The soccer news starts with that established Premier League truism that a big name club requires an equally big name manager. That only partly explains Spurs deciding to put their future in the hands of Jose Mourinho. It's easy to point at 14th-place after a dozen games for Spurs calling time on Mauricio Pochettino, but only three points separates 14th from 5th. It wasn't lost on anybody that . . .
In an odd environment in the Cayman Islands in front of a tiny crowd, the USMNT advanced to the Concacaf Nations League knockout round with a 4-0 win over Cuba. Josh Sargent got credit for the opening goal less than a minute into the game, with a scrum in front of the net ending with the ball crossing the line. Jordan Morris doubled the lead in the 26th minute. Morris scored again in the 39th . . .
The USMNT is back in action in the Concacaf Nations League on Tuesday at Cuba in the Cayman Islands (7:30pm ET - FS1). Cuba is using the Truman Bodden Stadium after their regular home stadium failed to pass a Concacaf inspection. Due to the three teams per group setup, Cuba didn't play on the last matchday of the October window or the first date in November. Their last game in the Nations League . . .
The soccer news starts with the Montreal Impact officially introducing new coach Thierry Henry. It's an interesting move for a team that finished 9th in the Eastern Conference and fired a coach. Add in the Champions League for 2020, and it's a difficult job trying to rebuild in Montreal regardless of how many years a coach has working in this league. Henry has exactly zero, leaning on his playing . . .
The USMNT put themselves in position to advance from Nations League A, Group A with a 4-1 win over Canada in Orlando. Canada is still top of the table with 9 points to the USMNT's 6, but this was Canada's final game. The USMNT concludes the Group A schedule at Cuba in the Cayman Islands on Tuesday (7:30pm ET - FS1). A win against Cuba would send the USMNT through to the semifinal round. Jordan . . .
With USMNT fans focused on League A, Group A, the soccer news looks at the rest of the groups as the Nations League concludes this month. League A is the only one that advances teams to the semifinals. The other leagues are strictly about promotion and relegation. We start by keeping it in League A with Panama vs Mexico later tonight in Group B. Mexico scored all the goals in their 3-1 home win . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 14, 2019) US Soccer Players - Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his departure from the LA Galaxy this week after two seasons packed with scoring exploits on the pitch and headline-grabbing quotations off it. David Villa, an MLS icon of similar proportions with NYCFC before spending the past year in Japan with Vissel Kobe, revealed his impending retirement as well. . . .
League A, Group A of the Nations League resumes on Friday with the USMNT hosting Canada in Orlando (7pm ET - ESPN2). The game is a quick remedy to how the October window ended for the USMNT. The 2-0 loss to Canada at BMO Field has raised the volume of complaints around the USMNT looking to move forward under coach Gregg Berhalter. They now face a scenario where it's Canada top of the Group A table . . .
The soccer news starts with a coach leaving in Chicago and a surprise hire in Montreal. The Fire announced that MLS classing "parted ways" with coach Veljko Paunovic. The situation for the rest of the coaching staff and trainers is up to the next coach, though the Fire has "discontinued" their services for now. Chicago is in a partial revamp, moving from Bridgeview to Soldier Field and losing . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 13, 2019) US Soccer Players - The final MLS match of the 21st century's second decade played out on Sunday in Seattle. When the Sounders toppled Toronto FC in the 2019 MLS Cup, they also put the 2010s to rest. Next season ushers in a new decade full of new teams and new challenges. It is anyone's guess who the team of the 2020s will be. It could be a team that . . .