refused to roll over, however, and pulled one back in the 64th minute. Joya converted from the spot two minutes later to make it 3-1, but the hosts also netted on a penalty kick before the Americans put the game out of reach with goals from Hernandez and Alashe.

The U.S. U-23s, who are preparing to qualify for the 2016 Olympics this fall, next take on Denmark on Tuesday in the second and final game of this European camp.

Here is the U.S. U-23s’ starting lineup against Bosnia:

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Euro 2016 Qualifying Rewind: England thumps Lithuania; Spain edges Ukraine; and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

In London, the England National Team had their way with Lithuania, defeating them 4-0 in front of more than 83,000 fans.

Wayne Rooney headed in the first of the evening while Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling added the second and third. Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane continues his exceptional run of form by scoring his first international goal a little more than a minute into his first cap for England. The win leaves England with a perfect record in qualification.

In an important match with Group C rival Ukraine, Spain narrowly squeaked by with a 1-0 win at home. Alvaro Morata netted his first international goal in the 28th minute after fighting off a challenge and chipping the ball over Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov. But beyond that, Spain could not find another way past the FC Shakhtar Donetsk keeper, who recorded three saves in the match.

New York City FC striker Adam Nemec scored the first goal in Slovakia’s 3-0 win over Luxembourg. The NYCFC forward’s side sits atop Group C, three points in front of Spain.

Meanwhile, the game between Montenegro and Russia was suspended and later abandoned Friday. Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit in the head with a flare moments into the match and had to be subbed off. Play later continued, and Roman Shirokov’s penalty attempt was saved in the 67th minute. But moments later, another object struck a Russian player, and the referee abandoned the match.

Here is a look at all of the scores from today’s Euro 2016 Qualifying action: Continue reading »

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Your Running Commentary

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By AARON CRANFORD

Qualification for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament is back.

Nine matches are set to kick off at 3:45 p.m. ET today, with more to come this weekend as Europe’s domestic action takes a break.

2010 World Cup winners Spain take on Ukraine in today’s most intriguing affair. Spain sits second in Group C while Ukraine is just below them in third. Meanwhile, England looks to take a huge step forward in their group as they host Lithuania.

For more analysis, check out an in-depth look at all of the Euro 2016 matches this weekend here.

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