Thursday, November 27, 2014

USMNT Plunges To 28th In New FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings

Despite ending the 2014 season with a 6-5-4 record, a four-game winless streak that included a 2-1 loss to third-ranked Colombia in London November 14 and a 4-1 loss to Ireland in Dublin four days later, the US Men's National Team fell five spots to 28th in the new FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, released Thursday, and the team could finish there or worse when the final 2014 poll comes out December 18.

The top six teams in last month's Top 10 -- Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Netherlands and Brazil -- held their positions in the new results with Portugal, up two from last month, tying for seventh with France, who was unchanged.

Spain moved up one spot to ninth and Uruguay fell two spots to tenth.

Cosmos Decline 2015 Options On Diaz, Johnson, Neale

The New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League Wednesday declined to pick up the 2015 options on the contracts of goalkeeper Steven Diaz, forward Jemal Johnson and defender Jimmy Neale.

Diaz signed in August 2014 as the team's third goalkeeper behind Jimmy Maurer and Kyle Zobeck, but made no appearances.

Johnson, who made one appearance for them after signing June 7, 2013, had a goal and two assists over 19 appearances this past season.

Neals, signed October 23, 2013, started all three of his appearances with the team.

MASL Names Week 5 Team Of The Week

The Major Arena Soccer League Wednesday named their Team of the Week for Week 5 of their inaugural season:

Bryan O'Quinn - Syracuse Silver Knights

Brian Harris - Missouri Comets
Victor Quiroz - Milwaukee Wave

Kenardo Forbes - Syracuse Silver Knights

Tiguinho Dias - Ontario Fury
Lucas Totti - Oxford City of Texas

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Union Announces Three New Multi-Year Corporate Partnerships

Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union Wednesday announced multi-year corporate partnerships with Dogfish Head Brewery, Musselman's and Delaware Express.

Dogfish Head Brewery will open a beer garden beginning in the 2015 season.

Mussleman's becomes the Official Apple Sauce of the team, PPL Park and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and will offer healthy food choices at the stadium's concession stands.

Delaware Express will provide gameday shuttle service from Chester, PA's Transportation Center to PPL Park and serve as the preferred form of transportation for visiting MLS teams.

Hammerheads Bring Back Local Stars Arnoux, Tomaselli For 2015 Season

Wilmington Hammerheads FC of USL PRO announced Wednesday two hometown players -- forward Cody Arnoux and midfielder Ross Tomaselli -- will return for the 2015 season.

Arnoux scored two goals and assisted on a third in 2014, his third with the team.

Tomaselli joined the team late last season after completing his collegiate career at Wake Forest.

Sporting Kansas City Exercises 2015 Contract Options On Five Players

After declining to pick up the 2015 options on the contracts of six players Tuesday, Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City announced Wednesday they exercised 2015 options on the contracts of Dom Dwyer, Jon Kempin, Ike Opara, C.J. Sapong and Seth Sinovic.

Dwyer set a new single-season team scoring record with 22 goals and also scored one goal during the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.

Kempin, a Homegrown player, appeared in four games in 2014.

Opara missed most of this season with an ankle injury suffered this March.

Sapong, who played in 20 regular season games over his first four seasons, appeared in a career-low seven games in 2014.

Sinovic started over 30 regular season games for his third straight season and assisted on two goals.

Crew Changing USL PRO Affiliation To Aztex From Dutch Lions In 2015

Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew SC announced Tuesday they will change their affiliate in USL PRO in the 2015 season from the Dayton Dutch Lions to the Austin Aztex.