Jul 29, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; MLS All Stars midfielder Kaka (22) of Orlando City SC celebrates with defender Omar Gonzalez (4) of the LA Galaxy
during the first half of the 2015 MLS All Star Game against the Tottenham Hotspur at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Kaka, Rimando’s strong first-half showings help MLS All-Stars edge Tottenham

Kaka and David Villa scored first-half goals, and Nick Rimando came up with big saves to give the MLS All-Stars a 2-1 win over Tottenham on Wednesday.

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MLS Ticker: Union sign Swiss international Barnetta; Orlando City adds Mateos, Winter; and more

The Philadelphia Union signed Switzerland star Tranquillo Barnetta, Orlando City added David Mateos and Adrian Winter and more in MLS this Wednesday.

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Who should the MLS All-Stars start vs. Tottenham?

SBI projects the MLS All-Stars’ Starting XI for Wednesday’s clash against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

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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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Benny Feilhaber

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Mastroeni, Dempsey would approve of changes to All-Star Game format

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Since 2005, the MLS All-Star Game has pitted the league’s top stars against foreign opposition.

But if Pablo Mastroeni and Clint Dempsey had their way, things would be a bit different.

The Colorado Rapids head coach says he wouldn’t mind  seeing the league move back to the more standard East vs. West format, allowing more of the league’s stars to shine and earn recognition for their in-game achievements. Mastroeni went so far as to suggest a raising of the stakes, similar to that of Major League Baseball, awarding MLS Cup hosting rights to the conference that claimed the mid-summer victory.

“I think moving forward as the league continues to develop I think there’s a shout to kind of reconsider that East vs. West as you continue to have great talent coming in and to showcase all of it in a way that’s ultra competitive,” Mastroeni said in Monday’s pre-game press conference.

“This is me kind of just speaking out of turn but Major League Baseball does this: maybe if the West wins, the West hosts MLS Cup. That’s just super exciting stuff to think about, but as far as the format as it stands, it provides great entertainment, great excitement, and a really competitive game.”

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Pochettino leaves door open for Yedlin to stay with Tottenham for upcoming season

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By RYAN TOLMICH

DeAndre Yedlin will take the field with Tottenham on Wednesday in the MLS All-Star game, and head coach Mauricio Pochettino says that it may not be the last time that the 22-year-old is seen in a Spurs uniform this season.

For weeks, Yedlin has been linked with a loan move away from the club as the former Seattle Sounders star could struggle for playing time in a crowded Tottenham roster. Likely behind Kyle Walker and Kieren Trippier, minutes at right back may be hard to come by for the U.S. Men’s National Team speedster.

However, Pochettino insists that Yedlin will be given his chance to shine in the coming weeks and, in turn, earn a spot on the Tottenham roster heading into the 2015-16 campaign.

“I think that DeAndre is very young,” Pochettino said at a press conference ahead of the MLS All-Star Game. “He has a very good potential for the future. I think joining us in the middle of the season last season, he has an opportunity now to show his value and try to convince me to stay next season.

“And it’s like any other player. He has the same opportunity to show his quality and maybe — why not — stay on the squad for the next season to compete in the Premier League.” Continue reading »

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Tuesday Kickoff: Vergara calls for Herrera to be sacked; Platini prepares to run for FIFA president; and more

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By DAN KARELL

In spite of winning the 2015 Gold Cup, Mexico National Team head coach Miguel Herrera’s fiery temper looks to have gotten the worst of him.

According to multiple reports in Mexico, Herrera allegedly physically assaulted journalist Christian Martinoli while the pair were walking through Philadelphia International Airport on their way back to Mexico on Monday. While Herrera has denied hitting Martinoli, the response from Mexican media, fans, and the sport’s financial backers has been nearly unanimous.

Jorge Vergara, owner of Chivas and one of the men that Herrera answers to as Mexican National Team coach, said that he believes Herrera should be fired for his actions.

“It is inexplicable (what happened),” Vergara said, via ESPN Deportes. “Very immature (behavior) is something that should not have happened. Imagine if celebrating when we win, I want to see when we lose. It is a bad example for El Tri and the country.”

Herrera will reportedly meet with the Mexican Football Federation this morning to learn his fate.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Tuesday:

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The Mexico Corner: Guardado and dos Santos help carry struggling ‘El Tri’ to title

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By NAYIB MORAN

The Mexican National Team’s Gold Cup included everything. Confrontations between the media and the players, Miguel Herrera calling a journalist a clown after getting asked a really critical question about his team’s performance, and bad referee calls that lifted El Tri as it neared a possible elimination from the Gold Cup.

As El Tri celebrated the obtaining of another Gold Cup, understanding the true feelings of the Mexican players was difficult. They gave the impression of showing immaturity, of not knowing how to carry themselves in good and bad moments. By making the decision to not speak to the media, they turned the Gold Cup into a must-win tournament, no matter if along the way, there were murky decisions that helped El Tri get the wins.

There was a big difference between Mexico’s football in last year’s World Cup and this year’s Gold Cup. Last year, the joy on the pitch was evident, and one of the players that made it known was FC Porto’s Hector Herrera, who enjoyed a breakout tournament in Brazil. This summer perhaps the saddest player on the team was Herrera; it was more common to see him trotting on the field than sprinting into open space.

Miguel “Piojo” Herrera tried chalking up Hector Herrera’s struggles to club burnout, referencing the busy season he had at FC Porto, which was eliminated in the Champions League quarterfinals by Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich. Herrera was one of the few players for El Tri who had to play in different places of the pitch during the Gold Cup. At times he appeared on the right wing, other times he lined up in a defensive midfield role, but he didn’t offer great showings at either of the positions.

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Mexico coach Miguel Herrera involved in altercation with reporter

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By DUNCAN BOCHICCHIO

It’s no news that Mexico Head Coach Miguel Herrera has a wild side to him, which was quite clear from his sideline celebrations in last year’s World Cup, but that wild side has now, allegedly, translated off the field.

Following Mexico’s victory over Jamaica in the Gold Cup Final on Sunday, Herrera confronted TV Azteca’s reporter Christian Martinoli in a Philadelphia airport. Martinoli claims that Herrera struck him on his neck, and former Mexico International and now-reporter Luis Garcia stepped in to stop the altercation from escalating further.

According to Azteca News, “El Piojo” denies ever hitting Martinoli, saying “Yes, I argued with him, but I didn’t hit him, I’m not that stupid.” Martinoli has been one of Herrera’s biggest critics, and the two argued over Twitter following Mexico’s early exit in this summer’s Copa America. Azteca TV’s David Medrano also reported that Herrera’s daughter slapped Luis Garcia as he stepped in to break up the exchange.

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Houston Dynamo

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Facing off with the in-f0rm LA Galaxy, it was hard to pick a way in which the Houston Dynamo would be the better team in Saturday’s matchup. But then they were, in every single way.

The Dynamo put together a complete and commanding performance, throttling the Galaxy, 3-0, Saturday to earn recognition as SBI MLS Team of the Week.

Riding a five-goal performance against the San Jose Earthquakes, the Galaxy did nothing of the sort Saturday, finding themselves down a goal in just the ninth minute due to a Will Bruin strike. Finishes from Brad Davis and Lionel Miranda followed, putting an exclamation point on a statement win for the Dynamo.

The victory, which saw the debut of Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres, helped vault the Dynamo back into playoff contention while also earning the team honors as SBI MLS Team of the Week, beating out FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps for this week’s honors.

What did you think of the Dynamo’s performance? Which team stood out to you this past weekend?

Share your thoughts below.

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