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Late Wright-Phillips winner lifts Red Bulls past Sporting KC

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a 90th minute winner to give the Red Bulls a dramatic comeback victory over defending champs Sporting Kansas City.

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Red Bulls vs. Sporting KC: SBI Live Commentary

Defending champion Sporting Kansas City takes on the New York Red Bulls in the MLS playoff knockout round. Join SBI as we provide live commentary on tonight’s match.

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.

Late Wright-Phillips winner lifts Red Bulls past Sporting KC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

HARRISON, N.J. — Down a goal at home in yet another playoff match, Thursday night’s knockout round matchup had all the makings of yet another New York Red Bulls failure.

However, with the season on the line, it was the league’s Golden Boot winner who propelled his side to victory with a pair of second half goals to earn the Red Bulls a 2-1 victory.

Wright-Phillips’ winner came in the 90th minute off a cross from substitute Ambroise Oyongo, who worked into space on the right side before looping a ball into the box. With the ball hanging in midair for what felt like an eternity, Sporting KC failed to close down on the Red Bulls forward, who headed into the left side of the net so secure his sides advancement.

“Initially, the ball was quite high, wasn’t it?” said Wright-Phillips. “I thought I couldn’t get much of it and just tried to hit it on target.

“I was quite surprised because they marked me well the whole game. I was very quiet. They marked be but on that one, it might have been the height of the ball, they might have thought the keeper would come, but he didn’t and thankfully I got a head on it.” Continue reading »

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U.S. U-20 MNT drawn in Group A of CONCACAF U-20 Championship

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will have to defeat the likes of Jamaica, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago for them to earn a chance to play at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The road to New Zealand for the U.S. U-20s was revealed on Thursday evening, as the USA were drawn into Group A of the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. Joining Tab Ramos’ squad in Group A were hosts Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, and Guatemala.

“It was a difficult draw for many of the teams, including Group A because we will be one of the teams that has to travel from Kingston to Montego Bay during the tournament,” Ramos said in a statement. “I think getting drawn with Jamaica and Panama in particular, those will be some difficult opponents. At the end of the day, if you want to advance to the World Cup, you need to beat good teams, so we’re looking forward to the tournament.”

The U.S. will open up the tournament, which will be hosted in Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica from Jan.9-24, with a match against Guatemala on Jan. 9. The USA follow that up with matches against Panama (Jan. 11), Aruba (Jan. 14), Jamaica (Jan. 18), and finishing with the Soca Warriors of Trinidad and Tobago on Jan. 21.

Four nations can qualify for the U-20 World Cup through the CONCACAF Championships.

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Red Bulls vs. Sporting KC: SBI Live Commentary

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By DAN KARELL

After Wednesday evening’s controversial ending between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps, the attention on Thursday night’s Eastern Conference knockout round match has only grown.

Defending champion Sporting Kansas City hit the road to take on the New York Red Bulls for the second time in a week, with a place in the Eastern Conference semifinals on the line. Sporting KC players admitted that they’re playing with heavy legs. The club won just two of their final 10 games of the regular season to end up as the fifth seed.

The Red Bulls on the other hand won three of their last four games and seem to be firing on all cylinders at just the right time. History suggest that this game could turn in any direction, and it may be the final night for Thierry Henry at Red Bull Arena if the hosts fall.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s match, so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

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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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Mexico’s Herrera questions Klinsmann shortlist nod

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s inclusion on FIFA’s World Coach of the Year shortlist was a surprise to some soccer aficionados.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera seems to be in that camp, telling ESPN radio that Costa Rica’s Jorge Luis Pinto deserved it more.

“I don’t know why Jurgen Klinsmann is on the list,” Herrera said in the Spanish-language interview on Wednesday. “Maybe because he’s German.”

“That’s the only explanation we have, because he hasn’t done anything to be there,” Herrera added. “I’d say Pinto did more with Costa Rica.”

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Los Angeles awarded new MLS club set to begin play in 2017

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By FRANCO PANIZO

MLS wasted no time moving on from Chivas USA, announcing a new Los Angeles-based club with plenty of star power behind it.

MLS officially announced on Monday that it has awarded a new franchise to a large ownership group led by Henry Nguyen, Peter Guber and Tom Penn. The group consists of 22 owners, including NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson, former U.S. Women’s National Team player Mia Hamm Garciaparra and retired MLB player Nomar Garciaparra, Hamm’s husband.

The team, whose Los Angeles Football Club name and colors are just being used as placeholders, is expected to begin play in 2017 in a new soccer stadium in the Southern California city.

“We are thrilled to welcome Henry Nguyen, Peter Guber, Tom Penn and their owner partners to Major League Soccer,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement released by the league.  “This visionary ownership group will chart a course that will further elevate the sport in this great city and, combined with a new state-of-the-art stadium, accelerate us down the path toward becoming one of the top soccer leagues in the world.”

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