Final honor for Celia Sasic a reminder of women’s soccer’s loss
Final honor for Celia Sasic a reminder of women’s soccer’s loss

Amid the inevitable retirements to come out of this summer’s Women’s World Cup, there was one absolute stunner. True, while United States’ international Lauren Holiday’s announcement was, for some, premature (she’s only 27 year’s old), it had been rumored since early spring, when the National Women’s Soccer League season was about […]

Champions League draw: Chelsea, Manchester United find fortune; Arsenal, City draw giants
Champions League draw: Chelsea, Manchester United find fortune; Arsenal, City draw giants

Fortunate draws left Chelsea and Manchester United as clear favorites in their UEFA Champions League groups, while Manchester City and Arsenal were placed with European powers during today’s group stage draw in Monaco. Manchester United, returning to the Champions League after a one-year absence, took advantage of UEFA’s new format that seeded the winners […]

Hat trick the latest turn on Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney roller coaster
Hat trick the latest turn on Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney roller coaster

Coming into the season, Manchester United’s biggest question was supposed to be in defense, where fans’ brows furrowed when Daley Blind started the season at center back. Goalkeeper was also a doubt, with Sergio Romero chosen over the want-away David de Gea, while the additions of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger […]

LA Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant will retire at the end of the MLS season
LA Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant will retire at the end of the MLS season

LA Galaxy left back Todd Dunivant, hampered throughout most of the last two Major League Soccer season with injuries, will retire at the end of the season, the team has announced. During his 13-year MLS career, Dunivant has been part of five MLS Cup-winning teams and was named to the league’s […]

Zelalem is joining a distinguished U.S. men’s national team history at Rangers
Zelalem is joining a distinguished U.S. men’s national team history at Rangers

We mentioned it easier today: Gedion Zelalem, loaned from Arsenal to Rangers, is stepping into a distinguished history of United States internationals at Ibrox Stadium. Though only five names long, the list includes some of the most impressive names the U.S. have ever produced – names that have 390 caps and 11 World Cup spots […]

Liverpool set to loan Mario Balotelli back to AC Milan
Liverpool set to loan Mario Balotelli back to AC Milan

One year after arriving on Merseyside, Mario Balotelli is about to return home. The Italian international is set to be loaned by Liverpool back to AC Milan, the club from which Liverpool bought the 25-year-old for £16 million one year ago. Balotelli expected to undergo a medical at Milan’s training ground […]

Arsenal loans United States prospect Gedion Zelalem to Rangers until January
Arsenal loans United States prospect Gedion Zelalem to Rangers until January

Arsenal and Rangers have confirmed the loan of United States’ U-20 prospect Gedion Zelalem to the Scottish second-division club until Jan. 3, 2016. The 18-year-old midfielder, who spent Sunday visiting Ibrox Stadium, trained with his new teammates on Monday. The move allows Zelalem to follow in the footsteps of DaMarcus Beasley, […]

How Pedro’s big move has secured the future of one Spanish third-division club
How Pedro’s big move has secured the future of one Spanish third-division club

Four hundred thousand Euros won’t cover a month’s wages for the world’s best soccer players, but for one Spanish third division club, that relative windfall — its proceeds from Pedro Rodriguez’s move from Barcelona to Chelsea — could mean a new future, one that’s debt-free and stable. That’s because the […]

Contract extension puts Pepe in line to reach 10 years at Real Madrid
Contract extension puts Pepe in line to reach 10 years at Real Madrid

Four days after announcing Sergio Ramos’ new deal, Real Madrid has confirmed the team’s other starting center back, Pepe, will also stay put. Extending a contract that was set to expire in June, the Portugal international has agreed to a deal which will run through the 2016-17 season, giving the 32-year-old a change […]

Will the real Everton please stand up
Will the real Everton please stand up

Any good film trying to portray authentic teenage angst has it — the scene where the main character locks itself in a bathroom, flings itself into the driver’s seat of a car, or perhaps collapses against a hallway locker and screams. Screams violently and inexplicably, because there is no outlet. […]

The Pros To Signing More Players Like Morales Rather Than Beckham
The Pros To Signing More Players Like Morales Rather Than Beckham

What if, instead of trying to bring in another David Beckham, Major League Soccer signed more players like Javier Morales? It wasn’t a hypothetical, though it was rhetorical. I was among a group of reporters gathered after MLS Cup three years ago when the question was asked by a league […]

The Predicament Of Having A Glorified MLS Deadline Day Coverage Or Not
The Predicament Of Having A Glorified MLS Deadline Day Coverage Or Not

After two hours of watching Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, and Robbie Mustoe break down Deadline Day on NBCSN, I still can’t decide if this would be a good thing for Major League Soccer. The signal-to-noise ratio is ridiculously low, a confluence of tabloid pressures, gullibility, and potential for news (albeit […]

Thierry Henry’s Impact On The Field Can’t Perform Miracles Off It
Thierry Henry’s Impact On The Field Can’t Perform Miracles Off It

If Thierry Henry’s about to say goodbye to Major League Soccer, he’s doing so on a high note. His stint is one that caps one of the most productive four-and-a-half year stretches in league history. True, extending his deal at Red Bull Arena could still happen, but there’s a growing […]

Amid Struggles, MLS Finds Ways to Transcend the Curve
Amid Struggles, MLS Finds Ways to Transcend the Curve

Consider the implications of Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee – the league’s implicit acknowledgement that decisions on the field need not be sacrosanct. In the Information Age, the willingness to review the league’s most controversial plays shouldn’t be novel, but in the broader soccer culture, MLS is ahead of the […]

Separating Seattle’s Fiasco From The Debate About Turf
Separating Seattle’s Fiasco From The Debate About Turf

Sunday night’s game between Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink Field looked like the aftermath of a tire fire, and thanks to a national broadcast, everybody online took note. When the Sounders kicked off ESPN2′s Sunday night game, the turf at CenturyLink looked like it’d be drenched in ash, […]

4 Reasons Behind MLS’s All-Star Success
4 Reasons Behind MLS’s All-Star Success

PORTLAND, Ore. – Red bricks rise toward the sun at dusk, the steps at Pioneer Square’s south and west becoming amphitheater benches when movies play across from the courthouse. When the farmers’ market or weekday lunch crowds relinquish control, the 40,000 square foot block between Morrison and Yamhill is split […]