Rafael Leão is carrying AC Milan, and should punt Cristiano Ronaldo off of Portugal

Rafael Leão standing out.Image: Getty Images In a lot of ways, AC Milan mirrors Serie A overall. They’re incredibly fun, and were able to take advantage of Juventus’s slide into the abyss and a blip from Inter to win the Scudetto last year. But how good they actually are, much like the league as a … Read more

USMNT’s Gregg Berhalter needs to get over himself before the World Cup

Gregg Berhalterphoto: Getty Images All right, I’m gonna be Sammy Sunshine about the USMNT. It’s not easy, but there’s a lot of dark clouds after the team went 0-for-180 minutes in scoring goals, or looking like they could get a goal, or even looking like they were interested in scoring a goal, in their last … Read more

What if USMNT’s Christian Pulisic isn’t that good anymore?

Let’s see how he performs at the World CupImage: Getty Images Also, he might be kind of a prick, but we’ll circle back to that. There isn’t much to feel good about after the USMNT’s last two friends before the World Cup. They didn’t score a goal. They didn’t look all that interested for three … Read more

Don’t worry USMNT fans, England have been even more ass

England manager Gareth Southgate tries to figure out what the hell to do with his team against Italy.Image: Getty Images As we discussed yesterday, the first half of the last batch of friends for the USMNT could really not have gone worse or been more discouraging. Against the B-team version of Japan, a squad that’s … Read more

The USMNT have a Weston McKennie problem

Weston McKenniephoto: Getty Images One of the many complications of a winter World Cup, though far down the list, is the death of the pre-tournament friendly. Normally, teams get together for a couple weeks after the domestic season and then get two or three ramp-ups before the tourney starts to establish rapport, try some new … Read more

USMNT keeper Matt Turner shines in 2-0 WC tuneup loss to Japan

Matt Turner was the lone bright spot for the YanksImage: Getty Images It’s never a good sign when the biggest pro from the United States men’s national team’s Friday debacle full of cons — a 2-0 loss to Japan that doubles as the Yanks’ penultimate FIFA World Cup tune-up — was goalkeeper Matt Turner. The … Read more

Juventus is pretty garbage and it’s pretty wonderful

Massimiliano AllegriImage: Getty Images While one traditional power of European soccer might only be in a temporary blip, there’s another that has fallen off their horse and then had that horse piss on them. Bayern Munich will most likely recover. Juventus, on the other hand, might be headed to the muck for a while. Juve … Read more

Bayern Munich running away with Bundesliga

Munich’s Sadio Mané gestures during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and FC Bayern München at WWK-Arena on September 17, 2022 in Augsburg, Germany. Image: Getty Images On the opening day of the Bundesliga season, when Bayern Munich were getting in up to the elbow on Eintracht Frankfurt, just the defending Europa League champions, the … Read more

NFL, German Bundesliga announce partnership between the leagues

Image: shutterstock The partnership between the NFL and the German Bundesliga, the top tier of the country’s professional soccer scene, is an interesting pair on its own. They both dominate their domestic markets. Dirk Nowitzki and Leon Draisaitl have come from Deutschland to dominate in North America. Steve Cherundolo and Frankie Hejduk were two of … Read more

USMNT releases September friendly rosters ahead of World Cup

Gregg Berhalterphoto: Getty Images Mark it down now. John Brooks, one of the two americans in any severity of contention to claim one of the 26 United States men’s national team spots on the plane to Qatar, will be watching the games on a TV screen. Brandon Vazquez, the 23-year-old FC Cincinnati striker with 16 … Read more