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 . . .
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 . . .
Also in the soccer news, Barcelona's 4-0 loss at PSG creates another opportunity for hand-wringing about the Champions League. If a super club can lose so badly in a knockout round first-leg, what does this mean?US Soccer revealed the latest uniforms for the US National Teams. It's the USA version of the red template Nike used with Portugal and England. Portugal won Euro 2016 wearing a similar . . .
The soccer news starts with the announcement that Liga MX is trying it again with English-language broadcasts in the United States. The last time Liga MX tried this, it was on ESPN. This time, it's a deal with Facebook Live. "We strive to connect our audience with their passions, and we know that Liga MX fans are always looking for more ways to experience their favorite league – whether they are . . .
The knockout round begins for the 2016-17 Champions League with the regulars the favorites to advance. Trying to disrupt the super clubs is the regular story in February. The big stories are the ones that match super clubs with sort of super clubs. Can PSG knockout Barcelona? Will Arsenal put it together against Bayern Munich amid whatever rumor you'd like to believe about manager Arsene Wenger's . . .
If it's a FIFA competition, it can probably use a mascot. World soccer's governing body introduced Kheleo the clouded leopard with a fondness for soccer this morning, the mascot for the U-17 World Cup. The U-17 World Cup starts on October 6. The USMNT will attempt to qualify through the CONCACAF U-17 Championship that starts on April 21 in Panama. They play in Group C with Mexico, El Salvador, . . .
Nothing gets the soccer news quite as excited as bureaucratic maneuvering. UEFA's reform agenda has gotten committee approval, meaning it moves to a full vote. On the reform agenda are term limits and the qualifications necessary for election to the UEFA executive committee. Europe wants 16 World Cup slots when World Cup expands to 48 teams in 2026, with 1 European team in each of the 16 . . .
USMNT players were in action in Germany's DFB Pokal yesterday. Bobby Wood scored the second goal in Hamburg's 2-0 win over Cologne. Gideon Jung put Hamburg up at home in the 5th minute with Wood doubling the lead in the 75th. Fabian Johnson assisted on Ozcar Wendt's 12th minute opener in Gladbach's 2-0 win at Greuther Furth. An 18th minute red card left Greuther Furth a man down. Thorgan Hazard . . .
Claudio Ranieri's award winning coaching performance in charge of Leicester City last season counts for what in 2017? That's what people like The Independent's Miguel Delaney are asking with Leicester City still alive in the Champions League but in 16th-place in the Premier League. Ranieri's persona makes him likable enough. He's the kind of manager that believes in pizza parties, visiting his . . .