The biggest criticism of Sigi Schmid over the years, including at previous stops in Columbus and LA -- he won a Shield/MLS Cup double in both spots, by the way -- was that his teams were always too reliant upon their best player (No Oba=No Hope), and lacked a Plan B.
The Seattle United U-17 boys team have started their quest for National Championship on a positive note. The SU boys defeated Sporting St. Croix 1-0 and look to get back to the final.
The old NASL was full of characters on and off the field. One such character was William Drought Cox, Cox was a consummate entrepreneur and his story is something else.
She was the last cut. And so, by the thinnest of margins, Crystal Dunn missed out. She missed being on the field last July when the U.S. women won the World Cup final, she missed out on the ticker tape parade, she missed out on the SI cover. Crystal Dunn has different plans in Rio.
U.S. midfielder Caleb Stanko has joined Swiss Super League club FC Vaduz on loan from German side Freiburg.
Twenty years ago it was the summer of 1996. Michael Johnson won double gold at the Atlanta Olympics; England had hosted and almost reached the final of Euro 96... and Ronaldo arrived at Barcelona.
All across world conscription service to ones government is mandatory. That is no different in South Korea, but if you are an Olympic athlete including the soccer players then you become exempt and that makes everyone happy!
Speaking of Ronaldo, how about Ronaldinho and that infectious smile. While others will no doubt end with more trophies and greater accolades, few will ever match the joy that Ronaldinho brought a generation of fans.
Major League Soccer
The last time David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were on the field together was at PSG. Zlatan is now hinting that a reunion on the pitch is possible in the MLS.
The old saying is "father knows best" but for Jack Harrison it was his mother that made the tough decisions. It seems to have paid off for the former Manchester United product.
Dom Dyer has some decisions to make. Greek outfit Olympiakos have made an approach to Sporting Kansas City for Dyer's services and they are willing to pony up $3 million dollars. Could be a good deal since the second coming of Dom Dyer is eligible for the 2017 draft.
The Tampa Bay Rowdies are far from the only club that feels hard done by American officiating, but the NASL side took their grievances to the next level with a scathing public statement.
Goals of the Week: Chip, Backheel, Ankle Breaker, and a Paneka