Bruce Arena is expected to call for backups due to the quick turnaround from Thursday's win over Trinidad to Sunday's showdown with El Tri.
The U.S. plays Venezuela twice: first in a senior-squad friendly in Utah, then in the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.
We also gave our predictions on this classic matchup of Juventus' defensive fortitude against Real Madrid's attacking brilliance
Chelsea Football Club is the Premier League champion for 2016-17 thanks to a remarkable turnaround under first-year manager Antonio Conte, who enjoyed the latest upswing of the pendulum that has represented the highly successfully and often turbulent reign of owner Roman Abramovich. In the latest “FC Yahoo Podcast” (available on iTunes and SoundCloud), Alex Baker, Joey Gulino, Leander Schaerlaeckens and I pinpoint the key factors and defining moments of Chelsea’s fifth championship season in the Premier League era.
Paris gets to show off its bid next, but the cities won't know who's the winner for the 2024 Games until the IOC's September vote.
This Champions League semifinal was billed as a clash of differing footballing philosophies in the most simplest (but still intriguing) matchup of contrasting styles – high-scoring offense vs. stingy defense. Juve frustrated the Ligue 1 leaders to record a sixth straight Champions League shutout and take total control of the final-four tie with a 2-0 victory at Stade Louis II. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made crucial saves early, both on Monaco teenage phenom Kylian Mbappe, and Gonzalo Higuain converted two chances placed on a platter by Dani Alves to give Juventus two vital away goals for next Tuesday’s second leg in Turin.
In the latest FC Yahoo Podcast (available on iTunes and SoundCloud), Leander Schaerlaeckens, Joey Gulino, Alex Baker and I discussed last Thursday’s dreadful Manchester Derby, the state of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal going into Sunday’s North London Derby and Omar Gonzalez’s historic achievement – the first player to win MLS Cup, Liga MX and CONCACAF Champions League titles – after helping Pachuca beat Tigres in the CCL final.
Matic’s screamer was the exclamation mark on the Blues’ big win. If it’s a game at Wembley, it must be big (outside of the pointless England friendly). Eden Hazard’s 75th-minute strike won it for the Blues, who earned a return trip to Wembley for the May 27 final against the winner of Sunday’s semifinal between Arsenal and Manchester City.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s remarkable first season with Manchester United came to a surprising and sudden end. On Friday, the club confirmed that its leading scorer suffered torn knee ligaments in Thursday’s Europa League quarterfinal win over Anderlecht and would be without the 35-year-old striker until January. How will Zlatan’s absence affect Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils in their quest to qualify for next season’s Champions League?
Beckham’s expansion team plans remain in limbo. DANA POINT, Calif. – The David Beckham ownership saga in Miami has dragged on so long that the thousand-day anniversary of the Feb. 5, 2014 announcement of Major League Soccer’s return to South Florida was celebrated last Halloween. After nearly six more months of feet=dragging, MLS owners are now getting involved.
Atleti are moving on to the semifinals. Leicester City, the reigning Premier League champion that famously beat 5,000-to-1 odds last season, continued its Cinderella run in the UEFA Champions League by winning its group and dispatching cup tournament specialists Sevilla with a stunning round-of-16 victory. Already ahead thanks to a 1-0 win in Madrid last week, Atleti added an away goal on Saul Niguez’s 26th-minute header for a 2-0 aggregate advantage.
Jose Mourinho was destined to have the last word. In his first game at Stamford Bridge since being dismissed a second time as Chelsea manager, Mourinho watched his Manchester United side get mauled in an embarrassing 4-0 Premier League loss. Then, when Mourinho returned to Southwest London last month for an FA Cup quarterfinal, the Special One became the target of taunts from the once-sycophantic Chelsea supporters with chants of “Judas!” and “You’re not special anymore!” He responded by holding up three fingers – for every Premier League title he won for Chelsea – later clarifying in his postgame press conference that “Judas is still No. 1” at the Bridge.