Toronto FC is all but toast, the Philadelphia Union's B Team unexpectedly gave the club a lift entering the U.S. Open Cup final and more playoff fortunes are still hanging in the balance after Week 30 in MLS.
Chelsea was supposed to struggle this season as it transitioned to life under Maurizio Sarri and pulled back a bit on transfers, yet the Blues won their first five matches of the Premier League season and look primed to defy expectations–again.
While Real Madrid and Man United delivered, Pep Guardiola's Man City slipped to a shock defeat and Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off on his European debut with Juventus on a dramatic night in the Champions League.
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.
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.