The SBI Show: Episode 173 (Talking CONCACAF Champions League, Previewing MLS Week 34, and more)

Episode 173 of The SBI Show looks back at the Major League Soccer’s disappointing showing in the CONCACAF Champions League, looks ahead to MLS Week 34, and more.

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Holden releases open letter to fans; reiterates commitment to return

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Stuart Holden has reiterated his desire to return to the field in an open letter released Friday, stating that retirement is not an option.

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NASL Week 17: A Look Ahead



With just two weeks remaining in the NASL season, FC Edmonton travel to Fort Lauderdale to take on the Strikers, with the winner stepping into the driver’s seat for the fourth and final playoff spot.

While the Strikers are on an absolute tear with 10 points in their previous five matches, head coach Günter Kronsteiner made waves by benching NASL second-leading goalscorer Fafa Picault against Carolina for a perceived lack of effort in practice.

The Eddies come into the match in good form as well following a convincing away win in the Canadian derby at Ottawa, but will face a stiff challenge in south Florida where the Strikers have won their last three matches at home.

Fort Lauderdale currently has a two-point lead on Edmonton in the combined standings.

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Midweek College Rewind: Indiana edges Notre Dame, UCLA tops UW again, and more

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SBI No. 4 Washington fell to UCLA for the second Thursday in a row, and to make matters worse for the Huskies, a Seattle native scored the game-winning goal.

Seattle native and Seattle Sounders Academy U-18 product Seyi Adekya scored the game-winning goal in the 54th to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory, and extend UCLA’s winning streak to three games.

The Huskies could not enact revenge against UCLA even though they jumped out to an early start with a goal from Ian Lange in the 3rd minute. But Leo Stolz assisted Aaron Simmons to tie the match in the 37th.

Adekya provided the winning finish for the Bruins, who struck a blow to Washington’s Pac-12 title hopes with the victory.

SBI No. 1 Indiana found the early winner from a common goal-scoring defender Wednesday against No. 17 Notre Dame.

In the 19th minute, Hoosers senior Patrick Doody scored his third goal of the year, which makes him tied for second for goals with Indiana. The Fighting Irish could not find an equalizer after attempting nine shots throughout the match.

SBI No. 16 Coastal Carolina had their seven-game winning streak snapped against Clemson Tuesday evening.

Tigers freshman Oliver Shannon scored the game-winning goal in overtime to top the Chanticleers 2-1.

The Tigers scored early in the match, but the Chanticleers answered three minutes later. Tigers midfielder Alexandre Happi scored in the 3rd minute, while the Chanticleers midfielder Elis Bjornsson responded in the sixth minute. 90 minutes passed by before Shannon’s golden goal gave the Tigers the upset win.

No. 2 Syracuse rebounded from their weekend loss to Louisville by routing Bucknell 4-1 Tuesday. The Orange forward Chris Nanco set the tone by scoring his fifth goal of the season within the first minute of the match.

Furthermore, Emil Ekbloom scored his 7th for the Orange in the 22nd minute. Bucknell gained one back with Ben Durleth’s goal in the 56th, but Oyvind Alseth quickly responded in the 58th and earned his brace with another goal in the 66th.

Five SBI ranked sides went down during the middle of the week, with SBI No. 3 UC Irvine and No. 6 Penn State headlining the losing sides.

Meanwhile, after their upset win against Syracuse Friday, Louisville continues to look sharp, defeating Evansville 3-0 at home Tuesday. Andrew Brody, Tim Kubel and Ivan Gutierrez netted the goals for the Cardinals.

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MLS referee Rivero suspended after arrest for fraud


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Almost a month after being charged with insurance fraud, an MLS referee has been issued a suspension.

Jose Carlos Rivero, who most recently took charge of the Columbus Crew’s 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, was suspended Thursday as a result of an Oct. 6 arrest for allegedly claiming over $14,000 in unemployment benefits while employed.

“The Professional Referees Organization is fully aware of the alleged charges against Jose Carlos Rivero,” P.R.O. said in a statement Thursday night. “Mr. Rivero has been suspended with immediate effect and will not be assigned to any further matches pending the outcome of the legal proceedings.”

Rivero, who has officiated 17 games this season, worked at least three games following his arrest earlier this month.

The 33-year-old was set to work this weekend’s meeting between Toronto FC and the New England Revolution as the fourth official.

What do you think of the handling of Rivero’s case?

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Liga MX Round 14: A Look Ahead

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This season’s bi-annual Clasico Regiomontano has even more on the line, with both Tigres UANL and Monterrey battling for top seeds in the Liguilla.

With four weeks remaining in the season, Monterrey host arch-rival Tigres in the most anticipated game of the weekend. Both squads are tied on 23 points, but Monterrey have a game in hand, and are looking to recover after a 2-0 loss to Club America. Tigres are rolling on all cylinders as they hold a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions, including four wins in Liga MX in that span.

The likes of Dorlan Pabon taking on Hernan Berbano and the American pair of Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez make this weekend’s bout a must-watch encounter.

Elsewhere in Liga MX action, Club America visit Ronaldinho and Queretaro, Toluca takes on defending champions Club Leon, and Club Tijuana face Chivas Guadalajara, with the Goats hoping to stop their slide towards relegation.

Here’s a look at this weekend’s Liga MX slate:

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The SBI Show: Episode 173 (Talking CONCACAF Champions League, Previewing MLS Week 34, and more)

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Major League Soccer fans will endure a wide range of emotions this week as the CONCACAF Champions League failures of some teams come just as other teams prepare to take important steps toward the MLS playoffs.

Episode 173 of The SBI Show takes a look back at a disappointing group stage for American MLS teams, with just one of four advancing to the CCL quarterfinals after Sporting KC and Portland were eliminated. D.C. United join the Montreal Impact as the lone MLS representatives in the knockout rounds.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also look ahead at MLS Week 34, including the key Seattle Sounders-LA Galaxy clash, as well as the New York Red Bulls’ visit to Sporting Kansas City. We also discuss the season’s first edition of ‘El Clasico’, between Barcelona and Real Madrid, and more.

Give Episode 173 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Holden releases open letter to fans; reiterates commitment to return

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Just nine words into his open letter, U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Stuart Holden made his intentions very clear: retirement is not an option.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who has been battling injuries for a majority of the past four seasons, reiterated his desire to battle back from his ailments in an open letter released on ESPN on Friday.

“Of course, I am constantly being asked about my future by fans, friends, teammates and coaches. My answer is: I need time,” Holden said. “Time to heal, time to work hard, time to prepare, and time for a comeback of epic proportions. I will continue to tackle this challenge with great fortitude and I can’t wait to prove to all of you, but mostly myself, that this is possible!

“I thank all of my supporters for their continued inspiration and motivation, because without you I wouldn’t be where I am. Stay tuned, because this isn’t over yet.”

Check out a video of Holden discussing his return after the jump:

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