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The Best Photos From The Opening Of MLS Preseason

The 2017 MLS season is fast approaching with training camp beginning on Tuesday for all clubs. With the USMNT currently undergoing their January camp in California ahead of friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica, some big-name American players were missing, but Tuesday also marked the first official training sessions for expansion clubs Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United. Here are some of the best photos from around the league. 

The USWNT Prep For The SheBelieves Cup And 2017

The USWNT are back and preparing for the upcoming year with their annual training camp in California. Coach Jill Ellis revealed the 29 players to make the first roster of 2017. 

Reliving The Barack Obama Presidency Through Soccer

From his inauguration in 2009 until his final days as the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama was always a passionate supporter of the world’s game while in office. He’s invited multiple MLS Cup champions to the White House, the USWNT and he shared a phone call with the USMNT after a successful World Cup.

Here are some of the best soccer-related photos of Obama during his time in the White House. 

The 10 Most Popular Footballers On Instagram

Top Footballers On Instagram:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Neymar
  • Lionel Messi
  • James Rodriguez
  • Gareth Bale
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović
  • Luis Suarez
  • Ronaldinho
  • Andres Iniesta 
  • Paul Pogba

Keep scrolling for pictures and information about each footballers Instagram. Follow The18 for more lists:

The Craziest Soccer Hairstyles Of All Time

The best thing about hair is that it grows back. So why not try out a crazy new hairstyle and attempt to start a trend? Take a look at the soccer players who decided to spice up their look with a one of a kind hairdo.

10 Of The Greatest Immortalizing Soccer Statues On The Planet

Football has always been about the glory with high-pitched moments and actions magnified in front of a global audience. Those who change the course of a match’s outcome become legend, and legends never die — especially if those legends are then cast in bronze and placed outside a stadium. 

These are 10 of the most stunning sculptures of footballing legends that have achieved immortality through the form.

From Football To Fame: 8 Celebrities Who Almost Became Professional Players

We see these celebrities on TV or recognize them from the radio, but you probably didn't know that many of them almost became professional footballers. These eight famous individuals may found success in other areas, but from time-to-time they still lace up their boots and play a game of footie. Keep reading to find out how these celebrities went from football to fame. 

Celebrities Who Almost Played Professional Football

1. Gordon Ramsay

2. Jon Stewart

The Beautiful, Larger Than Life Soccer Balls Adorning Mexico City

As Mexico prepared for a summer of football including the 2016 Rio Olympics and Copa America Centenario, Mexico City called on artists to adorn 64 massive soccer balls along the Paseo de la Reforma, a wide avenue that runs across the heart of the capital.

These photos, taken by Papa Bravo, illustrate the beauty, passion and love of the game in the country. The Balón CDMX balls measure nearly five feet in diameter.

How Professional Soccer Stars Balance World Cups And Motherhood

Female athletes have to deal with the physical side of becoming a parent. Male athletes do not have to worry or stress about their bodies changing over time, they are able to fully focus on their careers. Men don’t breastfeed, these female soccer players make a living with their bodies, which makes it even more impressive for them to return to the game they love after giving birth.

Christie Rampone, Amy Rodriguez and Shannon Boxx were able to find a balance between World Cups and motherhood. “If you love what you do, you’ll stay true.”

Soccer In Cuba: A Photographic Journey To The Heart Of The Island

With the United States preparing for a historic match against Cuba in Havana on Friday, we took a moment to speak with Brazilian photojournalist Gabriel Uchida. In 2014, he travelled to Cuba and "wasn't tough enough to drink Cuban rum the whole day for a week, so [he] decided to spend two days looking for football in the island."

The resulting images paint a picture of a beautiful, vibrant football culture that is still finding its footing in the world's game.