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Report: USMNT to play September friendly vs. Peru

The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Peru in an international friendly at RFK Stadium on September 4, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

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Report: NYCFC reaches final stages in negotiations to sign Andrea Pirlo

New York City FC has reportedly reached the final stages of negotiations with Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.

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NYCFC braces for summer arrivals to help bolster roster

Frank Lampard begins his tenure with NYCFC this week while the club waits for further reinforcement to arrive in the coming month.

Report: USMNT to play September friendly vs. Peru

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men’s National Team have apparently lined up their first opponent for after the Gold Cup, and it’s a team that’s looking like a much tougher challenge than when it was first rumored to be playing the Americans.

According to a Washington Post report, the USMNT will host Peru at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on Sept. 4. The report comes a month after Sports Illustrated first identified Peru as the frontrunner to play the U.S. in September.

If true, it would only be the sixth time that the USMNT and Peru have faced each other, and first time in 15 years. A formal announcement is expected this week.

U.S. Soccer has not commented yet on the report.

The match date falls within FIFA’s official international window from Aug. 31-Sept. 8 for national teams to hold official or friendly matches. According to the Washington Post report, U.S. Soccer also spoke with Uruguay and Ghana to host a friendly in the USA.

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Copa America semifinal preview: Peru looks to foil host Chile’s run at first title

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By AARON CRANFORD

One side enters tonight’s Copa America semifinal clash as a two-time champion looking for a third, the other is the host of this year’s tournament.

Chile is one of three South American countries that as not lifted the Copa America trophy, but a win vs. Peru tonight (7:30 pm) in Santiago, Chile can put the hosts within arm’s reach of that goal.

Led by a Paolo Guerrero hat-trick, Peru topped Bolivia, 3-1, en route to reach this stage of the tournament, while Chile looked the better side in a 1-0 win against Uruguay to move on to the semifinals.

However, the host would not move on without some controversy, as defender Gonzalo Jara’s ugly actions in the quarterfinal against Ecuador resulted in a three-game suspension, meaning he will be unavailable for the remainder of the tournament. Continue reading »

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Report: NYCFC reaches final stages in negotiations to sign Andrea Pirlo

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Andrea Pirlo was spotted at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night, and it appears that New York City FC is close to making the presence of the Italian legend a much more common occurrence.

Goal USA is reporting that talks between Pirlo and NYCFC have reached the final stages, with the club potentially announcing Pirlo’s signing as soon as next week. Pirlo, who was shown to be in attendance alongside future NYCFC midfielder Frank Lampard, has now returned to Europe and does not plan to return until late July.

Should the signing of Pirlo be completed, NYCFC could debut their new signing as soon as July 26 for a home matchup with Orlando City.

Pirlo has been connected with NYCFC throughout the year, with his appearances in Manhattan in recent weeks only furthering speculation of his imminent signing.

While the team will have to wait another month or so to see Pirlo don the team’s jersey, NYCFC will see Lampard suit up much sooner, as the Englishman is set to begin training on Wednesday and is expected to feature July 12 against Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium.

In addition to Lampard and Pirlo, NYCFC are set to debut a pair of defenders in the coming weeks in the form of longtime Athletic Bilbao defender Andoni Iraola and Manchester City loanee Angelino.

What do you think of the Pirlo move? How will Pirlo and Lampard impact NYCFC?

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Report: U.S. U-18 prospect Lennon set to sign with Liverpool

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By DAN KARELL

Former Real Salt Lake academy member Brooks Lennon looks set to become the latest to American to make the move to Anfield.

According to a report by Goal.com, Liverpool is expected to complete the signing of Lennon by the end of this week. Lennon has spent extensive time with Liverpool’s youth academy over the past few years, and he’s done enough to earn a professional contract.

The 17-year-old forward is expected to receive his Irish passport soon, which will help pave the way for him to eventually play for the first team if he progresses well at Liverpool.

Lennon, who is registered to RSL’s Arizona-based academy, is a current member of the U.S. Under-18 National Team. He started for the U.S. U-18s last April in a pair of friendly matches at Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lennon is eligible to play for the U.S. U-20 team in the upcoming 2017 Under-20 World Cup cycle.

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What do you think of this development? Do you see Lennon making it into the Liverpool first team down the road? Think this is the right move for him?

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NYCFC braces for summer arrivals to help bolster roster

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BY MICHAEL PENG

NEW YORK — In what has been a bit of a roller coaster season for New York City FC thus far there have been more lows than highs for the expansion club up until this point.

The team, after its latest 3-1 loss to crosstown rivals New York Red Bulls, currently possesses just 17 points through 17 contests on the season and sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

However, the cavalry is on the way to perhaps help this club climb out of its current predicament.

Frank Lampard, for one, will officially begin his tenure with NYCFC beginning July 1 and is expected to train with his newest club this week.

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Miazga, Adi goal celebrations latest to standout from 2015

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Scoring a goal can be emotionally overwhelming, but sometimes, whether by design or impulse, the celebrations that follow can be just as special as the finish.

Week 17 in MLS saw not one, but two players execute fun goal celebrations that will not soon be forgotten. The first came in the New York Red Bulls’ 3-1 road win over New York City FC on Sunday, as Matt Miazga did the long overdue gesture of swinging for the fences at Yankee Stadium.

Fanendo Adi followed that up later in the day with an impersonation of Timber Joey, grabbing the Portland Timbers’ mascot’s chainsaw and pretending to cut a slab of wood in the club’s 4-1 triumph over the Seattle Sounders.

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Cyle Larin

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Cyle Larin made sure to put an exclamation point on his final club match before departing for the 2015 Gold Cup.

The Orlando City forward scored yet another goal, his sixth of the season, to help earn his side a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids while claiming honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

With the game tied through 62 minutes, Larin displayed both timing and touch matched by few first-year players. With Carlos Rivas roaming with the ball down the left side, Larin darted through the center of the box and finished with a first time shot, giving Orlando City a lead the team would never relinquish. Larin’s sixth goal of the season sees him level with big names like David Villa, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Jozy Altidore.

Larin earned himself yet another SBI MLS Rookie of the Week, his third of the season, beating out Sean Davis, Fatai Alashe and Miguel Aguilar for this week’s honors.

What did you think of Larin’s performance? Which rookie stood out to you this past week?

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Ethan Finlay

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Ethan Finlay continues to assert himself as one of the most dynamic players in Major League Soccer.

The Columbus Crew midfielder led his team to four points this week, providing a goal and two assists to earn SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

Finlay’s week kicked off on Wednesday evening against the New England Revolution, and he provided an assist on the game-winning finish by forward Kei Kamara. Finlay then got on the scoresheet himself on Saturday with a game-tying goal against Real Salt Lake after previously helping set up Tony Tchani on the Crew’s first finish in a 2-2 draw that saw Columbus erase two deficits.

In total, Finlay played his part in three of four Crew goals this week, earning him SBI’s MLS Player of the Week honors over Kamara, Matias Perez Garcia and Sacha Kljestan.

What did you think of Finlay’s performances this week? How impressed have you been with him this season? Which player stood out to you?

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