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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

Bayern Munich takes on Hertha Berlin, and Manchester City faces Aston Villa on this busy Soccer Saturday.

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FC Dallas overcome Blas Perez red card to earn draw at Colorado

Nick LaBrocca’s equalizer helped the Rapids earn a point after a first-half finish from Mauro Diaz, and second-half red card issued to Blas Perez.

MLS: New York City FC at Chicago Fire

Accam goal leads Fire past 10-man NYCFC

The first 38 minutes in Bridgeview, Illinois were the some of the worst of the season for New York City FC and some of the best for the Chicago Fire.

SBI Spotlight: Nyassi, Laing finding early rhythm with FC Edmonton

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By AARON CRANFORD

In the first three weeks of NASL action, there has arguably been no better dual-threat in attack than FC Edmonton wingers Lance Laing and Sainey Nyassi.

Laing has two assists to start the 2015 campaign while former D.C. United and New England Revolution attacker Nyassi has a goal and two assists to his name.

“I know whenever he gets the ball, he’s going to put it in the box,” Nyassi told SBI, “and whenever I have it, he’s going to make those same runs, try to get by the defender, and we’ll just whip it in. As the season goes, we’ll hopefully have a better understanding about the game, what we want, where we want the ball, where to target my crosses, things like that.”

Laing’s numbers are not uncommon as well, leading the 2014 Eddies in goals and assists — seven and six respectively. He was also named MVP by FC Edmonton’s supporters group (ESG) two years running. But having another player across the field with a good skill set and the same thoughts toward goal is exactly what Laing says he wants.

“For me, from my point of view, it’s been very good to have (head coach Colin Miller) play us on both sides, me and (Nyassi), and we expect the teamwork to continue,” Laing told SBI. “Personally, on my side, it’s not about starts for me, so we’ll see how (the season) goes. I’m expecting to get better, and it’s not going to be easy, but we’ll work under the coaching staff, it’s always hard work, each day and out.” Continue reading »

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Revs Notes: Jones prefers midfield; Bunbury has a chip on his shoulder; and more

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Don’t call Jermaine Jones a center back — at least not in MLS.

The New England Revolution star played 90 minutes for the first time this season in last weekend’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union, but it wasn’t from Jones’ usual perch in central midfield.

Instead, with Jose Goncalves and Darrius Barnes both out injured, Jones filled in as an emergency center back, which is the position he’s played lately for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

“The position is easy to play for me,” Jones said before the Revolution’s training session on Wednesday. “But I knew it before the game that if I play there that maybe after the game a lot of people will say ‘Why he don’t play (center back) always?’ I feel like, right now, I’m still hungry to get more balls and be more involved in the game and that’s why I like to play midfield.”

The 33-year-old Designated Player warned not to expect a position change anytime soon.

“I was saying that one game I was okay,” Jones said. “I told (Revolution head coach Jay Heaps) that. We need somebody, Jose is injured, so I stepped in and played it.”

Heaps isn’t ready to cede lineup decisions to Jones just yet.

“Jermaine is certainly someone we can play there any time we want,” Heaps said. “We know he’s very comfortable there, and I think he’s excellent there. We also see him helping the game from the midfield, but it’s great to have options. I think the versatility of Jermaine showed tremendously.”

Here are few more notes from Revolution training: Continue reading »

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For Klinsmann, preparation for Gold Cup roster selections well under way

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the summer rapidly approaching, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has some choices on his hands when it comes to selecting those involved with this summer’s Gold Cup roster.

Klinsmann says that process is already beginning following the most recent string of friendlies, a series of games that offered Klinsmann one of his last chances to experiment. As the USMNT approaches a summer full of meaningful contests, Klinsmann knows that he has some difficult decisions upcoming, but the German-born head coach says that the previous experimentation will lead to those choices being well-informed.

“I will start then with naming, in the weeks before the Gold Cup, a 35-man roster, which we are very comfortable to have coming together and then obviously to bring in a group of 23 players,” Klinsmann said. “Also, we have the chance to switch six players after the group stage, so that makes it a lot of work for us coaches, but exciting work, because we can kind of schedule things maybe a bit differently.

“We can stagger players to a later stage if we want to or we can decide to, especially European-based players, from the beginning of the tournament right away into it. That gives us more options and after the performance for many players against Mexico, it’s going to be exciting for us to calculate, hopefully, the right way.” Continue reading »

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SBI Reader Poll: Should Klinsmann move Jones back to midfield?

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By IVES GALARCEP

Should Jurgen Klinsmann keep Jermaine Jones in central defense, and continue the experiment he began last fall, or has the recent surge of U.S. Men’s National Team central defender options made that move less necessary?

This was the subject I delved into in my latest piece for Goal.com, which I use to make the case that Klinsmann should move Jones back to midfield.

Jones moved to centerback for the USMNT last fall, and the results were a bit mixed. He looked capable of playing the position, but it was clear he A) wasn’t a big fan of the move and B) there would be growing pains.

Things have changed within the central defender pool since then though. Ventura Alvarado has emerged, John Brooks has excelled in the Bundesliga and Michael Orozco has put together another strong season in Mexico while impressing with the USMNT.

Give my Goal.com story a read and then let us know what you think. Do you think Klinsmann should move Jones back to the midfield for the USMNT?

Cast your vote after the jump:

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Nike unveils new USWNT home jerseys for World Cup

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When the U.S. Women’s National Team heads to Canada for this summer’s World Cup, they will do so with a brand new look.

Nike revealed Wednesday that the USWNT will feature a brand new home kit to be worn in this summer’s World Cup, which takes place from June 6 to July 5.

The latest iteration breaks away from the collared look of previous kits, while also changing the color scheme away from the typical red white and blue. The new home jerseys show to be mainly white with black trip, while the team will sport socks in a hue of neon green.

The reveal comes comes just over two months after Nike unveiled the team’s latest away jerseys, which are predominantly blue and have been worn by both the Men’s and Women’s National Teams in recent games.

What do you think of the new jerseys? Would you prefer a more traditional look? Plan on buying one?

Share your thoughts below.

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U.S. Under-23s vs. Mexico: SBI Live Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team takes on Mexico tonight in a friendly that could offer a peak into a matchup we might see when the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament takes place in October.

U.S. Under-23 coach Andreas Herzog will look to help his team record the second U.S. win against Mexico in a week after the senior team defeated ‘El Tri’ last week in San Antonio.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s match so feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s commentary is after the jump):

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CCL Final (Club America vs. Montreal Impact): SBI Live Commentary

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The CONCACAF Champions League Final starts tonight in Mexico City, with Club America taking on the Montreal Impact in the first leg at Estadio Azteca.

Club America enters after obliterating Costa Rican side Herediano in the semifinal second leg, while the Impact reached the final by surviving its semifinal series against Costa Rican club Alajuelense.

The Impact will be trying to become the first Canadian club to win a CONCACAF club title, and the first MLS team to win the tournament in the current Champions League format.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s match so please feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s live commentary is after the jump):

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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals: SBI Live Commentary

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The defending UEFA Champions League title holders are on the brink of elimination, and will need to beat a foe they have been unable defeat this season in order to avoid an early exit.

Real Madrid plays host to crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League clash following a 0-0 draw in the opener between the two sides.

Meanwhile, Juventus will be looking to maintain a slim 1-0 on the road as the Serie A powerhouse takes on AS Monaco at the Stade Louis II.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s action, so please feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts, opinions and some  play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s live commentary is after the jump): Continue reading »

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