By RYAN TOLMICH
If David Beckham is to get his wish of building a Major League Soccer Stadium in PortMiami, his ownership group is going to have to come up with some extra cash.
The publicly owned waterfront location, which has been eyed by Beckham and co. since the announcement of MLS’ Miami expansion, will cost the group an additional $50 million. The bill for the overall construction of the stadium is expected to reach $250 million.
According to the Miami Herald, the stadium would need to be elevated, as the area around the proposed construction site is considered a flood zone.
However, the group isn’t discouraged and still plans to move forward with the PortMiami plan.
“Miami’s greatness is about the interaction of a vibrant culture and the water,” said John Alschuler, an advisor for the group. “We will earn that $50 million back in increased revenue from the stadium.”
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By RYAN TOLMICH
With the European season winding down, this weekend boasts a series of games with major title implications.
Starting in England, Liverpool look to hold on to their position atop the Premier League table when they travel to Norwich on Sunday. The Reds, who knocked off Manchester City last week to cement their status as league leaders, currently maintain a two point lead over Chelsea and a four point lead over City, which has a game in hand. Meanwhile, Chelsea host bottom-dwelling Sunderland ahead of next week’s potential title eliminator with Liverpool.
In other Premier League action, Manchester United head to Merseyside to take on fifth-place Everton, former home of United manager David Moyes. The Toffees have fared better than the Scotsman’s new employers, but the hosts face a must-win game with Arsenal currently occupying fourth by just one point.
Barcelona will hope to bounce back from their Copa del Rey loss to Real Madrid when they take on Athletic Bilbao Sunday. Lionel Messi and company currently find themselves four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who take on Elche.
In France, a pair of Champions League hopefuls will lock horns when Olympique Marseille takes on Lille. Lille currently sits safely in third place, while Marseille find themselves sixth with five points between them and the all-important fourth Champions League spot.
In other action, both MLS and Liga MX boast a full slate of games, while Serie A leaders Juventus take on Bologna and Bayern Munich look to bounce back from consecutive league defeats when they face Eintracht Braunschweig.
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By DAN KARELL
The winless Portland Timbers hit the road this week to take on Real Salt Lake in the highlight of MLS Week 7.
RSL are coming off a tough 2-2 draw at the Philadelphia Union but they should be boosted with the return of Luis Gil from injury. The Timbers, meanwhile, continue to stun their fans with their defensive frailties and offensive inconsistency early in the 2014 season. If the Timbers fall again, the panic lights will be going on around the Rose City. If RSL loses, it will be their first loss of the season.
Elsewhere in MLS this weekend, the Whitecaps get another crack at the LA Galaxy when Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, and co. visit BC Place, a Jermain Defoe-less Toronto FC travel to Texas to face FC Dallas, and the Chicago Fire aim for their first win of the season against the New England Revolution, who could be without Jose Goncalves.
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By IVES GALARCEP
Former U.S. Under-20 national team standouts Luis Gil, Wil Trapp and Shane O’Neill headline a 21-player squad made up almost exclusively of professional players that have called into a U.S. Under-21 training camp taking place next week in Carson, California.
“We’re excited to bring some of our best young players together for this initial U-21 camp,” said current U.S. Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos, who will oversee the five-day camp. “We’re hoping that we can have another two or three camps between now and the end of the year. This camp is purely to have the team together so that we begin moving in the right direction.
“When the time is right, we can put a group that has kept playing together and is familiar with each other in front of the permanent coach.”
The group consists of the players expected to make up the nucleus of the next U.S. Olympic qualifying team ahead of the 2016 Olympics. With two years to go before Olympic qualifying, U.S. Soccer is already putting actions in motion to help ensure that the next U.S. Olympic qualifying team succeeds in its mission to qualify, unlike the previous U.S. Olympic qualifying squad.
The squad called in for next week’s camp is obviously missing some keys players from the pool who have club commitments. European-based standouts like Marc Pelosi, Will Packwood and Seattle Sounders fullback DeAndre Yedlin are just some of the players expected to play key roles in the next Olympic qualifying cycle.
Here is the roster for the training camp:
By FRANCO PANIZO
Danny Williams came back from his latest knee setback this past Monday and now he has a golden opportunity to show just how healthy he really is.
Williams and Reading will play the second of their three matches in nine days when they visit Wigan Athletic in what is surely to be an intense match with promotional play-off implications on Friday. Fifth-placed Wigan hold a three-point cushion over sixth-placed Reading in the Championship, but neither team is likely to be looking for a draw as there are two other clubs hot on their trails for the final two promotional play-off spots. Williams has been one of the Royals’ stronger performers down the past few months, and he will hope that trend continues in order to boost his chances of playing in the Premiership next season and in Brazil this summer.
Tim Howard is another player still with plenty to play for this season. Howard and Everton suffered a blow to their UEFA Champions League hopes earlier this week when they suffered a 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace, but they can make up for it if they defeat Howard’s former club, Manchester United, at home on Sunday. The veteran goalkeeper – who just signed an extension with the Toffees – will also be crossing his fingers that fourth-placed Arsenal drop points at Hull City as that would open the door for Everton to leapfrog the Gunners in the standings.
Wondering what other match might be worth watching? Look no further than Jermaine Jones and Besiktas vs. Fenerbahce in the battle of the top two teams in the Super Lig. Besiktas have essentially no chance of displacing Fenerbahce from the top of the table, but still need a win in order to prevent third-placed Galatasaray from surpassing them in the standings and claiming Turkey’s lone UEFA Champions League qualifiers spot.
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By MIKE GRAMAJO
Sacramento Republic FC’s unbeaten start may have ended last weekend, but it was the way they responded the following day that displayed they’re a team to be reckoned with.
With one more road game left before their home opener, the Republic will travel to the Peoria Sports Complex to face off against expansion side Arizona United SC on Saturday.
Arizona, which made its USL Pro debut last week, suffered a grueling 4-0 defeat to the Oklahoma City Energy FC.
Sacramento is entering this weekend after having played two matches in a span of 24 hours last weekend. Although they encountered their first defeat of the season against the Orange County Blues FC, they posted an emphatic 3-0 victory over the LA Galaxy II the following day.
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By KAREEN DROT
The first week of National Women’s Soccer League action produced a mixed bag of results – the defending champion Portland Thorns FC underwhelmed against expansion side Houston Dash while Seattle Reign FC, a second-to-last place team last season, earned their first ever clean sheet. But Week 2 should shuffle the deck even further.
Seattle has the week off while the rest of the teams have the chance to catch up to The Reign, currently holding the top spot in the league table.
Houston will visit the Boston Breakers at their brand new home at Harvard Stadium. The Breakers lost 3-0 to Seattle and will be looking to use this week’s game against the Dash to erase a rough start. The Chicago Red Stars return to action after taking the first week off and will host the Western New York Flash at Toyota Park in a double-header with Chicago Fire.
Meanwhile, a defeated Washington Spirit will try to rebound against FC Kansas City as the Thorns will visit a tough Sky Blue FC.
Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s NWSL matchups:
By CAITLIN MURRAY
The World Cup is 54 days away.
The 30 U.S. Men’s National Team players named to coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s preliminary World Cup roster will arrive May 14 at Stanford University to begin a month-long training program, and Klinsmann sat down with U.S. Soccer to discuss preparations.
The closed-door trainings will include more sessions than would normally precede a friendly as the USMNT works on reaching peak fitness, Klinsmann said.
“If it’s tactical, if it’s physical, if it’s a lot technical work, if it’s a lot of team bonding and understanding the defined partnerships all over the field — if you take that in a positive way, those four weeks will fly by,” Klinsmann said.
Though players are likely to find the training intense, Klinsmann said he isn’t worried about them not being ready for the hard work that lies ahead.
“They are hungry for that,” he said. “They are embracing it. They want to do well. They want to show that they deserve to go to a World Cup.”
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