The team with the most "millionaires" is a surprise: FC Cincinnati, MLS's worst team in 2019 and 2020 and last, so far, in 2021. Read the whole story
Thursday, May 13
D.C. United 1 Chicago 0. (Goal: Flores 7. Att.: 3,935)<
The top-seed Seminoles won in a shootout for the second straight game. The Broncos' attack was too much for the inexperienced North Carolina backline. Read the whole story
Indiana (Big Ten): USA 11 (IL 4, MO 2, OH 2, IN 1, MN 1, PA 1).
Marshall (Conference USA): USA 1 (WV 1), *Brazil 4, Germany 4, Canada 1, England 1.
North Carolina (ACC): USA 7 (NC 2, TX 2, CT 1, GA 1, NM 1), England 1, Germany 1, Italy 1, Venezuela 1.
Pittsburgh (ACC): USA 2 (GA 1, **NY 1), France 3, Serbia 2, Spain 2, Germany 1, Switzerland 1.
*Two attended U.S. boarding schools. **Attended high school in Germany.
Note: Friday's semifinals -- Marshall vs. UNC (6 p.m. ET) and Indiana vs. Pitt (8:30 p.m. ET) -- will both air on ESPNU.
All group games will be played in Kansas, Florida or Texas, at venues expected to open at full or close to full capacity. Read the whole story
"beIN [Sports] is an incredibly important partner of LaLiga globally -- they have rights in over 70 territories -- but in the U.S. it was clear that we wanted to kind of give that next step. We needed
to find another partner."
-- LaLiga North America CEO Boris Gartner on the eight-year agreement LaLiga reached with ESPN to become its English- and Spanish-language home for LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank, Spain's top two divisions, beginning in August. LaLiga is leaving beIN Sports after nine seasons (and with three years left on its agreement) as its rights holder in what Gartner described as "the most important market for LaLiga outside of Spain." LaLiga's deal with ESPN is reported to be worth $1.4 billion, or $175 million per season.
Gio Reyna came on stoppage time for BVB in its 4-1 final win over RB Leipzig. (Tyler Adams sat out due to back problems.) Read the whole story
April 17. Spain. Barcelona (Sergino Dest, 74 minutes) 4 Athletic Bilbao 0.
April 25. Belgium. Genk (Mark McKenzie, sub-3 minutes) 2 Standard Liege 1.
April 25. England (League Cup). Man. City (Zack Steffen, 90 minutes) 1 Tottenham 0.
May 1. Austria. Red Bull Salzburg (Brenden Aaronson, 89 minutes, 1 goal) 3 LASK 0.
May 2. Poland. Rakow Czestochowa (Ben Lederman, 85 minutes) 2 Arka Gydnia 1.
May 13. Germany. Bor. Dortmund (Gio Reyna, sub-1 minute) 4 RB Leipzig 1.
May 13. Denmark. Randers 4 SonderjyskE (Haji Wright, 20 minutes) 0.
May 15. England (FA Cup). Chelsea (Christian Pulisic) vs. Leicester City.
May 18. Italy. Juventus (Weston McKennie) vs. Atalanta.
Semifinals: May 17. Israel. Maccabi Haifa (Josh Cohen) vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The United Soccer Coaches recognized 50 players who played in the fall or spring or both. Five seniors turned pro after the fall season. Read the whole story
World championship-winning coaches Jill Ellis, April Heinrichs and Anson Dorrance are among the mentors in the new USSF coaching course program. Read the whole story
1. How Landon Donovan helped RSL's Rubio Rubin get his groove back By Charles Boehm (MLSSoccer.com)
2. MLS files petition against Kaku, MLSPA as transfer saga continues By Jeff Carlisle (ESPN FC)
3. Champions League final moved from Istanbul to Porto due to COVID-19 risks By Simon Evans (Reuters)