SOCCER RUMORS & GOSSIP

Wayne Rooney set to retire from England after 2018 World Cup

Wayne Rooney has decided that he will retire from international soccer after the 2018 World Cup. The England captain, who has come under fire for substandard performances over the last few years, said that he's going to give it his all through the tournament in Russia, but that after that, he'll walk away from the Three Lions."Realistically I know myself that Russia will be my last...
Via FOX Sports
9 minutes ago

WATCH: Hope Solo breaks down when learning of suspension

Hope Solo was in shock when she learned that U.S. Soccer has suspended her for six months and terminated her contract, and the moment the goalie found out was captured on video. In a clip from the Fullscreen documentary series “Keeping Score” that was obtained by PEOPLE, Solo was shown fighting back tears as she gave her husband Jerramy Stevens the bad news. “Six-month suspension...
Via Larry Brown Sports
51 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Nigel de Jong preparing to leave LA Galaxy for Galatasaray

With Chieck Tiote failing a medical, Galatasaray is apparently ready to bring in De Jong.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Steven Taylor says Portland Timbers fans are 'unbelievable' (in the best way)

Timbers defender Steven Taylor drove past Providence Park twice in the days leading up to Sunday's match against Seattle. Seeing fans camped out, he said, was "unbelievable" He talks about how the fans helped lift the Timbers to the 4
Via The Oregonian
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jurgen Klinsmann names USMNT's World Cup qualifying roster

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up 26 players for two World Cup qualifiers starting next week and though it’s packed with many familiar faces from the Copa America Centenario, a few youngsters are getting a shot, too.The U.S. men’s national team roster, announced on Sunday, recalls 19 of the 23 players who competed in Copa America, where the U.S. placed fourth. Two key players...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

USMNT World Cup Qualifying roster released, Klinsmann selects 26 players

The U.S. Men’s National Team will play in their final two matches in their current round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying without Clint Dempsey, who has been under evaluation for an irregular heartbeat. Despite Dempsey’s absence as well as Gyasi Zardes due to injury, USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann has chosen 26 players in a bid to advance to the final round of Qualifying. Highlighted...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sporting KC falls below .500 with 2-0 loss to Philadelphia

CHESTER, Pa. -- Roland Alberg had a goal and an assist to help the Philadelphia Union beat nine-man Sporting Kansas City 2-0 on Saturday night.Alberg opened the scoring in the 67th minute when he collected Fabinho's pass and sent a right-footer from behind the 18-yard box into the upper right corner for his ninth goal of the season.Alberg assisted Tranquillo Barnetta in the 92nd...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jose Mourinho on deploying Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the same time

Strikers Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic can play together at Manchester United, manager Jose Mourinho insists. The Englishman was the hero for the Red Devils as he scored the only goal of the game against Hull City on Saturday afternoon. He didn't feature regularly in this first part of the season but the Portuguese says […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLS Snapshot: Toronto FC 0-1 Montreal Impact

Montreal held strong with 10 men for a full half, stunning Toronto on a goal from nothing.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLS Snapshot: Philadelphia Union 2-0 Sporting KC

The game in 100 words or less:Philadelphia wasted an energetic start to the match, but the hostsfound themselves with a man advantage shortly into the second half, and they’d take advantage, winning 1-0 at Talen Energy Stadiumbehind a goal from Roland Alberg, who had entered the field just two minutes before scoring. The Union were […]
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Christian Benteke can find a new lease on life at Crystal Palace

Despite some hype and a large price, Christian Benteke's spell on Merseyside didn't go as planned. The big Belgian striker managed 11 goals and four assists across 45 appearances for Liverpool in 2015/16 (22 starts). Considering his $43 million price tag, those numbers were never going to fly for a Liverpool number nine.  Having been phased out by manager Jürgen Klopp over...
Via The Sports Quotient
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Liverpool, Tottenham Draw In Premier League; James Milner, Danny Rose Score

Liverpool was held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at White Hart Lane in an entertaining Premier League encounter. James Milner put the Reds into a well-earned lead just before half-time when he successfully converted a penalty kick after Roberto Firmino had been tripped. Jurgen Klopp’s men were full value for their advantage and continued to press in the second...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Leicester's Vardy picks up last season form with this goal

It took Jamie Vardy to his third match of the season but he has seemingly found his touch that make him a household name last season as he scored against Swansea City. Jamie Vardy goal vs Swansea #LEISWA pic.twitter.com/XkojBIwhmr — Iwan (@FinallyAnder) August 27, 2016 As you can see, this was a textbook Leicester City goal. Counter, long ball up to Vardy, Vardy’s speed...
Via 32 Flags
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Landing both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba has been well-documented since the two joined forces at Manchester United this season, but what has been sparsely reported is the burgeoning bromance between these two. On a team in which one would think their star quality would clash with each other, the pair has joined forces both on and off the field to become a tandem helping return...
Via Yardbarker
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Clint Dempsey undergoing testing for irregular heartbeat

The United States men’s national team and the Seattle Sounders of MLS have counted on star forward Clint Dempsey a lot in recent years. He’s a leader for both teams and one of the most prolific scorers in USMNT and MLS history. However, the Sounders released a statement on Friday afternoon saying that Dempsey is undergoing medical testing for what is being termed “an irregular...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Vanney: Altidore in a very good place physically & mentally

TFC manager Greg Vanney discusses the importance and value of a healthy Jozy Altidore, who along with Sebastien Giovinco, gives the club two game breakers, that have lead to this year's resurgence.
Via SportsNetCanada
3 days ago  |  Discuss

What's missing for each Premier League team?

With a little less than a week until the summer transfer window shuts, every Premier League team could use at least one more piece to make its roster better. We at 32 Flags figure out what each team needs if it wants to make itself a better team this season, starting with Arsenal to Manchester City. What Arsenal Needs: A Top Class Striker Arsenal may be on the cusp of bringing...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long and Lindsey Horan talk about their Olympic experience

The U.S. Women's National Team lost in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Heath, Klingenberg, Long and Horan talk about their experiences in the tournament as they look ahead to what's next for the Portland Thorns.
Via The Oregonian
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

The 24 teams vying for 2016-17 European glory were placed into their groups Thursday as UEFA had its draw for the 2016 Champions League season. Who are the teams that will look to replicate the drama Spanish giants Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid displayed in May when the group stage begins this September? There are the obvious teams that will emerge, but we take a look at the few...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Surprise! Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player Award for 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Best Player in Europe by UEFA on Thursday in Monaco, beating out club teammate Gareth Bale and city rival Antoine Griezmann in the process. Griezmann had a career year, Bale was fantastic for club and country, but Ronaldo's performances in Champions League and Euro 2016 meant he was always going to be the winner.Ronaldo had a sensational year, scoring...
Via FOX Sports
4 days ago

By losing now, USWNT may ensure more wins later

If you accept that the objective of playing is to win, then it follows that the failure to win a tournament is a failure to accomplish anything at all. The United States women’s national team fell well short of a fourth-consecutive Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, crashing out against Sweden on penalties in the quarterfinals, and didn’t reach the semifinals of a major tournament...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

For Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manchester United his “Last Club in Europe”

A year ago, German captain and Bayern Munich legend Bastian Schweinsteiger decided it was time for a new challenge, moving to Manchester United in the Premiere League. Then 31 years old, the transfer seemed to make a lot of sense, as United lacked someone of his experience and quality in the club. As the club aimed for glory domestically and in the Champions League, Schweinsteiger...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chelsea Transfer Rumours - Wednesday Round-up: Alessio Romagnoli, James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado

Chelsea are in talks to sign Real Madrid striker James Rodriguez, Sport-English.com has revealed. - Read full article Chelsea attacking midfielder Marko Marin has left the club to join Olympiakos in Greece. - Read full article Negotiations for the transfer of Chelsea attacking midfielder Juan Cuadrado to Juventus will resume today or tomorrow, Calciomercato.it has […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

DeAndre Yedlin Completes Move to Newcastle

Wednesday, American international DeAndre Yedlin officially completed his transfer to Newcastle United. The fullback will be moving on from Tottenham and White Hart Lane, as he heads up north to the historic St. James’ Park. After impressing scouts during the 2014 World Cup, the rising star was sought out by a number of large clubs. Ultimately, Tottenham completed the historic...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cyle Larin scores 30th career goal but Orlando City Falls to Toronto FC

ORLANDO (AP) -- Jozy Altidore scored in the 86th minute, Sebastian Giovinco had two assists and Toronto FC beat Orlando City 2-1 on Wednesday night.Toronto (12-7-7) won its sixth game during a seven-game unbeaten streak and moved past New York City FC atop the Eastern Conference.Altidore slipped behind the defense and tapped a feed from Giovinco past goalkeeper Joe Bendik near the...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

U.S. Soccer hands Solo six month suspension for Olympic comments

Before Ryan Lochte got himself into trouble at the Olympics, Hope Solo was at the center of her own self-inflicted controversy in Rio de Janeiro. And we’re not even talking about her Zika virus jokes. Following the U.S. women’s soccer team’s stunning quarterfinal loss against Sweden at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Solo said USA “lost to a bunch of cowards,” among other...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Arsene Wenger makes contact to sign Manchester United man but Jose Mourinho says no to the transfer

Arsenal have reportedly expressed an interest in signing Manchester United defender Phil Jones but manager Jose Mourinho made it clear that he doesn't want to sell players to one of his rivals. The Gunners desperately need to add a new central defender before the end of the summer transfer window. Attempts to sign Napoli's Kalidou […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Arsenal Transfer News: Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez Latest Gunners Target?

Arsenal has yet to make a major splash in the transfer market to address its need at striker and the back four on defense. However, the Gunners’ push for more goal scoring before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month might come via Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez, who reportedly is a target of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Mundo Deportivo is reporting Arsenal...
Via NESN.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s next for Brazil, and how far can Neymar take the team?

It couldn’t have been more perfect, having Neymar take the final penalty that would win Brazil its first gold medal in Olympic history. The man whom so much is asked by his country was the one to deliver for it. The match against Germany on Saturday became a nationwide therapy session when Neymar sent Timo Horn the wrong way. While nothing will likely ever erase the now infamous...
Via 32 Flags
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is the next Leicester City? Premier League Week 2 predictions and long shots

The English Premier League heads into its second week with the surprising upset of recently promoted Hull City celebrating a resounding 2-1 victory of current champion Leicester City still fresh. The cream of the crop (Manchester United, City, Liverpool) all won in their 2016 debuts in Week 1 while the middle of the pack (Everton, Tottenham, Stoke) have some work to do, coming...
Via Yardbarker
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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