Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Raphael Gellar.
During the interview, Middle East soccer expert Raphael Gellar discusses the connections between Michel Platini and Qatar, whether Platini is a white knight, if Platini is the best of the worst, as well as the latest news from the Middle East soccer including Egypt, Israel, and more.
The onetopic that unites almost every segment of the soccerworld is the need to reformits governing body, FIFA.Unfortunately, the man who is ringing in the changes, one Michel Platini—who officially announced his candidacy Wednesday, has a murky past. He voted for Qatar in the bidding for the 2020 World Cup, and worked closely with former France President Nicolas Sarkozy to help use his influence to Qatar win the vote in exchange for Qatar purchasing $7 billion worth of French fighter jets.
FOX Sports embarks on its inaugural season as the U.S. home to the Bundesliga, Germany's top professional soccer league, on Friday, Aug. 14, expanding its multi-platform domestic coverage to unprecedented levels. More than 300 regular-season matches are scheduled for live television or streaming in the U.
Tottenham have announced Romania defender Vlad Chiriches is to join Serie A club Napoli for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old moved to north London from Steaua Bucharest for a reported fee of 9.5million euros in August 2013 but struggled to cement a regular first-team spot at White Hart Lane and will now be moved on.
Southampton's rapid ascent has seen them go from League One to the Europa League in just four years a stage Ronald Koeman believes his players are ready for.
Thursday's third round qualifier against Vitesse Arnhem will be Saints' first on the continental stage since 2003 a period in which they have plummeted to the third tier and verge of liquidation, only to rise again and last season achieve their best ever Premier League finish.
David Luiz still regards Angel di Maria as one of the best footballers on the planet and is looking forward to playing alongside him once he completes his transfer from Manchester United to Paris St Germain.
After days of negotiation, the protracted Di Maria transfer saga appears to be nearing an end.
There are few men more qualified than Peter Schmeichel to weigh into the debate surrounding Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, and the legendary Dane has encouraged the current Red Devils No. 1 to make a swift decision regarding his long-term future.
Schmeichel was speaking with World Soccer Talk after filming a new advert for Carlsberg in south London earlier this summer, opening up on his former club, Manuel Neuer, his son Kasper, Barcelona's goalkeeper rotation policy and the best save he made in his storied career.
The wait is finally over. FOX Sports has announced its coverage plans for the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, its first of a 5-year deal that FOX has signed with the top flight German league.
After many fans of German soccer expressed their outrage across the web and social media about, first, FOX's lack of communication about its Bundesliga plans, and then FOX's preliminary plans for Bundesliga TV coverage, we can reveal that FOX Sports certainly heard those complaints and made several last minute changes to its schedule.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with author Ben Lyttleton.
During the interview, Lyttleton discusses his new book just released in the USA entitled 'Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty Kick.' Some of the topics include why England are so poor at winning games from penalty shootouts, what penalties have in common with spaghetti westerns, the secrets to successfully taking PK's and much more.
After German soccer fansexpressed their disappointment on social media and this website regarding the original plans that FOX Sports had for its Bundesliga TV coverage, FOX Sports has made some changes.
FOX is expected to officially announce its coverage plans for the Bundesliga later on Thursday, but we can revealthat the season opener between Bayern Munich vs.
Kicking off at the same exact time tonight, you have two big matches —one featuring Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain where the Red Devils will win the 2015 International Champions Cup with a victory tonight. And the second match is the MLS All-Star friendly between the MLS All-Stars and Tottenham Hotspur.
Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Tom Marshall.
Welcome to today's episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis. Tom Marshall (ESPNFC) joins Jason on today's show to discuss Miguel Herrera's dismissal as head coach of the Mexican national team following an altercation with a reporter.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with former USA international defender Jay DeMerit.
During the interview, DeMerit shares his thoughts on John Brooks, how the current US team looks after its disappointing Gold Cup performance, as well as taking a trip down memory lane to discuss his experiences in England at Watford and in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Jose Mourinho has hit back at Rafael Benitez's wife with a remarkable jibe about his rival manager's weight.
Montserrat Seara had claimed in Spanish newspaper La Region that her husband "tidied up the mess" left behind by Mourinho after Benitez took over at Real Madrid this summer the third time he had joined a club previously managed by the Chelsea boss.
It had to have been one of the strangest questions Mauricio Pochettino has ever fielded, but it was a question that everyone in MLS knew was coming yes, Pochettino will shake Pablo Mastroeni's hand at the conclusion of the MLS All-Star game on Wednesday night. No matter what.
Sunday's Gold Cup Final on Univision Deportes Network (UDN) helped boost the network's ratings in July after being ranked the number one program for the week among adults 18-49 and 18-34. Altogether for the month of July, Univision beat ESPN2, FOX Sports 1 and NBCSN in primetime among total viewers, adults 18-49 and 18-34.
Sometimes it's important to stop and smell the roses. While we're just as fanatical about reading the latest transfer stories, analysis pieces and seeing clips of incredible golazos as you are, we'd like to shine the light on one of the hard-working team members at World Soccer Talk who make much of this possible.
Major League Soccer, still relatively young, just past its awkward teenage years, is occasionally a strange place. Sometimes it performs like a talented young prodigy undone temporarily by a growth spurt – which means between the posh passes and savvy feints, he sometimes stumbles over his own fast-growing feet.
When he was a player, Miguel Herrera's blonde mullet accentuated his piquant naughtiness, mixed in with a nasty mean streak. He was dogged, hard-working, and one of the peskiest defenders in Mexican soccer during a greater part of the 1990's. Although diminutive in stature, his intense nature made him a fan favorite.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal are ready to challenge for the Barclays Premier League crown this season.
Arsene Wenger has delivered three Premier League titles since replacing Bruce Rioch as manager in 1996, but the Gunners have finished no higher than third in each of the last 10 seasons as the Frenchman often shunned big-money signings in favor of developing young talent.
Harrison, New Jersey played host to yet another International Champions Cup match last night, as New York Red Bulls took on SL Benfica at Red Bull Arena. I'd seen Red Bulls defeat Chelsea 4-2 in the most recent match there, and watched Benfica lose to ACF Fiorentina on penalty kicks in East Hartford Friday night.
Following the success of his younger brother Bradley, former Manchester City, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers' winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has officially put pen to paper sealing a move to the New York Red Bulls.
Now with New York's premier Major League Soccer team, Shaun Wright-Phillips will attempt to do the same thing his brother Bradley did, revive his flailing career in the US and Canada's top-flight.
In the next few weeks, the likes of FOX Sports, NBC Sports, and ESPN will be bidding for the rights starting from the 2016-2017 season. NBC Sports has held the rights for the past two seasons, before which FOX Sports held the rights. Currently, FOX carries the rights for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, FA Cup, and Bundesliga games, among others.
Rumors began circulating during the weekend that Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is about to embark on his last season with the Bavarians. Some believe he's already agreed to become Manchester City's manager next season. Whether or not the four-time La Liga Manager of the Year leaves remains to be seen but this upcoming campaign will define his legacy in Germany.
Manchester United will finalize a deal for Barcelona forward Pedro once the sale of Angel di Maria is completed to Paris Saint-Germain.
Since the story first broke of Di Maria's potential sale to the Ligue Un champions last week, United manager Louis van Gaal has sidestepped questions pertaining tothe future of his unsettledArgentine winger.
Arsenal collected their second preseason trophy of the summer on Sunday afternoon in London. The Gunners first thrashed last season's French league runners-up, Lyon, 6-0 on Saturday, and then beat the Bundesliga runners-up, Wolfsburg, 1-0 on Sunday to win their first Emirates Cup since 2010.
Although it is only a preseason tournament, the north London outfit looked in mid-season form at the weekend.
A Manchester United fan stole the crowd's attention at a Liverpool friendly in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia over the weekend.
Despite being surrounded by Liverpool supporters, this Manchester United fan broke it down in the middle of the Liverpool supporters section and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself before being shown his seat by a Liverpool fan.
Atletico Madrid's newest signing believes Diego Simeone's side will once again be challenging Barcelona and Real Madrid for the La Liga title this season.
Atletico werecrowned champions of Spain on the final day of the 2013-14 campaign. However, after a summer which saw the key departures of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea; and the arrival of nine new players to the club, Simeone's side finishedtwo places and twelves points worse off in La Liga lastseason.
After acquiring the right to sign Didier Drogba, the Chicago Fire have traded the Ivorian national for allocation money to the Montreal Impact according to the team's official website. Not officially a part of the roster just yet, Drogba must first obtain his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) as well as his Canadian work permit.
beIN SPORTS co-commentator and analyst Ian Joy is moving to FOX Sports to be a soccer host/analyst in Los Angeles, two sources have confirmed to World Soccer Talk.
A source revealed to World Soccer Talk that "beIN SPORTS has been fantastic" to Ian, but that Joy decided not to renew his contract and believes now is an ideal time to join FOX Sports given the recent acquisition haul of the World Cup, Women's World Cup and Bundesliga, as well as other properties.
Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign defender Jose Angel Crespo from Cordoba, the Spanish club have announced.
The 28-year-old full-back started his career at Sevilla, where he was part of the squad that won the 2006 UEFA Cup, before going on to play for Racing Santander, as well as Padova, Bologna and Verona in Italy.
Under Tony Pulis, Crystal Palace became a difficult, resilient team to play against. After Pulis came to the club, Palace not only survived relegation but instead comfortably finished in mid-table. Therefore, it was a huge surprise to see Pulis depart the club ahead of the 2014-2015 season. Palace did not trust Pulis with transfers, which was fair given many of his transfer decisions at Stoke City.
Congratulations to Mexico on winning the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup after defeating Jamaica 3-1 in the final played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mexico won the match after goals from Andres Guardado (minute 31), Jesus Corona (minute 47) and Oribe Peralta (minute 61) before Jamaica pulled one back in the 80th minute after Darren Mattocks scored.
Louis van Gaal has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as a "fantastic player" after admitting he is in the hunt for a marquee signing to boost Manchester United's chances of challenging for the Champions League.
Van Gaal is hoping to mount a serious challenge for domestic and European silverware in the coming year after qualifying for the Champions League in his first term in charge.
FIFA and Sepp Blatter were the topics yet again for a segment on the hit HBO show 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.'
During Sunday night's show, John Oliver tackled the topics of Sepp Blatter and Vladimir Putin standing on the stage together at the FIFA World Cup preliminary draw, and Jeffrey Webb paying for his $10 million bond with a Ferrari, 10 properties and 5 Rolex watches.
Reported Manchester City target Kevin de Bruyne turned out for current club Wolfsburg when they faced Arsenal in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.
The 24-year-old is believed to be a major transfer target for Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium and here, Press Association Sport's Mark Bryans takes a look at his performance in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Here's everything you need to know to find Mexico vs. Jamaica on US television and/or Internet tonight in order to see who will win the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
After Mexico's controversial 2-1 win against Panama and Jamaica's shocking win against the US, the stage is set for what should be an entertaining final, which will be televised live on US TV and Internet.
After covering the International Champions Cup matches at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, I made the three hour trek north to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Not usually a fan of driving on Friday afternoons, especially from a major transit area like New York and New Jersey, I was unsurprised to find that my GPS showed a good amount of traffic between me and my destination.
While some American soccer pundits and fans were quick to write-off Jamaica as a CONCACAF "minnow" that should have been easily dispatched by the US in the Gold Cup semifinals, the reality about this new version of the Reggae Boyz is actually quite different.
Jamaica boasts nine players featuring in English football, most of whom play regularly, as well as eight MLS players plusLance Laing, arguably the best player in NASL over the course of the five season existence of that league.
Winning four straight Serie A titles and being in the Champions League final this year makes Juventus one of the best teams in the world. Unfortunately for the Bianconeri, three of their star players left and it's going to be difficult to replace them because their role and skill was crucial to the success of the team.
This is the game the US wasn't supposed to be playing in. But after falling to Jamaica 2-1 on Wednesday night (and costing themselves an automatic berth to the 2017 Confederations Cup), it's the game the US is stuck playing in. There is now an immense amount of pressure on Jurgen Klinsmann to start delivering on the promises he made when he was hired four years ago because there are now very serious rumblings on whether he should keep his job or not.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with legendary soccer commentator Seamus Malin.
Malin, who announced World Cup, USA and Cosmos games across networks including ABC, ESPN, CBS and others from the 1970s to the 2000′s, took a walk down memory lane to chat about the growth of soccer in the United States, his passion for Aston Villa, his memories of the original NASL as well as his opinions about the current USA Men's National Team squad and Jurgen Klinsmann.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has heaped praise on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal ahead of Saturday's International Champions Cup match between the two sides in San Francisco.
Bartomeu feels Van Gaal who coached Barcelona during two separates stints from 1997-2000 and 2002-2003 is the perfect person to lead United back to domestic and European glory following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
As any soccer fan will tell you, while watching your favorite club on television is pretty great, seeing their favorite club live, in the flesh, is a luxury.
As I watched the thousands of eager fans stream into Red Bull Arena for the 2015 International Champions Cup (ICC) matches earlier this week, I was once again reminded of how amazing of an opportunity this tournament is for the overseas fan.
Canadian media company Sportsnet has acquired the rights to broadcast the Bundesliga in Canada for the next 5 years.
In 2013, FOX Sports acquiredthe 2015-2020 Bundesliga TV rights for the USA and Canada.Since FOX doesn't have a presence in Canada, FOX Sports decided to sub-license the Canadian rights to Sportsnet, who will launch their coverage of the league in August for seasons 2015/16 through 2019/20.
Arsene Wenger has dismissed comments made by Lord Harris that Arsenal could buy virtually any player in the world.
Harris, a director at the club and founder of Carpetright, was quoted as saying the club are now in a financial position to buy all but six players and backed Wenger to break the Gunners' transfer record, having brought in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the past two years.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expects to know the severity of Fabian Delph's hamstring injury on Saturday after the midfielder left the field on a stretcher during the 4-1 pre-season defeat to Real Madrid.
Delph, who signed from Aston Villa after making a U-turn over his switch to City last week, lasted less than 20 minutes after a tussle with Luka Modric resulted in his early exit from the International Champions Cup game in Melbourne.
Genuine all-rounders are rare in soccer. Second strikers, No. 10s, inverted wingers and holding midfielders; trequartistas, registas and liberos; positions are specific and players are bracketed by increasingly defined criteria. But some bespoke players do possess those multifaceted traits, like Arturo Vidal.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Susie Schaaf about FOX's TV coverage of the Bundesliga.
Schaaf, an expert on Bundesliga soccer and Bayern Munich, speaks to Nate Abaurrea and shares her concerns about the TV coverage plans from FOX Sports, how it's a smack in the face to fans of German soccer, what the coverage could have looked like, as well as her thoughts on the upcoming Bundesliga season and who can challenge Bayern for the title.
As Liverpool have wrapped up the majority of their summer spending after the £32.5 million acquisition of Christian Benteke, it's probably a good time to evaluate where the squad stands going into the new Premier League season. Since much of Liverpool's success will rely on how the new signings fit in with the existing squad, as well as Brendan Rodgers' ability to find the best formation and tactics to get the most out of players both new and old.
After one day of letting the US' loss to Jamaica marinate, very little about it has changed in the grand perspective. But one question has arisen based on what the entirety of Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure has entailed thus far is playing the long game in international soccer viable? Better yet, is it even possible?
As expected, the USA's 2-1 loss in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals to Jamaica was met by the usual chorus of critiques from some quarters of the American soccer press and reactive US fans. The criticism was quite predictable –"Jürgen Klinsmann must be fired," "The US is badly underachieving," "This team was better off under Bob Bradley," etc.
I'm not surprised that the United States lost to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal on Wednesday night. If you've been watching the tournament, you probably weren't surprised either.
Jamaica is a solid team. Thanks to a new coach, the best part of two months together this summer thanks to a Copa America invite, and a clearly defined tactical setup, the Reggae Boyz know exactly who they are.
NBC Sports has released its first video to promote coverage of the 2015/16 season that kicks off on August 8.
While it's not in the class of their American Coach in London series starring Jason Sudeikis, it features a great theme which centers on the question of "Are you up for football?" Are up for early Saturday and Sunday mornings for Premier League soccer?
Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard, the greatest Italian (definitively) and English (arguably) players of the 21st century, are coming to America. Their paths famously crossed on that 2005 night in Istanbul, back when Gerrard looked exactly the same but Pirlo hadn't yet birthed the beard that gives him his >brooding ilprofessore look.
After every press conference to introduce a new manager through the years – and I've been to a bunch, mostly in soccer, but in other sports also – some fan or supporter, thrilled about the new program savior, would approach me afterward to ask eagerly: "Well, what do you think about the new guy?
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez is confident disgruntled defender Sergio Ramos will remain at the club past this summer.
It has been well-publicized that Ramos and club president Florentino Perez have had a major falling out concerningvarious personal and professional issues.
In June, it was reported that theSpain international told Real Madrid officials he wanted them to negotiate a transfer with Manchester United and only United because he felt his relationship with Perez had been fractured past the point of no return.
The US Men's National Teamloss to Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final Wednesday night is a shock to the US Soccer system, and it's indicative of many tournament specific failures. However the big picture is still a different matter.
In this particular tournament, the US was not good enough by any measure.
After another dismal performance, the United States has paid the ultimate price: A humiliating loss to Jamaica at the Georgia Dome in the Gold Cup semifinal – the first to a Caribbean team at home for the US since 1968, the US' first Gold Cup loss before the final in five tournaments, and the Americans' first ever defeat to a CONCACAF team other than Mexico in the history of the tournament.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Empire of the Kop's Antoine Zammit.
Antoine discusses the signing of Christian Benteke, how Liverpool will line up in the season ahead, his thoughts on Mario Balotelli, as well as his memories of the 1981 and 1984 European Cup finals when Liverpool beat Real Madrid and Roma respectively.
Arsenal is interested in purchasing Barcelona youngster Sergi Samper, according to Spanish sports publication Mundo Deportivo. The report suggests that the Barcelona B defensive midfielder has an £8.5 million release clause and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is more than willing to meet the hefty price tag for the 20-year-old.
So far, some would say it has been a quiet pre-season for Tottenham Hotspur as Mauricio Pochettino faces up to the challenges of a building upon a promising first season as Tottenham manager, with a fifthplaced finish and cup final to show for his efforts. Often known for making at least one marquee signing in the summer transfer window, Spurs have quietly gone about strengthening the defence, with Belgian international and club shop shirt printers nightmare Toby Alderweireld being the highest profile name to join the club.
This year, despite being a superb attacking team, AFC Bournemouth have had to suffer the indignity of being labelled as easy pickings for the established Premier League giants. It's frustrating for a soccer fan like me to see a team who were as good as Bournemouth last season automatically written off.
West Ham have signed Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini on a season-long loan from United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira.
Lanzini is the Hammers' seventh signing of the summer and the club hold an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old, who is nicknamed 'The Jewel', has played four times for Argentina Under-20s and came through the same River Plate youth system that produced the likes of Ariel Ortega and Javier Mascherano.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Mario Balotelli's future lies in the player's own hands despite his omission from their pre-season tour.
The Italy international was among a number of players, Jose Enrique and Fabio Borini included, who were left behind at the club's Melwood training base while the rest flew out for friendlies in Thailand, Australia and Malaysia.
The United States is a country that stands for freedom, with a hands-off, free market economy. So much so, in fact, that many a rich person has built their fortune using the rather unimposing economic principles that govern our system. It is also a playground for the robber baron, a place where the con artist can try to pull the wool over eyes long enough to amass his haul, with the hope that he can escape to safe sanctuary before the wolves knock at the door.
Louis van Gaal still expects Angel di Maria to join Manchester United's tour of the United States on Saturday despite reports the £59.7million midfielder is closing in on a transfer to Paris St Germain.
Di Maria failed to impress at United last season following his record move to Old Trafford from Real Madrid.
The US is once again into the semifinals of the Gold Cup thanks to what was their best display of the tournament thus far, thrashing Cuba 6-0. The focus now turns to making sure that the US can take care of business against a much improved Jamaica team.
It was a huge positive to see the US finally play up to its full potential.
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could be offered the chance of a loan move to Roma, Press Association Sport understands.
The 25-year-old played in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa at Wembley, but lost his place in the Gunners' Barclays Premier League side to David Ospina at the turn of the year following some inconsistent performances and being fined for smoking in the showers after the defeat at Southampton.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has conceded it may take a huge fee to prise Everton defender John Stones away from Goodison Park.
The Premier League champions had a bid reported to be in the region of £20million rebuffed by the Toffees last week, with manager Roberto Martinez criticizing the Blues for the way they handled their approach.
Reports from Italy are suggesting that Roma are on the verge of signing goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal. Il Tempo claims that the Italian club has already agreed personal terms with the 25-year-old Gunner and are now working to finalize a transfer fee with the Premier League club.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Sports Illustrated writer Liviu Bird.
During the interview, Liviu discusses Deandre Yedlin's youth club's grievance against MLS, the recent developments about more youth clubs joining Crossfire against MLS and US Soccer, how cooperative MLS and the USSF has been in this story, whether the pay-to-play model is holding the United States back, and much more.
When Joan Laporta came to power back in 2003, Barcelona was a club in turmoil. It had been four years since since the Blaugrana had won a major trophy and the Catalan club could barely cope with the immense dominance of rivals Real Madrid and Valencia.
Not now, though. Just six months ago, Barcelona were left reeling from a loss to David Moyes' Real Sociedad at the Anoeta.
Rebounding from a year when the club yet again failed to reclaim the Serie A title from Juventus, Roma will no doubt look to better their northern rivals during the upcoming season.
One of the capital club's biggest strengths is its depth. The Romans have a well-stocked midfield at present with vice-captain Danielle De Rossi leading a group that includes Radja Nainggolan, Kevin Strootman, Miralem Pjanic, Alessandro Florenzi and Seydou Keita among others.
Diego Simeone has had a very busy transfer window so far rebuilding his side that won La Liga and made the Champions League final two years ago. The 2011-12 Europa League winner has plenty to do if he wants Atletico Madrid to be contending with Barcelona and hated rivals Real Madrid for the Spanish league title once again.
The term "Sleeping Giant" is an overused cliché often used for clubs who have fallen on hard times, whose better days are a distant memory or highlight footage that is only available in black and white. The Football League is littered with clubs who at one point or another dominated English football.
Other than the Premier League, arguably the most marketable foreign soccer league in the United States is the Bundesliga. It's more competitive top to bottom than La Liga. The stadiums, large attendances and raucous crowds make it abetter experience to watch than the Premier League. The league features many of the current World Cup champions.
The last couple of weeks have seen plenty of exciting news at Tottenham Hotspurespecially with the confirmation of the NFL deal that will see at least two games a year played at the new White Hart Lane for 10 years from 2018. As the NFL continues to grow in the UK, rumors have continued to spread in regards to a franchise finally being placed permanently in the UK.
Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford has completed a season-long loan move to Crystal Palace.
The 21-year-old won the Championship Player of the Year award for his displays whilst at Middlesbrough last season, scoring 17 goals before the Teessiders lost the play-off final to Norwich and he will now look to prove he can replicate such form in the top-flight.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists he was ahead of his time when he was branded the 'Tinkerman'.
The new Foxes manager believes the nature of the Barclays Premier League has changed in the 11 years he has been away.
Ranieri was nicknamed the Tinkerman during his four years with Chelsea and guided them to second in the top flight during Roman Abramovich's first season at Stamford Bridge in 2004, before being replaced by Jose Mourinho.
It's difficult to conceive that US Soccer President Sunil Gulati and USSF CEO Flynn had no inkling of CONCACAF corruption. Gulati regularly would have been in contact with Blazer, Warner and Jeffrey Webb, who succeeded Jack Warner as CONCACAF President.
In the meantime, CONCACAF's dirty deals were mostly being hatched on American soil, with US Soccer at least in theory a direct beneficiary.
Manchester United are in the process of signing a new striker, but manager Louis van Gaal has insisted he is not a forward the club have been strongly linked with.
Van Gaal cryptically noted the target is "not a striker that the media has written (about)" appearing to rule out Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, Tottenham's Harry Kane and Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani.
"We don't deny we made a bid for Stones. It means we are trying to buy."
"At the moment Everton say, ‘We don't accept this bid'. They don't say, ‘We don't accept any bid.'While they say, 'We don't accept this bid', until September 1 [when the summer transfer window closes] we can improve it.
Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season.
1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes
A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league's best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team's fifth MLS Cup.
Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has vented his feelings towards his former boss at Old Trafford. The 31-year-old forward did not have many positives words to say about Louis van Gaal following his switch to the Turkish club Fenerbahce.
Van Persie suggested that there was a turning point in his relationship with the United manager after an April Premier League match against Chelsea, a game in which the star striker was left on the bench during a 1-0 defeat to the eventual league champions.
Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of former left-back Filipe Luis from Chelsea, according to the Spanish publication Marca.
Luisonly joined the English side last summer from Madrid. However, during his first season at Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian defenderfailedto secure a spot in Jose Mourinho's starting eleven and has ultimately elected to re-join Atletico Madrid, where he enjoyed domestic and European success from 2010 to 2014.
On a rare day last month when there were no Women's World Cup or Copa America played due to rest days in the tournaments,MLS had the perfect opportunity to ride the wave from the record Women's World Cup and Copa America TV ratings and see a boost in its own viewing figures.
One of the best parts about the continued growth of soccer in the United States is the ability to watch it on-the-go.
There are more mobile options to watch games than ever before, but with it comes more things to choose from, which can be confusing and time-consuming as you hunt for the apps that give you what you want.
The will-he won't-he saga that was the transfer of Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph culminated Fridaywith the player moving up the M6 to the blue half of Manchester. Less than a week after pledging his allegiance to Villa in a statement on the club website that featured an image of him pointing to the captain's armband on his left shoulder, Delph changed his mind and decided to further his career (and pad his bank account) at Manchester City.
Liverpool have reached an agreement with Aston Villa over the payment terms for the B£32.5million transfer of Christian Benteke.
A bid to trigger the Belgium international's release clause was submitted on Friday and Reds chief executive Ian Ayre, who is with the squad in Australia on their pre-season tour, has been conducting negotiations over the weekend as to just how and when that money will be paid.
Arguably the greatest English footballer of the 21st century, Steven Gerrard has invaded America.
After making his LA Galaxy debut in the International Champions Cup followed by a second half outing in the US Open Cup earlier this week, Gerrard scored his first goal in MLS after his team thrashed San Jose on Friday night.
World Soccer Talk got the opportunity tointerviewlegendary U.S. National Team and Fulham player Brian McBride on his current work with AllState and the changes he has seen within the United States and the growth of the sport.
Here's the interview:
Caitlin O'Connell:Thank you for talking with us today.
Louis van Gaal criticized the state of the pitch at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle after Manchester United beat Club America on the same surface that hosted a One Direction concert earlier this week.
United made a solid start to their defense of the International Champions Cup in the United States with a 1-0 win over their Mexican opponents thanks to a fifth-minute header from new boy Morgan Schneiderlin.
The Republic of Ireland football team have slowly but surely regressed over the last decade, a lucky qualification for Euro 2012 had covered up many cracks in the system but two consecutive (potential) fourthplace finishes in qualifying and currently sitting 52ndin the somewhat flawed FIFA rankings isn't good reading for the Boys in Green.
DC United's signing of Alvaro Saborio on Thursday from Real Salt Lake fills a glaring hole in the club's attacking front and bolsters their chances of repeating as Eastern Division champions with the chance to make a deep run into the postseason.
In late 2013, as United sought to rebound from a disastrous MLS season, the club acquired Eddie Johnson from the Seattle Sounders as part of plan to build a roster around players with a successful track record in the league.
Fabian Delph has defended his decision to sign a five-year deal with Manchester City less than a week after publicly committing his future to Aston Villa.
Delph called off a proposed moved to the Etihad Stadium last weekend and issued a statement in which he insisted: "I'm not leaving. I'm staying at the football club and I can't wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.
I'm always surprised when I hear stories about how some people never knew that their closest friends were involved in corruption. In the modern world, let's forget about soccer for a second, how can you NOT know something is going on right next to you with the amount of information that is available to us all?
During a successful summer of soccer in the United States when it comes to TV viewing figures, Univision and FOX Sports have been reporting favorable numbers for their coverage of this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Some of the latest numbers include:
• 3.7 million watched the Mexico-Guatemala game on Univision, •2.
Manager Arsene Wenger has played down suggestions Arsenal are about to swoop for £40million-rated France international striker Karim Benzema from Real Madrid but is confident his side are ready to mount a Barclays Premier League title challenge next season.
The Gunners continue their pre-season campaign against Everton in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore on Saturday.
The acquisition of Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich is a signal of intent from a club that is trying to claw it's way back to the perch it famously knocked Liverpool off of.
Manchester United are used to being at or near the top of the Premier League pyramid, but the last two seasons have seen them endure the ignominy of finishing seventhand fourthrespectively – positions that were previously seen as unthinkable for Manchester United in the Premier League era.
With Arsenal's pre-season underway with the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore, and a squad full of big names such as Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil and new signing Petr Cech, as well as some talented youngsters; namely Gedion Zelalem, Chuba Akpom and Dan Crowley, it's easy to forget some of the players who have not traveled.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush and World Soccer Talk Podcast analyst Robin Burt.
NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush tells us more about the league, what we as soccer fans can do to support it, what the Women's World Cup win and parade has done to boost the national soccer league, what actions the league can take to avoid the issues that previous leagues have suffered from, and where soccer fans can find the teams across the USA.
It's time for the US to start playing up to its full potential. The time for experimenting and messing around is over. It's the knockout rounds where one slip up can send you home early. After an unconvincing group stage (not unlike the USWNT at the Women's World Cup) the US has a chance to really prove that they are the kings of CONCACAF.
If the Los Angeles Galaxy weren't the favourites to win the 2015 MLS Cup, and why wouldn't they be after winning three in the last four seasons, than they certainly should be now.
Not only did the Galaxy sign Steven Gerrard to a designated player contract last January for a reported $9 million, 18-month contract; but the team have now one-upped themselves with what is being called the "biggest signing of the summer".
While Arsenal are currently in Singapore for preseason training, midfielder Jack Wilshere took time for a short interview with the Daily Mail. The 23-year-old claimed that the Gunners have the talent and squad depth to rival the reigning Premier League champions, and crosstown rivals, Chelsea.
Goalkeepers have been a hot topic this summer. Iker Casillas being bombed out of Real Madrid, Manchester United's David De Gea potentially replacing him, Arsenal finally signing a top-class No. 1 in Petr Cech; there's been a fair share of spotlight trained on a facet of a squad which is typically understated.
Winger Stewart Downing has rejoined former club Middlesbrough on a four-year deal from West Ham.
Downing drops down from the Barclays Premier League to rejoin his home-town club, who were beaten by Norwich in the Championship play-off final at Wembley in May.
The 30-year-old England international played almost 250 games for Boro during an eight-year spell before leaving for Aston Villa in 2009 and will link up with Aitor Karanka's squad at a pre-season training camp in Marbella.
When Fenerbahce lost last season's league title to crosstown rivals Galatasaray, it was obvious the club would not let that stand. Seeing their rivals win the right to tack on a fourth star to their emblem (stars in Turkey are for every five league titles) certainly didn't sitdown well with the faithful.
Sky Sports has released their new TV commercial to promote its coverage of the 2015/16 Premier League season, and it's a winner.
The commercial features Thierry Henry as he walks onto the set of some of the most memorable moments in Premier League history. Hats off to Sky Sports for pulling off the special effects to superimpose Henry into some memorable moments, and nice job by Henry for pulling off some great acting.
Given that European socceris in the midst of its July/August silly season, there were no surprises when just as Liverpool finally parted with Raheem Sterling, helpful back-page journalists offered Reds fans the emotional solace of possible big name replacements. Marco Reus, who signed a new contract at Borussia Dortmund in February, is now, according to reports, the object of Brendan Rodgers' £40 million attention.
The ability of splashy stars to drive attendance in Major League Soccer has long been overstated. The evidence over 20 years just doesn't support the narrative that adding one big star from Europe or Mexico will significantly move the attendance needle.
Of course, a figure as massive as David Beckham could be a game-changer in terms of adding seats in MLS grounds.
On Wednesdayin Washington D.C.,the US Senate panel hearingtook place into corruption in international soccer chaired by the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security.
Those in attendance were investigative journalist and filmmaker Andrew Jennings, Dan Flynn, CEO and secretary-general of the U.
The battle for Premier League TV rights in the United States for seasons 2016-2019 has begun.
According to a World Soccer Talk source, the Premier League sent out invitation to tender letters during the first week of July. The interested bidders — such as FOX Sports, ESPN, NBC Sports and others — will have an opportunity to begin the process of gathering materials and readying their bids.
The timing of yesterday's announcement that Giovanni Dos Santos had officially signed for LA Galaxy was impeccable. Less than five minutes after the US Senate panel hearing on corruption in international soccer had ended, MLS' LA Galaxy changed the conversation on social media as fans and soccer media marveled at the signing, and discussed how MLS will award two more All Star Players/Bonuses in 2015.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged Chuba Akpom to show he is ready for a regular place in the first team squad after the 19-year-old forward netted a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over a Singapore Select XI in the Barclays Asia Trophy. Akpom made a handful of appearances for the Gunners last season, before ending the campaign on loan at Nottingham Forest.
With Morgan Schneiderlin joining Bastian Schweinsteiger at Manchester United there are growing questions about where these two will fit into a central midfield that is already packed. This is just the thing that United supporters have been craving for years, but has now created a conundrum of where to stick them all.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Ata Dizdar.
Turkish soccer expert Ata Dizdar discusses the rivalries in Turkish soccer, the latest news regarding Turkish TV rights in the US, Robin van Persie's signing at Fenerbahce, the role of hooliganism in the sport, and much more.
The Atletico Madrid side which won the La Liga title in the 2013-2014 season has truly been broken apart. The side had a commanding goalkeeper in Thibaut Courtois, a solid center-back combination of Diego Godin and Miranda, and one of the best left-backs in Europe in Filipe Luis. Further forward, Atletico had two quality playmakers in Arda Turan and Diego Ribas, and a brilliant striker in Diego Costa.
The center-back position at Manchester United has never been the same following the decline of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. While Sir Alex seemingly bolstered the central defensive ranks by purchasing young players like Phil Jones and Chris Smalling and having Jonny Evans come up through the academy, none of these have yet to fully grow into the role.
The transfer window burst into life this week, with some of the most significant deals in Premier League history being struck, stirring excitement levels amongst supporters ahead of the big kick off.
In case you missed it last time out, we're aiming to rank every permanent transfer done by teams in English football's top flight this summer and after so many stellar deals, the upper echelons of our index have been given a major facelift.
The US Senate held a panel hearing today in Washington DC to discuss corruption in international soccer.
The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security held the hearing on FIFA, soccer's international governing authority, which has faced recent criticism for human-rights abuses ahead of the 2022 men's World Cup and is under federal investigation for racketeering conspiracy and corruption.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Kartik Krishnaiyer.
During the interview, Kartik discusses several topics including dissecting what is going wrong (as well as what is going well) for the US Men's National Team. In addition to tactical analysis, Kartik discusses the depth issues among this US squad as well as Freddy Adu signing for Tampa Bay Rowdies in NASL.
Jurgen Klinsmann doesn't like MLS players, right? It's so obvious! (Well, except for all those he took to Brazil last year ... way more than Bob Bradley took to South Africa in 2010. But never mind that!)
Jurgen Klinsmann plays favorites with some agents and, therefore, favors their clients, right?
Slaven Bilic knows from experience that a lengthy Europa League campaign can have an adverse effect on domestic league form. The new West Ham boss will lead his side into a second round qualifying tie with Maltese minnows Birkirkara on Thursday night as every other Premier League side eases their way back into their pre-season preparations.
Watching Canada's men's program struggle through another Gold Cup group stage, without scoring a goal, makes mewonder whether the program will ever get it right. Canada once made a World Cup in 1986, won the Gold Cup in 2000, and has produced some great talents such as Jason DeVos, Dwayne DeRosario, Paul Stalteri, Atiba Hutchinson and many others.
Freddy Adu's career trajectory has gone off the rails in the past few years. The one-time American prodigy who was compared to the greats of the game at a young age has cycled through club after club all over the globe during the past eight years. Adu hasn't been capped for the US Men's National Team since 2011.
Major League Soccer All-Star team selection is always a tricky mix of fan popularity and entertainment value, held tenuously together with a blessed twine of pragmatism.
On the popularity and entertainment front, MLS's mid-summer event is no different than other domestic All-Star events; there will always be tension and debate when fans have their say, as they frequently favor name recognition over actual, current performance value.
Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with Andy Brassell and Brian Sciaretta.
Jason kicks off today's show with Brian Sciaretta to look back at the USMNT's disappointing 1-1 draw with Panama in Kansas City.
Andy Brassell (ESPNFC, The Guardian) then comes on the show to look around at some of the biggest transfers across Europe, including Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to Manchester United & Iker Casillas' departure from Real Madrid.
My guess is that most Manchester United fans are celebrating these days.
Why? Because Bastian Schweinsteiger hasbecome a Manchester United player. He thus contributes strongly to Louis van Gaal's rebuilding of the team, a rebuilding most fans probably had hoped was more underway than the end of last season showed it to be.
By many pundits,Raheem Sterling is being called "overpriced" at £49 million. However, when you consider the £35 million Liverpool spent on Andy Carroll, the £50 million Chelsea spent on Fernando Torres and even the £28 million Manchester Cityjust spent in January on Wilfried Bony, Sterling looks a potential bargain.
beIN SPORTS isclose to agreeing a landmark TV rights deal to continue its coverage of La Liga to viewers in the United States, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk.
The current TV rights deal with La Liga expired at the end of the 2014/15 La Liga season, a year in which wesaw Barcelona win the title after surpassing Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the race for the Spanish crown.
It was coming: The United States' failure to beat Panama at Sporting Park on Monday night can hardly be surprising, considering the nature of their first two wins at this 2015 Gold Cup. Now, the business end of the tournament begins.
Here are the player ratings (out of 10) for the Panama draw:
Brad Guzan, 9 – The goalkeeper had to be terrific, and he was.
On Sunday's 'Last Week Tonight,' John Oliver spent close to 20 minutes breaking down what is wrong with the way stadiums are publicly-funded in the United States. He specifically pointing out how owners and teams regularly manipulate the cities they are in to gain financial rewards to build new stadiums, and then reap the profits while the surrounding communities see no increase in business.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin took part in a light training session with their new Manchester United team-mates on Monday night as the Red Devils touched down in Seattle for the start of their pre-season tour.
United play the first of four matches in the United States in the early hours of Saturday morning when they face Mexican side Club America.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Christopher Harris.
As founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Harris shines some light on several topics including the latest on the Premier League TV rights in the USA, his thoughts on the upcoming Premier League season, whether Raheem Sterling will thrive at Manchester City, as well as insight into World Soccer Talk Radio and updates to the World Soccer Talk website.
What a year it's been for Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman at Manchester United. Last summer, he was vilified by Manchester United supporters for missing out on key signings that could have had a positive impact on the Red Devils.
And now, he's featured in a parody video produced by The Football Republic, a new YouTube channel that features Laurence McKenna formerly of World Soccer Talk.
Despite rumors throughout the summer transfer window that Brad Guzan was heading out of Aston Villa, it seems that the American might be manager Tim Sherwood's number one choice for goalkeeper for the 2015-2016 Premier League season after all.
Guzan was the first choice at the beginning of last season but was forced to sit on the bench for the last few games of the 2014-2015 seasonafterShay Given earned the place after poor form from Guzan.
Leicester have appointed the vastly-experienced Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, but former club icon Gary Lineker has called the Italian's hiring "uninspiring".
The Barclays Premier League club confirmed Ranieri, 63, has signed a three-year deal at the King Power Stadium to replace Nigel Pearson, who was relieved of his duties last month because the club insisted "fundamental differences in perspective exist between us".
In attendances at MLS games, strong numbers are becoming routine for New York City FC, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps. There was also a good turnout in Bridgeview for the Chicago Fire, while attendances for Colorado Rapids, New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact have been fair.
Here are the ten things we learned from week nineteen of the 2015 MLS season.
1. Hats Off To Jim Curtin
Jim Curtin, without a doubt, has the hardest managerial job in Major League Soccer. Ask any Union fan, or anyone who covers the team, and they'll tell you that the aggressively inept ownership of Nick Sakiewicz has made it impossible for Philadelphia to succeed.
Stoke have announced that goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has moved to reigning Premier League champions Chelsea.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for much of the summer after Petr Cech departed for Arsenal, with the Bosnia international now providing competition for Thibaut Courtois.
As was the case in the opener against Honduras, it wasn't pretty for the US against Haiti but they got the result that matters. With a 1-0 win over Haiti in front of over 46,000 in Foxborough, the US clinched top spot in Group A and booked a place in the quarter-finals in Baltimore against an opponent to be determined.
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has completed a medicaland reached an agreement to join Manchester United.
The France international reportedly arrived into Carrington training headquarters five minutes after Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and finalized his move to the twenty-time champions of England earlier this evening.
July 5th, 2015 will forever be remembered in the history of the United States as the day when the USA won the Women's World Cup for the third time in its history.
But it was also a day for the fans of the national team to celebrate.
Up until now, we've only seen a few examples of US soccer fans celebrating the Women's World Cup victory, but thanks to the team at Oakcreek TV, they've succeeded in their mission of making people cry.
During the summer leading up to the 2014-15 season, Roberto Martinez recognized that Everton did not have the squad to meet the new challenges of the coming season. It had been six years since the Toffees had competed in Europe and Martinez was fully aware that his team, particularly the aging defense, would be put under immense strain.
There comes a time in an athlete's career when their importance wanes for a team due to age or a change of philosophy. Some decide to remain with the club and others move on to look for new challenges where they will be deemed important players again. Bastian Schweinsteiger chose the latter as he's agreed to sign with Manchester United.
Real Madrid have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Porto for the transfer of goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
In an official statement on the club's website, Real Madrid wrote that today is not only a day where they have lost one of the best goalkeepers in the club, but he's also the "best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish soccer.
Manchester United's summer recruitment drive gathered pace on Saturday as they followed up having struck a deal with Bayern Munich to sign midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger by completing the purchase of defender Matteo Darmian from Torino.
The statement-making move for World Cup winner Schweinsteiger, which is subject to a medical and personal terms, would see the 30-year-old, who has spent his entire career at Bayern, link up once again with manager Louis van Gaal.
Last weekend, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez traveled to Qatar to hold talks with the owners of Paris Saint-Germain regarding the potential transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a report inFrance Football.
The bi-weekly French magazine states that Perez is ready to negotiate a deal which would see Ronaldo leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the Summer of 2016,when the contract of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is scheduled to run out.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal rates Memphis Depay as one of the biggest talents of his age but the forward was keen to play down comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 21-year-old Holland international is the club's first signing of the summer although Torino full-back Matteo Darmian is likely to be next through the door after flying in for a medical and at £31million did not come cheap.
It wasn't always pretty, but the US got the result it needed in the Gold Cup opener against Honduras. The US currently sits top of Group A with three points, Panama and Haiti are tied for second with a point apiece whileHonduras sits in last with zero points. The new focus for the US is the second group game against Haiti.
Germany international striker, Lukas Podolski, has issued a classy and thoughtful message to Arsenal fans following his switch to Galatasaray last week. The 30-year-old forward recently posted on his Twitter account: "Over the last three years I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing people at Arsenal, I want to thank everyone from all the staff behind the scenes to the manager & my team mates, who have all helped make London a second home to me.
Now that we know how to pronounce his name, the more important question regarding Tottenham Hotspur's recent acquisition of Toby Alderweireld is how they plan to use him. Tottenham's defense was abysmal during the 2014-2015 campaign, and that may be giving them too much credit. If Tottenham hope to compete for a Champions League spot, Mauricio Pochettino's number one concern must be how to improve his atrocious back line, and the addition of Alderweireld should help fix their defensive woes.
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is hoping for up to five key signings as the club targets players in the £10million-plus bracket.
The Magpies have been engaged in talks over the likes of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and QPR striker Charlie Austin, among others, in recent weeks with that calibre of player commanding valuations around the £15million mark.
West Ham recovered from an early Diafra Sakho dismissal to ease past FC Lusitans and advance in to the second round of the Europa League qualifiers.
Having scored twice in the first leg, Sakho had a night to forget in Andorra, although his 14th-minute sending off made little difference however he will now miss the second-round qualifying clash with Maltese side Birkirkara.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Jonathan Tannenwald.
During the interview with the Philly.com writer, several topics are discussed including MLS TV ratings, the controversy about Friday's USWNT parade featuring MLS teams, what it was like covering the Women's World Cup in Canada, how he got his start as a writer covering the business side of soccer, and his opinions regarding the New York Cosmos.
Former CONCACAF General Secretary and FIFA Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer has been banned from all soccer activities for life on Thursday. The announcement's timing was ironic as the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Blazer's biggest contribution to the world soccerlandscape, had just kicked off in suburban Dallas on Tuesday.
A ticker tape parade through the streets of New York City to celebratethe U.S. Women's National Team's World Cup victory will feature floats from New York City FC and New York Red Bulls despite neither MLS teamhavingany affiliation with theUSWNT.
NASL clubNew York Cosmos were offered a spot on the parade but declined the offer in respect to the Women's victory.
After weeks of speculation, Major League Soccer revealed on Wednesday a new funding mechanism intended to encourage clubs to invest in players that cost more than the league's maximum salary budget charge of $436,250.
In essence, the league is enticing its teams to utilize both of their Designated Player slots in exchange for $100,000 of 'Targeted Allocation Money,' over each of the next 5 years, for use in paying an additional player more than the max salary.
West Brom have dismissed accusations that the club's pre-season camp in Austria is too punishing.
Former Wales assistant manager Raymond Verheijen, who has worked across Europe as a fitness coach, was among those to criticize the Premier League club after it was reported West Brom boss Tony Pulis had ordered his players to run a marathon every three days in pre-season training.
England forward Danny Welbeck will not travel with Arsenal to the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore as he continues to recover from the ankle problem which ruled him out of the end of last season, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The Gunners will take a 27-man squad to the Far East in the first leg of their pre-season preparations, with summer signing Petr Cech joining up with his new team-mates for the first time since a B£10million switch from Chelsea.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Bastian Schweinsteiger is "flattered" by reported interest from Manchester United, and says he plans to hold talks with the Germany midfielder soon.
United boss Louis van Gaal is understood to be keen on signing the Germany captain this summer and Rummenigge says the rumors have pricked Schweinsteiger's ears.
Hardcore soccer fans may appreciate the sport for a number of reasons. As a guy who likes to pay attention to the tactical side, the continuum of style and substance runs the gamut in this sport unlike any other.
No contrast may be more striking than between the Women's World Cupfinal on Sunday and the US Men's 2-1 victory over Honduras last night.
Any player who has had the opportunity to raise a Premier League trophy high above their heads as their supporters chant their names from the stands will tell you that it is no small feat. Not only does a team have to have a solid defence who are willing to put themselves in the line of fire, a creative, yet disciplined midfield who can provide killer balls and protect their defenders all at once and a number of goalscoring threats who make opposing fans hold their breath whenever they receive the ball, they also need good a healthy dose of luck along the way.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Duane Rollins.
As managing editor of Canadian Soccer News and the host of the Two Solitudes MLS podcast, Rollins is an expert on Canadian soccer. During the show, he discusses a range of topics including his thoughts on USA's performance against Honduras, which Canadian soccer players listeners should keep an eye out for in the Gold Cup, whether MLS has helped or hurt the Canada national team, and the latest news regarding the future launch of a Canadian soccer league.
With so much attention focused on FOX's coverage of the Women's World Cupthis summer, it'simportant that we not neglect the hard work and great expense beIN SPORTS embarked onin its coverage of the 2015 Copa America, which resulted in 1.5 million tuning in for the final as well as millions more watching the games from the other rounds of thecompetition.
Dick Advocaat has revealed he wants up to four more summer signings as he attempts to rebuild his Sunderland team.
The 67-year-old Dutchman agreed to return to the Stadium of Light as head coach last month after initially rejecting the opportunity to reprise his nine-game cameo at the end of last season, during which he guided the club away from relegation trouble and ultimately preserved their Barclays Premier League status.
Univision Deportes will provide free streaming of all group matches in the 2015 Gold Cup without requiring authentication. As a part of its "TV Everywhere" campaign, anyone can download the Univision Deportes mobile app, available for Android and iOS devices,as well as watch games onUnivisionDeportes.
There was a lot to celebrate Sunday during the U.S. Women's National Team's 5-2 victory against Japan. Between Carli Lloyd achieving the fastest hat trick in any World Cup final to the team's third title, fans took to social media to share their celebrations.
We've picked out some of our favorite videos and pictures, let us know if you think we missed some!
The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) began thedefense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title with an underwhelming and fortuitous 2-1 victory over Honduras in Frisco, Texas on Tuesday evening. This match came just two nights after the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) wowed the nation and won the hearts and minds of Americans from coast-to-coast with a 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup final.
FRISCO, Texas – We probably make too big of a deal about captains in soccer. Maybe back in the day, on the muddy pitches of old Maine Road or wherever, when only the captain was technically permitted to address the referee, the position carried more than honorary weight. Maybe it had some functional benefit then.
NBC has officially revealed the TV schedule for the opening two months of the 2015/16 Premier League season.
During the first two months of the season, there are several massive matches scheduled including Manchester City vs Chelsea (on Sunday, August 16 on NBCSN), Arsenal vs Liverpool (Monday, August 24 on NBCSN), Manchester United vs Liverpool (Saturday, September 12 on NBC) and Chelsea vs Arsenal (Saturday, September 19 on NBCSN).
Micah Richards has revealed that new Aston Villa team-mate Fabian Delph has asked him for his thoughts following reported interest from Manchester City.
England midfielder Delph has been linked with an £8million summer switch to the Etihad Stadium and Richards, who left City to join Villa on a free transfer this summer, is ideally placed to offer advice.
Sir Alex Ferguson, probably the most legendary manager in soccer history, did not become legendary out of nothing. Twenty sevenyears running the biggest club on earth is perhaps not enough to secure such a status, but when you combine this kind of unprecedented longevity with winning the amount of trophies he did, then you are quite simply up there.
The transfer window has only just opened and already there has been a flurry of business conducted by Premier League teams.
Here at World Soccer Talk we'll be keeping you in the loop when it comes to the major deals, but with a full summer of transfer activity to come, we thought it'd be intriguing throughout the off season to see which teams have conducted the best business overall and which player, in our eyes, represents the signing of the summer.
Espanyol president Joan Collet has slammed reports linking goalkeeper Kiko Casilla with a€3 million move to Real Madrid.
Late yesterday, Cadena COPE broke a story which claimed Casilla was set to re-join Real Madrid the club where he began his career as a youth player. The report statedthat the 28-year-old was expected to join the team this week and would fly with the rest of the squad to Australia on Sunday, where they will begin their pre-season tour.
Mention Real Madrid and Manchester United in the same sentence these days and invariably the conversation will shift to the transfer sagas involving David de Gea and Sergio Ramos.
Currently, both clubs refuse to give an inch with respect to the prospective sales of their players. However to reduce the relationship of the two clubs to petty squabbles over players doesn't do justice to the shared history United and Real have enjoyed especially during the era of Sir Matt Busby and Santiago Bernabéu.
In somewhat of a recurring theme in recent years, the 2014-15 campaign for Arsenal was a tale of two halves. Following a 2-0 New Year's Day defeat to Southampton, the Gunners were sitting in sixth place in the table and there were serious doubts on whether the north London outfit could extend their streak of 17 consecutive appearances in the Champions League group stage.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about the apparent Russian roulette mission US Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis and her team were embarking upon riding the disturbingly out-of-form Abby Wambach until either a) she found that form, or b) the team was bounced from the 2015 Women's World Cup.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Nick Geber.
Geber, who is best known by soccer fans as being the co-host of FOX Football Friday, FOX Football Fone-In and World Soccer Daily, discussed several topics with host Nate Abaurrea including whether the USA victory in the World Cup will translate into success for the women's national soccer league, what the outlook looks like for Liverpool next season given the signings they've bought thus far, and whether Major League Soccer needs to relinquish its control and power a little in order to make the league more transparent and engaging.
Last season's Queens Park Rangers deserved to get relegated from the Premier League. Aside from the occasional spark of life, the team was not good enough. There was no pace in the side, the attack plan was one dimensional, and the defense was diabolical. While the reasons for these shortcomings are many, overall it is clear the club were just unprepared.
Nicolas Otamendi is edging closer to amove to Manchester United as it is beingreported that his agent is currently in talks with Valencia officials to accelerate his departure from the La Liga side.
According to numerous reports, the 27-year-old has already agreed personal terms with Unitedand will make around£6 million per season once the English club meets Valencia'svaluation of the Argentine defender.
With the CONCACAF Gold Cup about to kick off, the FIFA scandal should be on the front-burner for most American journalists. As the FBI indictments against several CONCACAF and Traffic Sports officials indicate, the governing body for the sport in North and Central America as well as the Caribbean, has held for much of the last two decades a continental championship whose very hosting and marketing has been compromised by alleged corruption.
Over 1.2 million viewers tuned in to Telemundo for the final game of the 2015 Women's World Cup to watch the highly anticipated rematch between the U.S. Women's National Team and Japan. Called by the legendary Andrés Cantor andSammy Sadovnik, Telemundo's ratings saw an increase of 97% from the 2011 final with a staggering 342% increase from the tournament average during the network's digital stream.
Liverpool have confirmed that striker Mario Balotelli has been given compassionate leave after he missed the first day of pre-season training on Monday.
The 24-year-old Italian was due to return along with the rest of the squad, but was not with his team-mates when they reassembled amid reports of the death of his adoptive father Francesco at the weekend.
FRISCO, Texas – The United States national limped across the finish line to calendar year 2014 with losses to Colombia and Ireland. That stinking loss on the Emerald Isle was a particular bummer; the United States finished on the business end of a 4-1 beat-down to the Irish, the kind of European middleweight with which the United States should be competitive now, at the very least.
Southampton have announced the signing of defender Cuco Martina from FC Twente.
The Curacao international has signed a two-year deal at St Mary's after boss Ronald Koeman revealed on Monday that a move for the 25-year-old was close.
With left-back Ryan Bertrand having undergone knee surgery, Martina will now link up with his new team-mates for a pre-season tour of Austria knowing there is a chance to establish himself in Koeman's side before the new Premier League season kicks off.
In MLS gameweek 18, there were no midweek matches last week as well as a July 4th Saturday that made for a pretty good week. All the teams that played at home on the 4th exceeded their gameweek 17-to-date averages with the exception of Columbus.
Another final and another defeat for Lionel Messi spelt a somewhat anti-climax to his season, which has been extraordinary. When Alexis Sanchez scored the most audacious penalty kick to confirm Chile as the Copa America winners, Messi was left to rue another final with Argentina where he has been on the losing side.
As the summer transfer window flies open, rumors about players swirl around like a blustery Chicago day. While surely a lot of gossip is simply untrue, one story that has been flying around quite a bit over the last month or so is about Arsenal's Santi Cazorla returning to play in Spain.
Atletico Madrid are thought to have been interested in the midfielder for some time, and now with Arda Turan (one of Atletico's star midfielders) on the move to Barcelona, the Spanish club is rumored to want Cazorla as the Turkey international's replacement.
On a hot Midwest day two years ago, the Columbus Crew beat the Portland Timbers 1-0 at what was then Columbus Crew Stadium.
By the end of the season, the Timbers would be Western Conference champions playing a slick style of soccer under a young manager with confidence and vision. The Crew was mired in a stretch in which they'd lose six of seven games.
The first competitive game in over a year for the US Men's National Team (USMNT) is against Honduras in the opening game of the 2015 Gold Cup. This is one of the toughest Gold Cup tournaments ever and the stakes are very high, with a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup up for grabs.
On Friday, the US thumped Guatemala 4-0 in front of 44,835 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville (the largest ever crowd for a soccer game in Tennessee).
While the Gold Cup is starting a month later than usual, the meaning for this confederation remains the same: who is the big dog between Mexico and the United States.
Maybe the other nations in this region will feel aggrieved by that statement, but the results are clear. Since the tournament's inception, Canada (in the year 2000) is the only other nation to have hoisted the Cup.
The USA's emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final, America's first Women's World Cup championship since 1999, is the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history, according to Nielsen. The match posted a 12.9 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers, and peaked at 30.9 million between 8:30-8:45 PM ET.
After weeks of speculation, Andrea Pirlo has officially signed with New York City F.C., one of MLS's most recent expansion teams. Pirlo will head to New York and become the third designated player on the roster, alongside David Villa and Frank Lampard — making NYCFC's roster one of the most successful trioto ever play in the United States.
James Milner has revealed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was a major factor in his move to Anfield where he hopes to win "a trophy cabinet full of medals".
The 29-year-old midfielder completed the move from Manchester City this summer after his contract expired at the Etihad Stadium.
Milner had talks with City, who were keen to keep hold of him, while he was also linked with a move to Arsenal two clubs who arguably have a greater chance of winning silverware than the Reds in the upcoming season.
The numbers are in for FOX's coverage of the 2015 Women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan, and the viewing figure of 25.4million means that it's the most watched English-language broadcast ever of a soccer game on US television, according to numbers provided by John Ourand and Richard Deitsch.
Following last night's 5-2 victory against Japan, the United States Women's National Team stole the headlines on today's newspapers across the country.
Papers from all over the country featured pictures and headlines expressing the excitement felt after the United States captured their third World Cup trophy, the most in the history of the Women's World Cup.
Here are the ten things we learned from week eighteen of the MLS season.
1. Seattle Strikes A Blow To Save Its Season
There is no torture in soccer like the torture of being unable to score goals. That's what the Seattle Sounders were facing as they played on the horror show that is Univision's MLS coverage for the first time on Friday night against DC United.
The USA's emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final, America's first Women's World Cup championship since 1999, posted a 15.2/27 metered market household rating/share (7:00-9:00 PM ET), according to Nielsen. It is the highest metered market rating ever for a soccer game in the U.
FOX's first major tournament of its 12-year TV deal with FIFA hasended with a bang for the network. In its month-longcoverage of the Women's World Cup, FOX broke TV records and put onfirst-class coveragethat will go a long way to giving soccer fans confidence that FOX knows soccer. There's still room for improvement, but overall FOX surprised many, myself included, by how well they did.
Congratulations to the US Women's National Team on winning the 2015 Women's World Cup.
With the win, the US has now won three World Cup titles —in 1991, 1999 and 2015 —under its belt. And the victory in Sunday's final couldn't have been any better —going 3-0 up within the first 15 minutes and having a fourth that is arguably one of the best goals scored in a World Cup final.
Defense wins championships, or so the old adage goes. But in the case of the United States, defense in the early stages of the tournament was the difference in getting them into the final. And once the final happened, defense went out the window and offense was the name of the game.
The US Women's National Team that played in the Women's World Cup final was the one we were expecting to see throughout this tournament —the way they attacked and had a killer touch.
At this point in the transfer window, nothing is certain and every rumor and "insider" tidbit should be taken with quite a few grains of salt. But if there's anything I've learned through eight years of following Liverpool, it's that some rumors have an inevitable air to them. With every big transfer to (and from) the club, the rumors start small and take time.
Despite a less than impressive Group stage for the United States where, even after they went undefeated, the team looked uninspiring and short on goals, this US Women's National Team has grown through this tournament and improved game after game. Now, today, it has one game left in the Women's World Cup final against Japan for a chance to win its third World Cup.
Despite scheduling that saw the U.S. Women's National Team play every World Cup knockout match on a weekday evening, record numbers of Americans have tuned in to support their squad on the team's march to today's final.
But has the women's game finally broken through to the mainstream? Last summer the men's team was often front and center during their inspiring World Cup journey.
Alexis Sanchez's game-winning spot kick in the Copa America final was the culmination of a career defining year. After flourishing for Arsenal in his first season, the 26-year-old took that momentum to the Copa America where his nation Chile were hosting it and helped his team win their first title in the tournament's long history.
Here's everything you need to know about the USA vs Japangame — the biggest game the US Women's National Team has faced since they won the 2012 Olympic gold medal when they defeated Japan in the final. Tonight is the final and a chance not only to win the third World Cup title for the USA, but an opportunity to avenge the 2011 World Cup defeat where the US lost to Japan on penalty kicks.
Is the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team "America's Team"? As the team prepares for its possible third World Cup title today, the increased viewership and buzz after the team's win over Germany has made them media darlings. It also highlights how soccer, a "foreign" sport, can unite this country in a way no other sport can.
The 2015 Women's World Cup final has a familiar feel to it, but U.S. fans are hoping it is not deja vu all over again. With the Americans making a statement against No. 1 Germany and Japan benefiting from an own goal to advance, the momentum iswith the USA. However, as we saw four years ago, championship games can throw us surprises.
Chile vs. Argentina will battle against each other in the 2015 Copa America Final today, and there's only place you can watch the game live on television — in either English-language or Spanish-language.
Every game in the tournament is being shown liveon beIN SPORTS. The network will feature commentators and analysts such as Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen, Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.
The supporters of the Chile and Argentina have been waiting a long time for some major silverware.
Chile, who have been wonderful hosts of the 2015 Copa America, have never lifted an illustrious trophy throughout the soccer team's existence. While fans ofArgentina, although they've only been waiting for a meagre 22 years by comparison, are growing restless to see their men make that final step again.
Despite initial concerns from fans, it has become quite apparent that Sergio Ramos is not using Manchester United as leverage to receive an improved deal for Real Madrid.
Ramos has told the club officials that he wants them to negotiate a transfer with United and United only. The 29-year-oldis also insisting that his future be resolved before July 12, the dateReal Madrid is scheduled toleave for Australia to begin its preseason tour.
On behalf of the entire team at World Soccer Talk, we'd like to wish you a Happy Independence Day and we hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.
While it's a holiday for most people, we'll be hard at work today. The Beautiful Game is a 365 days a year job, and we'll be bringing you articles throughout the idea including a preview of tonight's Copa America final, the latest transfer news from around the world as well as updating you via social media.
Now that the final Women's World Cup match is set, there is only one game left to decide the winner of thetournament. As a re-match of the 2011 World Cup final, this game will be a test of physicality as well as emotions from both teams. But who will win?
Vote in the poll below. Or if you need some convincing, read my breakdown of both team's strengths.
Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre insists the club can still buy top players within the remit of their "smart and sustainable" transfer policy and a lack of Champions League football does not affect that.
The Reds have already made considerable strides with their summer recruitment plans with six first-team signings already in place, including Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino, whose £29million deal will make him their second most expensive signing.
The sale of West Brom has moved a step closer after chairman Jeremy Peace confirmed exclusivity has been granted to one interested party.
Discussions have taken place with several groups after Peace made the decision earlier in the year to offer up his 88 per cent share of the Baggies as he "considered strategic options for the future development and legacy of the club".
Manchester City have had their restrictions on transfer spending and UEFA Champions League squad size lifted after meeting their financial fair play target, UEFA has announced.
City were ordered to play in last year's Champions League with only 21 players in the squad and spending on new signings in last summer's transfer window was capped at £49million as punishment for breaching FFP rules.
Managerless Leicester have had a bid of £12million for QPR striker Charlie Austin rejected, Press Association Sport understands.
The 25-year-old forward scored 18 Premier League goals for the Rs last season but could not help keep the west London club in the top flight.
Austin, who was in Roy Hodgson's England squad for last month's fixtures with the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, is entering the final year of his current deal at Loftus Road but QPR are not prepared to lower their valuation of one of their prized assets.
Christmas has arrived early for fans of Premier League clubs as we now have our first indications of what the TV schedule will look like in the United States for the opening weeks of the 2015/16 season.
With the Premier League announcing thegames in August and Septemberthat have had their kickoff times and dates changed to accommodate the UK television audience, we can now discern which matches will be shown when and at what times on US television.
Jose Mourinho clearly still sees something bright burning in Radamel Falcao.
Not many positive points will have been accrued since the Colombian left Atletico Madrid for Monaco in the summer of 2013. Even fewer in the subsequent season, when El Tigre toiled during a turbulent loan spell at Manchester United.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with JP Dellacamera.
As the lead commentator for the Women's World Cup Final on FOX, JP Dellacamera shines a light on this Sunday's game and what the key points are for this ultimate match. Plus, host Nate Abaurrea delves into the past to find out details of the bond between JP and the US Women's National Team, as well as what it was like announcing the 1990 World Cup for TNT.
It's the magic of the cup. A second division side drawn to play away from home against their local rivals, a "proper cup tie" some might call it. It's David against Goliath, a potential giant killing, a banana skin, as well as a local derby. It has all the storylines one would want. An expanded away following that typically comes with a glamor tie is on hand for these romantic cup ties is on hand and prepared to make their presence felt.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic insists he has "big time" respect for FC Lusitans after he was criticized for sitting out the Europa League qualifying fixture on Thursday evening.
Having been appointed on June 9, Bilic watched from the stands with academy director Terry Westley overseeing a 3-0 first-leg victory as the Hammers got their season under way just 39 days after the end of the last campaign.
FOX Sports 1′s coverage of Japan against England in the Women's World Cup semi-final was viewed by 2.3 million people, and was the most-watched cable television program on Wednesday in the United States.
For a semi-final to be viewed by so many people and not involve the US, and not be shown on the over-the-air FOX network is extraordinary.
This Sunday's broadcast of the 2015 Women's World Cup Final between USA and Japan will begin an hour earlier (at 5pm ET instead of 6pm). Kickoff time remains at 7pm ET on the over-the-air FOX network.
In addition to an hour extra of pre-match coverage, FOX continues after the match with a half-hour postgame show, followed by a one-hour edition of Women's World Cup Tonightat 9:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.
If you've heard of twitch.tv, it's likely through one of two ways. One, you've been on the site yourself. Or two, you possibly heard about the absurdly popular Twitch Plays Pokemon phenomenon from a year ago. Either way, you might not know that Twitch is the home for a few of the most popular soccer games currently on the market including FIFA and Football Manager, and the site is surprisingly easy to use and a lot of fun to enjoy.
Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi will not be Sergio Ramos' replacement at Real Madrid next season, according to the player's agent.
Otamendi has expressed his desire to leave Spain this summer withManchester United beingtipped to be the Argentine center-back's next destination.
According to numerous reports, the 27-year-old has already agreed personal terms with Unitedand will make around£6 million per season once the English club meets Valencia's£35 million valuation of the defender.
The Gold Cup is just around the corner. By the end of July, a champion will be crowned who could (potentially) go on to take part in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia but before any of that, the US has one final tune-up game against Guatemala.
When selecting the 23 man roster for the Gold Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann opted to put the youth movement on temporary hold and went with a team of vastly experienced players.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has moved to quickly dismiss reports emanating from Spain linking him with a switch to Barcelona.
Earlier today, the Catalan daily SPORT reported that the Turkey international hadsnubbed a reported move to England (specifically Chelsea) in order to link up with the reigning champions of Spain and Europe next season.
Univision Deportes has announced plans to include live streamingas part of the networks coverage of this summer's Gold Cup tournament. Each match in the tournament will be available to stream live on the network's app and website, and will include full coverage with commentary, stats and social media integration.
beIN SPORTSreported that the network's coverage of the 2015 Copa America quarterfinals reached 3.8 million according to the most recent Nielsen Rating. Coverage of the Argentina v. Colombia on beIN SPORTS en Español was the highest rating sports broadcast in cable for that day (June 26).
This news comes after beIN SPORTS released their viewing numbers for the Copa America Group stage, whichreached almost 14 million viewers.
Southampton have opened talks with Atletico Madrid over a permanent move for central defender Toby Alderweireld.
Amid speculation that Tottenham are ready to hijack their attempts to land the 26-year-old Belgium international, Press Association Sport understands Southampton are hoping to steal a march on other interested parties having already entered into negotiations with the Spanish outfit.
Speculation is high that Morgan Schneiderlin is set to sign for Manchester United this summer, with a possible transfer occurring as early as this week in a deal worth somewhere in the range of $37 million. Schneiderlin's contract at Southampton expires in June 2017, and they don't necessarily have to sell him yet, however, he has already made statements of his intent to leave.
US online streaming rights toJapan's top flight soccer league, the J-League,have been acquired by NGSN, the legal streaming service that has rights to leagues in the Netherlands (Eredivisie), Argentina, Chile, Portugal, Russia and other countries.
NGSN has the rights to the J-League for 2015 through 2017.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Ian Joy.
The beIN SPORTS analyst and New York City FC color-commentator dissects a number of topics on the show including his opinions about the US Women's National Team performance against Germany, what it's like to play in front of the Timbers Army with Portland Timbers, how the coverage of Copa America has been going on beIN SPORTS, and his opinions regarding whether Arturo Vidal should be playing for Chile or not given the DUI charge.
Tottenham Hotspur is a team eternally on the precipice. They sit on the precarious razor's edge between greatness and obsolescence, fame and obscurity, goals and misses, and success and failure. Tottenham is constantly striving forward, trying to play with the big boys while simultaneously being pushed backward.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has snubbed a move to Chelsea in favor of joining Barcelona, according to a report from the Catalan daily SPORT.
Just a few days ago, it was believed that Chelsea had secured the services of the Turkey international with the understanding that left-back Filipe Luis would eventually move the other way in a return to Atletico Madrid.
During the past few weeks,US soccer fans and media have been highly critical of US Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis and the tactics she has employed.
This writer was no exception.
My big beef with Ellis' tactics throughout the Group stage and in the first Knockout round was the tendency to play Carli Lloyd, arguably the single-best central midfielder in the women's game, in a withdrawn role thatprevented link-up play with the attacking players.
FOX's live coverage of the 2015 Women's World Cup semi-final between the United States and Germanywas viewed by 8.4millionmillion people watched the Tuesday night game. The match was shown live on the over-air FOX network from 7pm to 9pm ET, and is the most-watched broadcast on FOX since the April 1 edition of American Idol.
Despite being dwarfed by USA's 2-0 win against Germany semi-final Tuesday night, this match between England and Japan still comes to the same conclusion: one of these teams will be making history as they fight to reach the World Cup Final.
England has never made such a run in a Women's World Cup.
Today, after a meeting between representatives from both clubs today, Juventus have officially rejected Barcelona's €80 million offer for midfielder Paul Pogba.
Earlier today it was learned that Barcelona'ssporting director and director of sporting institutional relations had flown to Turin to hold face-to-face discussions with Juventus sporting director Guiseppe Marotta.
The media got it wrong about the United States women's soccer team. Not all wrong ... and not all of us. But too many of us missed the real story as Jill Ellis' team has driven into another Women's World Cup final.
While we grumbled about Ellis' vanilla tactics, her inflexibility and about a dependence on Abby Wambach that seemed to border on obsession, we overlooked the principle element in this U.
Barcelona's sporting director and director of sporting institutional relations have flown to Italy today to convince Juventus officials that their €90 million offer for midfielder Paul Pogba should be accepted.
Although the La Liga side isin the midst of its presidential elections, the club has continued moving forward with its efforts to secure Pogba's signature.
Nigel Pearson has been sacked as manager of Leicester with the club saying "fundamental differences in perspective exist between us".
The 51-year-old guided the Foxes to safety with seven wins from the last nine games in the Barclays Premier League but was often a controversial figure, having arguments with supporters and journalists alike throughout the course of the season.
On the heels of a successful run by the US Women's National Team in the 2015 Women's World Cup, FOX Sports has announced that a deal that includesbroadcast rights to 10 games from the National Women's Soccer League. The deal includes three regular season matches, all three games from the NWSL playoffs, two semi-final games and the final Championship game on October 1.
Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Tony Meola.
As one of the greatest goalkeepers ever to play for the United States, Meola discusses an array of topics including his memories from 21 years ago when the United States beat Colombia in the first round of the 1994 World Cup, as well as his thoughts on the goalkeeper situation for the US Men's National Team in addition to his feedback on the Copa America and how his Italian roots influenced him as a person.
After a number of relatively unconvincing performances in the group stage and round of 16, the United States pushed their way to Vancouver with a valiant statement of a performance against number one-ranked Germany. Goals from Carli Lloyd and Kelley O'Hara and a missed penalty from Germany's Celia Sasic highlighted this action-packed match from Montreal.
New York City FC's very own website revealed that Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has joined the club, according to a page that was on its website on Tuesday night but was later removed after the details spread throughout social media.
By accidentally publishing the page to the public,New York City FCconfirmed what most have been speculating for a short while now, that Pirlo hasjoining the New York MLS team.
Liverpool have completed the signing of Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne in a £12million deal.
Press Association Sport understands the 24-year-old full-back has agreed a five-year contract with the Reds paying £10million up front with a further £2million in add-ons.
Clyne is the Reds' sixth signing of the summer, following Manchester City midfielder James Milner, Burnley striker Danny Ings, Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino, Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and Charlton defender Joe Gomez.
Today's Soccer Morning features interviews with Jeff Kassouf and Andrew Mangan.
Kassouf is NBC Sports' expert women's soccer writer, while Andrew Mangan is better known as ArseBlogger, the host of the successful ArseBlog for Gunners fans. Mangan will discuss the signing of Petr Cech among other topics.