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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Geoff Cameron helped Stoke City post two cleansheets to finish out 2014, Oguchi Onyewu saw some rare minutes, and more in this past weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

Arsenal takes on West Ham while Manchester United visits Tottenham on a busy Soccer Sunday.

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A closer look at 5 USMNT pool players who could use moves this winter

The winter transfer window is nearly upon is, meaning that a number of U.S. Men’s National Team pool players will likely be searching for new clubs.

Sunday European Rewind: Everton falls without Howard; Chelsea and Man City tie, and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

In a congested fixture list, Everton could have done without missing its number one goalkeeper.

Despite opening the scoring, the Toffees couldn’t hold on and fell 3-2 on the road at Newcastle in the late Sunday kickoff. Goals from Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback handed Newcastle the perfect rebound from Boxing Day defeat.

For Everton, it was their third straight loss in what has so far been a terrible holiday period. Without Tim Howard in goal due to an injury he suffered against Stoke on Friday, backup Joel Robles saw Newcastle score three times with six shots on target.

The result sees them slip to 12th in the Premier League and 12 points away from fourth place.

Sitting fourth heading into the new year is Southampton who forced Chelsea to fight back in a 1-1 draw. Arsenal are even on points with the Saints after a 2-1 win away to West Ham, while both Manchester United and Manchester City dropped points.

Here’s a complete look at Sunday’s action:

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Geoff Cameron ended his year in impressive fashion this weekend. Not by just helping Stoke City post one shutout, but two.

Cameron helped Stoke City pick up a maximum six points from their final two games of 2014, helping the Potters move up the table during a busy weekend that saw them place twice in three days. He went from whistle to whistle at right back in a 1-0 triumph over Everton in a Boxing Day clash on Friday, and then turned in another 90-minute shift at that spot in a 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Stoke City are now in 11th place in the Premiership.

There were no cleansheets for Oguchi Onyewu this weekend, but he did see some rare minutes for Charlton Athletic on Friday. Onyewu made his second appearance for the the Championship side, coming off the bench and playing just over half-an-hour in a 1-1 stalemate with Cardiff City. While the game was good from an individual perspective for the veteran defender, his club’s winless run is now at six games.

Tim Howard did not enjoy as good of a finish to his otherwise memorable 2014. Howard suffered a calf injury in the first half of the Toffees’ defeat to Stoke City on Friday, and the knock ruled him out of Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United. The tilt at St. James’ Park was the first league game Howard missed this season.

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U.S. U-20 coach Ramos names provisional squad for CONCACAF U-20 Championship

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team are entering the final stage of preparation for the CONCACAF U-20 Championships.

Ahead of the U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament, U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos has named a 35-man provisional squad, from which he has to pick a 20-man roster by Friday.

The provisional squad features 28 players either in the professional ranks or playing in the academies of professional teams. Of those 27, eight are based in Europe, including Rubio Rubin at Utrecht, Russell Canouse with Hoffenheim, Borussia Dortmund’s Junior Flores, and 16-year-old Cameron Carter-Vickers with Tottenham. Five players are based in Mexico, and nine players are on MLS clubs.

Ramos has also called 21 players together for a final domestic training camp in Sunrise, Fla. ahead of the U-20 tournament, which takes place in Jamaica from Jan. 9-24.

“I am looking forward to our last camp leading into U-20 World Cup qualifying, and there will be some very difficult selections in what we think is a very competitive, deep and united pool of players,” Ramos said in a statement. “They have performed well together over the past 18 months.”

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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As we head toward the new year, there is currently only one London club in the English Premier League’s top four. Arsenal and West Ham square off today for a chance to join Chelsea in that select company.

The Gunners travel to East London to take on the Hammers, with the winner having a chance to leapfrog Southampton into the Top Four.

Manchester United has successfully climbed into the Top Four after a rough start to the season, and can secure its hold on third place with a victory against Tottenham in another one of the day’s marquee matches.

If you will be watching today’s soccer action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):

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A closer look at 5 USMNT pool players who could use moves this winter

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The month-long winter transfer window in Europe is set to open in a little more than a week, and that could lead to several U.S. Men’s National Team players switching addresses.

They are probably hoping so, at least.

With a chance at starting anew presenting itself, a number of Americans will be hoping to move clubs in January much in the same way that Brek Shea did last week when he left a bad situation at Stoke City to join Orlando City. No, not everyone will want to head to MLS at this point in their careers, but they are still likely to seek a new home in order to stay sharp, fit and in contention for Jurgen Klinsmann’s 2015 Gold Cup roster.

Mix Diskerud, Juan Agudelo and Freddy Adu will all likely be on the move given their free agent statuses, but there are others who are currently under contract that could also enjoy a change of scenery.

Here is a closer look at the foreign-based U.S. pool players who might benefit from finding a new club this winter:

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23 for 2015: Projecting the USMNT Gold Cup roster (December 2014 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The month of December was a slow one on the U.S. Men’s National Team player depth chart front, with MLS winding to a close, and a lower number of Americans enjoying regular success overseas, but what the month has done is give us some time to reflect on how the U.S. team will shape up in the Gold Cup.

Terrence Boyd’s torn ACL did offer a shake-up at the forward position, and throws a bit more uncertainty into the forward picture.

The battle in midfield is shaping up to be a good one, both centrally and on the wings. With Brek Shea returning to MLS, and players like Teal Bunbury and Joe Corona also in the mix, the midfield picture may not really come into focus until the late spring.

As we get to the end of the year, here is a look at the latest SBI 23 for 2015:

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