The soccer news starts in the Champions League with Christian Pulisic setting up the only goal in Chelsea's 1-0 win at Sergino Dest's Ajax. Pulisic subbed on in the 66th minute. Marked by Dest, Pulisic passed to Michy Batshuayi who scored the game's only goal in the 86th minute. Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga made two saves to keep the clean sheet. Chelsea tops Group H on the head-to-head . . .
The soccer news starts in England's League One with Lynden Gooch scoring in Sunderland's 5-0 home shutout of Tranmere Rovers. Duncan Watmore opened the scoring in the 24th minute with Christopher Maguire doubling the lead in the 26th. Gooch made it 3-0 in the 39th with Will Grigg scoring in the 83rd. Luke O'Nien finished off the goals in the 90th minute. Gooch subbed out in the 54th. "We have got . . .
By J Hutcherson (Oct 22, 2019) US Soccer Players - As the stakeholders in European club soccer try to turn the Champions League into something different to coincide with the start of the next TV deal, it's worth considering the wider audience. There's plenty of talk about the lessening importance of the group stage and the foregone conclusion that most of the big clubs will advance. To hear the . . .
The soccer news stays in the Champions League with another major statement from Red Bull Salzburg's coach Jesse Marsch. His club staged an improbable comeback at Anfield in a 4-3 loss to Liverpool. With Liverpool up three goals from the 36th minute, Red Bull's Hwang Hee-chan scored in the 39th. Takumi Minamino cut the Liverpool lead to one in the 56th with Erling Braut Haaland equalizing in the . . .
The soccer news starts in the Champions League, with Ethan Horvath was on the bench for Club Brugge's 2-2 draw at Real Madrid in Group A. Real Madrid needed a comeback, falling behind to Emmanuel Dennis's goals in the 9th and 39th minutes. His opener needed instant replay to overrule an offside call. Sergio Ramos scored for Real Madrid in the 55th minute with Club Brugge's Ruud Vormer seeing red . . .
By J Hutcherson (Sep 24, 2019) US Soccer Players - The 2019-20 Champions League group stage opened last week with a few surprises. If you happen to be a fan of certain giants of European soccer, that's putting it mildly. Liverpool and Real Madrid lost while Barcelona drew, piling on the pressure at the earliest opportunity for those clubs. With so many previews and pundits happy to remind us that . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 18, 2019) US Soccer Players - Jesse Marsch is an American soccer coach. He grew up in Wisconsin, played college soccer at Princeton, and contributed to three different teams over his 14-year Major League Soccer career. Before getting his first head coaching position with the Montreal Impact in 2012, Marsch's entire soccer experience happened in the United . . .
The soccer news starts with what counts as a Champions League disappointment. Christian Pulisic didn't play in Chelsea's 1-0 home loss to Valencia. Rodrigo scored the game's only goal in the 74th minute, with Chelsea taking 22 shots with 6 on goal to Valencia's 8 with 2. Chelsea missed a penalty, adding to the pressure now on the squad. "We created enough good chances, had a penalty, and then . . .
The soccer news starts with the Champions League group stage. While the European Club Association leadership tries to build consensus for a revamp of the competition, the games begin. The current era of the Champions League favors the top three leagues in Europe, giving each of them four group stage places and keeping them out of the multi-tiered qualifying process. That means the outsider teams . . .
The soccer news starts with a foregone conclusion. The big clubs in Europe will eventually get what they want one way or another. It might not be as straightforward as they'd like, but they're the ones holding the power. AP's Graham Dunbar has the follow-up to reports that the rest of the European clubs aren't necessarily interested in a revamped Champions League. No surprise there. The de facto . . .