Chelsea host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the first Premier League game this weekend (Saturday, 8:45am ET on NBCSN in the US) as they look to bounce back from back to back defeats at the hands of West Ham United in the league and Stoke City in the Capital One Cup.
Needless to say, Jose Mourinho is under a lot of pressure at the moment and he simple has to win this one or it may just be the end of The Special One's tenure at Chelsea.
David James believes that David de Gea has not yet joined Real Madrid because the goalkeeper fears becoming Keylor Navas' deputy at the Santiago Bernabeu.It is for that reason that James also suspects De Gea will remain at Manchester United beyond next summer and why he signed a new four-year contract at the club.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes Claudio Ranieri is dining out on Nigel Pearson's success at Leicester.The Baggies boss insisted Pearson's work should not be forgotten ahead of Albion's clash with the Foxes on Saturday.
Pearson was sacked in the summer despite guiding Leicester to safety last season with seven wins from their final nine games after a breakdown in relationship with the club's board and was replaced by Ranieri.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not believe Chelsea's current troubles make it any easier visiting Stamford Bridge and warned of the dangers a "wounded" side can pose.
The defending Barclays Premier League champions are currently 15th, having lost half of their opening 10 matches, and boss Jose Mourinho is coming under increasing pressure with some erratic behavior to match similar results.
Jose Mourinho refused to comment on whether he has received reassurances from Chelsea's board and owner Roman Abramovich over his future as manager.Mourinho was subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Abramovich's 12-year ownership on Oct.5, and Chelsea have won just one of four matches since ahead of Saturday's clash with Liverpool.
Manager Arsene Wenger has defended Arsenal's medical staff after England duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the club's growing injury list.
The Gunners were left counting the cost of Tuesday night's 3-0 Capital One Cup fourth-round loss at Sheffield Wednesday.Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced off after just five minutes because of a hamstring complaint before Walcott, who came on in his place, also had to be substituted on 19 minutes with a calf injury.
Louis van Gaal is unconcerned by Paul Scholes' criticism of Manchester United for "lacking creativity," citing the nursery rhyme: "Sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me."Scholes said following the Capital One Cup defeat to Middlesbrough that he would not want to play for the current side and that the team appeared unwilling to take any risks.
It's discussed so often that it seems certain that whichever team decides to acquire Paul Pogba, they'll have to break the world transfer fee record to attain the midfielder. While he may be worth the price down the line, the French international has not proven that he is worth the fee yet.
"I've always said that for me, Paul is a Basquiat.
Claudio Ranieri will deliver on his promise to get his squad pizzas after Leicester's first clean sheet of the season.
Several weeks ago the City boss promised to treat his players when they kept out the opposition, and last weekend, at the 12th time of asking, the Foxes finally did it as they defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.
Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have received a boost ahead of a potentially critical period, with Ramires signing a contract extension until June 2019.The Brazil midfielder, who was linked with Juventus during the summer, has committed his future to the Blues, who are enduring a challenging season in defense of their Premier League title.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Declan Hill, an investigative reporter and one of the leading experts on the topic of matchfixing in soccer.
During the interview, Declan discusses the recent report of matchfixing in Canada, how much of a problem matchfixing is in the sport, what drives him to continue investigating the issue, what fans can do to fight against the FIFA corruption, and more fascinating details about the world of betting and how it impacts the Beautiful Game in many countries worldwide.
Lucas Piazon, a Chelsea forward on loan at Reading, is wanted by Toronto Police in connection with an alleged sexual assault.A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the 21-year-old and his Brazil Under-22 teammate Andrey following an incident which allegedly took place during the Pan-Am Games tournament in July.
Ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has criticized Louis van Gaal's tactics at Old Trafford by suggesting he would have disliked playing under his risk-free regime.
The Red Devils crashed out of the Capital One Cup on penalties to Middlesbrough on Wednesday after failing to score past the Sky Bet Championship side in 120 minutes, despite turning to Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial off the bench.
Each start of Inter's last few seasons has been greeted with talk of a revitalized side, one that could finally challenge for the scudetto. This year, sitting fourth but just two points back of Roma after 10 Serie A rounds, they're looking even more likely to be successful.
But despite this proximity to the top, it's clear Inter have quite a ways to go before they truly dominate again.
Kelechi Iheanacho is determined to seize every chance he gets to impress for Manchester City.The 19-year-old Nigerian striker made a big impression on his first start for the club with a goal and two assists in a 5-1 Capital One Cup thrashing of Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
The highly-rated prospect, who also scored a late winner against the same opponents as a substitute last month, was given his opportunity in the continued absence of leading striker Sergio Aguero through injury.
This MLS season has been accompanied by a lot of talk about the state of the league, what it should be, what it isn't and where it's going. Think pieces about promotion and relegation, the ever-moving goalposts on designated player allotments, and even its small but growing contingent of British fans, but in many ways what's happened on the pitch could ben the biggest coup for the future of the league.
Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out until after the forthcoming international break, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has announced.Both England internationals went off in the opening 20 minutes of Tuesday's Capital One Cup fourth-round loss at Sheffield Wednesday.Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced after five minutes due to a hamstring problem and, Walcott, who came on in his place, went off after 19 minutes with a calf problem.
Manchester United have attempted fewer shots than Norwich, Watford and Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League this term, and their reluctance to pull the trigger has them on course for their fewest efforts in a season in 15 years.
Louis van Gaal expressed concern at his side's attacking woes when they fired another Old Trafford blank in a Capital One Cup loss to Middlesbrough on Wednesday, and statistics for the 2014-15 campaign suggest the Dutchman has cause to be anxious.
Yes, the LA Galaxy defense was an absolute disaster Wednesday night in Seattle, a real cascade of calamity.Yes, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was a mess-a predictable mess if we're being honest. (See Item No. 4 here, written back in August.)Yes, Steven Gerrard's performance in midfield was a dud, a highly predictable dud, one that appropriately punctuated his entire dead-on-arrival appearance in MLS.
Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro's lawyers have served notice on the club that she intends to seek a claim for constructive dismissal.It is understood that legal papers were served on the club this week and these will trigger an employment tribunal unless an out-of-court settlement can be agreed before a hearing takes place.
The audience size for Premier League matches on US television via NBC Sports has grown by 150% on average compared to three years ago when the league's games were on FOX Sports and ESPN, according to a report today in the Wall Street Journal.
The article, which is unfortunately behind a paywall, mentions several other compellingstatistics andrevelations.
Interest in professional soccer is growing at an unprecedented pace in the United States and Canada. However, not all markets are created equally. If marketing and stadium circumstances are favorable, almost any metropolitan area over 500,000 citizens could support pro soccer, but some have better situations than others.
The holiday season is coming and with Christmas shopping earlier than ever we thought now would be a good time to share with you the best soccer boots of 2015 ahead of purchasing a pair for your friends or children.
With the top of the Premier League as exciting as it has ever been and with El Clasico just around the corner, we thought we'd share with you all the boots all your favorite stars are wearing this season.
Jurgen Klopp has no doubts about the quality of Roberto Firmino after the playmaker had his best game for the club to give his manager a first win as Liverpool boss.
Defender Nathaniel Clyne may have made the decisive intervention in the 1-0 Capital Cup win over Bournemouth with his first goal since a summer move from Southampton but Firmino's influence was everywhere.
The writing seemed firmly on the wall for Barcelona this season. That they would not be challenging for any honors seemed a ludicrous suggestion after the club won the treble last season that included their fifth European Cup.
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However, a slow pre-season culminated in their domestic Super Cup hammering to Athletic Bilbao.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring interviews with Greg Lalas and Euan McTear.
During the interview with Greg Lalas, Nate asks about his role as editor in chief of MLSSoccer.com, as well as his picks on which teams will do well in the MLS Playoffs. Lalas also discusses how he transitioned from a professional footballer to the editor at MLS' website.
As disappointing as Tuesday's 3-0 thrashing by Sheffield Wednesday was for Gunner fans, it must be said that the youngsters featured in the match were not all of the teenage talent that this Arsenal team has. Alex Iwobi, Calum Chambers (20) and Glen Kamara (20) were all given spots in the starting XI on the night, while Krystian Bielik and Ismael Bennacer received their first senior appearances as substitutes.
At some point while we mostly stopped paying attention, Theo Walcott young, prodigious, "next up" star of tomorrow stopped existing only in the future tense. Walcott is 26 now (yes, you're old), and should be in his prime. In fact, he probably is in his prime, and therein lies the sense of disappointment.
Middlesbrough's reward for knocking Manchester United out of the Capital One Cup is a fifth-round tie at home to Everton.
Championship promotion-chasers Boro triumphed on penalties following a goalless draw at Old Trafford, with Tomas Mejias saving from Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young while Michael Carrick blazed his effort over.
Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed penalties as Middlesbrough knocked Manchester United out of the Capital One Cup on penalties at Old Trafford.Boro goalkeeper Tomas Mejias saved from Rooney and Young, while Carrick blazed his effort over in between as Boro advanced to the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory following a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes.
Jurgen Klopp's first victory as Liverpool manager was secured via the unlikeliest of sources as defender Nathaniel Clyne scored the only goal to beat Bournemouth 1-0.The England defender, playing in an unfamiliar left-back position, netted his first goal for the club he joined in the summer to book a Capital One Cup quarterfinal place.
The Galaxy have made a habit of signing high profile talent, and he arrived this summer, Steven Gerrard seemed to fit the pattern. He, like those who came before him, was going to fit in and help the team bring another MLS Cup back to the StubHub Center. But with the playoffs and the presumed run to another trophy set to begin, Gerrard isn't driving the team forward.
One of Major League Soccer's ongoing struggles is creating best-case balance between regular season relevance and the playoffs, that far shorter window of matches that ultimately means so much. We can have the "regular season relevance" debate, but make sure this is part of it: There are eight teams today who wish they had done more in the regular season; they stand outside the postseason velvet ropes as the playoffs begin this evening.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hit out at any suggestion his players were not behind him after the Capital One Cup loss at Stoke and insisted he was in a "fantastic" situation.The Blues suffered yet another setback in their disastrous season as they were beaten 5-4 on penalties in the fourth-round tie at the Britannia Stadium following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
It has been years since Arsenal contended for the English Premier League title. This year could be different. Unlike other seasons when the Gunners took early leads only to see them disappear as the second half rolled on, it is not clear which other sides can overtake them. Certainly Manchester City have the quality, but Manchester United are still licking their wounds after a 3-0 thrashing from the Gunners, and Chelsea remain stuck in 15th place, as well as possibly an alternate universe where none of their players are any good anymore.
Jurgen Klopp wants to take the focus off Daniel Sturridge as he bids to recover from his latest injury setback.The striker's time at Liverpool has been blighted by injuries and what appeared to be a minor knock to his knee in training will keep Sturridge out again when the Reds take on Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup.
Seven months ago, Major League Soccer kicked off its 20th season with 18 teams, an all-time league high. Now, one day before the league's postseason begin, the field has been trimmed to 12, butif you've focused your soccer attention on other leagues, you may have missed how and why the final dozen have survived into lateOctober.
Joel Robles' Capital One Cup heroics may have sent Everton into the last eight for just the second time in 28 years, but he will be relegated to Tim Howard's back-up again this weekend.
Goalkeeper Robles has been preferred to Howard in this competition all year, and he had extra incentive to impress against Norwich after the American was culpable for both of Arsenal's goals in the Toffees' most recent loss.
After New York City FC's first season ended in turmoil, controversy and a performance that was expected by most everyone except City's owners back in Manchester, it seems that the plug is already being pulled. Sacking Kreis and his $1 million salary (way higher than any other manager in MLS) might seem like a no-brainer move to Sheikh Mansour and company in Manchester, but it reeks of hilarity on these shores.
Let's face it, soccer fans are some of the most knowledgeable and passionate sports fans out there. Take your team, for example. If you were tested on your team's strengths and weaknesses on the pitch, as well as the background on each of the players —even the ones on the fringes on the team— the likelihood is that you know more about your squad than most TV announcers or co-commentators do.
To the outside observer, Real Madrid appear to be in a good position in both its domestic and European competitions.
Rafa Benitez's side are currently on top of La Liga on goal difference and level on points with Paris Saint-Germain in Group A of the Champions League.
The team has engineered its first place standing despite the early struggles of star man Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as having to cope with injuries to key personnel such as Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Football 365 writer John Nicholson.
During the interview, Nicholson discusses Kerouac, Teesside, Monterey Bay, Edinburgh, and the power of having low expectations. Plus, the author and columnist chats about his favorite memories supporting Middlesbrough, in addition to a preview of Wednesday's Capital One Cup match against Manchester United as well as how supporting Boro has changed his perspective on life.
Seven months ago, Major League Soccer kicked off its 20th season with 18 teams, an all-time league high. Now, one day before the league's postseason begin, the field has been trimmed to 12, butif you've focused your soccer attention on other leagues, you may have missed how and why the final dozen have survived into lateOctober.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed striker Diego Costa went to hospital with the rib problem he sustained in the Capital One Cup loss at Stoke.Costa came off clutching his side in the 33rd minute of the fourth-round tie at the Britannia Stadium, which the Blues lost 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
Ex-Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes expectation levels at his struggling former club are too high.Villa go to Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday having sacked boss Tim Sherwood on Sunday following six straight Barclays Premier League defeats.They are bottom of the table and face Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton in their next three league fixtures.
Newcastle have successfully appealed Fabricio Coloccini's red card in the Tyne-Wear derby, although the Football Association has charged the club with failing to control their players in the aftermath of that decision in the defeat to Sunderland.
Tempers frayed at the Stadium of Light after the Magpies captain was given a straight red card in first-half injury time, having appeared to bundle over Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher as he raced towards goal.
It's a tale of two strikers. Born just 10 months apart, their careers overlapped for but a single season before destiny sent the elder on his way to something bigger and better. Each currently has 13 goals in the Bundesliga and 17 on the season. Each has scored a hat trick in European competition; for each that triple came the same week they posted at least three goals in a domestic game.
There are so many great things to say about Sebastian Giovinco and, to a lesser but still significant degree, MLS rookie sensation Cyle Larin and the goods they delivered in bulk in 2015. But if we're picking nits, here's one: They sure subtracted a lot of drama from awards season. Thanks a lot, guys!
Arsenal were unceremoniously dumped out of the Capital One Cup on a damaging night as Sheffield Wednesday blew them away with a stunning 3-0 victory at Hillsborough.
The Gunners, who beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Everton to briefly go top of the Barclays Premier League in the last seven days, were brought back down to earth by the Sky Bet Championship outfit, who deservedly progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002 thanks to goals from Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson.
A few months ago, I surmised that, despite the enduring drama of deadline day, Keylor Navas' demeanor would allow him to thrive. Admittedly I felt quite proud of myself during the first weeks of the season as he proved me right, but even I didn't expect Navas to reach his current heights.
At the current rate, the Costa Rican's end of season "best saves" compilation may win the director an Oscar.
Now that the 2015 MLS regular-season has concluded, the number crunching has begun. We've already determined that attendances have increased 12.8% compared to last year. Plus, Univision averaged 244,000 total viewers per MLS game on its UniMás and Univision Deportes networks in the first of its 8-year TV deal.
To fashion the Major League Soccer All-Hair Team, we meticulously considered the coiffures of each and every player who took the pitch for all 20MLS squads during the 2015 season. To maximize objectivity, we developed a precise, scientific rating system involving complex algorithms and meta-data analytics that would make the National Security Agency drool.
She'll retire as women's international soccer's all-time leading scorer, but unlike the regret fans expressed as teammate Lauren Holiday brought her career to an end on Sunday in Orlando, Abby Wambach, long the figurehead of the U.S. women's national team, faces a more mixed responsewith her announcement.
There are two types of people in this world, those who love Jose Mourinho and are now circling the wagons, and those who hate Jose Mourinho and are currently gathering at the precipice, gleefully waiting for the main event. There's no middle ground. There is only good and evil, black and white, us and them.
With a successful inaugural Decision Day in the books, Major League Soccerlaunches straight into the playoffs with the four Wild Card games on Wednesday and Thursday night. Here is a preview of each contest.
Anti-discrimination chief Piara Powar has reacted with incredulity at Dynamo Kiev considering a proposal to segregate supporters based on their skin color.
Volodimir Spilchenko, the director of the NSK Olimpiyskyi Stadium, where four black fans were attacked during Dynamo Kiev's 0-0 draw with Chelsea last week, said in an interview with the Washington Post that he was willing to consider the suggestion of segregation, which was made by a journalist.
Former Chelsea football star Frank Lampard has beenawarded an OBE for services to his sport recognitionof a career in British football that spanned 20 years and saw him win a clutch of medals with Chelsea and play for England more than 100 times.He was joined at Buckingham Palace by his partner Christine Bleakley, who could not resist taking pictures of her fiance as he posed for the waiting media.
Univision's debut season of its 8-year TV deal with MLS has paid dividends. In its first regular season of broadcasting MLS games mostly on Friday nights, the total number of viewers per game, on average,was 224,000, according to a spokesperson for Univision Deportes.
The MLS games that Univision televised during the 2015 season were shown live on UniMás and broadcast simultaneously on Univision Deportes.
After my unsuccessful quest to watch a Premier League match in my one night stay in Hong Kong, I wanted to see what the soccer world had to offer in Malaysia. In terms of trying to find soccer, Malaysia was a game of two halves; the hustle and bustle of the city and the peaceful tranquillity of the islands.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Miriti Murungi from Fusion's Soccer Gods.
During the interview, Miriti (aka @NutmegRadio) discusses how he transitioned from a lawyer to a soccer writer (and social media expert), as well as reviewing the past weekend's EPL and MLS biggest games.
The crowd at Volkswagen Arena on Jan.30, 2015, must've felt a partof collective, orgasmic dream. A quick counterattack gave Kevin De Bruyne ample time to slot through to Bas Dost, who netted Wolfsburg's first before five minutes were up. Dost doubled his side's lead just before the break with a lovely volley from the edge of the box.
Jose Mourinho faces a crucial period as Chelsea manager after being hit with another misconduct charge by the Football Association, prompting calls for an urgent summit to address his relationship with match officials.
The 52-year-old Portuguese has until Thursday at 6pm to respond to the charge, which relates to his half-time dismissal by referee Jonathan Moss at West Ham last Saturday.
The current Barclays Premier League leader in goals is certainly a bit of a surprise. Sergio Agüero? No. Alexis Sanchez? Nope. Diego Costa? Not even close. Leicester's Jamie Vardy presently sits atop the scorers list with 10 goals in his first 10 matches this campaign. Vardy's start to the season has not only skyrocketed his stock among Premier League strikers but has also helped catapult the Foxes into the fifth place, with the 28-year-old's output especially impressive considering where he was just a few years ago.
The National Women's Soccer League rang in its offseason on Monday with four significant trades, finalizing the previously reported Alex Morgan deal while seeing other U.S. internationals land in Seattle and Orlando. Along with announce the upcoming expansion draft's protected/unprotected lists, it will likely be the busiest day of the league's third offseason.
Tim Sherwood has expressed his disappointment after being sacked by Aston Villa. The former Villa boss was dismissed on Sunday after their sixth straight defeat left them rooted in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and without a win since the opening day.
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Sherwood was axed just eight months after replacing Paul Lambert in February.
Remi Garde is hotly tipped to become Aston Villa's new manager after the club sacked Tim Sherwood on Sunday. The club are bottom of the Barclays Premier League and the former Lyon boss is the bookies' favorite to take the Villa Park hotseat. Here, Press Association Sport looks at the ex-Arsenal midfielder's history.
Jose Mourinho was on Monday charged with misconduct following his dismissal at halftime of Chelsea's 2-1 Barclays Premier League loss at West Ham. Here, Press Association Sport looks at his prior disciplinary indiscretions during his second spell as Blues boss.
Some figures are obvious big influencers in American soccer. Men like Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan or Alexi Lalas (and, yes, even Jurgen Klinsmann), or women like Mia Hamm or Brandi Chastain, albeit perhaps for different reasons. But we're going to have to add a name soon who isn't quite so obvious.
Arsenal have been fined £60,000 after breaching agent regulations in the transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton. The Football Association also warned the Gunners over their future conduct following Chambers' move from Saints on July 26, 2014 for an undisclosed fee in the region of £11million.
Jamie Vardy became only the eighth striker to score in at least seven consecutive Premier League games as Leicester beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at the weekend. The Foxes marksman now stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Alan Shearer and Ian Wright, among others, but he remains three games off matching Ruud van Nistelrooy's hot streak in 2003.
Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his half-time dismissal in Chelsea's loss at West Ham.
Mourinho, who is appealing against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about officials following the Oct. 3 loss to Southampton, faces further charges after being sent to the stands by referee Jonathan Moss during the ill-tempered derby at Upton Park.
Dwight Yorke has revealed he wants to be Aston Villa's next manager. The former Villa striker is keen to replace the sacked Tim Sherwood, who was axed by the club on Sunday following a dismal start to the season.
MORE SHERWOOD: 7 leading candidates | Undone by own machismo
Villa currently bottom of the Barclays Premier League are reportedly in talks with former Lyon boss Remi Garde, but Yorke, who scored 97 goals in 294 games for the club, wants his shot at the job.
Sometimes perception isn't reality. While Men In Blazers, on paper, may be perceived by some as a success given their TV appearances and name recognition, the reality couldn't be further from the truth. So far this TV season, their live show on NBCSN has averaged just 47,000viewers*, which is 3.
Everton defender Phil Jagielka could miss up to nine weeks with medial knee ligament damage, Toffees manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed.
England international Jagielka, 33, picked up the injury in the 2-1 loss at Arsenal on Saturday and although Martinez was pleased his knee cartilage and cruciate ligament remain unaffected, the Spaniard could be without his centre-back for the next two months.
Socceris a fickle world. Mere months ago, Aston Villa under Tim Sherwood were playing exciting football, with 4-0 wins against Sunderland and a come from behind victory against Liverpool in a cup semi-final at Wembley. Sherwood was planning on building something over a period of time at Villa, already having put into place steps to promote more youth players to the first team.
Listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast featuring Richard Farley, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer as they dissect all of the major story lines from the 10 games during Premier League gameweek 10.
During this week's episode, they discuss whether Arsenal is for real, whether Aston Villa can escape relegation, the pragmatism of the Manchester derby, opinions about Tim Sherwood's job at Aston Villa, and much much more.
Aston Villa are looking for a new manager following the decision to part company with Tim Sherwood.
Sherwood left Villa Park following Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Swansea, a sixth straight defeat which left the club bottom of the Barclays Premier League table after Sunderland's derby win on Sunday.
Arsenal's record-breaking transfer signee has been a controversial player during his tenure at the North-London based club. Some look at him as a playmaker who can become the new Dennis Bergkamp and symbolizes Arsene Wenger's philosophy in its purest form. Others see him as a talent who disappears too often in matches, lacks the work-rate to contribute in other facets of the game and possesses weak finishing ability in front of goal to take the Gunners to the next level.
His name is never mentioned among the best strikers in the world. So far this season, he's playing so well that it's impossible to ignore him any longer.
In 2013, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed for Borussia Dortmund from French club Saint-Etienne for €13 million. One of the first things mentioned about him to the masses was that he had world-class speed.
Sam Allardyce became the fourth successive boss to bounce back from an opening defeat to beat arch-rivals Newcastle as Sunderland finally secured their first Barclays Premier League win of the season.
However, he did so in controversial circumstances as the Magpies saw skipper Fabricio Coloccini sent off in first-half injury time for a professional foul seconds after Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole appeared to get away with two offences inside his own box.
Tim Sherwood has been sacked as manager of Aston Villa, the club has confirmed.
The boss leaves after only taking charge in February, but has paid the price for the club's dismal start to the Barclays Premier League season. Villa lost 2-1 at home to Swansea on Saturday, a sixth straight defeat in the league, and they are four points from the safety line, having not won since the opening day against Bournemouth.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reflected on a "perfect week" after watching his side battle to a 2-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium which sent them top of the Barclays Premier League.
The Gunners had beaten Bayern Munich on Tuesday night to kickstart their Champions League campaign, and were out to take advantage of leaders Manchester City not playing until Sunday's derby with United at Old Trafford.
Jurgen Klopp will make his Premier League Anfield league bow on Sunday as Liverpool welcome Southampton in the final game this weekend. He will be hoping to give the fans something to cheer after a disappointing home debut in Thursday's Europa League fixture against Rubin Kazan.
The Reds have drawn the first two games of the Klopp era and will be looking to grab their first win at home since beating Aston Villa 3-2 in September.
Arsenal moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League following a hard-earned 2-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium.
Two goals inside as many minutes in the first half from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny looked to have set the Gunners up for a comfortable evening.
A deflected effort from Ross Barkley pulled Everton back into the match just before half-time but there was to be no equaliser for the visitors, who finished the game with 10 men as a result of Gareth Barry's late dismissal following two yellow cards.
One of the biggest derbies in the Premier League takes center stage on Sunday as Manchester United take on Manchester City at Old Trafford (10am ET kickoff on NBCSN for viewers in the United States).
The Red Devils were trounced 3-0 by Arsenal just before the last international break but bounced back to defeat Everton 3-0 last week and managed to grab a point away to CSKA Moscow in their midweek Champions League tie.
Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as Chelsea's dreadful season hit a new low in a 2-1 defeat at West Ham.
Andy Carroll's second-half header condemned the Blues to a fifth defeat in 10 matches as the ailing champions imploded at Upton Park.
Having seen Nemanja Matic red-carded on the stroke of half-time, and first-team coach Silvino Louro dismissed from the dugout, the embattled Blues boss did not emerge from the tunnel after the interval.
Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United are underdogs for the derby at Old Trafford on Sunday. Manchester City are without first-team stars Sergio Aguero and David Silva for the 170th meeting between the two sides, but Van Gaal still thinks Manuel Pellegrini's men are favorites:
"When you look at the facts they are first and we are third.
Arsenal will be looking to continue their sparkling recent form when they host Everton in the Premier League on Saturday (12:30pm ET kickoff, live on NBC network in the United States).
Three points for the Gunners would see them move to the summit of the Premier League table ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby and after a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in midweek, expect Arsene Wenger's players to be bouncing into this one.
It's confirmed. The 2016 Copa America, the 100th anniversary edition of the tournament, will be held in the United States.
The prestigious South American soccer championship, run by CONMEBOL, will partner with CONCACAF to host many of the best countries from both regions in the tournament, which will be played across the United States from June 3-26 in various venues.
Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has vowed not to be drawn into doing "something stupid" in the heat of the Wear-Tyne derby.
The 21-year-old Serbia international heads into Sunday's clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light having collected five yellow cards and one red in just 11 games for club and country so far this season.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has vowed to focus on football after taking exception to media reporting of two incidents on a London street. The 52-year-old Portuguese is frustrated that phone camera footage of two teenagers following him through west London something Chelsea described as "overly intrusive" was widely reported this week.
Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed suggestions he is punishing his Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany for playing for Belgium. Kompany has been on the bench for both City games since Pellegrini expressed frustration that the defender played for his country in a Euro 2016 qualifier last week. The 29-year-old had missed City's previous five games with a calf injury, and Pellegrini had insisted he would not be fit to play during the international break.
Arsenal will be in very high spirits when they play Everton at the Emirates on Saturday (12:30pm ET kickoff, live on the NBC network in the United States).
The Gunners have won their last three matches since losing at home to Olympiacos 3-2 in the UEFA Champions League including convincing wins over Manchester United and Bayern Munich, which eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with soccer commentator Ian Crocker.
During the interview, the Sky Sports commentator discusses many of the most memorable matches, players and stadiums from his 25-year career in broadcasting. Plus, he chats about his favorite club, West Ham United, and how the Olympic Stadium will help or hurt the Hammers.
At this stage of the domestic season there are regularly teams who have strung together a surprise run of early results. But as we edge closer to November, there seem to be a lot of sides, many who were written off before the campaign got underway, thrivingin the upper reaches of the table.
Our first game of the weekend will see one of the up-and-comers going up against the league champions in the Premier League; there's a similar kind of clash on at the same time in Spain.
Neymar is nearly perfect. As a player, he still has acres of potential to grow. And just as he surges forward into space on the pitch, determined, fearless, there is little doubt he will continue to improve. He just needs to become more consistent, to decide better when to be selfish or selfless.
Jurgen Klopp's Anfield debut ended in a frustrating draw against 10-man Rubin Kazan as Liverpool registered their third successive 1-1 Europa League draw. With all the focus still on the new manager it was Liverpool's other, somewhat forgotten, German, Emre Can, who delivered with an equalizer just before half-time to cancel out Marko Devic's surprise opener.
Following Schalke 04 can be bad for your health. Literally. In September 2011, after just six months as manager, Ralf Ragnick announced his immediate resignation, citing exhaustion as his reason for leaving the club. And no wonder: he'd fought to clean up the mess left from Felix Magath's departure, but while Ragnick brought Schalke to the Champions League semifinals for the first time in their history, at home they'd finished the 2010-11 season in a disappointing 14th place.
Tottenham sacrificed an early lead as their Europa League campaign suffered a blow with defeat to Anderlecht.
Head coach Mauricio Pochettino fielded a strong side in Brussels and brought Harry Kane off the bench with the scores level after initially resting the England striker as he suffered a knock against Liverpool.
There was little flashy about Manchester United's 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.The Red Devils were supremely organized, tireless off the ball and ruthless in their attacking advances. Anthony Martial offered raw glimpses of his stunning potential, David de Gea made decisive stops when called upon and Chris Smalling continued his recent renaissance with a composed showing.
Say it ain't so, New York City FC! Say it ain't so!
SI.com is reporting that Jason Kreis' job may be in peril. If that's the case – not doubting SI's reporting, just hedging against the better angles of good sense prevailing – then it says a lot about Major League Soccer's high profile expansion club.
Soccer is a sport of aesthetic delights. The ball crashing into the net off the underside of the crossbar, a perfectly timed sliding tackle, a goal in front of a raucous away end, a dinked finish over the goalkeeper; they're minor facets which strike a chord with the game's fanatic followers.
Seeing a player who is genuinely, and I mean genuinely, two-footed is another.
UEFA has launched disciplinary proceedings against Dynamo Kiev following disturbances at the Champions League match against Chelsea on Tuesday.
The Ukrainian side have been charged with racist behavior and crowd disturbances following an incident captured on camera by anti-discrimination network Football Against Racism in Europe at the Group G match, which finished goalless.
This is The Alex Morgan Trade. The U.S. international striker is reportedly moving from the National Women's Soccer League's best supported team, the Portland Thorns, to its newest, the Orlando Pride. Going the other way are Meghan Klingenberg, the rights to Lindsey Horan, two international slots and the first overall pick in this winter's college draft, though all for that is the small print the subhead, listed far below the block font headline.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with investigative reporter Jonathan Calvert.
During the interview, Calvert discusses how Qatar bought the 2022 World Cup, how a confidential source unloaded millions of files of leaked information, how calculated Sepp Blatter is as FIFA President, whether he thinks the 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar, as well as a discussion about the other cast of characters who have been involved with the corruption at FIFA.
One of the most popular idioms in the world is "actions speak louder than words." Neymar has seemed to take the phrase to heart because amidst all the controversy surrounding the 23-year-old, he's just continued by playing some of the best soccer of his Barcelona career.
READ MORE: Luis Enrique tight-lipped over Neymar's future at Barcelona
In his homeland of Brazil, the national team's captain currently has over over €40 million of his assets frozen because he is accused of failing to pay over €14 million in taxes.
Heading into Tuesday's Champions League clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich, few people expected the Gunners to take home a victory. The match began as a very entertaining one for fans of either club (or neutrals), as both clubs had their chances to go ahead in the the first half of the match.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal accused Anthony Martial of gifting CSKA Moscow a Champions League point because of his "stupid" error in the Russian capital.Martial scored a fine diving header to grab a 1-1 draw for United at the Khimki Arena, but the Frenchman was to blame for gifting the Russians the lead.
Anthony Martial scored a delightful diving header to rescue Manchester United from a damaging defeat at CSKA Moscow.
United initially froze on a sub-zero night in the Russian capital, gifting CSKA Moscow a penalty when Martial handled in the box.Seydou Doumbia converted the follow up after David de Gea had tipped Roman Eremenko's spot-kick on to the post, but Martial ensured the match ended in a 1-1 draw with a second-half header.
Kevin De Bruyne struck an injury-time winner as Manchester City came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Champions League.
City had looked to be laboring to another unconvincing result in the competition, with only an Adil Rami own goal after Yevhen Konoplyanka's earlier strike saving them from possible defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Wednesday's marquee matchup in UEFA Champions League failed tolive up to expectations,though given the statures of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, anything short of a full-blooded shootout would have disappointed. Instead, viewers at the Parc de Princes were given a highly skilled butoften cagey match, one befitting the third round of a Champions League group stage.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has launched himself into a club-versus-country row less than two weeks into his reign after likening England's handling of Jordan Rossiter to that of a horse.The 18-year-old returned from under-19 international duty with a hamstring injury after playing three matches of 90 minutes in five days.
A few years ago I read a great book, Personal Velocity. It's a story that probably sounds familiar, about a young person who stumbles around a bit through early adulthood but eventually finds her feet and strides forward successfully. When she finally gets her act together, her proud father announces in blissful summary, "Well, we all move at our own personal velocity.
Depending on how busy your life is, you may listen to soccer commentators more in one week than you do with your partner or parents in the same timeframe.Consider how many games per week you watch and how many hours you rack up listening to commentators, both good and bad.
So, speaking of the good commentators, whoare thetop 5that are your favorites?
John Terry has backed Chelsea and Jose Mourinho to bounce back from their tumultuous start to the season and hopes successive clean sheets are the catalyst for a turnaround in fortunes.
The Blues captain was restored to the centre of defence for last Saturday's 2-0 defeat of Aston Villa just a third Premier League win from nine games and goalless draw at Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine on Tuesday night.
The United States men's national team is still starting Jozy Altidore at striker because, well, they don't have anyone better. The four-year search for centerbacks is still plaguing Jurgen Klinsmann's team, too, and left back is the same black hole that it has been for the better part of two decades.
Palermo's Franco Vazquez is a bit of a late bloomer. The Argentina-born midfielder was loaned out to La Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano within his first year in Italy (2012). During his 2012-13 campaign in Spain, Vazquez failed to impress and returned to Palermo after Rayo rejected the chance to sign the player on a permanent contract.
Arsene Wenger hailed his Arsenal side for their performance in a must-win game against Bayern Munich but warned their UEFA Champions League fate still remains in the balance.
Having opened their European campaign with consecutive defeats to Dynamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, the Gunners returned to form with a 2-0 victory over an in-form Bayern side courtesy of second-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil.
Any avid sports fan will say that his favorite sport brings a whole new aspect to his life. The excitement, the drama, it's all part of the fun. That excitement factor can be taken to the next level when there's more than your emotions at stake. As you guessed by the title, we're talking about sports betting.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with writer Ryan Catanese.
During the interview, Ryan discusses the Arsenal ticket protest by Bayern Munich fans, why Premier League teams are having such a hard time in Europe, why Manchester City are finding it hard selling tickets to UEFA Champions League games, a preview of Manchester City's game against Sevilla, as well as who can challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Jermain Defoe has reminded Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce he did not join the club to sit on the bench.
The 33-year-old striker was used as a second-half substitute in the new manager's first game in charge, Saturday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at West Brom, as Allardyce attempted to bring a greater defensive solidity to the team he inherited from predecessor Dick Advocaat.
The Special One clearly had this one locked and loaded. Moments after his team's scoreless draw in Ukraine against Dynamo Kiev and days after appealing afine and suspended ban from England's Football Association for criticizing match officials Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken another shot at The FA as well as Arsenal manager Arsene Wegner, labeling Slovenian refereeDamir Skomina's performance "weak and naive" for failing to call a penalty in Chelsea's favor.
Chicharito scored twice int eh first 19 minutes while Daniele de Rossi responded with a first half brace of his own to spark an eight-goal shootout today at BayArena, one that saw both Bayer Leverkusen and visiting Roma blow two-goal leads. Add in a spectacular direct kick from Miralem Pjanic and two goals near full-time from the home side and you have Tuesday's match of the day, even if Arsenal's tangle with Bayern Munich hogged the headlines.
Eden Hazard and Willian hit the woodwork as Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at Dynamo Kiev.It was a vastly improved display, even on the win over Aston Villa, but Jose Mourinho's men stayed third in Champions League Group G behind Porto and Dynamo, who remained unbeaten.
Mourinho had targeted four points from the double header with Dynamo the Stamford Bridge return is on Nov.
Swansea could be reprimanded over showing big-screen replays of an incident involving Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland on Monday night.Butland escaped punishment from referee Robert Madley for his 17th-minute challenge outside the area on Andre Ayew, even though he went in studs first on the Swansea striker after his bad touch had let the ball run loose.
Raheem Sterling should still be a Liverpool player, according to his agent.The winger left Anfield in the summer to join Manchester City, and the smooth transition he has made belies the acrimonious nature of his departure from the club he joined as a 15-year-old.
Aidy Ward, Sterling's agent, has pinned the blame for the breakdown of their relationship with Liverpool at the door of former boss Brendan Rodgers.
Nothing, I mean nothing, in this Serie A season is going as planned. Fiorentina are currently at the top of the table, despite having just one or two players that a casual fan might recognize. Inter's drab and dreary style has them fighting for the title, though that's now an anomaly in a league more focused on getting forward.
There are few regions anywhere in the world thatboast a history quite as rich as Merseyside when it comes tosoccer. With Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere Rovers giving the region three teams who have long been in the upper echelons of the Football League pyramid, successes and heartbreaks, icons and villains, are often recounted in this corner of the north-west of England.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently debuted a documentary about Wayne Rooney entitled 'The Man Behind The Goals.' Hosted by Gary Lineker, the 60-minute film took viewers inside Rooney's life to learn more about where he grew up, how close he is to his family and what makes him tick.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola warned his side to expect to face an Arsenal 'animal' fighting for Champions League survival at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
The German giants arrived in London on the back of a record ninth consecutive Bundesliga victory and are runaway leaders of Group F with maximum points from two European ties, scoring eight goals with no reply.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Andrew Mangan from ArseBlog.
During the interview, Andrew (aka ArseBlogger) discusses how he started the Arsenal blog, as well as previewing Arsenal's UEFA Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. Also discussed are Arsenal's Premier League title hopes, opinions about Wenger's selection policy, who are some of the instrumental players for the Gunners this season as well as whether the rivalry of Arsenal-Spurs is bigger or not than the Arsenal-Manchester United.
The Football Association has dismissed Jose Mourinho's protestations that his English was a contributory factor in his criticism of officials in handing him a £50,000 fine and a suspended one-match stadium ban.
Mourinho was last week sanctioned for saying referee Robert Madeley had been "afraid" to award a penalty in Chelsea's 3-1 loss to Southampton on Oct.
Here are the 10 things we learned from week 33 of the Major League Soccer season.
1. What Got Into Portland?
In another round full of the unexpected, the Timbers' 5-2 throttling of the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center has to take the cake. The Timbers are now tied on points for third in the West and can go as high as second and a first-round bye depending on results next weekend.
Juan Carlos Osorio is in as the Mexico manager. Months after firing Miguel Herrera for an off-pitch incident, the Mexican federation announced the Colombian as its new national team coach.
Like any coach, Osorio is ready to put his own stamp on the team. In an introductory news conference a format that always makes for an exciting adventure of diplomatic half-truths and premature assurances teams the coach hinted at a possible setup going forward.
Jesse Lingard wants to satisfy his thirst for first-team soccerafter making his first Manchester United appearance of the season at the weekend.Lingard replaced Juan Mata at halftime on Saturday and played the second half of United's 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.It was the first time the 22-year-old had played for United since suffering a serious knee injury on his debut against Swansea on the opening day of last season.
As most of you know, working at the same job year after year after year can cause burnout. Doing the same thing relentlessly reduces efficiency, and it's known that varyingactivities or swapping responsibilities on a rotating basis can keep the mind fresh and body willing. It is not necessarily that you are technically incapable of doing your job; more that it becomes harder with experience and time.
Midfielder Yaya Toure wants greater recognition for his achievements after launching an impassioned defense of his record with Manchester City.
The 32-year-old Ivory Coast international joined City from Barcelona in July 2010 and has lifted two Premier League trophies, the FA Cup and the League Cup since his arrival, but he has looked below his best this season despite their impressive start.
Jose Mourinho refused to say whether Eden Hazard will return to Chelsea's starting line-up for Tuesday night's Champions League Group G clash at Dynamo Kiev.Mourinho was critical of Hazard, the stand-out performer in last season's Barclays Premier League triumph, after leaving the Belgium playmaker on the substitutes' bench for Saturday's 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
Irrespective of the attitude many critics demonstrate, Major League Soccer (MLS) is a uniquely American success story. In a land thatwas long a professional soccer wasteland with the exception of short periods of achievement that quickly collapsed, MLS has been able to sustain itself and build an impressive product by any truly objective standard over the course of the last two decades.
Jürgen Klopp's arrival in England set off a media frenzy that has lasted right into this weekend's Premier League action. Klopp's management of Liverpool did more than give long suffering Reds fans hope. It has given the British press, which is starved for superstars, a figure to obsesses over. The recent exodus of global superstar talent from the Premier League, most notably the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, has left large elements of the British press searching for a larger than life figure.
Listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast featuring Richard Farley, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer as they dissect all of the major story lines from the 10 games during Premier League gameweek 9.
Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.
Georginio Wijnaldum will put his goalscoring heroics to one side to concentrate on the business of ending Newcastle's derby misery at the hands of arch-rivals Sunderland.
The 24-year-old Holland international plundered four goals as the Magpies finally ended their wait for a first Barclays Premier League win of the season at the ninth attempt with a 6-2 trouncing of Norwich on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea's performances will not be pretty as he seeks to move on from the tumultuous start to the season.
Two weeks after a loss to Southampton prompted a vote of confidence in the manager the first of Roman Abramovich's 12-year ownership the Premier League champions beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Following the injury to Danny Ings, new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that he only needs two strikers in his squad. However, with Daniel Sturridge picking up another injuryand Benteke frequentingthe treatment room at Melwood, Klopp really only has one fully fit striker at his disposal. Divock Origi.
The frenzy that greeted Jürgen Klopp's appointment as Liverpool manager always meant that the German's first match in charge of the club would be somewhat of a let-down. The man is a very good manager, but not an alchemist. He has the same squad and resources to work with as Brendan Rodgers did after all (actually fewer, with Daniel Sturridge picking up a knee knock and Danny Ings and Joe Gomez suffering season-ending injuries).
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Eden Hazard to improve his defensive workrate after dropping the playmaker for the Premier League champions' 2-0 win at home to Aston Villa.
Hazard, the recipient of numerous player of the year awards last term as Chelsea won the title, began on the substitutes' bench as Diego Costa scored one and forced an Alan Hutton own goal to ease the pressure on Mourinho and pile more on Villa boss Tim Sherwood.
Arsenal moved to second in the Barclays Premier League with an impressive 3-0 win at Watford.
The Gunners, who had beaten Manchester United before the international break, were made to work hard for their victory following a spirited effort by the well-organized Hornets.
Ultimately, though, the technical superiority of Arsene Wenger's men proved enough, as in-form Alexis Sanchez netted after a breakaway on 62 minutes, with goals from substitute Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey helping to keep Arsenal only two points behind leaders Manchester City.
Diego Costa eased Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's concerns as Aston Villa's hapless defenders heaped more misery on Tim Sherwood at Stamford Bridge.
Costa returned from suspension to score one and force another as the Premier League champions won 2-0 and their fans sang "we are staying up" something which cannot be said with any certainty of Sherwood's Villa.
Wayne Rooney scored his first goal at Goodison Park for eight years as Manchester United coasted to a 3-0 victory on an emotional afternoon for Everton.
The news of Howard Kendall's death prior to kick-off led to a subdued atmosphere inside Goodison Park and the current crop of Everton players were unable to replicate the kind of performances seen under the club's greatest manager.
Goodison Park said goodbye to one of its most favorite and certainly most successful sons with the passing of former player and manager Howard Kendall.
Flags flew at half-mast, video tributes were played, players from both Everton and opponents Manchester United wore black armbands and there was a pre-match period of appreciation for the 69-year-old, who died suddenly overnight in a Southport hospital.
Coming off of a massive 3-0 win againstManchester United on October 4, some Arsenal fans were worried that the club could lose momentum heading into a week-and-a-half international break. This, however, was not the case. Seventeen Arsenal players, both first teamers and youngsters, featured for their home countries during various competitions.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Kevin Brown from Fusion's Soccer Gods.
During the interview, Kevin Brown (@FriendlyFaux) chats about the soccer culture in Miami, how David Beckham and government officials are trying to force through a MLS stadium by declaring parts of Little Havana a slum, his top 5 American footballers of all time, the supporters culture in US soccer, and more.
The international break is over, and the Premier League has returned. Complete with several enticing fixtures including Spurs against Liverpool to kick it all off, our favorite commentators will be taking their positions in stadiums up and down England and Wales. Butwho will be calling the games that we'll be watching on TV, online and our mobile devices?
Today's news that the German soccer federationcould have been involved in bribery around the 2006 World Cup will shake many people to the core. It is easy to point to nations with a history of abuse (Qatar) or corruption (Russia), or individuals with suspicious pasts, and say that they are the problem.
We see this once or twice a year the United States' women's national team going outside of their comfort zoneto callin new faces, the way most national teams do on a more regular basis. But given how infrequently head coach Jill Ellis, her staff, and her immediate predecessors introduce significant new talent into the team's player pool, you'll forgive the women's soccer world for being abuzz after today's announcement: The US's campfor the next gamesofits Victory Tourwill includeseven players who were notpart of this summer's World Cup.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has hit out at Belgium after captain Vincent Kompany featured in their final Euro 2016 qualifier this week.Kompany was called up for international duty despite missing City's last five games with a calf injury.
Pellegrini had insisted that his influential skipper would not be fit for either of the games against Andorra or Israel but Belgium coach Marc Wilmots fielded him in the latter.
It all looked so promising in July.With the Milan clubs faltering big time despite a change in management and Rafa Benitez's Napoli failing to reach their full potential, the stage was set for Lazio to push on for a Champions League spot.Sparked on by the wonderful skills of Antonio Candreva and Felipe Anderson and the predatorial instincts of veteran Miroslav Klose (13 goals from 21 starts), the biancocelesti managed to achieve a top-three finish for the first time in 14 years and the first time since Serie A expanded to 20 teams.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has called for transparency from the Football Association over its "extraordinary" fines, and he wants the League Managers' Association to intervene.
This week Jose Mourinho was handed a £50,000 fine and a suspended one-match stadium ban for claiming that officials were "afraid" to award Chelsea penalties after his side were denied a spot kick during their 3-1 home defeat to Southampton prior to the international break.
It turns out World Cup corruption isn't limited to your Qatars, Russias and other developing parts of the soccer world. No, even the most historic of soccer strongholds, like Germany, aren'timmune to FIFA's infamous pay-to-play game.
According to a report today from the Der Spiegel, Germany won the right to host the 2006 World Cup with the aid of a 10.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with FOX Soccer announcer Mark Rogondino.
During the interview, Mark Rogondino discusses his work at FOX Sports from the FOX Sports World days through FOX Soccer Channel until present time. The announcer/presenter shares his opinions about what NWSL needs to do to grow in the US, as well as whether LA Galaxy is unstoppable, and memories of playing on the same college team as Jimmy Conrad.
Everton are the target of a potential takeover by US investors connected to Sporting Kansas City, reports emerged today by the BBC.
It's understood that Everton value the club at £225 million, and that RobbHeineman, the CEO of Sporting Club, the parent company of Sporting Kansas City, will be at Goodison Park this Saturday for takeover discussions.
It's dangerous to look at the Premier League table early on in the season, making the adulation Manchester United received after they scaled the summit following a 3-0 win against Sunderland a little premature.
This current spell was always going to say more about Louis van Gaal's reshaped side than the nascent stages of the campaign; away games against Arsenal and Everton, followed by a clash with Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has defended the second annual £3 million payment to majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.The American businessman has now received the figure twice in the last two years as advisory fees from his Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE) company.
SEE MORE: Top 5 must-see games on television this weekend.
Many professional footballers go into punditry, while others continue to advertise products for some of the world's biggest corporations. Others, meanwhile, take up ambassadorial positions at their former clubs and others just seem to disappear off the face of the earth.
Perhaps the most famous instance of a former footballer appearing in the news was when Terry Bradbury, a former Chelsea player in the 1950s, struck it rich by winning the Euromillions and landed an impressive £5.
England boss Roy Hodgson needs to make room for Ross Barkley in his starting XI, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez.The 21-year-old playmaker was the stand-out performer during Euro 2016 qualifying wins against Estonia and Lithuania over the past week, but Hodgson must make a big decision if he is to fit Barkley into his team, either in midfield or the number 10 role ahead of next summer's tournament in France.
Jozy Altidore needs to grow up. On Wednesday night, the 25-year-old, 87-time United States international picked up his third red card of the calendar year in a game where he wasn't even on the field. Between club and country, it was his third dismissal of the calendar year.
It's perfectly acceptable to dislike a call the referee makes (what player doesn't at some point), but Altidore needs to realize that there are three people on that field who change the referee's mind the two assistant referees, and the fourth official and he isn't one of them.
It's completely unprecedented: a women's professional soccer league in the United States reaching a fourth season. Not only that, the National Women's Soccer League hasn't lost a single founding club in three years and has successfully added an expansion team, with a second on the way. By the time the league begins its fourth season this spring, it will have grown from its original eight clubs to 10.
Ronald Koeman insists he has no interest in becoming Holland's next manager and remains committed to Southampton.Oranje coach Danny Blind is under intense pressure as a consequence of his team's failure to qualify for Euro 2016 but Koeman, once an iconic Netherlandsinternational who has repeatedly been linked with the job, is adamant that even if it was offered to him he would choose to remain in the Premier League:
SEE MORE: 5 must-see matches on television this weekend.
In presidential politics, it's called the beer test. It's based on the theory that what really matters is personality, not policies. Voters ask themselves: Would I want to have a beer with this person? Would they be good company?
We'd all want to have a beer with Jurgen Klopp, and not only because he's German solikely knows good lager.
Jose Mourinho has attackedEngland's Football Association for perceived inconsistencies in its disciplinary process and again hit out at Arsene Wenger without naming the Arsenal boss.
Mourinho was handed a one-match suspended stadium ban and fined £50,000 on Wednesday evening after accepting a misconduct charge from the Football Association for comments he made aboutofficials in the wake of the 3-1 loss to Southampton on Oct.
Arsene Wenger has defended the cost of tickets at Arsenal, insisting the board are keen to make them "more affordable" to fans.
The BBC's 'Price of Football' survey found that Arsenal sold the most expensive Premier League match-day tickets at £97.Meanwhile, a Bayern Munich supporters' group has said it will not enter the Champions League fixture at the Emirates Stadium next week until five minutes into the game in protest at the 'outrageous' £64 their fans are being charged.
New Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is confident British managers can still get top Barclays Premier League jobs despite the influx of foreign coaching talent.The 60-year-old, who once famously remarked he would never be employed by a top-four club because his name is not "Allardici," was handed his latest rescue mission, this time at the Stadium of Light, when he was appointed as Dick Advocaat's replacement last week.
After a surprisingly entertaining international break, domestic soccer is back on the menu around the globe again this weekend. And while this week's quintet of must-watch games don't quite compare to the previous round's almost perfect weekend of fixtures, there are still a plethora of tremendous matches to savor.
Italian striker Sebastian Giovinco scored one of the goals of the season last night to help create history by helping Toronto FC qualify for the MLS playoffs for the first time in the club's 8-year history.
The goal by the 28-year-old Italian has to be seen to be believed. His solo run, cutting inside and bamboozling defenders, and then hitting a beautiful shot that went into the far corner of the net is simply out-of-this-world.
Domestic drama will soon consume the soccer spotlight once more, with the protagonist of the coming weekend being Liverpool's new motivator in chief, Jurgen Klopp. Exchanging Brendan Rodgers' pre- and post-match rehearsals on ‘mentality' for the German giant's energetic charisma has already drawn positive reviews from the British press-pack, but will the trade of ‘hunting in packs' for the famed ‘gegenpress' win any serious tactical accolades?
The last time we checked in with Bayern Munich, the German champions had dominated their first three matches of the Bundesliga campaign and showed no signs of slowing down. Five matches later and they have not only made good on that, they have somehow improved. In both their Bundesliga and Champions League campaigns they have appeared invincible.
Every big club is hated. Fans of English soccer hate Manchester United because of its domestic dominance over the last two decades, and because of its spoilt, oftentimes insufferable fanbase. Ditto for German fans and Bayern Munich. Real Madrid is rightly seen as arrogant by everyone who isn't a Real Madrid fan.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, Press Association Sport understands. The 18-year-old was forced from the field after injuring his right knee in the 80th minute of England Under-21s' 3-0 victory against Kazakhstan on Tuesday night.
Young Lions boss Gareth Southgate moved to ease fears over the extent of Gomez's injury after the game, but Liverpool will hold a press conference on Thursday where they are expected to confirm that the 18-year-old left-back's season is over.
Listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast featuring Richard Farley, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer as they preview this weekend's big Premier League matches, as well as diving into a discussion of the international break.
Some of the international break topics discussed include:
•The opinion about Klinsmann in Europe according to Laurence, •Wales and Northern Ireland qualifying for Euro 2016 while the Netherlands miss out, •Discussion about the USA's 2-3 loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup, •Other updates regarding the international break.
The worst thing about Holland's failure to qualify for the European Championships is the general apathy surrounding the entire debacle. We've seen teams fight for their survival before, and the panic levels sufficed: As Mexico limped into last year's World Cup there was a palpable sense of fear when they were rescued by the United States.
Manchester City have made a profit for the first time since the club's takeover by Sheikh Mansour in 2008, despite what the chairman describes as a "below par" season on the pitch.City made a £10.7 million profit in the 2014-15 season,figures which highlight how the club have been able to free themselves of any UEFA financial fair play sanctions.
Sometimes in life, the "way out" of a jam is by ... doing nothing. You keep your head down and ride out the proverbial storm, uncomfortably perhaps, but more or less safe in the knowledge that worms turn, fortunes swing, the sun comes up tomorrow, etc.
The waves of frustrated discontent over Jurgen Klinsmann and his performance as all-powerful US mean's national team boss are beating US Soccer shores like never before.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez expects to have John Stones back available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League home clash with Manchester United.The 21-year-old defenderStones has missed the Toffees' last two games because of a knee injury and was also not involved for England during the international break.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £50,000 and given a suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about the refereeing in the Blues' 3-1 loss to Southampton before the international break. Mourinho's punishment comesafter being charged with misconduct by England's FA on Oct.
It's been over 2 years since FOX Soccer was shut down and replaced by FXX.
A lot has changed in those 2 years. Soccer is more readily available to be watched on TV and online than ever before in the United States, but it's strewn across many networks and plenty of online choices. The comfort of knowing you could switch on one specific channel and always be greeted by a soccer game or broadcast has long disappeared.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful Alexis Sanchez should return fit from international duty with Chile ready to help fire the Gunners' Barclays Premier League campaign at Watford.
Sanchez smashed six goals in his last three club appearances before heading off with La Roja for their opening 2018 World Cup qualifiers, where he netted in the win against Brazil as well as a brace in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Peru.
Sam Allardyce will found his Sunderland rescue mission on trying to repair the holes in a porous defense.
The 60-year-old will get to work with his players in earnest later this week when the club's remaining internationals return from duty with their respective countries ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with David Larkin of ChangeFIFA.
During the interview, Larkin discusses why soccer fans need to be afraid of FIFA members who are touting reform, why there should be concerns about Prince Ali running for FIFA President, whether soccer is corrupt from top to bottom across the globe, why soccer fans should be just as concerned with the FAs of each country as they should be about FIFA, how the US Soccer Federation resembles the mafia, what is ChangeFIFA, what soccer fans can do to enact change and much more.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois hopes to be back in action from a knee injury by December, but the Blues are expected to be without defender Branislav Ivanovic when Barclays Premier League action resumes.
Belgium international Courtois needed surgery following damage to ligaments in his right knee suffered in training last month.
The Netherlands became the biggest casualty of the 2016 European Championship qualifying cycle on Tuesday, witha 3-2 loss to theCzech Republic confirming thethird place finishers at the 2014 World Cup would not qualify for UEFA's preeminent international competition.
Even if the Dutch had won, their status would have also been confirmed by Turkey's win over Iceland, a 1-0 victory thanks to a late Selcuk Inan goal that gavethe Turks third place in Group A.
It's been 20 long years since Paul Rideout scrambled a goal home to win the FA Cup for Everton against Manchester United, and since then the Blues haven't won another piece of silverware.They have, though, for the past decade been in a very comfortable position, first started by David Moyes and then continued by Roberto Martinez.
The first post backing their player alreadycaused a stir among United Soccermen's soccer's most devoutsupporters, but Borussia Moenchegladbach didn't stop there. One day after midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson returned unexpectedly early from international duty with the U.S., the Bundesliga club sent out two tweets assuring that yes, the player who'd been controversially released from national team duty was, in fact, injured.
Manchester United defender Paddy McNair is to remain in Helsinki for another night for further assessment on the abdominal injury sustained on Northern Ireland duty.Press Association Sport understands the 20-year-old is still being monitored at a hospital in the Finnish capital.
McNair was injured in the 13th minute of Sunday's 1-1 draw against Finland a result which saw Michael O'Neill's men win Euro 2016 qualifying Group F but played on until the 51st.
West Ham have struck a deal with Dutch second division side VVV-Venlo that will see young players loaned between the two clubs.The Hammers announced the deal on Tuesday after extensive research from academy manager Terry Westley to find what he considered the right match-up.
Westley's son, Sam, has already moved to Venlo on loan earlier this season and more talent from West Ham is now likely to move to Holland in the coming months.
Saturday was a disastrous day for US Soccer. Not only did the USMNT lose to Mexico and fail to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup, but the US U-23 team lost in the semi-finals of Olympic Qualifying to Honduras and now faces the possibility of missing the Olympics for the second time in a row.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with ESPN FC reporter Andrea Canales.
During the interview, Canales shares her opinion of Jurgen Klinsmann as coach, his poor excuses he gave in the press conference, why the US soccer press is reluctant to ask him tough questions as well as her opinions about Juan Carlos Osorio as the new head coach of the Mexico national team.
After struggling with poorTV viewing figuresfor live Bundesliga games so far this season, FOX Sports has decided to throw a "Hail Mary" and show 8 Bundesliga games live on the over-the-air FOX network in 2016.
The games will be shown from January through May in the second half of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season.
Other than Mexico, who beat the United States to win the CONCACAF Cup in California, there were two other clear winners Saturday night — Univision and FOX Sports due to impressiveTV viewing numbers for the classic rivalry between these two nations.
While the numbers from FOX Sports have not been published yet, the USA-Mexico game on Univision averaged5.
A full-blown coaching crisis. I've been waiting so long. Never in my lifetime has there been this much scrutiny on a United States head coach, yet after Saturday's 3-2 loss to Mexico, the United States have an undeniable soccer "crisis" on their hands. The team's not progressing. Fans are pissed off.
Jurgen Klopp held his first training session as Liverpool manager with a reduced squad, but there was some early good news for the German.
International duty meant just nine first-team players, supplemented by three youth team goalkeepers, were present at Melwood as the former Borussia Dortmund boss began work proper on Monday afternoon after his appointment on Thursday.
Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista recently spoke about his difficult childhood growing up in south Sao Paulo. The 24-year-old revealed that seeing his mother live in problematic conditions in his native country motivated him to help give her a better home.
"She lived in a shack in a favela," Gabriel told Arsenal Player.
Vincent Kompany could feature for Belgium in Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifying clash with Israel in Brussels.The centerback has missed the last five games in all competitions for Manchester City due to a calf problem, and prior to the current international break, Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini's verdict on Kompany, with regard to his chances of being involved in his country's forthcoming matches against Andorra and Israel , was "he cannot play".
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no plans to poach any of his former players from Borussia Dortmund and insists he is not interested in what money is available in the January transfer window.The German has reiterated his desire to work with the squad he has inherited from predecessor Brendan Rodgers most of whom he has not met, as they are on international duty.
On August 8, the National Premier Soccer League shocked the US soccer landscape by drawing a record crowd to Chattanooga FC's Finley Stadium for the NPSL National Championship match. Although many of the 18,227 fans left disappointed after Chattanooga fell to New York Cosmos B, interest in the league and Chattanooga FC was raised.
As the 2015/16 Championship season progresses, the QPR rollercoaster has yet to pull into the station to let its fans off for a moment of relief. This international break, on the back of a dramatic 4-3 last second victory over Bolton, is just another long slow climb up the hill to the next match against Birmingham City.
The United States Men's National Team program has hit a clear tipping point. Saturday's 3-2 loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup coupled with the stunning 2-0 loss to Honduras in the CONCACAF U-23 Championship represented a double-whammy indicting the current direction of the program.
Poor results and national team regression come at a point where the sport is more popular than ever before in the United States.
Just two days after Bob Bradley's USA side was knocked out of the 2010 World Cup in heartbreaking fashion by Ghana, US Soccer President Sunil Gulati was asked how he felt about the team's tournament run.
He answered, "I think the team is capable of more. I think the players know it. I think Bob knows it.
After a demoralizing loss to Mexico in a game where the US Men's National Team put in a very underwhelming performance on the same day that the US U23 team were defeated 0-2 to Honduras in Olympic qualifying, the defeated Jurgen Klinsmann went into the post-match press conference at the Rose Bowl to face the media.
On a day that was set up to provide vindication for Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer, the day only brought more questions, more anger, and more blank expressions. On a day when critical goals for Klinsmann himself could have been met, the US failed to meet them, and now everyone is left to wonder just how much improvement there has been over the past four years, if any.
USA faces Mexico tonight in the CONCACAF Cup, live from Pasadena, California. Here's everything you need to know about the game. Plus feel free to share your opinions, observations and questions in the comments section below with fellow readers from around the world.
Two years ago, CONCACAF split the region's berth to the Confederations Cup between two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, assuring that both editions in a four-year cycle have the same importance from a competitive perspective.
Before the start of the 2015 MLS season, no one picked FC Dallas to win the Western Conference, much less the Supporters' Shield or MLS Cup. With three games remaining in the regular season however, FC Dallas (with a game in hand) is tied with LA Galaxy on 51 points atop the Western Conference and three points behind New York Red Bulls in the Supporters' Shield race.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in Argentina's 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Ecuador.
The 27-year-old, fresh from plundering five goals in City's 6-1 Barclays Premier League win over Newcastle last Saturday, was carried off on a stretcher after sustaining the problem to his left leg midway through the first half in Buenos Aires.
If you want to get a flavor for what it meant to Ecuador last night after their team beat Argentina away for the first time ever in their World Cup qualifying history, take a few minutes and savor the audio from Ecuadorian radio soccer announcer Patricio Javier Diaz.
The passionate and memorable call evokes what Diaz and many other Ecuadorians must have been feeling.
Sam Allardyce has returned to club management after a short sabbatical by accepting an offer to manage Sunderland. Ellis Short, the reclusive American-based billionaire who owns the club stated the obvious when he said "Sam was the obvious best choice for the job."
Clearly Allardyce, whose record speaks for itself, was the best choice for Sunderland.
Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and then what? The only other sure starters for the United States might be Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones, but even then, there are questions. Fitness issues mean US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann might talk himself into an XI missing one or both of thosestalwarts.
After a brief courtship that began after the resignation of Dick Advocaat, Sam Allardyce, unemployed after leaving West Ham United at the end of the 2014-15 Premier League season, has been hired as the new manager of Sunderland. The former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn boss has joined the club on a two-year deal, Sunderland announced Friday.
New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions he cannot work with the club's transfer committee.The existing set-up, implemented by owners Fenway Sports Group to ensure some sort of continuity with signings, was a constant frustration for predecessor Brendan Rodgers.However Klopp, used to a similar structure at former club Borussia Dortmund, has no such issues.
There's no doubt that the FIFA video game has had a profound impact on helping grow the sport of soccer in the United States. It has become a staple among the younger demographic, influencing the youth to become familiar with all of the stars and clubs from around the world.
And now, the creators at Complex have put together a documentary that takes viewers on a 25-minute jaunt through the history and still-growing legacy of the FIFA franchise by way of a collection of interviews with the game creators detailing the journey toward greatness.
If the US had taken care of business at the Gold Cup this summer, this game would nothave beennecessary. But after losing to Jamaica in the semi-final,Jurgen Klinsmann must now get the US ready to play in the region'sbiggestrivalry USA vs. Mexico. The winner goes to the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Four out of the top 25 most-viewed live soccer games on US television last weekend were shown on NBC Sports, with the number one most-viewed game being Chelsea against Southampton, which netted 948,000 viewers on NBC (Saturday, 12:30-2:30pm ET).
On the heels of Chelsea-Southampton, 866,000 watched Arsenal against Manchester United on NBCSN, which is an impressive number given that the game went head-to-head with CBS' nationally televised Jets-Dolphin NFL game.
Here is the very definition of irony: Jurgen Klinsmann and Landon Donovan share a common piece of real estate in domestic soccer.
Donovan once stood as American soccer's most divisive figure. He was either a blue ribbon talent who faithfully served his country's World Cup efforts for more a decade while propping up the cause for a fledgling MLS, or he was a soft underachiever who took the easy route, never fulfilling top potential by leaning harder into European soccer.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring interviews with ESPN FC reporters Tom Marshall and Cesar Hernandez.
During the interview, the two reporters frame Saturday's CONCACAF Cup game from a Mexican perspective, talking about what the game means to El Tri, how the passion and hype for this one is building so quickly, the latest injury news and whether Chicharito will be playing or not, as well as whether the game means more for the US or Mexico, and much much more.
Contrary to most media attention, there have actually been two recent Premier League managerial vacancies. The same day as Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool departure, Dick Advocaat of Sunderland resigned from his post, saying the tools he was given to work with weren't enough to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League.
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short hopes to hold formal discussions with Sam Allardyce over the next 48 hours as he attempts to identify Dick Advocaat's replacement.
Despite days of speculation, which has seen the former West Ham boss' odds for the job plummet, there has as yet been no direct contact, with the dialogue between the two camps so far effectively limited to talks about talks.
Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti is a superb manager with an excellent resume. In a coaching career that has spanned more than two decades, he has won the Mexican league with three different teams, being named best manager in one of those tournaments, taken a fourth team to the CONCACAF Champions' Cup title, won the Copa MX and came closer than any other man to winning the Copa Libertadores with a Mexican team (an honor he shares with José Luis Real).
Jurgen Klopp's arrival at Anfield signals a statement of intent from Liverpool. No longer will they be smitten with the flavor of the month manager domestically or try desperately to cling on to past glories. Liverpool are finally acting like the big club they often proclaim to be. But not only does this feel like a risky move for Klopp, it feels like a last chance for Fenway Sports Group, too.
Liverpool have confirmed the appointment of former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp as their new manager. The German signed his contract, which Press Association Sport understands is a three-year deal, in a city center hotel after flying into Liverpool John Lennon airport on Thursday evening.
In a short statement on Twitter the club said:
"Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce Jurgen Klopp has been appointed as the club's new manager.
Today, the countries in South America embark on Round 1 of World Cup qualifying in the CONMEBOL region with several high-profile games being played including Chile vs. Brazil, Colombia vs. Peru, Argentina vs. Ecuador, Bolivia vs. Uruguay and Venezuela vs. Paraguay.
If you live in the United States, all of the games are being shown live across the following beIN SPORTS networks (all times Eastern).
The number of Americans of Mexican descent is approximately 54 million people, or almost one-sixth of the United States population. The tight balance in the CONCACAF region makes every US-Mexico game a high stakes spectacle between two often evenly-matches teams.
Mexico more or less dominated CONCACAF from the 1950s until 1995 with only minor blips interrupting four decades of control.
Lionel Messi will stand trial for tax fraud in Spain, a Spanish court ruled on Thursday. The Argentine international and his father, Jorge, are accused to defrauding Spanish tax authorities of more than $5 million, accusations both parties deny.
Despite prosecutors requesting charges be dropped, ajudge has ruled that "rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties" justified holding the case for trial.
The major qualm with Jurgen Klinsmann when he was hired by the United States became embodied in Philipp Lahm's autobiography, where the Bayern legend and former German international portrayed Joachim Loew as the real tactical mind behind the 2006 Nationalmannschaft. Klinsmann dwelled on fitness, never talked about tactics, and left the players to figure out how they would play the games, Lahm reported.
The imminent arrival of Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool's new manager has resulted in a clear-out of many of predecessor Brendan Rodgers' backroom staff.
Press Association Sport understands assistant manager Sean O'Driscoll and first-team coach Gary McAllister who were only brought in over the summer in an overhaul of coaching personnel have left their posts.
Now that Sepp Blatter, the most powerful man in world soccer, has been suspended from all soccer-related activities for the next 90 days,Issa Hayatou will serve as the interim FIFA President until a new one is appointed in February 2016 when the FIFA presidential elections happen.
But up until now, little is known by soccer fans around the world aboutIssa Hayatou.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, UEFA President Michel Platini and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke have all been provisionally suspended for 90 days by FIFA'sadjudicatory chamber,chairedbyHans-Joachim Eckert, after being investigated over corruption allegations.
The three are banned from any soccer-relatedactivity in the interim.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with reporter Juan Arango.
During the interview, Arango discusses what the sense of anticipation is like among Mexico soccer fans living in the United States, how the game is being hyped across the US and Mexico, how the expected appointment of Juan Carlos Osorio will impact the player's psychology going into this game being coached by an interim manager, and how this game compares to other USA-Mexico matches.
The last time a Welsh side qualified for a major international tournament, a 17-year old Pele would be their undoing, with a goal from the Brazilian legend knocking Wales out at the quarterfinal stage of the 1958 World Cup.
But Sweden `58 would turn out to be nothing more than an anomaly, and Wales would fail to build upon their achievement.
Germany coach Joachim Low believes Liverpool are set to make a great addition by appointing Jurgen Klopp their manager.Negotiations are continuing with the former Borussia Dortmund boss with a view to having him in place by the end of the week.Low thinks the similarities between the two clubs will help Klopp:
"He had an extraordinarily successful time in Dortmund.
Carlo Ancelotti expects Chelsea to keep faith in manager Jose Mourinho and has ruled out returning to work this season.
Former Blues boss Ancelotti has seen the London side struggle in the early stages of their Premier League title defense.Chelsea have won just two and lost four of their opening eight Barclays Premier League games and are 16th in the standings.
I read somewhere on one of the internet's dependables that Mexico's back line is looking pleasantly settled ahead of this weekend's Rose Bowl biggie.Must be nice.The United States' back line is ... well ... let's go with "ongoing work in progress." Settled? If it were any "less settled" it would be a fidgety 5-year-old on a sugar high.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with ESPN FC's reporter Jeff Carlisle.
During the interview, Carlisle previews the USA-Mexico game, discusses the 23-man USA roster, analyzes whether Tim Howard or Brad Guzan should be the starting goalkeeper, chats about the importance of this game and qualification for the 2017 Confederations Cup.
FIFA's ethics committee has recommended a 90-day suspension for president Sepp Blatter, according to Wednesday reports. The recommendation will now go to FIFA's adjudicatory arm where, if accepted, Blatter could be banned until early January. Hans-Joachim Eckhart, the German judge who will render the final decision, is expected to make a final rulingon Thursday, whena decision upholding the committee's suggestion could increase calls for Blatter'simmediate resignation.
The rivalry between the USA and Mexico on and off the soccer field is unprecedented. Even when it's an exhibition game, it's never a friendly. But this time, it's a do-or-die game. The winner qualifies for the 2017 Confederations Cup. The losing US manager could get fired.
With the game scheduled to kick off at 9:30pm ET on Saturday live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, expectations are that several million people in the US will watch the game across Univision and FOX Sports 1.
Ever since I started watching soccer on English-language U.S. television regularly in August 1994 (as a replacement for Major League Baseball, which had a player strike and had to cancel the World Series that year), I have always believed that the development of home-grown North American sportscasters is one small but essential element to the growth of soccer as a televised sports entertainment product.
Spain's home and away jerseys for their games in Euro 2016 are a contrast between classic and experimental.
The home shirt for Spain that they'll wear in France next summer is a classic Spain shirt with very few surprises.The red shirtfeatures a red v-neck, blue trim on the cuffs and a yellow crest and adidas logo.
Earlier last week, Brazilian legend Ronaldinho left yet another club by mutual agreement. The story was like every other. After an initial bout of optimism, his time at the club (in this case, Fluminense) quickly turned tumultuous, and a split was in the best interest of both parties.
It's the third club in the past three years for the former Ballon D'or winner cum journeyman, who's found his career petering out in a way few could have imagined back in 2006.
José Mourinho is a fantastic coach. His record speaks for itself. He's a winner. He's won all over Europe, in many competitions, with several different teams. Everywhere he's gone, titles and trophies have followed.
His time managing in the Premier League has been no different. In his first spell as Chelsea manager, he won back-to-back titles (the only manager besides Sir Alex Ferguson to do so) and went on to win several domestic cup trophies.
"Das Reebot," anew book from Raphael Honingstein which hits book stores and online retailers on Tuesday, is a masterful look at how German soccer broke out of its conservative traditions to create a world champion. While Germany has always from the view of outsiders been a world powerhouse, having never fallen short of the World Cup quarterfinals in its post-World War II history, failures at the 2000 and 2004 European Championships exposed the Germans as caught and passed by several European rivals.
Sixty-seven international games will beshownlive across televisions and the Internet to viewers across the United Statesin the next week featuring must-see games including the CONCACAF Cup (USA-Mexico), Round 1 of World Cup qualifiers from South America, and the final two matches in Euro 2016 qualifying as several nations are on the precipice of qualifying for the tournament to be played next summer.
Johan Cruyff believes Jose Mourinho is setting a bad example to young people with his behavior. Cruyff launched an attack on the former Chelsea manager and reopened his war of words with Louis van Gaal during an interview with Sky Sports News on Tuesday.
Mourinho has come in for criticism for his management of Chelsea so far this season.
There's a sense of creeping dread familiar to Mexican soccer fans, that sinking feeling that occurs when the opposition progresses past the midfield and is driving at the back line:"Oh no. We can't stop them."
Mexico has a long history of great goalkeepers and defensive midfielders. Defenders?
"The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support." That sentence, the first of Chelsea FC's statement in support of Jose Mourinho, should quiet doubts instead of inspiring them. But that's not how momentum works, and at this moment – with Chelsea off to their worst start since 1978; with Mourinho, in a purportedly dreaded third year on the job – the narrative is in control, and that narrative is either in the second act of a remarkable comeback or winding up the final scenes of a predictable conclusion.
Striker Thomas Müller scored 2 of the 5 goals on Sunday as Bayern Munich steamrollered over Borussia Dortmund in a top of the table clash in the Bundesliga.
Out of the 6 goals scored that day, the one that was the most special was the solo effort by Müller. Not only was it the way he flicked the ball around the approaching goalkeeper, and then ran past him to calmly slot the ball into the back of the net, but —as you see in the 3D animation below —the pass from Jerome Boateng was simply sublime.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Gary Bailey from beIN SPORTS.
During the interview, Nate chats with Gary about his time as goalkeeper of Manchester United, how the role as goalkeeper has changed from the 1970s until now, some of his most memorable memories of his playing career, who he rates as the best goalkeeper in the world, why he decided to play for England instead of South Africa, and much more.
Liverpool's non-international players returned to training on Tuesday as the club continue their pursuit of Jurgen Klopp to become the new manager.
After Brendan Rodgers' sacking on Sunday assistant boss Sean O'Driscoll, first team coach Gary McAllister and development coach Pep Lijnders have been tasked with taking care of sessions at Melwood in the interim.
Arsenal took most of the soccer world by surprise on Sunday by dismantling rivals Manchester United 3-0 at the Emirates. The north London outfit was the better side from start to finish, but it was Arsenal's first half display that set to the two clubs apart. Superstars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil ran the show for the Gunners, the dynamic duo scoring all three of their team's goals within the first 20 minutes of the game (Alexis withtwo).
For all his Liverpool deficiencies, Dejan Lovren is actually remembered fondly by Southampton fans as a pacy, reliable, ball-playing defender who surprisingly did very little wrong. Brought to St. Mary's from French club Lyon for £8.5 million, Lovren's performances were enough to convince Liverpool to part with £20 million for his services just one year later.
It was hard not to let out a wry smile this season as Jose Mourinho got into odd beefs with his medical staff, and the well-mannered Diego Costa shockingly veered off into the deep end of on the pitch debauchery. The delight was not due to any particular veneration for the pair but more out of relief: They aren't La Liga's problem anymore.
Chelsea's start to the Premier League season, which has seen the North London club lose two of its last three home matches in the league and drop four of the last seven overall in league play, is the worst start for a defending champion in memory.
Manager Jose Mourinho's 7-minute rant to Sky Sports after Saturday's 3-1 loss to Southampton was an entertaining disconnect from reality.
Giovani dos Santos will not be with Mexico when El Tritakes on the United States inSaturday's CONCACAF Cup playoff, LA Galaxy confirmedon Monday. The Mexican international was pulled from head coach Ricardo Ferretti's team with a muscle strain, a status Ferretti revealedshortly before the Galaxy announced the withdrawal.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho faces a misconduct charge from the Football Association over comments he made following his team's3-1 defeat to Southampton.The under-pressure Chelsea boss, who was given the backing of the club in an official statement on Monday afternoon, was later charged by the FA over his comments about referee Robert Madley.
Here are the 10 things we learned from Week 31 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season.
1. Nick Sakiewicz Out In Philadelphia
The nightmare Philadelphia Union fans never thought they'd escape is finally over. In the immediate aftermath of another heart-breaking home defeat in the US Open Cup final, Philly sacked its long-loathed CEO, Nick Sakiewicz.
Over the course of the last few years, discussion of what an open pyramid in the United States and Canada would look like has become a major talking point for soccer fans. In a closed league system, it's difficult to conceive sometimes how sides would fare against one another. For example, USL, the current third division, is littered with MLS reserve sides while NASL, the second division, has completely different squad rules than MLS.
Telemundo soccer commentator Andres Cantor delivered his trademark GOLLL calls on Sunday for the match between Arsenal and Manchester United. But his finest of the day came after Alexis Sanchez scored his second goal of the match, as he struck a thunderbolt into the back of the net to make it 3-0 to Arsenal.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he has been left with difficult questions to answer over the international break after his side were taken apart by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
The Red Devils started the weekend top of the Barclays Premier League, but were usurped first by free-scoring Manchester City on Saturday and then the Gunners following an embarrassing 3-0 defeat on Sunday, with the hosts scoring twice within as many minutes early in the match.
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short has launched the search for a seventh head coach in as many years following Dick Advocaat's departure.
The Black Cats confirmed what had become an open secret on Sunday afternoon, announcing that the 68-year-old, who was persuaded to sign a year-long contract during the summer after sparing the club from relegation at the end of last season, had left with immediate effect along with assistant Zeljko Petrovic.
Listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast featuring Richard Farley, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer as they dissect all of the major story lines from the 10 games during Premier League gameweek 8.
Among the topics discussed include: Brendan Rodgers getting the sack, is it time for Mourinho to follow the same path, Bayern Munich's scintillating form, can Arsenal mount a serious challenge for the title, and City scores six, plus much more.
Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno made an embarrassing mistake this weekend when a seemingly harmless back pass fell into his path, but the goalkeeper whiffed at the ball and completely missed it, letting it roll into the back of the net.
On replay, you can see that the ball hit a divot on its way to the goalkeeper, and popped up in the air just as the goalkeeper attempted to boot it downfield.
Brendan Rodgers' time as Liverpool manager, of late, wasa symptom of bigger problems: ideas, but not answers; potential, but no certainty; journeys, but no arrivals. The final chapter of the Rodgers era has taken on the same feeling of Roy Hodgson's short, ill-fated stay with Liverpool, where you knew a good coach roamed Anfield's technical area just as much as you knew something was amiss, and for the best of both parties, a changed needed to happen.
Today's match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is being shown live on US TV and streaming.
After Barcelona's shock defeat to Sevilla yesterday, Real Madrid has an opportunity to leapfrog Barca in the table and to climb into first place on goal difference. Having said that, Atleti is still in first place before the kickoff, so a win for Diego Simeone's team will put them six points clear of both Real and Barca.
Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States (as well as listings of commentators):
Everton vs. Liverpool, 8:30am, NBCSN; Steve Bower & Kevin Kilbane Arsenal vs. Manchester United, 11am, NBCSN; Arlo White & Lee Dixon Swansea vs. Spurs, 11am, Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Garry Birtles
• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra
Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has revealed he has made a decision over his future but refused to say what it is.
The 68-year-old attended his pre-match press conference after Saturday's 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with West Ham at the Stadium of Light, which was played out amid speculation that it was his final game in charge.
Manchester United travel to London to face fourth placed Arsenal in a massive match at the Emirates on Sunday. While it's technically not a "must-win game" for either side (as comedian Brian Regan likes to say), there will almost certainly be a special atmosphere in north London due to the historic rivalry between the two English giants.
Chelsea capitulated and were booed off as Southampton won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in almost 14 years to leave Jose Mourinho contemplating a fourth loss from eight Premier League games this season.
Captain John Terry was restored but Saints exposed the now familiar failings in the defense which just five months ago formed the foundation for winning the title.
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has signed a new two-year contract with the club. Adrian has committed to remaining in east London until 2017 while the Hammers have the option to extend the Spaniard's stay by a further two years.
The 28-year-old moved to West Ham from Real Betis in June 2013 and has since cemented his place as the club's first-choice stopper.
Today's match between Sevilla and Barcelona is being shown live on US TV and streaming.
Still reeling from the 4-1 defeat to Celta Vigo and the injury to Lionel Messi, Barcelona has an opportunity to bounce back into first place today with a victory over Sevilla (depending on results from other teams).
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Andres Cordero from beIN SPORTS.
During the interview, Adam shares his opinion about the decline of Premier League clubs in Europe this season, how he fell in love with La Liga, where he cut his teeth before becoming a broadcaster for beIN SPORTS, as well as debating why teams in Spain are better than clubs from England.
Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States (as well as listings of commentators):
Crystal Palace vs. West Brom, 7:45am, NBCSN; Peter Drury &Jim Beglin Manchester City vs. Newcastle, 10am, NBCSN; Gary Weaver &Davie Provan Sunderland vs. West Ham, 10am, USA; David Stowell &Neil McCann Aston Villa vs.
Sunday's Derbi Madrileno will pit Real Madrid against their formidable city rivals, Atletico Madrid,the latest edition of a once one-sided rivalry that has taken on new life over the last two years. Madrid come into the match in far better form, having won six of their last seven in all competitions and only allowing one goal this entire campaign.
Swansea manager Garry Monk has warned places are at risk as his side seek to end a winless run of three Barclays Premier League games against Tottenham on Sunday.
Monk has had a settled side in the opening two months of the campaign, with nine players having started every league game.But Swansea's performances have dipped since the international break at the start of September, with a goalless home draw against Everton sandwiched in between defeats at Watford and Southampton.
Amid the scandals that have become routine surrounding FIFA, fans and experts have wondered: What of the sponsors? With more pressure needed to reform what multiple jurisdictions are investigating as corruption, couldn't the body's biggest backers help motivate change?
As of today, we may begin seeing answers to those questions.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told Belgium their captain Vincent Kompany will not be fit for their final Euro 2016 qualifiers.Kompany has been named in the Belgium squad for their upcoming fixtures against Andorra and Israel despite missing City's last four games with a calf injury.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez will make a late decision on whether key defenders John Stones and Seamus Coleman are fit enough to feature in Sunday's Merseyside derby. Stones sat out Monday's Barclays Premier League win at West Brom due to a knee problem, while Coleman has missed three games because of a hamstring complaint.
Tottenham's Dele Alli was left "speechless" by his maiden England call-up, just five months after playing in League One.
This has been a remarkable year for the highly-talented 19-year-old midfielder, having secured a £5 million move to Spurs, achieved promotion with MK Dons. Now he has earned his first senior national team call-up.
Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Jose Mourinho's current reign at Chelsea Football Club? Or will The Special One find a way to turn the Blues around to salvage this season?
Chelsea's slump, which has seen them only win 2 of their first 7 matches in the Premier League season, has the team sitting in 14th position in the league table, and the Blues face a big test tomorrow when they play Southampton at Stamford Bridge (live on NBC at 12:30pm ET Saturday).
This coming Sunday, two of Germany's biggest teams will clash once again. When Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have gotten together lately, the match has been called der Klassiker, a nod to Spain's true rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
With FOX Sports, the Bundesligaseemingly can't win.
In the biggest Bundesliga game of the season featuring Sunday's matchup betweenBayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, FOX Sports has decided to demote Der Klassiker toFOX Sports 2and show NASCAR instead.
Soccer fanatics in years to come will look back on Sunday, Oct.4, 2015, and wonder if there's ever been a day of action thatrivals it. Across the globe there are a host of gripping clashes to savor between elite teams, bitter enemies and title competitors. Fanswith an eclectic tastes would probably struggle to write a better fixture list off the cuff.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Adam Sweeney from the FullTime Devils.
During the interview, Adam previews this weekend's Arsenal vs. Manchester United game, discusses his favorite Manchester United footballer of his lifetime, reviews the win against Wolfsburg, how he became a Manchester United supporter, what his opinion is about Wayne Rooney's form, and plenty of more Manchester United talk.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described continued criticism of his side as "very, very, very, very boring" and threatened to walk out of a press conference when questioned about Jose Mourinho.
The Gunners were beaten 3-2 at home by Olympiacos on Tuesday night, when stand-in goalkeeper David Ospina dropped a corner over the line and the defense then conceded a third goal immediately after equalizing.
Liverpool's Europa League campaign continues to stutter and disappoint in equal measure after they were held at home by Sion. Adam Lallana's fourth-minute strike his second goal in as many European matches was cancelled out by Ebenezer Assifuah and the Reds failed to change the 1-1 scoreline in the remaining 73 minutes.
Earlier this week, financial blogger The Swiss Ramble posted his annual review of Manchester United's accounts. While it is clear that United continues to generate eye-watering amounts of revenue, the report makes for grim viewing. This passage in particular was a stunning reminder of just how expensive the Glazers' ownership has been:
"In fact, over the last seven years they have made total operating profits of £457 million (including £148 million from player sales), which have been totally wiped out by net financing costs of £460 million.
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has told officials that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho committed "a failure of his personal judgement and public behavior" in his criticism of team doctor Eva Carneiro, it can be revealed.In a letter to FA council members, a copy of which has been obtained by Press Association Sport, Dyke says Mourinho should have apologized.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has launched another stinging attack on Arsenal, describing them as "weak," "soft" and "lacking winners."
The Gunners are staring at elimination from the Champions League group stages after losing both of their opening two matches. Arsenal went down 2-1 to Dynamo Zagreb in their first game before losing 3-2 at home to Olympiacos on Tuesday night.
Erik Lamela's resurgence continued in Monaco but a late Stephan El Shaarawy header denied Tottenham victory in the Europa League.
It may have taken two seasons to find any consistency, but the £30 million club-record acquisition from Roma is at last fulfilling his promise.Just days after the departure of oft-maligned technical director Franco Baldini, so key to the signing, Lamela began and ended a move that gave Spurs a deserved lead, negatedby substitute El Shaarawy late on as Monaco secured a 1-1 draw.
When the dust settles, Sept.30, 2015, might well be regarded as the day Cristiano Ronaldo decided to leave Real Madrid.The striker scored twice against Malmo in the Champions League, and like with most of his goals these days, one or two records fell as the ball crossed the line.Except this time, one milestone was extremely significant, representing theaccomplishment of something that started back in 2009, when he arrivedfrom Manchester United.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Drew Farmer.
During the interview, the American soccer writer talks about life living in Manchester, how he follows Major League Soccer in England, his travels and observations around the world in pursuit of the Beautiful game, his thoughts on whether Serie A can steal a Champions League qualifying spot from the Premier League, and what his observations were regarding soccer in Qatar when he lived in that country.
fuboTV, one of the best legal soccer streaming services in the United States, has launched a redesign of its website that nowfeatures DVR functionality so you canselect which games you'd like to record for later viewing.
With the DVR features in fuboTV, you can record games either before or during a matchtowatch later.
In amongst what has been a whirlwind start for Manchester City in the 2015-16 season, the performances of Sergio Aguero have been a little overlooked.
With just three goals scored in 10 appearances so far in all competitions in the early stages of this campaign, the Argentina international has been short of the levels which saw him cement his status as one of the world's finest center-forwards last season.
The Football Association's decision not to interview former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro as part of its investigation into alleged remarks made by Jose Mourinho has been called into question.
The Football Medical Association (FMA), the body which has been liaising with Carneiro after she was dropped from first team duties and then parted company with Chelsea, has expressed surprise that she was not spoken to by the governing body.
Arsenal suffered an embarrassing 3-2 defeat at home to Greek championsOlympiacos on Tuesday night. The loss not only leavesthe Gunners at the bottom of Group F in UEFA Champions League play, but some are even suggesting that the lackluster performance was one of the worst nights in manager Arsene Wenger's career with the club.
MultiMatch 90 isa service FOX Sportshardly promotes, most people aren't aware of and is hidden on FOX Soccer Plus (which many soccer fans can't subscribe to) and FOX Soccer 2GO (which costs $20 per month).
However, despite the poor marketing efforts,MultiMatch 90 isthe single best feature of FOX Sports' entire soccer coverage.
For the season-to-date through gameweek 30, MLS attendances are up 16% compared to last season.
That's encouraging news given that MLS attendances were up 12% as of July. Plus, so far this season, there have been no reported attendances of less than 10,000. Meanwhile, attendances of 18,000 or more are up 70% thanks in part to expansion teams New York City FC and Orlando City SC.
London (AFP) England's Football Association on Wednesday gave new backing to Frenchman Michel Platini to become FIFA president but said questions over his naming in a Swiss criminal investigation have to be answered.
The fast-moving FIFA corruption storm was discussed at an FA meeting on Wednesday, and the English game's governing body said it still supports Platini:
"In July, The FA board decided unanimously to support Michel Platini if he intended to stand for the presidency of FIFA.
London (AFP) Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will face no disciplinary action by the English Football Association after the governing body cleared him on Wednesday of using "discriminatory language" towards then club doctor Eva Carneiro.
Both Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn were rebuked by Mourinho for running on to treat Eden Hazard during Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Swansea City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, a move which temporarily left the English champions with nine players on the field.
After a 1-1 scoreline at the end of regulation time, Sporting Kansas City had to go through extra time and penalty kicks in order to defeat the Philadelphia Union to be crowned the 2015 US Open Cup champions.
Philadelphia Union forward Sebastien Le Toux scored the game's opening goal in the 23rd minute.