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Zelalem, Trapp headline roster for final U.S U-23 MNT camp before Olympic qualifying

Andi Herzog has called in 24 players for the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team’s final camp ahead of Olympic qualifying.

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SBI’s 2015 College Soccer Kickoff

The 2015 college soccer season kicks off today and SBI has you covered with a comprehensive look at the teams, players and matches to watch this season.

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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

Both Manchester City and PSG look to stay perfect in their respective league campaign, La Liga goes into its second matchday and MLS heats up with rivalry week in This Weekend’s Soccer on TV.

College Soccer: Friday Rewind

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By AARON CRANFORD

Opening-day struggle was the common theme Friday in college soccer, but some teams also looked strong in their 2015 debuts.

Two SBI Top 10 teams in California went down to unranked foes on the first day of the new season. No. 4 Stanford was the highest-ranked team to fall, as UC Santa Barbara defeated the Cardinal, 1-0, at Harder Stadium.

Sophomore forward Nick DePuy scored the game-winner in the 42nd minute, and midfielder Seo-In Kim provided the assist to give the Gauchos their first victory against the Cardinal since 2004.

“We took a lot of pride in tonight’s game,” Gauchos head coach Tim Vom Steeg said after the massive upset. “Last year, we gave up three goals in 11 minutes and we’ve been playing that video for eight months waiting for this game. Stanford has been picked as a Final Four contender, and we could see why that is tonight. We learned a lot about our team tonight, and it was a great performance all around.”

Meanwhile, the marquee match between No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 8 Maryland ended in a scoreless draw, with each side only attempting four shots on goal. The SBI No. 1 also did not start off with a win, as the Georgetown Hoyas tied Florida Gulf Coast, 0-0, in their first of two matches in the Sunshine State this weekend.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Getting out of the dog house was a start. Now, it’s about distancing away from it.

Timmy Chandler earned his first appearance of the new Bundesliga season this past weekend by coming off the bench at halftime, and is hoping that his 45-minute performance can help him earn a start on Saturday vs. VfB Stuttgart. Chandler started the month a bit out of favor with Eintracht head coach Armin Veh, but looks to be winning him back over and could be in line for a start in the upcoming road game. Getting the nod would surely be a boost for Chandler, whose case to start at right back in the upcoming U.S. Men’s National Team friendlies would be strengthened if he can help his club pick up its first win of the season.

While it will be worth keeping tabs on Chandler’s role this weekend, there is another intriguing match that you might not want to miss. A potential battle of Americans and former club teammates could take place on Friday, as Joe Corona’s Veracruz welcomes Edgar Castillo and Monterrey. Both teams have gotten off to solid starts so far in the Liga MX Apertura campaign and are even on points, but Monterrey could create some distance while having a game in hand if it can slow down the in-form Joe Corona and Co. at Estadio Luis de la Fuente.

Two other Americans that are likely to be in action and will be keen on building on their midweek success are Tim Ream and Gedion Zelalem. Ream had a successful Fulham debut in Capital One Cup play on Tuesday, and is aiming to earn his first league start for his new club on Saturday against Rotherham United. Zelalem, for his part, will try and build on his two-assist debut for Rangers by getting the nod again when it returns to league play on Sunday by visiting Queen of the South.

Here is who the Americans Abroad play this weekend:

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SBI’s Top 30 College MLS Draft Prospects (and top homegrown players to watch)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The college soccer game is changing, and for pro scouts looking for talent, the 2015 season will have its share of enticing targets, and its share of challenges.

This year’s college talent pool is loaded, though more so loaded with a strong collection of skilled underclassmen. This season’s senior class isn’t as deep as recent years, but there are some very enticing prospects in the bunch.

Georgetown’s Joshua Yaro and UCLA’s Abu Danladi both had the opportunity to turn pro last year, but they both passed on contract offers to return to school for at least one more year. Now, they’re the two players most highly-coveted by MLS for the 2016 MLS Draft.

The upcoming draft will have a good pool of midfield options, along with a handful of strong defenders, but MLS could be forced to reconsider its strategy of shrinking the Generation adidas class. With so many good underclassmen to choose from this year, we might see a return to the days of GA classes with eight or more players.

The 2015 college season will also feature a very good collection of MLS Homegrown Player prospects, with many of them very likely to be turning pro this winter. The Seattle Sounders will be praying Jordan Morris is one of those players, while the New York Red Bulls will have to choose from a half dozen quality homegrown options.

So who are the best MLS Draft prospects in the 2015 college season? Here is a look at the players to keep your eyes on:

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Who should the USMNT call up for the September friendlies?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the upcoming friendlies is set to be unveiled this weekend, and the discussion on who should be on it is about to go into hyperdrive.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is set to reveal his squad for the looming September matches against Peru and Brazil, and has already revealed that veterans Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley will be on it. Who joins them is up for debate, but it seems crystal clear that Klinsmann will go with most of his first-choice players as he attempts to prepare the Americans for October’s all-important 2017 Confederations Cup playoff vs. Mexico.

While some observers might want a litany of changes from the team that performed poorly at the CONCACAF Gold Cup last month, the reality is that Klinsmann is likely to count on many of the same players. One or two new faces like red-hot Sandhusen forward Andrew Wooten could be brought in, but the roster will probably have very few major surprises.

Almost all the major leagues around the world are now in full swing, so Klinsmann will have plenty of options to choose from and some tough decisions to make. In particular, right back is a position that Klinsmann will need to think about plenty given that Fabian Johnson is recovering from an injury while Timmy Chandler only just began to see time again for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Klinsmann might also have to mix things up at the forward and centerback spots, especially at the former spot since leading talisman Clint Dempsey is struggling with a knock.

Who will Klinsmann call up? Here are the 23 players that we think he brings in:

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Report: Didier Drogba to miss Impact’s meeting with Toronto due to toe injury

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Montreal Impact will be be without not one, but two of their most dangerous attacking players this weekend.

Didier Drogba has been ruled out for the Impact’s road game vs. Toronto FC on Saturday because of a toe injury, according to a report from Canadian outlet RDS25. Drogba has reportedly not traveled with his teammates to Toronto, and will miss his second straight game across all competitions after sitting out Wednesday’s Canadian Championship finals second leg loss vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The 37-year-old striker, who signed on with the Impact in late July, joins teammate and fellow Designated Player Ignacio Piatti on the sidelines for this match at BMO Field because of health issues.

Drogba has played one game to date for Montreal, coming off the bench and playing the final 31 minutes of the club’s 1-0 home loss against the Philadelphia Union on Aug. 22.

Montreal currently holds the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but has games in hand that could help it up dart up the standings.

What do you think about Drogba reportedly missing this weekend’s bout with Toronto FC? Worried that his health will be a recurring issue during the remainder of the season? Still have faith that Montreal can pull out a road win without him and Piatti?

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Bradley confirms he’ll stay with Toronto FC during USMNT-Peru friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The U.S. Men’s National Team will be without its captain for at least the first of its two upcoming friendlies vs. South American opposition.

Michael Bradley confirmed on Friday reports that said he would stay with Toronto FC this upcoming week instead of joining the U.S. for its preparations for a Sept. 4 meeting with Peru. Toronto plays on road against the Seattle Sounders a day after that international friendly takes place at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., and Bradley is being kept in an effort to help his club try to solidify its playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference.

It is not confirmed what will happen with fellow Toronto FC star Jozy Altidore, but the most recent reports and rumors are that he will not stick around with the club like Bradley.

“I’ll be with Toronto FC in Seattle,” Bradley told reporters. “There was some discussions between everyone at U.S. Soccer and everyone at Toronto FC, going back a few months to when we played those friendlies in June.

“There was agreement that for this game in Seattle that I’d be able to stay with Toronto FC and then afterwards, if (U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann) would like, then I’ll join up with the team in Boston for the game against Brazil.”

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Zelalem, Trapp headline roster for final U.S U-23 MNT camp before Olympic qualifying

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By RYAN TOLMICH

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has named his roster for the two final friendlies before Olympic qualifying, and it is filled with talented returning regulars and promising newcomers.

Gedion Zelalem, Rubio Rubin and Wil Trapp are among the 24 players that have been called in by Herzog for the U-23s’ final preparation camp ahead of Olympic qualifying in October. The camp will be held in Manchester, England, from Aug. 30-Sept. 8 and will feature friendlies against England and Qatar on Sept. 3 and 8, respectively.

Zelalem’s inclusion is part of an influx of U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team players that have been brought in for this camp after impressing at the U-20 World Cup earlier this summers. Others that participated in that tournament and have been summoned by Herzog include Rubin, Emerson Hyndman, Matt Miazga, and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

“These are two important games here because they are our last before the Olympic Qualifying tournament,” Herzog said. “We have a strong group of players that we believe in, and now we are able to look as some of the guys who did very well with our U-20 team. This is really the last chance for all of the players to make an impression before we select the final roster for qualifying.”

The U-23s recently participated in this summer’s Toulon Tournament, finishing in third-place with a victory over England. Overall, the Americans are 5-3-0 in 2015.

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying will be played from Oct, 1-13, with the U.S. set to kick off the group stage against Canada on the first of the month before facing off with Cuba two days later and Panama on Oct. 6.

Here is the full U.S. U-23s’ roster for the upcoming camp:

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SBI’s 2015 College Soccer Kickoff

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By IVES GALARCEP

The chase for the NCAA title begins today all across the country, and the start of the college soccer season also signals the beginning of a process that will lead several college players to the pros.

An exodus of top talent from last season has seen the college game lose such standouts as Cyle Larin, Cristian Roldan, Fatai Alashe, Jay Chapman, and Zack Steffen,  but a new generation of talented players will step up to fill the void and become the next targets for professional scouts.

Jordan Morris, Joshua Yaro and Abu Danladi are widely regarded as the most talented prospects in the college game, and SBI’s college preview features interviews with all three players discussing their bright futures and goals for 2015.

SBI will be providing regular coverage of the college game, and also keeping you up to date on the top pro prospects in the college ranks that you need to be keeping an eye on. Today is our day to drop a series of team previews and player profiles to help introduce you to the 2015 college season, as it kicks off today.

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