American Players Abroad

Pulisic, McKennie, Reyna And Other USMNT Stars Won’t Play In Gold Cup; Here’s Why

U.S. soccer fans who last saw the men’s team lift the Concacaf Nations League trophy will be taken aback to see a lot of big names missing off the Gold Cup roster. Why is Pulisic not playing in Gold Cup? Where are the stars? The answer to these questions is quite simple.

15 Years Ago, The USMNT Was Ranked No. 4 In The World — Is The Current Team Better?

It’s easy to forget given the pathetic showing that followed, but the U.S. men’s national team entered the 2006 World Cup as one of the top-ranked teams in the world. The USMNT reached a No. 4 FIFA ranking in April 2006, though that fell slightly to No. 5 by the time the World Cup rolled around in Germany. 

To this day, the No. 4 ranking remains the highest the USMNT has ever reached. After the 2006 World Cup, which included two defeats and a draw, the U.S. plummeted to No. 31 and has been stuck around No. 20 (plus or minus 10) in the decade-and-a-half since. 

Pulisic Ready To Ditch Super-Sub Role On Thursday In Return To USMNT

Fresh off his contributions in the UEFA Champions League final, Christian Pulisic is expected to start Thursday when the United States men's national team faces Honduras in a CONCACAF Nations League semifinal in Denver.

Pulisic came on as a substitute in the 66th minute of Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Manchester City in Porto, Portugal. In a prime scoring chance, Pulisic had a shot that went just wide of the left post with an opportunity to give Chelsea a two-goal lead.

Schalke Begins Painful Rebuilding Process After Abysmal Relegation

Schalke endured a historically bad season in 2020-21, but the rot actually began far earlier. There were clear signs about midway through the previous campaign. The Royal Blues' last win of 2019-20 was a 2-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach on January 17, 2020. Manager David Wagner was then unable to prevent Schalke ending the season on a winless streak of 16 games. 

Pulisic Becomes First U.S. Male To Play In, Win Champions League Final — And Look What It Means To Him

Christian Pulisic became the first American male to appear in a Champions League Final. Not long later, he became the first USMNT player to lift the big-eared trophy after participating in the final, helping Chelsea over the line in a 1-0 defeat of Manchester City in a tight, edgy affair on Saturday at Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal. 

Christian Pulisic Left On Bench To Start Champions League Final

An American is guaranteed to win the men’s UEFA Champions League for the first time ever on Saturday, but they won’t do it as starters. Both Christian Pulisic and Zack Steffen were left on the bench to start the match between Chelsea and Manchester City, which kicks off at 3 p.m. ET from Portugal.

Is Pulisic Starting Champions League Final?

No, he’s on the bench.

Here’s Every Way You Can Watch The Champions League Final In The U.S.

All eyes will be on Manchester City and Chelsea for the men’s Champions League Final on Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Porto. The grandest annual spectacle in the sports world pits two English clubs in competition for the iconic big-eared trophy, and a USMNT player is guaranteed to win for the first time. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch Champions League Final in USA. 

Five Of The Biggest Surprises From Gregg Berhalter’s Latest Nations League Roster

On Monday Gregg Berhalter announced the 23 players that will represent the USMNT in Denver at the CONCACAF Nations League finals. The list comprised of four players from Major League Soccer and the other 19 scattered across Europe.

Here's the full roster.

USMNT Nations League Roster

Goalkeepers:

Zack Steffen (Manchester City)

Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)

David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders:

John Brooks (Wolfsburg)

Tim Ream (Fulham)

Matt Miazga (Anderlecht)

McKennie Helps Juve Sneak Into UCL On Final Day, Preventing Ronaldo Embarrassment

Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be forced to play in the Europa League next season. Juventus hammered Bologna 4-1 on the final day of the Serie A campaign on Sunday. Combined with Napoli’s 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona, the Old Lady was catapulted into fourth place to claim the final Champions League berth.

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