1. *Folarin Balogun (Reims, France), 21 goals
2. Haji Wright (Antalyaspor, Turkey), 16 goals
3. Ricardo Pepi (Groningen, Netherlands), 13 goals
3. Terrence Boyd (Kaiserslautern, Germany D2), 13 goals
3. Eduvie Ikoba (Zalaegerszegi TE, Hungary), 13 goals
3. Josh Sargent (Norwich City, England D2), 13 goals
*First American to score 20+ goals in a big 5 league.
Note: Goals in all competitions for teams in top two tiers of fall-spring leagues.
A 1-0 win over Ecuador sets the USA up to clinch a berth in the round of 16, perhaps as soon as Tuesday. Read the whole story
Four games on Saturday were won on goals in stoppage time, two from the penalty spot. Read the whole story
"I think this city, the fans, everybody, don't deserve this. And I think maybe we need to change something. We need a little bit more tactics. We need an idea how we play, because this is the real problem for me. It's impossible to play like this when we play without idea."
-- Italian star Federico Bernardeschi after Toronto FC's 1-0 loss at Austin FC on a goal in stoppage time. The Reds, who were missing 10 players through injury or suspension, failed to score in all three MLS games played over eight days. Despite having the highest payroll in MLS, Bob Bradley's Toronto FC is last in the Eastern Conference with a 2-5-7 record. (Canadian Press)
Seattle's Stefan Frei was credited with an own goal. Atlanta's Quentin Westberg assisted on Juanjo Purata's gift for Chicago. Read the whole story
2013. Megan Rapinoe (6 games, 2 goals).
2014. Megan Rapinoe (8 games, 3 goals).
2017. Alex Morgan (8 games, 5 goals).
2018. Morgan Brian (5 games, 2 goals).
2022. Catarina Macario (20 games, 14 goals), Lindsey Horan (5 games).
2023. Lindsey Horan (14 games, 5 goals).
On Sunday, Gotham FC took over the league lead with a 4-1 win at OL Reign. Read the whole story
The hottest teams remain Memphis 901 and El Paso. Teens of influence were Fidel Barajas and Nighte Pickering. Read the whole story
"It was not the first time, not the second and not the third. Racism is normal in La Liga. The competition thinks it's normal, the (Spanish) federation also thinks it's normal and opponents encourage it. The league that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano (Ronaldo) and (Lionel) Messi, now belongs to racists. A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and which I love, but one which has agreed to export the image of a racist country to the world. I'm sorry for the Spaniards who don't agree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists. Unfortunately, for everything that happens every week, I have no way of defending it. I agree."
-- Vinicius Junior, the 22-year-old Brazilian winger, after suffering vile abuse on Sunday during Real Madrid's 1-0 loss at Valencia. Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said he heard monkey chants near the start of the game, while Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said there was "a racist atmosphere" at the Mestalla. (@vinijr)
Haller, who missed six months after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, was the hero of the 3-0 win over Augsburg. Read the whole story
City sealed a fifth title in six seasons on Saturday with three games to spare. Read the whole story
1. El Salvador stadium crush leaves at least 12 dead (BBC)
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3. Honduran immigrant makes South Carolina prep history while adjusting to a new home By Carlos Cristian Flores (wyff4.com)