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SBI Live Q&A (Oct. 30 Edition)

It is time to talk all things soccer in the latest installment of The SBI Live Q&A.

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Williams back in action for Reading

American midfielder Danny Williams is set to return to action for Reading FC after being sidelined for the past six months.

Soccer: Friendly-USA vs Honduras

23 for 2015: Projecting the USMNT Gold Cup roster (October 2014 edition)

A pair of new faces make the cut in the latest SBI 23 for 2015, as we project the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup roster for next summer.

Rapids sue sponsor Ciao Telecom over missed payments

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Six months after agreeing to a sponsorship deal, the Colorado Rapids are taking legal action against the company that emblazons their jersey.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that the Rapids have filed a lawsuit against the parent company of sponsor Ciao Telecom over $485,000 in missed payments. Ciao Telecom, which signed a sponsorship deal with the club in June, has reportedly missed out on a pair of payments in September and July, while shortchanging the Rapids on an initial payment.

The Rapids were expected to make $800,000 from the deal this season, but Rapids president  Tim Hinchey admitted earlier this month that payments could be delayed due to Ciao’s recent business moves, which include a merger.

“They’re still a little behind on their launch,” Hinchey said. “They’re looking at retail locations. As we said before, 2014 was about getting the name out for them, and that’s why they took a punt with us.”

Ciao’s stock price has been plumetting since July and a sponorship with Serie B’s Reggina Calcio has apparently been terminated after the Italian club removed the company logo from the club website.

What do you make of the Rapids’ sponsor troubles? How do you think the league handles sponsors as a whole?

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SBI Live Q&A (Oct. 30 Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

For the next hour or so, I will be taking your questions on topics ranging from MLS to the U.S. Men’s National Team, to international soccer, to college soccer, and more.

Get your questions ready and fire them my way.

Join us for the SBI Live Q&A after the jump:

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Williams back in action for Reading

Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest and Danny Williams of Reading

Danny Williams has been on the sidelines with a knee injury for the better part of six months, but now the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder appears ready to get back on the field.

Williams has been deemed healthy and ready to go for English League Championship side Reading after playing 45 minutes in an Under-21 match for Reading on Monday.

Williams underwent surgery in July for the persistent knee issue that had plagued him last spring. It forced him to miss the tail-end of the League Championship season, while also costing him a chance at competing for a place on the U.S. World Cup team.

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SBI Live Q&A set for 1pm today

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It is that time again. Time to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

Join me at 1pm today as I take your soccer questions and discuss topics ranging from the U.S. Men’s National Team to MLS to international soccer. We can also discuss pop culture topics including TV, movies and more.

Get your questions ready and join me at 1pm.

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23 for 2015: Projecting the USMNT Gold Cup roster (October 2014 edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The two October friendlies played by the U.S. Men’s National Team didn’t really reveal any truly new national team prospects, but did help some relatively new prospects boost their stock in the latest SBI projection for the 2015 Gold Cup roster.

Greg Garza was already part of the SBI 23 for 2015 back in September, but his strong outings in October have only served to solidify his place. Garza and Mix Diskerud were the stars of the October friendlies and are looking more and more like viable starters next summer when the Americans look to defend their Gold Cup title.

The latest SBI 23 for 2015  has two changes, one which came about in the wake of Joe Gyau’s knee injury, which will sideline him for the rest of the year. Another potential replacement for Gyau on the list, Joe Corona, also suffered an injury that will likely rule him out for the rest of 2014.

That has made room for New England Revolution star and MLS MVP candidate Lee Nguyen to make the latest cut. He has yet to be called in by Jurgen Klinsmann, and may not be an ideal fit since he’s not really a winger at this point and may not be what Klinsmann is looking for as a playmaker, but Nguyen’s MLS form makes him hard to ignore at this point. Gyau and Corona will also return in early 2015, so Nguyen’s spot on our 23 could be very temporary if Nguyen doesn’t get a national team look between now and then.

Here is a look at the latest SBI 23 for 2015:

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Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

A season mired in frustration may have just taken a turn for the better.

Sacha Kljestan received his first start for Anderlecht across all competitions this season on Wednesday, and all he did was make an emphatic statement for more playing time by scoring the game-winner in a 3-2 triumph over Kortrijk. Kljestan netted his first goal of the season – also his first since February – in the 85th minute to give Anderlecht a two-goal cushion, but it stood as the decisive tally after the advantage was trimmed in half in stoppage time. The goal helped Anderlecht stay ahead of Gent and remain in the top spot in the Pro League table while also improving the veteran midfielder’s chances of adding to his five league appearances.

Terrence Boyd also got his name on the scoresheet Wednesday, as he came off the bench and opened his account with RB Leipzig. Boyd entered the 2. Bundesliga club’s DFB Pokal match against Erzgebirge Aue just after the hour-mark, and scored the insurance goal in the 3-1 win in extra-time. Boyd’s goal came in the 108th minute, and about two weeks after he recovered from an ACL injury that sidelined him during the first few months of the season.

Returning from a spell on the sidelines of his own, Aron Johannsson made his season debut on Wednesday. Johannsson was given the nod in AZ Alkmaar’s 5-0 KNVB Cup tilt with GVVV Veenendaal, and lasted 62 minutes before being replaced. The match marked the forward’s first competitive appearance since playing in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup opener in June, and since undergoing two separate surgeries to heal his ankle and groin.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared during the midweek action:

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