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SBI Weekend Rewind: Saying goodbye to Donovan; new USMNT friendly expected; MLS playoff race winners/losers; and more

Landon Donovan farewell scarves by David Butler II USA TODAY
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Landon Donovan’s final send-off match may have lacked fireworks, but it was a special moment all the same. SBI’s Franco Panizo was on the scene to hear Donovan’s post-game reaction, as well as from coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the match’s other players.

The big headline was Donovan’s retirement, but the U.S. Men’s National Team rolls on. Klinsmann called in a new batch of players over the weekend, including Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley, for their game Tuesday in Florida. And U.S. Soccer has not confirmed it, but Croatia announced Saturday they expect a friendly against the USMNT next month in England.

Meanwhile, Major League Soccer playoff implications this weekend were huge. While a handful of teams clinched their spots or were knocked out, others kept themselves in the fight — especially the Vancouver Whitecaps, who handed the Seattle Sounders a shocking loss. Meanwhile, the New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas will move onto the postseason while teams like Philadelphia Union and the Houston Dynamo saw their playoff hopes crushed.

Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI this weekend:

Dempsey among six veterans added to USMNT camp

Croatia announces November friendly vs. USMNT

Gyau optimistic over knee injury

Diskerud delivers another strong USMNT showing to boost case for starting role

SBI Man of the Match: Mix Diskerud

USMNT 1, Ecuador 1: Match Highlights

USMNT Notes: Bradley talks more responsibility, Altidore unaware of Burnley rumors, and more

Donovan enjoys final special night with USMNT

Ecuador spoils Donovan’s USMNT swan song with late equalizer

USMNT 1, Ecuador 1: Post-Match Interviews

Donovan looks back on career as USMNT finale draws near

Donovan’s influence in molding a generation still being felt

The SBI Show: Episode 170 (Talking Donovan’s USMNT farewell, previewing MLS Week 32, and more)

Whitecaps upset Sounders to edge back into playoff picture

Red Bulls roll over TFC to edge to the brink of playoffs

Revs overcome Di Vaio brace to earn draw, playoff spot

RSL clinch playoff spot in romp over Quakes

Dynamo see playoff hopes end with loss to D.C. United

Crew rally late to knock Union out of playoff contention

Sporting KC punch playoff ticket with win over Fire

FC Dallas top Galaxy to clinch postseason berth

Chivas USA rally to edge out Rapids in second straight win

Friday College Rewind: Cal Drops UCLA, Syracuse tops Wake, and more



  1. Good luck in life Donovan but please tell kilnsi to have a whole different team by 2018 🙂 we all know why 🙂 and something out if the blue, would Bruce arena ever take the Toronto job and then retire after making Toronto MLS champions.

    • As long as Bruce stays away from the National team Im okay with whatever. Good Manager but I don’t like the man’s rather ethnocentric attitude.

      • Some hispanic supporters of the USMNT say the same thing. He’ll overlooks people actually from the US in favor of Germericans any chance he gets.

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