MLS is a TV ratings disaster in New York City

Photo credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports In the same city that Major League Soccer calls home, which is also the number one TV market in the United States, MLS’s two teams in the New York region have been a TV ratings disaster. Despite the two MLS teams being accessible in more than 7.3 million homes in the New York area, TV ratings for nationally-televised games featuring New York City FC and New York Red Bulls have not “moved the needle” for the top-flight soccer league in the United States. Take a look at the recent regular season games that have ... Read more

Stanley Matthews documentary chronicles one of greatest soccer players of all time

Stanley Matthews is a legend of the game of soccer. That is not up for debate. However, there is a debate as to whether his greatest impact on the game is on the pitch or off. Most people know him for wearing the England shirt or his FA Cup medal or winning the first Ballon d’Or. Yet his history of teaching the game, even today, presents a legacy that alone would place him among the greats. Veteran Hollywood producer Ryan Scott Warren cuts no corners in putting together the documentary Matthews: The Original No. 7 for Amazon and DVD. The ... Read more

Liverpool schedule US tour to hit Boston, New York and South Bend

Liverpool will be heading to the United States this summer to play friendlies in three of the most historic sports stadiums in America. The Reds will play: • Borussia Dortmund on July 19 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana • Sevilla on July 21 at Fenway Park, Boston • Sporting Lisbon on July 24 at Yankee Stadium, Bronx The matches will be part of Liverpool’s preparation for the 2019/20 Premier League season. University of Notre Dame in Indiana will host a competitive soccer match for the first time in the 90-year history of its historic 77,000-seat stadium when the Reds face ... Read more

Sling TV announces $15/month special offer for new subscribers

If you’ve been considering signing up for Sling TV, now’s the time to do it before their special offer ends. With Sling TV’s new offer, you can get Sling Blue or Sling Orange for $15/month. Or you can get the combined Sling Blue/Orange package for $25. Those prices are for the first three months of service, which equals a savings of 40%. Sling TV hasn’t revealed when the special offer will end, but given it’s the lowest price they’ve ever offered for their streaming services, it’s likely that the offer will end very soon. Normally, Sling’s prices are $25/month for ... Read more

Solskjaer confident that Pogba will stay at Man Utd

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that Paul Pogba will still be at Manchester United next season but admits he cannot guarantee the French World Cup winner will stay. Pogba fuelled speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid last month, suggesting Real were “a dream club for any player”, although he declared at the time he was happy at Old Trafford. Both manager Solskjaer and United’s board want their £89 million ($115 million) club-record signing to stay, although they have acknowledged that circumstances could change. “You can’t guarantee anything in football but yes I ... Read more

Man City fighting ‘like animals’ for Premier League, says Fernandinho

London (AFP) – Fernandinho says Manchester City’s desire to fight “like animals” is fuelling their Premier League title charge as they strive to hold off Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s City returned to the top of the table with victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The 2-0 win, from their game in hand, took City a point above Liverpool with three matches remaining for both sides. It was their 11th successive league win and followed a similarly important victory over Tottenham, which came after the disappointment of Champions League elimination at the hands of the same opponents. “We showed ... Read more

Neymar headlines returning cast as PSG target French Cup

Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain’s pursuit of a fifth successive French Cup title will be bolstered by the return of Neymar and Edinson Cavani from long-term injuries for Saturday’s showdown with Rennes at the Stade de France. Brazil star Neymar made his first appearance since January 23 as a second-half substitute in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Monaco as PSG celebrated clinching a sixth Ligue 1 crown in seven years. Cavani also returned to action, coming on for the final 17 minutes, as PSG’s famed front three — which has accounted for 78 goals this season — were reunited after months ... Read more

Five things to look for in Serie A

Rome (AFP) – Juventus may have clinched an eighth straight Serie A title and Chievo might be doomed to relegation but for the teams in between there is a lot at stake in Serie A. AFP Sport looks at five key games in Italy this weekend. Inter have greater needs than Juve  Juventus travel to the San Siro to play Inter Milan on Saturday in a match that matters more to the hosts. Juve’s Scudetto title is secure, their injury list is long and early exits in the Champions League and Coppa Italia mean there are no other competitions to ... Read more

Where to find Liverpool vs. Huddersfield on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Liverpool vs. Huddersfield on US TV in the Premier League, you’ve come to the right place. For viewers in the US, Liverpool vs. Huddersfield will be shown on TV and streaming (more details below). Match: Liverpool vs. Huddersfield Kickoff: Friday, 3pm ET Looking to watch Liverpool vs. Huddersfield online from your work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action. We Recommend: US Only. Here are all of the details of where you can watch it on television ... Read more

Liverpool’s record-breakers eye home straight

Liverpool (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp will send his Liverpool team onto the pitch in their ongoing pursuit of the Premier League title against relegated Huddersfield on Friday knowing he has already rewritten the club’s record books. The only question that remains in their neck-and-neck race with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is whether that will be sufficient to end his club’s 29-year wait for an English league crown. Last weekend’s victory at struggling Cardiff took Liverpool to 88 points, the most they have ever recorded in the Premier League era, and has them on course to finish with an astonishing 97 ... Read more

Guardiola urges caution from City, Man Utd seek Chelsea redemption

London (AFP) – Manchester City and Liverpool are showing no signs of letting up in their thrilling Premier League title race but their flawless form contrasts sharply with the struggles of the teams chasing a top-four finish. Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday hoping to arrest an alarming slide of seven defeats in nine games in all competitions. But it is only thanks to the poor form of Maurizio Sarri’s men and Arsenal, who have suffered back-to-back defeats against Crystal Palace and Wolves, that United remain in the hunt for Champions League football next season, just three points off the ... Read more

Top 5 must-see soccer games on US TV this weekend

There’s so much at stake in the final weeks of the season, as the days gradually tick down to the summer. In England and Germany there are still absorbing title races to sample, with just a point separating the top two in both of those divisions. Challengers in each league face difficult contests this weekend. Elsewhere, there are high-profile encounters in Italy and England, as well as a showdown from the Championship involving two teams desperate to earn promotion to the Premier League. All kick-offs are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!   Borussia Dortmund vs. ... Read more