Atlanta United and NYCFC enjoyed a fierce, entertaining battle against one another, confirming their status in MLS's upper echelon as teams begin to move past the feeling-out phase and into the meat of the season.
Toronto FC continued its march toward history in taking down Club America in Tuesday's Concacaf Champions League semifinals, earning a matchup with Chivas de Guadalajara, which dispatched a hard-luck New York Red Bulls team to make the final.
It's tough to get a true read on the MLS power structure, with two of the top teams focused on Concacaf Champions League play and a few others who have yet to have a true home game, but we can get a sense of whose glass is half full–and whose is not.
France's public support for Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid was one thing, but what about that of two Concacaf nations? Even if it came from government, not FAs, it sheds light on an unpredictable process.
After Zlatan took an ad out in the Los Angeles Times that simply read, “Dear Los Angeles, You’re Welcome," it seemed almost impossible for him to live up to the hype. If Zlatan proved anything Saturday, it's that there's no moment too big for him.
The USMNT has abruptly become a young side in transition, but the core of rising stars that should lead the program forward is starting to form and lay the foundation to build on for the next World Cup cycle.
The USMNT won for the first time since October, but a conservative lineup choice and a lack of used subs–coupled with the reality of a missed World Cup–made for an odd occasion at a quaint North Carolina venue.