Jul 28, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; MLS Homegrown Players midfielder Tommy Thompson (22) controls the ball against Club America U-20s during the first half of the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game in advance of the 2015 MLS All Star Game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Club America rallies to defeat Donovan-led MLS Homegrowns on penalty kicks

Tommy Thompson scored the first goal in MLS Homegrown Game history, but Club America’s U-20s ruined Landon Donovan’s coaching debut with a penalty kick win.

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The SBI Show: Episode 225 (Talking the Gold Cup, Klinsmann’s future, MLS Week 21 and more)

Co-hosts Garrett Cleverly and Ives Galarcep look back at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and discuss the tournament with Goal.com writer Jon Arnold.

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Miguel Herrera out as Mexico head coach

Miguel Herrera has been fired by Mexico just two days after winning the Gold Cup.

Club America rallies to defeat Donovan-led MLS Homegrowns on penalty kicks

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Landon Donovan might have been an exceptional penalty-kick taker in his career, but it is that part of the game that got his coaching career off to a losing start.

Club America’s Under-20s won the second MLS Homegrown Game on Tuesday night, defeating the Donovan-led MLS Homegrowns, 6-5, on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw through 90 minutes. The shootout at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park went to seven rounds, but Anthony Jackson-Hamel missed on the Homegrowns’ final attempt.

Tommy Thompson scored the first goal in the history of the event in the first half, but the MLS side could not hold on. Tyler Turner conceded a penalty kick in the 67th minute for a push inside the penalty area, and Sergio Rodriguez capitalized on the opportunity by slotting in the ensuing spot kick a minute later.

Club America nearly won it before the end of regulation. Substitute Homegrowns goalkeeper Matt Lampson got just enough of the ball to push a 76th-minute shot off the post, and Victor Rodriguez fired a stinging shot from the right side of the penalty area two minutes before the final whistle that just went wide.

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The SBI Show: Episode 225 (Talking the Gold Cup, Klinsmann’s future, MLS Week 21 and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup is finally behind us, and it’s a tournament the U.S. Men’s National Team will want to forget, even as its fans continue to search for answers for what went wrong.

Episode 225 of The SBI Show looks back at the tournament, including the U.S. team’s disappointing fourth place finish. We discuss the status of Jurgen Klinsmann, and also discuss the rest of the tournament with Goal.com’s CONCACAF expert, Jon Arnold.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the latest in MLS, from the Week 21 results, to the signings of Didier Drogba and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

This episode of The SBI Show is brought to you by Soccerloco.com, your source for all your soccer apparel and equipment needs.

Give Episode 225 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Miguel Herrera out as Mexico head coach

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By DAN KARELL

Miguel Herrera was fired on Tuesday as the Mexican National Team head coach, less than 24 hours after reports that he had punched a journalist in Philadelphia and two days after winning the 2015 Gold Cup.

Mexican FA president Decio De Maria confirmed the news in a press conference this afternoon, telling reporters that Herrera’s violent actions had no place in Mexican society.

“Violence does not fit in society, family and much less in any sport,” De Maria said at the press conference. “Nobody who wants to impose with aggression and not with ideas and concepts on the principle of freedom of expression can be a member of the Mexican Football Federation.

“The Mexican fans deserve respect and people of integrity that represent what we want our national team to be, a great show, family friendly, that unites us in our passion.”

On Sunday, El Tri won their seventh Gold Cup title with a 3-1 victory over Jamaica at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. On the way home to Mexico, Herrera allegedly physically assaulted journalist and broadcaster Christian Martinoli (best known to American soccer fans for this) at Philadelphia International Airport.

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DeAndre Yedlin unsure whether he will stay with Tottenham this season

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By FRANCO PANIZO

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — DeAndre Yedlin will play for Tottenham in Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game. Whether or not he does so in the upcoming Premiership season has yet to be determined.

Yedlin is entering his first full season with Spurs after making the move from the Seattle Sounders last winter. Questions and speculation persist about whether he will go on loan, or stay with Tottenham and battle for playing time at right back, where the team has strong options.

The speedy fullback was limited to just a single appearance of 11 minutes during his first five months with Tottenham, and his role for the upcoming season is unclear with Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier on the roster.

There have been rumors in recent weeks about Yedlin potentially going out on loan in order to have a better shot at earning minutes, but the 22-year-old U.S. Men’s National Team player is uncertain as to what the future will hold.

“I’m not sure about the plan ahead for next season,” said Yedlin ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with the MLS All-Stars. “I’m still waiting on that, but right now, just focused on this game and the rest of preseason.”

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Boxx, Holliday to retire from USWNT at end of 2015

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After this summer’s triumph at the Women’s World Cup, U.S. Women’s National Team midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday are set to ride off into the sunset.

Both Holiday and Boxx will retire from the USWNT upon the conclusion of this fall’s 10-game victory tour. In addition, Boxx will also be retiring from the club game and will not be returning to the Chicago Red Stars for the remainder of the NWSL season.

Holiday’s retirement puts an end to a career that started with her first cap in 2007. In total, the 27-year-old former Lauren Cheney has amassed 130 caps and 24 goals, including the eventual game-winner in the Women’s World Cup final against Japan.

“I prayed about it for a couple years and really over the last year, I’ve had a lot of clarity that I was ready to move on,” said Holiday. “It is a bit bittersweet as I have a lot of emotion invested in the Women’s National Team, but I’m also excited to start the next chapter of my life. I’ve accomplished and fulfilled all my dreams in soccer and now there are other things I want to do. I want to serve other people and focus on my family. Continue reading »

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Bradley, Keane, Gerrard out; Finlay, Zardes in as MLS announces five All-Star roster additions

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Ahead of Wednesday’s match with Tottenham, Pablo Mastroeni has added five additional players to his MLS All-Star game roster.

MLS announced Tuesday that Ethan Finlay, Sam Cronin and Juninho join forward Gyasi Zardes and defender Waylon Francis as late additions to the MLS All-Star roster. The five will replace Michael Bradley, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Chris Tierney, each of whom were forced to withdraw from the game due to injury.

Tuesday’s roster updates follow Saturday’s announcement that Dax McCarty would replace the injured Frank Lampard. Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco is also believed to be a question mark for Wednesday’s match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Here is the updated MLS All-Star roster:

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SBI MLS Save of the Week: Jeff Attinella

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Klinsmann, Harkes among 28 players called in by Herzog for U-23 College Identification Camp

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Andi Herzog is going to get a closer look at some new faces ahead of October’s Olympic qualifying.

Herzog has called in 28 college players to to Carson, California, for a College Identification training camp ahead of October’s qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The camp will run from August 5-8 at the U.S. National Training Center in Carson.

“It will be great to work with this group and have a look at them,” Herzog said. “We have brought college players in and have seen them go on to have success with the senior team. Jordan Morris was an example of that this year. This camp is another chance to build our pool of talented players.”

Among the players called in is goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, son of U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and midfielder Ian Harkes, son of former USMNT standout John Harkes. In total, 11 of the players called in have experience playing in the U.S. youth system.

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