MLS Ticker: Espindola returns to full training; Lade loaned to Cosmos; and more

D.C. United announced on Monday that Fabian Espindola has returned to full training, but the prognosis on Jeff Parke and Chris Pontius was not as positive.

Green excited to build off World Cup experiences with FC Bayern in USA

Julian Green is looking forward to coming to the USA with Bayern Munich as part of their preseason tour of the USA.

Boyd sidelined for 10 weeks with knee injury

U.S. Men’s National Team forward Terrence Boyd is set to miss at least ten weeks with a partially torn ACL.

MLS Ticker: Espindola returns to full training; Lade loaned to Cosmos; and more

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United has been dealing with some injury issues in the last four weeks but they received some good news on Monday.

Forward Fabian Espindola returned to full training this week after missing the last four league matches with a medial collateral ligament strain in his right knee. Espindola went down with the knee injury in D.C. United’s 4-2 victory against the Montreal Impact.

Since Espindola went down, D.C. United have continued their strong play this season, going 3-1 and with wins in their last three matches.

Despite the positive news about Espindola, D.C. United provided updates on injured players Jeff Parke and Chris Pontius. While Pontius has returned to light jogging with the D.C. United training staff, there is no timetable for his return.

In addition, Parke, who hasn’t played since a May 31 match against Sporting Kansas City, is out indefinitely as he deals with migraines.

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Green excited to build off World Cup experiences with FC Bayern in USA

Julian Green

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By DAN KARELL

In just a matter of days, Julian Green will be playing soccer in the United States for the second time this summer. Only this time, he’ll be wearing a different jersey.

Green returned to training with Bayern Munich on Monday after taking three weeks off for vacation and is expected to play in both Bayern matches on their U.S. tour that begins this week. The German champions take on Chivas de Guadalajara at Red Bull Arena on Thursday and the MLS All Stars in the MLS All-Star Game on Aug. 6 in Portland, Ore.

The 19-year-old Green is coming off a dream World Cup debut, scoring in extra-time as the USMNT mounted a last-gasp comeback against Belgium that eventually came up short. Despite the way the team the went out, Green is ready to build off his experiences playing with the USMNT before and during the World Cup.

“Its very exciting,” Green told reporters on a conference call about coming to the U.S. to play. “I have already played in the U.S. but right now I’m coming with FC Bayern, my home club and that’s very special too. I’m looking forward to playing and showing the people how good FC Bayern is.”

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NWSL Week 16: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

If the Portland Thorns FC wanted to test how good they are just a few weeks shy of the playoffs, they received quite the wakeup call on Sunday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to the top-ranked Seattle Reign FC.

While the Reign FC have already punched their ticket to the playoffs, the Thorns FC are deep in the hunt to return to the playoffs. Portland played their third game in a weeks span and it showed in the loss on Sunday afternoon. However despite the loss, the team will finish the sixteenth week of the National Women’s Soccer League with thirty points and in third place.

Meanwhile, FC Kansas City picked up three points this weekend and earned their first win in three games thanks to a victory over Sky Blue FC. The Blues have a firm hold on second place in the league and will be looking to lock up home field advantage for the playoffs in the coming weeks.

The Washington Spirit, the Chicago Red Stars and the Western New York Flash are all battling with the Thorns FC for the last few playoff spots. The Flash lost a home match against the Boston Breakers on Friday night and the Red Stars could only muster a draw against the Houston Dash on Saturday.

The next few weeks will provide plenty of pressure for all teams looking to vie for the championship.

Here’s a closer look at the week’s results:

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Boyd sidelined for 10 weeks with knee injury

Terrence Boyd

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By DAN KARELL

Terrence Boyd’s season debut with RB Leipzig has been pushed back at least two months.

The U.S. Men’s National Team forward suffered a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Saturday during RB Leipzig’s friendly match against English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers. According to RB Leipzig, Boyd will miss at least 10 weeks with the injury.

The injury means that Boyd likely won’t make his full Leipzig debut until October, and will also rule him out of the USMNT match against the Czech Republic in September and any other USMNT matches that month and in October.

Boyd only recently completed a transfer to Leipzig from Rapid Vienna, where he starred as a forward for two seasons, scoring 36 goals in all competitions. Boyd scored his first goal for RB Leipzig in a friendly match against Paris Saint-Germain on July 12.

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What do you think of this news? Disappointed to hear about the injury? How do you think this can affect USMNT call-ups this fall?

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The SBI Show: Episode 153 (Talking MLS, Gedion Zelalem, and more)

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By IVES GALARCEP

After a three-week layoff, the SBI Show is back, and we have plenty to discuss in the first show after the 2014 World Cup.

Episode 153 of The SBI Show touches on a wide array of topics, from the World Cup, to the recent blockbuster signings in MLS, to the latest on Gedion Zelalem and Freddy Adu.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the latest MLS action, as well as the international friendlies filling up recent schedules across the country.

Give Episode 153 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Monday Kickoff: Lewandowski impresses coaches, teammates; PSG close in on Di Maria; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Robert Lewandowski is quickly winning over both teammates and coaches at Bayern Munich.

The Polish international, who joined Bayern this summer on a free transfer from rivals Borussia Dortmund, scored three goals in two days as Bayern took home the Telekom Cup, a preseason tournament hosted in Hamburg.

Lewandowski opened his scoring with a cheeky lob against Borussia Mönchengladbach in a game Bayern eventually won on penalty kicks. He then scored twice in the final in a 3-0 rout of VfL Wolfsburg.

“A top player, he has it all,” Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola said after the final against Wolfsburg.

We all know what he can do,” stated Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer. 

The 25-year-old forward for his part believes there’s still room for growth in his game as he acquires match-fitness ahead of the 2014-2015 season.

“That’s not my top form,” Lewandowski said.

Here’s some more stories to kick off your week:

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Joe Corona may not have helped Club Tijuana avoid a second straight defeat to start the season, but he likely helped his cause for more starts with a strong performance.

Corona helped set up a penalty kick for Tijuana that marked the opener in their visit to Club America on Saturday, but Xolos conceded twice in the second half en route to a 2-1 loss that dropped them to 0-2 in the Apertura campaign. Corona started his first game of the season in the match at Estadio Azteca, hit a pass that helped set up a 20th-minute penalty kick, and lasted 77 minutes for a Tijuana team that surprisingly sits in 16th place in the Liga MX table after two weeks.

Conor O’Brien also made his first start of the season for Odense BK on Friday, but they were handed a 3-1 defeat by FC Vestsjaelland. O’Brien went the distance in the forgettable road game that saw Odense fall to last place in the Superligaen.

There were some bad performances mixed in with the more notable ones for the Americans Abroad contingent this weekend. Gabriel Fafan’s substitute showing for Jaguares de Chiapas saw him score an own goal in a 2-1 victory over Toluca on Saturday. Sacha Kljestan was limited to just seven minutes off the bench in RSC Anderlecht’s season-opening 3-1 win over recently-promoted Royal Mouscron-Peruwelz on Sunday.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:

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Valeri’s late winner propels Timbers past Impact

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By MIKE DONOVAN

In the same week he was named to the MLS All-Star Team, Diego Valeri delivered a game-winning blast that propelled the visiting Portland Timbers to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Impact.

Valeri’s strike was the difference after a four-goal first half that saw Will Johnson and Maxi Urruti score in a six-minute span for Portland while Andres Romero and Maxim Tissot had the goals for Montreal at a rain-soaked Stade Saputo. The loss Sunday was the fifth straight defeat for the last-place Impact (3-12-5, 14 points).

Portland, on the other hand, won its second straight match and finds itself just one point below the red line thanks to Valeri. The Argentine DP made no mistake after the ball fell to him off a deflected Rodney Wallace cross, curving a one-bounce strike around Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush. It was the second consecutive game-winner for Valeri and his fifth goal of the season.  Continue reading »

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