By RYAN TOLMICH
It was just another week and another assist for Chicago Fire rookie Harrison Shipp.
Shipp showed off his playmaking abilities once again in the Fire’s 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution by setting up the Fire’s lone goal. The Notre Dame product’s third assist in six games helped him earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors yet again.
The honor marks the fourth time in five weeks that Shipp has been named SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.
Shipp beat out San Jose’s J.J. Koval and Colorado’s Jared Watts for this week’s award.
What did you think of Shipp’s performance? Which rookie stood out to you in MLS Week Seven?
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By DAN KARELL
Tab Ramos opened his inaugural pre-Olympic U.S. Under-21 Men’s National Team training camp in Carson, Calif. without two of his key players.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil and Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp both accepted call-ups but then pulled out of the camp on Monday due to injuries. Gil is dealing with a sore hamstring while Trapp picked up a knock during his 90-minute performance on Saturday against D.C. United.
Ramos has decided not to call in any other players, leaving the U.S. U-21 roster at 19 for this week’s camp. The camp includes a friendly against Club Tijuana on Wednesday. Even without Trapp and Gil in the roster, the roster includes 12 Major League Soccer players and 11 players who were part of last summer’s U.S. Under-20 MNT at the Under-20 World Cup.
What do you think of this news? Disappointed to see Trapp and Gil not be fit to take part in the camp? Who do you see taking up their roles in the friendly against Xolos?
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By KAREEN DROT
In the second week of National Women’s Soccer League action, teams that dominated the league last season struggled to find their rhythm, while the clubs that rounded out the bottom of the 2013 standings ran the show.
All four 2013 playoff clubs were on the field this Saturday and none managed three points. Instead, the victories went to the underdogs.
And there has been no bigger underdog than the Washington Spirit. Last year’s last-place club clinched their first victory of the season in a captivating 3-1 victory over FC Kansas City, last year’s most decorated club. The jostling didn’t stop there as last season’s sixth place team, the Chicago Red Stars, defeated regular-season champions, the Western New York Flash, in a 1-0 victory.
On the other end of the spectrum, the league’s newest addition, the Houston Dash might have fallen to the Portland Thorns in Week 1 but redeemed themselves with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Breakers.
This week’s performances from Washington, Houston and Chicago showed that there is a new story to be told this season as these clubs are eager to re-build and push forward as worthy playoff contenders.
Here is a recap of the weekend’s action in NWSL:
By JOE PANTORNO
Minnesota United and the New York Cosmos remain perfect through two games this season as the North American Soccer League spring season’s schedule slowly begins to take shape.
The defending Soccer Bowl champion Cosmos managed to escape Canada with three points, defeating FC Edmonton 1-0 thanks to a 37th minute strike from Sebastian Guenzatti. The Cosmos have not lost a game since Aug. 17, 2013 — the only loss since the franchise’s rebirth last season.
Minnesota also had their hands full with a Canadian side, needing a 90th minute game-winner from Christian Ramirez to defeat expansion side Ottawa Fury FC.
Ottawa is one of two sides that remain point-less after two rounds of the NASL season. The other being last year’s Spring Season Champions, the Atlanta Silverbacks.
Here is a recap of all the week two action from the NASL:
By IVES GALARCEP
The inevitable has taken place on the red side of Manchester, as David Moyes has been fired after an abysmal first season in charge of Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement.
Manchester United announced Moyes departure on Tuesday morning, with reports stating Ryan Giggs will take over as interim manager until a permanent replacement is hired.
Moyes leaves Old Trafford after less than a full season in charge, and less than a year into his six-year contract with the club. Manchester United is in the midst of their worst season of the Premier League era, a season that has already seen the Red Devils suffer a record 11 losses in Premier League play.
By RYAN TOLMICH
The first opposition David Beckham’s Miami MLS team faces may not be a fellow MLS side like the Chicago Fire or the Portland Timbers. Rather, it appears as if the expansion team’s first matchup will come with opposition of a different nature: a cruise line.
John Fox, former Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises and currently of the Miami Seaport Alliance, appeared on a Miami talk show alongside John Alschuler, real estate advisor to David Beckham, to discuss the proposed PortMiami stadium deal.
The two debated and dissected the potential privately funded stadium, with Fox citing the fact that he supported soccer in Miami, but not at the location due to shipping and cargo needs.
However, Alschuler pointed out that Royal Caribbean’s current “sweetheart deal” for the site came in well below market value, which is something the ownership group is willing to pay.
“Carnival pays market rate. Norwegian pays market rate,” said Alschuler to describe the $3 million per year expected to be charged for the property. “We will pay rent — unlike Royal Caribbean, we will pay market rent.” Continue reading
By DAN KARELL
Even Qatar isn’t immune to a financial crisis.
The oil-rich country has decided to reduce the amount of stadiums they plan to build from 12 to eight for the 2022 World Cup they were picked to host, according to a report from Doha. Qatar’s bid included plans to build nine new stadiums from scratch with a capacity of 40,000 or more and expand three current stadiums to add more seating and other improvements.
Ghanim Al Kuwari, the Qatar local organizing committee’s senior manager for projects, did not give a reason for cutting the planned stadium amount.
Reports recently stated that Qatar is expected to spend as much as $205 billion on infrastructure projects in the next eight years, including $34 billion on a rail and metro system, $7 billion for a marine port, and $17 billion for a new airport.
And while there was no official reason given, it’s believed that a shrinking in Qatar’s surplus (down by 1.4 percent) is the reason for the cost-cutting.
By CAITLIN MURRAY
New York City FC officially announced Monday what everyone already knew — the Major League Soccer expansion club will play its inaugural 2015 season at Yankee Stadium. But they filled in the blanks about how the unique arrangement will work.
It will be a labor-intensive endeavor, with it taking three days to convert the Yankees baseball diamond to a soccer pitch and vice versa. The pitcher’s mound will need to be removed for every NYC FC game.
“We can work it in. We’ve analyzed it. We’ve tested it against existing schedules,” said Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost at a press conference in New York City on Monday. “The most difficult part will be awaiting to see the schedule in baseball, which is some time mid to late summer and the final schedule in December. But we will be working with the club and MLS to make certain the games do not get in the way of our regular schedule.”
Trost said there will be about 17 games during the regular baseball season that will overlap with the MLS season.