By RYAN TOLMICH
Orlando City and New York City FC are set to kickoff their inaugural MLS campaigns with the added benefit of facing another team with no wealth of MLS experience: each other.
The two debuting franchises will start off their 2015 campaigns against one another on March 8 at the Citrus Bowl for Orlando City’s first MLS home contest. For their part, NYC FC’s home opener will occur one week later when Yankee Stadium plays host to the reigning Eastern Conference champions, the New England Revolution.
The MLS season will officially kickoff on March 6 with a matchup featuring the defending MLS Cup champions, as the LA Galaxy begin their title defense at home against the Chicago Fire to start off the league’s new Friday night game-of-the-week contests.
In addition, the San Jose Earthquakes will officially open Avaya Stadium March 22 against the Chicago Fire, while TFC will wait until May 10. to reopen a renovated BMO Field.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
For the first time in nearly seven years, the U.S. Women’s National Team are being recognized as anything but the best team in the world.
FIFA’s latest rankings were revealed Friday, as, for the first time since March 2008, the USWNT does not hold the top spot. Thanks to a draw with China (13th) and defeat to Brazil (8th), the U.S. has been leapfrogged by Germany, who now hold the unique position of being atop both the men’s and women’s world rankings.
Germany ascended to the top spot on the heels of a 10-game winning streak through World Cup qualifying with the team’s only recent loss coming in an October friendly against France, who moved up one spot to third.
The U.S. will get a chance at revenge on Sunday, when the team gets to matchup with the very same Brazil side that defeated them just one week prior.
What do you think of the USWNT’s drop to second? What do you expect from the team heading into the World Cup in 2015?
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By DAN KARELL
Jack McBean is spending another winter on trial at multiple clubs across the United Kingdom.
The LA Galaxy Homegrown signing is set to join up with Hibernian FC in Edinburgh, Scotland on a trial period, according to a report in the Herald Scotland. The report adds that McBean is currently on trial with Charlton Athletic and that he could be signed in January as Hibernian attempts to achieve promotion back into the Scottish Premier League.
“Jack is due to come in, although he has not trained with us yet,” Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs told the Herald. “Something could change and plans could change, but at the moment he is due to have a spell here.”
The Galaxy have not yet commented on the report from Scotland.
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By TATE STEINLAGE
Peter Vermes is packing his bags. Not for another international scouting trip, league meeting or player combine, but for a two-week vacation with his family that will leave the Sporting Kansas City manager “out of touch” for the first time in quite a while.
The trip couldn’t come at a more perfect time. “It’s been a crazy five years,” he told SBI Wednesday after explaining that this past season was the hardest in his coaching career since he first took over the club as both manager and technical director in 2009.
“This year and when I first took over were the hardest,” Vermes said. “When I first took over, the difficulty was learning how to divide my time between being the head coach and the technical director. That part was very difficult.”
By RYAN TOLMICH
Following all of the outrage, criticism and downright resentment, FIFA is finally set to give the people what they want.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced Friday that the organization is set to release the report surrounding the 2018/22 World Cups in an “appropriate form” in the near future. The announcement comes just two days after the resignation of Michael Garcia, the American lawyer who commissioned the report.
“The FIFA Executive Committee unanimously agreed to ask the Adjudicatory Chamber of the independent Ethics Committee to publish the report in an appropriate form once the ongoing procedures against individuals are concluded,” Blatter said. “I am pleased they have agreed.
“It has been a long process to arrive at this point and I understand the views of those who have been critical. We have always been determined that the truth should be known.” Continue reading
By RYAN TOLMICH
Miguel Layun’s role in leading Club America to Mexican soccer history may net the fullback a move back to Europe.
Club America sporting president Ricardo Pelaez admitted that the club has received offers from European sides attempting to acquire Layun, who captained America to the club’s record 12th title earlier this week.
“Offers have come in, but the right one hasn’t arrived,” Romano said. “We’re close, but not there.”
Layun previously spent time with Serie A’s Atalanta, where he made just two appearances before making his move to America.
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