Jul 29, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; MLS All Stars midfielder Kaka (22) of Orlando City SC works the ball ahead of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb (42) during the first half of the 2015 MLS All Star Game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

MLS members divided over best All-Star Game format

Following Wednesday’s victory over Tottenham, members of the MLS All-Star team remain divided on what the best format is for the league’s All-Star Game.

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CONCACAF to review confederation’s refereeing department

In the aftermath of the Gold Cup, CONCACAF is set to review the organization’s refereeing department.

Jul 29, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; MLS All Star goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) of Real Salt Lake in the goal during the first half of the 2015 MLS All Star Game against Tottenham Hotspur at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Rimando fights through injured knee to shine for MLS All-Stars

Nick Rimando turned in a strong performance in goal en route to helping the MLS All-Stars defeat Tottenham, 2-1, on Wednesday.

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?

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Impact announce signing of Didier Drogba

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After weeks of negotiations and navigating of MLS’ acquisition mechanisms, the Montreal Impact have their star forward.

The Impact announced Monday that the club has signed striker Didier Drogba after completing a trade with the Chicago Fire to acquire the former Chelsea star. A two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, Drogba ranks fourth all-time in Premier League history with 164 goals while also adding 88 assists.

“It’s an honor to welcome Didier Drogba to the Impact,” said Impact President Joey Saputo. “From the first conversation I had with him, I felt that he really wanted to play in Montreal. This is one of the biggest days in club history and his arrival to the club will be beneficial in every aspect.” 

Drogba’s addition reportedly came at a major price for the Impact, as reports released Monday state that the Canadian club paid a record fee of general and targeted allocation money to acquire the Ivorian from the Chicago Fire. Continue reading »

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NASL Week 4: A Look Back

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By AARON CRANFORD

Ottawa Fury FC continues its blazing run to start the NASL Fall Season.

The Canadian club now has four wins in five games after defeating the Carolina RailHawks, 2-1, Sunday. The win gives Fury FC 13 points in the Fall Season table, enough to see them sit atop the field and enough to see them leapfrog the New York Cosmos in the NASL Combined Standings.

While Ottawa doesn’t look to be slowing down and is five points ahead of second-place FC Edmonton, only six points separate the Eddies from the last-place New York Cosmos, who failed to win their first match of the Fall Season, tying Indy Eleven, 1-1.

Meanwhile, Freddy Adu made his first appearance for the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday, and while the U.S. international helped with an assist, he couldn’t lead the Rowdies to a comeback against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Here’s a closer look at the results from Week 4 in the Fall Season: Continue reading »

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Cyle Larin

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By MICHAEL WALLACE

In Orlando City’s first trip to Yankee Stadium, Cyle Larin almost single-handedly silenced a raucous Yankee Stadium crowd and spoiled Andre Pirlo’s debut.

Larin netted his first career hat-trick and scored all of Orlando’s goals in their 5-3 loss to New York City FC Sunday, earning honors as SBI’s Rookie of the Week.

For most of the second half, the game seemed to be NYCFC versus Larin as the Canadian youngster equalized twice after NYCFC had taken the lead. Five minutes after halftime, Larin used two skillful headed touches to charge ahead and gain position on defender Jefferson Mena before slotting home a left-footed shot in the bottom right corner of the net. Eleven minutes later, Larin picked on the debuting Mena again, losing his marker and finishing a low Carlos Rivas cross into the same corner, leveling the match at two apiece.

Larin gave Orlando City one last fighting chance in the 85th minute. His third and final goal was also his most spectacular, trapping a Kaká pass at the edge of the box, pulling the trigger early and lifting the ball with his right foot across the face of goal, past a diving Josh Saunders and into the top right corner.

The hat-trick is just the eighth by a rookie and third for an expansion team in MLS history. Larin needs just two more goals in Orlando’s remaining 13 games to match the MLS rookie record for goals in a season.

Larin beat out Chicago’s Matt Polster, San Jose’s Fatai Alashe and Seattle’s Cristian Roldan for this week’s SBI MLS Rookie of the Week crown.

What did you think of Larin’s performance? Any other rookies stand out to you this weekend?

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: David Villa

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By MICHAEL WALLACE

Even with two other star World Cup champions on the pitch, David Villa still shined brightest.

Despite newly unveiled teammate Andrea Pirlo’s debut taking over the spotlight, Villa netted two important goals for New York City FC in their 5-3 win over Orlando City SC, taking the crown as SBI’s MLS Player of the Week.

Despite the massive scoreline, it took 45 minutes for Villa to start the fireworks, beating Sean St. Ledger with a great touch on an Angelino long ball just inside the box and finishing in the bottom left corner.

With the score tied at two, Pirlo began a play that would send Kwadwo Poku in between the midfield and defense before sliding the ball to Villa outside the box. With a heavy touch to his right and a powerful windup, Villa rocketed a shot that deflected off a defender and skipped past Tally Hall into the bottom right corner of the net.

Villa also led a three-on-one break down the field, laying off a perfect through pass to Poku who then set up Mix Diskerud for NYCFC’s fifth and final goal of the match.

With his two scores this week, Villa extended his goal tally to 12, sitting third in the league behind Kei Kamara (15) and Sebastian Giovinco (13). Villa beat out FC Dallas attacker Michael Barrios and the Columbus Crew’s Ethan Finlay for this week’s SBI Player of the Week honors.

What did you make of Villa’s performance this week? Which player stood out to you this past weekend?

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Yedlin, Kane, Eriksen headline Tottenham roster for MLS All-Star Game

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By MICHAEL WALLACE

After departing the Seattle Sounders last August, DeAndre Yedlin is set to take on MLS opposition once again.

Tottenham has announced the list of players traveling to the United States for the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 29 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

Spurs’ roster includes former the Sounder and current U.S. Men’s National Team defender/winger Yedlin, who featured for the U.S. in Saturday’s Gold Cup third-place game loss to Panama.

Expected to feature will be regulars Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Christian Eriksen, while new signings Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer, Kieran Trippier and Dele Alli are expected to make their official Tottenham debuts. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is not expected to see much action as he recovers from a broken wrist, while Michael Vorm projects as the starter.

Here’s a closer look at Tottenham’s roster for Wednesday’s game: Continue reading »

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