Monthly Archives: October 2009

MLS Playoffs: Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders (Matchnight Commentary)

The Seattle Sounders will make their MLS playoff debut tonight against the two-time MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo in the opening match of their Western Conference playoff series (10pm, ESPN2). The Sounders are new to the playoffs as a club, … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer, MLS- Houston Dynamo, MLS- Seattle Sounders | 122 Comments

Blanco signs with Veracruz, will have option to return to Chicago

Photo by ISIphotos.comOne of Major League Soccer's biggest free agents will be leaving MLS this winter, but he may not be gone for good. Chicago Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco has signed a contract with Mexican second division club Veracruz for … Continue reading »

Posted in BREAKING NEWS, Major League Soccer, Mexican Soccer, MLS- Chicago Fire | 48 Comments

SBI Playoff Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders

   Photo by With apologies to the LA SuperClasico series, there is perhaps no MLS playoff series this year more intriguing and more tough to call than the Houston Dynamo-Seattle Sounders series. The two-time MLS Cup champion Dynamo take … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer, MLS- Houston Dynamo, MLS- Seattle Sounders | 22 Comments

Chad Marshall likely to start Crew’s playoff opener

As their defense of the MLS Cup hits the postseason, Columbus Crew and head coach Robert Warzycha are still waiting on the injury status of Chad Marshall. The Crew's defender of the year has been missing in action since spraining … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer, MLS- Columbus Crew | 12 Comments

Report: Josh Wicks out 4-6 months after surgery

The list of things to do in the nation's capital grew even longer today, as D.C. United keeper Josh Wicks underwent successful surgery to repair his dislocated shoulder that ended his 2009 campaign. Wicks injured his shoulder in a nasty … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer, MLS- D.C. United | 32 Comments

Midweek College Soccer Wrap: Akron wins 16th straight, UNC crushes Stetson 7-0

Mike Wise Photography Easy schedule or not, there's no stopping the Akron Zips. While their conference schedule in Mid-American play is regarded as fairly light, Wednesday's match against Penn State was a chance at answering those critics, as the Nittany … Continue reading »

Posted in College Soccer | 9 Comments

New USL-breakway league remains likely

With talks at a stand-still between the Team Owners Association and Nurock Soccer Holdings, new owners of USL, the chances of a breakaway league led by numerous USL 1 clubs next year is looking more and more likely. Vancouver and … Continue reading »

Posted in Uncategorized | 37 Comments

Phil Brown still has a job (for now)

Phil Brown prepares to break into his ode to Michael Jackson before a recent match. Yes, Phil Brown is still Hull City's manager. At least for now. Despite reports suggesting he is on his way out, Brown still has a … Continue reading »

Posted in European Soccer | 31 Comments

Under-17 World Cup: USA vs. Malawi (Matchday Commentary)

The U.S. Under-17 men's national team takes the field today looking to rebound from its Under-20 World Cup opening loss to Spain. The Americans take on Malawi (11am, ESPNU) knowing that a loss would cripple their chances to progress. The … Continue reading »

Posted in U.S. Youth National Teams, Under-17 World Cup | 109 Comments

SBI’s 2009 MLS Defender of the Year: Geoff Cameron

  Photo by There aren't many players in MLS more versatile than Geoff Cameron, and this year, there were no defenders who were better. When Houston's defense reached a critical moment of transition, Dynamo head coach Dom Kinnear turned … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer, MLS- Houston Dynamo | 24 Comments

Who will win in the MLS Playoff First Round?

_______________________________Photo by The 2009 MLS playoffs are set to kick off tonight with the Houston Dynamo taking on the Seattle Sounders and SBI will spend the next two days previewing the four first-round match-ups. We will preview the Houston-Seattle … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer | 33 Comments

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

____________________________Photo by The time is now for Kenny Cooper if he wants to get Bob Bradley's attention for 2010. With two friendlies on the horizon in November, steady play from the tall forward would likely earn up at least … Continue reading »

Posted in Americans Abroad, European Soccer | 29 Comments