Opinion

5 Managers That'll Decide The Fate Of The 2019 Women's World Cup

We’re now just a few months away from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, and the hype is starting to build apace. Here at The18, we’ve already covered 18 players to watch at this summer’s tournament, but here are five coaches that are worth following come June. Some have served as pioneers of the women’s game, while others are taking their respective countries to new found heights.

Five Players Who Can Help Turn USWNT Around After SheBelieves Cup Feebleness

The U.S. women’s national team is used to being the best team in the world. No one has won more Women’s World Cups or Olympic gold medals than the U.S. But three months before the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the USWNT players don’t look near good enough to win a record fourth championship. 

The Great Real Madrid Crisis Of 2019: 5 Bold Moves To Get Back To Winning Everything All The Time

Real Madrid stayed at the top for 1,012 days. That’s probably at least 1,005 days more than any of us have managed (I’m not forgetting that week you found $20 in a rarely-worn coat pocket and someone brought bagels into the office). But now the great Real Madrid Crisis of 2019 is upon us, and HEADS WILL ROLL! 

Who’s The Favorite To Win The 2019 MLS Cup?

The 2019 Major League Soccer season begins Saturday. As we outlined in our, uh, let's call it preview, it’s gonna be an exciting campaign. But who are the favorites to reach the playoffs and win it all? Let’s take a look at the 2019 MLS odds.

Atlanta United won the 2019 MLS Cup with an exciting team led by record goal scorer Josef Martinez. But it was the New York Red Bulls who actually won the Supporters’ Shield, setting a league record for points in a season. 

Major League Soccer Is Country Music And That’s OK

Everyone wants to be a rock star. 

We want to be Elvis, Prince, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Rami Malek, Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield or, fuck it, even Adam Levine's nipples

No one really wants to be a country music star.

But someone’s gotta do it. 

MLS XI Vs. NASL XI: Which League Had Better Players?

The MLS season is quickly approaching. The buildup to the season has been full of interesting new kits and player signings.

CONCACAF Champions League Kicks Off This Week, Yahoo Sports Picks Up Coverage

The oddly obscure, yet important CONCACAF Champions League returns this week as 16 of North America's best clubs compete for a spot at the (potentially hugely revamped) 2019 FIFA Club World Cup. While the competition remains on the sidelines for U.S. soccer fans, access to watch the matches just got slightly easier. 

Franck Ribery Is Still Bitter About Losing 2013 Ballon d’Or To Ronaldo; He Might Have A Point

The 2013 Ballon d'Or was one of the closest votes in the history of the award, given to the world’s best footballer in a given year. 

And Franck Ribery is still bitter he didn’t win. 

Does he have a point? Maybe.

The 2013 Ballon d'Or was an odd one. FIFA, which joined France Football in the awarding of the trophy in 2010, extended the voting period late in the process after announcing it had only received votes from less than 50 percent of eligible voters. 

Chelsea Is In More Trouble Than Ever With 2019 Only Getting Worse And Worse

Coming off yet another obliterating defeat on the road, Chelsea is facing a potentially horrendous end to the Premier League season.

The club has been shutout in three straight away games while being outscored 12-0.

  

Manchester City, Bournemouth and Arsenal have all had their way with the Chelsea defense, turning the heater on Maurizio Sarri’s seat up to 11. 

MLS 2026: Meet A 32-Team League

When MLS kicked off in 1996, the league began with 10 teams trying to build on the wave of support from the 1994 World Cup. In the subsequent years markets experienced varying levels of success. For the next 11 years, the league stayed at either 10 or 12 teams. Then, in 2007, David Beckham arrived, along with increased TV time and global interest. 

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