CONCACAF, U.S. Soccer, MLS release statements regarding FIFA scandal

CONCACAF, U.S. Soccer and MLS each released statements addressing the latest scandal involving FIFA.

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Morris scores as U.S. U-23s fall to France in opening game of Toulon Tournament

The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team was defeated, 3-1, by France in the opening game of the Toulon Tournament.

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Defiant Blatter remains in denial regarding FIFA corruption charges

Sepp Blatter released a statement Wednesday stating that he hopes to see FIFA regain the trust of the public following the recent controversy that saw multiple soccer officials arrested around the world.

CONCACAF, U.S. Soccer, MLS release statements regarding FIFA scandal

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The latest scandal involving the indictments of FIFA officials has sent shockwaves throughout the sport, and the game’s governing body are stepping up to address the issues at hand.

After seeing some of its top officials, including president Jeffery Webb, charged by U.S. authorities, CONCACAF has restated the federation’s desire to cooperate with authorities while continuing business as usual while the process follows its course.

“The Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is deeply concerned by today’s developments, in the arrest of several international football officials including those belonging to our Confederation,” CONCACAF said in a statement. “The Confederation will continue to cooperate with the authorities to its fullest capacity. ”

“At present, CONCACAF is not in a position to comment further on the specific allegations, which have been referred to the appropriate legal counsel through the pertinent channels.  CONCACAF continues to operate in the ordinary course of business, hosting all of its upcoming tournaments in a successful and timely manner, including the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.”

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Morris scores as U.S. U-23s fall to France in opening game of Toulon Tournament

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team’s first taste of the 2015 Toulon Tournament turned out to be a bitter one.

Undone by a trio of goals in 11 minutes, the U.S. was thoroughly defeated by France, 3-1, in the first game of the Toulon Tournament group stage. Stanford forward Jordan Morris scored the lone goal for the U.S. in the second half.

The lone bright spot for the U.S. was Morris’ second-half finish, who darted past the France defense in the 66th minute before tapping a shot to the backpost to push the scoreline to 3-1.

France’s dominance was apparent from the opening whistle, culminating in back-to-back goals from Fares Bahlouli and Enzo Crivelli just one minute apart.

Bahlouli’s opener saw France take full advantage of a string of sloppy play from the U.S., kickstarted by a Dan Metzger turnover in the midfield. On the attack, U.S. goalkeeper Cody Cropper was forced into a save, but the defense’s inability to clear their lines saw Bahlouli place a shot just past the fingertips of Cropper, giving France a 1-0 lead. Continue reading »

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NASL suspends business activities with Traffic Sports following FIFA indictments

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In the wake of the recent FIFA indictments, the NASL has taken action against those involved.

The NASL announced Wednesday that the league’s Board of Governors has suspended Chairperson Aaron Davidson, while also suspending business activities with Traffic Sports, owners of the Carolina RailHawks.

“In light of the ongoing investigation announced by the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday, the North American Soccer League’s Board of Governors has suspended Chairperson Aaron Davidson, along with all business activities between the league and Traffic Sports, effective immediately,” the league said in a statement. “Commissioner Bill Peterson will serve as acting Chairperson.

“The Carolina RailHawks, the sole NASL club owned by Traffic Sports, will continue to operate in the ordinary course of business. The club’s management team will continue to manage the day-to-day operations.” Continue reading »

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Defiant Blatter remains in denial regarding FIFA corruption charges

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As criticism and investigations continue to mount against FIFA, the organization’s president says he will welcome up the cleansing of the federation.

Sepp Blatter released a statement Wednesday after several of FIFA’s top officials were arrested on corruption charges. Blatter insists that Wednesday’s events were kickstarted by FIFA’s submission of a dossier to authorities last year and that the organization will continue to welcome investigations going forward.

“This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organization,” Blatter said. “We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.

“As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.” Continue reading »

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Toulon Tournament: USA vs. France (SBI Live Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

With Olympic qualifying set for October, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will push preparations into full swing as it takes part in the Toulon Tournament.

The U.S. kicks things off today in France against the French Under-23 team (1pm, BeIN Sports).

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 live commentary is after the jump):

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Europa League Final Preview: Sevilla, Dnipro set to square off in Warsaw

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By MATT STYPULKOSKI

Though the Europe League is often sneered upon as a trap for ambitious clubs on the rise, it also provides the chance at a trophy, prize money and a coveted Champions League place.

All of that will be on the line when Sevilla and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk square off in the competition’s final on Wednesday in Warsaw (Fox Sports 1, 2:45 p.m.).

In addition, Sevilla has a chance to make a bit of history. After winning the Europa League in penalties against Benfica last year, the Spanish side could lift the trophy for the fourth time with a victory this afternoon. A win would make Sevilla, which also won the UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007, the first club to ever win the competition – in any of its iterations – back-to-back on two separate occasions.

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Marin, Sporting KC mutually agree to terminate contract

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Luis Marin’s time with Sporting KC has come to an end.

Sporting KC announced Wednesday that the two parties mutually agreed to terminate Marin’s contract. The 32-year-old goalkeeper will now return to his native Chile for personal reasons.In addition, the club has recalled goalkeeper Jon Kempin from his loan with the San Antonio Scorpions

Marin, who signed with the club back in December, started the first eight games for SKC, posting three clean sheets while amassing a record of 2-2-4. Marin, who was a part of Chile’s 2010 World Cup roster, has made eight career international appearances.

In recent weeks, Sporting KC has opted to start Tim Melia in Marin’s stead. The former Chivas USA goalkeeper has started four games while posting a 2-0-2 record.

As a result of Marin’s departure, Sporting KC frees up an international roster spot ahead of the summer transfer window, which takes place from July 8 to August 6

 

What do you think of Marin’s departure? Should Sporting KC have any concerns at the goalkeeping position?

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MLS Week 13: Midweek Preview

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By MATT STYPULKOSKI

Week 13 of the MLS season kicks off tonight with a handful of Western Conference heavyweights and the East’s current top dog partaking in three midweek matchups.

The Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids will get things started at 10 p.m. ET, followed by LA Galaxy-Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers-D.C. United at 10:30.

The fixtures provide an interesting dilemma for the head coaches involved, as they’ll be forced to balance squad rotation – all six squads play again on the weekend – with the need to pick up points in the here and now.

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