Luka Modrić should be a national hero. The Croatian midfielder has been a regular for several seasons now on Real Madrid, one of the most famous teams in world soccer, and he’s appeared in nearly 100 matches for his nation. Modrić has been one of the most consistent players of his generation, and he’s been honored in…
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team started out the last round of World Cup qualifiers in the most embarrassing way possible, losing to Mexico at home then getting ripped apart down in Costa Rica. The results were bad, although CONCACAF qualification is generous to say the least, though what was most…
Who will stand beside Michael Bradley in Russia?
The USMNT used an insane strike from Michael Bradley and some nerve-wracking and occasionally infuriating bus-parking to hold on for a 1-1 draw and snatch a point in World Cup qualifiers tonight in Mexico.
Leigh Griffiths hammered home a pair of free-kick goals in the final five minutes of Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against England today, taking a 2-1 lead only to see the match end in a draw thanks to, yeah, Harry Kane.
Ola Toivonen took advantage of a Hugo Lloris blunder as the Swedish striker (who plays in Ligue 1) hammered in a strike from midfield while the French keeper scrambled, and failed, to stop it as the clock expired on stoppage time at Friends Arena in Stockholm.
Olivier Giroud is no stranger to magnificent goals, and his half-volley bender to put his France side up 1-0 on Sweden today ranks up there with the best of them. (Perhaps in shock, the Frenchmen surrendered a Jimmy Durmaz equalizer minutes later.)
There was, I must admit, a moment there before the start of last night’s crucial USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago World Cup qualifier when I thought it would be better if the U.S. blew the match and the next couple and wound up missing out on next summer’s World Cup.
A pair of gorgeous second-half goals by America’s Wonderteen gave the U.S. a 2-0 World Cup qualifier win tonight in Denver over Trinidad and Tobago.
The Saudi Arabian national soccer team, in Australia today for a World Cup qualifying match, did not observe the pregame moment of silence the Australian soccer federation put together to commemorate the victims of last weekend’s terrorist attacks in London. Here’s video of the moment:
The best player in the world and slight potty mouth Lionel Messi is appealing the four-match ban that was handed down by FIFA yesterday after he yelled at a referee in Argentina’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier win over Chile last week. Messi says he didn’t direct his insult, “la concha de tu madre,” a common Argentinean…
A full, complete highlight reel from the USMNT’s 1-1 draw with Panama this evening is as follows:
Jurgen Klinsmann was an arrogant jerk with a penchant for demoralizing his players and pissing off powerful executives in the American soccer scene with his lofty ideas about how to shake up American soccer as it has been—a culture that consistently puts out a motley crew of under-talented overachievers who might have…
Over the weekend, two days after Chile’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier loss to Argentina and three days before their must-win qualifier against Venezuela, star striker Alexis Sanchez was fined for driving 96 mph (155 kph) near Santiago, Chile, according to Chilean website EMOL. His court date has reportedly been set for…
In a World Cup qualifying match tonight, Neymar scored a very cheeky goal to put Brazil up 3-1 against Uruguay. When the ball leaves his foot, it looks like he might have skied it, but it dips under the crossbar, landing just over the line. (Take care to note Miranda’s assist on this goal, too.)
On Wednesday, U.S. men’s national team coach Bruce Arena announced the roster for the USMNT’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. There were no huge surprises, except maybe for the inclusion of Clint Dempsey, who recently returned to soccer after being sidelined with an unspecified heart…
Since they were first unveiled, I’ve had highly mixed feelings about the design of the 2016 USMNT jerseys, especially the road uniform. Someone at Nike decided the iconic red, white, and blue was passé and needed a black-and-maroon makeover. Why, who knows? The flag, perhaps, just isn’t cool enough.
The United States Men’s National Team lost to Mexico 2-1 in Columbus, Ohio, tonight, its first loss in World Cup qualifying on home soil since 2001. It was the fifth straight World Cup qualifying cycle the U.S. has opted to take on Mexico in Columbus, and the first time they didn’t win 2-0. Dos a cero is finally dead.
The United States Men’s National Team beat the pants off of Guatemala 4-0 tonight, avoiding the disaster scenario and setting themselves up to advance to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. But while the victory was comprehensive, there were plenty of worrying signs for the USMNT’s future.