A brief guide to … the ups and downs of the Arsenal-Tottenham rivalry

Even if the truth is less than palatable to Arsenal fans, the old rivals have more in common than at any point since the Premier League’s formation With the Guardian’s unstoppable rise to global dominance** we at Guardian US thought we’d run a series of articles for fans wishing to improve their knowledge of the sport’s history and storylines, hopefully in a way that doesn’t patronise you to within an inch of your life. A warning: If you’re the kind of person that finds The Blizzard too populist this may not be the series for you.
** Actual dominance may not be global. Or dominant Continue reading...

Sports quiz of the week: World Cup losers, Ashes winners and a promise

Who kept a promise? Why is a surfer owed a beer? Where next for rugby? • Try our quizzes from previous weeks

Which country lost to France on Friday, to Australia on Saturday and to Ireland on Sunday?

New Zealand

Wales

Scotland

Papua New Guinea

At which stage have Italy been knocked out at the last two World Cups, in 2010 and 2014?

The group stage

The last-16 stage

The quarter-finals

The semi-finals

The final

Six countries have qualified for the last seven World Cups (going back to 1994): Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Mexico and …

Croatia

Sweden

England

South Korea

What did Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts achieve this week?

He was in the Peru team that qualified for the World Cup

He hit a perfect 300 in the World Series of Bowling

He ran 100m in less than 10 seconds at the US Olympic trials

He hit a Continue reading "Sports quiz of the week: World Cup losers, Ashes winners and a promise"

Caleb Porter out as Portland Timbers coach in surprise move

  • Porter, 42, had been coach of the Timbers for the past five seasons
  • Portland won MLS Cup championship in 2015 under his guidance
A person familiar with the decision confirms that head coach Caleb Porter has parted ways with the Portland Timbers. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made by the team. The surprise move was first reported Thursday night by the soccer website FourFourTwo.com. Continue reading...

Pulisic has bold ideas but US soccer shouldn’t bank its future on Europe | Kyle Martino

We need to figure out how to provide a strong education for players in the US, and it begins with continuing to grow our soccer culture The question Christian Pulisic tried to answer in his Players’ Tribune article this week is the million dollar one: how do you grow more Pulisics? This is not a new question. We’ve asked ourselves the same question about the Perezes, Hamms, Ramoses, Akerses, Reynas and Donovans. We’ve been producing great players in the US for decades – including Pulisic and several other promising young players we watched debut against Portugal on Tuesday night. But we haven’t been doing it at the rate that can make us a consistent world power on the men’s side. I commend Christian for speaking his mind and agree with many of the things he said. I’ve been a fan of his since I first saw him with the youth Continue reading "Pulisic has bold ideas but US soccer shouldn’t bank its future on Europe | Kyle Martino"

‘Turn the page’: Notes of optimism ring true as USA begin rebuild in Leiria

A younger United States team with eyes firmly fixed on the future emerged from the ashes of a thwarted World Cup campaign on Tuesday night in Portugal World Cup cycles normally end with the World Cup finals and only then begin anew. But after a disastrous qualification campaign, the theme for the evening in Leiria, Portugal was that the new cycle for the United States started on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw against the European champions. “To get that kind of result against that kind of team is huge,” right back DeAndre Yedlin said in the immediate aftermath. “Obviously the feeling of not making the World Cup is not going to leave, but it’s something that makes it a little bit better and gives people some hope for the future. Continue reading...

USA’s new era starts with draw against European champions Portugal


Sometimes that hoped-for breath of fresh air is just halitosis, but try telling Weston McKennie this was a meaningless and pointless first step on the road to 2022. The midfielder scored on his US senior debut on Tuesday, providing a low-wattage moment of brightness for a program still enveloped in gloom. Continue reading...