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U.S. beats El Salvador to book place in Under-20 World Cup

Goals from Ben Spencer and Paul Arriola, and a key penalty kick save by Zack Steffen, helped the U.S. Under-20 national team book a place in the Under-20 World Cup.

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U.S. Under-20s vs. El Salvador: SBI Live Commentary

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team faces a must-win showdown with El Salvador today, with the winner booking a place in the Under-20 World Cup. Join SBI as we provide live commentary on all the action.

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U.S. beats El Salvador to book place in Under-20 World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite a tumultuous start to the CONCACAF U-20 Championships, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team completed an impressive tournament by posting a fourth straight shutout win to seal a spot in this summer’s U-20 World Cup.

Led by goals from Ben Spencer and Paul Arriola, the U.S. picked up a 2-0 victory Saturday over El Salvador in a one-game playoff . With the victory, the U.S. will head to New Zealand for the U-20 World Cup, which is set to take place from May 30 – June 20.

Struggling to move the ball on the ground due to field conditions, Spencer and the U.S. took to the air to score the opening goal in the 37th minute.

Spencer’s height proved too much for El Salvador on the opening goal, as he headed a long free kick off the goal frame and followed up by heading home the rebound to make the score 1-0 in the 37th minute. Continue reading »

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U.S. Under-20s vs. El Salvador: SBI Live Commentary

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A spot in the Under-20 World Cup is on the line today for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in a do-or-die CONCACAF qualifier against El Salvador (5pm, Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer2Go.com).

The Americans are riding a three-match winning streak into today’s decisive clash, and will look to shut down a dangerous El Salvador attack. The U.S. defense has posted three consecutive shutouts, but against competition not nearly as potent as El Salvador.

Offensively, the U.S. will need to step up the offensive production after a pair of somewhat lackluster showings in wins against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.

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

Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):

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Saturday European Rewind: Upsets galore as Chelsea, Man City fall in FA Cup; Bale saves Real Madrid; and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

England’s top three teams will have to wait until next year to add another FA Cup to the trophy cabinet.

League One side Bradford City shocked English Premier League leaders Chelsea, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to post a  4-2 comeback victory. The Blues were up 2-0 after 37 minutes before their League One visitors struck back.

Goals from Gary Cahill and Ramires had Chelsea cruising in the fourth-round match, but Jonathan Stead’s 40th minute goal for Bradford gave them some momentum ahead of halftime.

The Bantams used that as a springboard for three more unanswered goals in an unprecedented display. Chelsea threw on Willian, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard in the final 20 minutes, just as Felipe Morais equalized for Bradford and Andrew Halliday scored the winner in the 81st minute.

Mark Yeates’ 90th minute goal was the icing on the cake for what will surely be the shock of the round on a day filled with surprises.

Manchester City was also stunned on Saturday, dropping a 2-0 decision against Middlesbrough. There were also losses for Swansea City, Southampton, and Tottenham.

Here is a rundown of Saturday’s action throughout Europe:

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DeAndre Yedlin joins USMNT as roster trimmed to 23 ahead of friendlies

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann has made his cuts and also an unexpected addition.

DeAndre Yedlin has been brought in from Tottenham as Klinsmann has finalized the 23-man U.S. Men’s National Team roster for upcoming friendlies against Chile and Panama. Yedlin’s selection is his first since transferring from the Seattle Sounders to Spurs earlier this month.

The players from the January camp who did not make the cut were Tesho Akindele, Julio Morales, Oscar Sorto, Christian Dean, Alex Bono and Dennis Flores. Marc Pelosi also failed to make the final roster, but will remain in Los Angeles and rejoin the U.S. following the friendly vs. Chile.

Some of the notable players who did make the cut include Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Nick Rimando.

The Americans travel to Chile on Saturday ahead of their Wednesday meeting. They play Panama on Feb. 8 to close out their month-long camp.

Here is the full 23-man roster:

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Struggling Lazio looks to get back on track against AC Milan, which is similarly desperate for a win in the Serie A race for European spots.

Milan is winless in four games entering today’s test against the Biancocelesti on the road. Since winning the first meeting at the San Siro, AC Milan has fallen five points behind Lazio, who are now pushing for a UEFA Champions League spot.

A loss to Napoli last weekend makes this game even more important to Lazio. The Romans have just one point from their last two games after drawing with rivals Roma.

Top-flight action in England takes a break this weekend for the fourth round of the FA Cup. Manchester City and Liverpool try to avoid upsets when they host Middlesbrough and Botlon, respectively.

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will try to book a place at the World Cup later this year in a do-or-die playoff against El Salvador at the CONCACAF U-20 Championships. The U.S. has won three straight after tying Guatemala and losing to Panama earlier the tournament.

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

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

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Evening Ticker: Manchester United held to draw with Cambridge; Asamoah Gyan leads Ghana past Algeria; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Cambridge United entered Friday’s FA Cup matchup with Manchester United as massive underdogs, but the team did just enough to earn a trip to Old Trafford.

The League Two side held Manchester United to a scoreless draw Friday, earning Cambridge a replay against the Premier League giants. Cambridge, the lowest ranked team remaining in the FA Cup, feature a team that has not cost the club a dime in transfer fees and will now enjoy the significant financial boost that comes with a matchup away to Manchester United.

Despite dominating throughly through the second half, Man United could never muster the scoring touch. Although the visitors maintained 83 percent possession, United could only muster six shots on target, the best of which came via a Radamel Falcao effort in the second half.

Here are some more news and notes from Friday evening: Continue reading »

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