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U.S. Soccer seeking exemption for currently ineligible Gedion Zelalem

U.S. Soccer is currently seeking an exemption for Gedion Zelalem, who under current rules would be ineligible to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team for at least five years.

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Who should the USMNT start vs. Chile?

The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Chile in a friendly on Wednesday, and here is the lineup that SBI thinks head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use.

Red Bulls secure top allocation spot, Felipe in blockbuster deal with Impact

The New York Red Bulls acquired Felipe and the top allocation spot in a trade with the Montreal Impact, sending Eric Alexander, Ambroise Oyongo and more in exchange.

Javier Perez names U.S. U-18 squad for tournament in Guadalajara

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Shortly after the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team qualified for the World Cup, the next crop of young stars are lining up.

U.S. Soccer announced a 20-player U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team squad for the Copa Chivas Internacional that begins Friday. The team opens their group stage schedule against Morelia on Jan. 30, before playing Cruzeiro the following day and Club Tijuana on Feb. 2.

Included in the squad are regular recent call-ups such as Jonathan Klinsmann, Chicago Fire academy’s Mauricio Pineda, Seattle Sounders Homegrown signing Victor Mansaray, and LA Galaxy academy defender Malcolm Jones. In all, ten players come from MLS academies.

The 19th edition of the Copa Chivas Internacional, which takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico, starts with three groups of five teams, and quarterfinals, semifinals, and the final will take place Feb. 5-7. The Mexico U-17 Men’s National Team and FC Dallas Development Academy will also play in the tournament.

Here’s a closer look at the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team roster:

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U.S. Soccer seeking exemption for currently ineligible Gedion Zelalem

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After stating his intent to become a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, Gedion Zelalem appeared to be on the path to represent the country sooner rather than later. Turns out, it isn’t quite that easy.

ESPN reported Tuesday that U.S. Soccer is currently seeking an exemption from FIFA with regards to Zelalem, who is currently barred from suiting up for the USMNT. Under current rules, the Arsenal prodigy would have to live in the U.S. for five years past his 18th birthday, which was earlier this month, in order to be declared eligible.

Firmly entrenched in Arsenal’s London setup, it’s highly unlikely that Zelalem would move stateside anytime soon, but U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is expecting FIFA to grant an exemption.

“We’re going through the FIFA process and hope to have Gedion eligible by March or April,” said Gulati said. “We don’t expect any issues.” Continue reading »

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NASL Ticker: Dane Murphy to work with Cosmos reserve team; Armada add former Barca coach; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Dane Murphy’s playing career is over, but his time with the New York Cosmos hasn’t come to an end

The Cosmos announced Monday that Murphy has retired as a player and taken the role as the club’s Head Scout and Performance Analyst. In total, Murphy made 10 appearances in two seasons with the club.

In addition to his role as a scout, Murphy will work closely with the Cosmos newly founded reserve team, which is set to begin play in 2015 in the NPSL.

“It was a difficult decision for me since I feel that I can still contribute on the field,” Murphy said. “However, the opportunity as head scout and to become immersed in the technical evaluation and analysis of players was one that I couldn’t pass up.” Continue reading »

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Who should the USMNT start vs. Chile?

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jurgen Klinsmann has a number of his top-choice players available, but whether he starts them all for the first match of the new year is something he is likely considering plenty.

The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to open a busy 2015 schedule on Wednesday, taking on Chile in a friendly that will see the Americans make a rare appearance in South America. Klinsmann trimmed his January camp roster to 23 players over the weekend and the head coach has several of his MLS-based marquee regulars available, but his stated goal of identifying younger and unproven talent this year could be a factor when he tries to settle on a lineup.

Klinsmann could be tempted to give test runs to up-and-comers like Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes to see if they sink or swim, but he might also want to rely on more of his experienced mainstays in a tough environment like Chile given that the Gold Cup is fast approaching.

Here is who SBI thinks will take the field against the Chileans on Wednesday:

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Report: Manchester City to play friendly vs. NYCFC

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

If Manchester City plays against New York City FC, which side does Frank Lampard play for? Fans may be getting the answer to that question soon.

According to a report from the Telegraph, Manchester City will come to the U.S. this May after the Premier League wraps for a friendly against New York City FC. With Lampard’s move to NYCFC from Man City set for July, that means he should be playing for Manchester City during the preseason friendly in May.

Reportedly, Man City’s trip to the U.S. in May will be followed by a three-game tour in Australia, where A-League’s Melbourne City is another club owned by City Football Group.

The match in New York City seems like a logical fit — Man City and NYCFC are both owned by City Football Group and the reigning Premier League champs can give the new Major League Soccer expansion side a boost.

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Red Bulls secure top allocation spot, Felipe in blockbuster deal with Impact

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The New York Red Bulls have had a transformational off-season, with the departures of Thierry Henry and Mike Petke, and that shakeup took another major turn after a blockbuster deal that sent away two top players, potentially paving the way for two

The Red Bulls acquired Brazilian veteran Felipe from the Montreal Impact on Tuesday in a three-player deal that will see the Canadian side receive Eric Alexander and Ambroise Oyongo in return. Additionally, Montreal is getting allocation money and an international roster spot while shipping the top spot in the allocation order to New York.

“We feel that this trade puts us in a great position,” said Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis in a released statement. “Felipe gives us options going forward that will allow us to play the style of soccer that we want to play. He is the type of player that can make an impact immediately and be a part of our future.”

Felipe, 24, has been with the Impact during the past three seasons. He made 93 combined league appearances, scoring 12 goals and assisting on 24 others. He played under current New York head coach Jesse Marsch during Montreal’s first season in MLS in 2012.

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