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Free agent centerback Oguchi Onyewu training with NYCFC

New York City FC revealed Tuesday that free agent centerback Oguchi Onyewu is currently training with the club.

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U.S. Open Cup Third Round Preview: NASL joins the fray

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Southampton parts ways with Cody Cropper

Southampton has opted not to renew the contract of U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team goalkeeper Cody Cropper.

Free agent centerback Oguchi Onyewu training with NYCFC

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu may have been spotted at Red Bull Arena this past weekend, but it is not the New York Red Bulls that he is currently spending time with.

New York City FC revealed via its Twitter on Tuesday that Onyewu is training with the club. NYCFC did not make it known if it has intentions to sign the veteran centerback, but could given his status as a free agent and the fact that he isn’t subject to MLS’s allocation order. NYCFC would, however, need to have the top discovery claim on Onyewu in order to sign him.

Onyewu, who turned 33 earlier this month, most recently played for Charlton Athletic. He signed with the English club last fall, but Charlton decided not to bring him back after using him just three times during his seven months there.

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U.S. Open Cup Third Round Preview: NASL joins the fray

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By COLE KELLOGG

The third round of the 2015 US Open Cup will take place Wednesday evening all around the country. The 15 matches are mostly populated by NASL and USL sides, but major underdogs still remain from non-league sides.

One team from NPSL, one from PDL, and two from USASA remain in the competition at this point.

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Southampton parts ways with Cody Cropper

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Cody Cropper is set to represent the U.S. internationally at the upcoming Toulon Tournament, but the goalkeeper is in need of a new setting on the club level.

Southampton announced Tuesday that the 22-year-old goalkeeper is one of six professional players who will not see their contracts with the club renewed.

Cropper, who signed initially signed with the club in 2012, had signed a one-year extension last summer. Primarily featuring for the club’s youth side, Cropper’s release will allow the goalkeeper to pursue first-team opportunities, a luxury not afforded to him during his time at Southampton.

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Herzog adds Orlando City’s Turner to U.S. U-23 roster for Toulon

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By FRANCO PANIZO.

Tyler Turner may have missed out on the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s World Cup roster, but that will not stop him from being involved in an international tournament this summer.

U.S. Under-23 head coach Andi Herzog added Turner to the roster for the Toulon Tournament on Tuesday, rounding out the 20-man squad that will compete in France later this month. The 19-year-old fullback, who has four appearances for Orlando City this season, is expected to meet up with his American teammates on Wednesday.

Turner was constantly called up to the U.S. U-20s this cycle and was involved in World Cup qualifying earlier this year, but was not included in Tab Ramos’ final 21-man roster for the World Cup in New Zealand.

The U.S. U-23s, who are preparing for Olympic qualifying, open the Toulon Tournament against France on May 27.

 

What do you think of Turner being added to the U-23 roster? Expecting him to earn minutes? Think he should’ve made the U-20 World Cup squad?

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2015 MLS Homegrown Game to feature Club America U-20s

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The MLS Homegrown Team is set to return to action this July against one of Mexico’s most highly-regarded youth teams.

MLS announced on Tuesday that the MLS Homegrown Team will take on the Club America Under-20s on July 28 for the second annual Homegrown Game. The first iteration of the event occurred last season, with the MLS Homegrown squad playing the Portland Timbers U-23s to a scoreless draw.

Club America U-20s, whose senior team recently claimed the CONCACAF Champions League title, features forwards Diego Pineda and Alejandro Díaz, both of whom were recently named to Mexico’s roster for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

“We are honored to partake in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game this summer, as we too believe in the importance of the development of future stars,” said Ricardo Pelaez, Club America president, in a statement. “We look forward to a competitive match in Denver, where we hope our fans will come out and support the team.”

All MLS clubs will nominate three of the club’s Homegrown players to a list that will be voted on by club technical staff members. However, rosters are subject to change as a result of this summer’s Gold Cup.

 

What do you expect from this summer’s Homegrown Game? Which players are you looking forward to watching?

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Sources: Avaya Stadium to host 2016 MLS All-Star Game

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Major League Soccer’s latest gem of a stadium will serve as the venue for next year’s All-Star Game.

Multiple sources have confirmed to SBI that Avaya Stadium, the brand-new home of the San Jose Earthquakes, will host the 2016 MLS All-Star Game. An official announcement is set to be made Thursday, and MLS commissioner Don Garber, Earthquakes president Dave Kaval and San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo are expected to be in attendance.

Avaya Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 18,000, opened earlier this year. Sources said the Earthquakes were hoping to host the All-Star Game this season, but lost out on hosting rights to the Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids will host this summer’s All-Star festivities in July, with the marquee event being the MLS All-Star Game vs. Tottenham on July 29 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

What do you think of Avaya Stadium hosting the 2016 MLS All-Star Game? Wishing the game would have returned to the East Coast?

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SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 12

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By RYAN TOLMICH

MLS Week 12 proved to be a big week for the underdogs.

The Philadelphia Union headlined the proceedings, knocking off the New York Red Bulls for the team’s second straight win over an Eastern Conference contender. Meanwhile out west, the Colorado Rapids’ defense held strong once again to lead the way in an upset over the normally-energetic Vancouver Whitecaps.

Things did not look up for NYCFC, however, as the expansion side’s struggles continued in a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake, keeping Jason Kreis and co. at the bottom of the rankings.

Here are the SBI MLS Power Rankings after Week 12:

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Lucas Pittinari

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