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Late Wright-Phillips winner lifts Red Bulls past Sporting KC

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a 90th minute winner to give the Red Bulls a dramatic comeback victory over defending champs Sporting Kansas City.

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Preview

John Brooks aims to earn his first Bundesliga start in over a month, Danny Williams hopes to make his Reading return, and more in this upcoming weekend’s Americans Abroad action.

Soccer: Friendly-USA vs Honduras

23 for 2015: Projecting the USMNT Gold Cup roster (October 2014 edition)

A pair of new faces make the cut in the latest SBI 23 for 2015, as we project the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup roster for next summer.

Crew sign Swedish midfielder Saied

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By DAN KARELL

A trend is emerging in Columbus as the Crew have made yet another roster move for the 2015 season.

After signing Kei Kamara and Emanuel Pogatetz (who is on the active roster this season) and re-signing Ethan Finlay to a new two-year contract, the Crew added another player on Wednesday, signing Swedish midfielder Mohammed Saeid from Orebro SK. Saied’s contract with Orebro expires at the end of December and the 24-year-old will be added to the Crew’s active roster on Jan. 1, pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and his P-1 visa.

“He’s a proven winner,” Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter told the Columbus Dispatch. “He was a major contributor to Orebro’s promotion to the first league in Sweden. They’ve had a strong season this year, and he’s been a contributor as well. Continue reading »

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Report: Bedoya could leave Nantes after contract talks break down

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By DAN KARELL

Alejandro Bedoya could be wearing the uniform of a different club as soon as this January.

According to a report in Goal USA, the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder will be assessing his options in the next transfer window after contract talks with his club Nantes broke down. Bedoya is currently playing on a three-year contract signed on Aug. 7, 2013, and would be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club as soon as June 2015, the report states.

“We had discussions with Nantes on a new contract but we couldn’t reach an agreement” Bedoya’s agent, Lyle Yorks, told Goal USA. “We will explore options with him in January and he could move then or in the summer.”

Although currently sidelined with a thigh injury, Bedoya has started seven of eight games in Ligue 1 this season, with Nantes currently in fifth place in the standings. Last season, Bedoya scored six times in 32 appearances for the club in all competitions.

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MLS Playoff Preview: FC Dallas host Whitecaps in postseason opener

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After 34 grueling regular season contests, FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps are set to kick off the MLS Cup Playoffs.

With a spot in the conference semifinals on the line, the two Western Conference sides collide Wednesday at Toyota Stadium for the first knockout round matchup of 2014.

The hosts, who finished the season four points ahead of Wednesday’s opposition, ended the regular season on somewhat of a sour note with a 2-0 loss to the Portland Timbers that snapped the team’s eight-game winning streak at home.

Shut out at Toyota Stadium for the second time all season, FC Dallas will look towards the goalscoring exploits of Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez and Mauro Diaz, who made his return with a substitute appearance last week after missing out on more than a month of action. Continue reading »

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Tuesday College Soccer Rewind: Charlotte trumps Wake Forest, North Carolina pounds Georgia State, and more

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By AARON CRANFORD

SBI No. 10 Charlotte has had a tough schedule this season, but they fought through their demanding non-conference matchups and ended it on a high note with a 1-0 win at Wake Forest.

After a turnover by Demon Deacons goalkeeper Alec Ferrell, Brandt Bronico beat him and scored the lone goal of the night in the 27th minute. The 49ers also successfully completed their third consecutive shutout.

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Tar Heels opened fire on Georgia State, sinking six in a 6-2 drubbing. Senior Andy Craven netted a hat trick, while Walker Hume, Verneri Valimaa and C.J. Odenigwe added the other three.

Adam Abdellaoui recorded a brace for the Eagles, but it was too late to stage a comeback by then. With the hat trick, Craven now has a total of 11 goals this season, which ranks second nationally.

None of the SBI Top 25 were upset Tuesday night. However, both No. 14 Davidson and No. 23 Louisville played to listless 0-0 draws against Virginia Tech and SIUE, respectively, while No. 25 Kentucky drew 1-1 with Ohio State.

If you missed it, here is the preview for this week’s top college matches. Take a closer look at Tuesday’s top college matches below: Continue reading »

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Wednesday Kickoff: Ancelotti blasts Blatter; Mourinho criticizes Schurrle, Salah; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

One day after FIFA president Sepp Blatter hinted that Manuel Neuer was deserving of winning the upcoming Ballon d’Or over Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlo Ancelotti has come out in defense of his star player.

The Real Madrid manager responded to Blatter’s knack for controversial statements by revealing his belief that it is impossible to keep the FIFA president quiet for long.

“It always surprises me what he does, but what are we going to do,” Ancelotti said of Blatter. “It is impossible to shut up the FIFA president. This is a matter which is always talked about. It is Cristiano’s year, he is scoring goals and winning important trophies, so there is no doubt that he is the Ballon d’Or. So [Blatter's] words do not make much sense.”

Here are some more news and notes to kickoff your Wednesday morning: Continue reading »

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MLS Ticker: Martins signs extension with Sounders; Chivas wants Torres to stay; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Obafemi Martins is staying put in Seattle.

The Nigerian forward who has enjoyed a breakout year with the Seattle Sounders signed a multiyear contract extension to stay with the MLS Supporter’s Shield-winning team, the Sounders announced Tuesday.

As usual, terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Martins was clear about his plans, telling the Seattle Times: “I hope to play here for at least three years, as the contract says.”

Reports indicate the contract, worth more than $3 million per year, is for two years with a third-year option.

For Martins, who turned 30 also Tuesday, 2014 has been one of his most successful years to date. He joined the Sounders in 2013, but has been on fire during this season, recording a club-record 17 goals and 13 assists.

Here are some other Major League Soccer notes from Tuesday evening:

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