U.S. Soccer fans can finally move on from its World Cup-qualifying disaster now that a new cycle is upon us. And as leagues get underway in Europe and elsewhere, the national team's future will be on display.
Man City enters the Premier League season as the favorite to defend the title, but ultimately, Pep Guardiola's side will be judged by how it fares in Europe. Regardless, this is a squad with a mentality who believes it can take it all.
It may not have been an extravagant summer in terms of spending, but for the first time in a long time, Arsenal’s squad appears to have balance and depth. Now, as it begins a new era without Arsene Wenger, this north London club is about to find out who it really is.
The Red Devils kick-off their EPL campaign against Leicester City on Friday, but given a strange preseason in which their manager seemed extremely ill-tempered, it would be fair to say that Man United should be ready for an unstable third season under the Portuguese coach.
With a talented squad, a smart manager and a new stadium in the horizon, Tottenham should be excited for the new season. But once again, the lack of aggression in the transfer window could dampen the club's expectations.
In six iconic, jaw-dropping minutes, France showed what it's capable of when it loosened the shackles, something that it didn't do–or have to do–en route to capturing a deserved second World Cup title.
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the move to Juventus after nine seasons at Real Madrid in a move that drastically alters both clubs–and has a domino effect when it comes to who will replace him in the Spanish capital.
The flurry of World Cup goals coming off corners and free kicks suggests that teams are at last grasping the opportunity presented on set pieces. But it also raises a question: Where has the widespread dedication to maximizing dead-ball plays been?
Until its unlikely run, scrappy Chapecoense was an afterthought in Brazilian soccer. But what should have been its magical moment turned into a national tragedy, and now the survivors are struggling to carry on.
Lizandro Claros Saravia was just keeping ICE apprised of his college soccer scholarship. Days later, he and his brother were deported to El Salvador and have continued picking up the pieces of their lives in Nicaragua.