Report: “Zero chance” Henry remains with Red Bulls following season

According to an SI.com report, there is “zero chance” that Thierry Henry signs an extension to remain with the New York Red Bulls beyond this season.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: Obafemi Martins

With five September goals, Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins has been voted SBI MLS Player of the Month.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: LA Galaxy

The LA Galaxy ran through September unbeaten with a record of 4-2-0 to earn recognition as SBI MLS Team of the Month.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Obafemi Martins

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Report: Investors identified as $100 million Chivas USA sale nears

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It appears we have a winner in the Chivas USA sweepstakes.

According to a report from SI.com, MLS will soon announce the new owners of the Los Angeles-based team that will replace Chivas USA in the league. The ownership group believed to have to landed the franchise for a fee in excess of $100 million is comprised of four investors: Vincent Tan, Peter Guber, Tom Penn and Henry Nguyen.

Tan is the Malaysian owner of Welsh club Cardiff City, Guber is a Hollywood producer who co-owns MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers and NBA’s Golden State Warriors, Penn is a former NBA executive and analytics guru who has also worked at ESPN, and Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American capitalist.

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23 for 2015: Projecting the USMNT Gold Cup roster (September 2014 Edition)

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 By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2015 Gold Cup might still be a few months away, but it is not too early to take a look at which players could wind up contributing to the U.S. Men’s National Team as it attempts to defend its title.

After coming up victorious in the last edition of the Gold Cup in 2013, the U.S. will try and win the tournament for a second straight time next summer to book a place in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann still has nine months to identify talent that could help his side’s cause at the Gold Cup, but that process officially began earlier this month when the Americans went on the road and beat the Czech Republic, 1-0.

There were encouraging and strong performances in Prague from some of the younger prospects in the pipeline, as well as a handful of the regular veterans. Conversely, some disappointing outings left plenty of questions as to which players will still be in the picture to partake in the Gold Cup next June.

There is plenty of time for players to boost their stock, or possibly see their stock diminish. For now, here is the September 2014 edition of the SBI Projected USMNT Gold Cup roster, as selected by SBI’s editorial staff:

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SBI Live Q&A (September 30th Edition)

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By IVES GALARCEP

It is the last day of the month, and one last chance in September to talk all things soccer in the latest SBI Live Q&A.

Join me as I take your soccer-related questions (and pop culture questions) for the next hour. Feel free to ask about MLS, international soccer, USMNT, college soccer, or anything else that comes to mind.

Even if you missed the SBI Live Q&A, which was held at Noon, you can read the Q&A after the jump:

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U.S. Soccer audit shows boost in national team spending, game-day revenues

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The U.S. Soccer Federation has released its annual external audit, showing a boost both in revenues and spending for the national teams, largely due to the World Cup campaign by the U.S. Men’s National Team.

The audit, which covered one year of financial statements ending March 31, 2014, showed spending on national teams increased overall and USMNT spending surged by $5.8 million to hit $18.7 million. The U.S. Women’s National Team saw a small drop in expenditures, down $1.2 million to $8.3 million.

Fired USWNT coach Tom Sermanni had signed a contract through Dec. 31, 2016, but new coach Jill Ellis has a shorter one, which runs through July 31, 2015. It does include optional extensions through Aug. 31, 2020, said the audit, which was filed with U.S. Soccer earlier this month.

Ellis’ base salary ranges from $185,000 to $215,000 and includes bonuses based on how well the USWNT performs at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Although last year’s audit specified USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann had available bonuses of $500,000 to $10.5 million, in addition to a base salary of $2.5 million, the latest audit does not specify his available bonuses. His contract ends July 31, 2018.

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Ibarra no lock for USMNT call-up, but has reportedly drawn interest from Orlando City

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By CARL SETTERLUND

Miguel Ibarra may not quite be a lock to earn a surprise U.S. Men’s National Team call-up, but the Minnesota United player has caught the eye of Major League Soccer scouts.

The two-time reigning NASL Player of the Week could be on his way to MLS next season, according to a report on Tuesday that expansion side Orlando City is interested in acquiring Ibarra.

An ESPN report on Monday had Ibarra earning a national team call-up for the USMNT’s October friendlies, but Goal.com is now reporting that Ibarra has only been included on the preliminary roster and isn’t yet guaranteed a spot in the USMNT roster against Ecuador and Honduras.

Either way, Ibarra’s star is surely on the rise after helping to turn Minnesota United FC into one of the top teams in the NASL. Ibarra has contributed eight goals and five assists this season from his outside position.

He would be a formidable acquisition if Orlando City can manage it.

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