ACC teams claimed five of the top eight seeds, seven of the 16 seeds and tied an NCAA record with nine tournament bids. Read the whole story
"It's a shame my last official game coincided with the failure to qualify for the World Cup. Blame is shared equally between everyone. There can't be scapegoats."
-- A tearful Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, apologizing after the Azzurri were eliminated from the 2018 World Cup after their 0-0 tie with Sweden knocked them out of next year's finals. Italy lost the series, 1-0, marking the end of the 39-year-old Buffon's international career with 175 caps. (RAI Sport via BBC Sport)
Italy's 18 World Cup appearances are easily the most of any team that has failed to qualify for Russia 2018. Read the whole story
The Jan. 28 game in Carson, Calif., will be only the second meeting between the two teams. Read the whole story
Two former U.S. U-17s, Christian Pulisic and Neven Subotic, were part of Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga Free Kick Challenge. Read the whole story
"The path to the U.S. winning a World Cup -- it doesn't start with having 'more talent.' It starts with developing the talent that we already have, in the right way."
-- Christian Pulisic, suggesting the best American players aged 16-18 need to be better tested by competition from players their own age and many of those that are signed by MLS clubs aren't getting the chance to play that he did at Borussia Dortmund, which changed his life. (Players Tribune)
Former Chivas USA coach Chelis will coach Las Vegas; Sac Republic FC assistant Adam Smith was named Fresno FC coach. Read the whole story