Sources: USMNT friendly with Croatia falls through, another opponent to be scheduled

A proposed friendly match between Croatia and the U.S. Men’s National Team has been cancelled, with U.S. Soccer now looking to schedule a new opponent in November.

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The SBI Show: Episode 172 (Recapping MLS Week 33, talking Garber vs. Klinsmann, and more)

Episode 172 of The SBI Show takes a look back at MLS Week 33, breaks down the recent Jurgen Klinsmann-Don Garber war of words, and more.

Wolverhampton decline to offer Agudelo contract citing fitness issues

Juan Agudelo’s trial with Championship club Wolverhampton has ended without a contract due to a lack of match fitness and work permit issues, according to Wolverhampton’s coach.

Sources: USMNT friendly with Croatia falls through, another opponent to be scheduled

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The U.S. Men’s National Team has one more friendly date to fill after a reported match with Croatia fell through.

Sources confirmed to SBI that Croatia is out as a potential friendly international match opponent to face the USMNT in London’s Craven Cottage on Nov. 12. According to other reports, U.S. Soccer is looking into scheduling another opponent to face the U.S. in the same location on the same night.

Nine days ago, the Croatian Football Federation announced that they had scheduled a friendly match against the USA, but U.S. Soccer never confirmed the friendly on their end. This is the second time this fall that a reported friendly has fallen through at the last moment. In August, the USMNT had a potential match against Colombia in September at the Alamodome in San Antonio fall through.


What do you think of this news? Disappointed to see the U.S. not face Croatia? Who would you like to see them face in November?

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Johannsson scores for AZ Alkmaar reserves in return from injury


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Aron Johannsson made his long-awaited return Monday by finding the back of the net.

In the U.S. Men’s National Team’s forward first action since the World Cup, Johannsson scored a penalty kick for the AZ Alkmaar reserve team, who fell to FC Utrecht, 2-1. The 23-year-old forward, who was substituted at halftime for fitness reasons, converted from the penalty spot after AZ striker Raymond Gyasi was taken down in the box.

Monday’s return represented Johannsson’s first game action since undergoing surgery on an injured groin in August. In addition, Johannsson had been previously suffering from an ankle injury as well as an injury-affected World Cup.

The American forward has missed the club’s first nine games, after which AZ sits ninth in the Eredivisie.

Johannsson has scored 20 goals in 37 games since joining the club from Denmark’s AGF in 2010.

What are you expecting from Johannsson this season? Where exactly do you see Johannsson fitting amongst the USMNT’s current batch of forwards?

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Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary



After winning two straight games heading into the international break, Manchester United are looking to continue their recent upswing Monday with a visit to West Brom.

Louis van Gaal’s side bounced back from a  Sept. 21 loss to Leicester City with back-to-back 2-1 wins over West Ham and Everton. However, Man United haven’t picked up a victory in any of their previous five trips away from Old Trafford, their worst mark in 13 years.

Meanwhile back stateside, the U.S. Women’s National Team is back in action with a World Cup qualifier against Haiti. Despite losing forward Alex Morgan for the remainder of qualifying due to injury, the U.S. could clinch the top spot in the group with a victory.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):

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U.S. U-17 coach Williams pleased with Panama U-17 Tournament title

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The nation of Panama is different than that of Honduras on paper, but the opportunity to expose the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team to the Central American environment ahead of 2015 U-17 World Cup qualifying made it an easy decision to travel there for an international tournament.

“For as well as the group has done over the last year to 14 months or so, we haven’t had the opportunity to play in Central America,” U.S. U-17s head coach Richie Williams said. “Even though we weren’t able to go to Honduras (the site of U-17 World Cup qualifying), we were able to go to Panama and just get them into a Central American country, playing CONCACAF teams, and showing them that it’s not always easy playing there, in terms of the climate, field, competition, (other nations) always ready to play the United States, the referee, and the crowds.”

With relative ease, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team powered their way to their fourth international title in the last 12 months as they swept the field, winning the Panama International U-17 Tournament. The U.S. opened the tournament with a 5-2 drubbing of Costa Rica before beating Canada, 2-0 two days later and finishing off host nation Panama, 1-0 two days after that.

Williams had one of his strongest squads at his disposal, with the likes of midfielder Christian Pulisic, forward Haji Wright, and goalkeeper Kevin Silva all putting in top performances. Pulisic scored one goal, a fantastic solo effort to beat Panama, and added two assists while Wright finished with four goals and two assists in the tournament.

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The SBI Show: Episode 172 (Recapping MLS Week 33, talking Garber vs. Klinsmann, and more)

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The MLS regular season is down to one week left after a dramatic Week 33 that saw some teams send strong signals of intent, and others stumble with the playoffs in sight.

Episode 172 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the weekend’s MLS action, including Seattle’s comeback against the Los Angeles Galaxy, and the Columbus Crew’s impressive win against the New York Red Bulls.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the recent war of words between U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and MLS commissioner Don Garber, and we take a look back at the USMNT’s 1-1 tie with Honduras last Tuesday.

Give Episode 172 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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Wolverhampton decline to offer Agudelo contract citing fitness issues


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Juan Agudelo’s lack of match fitness has come back to haunt him as he continues to look for a new home.

The 21-year-old forward was released from his trial with Wolverhampton on Monday without a contract offer, with Wolves manager Kenny Jackett citing a lack of recent games under Agudelo’s in addition to work permit issues as a reason for the end of the trial.

“Juan is not a player that (we) are going to pursue,” Jackett said. “We felt that match fitness was the key for Juan. To get him up to Championship standard he would need to play games and it is hard to go from nothing straight into the Championship.

“That can be tough, and while the odd player does it most people don’t – you need a run of games and need to build up. So it was nothing to do with his ability levels, just that he hasn’t played.”

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