Report: Sebastian Lletget to sign with LA Galaxy

The LA Galaxy are reportedly set to acquire American midfielder Sebastian Lletget from West Ham on a free transfer.

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Looking at the best in MLS through the first quarter of 2015

Obafemi Martins has been the class of MLS through the first quarter of 2015. Here is a look at the league’s best so far.


SBI Reader Poll: Which New York team has more pressure heading into Sunday’s first meeting?

Which MLS New York team has more pressure going into Sunday’s bout: the New York Red Bulls or New York City FC?

Report: Sebastian Lletget to sign with LA Galaxy




In pursuit of some midfield depth, the LA Galaxy are reportedly set to acquire a young American midfielder to provide some additional firepower.

Goal USA reported Wednesday that the Galaxy are on the verge of acquiring 22-year-old midfielder Sebastian Lletget, who will join the club on a free transfer from West Ham. The Galaxy will send roughly $50,000 in allocation money to the New England Revolution, who previously put in a discovery claim on the midfielder, the report states.

The Galaxy have reportedly been negotiating with the San Francisco, Calif.-native for months. Lletget has been a part of the West Ham system for the past five years, making one senior appearance in an FA Cup match while also making the bench a handful of times for league contests.

Lletget would join fellow Premier League import Steven Gerrard as midseason acquisitions for the Galaxy, as the Liverpool midfielder will join the club at the conclusion of the Premier League campaign.

What do you think of a potential Lletget signing? How would he fit in with the Galaxy? What impact would you expect the midfielder to make in both the short and long-term?

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Looking at the best in MLS through the first quarter of 2015

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It may not seem like it, but we have already seen one quarter of the 2015 MLS season go by. If you feel like it has flown by, you are not alone.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Orlando City was making its MLS debut in front of a packed Citrus Bowl, but yes, we have watched the weeks fly by. The early going was a bit sloppy, and light on goals, but things have begun to pick up in recent weeks as some of the league’s top teams have begun to hit their stride.

With one fourth of the season already in the books, I decided to take a look at the best performers through the first quarter of 2015. In my latest piece for Goal.com, I gave my picks for the top league awards, and selected a Best XI for the first quarter of the season.

Here is some more insight into the picks, including the toughest decisions:

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SBI Reader Poll: Which New York team has more pressure heading into Sunday’s first meeting?



As if bragging rights were not a big enough of an incentive, both of MLS’s New York teams will have plenty more to fight for when the meet for the very first time this weekend.

The New York Red Bulls and New York City FC are set for their inaugural match against one another on Sunday at Red Bull Arena, and both clubs will eagerly be gunning for three points after some less-than-stellar results in recent weeks.

The Red Bulls are on a three-game winless run that most recently saw them suffer their first defeat of the season at the hands of the New England Revolution, while NYCFC has gone seven straight games without picking up maximum points to fall to eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

While those numbers might seem to point at the expansion club as being the team with more pressure going into this game, the Red Bulls will be playing in front of their home crowd. That will certainly be a benefit, but it also puts the onus on them to pick up the victory. Anything less could trigger an angry response from a fanbase that is still being won over following some offseason controversy.

With all that, which team do you think has more pressure going into Sunday’s showdown?

Vote in the poll after the jump:

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MLS Ticker: M’Bolhi likely to start for Union; Zizzo sidelined by broken leg; and more


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Rais M’Bolhi rejoined the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday, and now it looks likely that the Algerian goalkeeper will regain his starting role for the time being.

M’Bolhi is likely to start Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps after both Andre Blake and John McCarthy suffered separate training injuries in Tuesday’s practice. Blake reportedly injured the opposite knee than the one that has kept him sidelined to start the season.

The Algerian goalkeeper started the first five games for the Union this season before being replaced by McCarthy.

M’Bolhi trained in full with the team on Tuesday after previously spending time away from the club following his benching.

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The SBI Show: Episode 204 (Recapping MLS Week 9, talking CCL, and more)

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The cream has begun to rise to the top of the MLS standings, as we watched the Seattle Sounders and New England Revolution dispose of their New York opponents in a pair of MLS Week Nine’s headlining matches.

Episode 204 of The SBI Show looks back at a weekend with several intriguing matches, including Seattle’s thrashing of NYCFC and the Revs’ victory against a short-handed New York Red Bulls side that suffered its first loss of the season.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also look back at the CONCACAF Champions League finals, and Montreal’s improbable run. We also dive into whether MLS is doing enough to really compete on the international stage.

Give Episode 204 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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SBI MLS Spotlight: Benny Feilhaber’s improved fitness allowing him to thrive with Sporting KC

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Two weeks ago, Roger Espinoza teased Benny Feilhaber about his lack of goals. Feilhaber responded in the best of ways, striking twice in the very next game to punctuate a strong month that saw him either score or create more than half of Sporting Kansas City’s goals.

Feilhaber had quite an April, as he directly involved in five of the club’s eight April goals. The veteran midfielder bagged a brace against the Houston Dynamo on April 25, which included a dramatic volley in the 95th minute that gave Kansas City a 4-4 draw, and assisted on three more goals during the course of its three other matches. He also set up numerous other opportunities that were just narrowly missed or mis-hit.

While it was the 30-year-old Feilhaber’s offensive contributions that grabbed plenty of national attention, he also helped his club by doing all of the little things defensively. Feilhaber looked as involved as he’s ever been on that side of the ball, getting stuck in, tracking back and breaking up numerous plays to help win possession for his team.

He looked more like a complete two-way player and less like the offensive-minded playmaker that a few years ago didn’t have the chops defensively, a development he attributes to Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes, as well as improved fitness.

“I used to be a guy that didn’t have the best fitness, and I definitely got tired throughout games,” Feilhaber told SBI last week. “When you get tired you tend to lack in some areas, typically the area that you’re weak at, so that’s always been the defensive side for me.

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UCL: FC Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich: SBI Live Commentary

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The UEFA Champions League match-up many would have pegged as the best pairing for a final will take place in the semifinals, as FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich square off starting today with the first leg at the Camp Nou (2:45pm, Fox Sports 1).

Pep Guardiola returns to Barcelona to face the club he spent most of his life with before leaving and eventually resurfacing with Bayern. He will lead the German champions into the Camp Nou as slight underdogs against a Barcelona side playing some of its best soccer since Guardiola’s departure.

Bayern will be without a handful of stars, including Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber, but still has plenty of firepower to cause problems for a Barcelona side featuring a full-strength squad.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s semifinal first leg, so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s SBI Live Commentary is after the jump):

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Union assessing options on heels of goalkeeping injury woes, M’bolhi return

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Rais M’bolhi returned to training Tuesday, and the Philadelphia Union may be forced to rely on the controversial goalkeeper after being struck by the injury bug.

Both Andre Blake and John McCarthy will miss out on this weekend’s meeting with the Vancouver Whitecaps due to injury, with Blake suffering a meniscus injury similar to the one that has kept him out since the preseason. McCarthy, meanwhile, will miss out due to a concussion, leaving the Union with a bit of an issue at the goalkeeper position.

“Unfortunately, with Andre, we just got word, confirmation, and you feel bad for the kid, but he tore his right meniscus now, almost the exact same injury as the preseason,” head coach Jim Curtin said at a press conference on Wednesday. “He’ll be getting surgery tentatively, probably as soon as possible. Coincidentally, I get an email from Jamaica today asking to call him in and have him be part of the Gold Cup and Copa America, so I’m really devastated for the kid. He’s had a tough run, obviously, with the injuries, so I feel bad for him. Continue reading »

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