The SBI Show: Episode 175 (Talking MLS playoffs, Klinsmann’s FIFA award nod, and more)

Episode 175 of The SBI Show takes a in-depth look at the 2014 MLS playoffs, talks Jurgen Klinsmann’s FIFA award nod, and much more.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

John Brooks aims to earn his first Bundesliga start in over a month, Danny Williams hopes to make his Reading return, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

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Petke faces tough lineup decisions after substitutes make impact vs. Sporting KC

After seeing both Peguy Luyindula and Ambroise Oyongo make an impact, New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke has some tough lineup decisions to make vs. D.C. United.

College Soccer Weekend Preview: UCLA vs. Cal, UNC vs. UVA headline slate

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By AARON CRANFORD

SBI No. 2 UCLA just finished a thrilling draw with No. 6 Stanford Thursday, but they will turn right back around and face No. 8 California Sunday in the weekend’s most intriguing college match.

The Bruins are now unbeaten in six matches, while the Golden Bears are unbeaten in their last four as well. With the regular season winding down and tournament time approaching, both sides will be wanting to continue their good form.

In an ACC match that has big implications for ACC tournament seeding, No. 16 North Carolina will face off against Virginia Saturday (7 p.m., ESPN3). The Tar Heels are on a roll, winning seven in a row and scoring 24 goals in that streak. They are averaging 2.38 goals per game, which is one of the best in the nation.

The Cavaliers dropped out of the SBI Top 25 and have finished the season on a bumpy note, suffering two losses in their last three meetings, but they will want to produce a result so they can host a match in the ACC championship.

Meanwhile, No. 12 Penn State visits Northwestern in an interesting Big Ten affair. The Nittany Lions sit atop of the Big Ten conference, and will be looking to win their last conference match against the Wildcats.

The Wildcats suffered a disappointing midweek loss to Loyola-Chicago Wednesday, but will hope to rebound against a Nittany Lions’ side who have only won once in their last four matches.

Check out a rundown of this weekend’s top college matches:

THIS WEEKEND’S COLLEGE SOCCER SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

5:30 p.m. — (22) Davidson vs. Duquesne

7 p.m. — (4) Syracuse vs. Boston College

7 p.m. — Clemson vs. North Carolina State

7 p.m. — (18) George Mason vs. George Washington

10 p.m. — UNLV vs. CSU Bakersfield

SATURDAY

1 p.m. — (10) Georgetown vs. St. John’s

1 p.m. — Boston U. vs. (19) American

2 p.m. — DePaul vs. (9) Creighton

2 p.m. — Radford vs. (13) Coastal Carolina

4 p.m. — Drexel vs. UNC Wilmington

6 p.m. — Seton Hall vs. Marquette

7 p.m. — Butler vs. (15) Providence

7 p.m. — (20) Maryland vs. Ohio State

7 p.m. — (25) Xavier vs. Villanova

7 p.m. — Wake Forest vs. (24) Louisville

7 p.m. — (5) Charlotte vs. Florida Atlantic

7 p.m. — (16) North Carolina vs. Virginia

7 p.m. — Pittsburgh vs. (7) Notre Dame

7 p.m. — (21) New Mexico vs. Marshall

8 p.m. — Northern Illinois vs. Akron

8 p.m. — UAB vs. Old Dominion

10 p.m. — Cal State Northridge vs. (11) UC Irvine

SUNDAY

1 p.m. — Florida International vs. (23) Kentucky

1 p.m. — (14) Michigan State vs. Michigan

1 p.m. — (22) Davidson vs. Massachusetts

1 p.m. — Delaware vs. Elon

2 p.m. — Northwestern vs. (12) Penn State

3 p.m. — San Diego State vs. (6) Stanford

3 p.m. — (17) Saint Louis vs. Rhode Island

4 p.m. — UNLV vs. San Jose State

8 p.m. — (2) UCLA vs. (8) California

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SBI College Top 25 (Oct. 31st Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

The top of the SBI College Soccer Top 25 may have a serious Pac-12 feel to it, but the very top still belongs to a team from the Midwest.

The Indiana Hoosiers have held on to the No. 1 ranking in the latest SBI poll after posting road victories against Michigan and Evansville. Boasting an 8-1-1 record in their past 10, the Hoosiers are looking like a good bet to win a second straight Big Ten title when tournament play roles around in November.

The battle for Pac-12 supremacy continues, with four of the conferences teams in the SBI’s Top Eight. UCLA battled Stanford to a hard-fought draw to remain No. 2 in the rankings, while California climbed into the Top 10 after pushing their unbeaten streak to four matches.

Here is the latest SBI College Soccer Top 25 (for Oct. 31st)

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Eastern Conference Semifinal Preview: Red Bulls host D.C. United; Revs face Crew

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By DAN KARELL

After completing a worst-to-first turnaround this season, D.C. United return to the MLS playoffs this weekend against their Atlantic Cup rivals.

First-place D.C. United visit the New York Red Bulls in the second Eastern Conference semifinal match of the weekend, following the third-place Columbus Crew hosting the second-place New England Revolution.

It’s a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals for the Red Bulls and D.C. United, one that ended in ignominy for the Red Bulls with Rafa Marquez being sent off and then Kenny Cooper missing an extra-time penalty kick. The Red Bulls won their first playoff game at Red Bull Arena on Thursday, and will hope to win their second on Sunday.

A day earlier in what’s set to be rainy Columbus, the Crew face the Revolution for the fourth time this season, with the Crew winning the season-series, 2-1.

Here’s a closer look at the Eastern Conference semifinal matchups:

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Western Conference Semifinal Preview: Sounders take on FC Dallas; Galaxy visit RSL

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the Supporters’ Shield and U.S. Open Cup title in their back pocket, the Seattle Sounders now look toward the MLS Cup playoffs with the hope of completing a historic treble.

The quest towards the league’s first ever treble begins Sunday, as the Sounders kickoff their postseason campaign against the surging FC Dallas.

While the Sounders enter the playoffs as one of the favorites to claim the MLS Cup, the LA Galaxy are believed to have plenty to say in response. Fresh off a disappointing 2-0 loss to the Sounders last week, the Supporters’ Shield runners-up will look to book their spot in the conference finals in a series with last year’s MLS Cup runners up, Real Salt Lake.

Here is a closer look at this weekend’s Western Conference playoff matchups: Continue reading »

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FC Dallas’ Diaz suspended for one game for leaving the bench area

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Just over two days ahead of a crucial playoff battle, FC Dallas’ Mauro Diaz has been hit by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

The league announced Friday that Diaz has been suspended for one game for leaving the bench area in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. In addition, Diaz has been fined an undisclosed amount, while the club has been issued a warning for their first violation of the mass confrontation policy this season.

The incident in question occurred in the 85th minute of Wednesday’s action following a Fabian Castillo foul on the Whitecaps’ Sebastian Fernandez that sparked pushing and shoving between both sides. Diaz then entered the field of play and joined the fracas despite having been substituted in the 79th minute. Diaz was issued a yellow card for the incident.

Diaz, who is in his second season with the club, has scored three goals in 17 appearances this season.

FC Dallas are back in action Sunday when they host the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference semifinals.

What do you think of Diaz’s suspension? How will FC Dallas cope without him?

Share your thoughts below.

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NASL Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By EVAN REAM

Two games in particular stand out in the final weekend of regular season NASL play as both the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Carolina RailHawks have a chance of garnering the fourth and final postseason spot.

The Strikers have the easier job, taking on expansion side Ottawa Fury FC at home Saturday night in a game that they will likely just need a point in to secure a first-round match against No. 1 seeded Minnesota United.

Fort Lauderdale comes into the game unbeaten in their last five matches, while Ottawa has dropped three straight after a promising mid-season run of form.

With a win, the Strikers will secure their first playoff spot since 2012, but with a tie they could still get in with a RailHawks loss or a win that doesn’t make up a goal differential of four.

Here’s a look at the rest of the upcoming NASL action: Continue reading »

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