Sacramento Republic signs agreement for MLS stadium site, releases renderings

Sacramento Republic FC is pushing hard to impress with its stadium option ahead of its visit from MLS executives this week.

Sources: MLS to unveil new logo on Thursday

MLS will unveil its new logo in New York City on Thursday, sources have told SBI.

Claure says announcements on Miami MLS franchise forthcoming

Billionaire entrepreneur Marcelo Claure, a member of David Beckham’s MLS ownership group, believes that an announcement on the team’s stadium plans could be coming soon.

MLS Notes: Talley retires, Dynamo adds two homegrown players and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Another old-timer has decided to hang up his cleats.

Defender Carey Talley, who played with six teams over a 13-year career, retired on Wednesday.

Talley, drafted by D.C. United in 1998, had career stops with Kansas City, Dallas, Salt Lake, Chivas USA and a return to D.C. before being traded to the New York Red Bulls toward the end of last season. His 315 appearances rank eighth all-time in Major League Soccer.

The 34-year-old Talley cited "an ongoing injury" as his reason for retiring. He may not be permanently removed from the game, though. Reports suggest that Talley interviewed for the assistant coaching job at Real Salt Lake that ultimately went to C.J. Brown, and he could be a candidate for other coaching jobs down the line. 

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Onyewu set for FC Twente debut

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After a frustrating fall spent watching AC Milan matches from the sidelines (and more often from the stands), U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu is set to make his league debut with FC Twente today against Heracles (12:45pm).

Onyewu has made the move to the Dutch Eredivisie on loan, where he will be re-united with his former Standard Liege manager, Michel Preud'homme. He has already fit in with his new club, scoring in a friendly last week.

If you are hoping to see Onyewu's debut, you might be able to watch it via this live stream. If you do get to watch it, please feel free to share your own thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

What do you think of Onyewu's move to FC Twente? Excited to see him back in action?

Share your thoughts on the move, and today's match, below (and enjoy the action).

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Wood joins 1860 Munich first team

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U.S. Under-20 national team striker Bobby Wood was one of the standouts of the recent U-20 camp, and his stellar form has helped earn him a place on the 1860 Munich first team.

Wood joins the first team just a week after 1860 Munich parted ways with another American striker, Kenny Cooper, who has signed with the Portland Timbers.

Wood will be in uniform, and could make his first-team debut, in 1860 Munich's match against VfL Osnabruck on Friday.

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Wednesday Kickoff: Castillo loaned to Aris, Cosmos hire Cantona and more

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After parting ways with Freddie Ljungberg earlier in the off-season, it appears the Chicago Fire will begin the 2011 season without either of its 2010 Designated Players.

According to reports in Mexico and Greece, Mexican striker Nery Castillo is set to join Greek club Aris FC on a loan for the rest of the European season.

The Chicago Fire has yet to announce the loan. If Castillo goes on loan, the earliest he would rejoin the Fire would be in July.

With Brian McBride retired, and Collins John having failed to work out, the Fire could be struggling at the forward position in 2011. That may explain why the team stockpiled five forwards in the MLS Draft and Supplemental Draft.

Here are some other stories to get your Wednesday going:

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Americans Abroad: Altidore starts, Hahnemann posts shutout and more

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore was handed a rare start for Spanish power Villarreal, but he couldn't keep his squad from being knocked out of the Copa Del Rey quarterfinals after a 3-0 loss to Sevilla.

Altidore played 62 minutes, and showed some glimpses, but struggled to make an impact as the left forward in a 4-3-3 attack. Despite failing to score yet again, the fact that Altidore earned a start in an important cup match bodes well for his standing with the club currently in third place in La Liga.

In other Americans Abroad action:

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Miller rides career turnaround into USMNT invite

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Ryan Miller's name isn't one many would have expected to receive a U.S. national team call-up a month ago, but considering how far he has come in his career over the past two years, nothing should come as too much of a surprise.

Miller is currently in camp with the United States ahead of the January 22nd friendly with Chile at the Home Depot Center. After a disappointing start to his career in MLS, Miller found success in Sweden, which led to his surprising call-up. He joins a camp where no player holds more than 7 caps for the U.S. national team. The camp may be made up of many new faces, but Miller's inclusion was still a surprise to many, including himself.

"It's a dream come true and its great to play with a group like this. I'm soaking everything in and learning as much as I can," said Miller. "It makes it a lot easier that this is my  first camp, if you were walking in with the World Cup squad, you'd be intimidated, but everyone here is in the same situation so we're all having fun with it."

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Galaxy, TFC and RSL score good values in Supplemental Draft

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The MLS Supplemental Draft doesn't have the hype or get the attention of the MLS "Super" Draft but there were still good values to be had during Tuesday's draft.

The Vancouver Whitecaps began proceedings by taking UCSB centerback Michael Boxall with the first pick to get the draft going. The Los Angeles Galaxy did well on Tuesday, grabbing a pair of central midfielders in highly-regarded Daniel Keat and North Carolina's Dustin McCarty, brother of U.S. national team midfielder Dax McCarty.

McCarty wasn't the only brother of a U.S. national team player to be selected. Vancouver also drafted Northeastern midfielder Santiago Bedoya, younger brother of Alejandro Bedoya.

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Mid-Day Ticker: Cummings loan falls through, Jones loan completed and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

Omar Cummings won't be joining Aston Villa after all.

Cummings' attempt to secure a United Kingdom work permit was denied, meaning that the Colorado Rapids striker won't be going to Aston Villa on loan as had been speculated for some time. Cummings just wrapped up a training stint with the Premier League team, one that was supposed to carry over into a loan until the start of the Major League Soccer season.

The main culprit for the permit denial is Cummings' national team, Jamaica. One of The Football Association's conditions to automatically secure a work permit is that a player's national team has to have an average ranking of 70th in the world over a two-year span leading up to the permit application. Jamaica's average ranking over the last two years is 72nd.

Aston Villa could appeal the decision, but considering how long that could take and that there are only two months remaining until the start of the MLS season, it likely wouldn't be worth doing.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:

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Posted in European Soccer, International Soccer, MLS- New England Revolution, MLS- New York Red Bulls | 53 Comments

MLS Supplemental Draft set for today

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If the 2011 MLS Draft wasn't enough of an event for you to get your off-season fix, then today's MLS Supplemental Draft should offer an appetizer for those who love seeing their teams add new faces.

There is some talent left that went undrafted last week, particularly non-American college players who teams passed on because they would take up international player slots. MLS teams are more likely to take a chance on those undrafted foreign players today, which should give the Supplemental Draft a foreign feel.

Here are some top players still available to be drafted today:

Jeff Attinella, GK, South Florida

Daniel Keat, M, Dartmouth

J.C. Banks, M, Wisconsin-Green Bay

Greg King, D, UConn

Michael Boxall, D, UCSB

Ernesto Carranza, M, Sacramento State

Steven Beattie, M, Northern Kentucky

Dustin McCarty, M, North Carlina

Curtis Ushedo, D, UAB

Sverre Wegge-Gundhus, D, St. John's

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We will post the Supplemental Draft results as soon as they become available.

Who would you like to see your team draft? Think there's any talent left on the board?

Share your thoughts below.

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Who should the USMNT start vs. Chile?

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The first U.S. national team match of the year won't feature many familiar faces. In fact, there are no players who could be considered first-choice national team options. No, Saturday's friendly against Chile is instead about new faces and Bob Bradley's chance to see how a new crop of MLS players can measure up in what will be a first or second appearance for many of them.

So who will Bob Bradley start against Chile? Will MLS veterans like Jeff Larentowicz and Chris Wondolowski get the nod, or will Bradley turn to new faces like Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury to lead the charge?

Perhaps an even more intriguing question is just what formation Bob Bradley will trot out. Will he continue his recent fascination with a variation of a 4-2-3-1, or will he try a two-forward formation?

Here is the lineup we can see Bob Bradley trotting out against Chile on Saturday:

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RSL hire Brown as assistant coach (UPDATED)

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When Real Salt Lake lost assistant coach Robin Fraser to Chivas USA, the club figured to find another former MLS player to replace Fraser. RSL has done just that, tapping a 13-year MLS veteran for the job.

Real Salt Lake is set to hire long-time Chicago Fire defender C.J. Brown as the club newest assistant coach, sources with knowledge of the appointment told SBI on Monday evening.

(UPDATE) Real Salt Lake has made the appointment official, annoucing Brown's hiring this morning.

Brown retired from MLS at the end of the 2010 season and joins a coaching staff that includes former MLS players Kreis, Jeff Cassar and Miles Joseph.

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SBI Live Q&A (Jan. 17th Edition)

Good evening folks. It's that time again. Time for you to send me your soccer-related questions and time for me to give my take on those questions in the newest SBI Live Q&A.

There is plenty to discuss, from the recent 2011 MLS Draft, to the U.S. men's national team's upcoming 2011 opener, to the European season.

We can also talk some pop culture, whether it's new TV shows, movies or music. I'll be focusing on soccer, but as always, I'll sneak a few non-soccer questions into the mix when possible.

Let's get started. Share your questions, and read my answers, after the jump:

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