Pioneer of women’s football in Mexico is latest victim of Tijuana violence

Marbella Ibarra founded the country’s first professional club for women. The discovery of her bound and brutalised body made her a statistic in her home town’s violent recent history Marbella Ibarra was football mad in a machista country where women’s sport is often given short shrift. But with a combination of thick skin, a gift for scouting talent, and unshakable tenacity, Ibarra convinced Mexico that women could play the beautiful game at a professional level. Ibarra, 46, transformed the face of football, but even that wasn’t enough to shield her from the tsunami of violence wreaking havoc in one of Mexico’s most popular tourist states. Continue reading...

Arsenal to rival La Liga superpowers for FC Porto captain’s signature

    As per a report published by Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha, Arsenal will supposedly rival La Liga superpowers Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for FC Porto captain Hector Herrera’s signature. Skippering Mexico at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the 28-year-old midfielder was subject to a potential move in the summer transfer window […]

Nashville makes strong case for World Cup 2026 host city

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> I’ve been writing for World Soccer Talk since May, 2014. As you may know, I mainly handle match previews of US Men’s National Team games, but I also write stories about attendances and TV ratings. This past Tuesday, I was afforded the opportunity of being able to go to Nashville to cover the USA-Mexico game in person for World Soccer Talk. It was a fantastic experience and I certainly hope to be able to do it again in the future. Here’s a not so brief rundown of the sights and sounds of being on the ground to cover the match. Press conference Several weeks ago I was able to drive up to Nashville to cover the press conference that US Soccer was having to promote this USA-Mexico game. The speakers were USMNT coach Dave Sarachan and the Mayor of Nashville, David Briley. They each said their bit and then opened Continue reading "Nashville makes strong case for World Cup 2026 host city"

Tyler Adams’ maiden goal lifts USA to first win over Mexico in three years

Tyler Adams showed he might be able to help when the rebuilding US soccer team resumes competitive matches next June. So did Antonee Robinson and goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Adams scored his first international goal, four minutes after Angel Zaldivar was ejected for a studs-up tackle, and the United States rebounded from a poor first half for a 1-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday night and their first win over El Tri in three years. Continue reading...

Your USMNT Line-Up v Mexico

Honestly, with the USMNT flank ranks thinned, I was kinda hoping to break out the 3-5-2 tonight. It may end up looking more like a pressing 4-1-3-2 trying to use Mexico's possession instincts against them. Fingers crossed, anyway. Nothing friendly about it. Meet our starting XI for #USAvMEX, pres. by @ATT.Lineup notes » https://t.co/3CusXn168h pic.twitter.com/cxR33utGQp — U.S. Soccer MNT (@

Where to find USA vs. Mexico friendly on US TV and streaming

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. Mexico in the friendly, you’ve come to the right place. The youngsters on the US Men’s National Team put in a good performance on Friday night despite the 2-0 loss to Brazil. But how will they perform against a Mexico team that lost 1-4 to Uruguay in their friendly? For soccer fans in the United States, the game will be shown live on ESPN (English-language) and Univision Deportes (Spanish-language).
Match: USA vs. Mexico
Kickoff: Tuesday, 8:30pm ET
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Here are all of the details of where you can watch it on television and via legal streaming: Who: USA vs. Mexico
What: International friendly
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USA vs. Mexico preview: USMNT youth faces archrival Mexico in Nashville

Well the series of post-World Cup friendlies (ludicrously called the Kickoff Series) has gotten off to the start that just about everybody expected it to: with a loss to Brazil. For most of the game, the US youngsters were outclassed, outmatched and outgunned. Not that it was unexpected. Brazil is one of the top teams in the world and had a roster that was chock full of world class players. And while the US has young talent coming through the pipeline, it’s obvious that they still have a long way to go. The focus now shifts away from Brazil and on to the next game against a big time rival: Mexico.
        It may have been unrealistic to expect a young US squad to get a result against Brazil so a 2-0 is not too terribly disheartening (not that it should be celebrated either, as some are suggesting).  The game against <!--more--> represents a much more manageable, though still formidable, task.  It may seem goofy to say, but Mexico is obviously not Brazil.  While the US has only beaten Brazil once and very rarely competed, the series against Mexico has been very evenly matches the last 20 years.  Since the year 2000 the series stands at 13 US wins, 7 Mexico wins, and 6 draws.  There have been ebbs and flows that have seen one team appear to get the upper hand only for the other shoe to drop and the other team ascend.  From 2000-2009 it was all US, with Mexico winning only twice.  Then from 2009-2011 it was all Mexico as they won three straight (including two Gold Cup finals) and were unbeaten in four straight.  Then Jurgen Klinsmann arrived to coach the US and brought the s back up with a six match unbeaten run against the Mexicans (three wins and three draws, including a win and a draw at the Azteca in Mexico City).  And most recently it&rsquo;s been Mexico on the up and up with a win in the 2015 CONCACAF Cup (to clinch a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup), breaking the Dos a Cero curse in Columbus with a 2-1 win in November 2016 and then a draw at Azteca last summer.  When these two teams play, just about anything can happen and a positive result can swing momentum towards the winner. 

        Mexico comes into this game a little unsure of themselves.  They got their World Cup off to a dream start with wins over Germany and South Korea before completely melting down against Sweden in the group stage finale and then getting bounced out of the tournament in the Round of 16 for the seventh consecutive time.  It&rsquo;s been rough sledding since then as well.  In their most recent outing on Friday, they got walloped 4-1 in Houston by Uruguay.  They have also lost their manager Juan Carlos Osorio who has taken the same position with Paraguay (Osorio was widely rumored to have been a candidate for the USMNT job, but reports suggest that nobody from US Soccer even reached out to him) and in his place is Tuca Ferretti, in his second interim stint with El Tri.  His first interim stint he was 2-0-2 (W-L-D) and guided Mexico to a win over the US in the 2015 CONCACAF Cup.  His squad for this game is mostly domestic based, and like the US is comprised mostly of young up and coming players.  Of the 21 players, only three are non-Liga MX players: Oswaldo Alanis of Oviedo in Spain, Jonathan dos Santos of LA Galaxy in MLS, and Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.  Up front the man to watch is Alan Pulido who seemed primed for a breakout in 2014 but has only managed to earn a total of 10 caps for El Tri (scoring five times).  In goal they feature two uncapped keepers (Hugo Gonzalez and Gibran Lajud). 
Notes: 1. US interim manager Dave Sarachan said that there will be around 4 or 5 or 6 lineup changes from the Brazil game on Friday.
2. Paul Arriola has been released from camp to head back to DC United.
3. The latest ticket count for the game is around 31,000. If that sounds low for a US/Mexico game in an NFL stadium, it is. Prices are: $55 for upper bowl, $85 for behind the goal and anywhere from $125 to $400 for lower bowl along the sidelines. It’s almost like fans don’t want to spend buckets of money to go watch a weeknight friendly. Odd. When and where to watch the game on US TV and streaming Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, Tennessee
8:30pm ET
Live on ESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes, ESPN3, PlayStation Vue and Sling Orange (7-day free trial) All-time series USA trails 18-34-15 Last meeting June 11, 2017
Estadio Azteca
Mexico City, Mexico
USA 1-1 Mexico Current FIFA ranking USA: 22
Mexico: 16 Next game October 11, 2018
International Friendly
USA vs. Colombia
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Florida

SSC Napoli ‘make contact’ for Arsenal goalkeeper

According to Sky Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio, SSC Napoli have supposedly ‘made contact’ with Arsenal over the availability of discarded Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, however it seems as though the Serie A outfit have initially failed to strike a deal with the north-Londoners, but that will not deter them from reportedly returning with an improved […]

World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries review the tournament

As the dust settles on the World Cup in Russia, readers have been sharing their verdicts on their teams’ performances I could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. Raphaël Varane stood out for me at the back. A hardworking and humble hero who was full of heart, he kept world class strikers quiet throughout the tournament. The perfect footballer to look up to. We’re such a young, talented team so must be heavy favourites for the World Cup again in four years. Rachel Grillot Continue reading...

World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 games before that and after every game we asked our readers to rate every player’s performance.
Here we publish all of them, one by one, and by team in alphabetical order. The players are listed in order of their average rating (in bold and followed by the scores of each of their games in Russia). Continue reading...

Meanwhile, in Mexico…

Once again, soccer results make strange bedfellows. Gochujang tacos all around! The South Korean World Cup team beats Germany and wins a new #1 fan...Mexico! pic.twitter.com/Jkc4K2JJlJ — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 29, 2018
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Telemundo suspends TV hosts for ‘slant-eye’ gestures after South Korea win

  • Co-hosts ‘indefinitely suspended’ for racist gestures on live TV
  • South Korea had guaranteed Mexico a place in World Cup last 16
A pair of US-based television hosts were indefinitely suspended on Thursday after using racist ‘slant-eye’ gestures during a live broadcast in the aftermath of South Korea’s World Cup victory over Germany on Wednesday that ensured Mexico’s passage into the knockout stages. James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme, co-presenters of Telemundo’s morning show Un Nuevo Día, could be seen using their fingers to narrow their eyes amid the on-set celebration of the Asian country’s improbable 2-0 win over the reigning world champions. Continue reading...

South Korea and Mexico fans celebrate after Germany’s World Cup exit – video

Mexico fans have been treating South Korean supporters like royalty after their team helped knock out Germany from the World Cup. The defending champions crashed out after losing to South Korea 2-0, their earliest World Cup exit in 80 years,  and Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 to top Group F. When Sweden's third goal went in Mexican fans were in despair, but their tears turned to cheers as South Korea continued to hold the Germans, then scored two goals in a dramatic injury time period. Fans celebrated outside the Yekaterinburg Arena in Russia and at South Korea's embassy in Mexico City Continue reading...

Ecstatic Mexico fans mob South Korean embassy after Germany upset

  • Fans gather at embassy in Mexico City after South Korea win
  • Supporters chant: ‘Korean, brother, now you’re Mexican!’
Hundreds of Mexican soccer fans descended on the South Korean embassy in Mexico City on Wednesday to celebrate the Asian country’s improbable World Cup win over Germany, which ensured Mexico’s place in the knockout stages despite El Tri’s defeat to Sweden. As Mexico fell behind 3-0 during the second half of Wednesday’s group-stage finale, it became clear they would need South Korea to defeat the reigning champions in order to finish in the top two and advance. The scoreless draw that would have spelled their doom endured for more than 90 minutes until their prayers were answered when Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min broke through with goals in stoppage time, sealing the shock 2-0 result that eliminated Germany, the four-time champions who had gone eight decades since last failing to Continue reading "Ecstatic Mexico fans mob South Korean embassy after Germany upset"