Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Julian Green started but lasted just 45 minutes for Hamburg, Brek Shea enjoyed an encouraging debut, and more in this past weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

Galaxy stumble again, tie Earthquakes in San Jose

The Landon Donovan-less Los Angeles Galaxy dropped points for the second straight match after a 1-1 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.

NASL Week 11: A Look Back

By EVAN REAM The rematch of the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl did not disappoint as former MLS midfielder Danny Szetela grabbed a late goal to give the New York Cosmos all three points in a wild 3-2 win over the […]

Must-See Goal: Cani

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2011 Gold Cup taking shape as three more teams qualify

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2011 Gold Cup is five months away, and all but two nations set to participate are known as three more qualified on Sunday.

Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama reached the Gold Cup with wins that assured them of playing in the semifinals of the Copa Centroamericana, the seven-team tournament that names a Central American champion and decides which five nations from the region reach CONCACAF's biggest stage. 

Costa Rica, which has started New York Red Bulls defender Roy Miller (pictured above on the right) in both its matches, disposed of Guatemala, 2-0. The win came just two days after a 1-1 draw with Honduras in the Group B opener.

Having won its first match against Nicaragua, 2-0, El Salvador secured qualification in Group A with a 5-2 beatdown of Belize. Host Panama also punched its ticker to the Gold Cup with a pair of 2-0 wins, first against Belize, then Nicaragua.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jonathan Bornstein may be coming off an injury with a team and setting that he's fairly unfamiliar with, but that didn't stop him from making his Tigres UANL (and Americans Abroad) debut this weekend.

Having missed the season opener due to a thigh strain, Bornstein made his first start for Tigres on Saturday as the club defeated Necaxa 1-0. Bornstein was removed at halftime in the game that saw Tigres move into first place of Group 1.

Ricardo Clark made just his second Bundesliga start for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, deployed as a center back in the club's 3-0 defeat to Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96. Clark started and played 90 minutes.

Maurice Edu didn't start for Rangers, but he did come off the bench to score a neat goal against Hamilton Academical. Edu capped the scoring in Rangers' 4-0 triumph against Hamilton Academical when he received a throw-in and then beat a defender before finishing with a low shot to the near post. The goal was Edu's second this season.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:

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Must-See Goal: Carlos Tevez

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One of the wildest games of the weekend was Manchester City's 4-3 victory against Wolverhampton, and a game that crazy deserved a goal as good as the one Carlos Tevez delivered by dancing through the Wolves defense.

 Enjoy (at the 52-second mark):

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Must-See Goal: Maurice Edu

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After being sidelined in recent weeks with a knee injury, American midfielder Maurice Edu showed just how healthy he is on Saturday, when he delivered this beautiful goal for Rangers.

Enjoy:

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Jones completes loan move to Blackburn

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Jermaine Jones needed to escape the doghouse at Schalke 04 quickly, and now he's heading to a place where he will be able to play as well as work on his English.

Jones has had his loan move to Premier League side Blackburn go through, meaning he will join fellow U.S. national teamers Tim Howard and Stuart Holden, among others, in the Premier League.

Jones had failed to see regular playing time at Schalke since November after a falling out with manager Felix Magath, who accused him of leaking team secrets to the media.

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Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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We're still in the first month of the new year but today will be offering us the best day of soccer action to date.

There are can't-miss derbies, table-topping clashes and even some intriguing international tilts on today's schedule. The Merseyside Derby kicks things off with Liverpool and Everton squaring off. Birmingham and Aston Villa will also renew their own heated rivalry.

The match of the day will also be in England, where Tottenham takes on Manchester United, while France will feature Marseille-Bordeaux.

If you want a glimpse of potential U.S. Gold Cup opponents, the Copa Centroamericano will be on today, with Guatemala-Costa Rica among the match-ups.

If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your own thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's commentary is after the jump):

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Arsenal will look to keep pressure on unbeaten Manchester United in the English Premier League title race today with a win against struggling rival West Ham.

That London derby is one of several interesting match-ups today in England, including Chelsea's battle agaist Blackburn and Stoke's match-up against Stuart Holden's Bolton.

In Italy, Napoli takes on Fiorentina in one of the day's better clashes, while Germany offers up a juicy Wolfsburg-Bayern Munich contest. Tonight's schedule features a bunch of Mexican League action, including Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres and Pachuca taking on Toluca.

If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's TV Schedule is after the jump):

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MLS Draft Team Recap: Seattle Sounders

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The Seattle Sounders didn't wind up having a first-round pick when the MLS Draft concluded on Thursday, but the club's wheeling and dealing left the team as one of the draft's winners when all was said and done in Baltimore.

The Sounders traded out of the first round and secured some allocation money in the process, while using the four second-round picks it had to stockpile an impressive collection of prospects. Landing Generation adidas left back Michael Tetteh, who could form a dangerous left-wing partnership with Steve Zakuani, was a major score for Sigi Schmid's side, while Juan Leone Cruz could give the Sounders some depth in central defense.

SBI caught up with Tetteh after he was selected by the Sounders. You can watch our interview with Tetteh after the jump (and be sure to share your thoughts on Seattle's draft in the comments section below):

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MLS Draft Team Recap: Chicago Fire

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When the Chicago Fire entered the 2011 MLS Draft, the hope was that the rebuilding club would be able to find defensive help to make up for the losses of Wilman Conde and C.J. Brown.

The club's wishes were answered when North Carolina central defender Jalil Anibaba fell to the Fire at the No. 9 pick in the MLS Draft.

The most impressive player at the MLS Combine, Anibaba is the type of centerback capable of building Chicago's defense around, and landing him helped give Chicago a strong draft for the second straight year. The Fire also added a pair of forwards in the third round in Jason Herrick and Davis Paul who could add some depth at a thin position.

SBI caught up with Anibaba after he was drafted. Watch our video interview after the jump (and share your thoughts on Chicago's draft in the comments section below):

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MLS Draft Team Recap: Portland Timbers

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By MIKE NASTRI

The first draft in Portland Timbers MLS team history saw the Timbers drafted the most exciting player in the draft in Akron star Darlington Nagbe.

The Hermann Award winner is a dynamic attacker with a nose for goal. He will team with newly acquired Kenny Cooper to have a nice mix of speed and power up front. 

Portland traded for Seattle's eleventh overall pick, giving up allocation and one of its second round picks for the No. 11 pick and an international roster spot. The Timbers then turned and traded that pick to Houston for allocation money.

Portland took Tulsa defender Chris Taylor with its one pick remaining. Taylor showed well in the MLS Combine, impressing coaches with his tenacious defense at left back. He provides some depth in the back to a Timbers team starting from scratch.

SBI caught up with Timbers head coach John Spencer after the second round. Our video interview is after the jump:

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MLS Draft Team Recap: Houston Dynamo

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By MIKE NASTRI

The Houston Dynamo came away as the big winner on draft day taking Kofi Sarkodie and trading up to select Will Bruin.

Sarkodie, the dynamic right back from Akron, fell a few spots lower than expected on draft day. Houston took the best player available with the seventh overall pick in Sarkodie despite just recently signing a right back in Hunter Freeman. The Generation Adidas fullback has the attacking skill set to fit in as a right wing player, potentially helping fill the role left by the trade of Brian Mullan last season.

The Dynamo then traded allocation money to Portland for the rights to the eleventh pick, which Houston used to take Generation Adidas forward Will Bruin. The Indiana target forward is a good finisher and very good in the air.

Despite having just one pick heading into the draft, Houston ended up with two quality players that can start on the team now. These additions will give a boost to team looking to get back into the playoffs in 2011.

SBI had a chance to interview both Sarkodie and Bruin, as well as Dynamo head coach Dom Kinnear.  The video interviews are after the jump:

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