What If The USMNT Was In The Premier League? Part II Of Our Thrilling Journey

Following the end of the 2018-19 Chelsea Football Club season, the Blues decided to sack Italian manager Maurizio Sarri and installed club legend Frank Lampard as boss, ... but what if they hadn’t? What if — buoyed by the arrival of Christian Pulisic — owner Roman Abramovich had turned to Gregg Berhalter and the USMNT instead?

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Philadelphia Union Stadium To Feature Cardboard Cutouts Of Adoptable Dogs

During the novel coronavirus pandemic, in which having fans in American stadiums is highly irresponsible given the federal government’s complete failure to control the spread of Covid-19, professional sports teams have turned to inventive ways to get fans involved. MLS and the NBA have used live video feeds of fans displayed in the background of the action. Many MLB teams have created cardboard cutouts of fans behind home plate. Some broadcasters have used computer-animated fans to fill the stadiums.

But nothing beats the Philadelphia Union’s plan.

Long Before He Starred For Bayern, Alphonso Davies Produced Magic In MLS

As Alphonso Davies walked off the pitch after helping his team eviscerate Barcelona 8-2, the 19-year-old walked up to his childhood idol and asked for his jersey. He was rebuffed, probably the only time he’s failed to get what he wants in the 20 months since he left Canada for Bavaria.

Marching On Together: How England's Most Divisive Club Went From A Champions League Semi To League One And Back

Leeds United was 90 minutes away from the 2001 Champions League Final. 

A lively first leg in the semifinal ended goalless. Leeds had plenty of opportunities in the second half, but the club was happy to earn a home shutout against Valencia in an evenly contested match.

The task ahead was formidable, though. Valencia was unbeaten in its last 17 European Cup matches at the Estadio Mestalla, and the Spanish side was Champions League runner-up the previous season.  

The Incredible Story Of The USWNT's First Games

Women’s soccer has come a long way in the U.S. — and across the globe. In the U.S., the women’s game started out as barely a blip on the radar.

Did you know that on this day in 1985 the United States Women’s National team played their first-ever match? The team played their inaugural match against Italy’s national team in Jesolo, Italy. 

The Naked Truth: Football Is For The Rich

How much of soccer is becoming — as the kids would say — an ‘aesthetic?’ And a privileged aesthetic at that. 

Here in the U.S., soccer is becoming an elitist sport. We talk about how the newest and most expensive boots are the only way to be like Ronaldo or Messi. Hand me downs are a no-go. If you don’t have the best kits or play for the most expensive clubs then you don’t stand a chance. 

Univision Is Setting Huge Champions League Viewership Records Thanks To CBS All Access

During Bayern Munich’s 8-2 humiliation of Barcelona on Friday, Univision set a Champions League TV ratings record in the U.S. — all thanks to CBS.

We Can’t Believe How Many Soccer Games Are On Sale On Steam Right Now

Since the beginning of video games, there have been soccer video games. While most football fans stick with the traditional FIFA, PES or Football Manager series, there are dozens of soccer video games available featuring everything from anime-style to robot footy — there’s even a soccer game that lets you use cows and aliens to overcome your opponent.

And they’re (almost) all on sale this weekend on the PC distributor/platform Steam.