With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.
One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.
It's another week that'll see all eyes on England in European football.
The clear headliner around the continent (plus the British Isles) is a top-two showdown in the Premier League between Tottenham and Manchester City. The only two unbeaten teams left in the EPL enter after midweek Champions League play, with Man City failing to winfor the first time under Pep Guardiola and Tottenham cruising to a victory.
The Washington Huskies sent a very clear message on Thursday night: they plan in being Pac-12 champions.
The Huskies, No. 25 in the latest SBI College Top 25, delivered a 4-0 beatdown of SBI No. 11 UCLA on Thursday night, with a pair of goals in the first four minutes setting the tone for the rout in their Pac-12 opener.
It's another busy weekend for Americans Abroad as the schedule heads towards the international break.
Headlining the weekend is a Bundesliga clash between two U.S. Men's National Team regulars as Bobby Wood's Hamburg takes on John Brooks and Hertha Berlin. After several weeks away, Brooks is set to return to the Hertha Berlin squad after recovering from an injury.
Four MLS matches were on Wednesday's schedule, and several of the results could have major implications on the playoff picture.
The Seattle Sounders jumped above the red line via a Chad Marshall header, defeating the Chicago Fire, 1-0. The win sees the Sounders equal the Timbers on points, but the former owns the tiebreaker for sixth-place while also possessing a game in hand.
As the NASL playoff race began to heat up, so have some of the matches. In a midweek treat of four Wednesday night matches, Miami FC and the New York Cosmos got crucial victories, as the former remains the league leaders in both the Fall and Combined standings.
The UEFA Champions League headlined Wednesday'saction, but it was DeAndre Yedlin that put on the most exhilarating performancein a late-game thriller.
Yedlin picked up an assist as Newcastle scored two stoppage time goals to slip past Norwich, 4-3, in English Championship action. With his side down a goal in the 95th minute, Yedlin swung a cross onto the head of Yoan Gouffron, who powered a header into the back of the net for an equalizing goal.
It was a night of wasted opportunities as 10-man Toronto FC and Orlando City drew 0-0 at BMO Field on Wednesday night.
The scoreless draw wasn't due to a lack of trying for both sides, as they combined for 23 shots during the match. TFC was especially inaccurate, registering 15 attempts but only hit the target four times.
SEATTLE The Chicago Fire are like an old-fashioned cure-all: good for whatever ails you. They were certainly just what the doctor ordered for the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night, as the hosts delivered a 1-0 win in front of 39,269 at CenturyLink Field despite not playing their best soccer.
Gerardo 'Tata' Martino does not know the troubled history of high-profile foreign coaches in MLS, but both he and Atlanta United arelooking for him to be the exception.
Atlanta United appointed Martino as its first head coach on Tuesday, making the veteran Argentine the person in charge of leading the fledgling club on the field during its upcoming expansion season in 2017.
Week 31 in Major League Soccer begins early as eight teams are in action on Wednesday.
The match with the most playoff implications is at RFK Stadium where D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew. If Columbus beats D.C., then the Crew would be two points adrift of the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.
A rematch of last year's semifinal highlights the action in UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Atletico Madrid hosts Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon for the first time since Atleti knocked out the Bavarians in the semis last season. Other key matches includeManchester City and Celtic, along with Borussia Monchengladbach versusBarcelona.
The England national team's coaching job opened up once again on Tuesday, and Jurgen Klinsmann's name quickly became reconnected to a gig with the Three Lions. However, Klinsmann took to social media on Wednesday to shoot down any rumors of a U.S. Men's National team departure.
Klinsmann says there is "no truth" to any rumors linking the German-born head coach with the England gig.
Down a goal late in Tuesday's clash with the reigning Champions League winners, Borussia Dortmund needed a spark. If there was any hope in sealing a point at home, the German club needed someone to make a play.
That someone was Christian Pulisic.
The young American went into Tuesday's Champions League group stage match and shined from the first minute.
John Brooks is set to return from injury, but his return to the lineup is far from guaranteed.
The U.S. Men's National Team defender returned to Hertha Berlin training on Tuesday after missing matches againstSchalke, Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt due to a groin injury. The centerback says his return comes "without any problems", according to Kicker.
TUKWILA, Wash — Written off by some mere weeks ago, the Seattle Sounders have worked themselves back into the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. But if the Sounders are to qualify for the playoffs for the eighth time in eight seasons, they will have to do so without Clint Dempsey.
The New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas are both teams in the thick of the MLS Supporters' Shield race, but they each have another task in focus this week: securing a place in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
The Red Bulls need just a draw against Salvadoran side Alianza on the road on Tuesday night to secure their place in the knockout rounds, and to extend an MLS-best 16-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.
Add Real Madrid to the list of teams to fall victim to the play of Christian Pulisic.
After entering in the 72nd minute, Pulisic made an immediate impact, and would havescored a goalif not for a Keylor Navas save. With his team down, 2-1, Pulisic set up Dortmund's equalizer, as his cross was blocked away towards Andre Schurrle, who rocketed home a shot to earn Dortmund a 2-2 tie.
After suffer a shock upset over the weekend, No. 11 UCLA has a chance at redemption midweek against a ranked foe.
UCLA fell to San Francisco in one of the surprises of the weekend, but the Bruins will have a chance to right the ship against No. 25 Washington on Thursday evening. The Huskies will provide quite a test, though, as they enter the weekend ridinga three-match win streak.
The Seattle Sounders announced on Tuesday that Dempsey will not return this season after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat last month. The forward last played on August 25 and was cleared to return to practice on Sept.
The games are officially underway, and so too are the discussions and debates about player ratings.
FIFA 17 officially hit the shelves in stores in the United States on Tuesday, andgamers took some time, as they do each year, to check out the overall ratings that some of their favorite American players and MLS clubs have earned in the latest installment of EA Sports' hit video game series.
There's a new team atop the SBI College Soccer Top 25 following one of the season's most exciting games..
Following Syracuse's midweek loss to Notre Dame, Maryland has reclaimed the top spot thanks to a 2-0 victory over Michigan State. The Notre Damewin, which came on a last-gasp goal fromforwardJon Gallagher with just 18 seconds left, propels the Fighting Irish up to third in the rankings, leaving them in between a pair of fellow ACC contenders in North Carolina and Syracuse.
The UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, and Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund faces its toughest test yet.
After thumping Legia Warsaw, 6-0, in their Champions League opener, Borussia Dortmund returns to action on Tuesday against the reigning champions, Real Madrid. Pulisic provided an assist in the team's lopsided opening-match win, and could be in line for another appearance after earning the nod as a substitute over the weekend.
Following weeks of reports, Atlanta United finally got their man.
Atlanta United announced on Tuesday that the club has hired former Barcelona and Argentina manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as the club's first head coach. Martino most recently took charge ofLa Albicelesteat this past summer's Copa American before resigning following Argentina's penalty kick loss to Chile in the tournament finale.
The manager of England is in some hot water, while one of the nation's best strikers received a bit of good news.
England manager Sam Allardyce was filmed telling undercover journalists ways to circumvent rules regarding third-party ownership. Allardyce was also filmed being highly critical of Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville, while alsonegotiating a deal worth £400,000 to consult on how to work around transfer rules.
Jordan Morris had crossed paths with Landon Donovan before. As a member of MLS Homegrown roster this summer, Morris played under a man he idolized growing up, and a manthat, fairly or unfairly, he's been compared to since breaking onto the scene as a Stanford student.
Several of MLS' stars shined over the weekend, but it was an up-and-coming forward that sealed SBI MLS Player of the Week honors. Mauro Manotas bagged a hat-trick for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, leading the way in a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.
Sunday wasn't the busiest day, but it was a fairly productive one for several members of the group of Americans Abroad.
Liga MX action headlined the day, as William Yarbrough played all 90 minutes yet again in Leon's 1-1 tie with Toluca. Michael Orozco and Jorge Villafana joined the goalkeeper in the 90 minute club, while Paul Arriola entered off the bench in Tijuana's 2-1 victory over Santos Laguna.
Thereare still signs of life in the Columbus Crew after they defeated the New England Revolution, 2-0, at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday night.
Ola Kamara scored both goals in the 42nd and 83rd minute to clinch the victory for the hosts. The Crew have now won two straight matches and are justfive points away from a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.
Big clashes in Englandthis weekend made for some truly eye catching scorelines. Chelsea wasthumped by city rival Arsenal, while champions Leicester City receiveda rude awakeningat Old Trafford. West Ham continued their torrid run to the season, while City's Guardiola stayed perfect.
The top clubs in Italy and Germanyscored victories, though hard-earned ones.
Carson, Calif. The surging Seattle Sounders found some grit in the second half and shoved the LA Galaxy aside to collect a much-needed 4-2 win in brutally hot conditions before an announced crowd of 25,819 at the StubHub Center on Sunday.
Jordan Morris fought past LA Galaxy defender Daniel Steres in the 62nd minute, then punched the ball past Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe to give the Sounders the go-ahead goal.
Real Salt Lake's attack has gone cold at the worst possible time.
For the third straight match, RSL was held scoreless as the Western Conference contender settled for a 0-0 draw with league-leaders FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium. With the draw, FC Dallas maintains a five-point cushion atop the conference while RSL sits eight points back in fourth place.
A long-awaited win on the road boosted Sporting KC in the playoff hunt Saturday night in San Jose.
A late corner kick goal from Kevin Ellis proved to bethe winner in the 2-1 win for Sporting KC. A dragged-out, physical match eventually paid off for a Sporting KC team that created few clear-cut chances.
After seeing their crosstown rivals drop points on Saturday, Atletico Madrid will look to leap back into the La Liga race on Sunday morning.
The Spanish powerhouse headlines Sunday's action in a clash with Deportivo La Coruna. Entering Sunday's match, Atletico sits on nine points, five back of league-leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand.
A pair of Americans Abroad created goals in England, while one winger completed a long-awaited return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
Duane Holmes was the lone American to score a goal on Saturday, firing the second of two goals as Scunthorpe tied Sheffield Wednesday, 2-2. In the Championship, DeAndre Yedlin did his part in forcing a goal of his own, as his cross was deflected in for an own goal in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
NEW YORK The Chicago Fire's press conference on Friday was so short, Joao Plata would look like a giant in comparison.
There was apparently not much for reporters to ask the head coach of a team that once again played dreadfully, nor was there apparently much for him to say afterwitnessing his side make juvenile defensive mistakes in a 4-1 battering at the hands of New York City FC this late into the season.
DeAndre Yedlin shined in his first leaguestart with Newcastle, but the U.S. Men's National Team defender's success may have come with a price.
The fullback created Newcastle's lone goal in the 28th minute, but left the match in the second half due to injury. Yedlin pulled up with an apparent ankle injury, prompting a substitution in the 73rd minute.
Christian Pulisic earned time as a substitute, but two different Americans stole the show with goalscoring performances on Friday.
Andrew Wooten and Jerome Kiesewetter each scored goals with varying results to headline Friday's Americans Abroad. Wooten's finish earned his side a late point, as the Sanudhausen forward netted a stoppage time equalizer in a 1-1 draw.
NEW YORK While the star striker based just west of the Hudson River hasmade serious noise in the race for the MLS MVP award in recent weeks, it was the one based to the east that bolstered his chances of winning that piece of hardware on Friday.
All while helping his club move to within an inch of a playoff spot.
Several teams are still jockeying for playoff positioning, and a few of those sides will face each other during a pivotal Week 30 in MLS.
The headliner pits the LA Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday afternoon. The Galaxy have not lost in their last six matches, while the Sounders, who are five points adrift of the playoffs, have earnedpoints in seven of their last eight games.
After a week of rumors concerning the future of clubs and the league itself, the NASL returns for a full weekend slate of heated matches.
While none of the top four in the Fall Season Standings are in danger of losing their spots this weekend, Minnesota United can reduce the gap fourthplace in the Fall Standingsbetween them and Indy Eleven to one point.
The NASL is surrounded by uncertainty as the 2016 season winds to a close, but the league issued a statement Thursday night to respond to recent reports of a potential exodus.
Recent reports link several NASL clubs with moves away from the league. Minnesota United is certain to depart as the club heads to MLS, but the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Ottawa Fury FC, Rayo OKC and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers have all been linked with an NASL exit.
All eyes are on England this weekend as the Premier League hosts some of the most high-profile matchups of the coming days.
Two titanic clashes take place in the EPL as Manchester United hosts Leicester City in the early Saturday match before Arsenal and Chelsea close the day out with a managerial showdown between Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte.
A London derby takes center stage this weekend in European soccer as Arsenal hosts Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners, coming off a convincing 4-1 victory over Hull City last weekend, look to avenge last season's double-loss to Chelsea. Antonio Conte and his squad are hoping to rebound after their home loss to Liverpool last week.
Troubling times could lie ahead for the NASL, as reports of multiple teams possibly preparing for exits could leave the league contracting severely or ceasing to exist entirely.
The departure of Minnesota United to MLS has been locked in for some time. The NASL was set to replace the teamthis season by adding the San Francisco Deltas as the league's first west coast competitors, but it appears that might not be enough with several other departures rumored to be gaining traction.
Stoke City has been nothing short of abysmal to start the Premier League season, but Geoff Cameron isn't ready to give up on the club's manager any time soon.
The Pottersenters the weekend sitting firmly in last place with just one point through five games. In those five games, Stoke has conceded 14 goals while scoring just three, making up the worst goal differential in the English Premier League by a five-goal margin.
Atlanta United received some positive news in their managerial search ahead of their inaugural 2017 season.
Spanish site AS is reportingthat Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has turned down an offer from Club America to continue negotiations to take charge of the new MLS team. America has been searching for a new manager since dismissingIgnacio Ambríz several weeks ago, but will have to look elsewhere as Martino appears to prefertaking over the upcoming MLS team.
Thursday is a light day for Americans Abroad, but several U.S. Men's National Team youngsters could see the field for their clubs.
After previously remaining on the bench in league play, Matt Miazga could make his Vitesse debut on Wednesday in a Dutch Cup clash withASV de Dijk. The former New York Red Bulls defender isn't the only American that could make an impact in the competition, as Rubio Rubin could see the field for FC Utrecht in a clash with FC Twente.
Cameron Carter-Vickers' Tottenham debut was a long time coming. For the past several weeks, the 18-year-old defender has sat patiently on the Spurs bench, waiting for his chance. It finally came on Wednesday, and it went better than most could have imagined.
The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team centerback made his competitive debut on Wednesday afternoon, starting in central defense in Tottenham's 5-0 League Cup win over Gillingham.
The bad news keeps getting worse for theFt. Lauderdale Strikers.
Just weeks after reports of late payments of player salaries by the struggling NASLteam, not for the first time this season, it is being reported by WRALSportsFan that the ownership group led by Paulo Cesso have ceased its financial obligations as of September 1.
Cameron Carter-Vickers has yet to see the field yet this year, but his inclusion on Tottenham's matchday squad week after week is a sign of Mauricio Pochettino's faith in the young defender. Now, the Tottenham manager hasconfirmed that faith while reiterating his high hopes for the young American.
The SBI No. 7 Denver Pioneers have been one of the better teams in the nation this year, but they are about to face their stiffest challenge of the young college season.
The Pioneers head to Nebraska for a Wednesday night clash with No. 19 Creighton. Denver (7-0-1) is coming off a 1-0 win against North Florida, a victory that marked the Pioneer's seventh straight victory since a season-opening 1-1 draw against Monmouth.
Major League Soccer set a new broadcast viewership record on Sunday thanks to some clever programming in partnership with the NFL and FOX.
FOX Sports announced via press release on Tuesday that the split-national MLS broadcast on FOX on Sunday, the 18th, had a total viewership of 1,298,000, the highest the league has ever recorded on any network in 12 years.
Tuesday is a day loaded with both league and cup action as several of the world's top teams take the field for midweek action.
In England, League Cup action takes centerstage with a battle of Premier League powerhouses leading the way. Reigning Premier League champions Leicester City host Chelsea in the day's marquee matchup, while Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton area ll ina ction against lower-league opposition.
It was an exciting slate of matches featuring last-minute misses and goals this week in MLS.
New York City FC and FC Dallas best exemplified the late action as each missed one-on-one opportunities in the final moments and failed to claim victory in an exciting 2-2 draw.Elsewhere, a 92nd-minute goal from Bobby Boswell saw D.
On the surface, the cities of Kingstown and Frisco have little in common. The former, the capital of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, is known much more for its tourism than its soccer, its beaches rather than the cricket pitch that the local national team calls home.
John Brooks' recent injury is set to keep him sidelined for one of the more anticipated clashes of the young Bundesliga season.
Hertha BerlincoachPal Dardai said Tuesday that Brooks will miss Wednesday's clash with Bayern Munich while adding that the U.S. Men's National Team defender is also unlikely to feature against Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend.
Tuesday is set to be a busy day for Americans Abroad, as a schedule full of cup and league matches sees plenty join theaction throughout the day.
Headlining the day's events are a trio of Bundesliga matches. After scoring over the weekend, Christian Pulisic could be in lineto return to the Borussia Dortmund lineup on Tuesday for a clash with Wolfsburg, while Hamburg striker Bobby Wood will look to return to his goalscoring ways against Freiburg.
Atlanta United has reportedly begun their search for a head coach and reports are linking the MLS expansion team with two high-profile candidates.
ESPN is reporting that the 2017 expansion side are in talks with former Argentina and Barcelona manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino as well as former Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid to take over as head coach for their inaugural season.
The U.S.Men's National Team and Mexicowill return to a familiar venue for their upcoming World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal round match-up.
U.S. Soccer confirmed via press releasethat the November 11 contest between the CONCACAF favoriteswould take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, a city with massive historical significance in the rivalry between the two sides.
U.S. Men's National Team assistant Andi Herzog played eightyears with Werder Bremen during his playing career, and the Austrian coach hinted that he could be tempted to return to the club as a manager following the job's recent opening.
Werder Bremen fired manager Viktor Skripnik onSunday following the club's fourth defeat in as many matches to open the Bundesliga campaign.
Huge victories by huge teams studded the landscape of European football this weekend.
Teams such as Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain all cruised to massive victories as upsets were few and far between for once in this early season.The biggest upset this week came in the Premier League as Watford dismantled Manchester United 3-0 at home, with the latter now in the midst of a three-match losing streak.
After a chaotic Saturday schedule, Sunday didn't prove to be the best day for the remaining contingent of Americans Abroad.
Of the seven Americans in action on Sunday, just two earned minutes in victories. Both Jorge Villafana and Cole Grossman played a full 90 minutes in league play, taking down Pumas and Odds BK, respectively.
One of the English Premier League's best forwards may not be on the move for quite awhile, while Bayern Munich's stars are on their way back after missing time.
Romelu Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola, says that the forward could stay with Everton past next summer. Raiola added that he believes thatParis Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only teams that could afford the Belgian star.
Carli Lloyd scored her 94th international goal as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in a friendly on Sunday.
The Dutch opened the scoring just two minutes in, surprising the Atlanta crowd. Following a deflection in the midfield,Shanice van de Sanden darted past the USWNT backline and fired a shot past Alyssa Naher, putting the USWNT behind early.
With just over a month of the Fall Season left in the NASL, each match is key in the push for the playoffs.
With the top two teams facing head to head on Saturday night, it was expected it would be the match not to miss this weekend. Instead it was the two bottom dwellers, Puerto Rico FC and the Jacksonville Armada, that left hearts racing down on the island.
As a crowd of reporters amassed around Khiry Shelton, a rogue bottle of hair gel snuck in among the microphones. It was New York City FCmidfielder Mikey Lopez jumping in to interview his teammate after a game-saving goal.
Question after question piled in as Shelton recounted a goal several months in the making.
It didn't take Landon Donovan long to return to his goalscoring ways.
The MLS' all-time leading scorer fired his first finish since his return in Sunday's match against Sporting KC. The LA Galaxy forward's goal came in the 76th minute, just two minutes after the forward entered the match for Raul Mendiola.
Through the first 78 minutes of Saturday's match, FC Dallas looked like a team that was having little issue with a post-U.S. Open Cup hangover. However, after a mostly dominant performance, a late goal saw the Western Conference contender drop two road points against New York City FC.
Frank Lampard has been one of the league's best players since his return from injury, but the New York City FC midfielder could be set for some more time on the sidelines after suffering yet another injury on Saturday night.
The 38-year-old star was removed in the 42nd minute in Saturday's 2-2 draw with FC Dallas due to a left calf injury.
SEATTLE With their playoff hopes perhaps on the line, the Seattle Sounders earned a vital three points against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon. A goal from Jordan Morris and yet another assist from midsummer signing Nicolas Lodeiro was just enough to lift the Sounders to a 1-0 win in front of 47,111 at CenturyLink Field.
Following a busy midweek slate of continental action, Saturday should be yet another busy day of soccer action.
Headlining Saturday's schedule are several of the Premier League's giants looking to bounce back following Champions League matches. After cruising to a win over Borussia Monchengladbach, Manchester City returns for a match with Bournemouth, while Arsenal takes on Hull City.
Plenty of big name matchups headline action across all five major European leagues this weekend after a fantastic slate of midweek European fixtures.
In England, the Premier League slate is led by a big Friday showdown between Liverpool, coming off a huge victory over Leicester City, and Chelsea, coming off their first dropped points of the year against Swansea City.
Megan Rapinoe's ongoing protest of the national anthem extended to Thursday night's U.S. Women's National Team match, prompting a statement from U.S. Soccer.
The midfielder kneltonce again during thenational anthem prior to the USWNT's lopsided win over Thailand. The gesture is one that Rapinoe has done for several weeks in an effort toprotest social inequalities following inspiration from NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Following a jampacked week of UEFA Champions League action, the Europa League takes centerstage on Thursday.
Headlining the proceedings is Manchester United, who opens group play against Feyenoord. Among the bigger clubs in action are Roma, Inter Milan, Southampton and Ajax, while Mario Balotelli and Nice face a tough match against Schalke.
Just days after winning the U.S. Open Cup, FC Dallas has added a veteran forward with quite the MLS reputation.
FC Dallas announced on Thursday that the club has signed Guatemalan international Carlos Ruiz. The 37-year-old forward played three seasons for FC Dallas after joining the club in 2005, amassing 31 regular season goals in 68 appearances to go withfive goals in six playoff games.
There were a number of monumental results in MLS this past weekend as the regular season winds down. The biggest surprises occurred in the Western Conference as a few teams have moved back into the Supporters' Shield race.
The Colorado Rapids snapped FC Dallas' home unbeaten streak with a narrow victory at Toyota Stadium on Saturday.
One of the game's elite coaches has had his current contract shortened, while a CONCACAF side is on the market for a new boss after parting ways with their current manager following World Cup qualifying failure.
Diego Simeone has reportedly shortened his contract with Atletico Madrid by two years, as his deal with the club will now expire in June 2018.
The UEFA Champions League returns on Wednesday with several high-profile matchups.
Following last season's English Premier League title, Leicester City is set for their Champions League debut with Wednesday's clash against Club Brugge. In a clash of more traditional powers, Juventus takes on Sevilla, while Real Madrid faces Cristiano Ronaldo's childhood club, Sporting CP.
Christian Pulisic's 2016-17 debut for Borussia Dortmund will come in Wednesday's Champions League action.
The 17-year-old American was selected to the German club's starting lineup ahead of Wednesday's visit to Legia Warsaw. Prior to Wednesday's match, Pulisic was an unused substitute for two Bundesliga matched and a German Cup match.
Following a major scare, Clint Dempsey has returned to the practice field.
Dempsey returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since an Aug. 27 announcement that the forward was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. The Sounders gained one point form the two matches that followed Dempsey's announcement.
Despite dropping points at home once again on Saturday against Montreal, Philadelphia Union boss Jim Curtin believes his club is in a good position entering a critical three-game road trip that begins in Portland on Saturday,
The Union sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 41 points.
Tuesday was a day for lopsided victories as several Americans saw their clubs cruise to statement wins.
Headlining the more ridiculous scoreline was Omar Gonzalez's Pachuca, who took down Belize's Police United by a whopping 11-0 scoreline in CONCACAF Champions League play. In England, DeAndre Yedlin also saw the field in a comprehensive win, as Newcastle toppled Queens Park Rangers, 6-0.
An injury looks set to keep John Brooks sidelined for another big game.
Brooks missed Hertha Berlin training on Tuesday with what has been described as muscular problems and is doubtful forthis weekend's Bundesliga clash with Schalke. Brooks has been a key part of Hertha's side in their first two matches this season, both wins, and would be a tough miss for the team as they face a Schalke squad looking to bounce back after losing each of their opening matches.
UEFA is officially under new leadership, while a pair of star wingers are battling injuries that are keeping them out of action for the time being.
Slovenian lawyerAleksander Ceferinwas named UEFA president on Wednesday after winning the federation's election in a landslide. Ceferin will complete Michel Platini's term, which lasts until 2019, after the French legend was banned due to improper payments.
Teamsaround the leaguecan begin to prepare for the offseason roster raids in this years expansion draft.
MLS released the date and rules for the upcoming expansion draft for Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC on Thursday. The draft will take place on December 13th at 2 P.M., just three days after the MLS Cup final draws the 2016 season to a close.
"Just Google 'Loon Call,'" Manny Lagos says, his voice risingtowards a new level of excitement. "It's one of the coolest sounds you'll ever hear. I always joke that if anybody ever shot a loon in Minnesota, they'd probably go to jail. We love 'em."
Lagos' words are said with the passion of a man who isMinnesota through and through.
The UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday, and several Americans could take the field on what should be a busy day.
Among the more likely participants is Fabian Johnson, who will look to lead Borussia Monchengladbach to an upset of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The U.S. Men's National Team fullback was rested over the weekend, meaning he should be ready to go in a crucial group stage opener.
The UEFA Champions League is back in business on Tuesday whenthe competition's group stage boasting some of the world's heavy-hitters.
Headlining Tuesday's action is a clash between two of the world's elite, as Paris Saint-Germain plays host to Arsenal. However, the matchup is far from the only marquee clash of the day, as Fabian Johnson's Borussia Monchengladbach faces Manchester City while Celtic looks for another UCL upset against Barcelona.
Abby Wambach is set to release a new memoir detailing her career, and the former U.S. Women's National Team star's look back will include some details of several darker moments in her professional life.
In her new book, "Forward", Wambach saysshe abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years, leading to her arrest for driving under the influence back inApril.
After nearly two years away from the field, Terrence Boyd took a major step on Sunday as he continued his road back from injury.
Boyd featured for the RB Leipzig reserves on Sunday againstLok Leipzig, marking his from an ACL tear suffered nearly two years ago. Boyd featured for 75 minutes before being substituted in his first match in 643 days.
HARRISON, N.J. Hindsight is 20/20, but the New York Red Bulls may have been better off knocking the ball around and keeping possession rather than attacking relentlessly en route to blowing another lead.
Regardless, the Red Bulls had little to no qualms about their approach late in the game.
While the return of Landon Donovan stole headlines, Giovani dos Santos was the LA Galaxy star that shined brightest throughout the week, leading the way with a massive haul of goals and assists. Elsewhere, a Western Conference contender made a statement, while Roger Espinoza dazzled with a long-range strike.
SBI No.1 North Carolina shut out No. 5 Clemson, 1-0, in Chapel Hill. With three minute remaining, Zach Wright scored his second goal of the year to secure the win for the Tar Heels. North Carolina's win over Clemson keeps the Tar Heels perfect at 4-0 with a +8 goal differential.
CARSON, Calif. Giovani Dos Santos continued his torrid streak of form, netting two goals creating a third, and assisting on the fourth, as the LA Galaxy stormed past Orlando City, 4-2, before a sold out crowd of 27,167 at the Stub Hub Center on Sunday.
Dos Santos' first tally came courtesy of qualityplay from Galaxy center back Jelle Van Damme, who fired off a long pass down the left flank to the speedy Ema Boateng.
Several stars appear ready to shake off injuries in time for Champions League action, while one of Serie A's top forwards looks set to extend his stay with his current club.
Lionel Messi has been kept out of Barcelona's starting lineup by a groin injury suffered during the international break, but the star forward could return to the team's XI in Tuesday's Champions League match against Celtic.
The Portland Timbers are finding their form at just the right time, and have created some space in the MLS Western Conference standings as a result.
Fanendo Adi slotted home a shot off a deflected Darlington Nagbe blast, and Jake Gleeson made that goal stand up with a plethora of excellent saves to help the Timbers earn a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake at Providence Park on Saturday night.
After nearly two months, the Vancouver Whitecaps are finally back in the win column.
Led by second half goals from Andrew Jacobson and Eric Hurtado, the Whitecaps toppled the Columbus Crew, 3-1, in a game delayed by inclement weather. The win is the Whitecaps first since July 13, snapping an eight-game winless run.
The New England Revolution locked up a big win as the playoff picture comes into focus.
A 3-1 home victoryon Saturdayagainst East leaders New York City FC boosted spirits at Gilette Stadium after a difficult run of form.The Revs' loaded attack made its presence known in the match with goals from Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez.
Sunday isn't the busiest day of soccer action, but several of the game's heavy hitters take the field on a day that features plenty of interesting matchups.
In England, Premier League contenders Chelsea return to action for a visit to Wales to take on Swansea City. Sunday could see the reintroduction of centerback David Luiz, who could see the field for the club after recently joining from Paris Saint-Germain.
DeAndre Yedlin may not have started on Saturday, but the U.S. Men's National Team fullback played a big part in Newcastle's win over Derby County.
Yedlin scored his first goal for his new club as a second-half substitute in the Magpie's 2-0 victory away at Derby County. The goal putNewcastle up by twoin second half stoppage time, all but sealing the win.
Immediately after earning a last-gasp 3-3 draw over Sporting KC, the Houston Dynamo back line huddled up around a laptop.
The team wasn't checking for a replayof Raul Rodriguez's late equalizer. Instead, the Dynamowanted to see what had gone wrong in surrendering three goals. Defenders contemplated, mostly in Spanish, how their shape broke down and what to do better next time.
Bobby Wood is on a roll, having carried over his excellent Copa America form into continued stellar play for club and country. Fresh off solid showings in World Cup qualifying, Wood returned to German side Hamburg and continued his goal-scoring ways.
Wood scored his second goal in as many matches for the German club, beating Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno to a ball before slotting into an open net.
The international break is over, asclub soccer returns on Saturday with some spectacular matchups.
Saturday's action is headlined by a derby clash between Manchester United and Manchester City. Featuring longtime rivals Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at the helm, the two Manchester clubs have been the best in England thus far, even if City will be without Sergio Aguero for Saturday's clash due to suspension.
A delay for lightning loomed over Children's Mercy Park during Sporting KC's win over the Houston Dynamo Friday night. The delay never came, and neither did a winner in the match thanks to a late goal.
Raul Rodriguez scored a last-second equalizer to earn a 3-3 draw against rivals Sporting KC.
Conference play opens this weekend in the ACC and Big 10. On Friday in the ACC, SBI No.1 North Carolina visits No. 9 Clemson, No. 2 Syracuse hosts North Carolina State, Louisville squares off against Pittsburgh, and No. 6 Notre Dame look to remain perfect against No.
Christian Pulisic is the name on everyone's lips these days, including his coach Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking ahead of Dortmund's match against Red Bull Leipzig (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Fox Sports 2/Fox Sports GO), Tuchelpraised the young American and explained thathis late arrival after the Copa America Centenariois the reason why Pulisic has not played in the early stages of the season.
Following the end of both the transfer window and the most recent international break, the contingent of Americans Abroad are finally settled in with their clubs. Now, a swift return to club action is on the schedule as several U.S. Men's National Team regulars face big games over the weekend.
Headlining the weekend's slate is Bundesliga action, which could see several Americans take the field.
Finally, football is back after the always-too-long international break, and it does so with a bang.
All eyes will be on England this weekend as the marqueematch of the Premier League season headlines the action in Europe. United welcome City as the two face off in the fabled Manchester Derby in a showdown with more storylines than you can count.
Two of Spain's powerhouses appear set for transfer bans, while FIFA has opened corruption charges against a trio of former executives.
The FIFA Appeal Committee rejected appeals from Real Madrid and Atletico Madridfor breaking rules regardingunderage players. The two clubs will now serve a one-year transfer ban, although both clubs plan to lobby further appeals throughthe Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Prior to Thursday, Landon Donovan was anything but a professional soccer player. He was an analyst, one seemingly becoming more comfortable in a suit and tie after a career incleats and shorts. He was a coach, one charged with guiding the next generation of American stars hoping to emulate even a chunk of his success.
It was a slow week in MLS as World Cup qualifiers had many teams taking time off during the international break. Those who played did so definitively, as the week passed without a single draw as a result.
FC Dallas staked their claim to remain on top of the rankings by dismantling a dreadfully bad road team in the Portland Timbers.
DeAndre Yedlin has only been at Newcastle United for a couple of weeks, but he's already feeling right at home in Tyneside.
The American defender is returning from international duty with the U.S. Men's National Team this week, and is eager to prove himself under manager Rafa Benitez as he faces competition for a spot in the starting XI.
The NASL announced that it will take no disciplinary action as a result of aninvestigation into allegations of a racial slur being used against Puerto Rico FC's Chris Nurse in an Aug. 28 match with FC Edmonton. In a statement Wednesday, the league said that "While the NASL in no way questions the validity of the claim, upon finishing its in-depth investigation, the league was not able to find conclusive evidence to corroborate the claim.
Two runs of futility ended on Wednesday night at Stade Saputo, and two legends struck for their respective sides. However, it was Orlando City who overcame an early goal to earn its first road win since March 18 after defeating the 10-man Montreal Impact 4-1.
Could MLS be nearing the end of its expansion era? The commissioner thinks its possible.
In an interview with Forbes on Wednesday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber stated that he believed the current round of expansion to 28 teams could be the league's last.
While discussing the success of recent expansion teams such as Orlando City and New York City FC (rated 3rd and 5th most valuable in MLS) as well as Atlanta United's reported 22,000 season tickets already sold and Minnesota United FC's blazing ticket sales, Garber discussed how the growth of the league has evolved from earlier days.
Alejandro Bedoya has never been one to withhold his thoughts, especially on social media.
Wednesday was no different, as Bedoya got into a Twitter altercation with former U.S. Men's National Team forward Eric Wynalda. The spat began when Wynalda stated that he believed there are"many [players] who are better" than the Philadelphia Union midfielder.
The U.S. Men's National Team knew what they needed to do. Just a draw, or even a not-too-lopsided loss, would earn thema spot in the Hexagonal round. Instead, they dominated a good Trinidad & Tobago team for 90 minutes, entering the next stage of World Cup qualifying on a high.
It was an iconic pose. Stood several feet above his teammates, arms raised into the Jacksonville sky, Sacha Kljestan's finally had his moment. It was a split-second reaction to a goalseveral years in the making, one which Kljestan believed would never come.
Tuesday provided another drama-filled evening in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
The eighth round was highlighted by Brazil, who won for the second time in as many games under new coach Tite. The Selecao won, 2-1, over Colombia thanks to Neymar's strike in the 74th minute, following up on its huge 3-0 win in Ecuador last Thursday.
Christian Pulisic is among the newest faces with the U.S. Men's National Team, while Jozy Altidore is one of the moreexperienced. On Tuesday night, the two combined masterfully to lead the U.S. to a dominant win over Trinidad & Tobago.
Led by Altidore and Pulisic, the USMNT cruised past T&T, 4-0, on Tuesday night in Jacksonville.
The U.S. Men's National Team delivered a complete performance in its dominant4-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday night, andit was the team's youngest starthatstole the show.
Christian Pulisic, who became the youngest-ever American starter in World Cup qualifying, assisted Jozy Altidore's second of the night after a brilliant solo run before crossing it for Altidore's tap-in.
The U.S. Men's National Team is one step away from the Hexagonal round heading into a clash with Trinidad & Tobago. Barring a historic self-destruction, the U.S. is through, but there's still plenty on the line in the final game of the World Cup qualifying stage.
For the first time in the league's 21-year history, the MLS Cup will take on primetime Saturday night.
MLS announced on Tuesday that the 2016 MLS Cupwill be televised on FOX broadcast network, UniMás, TSN and RDS on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. For the first time since 2008, the MLS Cupwill air live on English-languagenetworkTV.
Trindad & Tobago has proven to be a tricky opponent throughout World Cup qualifying, which sets up Tuesday's clash with the U.S. Men's National Team to be one of the more intriguing heading into the Hexagonal phase.
The USMNT's spot in the Hex is not yet secure but, barring a miraculous comeback from Guatemala, the U.
Heading into Tuesday's clash with Trinidad & Tobago, just one spot in the U.S. Men's National Team lineup is guaranteed. Tim Howard will be making the start in goal for the U.S. after missing out on the prior game, but it is the status of the team's 17-year-old star that has been the topic featuring the most debate.
It was a bit more of a roller-coaster than many expected, but the U.S. Men's National Team's ride through the fourth round of World Cup qualifyingis all but guaranteed for success. The only things standing in the USMNT's way are Trinidad & Tobago and, in some ways, themselves.
Throughout his career, Omar Gonzalez has seen several notable highs and several agonizinglows. He's seen good games and bad games, great spells and poorspells. However, following a trying summer that saw him miss out on a major tournament, the defender is ready to step forward into another productive period with theU.
The U.S. Men's National Team's spot in the Hexagonal is all but sealed, but Jurgen Klinsmann faces several lineup decisions heading into the team's final match of the current World Cup qualifying round.
Barring an epic collapse that would require the teamto throw away a +12 goal differential, the U.
The SBI No. 2 ranked Syracuse Orange held off a resilient St. John's squad, 3-2, in double overtime on Sunday night at SU soccer stadium. It's the second time in a week the Orange were pushed to the brink following last Sunday'sdouble overtime win over Loyola-Marymount in the Central New York Classic.
Ahead of a World Cup qualifier, Honduras has voiced their concerns with Mark Geiger, while Antoine Griezmann has committed his future to Atletico Madrid.
Honduras hasformally requested a change of referee for Tuesday's World Cup qualification match against Mexico after voicing concerns with Mark Geiger due to the official's performance at the 2015 Gold Cup.
After jumping into the SBI rankings last week, No.25 Radford advanced to 3-0 for the first time since 1994 after defeating Davidson at home 2-0, on Saturday night. The Highlanders tallied a goal in each in half, despite totaling 21 shots with seven on target.
Radford's seventh shot of the match found the back of the net as sophomore forward Sivert Daehlie knocked in a rebound shot off the Davidson keeper for his second goal of the season in the 22nd minute.
CARSON, Calif. — In the fledgling years of Bruce Arena's coaching career, he had to take a gig as an assistantwith the University of Virginia lacrosse team to make ends meet, as hisjob as the school'ssoccer coach paid too little, and he wasn't sure if soccer was the right sport for him anyway.
CARSON, Calif. The LA Galaxy left it late, but finally unlocked the offense that had been missing for most of August, pulling away from the Columbus Crew, 2-1, on a pair of gorgeous goals by Baggio Husidic and Giovani Dos Santos.
Husidic's wonder strikecame fourteen minutes after being subbed on for an ineffective Mike Magee.
Heading into the weekend, the New England Revolution had been one of MLS' coldest teams. Their opponents, the Colorado Rapids, had been one of the best. However, Saturday night presented a bit of role reversal via an upset win.
Goals from Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney came in either half, as the Revs toppled the Rapids, 2-0, on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
The international break is in full swing, but the MLS schedule features five matches to make up a busy Saturday night.
Headlining the action is a clash of Western Conference contenders as the Portland Timbers visit FC Dallas. Joining them in action are the Colorado Rapids, who will look to keep pace atop the conference against the struggling New England Revolution.
The Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is just two months away and the picture of which six teams will be participating got much more clear on Friday night.
Panama booked its place in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying by handing Jamaica a 2-0 defeat in Panama City. Gabriel Torres' 28th-minute strike proved to be enough, with Abdiel Arroyo netting one in the final moments to start the party at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
Just two games stand between the U.S. Men's National Team and the next stage of World Cup qualifying, andJurgen Klinsmann's men must start that two-game schedule by navigating a tricky trip to St. Vincent & The Grenadines.
The Caribbean minnow is by far the lowest-ranked side in group play, but an early Oalex Anderson goal put a scare into the U.
Drama, excitement, and golazos. World Cup Qualifying in South America returnedwith a bang.
So too did Lionel Messi.
The seventhround of CONMEBOL's qualifying campaign took place on Thursday, and it was Messi who stole a healthy portion of the headlines around the world. A 10-man Argentina side edged Uruguay, 1-0, at home, and it was none other than the superstar forward who scored the winner in his first game for his country since ending his brief international retirement.
One of Sporting Kansas City's biggest stars is reportedly the subject of interest from abroad.
A report from BBCstated that Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva made a bid for star Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber on Thursday. The reports also claim that Feilhaber was interested in moving to Israel but that the club "weren't willing to entertain the offer"on the table, according to MLS.
Foreach of the pastseveral tournaments, the U.S. Men's National Team has had to cope without Jozy Altidore. As hamstring injury after hamstring injury knocked the forward out of big game after big game, the U.S. leaned heavily on Clint Dempsey to provide the goals needed to lift the U.S. through major competitions.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Thursday was Frank Lampard Day in New York City, even if the man himself wasn't quite sure what it meant. It was perhaps the most unusual honor bestowed upon a player that has had a career full of them, but it was one that Lampard himself admitted was a bit foreign to an Englishman still adjusting to the American way of doing things.
Despite scoring a vital goal on Thursday, Lionel Messi's status is in doubt for Argentina, while Bastian Schweinsteiger is a part of the Manchester United squad following the close of the transfer window
Lionel Messi is questionable for Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Venezuela due to a groin injury.
With just several minutes remaining in what had been a sleepwalk of a performance, New York City FC was en route to a disappointing home loss. Then, in a span of moments, the club's Designated Players turned the game on its head.
Four goals poured in after the 79th minute, with David Villa and Frank Lampard accounting for three of them as NYCFC erased a 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-2 win over D.
It's the start of the international window, and there are tons of pivotal World Cup qualifiers taking place on Thursday.
In South America, all 10 nations are in action as the seventh round of matches begins. Key among them is Brazil against Ecuador, where Tite makes his debut as the Selecao's coach, along with Argentina versus Uruguay.
Given some of the titans that the U.S. Men's National Team tangled with at this summer's Copa America, it would be easy to dismiss a trip to St. Vincent & The Grenadines as little more than a nuisance. However, given what will be at stake, Friday afternoon's clash with the small Caribbean nation will be one of the more important clashes of the World Cup qualifying cycle.
Matt Miazga's immediate future lies in the Netherlands.
After weeks of rumors linking him to numerous clubs throughout Europe, Miazga was loaned from Chelsea to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem on Wednesday. The deal runs through the end of the 2016-17 campaign, meaning the 21-year-old centerback will spend his first full season abroad in the Eredivisie.
Mexico was the first team to reach CONCACAF's final round of World Cup Qualifying. Costa Rica is hoping to be the second.
The road to Russia 2018 resumes for the remaining North American, Central American, and Caribbean nations on Friday when Matchday 5 takes place, and a few could lock up spots in the Hexagonal with victories in their respective matches.
Matt Miazga's immediate future lies in the Netherlands.
After weeks of rumors linking him to numerous clubs throughout Europe, Miazga was loaned from Chelsea to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem on Wednesday. The deal runs through the end of the 2016-17 campaign, meaning the 21-year-old centerback will spend his first full season abroad in the Eredivisie.