Monday's soccer news starts with a simple point from San Jose Earthquakes assistant coach John Spencer. It was Spencer on the sideline for the Quakes in their 2-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City. Spencer stepped in with Dom Kinnear unable to coach due to an illness. What Spencer saw from his squad on Saturday night was an ability to control possession.
"We planned all week and watched a couple of Kansas games and we knew that as the first whistle was going to go they were going to press us, and press us high like we have done to teams at home," Spencer said. "I think in the first half we were a little bit tentative and our fullbacks could have moved forward and joined in the attack a little bit more. When we go into the final third, especially in the first half, we could not keep the ball enough. In the second half things changed a little bit and we started to dictate possession, but as you well know possession does not win you games, goals do."
Possession without goals might also be the most frustrating kind of soccer to watch. The team with the ball has the bulk of the expectations, something that can make a loss feel even worse. It can also lead to the coach of the winning team having to address his own issues.
"The game of soccer is very interesting," Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said. "Two teams are playing against each other, the game is 0-0 and all of a sudden someone scores. A lot of times, a gameplan goes out the window for one of those teams, usually the team that gets scored on and a lot changes for them. When you are in that situation and it's late in the game, you just know they are going to pump it in on you. The thing is, if you are ready for it and everybody is in tune to what is happening, it doesn't faze you because it is part of the game. But I think we just lost our focus as a team in that moment and we just started to come unraveled in the moment."
Pro Soccer Talk's Nicholas Mendola looks at the USMNT after the latest injury issues. The Washington Post's Steven Goff also looks at the changes to the US roster. MLSsoccer.com's Matthew Doyle's take on week 3 of the 2017 MLS season.
ESPN FC's Mark Ogden takes on the issues with manager Arsene Wenger's future and Arsenal's plans. The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson tries to explain what's not working for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Manchester United announced that they're touring the US this summer. Back Page Football's Liam Morrison writes about new Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha. The NY Times' Rob Harris profiles UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
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