Transfer Deadline Day: SBI Live Commentary

The European transfer deadline day is in full swing, and SBI will be providing you with updates throughout the final hours of the transfer window.

Mid-Day Ticker: Rossi needs knee surgery again; Iniesta out of Spain squad; and more

Giuseppe Rossi has learned that he’ll have to undergo knee surgery once again, with no timetable yet set for his return.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: LA Galaxy

The LA Galaxy won their fourth straight game on Sunday in impressive fashion, routing Chivas USA, 3-0, to earn SBI MLS Team of the Week honors.

Transfer Deadline Day: SBI Live Commentary

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The European transfer window closes tonight, and teams all across the world are looking to finalize player moves before the deadline hits.

Radamel Falcao’s looming loan move to Manchester United is the blockbuster move grabbing all the headlines, but there are plenty of other moves in the works.

American soccer fans will be waiting for word on potential moves for U.S. national team players such as Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea.

SBI will be providing updates on the transfer window for the final four hours before the deadline so feel free to join us as we bring you the latest transfer moves, and also discuss deals already done.

Join us for all the transfer deadline day fun after the jump:

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Mid-Day Ticker: Rossi needs knee surgery again; Iniesta out of Spain squad; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Giuseppe Rossi will have to go under the knife again.

The American-born forward is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after an exam by Dr. Andrew Williams in London revealed damage in the knee. A timetable for Rossi’s return has not been announced. 

This is the latest in a string of knee injuries that Rossi has suffered since Oct. 26, 2011, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while with Villarreal in a loss to Real Madrid. The following April, Rossi re-tore the ACL in training, putting him out for another extended period.

Rossi next moved to Fiorentina in Jan. 2013 and made his return on the final day of the 2012/2013 season. The 27-year-old began the 2013/2014 Serie A season on fire, scoring 14 goals, but missed most of the remainder of the season with a sprained medial collateral ligament. Rossi was left off the final Italy squad at the World Cup, with reports stating he was lacking in fitness. However, Rossi disputed that, and claimed he was fully fit and ready to go.

Rossi featured for Fiorentina during the 2014/2015 preseason, but it seems that he’s set for another extended period on the sidelines.

Here are some more notes from around the world:

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SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Tommy Thompson

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By DAN KARELL

The San Jose Earthquakes have been given an injection of excitement late in a disappointing campaign.

Homegrown Player signing Tommy Thompson made his third consecutive start for the Earthquakes on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake. Though he didn’t score, Thompson was important throughout and drew seven fouls for his squad.

The former Indiana Hoosier’s performance earned him SBI MLS Rookie of the Week. Thompson beat out Steve Birnbaum and Chris Duvall for this week’s honors.

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What did you think of Thompson’s performance? Which rookie stood out to you in MLS Week 25?

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SBI MLS Team of the Week: LA Galaxy

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By DAN KARELL

There’s no question the LA Galaxy are currently the hottest team in MLS, and their performance on Sunday evening was a perfect example why.

The Galaxy dominated in all facets of their match against Chivas USA, routing their lowly neighbors, 3-0, behind a pair of special goals that will certainly be up for Goal of the Year nominations. The Galaxy’s impressive performance made them an easy choice for SBI MLS Team of the Week.

The Galaxy, who have won four straight while scoring 13 goals in that stretch, beat out the Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire, and Portland Timbers for this week’s honors.

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What did you think of the Galaxy’s performance? Which team stood out to you in MLS Week 25?

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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Gyasi Zardes

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By DAN KARELL

Gyasi Zardes picked a great time to come out of a three-game scoreless drought.

The second-year forward bagged a brace in what was possibly the final Superclasico as we know it, as the LA Galaxy defeated Chivas USA, 3-0, on Sunday evening at the StubHub Center. Zardes’ performance made him our choice for SBI MLS Player of the Week.

Zardes, a Homegrown Player product, scored his first of the game in the 41st minute, taking a pass from Landon Donovan and firing a first-time strike that snuck into the far post. Zardes added his second in the 71st minute off a beautifully intricate goal, finding himself on the end of a 10-pass sequence and slotting into a wide-open net.

Zardes beat out Donovan, new Montreal Impact Designated Player Ignacio Piatti, and Bill Hamid for this week’s honors.

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What did you think of Zardes’ performance? Which player stood out to you in MLS Week 25?

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Green joins Hamburg on season-long loan

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By DAN KARELL

Julian Green’s chances of playing major minutes in the Bundesliga this season have just increased.

On the final day of the transfer window, the U.S. Men’s National Team winger has completed a season-long loan from Bayern Munich to fellow Bundesliga club Hamburg SV, and will wear the number 37. Green will join his new teammates after spending the week with the USMNT, which faces the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Green’s loan isn’t a huge surprise, but during Bayern’s U.S. tour six weeks ago, the 19-year-old Tampa, Fla., native was adamant that he would be staying with Bayern this season to fight for his place in the squad. Green found himself on the bench for Bayern’s first two Bundesliga matches, though he didn’t make an appearance.

In Hamburg, Green is joining a club that is down on its luck. A team rich in tradition, Hamburg were nearly relegated for the first time last season and have started this season in poor form, with just one point out of a potential six.

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What do you think of this news? Do you like the loan move? Do you expect Green to step right into the starting lineup?

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USL Pro Week 24: A Look Back

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By AARON CRANFORD

Only three playoff spots remain in the 2014 USL Pro season as the Charleston Battery claimed the fourth Saturday evening.

With their 4-0 blowout over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the Battery secured their spot in the USL Pro playoffs. Dane Kelly scored a hat trick, giving him 10 goals on the season.

He opened his tab in the 38th minute with a powerful strike from the top of the box, while his second came in the 47th minute by beating a defender, sprinting toward goal and slotting it past Riverhounds goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap. Kelly scored his final goal in the 54th minute by receiving a ball sent over the defensive line from Adam Mena, rounding past Gilstrap, and passing the ball into the empty net.

The Battery’s Zach Prince added the fourth goal in the 67th minute. He deked a defender before placing the ball into the upper corner.

After the two-game weekend, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds only have one game remaining. They will host Arizona United SC at Highmark Stadium on Saturday.

Here is a look at the rest of the USL Pro action from last weekend:

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Must-See Goal: Robbie Keane

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Report: Defoe being chased by QPR, West Ham

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By DAN KARELL

Caught in the wake of Ryan Nelsen’s dismissal from Toronto FC was news that Jermain Defoe could also be on his way out of town.

TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko admitted to the local media at a press conference that the team has received multiple offers over the year for Defoe, and said they would make a decision by the end of Monday. Now, fresh reports out of Britain state that both Queens Park Rangers and West Ham are leading the race to bring Defoe back to the English Premier League.

A report in Goal UK states that Newcastle and Sunderland are also interested in the English forward, while the Daily Telegraph reports that Defoe has been offered to Arsenal on a short-term basis as cover for Olivier Giroud, who is out until the start of 2015.

Defoe has multiple connections with QPR, including the fact that the club is in his hometown of London and its manager, Harry Redknapp, coached Defoe at Tottenham.

Bezbatchenko refused to comment at Sunday’s press conference on which clubs have submitted offers to sign Defoe.

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Monday Kickoff: Man United agree to Falcao loan; Chicharito joins Real Madrid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United are on the verge of making one final mega-signing before the summer transfer window closes.

According to multiple reports from across Europe, Man United have agreed to a season-long loan move for AS Monaco forward Radamel Falcao, with the Colombian international joining for an initial fee of anywhere from £6-12 million, depending on which report you read. Falcao is expected to arrive in Manchester on Monday evening to complete a physical and sign personal terms.

The reports additionally state that there will be an option to buy the 28-year-old forward following the season.

It was only last season that Falcao surprised many by joining Monaco on a €60 million transfer from Atletico Madrid as a piece of Monaco’s big plan to challenge Paris Saint-Germain for the Ligue 1 title. However, after helping guide Monaco back into the UEFA Champions League in their first season back in Ligue 1, the club decided to sell its two best players, first James Rodriguez to Real Madrid and, apparently, Falcao to United.

Man United reportedly beat out Manchester City, Arsenal, and Juventus for Falcao’s signature.

Here are some more stories to kick off your week:

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SBI Weekend Rewind: Green leaving Bayern; TFC makes abrupt coaching change; and more

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It looks like Julian Green is leaving Bayern Munich — at least for the season. Reports over the weekend tie Green to a season-long loan to Hamburg, although the reports haven’t been confirmed. Green recently moved up to Bayern’s first team, but the move could give him more minutes on the pitch.

Meanwhile, it appeared a loss Saturday to the New England Revolution was Toronto FC’s final straw. Coach Ryan Nelsen has been sacked, with assistant coach Greg Vanney taking over immediately. This will be Vanney’s first head coaching job.

And the National Women’s Soccer League season came to a surprising close with FC Kansas City named champions. The top-ranked Seattle Reign that had lost just two games in 24 this year fell at home, 2-0.

Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI this weekend:

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Nelsen out as TFC head coach, Vanney in charge

Dempsey volley lifts Sounders over Rapids

Revolution rout TFC in Jones debut

Piatti double helps Impact halt Crew winning streak

Earthquakes, RSL settle for tie at Buck Shaw Stadium

Late Fire goal snaps FC Dallas 10-game unbeaten streak

Zardes, Donovan lead Galaxy in rout over Chivas USA at SuperClasico

D.C. United down Red Bulls to extend East lead

NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE
Rodriguez brace powers FC Kansas City to NWSL title over favored Reign

NWSL Championship: A Look Ahead

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER
Reports: Green nearing season-long loan to Hamburg

Huddersfield loan Holmes to fourth division Bury until January

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Just before departing for their first U.S. Men’s National Team camp, teenagers Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman returned to their respective clubs’ lineups.

Rubin and Hyndman both earned starts this past weekend after failing to dress in recent games, with the former playing 57 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Heerenveen and the latter going the distance in a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City. The two attackers will now head into their inaugural U.S. camp with plenty of confidence, as they attempt to make their international debut in Wednesday’s friendly vs. the Czech Republic in Prague.

Another youngster to make an appearance this weekend was John Brooks. The 21-year-old centerback earned his first start of the Bundesliga season on Saturday, going the distance in Hertha Berlin’s 4-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. The match was Brooks’ first competitive match since he came off the bench and scored the late winner for the U.S. in its World Cup opening win vs. Ghana back in June.

Timmy Chandler also made his debut this weekend, playing in his first game since rejoining Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this summer. The versatile fullback came off the bench and played 34 minutes for his childhood club in a 2-2 draw against VfL Wolfsburg, a brief cameo before he joins the U.S. for its first post-World Cup camp.

Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:

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