The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico roundup starts in Liga MX. Landon Donovan officially returned as a pro soccer player, subbing on in the 83rd minute for Leon's 2-1 home win over Puebla. William Yarbrough was in goal for Leon. Mauro Boselli opened the scoring for Leon in the 3rd minute with Andres Andrade doubling the lead in the 21st. Puebla pulled a goal back in the 51st. Joe Corona subbed . . .
It's the North London derby on the weekend soccer TV schedule, with Spurs hosting Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday. That's not the national TV game from the Premier League, with NBC showing Manchester City vs Leicester City in the 12:30pm ET slot. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Landon Donovan is expected to debut for Leon against Puebla on Saturday on ESPN Deportes. Spurs vs Arsenal at 7:30am on . . .
The soccer news starts with reports that England's Premier League is considering a winter break as part of their next TV deal. BBC Sport's Dan Roan has the news that the league might take time off in January. That's the pragmatic response to the only top league in Europe where loading up on games around Christmas is a tradition. Europe doesn't have a best practice when it comes to a winter break. . . .
Chelsea's game with Watford later today might be it for the current version of the defending Premier League champions. According to reports, coach Antonio Conte's job may be on the line, with the club hitting reset just after the transfer window. Regardless of what happens with Conte, Chelsea's problem is obvious. They're not winning the kind of games that would've kept them in contention this . . .
We start the USMNT players in Europe and Mexico roundup in the Netherlands. Matt Miazga scored in Vitesse Arnhem's 2-0 home shutout of Groningen. Miazga opened the scoring in the 6th minute with Mason Mount doubling the lead in the 32nd. Kenny Saief's Anderlecht drew 2-2 at home with Mechelen. Silvere Ganvoula opened the scoring for Anderlecht in the 10th minute. Mechelen equalized in the 15th . . .
The weekend soccer TV schedule has another Premier League game on national television. Saturday brings us Arsenal vs Everton on NBC, a game that would be higher profile if both teams were doing better and there was some American involvement. Also on the soccer TV schedule, what would be a potential meeting of USMNT players will have to wait. Weston McKennie is out with injury for Schalke who host . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger asking a basic question about what we're watching. As relayed by BBC Sport, Wenger links spending with predictability. We're watching the clubs spending the most running away with the titles in the top leagues in Europe, with Italy the only unlikely outlier. The point still stands since it's been a safe assumption for years that . . .
The January transfer window is now closed in Europe's major leagues, with the last gasp major move impacting two leagues and one club with a USMNT player. Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund transferred Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal in exchange for almost $80m dollars. "I think the club has such a big history and great players like Thierry Henry," Aubameyang said about joining Arsenal. . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jan 23, 2018) US Soccer Players - It's not just since Deloitte started doing the work and showing us how much money European soccer clubs make. It's not the idea of clubs as brands capable of generating worldwide revenue. It's not the lobby group the biggest clubs in Europe once ran for their own benefit. The idea that the biggest teams in Europe should for a league to address . . .
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, . . .