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 . . .
It's easy enough to look at a Premier League team not firing their manager as the ultimate outlier in pro soccer. Every team but one has done it recently enough. Then there's Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger clocking in at 20 years. That requires the manager wanting to stay and the club letting him, a combination that might not happen at all anymore. People have challenged Wenger's longevity over . . .
It's the MLS Eastern Conference on Friday's soccer TV schedule. NYCFC hosts Chicago at Yankee Stadium. Also on the schedule, Ligue 1 on beIN Sport and a quick turnaround for Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund after playing on Tuesday. NYCFC vs Chicago Fire at 8pm on UniMas. NYCFC is in 3rd-place in the East, level on points with the New York Red Bulls at 45 points from 30 games. Toronto FC . . .
FIFA announced what they apologetically called "the route to global glory". The rest of us would probably be ok with the 2016 Club World Cup schedule. For CONCACAF's champions Club America, this means they'll play the winner of the AFC Champions League in the quarterfinal. Win that one, and it's Real Madrid vs Club America. "There are less than three months to go and we are eagerly waiting for . . .
Fabian Johnson scored the equalizer in Gladbach's 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig. Gladbach fell behind in the 6th minute on the road. Johnson equalized in the 84th. Terrence Boyd wasn't in the squad for Leipzig. “Leipzig’s style of play is relatively easy to read but it’s still hard to play against them,” Gladbach coach Andre Schubert said. "They are very well organised and they have a lot of pace in . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - Several centuries ago, the city of Teotihuacan was the bustling and thriving center of the pre-Columbian Americas. Sitting some 20 miles outside of present-day Mexico City, Teotihuacan’s sprawling palaces and impressive pyramids, the city was the influential hub of the land. By the time the Aztecs rose to power in the middle of the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - American phenom Christian Pulisic took the field as a starter for Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday afternoon. It was Pulisic’s third consecutive start for the Bundesliga power. That's an incredible achievement for any teenager, much less one that hails from central Pennsylvania. Though he came off at halftime, Pulisic’s growing profile . . .