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05/26/2017   Soccernet
Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... <img align="left" height="50"
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Anthony Richardson recaps an eventful Europa League final, but was Man United's season deemed a success? Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... MAN UNITED:&nbsp;Manchester United are not planning a major overhaul of their first-team squad this summer, with the club working on bringing in four new players ahead of next season, sources have told ESPN FC. - &nbsp;United gave their entire city a "lift" by beating Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final on Wednesday, according to former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. - United's Antonio Valencia has signed a contract...
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Craig Burley explains why Marco Silva is destined for bigger and better things while Hull City return to the Championship. Watford are hopeful of winning the race to secure former Hull boss Marco Silva as their new manager, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC. Watford have made the Portuguese their top target after parting company with Walter Mazzarri last week and have held talks with his representatives as they look to lure him to Vicarage Road. Talks are ongoing between both parties and sources have told ESPN FC that Watford are hopeful they have done enough to fend off interest from elsewhere to land Silva. Silva...
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Spanish Copa del Rey game between Barcelona and Alavés.
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Andre-Pierre Gignac scored two late goals to help Tigres draw level. Chivas coach Matias Almeyda saw his team come so close to victory in Thursday's 2017 Clausura final first leg, but a 2-0 lead against Tigres became 2-2 thanks to a late brace from French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac. "Gignac is the best player in the league and you can never lose concentration [against him]," Almeyda said in the postgame news conference. Gignac swept in his first in the 85th minute with a driven left-footed shot and then added the equalizer three minutes later when he latched onto...
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Chelsea's David Luiz pays tribute to the people of Manchester after 22 people were killed in an attack at Manchester Arena.
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Toronto FC stretched their unbeaten streak to seven games to leapfrog FC Dallas atop our MLS power rankings. Major League Soccer is in full swing. Jason Davis highlights the matches you can't miss as the season rolls into Week 13. Philadelphia looks to move into uncharted territory in Salt Lake The Union are the league's hottest team and will put their franchise-record four-game winning streak on the line when they travel to take on a Real Salt Lake side still trying to get a grasp on consistency. For Philadelphia, the game represents a chance to jump above the red line in the Eastern Conference. For a...
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Tottenham's Son Heung-min believes the team has to win trophies next season to prove they are a big club in world football. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world after winning back-to-back golden boots. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min combined for 61 of Tottenham's 86 Premier League goals. Which five were the best? Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season. Harry Kane scored a hat trick on the final day of the season in Tottenham's 7-1 victory over Hull City. Son Heung-min, Vincent Janssen and Harry Kane all scored as Tottenham Hotspur eased to a 4-1 friendly win against Hong Kong champions Kitchee on Friday evening. A crowd of 27,568 turned out at Hong Kong Stadium for the postseason run-out to see the Premier League runners-up in action. Son gave Spurs the lead before Janssen claimed his side's second and Kane -- on as a substitute in place of Son -- netted the third. Kitchee's Lucas scored a consolation for the home team before Kazaiah Sterling added...
05/26/2017   Soccernet
The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he prefers to play in central midfield than on the wing. Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his side must move forward like every other big team in the Premier League. Chelsea have gone through 16 managerial changes in Arsene Wenger's 20-year tenure with Arsenal, here is a look at who came out on top Arsenal are still sweating on the fitness of Shkodran Mustafi, with Arsene Wenger set to make a late decision on whether the centre-back can play in Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea. Mustafi, who has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms after taking a hit to the head against Sunderland last week, was not pictured in training on Friday when the club released images from their final session ahead of the final. A club source told ESPN FC that the German was still being assessed, with...
05/26/2017   Soccernet
New FAS president Lim Kia Tong speaks exclusively to ESPN FC following his election as the new FAS president. Tampines striker Fazrul Nawaz returned to Singapore training and tells ESPN FC's Jason Dasey he is targeting a return to action in June. Tsubasa Sano scored a stunning five goals, with three of them coming in the second half. Tsubasa Sano scored five times as Albirex Niigata (S) reclaimed their five-point lead at the top of the S.League on Friday evening after an 8-0 win over bottom side Garena Young Lions at Jurong East Stadium. On Thursday night, it had been the White Swans' closest challengers, Home United, who issued a statement of intent as they cruised to a 9-3 triumph over Brunei DPMM FC. Singapore international winger Faris Ramli scored four of the goals. Albirex Niigata Young Lions 11:30 AM UTC Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now&nbsp;&raquo; GameCast Lineups and Stats However, Albirex issued an equally emphatic response...
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Stefano Vecchi is 1-1 in his stint as Inter's caretaker manager, which ends Sunday against Udinese. Nerazzurri fans finally caught a break over the weekend when a reinvigorated Inter beat Lazio 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico under the tutelage of caretaker Stefano Vecchi. Unfortunately, there were plenty of reasons to worry, reasons that go beyond the fact that Lazio were coming off a Coppa Italia final loss to Juventus or Inter's quest for Europe already being over. And to think that a lot had gone right for Vecchi's men. For a start, the coach got his tactics spot on, finally balancing out attack...
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Hartlepool United appoint The New Saints boss Craig Harrison as their new manager, after their relegation from League Two.
05/26/2017   USA Today - Soccer
The final of Copa del Rey will pit Barcelona's star power against a tiny Basque Country club whose biggest weapons are its grit and gnawing hunger for a taste of glory
      
 
 
05/26/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Haris Medunjanin has settled into the Philadelphia Union midfield and it hasn’t been lost on Bosnia coach Mehmed Baždarević. Baždarević has included the Philadelphia Union midfielder in Bosnia’s 28-man squad for an upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Greece. The qualifier will take place on June 9 while the Philadelphia Union are in the middle of a […] Philadelphia Union: Haris Medunjanin called into Bosnia squad - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia City Sports blog
05/26/2017   Soccernet
The FC crew debates whether Patrick Vieira disrespected Jason Kreis with his comments after NYCFC's win over Orlando. New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira has hit back at criticism from Jason Kreis, calling the postgame comments from his Orlando City counterpart a "personal attack." Kreis was upset following NYCFC's 3-0 win in Orlando on Sunday that&nbsp;Vieira had insisted in the leadup to the game that his club were superior despite two previous defeats to Orlando earlier in the season. Kreis, whom NYCFC fired after the 2015 season to make way for Vieira, had asked that MLS coaches "do a better job in respecting...
05/26/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Antonio Conte says he plans to stay and honor the remaining two years of his contract with Premier League champion Chelsea
      
 
 
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Attracting the interest of Sunderland has proved no distraction ahead of the Scottish Cup final, says Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's French Cup final between Angers and Paris St-Germain.
05/26/2017   Soccernet
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has acknowledged the "appalling
05/26/2017   Soccernet
The Zenit Arena is a 68,000-capacity stadium in St Petersburg. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has acknowledged the "appalling labour conditions" North Korean workers endured during the construction of a Russia 2018 World Cup stadium, in a letter reported by The Guardian and The Times. Infantino's letter -- first obtained by the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet -- was reportedly written to the presidents of the Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic Football Associations presidents dated May 22. Regarding the Zenit Arena in St Petersburg, the letter read: "During...
05/26/2017   Soccernet
With reports that Luciano Spalletti is planning to depart Roma, Gab Marcotti gives his take on how the club should proceed. On Sunday evening, 65,000 Roma fans will wave goodbye to Francesco Totti after a 25th Serie A campaign that has been more bitter than sweet. One of Europe's finest ever players will close a lifetime as the Eternal City's hero having started just one league game in his last season -- so far he has played a total of 328 minutes, the majority of which were spread across largely irrelevant substitute appearances similar to the one reserved for him against Genoa at the weekend. As goodbyes go, it's not...
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Antonio Conte says he is "happy to stay" as Chelsea manager "for many years" after guiding the club to the league title.
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Mario Kempes takes a trip down memory lane to reflect on the 1978-79 Copa del Rey final.
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Manchester United legend Patrice Evra is heading back to Old Trafford this summer -- and he wants everyone to know how excited he is. &#65533;&#65533;Red alert &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;breaking news!!! I'm coming to #carricktestimonial @carras16 @manchesterunited @red&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;OT &#65533;&#65533;baby I'm coming home &#65533;&#65533; Fergie &#9786;&#65039;sorry#beyonce i kill it &#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;...
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Seven goals in two matches wasn't enough for Harry Kane, Mourinho's 'conversation' goes viral and much more in The Sweeper.
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Thomas Tuchel praised the courage of his Dortmund side after their late winner in a thrilling match with Werder Bremen. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's last-gasp penalty earned Dortmund an automatic place in next season's Champions League. BERLIN -- Borussia Dortmund hope to avoid a fourth consecutive DFB Pokal final defeat when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Dortmund have lost four straight finals in recent years, including the 2013 Champions League final to Bayern Munich and the 2014, 2015 and 2016 DFB Pokal finals, two of which also came against Bayern. "We just want to win that trophy now. We've returned to Dortmund empty-handed often enough," BVB captain Marcel Schmelzer told the prematch news conference at the...
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Chelsea have gone through 16 managerial changes in Arsene Wenger's 20-year tenure with Arsenal, here is a look at who came out on top The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he prefers to play in central midfield than on the wing. Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes his side must move forward like every other big team in the Premier League. Alexis Sanchez has been named Arsenal's player of the year in a vote by fans. The club said the Chile forward was the "overwhelming" winner of the annual poll, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finishing second and centre-back Laurent Koscielny third. Sanchez leads Arsenal in both goals (29) and assists (15) this season, his most productive output since joining the Gunners in 2014. He also scored the winning goal in extra time in the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester City to set up Saturday's final...
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's German Cup final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund.
05/26/2017   Soccernet
The FC panel have their say on who will win the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal. ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Wenger will remain with Arsenal despite how they fare in the final. Chelsea have gone through 16 managerial changes in Arsene Wenger's 20-year tenure with Arsenal, here is a look at who came out on top ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey has his say as to whether or not Chelsea will seal the double against Arsenal. On Saturday afternoon at Wembley, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is aiming to become only the third manager to win the league and cup double in his first full season in English football. One of the previous two, Arsene Wenger, will be in the other dugout. For all the intriguing on-pitch head-to-head battles, and in a game where both sides will use similar systems (and therefore players will match one another across the pitch), it is the clash between Conte and Wenger that is the most intriguing....
05/26/2017   Soccernet
Champions Chelsea had the second-least number of days lost from injury, while relegated Sunderland had the most. That tells you a lot.
05/26/2017   World Cup news

As the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ draws closer, construction on all the tournament's stadiums continues apace. Every month FIFA.com updates fans on how progress is going.

05/26/2017   BBC Football
Brendan Rodgers says Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is available for Saturday's Scottish Cup final after a hamstring problem.
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Manchester City are set to complete a £43m deal to sign Portugal international Bernardo Silva from French champions Monaco.
05/26/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Sevilla says it has nearly reached an agreement with the Argentine soccer federation to let Jorge Sampaoli coach his country's national team
      
 
 
05/26/2017   USA Today - Soccer
England advanced to the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup by beating host South Korea 1-0
      
 
 
05/26/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has set aside speculation about his future and says he will remain with the Serie A champions next season
      
 
 
05/26/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Francesco Totti has finally announced that Sunday's match against Genoa will be his last with Roma after his incredible 25-season career with his hometown club
      
 
 
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Sevilla reach agreement with Argentina for Jorge Sampaoli to take over as boss of his home country.
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Eden Hazard says clubs like Chelsea always "want more and more" success and he hopes to help the team win their first FA Cup trophy for five years.
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Renault driver Jolyon Palmer speaks to BBC Radio 5 live F1 commentator Jack Nicholls about this weekend's "glamorous" Monaco Grand Prix - and Crystal Palace.
05/26/2017   BBC Football
West Ham will sign defender Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer once his Manchester City contract expires in June.
05/26/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta has joined West Ham from Premier League rival Manchester City
      
 
 
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Manchester United full-back Antonio Valencia signs a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at the club until 2019.
05/26/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
The post Manuel Neuer working on his comeback!
05/26/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Real Betis says Quique Setien has signed a three-year contract to coach the Spanish club.
      
 
 
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is released by Stoke City, having made just five league appearances this season.
05/26/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Chelsea and Arsenal will meet Saturday in the FA Cup final
      
 
 
05/26/2017   BBC Football
The FAW said creating a "safe, secure and memorable event" was the reason behind the decision.
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Arsenal and Chelsea legends Ian Wright and Frank Lampard on what will decide Saturday's FA Cup final.
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Norwich head coach Daniel Farke says he sees similarities between the Canaries and former club Borussia Dortmund.
05/26/2017   BBC Football
Arsenal failed to "move forward with the other top teams" in the league, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as they prepare for the FA Cup final.
05/26/2017   USA Today - Soccer
England-based striker Chris Wood will captain New Zealand during its build-up to next month's Confederations Cup
      
 
 
05/25/2017   BBC Football
There were plenty of big names on the pitch when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-0 in Cardiff in 2002 - but what are they up to now?
05/25/2017   USA Today - Soccer
The Fire's four-game win streak matches the second-longest run in club history.
      
 
 
05/25/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Nemanja Nikolic and David Accam scored in the opening 10 minutes and the Chicago Fire beat FC Dallas 2-1
      
 
 
05/25/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Sydney Leroux is on the U.S. women’s soccer roster for the team's trip to Scandinavia.
      
 
 
05/25/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Clint Dempsey has eight goals for the Sounders in rivalry games against the Portland Timbers and agrees he does tend to elevate his play when opponents and stakes are higher
05/25/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Josh Sargent scored his third goal of the tournament in the 34th minute, and the United States beat Senegal 1-0 at Incheon, South Korea, to move into good position to reach the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup
      
 
 
05/25/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Manchester needed something to celebrate after this week's suicide bombing.
      
 
 
05/25/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Marco Silva has left his position as Hull manager following the team's relegation from the Premier League
      
 
 
05/25/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Wolfsburg's struggle for Bundesliga remains a fraught affair after a 1-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig in the first leg of their relegation/promotion playoff on Thursday
      
 
 
05/25/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Manchester City says Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero to leave the club when contracts expire next month
      
 
 
05/25/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Hello and welcome to 'Kicking it' with Demetrius Bell and Megan Armstrong, two of Yardbarker's most discerning soccer specialists. Lots to cover this week, so let’s get right to it. Last time we talked we tried to suss out the frontrunners for each regular season award. As we rounded the quarter-mark of the season, how does the competition in both conferences stack up? Toronto clearly has pretty good lead on the Eastern conference, while the Western conference has a real turned into a real bottleneck at the top. Who looks like they could break through and close in on Sporting KC over the next month? How does Houston’s terrible road record play into the standings?Megan: Sounded like we were talking about the NBA for a second, with the Eastern Conference set in stone and competition in the West. The major difference being that the two teams that are going to make it to the MLS Cup could still be anyone. FC Dallas is still the team to beat for as long as they still possess Supporters’ Shield.Demetrius: As
05/25/2017   USA Today - Soccer
A judge has ordered former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell to be held without bail as authorities continue to investigate his alleged involvement in a money-laundering scheme related to the television rights of Brazil's national team
      
 
 
05/25/2017   USA Today - Soccer
Spanish prosecutors are considering whether Cristiano Ronaldo should face charges over allegations by the country's tax agency that he defrauded the authorities of 15 million euros.
      
 
 
05/25/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Stuart Baxter says he prefers the pressure of expectations that come along with his return to the Bafana Bafana hot seat.
05/25/2017   World Cup news
Every week in the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. We continue with a look back to Ronaldinho’s much-debated free-kick winner against England in 2002.
05/24/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

The man who performed as original Portland Timbers lumberjack mascot Timber Jim says he doesn't mind the Sounders questioning the lumber credentials of either himself or his successor Timber Joey
05/24/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
It as a joyous occasion for Manchester United in Stockholm as the Red Devils picked up the first Europa League trophy in the club’s history.  Videos of Reds fans across the globe celebrating quickly spread across social media after what was undoubtedly the best moment of the season. The trophy will look great along Manchester United’s numerous silverware collection and this is an amazing moment for both the players and the fans.  However, this victory means far more to the club in the long term than the high it provides today. United are now catapulted directly into the group stage of the Champion’s League despite only finishing sixth in the Premier League.  Getting the club back into Europe’s top competition was the minimum requirement set out for Jose Mourinho at the start of the seasoan and for a long while it seemed to be in doubt. Mourinho faced a lot of criticism from the press after publicly admitting that he would prioritize the Europa League over the Premier League.  Getting thoroughly be
05/24/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
With heavy hearts and minds, Manchester United defeated Ajax 2-0 in the 2017 Europa League Final in Stockholm, winning their first ever Europa League/UEFA Cup and qualifying for next season’s Champions League.The Final was played amidst the backdrop of the horrific attacks at the Manchester Arena on Monday, and it certainly looked as if Manchester United was inspired to play for them despite the tough Premier League season they had endured. Jose Mourinho had put all of United’s eggs in the Europa League basket for Champions League qualification, knowing their odds of finishing in the top four were slim to none by April, and his gamble paid off big.United’s first goal was scored in the 18th minute by Paul Pogba after his shot took a major deflection off Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez: Their lead doubled not three minutes into the second half with a great bit of skill from Henrikh Mkhitaryan off a corner. Ajax held the majority of the possession, but were very slow with the ball at their feet which allowe
05/24/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
When a soccer team wins a big trophy, it’s usually customary to ride around their city in a double-decker bus splashed with the colors and logos of the winning team while the players are on the top level greeting their fans.This year, Premier League champion Chelsea decided to cancel their trophy celebration around London (originally scheduled for May 28) due to the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday.The decision to cancel this is two-fold. With England’s terror threat elevated, it’s not the best idea to have a parade consisting of hundreds of thousands of people in crowded public streets. It would be near impossible to come up with a new security plan within six days to ensure a large event like this would be safe. Also, while there is an argument to continue things without interruption to show terrorists that they cannot affect our day-to-day lives, it could also be viewed as insensitive to have a trophy celebration given what has happened this week so Chelsea wanted
05/24/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino expects Russia to stage a successful 2018 World Cup. Russia is set to reclaim the spot on the FIFA Council stripped from the country's deputy prime minister. UEFA says 2018 World Cup organising committee CEO Alexei Sorokin is the only applicant to fill Vitaly Mutko's seat. Sorokin must pass an eligibility test by a FIFA review panel to be the candidate for a Sept. 20 vote. Mutko, who is also the chairman of the World Cup organising committee, was blocked by the FIFA panel because of a conflict with his government duties. However, a seat on the FIFA...
05/24/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
The Zambia goalkeeper will want to forget this moment as he passed straight to an Iranian player in the U20 World Cup.
05/24/2017   World Cup news
Simone Zaza speaks to FIFA.com about the nightmare spell that followed his penalty miss at UEFA EURO 2016 and his recent revival with Valencia that has taken him back into the Italian national squad.
05/23/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Brian Schmetzer says his Sounders getting their championship rings should mark the official turning of a page on last season for a struggling team needing to focus on upcoming games like a showdown against the arch-rival Portland Timbers on Saturday
05/23/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
A suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England Monday night killed at least 22 people and injured at least 59 more. The tragedy has sparked tributes and actions from across the world.One sports figure who wants to make a difference in the wake of the bombing is soccer star Yaya Touré, a midfielder for Manchester City. Toure and his agent Dimitri Seluk have pledged to donate £50,000 each (£100,000 total, or almost $130,000 U.S.) to victims of the attack. Here’s more from Sky Sports News: Touré’s representative Seluk later told Sky Sports News HQ: “The news an eight-year-old girl went to see her favourite singer and didn’t return home is too much to bear. “Yaya and I want to help. We talked this morning about what happened and he asked me what he thought we could do. “We have agreed to donate £50,000 each to help the victims of this terrible crime. It doesn’t matter whether the victims are from Manchester or not. “Those of us lucky enough to work every day in football
05/23/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Meet AlanTim the robot, who will offer protection to British football fans during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
05/23/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Week 12 of the MLS season featured 16 matches, including the midweek slate on Wednesday and the games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Home teams picked up 13 of a possible 15 points midweek and 19 of a possible 33 on the weekend. It’s still early, but we continue to see that picking up home points is the way to win in MLS. The best teams, though, accumulate the most road points, which is why FC Dallas and Toronto FC are the best two clubs in the league. Here are the teams on the rise and the teams on the fall from an action-packed week: Stock up: Miguel Almiron and Atlanta United Expansion side Atlanta United FC faced arguably the league’s toughest schedule through the first 10 games. They played three times at home and played seven games against clubs that made the postseason last season. The first part of an expansion season is never easy, but Atlanta especially were dealt a rough hand. For the first time since their 6-1 demolition of Minnesota in week two, Atlanta’s squadron of young attackers wok
05/23/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Tab Ramos and Luca De La Torre address what the USMNT U20's can do to improve on following their 3-3 draw with Ecuador.
05/23/2017   World Cup news
Now aged 28, Julio Tavares only turned professional in 2012. FIFA.com sat down with the Cape Verde forward, who discusses being a former regional petanque champion, playing in goal for a season and his nation's Russia 2018 hopes.
05/23/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Sergio Cordova benefitted from VAR during Venezuela's 7-0 win against Vanuatu at the U20 World Cup.
05/23/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
England U20 defender Fikayo Tomori had a moment to forget on Wednesday, scoring an own goal from all of 45 metres.
05/23/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Bournemouth's Lewis Cook opened the scoring as England were held 1-1 by Guinea in Group A at the U20 World Cup.
05/22/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
For the first time in two decades, Arsenal hasn’t finished in the top four in the English Premier League. All of those seasons have come under the management of Arsene Wenger, the longest-tenured manager in the league by a huge margin.For the casual soccer fan, top four doesn’t mean a ton. But finishing the league’s season in one of the first four spots guarantees a place in the next season’s Champions League, an intercontinental tournament pitting the best teams from all over Europe against each other during the course of the domestic season. Being in this tournament means all the difference in the world for teams.It impacts transfers, as all the best players want to be part of the competition. It impacts the financial bottom line, with big TV revenue and extra ticket sales for matches against Europe’s best. And it impacts the fans, who want to count their clubs against Europe’s best.Arsenal’s fans have been on the fence with Wenger this season. Fans have commissioned planes to fly over Arsenal
05/22/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Lionel Messi, perhaps the greatest player to ever grace a football pitch, has had another stellar year. He has scored 37 goals in La Liga and 53 goals in all competitions. He has the Copa del Rey final to play against Deportivo Alavés. Messi will most likely lead his team to glory and to an important trophy. But at the end of the day, it is just the Copa del Rey. The competition, should Messi and FC Barcelona win it, weighs less in importance than the league title, which their rivals, Real Madrid, just won. Real Madrid is also in the Champions League final against Juventus, the team that eliminated Barcelona. So, although Messi had a great year, his team did not. A Copa del Rey win won’t salvage the year Barcelona had. The standards of the club are too high to settle for a cup win, especially when their rivals have a significant chance at getting the double. Messi, the captain on the pitch when Iniesta (who has largely missed this season) is out, has the responsibility of leading his team next year. Messi
05/21/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
The EPL may have finished up its season today, and European leagues in general may have finished up this weekend, but MLS is still going strong.No one (aside from Don Garber) would say MLS displays soccer on par with those leagues, but that doesn’t mean the occasional highlight-level play can’t come from American soccer. And that was exemplified today via LA Galaxy/Mexican national teamer Giovani Dos Santos, who finished a cross with, well, whatever you want to call this to open the scoring against Minnesota United: Good golly that’s a great goal!It’s a bit reminiscient of Olivier Giroud’s goal of the season contender for Arsenal: Dos Santos has been a very good player for a long time now, despite the occasional slide through various European benches and occasional ostracism from the Mexican national team.This goal demonstrates why he’s still so effective; he’s able to find space, and has innate ability to put the ball exactly where he wants it to go. Was there a bit of luck involved? Sure, as w
05/20/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

For the Sounders, they see the trip back up the mountain as one that will be taken with a series of such small steps, rather than a rocket burst at the end.
05/20/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders thoroughly dominated Real Salt Lake on Saturday and came away with a much deserved victory at CenturyLink Field
05/20/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

The Sounders get some back line help on Saturday against Real Salt Lake when Brad Evans makes his return to the starting eleven for the first time since last August
05/20/2017   Seattle Times Sounders
Follow along live as the Sounders take on Real Salt Lake in a 'must-win' game at home on Saturday.
05/20/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx.Ratings News and Notes Week 36-37 English Premier League soccer matches on NBCSN and CNBC from May 8, 10 and 12-14: Week 36: Middlesborough-Chelsea (NBCSN May 8 afternoon): 190,000 viewers (-54 percent from 417,000 of Tottenham-Chelsea May 2, 2016) Week 37: Arsenal-Southampton (NBCSN May 10 afternoon): 75,000 viewers Week 37: Chelsea-West Brom (NBCSN May 12 afternoon): 205,000 viewers Week 37: Leicester-Manchester City (NBCSN May 13 early morning): 266,000 viewers (-8 percent from 290,000 of Manchester United-Norwich May 7, 2016) Week 37: Swansea-Sunderland (NBCSN May 13 late morning): 300,000 viewers (+1 percent from 298,000 of Newcastle-Aston Villa May 7, 2016) Week 37: Arsenal-Stoke (NBCSN May 13 afternoon): 425,000 viewers Week 37: Hull City-Crystal Palace (CNBC May 14 early morning): 109,000 viewers Week 37: Liverpool-West Ham (CNBC May 14 late morning): 293,000 v
05/20/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
The French Ligue 2 soccer season came to a close on Friday afternoon and the final promotion place was in the balance until the very end.Those are intense dramatic stakes and when you combine intense dramatic stakes with foreign soccer broadcasters, you have a recipe for a magical result.That’s exactly what we got as Amiens had a goal-scoring opportunity in the 96th minute of the season finale: If I could transcribe the French, I would, but it’s essentially just a ton of screaming, and that’s the best part, obviously.In France, promotion and relegation works similarly to the EPL system, but instead of teams 3-6 going into a playoff, the third team will face off against the best Ligue 1 team facing relegation in a playoff, so it’s possible only two teams get promoted. That goal meant Amiens is one of those two teams, so you can imagine how big of a deal it was, and if you can’t imagine that, just watch the players react and listen to the call.Well done, sir, your vocal chords have not been shredded i
05/19/2017   Seattle Times Sounders

Sounders right back Brad Evans says the team's game Saturday versus Real Salt Lake is a "must win" affair they have to use as a home springboard to turn their season back around.
05/19/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Indian players celebrate the victory against Italy. The Indian U-17 World Cup squad, that is preparing for the U-17 World Cup, defeated the Italian Lega Pro U-17 team 2-0 on Friday.&nbsp; India's opponents comprised of youth players from clubs in Lega Pro and Lega Pro 2, the third and fourth tiers of Italian football, respectively. Strikes from Abhijit Sarkar (31') and Rahul Praveen (80') led the team to a morale-boosting win months before the U-17 World Cup that starts in October later this year. Italy, who are not among the five UEFA qualifying...
05/19/2017   ESPNSoccernet World Cup
Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi hopes his role as an ambassador can help Qatar make an extraordinary World Cup.
05/18/2017   World Cup news
We hear from New Zealand captain Chris Wood who is seeking to take some prolific goalscoring form at club level into next month's FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
05/18/2017   World Cup news
We hear from Belgium midfield star Alex Witsel who says his nation are capable of going all the way at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
05/18/2017   Seattle Times Sounders
05/18/2017   Yardbaker Soccer
Nick Lima is the epitome of a hometown kid. From Castro Valley to Berkeley, from Burlingame to San Jose, his footballing journey has taken him further than many could ever dream, all while being rooted in the Bay Area. Now in his rookie season for the San Jose Earthquakes, Lima's time to shine is now, as he's validated his place in the MLS while working through position changes and frustrations with his FIFA rating. Oh, and we have to work on those goal celebrations too.
05/18/2017   World Cup news

Every week in the build-up to Russia 2018, FIFA.com will be highlighting a classic FIFA World Cup image. We continue with a look back to England manager Ron Greenwood preparing for Spain 1982.