Thursday's soccer news starts with the latest bit of bad news for the Chicago Fire. Last night's 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders means that there's no chance the Fire make the playoffs. 30 games, 27 points, a -13 goal differential, and an October schedule that no longer even mathematically matters. Well, at least for them. The Fire could certainly use their remaining four games to disrupt some . . .
Week 30 of the 2016 MLS season started with midweek games on the schedule. Montreal beat San Jose 3-1 at Stade Saputo, with the home side taking the lead when Dominic Oduro scored in the 22nd minute. Ignacio Piatti made it 2-0 in the 32nd. Chris Wondolowski pulled a goal back for the Quakes, but it was Montreal scoring late with Johan Venegas's goal two minutes into stoppage time. "Hope is always . . .
Fabian Johnson subbed on in the 48th minute for Gladbach in their 2-1 loss to Barcelona in Champions League group C. Thorgan Hazard put Gladbach up in the 34th minute at BORUSSIA-PARK. Barcelona equalized in the 65th and won the game in the 73rd. "It was a high-intensity first half," Gladbach's Oscar Wendt said. "We defended very well and had some good counterattacking opportunities. We weren’t . . .
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 . . .
By J Hutcherson (Sep 27, 2016) US Soccer Players - Call it a Transatlantic coincidence, at least for now. We're hearing that National Football League television ratings are dropping in the United States. We're also hearing that soccer fans in Europe are saying thanks but no thanks to another slog through the Champions League group stage. With the soccer, we're supposed to nod along with the idea . . .
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 Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 26, 2016) US Soccer Players – Foreign superstars that have invaded MLS in recent years have run the talent gamut. There are a few players who’ve been outstanding. Robbie Keane has brought success to the LA Galaxy, while also elevating the league's overall play. A plus for all involved. Keane arrived as a veteran player, someone who came to MLS at the tail end . . .
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' . . .