Monday's soccer news starts with everybody responding to Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke's show and tell. Petke made an early exit from his team's 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City. The referee showed Petke the door in the 72nd minute for arguing a non-call, and we would later learn how much that non-call meant. For Petke, this was the latest in a run of decisions he believes hampers his team's . . .
Week 20 of the 2017 MLS season resumed with Atlanta United shutting out Orlando City 1-0 at Orlando on Friday. Hector Villalba scored in the 86th minute. Brad Guzan made five saves in his debut for Atlanta. "More important than coming back into the league, it was important to go on the road and find a way to get a result," Guzan said. "Road wins for us haven't been the easiest to come by. So for . . .
It was the opening weekend for the 2017 Liga MX Apertura season, coinciding with the semifinals of the Gold Cup. That meant several Liga MX-based USMNT players unavailable for their clubs. Two USMNT players did see action. Jonathan Bornstein subbed on in stoppage time for Queretaro's 1-0 win at Club America. Camilo Sanvezzo converted a penalty in the 87th minute for the game's only goal. William . . .
The USMNT booked their spot in the 2017 Gold Cup final with a key substitution and a regular putting the ball into the back of the net. A scoreless first-half saw the USMNT with the bulk of possession but nothing to show for it. Costa Rica had their chances in the second-half, pushing the USMNT for a response. They got it in the 72nd minute. Clint Dempsey subbed on in the 66th minute, finding . . .
The 2017 Gold Cup moves to the semifinal stage this weekend with the USMNT playing Costa Rica on Saturday and Mexico vs Jamaica on Sunday. The winners meet on Wednesday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Also on the soccer TV schedule, it's opening weekend for the Liga MX 2017 Apertura season. MLS has a game on ESPN on Saturday. And it wouldn't be summer in the USA without club friendlies to . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the Manchester derby in Houston on Thursday night. Over 60k fans reported in the stands at NRG Stadium, a venue where Manchester United once played the MLS All-Star team. What this underlines is the point Luis Bueno made a couple of weeks ago. Do prestige friendlies need local involvement? There's a lot of evidence that they do not. So where does that leave MLS . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with referee Drew Fischer and his assistants not exactly having the best time of it in last night's USMNT vs El Salvador game. Hesitance to show cards caught up with the officiating, leading to odd moments even by CONCACAF standards. Namely, two incidents where USMNT players were bitten by their El Salvadoran counterparts. Altidore: "My girl is mad at me. She’s mad . . .
The MLS schedule resumed after taking the Gold Cup group stage off with a midweek start for week 20. Some teams scheduled international friendlies. Others took the break and the time to regroup. The Red Bulls restarted their MLS season strong, beating San Jose 5-1 at home. Sean Davis put New York up in the 38th with Sacha Kljestan doubling the lead in the 73rd. Kljestan assisted on Felipe's goal . . .
The USMNT and El Salvador met in the Gold Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field. Considering the stakes, the game developed as expected. The USMNT needed goalkeeper Tim Howard to come up big early on, stopping an El Salvador breakaway after a defensive slip. Both teams had chances, but it was the USMNT capitalizing. Omar Gonzalez headed in a Michael Bradley free kick to start . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - Francesco Totti, the legendary Italian striker, just retired after a 25-year career. Totti spent every one of those 25 years with the same club, Roma, where he will now serve as a director in his post-playing days. He is the epitome of that oft-romanticized idea, a player who never leaves the team he came up with as a . . .