By FRANCO PANIZO
The U.S. Men’s National Team may not have gotten its European camp off to a good start, but the same cannot be said about the Under-23 side.
Five different players scored on Friday for the U.S. U-23s, who never trailed in a 5-2 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina. Santos Laguna’s Benji Joya scored the Americans’ winner via a second-half penalty kick. Monterrey forward Alonso Hernandez and San Jose Earthquakes rookie Fatai Alashe added insurance tallies.
Andi Herzog’s side took a 2-0 lead into halftime thanks to strikes from Stanford’s Jordan Morris and Stuttgart forward Jerome Kiesewetter. Bosnia and Herzegovina refused to roll over, however, and pulled one back in the 64th minute. Joya converted from the spot two minutes later to make it 3-1, but the hosts also netted on a penalty kick before the Americans put the game out of reach with goals from Hernandez and Alashe.
The U.S. U-23s, who are preparing to qualify for the 2016 Olympics this fall, next take on Denmark on Tuesday in the second and final game of this European camp.
Here is the U.S. U-23s’ starting lineup against Bosnia:
By AARON CRANFORD
Qualification for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament is back.
Nine matches are set to kick off at 3:45 p.m. ET today, with more to come this weekend as Europe’s domestic action takes a break.
2010 World Cup winners Spain take on Ukraine in today’s most intriguing affair. Spain sits second in Group C while Ukraine is just below them in third. Meanwhile, England looks to take a huge step forward in their group as they host Lithuania.
For more analysis, check out an in-depth look at all of the Euro 2016 matches this weekend here.
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By FRANCO PANIZO
Losing a match and the possession battle within it in the way the U.S. Men’s National Team did earlier this week will likely lead to lineup changes. Just how many is the question.
The U.S. will aim to rebound from Wednesday’s deflating 3-2 defeat to Denmark when it visits Switzerland in a friendly on Tuesday that wraps up this European camp. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has plenty to consider going into that game, as his side looked far from good in a loss to the Danes that accentuated the Americans’ second-half woes.
The midfield will be chief among Klinsmann’s areas of concern, as the U.S. failed to hold onto the ball for large stretches against Denmark and struggled to create much from the run of play. Michael Bradley is all but guaranteed to be in the Americans’ lineup, but who pairs with him in the middle is unclear. Alejandro Bedoya did a decent job of covering ground against the Danes, but his inability to get into a rhythm offensively could see Klinsmann explore another option.
Out wide, Klinsmann will likely also consider making some alterations. Left back Greg Garza endured his roughest U.S. outing to date, and, in front of him, Fabian Johnson proved far too ineffective. Right midfielder Gyasi Zardes also had a tame outing in his third international appearance, leaving the door open for someone else to step in to his place next week.
So, who will Klinsmann start against the Swiss? Here’s a lineup SBI could see taking the field:
By AARON CRANFORD
Ventura Alvarado still has the option to play for Mexico or the United States, but he told ESPN FC on Friday that he’s committed to representing the latter.
The Club America center back appeared for the U.S. Men’s National Team late against Denmark on Wednesday, but the game only provisionally cap-tied the dual national. Alvarado could still choose to play for Mexico in the future if he were to be called in by Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera’s side in the future, but the Liga MX starter has made decided where he wants to play.
“I want to stay here,” Alvarado told ESPN FC. “I was happy to wear this jersey and I’m really motivated to be here and keep working. I’m looking forward to getting another call-up.” Continue reading
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By RYAN TOLMICH
FC Dallas has proven to be the league’s hottest team to start the season, but Oscar Pareja’s side faces its biggest test of the young season on Saturday against the reigning Supporters’ Shield winners.
The Seattle Sounders have had two weeks to think about their upset loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, and will be aiming to ruin Dallas’ perfect record. Seattle will likely have to do so without Clint Dempsey, however, as the veteran nurses an injury picked up while with the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Meanwhile, D.C. United, fresh off a loss to the rival New York Red Bulls, look to rebound at RFK Stadium in a match-up with the reigning MLS Cup champions the LA Galaxy.
In other action, New York City FC hosts Sporting Kansas City while the Columbus Crew take on the visiting New York Red Bulls.
Here’s a closer look at Week 4’s MLS action: Continue reading
By AARON CRANFORD
MLS continues to increase its global exposure after partnering with Brazilian broadcaster Globosat, a Rio de Janiero-based cable and satellite provider.
The four-year deal will give the largest pay-TV operator in Latin America the opportunity to telecast at least two MLS regular season matches per week, including the All-Star Game, at least one Decision Day match, half of the MLS Cup Playoffs and MLS Cup.
“This new agreement with Globosat is further illustration of the growing demand for Major League Soccer in the global media rights marketplace. With Flavio Augusto da Silva’s ownership of Orlando City SC and with over 15 Brazilian players in MLS, including Kaká, there is clearly an increased desire for MLS content in Brazil,” said Gary Stevenson, president and managing director, MLS Business Ventures.
“We are excited to be partnered with such a powerful brand in Globosat and are confident that together we will create even greater awareness for the sport, our clubs and our stars.”
Every year, matches will alternate between Globosat networks SporTV 1, SporTV 2 and SporTV 3. MLS also retains the right to broadcast one game per week for free-to-air TV, which will give the league an opportunity to add to its ever-growing fan base in Brazil. Continue reading
By ADAM TROXTELL
After a soft opening weekend, the USL goes head first into week two with all 24 teams in action.
Rivalry is the theme of the weekend, with many teams facing off for regional pride and some playing for the first time. Expansion club Charlotte Independence gets a visit from southern neighbors Charleston Battery to kick things off on Friday.
Saturday includes the first competitive outing for several clubs, including FC Montreal, New York Red Bulls II, Saint Louis FC, Louisville City FC and Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 bring the Cascadia rivalry back to USL on Sunday.
Here is a closer look at the Week 2 action: Continue reading
By FRANCO PANIZO
Brazil might still be in the midst of repairing the damage done from last summer’s World Cup, but Thursday’s win over France surely helped.
Brazil initially fell behind, but came back to pick up a 3-1 victory over Les Bleus in a friendly played at Stade de France. Raphael Varane opened the scoring in the 21st minute to further inflict damage on a Brazil side trying to recover from last year’s humiliating 7-1 World Cup elimination at the hands of Germany.
The Brazilians responded, however, as Oscar tied the game five minutes before halftime. Neymar then found the winner 12 minutes after the break, and Luiz Gustavo put the game out of reach in the 69th minute.
The loss was France’s first since the World Cup.
Here are other results from the latest round of international games: