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Ream, Zusi embracing return to USMNT ahead of Gold Cup

After going through periods of adversity, Graham Zusi and Tim Ream are embracing their returns to the U.S. Men’s National Team for this summer’s Gold Cup

Jun 14, 2014; Hempstead, NY, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Lloyd Sam (10) fouls New York Cosmos forward Sebastian Guenzatti (13) during the U.S. Open Cup match at Shuart Stadium. The Cosmos defeated the Red Bulls 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Red Bulls seeking Open Cup revenge vs. Cosmos

The New York Red Bulls are looking for some payback against the New York Cosmos in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup showdown at Red Bull Arena.

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U.S. Open Cup Rewind: Union oust D.C. United, Orlando City tops Crew, and more

The Philadelphia Union topped D.C. United, while a full-strength Orlando City defeated the COlumbus Crew to headline Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup action.

SBI MLS Player of the Month (June): David Ousted

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By MICHAEL WALLACE

June’s hottest team can thank the league’s hottest player for propelling them into first place in the West whil making some pretty spectacular stops along the way.

Goalkeeper David Ousted has been the undisputed catalyst behind Vancouver Whitecaps’ recent run of form, and, on a number of nights, the only reason the Whitecaps had secured points. His excellent form in June helped him earn SBI MLS Player of the Month honors.

The Danish keeper stopped not one but two Bradley Wright-Phillips penalty kicks en route to a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls and made 17 saves over four games this month, conceding just four goals.

Ousted kept a clean sheet against the LA Galaxy on June 6—snapping their 29-game home unbeaten streak. In his latest performance, the 30-year-old made eight saves including the SBI MLS Save of the Week to end New England Revolution’s own 19-game home unbeaten streak.

Ousted beat out Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco, Philadelphia’s C.J. Sapong and San Jose’s Matias Perez Garcia for June honors.

What do you think of Ousted’s play in goal? Which player stood out the most to you last month?

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Ream, Zusi embracing return to USMNT ahead of Gold Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Having both experienced extended absences from the U.S. Men’s National Team, Tim Ream and Graham Zusi understand how hard it is to watch your teammates perform from afar. However, for the duo, that fact makes the inclusion on the roster for the upcoming Gold Cup just that much sweeter.

Both Ream and Zusi are among the 23 players called in to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming Gold Cup, which begins on Tuesday. For Ream, the call-up represents just his second of 2015 following an 89th-minute cameo against Switzerland in Match, while Zusi has appeared just once for the USMNT since his inclusion on last summer’s World Cup roster.

For the duo, the call-up for the up represents much more than meets the eye. For one, it represents the opportunity to reunite with friends from across the U.S. Soccer landscape, while, on the other hand, it offers something much more important: a chance to once again demonstrate value with the national team.

“It feels fantastic. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in with the guys,” Zusi said. “Walking into the hotel and seeing some familiar faces, it was really nice. It’s been frustrating with a slew of injuries the last six months or so, but like I said, it feels great to be back.

“Personally, it would be a little bit of redemption,” added Ream. “Being back in here with this group of guys, a strong group, we want to win outright and get in the Confederations Cup and not worry about a play-in game. Like I said, it’s exciting being in here with this group of guys and going for a Gold Cup title.”

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Red Bulls seeking Open Cup revenge vs. Cosmos

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By FRANCO PANIZO

HANOVER, N.J. — The New York Red Bulls are making no secret about it: They want to exact revenge on the New York Cosmos.

A year removed from an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to the Cosmos in U.S. Open Cup play, the Red Bulls are set for a rematch with the NASL club in the fifth round of the tournament on Wednesday. The Red Bulls will have the homefield advantage this time and are expected to field a lineup that more closely resembles their starting group.

Last year, then-head coach Mike Petke went with a reserve-filled unit against the Cosmos due to a combination of international absences, injuries and preferred approach. The result was an apathetic and humiliating loss at Shuart Stadium that infuriated the Red Bulls’ fan base and left the players with pain and a sour taste in their mouths.

“There’s a sense of revenge, that we need to win this game,” said centerback Matt Miazga, who started in last year’s fourth round match. “Obviously, at the start of the season (head coach Jesse Marsch) really made it a commitment to win this Open Cup, and that’s one of our goals. Now, the Cosmos are in our way, and we’re going to give it our all.

“I played in that game last year, and it did suck losing, 3-0, away at their place. Now, we’re back at home, and we’re going to look to win at home.”

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U.S. Open Cup Rewind: Union oust D.C. United, Orlando City tops Crew, and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite being down a man and a goal against the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Union live to fight another day in the U.S. Open Cup.

The Union overcame a 24th minute C.J. Sapong red card to score two second half goals, topping D.C. United, 2-1, Wednesday at PPL Park.

Shortly after seeing Sapong sent off for catching defender Kofi Opare with a leaping elbow, Jaio Arietta opened the scoring for D.C. United. However, goals from Eric Ayuk and Fabinho in the 55th and 79th minute led the Union to a comeback win over their rivals in a rain-soaked contest.

With the win, the Union earn a matchup with the winner of Wednesday night’s derby match between the New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos. D.C. United return to MLS play against the Seattle Sounders on Friday, while the Union are off until a July 11 clash with the Portland Timbers.

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Wednesday Kickoff: Blatter has ‘clear conscience’ over corruption charges; Barca eye long-term Pogba deal; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite all of the chaos going on around him, FIFA president Sepp Blatter insists that he is anything but corrupt.

Blatter, who announced his intentions to step down from the job shortly after being elected to a fifth term, has challenged those that say he is corrupt, asking detractors to separate the man from the organization. The FIFA president, who will not attend the Women’s World Cup final, continues to insist that there is no evidence of corruption on his part, despite all of the allegations currently being levied against FIFA.

“People don’t understand the word they are using when they accuse me of being corrupt,” Blatter said. “Someone who accuses me of being corrupt must first prove that to be the case. But no-one can prove I am corrupt because I’m not. I don’t mind constructive or legitimate criticism – there’s benefits in seeing things differently – but if someone says ‘Blatter is corrupt because FIFA is corrupt’ I can only shake my head at them.

“I have a clear conscience, otherwise I could not look people in the eye when I talk about this topic. The accusations against me have nothing to do with football, they’re an attack on my personal life.”

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The SBI Show: Episode 218 (Recapping MLS Rivalry Week, talking U.S. Open Cup, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

MLS Rivalry lived up to the billing this past weekend, with packed stadiums from coast to coast showcasing some juicy matches that delivered some memorable moments.

Episode 218 of The SBI Show takes a look back at MLS Week 17, which featured many of the league’s top rivalries, including Portland’s romp over Seattle and the New York Red Bulls’ humbling of New York City FC.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the U.S. Open Cup, which resumes this week with even more top rivalry clashes on tap, including Red Bulls-Cosmos and another serving of the California Clasico between the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes.

We also discuss the U.S. Women’s National Team’s World Cup semifinal against Germany, the controversy surrounding American youth clubs seeking training compensation, and much more.

Give Episode 218 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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NYCFC website features Andrea Pirlo player page

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By FRANCO PANIZO

NYCFC has yet to announce the signing of Andrea Pirlo, but the team’s website is ready for his arrival.

NYCFC published a player profile of Pirlo on its website late on Tuesday that said the legendary midfielder had signed with the club on June 30. Pirlo, who has been heavily linked with a move to the expansion MLS club in recent weeks and days, was listed as wearing his trademark No. 21.

The 36-year-old Italian has been seen in New York City in recent weeks, and was shown on the big screen at Yankee Stadium in NYCFC’s 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday. Recent reports have stated that Pirlo would be announced as the club’s third Designated Player as early as this week, which seems to be the case judging from the profile that is up on NYCFC.com.

Here is a screenshot of the webpage:

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Reports: Jordan Morris has surgery to repair stress fracture

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By FRANCO PANIZO

An inopportune injury has ruled out any chance of seeing one of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s most promising youngsters at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jordan Morris posted a picture on his Instagram on Tuesday with a caption saying that he was set to have surgery. Several reports came out in the following hours stating that Morris was going under the knife to repair a stress fracture in one of his legs.

While there is no official timetable for his recovery, the timing of the injury will make it highly unlikely he can recover from surgery in time to be one of the roster changes USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann can make to his Gold Cup roster after the group stage.

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