Wednesday's soccer news starts with Seattle announcing that forward Clint Dempsey will miss the rest of the 2016 season with issues over an irregular heartbeat. Dempsey returned to training after the initial diagnosis, but will need more time to recover. The announcement means Dempsey will be unavailable for the USMNT as it begins Hexagonal round World Cup qualifying. The Football Association . . .
Christian Pulisic subbed on in the 73rd minute for Borussia Dortmund in their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid up in the 17th minute. Dortmund equalized in the 43rd when Real Madrid goalkeeper Keilor Navas punched the ball back into play. The ball hit a Real Madrid player, ricocheting back towards the goal. Dortmund's Pierre Aubameyang made sure it crossed the line. . . .
Fabian Johnson and Gladbach's spin through a ridiculous Champions League group stage continues on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule. This time, it's a home date against Barcelona. Also on the schedule, there's more from the Champions League group stage and an MLS game on Fox Sports 1. Gladbach vs Barcelona at 2:30pm on Fox Sports 1 in Champions League group C. Barcelona and Manchester City both won . . .
You have to feel sorry for the Football Association. England's new manager is already facing issues a game into his tenure. The Telegraph did that thing English media outlets like to do, setting up a sting to see if England manager Sam Allardyce was open to helping foreign investors work around FA rules. Feel free to guess what happened before clicking and confirming it. So here's the FA, having . . .
By J Hutcherson (Sep 26, 2016) US Soccer Players - It didn't take long for the home fans and pretty much everybody else to decide Premier League soccer doesn't belong at London Stadium. That's the stadium formerly known as Olympic Stadium. West Ham beat out Spurs to take over that stadium amid plenty of controversy. Their prize is quickly becoming questionable. Not helping at all was last weeks' . . .
FIFA isn't letting anybody but people from the host country vote on the mascot for the 2018 World Cup. Consider yourself denied the opportunity to vote for astronaut tiger over thumbs up wolf. If only that was it for FIFA's big announcements. If only. In far more important news, the AP's Rob Harris relays FIFA's decision to disband its anti-racism task force because... and honestly do we really . . .
Last week, Toronto FC didn't actually qualify for the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs, even though the league said they did. This week, Toronto really did make the postseason. So did the Red Bulls and their dear friends NYCFC. CHECK ON THE GALAXY NYCFC booked their spot in the playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire. Jefferson Mena gave NYCFC the lead in the 8th minute. David Villa made it 2-0 New . . .
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City drew 1-1 with West Brom at Bet365 Stadium. Joe allen put Stoke up in the 73rd with West Brom equalizing in stoppage time. "We are a little bit upset, clearly, because we totally deserved to win the game," Stoke City manager Mark Hughes said. "We expected them to put balls into the box towards the end as they desperately tried to salvage something from the game, and in . . .
The weekend soccer TV schedule has Manchester United playing Leicester City in the early morning Saturday slot. There's also Arsenal playing Chelsea on Saturday. MLS is on the Sunday schedule with games on ESPN and Fox Sports 1. Manchester United vs Leicester City on Saturday at 7:45am on Saturday. Five games into the Premier League season and defending champions Leicester City is 11th in the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 23, 2016) US Soccer Players - Depending on just how doom-and-gloom one wants to be about the North American Soccer League, the news swirling around the NASL and its clubs is either “troubling” or “nuclear meltdown disastrous.” Not only is the NASL facing the departure of one of its anchor teams as Minnesota United plays out the string before moving to MLS next . . .