Manchester City's 5-3 win over Monaco and Atletico Madrid's 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen may be the Champions League we've always wanted. First-leg knockout stage games where both teams score multiple goals. A dozen from the four of them is certainly a different look than the hesitant approach to first-legs. “It was a special game,” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said. “I cannot deny . . .
The USMNT rebounded at the CONCACAF U-20 Championships, beating Haiti 4-1. The win moved the USMNT into 2nd-place in Group B, ahead of Haiti on goal difference and trailing group leaders Panama by three points. The USMNT closes out group play against St Kitts and Nevis on Friday. St Kitts and Nevis lost 4-0 to Panama, leaving them with no points and a -8 goal difference. Haiti went ahead . . .
The soccer news starts with MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League. What became an easy discussion topic over the MLS off season now gets 90 minutes on the field. How well will MLS teams still in their preseason do? Is one guaranteed place in the semifinals already a win for MLS? Is anything CONCACAF comes up with just another exercise in handing a trophy to a Liga MX club? Saprissa and Pachuca . . .
The road to the U-20 World Cup is now more complicated for the USMNT. After losing 1-0 to Panama, the pressure is on the USMNT to recover in Group A on Tuesday against Haiti (5:30pm ET - Univision Deportes). Haiti opened group play with a 5-1 win over St Kitts and Nevis. For the USMNT, the loss against Panama led to swift criticism. Both teams finished with two shots each on goal. The USMNT led . . .
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan got the start in the 3-2 win over Oxford United in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. Middlesbrough moves on to play the winner of Huddersfield vs Manchester City. That game ended scoreless at John Smith's Stadium on Saturday. Grant Leadbitter put Middlesbrough up from the penalty spot in the 26th minute with Rudy Gestede doubling the lead in the 34th. Oxford . . .
It's the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Two non-league teams have made it to the round of 16, Lincoln City and Sutton United. Though both face Premier League teams, it's Lincoln with the slightly better chance away to Burnley. Sutton United gets a home game, but it's against Arsenal. Liga MX's clasico is also on the Saturday schedule. Burnley vs Lincoln City at . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - On Thursday, February 16, the New York Red Bulls finally made official what everyone in Major League Soccer had known for weeks. Via a terse 300-word statement, the team Ali Curtis helped to two first-place finishes and a Supporters' Shield in two seasons on the job announced that they had “mutually parted ways” with their . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Tab Ramos and his USMNT U-20s step into the spotlight this weekend. On Saturday, they kick off what could be a perilous World Cup qualifying campaign in Costa Rica. As is often the case with big youth national team events, this tournament represents equal parts opportunity and risk for coach and players alike. Strong displays . . .
We start the Friday soccer news with DC United getting to announce a groundbreaking for their new stadium. For those of you that assumed this already happened, the proposed stadium in the scenically named Buzzard Point has needed additional approval. That came from the District of Columbia earlier this week. The Washington Post's Steven Goff runs through the history of the Buzzard Pont stadium . . .
It's another story of a club crashing out in the first-leg of the Champions League knockout round. This time, it's Arsenal. Following their 5-1 loss at Bayern Munich, it was easy to draw a line between then and now for manager Arsene Wenger. The problem is that it's not the only line, just the latest. Predicting the end for Wenger's run in charge of Arsenal is nothing new. Following the . . .