As September arrives, most Major League Soccer clubs have only seven regular season matches remaining. MLS remains the most balanced league in the world, parity typically reigns in both the Eastern and Western Conferences, but a few clubs look a cut above the rest with the playoffs approaching. These are the three clubs that have made themselves early favorites for MLS Cup 2016.
It's one of the greatest moments for spectators and players alike: witnessing the perfectly struck dead ball. Free kick specialists are a dime a dozen in football. Beating modern keepers from distance has become an incredible art which very few possess. While players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos have occasionally produced the spectacular, there are very few who can consistently produce the goods. These are the 5 best free kick takers of all-time.
Goals from midfield aren’t all created equal. Sure, they all involve one player absolutely hammering the ball from over 40 yards out, but it’s the intricacies of the attempt that surely separate one from the next. Where was the goalkeeper positioned? With how much pace and accuracy was the shot hit? What were the circumstances surrounding the goal/what was the significance of the match?
Bearing these questions in mind, here are the top three long range goals of all-time.
Gareth Bale has already scored over 120 goals in a career that includes appearances for Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid. The 27-year-old has a knack for scoring sensational goals combining his freakish pace, outstanding technique and sheer determination. Here are the top three goals of his career so far.
We're always on the hunt for the next big thing in football. Whether it's on the basis of some short clip highlighting an up-and-coming 13-year-old or two or three good league games, we're quick to declare a player the next big thing. However, these three individuals, all age 21 or younger, have been consistently performing for a while now. There skills are undoubted and they've got the quality to become the next great players in world football.
The Premier League season is a mere three weeks old, but there have already been players outperforming expectations at the first international break, like these five.
After receiving a six-month ban from the USWNT for calling Sweden's national team "cowards," it appears we may have already seen the last of Hope Solo for the USA. So who will replace her? We figure there are three options.
With Chicharito and Oribe Peralta (and now possibly Tecatito) hurt, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio had a few decisions to make in regards to his forwards. With the midfield and back line basically set, this is the one position in which Osorio is almost forced to experiment with. One player who won't be part of that experiment is Giovani Dos Santos.
Did Osorio get it right?
England will face Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier on Sept. 4 in a game that doubles as Big Sam Allardyce's debut as England manager. Let's take a look at the 23 players Allardyce has picked for his squad.
It's down to this international break for Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT to advance in World Cup qualifying, and the squad has been picked. Did he pick Wondolowski? Of course he picked Wondolowski.