Did US Soccer’s ‘arrogance’ drive Jonathan González to switch to Mexico?

The talented Californian represented USA at youth level but has switched to El Tri. Some coaches and players fear it is the start of a trend The United States Soccer Federation must better engage with America’s Latino population and hire coaches who “think outside the box” if it doesn’t want a repeat of rising star Jonathan González’s defection to Mexico. That’s the takeaway from those who say the sport’s governing body is “arrogant” and ignoring the country’s ever-growing Hispanic population. González, an 18-year-old American-born midfielder who never quite fit the US youth system, dreamed of playing for the US. The feeling wasn’t mutual. He wasn’t included in an experimental US squad that faced Portugal in a friendly last November – the Americans’ first run out since their World Cup qualification failure – nor the current national team winter camp. No big deal, maybe. Except in Mexico, González is considered an Continue reading "Did US Soccer’s ‘arrogance’ drive Jonathan González to switch to Mexico?"

Sunil Gulati says global perceptions of US could hit 2026 World Cup bid

  • New poll shows confidence in US leadership has hit a new low
  • US has launched joint bid for 2026 event with Canada and Mexico
As a new poll shows global confidence in American leadership is at an all-time low, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati has raised concerns about the country’s 2026 World Cup bid. The US is widely seen as a favorite to win the bid for the 2026 tournament, which it plans to co-host with Mexico and Canada. However, a new Gallup poll of 134 countries shows global approval for the US has fallen from 48% under Barack Obama’s presidency to 30% after one year of Donald Trump. According to the survey, Germany and China are now seen as more reliable world leaders than the US. Continue reading...

‘I don’t believe in walls’: Landon Donovan out of retirement to play in Mexico

  • Former USA captain will play for Club León in Liga MX
  • Thirty-five year-old last played professionally in November 2016
Landon Donovan, widely considered the most accomplished footballer in US history, is coming out of retirement for the second time in three years, this time to join Club León in Mexico. The Liga MX team announced Donovan’s return to football on Twitter on Friday night. Donovan will play for Leon in the Mexican Clausura tournament, although more details on his signing were not provided. Continue reading...

Christian Pulisic has succeeded in spite of American soccer, not because of it

The rise of maybe the best American soccer player ever, who’s been linked to Liverpool and Manchester United, doesn’t square with US Soccer’s problems Christian Pulisic is already at one of the biggest soccer clubs in Europe. Borussia Dortmund are perennial Bundesliga challengers, consistent performers at Champions League level and average crowds of just under 80,000 fans per game, but still, this is only viewed as a rung on the young American’s ladder to the top. That says a lot about what is expected of Pulisic. He is a superstar in-waiting. Related: Arsenal will not sell Alexis Sánchez without a replacement, says Wenger Continue reading...

NFL: Top 10 plays from wild card weekend – video highlights

Marcus Mariota’s touchdown pass to himself tops the list plays from a dramatic opening weekend of play-offs in the NFL. Mariota’s tipped ball helped the Titans to seal an unlikely come-from-behind win over the Chiefs on Saturday. Elsewhere, the Falcons upset the Rams in Los Angeles, the Jaguars recorded their first post-season win in 10 years and the Saints beat the Panthers in a shootout Continue reading...

Dawdling darts, George Best brilliance and Knockerball Soccer Rodeo | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features spectacular bow and arrow work, the SCG, FA Cup and the Golden Horseshoe Crokinole tournament 1) The BDO World Darts Championship starts this weekend. Here’s 25-year-old Terry Down throwing as slowly as possible in 1985, much to the disgust of Jocky Wilson; Paul Lim’s 1990 nine-darter, the first in the world championship; also that year but from the World Youth Championship, an interview with a 16-year-old Wayne Mardle; and a bonus: Mardle not knowing he’s on telly and choosing his language accordingly. 2) The Sydney Test match is in full swing. Here are highlights of the 1995 classic, in which England wisely declared with Graeme Hick on 98 not out, then narrowly failed to record a win; here’s the 1975 version, won easily by Australia; the Aussies return to the dressing room after completing the 2013-14 whitewash; behind the scenes Continue reading "Dawdling darts, George Best brilliance and Knockerball Soccer Rodeo | Classic YouTube"