Major League Soccer
David Villa thinks people with 'nasty' opinions of MLS (retirement league, etc.) have never watched a match. He is clearly happy to prove the doubters wrong with his MVP award.
FourFourTwo has a look at the MLS players who came into the league with promise, generally at a young age, but they've reached a point where they need to prove they should be a regular MLS starter -- or make room for the next guys. Seven players entering 'make-or-break' seasons.
Mike Petke has a new gig, as coach of Real Salt Lake's USL affiliate, Real Monarchs. So, Jeff Cassar, you might want to shape things up pretty quick.
There's clearly a lot of interest in Montreal vs. Toronto matches, both in the stands and on TV. Does this tell us anything about how the Canadian Premier League will fare?
Here are some funny (and also maybe pretty accurate?) composite heat maps from a Vancouver Whitecaps season that left fans pretty disappointed.
FC Dallas continue to sign tons of homegrown player talent. This time it's 18-year-old defender Reggie Cannon.
Also from Big D Soccer, here are some reasonable takes about why it's good we don't have promotion and relegation in MLS, followed by a much hotter take about eliminating the playoffs.
San Jose Earthquakes' stadium sponsor is going through some rough times. No word on whether any bankruptcy proceedings would change the naming rights for Avaya Stadium.
A top all-time player for every club in MLS. It's hard to choose just one, but many of these are right on. However, a Seattle section that mentions four players without bringing up Osvaldo Alonso?
Real Sal Lake have snapped up standout homegrown midfielder Jose Hernandez from UCLA. They also signed FC Edmonton's goalkeeper, Matt VanOekel.
After being picked in the first round and playing three seasons with New England Revolution, midfielder Steve Neumann has decided to retire from pro soccer.
Hugo Perez has been a huge player and then coach in the US system, developing talent at the youth level and reaching out to minority communities of players. So what has led to him being completely out of the coaching system?
The Women's National Team's dominating win in the She Believes Cup won them US Soccer's Best Tournament Performance award for 2016.
What's next for Hope Solo? She's not ruling out a return to US soccer, though she admits it's not really up to her. On the other hand, the health of her shoulder is still a big question mark. You know it's been a rough year for Hope Solo when she only comes in at 11 on FourFourTwo's USWNT top 50.
Crystal Palace FC have sacked Alan Pardew, and they have recent England manager Sam Allardyce lined up for the job.
High compensation fees are keeping players in England as young as 10 'hostage' at their club, unable move on to a new one because of fees owed to the first academy.