Four of the five remaining berths, all in the Western Conference, were decided on Sunday. Read the whole story
"It's a sickening feeling knowing that we don't matter for the next three or four years. It was very hard back in the '80s to get people to recognize that we play soccer. Sometimes it feels like a
slap in the [face] that we have to go dig ourselves out. One thing I know about us is that we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves us back in 1989. We'll do it again."
-- Tab Ramos, who said he was interested in the U.S. men's national team coaching vacancy but declined to say whether he'd be taking the job on an interim basis. (Metro)
The LA Galaxy midfielder went on a rant, saying American players had it too easy in MLS. Read the whole story
"Those people I saw made me feel like a normal person again. At the end of the day, I realized I think that's what we all want as people. No matter who you are or how big your name is or how big of
a star you are or how badly you fail at something, you just want to be treated like a normal person and feel like a human being again."
-- U.S. national team defender Matt Besler, who admitted he "was scared to get back home," after the USA's shock exit from the World Cup, on words of encouragement he received as he went about doing errands on Thursday. (Kansas City Star)
Jonathan Gonzalez, 18, has started 10 of 11 games for unbeaten Rayados. Read the whole story
Eight of 11 games drew announced crowds above 20,000 and all matched or exceeded the home team's season average. Read the whole story
"It's always flattering, but I'm not ready. I think when you go to the national team, it's important to know the league, to know the players, to understand the system and how it works and you need
experience. There's a lot better candidates than myself."
-- New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira, whose name has come up as a future U.S. national team coach, saying everything shouldn't be thrown out just because the USA didn't qualify for the World Cup. (MLSSoccer.com)
For the fifth year in a row, the NWSL regular-season champion failed to win the league title. 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
Didier Drogba, a four-time English Premier League champ and Turkish league winner, is doing his best to add another league title to his resume. Read the whole story