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The SBI Show: Episode 208 (Talking FIFA corruption, U.S. Open Cup, and more)

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and Ives Galarcep break down the FIFA corruption charges that have hit this week, the U.S. Open Cup results from Wednesday night, and more.

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Alex Morgan insists she’ll be ready for USWNT’s World Cup opener

U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan is still day-to-day with a bone bruise in her left knee, but insists she’ll be ready for the start of the World Cup on June 8.

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Thursday Kickoff: Blatter holds emergency meeting; Benitez to leave Napoli; and more

FIFA president Sepp Blatter held an emergency meeting with the heads of all six FIFA confederations as they try to deal with the fall-out of the latest FIFA scandal.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Lucas Pittinari

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Video: All 100 of Chris Wondolowski’s MLS regular season goals

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By DAN KARELL

When Chris Wondolowski calmly slotted home a penalty kick last Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, it was more than just the game-tying goal for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Wondolowski’s goal was his 100th regular season goal, capping a run that began on Aug. 30, 2006 when he scored his first MLS goal on a tap-in for the Houston Dynamo against the Chicago Fire. The goal also moved the 32-year-old forward into a tie for ninth place in the all-time scoring charts in MLS history, now tied with LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle.

“I appreciate everyone that helped me along the way, starting from youth, high school, college, and all the way up the ranks,” Wondolowski said following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Orlando City. “I appreciate all my teammates, because I couldn’t do it without them.”

Wondolowski is now only one goal behind former New England Revolution forward Taylor Twellman, four goals behind recently retired Dwayne De Rosario, and 44 goals behind all-time goals leader Landon Donovan.

Here’s a video from MLS of all of Wondolowski’s 100 goals:

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Tuesday Kickoff: Benitez in line to replace Ancelotti; Mata, Herrera, Costa left off Spain squad; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It’s been less than a day since Real Madrid sacked Carlo Ancelotti, and the club reportedly already have tabbed a successor.

Ancelotti’s agent Ernesto Bronzetti told RAI Sport in Italy that he is “99 percent certain” that current Napoli manager Rafa Benitez will become the next Real Madrid manager. Benitez. Benitez, a Madrid native, has strong connections to Real Madrid, having played and coached in the club’s academy for many years.

Benitez is currently in his second year in charge of Napoli, but it’s expected that he could leave the post after an up and down season that has Napoli currently in fourth place in Serie A and having won no titles in 2014-2015.

Benitez would fit the profile of the new coach that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has in mind. Perez said in a press conference after announcing the club’s decision to part ways with Ancelotti that Perez would prefer a native Spanish speaker to be the next manager.

Here are some more stories to kick off your Tuesday:

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U.S. U-20s Canouse injured in training, will miss FIFA U-20 World Cup

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By DAN KARELL

The FIFA Under-20 World Cup hasn’t even started and the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team has already been forced to make its first roster change.

U.S. Soccer announced on Monday night that Russell Canouse has been ruled out for the entirety of the tournament after suffering a right ankle injury during the team’s training camp in Australia and has been replaced on the U.S. U-20 roster by Orlando City SC defender Conor Donovan.

“Today was a very tough decision to make,” U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos said in a statement. “Obviously Russell led our team to qualification in the last four matches in Jamaica, so I think that we lose a player that’s very important on the field, but also off the field. So it’s a big loss for us.

“At the same time, we were prepared by having Conor be here the whole time. Conor has been working hard with us, he’s adapted and he has been with the team for a while. So we were ready with a replacement and we’re excited to have Conor on board, who also brings a lot on the field and off the field.”

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Monday Ticker: Ancelotti fired; Norwich City wins EPL promotion playoff; and more

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By COLE KELLOGG

Carlo Ancelotti has been let go by Real Madrid after failing to secure a major trophy this season.

The announcement was made at a press conference called by Real Madrid President Florentino Perez on Wednesday evening. The President stated that the Board of Directors had removed Ancelotti from his position, and that a replacement would be announced in a week.

Ancelotti was hired before the start of the 2013/14 season, during which he won the club’s elusive 10th UCL title.

Here are some more news items to catch you up on Memorial Day proceedings:

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: Sporting Kansas City

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By IVES GALARCEP

When the week began for Sporting Kansas City, having the task of facing New England and Seattle without star midfielders Graham Zusi and Roger Espinoza in the starting lineup might have seemed like too tall a task.

Peter Vermes’ stepped up to the challenge and showed why it should be considered a legitimate contender, beating the Revolution, 4-2, and holding the Sounders to one shot on goal in a 0-0 tie. The four-point haul was enough to help make Sporting KC the SBI MLS Team of the Week.

Unbeaten in five, Sporting KC rode the playmaking of Benny Feilhaber, and finishing of Dom Dwyer and Krisztian Németh to roll past the Revs. The defense stepped up in Seattle, with Matt Besler and Kevin Ellis leading the back-line to one of its best performances of the season.

Sporting KC beat out the Philadelphia Union, Montreal Impact and the Colorado Rapids for this week’s Team of the Week honors.

What did you think of Sporting KC’s performance? Which team impressed you the most this week?

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Axel Sjoberg

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By COLE KELLOGG

Rookie centerback Axel Sjoberg was once again part of a stout Colorado defense that kept a clean sheet this weekend.

The Rapids’ 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps marked their fifth clean sheet of the season in 11 games. Sjoberg went the distance and played an important role in the Rapids securing the win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Sjoberg and company were able to keep one of this season’s most notorious Western Conference attackers off the board in Octavio Rivero. Up against Rivero, as well as the speedy Kekutah Manneh, the hulking centerback proved to be a steady presence at the back, making three clearances and four interceptions to help maintain the clean sheet.

The Rapids rookie beat out San Jose’s Fatai Alashe, Orlando City’s Cyle Larin and Chicago’s Matt Polster for this week’s honors.

What did you think of Axel Sjoberg’s performance? Which rookie stood out to you this past weekend?

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Sebastian Giovinco

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By RYAN TOLMICH

When Toronto FC made the move to sign Sebastian Giovinco, the team expected the Italian to bring a different level of class to BMO Field. That class was on full display on Saturday.

Giovinco led the way in a 1-0 TFC victory, smashing a long distance strike to snag his side three points and himself SBI MLS Player of the Week.

The Italian forward got things started early with his finish in just the fifth minute after receiving the ball 30 yards out. Giovinco took a pair of touches before rifling a shot past Adam Kwarasey from range, giving his side the lead and the win in a game that saw him terrorize the Timbers backline for chances throughout the contest.

Giovinco beat out Sporting KC’s Benny Feilhaber, Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti and Columbus Crew forward Kei Kamara for this week’s honors.

What did you think of Giovinco’s performance? Which player stood out to you this past weekend?

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