The 2017 Gold Cup moves to the semifinal stage this weekend with the USMNT playing Costa Rica on Saturday and Mexico vs Jamaica on Sunday. The winners meet on Wednesday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Also on the soccer TV schedule, it's opening weekend for the Liga MX 2017 Apertura season. MLS has a game on ESPN on Saturday. And it wouldn't be summer in the USA without club friendlies to . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the Manchester derby in Houston on Thursday night. Over 60k fans reported in the stands at NRG Stadium, a venue where Manchester United once played the MLS All-Star team. What this underlines is the point Luis Bueno made a couple of weeks ago. Do prestige friendlies need local involvement? There's a lot of evidence that they do not. So where does that leave MLS . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with referee Drew Fischer and his assistants not exactly having the best time of it in last night's USMNT vs El Salvador game. Hesitance to show cards caught up with the officiating, leading to odd moments even by CONCACAF standards. Namely, two incidents where USMNT players were bitten by their El Salvadoran counterparts. Altidore: "My girl is mad at me. She’s mad . . .
The MLS schedule resumed after taking the Gold Cup group stage off with a midweek start for week 20. Some teams scheduled international friendlies. Others took the break and the time to regroup. The Red Bulls restarted their MLS season strong, beating San Jose 5-1 at home. Sean Davis put New York up in the 38th with Sacha Kljestan doubling the lead in the 73rd. Kljestan assisted on Felipe's goal . . .
The USMNT and El Salvador met in the Gold Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field. Considering the stakes, the game developed as expected. The USMNT needed goalkeeper Tim Howard to come up big early on, stopping an El Salvador breakaway after a defensive slip. Both teams had chances, but it was the USMNT capitalizing. Omar Gonzalez headed in a Michael Bradley free kick to start . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - Francesco Totti, the legendary Italian striker, just retired after a 25-year career. Totti spent every one of those 25 years with the same club, Roma, where he will now serve as a director in his post-playing days. He is the epitome of that oft-romanticized idea, a player who never leaves the team he came up with as a . . .
The consensus view of the previews for the USMNT v El Salvador Gold Cup quarterfinal later tonight (9pm ET - FS1) read oddly familiar. That's because the view is the same as it's been since the second group stage game. The USMNT is the heavy favorite for obvious reasons, especially with an experimental roster now made stronger through the six changes made by coach Bruce Arena. Meanwhile, the . . .
It's soccer night in Philadelphia with the Gold Cup quarterfinals on FS1. The USMNT is in the late game, quickly turning around from the group stage win with six new players and with them new options. Also on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule, more from the International Champions Cup. USMNT vs El Salvador at 9pm on FS1. Finishing in 1st-place in group B means the USMNT gets the late game and a . . .
The big story going into the USMNT's Gold Cup quarterfinal against El Salvador is the changes to the roster. USMNT coach Bruce Arena made all six, bringing in experience and familiarity to navigate the knockout rounds. Mexico made none, setting up this tournament as a test for the 23 players they didn't take to the Confederations Cup. Different options for different scenarios. The USMNT also . . .
MLS announced the full roster for the 2017 MLS All-Star game. The league previously announced the starting lineup, determined by a fan vote. The rest of the squad comes from Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic and two picks from MLS commissioner Don Garber. The commissioner used those picks on two USMNT players who showed well during the Gold Cup group stage. Garber chose FC Dallas midfielder . . .