NEW YORK — Despite the absences of their leading scorer and manager, New York City FC still managed to put a halt to the Colorado Rapids' 15-match unbeaten streak on Saturday thanks to the heroics of Frank Lampard.
A hat-trick from the English star was paired with goals fromTony Taylor and Steven Mendoza, as NYCFC shut out the visitors, 5-1, at Yankee Stadium to go five points clear the top of the Eastern Conference.
An unlikely Fall Season leader will look to further their push towards the postseason, while the New York Cosmos are in need of a bounceback performance following several setbacks.
Rayo OKC has emerged as the Fall Season leader through their first six games, but with an extra game played, the first-year franchise will need to keep up the pace in Saturday's clash with Minnesota United.
Following Aston Villa's relegation, the future of Brad Guzan was a bit murky. The U.S. Men's National Team had options, some safe, some ambitious, as the veteran goalkeeper looked to take the next step in his career. That next step became official on Friday, and Guzan will face yet another major challenge to reclaim his status as one of the Premier League's most reliable goalkeepers.
The Paul Pogba transfer saga appears to be nearing an end, whilea high-profile coach has turned down Argentina's managerial position.
Manchester United has reportedly agreed to terms with Pogba, with the Juventus midfielder set for a medical in the coming days. The deal was said to be held up by Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, who was seeking to have his fee paid by Juventus.
U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan and his Aston Villa side had a forgettable 2015/16 season, after being relegated to the English Championship, but the 31-year-old has quickly found his way back to England's top flight.
Newly-promoted Premier League club Middlesbrough announced the signing of Guzan on Friday, following his eight-year stint with Villa.
For the first time since 2013, the MLS All-Stars were defeated in the annual mid-summer showcase.
A late Chuba Akpom goal was enough to push Arsenal to a 2-1 victory in Thursday's MLS All-Star game at Avaya Stadium. The loss is the All-Stars' first since a 3-1 defeat to Roma in 2013, while the 2014 and 2015 matches provided wins over Bayern Munich and Tottenham, respectively.
The post-Sigi Schmid era begins this weekend for the Seattle Sounders.
Since the club's inaugural season in MLS in 2009, the Sounders have only had Schmid at their head coach. The 63-year-old Schmid, however, mutually parted ways with the club on Tuesday and assistantBrian Schmetzer will assume the role of interim head coach ahead of Sunday's home fixture against the LA Galaxy.
The MLS All-Star game is set for Thursday night, as some of the league's biggest stars collide with Premier League team Arsenal. The team assembled to take on the Gunners may be littered with stars, but it is not one that is truly comprised of those who have earned a spot withtheir play on the field.
Over the club's first season-and-a-half, David Villa has been a focal point of the NYCFC attack. However,Saturday will provide a different look at what the Eastern Conference side can do without its biggest star.
Currently the league leader in goals scored (13), Villa is undoubtedly a frontrunner for this season's MVP award, while guiding NYCFC to the top of the East.
Bob Bradley is currently preparing for his first full season in charge of French side Le Havre, but the former U.S. Men's National Team coach has been named as an unlikely candidate for a Premier League job.
Following the departure of Steve Bruce, Hull City is in the market for a new manager, and the Hull Daily Mail is reporting that Bradley is one of the candidates for the job.
While they are far from a soccer-centric tradition, all-star games have long been a staple of American sports culture. Major League Soccer is no different, even if the format of the game remains up for debate.
Thursday night will see the MLS All-Stars collide with Arsenal, continuing the recent tradition of pitting the league's elite against top-level European opposition.
Borussia Dortmund has made headlines this summer for signing big-named players like Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle, but it was Christian Pulisic that stole the show for the Bundesliga side against Manchester City.
After entering Thursday's International Champions Cup match at halftime for Emre Mor, the U.
The Philadelphia Union experienced their worst week of the 2016 season by suffering losses to the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup and to the Montreal Impact in MLS play.With eight days to prepare for Sunday's clash with Real Salt Lake at Talen Energy Stadium, the Union are eager to bounce back and earn three critical points in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Arsene Wenger is playing the long game when it comes to development of Gedion Zelalem, but when that long game is complete, the Arsenal manager expects to find a player ready to compete on the highest level.
Zelalem, Wenger and Arsenal are stationed in San Jose ahead of Thursday's MLS All-Star Game, a match that will put the Premier League contender with MLS' elite.
Like any All-Star event, the MLS Homegrown Game is meant to be a fun exercise. Featuring 20of the league's best young prospects, the match presents a chance for the league's up-and-comers to shine, while offering a stress-free environment to reap the rewards of their hard work.
There's no argument that there has been improvement on the end of New York City FC in the club's second season in MLS, but an area that proved to be the team's downfall a year ago seems to be plaguing the Bronx side again in 2016.
While NYCFC's attack has consistently performed at a high level into the second half of the season, led by David Villa's 13 goals and one assist, the backline has conceded a league-leading 39 goals in 22 matches, roughly 1.
A.J. Soares is set to continue his Scandinavian stay with a move to the Danish Superliga.
AGF Aarhus announced on Tuesday that the club has signed the American defender, who spent the past season with Norwegian club Viking. Soares' move to the club is a free transfer and comes with a contract that runs until 2018.
Leicester City head coach Claudio Ranieri is encouraging Riyad Mahrez to remains with the Foxes because of the increased spotlight that will be on him. Ranieri has said that if Mahrez were to move to a bigger club that he would have to play second fiddle to other stars. (REPORT)
Lyon has rejected a bid of $38 million from Arsenal for strikerAlexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal has released the club's final roster for their upcoming U.S. trip, and one of American soccer's brightest prospects will likely takethe field when the Gunners face-off with the MLS All-Stars.
Gedion Zelalem was named to Arsenal's final roster on Monday afternoon. The squad, which also includes Petr Cech, Theo Walcott, Granit Xhaka and Jack Wilshere, will take on the MLS All-Stars on Thursday at Avaya Stadium before facing Chivas de Guadalajara three days later at the StubHub Center.
Under harsh midday heat, Sporting Kansas City was prepared forSunday's match tobe a struggle. However, the Western Conference contender fell back into their comfort zone on Sunday afternoon while displaying a desire to defend their home turf.
Theywere at home, and played like it, as Dom Dwyer scored a brace in Sporting KC's 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders at Children's Mercy Park.
While a few of the outcomes from NASL action this weekend were easily foreseeable, three results were particularly intriguing.
In Carolina, the RailHawks impressed offensively before failing in the back and settling for a 3-3 draw against Miami FC. Similarly, the New York Cosmos looked to have three points in the bag in Tampa Bay, but a late comeback kept the Rowdies in an upward trajectory.
While the New York Red Bulls often pride themselves on not having built their team around one superstar talent, Sacha Kljestan continues to define himself as a key playmaker in the side's dangerous attack.
Sunday's 4-1 win against rivals New York City FC again proved Kljestan's worth, as the attacking midfielder assisted on the Red Bulls' first two goals before notching a finish of his own just minutes before the halftime whistle.
The New York Red Bulls secured a season series win against rivals New York City FC on Sunday, while the Colorado Rapids continued their improbable 15-match unbeaten streak against FC Dallas. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:
Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes played a 1-1 tie on Friday night after Luke Mulholland's finish cancelled out an early Chris Wondolowski strike.
Rivalries always seem to bring out the nastiness in players. Crunching tackles, confrontationsand consistent chirping are the norm when it comes to contests with major stakes, but there was also no love lost between coaches following Sunday's Hudson River Derby.
After starring in the New England Revolution's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal win overthe Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, Je-Vaughn Watson made the difference again on Saturday as the Revolution hosted the Chicago Fire.
Watson broke open a scoreless game by latching onto a right side corner kick by Chris Tierney for the winning header as the Revs pulled away for a 1-0 victory over Fire in front of 21,872 at Gillette Stadium.
Saturday's clash between the Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps was played despite scorching hot temperatures, but the play of the two sides never came close to matching the levels of the weather on the field.
The Dynamo and Whitecaps played to a scoreless draw on Saturday night, with the Canadian side earning their third draw in four games.
The Colorado Rapids are unbeaten at home this season, and looked on their way to their ninth win in 10at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, but Victor Ulloa had other ideas and helped keep his FC Dallas side in first place as a result.
Ulloa's long-range blast in the 82nd minute to help FC Dallas earn a 1-1 draw on Saturday night, keeping FC Dallas three points ahead of the Rapids atop the Western Conference standings.
From the onset, the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC felt like legitimate rivals. Despite no prior history between the two sides, the first year of the Hudson River Derby was headlined by true animosity. Scuffles broke out, words were saidand physicality proved a defining factor, even if the initial round prove as one-sided as one could imagine.
One of the NASL's oldest rivalries headlines the weekend's action, while the Carolina RailHawks will look for a boost to be provided by the introduction of a former Mexican national team mainstay.
The New York Cosmos take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a clash of two NASL originals. The Cosmos enter the weekend in better form overall, but will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 thumping from Rayo OKC last time out.
One of the brightest prospects in the U.S. soccer pool has returned stateside with a move to MLS.
The Columbus Crew announced on Friday that the club has signed U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper Zack Steffen. The 21-year-old goalkeeper joins as a Discovery Signing after spending the last year-and-a-half with German club SC Freiburg.
Argentina will interview three high-profile managers coaching in Europe in the near future, while Borussia Dortmund continues to bolster its attack this summer.
Argentina Football Association chief Armando Perez is reportedly scheduled to meet with Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, in addition to Sevilla's Jorge Sampaoli and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone.
The third and final chapter of this season's New York derby wraps up this weekend.
New York City FC, after picking up its first victory over the New York Red Bulls in club's brief history earlier this month, looks to win the season series when it heads to Red Bull Arena on Sunday. The last time the two sides met in Harrison, New Jersey, on Aug.
D.C. United's first half of the 2016 MLS season hasn't been ideal, but, all things considered, Ben Olson's group is in a relatively good position.
Just one point outside of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United has been active this summer in the transfer market, and it is that activity that could give them something to look forward to down the home stretch of matches.
Through 76 minutes, the Seattle Sounders were nurturing a one-goal lead with a U.S. Open Cup semifinal berth on the line. However, a late surge from the LA Galaxy added further misery to what has been a trying Sounders season.
Giovani dos Santos began the run before Sebastian Lletget added two of his own, as the Galaxy toppled the Sounders, 4-2, in Wednesday's USOC quarterfinal.
The New England Revolution sent two-time defending U.S. Open Cup finalist Philadelphia Union packing 1-1 (4-2) in penalty kicks in the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd at Harvard University's Jordan Field.
Je-Vaughn Watson followed up his first goal in a Revolution uniform with the clinching penalty kick, while backup goalkeeper Brad Knighton made saves against Sebastien Le Toux and C.
Jason Kreis already finds himself in elite company. One of just 13coachesto have led a team to an MLS Cup, Kreis is already regarded as one of the brightest minds in American soccer for his achievements with Real Salt Lake.
However, after a trying spell with New York City FC, Kreis is set for another challenge: rebuilding an Orlando City team in need of a major change.
For weeks, Jurgen Klinsmann has been linked with the England job, but the U.S. Men's National Team Coach will not be moving on toa new job after all.
Sky Sports reported on Wednesday that England is set to hire Sam Allardyce to manage the national team. An official decision is reportedly expected Thursday, when the FAwill ratify Allardyce as Roy Hodgson's replacement at Thursday's board meeting.
Club Tijuana's Copa MX-opening victory ha a distinct American feel.
Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno scored early goals, leading the way as Xolos toppedCD Toluca, 3-0, on Tuesday night in the first match of2016 Apertura Copa MX play. The win sees Xolos claim three points to open group play.
After losing out on some playing time last season and his team's relegation to the English Championship, U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Brad Guzan's future with Aston Villa remained up in the air.
Now, it appears the veteran keeper has found a potential landing spot for the 2016/17 season.
As the 33rd annual COTIF Tournament gets set to begin on Sunday, the U.S. Under-19 national team has revealed the 22 players that will make the trip to Valencia, Spain.
Head coach Brad Friedel has called upon several high-profile talents including Manchester United defender Matthew Olosunde, FC Dallas attacker Weston McKennie and Hugo Arellano of LA Galaxy II to represent the U.
It's been quite a year for goals, but one stands above the rest as MLS pushes into the summer months.
The SBI MLS Midseason Goal of the Year came just weeks into the regular season, as Quincy Amarikwa unleashed an incredible long-range effort. After battling several challenges, the San Jose Earthquakes forward lifted a shot up and over a helpless Adam Kwarasey, sealing a highlight-reel finish that is being replayed even today.
Throughout the franchise's short history, New York City FC's successes have been tied to the play of David Villa. Currently sitting in first place, the second-year club is surging, with the Spanish star leading the charge in a major way.
As league play heats up as August nears, NYCFC finds themselves top of the Eastern Conference.
The defending Premier League champions could be set to lose another major piece this offseason, while one of the world's biggest stars has vowed he'll be an improved player when he returns from injury.
Leicester City is confident that Riyad Mahrez will remain with the club next season but the Foxes have placed a $59 million tag on the attacker.
The third week of the NASL Fall Season gave fans a lot to chew on, from a shocking destruction of the New York Cosmos to a bicycle kick goal from a league newcomer.
The Carolina RailHawksand FC Edmonton bothcontinued their ascent back up the table with narrow wins this weekend. The RailHawks won 1-0 on the road against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, while the Eddies beat the Ottawa Fury by the same scoreline at home.
In his third season with the Philadelphia Union, Andre Blake has not only solidified his position as the team's starting goalkeeper but done so by firmly making the case that he's the best shot stopper in all of MLS.
Blake made just six starts a season ago, but has well surpassed that total in 2016, appearing in 19 matches and leading the Union to a 7-6-6 record, good enough for second place in a congested Eastern Conference.
New York City FC bounced back with an important win against the Montreal Impact, while the Portland Timbers also emerged as big winners over the weekend. Here's acloser look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:
Steven Gerrard's second-half finish powered the LA Galaxy past the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, at StubHub Center on Friday night.
There wasn't a ton of excitement at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the opening half, but the Colorado Rapids made the most of the second stanza to give Pablo Mastroeni's side a share of the Western Conference lead.
Second-half substitute Marlon Hairston providedthe Rapids with a 1-0 win over Sporting KC on Saturday night, after scoring his first goal of the 2016 season.
Bayern Munich's first preseason friendly produced some good news for one of the young forwards in the United States men's national team talent pool who has failed to gain any momentum since the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Julian Green started and produced the opening goal in Bayern's 4-3 victory over Lippstadt on Saturday.
Kenwyne Jones used to compete against Carlos Bocanegra. Now, he will be playing for him.
Atlanta United announced on Friday that it has signed Jones, the 31-year-old striker who serves as captain for Trinidad & Tobago. Jones will officially jointhe expansion clubon Aug. 1, but will go out on loan until January ahead of its debut season in MLS next year.
Leicester City's Christian Fuchs remembers the first time he saw New York City. Merely a tourist, hewas awe-struck, a bit overwhelmed, as he gazed upon the bright lights and monstrous skyscrapers. But after adopting the city as a second home, Fuchs is now looking to continue his post-Premier League career in the Big Apple.
Heading into third season in charge of the Colorado Rapids, Pablo Mastroeni was on the hot seat. For each of the past two seasons, the Rapids had looked uninspired in the attack, and had finished well below the playoff line in the Western Conference.
Walker Zimmerman took time to develop as a defender. Drafted seventh overall in 2013, Zimmerman worked his way through the FC Dallas system while honing his craft in central defense. A three-year push earned the defender a spot in FC Dallas' starting XI in 2015, and Zimmerman has more than justified his position in 2016 while leading FC Dallas to the top of the table.
Entering his first professional campaign, the pressure on Jordan Morris was immense. Already a U.S. Men's National Team regular, the Stanford star was touted as the next big thing and was expected to step in and contribute to a team loaded with attacking talent.
After a healthy dose of goals in the last seven days, NASL is starting to really heat up at the start of the Fall Season.
While the New York Cosmos have a healthy lead in the combined standings, only five points separate six teams in the race for a post-season spot. FC Edmonton's tactical play and narrow wins have them sitting third on 21 points, but they'll face a tough defense this weekend against Canadian rival Ottawa Fury.
The results on Wednesday night in NASLserved to further enforce the trends of the league this season.
Indy Eleven, with a completely retooled squad from previous years, continued to roll with anther big victory at home. The New York Cosmos proved once again their dominance in the league, further punishing an unstable Jacksonville Armada side.
Clint Dempsey is a competitive guy, one who consistently brings a fiery personality to the field inevery game he plays. Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid has seen that personality first-hand for nearly three years, and believes opposing teams are doing their best to take advantage of it.
After seemingly being a pawn in an attempt to make a profit, Alvaro Morata appears to be staying at Real Madrid after all.
Realhas reportedly rejected an $88 million bid for striker Alvaro Morata from an unspecified club.Los Blancoswill likely keep the 23-year-old striker after buying Morata back from Juventus this summer.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Sporting Kansas City did nearly everything right offensively on Wednesday against theChicago Fire.The visitors kept 67 percent of the possession, completed twice as many passes and outshotChicago 19-3, but time and time again couldn't findthe most important, finalpiece of the offensive puzzle.
Goals were hard to come by for the New York Red Bulls in recent weeks, however, the team regained its form in front of net on Wednesday night against Orlando City SC.
The Red Bulls came away with a 2-0 win over Orlando City, snapping the team's four-match winless run and pulling the Harrison side to within three points of Eastern Conference leaders New York City FC.
SEATTLE So fitting that if the Seattle Sounders are to redeem the 2016 season, the long road back to the red line begins against FC Dallas the speedy youngsters who exposed the Sounders as anything but in last season's playoffs.
The teams have gone in opposite directions since Dallas eliminated Seattle on penalty kicks in the Western Conference semifinals last fall.
The Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact played to an exciting 1-1 tie at Providence Park on Wednesday night, after thetwo sides traded tallies from Jack McInerney and Ignacio Piatti in the first half. Despite a slew of chances in the second half, neither side was able to capitalize in front of goal, as the game finished level.
Despite his best efforts to get on the field again this season, it appears San Jose Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson will miss the remainder of the 2016 MLS season.
The veteran centerback announced via social media that he will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a herniated disk in his back, likely ending his season after making just two appearances for the Earthquakes.
Since breaking onto the U.S. Men's National Team scenenearly two years ago, Jordan Morris has been compared to some of the country's greats. Now, the Seattle Sounders rookie is now set to work with one of thosechildhood idols that defined his game, at least for one match.
While the MLS All Stars face the challenging yet rewarding task of taking on Premier League side Arsenal later this month, the league's young guns also have an opportunity to make their mark on a big stage.
In each of the last three Olympic games, the U.S. Women's National Team has stood as top dogs by claiming the gold medal. The team's quest for a fourth-straight triumph began, in earnest, on Tuesday, as Jill Ellis named the 18 players charged with leading the USWNT to a fifth total gold.
The U.S. Women's National Team will have a full complement of stars heading into this summer's Olympics.
Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Mallory Pugh headline the 18-player USWNT roster ahead of the upcoming Olympic games. Theroster features seven players from the 2012 gold medal team, while14 players were members of the 2015 Women's World Cup championship team.
NASL action heated up in the second week of the Fall Season, with some unexpected scorelines and a few memorable goals.
After Minnesota United beat the Carolina RailHawks, 5-1, last weekend, those two sidesfound themselves in a new position on Saturday. United lost 1-0 to Indy Eleven, while the RailHawks earned their own heavy win, 4-1, over the Tampa BayRowdies.
Week 18 of the MLS season saw several fantastic performances, including Sporting KC's important home win against New York City FC, while FC Dallas its winning streak with a spectacular overhead finish.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Rapids earned an impressive result of their own thanks to a late stoppage time equalizer on the road.
The Philadelphia Union, Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution emerged as big winners over the weekend, while FC Dallas continued to roll out west. Here's acloser look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:
Sporting Kansas City took full advantage of NYCFC's defensive lapses in a 3-1 win.
HARRISON, N.J.— The New York Red Bulls controlled much of Sunday's match against the Portland Timbers when it came down to possession, but neither team could finish their scoring chances at Red Bull Arena.
For the fourth consecutive match, the Red Bulls failed to capture a victory as Jesse Marsch and co.
After Spain took home the crown four years ago, a new champion will be named on Sunday at the Euro 2016 final.
Host nation France and Portugal will meet for the title match at the European Championship, asLes Bleus seek their third Euro championship. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal look for their first major tournament trophy.
The MLS All-Stars will feature a high-profile group when they take on Premier League side Arsenal on July 28.
The league announced on Saturday the 11 starters that will take the field against the Gunners at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, including New York City FC striker David Villa and Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco.
New England Revolution forward Kei Kamara was itching to score against the team that jettisoned him in May coming off of an MVP finalist season in 2015.
After working hard and coming up empty all game, Kamara pounced in the 71st minute when Revs teammate Teal Bunbury went down in the box and the Columbus Crew defense gave up on the play, allowing their former teammate to swoop in and cap off a 3-1 Revolution home win.
The Colorado Rapids seemed dead in the water after a late penalty kick gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a lead, but Axel Sjoberg had his say deep into second-half stoppage time.
The Rapidspulled out a 2-2 tie against the Whitecapsat BC PlacefollowingSjoberg's 95th minute equalizer. Kevin Doyle, who got the Rapids on the board earlier in the second half, played provider with time winding down.
SEATTLE Some things never change. Robbie Keane takes the field against the Seattle Sounders and scores. The calendar turns to July, and Bruce Arena's LA Galaxy start racking up wins. The Sounders get shut out.
Keane provided all the scoring the Galaxy needed on Saturday afternoon in just the 15th minute,beating defender Joevin Jones to a short cross from a softly-marked Gyasi Zardes and poking a shot off the crossbar and past goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
It seemed unlikely when reports recently surfaced linking U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to England's vacant coaching position. However, the German could now be a candidate for the job after all.
Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff is making claimsthat Klinsmann is in discussions with England's Football Association over the job left open by outgoing coach Roy Hodgson.
With both teams coming into Friday night's clash needing a positive result to get back into the playoff picture, Orlando City SC and the Houston Dynamo shared the points as they played to a 0-0 draw at Camping World Stadium.
Both sides struggled to find their groove in the attack during the opening 45 minutes, with Alex boasting the biggest chance for either side in the 21st minute.
A moment of brilliance from FC Dallas' Maxi Urruti ended the San Jose Earthquakes' perfect run at home on Friday night.
FC Dallas stretched its lead atop the Western Conference to four points by way of their 1-0 victory at Avaya Stadium.
Urruti opened the scoring in fantastic fashion in the 51st minute as he used a superb combination of concentration and technique to flip a bicycle kick goal into the left side of the net from close range.
After a majority of the results from last week in NASL were drab 1-1 draws, the league looks to offer some more interesting match-ups in week two.
Miami FC will get a chance to impress at home with a number of new players against the New York Cosmos. Alessandro Nesta's team was extremely poor in the Spring, but have assembled a completely new midfield in hopes to make an impact this Fall.
The old NFL saying goes: defense wins championships. Based on the play out of the Colorado Rapids and their backline over the first half of the MLS season, that statement isn't too far-fetched.
Very few expected Pablo Mastroeni's side to be in their current position with the 2016 season hitting the halfway point, however, the Rapids have utilized intelligent offseason moves and built around the team's strong defensive unit.
The champion of Europe will be decided this Sunday when Euro 2016 hosts France meet Portugal.
A Seleçãoearned the spot after a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday, while France earned the same result over Germany on Thursday thanks to a brace from the tournament's top goalscorer Antoine Griezmann.
Les Bleusweren't the most convincing side when Euro 2016 kicked off in June, however, France has consistently improved with every match, and will now have a chance to earn its third European Championship.
Antoine Griezmann's brace gave France a 2-0 win against Germany on Thursday afternoon.
New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch recently said that his side would be active during the summer transfer window, actively pursuing a player that could assist striker Bradley Wright-Phillips up front.
It seems as though the Red Bulls have taken their first step in that process, with the team reportedly shipping midfielder Lloyd Sam to Eastern Conference rivals D.
It wasn't the prettiest goal of his career, but Frank Lampard gave Eastern Conference leaders New York City FC to its fourth straight win on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
Andrea Pirlo chipped the ball in to Tommy McNamara right of goal in the 58th minute, and he sent a hard pass off Lampard's knee and in past two defenders and goalie Bobby Shuttleworth to make the difference in a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution.
Oguchi Onyewu's ongoing trial with Scottish club Rangers could be one that produces a contract offer.
Rangers assistant manager David Weir says there "is a chance" that Onyewu earns a contract with the Scottish powerhouse. The former U.S. Men's National Team defender has been training with the team in South Carolina, and could prove to be the club's answer at centerback, a position the teamis currently in the market for.
It's already been a dream for Wales, making the semifinals in the nation's first major competition since 1958, but Chris Coleman's men aren't done yet.
Standing in the team's way of their first European Championship final is Portugal, led by Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The two squads will battle to be the tournament's first finalist on Wednesday afternoon at theParc Olympique Lyonnais.
New York City FC's victory over the New York Red Bulls catapulted the second-year club to the top of the Eastern Conference. Now, the task is to stay there, and it begins on Wednesday against a perennial conference contender.
The New England Revolution host NYCFC on Wednesday night in the second clash of the season between the two sides following March's 1-1 draw.
Lionel Messi has been given a hefty punishment for tax fraud, but it remains unlikely that the Barcelona star will serve any time behind bars.
Messi and his father, Jorge, wereconvicted of tax fraud on Wednesday. The twowere eachgivena 21-month prison sentence, but Spanish law states that any sentence under two years can be suspended under Spanish law, making Messi unlikely to serve time in jail.
Seattle The match arrived at an inopportune time and was mostly played like a glorified training kickabout, but the Seattle Sounders will take any result these days. And a result is what they got on Tuesday night, besting West Ham United of the English Premier League 3-0 in an international friendly at CenturyLink Field.
By now MLS is well aware of Nigel de Jong, specifically his physical and sometimes violent temperament on the field.The veteran Dutch midfielder made headlines once again on Monday night, earning himself a straight red card for a late challenge on Vancouver Whitecaps attacker Blas Perez.
The 17th week of the MLS season had plenty of drama, and action, from the latest installment of the New York derby, to Tim Howard's return to the league and Robbie Keane's return to the scoring list.
It was a heck of a week for rookies, with several playing key roles in important results, and it was a big week for FC Dallas, which climbed back to the top of the MLS standings with a resounding victory.
NEW YORK Legs were heavy. Tanks had less fuel than usual.
The New York Red Bulls were already feeling tired before Sunday's game was well under way, the result of having had such a loaded schedule in recent weeks. A rotation of some players was always going to be in the cards, especially for those who had not seen much time in the previous matches.
New York City FC picked up a massive win against rivals New York Red Bulls on Sunday, while FC Dallas moved atop the Western Conference after a dominating win over Orlando City. Here's a closer look at all of this past weekend's MLS action:
John Goossens netted his first MLS goal in the Chicago Fire's 1-0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday night.
After cruising through their first two matches of theNTC Invitational, the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team faced their first bit of adversity during Sunday's de-facto final against Japan. However, acomeback win saw them handle that adversity while claiming a trophy.
The U.S. toppled Japan, 2-1, in Sunday's match to seal the championship of the NTC Invitational and a perfect three-game run through the tournament.
The LA Galaxy entered Monday's clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps winless in their last seven matches. The performances of the club's biggest names ushered them back into the win column, even as one of them saw redfor another dangerous foul
Robbie Keane provided the opening goal while Steven Gerrard added a pair of assists to lead the Galaxy to a 2-0 victory over the Whitecaps on Tuesday at the StubHub Center.
It is the Fourth of July, the day to celebrate our country's independence, as well as to enjoy a holiday.
As many of you enjoy your trips to the beach, the park and the grill, tonight will offer a good slate of MLS matches to help satisfy those of you with soccer cravings after what has been an incredible summer of soccer so far.
NEW YORK —It took the brilliance ofa 19-year-old rookie for New York City FC to best the New York Red Bulls for the first time in club history, but what Jack Harrison was able to do on Sunday was a surprise to anybody buthis own team.
"'Rookie' doesn't mean anything for me," NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said.
A unique scenario has unfolded, as three United States youth clubs filed a class action lawsuit on Friday against the MLS Players Union, as well as three current and former MLS players.
As reported byVice Sports, the Players Union, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and Michael Bradley are all involved in the lawsuit, which was initiated by youth clubs the Dallas Texans,Crossfire Premiere andSockers FC.
As the final minute of stoppage time ticked off the clock in a 0-0 match, Cristian Maidana stood 20 yards from goal with a chance to vanquish his former team and deliver his current club a sorely-needed victory.
The Colombian playmaker did just that, perfectly placing a free kick into the far top corner, past Andre Blake, to help the Houston Dynamo earn a 1-0 victory at BBCA Compass Stadium on Saturday night.
While two more MLS matches set to take place in the afternoon, afourth semifinalist will be named at Euro 2016.
France will meettournament underdogs Iceland from the right to face Germany in the next round. Coming off of a thrilling 2-1 win against England in the Round of 16, Iceland looks to replicate its upset against the hosts.
A flurry of action in the United States takes center stage on Saturday, while Euro 2016 will name a third semifinalist.
Germany and Italy will look to book a ticket to the Euro 2016 semifinals on Saturday, with either France or Iceland looming. The two sides have only conceded one combined goal entering their quarterfinals clash.
Landon Donovan's post-soccer career has seen the former U.S. Men's National Team startake on the roles of everything from coach to broadcaster. Now, Donovan can add another role to his post-retirement resume: owner.
Donovan announced on Friday that he has officially joined Swansea City's ownership group.
After a midsummer break, the NASL is set to return with a new franchise and several new-look teams.
Expansion side Puerto Rico FC is set to play the club's inaugural game on Saturday asJuan Ramón Loubriel Stadium plays host to Spring champions Indy Eleven. While Puerto Rico FC may be the league's newest side, one of their expansion partners, Miami FC, was the side with the busiest summer.
It's been nearly a week since the U.S. Men's National Team closed the door on the Copa America and, in that week, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has taken the chance to look back at the highs and lows of what he sees as a positive tournament experience.
Toronto FC's midfield was about to experience a major boost, but a pair of injuries have now robbed the Canadian club of two of its key pieces.
Michael Bradley and Will Johnson are each set to miss six weeks due to injury. Bradley recently rejoined the team after featuring at the Copa America Centenario, while Johnson is fresh off a late goal that secured TFC the Canadian Championship earlier this week.
Belgium's golden generation make the Red Devils one of the favorites, but Gareth Bale and Wales stand in their path to the Euro 2016 semifinals.
Wales will look to continue their historic run through the Euros on Friday when they take on the Belgians in Lille. The two sides will battle for the right to take on Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, who slipped past Poland in penalty kicks on Thursday.
Rivalries are what have made MLS so exciting over recent years, and one of the league's youngest derbies will take shape for the fifth time on Sunday afternoon when New York City FC hosts the New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium.
While both clubs come into the clash sitting inside the top three in the Eastern Conference, NYCFC's brutal defeat earlier this season against the Red Bulls will give Patrick Vieira's group a lot to think about.