Soccer TV: Manchester City vs Newcastle United on NBC

premier-league-logo-wide-manchester-city-newcastle-unitedOur pick for the game worth your time on the weekend soccer TV schedule is the one available on over-air television. It's the Premier League on NBC on Saturday with Manchester City playing Newcastle United. Also on the soccer TV schedule, the US Women play Denmark on Sunday on ESPN. Manchester City vs Newcastle United at 12:30pm on NBC on Saturday. Manchester City has finally lost a Premier League game this season, breaking their win and undefeated streaks. Newcastle United is currently embroiled in a potential takeover bid. What that means for the game on the field is an open question, with Manchester City still the team everybody else in the Premier League is chasing. "We didn’t have any pressure before, and we don’t have any pressure when we play against them now," Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez said. "They are so good, there is never a good time to Continue reading "Soccer TV: Manchester City vs Newcastle United on NBC"

MLS announces 2018 game ball, Beasley re-signs

2018-mls-match-ball-adidas-soccer Look, it's far too easy to pick apart a press release announcing a new soccer ball. MLS opens Friday's soccer news with just that, debuting their new adidas NATIVO soccer ball for 2018. So we'll just let the press release do its magic. “Soccer is a global sport that transcends beyond borders,” senior director for adidas soccer Ernesto Bruce said. “The new design of the 2018 MLS Official Match Ball is our way of embracing and celebrating unity on the pitch, while offering a superior performance ball for all levels of athletes across North America.” Also in the soccer news, the Houston Dynamo announced that DaMarcus Beasley will stay with the club for 2018. Beasley was out of contract following the 2017 season, where he was named to the All-Star Team and won the Fair Play award. He was linked with a return to Liga MX where he spent Continue reading "MLS announces 2018 game ball, Beasley re-signs"

USMNT 25th in January 2018 FIFA Rankings

usmnt-practice-carson-january-camp-2018-rubio-rubin The soccer news starts with the January FIFA Rankings. The USMNT fell one spot to 25th in a month where there was no movement in the top 14. The USMNT played no games over the ranking period. Germany spends another month in the top spot in the FIFA Rankings, ahead of Brazil in 2nd and Portugal in 3rd-place. Argentina and Belgium round out the top five. Mexico is the top team in CONCACAF, down a spot to 17th. The USMNT is in 2nd-place in the region, with Costa Rica two spots behind in 27th. Panama is in 54rd with Jamaica 55th. Last January, the USMNT started 2017 in 28th place in the FIFA Rankings. They rose to 23rd in April, May, and June, their highest ranking that year. In advance of their new League of Nations, CONCACAF has said they will be using their own confederation ranking system Continue reading "USMNT 25th in January 2018 FIFA Rankings"

Landon Donovan’s Liga MX choice

landon-donovan-sign-stubhub-center-galaxy-retirement By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - All of us have heard at one point or another that good things come to those who wait. This may be true, or it may be a nice way of telling someone to sit down and wait their turn. Either way, the saying rings true for Landon Donovan and his supporters. Donovan has come out of retirement for the second time, but this time he is not returning to the Galaxy or MLS. This time, he is giving North American soccer what it has desired and needed for many years. Donovan is now a member of Leon, presented to the Liga MX club’s supporters and media on Monday. Donovan and Liga MX is a better match than any dating app can ever hope to make. Donovan’s attributes and skill has always seemed well-suited for the open style Continue reading "Landon Donovan’s Liga MX choice"

Orlando City and the option for Cyle Larin

cyle-larin-orlando-city-besiktas-transfer-mls-clause By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - Orlando City striker Cyle Larin is still Orlando City striker Cyle Larin, no matter what the Twitter account of Turkish champions Besiktas might say. Of that, at least Orlando City is certain. Whether Besiktas accepts Orlando City’s version of the truth is still, as of yet, unknown. What Besiktas’s Twitter account said on Saturday - a message then repeated by the club’s English-language account - was that Larin was in Turkey engaged in negotiations with the team to make a move from MLS to the SuperLig. Attached were images of Larin wearing the club’s jersey and dotted with probes for a medical examination. The images sent a clear message, even if the text of tweets stopped short of declaring Larin a member of Besiktas. Orlando City responded quickly in the form of a terse statement that pointed Continue reading "Orlando City and the option for Cyle Larin"