Tuesday's soccer news starts with the latest release of the Deloitte Money League table. That's where we learn that Manchester United barely hangs on as the biggest money making club in world soccer. €676m euros in total revenue, €1.7m more than Real Madrid and it shouldn't be lost on anybody what that means in practical terms. Last season's Europa League winner did better financially than . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the completion of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Two rounds went in the books on Friday with the draft finishing with two more rounds on Sunday. University of Akron defender Joao Moutinho went first overall to expansion club LAFC. The LA Galaxy took high school goalkeeper Jose Villalobos with the second pick. LAFC went with defender Tristan Blackmon with the 3rd overall, . . .
Look, it's far too easy to pick apart a press release announcing a new soccer ball. MLS opens Friday's soccer news with just that, debuting their new adidas NATIVO soccer ball for 2018. So we'll just let the press release do its magic. “Soccer is a global sport that transcends beyond borders,” senior director for adidas soccer Ernesto Bruce said. “The new design of the 2018 MLS Official Match . . .
The soccer news starts with the January FIFA Rankings. The USMNT fell one spot to 25th in a month where there was no movement in the top 14. The USMNT played no games over the ranking period. Germany spends another month in the top spot in the FIFA Rankings, ahead of Brazil in 2nd and Portugal in 3rd-place. Argentina and Belgium round out the top five. Mexico is the top team in CONCACAF, down a . . .
The soccer news starts in the Premier League with reports that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is close to signing a five-year deal. That would bring to a close speculation that Mourinho might be considering his options, mainly because of concerns over United's transfer budget. At the top of the Premier League table, and these days even further down, it's not enough to pay the manager. The . . .
The soccer news starts with a regular quandary. Any time we refer to a USMNT player as a "legend", someone writes us to take issue. It doesn't matter how many caps or how much the player did in a USMNT shirt. Someone wants to make a point. It's enough to make us shy away from writing something like "USMNT legend Landon Donovan is back." USMNT legend Landon Donovan got quite the debut in Leon last . . .
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been saying for weeks that it's coming. Eventually, his version of an invincibles team would lose a Premier League game, and probably before setting a new English topflight record. Drawing with Crystal Palace on the last day of 2017 was an indication. While nobody was pointing the finger at obvious flaws with City, eventually the strain of the Premier . . .
The soccer news starts with the USMNT in camp in Carson. In a mixed zone session distributed to the media, USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan spoke about the focus for January camp. With a group of 29 players looking for an opportunity in the wake of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, the coaching staff called in players who haven't gotten a lot of look at senior level. "The past is the past," . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with Christian Pulisic. The USMNT star is trying to help push his club Borussia Dortmund into contention in the Bundesliga. It hasn't been easy. Though Dortmund is currently 3rd in the table as they wait for the Bundesliga schedule to resume, they're tied on 28 points with the three teams behind them. Weston McKennie's Schalke is just ahead with 30 points and Bayern . . .
USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan is in the odd position of planning a January camp without a clear view of his or the program's future. The USMNT is in transition following their World Cup exit. Following November's lengthy training stint and game in Portugal, a new group of players is now in Carson. 29 are in MLS and the 30th just left the league. Half of them have no appearances with the senior . . .