Everyone knows that Vladimir Putin likes riding horses shirtless, but did you know that he also likes evil, soccer-ruining, antiheros? In a recent interview with Swiss TV, Putin intimated that Sepp Blatter was both in the clear on corruption and deserving of a Nobel prize.
Birmingham, Alabama is quickly becoming a major destination for sporting events. The southern city is going to host the 2017 National Senior Games (a sporting event for people over the age of 50), as well as the 2021 World Games. Even before that though, Birmingham will be the fourth stop on the USWNT's victory tour, where they will play host to Australia in front of somewhere between 35,000 and 40,000 fans.
Jurgen Klinsmann has been managing the USMNT since 2011, and has made many vital improvements for the red, white, and blue while in charge. That doesn't mean he's a great tactician though, just that he's doing more than enough in other departments to warrant his stay.
Soccer is coming to Nevada! After Las Vegas' attempt to draw MLS to town failed, it looks like Reno will be the first pro soccer destination in the state. Cincinnati is set to join them at USL Pro in 2016.
Tottenham announced their squad for the 2015 MLS All-Star Match in Denver, and surprise, surprise, American hero DeAndre Yedlin traveled. As far as Yedlin's future with Spurs goes, manager Mauricio Pochettino said that the time for Yedlin to settle in is about done, and that now the right back needs to prove he deserves a place in Spurs' squad.
Now that the Montreal Impact have officially signed Didier Drogba and the Chicago Fire have officially signed Gilberto, it's time to talk allocation money. Apparently the Fire received about $250,000 of it for not signing Drogba, which they promptly spent on Gilberto, who was only available because Toronto FC weren't able to keep him under MLS roster rules.
MLS recently announced a partnership with DraftKings Fantasy, and in case you're curious, you can check out SB Nation's review of DraftKings's EPL format here.
"Analytics," one of the buzzwords flying around the soccer world at the moment, seems to be invading MLS as well. MLS teams won't tell you that though. One site reached out to 16 of the 20 teams in the league about their statistics use, and only received informative responses from two: the New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City.