Monthly Archives: October 2009

Which defender will step up to fill the USMNT void?

We are less than a month away from a pair of U.S. men's national team friendlies against fellow World Cup participants Slovakia and Denmark and it is growing increasingly difficult to project just who will be playing in central defense … Continue reading »

Posted in U.S. Men's National Team | 180 Comments

European Ticker: Robinho repeats Barca dream, Iaquinta injured and more

  by FRANCO PANIZO If Manchester City attacker Robinho's hidden desire is to play for Barcelona then he is not doing a good job at keeping it a secret. On Monday, Robinho told a Brazilian radio station he is happy with … Continue reading »

Posted in European Soccer | 12 Comments

Altidore facing heat for tardy tweet

Jozy Altidore's days at Hull City could be numbered, and his chances for playing time in the immediate future seem remote, after he became the latest athlete to get in trouble for posting something revealing via Twitter. Altidore is being issued … Continue reading »

Posted in Americans Abroad | 137 Comments

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

   The U.S. Under-17 national team kicks off its Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria today against Spain (2pm, ESPNU). I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, feel free to … Continue reading »

Posted in U.S. Youth National Teams | 113 Comments

College Soccer Weekend Wrap

One unbeaten fell over the weekend while another kept their record intact in another busy weekend for college soccer. A month after entering the top 10 for the first time in school history, Monmouth University saw their unbeaten record end … Continue reading »

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EPL Week 9: A Look Back

By TRAVIS CLARK It was all or nothing for Rafa Benitez and Liverpool on Saturday. While a loss wouldn't officially knock them out of the title race, it would be the club's fifth loss in a row and continue to … Continue reading »

Posted in European Soccer | 8 Comments

USA-Slovakia friendly on Nov. 14 is now official

The USA-Slovakia friendly scheduled for Nov. 14 in Slovakia that was first reported last Friday is now official, U.S. Soccer revealed on Monday. The United States will play the Slovaks in Bratislava on Nov. 14. The kickoff time and television … Continue reading »

Posted in U.S. Men's National Team | 38 Comments

The 2009 MLS Awards: SBI Reader Selections

  Photo by Now that the 2009 MLS regular season is over, it is time to start thinking about the end-of-year league awards. Last week, SBI had readers vote on all the major awards, and while there weren't any … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer | 25 Comments

Barcelona ends slump with goal-fest

First came the goal-less draw vs. Valencia, then came the 2-1 Champions League loss to Rubin Kazan, but after dropping points on two straight occasions, FC Barcelona's attack re-awakened in grand fashion this weekend. The European champions put on a classic … Continue reading »

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Larentowicz’s playoff-clinching blast

  Photo by The New England Revolution secured the eighth and final playoff berth in Major League Soccer on Sunday by virtue of its 1-0 win vs. Columbus and the goal that did the job was a worthy strike. … Continue reading »

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Revs and Dynamo win to set MLS playoff match-ups

The New England Revolution did what D.C. United, Toronto FC and FC Dallas could not. The Revs won to clinch a playoff berth. New England beat the Columbus Crew, 1-0, on a Jeff Larentowicz free kick on Sunday to secure the … Continue reading »

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

   by FRANCO PANIZO It took three months and nine games, but Clint Dempsey finally scored his first goal of the Premiership season. Dempsey netted in the 68th minute of Fulham's match against Manchester City, heading home the equalizer from 10 … Continue reading »

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