Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea paints over cracks of a grim reality
Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea paints over cracks of a grim reality

“Is that the best you’ve got?” Ed Woodward should spit those words out the moment Louis van Gaal picks up his phone. Manchester United’s executive vice chairman and manager reportedly talked after the team’s loss at Stoke City, with some outlets reporting today’s visit from Chelsea represented Van Gaal’s last shot. […]

Cuco Martina versus Xherdan Shaqiri: Who finished it better? [VIDEO]
Cuco Martina versus Xherdan Shaqiri: Who finished it better? [VIDEO]

Is it too romantic, to see these goals by Southampton’s Cuco Martina and Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri as the range that soccer has to offer? One, a powerful strike demanding the instincts and execution of a top-level player. The other, a touch a 12-year-old could execute, but only if that […]

MLS’s rules and the Galaxy’s choices have landed Omar Gonzalez in Mexico
MLS’s rules and the Galaxy’s choices have landed Omar Gonzalez in Mexico

United States international Omar Gonzalez has been transferred from Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy to Liga MX’s Pachuca, the Galaxy announced on Wednesday. The move ends the defender’s seven-year stay at the MLS club. “We thank Omar for his contribution and dedication to this club throughout the past seven years,” […]

What Chelsea would get with the return of Guus Hiddink
What Chelsea would get with the return of Guus Hiddink

Expect the main criticism of Chelsea’s parting with Jose Mourinho to center on turnover, a word only used when “change” is not ominous enough. But that kind of cynicism’s to be expected after another managerial change at Stamford Bridge. Since Roman Abramovich assumed control of the club 12 years ago, […]

Ramos a surprise candidate to replace Mourinho at Chelsea
Ramos a surprise candidate to replace Mourinho at Chelsea

Former Sevilla, Tottenham and Real Madrid manager Juande Ramos has emerged as a potential replacement at Chelsea for Jose Mourinho, according to reports out of England. The 61-year-old Spaniard, whose most recent job was with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, has been unemployed since the end of Ukraine’s 2013-14 season, but he has […]

Three takeaways from Champions League’s Round of 16 draw
Three takeaways from Champions League’s Round of 16 draw

1. 2009 seems so long ago. What’s so special about 2009? Well, 2008-09, to be precise. That was the last Champions League tournament where England qualified three teams for the semifinals, an achievement the Premier League had managed three years in a row. Though it’s fading into a blurry, irrelevant […]

The positives of player power are on display for Venezuela
The positives of player power are on display for Venezuela

Yesterday’s report on agent fees was as much a glimpse of that cottage industry as it was an update on player power. The $195 million siphoned off by lawyers, fathers, best friends and former night club doormen was the headline, but remember the silver lining: Players are moving all the […]

Why now’s the right time for Abby Wambach to retire from the USWNT
Why now’s the right time for Abby Wambach to retire from the USWNT

She’ll retire as women’s international soccer’s all-time leading scorer, but unlike the regret fans expressed as teammate Lauren Holiday brought her career to an end on Sunday in Orlando, Abby Wambach, long the figurehead of the U.S. women’s national team, faces a more mixed response with her announcement. According to today’s […]

US surprises with seven new callups to upcoming women’s national team camp
US surprises with seven new callups to upcoming women’s national team camp

We see this once or twice a year – the United States’ women’s national team going outside of their comfort zone to call in new faces, the way most national teams do on a more regular basis. But given how infrequently head coach Jill Ellis, her staff, and her immediate predecessors introduce […]

Germany’s World Cup corruption report highlights the devil we ignore
Germany’s World Cup corruption report highlights the devil we ignore

It turns out World Cup corruption isn’t limited to your Qatars, Russias and other developing parts of the soccer world. No, even the most historic of soccer strongholds, like Germany, aren’t immune to FIFA’s infamous pay-to-play game. According to a report today from the Der Spiegel, Germany won the right to […]

Klinsmann fans are uniting with critics in wanting the US head coach gone
Klinsmann fans are uniting with critics in wanting the US head coach gone

A full-blown coaching crisis. I’ve been waiting so long. Never in my lifetime has there been this much scrutiny on a United States head coach, yet after Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Mexico, the United States have an undeniable soccer “crisis” on their hands. The team’s not progressing. Fans are pissed […]

Who should start for the US  against Mexico in Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup?
Who should start for the US against Mexico in Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup?

Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and then what? The only other sure starters for the United States might be Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones, but even then, there are questions. Fitness issues mean US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann might talk himself into an XI missing one or both of those stalwarts. And […]

Strengths and weaknesses of Jurgen Klopp
Strengths and weaknesses of Jurgen Klopp

Brendan Rodgers’ time as Liverpool manager, of late, was a symptom of bigger problems: ideas, but not answers; potential, but no certainty; journeys, but no arrivals. The final chapter of his reign had taken on the same feeling of Roy Hodgson’s short, ill-fated stay with Liverpool, where you knew a […]