It's time to put down once and for all the grand misconception that MLS is obligated to develop players for the U.S. national team. Read the whole story
Unacceptable as it is for the USA to miss the World Cup, does this mean that there has been no progress? Read the whole story
Soccer people -- especially parents -- can make the changes to lessen the impact of "pay to play." Read the whole story
"I thought the performance on the field, for a final game like that and everything that you were going for, that game was not representative of a U.S. team on the field - not the way they played.
It didn't have the intensity, didn't have the desire, the hunger, the fight. It was not good enough. That's it. That's all I can tell you."
-- Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes, often mentioned as a possible national team coach, saying he was devastated and incredibly disappointed by the USA's loss to Trinidad & Tobago that eliminated it from the World Cup. (Kansas City Star)
American soccer woke up Wednesday morning from a community-wide nightmare. Yes, it was real. Read the whole story
U.S. defender Frankie Hejduk and goalkeeper Kasey Keller make cameos in this montage of all 37 goals by retiring Dutch star. Read the whole story
U.S. coach Jill Ellis named 22 players for the October friendlies in New Orleans and Cary, N.C. Read the whole story
Kaka, the symbol of Brazilian-owned Orlando City since its arrival in MLS in 2015, won't return in 2018. Read the whole story
Houston rallied for two goals and beat Sporting Kansas City, 2-1, opening up a lead on San Jose, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas. Read the whole story
England's Rhian Brewster scored a second straight hat trick in a 3-1 win over Brazil that sends England into the final against Spain. Read the whole story
"Watch the soccer without a commentator."
-- Russian TV play-by-play announcer Vladimir Nikolsky with his parting words as he left the booth of the Russian third division match between Torpedo Vladimir and Tekstilshchik Ivanovo after a two-minute rant about the referee, leaving viewers to watch the remainder of the game without commentary. He was upset two blatant penalties weren't awarded to Torpedo, his home club. Because of the distances in Russia, home teams are required to provide an announcer for televised games. (Komsomolskaya Pravda via BBC Sport)