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USMNT settles for draw after Altidore red card, late Swiss equalizer

The U.S. Men’s National Team lost Jozy Altidore to successive yellow cards in the second half, and then lost the lead in a 1-1 draw vs. Switzerland on Tuesday.

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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Alejandro Bedoya

Alejandro Bedoya’s creativity on the right side earned the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder SBI USMNT Man of the Match.

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Jozy Altidore apologizes for red card vs. Switzerland

Jozy Altidore issued an apology hours after drawing a red card for cursing at the referee during the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-1 draw vs. Switzerland on Wednesday.

Nicaragua, Dominica among teams to advance to 2nd round of CONCACAF qualifiers

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By AARON CRANFORD

The first chapter of CONCACAF qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is in the books with seven teams advancing into the Second Round of qualification.

While some of the First Round matches ended in blowout fashion, others offered countries their first CONCACAF qualification advancement in years.

Over the course of two legs, Dominica barely edged British Virgin Islands, the world’s eighth worst team based on the latest FIFA rankings, 3-2. Dominica had not won a World Cup qualification match on aggregate since March 2004, when they took down Bahamas, 4-2, in the First Round. But the small island’s next task will be a tall order, as they meet Canada in June.

Nicaragua cruised through the First Round, shutting out Anguilla, the second worst FIFA ranked nation in the world, 8-0. The Blue and White will meet Suriname in the next stage.

Meanwhile, Saint Kitts and Nevis looked most impressive in the First Round, pummeling the 176th ranked FIFA nation, Turks and Caicos Islands, 12-4 on aggregate. The 121st ranked two-island country will face arguably the best team in the Second Round, El Salvador.

The Sugar Boyz forward Harrison Panayiotou and Berumda forward Nahki Wells both have three goals through two matches, which leads all players in CONCACAF qualifying.

Here are the first round results and the seccond round matchups: Continue reading »

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SBI NASL Season Preview: Minnesota United

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By RYAN TOLMICH

While MLS beckons in either 2017 or 2018, 2015 is all about one thing for Minnesota United: establishing the club as a dominant force in the NASL.

Minnesota United enters 2015 having run rampant through the 2014 regular season, claiming the top spot in last year’s Spring season while finishing as runners-up in the Fall to claim the Woosnam Cup, awarded to the regular season champions. However, that regular season success proved to be all for naught, as the team fell to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the playoff semi-finals by way of penalty kicks

On the backs of young superstars Miguel Ibarra and Christian Ramirez, Minnesota United is once again set to contend with a team that, on paper, appears to have even more talent than last season’s edition.

With MLS veterans Johnny Steele and Kalif Alhassan, as well as international additions Ibson and Sammy N’Djock, head coach Manny Lagos now wields a lineup as strong as any in the league, one that has ambitions of the club’s second championship.

Here’s a closer look at the 2015 Minnesota United. Continue reading »

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Midday Ticker: Liverpool refuses to sell Sterling in summer; Messi top striker in 2015, Ronaldo 29th; and more

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By ALAN CONDON

Liverpool will refuse to sell its most promising young talent Raheem Sterling this summer, despite contract negotiations dragging on since the start of October with no new deal in sight.

Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers has reaffirmed his intention to keep the youngster at Anfield, and will not consider a deal to sell him in the summer transfer window, with a number of clubs reported to be eyeing up a move.

Sterling’s current contract keeps him at Anfield until 2017 and talks to extend his stay until 2020 have been put on hold until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old was reportedly offered a contract of 100,000 pounds ($148,500) per week, a significant upgrade on his 35,000-pound wage. But Sterling reportedly wants 150,000 pounds per week which would put him among the top earners at the club.

Rodgers has repeatedly stated that he believes Liverpool can best develop Sterling, but the Reds feel no pressure to sell the winger and are determined not to pay him more than they feel he is worth.

Here are some more news and notes for your Tuesday afternoon:

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SBI NASL Season Preview: FC Edmonton

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By AARON CRANFORD

FC Edmonton had a rough start to the 2014 season, winning only two matches out of nine in the Spring Championship.

But the Eddies exploded onto the scene in the Fall Championship and almost qualified for the 2014 Soccer Bowl with an impressive 3rd place finish in the Fall table, winning eight games and drawing five.

The turnaround has everyone in Edmonton, including head coach Colin Miller, excited to see the momentum carry into 2015. With their first match of the 2015 NASL Spring Championship Saturday against newcomer Jacksonville Armada FC, Miller said he wants to see his side come out of the gates blazing, showing the league that they are ready to be one of the top teams year in, year out.

“I inherited a club, a team that was drastically on the decline,” Colin Miller told SBI in a phone interview, “and I think over the last couple of seasons, we’ve managed to turn that around and change the mindset of the club to the point where we’re very, very well-respected within the league.

“That’s what I’m looking for. It’s to continue to developing into a team that is a genuine contender for championship places.”

Here is a closer look at FC Edmonton in 2015: Continue reading »

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U.S. Under-20s suffer pair of losses during England camp

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Some old and new players were mixed into the fold for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team this month, but it came at a price.

The U.S. U-20s finished their recent camp in England this past weekend with a pair of 2-1 losses, falling to both Tottenham Hotspur’s U-21 team and England’s U-20 side in a span of three days. The first defeat came in a closed-door match on Friday at Tottenham Hotspur’s Training Center in London, and the second occurred in a rainy friendly played in front of 11,406 fans at Home Park in Plymouth.

Lynden Gooch scored the goal in the defeat to Spurs, and Maki Tall netted in his debut vs. England.

U.S. head coach Tab Ramos used the two games and entire camp to get closer looks at some of the players who took part in February’s successful World Cup qualifying campaign. Several others who did not participate also got the opportunity to prove their worth, including newcomers Tall and Desevio Payne.

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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Tyler Deric

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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Jack McInerney

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USMNT settles for draw after Altidore red card, late Swiss equalizer

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men’s National Team was on the way to an impressive victory, but a moment of frustration and indiscipline from one its most experienced players opened the door for some more second-half struggles.

A Jozy Altidore red card for dissent in the 68th minute left the Americans down a man, paving the way for a late Switzerland equalizer in an eventual 1-1 tie in Zurich. Brek Shea had opened the scoring for the Americans with a gorgeous free kick just before the end of the first half, but Altidore’s red card helped the Swiss pull level 10 minutes before the final whistle.

Valentin Stocker pushed home the equalizer at Stadion Letzigrund following a corner kick from the left, scoring the eighth goal the U.S. has surrendered in the final 10 minutes of their last eight games. The U.S. now has just one win in those matches.

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