Jul 25, 2015; Chester, PA, USA; United States forward Aron Johannsson (9) controls the ball up field against Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup third place match at PPL Park. Panama wins on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Werder Bremen in pursuit of Aron Johannsson

German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen is reportedly in talks with AZ Alkmaar over U.S. Men’s National Team forward Aron Johannsson.

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Monday Kickoff: Blatter won’t run for IOC reelection; Di Maria set for PSG medical; and more

Sepp Blatter will not pursue reelection with the International Olympic Committee, while Angel Di Maria is set for a medical with Paris Saint-Germain.

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes

Timbers reluctantly draw Earthquakes after missed penalty

After a record-breaking Saturday in MLS that saw 39 goals fly into the back of the net, the Earthquakes and Timbers finished in a scoreless draw at Avaya Stadium.

Video: Giovani dos Santos welcomed by LA Galaxy fans at airport

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Reports: Werder Bremen in pursuit of Aron Johannsson

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The summer may be nearing its conclusion, but that does not mean that the movement on the Americans Abroad front is close to being done.

Aron Johannsson is the latest U.S. Men’s National Team player linked with a change of addresses this summer, as German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen is reportedly in hot pursuit of his services. Bremen has allegedly already begun negotiations with the 24-year-old forward’s current team, AZ Alkmaar, in an effort to replace the recently-departed Franco Di Santo.

One report out of German outlet Bild claims that Johannsson has come to personal terms with Bremen, agreeing to a four-year deal.

Johannsson, who recently admitted he’d like to play in MLS some day, has spent the past two-and-a-half seasons with AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie. There, he has scored 29 league goals in 60 appearances.

Johannsson is fresh off of playing for the U.S. in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He earned four starts in five appearances in the tournament, and scored one goal.

What do you think about Johannsson possibly moving to Werder Bremen? Would the club be a good move for him or should he stick at AZ Alkmaar for another year? Wishing MLS would make a serious attempt to sign him?

Share your thoughts below.

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NASL Week 5: A Look Back

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BY COLE KELLOGG

Just when it looked like FC Edmonton had done enough to draw the league-leaders at home, a late strike extended the Ottawa Fury’s lead atop the table to six points.

Marc Dos Santos’ side, which finished ninth in the spring season, has now managed five wins and one draw this fall.

The result was disappointing for FC Edmonton, who fought hard for 90 minutes but just couldn’t see out the result. The Eddies dropped from second to fourth place in the table.

Minnesota United brought its firepower along to Jacksonville on Friday, as the side struck late twice to draw on the Armada’s home turf. Meanwhile, Indy Eleven lost the team’s second out of three games after giving up an early goal to the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Elsewhere, the Tampa Bay Rowdies drew with the Carolina RailHawks on the road, and the New York Cosmos put up its first win this fall against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Here is a closer look at this weekend’s results: Continue reading »

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Monday Kickoff: Blatter won’t run for IOC reelection; Di Maria set for PSG medical; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 16 years, Sepp Blatter is set to depart the International Olympic Committee.

Up for reelection, Blatter informed IOC president Thomas Bach that he will not pursue another term with the organization.Due to age constrictions, Blatter, who has been a part of the organization since 1999, would have had to step down next year regardless.

“He does not deem it to be appropriate to stand for re-election for eight years knowing that after seven months his term would come to an end,” Bach said.

Blatter, who will see his presidency with FIFA come to an end with a February election, was not in attendance for the IOC’s general assembly in Kuala Lumpur.

Here are some more news and notes to kick off your Monday morning: Continue reading »

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Accam’s speed too much for FC Dallas to handle in Fire win

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BY COLE KELLOGG

The parity of Major League Soccer was showcased again on Sunday night in Bridgeview, Illinois, as the last-place Chicago Fire beat a red-hot FC Dallas side.

A third minute strike from David Accam and a late penalty from Shaun Maloney was all the Fire needed to secure a 2-0 win over Dallas at Toyota Park. The leadership provided by the return of Fire captain Jeff Larentowicz also proved vital, as the team earned just its second MLS win in 10 league matches.

Dallas has been MLS’s hottest side over the last six weeks. This loss breaks a five-match MLS win streak for Oscar Pareja’s men. Continue reading »

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Timbers reluctantly draw Earthquakes after missed penalty

MLS: Portland Timbers at San Jose Earthquakes

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By AARON CRANFORD

The Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes have not performed their best in recent weeks, and in Sunday’s showcase game, neither side found the breakthrough they needed.

After a record-breaking Saturday in MLS that saw 39 goals fly into the back of the net, the Earthquakes and Timbers finished in a scoreless draw at Avaya Stadium.

Diego Valeri was on the cusp of being Portland’s hero, but his blast from the penalty spot in the 75th minute cannoned off of the crossbar and back into play.

The Timbers pushed ahead in the final fifteen minutes, trying to force the issue and score a late game-winner, but the Earthquakes held firm at home and settled for the single point. Continue reading »

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Controversial call leaves Sporting KC disappointed with one point against Dynamo

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Sporting KC

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

Dom Dwyer and Ricardo Clark both scored goals off corner kicks for a 1-1 deadlock between Sporting KC and the Houston Dynamo Saturday night in Kansas City, but a controversial decision in the 94th minute left Sporting feeling like one point was not enough.

The controversy stemmed from Dynamo midfielder Luis Garrido’s outstretched arm inside the 18-yard box with the ball flying past him. It appeared as though Garrido’s arm knocked the ball down, but center referee Jorge Gonzalez ruled that Garrido did not touch the ball with his arm.

“I was sixty yards away, and I saw clean it was a handball,” Sporting coach Peter Vermes said after the game. “I have no understanding of how you miss that call.”

Dynamo coach Owen Coyle made little mention of the incident in his post-match comments but said the call could have gone either way.

Referee Jorge Gonzalez, however, did not keep a consistent record of why he decided not to make the call. Continue reading »

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Jozy Altidore sent off for kicking out at opponent in Toronto FC loss

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore was issued a red card while playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team earlier this year for berating an official.

He was sent off again on Saturday. This time with Toronto FC. This time for a different reason.

Altidore was ejected in the 39th minute of Toronto FC’s 3-1 road defeat to the New England Revolution for kicking out at centerback Jose Goncalves. The 25-year-old forward was jostling for position with Goncalves, but appeared displeased with the physical marking and frustratingly kicked out at the Revolution defender before receiving his marching orders from referee Chris Penso.

The red card came four minutes after New England had taken the lead, and severely handicapped Toronto’s chances at pulling off a comeback. TFC fell behind, 3-0, before pulling one back late.

The ejection, which comes a couple weeks after he was dropped from the U.S. during the CONCACAF Gold Cup, is also Altidore’s second this year. He was sent for an early shower back in March when the U.S. played Switzerland in a friendly. That was his first ejection at the international level. Altidore had previously seen red at AZ Alkmaar and Hull City, but not during his two MLS tenures until Saturday.

You can see the play that led to Altidore’s ejection below:

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