With USMNT return in the bag, Nguyen now focused on Revs clash with Red Bulls

Fresh off a USMNT appearance, Lee Nguyen has his eyes on taking the New England Revolution to the MLS Cup. A journey that continues this weekend with the start of the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Red Bulls.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Rubio Rubin heads back to FC Utrecht after making his U.S. Men’s National Team debut, fullbacks Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler could square off, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

Jeremy Menez and AC Milan have a chance to win some civic pride and move up the Serie A table when his side takes on Inter Milan.

Yedlin, Hyndman among U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Nominees

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By RYAN TOLMICH

DeAndre Yedlin’s meteoric rise through the ranks of U.S. Soccer has culminated in a 2014 award nomination.

U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that the Seattle Sounders defender is one of four nominees for U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Nominees. Yedlin, who was one of just seven players to appear in more than 10 U.S. Men’s National Team games in 2014, is joined by midfielders Mukwelle Akale, Emerson Hyndman and Christian Pulisic, as well as forward Haji Wright.

Akale earned a pair of MVP trophies for the U.S. U-18′s this year, while Wright and Pulisic have led the attacking charge for the U.S. U-17′s. Meanwhile, Hyndman, who made his senior debut in September against the Czech Republic, prominently featured for the U-20′s and U-23′s throughout the 2014 campaign.

Friday’s nomination come following U.S. Soccer’s announcement that Tim Howard had been recognized as Male Athlete of the Year, beating out Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones for the award.

What do you think of the nominees? Any surprises or snubs?

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With USMNT return in the bag, Nguyen now focused on Revs clash with Red Bulls

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Playing in your first U.S. Men’s National Team match in seven years might be enough to distract most players, but with his New England Revolution a step away from the MLS Cup Final, Lee Nguyen isn’t likely to lose focus.

A week after impressing in the U.S. team’s 2-1 loss to Colombia, Nguyen is back with the Revs, and ready for the upcoming Eastern Conference final series against the New York Red Bulls, which kicks off on Sunday.

Making his first U.S. appearance since 2007, Nguyen made the most of his call-up, turning heads in a 12-minute cameo.

“It was a great feeling to be back wearing those red, white and blue colors again,” said Nguyen, who returned to the Revs this week. “I’m very thankful to have that chance to be part of that again.” Continue reading »

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Whitecaps launch USL Pro team; reveal plans for National Soccer Developmental Center

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The world of professional soccer in Vancouver is about to undergo a major facelift.

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Friday that the club is set to become the seventh MLS side to own and operate a USL Pro franchise with the creation of Whitecaps FC 2, who will begin play in 2015. In addition, the club also revealed plans for the National Soccer Development Centre, where WFC2 will play home matches.

“Today marks another important milestone for our club and another step forward in our partnership with UBC,” Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be launching our USL PRO team at UBC. We have many talented young players at our club, including nine Residency products who recently did very well internationally with our Canadian U-20 men’s national team.

“WFC2 will allow them to continue their development against quality competition, including our fellow Cascadia rivals from Seattle and Portland. Along with the renderings of our new training facility, we have a clear view into our future. These initiatives will provide a positive impact and lasting legacy for Whitecaps FC, Canadian soccer, UBC, and the community at large.” Continue reading »

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MLS Ticker: Heath signs extension with Orlando City; Fire interested in Wigan’s Maloney; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Orlando City have yet to make their MLS debut, but the club is already certain that Adrian Heath is the coach to lead the team through the team’s opening MLS seasons.

The club announced Friday that Heath has signed an extension with the club that will keep the Englishman in Orlando through 2017. Heath has been in charge of Orlando City since the club’s inception four years ago.

“I’m obviously delighted to be here. When you’ve been here from the very beginning, you don’t want to move somewhere else just as you’re on the brink of going to MLS,” Heath said in a statement. “I firmly believed in what we’ve been trying to achieve here. I’m fortunate to sit in a lot of those meetings that outline our plans for the next few years, and I’m incredibly excited about what’s going to be happening here in Orlando.”

During the club’s time in USL Pro, Heath has been earned two Coach of the Year awards, three Regular Season Championships and two USL PRO Championships.

Here are some more of Friday’s MLS news and notes:

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Ohio State, UC-Irvine and UNC win NCAA Tournament openers

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By AARON CRANFORD

After 15 rounds of back and forth penalty kicks, Zach Mason and the Ohio State Buckeyes emerged victorious over Akron.

Mason netted the 13th Buckeyes penalty kick of the night to send the Buckeyes through and into the second round, where they will meet reigning national champions Notre Dame.

Zips midfielder Adam Najem converted a penalty in the 31st minute to open the scoring, but Buckeyes midfielder Kyle Culbertson, who transfered to Ohio State from Akron, scored from a free kick in the 67th minute.

The match could not be decided in regular time or overtime, and both sides struggled to find the decisive goal in the penalty shootout. Eventually, Mason gave the Buckeyes the 13-12 victory, earning Ohio State a trip to South Bend.

UC Irvine struggled at the end of their regular season by losing four of their last five, but the Anteaters returned to their winning ways Thursday by thrashing UNLV 3-0.

The Anteaters, who had already defeated the Rebels, 4-2, earlier in the year, were led by Cameron Iwasa, who netted a brace in the victory. Dennis Martinez added the other goal to set up a meeting with Pac-12 powerhouse Stanford.

Here is a rundown of Thursday night’s results:
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European Weekend Preview: Manchester United host Arsenal, Derby della Madonnina; and more

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By PHILLIP QUINN

With both sides on the outside of the Champions League places, Arsenal will visit Manchester United on Saturday in a big clash in the English Premier League.

Even after the announcement that Daley Blind would miss the next six months through injury, there’s no clear favorite heading into the match. Somehow, despite all of the money spent over the summer, things for Manchester United are, once again, falling onto the shoulders of Wayne Rooney.

The veteran forward seemed energized upon receiving his 100th cap for England, so perhaps he’ll translate some of that onto the field for Manchester United. Angel di Maria trained Friday, potentially putting injury worries behind him. Perhaps there will be some magic between two on the field.

The Derby della Madonnina remains one of the biggest matches across Europe no matter where Inter and Milan sit in the table. Both clubs are going through some hard times at the moment and are struggling to recapture their former glory. The goal for this season is clear: Qualify for next season’s Champions League. Robert Mancini has taken the helm at Inter once again. Can he restore the club to their rightful place?

Here’s a closer look at the action across Europe’s top leagues this weekend: Continue reading »

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