• Revierderby: German rivals have lots in common, including U.S. teen stars
    In few areas of Europe is soccer interest as concentrated as it is in Germany's Ruhr Valley.
  • World Cup Countdown: When getting a team to the finals isn't enough
    Three coaches who qualified their teams to the 2018 World Cup finals won't be around for the finals in Russia.
  • If I were the president of U.S. Soccer ...
    Christian Pulisic nailed it when he said the path to winning a World Cup starts with developing the talent that we already have.
  • Africa five: Changing of the guard for the World Cup
    Four of the five African finalists from the 2014 World Cup won't be playing in the 2018 finals.
  • The future of VAR
    When the talk of VAR surfaced out a few years ago, a good majority of the stakeholders of soccer hailed the idea.
  • Jonathan Gonzalez will get last word in USA-Mexico tug-of-war
    The future of the U.S. national team now turns to players who would have been perhaps too young for the 2018 World Cup.
  • Tough times for Bobby Wood: Perhaps he needs to rest
    When Hamburg raised Bobby Wood's salary to more than $3 million, it expected his goals to prevent another relegation battle.
  • Celebrations for Girona's win over Real Madrid across Catalonia, but no cava in the locker room
    Amid heightened Spanish-Catalan political tensions, tiny Girona pulled one of the biggest upsets in the recent history of La Liga.
  • Diverse England U-17s usher in a new era
    When the England U-17 team takes on Spain in the World Cup final Saturday it can emulate Brazil, the only nation to win World Cups at the U-17 and U-20 levels in the same year (2003).
  • American in Spain: Shaq Moore bucks the odds to make debut for La Liga's Levante
    Spain has been a difficult move for Americans, and players who started out in the lower divisions have often had a particularly difficult time.
  • FIFA Scandals: First sentence is eight months for wire fraud and conspiracy
    Hector Trujillo, the 64-year-old former Guatemalan judge, became the first person sentenced in the Federal probe into soccer corruption.
  • Brazil's impressive revival continues at the U-17 World Cup
    Brazil, the world's most successful soccer nation, hit rock bottom at the 2014 World Cup with a 7-1 loss to Germany. Its revival has been impressive and has also been on view at the U-17 World Cup.
  • Who's to blame for the mess at Everton?
    The English Premier League has completed just nine games, and already three managers have been fired.
  • Everton fan who brawled with child in arms will be banned for life
    Even when you saw it more than once you couldn't quite believe it. A man carrying a child weaving his way through the stands to take a swing at a player in a Europa League match,
  • Post-mortem: Will the USA Americanize soccer or globalize it completely?
    A couple of weeks ago, I said that it will take a small miracle for the USA not to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Well, actually, that small miracle happened and the USA did not qualify.