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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

A Brazil-Chile rematch and a handful of Euro 2016 qualifiers highlight this weekend’s selection of soccer on TV.

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NYCFC Notes: Kreis surprised by Diskerud’s USMNT omission; back line to be shuffled; and more

NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis admitted to being surprised by Mix Diskerud’s omission from the U.S. Men’s National Team’s recent camp for friendlies in Europe.

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Revs Notes: Agudelo, Davies developing partnership; Farrell adjusting to centerback; and more

The New England Revolution continue to tweak the attack due the club’s depth at forward, while Andrew Farrell continues to relearn the centerback position.

International Rewind: Brazil come from behind to beat France; Colombia smash Bahrain; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Brazil might still be in the midst of repairing the damage done from last summer’s World Cup, but Thursday’s win over France surely helped.

Brazil initially fell behind, but came back to pick up a 3-1 victory over Les Bleus in a friendly played at Stade de France. Raphael Varane opened the scoring in the 21st minute to further inflict damage on a Brazil side trying to recover from last year’s humiliating 7-1 World Cup elimination at the hands of Germany.

The Brazilians responded, however, as Oscar tied the game five minutes before halftime. Neymar then found the winner 12 minutes after the break, and Luiz Gustavo put the game out of reach in the 69th minute.

The loss was France’s first since the World Cup.

Here are other results from the latest round of international games:

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European Weekend Preview: England looks to stay perfect against Lithuania; the Netherlands face Turkey; and more

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By AYDIN REYHAN

With domestic action taking a break in Europe this weekend, EURO 2016 qualifying is back underway with some tasty games to catch from Friday to Sunday.

England is a perfect four-for-four and will look to make that five straight wins when the Three Lions play host to Lithuania. Harry Kane has been on fire for Tottenham and has been rewarded for his efforts by coach Roy Hodgson with a call-up

The Netherlands sit in third with six points after their first three games, three points behind second-place Iceland and six behind the Czech Republic in first. Turkey has four points and will look to take advantage of the fact that the home side will be missing Arjen Robben as well as striker Robin van Persie.

Here is a breakdown of this weekend’s Euro 2016 actio: Continue reading »

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SBI Reader Poll: Where should MLS expand to next?

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With Wednesday’s announcement set to confirm Minnesota’s inclusion as the league’s 23rd team, Major League Soccer is getting closer and closer to the longtime goal of 24 franchises by the end of the decade.

That 24th and final spot becomes more competitive by the day, as quite a few markets have thrown their name into the hat for inclusion in MLS. One of those markets, Miami, has gone so far as to earn a promise of a franchise, but the league’s mandated task of securing a stadium has proven to be a major hurdle for David Beckham and the rest of the team’s ownership group.

While Miami’s wheels spin, several other markets continue to fortify their push. Sacramento has been drumming up ever more local support from both fans and legislators, while San Antonio even has the backing of Mexico’s soccer bigwigs.

Where do you think MLS should expand to next? Cast your vote after the jump: Continue reading »

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This Weekend’s Soccer On TV

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By ADAM TROXTELL

European club competitions have been replaced by international friendlies and qualifiers this weekend, but there’s still plenty of action occupying televisions this weekend.

At the top of the list is the first meeting between Brazil and Chile since their dramatic World Cup round of 16 match that ended in penalties at the Estadio Mineirao in 2014. The rematch will take place at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London, with both teams calling up their top players.

Aside from settling grudges, the match also presents both teams with a high profile test in the build-up to this summer’s Copa America.

Qualification for the 2016 European Championships also takes center stage this weekend, starting with an important match in Group C between Spain and the Ukraine on Friday. England line up at Wembley against Lithuania in a Group E clash at the same time.

The Netherlands will hope to climb up the Group A table against Turkey. Just two wins and two losses have left the Dutch in third place, six points off of group leaders Czech Republic.

Finally, MLS action keeps rolling through the international break. The Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union kick-off Sunday’s nationally televised action, followed by Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC later in the evening.

Here is this weekend’s soccer on TV (schedule after the jump):

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NYCFC Notes: Kreis surprised by Diskerud’s USMNT omission; back line to be shuffled; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jason Kreis knew he was going to lose a number of his players to international call-ups this month, but he and New York City FC got one pleasant surprise.

They got to keep Mix Diskerud.

It had been almost two years since Diskerud was last passed over by U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for an international fixture date, so Kreis fully anticipated losing the crafty midfielder for this weekend’s home game against Sporting Kansas City. Klinsmann, however, chose to leave Diskerud with his club, a move that Kreis is thankful for but did not see coming.

“Yeah, I was very surprised, but you never know,” said NYCFC head coach Kreis. “I don’t know what the objectives for these two games are for the coach or what he’s looking to achieve or who he’s looking to look at that might be new in that program. It’s impossible for me to say, but I really had expected Mix to go.

“I think there are several MLS players that are in the exact same category as Mix that didn’t get called in, so it seems that Jurgen has a bit of a plan. But I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to him.”

Klinsmann has been critical about the fitness of some of his players in recent weeks, but it is unknown if Diskerud is among that group. Regardless, the 24-year-old midfielder’s absence from the U.S. picture is unusual.

Diskerud has been a part of every U.S. camp he has been available for since summer 2013, when he was not included in the roster for a pair of friendlies against Belgium and Germany and a trio of World Cup qualifiers. He missed out on last April’s squad for a friendly vs. Mexico, but that game fell outside of FIFA’s international calendar and Diskerud’s release from his club, Rosenborg, was not mandated.

Diskerud, for his part, did not divulge details about his omission on Wednesday. He said he had a policy of not discussing what he and his head coaches talk about, and mostly sidestepped three different questions about his U.S. absence.

“It’s mostly European-based players and players in Liga MX,” said Diskerud. “I’ve just got to watch them. It’s not going to feel weird.”

Here are more notes from NYCFC camp:

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Revs Notes: Agudelo, Davies developing partnership; Farrell adjusting to centerback; and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Under coach Jay Heaps, the New England Revolution have been relatively predictable in trotting out just one true forward. But in pursuit of a win last Saturday against the Montreal Impact, Heaps subbed on Charlie Davies in the 62nd minute, but left Juan Agudelo on the field — and fans got a look at the best argument for switching up the Revs’ preferred formation.

“I expected it from the moment we signed (Agudelo) that we would be a team that played two or three forwards at a time,” said Davies, adding that he still considers Teal Bunbury a forward, despite Bunbury playing out on the wing with the Revs. “If we can get that lineup going and everyone working fluid, and get the rhythm right and the timing right, I think it’s extremely difficult to defend.”

The duo wasn’t able to shake New England (0-2-1) out of a 270-minute scoring drought to start 2015, but Agudelo and Davies did provide a spark in their 22 minutes together.

“He’s definitely a guy that makes great runs, which opens up space for other players,” Agudelo said of Davies before training on Wednesday. “His runs in behind makes a hole in front of their defense. … Sometimes he doesn’t get rewarded for those runs, but he’s a very smart striker.”

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Friday Kickoff: Sturridge picks up another injury; Real Madrid fans get fine, ban for car attacks; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After missing the first few months of the season with various injuries, Daniel Sturridge appears to be once again set for a spell on the sidelines.

England manager Roy Hodgson revealed Thursday that the England medical staff has discovered that Sturridge has picked up a slight tear in his hip muscle. Sturridge’s season had previously been derailed by thigh and calf injuries that kept the striker on the sidelines for five months to start the season.

“I’m a little bit disappointed for Daniel Sturridge, because when he came to us, he didn’t really feel that the slight problem he felt would be any problem at all,” Hodgson said. “When we did the scan and it turned out that there was a problem, he was absolutely devastated, because he didn’t want to leave us.

“There was no option, because he had a slight tear, and you can’t play through that.”

Here are some more news and notes to kick off your Friday morning: Continue reading »

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Berti Vogts appointed Technical Advisor for USMNT

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In the buildup to last summer’s World Cup, Berti Vogts served his compatriot Jurgen Klinsmann as a special advisor to the U.S. Men’s National Team. On Thursday, the 1974 World Cup winner’s job was made a bit more permanent.

U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that Vogts has been appointed Technical Advisor to the U.S. Men’s National Team. In his new role, Vogts will oversee the development of players in Europe while also focusing on development initiatives and education.

“We had a fantastic experience with Berti during the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us. With Andi Herzog having a big focus on qualifying the U-23 team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Berti will make an even more important contribution.”

Prior to his role with U.S. Soccer,  Vogts most recently managed against the USMNT while in charge of Azerbaijan. Vogts is best known for his time as manager of Germany, which included Klinsmann, having claimed Euro 96 under his watch.

Vogts was brought in as a special advisor to the USMNT in the lead up to last summer’s World Cup, but said he would be supporting his native Germany when the two matched up in the group stages.

What do you think of Vogts’ appointment? How will his hire affect the USMNT?

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