Opinion

The Top 10 Best Midfielders Playing At The 2022 World Cup

Midfielders are the heartbeat of any soccer side. They control the pace of play, create chances, contribute to attack and defense and oversee the transition between the two. With technique, creativity and intelligence, a world class midfielder is a joy to watch.

From iconic legends to up-and-coming stars, the 2022 Qatar World Cup is filled to the brim with exceptional midfield players. Who rises to the top? Without further ado, here are the ten best 2022 World Cup midfielders, ranked.  

USMNT's 2022 Ghana Scouting Report: Oh No, They Got Iñaki Williams

Ghana's long and winding road to inevitably playing the USMNT at the semifinal stage of the 2022 World Cup took another surprising turn Tuesday as 28-year-old Athletic Bilbao forward Iñaki Williams declared himself open to selection after previously turning down Ghana's overtures. 

The18's 2022 Summer Vibes Playlist

It's the season for porch sitting, barbecuing and lawn games, but every backyard party needs a summer vibes playlist to throw on Spotify. If you're looking for new music, we've got you covered with this 33-song playlist of recent releases.

Clocking in at just over two hours, feel free to mix yourself a cocktail, press play and enjoy a journey through rock, rap, electronic, reggaeton, indie, punk and everything else. 

Italian Club Venezia Commits Heinous Crime With One Of The Worst Logo Changes Ever

Italian Serie B club Venezia was relegated from Italy’s top flight last season after finishing bottom of the table. I guess the club was so humiliated by the season it decided to change its logo. The new Venezia logo is one of the worst rebrands I’ve ever seen.

MLS Game Of The Season? Cincinnati And NYCFC Play Out Unreal 4-4 Draw At TQL Stadium

Brenner completed his first career MLS hat-trick in the 70th minute to help host FC Cincinnati record a 4-4 draw against New York City FC on Wednesday.

Brenner, who also scored in the 24th and 30th minutes, additionally had two apparent goals overturned by video review. He sent a brilliant back-heel kick into the net in the first half. However that was denied after officials deemed the ball crossed the end line prior to the apparent score. He also seemingly scored in the 89th minute, however officials deemed Cincinnati was offside prior to the tally.

Top 10 Biggest Signings In MLS History: Gareth Bale Among Elite Names To Come To U.S.

The soccer world was rocked on Saturday when it was announced that Gareth Bale was leaving Real Madrid on a free transfer to LAFC. The move is undoubtedly one of the biggest MLS signings of all time, but where does it rank on the list?

World Cup Group Of Death: Every Group At Qatar 2022, Ranked

What is the group of death World Cup 2022? With all 32 spots filled and the tournament in Qatar fast approaching, it's time to reveal The18's collective rankings for all eight of the competition's groups.

By asking our writers to individually rank each group, we've taken their responses and found the average of their picks. The two easiest groups fell far below the other six in our rankings, while we also had a clear selection for the feared "group of death." 

Group Of Death World Cup 2022

*Groups ranked from softest to hardest*

Paywalls, Blackouts And Baseball Oh My — ESPN’s MLS Coverage Was A Complete Mess Last Weekend

If you are a Major League Soccer fan who has tried to catch a game on TV, you are probably used to some disappointment by now. In many cases, trying to watch an MLS game is an undertaking of herculean magnitude — a quest requiring patience, fortitude and some pretty deep pockets. Last weekend was the latest example of the difficulties soccer fans in the U.S. face when attempting to watch the beautiful game.

USMNT Schedules Final Friendly Games Before World Cup Against Two Asian Opponents

The United States men’s national team only has two more games to gear up for the 2022 World Cup. Those final two opponents for USMNT friendlies were revealed on Tuesday. The U.S. will be playing Japan and Saudi Arabia, two teams also competing at the 2022 World Cup.

USMNT Friendlies Announced

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