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23 for 2015: Projecting the USMNT Gold Cup roster (January 2015 Edition)

With the first match of 2015 in the books, it’s time to take a look at how the U.S. Gold Cup team might be shaping up as we sit four months away from Jurgen Klinsmann picking his team.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach return from their winter break, Paul Arriola looks to get back on the field for Club Tijuana, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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Chile 3, USA 2: SBI’s USMNT Player Grades

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Steve Birnbaum were among the players to earn good marks from the U.S. Men’s National Team’s friendly against Chile.

Tim Pernetti leaves NYCFC post, Man City’s Tom Glick named club president

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

New York City FC has yet to play a game, but the club is already undergoing changes in the front office.

The club announced Thursday that Tim Pernetti, who has been NYCFC’s chief business officer since the club formed in 2013, will leave his post to join media agency WME | IMG. At the same time, NYCFC introduced Tom Glick as the club’s new president. Glick comes from a top-level position with Manchester City FC, NYCFC’s parent club.

Pernetti will join WME | IMG as president of multimedia for its college work after NYCFC’s inaugural match of the MLS regular season, which Pernetti called a “natural exit point.”

“With college sports being my true passion and such a core part of my make-up, this awesome opportunity to join the team at WME | IMG was impossible to refuse, particularly at this natural exit point as New York City FC embarks on the next stage of its development,” Pernetti said in a statement released by NYCFC. “It has been my honor and a true privilege to work with the best in the soccer business and to be part of building the foundation of New York City FC. I will be a fan for life.”

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Thursday Kickoff: Inter hoping to sign Yaya Toure; Alan Pulido set for Greece; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Roberto Mancini is hoping to be reunited this summer with one of the best midfielders in the English Premier League.

The Inter Milan boss has revealed his interest in signing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure during the summer transfer window. Mancini originally brought Toure to the Etihad Stadium in 2010 back when the Italian was Man City boss.

“Yaya is one of the strongest players in the world,” Mancini told the Italian newspaper Il Giornale. “He still is. He has played in so many teams. He has been in leagues in Belgium, Russia, Spain and England. Italy is the one missing. This could be the right opportunity for him to come and try.

“We are building a team. There are players that change the look of a team, and Yaya is one of them. Next year we could try. We need to bring three champions, and we will see that we will be ready to fight for the scudetto.”

Mancini took over for Walter Mazzari last November but Inter have remained mired in mid-table life in Serie A. They’re currently in 10th place in the league, one place ahead of arch rivals AC Milan.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Thursday:

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Chile 3, USMNT 2: Match Highlights

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Sacramento Kings join Republic as investor in MLS push

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Sacramento Republic’s bid to join the ranks of Major League Soccer has received a major infusion of cash.

The ownership group of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, led by Vivek Ranadive, has made an investment in the USL Pro club with aims in making a move to MLS.

“Vivek and the Kings have brought visionary leadership to Sacramento,” said mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson. “They are the perfect partners for the City of Sacramento and Sacramento Republic FC in this transformational opportunity.

“All of us are building Sacramento into a city that will set the example for the way sports and culture interact with American cities in the future.”  Continue reading »

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USMNT starts well, but fades in second half as Chile rallies for comeback win

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A new formation at the start of a new year showed some promise, but the U.S. Men’s National Team couldn’t avoid starting 2015 with another winless result.

The U.S. began 2015 with a 3-2 road loss to Chile on Wednesday evening, falling prey to a second-half brace from Mark Gonzalez at Estadio El Teniente. Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore gave the Americans two separate leads in the first half, but the U.S. faded after switching formations at halftime and failed to come out victorious for the fifth straight match.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s side, which started the friendly in a new-look 3-5-2 lineup but switched to a 4-4-2 in the second half, was punished by Gonzalez’s excellent play on the Chile left flank.

Gonzalez set up the hosts’ first equalizer in the 10th minute, and went on to beat U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando with a pair of strikes in the second stanza that came nine minutes apart.

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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Jozy Altidore is set to embark on a new chapter in his club career, but on Wednesday in Chile he reminded us how productive he continues to be for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

The newly acquired Toronto FC forward scored a goal Wednesday, his third in four games, as the U.S. Men’s National Team dropped a 3-2 decision to Chile. Altidore was a consistent threat to the Chile defense in the first half, and his attacking performance was enough to earn the forward recognition as SBI USMNT Man of the Match.

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