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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals: SBI Live Commentary

Barcelona attempts to see-off PSG, while Bayern Munich faces a two-goal deficit against Porto in today’s UEFA Champions League action.

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Klinsmann hoping Morris’ success sends a message to young U.S. players

With Morris’ showing against Mexico making waves, Klinsmann is hopeful that other young Americans are taking notice.

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Donovan scores late equalizer to give U.S. U-20s draw vs. Qatar

Conor Donovan scored a late equalizer to allow the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team to start its brief April camp with a 2-2 draw vs. Qatar.

The SBI Show: Episode 201 (Talking MLS Week 7, USA-Mexico and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After a three week hiatus, The SBI Show is back, and just in time to talk about the latest installment of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s rivalry with Mexico.

Episode 201 of The SBI Show looks back at the U.S. team’s latest 2-0 victory, and talks about the impressive performances of Jordan Morris and Ventura Alvarado. We also talk about Mexico, and the reality of the team the U.S. faced last week.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss MLS Week Seven, including the New York Red Bulls’ latest victory, and Portland’s road win at Yankee Stadium against a short-handed New York City FC.

Give Episode 201 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Klinsmann, Saucedo headline U.S. U-18 roster for April friendlies

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With a trio of friendlies in Bosnia & Herzegovina on the horizon, U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has unveiled a roster of 20 call-ups.

Goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, midfielder Sebastian Saucedo and forward Mukwelle Akale headline Perez’s call-ups for the team’s training camp, that is set to take place from Thursday to May 1.

Stationed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the U.S. will take on Siroki Brijeg on April 25, before facing off with the Bosnia U-18’s on April 28 and 30.

The trip abroad represents the first time that the team has convened since the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament, which took place in February and saw the U.S. go 1-2-1. Nine players, including goalscorers Mauricio Pineda and Eryk Williamson, return from February’s roster, while the most recent squad also features a full list of 20 players with academy ties.

Here is a closer look at the U.S. U-18 roster for the team’s upcoming friendlies: Continue reading »

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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Clint Irwin

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Obafemi Martins

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NASL Week 3: The SBI Rewind

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Week 3 of the NASL Spring Season is in the books, and it was far from kind to those that were looking to establish themselves as early season contenders.

Preseason contenders Minnesota United FC and the San Antonio Scorpions have both started the season with a limp, furthered by their losses this weekend to the sophomore due of Ottawa Fury FC and Indy Eleven, respectively.

Meanwhile, both the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers impressed in recent weeks before falling over the weekend.

Sitting unblemished remain the Cosmos, whose victory over the aforementioned Rowdies have added some credence to the hype and hoopla of a busy offseason.

Here is what SBI is thinking following NASL Week 3: Continue reading »

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SBI NASL Team of the Week: Ottawa Fury FC

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By AARON CRANFORD

Returning to the friendly confines of TD Place, Ottawa Fury FC gave Minnesota United, the heavy favorites on paper entering the match, all it could handle for their first win of 2015.

A handful of players made the weekend’s affair a memorable one for the Canadian side. Julian de Guzman, who sat out of Week Two serving a red card suspension, was back into the fold, helping Marc Dos Santos’ men prevent the dynamic Minnesota United forwards and midfielders from creating anything worthwhile on the day.

Meanwhile, Tom Heinemann and Paulo Junior combined well all game, with the former scoring the decisive goal in the 68th minute and helping Ottawa Fury FC earn recognition as SBI NASL Team of the Week.

Fury FC narrowly beat out the New York Cosmos and Indy Eleven for this week’s honors.

What did you think of the Ottawa’s performance? Which team stood out to you this past weekend?

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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals: SBI Live Commentary

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Both Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich must overcome significant deficits to advance in today’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal action.

A pair of Luis Suarez goals coupled with a Neymar strike in Paris leaves Barcelona in the driver’s seat for the return leg against the French champions (2:45 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1). Thiago Silva will be missing for PSG, though Marco Veratti, who scored during a 3-2 win against Barcelona in the group stage, is expected to be fit.

Competition favorites Bayern Munich will also be fighting through injuries and a 3-1 deficit during its home leg against Porto. Arjen Robben will miss through injury, while Franck Ribery is also expected to be out.

Porto, which is so far unbeaten in this season’s competition, will make the semifinal round for the first time since 2004 with a favorable result.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s action, so please feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts, opinions and some  play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (today’s live commentary is after the jump):

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Klinsmann hoping Morris’ success sends a message to young U.S. players

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the goal scored by Jordan Morris was much more than just a game-winner; it was a message.

Just 20 years old and a student-athlete at Stanford University, Morris led the way for the U.S. in last week’s 2-0 victory against Mexico, becoming a symbol of Klinsmann’s foundational beliefs of young talent in the process. A contributing member to the USMNT despite his status as an amateur, Morris is Klinsmann’s embodied demonstration in the belief that talent can come from any place at any time, whether an MLS veteran or a college student.

Klinsmann now wants Morris’ emergence to serve as an example to each and every  player in the U.S. pool, from the senior team all the way down to the youth level. For Klinsmann, it doesn’t matter where you ply your trade on the club level as long as you can demonstrate the consistency required to be a contributing member of the national team.

“When you develop players, with young players coming through the system, the youth system, and going into the Under-18s and Under-20s and then into the Olympic team at Under-23 years of age, you always kind of see the talent and the potential of a player,” Klinsmann said. “If he’s playing that moment in an MLS club, in Mexico, in Europe or at a college club is not the key. The key is that he gets a feeling for what the demand is from me going forward.

“I think it’s a good signal to everybody that no matter where he plays that one thing is having the talent, which Jordan has, but the other thing is to prove that talent on a consistent basis in whatever environment that you are in,” Klinsmann said. “The National Team program has a little bit more freedom to do that and to give you a chance and to calculate the minutes that you are on the field than in your club team where you have to provide, week in, week out, at your highest level.”

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