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07/25/2017   Soccernet
Former Arsenal star Stewart Robson gives his thoughts on Alexis Sanchez's situation. Outwardly, Arsenal are bullish about their intentions for their three contract rebels this summer. Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have thus far failed to put pen to paper on proposed new deals, and could all leave the club for free next summer. Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger has repeatedly insisted they won't be sold. He's right to fight for Ozil and Sanchez -- having dropped out of the Champions League, it would be another huge blow for Arsenal to lose either of their stars....
07/25/2017   Soccernet
Bayern Munich's president Uli Hoeness has criticised the big spending by some of Europe's top clubs, labelling it as a sign of weakness.
07/25/2017   Soccernet
RB Leipzig defender Willi Orban has told <a
07/25/2017   Soccernet
Stewart Robson is happy to see Joe Hart back in England but insists the goalkeeper has a lot to prove this season. Stewart Robson assesses the pros and cons of a Javier Hernandez move to West Ham. "Quality over quantity" is West Ham United's transfer market priority this summer, according to joint-chairman David Sullivan last week. An unfortunate misspelling on the club's website, since amended, had originally quoted Sullivan as wanting "quantity over quality". The slip served as a fitting description of last summer's dealings, when 13 players came in and failed to make the team any better. The sole undeniable success was Manuel Lanzini, who had already spent the previous season on loan...
07/25/2017   Soccernet
Cesar Azpilicueta chats with ESPN FC's Jason Dasey about Chelsea's Asian tour, Alvaro Morata and the club's title defence. Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts preview the ICC matches featuring Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan at the National Stadium. Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson assess Chelsea's preseason and the plethora of options available to Antonio Conte. SINGAPORE -- Chelsea winger Kenedy has been sent home from the club's preseason tour after posting offensive comments about China on social media. The Premier League champions issued a bilingual statement which read: "Chelsea FC can confirm that Kenedy has returned to the UK and will play no further part in the club's pre-season tour of Asia." The 21-year-old Brazilian was widely booed during Chelsea's match with Arsenal in Beijing's on Saturday after his insulting Instagram messages were shared. Chelsea...
07/25/2017   Soccernet
Jay Chapman and Dominique Badji bagged the goals as Toronto FC and Colorado split the points in Canada. The Colorado Rapids have made a pair of interim front office promotions in the wake of Tim Hinchey's departure from the organization, a club spokesperson confirmed to ESPN FC Padraig Smith has been named the team's interim general manager, while Wayne Brant is now the organization's interim chief business officer. Hinchey, who was the Rapids president, left the club back on June 1 to become the CEO of USA Swimming. Smith will oversee all aspects of the first team including oversight of the coaching...
07/25/2017   Soccernet
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07/25/2017   Soccernet
Jurgen Klopp had some fun with a journalist in regards to how immensely the transfer market has changed over the years. It's the heart of the transfer season with tens of millions of pounds changing hands every day. We asked Iain Macintosh to talk us through a transfer via the medium of the GIF. Talk of the town When the football season ends, there isn't much to do except gossip about football. Or watch tennis. So let's gossip. Who needs what? Who wants to leave? Who's ready for a big move? Who's got money to spend? Keep throwing combinations of players and clubs together and, by the law of averages, you're bound...
07/25/2017   BBC Football
Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre makes an emotional exit from Celtic as he moves to Al-Fayha for an undisclosed fee.
07/25/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he feels that Celtic is the perfect club for Olivier Ntcham, who recently joined the Bhoys from Manchester City for £4 million. Ntcham left the Citizens after failing to make a first team appearance for the club during a five year stint, though he does have professional […]
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Conte ready to spend big, Sanchez willing to take pay cut to join Man City, Roma want Mahrez, plus more.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Romelu Lukaku wants to create his own history at Manchester United - and acknowledges he is not the "complete package".
07/24/2017   BBC Football
The Netherlands and Denmark reach the quarter-finals of Women's Euro 2017 with wins over Belgium and Norway respectively.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Juventus sign forward Federico Bernardeschi on a five-year deal for £35m from Serie A rivals Fiorentina.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
West Ham sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez from German side Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of £16m.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Swansea City reject a £40m bid from Premier League rivals Everton for Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Although a Sunderland fan, six-year-old Bradley Lowery moved Everton before his death from cancer.
07/24/2017   Soccernet
Revisit the highlights of Marty Smith's all-access look into Cristiano Ronaldo's tour in China.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Benjamin Mendy completes his £52m transfer to Manchester City from Monaco to become the world's most expensive defender.
07/24/2017   Soccernet
Ramahlwe Mphahlele of Kaizer Chiefs challenges Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates during theAbsa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on the 04 March 2017 at FNB Stadium. South Africa's two traditional giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs clash in a pre-season friendly with a twist on Saturday, a made-for-profit event aimed at growing their brands called the Carling Black Label Champion Cup. It is a match that is unique in world football, dreamed up by clever marketers, which provides their pair with a strenuous work-out ahead of the new campaign that probably neither, in a perfect world, would choose. It will be played at a sold FNB Stadium in Soweto, with an...
07/24/2017   Soccernet
Herculez Gomez explains why criticism of Juan Carlos Osorio is harsh after Mexico's elimination in the Gold Cup semifinals. El Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio was greeted with abuse on return to Mexico City on Monday, following his team's 1-0 loss a day earlier to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal. "Osorio out!" went the cry of the fans gathered at the airport as the Colombian manager was rushed through to his awaiting transport. "Go back to your country!" Screamed one person in a hostile atmosphere. "Go and do rotations in another country." The surprise loss to the Reggae Boyz ended a disappointing summer for El Tri and...
07/24/2017   Soccernet
Romelu Lukaku could not turn down the chance to join Manchester United after hearing Jose Mourinho's plan to "rebuild the club,'' but
07/24/2017   Soccernet
Juventus have signed young Italy winger Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina in a &#8364;40 million deal. The 23-year-old Tuscan,
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Former Italy forward Antonio Cassano says he has retired - for the second time in two weeks.
07/24/2017   Soccernet
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro says Barcelona star Neymar would be very welcome at the Bernabeu, and he sees no reason why the move cannot
07/24/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Former Brazil goalkeeper Waldir Peres, a member of the 1982 World Cup team, dies aged 66 after a heart attack.
      
 
 
07/24/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Russia is desperate to control its spending on the 2018 World Cup, and one farmer might just have the answer _ straw
      
 
 
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Crystal Palace sign Netherlands defender Jairo Riedewald from Ajax on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
07/24/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Spain's administrative court for sport has initiated disciplinary procedures against the president of the Spanish football federation after he was arrested and jailed in a corruption probe
      
 
 
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is banned for two more European games for his Europa League red card against Celta Vigo.
07/24/2017   Soccernet
ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts assess Home United's chances of winning the S.League, AFC and Singapore Cups.
07/24/2017   USA Today - Soccer
UEFA says Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is suspended from the Super Cup game against Real Madrid and a Champions League group-stage game
      
 
 
07/24/2017   Soccernet
Eric Bailly will miss the UEFA Super
07/24/2017   Soccernet
From opposite ends of the U.S., Max and Herc react to the Gold Cup so far, discuss Osorio's future and preview the final. ESPN FC's Herculez Gomez breaks down what Mexico's loss against Jamaica means for the United States. Following Jamaica's shock victory over Mexico, the FC panel assess the United States' chances of winning the Gold Cup. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Every time the Gold Cup comes around, the working assumption is that the U.S. and Mexico will meet in the final. More often than not, reality intrudes. The two CONCACAF giants have met in the final five out of the 14 times the tournament has been held. But Wednesday's final for the 2017 edition marks the third consecutive tournament in which either the U.S. or Mexico missed out, with the Americans set to face Jamaica instead. Mexico's absence has certainly reduced the amount...
07/24/2017   Soccernet
Fernando Torres reflects on his love for Atletico Madrid, the club's new stadium and more after extending his contract. Atletico Madrid have completed their customary gruelling preseason training camp at Los Angeles de San Rafael under the watchful gaze of Diego Simeone and loyal lieutenants German Burgos and Oscar "El Profe" Ortega. It is an intense, primarily fitness-based programme not for the feint-hearted, with many players (normally new signings) often seen hunched over, vomiting as the mid-Spanish afternoon heat and a heavy workload takes its toll. Toluca Atletico Madrid 1:00 AM UTC Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now&nbsp;&raquo; GameCast Lineups and Stats The training camp dates back 25 years and Simeone...
07/24/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Italy winger Federico Bernardeschi is undergoing medical exams with Juventus ahead of an expected 40 million euro ($45 million) transfer from Fiorentina
      
 
 
07/24/2017   Soccernet
With just over a month left in the transfer window, how is your club getting on? Man City have restocked at full-back, while Tottenham are yet to sign anyone. Plus, questions remain over the futures of Neymar and Alexis Sanchez. Read &#187;
07/24/2017   Soccernet
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts preview the ICC matches featuring Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan at the National Stadium.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Scotland women "still believe" they can reach the knockout stage of Euro 2017 despite losing both group matches so far, says head coach Anna Signeul.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
The SPFL is considering its position over Rangers' use of EBT scheme, but BBC Scotland understands fresh sanctions are unlikely.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Middlesbrough under-23 squad defender Anthony Renton is diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 18.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk is not included in their squad for a pre-season training camp in France this week.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
England's Lucy Bronze says the referee was "brave" to change her mind after awarding Spain a penalty against the Lionesses in their Women's Euro 2017 Group D match.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
There has been a season-on-season rise in serious knee ligament injuries in the Premier League - BBC Sport looks at the statistics and the causes.
07/24/2017   BBC Football
A "brave" referee's decision helped England beat Spain at Women's Euro 2017, but was it correct? Watch, decide and vote.
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
This marks the second consecutive Gold Cup that Jamaica has reached the final.
      
 
 
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Cristian Roldan scored twice in less than two minutes in the second half and newly acquired Kelvin Leerdam got his first MLS goal, leading the Seattle Sounders past the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0
      
 
 
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
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07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Cristian Roldan scored twice in less than two minutes in the second half and newly acquired Kelvin Leerdam got his first MLS goal, leading the Seattle Sounders past the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0
      
 
 
07/23/2017   BBC Football
Spain are awarded a penalty after England's Ellen White is penalised for handball - only for the referee to change her mind - during their Women's Euro 2017 group match.
07/23/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Cristian Roldan scored two goals less than two minutes apart early in the second half Sunday night to key a 3-0 Sounders win over the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Everything you need to know for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
      
 
 
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Sebastian Blanco scored early in the second half and the undermanned Portland Timbers beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 to snap a six-game winless streak
      
 
 
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Young goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez goes with heart and switches from Mexico, the land of his parents, to the United States where he was born and grew up
      
 
 
07/23/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Looking to recapture the speed that led to an historic comeback last Wednesday, Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer is starting Dutch newcomer Kelvin Leerdam at right back on Sunday night, putting Nouhou Tolo at left back and moving Joevin Jones up to the attacking midfield along with Cristian Roldan
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Clint Dempsey had a goal and an assist in the Gold Cup semifinal win.
      
 
 
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Chelsea has apologized China for social media comments by Brazilian player Kenedy which it accepts "caused great offence and hurt the feelings" of the country during the Premier League champions' pre-season tour
      
 
 
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Lahm voted Germany's player of the season before retiring
      
 
 
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Fervor is increasing regarding the potential arrival of Brazil star Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a 220 million euros ($253 million) deal that would more than double the world record transfer fee.
      
 
 
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Clint Dempsey fed Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal, then scored on a free kick to match Landon Donovan's American record with his 57th international goal and lead the United States over Costa Rica 2-0 and into the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game
      
 
 
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Manchester City has signed Danilo from Real Madrid, increasing the Premier League club's threadbare options at full back after selling Aleksandar Kolarov to Roma
      
 
 
07/23/2017   USA Today - Soccer
David Villa and Frederic Brillant scored minutes apart early in the second half as New York City FC beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday to extend its home unbeaten streak to seven games
      
 
 
07/22/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Clint Dempsey tied Landon Donovan’s U.S. record for career goals during a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match. Dempsey is a standout for the Sounders in Major League Soccer.
07/22/2017   USA Today - Soccer
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07/22/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
David Villa talks about his goal, and the toughness City showed in getting a 2-1 win over Chicago despite playing a man down most of the match.
07/22/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

After Nicolas Loderio was manhandled by D.C. United and drawn into a retailiatory red card, Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer wants to see his players "protect their teammates'' better than they have their two prior matches
07/21/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Michael Ballack calls on Germany's young players to step up and replace the team's retired stars ahead of the World Cup. Poland are set to be one of the eight top seeds in December's group stage draw for the World Cup finals. They are likely to join hosts Russia, current FIFA Ranking leaders Brazil, world champions Germany, Copa America holders Chile,&nbsp;Argentina and two other nations in pot 1 for the draw. Head coach Adam Nawalka has led Poland to a six-point lead at the top of qualification Group E, dropping only two points, and they are hot favourites to top their group and book an automatic berth in Russia. In...
07/20/2017   World Cup news
Former national team striker and hugely successful club coach Wedson Nyirenda tells FIFA.com of his long-term plans to further strengthen Zambia, while also seeking to help the Chipolopolo negotiate an extremely tough Russia 2018 campaign.
07/20/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Hello and welcome to 'Kicking it' with Demetrius Bell and Megan Armstrong, two of Yardbarker's most discerning soccer specialists. Gold Cup, World Cup and MLS All-Stars, oh my. Busy week so let's get right too it. Okay, let’s just get this out of the way now: watching the USMNT has been rough going so far in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. A lackadaisical showing 1-1 showing against Panama in the group stage in which no one seem interested in the game. Then Martinique able to push the U.S. around as both the defense and the midfield seemed to lack any sort of a rhythm, resulting in a narrow 3-2 win for the club. And then this week. 2-0 win for the U.S. against El Salvador, a win, but juggling players among all the call-ups still resulted in a team that only had flashes of cohesiveness. (And I think we can all agree, even though the USMNT didn’t look sharp, that was one of dirtiest displays of play from El Salvador – unless you can think of something worse.) How much longer can manager Bruce Arena muck about gr
07/20/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

07/20/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Jozy Altidore was on the receiving end of some biting and a little nipple twisting during Team USA’s 2-0 win over El Salvador in the Gold Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night, and he handled it about as well as he could have.After having his nipple twisted earlier in the match, Altidore was bitten on the shoulder by El Salvador defender Henry Romero in the second half. When asked about the unexpected abuse after the match, Altidore had a great response: Romero’s little stunt immediately reminded fans of the infamous biting incident that took place during the 2014 World Cup. The U.S. got the last laugh, but Altidore probably could have done without the bite marks on his shoulder.
07/20/2017   World Cup news

In the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting some classic FIFA World Cup images. This week, we look back at a memorable moment in Dutch football from Dennis Bergkamp in 1998.   

07/19/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Seattle trailed 3-0 to D.C. United at CenturyLink Field before rallying for a 4-3 win in front of 42,714 thrilled fans.
07/19/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
After a rough start, the U.S. Men’s National Team kicked things into top gear toward the end of the first half to defeat El Salvador 2-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal in Philadelphia. Costa Rica defeated Panama 1-0 earlier off of an Anibal Godoy own goal and the two CONCACAF superpowers will face off in the Semifinal this Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Things got off to a rocky start for the USMNT. Bruce Arena changed all 11 starters compared to their last game against Nicaragua. This included six new players to the team and five of them were starting. It was very much evident that the United States were slow off the starting block when Eric Lichaj overthought and didn’t get enough strength on his back pass to Tim Howard. That caused El Salvador to steal the ball and have a 1v1 chance on Howard but Howard bailed Lichaj out. The first 10 minutes seemed to be mostly El Salvador as they had multiple chances on goal and quite honestly should’ve converted  at least a couple chances.
07/19/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Once the United States Men’s National Team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Wednesday’s Gold Cup match, El Salvador seemed content with the loss, and instead became more concerned with getting some cheap shots in and imposing their will physically on their CONCACAF rival. At one point, in the 67th minute of the match, El Salvador’s Henry Romero appeared to get away with a dirty play — biting Jozy Altidore. This happened directly after he grabbed and twisted the veteran striker’s nipple. Somehow, the referee crew missed the cheap shot, and Romero got away with it. The USMNT got the last laugh, though, emerging victorious by a 2-0 margin.
07/19/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Who says soccer is boring? 56 minutes into Wednesday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal between the United States and El Salvador, the U.S. held a 2-0 lead. In need of a rallying moment, El Salvador defender Henry Romero decided to pull out the ultimate bush league move: a titty twister. Altidore responded how anyone would respond to a purple nurple and shoved Romero to the ground. But apparently Romero wasn’t fazed as just moments later, he went for the gusto by biting Altidore on the shoulder while simultaneously giving him another titty twister.This time Altidore dropped to the turf. The ref apparently missed the groping as Romero didn’t receive a penalty on either play.
07/19/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Sounders keeper Stefan Frei is being rested with a hip flexor strain, allowing backup Tyler Miller to start for the first time this season against D.C. United on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Field
07/19/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Follow here for live updates, analysis and commentary as the Sounders (6-7-6) host D.C. United (5-11-3) in their first MLS match since July 4.
07/19/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Imagine the MLB trade deadline extended for three months and involved every team in Major League Baseball. Imagine if the drama extended to every superstar and every fan base in the sport. That’s what you get in the soccer summer transfer window: a seasonal soap opera that’s too good to be fiction.Soccer’s summer transfer window is unique when we think about the major American professional sports. Players aren’t traded from one club to another, but bought and sold on top of the contracts clubs have to pay players. And they aren’t just bought and sold within a league or within a country, but all around world soccer.The spending power in world soccer, especially this summer, has dramatically changed the game on the transfer market. One record fee after another has been agreed to as many clubs smash their previous transfer records in buying new players and hoping to compete for a championship. As just one example of the money being spent in the Premier League, Manchester City signed Tottenham Hotspur r
07/19/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
We’ve learned to expect the unexpected from parity-filled Major League Soccer and 2017 is no different. Teams are bouncing up and down the standings every week, with each conference so close that even last-place Minnesota United could win a couple times and vault past the Western Conference red line.At the halfway point, there are a number of surprises worth looking at, some team and some individual.  In this article, we’re just looking at the top five, because we only have so much time. 5. Colorado Rapids take a big fall Pablo Mastroeni’s “Heart and Spirit” Colorado Rapids rode an MVP-caliber performance from Sam Cronin, a Defensive Player of the Year-caliber performance from Axel Sjoberg and the best backline in the league to a second place finish in the west last year. They allowed 32 goals in 34 games despite giving up five in one match against NYCFC, and at one point were on pace to become a historically great defensive team thanks to their compact, organized shape and dominant cast of defend
07/19/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Director -Daniel GordonLength – 77 minutes without commercials, 90 minutes with.Installment – #91 by ESPN’s count (#92 by mine counting the O.J. doc as one installment, although ESPN initially counted it as five different 30 for 30s, but now seems to list it separately, not as part of the series. Additionally, one finished project in "Down In The Valley" has been suspended from airing.)Most Similar To – "Tim Richmond: To the Limit," "Without Bias"Grade/Ranking – High 60s of 90 installmentsReview- Director Daniel Gordon has done some very solid work within the 30 for 30 series. He’s a great storyteller and has been ESPN’s go-to director for telling complex and emotional stories that are U.K.-centric, such as "Hillsborough" and "9.79," both of which would make top 20 films within the series. Both of those films clocked in over two hours and are among some of the longer ESPN installments.You can see why ESPN would opt to give Gordon another two-hour spot and U.K.=centric topic, but unfortun
07/19/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

The Cameroon native manages to overcome long odds to play Major League Soccer while adapting to a foreign country and foreign language.
07/18/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Rumors can run rampant while the European transfer window is open during the summer break.  While most reports eventually are proven to be untrue, one recent report might just turn out to be accurate, and it has huge ramifications, regarding the uncertainty of Neymar’s future in Barcelona. Esporte Interativo claims he has accepted an offer from Paris Saint-Germain and will move to Paris for a world-record transfer fee of $257 million.This comes in the wake of some buzz about Neymar’s development at Barcelona being stifled by Lionel Messi’s presence. With Messi having just inked a new contract which will probably see him finish his career as a Blaugrana, it’s clear that The Maestro will continue to be in the Barcelona limelight for the upcoming seasons. If Neymar is unable to share the spotlight with Messi, he might feel that a move from the Spanish Coast to the City of Lights is in his best interest.Neymar, under contract at Barca until 2021, has already won every major club honor with the Blaugrana
07/18/2017   World Cup news

Paraguay's Hernan Perez speaks in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com about his tattoo history and La Albirroja's prospects in their upcoming Russia 2018 qualifiers.

07/18/2017   World Cup news
Belgium and Montreal Impact defender Laurent Ciman knows where his priorities lie. Speaking with FIFA.com, 'The General' talks about how putting his family first led to his move to Canada.
07/17/2017   World Cup news
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, classical painters and Panini stickers feature in FIFA.com’s statistical review of Italy’s conquest of Spain 1982, along with a scream, a drought and a treble.
07/17/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Cristian Roldan rejoined the Sounders on Monday after making his international debut last week with the United States Men's National Team in a win over Martinique
07/17/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
By any measure, Bruce Arena’s 23-man group for this CONCACAF Gold Cup’s group stage was almost universally underwhelming. They needed an 88th minute goal against Nicaragua to go up 3-0 just to win their group, one that should have been fairly routine to win. So Bruce Arena, faced with the dilemma of winning the tournament versus learning more about new players who could fill out future rosters, will make his full allotment of six changes for the knockout stage. He’ll be bringing in regulars such as Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey to replace some of the younger and fringe players like Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe and Dom Dwyer that dominated the group stage makeup.In total, Howard, Altidore, Bradley and Dempsey as well as Darlington Nagbe and Jesse Gonzalez enter for Roldan, Rowe and Dwyer as well as Alejandro Bedoya (wife giving birth), Brad Guzan and Sean Johnson. So the replacements aren’t completely dominated by the establishment but that seems to be Arena’s plan.The
07/17/2017   World Cup news
Continuing our series on FIFA World Cup record-holders, FIFA.com looks at how Roger Milla became the competition's oldest goalscorer at the age of 42.
07/17/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Swedish defender Victor Lindelof was one of the first major transfers this summer by the Premier League giants. He was signed by Manchester United from Portugese side Benfica after a fee of 30 million pounds (or about $40 million) was agreed between the two clubs.While United has also signed former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and other top Premier League clubs have made big signings like Alexandre Lacazette moving to Arsenal or Mohamed Salah moving to Liverpool, Lindelof’s transfer stands out as the most impactful of them all for a very unique reason.The money generated from the sale has saved Lindelof’s former club in Sweden.Via The Independent comes the remarkable story of Vasteras SK, a club in the third tier of Swedish soccer. Vasteras originally sold Lindelof to Benfica in 2011 when he was just 17 years old and also negotiated a clause in the transfer that they would receive a portion of any future sale of the player. When Lindelof was sold to Manchester United, the funds that went back to Vasteras
07/17/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Diana Ross got things started at the opening ceremony. A version of this article was first published on ESPN in 2006. FIFA's decision to choose the United States as hosts of the 1994 World Cup was greeted with scepticism elsewhere across the globe. But despite "soccer" being way down the American sporting popularity list at the time, the tournament saw full houses throughout and it is still the best attended of any finals. After a Hollywood-style opening ceremony in which soul diva Diana Ross (rather prophetically) missed a penalty, Germany beat Bolivia...
07/16/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Clint Demsey got called up for Gold Cup tournament duty with the U.S. Men's National Team on Sunday, while midfielder Cristian Roldan will be returned to the Sounders ahead of Wednesday's game at CenturyLink Field against D.C. United
07/15/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Matt Miazga scored on a close-range header in the 88th minute, giving the United States first place in its CONCACAF Gold Cup group with a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua in Cleveland. Kelyn Rowe of Federal Way scored his first goal for the U.S. team.
07/15/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
This particular Gold Cup hasn’t been great so far for the United States Men’s National Team, and a relatively lackluster performance in the group stage finale against lowly Nicaragua failed to change that. But, the USMNT did pull out the win, and moreover they did it with a 3-0 scoreline, winning the group over Panama via tiebreaker and ensuring they won’t have to face Costa Rica in the quarterfinal round.The Americans left it late, though. Joe Corona somehow scored this goal late in the first half to put the United States up 1-0: Dom Dwyer won a penalty, and stepped to the spot to attempt the conversion: Oof. Dwyer nailed it with pace, but didn’t exactly deceive the keeper there.Then a decent build-up found Kelyn Rowe (one of the tournament’s bright spots so far) who put a shot on target with a tight bit of control and was rewarded with a deflection goal: But 2-0 wasn’t enough to win the group, and the Americans knew it. A handball in the box resulted in another American penalty opportunity, this
07/15/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

07/14/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

07/13/2017   World Cup news
Russia and Zenit Saint Petersburg’s all-time top scorer Alexander Kerzhakov has called time on his playing career, retiring after 16 years that encompassed two spells at the club and two trips to the FIFA World Cup.
07/13/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Michael Ballack calls on Germany's young players to step up and replace the team's retired stars ahead of the World Cup.
07/12/2017   World Cup news
Kicking off our FIFA World Cup Video Vault series, FIFA.com looks back on Costa Rica's debut at the global finals, where they progressed to the Round of 16 at Italy 1990 against the odds.
07/12/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Jordan Morris’ second goal of the game broke a tie in the 76th minute, and the United States edged tiny Martinique 3-2 Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Gold Cup after wasting a two-goal lead.