SOCCER RUMORS & GOSSIP

Pellegrini promises City will attack Madrid

Madrid (AFP) – Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has promised his side won’t be afraid to attack Real Madrid in their bid to reach a first ever Champions League final on Wednesday. City travel to the Spanish capital with the tie finely balanced at 0-0 hoping to stop a Madrid side that has scored 18 goals without reply in five European games at the Santiago Bernabeu this...
Via World Soccer Talk
34 minutes ago  |  Discuss

FC Dallas' Kellyn Acosta will vie for U.S. spot at Copa America

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta was named to the 40-man provisional U.S. national team roster for this summer's Copa America Centenario.The tournament will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the South American championship, with the U.S. and five other teams from CONCACAF -- the North and Central American and Caribbean confederation -- set to take part.Acosta normally plays as...
Via SportsDay
40 minutes ago

FC Dallas works on drills to improve ball control under pressure

On Tuesday, FC Dallas worked on drills that required players on the ball to sustain pressure and either keep the ball or find a teammate."In New York, when we had the ball, we lost it very quickly," head coach Oscar Pareja said. "That was difficult because New York had a team that was very aggressive, and they made pretty good use of the ball going forward and we couldn't control...
Via SportsDay
40 minutes ago

No Luck for Houston Dynamo Ahead of Sporting Kansas City Showdown

The Houston Dynamo are in dead last–of the Western Conference, and, unfortunately, the entire MLS. After a 5-0 thrashing of FC Dallas, who now sit in third place overall, on March 12th, Houston are winless in six matches, and have scored three goals in their last five. For one of the top scoring teams in the opening three MLS fixtures, the Dynamo seem to be falling apart and are...
Via The Sports Journal
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cesc Fabregas explains what Chelsea lacked all season long

Speaking to the club website, Cesc Fabregas talked about the derby clash and the reason why they are where they are now in the league. “We can play so many more times like we did in the second half but we did not have the consistency this year which is why we are where we
Via FutnSoccer
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Diego Simeone shoves team official on sideline

Tensions were high late in Tuesday’s Champions League match between Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid, with the German club clinging to a 2-1 lead in stoppage time. Bayern were ahead on the scoreboard, but Atletico possessed the crucial away goal and were in position to advance to the final. Manager Diego Simeone wanted to make sure they did just that, and he was quite vocal...
Via The Sports Daily
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sporting KC unveils amazing Game of Thrones-themed tifo (vid)

If there’s one thing that is sure to attract interest for an MLS team outside of the already-rapidly expanding and rabid soccer-loving public in the U.S., it’s somehow tying in a reference to “Game of Thrones.” Well, that theory applies to pretty much anything, as “GoT” is about as big as it gets on the pop culture landscape at the moment. But that doesn’t mean Sporting...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLS reported attendances for gameweek 9 of the 2016 season

MLS attendances for 2016 thus far are 2.5% greater than the same number of games played last season. This past weekend, the average reported attendance was 20,800 with general strong reports from around the league. The one poorly attended game was New England’s midweek match and Chicago in the rain. New England, however, had a great turnout over the weekend due to Kaka’s star...
Via World Soccer Talk
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

How Leicester City won the Premier League

There’s no point in trying to measure the significance of Leicester City’s Barclays English Premier League title. The odds the Foxes faced at the start of the season — 5,000 to 1 you’ve surely heard by now — tell the story. No one thought Leicester could survive relegation, never mind challenge for a top-half finish. And yet here we are. As the clubs that spend billions...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kid who wore plastic bag Messi jersey forced into exile by Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan --The family of a 5-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from his soccer hero Lionel Messi was forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats and a menacing Taliban letter, the boy's father said Tuesday.Mohammad Arif Ahmadi - whose son grabbed headlines when he was photographed wearing a homemade Argentina shirt with No. 10 on the back...
Via Associated Press
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Man Utd News: City's huge offer to hijack Mourinho target; Spaniard move inevitable

Man Utd News: City's huge offer to hijack Mourinho target; Spaniard move inevitable - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Long-term Manchester United transfer target John Stones could be heading to Etihad after Manchester City offered 50 million Euros for his services. Spanish outlet El Correo are reporting that Manchester City are desperate to sign Stones and Laporte this summer...
Via Soccerlens
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Video: Lionel Messi takes on giant robot keeper – and wins!

Video: Lionel Messi takes on giant robot keeper – and wins! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com The best footballer of his generation, Lionel Messi, does not miss a lot of chances. The Argentine attacker’s skills were put to test by the Japanese who decided to put a gigantic inflatable robot in goal while the Barcelona star was taking penalties. Although he has had his fair...
Via Soccerlens
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy wins FWA Player of the Year

Jamie Vardy’s fairy tale now includes some personal silverware to accompany collective honors most expect are coming his, and Leicester City’s, way. England’s Football Writers Association voted Vardy the 2015-16 Footballer of the Year on Monday, awarding the Leicester City striker one of the country’s two most prestigious individual honors. Vardy earned 36 percent of the...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Claudio Ranieri may miss Leicester clinching title to visit his mother in Italy

Claudio Ranieri has led one of the truly remarkable stories in all of recent sport — the rise of Leicester City from near relegation to potentially clinching the English Premier League title. However, he may end up missing the moment his team clinches the title on Monday, as he’ll be in the air on a return trip from Italy to visit his 96-year-old mother, per The Telegraph in...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ten-man LA Galaxy draw 1-1 at Kansas City

Los Angeles (AFP) – Giovani dos Santos produced another superb goal to help the Los Angeles Galaxy draw 1-1 at Sporting Kansas City despite being having Ashley Cole sent off in the second half. Brad Davis put Kansas City 1-0 up in the 30th minute. Twelve minutes later, Gyasi Zardes found dos Santos on a counter-attack and the Mexican attacker lofted a shot over charging Sporting...
Via World Soccer Talk
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLS Roundup: RSL’s Nick Rimando comes up big

The MLS Week 8 action continued on Saturday night and Sunday. The MLS had a late match between Real Salt Lake and the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night and finished with two matches between Portland Timbers and Toronto FC and between LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City. Real Salt Lake 2-1 Houston Dynamo: Nick Rimando became a trending topic on every social media possible after his...

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Real Madrid training

Cristiano Ronaldo was pictured running outside on Sunday as Real Madrid trained before the Champions League clash with Manchester City.Real Madrid has received a fitness boost ahead of the Champions League semifinal second leg against Manchester City after star forward Cristiano Ronaldo trained on Sunday.Ronaldo was expected to recover from a hamstring injury to face City in...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pressure on Conte to deliver Chelsea title, says Hiddink

Guus Hiddink says incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be expected to mount a title challenge in his first season.Hiddink was appointed in December after Jose Mourinho's Chelsea plummeted from title winners in 2015-16 to candidates for relegation prior to Christmas.The Dutchman, in his second caretaker spell at Stamford Bridge, has restored stability, but he still has just...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Manuel Pellegrini: Injury update on Yaya Toure, David Silva, Samir Nasri and Raheem Sterling

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that attacking midfielder Samir Nasri will be in the squad to face Southampton today. The Frenchman will be joined by England's Raheem Sterling as the Citizens continue their quest to finish in the Top Four. Midfielder Yaya Toure is expected to start on the bench against Real Madrid […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch ageless wonders David Villa and Didier Drogba deliver the goods

Didier Drogba and David Villa, two of Major League Soccer's biggest names and elder statesmen, both proved they're still worth the price of admission Saturday with a pair of beautiful goals.In the first half of Montreal's game against the Colorado Rapids, the 38-year-old Drogba looped a beautiful free kick over the wall and into the net to give the Impact a halftime lead:Please never...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Arsene Wenger blames Arsenal fan protests on the media

Things are not exactly going the way Arsenal had hoped they would this season, as the team will finish the year without a trophy after winning the FA Cup in each of the last two seasons. Now, manager Arsene Wenger is suggesting the critics in the media are to blame for fan protests. Because why not blame the media for negative reactions to your team, right? Wenger fired a shot...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Leicester’s 5000-to-1 odds to win Premier League have bookmakers crying

If Leicester City can take care of business this weekend against Manchester United, they will cap their epic season as champions of the Premier League. A lot of people are rooting for it to happen, even if they’re not fans of the club. One group of people not all that crazy about the seemingly-inevitable outcome? Bookmakers who took bets on Leicester winning the league before...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Match Day 8 Preview: Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes

With the hype train at an all-time high, the Union sit atop the Eastern Conference table. Saturday’s matchup with the San Jose Earthquakes is sure to be an entertaining one. Both clubs seem to have overcome their recent history thus far and appear to be playoff caliber. Entering the 2016 MLS campaign, nobody pegged this as a very intriguing match, but not many would argue at this...
Via Total Sports Live
5 days ago  |  Discuss

América wins CONCACAF Champions League for second consecutive year

Club América won the CONCACAF Champions League for the second consecutive year after defeating Tigres UANL by an aggregate score of 4-1. It will now represent the CONCACAF in the 2016 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, joining Auckland City (the Oceania Football Confederation representative) as the first in qualifying for the tournament. After defeating Tigres in Monterrey by...
Via 32 Flags
5 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Revolution and Portland Timbers Both in Need of Victories

The Portland Timbers arrive tonight at Gillette Stadium having only been a part of the league since 2009 yet still hold one MLS Cup more than New England who have been a part of the league since its inception. It’s a cruel reminder of how close the Revolution have been to glory (five Cup appearances) and how far away they seem at this particular point in the season.   The Revolution...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Almost a Quarter of the Way Through the Season: Where Do Columbus Crew SC Stand?

It’s been a rocky start for the men in yellow (or those weird Columbus flag jerseys—but that’s neither here nor there) and it really can only go up from here. It’s also been a while since we’ve recapped so here’s a quick run through… • Columbus Crew SC traveled to Chicago and Dallas and tied both meetings, then ended the three-game road trip with a 2-0 loss to Montreal...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cristiano Ronaldo To Undergo Stem Cell Treatment In Fitness Race Against Time

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid are banking on cutting-edge medical science to help keep their UEFA Champions League dreams alive. Ronaldo will undergo stem-cell treatment on his torn thigh muscle in an effort to return to the field as quickly as possible, Spanish Radio Station COPE reported Wednesday, according to Thomas Rancero of AS newspaper. The injury prevented Ronaldo from...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

LA Galaxy Continue Western MLS Rampage

The LA Galaxy have been in scintillating form recently. With two games in hand and a three point gap between them and leaders FC Dallas, Los Angeles are favorites to jump back in pole position after a poor 2015 campaign. It’s still far too early to make any predictions, but patterns are beginning to emerge in the MLS. The Eastern Conference finds itself at a virtual standstill...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Dele Alli appears to punch Claudio Yacob in stomach

PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli may have handed the English Premier League title to Leicester City. While it wasn’t called and not caught on the main TV feed, camera footage still caught Tottenham’s Alli turning around and pulling a pretty good punch to the stomach of West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in their game on Monday. As you can see in the clip, the referee wasn...
Via 32 Flags
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the potential Champions League Final games

4. Atletico Madrid vs. Manchester City Not that this wouldn’t be a great match, but as far as intrigue goes, there isn’t much here. These two teams have literally no history together as they’ve never met in a competitive match as long as they’ve existed. So as far as story lines for this one, it would be marketed as a historic first meeting between the two as well as Manuel...
Via 32 Flags
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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