The 2016-17 Bundesliga season starts on Friday with the defending champions in action. Bayern Munich plays Werder Bremen on Fox Sports 1. MLS also has a game on the Friday soccer TV schedule with Real Salt Lake hosting the Colorado Rapids on Univision Deportes. Bayern Munich vs Werder Bremen at 2:30pm on Fox Sports 1. The Bundesliga is the last of the European major leagues to start its 2016-17 . . .
The Champions League will have a USMNT player in the group stage. Fabian Johnson and Gladbach advanced comfortably with a 6-1 home win over Young Boys. Gladbach takes the play-off round series 9-2 on aggregate and now waits for the group stage draw. Thorgan Hazard and Raffael both had hat-tricks. "Last season we played in the Champions League and every player want to be part of this competition . . .
BBC Sport's Richard Conway has UEFA presidential candidate Alexander Ceferin saying exactly what you'd expect about the prospects for a breakaway European super league. As a stakeholder in UEFA, he's got a problem with it. My firm opinion is that some kind of closed super league with just a few clubs in, without the possibility for the others to enter, is out of the question," Ceferin told . . .
The Canadian champions Vancouver got the better of fellow MLS team Sporting Kansas City in the CONCACAF Champions League. Vancouver won 3-0 at BC Place in Group C. Cristian Techera scored in the 8th minute with Erik Hurtado doubling the lead four minutes later. Techera scored again in the 64th minute. Vancouver goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi kept the clean sheet. "On the first goal, just a mistake on . . .
In England's League Cup, Danny Williams subbed on in the 75th minute for Reading in their penalty win over MK Dons. The game finished 1-1 in regulation with MK Dons taking the lead in the 34th minute from the penalty spot. Reading's Callum Harriott equalized in the 68th. In extra time, Harriott scored again in the 114th. MK Dons equalized two minutes later. Moving to penalties, Williams was the . . .
London's biggest soccer club not counting Chelsea and possibly Spurs is at it again. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spends a lot of time talking about why the club doesn't spend money. Make all those comparisons to friends and loved ones that like to talk about why they don't go ahead and spend the money. You know, the kind of things super clubs do each and every summer in order to stay so . . .
Fenway Sports Group might have more on its mind than renovating Fenway Park. According to media reports like this one from Inside World Football, the owners of Liverpool FC have an offer for a stake in the Premier League club. It's a substantial one. The Liverpool Echo's James Pearce has Fenway Sports Group saying that there's no current bid for a stake in the club. That hasn't stopped the . . .
Week 24 of the 2016 MLS season started with Houston beating San Jose 2-1 on the road. The goals started early for Houston, with Ricardo Clark scoring in the 6th minute. David Horst doubled the lead in the 50th minute. Victor Bernardez pulled a goal back for the Quakes four minutes later. "Punished for our mistakes and punished for not finishing our chances," San Jose coach Dom Kinnear said. "We . . .
There's certainly a goalkeeping battle brewing at Middlesbrough and USMNT player Brad Guzan is right in the middle of it. Guzan got the starting nod for Boro in their 2-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Christian Stuani scored for Middlesbrough in the 13th and 45th minutes. Sunderland got a goal back in the 71st. "Today we had a derby, and a lot of pressure and emotions," Boro head . . .
Plenty of choices on the weekend soccer TV schedule, starting with the conclusion of the Men's Olympic soccer tournament on Saturday. There's also Leicester City at Arsenal on Sunday's Premier League schedule, with the defending champions looking to bounce back from an opening day loss. MLS has a game on Saturday with LA's visit to Yankee Stadium. The Cascadia derby is on Sunday. Seattle Sounders . . .