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Germany line up USMNT friendly next June in Cologne

The German Football Federation announced that they will host a friendly match against the U.S. Men’s National Team next June in Cologne.

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Friday Kickoff: FIFA sponsors concerned; Beckenbauer, 4 others under investigation; and more

A number of official sponsors of FIFA are reportedly concerned with the organization’s current state of affairs.

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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

Southampton have a chance to prove that they aren’t a fluke this season when they host high-flying Manchester City, headlining This Weekend’s Soccer on TV.

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Germany line up USMNT friendly next June in Cologne

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By DAN KARELL

The one-rumored rematch for the U.S. Men’s National Team to face Germany is now set to become a reality.

The German Football Federation (DFB) announced on their website the schedule of matches for the national team in 2015, which includes a friendly match on June 10, 2015 against Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT. The match is set to take place at the RhineEnergieStadion in Cologne.

U.S. Soccer has yet to comment on the friendly match.

It’s the third time in three years that the two nations are meeting in a June friendly. The two nations last met in rainy Recife in June at the World Cup, where the USA settled for a 1-0 defeat, though they progressed to the Round of 16 along with Germany. They also met in Washington D.C. in 2013 as part of the U.S. Soccer’s centennial celebrations. That match, the USA defeated a weakened Germany side, 4-3, as they headed into World Cup qualifying that summer with a huge head of steam.

If the game is confirmed by U.S. Soccer, it’s the first announced friendly for the team in 2015. The USMNT went 6-5-4 in 2014, including a 1-1-2 record at the World Cup.

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What do you think of this news? Excited to see the USMNT face Germany again? Do you plan on traveling for the match?

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Friday Kickoff: FIFA sponsors concerned; Beckenbauer, 4 others under investigation; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In the aftermath of SONY ending their long-term involvement with FIFA as a sponsor, other “official sponsors” are expressing their concerns with the recent state of the organization.

The Wall St. Journal reports that Visa, McDonalds, and Coca-Cola are all worried with the current state of affairs at FIFA, after a summary of a probe into the bidding process of the 2018-2022 World Cups found Russia and Qatar, the World Cup bidding winners, not guilty of any allegations against them.

Both Visa and McDonalds asked FIFA for “greater transparency” while Coca-Cola wished for a speedy resolution to the conflict over the bidding process.

Budweiser and Adidas meanwhile told the WSJ that they would stand by FIFA during its latest crisis.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Friday:

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This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By DAN KARELL

With Chelsea secure at the top of the English Premier League, the battle for finishing second place is heating up as we head towards the busy holiday season.

On Sunday morning, Southampton will have the opportunity to prove that their hot start is no fluke when they welcome the high-spending Manchester City to the St. Mary’s Stadium. The Saints have impressively amassed 26 points so far this season despite losing five starters from last year’s squad.

New signing Graziano Pelle has stepped up in Rickie Lambert’s place and scored nine goals in all competitions, with big performances from Jose Fonte, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Victor Wanyama.

Man City are coming in firing on all cylinders after a late comeback gave them a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.

In Italy, the Derby della Mole takes place this weekend as Serie A leaders Juventus face crosstown rivals Torino. Torino have struggled after losing Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile last summer while Juventus are riding a five-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

In North America, playoff action continues with the second leg of the MLS conference finals as the New York Red Bulls take a 2-1 deficit up I-95 to the New England Revolution and the Seattle Sounders host the LA Galaxy, who hold a 1-0 advantage heading into the match. In Liga MX, Club America takes on fellow Mexico City club Pumas UNAM with a one-goal advantage in favor of Pumas.

Here’s This Weekend’s Soccer on TV:

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

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By FRANCO PANIZO

John Brooks had a tough task last weekend in having to step into Hertha Berlin’s starting lineup for the first time in two months.

His potential next challenge will not be any easier.

Brooks could face off against undefeated Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday, when Hertha Berlin host the 9-0-3 club. Brooks will have his hands full if he does get the nod again, as he will have to help limit a star-studded attack that has scored a a league-best 31 goals thus far this season. The U.S. Men’s National Team centerback and Hertha are coming off picking up three points last weekend, and that victory coupled with Bayern’s UEFA Champions League loss this week should give the underdogs plenty of confidence on their home soil.

Facing a similar situation over in Ligue 1, Alejandro Bedoya will be hoping to return to his side’s lineup when Nantes visit first-place Marseille on Friday. Bedoya has not started in a league game for his club since Oct. 5, and will be keen on ending that streak and scoring his first goal of the season in a fixture that could move Nantes out of fourth place and into a Champions League spot. Nantes have not lost in their last nine matches and might be facing Marseille at a perfect time given that the French heavyweights have lost two of their last four league games.

Wondering what other matches might be worth keeping tabs on? Look no further than Atlas’ encounter with Monterrey, or Sandhausen’s 2. Bundesliga tilt with Leipzig on Sunday. Edgar Castillo will attempt to help Atlas close out their Liguilla quarterfinals series against Alonso Hernandez’s Monterrey after picking up a 1-0 triumph in the first leg on Thursday, while a battle between young American forwards could take place when Terrence Boyd leads Leipzig into battle vs. Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen.

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Soccer Thanksgiving: Your Running Commentary

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Tim Howard and Everton can secure a place in the next round of the Europa League with a  victory against Wolfsburg in one of the headlining matches of Thanksgiving’s soccer action.

The Toffees are in Germany with a chance to secure place in the final 32 with a win, but Wolfsburg will attempt to keep its unbeaten home record intact.

In Spain, Villarreal will play host to Fabian Johnson’s Borussia Moenchengladbach in a key Group A match that could secure a place in the knockout rounds for the winner.

In Argentina, River Plate and Boca Juniors renew one of the world’s great rivalries as they face off in the second leg of their Copa Sudamericana semifinal showdown.

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

Enjoy the action (Today’s Soccer TV Schedule is after the jump):

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