Dempsey celebrates his third goal against Honduras. SAN JOSE, Calif. – Like any human being forced to dwell on his own mortality, Clint Dempsey allowed himself to take part in deep reflection, often asking questions that could not be immediately answered. The health issue forced him to miss the end
There’s something of a placebo effect that takes hold when a new manager is put in charge of a team. The status quo is shattered; the hierarchy knocked down. Those in the doghouse might be brought back inside; those entrenched in the lineup suddenly feel insecure. The negativity is forgotten, for a while
The re-hiring of Bruce Arena as United States men’s national team head coach was always going to bring back nostalgia. In his first tenure as USA manager, Arena guided the Americans to a surprising quarterfinal run at the 2002 World Cup but also left the job in less glamorous circumstances after a disappointing
Chicharito celebrates his first goal. Mexico took control of the final round of the CONCACAF region in World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 win over previous leaders Costa Rica in Mexico City on Friday, as striker Javier Hernandez tied Jared Borgetti for the all-time national team scoring record of 46.
Bruce Arena says Christian Pulisic reminds him of Landon Donovan, and it’s a natural comparison, really. Sixteen years before Pulisic joined Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, Donovan blazed the same trail as a supremely-gifted, teenage soccer prodigy seeking a new challenge in Germany with Bayer
Donovan won’t be making another comeback. SAN JOSE, Calif. – When asked if he was ready to take Bruce Arena’s call if there were more injuries to the United States men’s national team, Landon Donovan laughed out loud. “I can’t even chase my son around my house,” Donovan said of his 14-month-old, Talon
If the United States men’s national team emerges from its crucial set of World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama by successfully reviving its bid for Russia 2018, there will be plenty of plaudits to go around. First, the turnaround would immediately validate U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati
The UEFA Champions League draw produced four intriguing quarterfinal ties, but which clubs were the most fortunate and most unlucky?
Tab Ramos and his triumphant United States under-20 men’s national team discovered who they will face at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup during Wednesday’s draw in South Korea. Unlike the host South Koreans, the Americans were dealt a decent hand as the top seed in Group F. The CONCACAF champions will open
Improbable comebacks and miracle finishes make great sports stories, but there’s always the flip side. And while Barcelona was universally celebrated for Wednesday’s historic Champions League comeback – which saw the La Liga side score three times in the final seven minutes to advance to the quarterfinals
If there was a team that could overcome a 4-0 first-leg deficit at home, it was Barcelona. And the Catalans were well on their way to making UEFA Champions League history in Wednesday’s second leg after scoring three goals in the first 50 minutes against Paris Saint-Germain.
Barcelona’s Champions League loss at Paris Saint-Germain will mark the end of an era, after all – the end of Luis Enrique’s time as Barça manager. After Wednesday’s 6-1 rout of Sporting Gijon that put Barcelona atop La Liga, Enrique surprised the soccer world by announcing his decision to leave the
Wayne Rooney is going nowhere. Despite reports that outrageous sums of money awaited him in the Chinese Super League, the 31-year-old Rooney cleared up his immediate future on Thursday by announcing that he will remain at Manchester United. “Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs
This just in: Conan O’Brien is a horrible soccer player. As part of “Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico” (which will air on TBS on Wednesday, March 1), O’Brien played a pick-up game at Parque Pilares with LA Galaxy and Mexico national team star Giovani Dos Santos. Afterward, the two analyzed the
The first week of the Champions League round of 16 saw 15 goals scored. The problem for Barcelona and Arsenal was that nine of them were scored against them.
The Leicester City story is beginning to be as incredible for its stunning downward spiral as much as its improbable rise. The reigning Premier League champion Foxes suffered another lifeless defeat on Sunday, this time a 2-0 setback at rejuvenated Swansea City on first-half goals by Alfie Mawson and
Barcelona prepared for its Champions League round-of-16 opener against Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday with a convincing 6-0 victory at Alaves. The win momentarily placed the Catalans at the top of the La Liga standings with 48 points, two more than Real Madrid which had yet to play its match at Osasuna
Bayern Munich and Arsenal meet in the Champions League next Wednesday in the round of 16. There will be no surprises when the German giant takes on the Premier League power at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Bayern star Thomas Muller said as much in a recent interview with Yahoo Germany’s Klaus Bellstedt
PyeongChang, the South Korean host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics, can easily be mistaken for Pyongyang, the capital of longtime adversary North Korea. “PyeongChang is very different from Pyongyang,” Gangwon Province governor Moonsoon Choi said at last November’s World Press Briefing, the traditional
Feilhaber, 32, last played for the USMNT in 2014. CARSON, Calif. – A confident, young Benny Feilhaber, having already sized up the situation, patiently waited for the ball to fall in front of him. Feilhaber didn’t let the ball hit the Soldier Field grass.
After two weeks of training in uncharacteristically rainy Southern California, Bruce Arena whittled down his United States men’s national team January camp roster from 29 to 23 players on Friday in preparation for friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica.
Manchester United desperately needed a goal. Fittingly, Wayne Rooney delivered. Rooney, a 67th-minute substitute, produced the equalizer United was seeking in the final seconds of stoppage time against Stoke City, firing a free kick past goalkeeper Lee Grant into the top corner.